BE to Unveil New Link, Data Software System at NAB2004

BE to Unveil New Link, Data Software System at NAB2004
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Broadcast Electronics will show a new broadband, high-frequency link and a software management and coding system for data applications transmitted over RBDS or HD Radio at NAB2004. The products will be set up at booth N1902 as part of a BE AudioVault digital audio and HD Radio system demonstrating the use of transmitted data over vehicle navigation systems.
"The navigational field is just one of the new data opportunities opening up to broadcasters because of RBDS and HD Radio. Data opportunities are limitless, but up until now the management software and broadband links haven't been available for broadcasters to take advantage of these opportunities. We hope to fill in that gap with these new offerings," said Ray Miklius, BE vice president, studio products.
At 45Mbps, BE's new Big Pipe broadband link can carry such high-bandwidth services as: digital audio, analog audio, AES/EBU uncompressed audio, and HD Radio data, plus Ethernet and RS232 communication links. Bandwidth is configurable; broadcasters can allocate the amount of bandwidth for audio, data, and other feeds.
BE's new Total Radio Program and Data Integration is for scheduling, managing, and coding data. With this product says BE, analog broadcast, HD Radio, and Internet streaming requirements are fulfilled with fewer, more powerful, operational components.
During NAB2004, BE will show the new product offerings along with its AudioVault broadcast automation and production system, which has been upgraded with the HD Broadcast Multimedia Language protocol for data management.
In-vehicle navigational systems at the booth will pick up traffic data transmitted over HD Radio by Las Vegas KSTJ(FM), and use the data to interpret traffic patterns and overlay the results onto navigational maps showing traffic hot spots. In addition to coding and scheduling standard text applications to air with audio, BE's new TRPDi software management system will coordinate remote function such as pausing a CD or cassette player for late-breaking traffic broadcasts.
BE's new TRPDi and Big Pipe broadband link will ship soon after the NAB convention.

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