GatesAir enters into RAVENNA partnership

June 16 2014, 21:00
ALC NetworX announced that GatesAir, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of broadcast equipment and turnkey solutions to create, transport and transmit over-the-air radio and TV content, has joined the RAVENNA community.
GatesAir, the company that resulted from the separation from the former radio and television transmitter division of Harris Broadcast (announced in March 2014) is undoubtedly a major player in the broadcast market, resulting in a strong endorsement for RAVENNA’s network proposition. The announcement follows support announcements from companies like AEQ, AETA, Telos/Axia, Calrec, Digigram, Omnia, Orban and WorldCast Systems, which, together with the direct support of Lawo – the original proponent for the RAVENNA framework – represents a strong consortium of broadcast manufacturers.

In the photo: Andreas Hildebrand (ALC NetworX), Keyur Parikh (GatesAir), Philipp Lawo

The move comes in the wake of the publication of the AES67 Standard on High-performance Audio-over-IP Streaming Interoperability, which is fully in line with the fundamental operating principles of RAVENNA. Consequently, integration of RAVENNA offers a straightforward way for GatesAir to achieve full AES67 functionality in their Flexiva studio networking and Intraplex audio transport solutions, including several already IP-based codecs. Headquartered in Mason, OH, GatesAir is a global company with customers in more than 185 countries.
RAVENNA uses standardized network protocols and technologies and can operate on existing network infrastructures with low latency, full signal transparency and high reliability. While primarily targeting the professional broadcast market, RAVENNA is also suitable for deployment in other pro audio market segments like live sound, install market and recording. Possible fields of application include (but are not limited to) in-house signal distribution in broadcasting houses, theaters, concert halls and other fixed installations, flexible setups at venues and live events, OB van support, inter-facility links across WAN connections and in production & recording applications.
Rich Redmond, chief product officer for GatesAir says: “RAVENNA enables our customers to develop a networked audio ecosystem across studio and external signal transport environments, offering an AES67-compatible foundation over which wide spread interoperability can be achieved.  This expanded networking capability aligns perfectly with our current portfolio of studio and transport solutions that help our customers work more flexibly and efficiently across IP networks.”
As Andreas Hildebrand, Senior Product Manager of ALC NetworX, explains, “the decision of GatesAir, unquestionably one of the world’s largest suppliers of broadcast equipment, to select RAVENNA as the path towards AES67-based media networking interoperability further validates RAVENNA’s approach of providing an open technology framework based on existing standards. The recent publication of the AES67 interoperability standard just underlines the demand for such open media networking standards. Beyond already being compatible with AES67, RAVENNA offers manufacturers the flexibility to adapt the technology to their individual needs or to add specific functionality as required.”
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