VMXpress IP launch establishes a foundation to extend robust GatesAir networking architectures into a true interoperable Audio over IP environment
Cincinnati, OH, March 09, 2015
GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, is extending the networking capabilities of its VistaMax™ portfolio with VMXpress IP, an AES67-compliant audio and logic device that establishes a standards based Audio over IP gateway for radio studios. Leveraging the non-proprietary nature of ALC NetworX’s Ravenna networking technology, VMXpress IP drives interoperability across the studio and signal transport architecture through its open, standards-based foundation. GatesAir will introduce VMXpress at the 2015 NAB Show, taking place April 13-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Booth C3107).
VMXpress IP evolves the robust networking architecture of GatesAir audio distribution and consoles, seamlessly integrating with existing and emerging AES67-compliant devices to help broadcasters build the optimal connected studio facility. Using the tremendous flexibility of open-standards IP networking, VMXpress IP simplifies connectivity with audio processors, satellite receivers, phone systems and studio support equipment, including program delays, among other key systems. With GatesAir’s existing network-based, minimally-wired studio networking architecture at the core, Ravenna’s networking technology fortifies the overall infrastructure through low-latency distribution and full signal transparency. Overall, broadcasters will enjoy a highly reliable and flexible network to move audio and data facility-wide.
Beyond the studio, VMXpress IP extends networking to leading IP transport solutions, including GatesAir Intraplex® IP Link codecs, for low-latency audio contribution and distribution. This expands connectivity to transmitter facilities (STL), live remote broadcast sites, and the internet for streaming content to other studios and the web. Therefore, the limitations of AES and analog connectivity are eliminated, instead leveraging intelligent networking with IP transport systems by using AES67 over the local Ethernet.
“With thousands of stations relying on GatesAir’s robust studio networking solutions, including seven of the top 10 billing stations in the US, adopting a standards-based approach to the rapidly evolving transition to IP is critical,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “VMXpress IP represents our extension of GatesAir’s robust studio networking into this greater, highly flexible and interoperable Audio over IP environment, simplifying how our customers create, operate, scale and drive revenue within digital studio facilities.”
VMXpress IP continues GatesAir’s market leading strategy of using single network-based connections (Cat5/6) to move hundreds of audio and data signals across a multipoint network, ensuring a clean studio design that is easy to deploy, operate and scale as requirements evolve.