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RadioScape unveils new professional broadcast system

Posted: 04 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RadioScape? Integra? Digital Audio Broadcasting? Digital Multimedia Broadcasting? DAB?

RadioScape has introduced the Integra range of professional audio and multimedia broadcast systems based on the Eureka 147 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) and Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) standards.

Integra One -single-box DAB/DMB broadcast system
For the first time, a complete DAB/DMB broadcast system has been shrunk into a single, rack-mountable 19" 4U unit, according to Radioscape. Key features include up to 16 Integra l MUSICAM encoders and full data multiplexing capabilities, with up to 4 DMB channels and unlimited IP tunneling, multimedia object transfer, packet associated data, Packet and Stream inputs.

The Integra One can use both analog and digital audio sources with automatic sample rate conversion where required and can be configured to use either internal audio capture cards, third-party networkable audio nodes or full remotely managed MUSICAM encoders (Integra SP) for use in multiple service provider configurations. The system is fully compatible with existing RadioScape installations.

The unit is designed specifically to reduce operational and support costs with quad-redundant power supplies, dual power inlets and independent battery-backed Simple Network Monitoring Protocol monitoring capabilities. The unit makes use of Windows XP Embedded on solid-state memory and RAID configured hard-disks for the ultimate in reliability. The system can also be supplied with full lights-out management and non-intrusive remote management if required.

This single 19" 4U solution replaces the equivalent of up to 20 separate units that take up to eight times more rack space in competing legacy solutions, the company said. This represents a leap forward in reliability, ease of maintenance, power consumption and rack occupancy, according to Radioscape, thus lowering the total cost of ownership of a DAB/DMB multiplexer system.

Integra TXM Transmitter monitor and Integra SFN Single Frequency Network monitor
These monitors are housed in a single 1U chassis and designed to monitor DAB/DMB signal and transmission network integrity. The Integra TXM Transmitter Monitor is designed to be collocated at a transmitter site to monitor broadcast signal quality, whereas the Integra SFN Single Frequency Network Monitor is designed to monitor a number of transmitters, checking for a potentially disastrous loss in synchronization of the single frequency network required for successful DAB/DMB transmission.

These receivers are based on the same technology as used in the Integra FMR, the portable field monitoring solution, which is capable of providing a wide range of metrics on DAB, DMB and DAB-IP broadcasts. The Integra FMR has already been used in a large number of trials and network planning exercises for DAB and mobile multimedia networks in both Europe and Asia, the company said.

Broadcast System version 5.1
This is the latest version of the company's professional broadcast system software that powers the leading broadcasting solution for DAB and Mobile TV (MTV) around the world, Radioscape said, with over 60 live installations and numerous broadcast trials. This version has a new suite of functionality to address the latest MTV and advanced data transmission requirements to meet the growing need for features that extend DAB into new business areas while optimizing the use of available spectrum. These include Enhanced Packet Mode data, enabling the integration of third-party Conditional Access systems, advanced EPG features, and the ability to support Asian language labels, DLS and data carousels.

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