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Radio Sultanate of Oman Chooses Netia

Will automate operations at Muscat and Salalah stations, digitize national audio archives

The Radio Sultanate of Oman is using Netia’s Radio-Assist suite of digital audio software programs at radio stations in Muscat and Salalah to automate operations and to support digitization and preservation of the national archives.

The custom installations, which will run in English and Arabic, will provide digitize the audio archives, now stored on 80,000 tapes, said the company.

Netia collaborated with systems integrator Bahwan IT and the Radio Sultanate of Oman to engineer a solution for preserving the audio while making that media available for broadcast or distribution, according to Netia CEO Philippe Fort.

Radio-Assist 8 manages end-to-end multimedia workflows — ingest, production, music scheduling, playout and archiving — and can extract data to make stored media readily available. The Netia system provides access to audio content, which can be accessed remotely for listening at a low bit rate and subsequently restored at full quality.

The solution will synchronize the Muscat and Salalah archives automatically, and each site will act as a disaster recovery site for the other. Secure remote access to the Radio-Assist 8 database will also enable them to exchange content.