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DAB Probe: Audemat, the RF signal measurement, monitoring, and facility management brand of WorldCast Systems has expanded its monitoring expertise to include DAB, DAB+ and DMB applications. The new Audemat DAB Probe is WorldCast Systems’ flagship product for monitoring DAB signal quality and service continuity, at the transmitter site or in a coverage area. WorldCast Systems’ Audemat DAB Probe enables remote monitoring of a set list of channels and allows users to verify the conformity of their DAB network with both legislation and their broadcasting needs. Designed for installation in SFN or MFN networks, the Audemat DAB Probe features a web interface, alarm notification by email or SNMP traps, and is equipped with telemetry board and audio output connectors. In addition, says the firm, the software tools provide in-depth signal and content analysis with impulse response representation, TII, audio or ETI recording, and more. Designed for monitoring of the user experience, Audemat DAB Probe includes visual slideshows, DLS and services display to enable users to hear and see in real-time the same multimedia content as their audience of listeners. Users of Audemat DAB Probe benefit from a complete solution that is compatible with SNMP Network Management Systems, such as the WorldCast Manager and is enhanced with WorldCast Systems’ ScriptEasy technology. WorldCast adds that this DAB + ScriptEasy two-in-one solution enables advanced telemetry, facility management, and web page customization for simple aggregation and display of relevant data. Info: www.worldcastsystems.com


Modular multi-channels codec with IP, ISDN and AES67

Up to 16 audio channels in 3U ! Analog (Sub-D), AES3 and AES67 audio outputs Hot-swap modules (sold separately) : Up to 8 AoIP & ISDN modules (with double mono codec) Up to 2 AES 67 modules - Ravenna/Dante Up to 2 Control modules Full Redundancy: Power, control and AES67 modules Separated audio and control networks for more safety


Control all the parameters of your codecs remotely and in real time via Internet.

Broadcast equipment manufacturer GatesAir has named Peter Timmons as the new business development director for Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and India. Effective immediately, Timmons who reports to Andy McClelland, managing director, EMEA and India, will focus on new and existing customer and partner relationships, with the goal of strengthening brand visibility and market share region-wide. With more than 20 years of broadcast experience, including engineering and management roles, Timmons joins GatesAir from Grass Valley (a Belden brand), where he served as senior product manager for several product lines. Prior to Grass Valley, Timmons held key positions at Imagine Communications, Sony Professional Services and Harris Broadcast Communications, the company from which GatesAir was born. According to GatesAir, Timmons return the company comes at a time of aggressive expansion across its international business structure. “Under the leadership of CEO Bruce D. Swail, GatesAir has reorganized and broadened its global sales and business development team in EMEA, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific regions over the past six months,” the company stated in a release. “Peter is an accomplished professional with experience working as both a buyer and seller for broadcast suppliers and systems integrators,” said Rich Redmond, president and managing director, International for GatesAir. “These experiences give Peter an unusually well-rounded skillset that few in our industry possess. His expertise in business development, sales, channel management and design engineering, among other integral roles, will undoubtedly bring a fresh and dynamic perspective to the GatesAir team as we enter a new phase of global business growth.”

RTBF HALTS AM BROADCASTS French-language public broadcaster RTBF ceased broadcasting on AM at the end of December. In May RTBF reduced its daily AM broadcasts from 19 hours to 14 hours with the intention of transitioning to DAB+. Since Jan. 1, after shutting down its remaining AM transmissions, the broadcaster’s programs, which include VivaCité” and “La Première” are available via FM or DAB+ in Wallonia and the Brussels region. RTBF said in a statement that it chose to stop broadcasting via AM to take advantage of DAB+ developments. “Most major radio stations broadcasting in AM have decided to discontinue this old technology. This has been the case for some time now with our neighbors VRT and Radio France as well as for the English medium-wave transmitter of BBC World Service, which was discontinued a few years ago. It must be said that these transmitters that operate in this analog technology are extremely energy-hungry and DAB+ is much less so. Another advantage: DAB+ requires fewer antennas and generates less magnetic radiation than FM and AM.” In mid-November, public, private and independent radio operators officially launched the final deployment of DAB+ digital terrestrial radio in Brussels and Wallonia.

— Marguerite Clark

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Radio World International 506 - February 2019  

Radio World International 506 - February 2019 issue

Radio World International 506 - February 2019  

Radio World International 506 - February 2019 issue