Ravenna AoIP Community Continues to Expand with More Strategic Partners

October 11 2018, 01:10
Following a very successful presence and series of activities at the IBC 2018 show in Amsterdam, the Ravenna community has welcomed two more strategic partners. French digital acoustics specialists, Trinnov Audio, and radio transmitter experts, the Elenos Group headquartered in Italy, have become the latest companies to join the Ravenna partnership in order to optimize the deployment of AoIP technology in their products, benefitting from development support and the wider experience of the community. The news follows the recent announcement of partnerships with Dolby, StageTec and Ross Video.
Andreas Hildebrand (center) with Trinnov Audio's Samuel Tracol, research & development engineer (left) and Arnaud Laborie, general manager (left).

Experts in 3D audio and high-end speaker and room optimization for a variety of applications, Trinnov Audio (www.trinnov.com) are now part of the Ravenna alliance, a move which coincides with the launch of their new MC-HCC Ravenna/AES67-enabled processor. “Trinnov has been involved with the audio calibration of high-channel count systems for more than 10 years,” states Samuel Tracol, pro audio product manager and lead software architect at Trinnov. “We are confident that supporting Ravenna and being able to offer up to 64 channels of high-resolution audio processing over IP will increase our success in large immersive sound mix stages.”

Elenos (www.elenos.com) operates in a completely different field, being a leading name in the design and manufacture of innovative, state-of-the-art FM transmitters. With over 40,000 transmitters installed in more than 100 countries, Elenos' products are renowned for their compact design, low energy consumption and reliability. The company has recently developed a Ravenna-enabled transmitter in order to expand its connectivity offerings to the radio broadcast market where Ravenna is becoming increasingly prevalent as the IP backbone in broadcast infrastructure. 

Gianluca Busi, marketing manager of the Elenos group, feels that the move was inevitable. “The trend in radio broadcast is clearly shifting towards IP as a more cost-effective and reliable means of signal transport, and where audio is concerned, Ravenna and AES67 is the dominant force. It is therefore a logical step for us to develop a Ravenna-enabled platform for easy integration into Ravenna/AES67-based infrastructures. We are pleased to become a Ravenna partner to help further the development of this technology, both for us and our customer base.”

ALC NetworX’s Andreas Hildebrand welcomed both Trinnov and Elenos to the Ravenna community. “As the technology continues to gain traction, so the Ravenna partnership community continues to grow, to the benefit of us all,” he notes. “It’s fascinating to see that our two most recent partners come from such different backgrounds, which just goes to show that Ravenna’s open, standards-based approach and high performance characteristics appeals across a wide range of market sectors. IP networking is here to stay, and for those for whom out-of-the-box AES67, and now ST2110 compatibility, is important, Ravenna remains the easiest – and highest performing – route to both.”

More at AES NY
Following on IBC 2018, October is shaping up to be a similarly dense month on the Ravenna calendar. For the Audio Engineering Society New York convention, Andreas Hildebrand will lead a marathon of presentations and panel sessions followed by three straight days of training at CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) in Montreal and Toronto. For details of all the sessions at AES New York, check out this link: https://www.ravenna-network.com/about-ravenna/trade-shows-events/
Topics covered either by Andreas himself or other Ravenna partners revolve around the relationships between Ravenna, AES67 and ST-2110, their implementations in the real world, IP infrastructure adoption, monitoring audio streams in an IP workflow and more. There are also a number of interesting sessions held as part of the Broadcast & Online Delivery Track events including a technical session on AES67/ST 2110 synchronization and redundancy by Andreas and DirectOut’s Claudio Becker-Foss, and lots more practical information on real-world AES67 issues and implementations including on systems and products in the AES Networked Audio Track events.

When he’s not presenting, Andreas can be found at the Ravenna pod in the AoIP Pavilion (#967) where visitors will find the Ravenna demo rack which is connected to and fully integrated into the AIMS AES67/ST2110 interoperability demo wall.

Ravenna is a technology for real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments. Utilizing standardized network protocols and technologies is designed to meet the strict requirements of the pro audio market featuring low latency, full signal transparency and high reliability. An open technology standard without a proprietary licensing policy, Ravenna is fully compatible with the AES67 and ST2110 standards.

ALC NetworX is an R&D company in Munich, Germany, whose team of highly regarded pro audio experts with in-depth knowledge of networking technologies developed the Ravenna technology platform. While ALC NetworX will continues to keep the lead role in the Ravenna technology development, product implementations are executed by individual partner companies. 
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