Worldcast launches new generation encoder

Worldcast launches new generation encoder
Published: 21 January 2019 - 10:53 a.m.
By: Pranav Vadehra

WorldCast Systems has launched a new generation of RDS encoders with the Audemat RDS Encoder which starts shipping next month. WorldCast Systems, a pioneer in RDS Encoding said that after supplying radio stations and broadcasters with the Audemat FMB80 RDS encoder for over 25 years, the new encoders are in line with the company’s standards of system versatility, ease of use, and spectral purity.

The Audemat RDS Encoder is a new, more advanced version of the FMB80 with a significant update being the addition of MPX/Composite over AES capabilities. This is the market’s first RDS encoder enabling the addition of RDS information directly into a fully digital chain said WorldCast.

This ensures optimal spectral purity and quality and also enables broadcasters to easily move into a fully digital environment. Radio Data System (RDS) is a communications protocol standard for embedding digital information in conventional FM radio broadcasts. RDS standardizes several types of information transmitted, including time, station identification and program information.

In addition, Audemat RDS Encoder customers will benefit from a built-in FM Tuner for on-air monitoring of RDS information. Thus, radio stations and broadcasters can now monitor basic RDS information from a single product unit.

Advanced communications along with full control over the Audemat RDS Encoder is possible thanks to a responsive web interface allowing hands-on configuration, and SNMP management which provides users with real-time monitoring and management of Audemat RDS Encoder’s operations.

Users can also control their encoder through TCP/IP and easy plug-in into any local Ethernet network. The encoders are equipped with ScriptEasy, a graphical application which can be used to configure IO‘s and program specific actions remotely.

Audemat RDS Encoder is the first encoder on the market fully compatible with the latest RDS Edition 2018 standards (IEC- 62106-1 :2018 to IEC 62106-6:2018). It is also future-ready for RDS2 standards which are expected to come into effect shortly. RDS2 will allow broadcasters to send more information (such as pictures) through the FM signal by adding 3 subcarriers to the MPX/Composite signal.

Audemat RDS Encoder has already been tested and validated by major broadcasters in the US and Europe and will be available for shipping in February. The product will be showcasing at Salon de la Radio and the NAB Show.

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