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ANC Sports software allows more real-time scoreboard content

Purchase, N.Y.-based scoreboard outfitter ANC Sports Enterprises has developed a new software system, vSoft, that allows for more real-time development and editing of scoreboard content.

Scoreboard systems, in part because of their size and video fidelity requirements, traditionally have required substantial pregame content development and editing. ANC’s vSoft is capable of real-time changes through a drag-and-drop user interface.

The system is being used in several prominent sports facilities, including Fenway Park in Boston, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, as well as minor league ballparks. Pricing varies because of differences in scale and customization between venues.

“We see this as the next generation of control systems,” said Mark Stross, ANC Sports chief technology officer. “Scoreboard operators don’t have to guess anymore. They can see what they’re building in real time.”

Officials for the Boston Red Sox, which was to open its home schedule last week, said the new system has greatly improved the workflow of scoreboard animations through the new system and allows for the creation of additional content on tighter deadlines.

“This has made us a lot more efficient,” said Jack Lanzillotti, manager of Red Sox Productions, game operations. “We’re still doing a lot of what we were doing before, but it’s now so much easier to accomplish.”


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