Pebble welcomes new product owner to drive next generation functionality of Pebble Control

Pebble’s award-winning self-contained IP connection management system, Pebble Control, wins industry recognition as an experienced new Product Owner joins Pebble to move forward with upcoming features.

Epsom, Surrey, UK – 18 January 2023: Pebble, the leading automation, content management, and integrated channel specialist, is pleased to announce new developments with its Pebble Control solution. Nikolaos Katsampekis has been appointed as Product Owner for Pebble Control, which recently won a major industry award, and plans are set for introducing next generation functionality ahead of this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Katsampekis joins the company from Grass Valley where he led a team engaged in the design and development of control and monitoring solutions, specifically, Human Machine Interfaces and orchestration solutions for SDI, Hybrid and IP Networks. He joins the company at an exciting time; Pebble Control Free was launched last year, winning an industry award in late 2022. It enables broadcasters to work with entry level access of 15 concurrent input and output connections for free. The industry award recognised Pebble Control Free as being one of the best innovative solutions that have made an impact in the media and entertainment industries in 2022.

Pebble Control is a self-contained, scalable, and easy-to-configure IP connection management system built specifically to enable broadcasters to make the leap to an all IP facility without the need to deploy a bespoke enterprise solution. It leverages full support

for the NMOS (Networked Media Open Specifications) suite of protocols produced by the Advanced Media Workflow Association to facilitate networked media for professional applications.

Pebble is taking an active role in developing the NMOS roadmap too and firmly positioning itself at the forefront of the open standards debate. It participates in the NMOS steering committee and chaired the NMOS IS-07 initiative, which replaces the need for wired GPI connections in an IP environment. The company also chairs the NMOS Modelling activity which aims to ensure immediate interoperability of installed IP devices. 

“I am delighted to join Pebble at this time and to use my expertise to drive forward plans and build on the great work already delivered on the Pebble Control solution,” says Katsampekis.

“As we head into what looks to be a landmark NAB, we are delighted that Nik has joined the team,” comments Miroslav Jeras, Pebble CTO. “We are rolling out new and improved next generation functionality ahead of the show and we’re looking forward to sharing our insights on the importance of open standards and interoperability at NAB itself. We are confident that Nik’s experience and proven track record in the industry will help us ensure that the next generations of Pebble Control continue to be the leading solution for IP connection management, control and monitoring.”

About Pebble

At Pebble we understand that efficiency, reliability and sustainability are vital for playout operations, and we know that interoperability with multiple vendors, standards and technologies is key. As a world leader in automation, integrated channel, IP and virtualised playout technology, with systems installed in more than 70 countries worldwide and over 1500 channels played out under Pebble automation control, we have the people, the process, and the technology that the broadcast market needs as it changes and adapts to compete with new entrants in the video media space. 

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