Focus Enhancements Delivers a Robust and Cost-effective Media Asset Management Solution to Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR)


State-of-the-art hardware and software solution for professional video management is on display at IBC2008

Last Updated: September 12, 2008 5:00 pm GMT
(IBC-Amsterdam, Netherlands--September 12, 2008) Focus Enhancements Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSE), a worldwide leader in media management and ultra wideband (UWB) wireless technology, will showcase its ProxSys® Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions at IBC2008 held at the Amsterdam RAI Centre (Booth 9.D41) from September 12-16.

Among ProxSys users, the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at Kiel University (IFM-GEOMAR) has implemented ProxSys to reduce the time and cost of recording and managing video in its research missions.

The ProxSys PX product line solves the key media asset management issues associated with a file-based workflow. The system enables companies, organizations, and institutes to more efficiently store, manage, and retrieve their digital content, including video, graphics, music, and text files.

The Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at Kiel University (IFM-GEOMAR) is involved in all areas of modern research in marine sciences, ranging from geology of the ocean floor to maritime meteorology. Video recording and subsequent editing and management are important aspects of the institute's global research work. As part of their scientific work, the IFM-GEOMAR team uses the modern aquatic robot ROV Kiel 6000 on their research trips to record video at depths of up to 6000 meters.

With its professional-grade server hardware, fast performance, rich metadata capabilities, and browser interface, ProxSys optimizes and simplifies IFM-GEOMAR researchers' daily work, both on research trips and when back at the institute. Specific advantages include:
  • Recorded video material can be viewed onboard the research vessel and analyzed directly by scientists specializing in different areas.
  • The video data recorded by the ROV Kiel 6000 can be digitally archived and managed with time-code dependent keywords.
  • Multiple IFM-GEOMAR employees can view the video simultaneously.
  • Data can be fully accessed irrespective of location (land or sea), using the ProxSys web browser interface which generates a low resolution preview for easy online access.
  • Individual freeze-frame images can be extracted directly from the video material and saved separately.
  • ProxSys offers optimal data security and virtually unlimited memory capacity.

"ProxSys provides IFM-GEOMAR with a scalable system that can also be adapted for future requirements. With ProxSys, low and high resolution HD and SD video material can be accessed online anywhere in the world. We are delighted to have gained a customer such as the Kiel Research Institute and are proud to be playing a role in their important research missions," said Norman Schlomka, General Manager of Focus Enhancements' European Operations.

"We are happy we found a media asset management system which satisfies all our requirements and but didn't break our research budget, because we have a few more pages to turn with our ROV Kiel 6000 diving robot in the world of marine research here in Germany and around the world," said Dr. Friedrich Abegg, scientific leader of the ROV Kiel 6000 team at IFM-GEOMAR.

About Focus Enhancements, Inc.
Focus Enhancements, Inc. (NASDAQ:FCSE), headquartered in Campbell, CA, is a leading designer of world-class solutions in advanced video and wireless AV technologies. The company's Semiconductor Group develops wireless IC chip sets based on WiMedia UWB and 802.11a standards, and design as well as markets portable ICs to the video convergence, portable media, navigation systems and smartphone markets. The company's System Group develops video products for the digital media markets, with customers in the broadcast, video production, digital signage and digital asset management markets. More information on Focus Enhancements may be obtained from the company's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, or by visiting the Focus Enhancements website at


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