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The IHT Lift Channel system enables multimedia clips for any purpose to be assembled and then simultaneously transmitted via satellite to any number of remote locations across Europe. The content, distributed via satellite, is then presented on screens within the client building. This may include a lift compartment. Any kind of media can be displayed from moving video with audio, to still pictures and graphics.
The system can be used for advertising purposes and many different applications such as information sharing, the provision of safety information and topical news relevant to a particular organisation.
The key issues to be addressed in the project are:
The main benefits to the stakeholders will be:
|The diagram (right) shows the overall system block diagram of the IHT Lift Channel system. For clarity the Central Location is shown together with one remote location.|
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The system has been trialed in three locations and it enabled multimedia clips for different purposes to be assembled and then transmitted via satellite to the remote locations for playout. The remote sites then played-out multimedia clips to local display devices.
Play-out prioritisation and scheduling is a combination of centrally formulated play-lists and local events. The content exits the remote playout server and is sent via wired or wireless connection to the display unit. This may be located in a moving lift carriage where the video and audio are fed directly into a display device with audio capability to suit the deployment.
The term multimedia is used here to describe broadcast quality audio & video and, or, a combination of still and dynamic graphics. Almost any content type can be used on the system with any required re-authoring possible within the central location. As well as advertising purposes there are many different applications such as information sharing, safety information and topical news relevant to a particular organisation.
The project plan can be summarised best by the following tasks:
The Lift Channel is continuing in trial mode now with trials ongoing at DAON Ltd premises and NCI in Dublin. In addition, Eurotek is co-operating with IHT and DV4 to carry out trials at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin.