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Thailand’s oldest institute taps Sony to modernise its archives

Institutes of learning, national broadcasters and production houses often face the major problem of how to modernise their archives to become flexible, intuitive and yet affordable. 

The task of managing and storing its academic resources, which covered everything from learning activities and lectures to audio/video capture of life in the Chulalongkorn University was entrusted to the Office of Academic Resources. 

“When we first started, we used mostly tape data and used a timeline method to ensure consistency,” Dr Banphot Srosri, Acting Director of Multimedia Information Service Division Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University, explained. 

Srosri said: “When digital become more commonplace, we were faced with a new problem – how do we archive and manage the ever-increasing volume of data?”

By identifying Sony’s proprietary Mediabackbone NavigatorX (NVX) as the solution, it enables the university to manage high-resolution data efficiently. NVX also provides an open platform for easy upload of almost any file format for video, audio, graphics or documents and it provides an unprecedented level of metadata management.

“As the university creates a huge amount of audio and video content that needed to be shared quickly between students and teachers and vice-versa, it is important that our media management tool is able to handle high volumes and more importantly, it is easy to use,” said Dr Srosri.

To expand NVX to its full potential, Sony has bundled it up with its scalable Optical Disc Archive (ODA) that is able to perform under extreme conditions. Both the NVX and ODA can seamlessly integrate with the university’s existing array of Sony equipment including cameras and camcorders.

“When we started reviewing media management solutions, two words were key – affordability and expandability. Sony scored in both areas,” Dr Srosri concluded.

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