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IEEE Broadcast Symposium Gets Underway in Florida

RF technology, cybersecurity and audio are key opening day topics

Frank Artes

The 65th annual IEEE Broadcast Technology Society Broadcast Symposium officially opened for business here Wednesday with welcoming remarks from society President Bill Hayes. The event, which features some of broadcasting’s top engineering professionals in three full days of technical presentations, panel discussions and keynote addresses, is tailored to provide attendees with cutting-edge information on the latest developments in the world of broadcast engineering.

The 120 registrants gathered for this year’s symposium were not disappointed as the technical content began to flow following Hayes’ address. Leading off the agenda was a presentation by Nautel’s Philipp Schmid on the interleaving of IBOC digital radio signals to achieve better spectral and operating efficiencies. His presentation was quickly followed by papers on handling the higher power levels associated with combined IBOC signals, an update on the NAB Labs radio systems testing activities, a single frequency network case study, information on station grounding techniques and measurements, and a look at the latest in audio developments, with a focus on the latest coding advancements and immersive audio.

However, based on comments from attendees, the real “scene stealer” was a luncheon keynote address by Frank Artes, a recognized expert in the field of cybersecurity. He explained just how easy it is for intellectual property (and other data) thieves to help themselves to just about anything they want, thanks to lax network security and poor communication among various departments in large organizations. Artes drove home his point by displaying, via large screen projector, addresses and other information pulled from conference attendees’ smartphones and laptops in use during his presentation.

The symposium runs through Friday.