DAM Lowdown: Broadcasting Assignment in Australia, iGATE/ADAM Partnership, Upgraded Cumulus

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It’s another DAM week, and this week’s digital asset management news includes a tough broadcasting assignment in Australia for Aspera, a new partnership between iGATE and ADAM Software and an upgraded Cumulus from Canto.

SBS Picks Aspera

Down-under public broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) has chosen Aspera to power its file delivery and workflow management system.

The Australian network, which includes SBS Radio, SBS Television and SBS Online, broadcasts in more languages than any other programming service on the planet, and the digital assets needs for such a far-flung and diverse operation are strenuous.

For example, SBS’ remote journalists need to send, receive and manage assets via a browser from the field, with data synchronized across storage servers in three cities. Field conditions can include disasters or warzones, and detailed information must be available about scheduled transfers.

Aspera provided faspex, a collaborative file exchange and distribution platform with client apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. To promptly deliver content, Aspera deployed Cargo, its automatic desktop downloader for faspex packages, and the Aspera Console offers the ability to centrally manage the entire platform and all transfers from any location. Aspera Sync was chosen to provide high-speed, multi-directional synchronization between various storage locations.

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“Aspera was the only vendor that could meet all of our requirements for file exchange and delivery, detailed system management and enterprise-wide data synchronization,” SBS broadcast IT manager Rohit Kumar told news media.

iGATE and ADAM Software Partner Up

Back above the equator, Fremont, California-based iGATE and Ghent, Belgium-based ADAM Software announced a new strategic partnership to provide end-to-end digital media management services for enterprises.

The services will include business strategy, implementation, support and training to help customers more efficiently manage their digital assets.

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For its part, iGATE, a global integrated technology and operations company whose solutions are designed around business outcomes, will develop a Digital Asset Management Center of Excellence. The Center will provide advisory services, workshops, strategic program management and other activities, in order to provide more choices for implementation partners and support for ADAM’s efforts to reach the U.S. market.

ADAM Software’s media workflow and marketing technology software is used by Microsoft, Black and Decker, and McCann Erickson, among others. CEO Pieter Casneuf said in a statement that his company’s expertise in marketing asset systems, joined with iGATE’s IT services experience, can “improve brand management, lower costs and optimize business workflows for medium and large enterprises.”

Canto Upgrades Cumulus

San Francisco-based Canto has announced the newest release of its Cumulus DAM software, version 8.6, which the company said offers more than 50 new features.

The company highlights the new File System Companion, which provides the ability to set up event-driven asset locations that can handle management tasks in the background, offering automatic version control of a document or image. Canto said this solves a key problem faced by many companies -- locating the most recent version of a file.

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Other enhancements include an updated user interface, the ability to visualize the physical location of an asset via GoogleMaps geodata, management from any connected device via a Web browser, Sites configuration without XML editing, additional collaborative functions, multi-language support and support of the new metadata standard IPTC 1.1.