NAB 2012: Wohler acquires RadiantGrid
In the only major acquisition news of the show so far, Wohler Technologies has announced its acquisition of RadiantGrid Technologies, a developer of leading-edge transcoding, transformation, and New Media Automation service platforms.
The RadiantGrid software platform boasts built-in intelligence that automates the entire workflow for managing file-based ingest, preparation, and distribution of digital media content. Uniting Wohler’s modular monitoring and processing solutions with RadiantGrid’s advanced parallel processing technology, the acquisition will enable the two companies to streamline IT-centric workflows with a full range of video, audio, data, and QC solutions that support broadcasters’ rapidly evolving needs.
“Our customers are increasingly making the move to more IT-centric infrastructures and looking to file-based solutions as a way to realize increased efficiency and profitability,” said Carl J. Dempsey, president and CEO of Wohler Technologies. “We have assembled engineering talent to develop our own file-based solutions, and the strategic acquisition of RadiantGrid — and the company’s exceptional technology and talent — expands and accelerates that program. By joining these resources, as well as our shared passion and creativity, we are positioned to move quickly into exciting new areas and to roll out innovative solutions that help broadcast organizations everywhere to deliver media efficiently, effectively, and economically.”
While there are many solutions dedicated to tasks such as transcoding and content management, Wohler and RadiantGrid technologies have the potential to move beyond stand-alone tools and solutions, whether file-based or hardware-based. The integration of their technologies enables Wohler and RadiantGrid to provide a fully integrated solution for managing content across the value chain, from ingest to delivery and back again, while employing intelligence in media processing.
Increasing volumes of content must now be ingested and processed for delivery onto multiple devices and standards within hours, or even minutes, of acquisition. By building intelligence into their systems and processes, Wohler and RadiantGrid free up operators for other tasks while increasing the speed and efficiency with which content can be processed for delivery. Intelligent grid processing and transcoding offers scalable, faster-than-real-time processing speeds, which can be fully automated to save both time and money.
“Wohler products address management of audio, video, ancillary data, and loudness, all with an eye toward QC-ing those signals to ensure a high quality of experience for consumers,” added Dempsey. “Radiant Grid offers a file-based path to achieve the same result. We view it as highly complementary to our existing range and a logical extension of Wohler’s product offerings, from the baseband to the file-based domain.”
“This is the most important moment in the history of RadiantGrid,” said Kirk Marple, president and chief software architect of RadiantGrid Technologies. “We’re proud to be a part of the Wohler Technologies family, and we look forward to finding creative integration points with Wohler’s strength in managing audio, video, and data. Together, we have long-term plans for RadiantGrid feature and product development. Building on Wohler’s worldwide sales and support resources, as well as the company’s market leadership, we plan to follow an aggressive growth path, domestically and worldwide, and to become a dominant company in the file-based workflow space.”