The Weather Channel selects high-speed file transfer and automation software from Aspera for integration within their new media distribution platform Booth 7.K30 IBC2013, Amsterdam — September 13, 2013 —Aspera, Inc. (http://www.asperasoft.com/), creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world’s large data at maximum speed, today announced that The Weather Channel (http://www.weather.com/) has deployed solutions from Aspera to build and manage a new world-class media distribution platform. High-speed Aspera fasp™ (technology/transport/fasp/">http://asperasoft.com/technology/transport/fasp/) transfers reduce production times from hours to minutes, effectively doubling inbound and outbound velocity and achieving faster content turnaround.
With a vision of building the world’s largest, most open and easily distributable library of weather content, The Weather Company realized it was time to transform their media distribution system. The organization set out to build a central, open architecture media hub that could be accessed by globally-dispersed teams and that could efficiently manage the ingest, storage, cataloging, and distribution of large quantities of weather content.
The Weather Company’s central business goals – to present the most accurate weather reporting, the most timely weather, and keep people safe in the process – all depend on speed to market. And with 10 to 20 terabytes of weather content from multiple sources being ingested daily, it was critical to find a solution that could move very large data sets across the globe while maintaining maximum speeds. To accomplish their main goal of fast-tracking content through the production cycle, The Weather Company selected a suite of products from Aspera, including Aspera faspex™ (http://asperasoft.com/software/web -applications/faspextm/), the intuitive, efficient platform for person -to-person collaboration and file exchange, as well as Aspera Point-to -Point (http://asperasoft.com/software/client-options/point-to-point -client/) and Aspera Orchestrator (http://asperasoft.com/software/management-and -automation/orchestrator/).
Transfer automation with Aspera Orchestrator streamlines content ingest and automatically directs files to the appropriate location, freeing up human resources so they may be refocused on editing, production, and other areas that add value to the organization, and in turn reducing turnaround times.
After processing, editing and transcoding are completed, content is then delivered via faspex to a number of distribution channels, including Weather.com, Telecast, and Weather Underground, along with a number of digital apps.
The Weather Company also selected Aspera Console (http://asperasoft.com/software/automation-management/aspera -console/) to monitor each step in the production cycle from a single interface, beginning with file ingest, to the editing and publishing of a clip, followed by transcoding and finally distribution to web and mobile platforms. With complete visibility over the transfer environment, The Weather Company is able to identify and troubleshoot any issues that may arise – a welcome improvement over their previous system, which lacked the ability to alert users to failures in the system, requiring individuals to navigate through system logs to track down problems and leaving users frustrated when content didn’t arrive when it was supposed to.