In SAAT Radio Automation (SARA) system, users can do their jobs, like what they used to do before, via a computer set connected to a local network and using Radio Automation applications and tools. In order to do this all computers in a site should be connected to a local network and have access to server with a high speed.
In this system, central storage is considered to be of a very high volume to dedicate each user a personal space in addition to adequate space for archiving materials. Personal space is the space assigned to each user for doing works or saving information in. Metadata of audio files saved in the archive are also accessible. Users can search within metadata and pre-listen the audio and then decide to use the main file or not. All archived audio information and some archived materials which are frequently used are put in central storage and other archived materials are saved in backup storages.
Information of programs (such as program definition, involved people, and program files) are also kept in central storage so that all users have access to and do their defined duties via each computer in network. For each user, according to his/her duties, some facilities are considered in his/her work list.
System administrator defines and manages users and their access levels. Group manager determines involved people for each program and supervises the activities in group. And play manager administers the play conductor. Other involved people such as supervisor, producer and archivist do their works according to defined duties in automation system. Radio automation system includes several modules, but users only deal with its user interface and the other facilities are accessible in the same interface. For example, users of archive and on-air parts can also do their works via this user interface. Archive, on-air and production applications can also work independently besides being integrated with whole the system.
In SARA system, all users enter the system with a same user interface and work in same environment, but they have different facilities as per as their roles in the workflow. As you see in following diagram, available facilities in SARA system are generally considered in 3 parts: Public tools: including features that all users have access to (such as Program Table, Conductor, Archive and output of on-air studio) User tools: including tools corresponding to user’s access level and roles in workflow (such as )