May 19, 2020

Local broadcaster turns to Jasco for archive solutions

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Bizclik Editor
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Local broadcaster turns to Jasco for archive solutions

Local broadcaster is faced with the challenge of an ever-expanding need for storage, along with a worldwide trend for broadcast libraries to move from analogue to digital systems.

In order to cater to these demands, turned to Jasco Broadcast Solutions and the DIVArchive Content Storage Management System from Front Porch Digital to provide the solution.

 This centralised digital archiving solution will enable the broadcaster to not only store large volumes of digital data and archived footage, but also index and track all footage, ensuring that specific clips can easily be located on demand for improved efficiency and monetisation capabilities.

 “Video footage is one of the primary assets of any broadcaster, and in this fast-paced environment, time is money. The ability to locate and access specific files and video clips could mean the difference between a story airing or being discarded.

Added to this, archived footage is also an asset that can be sold to other broadcast parties. If specific files cannot easily be located, this additional monetisation capability cannot be realised, cutting off a significant revenue stream.

Paul Divall, Managing Director, Jasco Broadcast and Managed Solutions, said: “With the sheer volumes of digital footage that need to be stored today, and the demand for storage only increasing, a media asset management solution is essential for broadcasters.

“The DIVArchive system from Front Porch Digital is a globally recognised and acclaimed solution that provides powerful management tools for archiving, indexing and file access.” 

As the local agent in South Africa, Jasco will be working with Front Porch Digital to deliver an end-to-end system, complete with installation, support, integration and maintenance at’s offices in Cape Town.

In order to ensure maximum value can be derived from the solution, Jasco will also provide onsite training to all affected users. The solution will enable the effective archiving of legacy content, including legacy archives, raw footage, clips, stills and supporting documents, both electronic and paper-based. 

 “The DIVArchive system is a solution that has built a global reputation on integration with common platforms, reliability and scalability.

Rino Petricola, SVP, Managing Director at Front Porch Digital, said: “It is interoperable with a wide range of broadcast applications, providing rapid access to archived footage, content protection and long-term preservation, redundant systems to protect data and innovative features such as in-line transcoding which enables digital footage to be converted to the desired format while moving footage to and from the DIVArchive.

“Components can also be replaced without disrupting operations, and a unique scalable architecture and ability to operate over multiple sites makes this the ideal system for to roll out nationally in the future,” 

“With this solution in place we will not only be able to move our analogue libraries to digital format, saving physical space, we will also be able to more effectively preserve our content, and improve searching and access capability within our archives.

“Front Porch Digital DIVArchive is a proven product used by many major broadcast libraries across the world, and with Jasco’s reputation and expertise in the market we will be able to take advantage of a fully integrated, world-class archiving and content management solution,” concluded Nohra Moerat, GM - Group Libraries & Archives at

The archiving solution is currently being built at Front Porch Digital in France, and will be shipped to South Africa for installation, integration and acceptance in January 2014.

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Jun 11, 2021

G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve

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Business Chief delves into what the G7 is and represents and what its 2021 summit hopes to achieve, in terms of sustainability and global trade

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration. 


Who are the G7?

The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like. 

The merry band comprises:

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States

Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.


Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda. 


When was the ‘G’ formed?

Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s. 


Why does the G7 exist?

At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted. 


The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability. 


It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations. 


Where is the 2021 G7 summit?

This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall. 

What will be discussed this year? 

After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”


The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values. 


According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.” 


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