Project Indigo is a series of application developments in the broadcast application market, designed to stimulate the use of satellite space segment by developing broadcast applications for the TV industry. This suite of developments has been led in the UK by Arqiva Ltd (formerly Kingston Inmedia) as part of an ARTES-4 contract 18508/04/NL/US.
During 2004-5, Project Indigo developed five sub-systems: Remote Ingest, Remote Scheduling, Remote Playout and Development (RPAD), Digital Archive and Enhanced Playout which could then be offered together. This project concluded in December 2005.
Unified architecture for Indigo Phase 2 Stage 1 developments
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Project Indigo Broadcast and Workflow Tools
The original proposal for Indigo Broadcast and Workflow Tools (BWFT), the last product set in the Indigo family, was made to ESA in the summer of 2006. By request of ESA, the development was divided into two sub-Phases. Sub-Phase 2.1, which was completed in the autumn of 2006, dealt with the User Requirements and System Architecture of the system. The go-ahead was then given for Sub-Phase 2.2, which started in January 2007, which kicked off the technical development.
The Workflow and Broadcast Tools product allows broadcasters to improve efficiency and reduce costs by digitising content and providing a number of significant production benefits, before the transmission process.
Content is moved from Arqiva to the broadcaster and third-party Facilities Houses in high or low-resolution versions in order to edit the material, or for the production of promotions, subtitles and audio tracks. By reducing the need for tapes, the process is speeded up dramatically, cutting the time for acquiring material to air from three months to three weeks or even less.
The system is targeted at broadcasters, who have multiple channels in multiple territories, as these will benefit most from the way the Workflow system works. Multiple territories often mean multiple languages, and subtitle and audio files can be sent by email, rather than burning them onto tapes to be couriered.