Trilithic, RGB Take It EASy

Trilithic and RGB Networks deliver solution for Multicast Digital EAS

March 27, 2009

2 Min Read

INDIANAPOLIS -- Trilithic Inc., a leading provider of digital Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) and RGB Networks, the leader in network video processing, today announced a partnership to integrate Trilithic’s EASyCAST EAS System with RGB Networks’ Broadcast Network Processor (BNP) to deliver digital emergency alert message overlays for DTV Multicast.

All DTV stations must provide EAS messages, tests and alerts on all program streams. Currently, many DTV stations use a combination of analog, analog up-converting and various graphics logo inserters to provide the mandated EAS messaging. For the DTV broadcaster, adding another service or screen means additional up-converting and patchwork.

Now, with RGB Networks’ BNP deployed for broadcast television, all services in the Broadcaster’s ASI stream, including audio replacement, can have EAS crawl messages with audio, overlaid directly onto all video streams. The integration of Trilithic’s EASyCAST EAS System with RGB’s BNP, enables broadcasters for the first time to selectively target the delivery of EAS messages to some or all video program streams. Targeting specific transmitters covering different DMAs or all DMAs on the entire network, is also possible. EAS messages and graphics are inserted in real-time without the need to Demux or Decode the ASI stream.

In addition to the EASyCAST and BNP handling digital EAS overlays, the BNP optionally supports logo insertions, snipes, PIP, and full motion graphics. Add to that the standard BNP functions of rate-shaping and multiplexing, the partnership of these two companies provides a uniquely integrated and professional EAS solution for the digital broadcast marketplace.

Complementing this ability to target the delivery of EAS messages in-stream for DTV, Trilithic’s EASy Compliance Assistant™ software automatically handles EAS log-file downloads, file archiving, and FCC compliance reporting for all weekly and monthly tests, and from over the network. This ensures compliance with FCC regulations, but without having multiple personnel individually handling the EAS requirements. One person can review, monitor and manage all EAS functions at all transmitter from a laptop for an entire group of broadcast stations.

“It’s important to us to provide the most viable and professional EAS solutions to the industry.” says Arthur Leisey, Director of Trilithic’s EAS group. “Integrating with RGB Networks’ BNP gives the industry the most robust, efficient, and cost effective delivery of EAS over DTV multicast available.”

Trilithic Inc.

RGB Networks Inc.

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