GatesAir Adds AES67 Interoperability For Audio
GatesAir, a global provider of over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters says it, “will make significant strides in interoperable audio networking with the introduction of the Intraplex IP Link 200A, the company’s first AES67-compliant Audio over IP codec.”
To be unveiled at the 2018 NAB Show (April 9-12, Las Vegas Convention Center), the IP Link 200A lets broadcasters seamlessly interconnect studios and remote locations, including transmitter sites, using the AES67 standard and any of today’s encoding algorithms across wide-area IP networks. GatesAir will exhibit at Booth N3713.
The IP Link 200A is a hybrid model that interconnects AES67 and Analog/AES3 signals simultaneously, and enables conversion between the two formats. With dedicated channels for both, users still operating in Analog or AES3 mode have a futureproof path to an industry-adopted Audio over IP standard. Additionally, those operating in mixed mode can seamlessly convert between the AES67 and Analog/AES3 as desired. In any scenario, the IP Link 200A simplifies the cabling and removes limitations on location of the codec.
“With IP Link 200A, broadcasters have flexibility to interconnect audio using AES67, Analog/AES3 or in a mixed mode and provides a transitional path to an all-Audio over IP interconnect,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “Its design simplifies the cabling and interconnection requirements from our codecs to the wide area network, and provides our customers with a true AES67 Audio over IP device that is interoperable with today’s leading Audio over IP solutions, including WheatNet-IP, Ravenna and Livewire+. The IP Link 200A is a timely innovation that adds to our long legacy of intelligent IP networking solutions.”
As with other IP Link codecs, the IP Link 200A integrates features that enhance stream reliability and network security, among other benefits. This includes GatesAir’s Dynamic Stream Splicing software, which mitigates IP packet loss and eliminates off-air time through multiple redundant streams. Dynamic Stream Splicing borrows data from these redundant streams, which can live on the same network or separate paths. GatesAir says its integration of a firewall and advanced packet filtering capabilities “strengthen network security, protecting against outside intrusions to ensure rock-solid, on-air signal protection.”
The IP Link 200A will be demonstrated alongside other recent Intraplex innovations, including the ultra-bandwidth-efficient Intraplex IP Link MPXp for digital (AES 192) and analog FM MPX transport; and the Intraplex IPConnect for rock-solid data transport across IP networks. New features and capabilities for the IPConnect will be announced in March.