Radio automation system developer ENCO Systems wins the prize as the first radio broadcast company to send us an announcement of a product that works with the new Apple iPad tablet.
ENCO announced iDAD, a companion mobile app for its DAD and Presenter automation systems, saying it is intended to work with both iPhones and the new tablet device announced by Apple Wednesday.
The ENCO application, expected to be available in March, turns the Apple device into a handheld digital recorder. It will do basic editing duties, and interface with ENCO automation via the phone system. "iDAD will feature the ability for news reporters and announcers to record, trim and tail, label and then send audio from the mobile device directly to their DAD or Presenter automation systems for timely playback," the company stated. Additionally, iDAD can act as a remote control for DAD or Presenter.
ENCO Systems President Eugene Novacek stated: "For remotes, news updates, sports updates or any number of on-location situations, iDAD, combined with our DAD or Presenter, will make it easier for stations to be more local and responsive than ever."
The app will be free at the iTunes store.