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GatesAir Strengthens IP Data Protection for Radio GATESAIR WILL UNVEIL new enhancements to two recently-introduced Intraplex intelligent networking solutions at IBC2017. The two products, Intraplex IPConnect software and the IP Link MPXp codec, will receive their international debuts at the show at stand 8.C30. Intraplex IPConnect is a software application designed to fortify data transport across IP networks. Available as an option in most Intraplex IP Link codecs, IPConnect solves the problem of reliable transport across complex networks that traditionally suffer data loss through dropped packets. GatesAir will demonstrate how IPConnect provides an added layer of reliability for DAB/DAB+ and DRM IP streams by employing a combination of packet protection schemes with network/time diversity and packet-level forward error correction. Additionally, IPConnect can now bridge LAN segments across wide-area networks with tunnelling to enhance reliability of program and signal transport across large geographical regions with multiple receiving and transmitting sites. IPConnect’s software data gateway provides extra protection through packet encapsulation, which encloses the external IP data packets in a GatesAir protocol wrapper as it moves across IP networks. Unlike many similar applications, IPConnect provides this protection for studio-generated data, as well as IP data from external sources. While the former might include RDS data or SNMP control signals to trigger a command at the transmitter site, the latter may incorporate program or control data coming from a network operations centre, satellite feed or advertising service. As the next-generation GatesAir Intraplex IP Link codec, the

Intraplex IP Link MPXp leverages the strengths of previous IP Link codecs and adds new efficiencies. This includes GatesAir’s unique Dynamic Stream Splicing technology to mitigate IP packet loss and eliminate off-air time, forward error correction, and a trio of network interfaces for stream reliability, while empowering broadcasters with more signal transport options from a single box at low bitrates. While the initial release in April cut the bandwidth consumption for uncompressed AES192 digital composite signal transport in half, the latest release further reduces those bitrates from the already low 1.8Mb/s to a more efficient 1.65Mb/s. The Intraplex IP Link MPXp is the first FM MPX IP codec to support – separately or together – AES192 digital and analogue composite signals over a secure and reliable digital IP path from a single codec. Its flexible dual-domain capability allows the broadcaster to install a newer audio processor supporting AES192 and have it interoperate with an exciter supporting only analogue composite signal interface. This not only provides a transitional path for a future digital exciter upgrade, but also enhances signal quality by keeping it in the digital domain across the IP path. The Intraplex IP Link MPXp codec also simplifies network architectures and maintenance to reduce capital and operational expense. As wide-area network pipes grow larger, the Intraplex IP Link MPXp codec enables broadcasters to aggregate all FM processing equipment at the head-end. Advanced security measures ensure signal protection thanks to the codec’s integrated firewall. Visit www.gatesair.com

Agile Move for 6PR Perth AGILE BROADCAST RECENTLY undertook a rebuild of radio station 6PR’s studios for Macquarie Media Limited. The project involved the supply and fit-out of an entire, new MCR, two on-air studios, two production studios, one vocal booth, one interstate contribution studio, a producer’s area, a newsroom and a news booth. It was a turnkey project with Agile supplying an integrated Wheatstone system which incorporated LXE console surfaces.

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Agile were able to keep the fader count down and therefore allowing for a smaller console footprint. Agile utilised Screenbuilder software for the news booth, producer’s area and edit stations. Q-Sys was chosen as the platform for intercom and talkback routing due to the ability for it to be customised to the needs of Macquarie.

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A big challenge within this concept was maintaining continuity of broadcast whilst implementing the changes that were needed. Aaron Alphonso, CTO of Macquarie Media Ltd said “Agile Broadcast to

providers and technical project managers in the market today. With 6PR, Agile have delivered very accurately on the request to minimise the clutter and the sea of buttons in the studio, to abstract the commonly used and labour-intense console functionality and relegate it to a glass surface as well as to automate tasks where possible, and controls to the operator, thereby allowing them to concentrate on the task of making great radio! “I am extremely happy with how our studio relocation in Perth has been completed, especially in relation to the seamless cut-over of services and studios, and look forward to working with Agile again in the future.” Visit http://www.agilebroadcast.com.au

SBS Radio Brings Listeners Enhanced Mobile App Experience AUSTRALIAN MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTER SBS has updated the design of its SBS Radio app, putting on-demand content at the forefront and making the app easier to use and discover live streams, podcasts, music, news and information. Other key features include: • Checking the language setting in a user’s phone and presenting navigation and text in language. • Users can now pick their favourite content and display it in their own tailored playlist. • Switching stations is now easier in the live radio menu.

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• In-app alerts to notify about new podcast episodes or any favourite content about to expire.

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• Use the new ‘Explore’ screen to find any new shows to add to the favourite list.

• Set a sleep-timer for automatic switch-off after a period of time or when a program ends. SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks said, “SBS Radio recognises that our audiences expect a more on demand content experience, on the device of their choice. With the new and improved functionality, the SBS Radio app caters to our listeners with a personalised experience tailored to their content and language preferences.” Existing users of the SBS PopDesi and SBS Chill app will be directed to download the new SBS Radio app to continue listening to their favourite channels. As a new feature, listeners of SBS PopDesi, SBS Chill and SBS PopAsia can now see a track list played in the past seven days and purchase them for offline listening. The free SBS Radio App is available now at the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Visit http://www.sbs.com.au

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