Mastering Automation Systems

2 Day Course
Code PWL374

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This course is designed primarily to be a clear and thorough explanation of modern
automation, but also to approach the subject strategically. How automation is used in
modern facilities to assist ingest, quality control, archiving and transmission; Workflow, user operability, third party product integration, control methods and redundancy are also explored. The course also touches on digital asset management and its relationship with automation.

The delegates will understand thoroughly how automation systems work, giving them
the confidence needed to make informed decisions.


Learning outcomes:

  • Understand thoroughly what automation is and how it functions.
  • Understand how equipment integrates and communicates with a modern automation system.
  • Understand how a successful automation implementation can improve workflow and productivity.

Target Audience

Who should attend?

Staff responsible for workflow or involved in broadcast operations; Individuals involved
in equipment purchasing decisions; Broadcast engineers; Solutions architects and
Technical architects and other personnel involved or interested in modern automation


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Properties of Automation Systems (7 topics)

  • Automation strategies
  • Primary components Schedule engines Schedule and channel properties
  • Accuracy and control
  • Asset management
  • Fault monitoring
  • Reporting
  • Quality control

User Interface Design (11 topics)

  • Design theory
  • Schedules events and fields
  • Schedule timing
  • Operator control functions
  • Errors and warnings
  • Look ahead windows
  • Primary and secondary devices
  • Secondary event handling
  • Event history
  • Traffic management
  • Other operator interfaces

Equipment Control (8 topics)

  • Broadcast chain equipment
  • Primary and secondary control
  • Control considerations
  • Device control hardware
  • Control strategies
  • GPI and serial communication
  • IP control
  • Protocol standards

Asset Management (7 topics)

  • Automation database strategies
  • Distributed systems
  • Management engines
  • Broadcast server considerations
  • Server storage management
  • Media transfer
  • Nearline and archive storage

Redundancy (5 topics)

  • Automation redundancy strategies
  • Device redundancy
  • Path monitoring and control
  • Manual and automatic functions
  • Automation redundancy considerations

Operation (5 topics)

  • Operator considerations
  • Central operation tool
  • How much control?
  • Successful media work flow strategies Automation and Media Asset Managemen(MAM)
  • Internal support staff

Transmission (7 topics)

  • Scheduled driven channels
  • Live control
  • Timing and accuracy
  • Non liner channels
  • Alternative schedules
  • Multi region playout
  • Manual intervention

Real World Examples (2 topics)

  • Single multichannel automation strategy
  • Multi site automation strategy



What Our Customers Say

The instructors knowledge is fantastically broad and deep!”

Vice President, ABS-CBN

An excellent course, one of the best I have attended for IP training, covering a very wide range of topics.”

MCR Manager, Sky TV New Zealand

Good course, well presented. Good content and mix of theory and practical alike.”

Software Engineer, Commscope

Very good overview of technologies new and old.”

Broadcast Engineer, Formula 1

Very good background to help our development away from Broadcast TV.”

Account Manager, Thomson

Instructor knowledge and experience was excellent.”

Solutions Engineer, Akamai

Good level of detail and industry examples of the technology and its usage. Trainer extremely knowledgeable with a great deal of experience in the field.”

Software Manager, Panasonic

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