Microsoft Azure-powered solution enables bus and coach operators to provide their passengers with a full onboard entertainment system, accessible via a browser.
HAARLEM, NETHERLANDS – Oct. 6, 2017 – Cloud technologies from StreamingBuzz, are allowing Openmatics, a connectivity expert of ZF Friedrichshafen, to deliver a full onboard entertainment system to its bus and coach operator customers.
The Roadcaster entertainment solution gives passengers access to onboard entertainment features including movies, television series, customer surveys and location-specific route information – via a browser or native app on their own smartphones, tablets and laptops.
The solution is powered by Microsoft Azure to stream content via the cloud. As a result, the solution removes the cost of placing a screen on every seat which is how traditional onboard entertainment systems are distributed.
“Roadcaster provides fleet operators with all the benefits of a full onboard entertainment package at a fraction of the cost and complexity of installing a hardware-based system,” says Thomas Rösch, Managing Director of Openmatics. “Our solution harnesses technologies from StreamingBuzz and the power of Microsoft Azure to handle streaming and digital rights management for blockbuster Hollywood movies, the latest must-watch TV series and more, and can be configured for use in both Wi-Fi and offline environments.”
The Roadcaster unit supplied by Openmatics is a robust device, complying with industrial and automotive standards, that operates with up to 4 SIM cards and can serve up to 100 passengers.
The solution takes advantage of several Microsoft Azure services. Azure Media Services enables broadcast-quality streaming video, Azure IoT Hub handles device-to-cloud telemetry data, Azure SQL Data Warehouse is used for data storage and Azure Stream Analytics enables the processing and analysis of information.
“This is a great example of how our partners are developing Microsoft Azure solutions to help businesses in every stage of their digital transformation,” says Tony Emerson, Worldwide Managing Director, Media and Cable of Microsoft.
“This cloud computing platform complements our products like no other,” said Thomas Rösch, Managing Director of Openmatics. “Microsoft Azure enables us to easily manage the solution and scale it to our customers’ needs, with the knowledge that it is secure and flexible.”
StreamingBuzz offers an end-to-end cloud service, which has a streaming platform inside for the delivery of live (360) and on-demand content, secured by world-class protection, to an international audience or passengers on virtually any device. Our fully automated studio-grade workflows are completely built, managed and run in the Microsoft Azure, which reduces the complexity and costs of cross-platform delivery, and have integrated, dynamic, on-the-fly content ingest, encoding, transcoding, storage, CDN, payment, billing, reporting and analytics (big data, media intelligence, metadata).
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Openmatics is a connectivity specialist within ZF Friedrichshafen. It provides custom smart mobility concepts that help transport and logistics companies to futureproof their businesses. Openmatics sets new telematics standards on the market. Highly flexible, the system is suitable for professional fleet management as well as asset tracking, vehicle diagnosis and multimedia applications. Openmatics demonstrates innovative strength with engineering services tailored to customers’ demands regarding intelligent mobility concepts and with its integrated Software Development Kit (SDK). Users of the SDK can develop their own apps to create exactly the portfolio they want.
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