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AP Uses Wi-LAN's Wireless Product to Link Vendors Demonstrating New Industry Communication Protocol


Eighteen Companies Showing ENPS/MOS Compatible Products at NAB 2000 Convention

Las Vegas, Nevada
April 10, 2000

Using the I.WiLL 300-24 Access Point and based on its patented W-OFDM technology, Wi-LAN has formed a high-speed wireless network for the NAB project. In cooperation with its MOS partners and showcasing ENPS, AP's Electronic News Production System, AP's broadcast technology group is spearheading the network connectivity effort and continuous demonstrations in convention floor exhibits and suites. 

MOS is a modern way of enabling television and radio journalists to see, use, and control a variety of devices including media servers and editors, still stores, character generators, and special effects machines -- even if the systems were provided by different vendors. NAB 2000 attendees will be able to experience real-time MOS control from a variety of locations, with Wi-LAN's wireless link helping demonstrate how MOS allows fast and seamless exchange of video and audio information.

"We're excited that our W-OFDM could play such a significant role in the demonstration of AP's MOS," said Bill Hews, Wi-LAN President and COO. "OFDM technology is revolutionizing the wireless market and impacting industries such as broadcasting by delivering data at high speeds in a wireless environment providing greater access to information and enhanced productivity."

"It's been very exciting to work with Wi-LAN on this project," said Lee Perryman, Deputy Director of AP's Broadcast division and Director of Broadcast Technology. "In addition to showing how ENPS and MOS work in traditional environments, the magic of wireless networking, connecting so many separate sites in such a unique way, demonstrates how new kinds of technology can be easily and reliably put to work where standard network connectivity simply isn't possible or practical."

The MOS protocol is a broad industry alliance formed to develop a single communication standard for newsroom computers to communicate and share information. With ENPS, the world's most popular new broadcast newsroom software, AP has been at the forefront of the effort to help improve and standardize the way various components are interfaced and integrated.

At NAB 2000, products from Chyron, Dalet, Grass Valley Group, IBM/Radioman, Informix, Leitch, Louth, Management Data, Microsoft, Netia, Omneon, OmniBus, Philips, Pinnacle, Proximity, Quantel, Sony and Vibrint will be linked by Wi-LAN and sharing different types of audio and video objects through ENPS and MOS.

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