The specified software components have been designed, implemented, and tested. The test procedures were performed first on a closed-loop testbed, involving both the unit testing of every component and specified function, and the integration testing of the entire process flow of content distribution.
The integrated solution has been deployed on a live satellite network, with five sites in Belgium and The Netherlands over a period of eight weeks. In this period, transmissions were performed in five separate slots, each 2-4 days long with a bandwidth between 2 and 6 Mbps. This resulted in the successful delivery of 261 Gbyte, corresponding to 4 digital movies and several tens of movie commercials. During the entire 8-week period, the five remote stations reported and reconfigured themselves every 5 minutes, corresponding to a total number of 80,000 reports and auto-configurations.
The described system is a fully integrated solution or operational support system for digital cinema, currently unique in the market. It provides complete integration and process automation, and requires far less - if any - manual interventions at remote sites than existing solutions. Exactly this number of manual interventions, proportional to the number of remote sites, proved to be a technological barrier for the wide-scale deployment of digital cinema networks. The developed solution has been acquired by the Belgian EVS Group for the internal operations of its digital cinema company XDC, and is actively being promoted worldwide as the EVS CineStore Delta for professional content distribution to cinema theatres and/or cable head-ends.
The Belgian company Automation has acquired an extended version of the network management component, in order to manage its own network of containerized power solutions. Branded as the Telecom Site Management System, it is also being implemented at one, and being offered to several other, major European telecommunication companies.