Arts Alliance Media (AAM), leader in digital cinema software, has announced that its Screenwriter Theatre Management System (TMS) and Lifeguard Network Operations Centre (NOC) software products are now fully integrated with the LSS-100> Quality Control Probe from USL, allowing exhibitors to measure multiple environmental factors in their cinemas. Integration with AAM’s software now allows testing to be started automatically in a screen, with results monitored and tracked over time to identify issues before playback, avoiding missed shows and revenue loss.
The LSS-100 enables cinema owners to ensure the optimum sound and image environment for their auditoriums by measuring sound pressure level, luminance (the measure of light on a screen), chromaticity (hue and colourfulness), and colour temperature. Measurements can be used to identify lamps nearing end of life, misadjusted lamps, projector colour problems, defective speakers or other audio components, and when integrated into AAM’s software suite can be viewed alongside other key digital cinema data such as projector status, disk space and software information, and monitored continuously from a NOC anywhere in the world.
Integration of the LSS-100 with Screenwriter and Lifeguard means that testing can be performed automatically, by creating a playlist with test content and setting automation cues from the server. Screenwriter then runs the test playlist at scheduled times and the LSS-100 reads the different environmental factors associated to that screen. Information is captured via Lifeguard reporting and is recorded in order to show trends over time and anticipate problems early, in time to fix them.
“Lifeguard is already the most comprehensive digital cinema equipment monitoring solution available” Eric Stevens, Commercial Director of Arts Alliance Media commented “and now with adding LSS-100 integration, Lifeguard offers a truly unique and powerful solution that monitors everything you could wish to in your cinemas from one central place. This means for example that a NOC which could be thousands of miles away can see which lamps are nearing the end their life, before anyone on site might be aware of a problem.”
Jack Cashin, President of USL added “The LSS-100 is being very well received and people are excited to be able to ensure the best possible conditions for their cinema easily. We’re delighted to announce the Arts Alliance Media TMS integration and we were very impressed by how intuitive and easy to use the software is. This solution can now provide a complete view of the exact status of any number of screens, and the results can be consolidated and analysed in order to provide genuine business benefits.” AAM’s Lifeguard software, launched at the end of 2013, allows cinema NOCs to monitor equipment across a circuit, with customisable error alerts and trouble-ticketing to proactively address issues and track support actions.