HOME is a software-based management platform for media infrastructures for broadcast, corporate and live applications. Logically following the transition to IP, HOME automates device discovery and registration for broadcasters and production companies, as well as IP address management to shorten set-up times and maximize ROI for processing hardware in local, distributed and global infrastructure hubs and clouds.
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HOME is a purely software-based management platform for media infrastructures for broadcast, corporate and live applications. It runs either on a local or remote COTS server or somewhere in the cloud. Its flexibility is derived from microservices that perform a variety of relevant tasks.
Designed to make a hybrid cloud environment easy to connect, manage and secure, HOME addresses all real-world challenges the broadcast and AV sectors face—in one place and via a single, platform-agnostic, and intuitive user interface.
A logical sequel to the transition to IP, HOME provides broadcasters and production companies with a tool that automates device discovery and registration as well as IP address management to compress set-up times and maximize ROI for existing processing hardware in local, distributed and globe-spanning infrastructure hubs and clouds.
Operators involved in high-profile productions realize that the current incarnation of NMOS IS-04, though useful, does not really cover the “last mile”. They expect an end-to-end solution that meets their stringent time and budget constraints. The CTO of a production company that leveraged HOME’s initial feature set in the summer of 2021, in Japan, recently put his take on the ideal management platform like this: “You connect everything, you push a button, and it configures itself.” This is what HOME was designed to solve.
In addition to plug-and-play-style IP discovery and registration, HOME provides access to the deep-dive parameters of supported hard- and software systems as well as centralized firmware housekeeping and streamlined operability of all solutions under management. It also tears down the boundaries between hardware devices and software-based processes, whilst giving operators the option of using public or private clouds in a result-driven, budget-optimized configuration.
Private clouds can be either hardware- or software-based. Distributed tech hubs or data centers, for instance, qualify as private clouds once they are accessible from any location via a robust WAN connection. An increasing number of broadcasters and production companies already use this approach. Being geo-agnostic and only requiring WAN/LAN connections to all relevant tech hubs and mobile units, HOME automatically turns physical processing locations into a holistic network, allowing operators to seamlessly mix and match processing resources that can be scaled up and down to meet the requirements for the project at hand.
Software-defined hardware with flexible licensing schemes has become a serious alternative to pay-as-you-go cloud services that require high-bandwidth—and hence costly data traffic—at a time when OPEX usage models are being embraced to lower up-front investments and to control costs in a predictable way.
In addition, HOME’s elastic cloud approach features redundancy by design.
The two most salient features of HOME are its microservice architecture and its comprehensive, multi-layered security scheme.