Netia CMS to Enable SONUMA Digital Archive Project

NETIA Software Suite to Streamline End-to-End Workflow — From Ingest and Indexing to Search and Delivery — for 120,000 Hours of RTBF Content

CLARET, France — Aug. 22, 2011 — NETIA today announced that Belgium’s SONUMA, a subsidiary of RTBF (Radio Télévision Belge Francophone) and the publicly funded company responsible for the digitization and commercialization of RTBF audiovisual archives, is implementing the NETIA content management system (CMS) to manage tens of thousands of hours of archive video and audio. The NETIA CMS will simplify the task of preserving, managing, and accessing content within SONUMA’s rapidly growing digital library, which in turn will support hundreds of RTBF journalists and enable delivery of archived media to the company’s partner news organizations.

“We chose to work with NETIA because the company’s proven suite of media asset management solutions is highly focused on documentary aspects, can be customized and scaled to our operations, and provide the power and flexibility required in complex, large-scale media management applications,” said Eric Denis, IT manager at SONUMA. “Furthermore, by integrating seamlessly into our existing environment, the NETIA CMS will enable us to leverage previous technology investments to realize a highly automated workflow.”

The RTBF audio and video collection comprises 120,000 hours of content on all variety of media, including VCR tape, DAT tape, LP, MD, and 16mm film. SONUMA developed its own process of metadata consolidation from various metadata sources and formats, along with metadata collected through segmentation. Within this workflow, a third party software performs automatic speech-to-text transcription. Both metadata and media are ingested into the NETIA system, which in turn allows archivists to perform fast searches of stored content.

In managing this workflow, the NETIA CMS organizes media management processes, harmonizes exchanges between different applications, handles prioritization across the system, and automates content distribution processes. To streamline content delivery itself, the CMS provides tools for content packaging, metadata tagging, and rights management, with workflow-supervision guiding these processes. RTBF journalists, directors, and producers all will gain access to SONUMA’s archived media via their newsroom applications.

“The NETIA CMS is an ideal fit for the SONUMA project, as it not only preserves and enriches audio and video assets, but also simplifies processing and management of those assets from ingest through delivery,” said Yoann Poizeau, product director at NETIA. “With a streamlined and highly automated media management and archiving workflow in place, SONUMA will be positioned to make its large store of media assets readily available to RTBF users, as well as to external clients.”

More information about NETIA and its products is available at www.netia.com.

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About NETIA
NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and multimedia groups around the world, and recent wins have made the company a significant new player in the Telco market, as well. Clients include BSkyB, RAI Italy, RTL, Radio Riyadh, France Telecom/Orange, RTM Malaysia, Mediacorp Singapore, Radio France, the Associated Press, RTBF France Televisions, and L’Équipe 24/24. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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