Archive of the IP Audio Category

Digigram Ready for Phase-III Expansion of India’s Radio Broadcast Market

MONTBONNOT, France — Jan. 29, 2015 — Digigram today announced its readiness for India’s “Phase-III” expansion of the country’s FM radio services, which will allow for the launch of more than 800 new FM channels in nearly 300 cities across the country. Ideal for the many new facilities that will require cost-effective audio transport solutions, the company’s IQOYA *LINK is a full-duplex encoding and decoding solution that provides uncompromising performance for IP-based studio-to-studio and studio-to-transmitter links. The IQOYA product line already is being sold, installed, and serviced in India by Digigram partner Technomedia Solutions Pvt. Ltd and equips some of the major media groups, including Sun TV.

“With this Phase-III expansion of its radio broadcasting marketplace, India will effectively enable community radio coverage in all cities with populations of 100,000 or more,” said Philippe Delacroix, president and CEO at Digigram. “In order to provide localized information and programming to local audiences, new privately owned broadcast facilities will require affordable and reliable audio transport solutions for studio-to-studio and studio-to-transmitter links. IQOYA *LINK meets this demand, enabling the distribution of digital audio over IP networks and delivering the audio quality and continuity critical in professional broadcast applications.”

Developed in collaboration with major European telcos and now deployed around the world, the IQOYA *LINK ensures 24/7 reliability, audio format flexibility, and ease of use — all at an attractive price point for new radio broadcast operations. Equipped with Digigram’s rock-solid FluidIP(TM) codec engine with multiple failover options, as well as redundant dual streaming and smart mechanisms that guarantee a reliable transport of audio and associated ancillary data, the IQOYA *LINK maximizes uptime.

The Digigram IQOYA *LINK system has earned honors for its reliability and robustness, both in terms of hardware and software, in challenging environmental conditions, and it boasts a mean time between failures (MTBF) of more than 70 years. With strong EMC resilience and a hardware bypass of inputs to outputs in case of power failure, the IQOYA *LINK is uniquely resilient to the potential complications typical of monsoon season. These characteristics and the product’s power-saving fanless design also suit the product for deployment in remote locations, where maintenance and repair can be difficult.

While Technomedia Solutions offers IQOYA *LINK systems as part of its product portfolio, the company also offers studio engineering operations services that include installation and operation of the systems within the larger broadcast workflow. A number of other vendors and their local partners also will supply Digigram technology to India’s burgeoning broadcast market. The company’s range of sound cards is integrated into radio automation systems and other solutions for the modern broadcast facility.

Further information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production, and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Photo Caption: IQOYA *LINK and *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codecs

Success at AES ‘Plugfest’ Validates Digigram’s AES67/RAVENNA Implementation

Interoperability Testing Event Demonstrated That AES67 Standard Provides Real Gains in Interconnecting Standards-Based Equipment

MONTBONNOT, France — Jan. 27, 2015 — Digigram today announced that it participated in the AES67 interoperability test event held by the AES in cooperation with EBU at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) in Munich late in 2014. At this “Plugfest,” Digigram and other select vendors demonstrated interoperability between different implementations of AES67-2013 across more than a dozen products. The overwhelming success of the event reinforced the value of both the AES67 standard and the RAVENNA implementation that Digigram has incorporated into its range of IP audio codecs and sound cards.

The AES67 standard enables high-performance synchronous audio-over-IP streaming interoperability between the various IP-based audio networking products available in today’s professional marketplace.

“The success of the Plugfest tests not only confirms the practical value and promise of AES67 and AES67-compatible open technology standards such as RAVENNA, but also validates our decision to implement these technologies in our IQOYA product line and sound card offering,” said Nicolas Sturmel, PhD., head of research at Digigram. “The adoption of a new standard is a major shift for the industry. Thus, as we move forward into 2015, we expect additional releases of AES67/RAVENNA-enabled solutions, as well as further progress in establishing standards-based workflows that enable our customers to optimize their deployment of these solutions.”

Facilitating low-latency synchronous audio distribution over IP infrastructures in radio facilities, RAVENNA enables new levels of performance and flexibility in IP audio transport. Digigram was among the first members of the RAVENNA consortium launched by ALC NetworX in 2010, and the company announced the addition of AES67/RAVENNA connectivity to its IQOYA range of audio-over-IP (AoIP) codecs at the IBC2014 exhibition. Digigram’s IQOYA solutions help ease users’ migration toward greater use of IP audio within their studios and ultimately facilitate more flexible design of their audio infrastructures by using standard and inexpensive IT equipment.

Announced in March 2014, the LX-IP RAVENNA PCIe sound card represented Digigram’s first RAVENNA-enabled product. Featuring ultralow latency down to one audio sample per IP packet, up to 256 RAVENNA I/O channels from multiple RAVENNA streams, and a full MADI interface, the card is ideal for high-density audio production or automation applications in radio and TV broadcast studios. This card has already been adopted by Studer to enable AES67 connectivity to its new CPU-based Infinity Series” broadcast mixing consoles.

Further information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production, and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Photo Caption: IQOYA *LINK and *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codecs

Belar Electronics Reorganizes, Relocates to Drive Future Innovation in Modulation Monitoring

New management structure, headquarters lay foundation for company growth heading into the 2015 NAB Show

West Chester, PA, January 20, 2015
Belar Electronics has set the stage for future growth and innovation in modulation monitoring with a new management structure as the company settles into its new Philadelphia-area headquarters. With its more than 50-year reputation for quality, reliability and precision cemented, Belar’s reorganization signals a shift in strategy to meet the dynamically changing needs of the radio broadcaster heading into the 2015 NAB Show (April 13-16, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth #C2452).

With founder and industry visionary Arno Meyer now retired, Mark Grant steps in as CEO of Belar Electronics, managing all decisions surrounding company vision and direction. Erich Meyer assumes the role of COO, responsible for day-to-day plant operations across manufacturing and supply chain. Under Erich Meyer’s direction, the company will continue to centralize all production at its new West Chester, Pennsylvania headquarters, and manufacture 100 percent of its products in the USA. Erich Barchi will continue in his role as manager of global sales and customer relations, overseeing strategy for direct and channel sales worldwide.

Mark Grant, COO

Mark Grant, COO

Erich Meyer, COO

Erich Meyer, COO

Erich Barchi, Manager, Sales and Customer Service

Erich Barchi, Manager, Sales and Customer Service

To support global sales and service augmentations, Belar will build on its distinguished legacy as a trusted technology innovator through new software-defined test and monitoring applications. In addition to improving operational efficiencies for the end user, these enhancements, notably IP connectivity and FM/HD Radio time-alignment, will bring renewed focus to the value of the modulation monitor for the radio broadcaster.

“The modulation monitor remains the pre-eminent tool to help broadcasters accurately monitor on-air levels, calibrate equipment and remain in FCC compliance, and there is a strong value proposition around improved market-wide performance for broadcasters that make the investment in this gear,” said Mark Grant, CEO, Belar. “While the audio processor, exciter and other air chain components ideally amplify sound quality, broadcasters cannot take full advantage of their modulation thresholds without an accurate modulation monitor. Belar’s focus on delivering top-of-the-line, precision-oriented test instruments remains our core strategy, for the purpose of helping broadcasters troubleshoot performance issues in the air chain and maximize their broadcast signals. And moving forward, Belar intends to build on these principles with exciting new innovations that elevate the role of the modulation monitor.”

At NAB, Belar will reiterate its leadership in traditional AM and FM modulation monitoring, while highlighting new software-defined features that enhance remote connectivity for off-site signal monitoring; and improve time-alignment between FM and HD Radio signals. While the former will focus on the convenience of remote monitoring across all signal parameters and alarm conditions via IP connectivity, the latter will highlight how the modulation monitor can noticeably improve the listener experience, including the elimination of signal echo as FM and HD Radio signals blend.

“Belar has continually worked to ensure superior performance and reliability across the product line, including the use of digital signal processing to eliminate signal drifts, offsets and other signal quality hindrances for robust, stable and repeatable signal performance that remains in calibration,” said Grant. “We’ve eliminated unnecessary adjustments, minimized conversions and consolidated previously separate monitoring applications into a single box to make modulation monitoring a more user-friendly, operationally efficient and valuable process for broadcasters. We look forward to unveiling our next generation of enhancements at NAB.”

Belar Electronics’ new headquarters is located at 1140 McDermott Drive, Suite 105 in West Chester, PA 19380.

About Belar Electronics
Founded in 1964, Belar Electronics Laboratory, Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of modulation monitors. Used by radio and TV stations globally to monitor broadcast signals, Belar products are world-renowned for accuracy and reliability. These benefits are also recognized worldwide by manufacturers of transmitters and audio processors, which regularly rely on Belar monitors as test instruments to ensure their products meet specifications. Contact Belar at (610)-687-5550 or visit them on the web at http://www.belar.com.

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Digigram at BES EXPO 2015

Digigram
BES EXPO 2015
Exhibiting with Technomedia Solutions on Stand 66 (IP Audio) and AVF on Stand 73 (Sound Cards)
Jan. 15-17, New Delhi

At BES EXPO 2015, the Digigram team will highlight a complete range of products designed to address the performance and cost requirements of all IP audio applications. In showcasing solutions that simplify the capture and delivery of high-quality audio over IP networks, the company will feature the low-cost, ultra-low-latency IQOYA *CALL and IQOYA *CALL/LE audio-over-IP contribution codecs; the IQOYA *LINK and IQOYA *LINK/LE stereo audio-over-IP distribution codecs; and the high-density IQOYA *SERV/LINK multiple-stereo or multichannel audio-over-IP codec for professional IP audio distribution. As a preeminent provider of professional-grade sound cards, Digigram will show its popular VX, LoLa, and LX series sound cards, including the new low-latency, high-density LX-MADI PCIe(R) sound card and LX-IP RAVENNA PCIe sound card with a MADI option. For reporters on the go, Digigram also will demonstrate the ultra-robust Cancun USB card, which enables native USB Audio 2.0 streaming, mixing, and processing in a stylish casing.

Audio-Over-IP Distribution Range

IQOYA *SERV/LINK Multiple-Stereo or Multichannel Audio-Over-IP Codec for Professional IP Audio Distribution
Digigram’s IQOYA *SERV/LINK incorporates multiple distribution codec instances and the company’s advanced FluidIP(TM) technology on a single processing hardware platform to simplify the transport of multiple audio programs (mono, stereo, multichannel) over IP networks in a high-density format. Designed for radio broadcasting and for intercom and commentary for both radio and TV, the IQOYA *SERV/LINK codec allows users to configure multiple-stereo or multichannel solutions for links between studios and between the studio and transmitters, DVB operators, or content delivery networks. In its compact 1-RU version, the solution can handle up to eight stereo analog channels, 16 stereo AES/EBU channels, 32 stereo MADI channels, or multichannel LAN IP audio interfaces (Livewire and RAVENNA), and up to 64 codecs with multiple GPIOs and RS232 ports for auxiliary data tunneling. The scalability of the system allows users to mix and expand the supported audio I/Os, and a larger 4-RU version provides even higher channel density. The solution supports analog, AES, MADI, Livewire, or RAVENNA audio connectivity and multiple audio codecs (PCM, MPEG L2 and L3, AAC, apt-X), and is one of the industry’s few audio-over-IP codecs that can simultaneously stream raw RTP, HTTP, and MPEG-TS/IP streams.

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Photo Caption: IQOYA *SERV/LINK Audio-Over-IP Codec

IQOYA *LINK and IQOYA *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codecs
The IQOYA *LINK and IQOYA *LINK/LE codecs are full-duplex encoding and decoding solutions that provide uncompromising performance for IP-based studio-to-studio and studio-to-transmitter links, as well as audio program delivery to DVB operators. Developed in collaboration with major European telcos, the IQOYA *LINK/LE codec is a cost-effective version of Digigram’s full-featured IQOYA *LINK codec that gives broadcasters the benefit of 24/7 reliability, audio format flexibility, ease of use, and affordability. Based on FluidIP(TM) technology, the smart IP audio streaming engine developed by Digigram, both IQOYA *LINK and IQOYA *LINK/LE boast high, field-proven mean time between failures (MTBF), very low back-to-back latency, and a host of state-of-the-art features that guarantee audio quality and continuity. With audio synchronization based on Network Time Protocol (NTP), these Digigram solutions enable operators to provide a seamless listening experience for users on the go — even as they move among the contiguous transmitters used in a multifrequency network. An intuitive Web-based user interface simplifies configuration, control, and monitoring and gives users access to real-time metrics on the network.

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Photo Caption: IQOYA *LINK and IQOYA *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codecs

Audio-Over-IP Contribution Range

IQOYA *CALL and IQOYA *CALL/LE Audio-Over-IP Codec for Professional IP Audio Contribution
Digigram will highlight IQOYA *CALL and IQOYA *CALL/LE codecs, which allow users to build reliable low-latency IP audio contribution links while keeping costs under control. These codecs are utilized by Digigram’s Mobile Studio and Ultra Mobility solutions, which bring professional quality to full-duplex connections between a remote site and a studio.

IQOYA *CALL protects the investment of broadcast institutions within large fleets of heterogeneous ACIP EBU Tech 3326-compatible equipment managed by SIP infrastructure. Its front panel enables simple and straightforward usage in all outside broadcast situations.

IQOYA *CALL/LE is a cost-effective and versatile addition to the IQOYA range of IP codecs. It easily provides full-duplex IP audio sessions over the Internet and wireless connections thanks to its smart signaling and hassle-free symmetric RTP connection mode.

As with all IQOYA family members, IQOYA *CALL and IQOYA *CALL/LE codecs share the benefits of Digigram’s FluidIP(TM) IP audio streaming engine, including smart jitter, packet loss and drift management; quality of service optimization; end-to-end dual-stream redundancy; and stable ultralow latency.

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Photo Caption: IQOYA *CALL/LE Audio-Over-IP Codec

Digigram Quote:

“As a leading supplier of audio-over-IP solutions for all applications and all budgets, Digigram will bring to BES EXPO 2015 a full range of innovative IP audio codecs, audio solutions, and professional sound cards particularly well-suited for the FM Radio Phase-III deployment. We look forward to demonstrating the cost and technical efficiencies that our IQOYA audio-over-IP solutions bring to audio contribution and distribution, as well as the uniquely robust performance and feature sets provided by our acclaimed VX, LoLa, LX, and Cancun series sound cards.”
– Philippe Delacroix, President and CEO of Digigram

Company Overview:

Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production, and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

ATC Labs Integrates Digigram Sound Cards Into Attractively Priced High-Performance Audio Processors and IP Codecs

Digigram Cards Provide Robust Feature Set, Help to Ensure Excellent Sound Quality in Radio Broadcast and Streaming Applications

MONTBONNOT, France — Nov. 18, 2014 — Digigram today announced a new partnership through which audio technology company ATC Labs will integrate Digigram sound cards into the company’s Perceptual SoundMax(TM) line of audio processors and ALCO Blue(TM) IP codec, engineered for the radio broadcast and streaming market. The Digigram cards provide high-quality analog and digital interfaces that help ATC Labs ensure that its products offer the highest levels of quality and most robust feature set.

“The combination of quality and features offered by Digigram’s sound cards is exceptional, making the components an ideal fit for the high-end products that we offer,” said Dr. Deepen Sinha, CEO at ATC Labs. “The Digigram cards, when optimally combined with the company’s core expertise in audio processing and compression, enable us to supply emerging and expanding markets, such as the exploding radio broadcast market in India and the rapidly growing community and college broadcast market here in the United States, with robust yet affordable products that enable users to do more with less. In short, we can provide a level of audio quality and functionality that is difficult or impossible to find in the same, or even a much higher price range.”

ATC Labs will use Digigram sound interfaces across a broad line of audio processing and IP codec products and will also recommend Digigram products to its customers. The Digigram VX222e, UAX220v2, and VX222HR cards will be incorporated into the company’s Perceptual SoundMax audio processors, which provide unmatched signal processing functionality for broadcast or audio streaming, thus allowing users to move ahead of the competition in sound quality and implementation efficiency. The Digigram cards will also be built into ATC Labs’ ALCO Blue rackmount IP codecs and used in conjunction with its ALCO Professional line of integrated IP audio SoftCodec solutions designed specifically to meet the demands of the professional audio and broadcast industry. These products provide outstanding audio quality, low latency, and high connectivity through public and private networks, even through firewalls.

Among the benefits of working with integrated solutions from ATC Labs is the ability to perform concurrent on-air and Internet streaming. Whether from one of the thousands of new stations emerging in India or a community or college radio broadcaster in the United States, users can very easily and cost-effectively reach audiences on multiple platforms while ensuring excellent aural quality.

“ATC Labs offers a compelling array of highly competitive products, and we are pleased to be working with the company as it makes high-performance audio solutions available to a much broader marketplace,” said Christelle Nay, EMEA and Americas sales manager at Digigram.

Further information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

Further information about ATC Labs and the company’s products is available at www.atc-labs.com or via email at support@atc-labs.com.

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production, and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Photo Caption: Digigram VX222e PCIe Sound Card

GatesAir Transitions WRLY-LP to Intelligent IP Networking Solution

North Carolina FM station installs Intraplex® IP Link for dual-path STL connectivity, leverages built-in Opus codec for pristine audio quality

CINCINNATI, November 3, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, has transitioned a low-power FM station in North Carolina to an IP transport architecture for studio-to-transmitter link (STL) connectivity. With the GatesAir Intraplex® IP Link as a foundation, the intelligent networking solution solved the challenge of efficiently moving program audio and data over a studio-to-transmitter path that offered no line of sight for traditional fixed RF STL connections.

WRLY-LP in Raleigh made the switch following its studio relocation to more accessible commercial space, creating a greater distance to the transmitter facility. Unlike higher power stations, low-power stations typically do not transmit signals off high towers, making RF STL links impractical. Transitioning to IP proved the most budget-friendly option for the station.

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WRLY selected the IP Link based on its feature-to-price ratio, including support for the emerging Ogg Opus audio codec. GatesAir was the first broadcast codec adopter of Ogg Opus audio coding, which incorporates technology from the Skype-developed, speech-oriented SILK codec and CELT, a low-latency, next-generation music codec. Broadcasters benefit from Opus’ combined strengths of high-quality audio and very low delay, which distinguishes it from audio codecs that excel in one area but fall short in the other.

“I’m very budget-constrained as a low-power station. IP was readily available, more cost-efficient than an enterprise T1 solution, and eliminated the challenges of erecting rooftop structures in a commercial zone,” said Steven White, owner of WRLY-LP. “I was an early adopter of voice over IP technology, and had been monitoring the capabilities of Opus from an audio quality perspective. Much of our music library has been encoded in high-end formats, so I needed a codec that wouldn’t over-compress the audio and develop artifacts in the stream. GatesAir was the only codec supplier that built Opus into the feature set, and since there was no extra expense for Opus, the overall costs remained low. The flexibility of the IP Link and its software-driven features struck the right balance of features, cost and quality.”

WRLY is also benefiting from built-in redundancy that shares IP packets across a dual-path stream. Called Dynamic Stream Splicing, this IP Link feature allows the primary stream to borrow data from the secondary stream in the event of dropped packets en route to the transmitter.

“The IP Link provides excellent statistical information that show if, and where, packets have dropped,” said White. “The dual-path architecture of the IP Link ensures that instances of dropped packets that make it through are very, very rare, and never noticeable on the air. The reliability is exceptional.”

“Intelligent networking solutions are proving their value for broadcasters across all power levels, as radio stations large and small recognize the cost- and operational benefits of transitioning audio and data connectivity to IP,” said Joseph Mack, vice president of sales, Americas. “Our low-power customers like WRLY are building a networked foundation that begins with simple STL connectivity, and opens the door for advanced contribution and distribution applications thanks to a scalable and cost-efficient architecture.”

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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GeoBroadcast Solutions Helps West Virginia Radio Maximize Coverage with MaxxCasting

Two western Maryland FM stations overcome significant terrain challenges with proprietary, scientific MaxxCasting™ formula for market-wide signal penetration

CHICAGO, September 10, 2014GeoBroadcast Solutions announces that a MaxxCasting™ deployment for West Virginia Radio Corporation has significantly improved market-wide signal penetration for two FM stations in Cumberland, Maryland. MaxxCasting systems combine radio broadcast and mobile cellular technology to reduce interference between main transmitter and booster sites, enabling broadcasters to maximize network topology for the purpose of increasing coverage and revenue potential.

Located in western Maryland, the Cumberland market is home to West Virginia Radio stations WZDN-FM and WQZK-FM, with transmitters located well outside of city limits. Both stations have had considerable challenges with terrain shielding, particularly on major interstates running through the region.

“We deployed a traditional booster for WZDN many years ago that wasn’t able to minimize interference across all the locations we targeted, and in fact created significant issues on I-68. We also had virtually no direct coverage within the boundaries of Cumberland for WQZK,” said Chris Moran, director of technology, West Virginia Radio Corporation. “We also needed to improve coverage across the main corridors that run through Cumberland. MaxxCasting was the only solution where we could optimize coverage across these trouble spots while steering away interference. GBS’ predicted coverage increases in advance of the upgrade have proven to be remarkably accurate.”

The MaxxCasting formula is superior to traditional booster systems due to its proprietary modeling software and cutting-edge distribution architecture, featuring high-efficiency transmitters and intelligent IP networking solutions from GatesAir. The scientific formula considers the distance between transmission points, heights above average terrain, and time differentials between locations. GBS produces a detailed software modeling solution for each station based on these and other measurements, determining the areas of concern and specifying booster site locations – along with antenna heights and power ratios – to maximize signal penetration in the customer-defined target coverage areas. The GBS coverage analysis can be optimized by benchmarking coverage against population and ratings measurement data to further help the station target its key audience. The designs are then implemented and fine-tuned in the field.

West Virginia Radio is also benefiting from the simplicity of the MaxxCasting architecture, which is made possible through cost-effective IP signal distribution. Using GatesAir Intraplex® IP Link 200 codecs, the MaxxCasting network can drive two stations from a single system, with built-in real-time adaptive synchronization across booster sites courtesy of Intraplex SynchroCast® time precision delay technology. Low-power GatesAir Flexiva™ transmitters and Jampro JAVA log periodic antennas complete the distribution network.

“MaxxCasting made perfect sense for the Cumberland market based on the terrain,” said Moran. “We deployed highly directional antennas very low to the ground, which allowed us to really target areas we wanted to cover while minimizing interference from the boosters to areas that the main site reaches. It’s been a remarkable improvement. We’ve eliminated six miles of interference on a stretch of I-68 west of Cumberland for WZDN, and the WQZK signal now covers the downtown area. The minimal interference that does exist has been pushed to unpopulated areas thanks to GBS’ precise software modeling. The design and prediction mapping that GBS brings to the system, along with the cost-effective and compact IP and transmission technology from GatesAir to embed timing information makes MaxxCasting unique.”

According to Moran, response from the community has been “extremely positive,” adding that a major advertiser has shared that he can now hear the station clearly. “You can’t put a dollar figure on that kind of perception,” said Moran.

Hal Kneller, VP Global Sales and Business Development, GBS, adds that while the main purpose of MaxxCasting is to improve the listener’s signal, the benefits expand to the business side of over-the-air radio.

“MaxxCasting systems increase visibility with potential advertising clients and agencies by making sure they can tune in and hear the signal clearly from their in-market business locations,” said Kneller. “There is also a positive effect on ratings as audience sampling is extended to new areas. Meanwhile, GatesAir is helping us significantly lower the total cost of ownership for West Virginia Radio by driving two stations from a single IP Link 200, instead of requiring separate systems for each station. This all adds up to a high value proposition for West Virginia Radio and other MaxxCasting customers.”

About GeoBroadcast Solutions
GeoBroadcast Solutions, LLC (GBS) offers proprietary products and solutions to enhance radio station coverage areas to maximize both coverage and revenue as well as the ability to zone both audio (pending FCC approval) and RBDS/RDS. With several additional patents pending, new techniques for Single Frequency Networks have been developed to improve coverage. GeoBroadcast Solutions’ charter is to innovate and bring to market technologies that help radio broadcasters maximize their signal and grow revenues. MaxxCasting will expand the coverage area of a FM signal. ZoneCasting, pending FCC approval, will provide technology to geographically target radio advertisements. These emerging technologies give broadcasters tools to compete in the face of innovations internet and cellular message distribution. GBS partners with GatesAir for transmission and IP distribution equipment, and with Jampro for antennas and combiners.

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GatesAir Optimizes Next-Generation Over-The-Air Platforms at The Radio Show

Advanced HD Radio, intelligent networking architectures combine with high-efficiency performance to accelerate return on investment

CINCINNATI, September 9, 2014
GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for television and radio, comes to The Radio Show this week with its over-the-air efficiency message, exhibiting turnkey solutions to create, transport, deliver and monetize over-the-air radio for AM, FM and HD Radio™ broadcasters. With advanced new platforms for digital multichannel and intelligent IP networking on display, GatesAir’s vision delivers high-efficiency solutions that accelerate ROI and new revenue streams while providing the lowest total cost of ownership.

Many sessions at The Radio Show, taking place Wednesday-Friday at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, will focus on launching, operating and maintaining a successful digital radio service. At the GatesAir booth (303, Exhibit Hall D), broadcasters can learn how the company’s latest HD Radio solutions support these initiatives while simplifying operations and launching new business opportunities. GatesAir will showcase its innovative line of Flexiva analog and digital transmitters incorporating the Gen 4 Exgine architecture for multichannel HD Radio program transport and delivery, building on its long legacy of innovation in HD Radio broadcasting that dates to the first IBOC tests in the 1990s.

The complete GatesAir Gen 4 Exgine integrates all pertinent signal processing and transport solutions with the industry’s most cost- and power-efficient transmitters, bringing toward an all-in-one, networked solution from the company’s market-leading Flexiva portfolio. The Gen 4 Exgine architecture is ideal for broadcasters facing the challenges associated with HD Radio power level increases, where power utilization, bandwidth, noise and interference challenges can affect efficiency, quality and compliance. The GatesAir Gen 4 Exgine platform enables higher HD Radio power levels through advanced digital signal processing and efficient broadband transmitter designs, increasing headroom while reducing signal distortion and eliminating interference. These improvements ensure an enjoyable experience for listeners who appreciate the high-quality, multichannel experience that HD Radio provides, while helping broadcasters increase market share and monetize digital services through improved coverage and performance.

GatesAir will also showcase intelligent networking solutions for contribution and distribution. The company’s Flexiva range of on-air and production solutions for studio facilities, including multi-destination routing architectures with networked consoles and accessories, enhance creativity and collaboration across studios while reducing infrastructure, wiring and management complexity. GatesAir will also showcase its latest contribution and distribution solutions for external signal transport, including compact Intraplex® IP Link codecs and the North American debut of Intraplex LiveLook, a new network optimization that strengthens visibility into IP network performance. LiveLook’s real-time, interactive monitoring platform is designed to help broadcasters better comprehend and optimize network performance through in-depth analysis and troubleshooting of IP transport architectures.

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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GeoBroadcast Solutions Receives ZoneCasting™ Patent

Achievement brings targeted advertising for over-the-air radio broadcasters one major step closer to reality

CHICAGO, September 8, 2014GeoBroadcast Solutions has a message for over-the-air broadcasters heading into The Radio Show: The era of geo-local advertising to increase radio revenues is about to begin.

GeoBroadcast Solutions, LLC (GBS) is the company behind ZoneCasting™, a unique and groundbreaking technology that delivers the dual benefit of over-the-air, hyper-local advertising opportunities for businesses right down to targeted neighborhoods; and new revenue-generating opportunities that provide long-term sustainable value for radio stations and networks. As of this week, GBS has been granted a patent for ZoneCasting that makes deployment a realistic proposition for the very near future.

“ZoneCasting is the first true dynamic ad insertion opportunity for over-the-air radio on a geographical basis, using our now-patented wireless architecture,” said Bill Hieatt, Chief Technical Officer, GBS. “We now look forward to the FCC’s approval of the ZoneCasting technology, clearing the way for ZoneCasting deployments that will bring lost revenues from a fractured marketplace back to the terrestrial airwaves.”

The approval of the ZoneCasting™ patent comes at a time when radio broadcasters are faced with increasing competition for ad revenue from online radio, mobile streaming and other emerging models online. ZoneCasting’s targeted precision delivers unique commercial content simultaneously to many defined zones across a single broadcast market, unleashing new revenue opportunities for broadcasters, ad agencies and local businesses through a neighborhood focus. GBS’ proprietary modeling approach is instrumental in enabling targeted advertising capability across multiple in-market zones.

The road to patent approval began in September 2009, when GBS filed a provisional patent to protect the proprietary nature of the ZoneCasting concept. Since filing, the GBS team has partnered with GatesAir for transmitters and IP transport solutions to support low-cost distribution methods; and hyper-directional antennas and combiners from Jampro. After receiving FCC Experimental Authorization grants, two successful field tests were conducted in 2010 (Salt Lake City) and 2011 (Sebring, Florida), followed by simulations and listening tests in 2012. Each of these important events offered significant value and insight into proper zone location, system design, coverage modeling and optimization for ZoneCasting deployments.

GBS continues to evolve the ZoneCasting concept as the final FCC rulemaking phase moves toward completion. The company has filed two additional patent applications since 2010 that will allow for further refinement and optimization of the ZoneCasting architecture.

“The ZoneCasting patent approval underlines the unique character of the ZoneCasting design, and our thorough testing and significant technology partnerships instill exceptional confidence in our design philosophy,” said Hal Kneller, VP Global Sales and Business Development, GBS. “Our mobile network-like approach enables broadcasters to deliver a very robust and high-quality signal with targeted ad insertions. We’re excited about the future of ZoneCasting and the opportunities it brings broadcasters and advertisers alike.”

About GeoBroadcast Solutions
GeoBroadcast Solutions, LLC (GBS) offers proprietary products and solutions to enhance radio station coverage areas to maximize both coverage and revenue as well as the ability to zone both audio (pending FCC approval) and RBDS/RDS. With several additional patents pending, new techniques for Single Frequency Networks have been developed to improve coverage. Christine McCarthy of Barnes & Thornburg guided the ZoneCasting patent to approval and is currently processing the pending patent applications. GBS partners with GatesAir for transmission and IP distribution equipment, and with Jampro for antennas and combiners.

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Bible Broadcasting Network Delivers its Message with GatesAir

Network expands with GatesAir high-efficiency FM/AM radio transmitters across the Americas, reducing labor and energy costs with each installation

CINCINNATI, September 2, 2014GatesAir, a global leader in over-the-air broadcast solutions for television and radio, is shipping eight Flexiva™ transmitters to the Bible Broadcasting Network, a quickly expanding Christian FM/AM radio network with English- and Spanish-language stations throughout the Americas. Bible Broadcasting Network has exclusively selected GatesAir for all main transmitter sites, citing noticeable efficiency gains across labor and power consumption as key benefits.

“The green efficiency of the Flexiva transmitter has been advantageous and measurable,” said Ron Muffley, network engineering manager, Bible Broadcasting Network. “We have seen a sharp decrease in power use where we have replaced older transmitters. We see the difference in our recent low-power installations in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and we anticipate a noticeable reduction in power costs as we install the high-power transmitters over the coming months.”

The most recent shipments include low-power FM transmitters for WYBQ-FM in Leesport, Pennsylvania; WYFY-FM in Cambridge, Ohio; and FM stations in Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. The network will soon install high-power Flexiva models—10kW, 20kW and 30kW—at WYFO-FM in Lakeland, Florida; WYFQ-FM in Charlotte, North Carolina; KYFS-FM in San Antonio; and KYFJ-FM in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Bible Broadcasting Network has gradually shifted to GatesAir exclusively for its main AM/FM transmitters as the network has grown. In addition to power efficiency gains, maintenance and engineering work has been greatly simplified through fewer spare parts, hot swappable module replacements and built-in redundancy that always keeps them on the air. These benefits all tie to the green PowerSmart® 3D architecture at the core of Flexiva transmitters, reducing footprint, monthly bills and labor through exceptional power density, energy efficiency and broadband designs – all equating to the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership for any radio broadcast transmitter on the market.

“We have some particularly remote sites that are very difficult to access, including the new Pennsylvania, Texas and Louisiana installations,” said Muffley. “The benefit of having fewer spare parts means that an engineer can easily replace a module in a few minutes. We have also been pleased that the high-efficiency Flexiva series eliminates the need for large transformers and chokes, greatly reducing size and weight. There is a big benefit to having a lighter transmitter that one person can handle.”

Bible Broadcasting Network is also deploying GatesAir signal transport solutions, having recently installed an Intraplex® IP Link codec at WBYK-FM in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The IP Link established a network connection to transport audio previously brought in by the satellite receiver, eliminating the RF performance issues that had hindered signal integrity at maximum operating power.

“Our long-term relationship with GatesAir has been excellent through the years, largely due to the excellent sales and support coupled with strong technology,” said Muffley. “They wear more hats than sales, even providing input into maintenance and generally solving problems for us as they did at the Chattanooga site. We have grown far beyond our expectations the past couple of years, and GatesAir has kept up with our growth at every stage.”

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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