(click thumbnail)With FM stations in Ulm and Oldenburg, Germany, Hitradio MSOne recently installed Barix AG Instreamer 100 and Exstreamer 100 devices as a backup for its main studio-to-transmitter link.
The Barix Instreamer encodes audio at the studio for transport across an IP connection to Barix Exstreamers at the radio transmission towers. The Exstreamers decode the audio at the towers and automatically become the over-the-air transmission source if the main transmitter fails or needs to be repaired. The entire solution delivers audio at 192 kbps.
The Exstreamer 100 devices at the radio towers are outfitted with USB sticks for a second layer of on-air redundancy. If the main IP stream fails for any reason, the USB stick automatically takes over, playing out a mix of music created by Hitradio MSOne.
"The Barix Audio over IP solution guarantees that we will remain on the air if we have a failure at the transmitter. With Barix, we can avoid expensive leased line STL costs and supply our radio towers with a direct, uninterrupted IP connection." said Maximilian Krug, owner of HitRadio MS One.
In addition to Hitradio MSOne, Krug also uses Barix devices at Mediencenter Augsburg, a radio broadcast services provider that contributes programming to radio stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Mediencenter Augsburg presently uses Barix devices to deliver program audio over IP for three radio stations in Austria.