SOURCE: North Plains

April 16, 2008 11:26 ET

North Plains Integration With Aspera Will Speed Up Customers' Downloads of Large Media Files

Digital Asset Management Leader to Integrate Aspera's High-Speed File Transfer Software With North Plains' TeleScope Platform

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - North Plains Systems Corp., the leading provider of video and digital asset management (VAM and DAM) software and solutions, and Aspera, the market leader for high-speed data transfer technologies, today announced a partnership to facilitate the high-speed, secure download of large media assets. The solution will be showcased at North Plains' booth (SU14315) and Aspera's booth (SU15509) this week at the NAB Show, April 14-17 in Las Vegas, NV.

North Plains' TeleScope™, the industry's most advanced video and digital asset management system, is designed to meet the diverse range of video and digital asset management needs from small to mid-size businesses and design studios to the most demanding, workflow-intensive environments of global enterprises. All stages of the TeleScope digital asset management workflow -- creation, production, delivery and consumption -- involve network transfer of file-based media assets, usually of significant size, and often at global distances.

Through the integration of Aspera's next-generation, high-speed file transfer software, fasp™, with the TeleScope platform, customers who are looking for greater speed, reliability and security of file transfers can take advantage of the solutions' enhanced capabilities for the high-speed transfer of large media files such as video.

The combined solution will facilitate the transfer of large media files at speeds that dramatically surpass traditional HTTP transfer methods over long-distance, difficult and high-bandwidth networks. Once the end user is ready to download the digital media file, the Aspera Connect plug-in, integrated seamlessly with North Plains' TeleScope web interface, enables the end user to download media assets with greater speed and reliability, and with predictable transfer time. The integration also supports drag-and-drop of files or directories for upload, and clickable links for single- and multi-item downloads. Users can also manage transfers from outside the browser process, including pausing, resuming and controlling transfer rates on the fly.

"Aspera's seamless integration to TeleScope has provided our customers with tremendous efficiency gains when downloading large media files, especially video, from TeleScope," said Hassan Kotob, President and CEO for North Plains. "In cases where users have downloaded files of multiple gigabytes in size, file transfer speeds have occurred in a fraction of the time, with the most notable improvements observed as the distance between the source server and the download location increased."

"The technology partnership with TeleScope was inspired by a joint motion picture studio customer that relies on North Plains' TeleScope and Aspera's technology for its digital asset management," said Michelle Munson, Aspera President and Co-Founder. "We are proud to become an integral part of TeleScope and effectively power the system's next-generation file transfer capabilities. The integration of fasp™ technology into North Plains' leading digital asset management solution solves the common problem of managing large digital assets at global distances, and is poised to enable global digital operations for companies across many industries."

About North Plains Systems Corp.

Founded in 1994, North Plains Systems Corp. is the leading provider of digital asset management solutions providing full workflow support from creation, to production, to delivery. Its pioneering technology, focus and vision have been recognized throughout the industry and are evident in innovative products such as TeleScope Enterprise and TeleScope for Video Management. With its platform agnostic approach to managing digital assets, more than 450 customers benefit from North Plains' expertise in delivering industry defining solutions for video asset management, digital media management & distribution, centralization, workflow optimization and virtual collaboration. Customers include AOL, Boeing, Bowling Green State University, Gallaudet University, Harcourt, HarperCollins Publishers, Microsoft, Ogilvy and Mather, Playboy, Publicis Groupe, Publishers Clearing House, Rodale Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Thomson Learning, The Utah Education Network, Viacom, and Warner Bros. For further information please visit

About Aspera

Aspera Inc. is a software development company creating innovative, high-performance bulk data transport technologies that provide maximum speed, complete security and breakthrough bandwidth control at global distances over existing network infrastructures. With several thousand endpoint and server licenses installed worldwide, Aspera's fasp™ software products are becoming the industry standard for high-speed transfer of digital content in the media and entertainment marketplace and the data transfer technology of choice for enterprise-wide deployment for Fortune 500 companies. Current customer deployments support transfers between six continents, and the dramatic savings in time, cost and productivity have resulted in major companies such as Microsoft, Isilon Systems and Hewlett Packard to integrate Aspera software into joint technology solutions. Products include file transfer server/cluster software, desktop and web clients, and complete transfer management applications, as well as a flexible, open SDK for embedded use. For more information please visit

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