2wcom Systems is continuously developing new strategies for the broadcast market. One of the upcoming technologies in every market will be Internet Of Things (IOT). Some may call it Industry 4.0 or just digitization, but however you call it: the emerging IP interconnectivity will also change the broadcast market in the future. With our membership in the IABM, we try to be always aware of the most recent developments in broadcast technology. This year we will be also around the IABM booth at the NAB show in Las Vegas.
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By Patrick Lemesre Program Director TDF As France’s major provider of diffusion services to many broadcast clients in France, we have to build and operate infrastructure that is flexible and capable of adapting to the widely varying ways our clients want to diffuse their signals. In contrast to an individual broadcaster, which knows more or less what configurations and scenarios to plan for when building infrastructure for its own use, we have to encompass the different requirements of each of our existing customers as well as second-guessing what clients might want in the future. Many of our clients use our services to complement their own transmission networks, so in these cases we also have to consider how best to integrate with those. In our recent upgrade project for the switchover to DVB-S2 for radio services, flexibility was a major design goal, while keeping the technology as simple as possible. Our choice of equipment for the project would ideally allow us to accommodate all our current client requirements, and anticipate any future evolution. 2wcom FlexDSR technology met these aims by providing the widest range of features and options, and the manufacturer worked closely with us to enhance some extra functionality for which we had anticipated a requirement. Beginning in 2013, we installed around 1,700 FlexDSR02/04+ units in our broadcast center and at transmitter sites across the country. These units are involved in TDF’s downlinks and their modular architecture allows us to configure them for different channel capacities and various encoders, depending on client requirements. The ability of the FlexDSR to support multiple backup sources contributes robustness in the case of input failure from satellite, allowing for IP-backup via UDP or Icecast, or playing direct from FlexDSR’s internal memory or from another ASI input. The units also provide an efficient solution for regionalized commercials and regionalized program content insertion, which is another important service for TDF to be able to provide. The ability to implement remote control and content distribution to any transmitter site over satellite bandwidth via the FlexDSR SIRC (Satellite In-Band RemoteControl) also gives us extra resilience and adaptability. The provision of services to many broadcast clients is a particular case where flexibility, with support for multiple alternative operating configurations and scenarios, is very important. But in fact there is now a strong general industry trend toward keeping future options open, so that adaptability has risen in priority to become one of the most important attributes to consider when building infrastructure. Here is the article in Radio World International
A long time ago in New York, back in 1996, a small company named 2wcom made its first steps on the international market. This was a time when 2wcom was just a two-man-show that started in a co-working space in Flensburg. Werner Drews, our CEO, still remembers the day when he visited the Empire State Building the first time: for business. “It was a very interesting experience. Instead of queuing with hundreds of other people, we could just walk to the business elevator and take our ride to the top of the tower.” At the top of the building Werner and his brother installed the first RDS solution ever created by 2wcom: the ‘Solution I’. This was a monitoring device able to decode various RDS parameters from an analog composite signal input (MPX) and display it. “The panoramic view was phenomenal! We were above the tourist vista platform with just a hand full of people.” Since that beginning 2wcom has evolved to one of the leading manufacturers for professional RDS equipment, with more than 10,000 RDS encoders in the market.