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ANNOVA Systems

ANNOVA Systems is owned by the SCISYS Group, supplier of radio automation systems. The Munich-based software developer ANNOVA Systems offers programs and services for journalists and interactive content products to streamline news and production workflows.

The company is known for its newsroom technology, which has been used in the broadcast market for 20 years, with now over 20,000 users internationally of its OpenMedia software package. This is an independent news platform for production and rundown management and offers different systems of varying size to suit the specific needs of a user or installation. OpenMedia NOW is described as a scalable starter kit solution with a basic service package suitable for most standard workflows. It is pre-tailored for typical editorial workflows to allow journalists to start using it in a very short time.

Additional modules are available, including for the OpenMedia AnyPlace web service and enhancements for High Availability and Multi-site connections. Also in the starter kit are basic standard MOS gateways for Graphic, MAM and Production systems. OpenMedia NOW can additionally accommodate external sources for wire agencies, RSS feeds or email as well as a teleprompter gateway. OpenMedia VISION is ANNOVA's professional planning system for editorial collaboration and story-centric news management.

The high-end member of the range is OpenMedia INFINITY, which incorporates the functionality of NOW and VISION to produce a flexible workflow to match user requirements. This newsroom computer system is able to handle complex workflows in broadcast news production, with functions including wire search, scripting, rundown management and playout control. With its modern Microsoft-based client server architecture it can be infinitely scaled and delivers robust and stable performance. OpenMedia INFINITY is compliant with the Media Object Server (MOS) protocol; the OpenMedia Interface Service (OMIS) framework enables the integration of third party systems, including video production systems, automation and studio devices.