A deal has been signed with software developer Autonomy and video content delivery specialist Kontiki and a trial prototype should be up and running in six to eight weeks.
The search tool - yet to be named - will fit into BBC Broadcast's Media Object Management System (MOMS) to deliver video content to any platform on demand. It will allow mobiles, PDAs and computers to access archived content.
A BBC Broadcast spokesman said that it had been requested by a client but the investment, "not a huge sum", was a speculative investment for BBC Broadcast. He would not confirm whether the client was the BBC.
It was also announced at NAB that Swedish company Ardendo had been chosen to supply the digital asset management system to complete BBC Broadcast's MOMS tapeless set-up.
Once complete the system, from Ardendo's Ardome range of asset management products, will allow content to be ingested and then used by multiple users linking post production and subtitling and audio description departments. It will also be essential for delivery of content to emerging consumer platforms and technologies.
BBC Broadcast would not comment on the price attached to either deal.