Pebble Beach Systems prepares for IBC

Automation specialist set to display broad range of tech
Pebble Beach Systems' Marina Lite platform.
Pebble Beach Systems' Marina Lite platform.


Pebble Beach Systems, a specialist in automation, content management and integrated channel specialist is planning to unveil a range of different technologies at the show.

The company will demonstrate and launch its Pebble Web Client suite of tools at the show. The suite includes straightforward monitoring of a single playlist, up to highly granular remote control of multiple Marina automation systems and Dolphin integrated channel devices across geographically dispersed locations.

Created using HTML5 and the latest web server technology, these tools are designed to offer a high level of visibility and access to systems of all sizes and architectures on PC or tablet devices using Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers. The suite also incorporates a proxy streamer that provides a view of multiple IP streaming outputs within Marina’s web access environment. Proxy streams can be taken from Dolphin integrated channel devices or from other compatible video servers under Marina control, all of which may be located in different places.

Each stream is labelled with its location and the current time for ease of identification. The Proxy Streamer also works in single view mode, so that operators can select any IP stream and view its current output in the web client.

Pebble Beach Systems will also unveil ‘Lighthouse’ a monitoring dashboard that is designed to alert Marina operators clearly and unambiguously to upcoming problems.

Lighthouse is the new dashboard display tool that monitors by exception. It aggregates all lists within the system, displaying a dashboard of the next problem on any list, and enabling early intervention in the case of problems such as validation errors, timing anomalies or missing media alerts. With more channels being controlled by fewer operators, Lighthouse maximises the opportunity for early error detection and safeguards the smooth playout of all channels.

The company will also demonstrate a new plug in to deliver affordable real-time advanced 3D branding. This new ClassX graphics inserter is automatically populated from the Marina playlist, even if late breaking changes are made close to air.

At IBC, the plug in will be shown generating Now Next Later graphics with video, as well as tickers, bugs and other animated channel branding devices. ClassX is a specialist broadcast graphics provider whose customers include Mediaset, Italian state broadcaster RAI, and MTV, and the company is exhibiting at IBC on stand 8.A74.

IBC will also mark the European debut for Marina Lite. This automation technology is optimised for small scale systems of up to 4 channel. Marina Lite is based on the company’s Marina automation platform which currently controls about 300 channels at broadcasters and service providers worldwide.

Peter Hajittofi explains further: “Marina Lite is capable of controlling traditional legacy products as well as emerging solutions - such as integrated channel technologies - within video, IT and hybrid infrastructures. One of its major strengths is the highly intelligent and flexible playlist, which has the ability to control highly reactive channels with frequent late scheduling changes.”

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