BeckTV Teams With Beam Dynamics To Offer Asset Management Tools
BeckTV, a systems integrator for the broadcast media industry, is partnering with enterprise asset management technology provider Beam Dynamics. The partnership means BeckTV clients will have access to Beam’s Asset Intelligence Platform, a self-service portal where they can track, manage, update and troubleshoot every product they’ve purchased from BeckTV until the asset is due for an upgrade.
The companies say the Asset Intelligence Platform “solves the problem of having to manage critical technical infrastructure using spreadsheets, which is compounded by the lack of readily available, engineering-level data and inconsistent formats across thousands of vendors. The platform gives engineers a comprehensive overview of the technology used across studios, control rooms, electronic news gatherings, and information technology infrastructures so they can instantly see their entire production inventory across departments and regions. Engineers have access to detailed asset history, critical security patches, firmware updates, documentation, and contact information from over 5,000 vendors and more than 500,000 products in the film and broadcast industry, all through a single, web-based user interface.”
“Through the Asset Intelligence Platform, we are bringing data to engineering teams like it’s never been done before, and BeckTV’s clients will reap the benefits,” said David Kaszycki, Beam Dynamics CEO. “BeckTV is the first integrator to come on board with Beam, which demonstrates the company’s concern for what happens after they leave the client site. Instead of just handing over a spreadsheet like everyone else, BeckTV is handing over an intelligent tool that dynamically updates and has all the information clients could need. This helps engineers manage technology assets and keep critical production infrastructure up to date to reduce downtime and extend equipment life cycles.”
When a project is complete, BeckTV will upload the client’s asset list into the Beam platform to migrate the inventory data, where it will match to vendor data. The client can also add any assets not purchased through BeckTV via a simple upload process. The client will have free trial access to the Beam platform for 60 days from the on-air date, after which the client may proceed with a Beam subscription or continue managing inventory with a standard equipment list from BeckTV. This scenario applies to any new BeckTV customer and any company that has completed a project with BeckTV in the past two years.
Among the first joint clients to take advantage of the portal is KPRC Houston, an NBC affiliate owned by Graham Media Group. BeckTV provided systems design and final integration for KPRC’s new building and technical facilities, including two large studios, two automated production control rooms, and a building wired for fiber and copper connectivity throughout. Upon completion, BeckTV supplied KPRC with a detailed inventory list that got uploaded to Beam’s Asset Intelligence Platform.
Edgar Zavala, KPRC director of technology, says: “We completed a major facility upgrade with BeckTV in 2017. At the time, BeckTV provided great documentation for us — which a few years later made the onboarding incredibly easy with Beam, and that gave us access to dynamic information about our deployed technology assets. A partnership between Beam and BeckTV is a great idea. It allows them to come together and deliver a comprehensive, end-to-end asset management solution for anyone doing an extensive or greenfield buildout.”
Matt Weiss, BeckTV’s vice president of business development, says: “Beam Dynamics has built an incredibly useful technology that gives our clients product detail and asset management functions they just can’t get from an equipment list or spreadsheet, and it will ultimately make the entire deployment more successful in the long run. We’re always looking to add more value for all our clients, and granting access to Beam’s Asset Intelligence Platform after final delivery is about as valuable as it gets.”