The RDS world is about to get more interesting as RDS2 begins to make its presence known. Early out of the starting gate is WorldCast’s Audemat marque with the new RDS encoder, Audemat RDS Encoder.
Built on the company’s FMB80, the RDS encoder carries the expected RDS/RDBS tools (e.g. artist name, song titles, traffic message, EAS, Radiotext, etc.). But looking forward it adds an MPX-over-AES digital audio function. Furthermore, it can insert the encoding directly into the digital chain.
It is also compatible with the latest RDS Edition 2018 standards (IEC- 62106-1 :2018 to IEC 62106-6:2018) and upcoming RDS2 standards. WorldCast notes, “RDS2 will allow broadcasters to send more information (such as pictures) through the FM signal by adding three subcarriers to the MPX/composite signal.”
Being a WorldCast product it is conversant with the company’s ScriptEasy Apps and Manager for programming, control and management. It is fully networkable and remote controllable.
There’s also an onboard tuner for immediate monitoring. WorldCast’s Manager software can be used to remotely operate the RDS Encoder.
NAB Booth: N4124