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Rohde & Schwarz and Qualcomm partner to demonstrate end-to-end realtime 5G Broadcast streaming to smartphones at CABSAT 2022  

Underlines 5G Broadcast’s potential to drive new business models and redefine how content is delivered

Rohde & Schwarz, a global leader in broadcast transmitter and media technologies, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., the driving force behind the development, launch and expansion of 5G, have joined forces to deliver a full end-to-end live 5G Broadcast/Multicast streaming demonstration at CABSAT 2022.The demonstration will showcase Broadcast/Multicast capabilities over 5G, delivering pre-recorded content transmitted live using a 5G Broadcast signal over-the-air to provide an advanced live mobile experience. 5G Broadcast offers network operators and broadcasters opportunities to create exciting new consumer experiences across a wide variety of business areas – all while enabling high spectral efficiency and reduced costs.

Rohde & Schwarz’s end-to-end 3GPP compliant solution, comprising a 5G Broadcast enabled R&S TLU9 transmitter and the Broadcast Service and Control Center (BSCC2.0) acting as a core network, will form a key part of the workflow being shown during CABSAT 2022. The demonstration will see a live signal transmitted over-the-air from the Rohde & Schwarz booth, using Kathrein Broadcast’s sectorized antenna systems to a smartphone form-factor test device from Qualcomm Technologies. The live stream will rely on latest encoding technology from Ateme and the overall installation and integration performed by Assendive Communications.

The 5G Broadcast solution is built on the 3GPP Rel-16 feature-set, operating in a Receive-Only Mode (ROM), Free-To-Air (FTA) and without the need for a SIM card (SIM-free reception). The 5G Broadcast dedicated mode will be demonstrated with a standalone transmitter while operating within the UHF band. 

“We are giving CABSAT attendees a taste of what 5G Broadcast can do, without compromising existing mobile cellular services, and showing how it is possible using technology and solutions that are available now,” commented Manfred Reitmeier, Vice President Broadcasting and Amplifier Systems at Rohde & Schwarz. “We are proud to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies on this innovative project and offer a view into the potential that 5G offers.”

Lorenzo Casaccia, Vice President of Technical Standards & Intellectual Property, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., commented: “We are proud to bring this collaboration with the Rohde & Schwarz team to CABSAT 2022, showing the delivery of digital TV content over 3GPP standardized technology - without the need for additional chipsets. Thanks to our new 5G R&D technology demonstration we can prove that this isn’t just a far-off possibility, it is here today and can be experienced first-hand.” 

Broadcast/Multicast over 5G is not restricted to linear and live content distribution. For network operators and media content providers it offers a completely new range of business models for delivering content or data to large numbers of consumers and without affecting the regular cellular 5G mobile network. Venue and automotive sectors are particularly suitable for new consumer applications while the high power, high tower free-to-air/no-SIM offers emergency services and national authorities more secure ways to deliver public messages during natural disasters or emergencies.

Join Rohde & Schwarz at stand E6-20 at CABSAT 2022 to experience this new era of live media delivery and discover more about the benefits of 5G Broadcast technology.  

CABSAT 2022 sees Rohde & Schwarz and Pixel Power deliver integrated workflows from ingest to playout along with live over-the-air 5G Broadcast to smartphones

The Rohde & Schwarz stand will give visitors an up-close look at end-to-end workflows for ingest, transcoding, storage, multiviewing, branding and playout as well as a live 5G streaming demonstration  

Rohde & Schwarz, a global leader in broadcast media technologies, will demonstrate multiple end-to-end workflows for broadcasters, highlighting clear migration paths from SDI to IP to the cloud at CABSAT 2022. With the launch of platform agnostic studio production, playout and transcoding capabilities, Rohde & Schwarz provides broadcasters and production companies with all the robustness that they expect from traditional broadcast workflows with added flexibility and scalability that the cloud offers. 

In partnership with Qualcomm, Rohde & Schwarz is also showcasing 5G Broadcast with a full end-to-end streaming demonstration at CABSAT 2022. The demonstration will deliver content to smartphone devices and highlight Broadcast/Multicast capabilities over 5G. Content will be re-transmitted using a 5G Broadcast signal over-the-air, giving visitors to the stand a first-hand look at an advanced live mobile experience. 

Jörg Fries, vice president broadcast, amplifier and media solutions at Rohde & Schwarz said, “At Rohde & Schwarz we are committed to supporting the growth of our customers in the MENA region and helping them to adapt as our market experiences rapid shifts, regardless of the underlying technology, 24/7 capability and uncompromising quality must never be disrupted; Rohde & Schwarz understands this fundamental business need. At CABSAT 2022 we look forward to showing visitors how our unique combination of robustness and futureproofing can support the evolution of their businesses.” 

As part of its commitment to helping customers make their journey from SDI to IP to cloud in ways that meet their specific needs, Rohde & Schwarz offers a comprehensive range of solutions that deliver on-premise and/or virtualizable workflows, allowing broadcasters to handle tasks such as ingest, transcoding and quality control (QC). At CABSAT 2022, customers will see how they can benefit from cloud playout ability to rapidly spin up/spin down channels as and when needed. 

Summary:

Rohde & Schwarz and Pixel Power will together be presenting integrated workflow solutions, from ingest to playout, that include broadcast-wide monitoring, multiviewing and storage. 

Studio Production – R&S will highlight its live, multi-camera for ingest, transcoding and studio playout functionality for studio production using existing and software solutions for storage that synchronizes content from the facility with the cloud storage. Within a single workflow, studio content being ingested could be passed straight to master control for scheduled or immediate playout. Monitoring and Multiviewing from the cloud, using SRT, brings multiviewer mosaics and monitoring content back to the studio. 

Post Production – R&S CLIPSTER, which has for many years been the gold standard solution for mastering and distribution of feature films and episodic TV, sees a new competitive CLIPSTER MKII release. The new CLIPSTER platform brings greater functionality to a wider audience at a more competitive price. R&S also recently launched its dedicated post production storage solution, SpycerNode SC, bringing high performance computing power, speed, and reliability to post production workflows. 

Delivery – Using AWS, directly from the show floor, Pixel Power will present Playout, Branding and Automation workflows via the public cloud as well as demonstrating an on-premise solution. With integrated, software defined, virtualizable monitoring and multiviewing, a powerful portfolio for playout and transmission suites is now available within one system. Fully embedded graphics and branding come with 30 years heritage and experience and offers workflow solutions for a range of sophisticated in-channel and cross channel branding and promotion as well as playout. 

Distribution – Television & Radio Transmitters have been at the heart of R&S broadcast technology for more than 70 years. R&S presents its leading-edge software-upgradable TV transmitters as well as the new 5G Broadcast and ATSC3.0 technologies that redefine the future of content delivery on the move. Rohde & Schwarz transmitters fully support ATSC 3.0 core features, including multiple physical layer pipes (PLP), multiple subframes and single frequency networks (SFN) capabilities for optimal spectrum utilization. They also support ATSC 3.0 layered division multiplexing (LDM), helping network operators maximize coverage in different reception scenarios, including fixed and mobile reception. 

5G Broadcast – To bring a live 5G Broadcast demonstration together, Rohde & Schwarz will use its end-to-end 3GPP compliant solution that comprises a 5G Broadcast enabled R&S TLU9 transmitter and the Broadcast Service and Control Center (BSCC2.0) acting as a core network. The 5G Broadcast solution is built on the 3GPP Rel-16 feature-set, operating in a Receive-Only Mode (ROM), Free-To-Air (FTA) and without the need for a SIM card (SIM-free reception). The 5G Broadcast dedicated mode will be demonstrated with a standalone broadcast High Power High Tower (HPHT) infrastructure while operating within the UHF band.

Switzerland’s blue Entertainment AG Invests in Rohde & Schwarz Studio Production and Storage Technology  

Sports, TV and Movie broadcaster blue invests in R&S®VENICE production servers and R&S®SpycerNode high performance storage for multi-feed ingest. 

Rohde & Schwarz, a global leader in broadcast media technologies, has today announced the deployment of its high-performance intelligent storage network, as well as its media servers for content preparation at Swiss broadcaster blue. Reliability, redundancy, small form factor and easy setup were key factors in the decision to choose R&S®VENICE and R&S®SpycerNode for the project. Futureproofing and scalability were also important considerations, allowing blue to migrate from today’s 1080/25i to 50p to 4k and HDR/Ultra HD with outputs already configured for Ultra HD.

blue is a popular subscription service, based in Switzerland, offering movie and entertainment content, alongside a popular sport service. The company holds rights to top quality events, including the premier football leagues from around Europe, such as the highly popular UEFA Champions League.

Seeking to upgrade its ingest and studio platforms, blue recognised that to serve the needs of sports viewers, high availability and redundancy were critical. To enable the smooth turnaround that is central to its operations, blue also needed the capability of editing content as it arrives, for example to create highlights packages for half-time reviews. Similarly, the time pressures mean that it is vital for playlists and clips to be ready for immediate playout. Since rack space was limited, it was necessary to design the highly redundant and small form factor system in a way that was convenient to use and eliminate any complex set up processes.

To meet its current and future needs, blue has installed an extensive storage and preparation network. At its heart are seven R&S®VENICE S8s along with mirrored storage on two R&S®SpycerNode 5u84 units. Each VENICE device is capable of ingesting, transmitting or transforming eight HD or two Ultra HD signals simultaneously, for a total of 56 concurrent HD streams. This includes the ability to edit in place and playout while ingesting. The new set-up achieves all this in just 34 units of rack space, including IP switches and panels – a far smaller footprint than other systems.

“blue has invested heavily in sports rights, and we need to be sure our assets are carefully managed, archived and preserved,” said Daniel Meyer, Project Leader for blue. “Rohde & Schwarz is a long-time trusted company, and the combined VENICE/SpycerNode solution is flexible, secure and cost-effective. The company was also able to guarantee us an SLA for at least seven years, so we know we have an effective platform on which we can build our future growth.”

The two fully populated SpycerNode devices provide security through redundancy, ensuring there is no single point of failure anywhere in the content management system. R&S provides industry-leading resilience through erasure coding and a declustered array as well as hardware redundancy.

Monitoring is by VENICE View, with dynamically assigned sources to ensure operators are always aware of content flows. The integrated tools within VENICE allow operators to create sub-clips, trim material, and transwrap files without generation loss. For situations when craft editing is required, Adobe Premiere can begin editing work as files are being ingested or played out by VENICE – this ‘work-while’ function enables faster production workflows by allowing work to begin the moment file ingest begins.

“We are proud that blue has recognised the determination in our design of VENICE and SpycerNode to provide non-stop, highly resilient, mission-critical storage,” said Jörg Fries, vice president broadcast, amplifier and media solutions at Rohde & Schwarz. “This is just the sort of application we envisaged for the technology, providing seamless operational efficiency today with the possibility of scaling in the future, not just in the number of channels, editors and processes supported, but in allowing a move to higher resolutions as the blue audience demands it.”

The system was implemented by Jordi AG, Rohde & Schwarz’s systems integration partner in Switzerland. Together, the two companies designed, installed, tested and commissioned the system in the first months of 2021, while maintaining social distancing and other protective practices for all staff involved.

RAI and EBU team-up with Rohde & Schwarz and Qualcomm to showcase 5G Broadcast during Eurovision Song Contest in Torino

The Eurovision Song Contest – a large scale, televised concert with fireworks, dancing and pop songs – continues to captivate audiences of nearly 200 million viewers around the world. This year’s ESC22, hosted in Torino, is a special one as it witnesses the latest cutting-edge multimedia distribution solution, 5G Broadcast, which brings the live concert to mobile phones.

The live event will be produced and distributed to selected mobile devices by Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana – the national public broadcaster of Italy – using the latest broadcast and multicast technology: 5G Broadcast. At the Rai Television and Radio museum in Torino, CRITS (the R&D arm of RAI) will make the live demonstration via an end-to-end 5G Broadcast-ready system, offering visitors a totally new live mobile experience.

In order to deliver the live show via a full end-to-end 5G Broadcast/Multicast streaming demonstration, RAI teamed up with Rohde & Schwarz – a global leader in broadcast transmitter and media technologies - and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. – the driving force behind the development, launch and expansion of 5G. Running throughout the show, the demonstration will showcase Broadcast/Multicast capabilities over 5G where the live encoded content is transmitted by RAI in Torino using a 5G Broadcast signal over-the-air to smartphone form-factor test devices from Qualcomm Technologies.

Rohde & Schwarz's end to end 3GPP compliant 5G Broadcast solution is the selected choice for the European countries broadcasting ESC22 live to their audiences in Italy, Austria, Germany and France. It comprises of the 5G Broadcast enabled R&S TLU9 transmitter and the Broadcast Service and Control Center (BSCC2.0) acting as a broadcast/multicast core network.

The 5G Broadcast solution is built on the 3GPP Rel-16 feature-set, operating in a Receive-Only Mode (ROM), Free-To-Air (FTA) and without requiring the device authentication on a mobile network. The 5G Broadcast dedicated mode will be demonstrated with a standalone broadcast infrastructure while operating within the UHF band. 

“We are opening the way to the exciting world of 5G Broadcast and the unrivalled user experience, new revenue opportunities and innovative service models that it brings,” commented Manfred Reitmeier, vice president broadcasting and amplifier systems at Rohde & Schwarz. “Our ongoing collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and now CRITS shows what can be done with the technology here and now and we are proud to bring a live 5G Broadcast/Multicast experience to audiences during Eurovision.” 

Lorenzo Casaccia, Vice President of Technical Standards, Qualcomm Europe, Inc., commented: “We are proud to have worked with the EBU, RAI and Rohde &Schwarz to bring a new viewing dimension to fans of Eurovision. Eurovision is not only about what is happening on the stage but what is happening in the greenroom, in the audience, in the locations submitting votes and is the ideal vehicle to showcase 5G Broadcast’s capabilities. This exciting activation is another important step in the R&D development of 5G Broadcast.”

Gino Alberico, Director of RAI Centre for Research & Innovation & Experimentation, said: "5G broadcast enables broadcasters to offer users in mobility free-to-air TV contents with high Quality of Service. Thanks to the possibility to use conventional high-power terrestrial broadcast network infrastructures, wide area coverage is possible at reduced cost, independent from the number of users, who can access TV content without consuming their mobile data budget".

5G Broadcast offers network operators and broadcasters opportunities to create exciting consumer experiences across a range of new and existing business areas – all while enabling high spectral efficiency and reduced costs.  

Broadcast/Multicast over 5G is not restricted to linear and live content distribution. For network operators and media content providers it offers a completely new range of business models for delivering content or data to large numbers of consumers and without affecting the regular cellular 5G mobile network. Venue and automotive sectors are particularly suitable for new consumer applications while the high power / high tower infrastructure offers emergency services and national authorities more secure ways to deliver public messages during natural disasters or emergencies. 

Cinegy and TrackIt collaborate to deliver live cloud production demonstration at NAB Show 2022

At NAB Show 2022, Cinegy and TrackIt will join forces to bring a live demonstration of cloud-based production to the AWS booth (W3500) with Cinegy Capture forming a key part of the ingest workflow.

TrackIt specializes in helping the Media and Entertainment industry architect, automate and optimize AWS cloud pipelines, and provides workflow enhancements through custom software development and API integrations. Cinegy’s commitment to bringing its modern production workflow tools to cloud-based environments using its standard APIs gives the two companies a strong synergy in driving the transition to flexible, scalable cloud-based production forward.

“Cinegy is extremely excited to be working with TrackIt, a prolific cloud management products and professional services provider, to play a part in enhancing the ingest and delivery experiences on AWS, one of the most well-used and stable public cloud platforms available,” said Daniella Weigner, Managing Director of Cinegy GmbH. “Such collaborations really help bring best-of-breed solutions to market, and we are delighted that our solutions have been selected by TrackIt to enhance their already impressive and robust value chain.”

During the live demonstration at this year’s NAB Show, TrackIt will ingest content using Cinegy Capture, where the stream will be saved to a shared global file system, Hammerspace. Hammerspace in turn will provide local access to the content at a remotely sited Amazon Nimble Studio ”studio-in-the-cloud” editorial environment. Cinegy Air is planned to be used as part of the final delivery utilizing Amazon’s CloudFront content distribution network.

"TrackIt is delighted to be working with Cinegy to provide cutting-edge solutions such as our NAB demonstration of an integrated remote workflow that provides real benefits to modern broadcasters and streaming providers. Using Cinegy’s best-in-class video solutions and TrackIt’s integration expertise providers can automate and accelerate their previously complicated media pipelines,” said Brad Winett, TrackIt President.

Cinegy Capture delivers cost effective, centralized ingest controlled by anyone in a workgroup. It reinvents the acquisition and transcode process, unifying the task of ingesting material and generating edit or web proxies. This solution can be used as an appliance, requiring just a standard PC and one or multiple SDI cards, with the simple yet powerful cross-platform control client – whenever or wherever needed.

Designed to meet even the most demanding requirements, Cinegy Air effortlessly controls multiple channels playing to air and plans schedules, program and commercial blocks offline. Multiple remote or local users can control the schedule and playout operation, and the solution offers unparalleled flexibility by playing mixed format and mixed resolution content, as well as un-rendered edit sequences straight to air. Cinegy Air also enables simulcast outputs via SDI, NDI and/or IP streams for ATSC/DVB or web usage and provides full SRT support for secure delivery and reception over WAN and Internet.

Rohde & Schwarz and Pixel Power showcase simplified workflows for broadcasters at MPTS 2022  

Rohde & Schwarz, a global leader in broadcast media technologies, with Pixel Power, a Rohde & Schwarz company, will be highlighting multiple end-to-end workflows for broadcast applications and underlining its clear migration paths from SDI to IP to the cloud at the Media Production & Technology Show (MPTS) 2022. Rohde & Schwarz's platform agnostic studio production, playout and transcoding capabilities offers broadcasters and media companies the robustness they have come to rely on from traditional broadcast workflows with the added agility of cloud technology - all with the purpose of enriching content and simplifying workflows.

Jörg Fries, vice president broadcast, amplifier and media solutions at Rohde & Schwarz said, “In today’s dynamically shifting landscape where consumers are driving the shape of content services, our customers need solutions that can evolve with their business, regardless of the technology they migrate to. While the way content is created and delivered might look different, what has not changed is the need for 24/7 capability and uncompromising quality. Rohde & Schwarz understands the real-world challenges that broadcasters and production companies face, and we continue to deliver solutions that help our customers meet these head on, with zero compromise on the rock-solid reliability that our brand is known for.”

With a deep commitment to helping customers transition from SDI to IP to cloud in ways that meet their unique business and operational needs, Rohde & Schwarz offers a comprehensive range of solutions that deliver on-premise and/or virtualizable workflows for cloud deployment.

As well as allowing broadcasters to handle tasks such as ingest, transcoding and quality control (QC), Rohde & Schwarz provides them with the capability to rapidly spin up/spin down channels, as and when needed, thanks to seamless integration with major cloud platforms. As a result, customers can rapidly and easily test out new business models or support one-off projects.

Summary:

Rohde & Schwarz and Pixel Power together offer integrated workflow solutions, from ingest to distribution, that include broadcast-wide monitoring, multiviewing and storage.

Studio Production – R&S®VENICE highlights multi-camera ingest and transcoding functionality for studio production using existing and software solutions for storage that synchronizes content from the facility with cloud storage. Within a single workflow, studio content being ingested could be passed straight to master control for scheduled or immediate playout. Monitoring and Multiviewing from the cloud, using SRT, brings multiviewer mosaics and monitoring content back to the studio.

Post Production – R&S®CLIPSTER, which has for many years been the gold standard solution for mastering and distribution of feature films and episodic TV, sees a new competitive CLIPSTER MKII release. The new CLIPSTER platform brings greater functionality to a wider audience at a more competitive price. R&S also recently launched its dedicated post production storage solution, SpycerNode SC, bringing high performance computing power, speed, and reliability to post production workflows.

Delivery – Delivering enterprise class reliability, Gallium PLAYOUT provides a highly integrated, sophisticated virtualizable solution for automation of multi-channel playout. Supporting modern multi-format distribution requirements Gallium PLAYOUT enables channels to be launched rapidly and provides multiple functional units incorporated into a single system, managing simultaneous delivery of traditional broadcast, web, mobile, IPTV and file-based content formats as needed. Combined with StreamMaster it offers a powerful, highly customisable software toolset designed to meet the needs of broadcasters of all sizes.

Playout, Branding and Automation workflows can be deployed both via the public cloud as well as an on-premise solution. With integrated, software defined, virtualizable monitoring and multiviewing, a powerful portfolio for playout and transmission suites is now available within one system. Fully embedded graphics and branding come with 30 years heritage and experience and offers workflow solutions for a range of sophisticated in-channel and cross channel branding and promotion as well as linear and OTT playout.

Digiturk invests in FOR-A signal processing

Digiturk, the major satellite television provider in Turkey, has purchased four new multi-purpose signal processing appliances from FOR-A. The FA-9500 units will provide key functionality as part of an extensive upgrade of its broadcast facilities.

Digiturk broadcasts a broad range of channels including premium sport, both to audiences in Turkey and to the Turkish community throughout Europe. It delivers these from its base in Istanbul.

The sale was negotiated by Avsistek, FOR-A distributor in Istanbul. Sales director Fatih Idge said “We have installed a number of FA series units from FOR-A over the last few years, and have been very pleased with the quality and reliability. For Digiturk they eliminate the need for a lot of peripheral video and audio equipment, making the installation simpler and more compact.”

Now installed in its central systems are four new FA-9500 frame synchroniser and multi-purpose signal processor units. These popular units support analogue composite I/O as well as SDI from SD to 3G, with full up/down/cross-conversion between them, and aspect ratio converter from SD 4:3 content. It also includes a colour corrector and an automatic video enhancer, and audio handling.

“This project with Digiturk solidifies FOR-A’s position as a reliable and trusted brand in the Turkish market,” said Khalid Sweidan, senior sales manager for FOR-A MEA. “The FA-9500 multi-purpose processor packs a lot of functionality into a 1U cabinet, making it ideal for busy machine rooms handling large numbers of channels and feeds.”

FOR-A delivers 4K Ready System to Citizen TV

Citizen TV, one of Kenya’s largest free-to-air television networks, has chosen a 4K-ready production system from FOR-A in itsir new studio for Ramogi TV, a Dholuo language station in Kenya. This investment by Citizen TV was part of a large contract with StreamPort Media in UAE, which included studio camera systems and studio lighting.

Citizen TV was the recipient of a prestigious Communications Authority KUZA Award and Culture Africa Style Award in 2021 and has been witnessing rapid expansion since 2006.  It selected to build a new facility in Nairobi but faced budget restraints and lack of access to a reliable supply of products.

“We looked for technologies and partners that would enable us to reach millions of viewers across Kenya,” said Moses Waweru, Chief Engineer at Citizen TV.  “We chose a 4K-ready system from FOR-A using the HVS-490 production switcher at the heart of the production and a multi-format MFR-3232 router as well as ClassX Mini on-air graphics”.  Despite the compact nature of the products, the solution offers significant engineering and operational benefits, which translated into a very short installation and commissioning time.

“Over the course of the last 6 months, we opted for a consultative approach to identify Citizen TV’s requirements," said Muhammad Mudassir of StreamPort Media. “We finally identified the right solution and tailored a solution made up of best-in-class studio cameras, production system graphics, lighting and transmission”. 

“Through detailed discussions with the StreamPort Media and Citizen TV teams, we understood the client’s priorities and objectives, especially their drive for future scalability to 4K Ultra HD” said Khalid Sweidan, senior sales manager of FOR-A in the Middle East.“

FOR-A, StreamPort Media and Citizen TV worked diligently to meet strict project deadlines and managed to get the studio on-air in a record time on 29th November, 2021.  The studio is now the home of “Mbak Ndalo” and “Thapki“.

”It has been a great pleasure to work with the StreamPort Media and Citizen TV teams in Kenya,” said Khalid Sweidan. “This key reference clearly demonstrates our commitment to grow the African market with focused partners like StreamPort Media, who has successfully completed several installations in Africa in the last 2 years.”

Glensound demonstrates audio production flexibility at CABSAT

Glensound, industry leader in high quality audio systems, will demonstrate its well-known range of production sound devices at CABSAT. The company specialises in networked audio connectivity built on the Dante/AES67 standards.

Being seen for the first time in the region are a number of new products, including an updated version of its popular reporter’s mobile hybrid, and a new product for simple audio production of eSports. These will be seen alongside proven products including network audio interfaces, announcer and commentator panels, and a network intercom system ideal for production centres and temporary installations.

he new Glensound Nomad is a portable pack for live audio, built on mobile phone connectivity, including 4G. It has an XLR input (mic or line) and a headphone jack, and by using the data carrier for 7kHz audio it provides excellent audio quality with full talkback for interviews, remote commentary or in-ear monitoring. Power is from internal batteries or USB.

To manage the firewall challenges of eSports audio, Glensound has developed the GTM, part of its Dante/AES67 audio over IP range. Multiple units can be remotely configured ever the network to ensure the right feeds go to each unit, and users have individual level controls for their own microphones, team talk and live audience and commentary.

Extending the popular Beatrice network intercom system, the PM4 paging microphone has four switchable output channels and an integrated frequency shifter to reduce the possibility of feedback. Like most Dante units, it is powered over ethernet, ensuring simplicity and flexibility of installation.

For live and stage use, the AoIP2M is a twin microphone amplifier. Two XLRs with selectable 48V phantom power and individual gain controls feed onto the network. Practicality is ensured as the device is in a small yet rugged, “throw-down” box.

“The Middle East is a very exciting market for broadcast, production and events,” said Marc Wilson, Managing Director at Glensound. “We are delighted that we can meet our customers and contacts at CABSAT once again. Our business is based on understanding the operational needs of the market in detail, so we can develop products that make production easier – or even adapt existing products to tackle a particular challenge.”

Senior staff from Glensound will be available throughout CABST to discuss individual requirements, on stand 507.

GB Labs showcases latest generation video storage and management for live events and production at ISE

GB Labs, innovators of powerful and intelligent storage solutions for the media, AV and entertainment industries, is demonstrating its latest launches at ISE (10 – 13 May, Fira Barcelona, stand 4A600). The presentation will show how its continuing enhancements bring real productivity boosts for AV and live events producers, while also making significant reductions in the carbon footprint.

AV users now routinely deal in large displays with very high resolutions, calling for digital video streams with very high data rates. Generation 3 of GB Labs HyperSpace, making its ISE debut, delivers double the performance of the previous version, giving users access to the fastest data rates in the market, in combination with its SPACE and SPACE+ storage appliances. The intelligent workflows and predictive capacity management brings significant efficiency boosts to the fast-paced, unpredictable environments of show preparation and delivery.

Also recently launched is FastNAS generation 2, which brought a 1000% speed bump for real, deliverable network performance at up to 4 Gb/s. Again, the AV industry demands responsiveness in mixed environments and multi-tasking, and systems built on FastNAS easily meets these needs.

ISE visitors will also be able to see the new Unify Hub platform in action. This software solution bridges on-premise and cloud storage seamlessly, empowering highly productive remote production while maintaining data integrity and security.

“In many ways, the AV and live events industry is particularly demanding of video storage and delivery,” said Dominic Harland, CEO and CTO of GB Labs. “We are very keen to meet leaders in this sector at ISE, and show them how their production productivity and delivery security can be transformed using our technology.”

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