The purpose of the Cast4All Content Conductor software suite is to create a complete turnkey solution for satellite-based content distribution management in general, and digital cinema networks in particular. This implies a fully integrated solution for the operation of such networks, including reliable and secure transmission, but also network management, distributed content management, dynamic scheduling, and allocation of resources. It also implies a distributed system with zero-administration effort at the remote sites.
The key issues in the project are:
The integration of the components in the overall Content Conductor suite will provide operators of digital cinema networks with a unique integrated solution. It will avoid the need for these operators to implement separate solutions for network management, content management, and resource scheduling. In this way, it will act as an enabling technology to boost the deployment of such content networks in general and digital cinema networks in particular.
The system software architecture is based on the overall system architecture developed by Cast4All for the Digital Cinema Pilot Application. As represented in the high-level data flow representation, the central transactional business logic for content distribution is connected to four interface components:
The project plan is divided into three phases with corresponding milestones:
The specified software components have been designed, implemented, and tested. The test procedures were performed first on a closed-loop testbed, involving both the unit testing of every component and specified function, and the integration testing of the entire process flow of content distribution.