It’s another DAM hot week. In this week’s digital asset management news, Picturepark partners south of the border and nearer home, Australian broadcast/multimedia facility FATS Digital expands its digital asset management capability, law enforcement demos the high value of DAM, and the law tries to catch up with a deceased’s virtual assets.  

Picturepark Announces Representative and Partnership

Picturepark is looking south of the border for more growth. Last week, the DAM software vendor announced it has chosen Miami-based One LatAm to represent the company’s products in Latin America. One LatAm maintains an office in Mexico City, as well as in Barcelona, and senior manager Guillermo Diaz de Leon told news media that his company also provides analysis, guidance, support and follow-through “that can turn software programs into truly successful enterprise solutions.”

Picturepark, whose browser-based digital management software can be configured as software-as-a-service, as an onsite installation, or as a hybrid, is a division of Switzerland-based software developer Visual Information Transaction, which also has offices in the U.S., Austria and India.

In its native country, Picturepark announced recently that it was partnering with Topix AG, a provider of IT solutions for media production in Switzerland. Topix senior partner Fabio Sacilotta said in a statement that “the demand for custom DAM solutions is very high right now,” and added that Picturepark’s emphasis on its core competency of digital content management allows his company to deliver targeted solutions.

FATS Digital Acquires Video-8 Media

An industry that lives or dies by the efficiency of its digital asset management system is media production. One of the largest broadcast duplication and multimedia specialists in Australia, FATS Digital, announced recently that it has purchased Video-8 Media, with the intent of boosting its video restoration services and digital asset management.

FATS Digital, founded in 1987, said that, as a result of the purchase, it will be able to expand its ability to capture videotape as files, to perform file-based quality control, and to deliver files locally and internationally.

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Law Enforcement’s DAM Needs

Another “industry” that lives or dies, in a different sense, by the quality of its asset management is law enforcement. A Digital Asset Management Expo will be featured as part of the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA)’s Annual Training Conference, taking place in San Diego October 22-26. The conference’s overall focus is on digital multimedia evidence, or DME.

The Expo will feature technology exhibits, as well as workshops on DME laboratory best practices, crime incident documentation and other areas.

LEVA president Det. Blaine Davison from the Norman, Oklahoma Police Department, noted in a statement that digital video and audio evidence, including interview video and covert surveillance, is “worthless if you don’t know how to use the equipment or you don’t have the proper protocols in place.”

Virtual Assets After You’re Gone

Speaking of the law, digital assets are rapidly joining tangible assets in the realm of inheritances, and the Oregon State Bar is one of those organizations rushing to catch up. The organization is drafting legislation that would grant family members access to a deceased’s digital assets. The legislation is intended to address such matters as access to passwords on, say, Picasa, Yahoo, LinkedIn or a bank, so relatives can retrieve irreplaceable photos, respond to emails, delete the deceased’s profile or finalize automatic bill payments.