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Mexico's National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI) has purchased two NOA Audio Solutions audio-visual media digitization systems for its Mediateka project, which aims to preserve the complete cultural heritage of Mexico's indigenous peoples in a national archive. One of the systems is a mobile ingest and digitization system that will travel around Mexico capturing and converting audio sources into WAV and MP3 files. Those files will then be transferred to the second system being installed at CDI's headquarters in Mexico City, where they will be checked, have metadata extracted, and be stored for integration into CDI's workflow.
The mobile system includes a NOA Record ingest system, a jobDB Control Center, a MediaButler tool to produce different formats on the fly, a NOA service console, and a DBScripter script interpreter, all of which integrate easily with CDI's existing Aleph metadatabase and DVS SpycerBox. NOA also provided CDI with a free Studer A810 professional tape recorder to support the project.
The stationary system at CDI headquarters includes a UniPort general ingestion processor that transfers external media and metadata files, matches them, scans them, and then moves them to storage along with NOA's Algorithmic Scanning quality trace. In addition, a second MediaButler tool retranscodes files from linear format to many other formats. Final files will go into a central repository for storage.
Satellite technology provider Track24 has won a contract to supply the Canadian government with short burst data (SBD) services from Iridium Communications. Track24 will deliver Iridium SBD-based devices, airtime and support under the contract.
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