Bannister Lake announced today that its Chameleon real-time data management product is being used to support the Global Television Network’s new OTT initiatives. Chameleon is used to control and customize a variety of news, weather, and financial data feeds as well as to manage advertising and promotional content. Global News has launched one national and four regional OTT streams providing viewers with live, 24/7 news and information.
Bannister Lake provided Global Television with
a suite of software products, including its Chameleon Web Player, that renders
national and localized ticker content for each channel. Also included is the
Chameleon Branding Player that displays ads for each channel while generating
as-run logs. The project represents revolutionary new approaches that are more
efficient and cost-effective when rendering HTML5 graphics for overlay in
streams. Instead of rendering graphics using traditional graphic engines,
costing tens of thousands of dollars, rendering is performed by inexpensive Raspberry
Pi 4 computers.
The Global Television Network is a long-time
client of Bannister Lake and uses Chameleon in a wide variety of ways to extend
its editorial and business reach. The product is used daily to control and
populate data-driven graphics for local morning shows and as an aggregator and
distributor of news content for the network’s digital signage initiatives.
Bannister Lake also provides Global with an industry-leading election solution
that allows producers to track real-time results, make race calls, build
graphic playlists, and distribute custom election data to any endpoint.
“Having Bannister Lake contribute to our OTT
project just made sense,” said Gerry Belec, national director, news technology
and operations, Global News. “The Chameleon product has the flexibility and
reliability we required to add real-time data to our streaming news channels.”
Bannister Lake’s Chameleon product is used
extensively throughout the broadcast television market and is used by a handful
of American OTT clients. The recent work with Global Television represents the
company’s first move into the Canadian streaming sector.
“We’re always excited to work with Global and
explore new ways our solutions can be used to reach Canadians,” said Georg
Hentsch, president, Bannister Lake. “Moving into Canadian OTT represents an
important new market opportunity as the media landscape continues to evolve.”
Global Television’s OTT news channels are
available through the network’s Global TV app and are currently available on
Bannister Lake announced today that as a public service offering, it is making authoritative COVID-19 data available to its customers via its built-in Community data aggregation service. Community collects data from credible public sources such as the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins and ingests it directly into Bannister Lake’s Chameleon data aggregation and management solution. In addition, the company has developed a world map-based web widget populated with the same COVID-19 data illustrating the extent of the outbreak. Recognizing that as the virus spreads, reliable data is essential for audiences to understand the rapidly changing situation and to respond accordingly, Bannister Lake is making the data and widget available as a public service.
“At a time like this, real-time data from
trustworthy sources is the only way audiences can keep up with news about the
global pandemic,” said Georg Hentsch, president, Bannister Lake. “We understand
the vital role media organizations play at this time. We want to do our part by
supporting their communications efforts with immediate availability of our data
and widgets free of charge.”
Within Chameleon, users can manage and
integrate local, national and international news, closings, alerts, financial
data and other topical content to create a complete view of the COVID-19
situation. This content can then be outputted as tickers, L-Bars,
data-populated graphics or fully automated information channels. Chameleon’s
RESTful API can be used to strategically distribute data to different broadcast
graphic engines, digital signage systems, or as HTML5 for online and mobile
Media organizations can further query and edit
COVID-19 related data to create a variety of custom visualizations including
geographically focused datasets, charts, tables, and indicators. Users can
schedule the playback of specific data to target particular markets or
platforms with data content that may be especially important to that audience.
Bannister Lake will continue to develop data parsers incorporating data from
reliable sources to ensure that media organizations and their audiences have
access to the most up-to-date and accurate content.
Customers interested in integrating the data or
requiring technical support can email email@example.com.
Bannister Lake announced today that its industry-leading data aggregation and management product, Chameleon, will now include additional election-specific capabilities. The new enhancements will allow broadcasters, station groups, streaming news services, and online media companies to launch election coverage with full editorial, data, and graphics support. Sophisticated election systems have historically been custom built by network news departments and are out of reach for many media companies. Bannister Lake’s Chameleon election solution provides any media outlet with the ability to professionally cover elections and ingest automated AP Elections or Decision Desk HQ data or enter results manually.
The new election module
features customizable race tracking and filtering functionality, allowing
producers to focus on specific races of interest. Editorial teams can use
Chameleon to follow races based on star candidates, close results, geography,
or other criteria. Producers can also create pre-built collections of races to
have them readily available for air. As a web-based system, Chameleon can
support an unlimited number of users, allowing producers and reporting teams to
have access to results and functionality from anywhere.
Within the election
module, producers can quickly create graphic playlists populated with real-time
results based on the races they are following and display them immediately.
Chameleon also allows production teams to add candidate headshots, customize
the UI to zero-in on specific races or groups of races, and switch to manual
results should the data feeds be interrupted.
“Elections are all about
getting results on air quickly and accurately,” said Georg Hentsch, president,
Bannister Lake. “The new Chameleon election module will ensure that any broadcaster
or media company can win over audiences, on any platform, with great
data-driven graphics and analysis.”
In addition to managing
graphics for broadcast, election producers can leverage Chameleon’s API to
distribute results data to a wide variety of graphic engines including NDI, SDI,
and HTML 5. Subsets of data can be strategically distributed to on-set
touchscreens, augmented reality systems, web widgets, or mobile applications.
This important feature allows clients to extend election coverage to social
media, websites, and interactive applications.
Be sure to visit
Bannister Lake at the 2020 NAB Show, Booth SL4711.
At the 2020 NAB Show,
Canadian real-time data solutions provider Bannister Lake will be focusing on its
industry-leading data aggregation and management solution Chameleon and how the
product adds value to a wide variety of broadcast, OTT, and digital signage
Bannister Lake will be
highlighting Chameleon’s enhanced election module ready for the 2020 U.S.
election cycle. Media companies can take advantage of Chameleon’s new election
features to produce real-time election coverage on any screen. Chameleon reads
election results from both the Associated Press and Decision Desk HQ, allowing
media to report on up ballot and down ballot races as well as the primaries and
Bannister Lake will also
be highlighting Chameleon’s ability to fully manage and visualize both live
data feeds and on-air branding content for enhancing news productions,
sponsorships, and promotions. Broadcasters in any market, using any output
device, can integrate, moderate, and customize multiple live data feeds into
graphic templates and provide their audiences with real-time news, weather,
sports, social media, financial, and fully customized data. In addition, the
product’s branding module can fully control sponsor’s snipes, bugs, and other
promotional graphic content triggered by the broadcaster’s traffic system.
will also be in the spotlight at the 2020 NAB Show. Chameleon serves as the
foundation to ingest, manage, and visualize an unlimited number of data feeds
that can be rendered to any graphics engine, HTML 5, or NDI. Broadcasters can
quickly launch infochannels made up of real-time news, weather, sports,
financial, event calendars, and other relevant content. To enhance the
offering, Bannister Lake has recently added transit and car sharing data to
make the channels especially important to local audiences.
As legal sports wagering
continues to grow across the U.S., Bannister Lake will be featuring wagering
channels covering horse racing, fantasy sports, and other events. Chameleon has
become an essential tool to aggregate, manage, and display both sports
statistics and betting data. Bannister Lake works with media companies that
require a robust solution that can read data from a wide variety of sources and
can integrate that data into the on-air presentation.
The 2020 NAB Show will
also spotlight in-venue, real-time data solutions for arenas and stadiums. More
and more venues are realizing that real-time data plays an integral role in
delivering content that adds a deeper and more entertaining fan experience. Venues
appreciate that advertising- and sponsor-related content has more impact if
real-time, game-relevant, insightful data could be tied to the presentation.
Chameleon is used to ingest real-time statistical data from the leagues,
allowing fans to view carefully parsed live game and league statistics combined
with game action. Venues are also turning to Chameleon to develop innovative
use cases for real-time data and sponsorships, including graphically visualizing
wait times at exit gates and concessions, charity lotteries, and corporate
Be sure to visit
Bannister Lake at the 2020 NAB Show, Booth SL4711.
Bannister Lake announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Brooklyn-based data aggregator and distributor, Roadify Transit. Roadify specializes in capturing live multimode transit and mobility data from transit authorities, bike share programs, in addition to car and ride share services from around the world. Bannister Lake has developed and implemented a data parser for Roadify data that ingests schedule and real-time transit data directly into its industry-leading Chameleon data aggregation and management solution.
Within Chameleon, users
will be able to strategically customize Roadify location-based data with other
real-time data feeds, and use BLADE, the product’s RESTful API, to
strategically distribute data to specific endpoints for visualization. By
targeting and extending transit and mobility data to online, mobile, OTT, and
web widgets, Chameleon users will be able to create new data products that
reach more viewers and generate new revenue.
The addition of Roadify
data will allow Chameleon clients to be able to create location-specific live
transit displays ideal for arenas, public events, and corporate campuses. The
data can also be used by broadcast users to provide viewers with up-to-the-second
mass transit information informing commuters of service alerts and on-time
status. The combination of Roadify data and Chameleon software will provide a
complete view of multiple area transit and mobility system conditions while
supporting sponsorships, advertising, and other supplementary editorial content
such as school closings, events calendars, local news, and traffic.
transit information that includes car and bike sharing is critical to commuters,”
said Georg Hentsch, president, Bannister Lake. “Managing that data through
Chameleon and making it readily available to any screen, anywhere, is an
important public service, and we are thrilled to be working with Roadify to
fulfill this mandate.”
“As transit and
mobility options proliferate, Bannister Lake will make it easy for riders to
find out what’s going on around them right now, simply by looking up at a
display,” said Scott Kolber, CEO, Roadify. “We’re especially excited that
Bannister Lake will be making RoadifyTV, our new integrated data selection and
deployment tool, available through Chameleon. RoadifyTV is specifically focused
on digital signage services, and Bannister Lake will be among the first wave of
our partners to use it.”
Bannister Lake provides
both broadcasters and digital signage operators with exciting new opportunities
to present data and graphics in innovative ways that leverage automation, data
query, and business rules. As a real-time data expert with strong development
skills in database, APIs, and applications, Bannister Lake designs, builds, and
implements solutions that leverage editorially relevant data sources to engage
audiences and attract advertising revenue.
Bannister Lake announced today that MPEG dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP (DASH) video content is now fully supported through its flagship Chameleon data management product. Responding to high market demand for the integration of the popular streaming format, Bannister Lake has added DASH playback support in the Chameleon Web Server and has integrated the streaming standard as a media material within its design tool, Chameleon Designer. Utilizing Chameleon Designer, users can build sophisticated graphic templates that incorporate multiple real-time and static data sources.
The combination of DASH
and Chameleon helps ensure that over-the-top (OTT) operators can take full
advantage of the streaming standard’s ability to adapt to changing network
conditions while providing superior quality playback and simultaneously displaying
timely, real-time data content. As the broadcast industry moves toward streaming
and new distribution models that include multiple devices, the incorporation of
the DASH streaming protocol into television technology solutions has become an
industry priority. DASH has quickly become a favored international standard and
is widely supported on virtually all platforms.
“At Bannister Lake we
see the integration of the DASH live streaming protocol as an important
development milestone for our Chameleon product,” said Georg Hentsch,
president, Bannister Lake. “Streaming content has become an important part of
the broadcast business, and we are well positioned to support this growing
OTT is quickly gaining
traction with viewers, and by combining real-time and static data content with
live streamed content, network operators can generate new storytelling and
business opportunities. Using Chameleon, producers can create exciting news,
financial, sports, and weather offerings that combine a highly advanced
adaptive live streaming solution with best-in-class data management,
aggregation, and visualization.
With the inclusion of
DASH, Chameleon can support multiple concurrent streams of live or pre-recorded
content, allowing OTT operators to switch between different streams. This
feature provides enormous flexibility for media organizations to quickly and
affordably launch multiple national, regional, and localized versions of
Bannister Lake announced today that long-time client Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) has enhanced its real-time data offerings to sports fans using Bannister Lake’s data management solution. Real-time NBA, NHL, and MLSE-generated in-house data is now being displayed in all the suites located in Scotiabank Arena.
Screens in the suites
display real-time game statistics providing fans with a deeper understanding of
the game and allowing them to track the performance of their favorite teams and
players. MLSE ingests the data directly from the leagues, aggregates and
manages the content through Chameleon, and then distributes it to the venue’s
signage system. Fans are exposed to targeted advertising along with game
statistics populated within an overlaid L-Bar graphic.
“Bannister Lake now
helps our venue effectively manage real-time data content and make it readily
available in Scotiabank Arena,” said David August, director of venue technology,
MLSE. “Chameleon makes it easy to ingest, aggregate, and customize all kinds of
data feeds without the need to write custom code.”
MLSE displays real-time
sports data using Chameleon in multiple locations within Scotiabank Arena. End-zone
screens located at either end of the venue display game scores from around the
NBA and NHL, and the main scoreboard screen displays specific team and player
stats based on game action.
MLSE uses Chameleon’s
built-in RESTful API to reformat data and make it available to multiple digital
signage platforms and graphics engines used to render data content. Chameleon
allows MLSE staff to direct specific content to specific endpoints, granting
them unlimited possibilities to customize the presentation.
“MLSE is another great
example of a client who has fully embraced Chameleon and sees the incredible
value of real-time data for impacting audiences,” said Georg Hentsch, president,
Bannister Lake. “We are excited to push the boundaries with MLSE and work
together on new data applications.”
MLSE is currently
testing new data use cases powered by Chameleon including corporate digital
signage and entry-gate wait times.
Bannister Lake announced today that it has successfully added QR codes to “Today’s Shopping Choice” (TSC, tsc.ca) on-air graphic presentation, creating exciting new purchase possibilities for viewers. Bannister Lake has a long-standing relationship with the popular home shopping broadcaster, having created and implemented software solutions that are integral to the channel’s production workflow.
established BL XPF Generator solution automatically pulls all the visual assets
associated with the featured products that are scheduled during a specific TSC segment
and in turn generates a Ross XPression graphic sequence that can be taken to
air instantly. By adding QR codes to the asset mix through Bannister Lake
software, TSC can drive additional sales while providing audiences with
supplementary product information.
TSC viewers scan the QR
code with their smartphones and are taken to a corresponding webpage to learn
more about the product and make the purchase. This provides an additional path
to purchase and is welcomed by tech-savvy viewers.
“QR codes are an
important complement to the existing solution at TSC and a great example of our
clients realizing the flexibility of our software,” said D’Arcy Pickering, vice
president, sales, Bannister Lake. “We are always looking at ways our clients
can engage more viewers and generate additional revenue.”
Bannister Lake has
previously worked with TSC developing and implementing BL Macros, a custom
solution that allows operators to call up special supporting graphics as
required. These graphics include countdown timers, items sold, items remaining,
and available sizes.
Bannister Lake’s custom
solutions provide broadcasters and event producers with new opportunities to
use data and graphics in innovative ways. As real-time data experts with strong
development skills in database, APIs, and applications, Bannister Lake designs,
builds, and implements bespoke software solutions that create more efficient
workflows, engage audiences, and monetize data.
Bannister Lake is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Washington, D.C.-based election data provider Decision Desk HQ (DDHQ) to provide U.S. election data and analysis. DDHQ is a leader in election data collection and reporting, providing results solutions that are up to the second, competitively priced, and accurate.
Bannister Lake has
developed and implemented a parser for DDHQ election returns that ingests
results data directly into its industry-leading Chameleon data aggregation and
management solution. Within Chameleon, producers and analysts can track
results, identify voting trends, make race calls, or use DDHQ supplied calls.
Producers can then generate graphic playlists and use Chameleon’s RESTful API
to distribute data and render graphics through popular broadcast graphic
engines or through Chameleon’s HTML 5 renderer.
Broadcasters and online
media organizations will be able to use the combination of DDHQ data and
Bannister Lake’s Chameleon software to produce exceptional election coverage.
DDHQ data includes results for senate, congress, governor, and down ballot
races, as well as presidential primaries and the presidency.
Of special interest to
local broadcast outlets, DDHQ is the only service to collect and report
election results for county and local offices. This includes judges,
supervisors, town and school boards in addition to ballot propositions and
referendum questions. Bannister Lake is an established leader in managing election
data. The company’s Elector software is used by leading Canadian broadcasters
to cover elections while Chameleon is equipped with a robust election module
geared toward U.S. and other styles of elections.
“Bannister Lake, with its
Chameleon software and proven track record with broadcasters across the United
States and Canada is a natural fit for DDHQ data,” said Drew McCoy, president,
DDHQ. “The product will allow broadcasters in any market, and online services,
the ability to produce highly visual election coverage featuring graphics
populated with up to the second results. We look forward to working with them,
their clients and our partners to provide cutting-edge national, state, and
local election coverage in 2020 and in the future.”
“Clients are looking
for an alternative to current election data providers and require a robust
election data management solution that can generate spectacular graphics,” said
Georg Hentsch, president, Bannister Lake. “The combination of Chameleon and
DDHQ data provides a cost-effective and editorially powerful solution for any
organization covering the upcoming elections.”
Bannister Lake will be
making DDHQ election data available within a variety of solutions, including
broadcast graphic engines, web widgets, on-set interactive touch screen
displays and as customized social media content. Together, the companies will
provide election producers with a wide variety of data solutions to reach
audiences on any platform.
Digital signage networks are only effective if audiences pay attention to content. That means eye-catching, on-brand design, relevant information and content that gets refreshed regularly. In an ideal world, a team of content creators, marketers and communications professionals will be working around the clock ensuring that the network has the most up-to-date content and that the business and communications objectives of the network are consistently being met. In reality, signage networks depend on sophisticated content management systems that use automation to both update content and set rules and parameters to ensure that content is being programmed consistently.
This is where real-time data feeds play a vital role to ensure audiences are presented with the most important content. Data tickers are a common ingredient in digital signage presentations. News, stock data, sports scores and weather have become an expected and appreciated part of digital signage in many cases. But real-time data can do so much more and transcend virtually every sector of the signage industry. Real-time data from multiple internal and external sources can be used to raise the editorial bar and be put to work to keep audiences engaged and connected.
Real-time data is everywhere; from manufacturing processes to retail analytics to sales statistics. Fast, slow and static data is present across the many sectors where signage is installed. However, much of that data is confined to spreadsheets and proprietary databases and isn’t shared via signage systems. If that data could be ingested, managed, visualized and distributed strategically, communicators would discover an incredibly powerful and automated content type that could have immediate benefits. The fear many communicators have is getting a handle on all that data content and being able to “cherry pick” what is relevant and what is not before distributing it to the proper endpoints. Communicators are also used as tools that visualize data in simple ways; line drawings, basic pie charts and bar graphs not appreciating that there are other ways to display data that take advantage of innovative design and have more engaging outcomes.
On a technical level, signage companies that want to incorporate real-time data sources are required to create a huge library of readers and create custom code to handle integration. This has traditionally been a huge headache. The problem lies with different data feeds having their own unique structure and a general lack of consistency. An alternate approach would be to use readers to ingest real-time data into a centralized database and then apply a standardized set of software tools to manage the data. These tools would be used to moderate, edit, schedule and trigger data according to parameters predetermined by the communications team. The feeds can then be fully customized editorially, reformatted technically and strategically distributed through an API.
In this scenario, dozens of real-time data feeds could be handled simultaneously, and various combinations of the data content would find their way on to select displays that made the most sense from a communications and business perspective. This approach to real-time data is well established in the broadcast industry. Television stations and networks that work with news, elections, sports and financial data select content that they deem important to their audiences, leveraging automation and graphics to keep the information relevant and current. For example, a sports producer who needs to illustrate the top rookies in the MLB with high batting averages will use a data query to “pull out” those statistics from an enormous pool of baseball data. The query can then populate a graphic template that is quickly put to air. The same process can be applied to digital signage, where big data needs to be dissected to reveal a trend or a new business opportunity.
An example from the digital signage industry is the recent U.S. Open Tennis Championship in Flushing Meadows, New York. Multiple video displays of every size and shape throughout the tennis facility were populated with specific data content. The screens were used to keep fans up to date, promote sponsorships and add a heightened level of fan engagement. Producers strategically directed content to specific screens to accomplish specific editorial requirements.
For example, outside the practice courts, producers would display upcoming matches, player biographies, tennis news, schedules and brackets, while the screens located outside the main stadium would display subsets of the live-action data; scoring, serve speeds, number of aces and unforced errors and other game specific data. Producers have come to understand that the signage displays are most engaging and effective when the live data content is relevant and highly targeted. To accomplish this, they employ the same tools that broadcasters use to aggregate, manage, visualize and distribute real-time data.
Across the multiple sectors that digital signage serves, professional communicators and digital signage system providers can leverage the power of real-time data. It is the most effective way to keep screens refreshed, leverage automated processes and keep audiences engaged. Digital signage operators need to get over their fear of big data and seek out solutions that both give them control over data content and foster new business and communications opportunities for their clients and end users.