Harris gains momentum in Middle East

Harris Corporation has clinched several deals in the Middle East and Africa in the last year thanks to its Nexio server platform, especially its newly launched XS standard definition/high definition server system.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  December 7, 2006

Harris Corporation has clinched several deals in the Middle East and Africa in the last year thanks to its Nexio server platform, especially its newly launched XS standard definition/high definition server system. The Nexio server has been chosen for news, production and playout applications by many of the region’s major broadcasters, including Al Jazeera International, 1/9 Media in Libya, Jordan Media City as well as several others in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait. “Before making our purchase decision, we completed a rigorous evaluation of servers available on the market and spoke with a number of television stations in the region for some feedback on the choices they had made,” says Mustafa Murad, technical director at Gulf Sat in Kuwait. “The Nexio repeatedly came up as one of the most reliable and robust systems for channel transmission. The worldwide acceptance of this product, along with its inherent scalability and flexibility, was a key driver in our decision to purchase the Nexio server platform at Gulf Sat.” Nexio video servers provide a streamlined infrastructure for producing, processing, managing and distributing any type of media. Within the Nexio framework, SD/HD video, audio and metadata are instantly and securely accessible to all users, creating a true shared storage environment. Nexio XS, which is the most recent addition to the Nexio server platform, is a modular, SD/HD transmission server system that offers integrated, agile, software codecs with an extensive range of compression formats and back-to-back DV/MPEG playout — all in a single, three-rack unit (3RU) frame. “The Middle East market has been thriving for a number of years now, and we are delighted with the recent uptake of the Nexio server platform in this region,” says Dave Dougall, vice president of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for the Harris Broadcast Communications Division. “It is a testament to the robustness and scalability of the Nexio platform that it has been such a significant success over recent months. We also feel that our strategy to set up an office in Dubai Media City and to hire local talent such as our managing director, Said Bacho, has contributed greatly to our recent sales in the region.”

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