GatesAir addresses broadcast and IT convergence

The company is unveiling a new Intraplex audio-over-IP transport platform at IBC2018

At IBC2018, GatesAir is directly addressing the convergence of broadcast operations with IT infrastructure with a new Intraplex audio-over-IP (AoIP) transport platform.
The solution is GatesAir’s first Intraplex system to live on a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) x86 server, and is designed to provide broadcasters with a “highly scalable, redundant” and cloud-based transport platform for multi-channel contribution and distribution.

The integration of multi-channel AoIP transport into a facility’s IT infrastructure offers several tangible benefits for broadcasters and network operators, according to GatesAir. The new Intraplex platform first streamlines installation and management by removing the need for many separate codecs and auxiliary hardware components, freeing multiple equipment racks in enterprise-level facilities.

Furthermore, the highly scalable solution, which is compatible with AES67 and Dante on the studio side, will allow users to manage many Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) streams on a centralised cloud platform — an “industry-first” in AoIP networking for broadcasters. SRT is a low-latency open source media streaming protocol that provides packet encryption and re-transmission capabilities for reliability and security.

To further strengthen stream robustness and reliability, GatesAir is additionally integrating Dynamic Stream Splicing (DSS), an Intraplex technology that diversifies data across redundant networks to SRT. The addition of DSS to SRT, said the company, will add additional protection against certain types of packet losses and complete network failures.

Keyur Parikh, vice-president and general manager, Intraplex product line, GatesAir, concluded: “As broadcast and IT convergence accelerates, the industry is in need of solutions that cleanly integrate into the IT infrastructure and implement secure, reliable transport across wide-area networks. Broadcast networks will now have a simple platform to manage many channels coming in and out of the studio or headend that runs on a single, highly redundant, multi-core server, as opposed to maintaining multiple racks of hardware codecs.

“Additionally, our SRT capability increases stream security and reliability through re-transmission of lost packets and payload encryption. The added value of Dynamic Stream Splicing, a proven technology used worldwide in IP Link codecs today, will arguably create the industry’s most robust and reliable AoIP transport platform.”
GatesAir will be exhibiting at booth 8.D60 during IBC2018, which is taking place at the RAI convention centre in Amsterdam from September 14-18.

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