Redmond, WA, (December 9, 2003)–Doyle Technology Consultants, a consulting, design and system integration company, recently completed the digital transition of MSNBC.com’s headquarters, located on the main Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. MSNBC.com provides news coverage including encoded NBC News video delivered with Windows Media Version 9. Doyle Technology Consultants designed and built a state-of-the-art digital system replacing the news organization’s original tape-based analog system, which dates back to 1996.
“Efficiency and budget were the main objectives of this project, and both were achieved,” states Don Morgan, director of project development at Doyle. “By using the latest server-based technology, the system required less equipment to integrate on our end, and the operators are now working with much smoother workflow. Not only did we provide a more efficient system solution, but a much less expensive one as well.”
The main components of the system include automated satellite ingest using Sundance Digital’s Intelli-Sat system with a custom interface to an Avid “Unity for News” system with NewsCutter clients. The system is now based on SDI Video and AES Audio core technology switched on a Grass Valley Concerto router. A new satellite ingest/QC area including a 16-channel Miranda Kaleido display was built in the newsroom area that is co-located with the Web site operations staff.
“This change has greatly improved workflow between the two groups,” states Ted McConville, video architect at Microsoft and MSNBC.com. “The new design also dramatically decreased the need for a large routing system in the plant, resulting in much lower hardware and integration costs. We couldn’t be more pleased with the way this project was handled. MSNBC.com’s media operation is now extremely productive because we sat down with the Doyle designers and discussed a more efficient work-flow before we began the formal project.”