nCUBE and Oracle Corp. Provide Key Ingredients for Multimedia Visitor
Information System at EXPO '98 in Lisbon
(Business Wire; 08/27/98)
FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Aug. 27) BUSINESS WIRE -Aug. 27, 1998--nCUBE and Oracle
Corp. (NASDAQ:ORCL) are together providing major video delivery components for
Portugal Telecom's extensive multimedia visitor information system at EXPO '98
in Lisbon, Portugal.
70 information kiosks located throughout the vast EXPO '98 site provide
visitors with visually exciting direction, education and promotional material
that is updated daily. Using video-capable touch screen terminals, visitors
are able to make a virtual journey through the EXPO, access videos-on-demand,
and receive information such as a three dimensional map of the site, listings
for events in Lisbon and surrounding areas, and programs for the 130
exhibitors. In addition, 500 multimedia personal computers (PCs) which are
connected to the system are available to exhibitors.
The communication and information project was developed by Alcatel Telecom
Software & Services for Portugal Telecom. Integrating nCUBE, Oracle and other
third party components, this solution will be the starting point for Portugal
Telecom to introduce the Portuguese market to interactive multimedia services.
In this specific application for EXPO '98 the nCUBE video server, utilizing
Oracle(R) Video Server software, delivers broadcast quality MPEG video content
to the information kiosks and PCs.
EXPO '98, which opened on May 22 and will run through the end of September, is
the last world's fair of this century. Approximately 150 countries and
international organizations, the highest ever recorded for this type of event,
are participating. The total number of visitors is projected at nearly 8.5
"We have enjoyed working closely with Oracle and Alcatel at EXPO '98, certainly
one of this year's premier worldwide entertainment and educational events,"
said Ian Johnstone, chief operating officer at nCUBE. "The multimedia visitor
information system is just one example of the many ways that broadcast quality
video-on-demand, on a large scale, can be utilized today. Using our combined
video delivery technology, versatility, and expertise, an nCUBE/Oracle solution
can be easily adapted to suit a wide variety of applications and networks."
nCUBE's video servers are the only proven systems that are configurable to
deliver up to 20,000 broadcast quality MPEG video streams with a single system.
Product features include support for the major network architectures of the
video market, including ATM/STM-1, 10 or 100BaseT Ethernet, QAM, DVB, and ADSL.
nCUBE video servers incorporate Oracle Video Server software. The Oracle Video
Server (OVS), with other Oracle products and services, is an end-to-end video
solution used in the broadcast and interactive television markets providing
telephone companies, broadcasters and cable TV operators a safe, reliable, step-
by-step approach towards realizing new revenue through broadcast digital
In addition, OVS offers a practical, cost-effective transition from analog to
digital while meeting broadcasters and cable TV operators' need for
reliability, speed, and quality. The recently released Oracle Video Server 3.0
includes mission-critical features such as real-time video feeds and real-time
encoding, increased scalability, logical content management, a broadcast
scheduler for near-video-on-demand services, and VCR functionality.
Founded in 1983, nCUBE is a privately held company specializing in broadcast
quality video delivery systems leading in performance, scalability and cost
effectiveness. nCUBE's expertise and unique system scalability has made it the
video server of choice in the world's leading video-on-demand trials and
deployments. As an Oracle Business Alliance Partner, nCUBE is solidly
positioned to meet the demands of a rapidly expanding interactive multimedia
marketplace. The company is based in Foster City, Calif., with offices
worldwide. For more information about nCUBE, please call 800-654-2823 or visit
our Worldwide Web site at http://www.ncube.com.
Oracle Corp. is the world's leading supplier of software for information
management, and the world's second largest software company. With annual
revenues of $7.1 billion, the company offers its database, application server,
tools and application products along with related consulting, education and
support services, in more than 140 countries around the world. For more
information about Oracle, please call 650/506-7000. Oracle's World Wide Web
address is http://www.oracle.com.
A world leader in telecommunications systems and equipment, as well as related
cables and component activities, Alcatel operates in over 130 countries.
Alcatel provides complete solutions and services to operators, service
providers, enterprises and consumers, ranging from backbone networks to user
terminals. For more information, visit Alcatel on Internet: