Bannister Lake Software Launches Super Ticker Chameleon for Integrated Data Presentation, Management and Playout

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, August 11, 2016Bannister Lake Software is proud to introduce Super Ticker Chameleon, the most significant expansion to date of the company’s widely-deployed Super Ticker family of data aggregation and display solutions. Building on Super Ticker’s hallmark efficiency, scalability and flexibility, Chameleon extends the core Super Ticker application into a comprehensive data presentation, management and playout system for use either on its own or in conjunction with any third-party broadcast CG system.

The preferred choice of numerous top-tier media companies for creating data-rich broadcasts and displays, Super Ticker continues to enable users to easily aggregate and manage automated data feeds from premium third-party providers, and combine them with community-submitted information and locally-created content.  Chameleon augments this proven data aggregation power with new graphics creation tools and hybrid playout capabilities, forming a tightly-integrated graphics and data engine for distribution targets ranging from television news channels to digital signage and websites.

While Super Ticker’s content management and control capabilities are closely integrated with select partner solutions such as Ross Video Xpression Tick-It, historically most third-party info display and broadcast CG systems have interfaced with Super Ticker by accessing data through its BLADE (Bannister Lake Active Data Exchange) API. Chameleon’s platform-agnostic approach brings the deeper features and advantages of Super Ticker to a wider array of CG solutions, while its integrated graphics editing and playout capabilities make Super Ticker accessible to a broader customer base without third-party tools.

“Chameleon is designed to work seamlessly with any broadcast CG platform, bringing integrated Super Ticker features such as scheduling and rundowns to many third-party CG systems for the first time,” said Randy MacCarthy, lead software engineer at Bannister Lake. “At the other end of the spectrum, some media enterprises such as smaller TV and Internet broadcasters can benefit from Super Ticker’s rich data aggregation abilities, but don’t need the advanced functionality of a traditional, dedicated broadcast CG.  Chameleon offers these customers a complete data and graphics solution in an efficient, fully-integrated package, while scaling easily to meet the needs of larger broadcasters and station groups.”

Chameleon’s new graphics editor lets users design visually compelling scene layouts and link them directly to Super Ticker’s advanced data management tools. An unlimited number of zones within each scene can be independently defined for presentation of data types including sports scores, stock quotes, weather, news bulletins, election results, social media posts and more. Rundowns enable precise control of the content played out in each zone, while integrated scheduling enables channels to be fully automated across multiple layouts.

Chameleon’s new hybrid player module complements Super Ticker’s existing native and BLADE-based, third-party CG integrations, enabling baseband SDI, IP and web-based outputs. Support for NewTek’s Network Device Interface (NDI™) IP technology for live production workflows enables real-time graphic and alpha channel playout from Chameleon to other NDI-enabled systems over an IP network, while WebGL support allows rendering of the player’s output directly within HTML5 web pages.

Chameleon is slated for release in Q4 of this year, and will be offered as an add-on option for existing Super Ticker users or bundled with Super Ticker for new customers. A live, working demo of Chameleon output is currently available on the Bannister Lake website.

Super Ticker Chameleon, Super Ticker and other Bannister Lake Software solutions will be highlighted at the upcoming IBC2016 Conference and Exhibition, taking place September 9-13 in Amsterdam. Bannister Lake will exhibit at IBC2016 with partners including BroadStream Solutions (stand #8.B35) and Imagine Communications (stand #4.A01). Ross Video Tick-It and Brand-It, powered by Bannister Lake technology, will be showcased at the Ross Video booth (stand #11.C10).

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Bannister Lake delivers on-air graphics for Comedy Central’s Jeff Ross presents ‘Roast Battle’

Bannister Lake provided design and operation services for Comedy Central‘s Jeff Ross presents ‘Roast Battle’ that took place in Montreal during the Just for Laughs Festival running July 27th to 31st. The four 1 hour specials featured celebrity guests, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogen, Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin Hart and many others.

The show required a full complement of on-air graphics including a competition bracket with real-time on-the-fly updating using Ross Video Xpression.
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Bannister Lake Software Introduces Super Ticker Community for Public Submission of Broadcast Data

Bannister Lake Software today announced Super Ticker Community, a public-use variant of the company’s highly-regarded Super Ticker data aggregation solution for broadcasting and information display. Complementing Super Ticker’s proven ease and efficiency in managing automated data feeds from premium third-party sources, the cloud-based Super Ticker Community provides a publicly-accessible portal for the submission of information such as school closings, special events, local sports scores, public interest announcements and more.

Bannister Lake’s Super Ticker software is used by a multitude of top-tier broadcasters and media
companies to aggregate, manage and moderate data feeds from such eminent providers as The
Associated Press (AP), Stats Inc., the U.S. National Weather Service, Twitter, Agence France-Presse
(AFP) and many more. Adding Super Ticker Community gives existing Super Ticker customers a
rich new source of data from a potentially vast array of public contributors.

“Super Ticker customers have long enjoyed its many advantages in aggregating and combining
automated, external feeds with their own original content,” said Georg Hentsch, president,
Bannister Lake. “As essential as these paid and free third-party sources are, locally-oriented data further tightens connection between broadcasters and their community. By enabling authorized users from the general public to directly provide data through an easy-to- use Internet front end, Super Ticker Community provides a rich source of local content while freeing broadcasters from the costly effort of manually inputting this information themselves.”

Like the flagship Super Ticker, Super Ticker Community offers an array of powerful features including an intuitive, web-based interface; Content Groups to partition and restrict content access; the BLADE RESTful web API for custom integration; and dynamic fields for complete flexibility in supporting any type of data.

A shared, multi-tenant Super Ticker Community cloud instance is available for free use by current Super Ticker customers with active maintenance agreements, and allows publicly-submitted data to be accessed via the BLADE interface. Dedicated Super Ticker Community instances can be purchased on a monthly or yearly subscription basis, providing complete user administration and Content Group management functionality while enabling Community data to be synchronized directly to existing Super Ticker deployments. 

Extending its value beyond the Super Ticker user base, new customers can also purchase dedicated
Super Ticker Community subscriptions for standalone use, retrieving data through the BLADE interface as a public information aggregation portal for websites, character generators and digital signage. 

Super Ticker Community, Super Ticker and other Bannister Lake Software solutions will be highlighted at the upcoming IBC2016 Conference and Exhibition, taking place September 9-13 in Amsterdam. Bannister Lake will exhibit at IBC2016 with partners including BroadStream Solutions (stand #8.B35) and Imagine Communications (stand #4.A01).

Bannister Lake Elevates Super Ticker Service to Data Aggregator

Bannister_Lake_Super_Ticker_Cloud_Screencap_Elections_789_595_70_sReposted from Broadcast BridgeBy elevating their Super Ticker service to the Cloud, Bannister Lake is making data aggregation available anywhere in the world. 

On June 30th, Bannister Lake brought out Super Ticker Cloud, a new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

As Georg Hentsch, president of Bannister Lake told The Broadcast Bridge, “Super Ticker Cloud includes all of the powerful features of our widely deployed on-site Super Ticker content management installations,” he said. “It is actually more of a ‘data aggregator’ capable of bringing in information from Internet data sites like AP, Election Data Services, Agence France-Presse (AFP), The Weather Company (formerly WSI). and RSS feeds just to mention a few. It’s basically our database with a Web interface.”

To reap this harvest of information, Bannister Lake has software “parsers” that read the major data feeds. “Not only do we read the data, but we have methods of organizing that information to make it useable for different purposes,” Hentsch said. “Instead of being faced with that big crazy world of random data, we give our customers structured information.”

Since the Super Ticker Cloud has public facing support, customers can enter their own data.

“We call it ‘Super Ticker Community’,” Hentsch explained. “Customers like High Schools can send out notifications of something like school closings and then other subscribers, such as local broadcasters, can pick up that information and include it in their news reports.” Now, the new cloud-based offering further enhances Super Ticker’s superior multi-user collaboration capabilities, with operators able to securely access Super Ticker Cloud from anywhere in the world.

Customers can vary from schools to digital signage to corporations to broadcasters, making Bannister Lake’s offering far more than the conventional “data ticker” offering. “The message we are trying to substantiate is that a ticker service should reach far beyond broadcasters,” Hentsch said. “Our ‘Super Ticker Community’ on AWS makes data aggregation through the Cloud available to everyone, everywhere, at any time.”

Super Ticker Adds Support for the Xignite Financial Data Cloud

Bannister Lake is pleased to announce that Super Ticker now supports the award-winning Xignite Market Data Cloud. Named to the Forbes FinTech 50 list and as one of the “Ten Coolest Brands in Banking”, Xignite provides cloud-based, financial market data APIs with exceptional breadth and depth.

Xignite’s portfolio is truly astounding. With data for more than 50 top global exchanges and top market movers lists, Xignite gives Super Ticker the most complete financial coverage.

Xignite data is easy for Super Ticker customers to use, providing instant results for quotes and leader lists which get mapped into Super Ticker playlists.


The new Xignite reader is available free to all Super Ticker users with active maintenance agreements.

Bannister Lake Software Brings Cloud Agility and Cost Savings to Super Ticker Content Management Solution

Bannister Lake Software is excited to announce Super Ticker Cloud, a new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) implementation of the company’s widely-deployed Super Ticker content management solution for data-rich television broadcasts and information display. Running on Amazon Web Services, the new cloud-based offering empowers Super Ticker users with outstanding new levels of scalability, accessibility and cost-efficiency.  

Super Ticker Cloud includes all of the powerful features of on-premises Super Ticker installations, enabling users to aggregate, manage and moderate automated data feeds from dozens of external sources through one consistent web-based interface. Going far beyond news ticker functionality, Super Ticker Cloud allows users to freely combine this rich data with manual input and original content for a wide variety of applications including 24/7 news channels, broadcast programs, special event coverage, sports and venue displays. The new cloud-based offering further enhances Super Ticker’s superior multi-user collaboration capabilities, with operators able to securely access Super Ticker Cloud from anywhere in the world.

Super Ticker Cloud offers attractive cost benefits to broadcasters looking to reduce capital expenditures and better manage their operational expenses. As a SaaS solution, customers can rapidly deploy Super Ticker Cloud without the acquisition, setup and ongoing maintenance costs of on-premises systems to host it. The economic benefits are even more significant for customers using Super Ticker Cloud for short-term projects or one-time events. Such users can deploy cloud-based instances as needed, without over-investing in on-premises infrastructure that will go unused afterwards.

Bannister Lake’s flexible deployment models provide customers with even greater operational agility. Super Ticker Cloud SaaS instances running on Amazon Web Services are available on a subscription basis. Alternatively, customers can purchase Super Ticker to deploy on their preferred cloud provider or their own private cloud. Siloed Content Groups allow Super Ticker Cloud instances to be time-shared between multiple departments or entities while restricting content access. Customers can also leverage automated data replication to create hybrid workflows between on-premises Super Ticker deployments and Super Ticker Cloud.

“As broadcasters accelerate their acceptance and adoption of the cloud, we continue to be at the forefront of addressing their deployment preferences and operational needs,” said Georg Hentsch, president, Bannister Lake. “Super Ticker was designed from the ground up to be flexible in its implementation, whether installed locally within a facility’s master control environment or virtualized in the cloud. We’re thrilled to be helping our customers combine its benefits with the dynamics, agility and scalability of the AWS cloud.”

Super Ticker Cloud is available now as a monthly or yearly subscription, while Super Ticker continues to be available for on-premises installations. Super Ticker is deployed by numerous leading media organizations ranging from national broadcasters to specialty cable channels and high-profile event producers.

Bannister Lake Adds Advanced Support for US National Weather Service Alert Data Feed

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, June 14, 2016 – Bannister Lake adds Advanced Support for US National Weather Service Alert Data Feed in Super Ticker. Further expanding the extensive array of data source integrations in Super Ticker, we now offer advanced support for the U.S. National Weather Service Alert feed, delivering real-time weather alerts at the national, state, zone and county level. Going well beyond the core information provided in the basic NWS RSS feed, the new Super Ticker parser also captures advanced Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) information including human-readable alert messages and data relating to urgency, severity, certainty and more. This info is mapped into Super Ticker’s Dynamic Fields, from which users can select which fields to use for output display. As always, the new U.S. National Weather Service Alert reader is available at no charge on new systems and to all Super Ticker users with active support agreements.

TSN and Bannister Lake Join Forces for Euro Cup 2016

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, June 9, 2016 – The UEFA Euro 2016 event in France brings together the top 24 teams in Europe to battle it out for this prestigious trophy. Over the month long event, from June 10-July 10th, TSN will be broadcasting all 50 games with the help of Bannister Lake’s Scorebug. Bannister Lake Soccer Scorebug provides a client/server design allowing operators to control multiple scorebugs on multiple character generators simultaneously. This allows a single operator to control both games of the final games of the group stage which get played at the same time. It also means that there’s no need for remote control software but instead uses IP to control the remote CGs from any PC.

 

Using the standard and approved UEFA graphics and Ross XPression CG, BL’s Scorebug provides the finest quality graphics and the easiest to use user interface.

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Bannister Lake Software Bolsters Enterprise Network Integration in Highly-Regarded Broadcast Graphics Solutions

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, June 2, 2016 – Bannister Lake Software has enabled tight integration between the company’s graphics automation solutions and enterprise customers’ corporate networks, with the addition of LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) support in its Brando channel branding software and Super Ticker content management and display control system. 

LDAP is a standard IT protocol for accessing and maintaining information directories. Easing user administration and bolstering network security management, Bannister Lake’s new LDAP support enables users to access Flow – the web-based interface and technology platform powering Brando and Super Ticker – using their standard corporate network credentials. Through LDAP, Flow can communicate with authentication and directory services including Active Directory, Apache, IBM Tivoli, iDirectory, OpenDS, Oracle, Red Hat, Sun and more.

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Users no longer need to remember a separate login and password to use Super Ticker or Brando, while network administrators can control network and application access in a unified, centralized manner. The new capabilities bring further efficiencies to Super Ticker and Brando’s superior multi-user support, which enables a virtually unlimited number of operators to use the systems concurrently across creative, scheduling and content management workflow tasks.

“As the lines between broadcast operations and IT continue to blur, tight integration of our solutions into media organizations’ core IT infrastructures not only improves user convenience but also simplifies administration and management,” said Georg Hentsch, president, Bannister Lake. “Our new LDAP support exemplifies our ongoing commitment to streamlining operation for our users while delivering the robust network infrastructure integration that our enterprise customers require.”

LDAP support is one of multiple features that Bannister Lake is incorporating to meet the evolving needs of large-scale, enterprise customers. Enhancements to Bannister Lake’s DMan data management technology bolster system resilience through automated data replication and redundancy.

Going far beyond news ticker functionality, Super Ticker is a scalable, multi-channel, multi-user content management and display control system for the broadcast and information display industries. Designed to run 24/7, Super Ticker allows users to freely combine original content with external data feeds and is ideal for any broadcast, PEG, sports, signage, or venue application requiring automated data display and control. Brando is a data-rich, web-based software solution that simplifies how broadcasters dynamically incorporate and continuously update bugs, promos, snipes, sponsor messages, social media hashtags, and other branding elements across one or more channels. Integrating seamlessly with traffic and automation systems, Brando enhances how broadcasters create, schedule and manage their unique branding content.

Bannister Lake Partners with BEAC (Broadcast Educators Association of Canada)

We are proud to have sponsored and participated in the annual conference hosted by BEAC, the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada. BEAC is a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in broadcast and media education, and last week’s conference in Halifax brought together broadcast curriculum instructors from colleges and universities all across Canada to explore new ideas, share resources, and connect with industry vendors to learn about new technologies. We enjoyed showcasing Super Ticker alongside Ross Xpression, and engaging in insightful discussions with participants about the state of broadcast education and the industry. Thank you to everyone who met with us there, and to BEAC for hosting a great event!