Australian Broadcasting Corporation Deploys Aspera for File-Based Syndication

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has deployed Aspera technology as the foundation for their File Based Syndication system, automating workflow and high-speed content distribution to satellite offices throughout Australia from a distribution point in Sydney. Using Aspera’s comprehensive APIs, ABC was able to create an interactive dashboard for centrally managing and monitoring the entire system. The complete solution streamlined workflows, while providing greater visibility into the syndication system at reduced costs.

Australia’s national public broadcaster, the ABC provides television, radio, online, and mobile services throughout the country. Prior to implementing this system, content used for syndication was distributed via satellite. The legacy system was replaced using technology provided by Aspera, making it possible for ABC to expeditiously deliver high quality content to multiple locations from a single point. The implementation includes a combination of the Aspera Enterprise Server, Aspera Point-to-Point, and the Aspera Software Developer Kit. From Sydney headquarters, the Aspera Enterprise Server allows an unlimited number of simultaneous transfers with no restriction to file size, and automatically pushes assets to the Point-to-Point desktop transfer client deployed in Hobart, Darwin, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Canberra for rebroadcast.

The Aspera APIs were instrumental in creating the system, allowing centralized remote server management through the use of a rich and interactive interface with reporting, job control, queue management, and monitoring. Using the Aspera Web Service APIs, the ABC built a platform to allow automated content syndication with ingestion from its Grass Valley video servers and distribution to the remote play out centers as well as the ability to handle urgent job requests, which allows priority jobs to rise to the top of the queue. This included options to programmatically define bandwidth constraints “on-the-fly” to facilitate fine-grained control of the delivery priorities and bandwidth resources used.

“Using Aspera’s APIs, the ABC was able to create a very interactive and rich user interface to monitor and control syndication workflow,” said Tony Silva, head of IT at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “In addition to the SDK, the very reliable high-speed transfer software has allowed us to achieve our vision.”

“Aspera’s goal is to provide a complete and robust set of APIs that are simple to use, while giving our partners the ability to develop to a low level as necessary for each of their specific environments and use cases”, said Mike Flathers, chief technologist at Aspera. “The smart and creative team on the ABC FBS project has developed a very elegant and true enterprise-level integration.”

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