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IBC2014: Show preview – part 1: A–D

Last month we brought you the eager beavers of the broadcast world. This month, a round-up of as many products release announcements as we can get our virtual gloves on

The FM02 all-in-one FM receiver and a new system for single frequency network (SFN) FM networks will be launched by 2wcom at IBC2014.

The FM02 receiver combines FM and RDS monitoring into a single unit to deliver multiple roles of demodulation, source-switching for FM backup, and FM/RDS parameter monitoring. As a demodulator, the FM02’s dual inputs can receive one FM signal for rebroadcasting and another for monitoring, or the same signal on both channels for a backup solution.

2wcom is alos debuting a new system that provides assured μs-accurate synchronisation for implementing FM SFN networks within existing analogue transmission infrastructure. Distribution can be by E1, IP or satellite, and any one of the feeds can be selected for backup purposes, without affecting the synchronisation. It also offers automatic adjustment of runtime differences and jitter.

A new range of economic and space efficient DAB antennas has been released by ADBL, sharing an IBC spotlight with the new VHF BIII Mask filter/combiner and a range of UHF and FM units and towers.

Two types of antennas have been specially produced for some of the world’s most renowned broadcasters and broadcast signal providers, in the form of the Shared Aperture FM Crossbow and the FM Spearhead. DAB antenna elements have been designed to be fitted onto the existing FM antennas without disturbing installation or performance.

“Environmental considerations coupled with zoning and planning restrictions forced the BBC to seek an antenna that could be fitted into the space occupied by existing FM units,” explained ADBL (Alan Dick Broadcast Ltd) president Alex Perchevitch. “ADBL embarked on a development project to provide a solution that didn’t impact negatively on the FM antenna and met the specification for DAB.”

ADBL says the systems (pictured right) were range tested to optimise the RF performance of the combined DAB/FM antennas.

The AVT Magic Mux DAB multiplexer has been launched for DAB+, based on the Fraunhofer ContentServer Technology.

The company said the system offers a highly reliable professional DAB Digital Radio platform, Eureka 147 DAB, and supports all content and signalling options DAB offers.

For the integration in transmission networks, the system uses the latest IP technology, which allows a simple and cost-efficient integration of all DAB system components such as encoders and monitoring decoders.

Also new is the Magic AE1 DAB+ Go audio encoder. AVT claimed the ½ x 19-inch system offered a cost-efficient solution for smaller service providers, who offer only one programme and do not have to include the systems in a central network management.

The new Canford IP addressable Mains Distribution Units (MDU’s) allows for easy power managing distribution in Broadcast, IT and server racks.

A user friendly experience via the web interface has been achieved without compromising accessibility from smart phones, tablets and PC’s. Any device with an html browser and an internet connection can securely access the product. This means wherever you are, when an email or call comes in, you can easily monitor and control the MDU.

One of the unique features of the Canford IP MDU is the ability to control door locks remotely. This enables off-site personnel to grant engineers or support team’s access to either server rooms or locked racks and cabinets.
Configurable aspects of the unit include: MDU current monitoring, MDU power monitoring (Volts, Amps, Power Factor & kWhrs), per socket control (On, Off, Time delayed and Sequential start up), per socket monitoring and environmental sensors (rack/room temperature and humidity).

The IP MDU’s feature simultaneous XML output; allowing easy integration into third party database/SQL software for automatic logging and data processing. Automated alarms with thresholds for high/low values of each monitored component are also available. Data for all values can also be sent via email and SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol).

The inbuilt web server (HTTP) permits web browsing across multiple platforms; including iPads and other devices, as well as SNMP for integration into building / network management tools, such as HP Open View, Aperture VISTA and more.

A new television production gallery desk system and the recently developed EditOne and SystemTwo desk series are being showcased in Hall 8.

The Module-R product range offers a mix-and-match control room furniture system. Customer Consoles says the range allows aesthetically attractive and long-life desks to be configured to meet specific shapes and dimensions from a selection of high-quality pods, base sections, 19-inch rack housings, worktops, end-panel modules and legs. Co-ordinated desk pods are available as single-bay sections with up 10U chassis capacity.

Developed for use in video editing suites, broadcast graphics areas and audio studio control rooms, Custom Consoles EditOne desks use sculpted MDF support panels rather than metal legs. The curved theme is carried through to the desktop and a raised monitor shelf. Integral equipment pods are provided. An auxiliary equipment pedestal with an additional 11U of rack space and an integral worktop is available. The company said the desk was designed for flat-pack delivery and can be assembled in less than an hour using the supplied Allen key and screwdriver.

SystemTwo is a multi-element furniture system designed to accommodate free-standing or pod-mounted equipment such as graphics workstations and editing terminals. The SystemTwo range includes the S2-01B desk and S2-02B shelf, both electrically adjustable in height from 660 to 1,250 millimetres.

The new Digigram LX-IP Ravenna PCIe sound card supports up to 256 Ravenna I/O channels from multiple Ravenna streams and also offers ultra-low latency, down to one audio sample per IP packet. Digigram has also announced an optical MADI interface option for the card.

Ravenna is an AES67-compatible open technology standard for low-latency synchronous audio distribution over IP (AoIP) infrastructures in radio facilities.

The company claims the card (pictured right) is ideal for high-density audio production or automation applications in radio and TV broadcast studios, as it made it easy for users to record and play up to 128 AoIP Ravenna channels simultaneously in or out of a desktop computer.

It boasts ultra-low, round-trip latency down to 3ms, interoperability with all AES67 requirements, an embedded 128 x 128 switching matrix, Grandmaster PTP clock abilities, and high redundancy assured by two Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Digigram claims its hardware will enable broadcasters to maintain high performance regardless of the computational load presented by other applications running on the host system.

With the addition of an optical MADI interface option to the sound card, Digigram says the industry could migrate from synchronous audio to IP audio in the studio environment. Users could move from more expensive, less flexible proprietary equipment to standard commercial off-the-shelf IT-based systems running common media-oriented IT protocols, said the company.

The new MADI option aids such a shift by supporting use of the sound card in a synchronous audio environment to stream up to 64/64 I/O MADI channels from and to the host PC and Ravenna AoIP equipment.

(Harry Powell)