GatesAir, a provider of wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will unveil Intraplex Ascent, a scalable, multichannel Audio-over-IP (AoIP) transport solution that addresses the convergence of broadcast operations with IT infrastructure. Ascent offers a direct connection to traditional digital and analog audio interfaces, and is compliant with both: the AES67 standard and today’s AoIP networking solutions (Ravenna, LiveWire+ and Dante).
Ascent is available in two form factors: a 1RU server, with configurable options for physical and AES67 channels, and a software-only solution that operates in a virtualised container. Both versions support up to 32 audio channels (AES3, AES67, analog) and are interoperable with most Intraplex AoIP codecs. The software-defined innovation is GatesAir’s first Intraplex system to live on a COTS x86 server, and provides broadcasters with a scalable, redundant and cloud-based transport platform for multichannel contribution and distribution. The platform streamlines installation and management by removing the need for many separate codecs and auxiliary hardware components, freeing multiple equipment racks in enterprise-level facilities.
Ascent adds further value by allowing users to manage many Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) streams on a centralised platform – an industry-first in AoIP networking for broadcasters. SRT is a low-latency open source media streaming protocol which provides packet encryption and re-transmission capabilities for reliability and security. Ascent integrates Dynamic Stream Splicing (DSS), an Intraplex technology that diversifies SRT data across redundant networks. The addition of DSS to SRT will add protection against certain types of packet losses and complete network failures.
“Audio-over-IP has become a widely accepted technology, with a growing number of hardware and software solutions for broadcasters to choose from,” said Keyur Parikh, VP and GM, Intraplex Product Line. “With our DSS application and SRT capability to fortify stream security and reliability, our customers now have a simple platform to manage many channels coming in and out of the studio or headend - all on a single, highly-redundant, multi-core server.”