Appear and Skyline Communications Strengthen Partnership with Enhanced Live Event Contribution Technology at NAB Show 2024

Author: Platform Comms

Published: 16 April 2024

The expanded solution offers enhanced visibility and automation of production and distribution workflows for live event contribution applications

Appear, the global leader in live production technology, will showcase advancements in its integrated technology partnership with Skyline Communications and its DataMiner platform at NAB Show 2024 (April 13-17). The latest integration developments enable enhanced visibility and automation for premium live event contribution workflows, equipping operational teams, whether on-site or remote, with the tools needed to adapt quickly to live event scenarios.

Building on their continued successful collaboration, announced at IBC2023, Appear and Skyline Communications are introducing newly developed and integrated features designed to streamline live event production workflows. Key highlights of the expanded partnership and joint development work include:

  • Developing a new off-the-shelf HTML application, based on Skyline’s new dataminer.mediaOps solution, and integrating with Appear’s X Platform, providing a central view of all connections including a geographic overview depicting connections and key metrics such as bandwidth between locations.
  • Software router panels, offering an intuitive interface for ad-hoc event connections. Similar to using an SDI router, users can easily connect Appear sources with destinations using protocols such as SRT and JPEG-XS.
  • Featured scheduling functionality allowing operators to plan connections and reserve required bandwidth ahead of time. DataMiner acts as an orchestrator, keeping track of resource utilisation and preventing overbooking.

“Our collaboration with Skyline Communications is all about empowering our customers to deliver exceptional live events with greater operational efficiency,” said Alex Pannell, Chief Commercial Officer at Appear. “These new features provide a perfect blend of automation and intuitive control, streamlining workflows and saving valuable time and resources. The expanded functionality means that we can continue to serve our customers with market-leading systems for managing and monitoring their live event workflows and contribution links. We can’t wait to showcase it to NAB Show attendees at our Network Operations Centre (NOC) hub demonstration pod.”

Thomas Gunkel, Market Director Broadcast at Skyline Communications noted: “The engineering teams at Skyline Communications and Appear have collaborated to bring powerful new features that empower operators to manage contribution workflow connections and schedule resources and network capacity efficiently, ultimately ensuring smoother and more successful live productions. NAB Show attendees will see first-hand all the benefits this expanded partnership brings.”

Appear (booth #W2130) and Skyline Communications (booth #W2413) will be demonstrating these new functionalities at their respective booths at NAB Show 2024. This includes a live dashboard within an example NOC on Appear’s booth. The NOC will feature a four-camera feed contribution workflow processed by the Appear X Platform and configured, managed and monitored by the DataMiner solution. 

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