Getting out of the NAB Show gate early, antenna maker Dielectric is teaming up with remote control systems developer Burk Technology to add to its transmission support products line with a new dual RF switch controller.
According to a release, “The new DRFSC [Dual RF Switch Controller] device integrates SNMP and secure web-based capabilities to streamline the management of waveguide and coaxial transfer switch activation for modern TV and radio transmitters.”
It adds, “Benefits include plug-and-play adaptability to accelerate installation, streamlined hardware requirements, and networked status monitoring with richer data sets.”
The DRFSC can control up to two, four-port RF switches to provide RF routing in systems with auxiliary transmitters and/or antennas.
At the heart is Burk’s specialized Plus-X protocol. This can provide connectivity to Burk’s ARC Plus remote control system via a network connection, allowing engineers to centralize functions with other control and monitoring applications.
Dielectric explains, “Benefits include plug-and-play adaptability to accelerate installation, streamlined hardware requirements, and networked status monitoring with richer data sets.” In addition, “The DRFSC’s integrated SNMP control differentiates the unit from other RF switch controllers on the market. SNMP is a universal networking protocol integrated with most transmitter systems currently available.”
Dielectric Western Regional Sales Manager Steven Moreen, noting the influx of modern, digitally controlled transmitters in the last decade said, “All of these transmitters have built-in SNMP capability, and we are bringing this modernized solution to our customers for the purpose of simplifying how they remotely access, control, monitor and communicate with their RF systems.”
Commenting on the technology and business partnership between the two companies, Burk Technology’s Director of Sales Matt Leland said, “This powerful combination allows customers to integrate switch control into an overall facility view with graphical control screens, automated functions and flexible alarm reporting. The DRFSC represents the next-generation solution in switch controllers. We look forward to continuing our partnership and assisting our common customers with technical support and integration.”
NAB Show Booth: C2622