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London—Nov 2, 2012

KDM Delivery Revolutionized with Locksmith

Digital cinema key delivery made easier and simpler with new service
Arts Alliance Media, leading digital cinema company, has unveiled the latest addition to its digital cinema software suite: Locksmith. Locksmith is a system to manage collection and distribution of digital cinema keys (KDMs) from distributors directly to screen servers. 

Locksmith removes the need for distributors to email individual keys to theaters, previously a laborious and error-prone process, instead allowing distributors to upload all KDMs to web-based Locksmith. Locksmith then examines each KDM, calculates which screen it relates to, and delivers it directly to the screen server automatically, ready for use. Comprehensive reporting allows exhibitors and distributors to see which KDMs have been successfully delivered and ingested, and which haven’t. 
 
Eric Stevens, Commercial Director of Arts Alliance Media, said "Distributors and exhibitors have been telling us for a long time that the manual system of emailing KDMs to cinemas and then projectionists having to ingest them into the correct servers is time consuming and unreliable.  We are happy to say that with the advent of Locksmith the KDM process is easier for everyone. " 
 
For distributors, uploading of KDMs with Locksmith is easy and fast: a zipped key file, SMPTE-compliant key bundle or individual keys can be uploaded either through an intuitive web interface or via email. Locksmith also provides an API with which distributors and labs can integrate. 
 
For exhibitors, Locksmith makes it easy to stay in control of KDMs, reducing the possibility of lost shows. The system can be accessed via a web browser or on mobile devices, meaning exhibitors can check KDM status any time. In addition, Locksmith can send alerts warning of any KDM problems via email or phone, giving exhibitors time to fix any issues. 
 
For exhibitors who are using Arts Alliance Media's Theater Management System (Screenwriter) or enterprise Theater Management System (Producer), Locksmith goes one step further - examining each scheduled upcoming show in the cinema playlists and proactively checking for KDMs, issuing alerts if any are missing. 
 
Arts Alliance Media are at ShowEast in Miami from November 5th - 8th, and will be demonstrating Locksmith at Booth 1214.
Arts Alliance Media Contacts:
Media
Kate Pidgeon 
T:  +44 (0)20 7751 7512 
kate.pidgeon@artasalliancemedia.com
About Arts Alliance Media: Arts Alliance Media (AAM) is a global leader in digital cinema software and services, offering cutting-edge solutions in software as well as installation, maintenance and support across the cinema ecosystem.  AAM’s software products include the SCREENWRITER Theatre Management System (TMS); PRODUCER – an enterprise TMS and content management system operating across the entire cinema circuit;  LIFEGUARD – an enterprise system designed to monitor and manage hardware as well as power Network Operations Centres (NOCs); and ADFUSER – a campaign management tool to simplify cinema advertising and increase incremental revenues.  Our software touches over 20,000 screens worldwide across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific while our NOC supports over 11,000 screens globally. Arts Alliance Media Directory page Arts Alliance Media Web Site
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