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2wcom’s SIRC Improves Regionalized Remote Management

The new Google Maps feature of 2wcom’s Satellite In-band Remote Control (SIRC) browser lets broadcasters carry out commands and reports per region. Using the SIRC web interface, users can define any number of locations and associated regions (“shapes”) for a country on Google Maps. The interface allows operators to select an entire view or a specific location by filter.

Radio World: Easy remote Monitoring of your A30 FM Monitoring Receiver Fleet

Flensburg, Germany – According to 2wcom, it’s A30 monitoring, and remote management solution enables operators to manage and evaluate all A30 monitoring receivers in one-stop via an easy to use integrated location/device management. For example, says the firm, FM and RDS parameters of all A30 receivers in the field can be collected or RDS group parameters and RDS group statistics can be displayed.        

Radio World’s Market Place introducing the HDR Capture Client

„Delivering additional HD Radio channels has never been so easy.“ Says Leif Cipriani, CTO at 2wcom. The HD Radio Capture Client (HDR-CC) fits perfectly with Generation 4 HD Radio systems. For a very affordable price, it can take in one digital or analog stereo audio channel and provide it to an Importer. The audio is sent compressed with an HD Radio codec via IP. That enables setups where the supplemental channels like HD2, HD3, or HD4 can be located remotely from the Importer.

2wcom Debuts the HDR-CC Capture Client

Delivering additional HD Radio channels has never been so easy”. The HD Radio Capture Client (HDR-CC) fits perfectly with Generation 3 or 4 HD Radio systems. For a very affordable price, it can take in one digital or analog stereo audio channel and provide it to an Importer.

2wcom starts the Audio over IP webinar series

2wcom is very pleased to invite you to the first session of the Audio over IP webinar series – tips, tricks, and knowledge. Mr. Berry Eskes starts the webinar with a little warm-up and presents how (software-based) Audio over IP solutions supports audio broadcast use-cases.  Leif Cipriani takes up the thread directly to point out on the Audio over IP basics and how to transcode standards or protocols such as AES67, Livewire+, Dante, or Wheatnet. Take your chance to improve your know-how on some real live samples. When? Mr. Berry Eskes and Leif Cipriani will present real live use-cases, Audio over IP basics and essentials of transcoding on Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 at 10 am CEST and on Thursday, August 13th, 2020 at 4 pm CEST. For whom? The webinar aims at professionals familiar with the basics of audio over IP, such as system designers, project managers, engineers, technical purchasers, semi-technical and technical persons. Please feel free to forward the invitation to colleagues also interested in Audio over IP. Interested to participate? Be fast to secure your place in the webinar because it is limited to 30 participants. Please click one of the following links. Wednesday, the 12th of August 2020, at 10 am CEST Thursday, the 13th of August 2020, at 04 pm CEST

Digital Networks Must Facilitate Operations

These days most studios run their AoIP networks to produce audio content. In theory, keeping the studio’s contribution separate from distribution offers flexibility at all sites; and separating the audio portion from transmitting sources such as satellite, DAB+ or IP provides various benefits. Practically speaking, it’s now necessary to change perspective: IP offers broadcasters significantly more flexibility for the transmission of content, so more and more broadcasters and recording studios are deciding to expand IP-based networks. But broadband and fiber optic are growing at very different rates internationally. So in addition to the use of IP-based structures, flexible alternative  distribution paths must be available. This leads to the question of how best to link contribution and distribution.

Agility Is Key to Our Success

Radio World’s interview published in the “Meet the Makers” ebook starts with a short company introduction. Werner Drews is the general manager and founder of 2wcom Systems, headquartered in Flensburg, Germany. It opened in 1995 and has grown to become one of the top companies in the world providing RDS system solutions, serving large broadcasters like Media-Broadcast Germany, Telenor, Swisscom, and ORS.

2wcom’s webinar invitation – Please save the date

We’re pleased to invite you to the first of 2wcom’s webinar series called; The Pros & Co’s of MPX over IP (and how to take away the con’s) Mr. Berry Eskes will explain the advantages and disadvantages of MPX over IP and point out the differences compared to Audio over IP on Wednesday, July 08, 2020 at 10 am CEST and 4 pm CEST. Finally, he and Mr. Joost Schultke go into detail on how to kill the cons by having a close look at some real-live samples and the opportunities error correction mechanisms offer. For whom? The webinar aims at technical purchasers, project managers, semi-technical and technical persons. Please feel free to forward the invitation to colleagues also interested in MPX over IP. Interested to participate? Be fast to secure your place in the webinar because it is limited to 30 participants.  To participate on the 8th of July 2020 at 10:00 am please click the following Link To participate on the 8th of July 2020 at 04:00 pm please click the following Link

Radio World Announces Virtual Show Floor

NAB 2020 is postponed but the show must go on. Radio World transfers the NAB show to a spring show @ home. We are glad to participate and thereby have the chance to reach our customers and partners.

On current events – 2wcom remains operational

On current events: trade shows and fairs have been postponed; many businesses are forced to shut down activities. Luckily no 2wcom employee or their families were infected by corona and the whole 2wcom-team remains operational. Thank you to all customers, partners, suppliers, and the whole 2wcom family for supporting us during these difficult times. The 2wcom team has taken precautions and remains operational during the coming months. Many of us are working from home to reduce the risk of possible contagion in the office and to be able to continue our work regardless of the current situation. This also helps those colleagues that are needed for “hands-on” tasks like production and hardware support/repairs. We’ve also implemented all measures advised by local and federal health authorities, like keeping distance, disinfecting surfaces and door handles, meticulous hand washing, etc. While only some of us are physically in the office, you will most likely not even notice it. Our communication tools are not location-based, so we can keep in touch, meet online and work remotely, without the need to be in the office in person. If you have been in contact with any member of our team, you can still use the same telephone numbers to reach us. We are determined to get through the current situation as smoothly as possible while giving you the same level of support you are used to when dealing with us. Nevertheless, we have to deal with issues beyond our control. Parts of our products are produced in other parts of the world and their production is down or has only just resumed. In order for you and for us to still be able to realize projects, please share your forecast with us, so that we can make sure you get your orders when you need them. If you have any inquiries about our current lead times, please feel free to contact us. The Corona crisis has us firmly in its grip and the 2wcom team expects to live for a while with the resulting challenges – mentally and in daily operations. The 2wcom team is sending their warmest regards & please take care

Radio World’S NAB Sneak Peek: 2wcom Debuts HDR-CC

Even NAB is postponed the show still goes on. 2wcom has developed the HDR-CC, an HD Radio capture client for the delivery of additional HD Radio channels. The company explains that by using the unit, users can set-up the importer IP address and diretly connect audio to the small box’s XLR connectors. The box is able to accept one digital or analog stereo audio channel and provide it to an importer.

2wcom Highlights latest Product Innovations – Part One

The first part focuses on Audio over IP and MPX over IP and Satellite.  Whether containerized or as a box, the MoIN Multimedia over IP Network server offers advantages like vast scalability, usage-oriented pricing models, optimized rack space and flexibility in application. The integrated features facilitate the handling of several use-cases – e.g.: The insertion of radio programs in cable networks is possible by transforming an Icecast stream to a DVB transport stream. The conversion of AoIP protocols and transcoding of audio codecs to the appropriate bitrate allows bridging studios and WANs. An SMPTE 2022 conform error protection or using SRT assures transmission robustness. Moreover, the server solution offers to directly feed a streaming encoder with audio for further distribution via a CDN….. The company says, the new MPX products offer numerous system design options. It is based on customer requirements for MPX generation, manipulation, distribution and economic aspects. To connect the studio and the MPX link, inputs for analog audio, AES/EBU and Audio over IP are provided. Whereby all known standards for Audio over IP streaming, control and status query are supported. All main modules like stereo generator, RDS encoder or MPX codec are software based and easy to activate. For operators, this leads to a multitude of facilities…..

Radio World eBook: Cross-Media Adoption Unites Media Production, Distribution

The way people consume media content is changing significantly. Like the expansion of IP, this greatly influences the convergence of media production and distribution units for radio, video and the internet. Broadcasters, therefore, have the chance to adapt to the transitioning media-consumption behavior and use it to their advantage. Target group orientation: Keep in mind that besides the attractive younger audience, it‘s crucial to offer each target group the content they want, whether mobile or stationary. Cost and time efficiency: By treating a contribution as a cross-media project, the video, radio and internet units are no longer separated. Expand the value chain and encourage interaction: Cross-media content production and distribution means all playout sources can refer to each other. This leads to significantly higher coverage. Moreover, by integration on social networks, the opportunities of interaction with the audience increase. Both aspects include the chance of deploying new marketing formats. TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES Results of these developments include international projects such as 3GPP and 5G-Xcast. The latter is designed to build a universal and multidirectional IP network for efficient large-scale media distribution via 5G-Xcast. The project focuses on the dynamic switching between unicast, multicast and broadcast and also enables spectrum-efficient distribution of program content to a large number of simultaneous users with only one stream. End users can receive reliable live and linear high-quality content without burdening their mobile data contingent. With a view toward the future, 5G-Xcast will allow national and private  broadcasters to launch new on-demand formats or offer interacting facilities, besides classical linear content. The transformation to cross-media production can only be achieved with a solid technical foundation.

How to Future-Proof Your DAB Network

The speed in which DAB is implemented around the world depends mostly on a country’s government. National broadcasters must then follow the call for digital switchover where it’s been decided. This means present and future efforts as regards budget and organization of the various parts of the infrastructure are in place. It also means broadcasters need to organize themselves accordingly to ensure adequate operation of their entire network — from contribution to the studio and from the headend to transmitter sites.  

Invitation – Lunch & Learn with 2wcom at SBE meeting in New York

Please save the date: Tuesday, 29th October 2019 at The Green Space in New York from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Green Space! Meet Leif Cipriani, Sales Engineer of 2wcom! Your chance to get to know the new 4audio IP series and learn more what the firm is doing with modern STL and AoIP codecs AoIP codecs or about standards like AES67, SMTE ST2110, EBU Tech 3326 or SRT. Where: The Greene Space, Entrance at 44 Charlton Street at the corner of Varick Street, New York, NY 10013 How to get there: Easy access by Subway 1 (Houston Street) or Subway C and E (Spring Street)

2wcom at Audio-Network Forum on 13th of November 2019 in Hamburg

Please save the date! Hans Hansen is 2wcom’s speaker and will explain how to manage the challenge of compatibility in expanded infrastructures. The all-day seminar on IP audio networks will take place at the SAE Institute in Hamburg. The event is thematically linked to the very successful first Forum, which took place last year. An optional opening session in the morning introduces all participants on the basic knowledge of IP networks. Therefore, the event is aimed both at beginners and advanced users. Opening session (optional) 09.30 – 10.45 basic knowledge of Audio over IP networks AES67/SMPTE ST2110, Andreas Hildebrand (ALC) Seminar 11.45 – 12.45 From small to big: Design aspects of the new All-IP building at Schweizer Fernsehen in Zurich, Stefan Ledergerber (Simplexity) 12.45 – 13.15 Lunch 13.15 – 14.00 How to increase compatibility in mixed networks, Hans Heinrich Hansen (2WCOM) 14.00 – 14.45 AES67 and Ravenna in cross-linked studios and as monitoring solution, Maurice Engler (Merging)/Thomas Römann (Digital Audio Service) 14.45 – 15.15 Coffee break 15.15 – 16.00 Secure Connection Management for AES67 and ST2110, Arne Bönninghoff (Riedel Communications) 16.00 – 17.00 AVB/Milan operated networks, Marc Schettke 17.00 – 17.45 A practical study of audio networks in the live segment with Dante, Arthur Koll (Yamaha) Venue and Directions

Radio World’s Summer of Products

DAB+ operation in expanded networks that use EDI and ETI multiplexers as sources can prove challenging. Implementing legacy ETI and EDI transmitters in parallel as well as operating DAB in already existing infrastructures not intended for DAB (e.g. DVB-S/S2 or ASI) may also cause obstacles. 2wcom says that its new DAB-4c converter addresses these issues and offers several features that are designed to help users easily navigate switchover phase. 2wcom says the recently launched Linux-based MoIN multimedia over IP network server eases the day-to-day work of network operators. The server is available as hardware or virtualized software. Its new and advanced technological concept assures outstanding flexibility in application.

IBC 2019: Welcome 2wcom’s 4audio series broadcasting expectation

Thanks to inspiring discussions with customers and partners, we identified five essential requirements to equally support studio-to-studio and studio-to-transmitter links as well as cross-media tasks: Compatibility, high audio quality, flexibility, simplicity and transmission robustness. With the development of our new 4audio series, we focused mainly on the latter mentioned parameters. The new Linux-based platform is scalable by demand and available as hardware, software or virtualized. Moreover, a modular configurability offers high flexibility in application for the respective use-cases. By providing a solution-oriented concept, we want to support broadcasters and system integrators harmonize old and new networks and navigate to the next generation of broadcast technology. We look forward to presenting our recently launched 4audio series including products for Audio over IP, MPX over IP, Satellite, DAB+ and FM/RDS. Please take the chance to exchange thoughts and ideas on projects or upcoming trends and visit us in hall 8 at booth 8.E78! To schedule a meeting feel free to contact us directly: aschneider@2wcom.com +49 461 662830 15 German version … 4audio IP solutions offer outstanding interoperability 2wcoms says its recently launched Linux based 4audio IP series eases day-to-day work of network operators and comprises products like IP-4c four-channel codec, IP-8e eight-channel IP / MPEG encoder and MoIN Multimedia over IP network server. Further variants will be coming soon. Each device is available as hardware or virtualized software. Its new and well thought out technological concept assures outstanding flexibility in application by supporting studio to studio and studio to transmitter links as well as broadcasters increasing cross-media tasks. High-level compatibility is especially of importance in mixed networks and expanded infrastructures. For this purpose, all major protocols for internet interoperability like Ravenna, Livewire+, Dante or SRT are supported. Harmonization of data exchange between the protocols is done by standards like EBU N/ACIP Tech 3326, AES67, SMPTE ST 2110, SMPTE 2022-7, NMOS and Ember+. To easily exchange data in mixed networks the solutions offer protocol transforming e.g. from Livewire+ to Ravenna when transmitting from a studio site to the headend. Eying the upcoming cross-media tasks, customers benefit from an integrated transcoding feature, which allows the provision of all main codec algorithms, according to requirements. For high quality and low latency of real time applications, this can mean PCM to Opus. For economical needs, like dealing with low bandwidth or uploading files to a station website transcoding to, for example, AAC profiles (even AAC xHE), Enhanced aptX or Ogg Vorbis is possible. The flexible management of recorded audio content enables to combine individual audio streams into multichannel streams. Facing e.g. events, this can include audio from the stage, sideline or grandstand, or even speaker comments. In local studios, the decoder solutions offer audio/data exchange capabilities for regionalization of the received main stream. To ensure the precisely synchronized routing of different streams between linked networks and a good latency management, Moin, IP-4c and IP-8e support the Precision Time Protocol (PTPv2). In addition, all solutions assist the teams on-site in daily operation. In case an event requires further temporary channels, a corresponding channel activation scalability is possible. Pre-configuration of hardware and software for operation, management and control is provided via an easy-to-use web interface and remotely via SNMP, Ember+ or JSON. A SIP phonebook simplifies intercommunication in networks by enabling to establish connection and to negotiate codec algorithms as well as protocols. SIP entries and status information accessible via a web interface and at the hardware grant flexibility to reporters in the field if WLAN is not available. Supporting DHCP increases the independence of production teams by permitting the automatic allocation of IP addresses, helping to avoid the need to request an IP address from the Help Desk. A multi-layer concept ensures transmission robustness. Hardware devices are equipped with up to two in- or external power supplies. Protection against IP packet loss offers Pro-MPEG FEC or Reliable User Datagram Protocol, which is more effective and more economical in means of bandwidth. Further redundancy is achievable by transmitting two streams or different audio qualities in parallel. In case of interruption of the main stream, IP packet losses can be recovered by picking them from the second stream or the respective receivers switch seamless to the next audio quality. New 4audio DAB-4c is a high-density and hybrid solution Thinking of DAB+ it is obvious broadcasters have to deal with some special challenges. For example, operating DAB in expanded networks including EDI and ETI multiplexers as sources, operating legacy ETI and EDI transmitters in parallel or operating DAB in already existing infrastructures originally not intended for DAB – e.g. DVB-S/S2 or ASI. 2wcom says its new DAB-4c converter provides a well thought out concept and several features to navigate through the time of switchover until a new homogenous system is installed. The device allows to receive data signals from legacy ETI and EDI multiplexers at the same time and to convert the signals respectively to the EDI/ETI transmitters in the field. As a high-density solution the device offers four ETI outputs and four ETI bidirectional interfaces (in/out) to increase the number of ETI outputs if e.g. ETI mirroring is needed. Moreover, it is equipped with two Ethernet data interfaces in and out. In addition, an optional satellite tuner enables integration into cost-efficient, already existing satellite distribution systems to optimize coverage and distribute programs to regions that are still lacking broadband IP. For synchronization of all sites, the DAB-4c can use PTPv2 or an external 10 MHz signal and in case of failure, an internal recovery from the EDI stream by jitter removal assures an ongoing synchronized transmission. Regarding transmission robustness, the device provides the possibility of seamless switching between two EDI or ETI sources (PFT Dual Streaming). To ensure high compatibility the solution accords to specifications such as ETSI EN 300 40, ETSI TS 102 563, EN 300 799 or ETSI TS 102 693  and supports Uni- / Multicast (IGMPv2/v3) as well as EDI, UDP, IGMP, ICMP, DHCP, HTTPS, FTPS, NTP and PTPv2. The DAB-4c is fully configurable via web interface or remotely via SNMP. In addition, the device offers real time statistics and monitoring of the main DAB+ parameters and on-air monitoring at transmitter sites is possible by an optional DAB tuner. 4audio MPX is 2wcoms most versatile FM, RDS and MPX solution 2wcoms full featured FM/RDS and analog/digital MPX over IP product line is undergoing a monumental change. All existing established products like C02 RDS encoder, S02 stereo generator or the analog/digital MPX over IP codecs FMC01 will be replaced by the new state-of-the-art 4audio MPX product series. Due to a new software oriented and Linux based scalable concept it is possible for technicians and decision makers to configure devices fitting to the respective requirements in just one 19’’ 1HU rack unit, saving costs and rack space. What means e.g. RDS encoder, stereo generator and an analog/digital MPX over IP codec are combinable in one device generating the MPX signal and encode or decode it 100% loss less for further distribution. Alternatively, operators can simply select the modules depending on their needs. At transmitter sites, it is possible to add local RDS data to the MPX signal already assembled at broadcaster’s main studio. Furthermore, optional available SAT receiver and FM tuner modules enable to receive the MPX signal via SAT if it is more economical compared to IP, to monitor audio and RDS signals or to rebroadcast the received programs. Consequently, it is also possible to establish source redundancy by forwarding the station program via IP and SAT in parallel and switch to the best source available. 2wcom’S 4audio MPX products provide a variety of sophisticated new features simply activated by software. The device is equipped with inputs for analog/digital MPX, analog audio, AES/EBU and Audio over IP. As a result, the stereo generator now also supports all common standards and protocols for Audio over IP streaming, control and status.

2wcom Brings 4audio IP Series To IBC2019

GER: 2wcom has unveiled its IBC2019 line-up which will include the 4audio IP series. Compatibility, audio quality, flexibility, simplicity and transmission robustness are the current top five buzzwords, and the demand on software-based or virtualised solutions is growing. Broadcasters need solutions that support studio-to-studio, studio-to-transmitter links and cross-media tasks. The new Linux-based, modular and scalable technological concept offer a wide range of useful features and support broadcasters taking the challenge to harmonise old and new technologies and navigate to the next generation of audio. read more …

It’s the Beginning of a Long Journey

Question & Answer Interview – Schneider of 2wcom discusses standards as well as tips for ensuring transmission robustness. Radio World: What is your perspective on AoIP right now? Anke Schneider: We believe certain quality requirements are increasing. Compatibility, audio quality, flexibility, simplicity and transmission robustness are the current top buzzwords. Broadcasters need solutions that support studio-to-studio, studio-to-transmitter links and crossmedia tasks. The latter also means production concepts for content distribution and storage including both radio and television. In addition, looking at mixed networks with expanded infrastructures, we have to take into account the main needs of broadcasters. This means also accepting the challenge to harmonize old and new technologies and navigate to the next generation of technology. read more …

Centralized MPX Over IP Transmission

Time has flown by since the introduction of IP, and today, even most rural regions are connected to the internet. In addition, the cost has shifted in terms of satellite and IP bandwidth, even if it varies from country to country. With this in mind, MPX over IP offers radio stations operating  a VHF network the possibility to choose their best   transmission approach, depending on coverage and costs. This results in significantly more possibilities for signal distribution, leading to increased flexibility in network management. Some general points and main advantages: The technology offers potential of savings in terms of  bandwidth costs. If satellite is not economical, especially if the required kbps increases due to a high number of  individual RDS configurations, plain MPX over IP is the cost-saving alternative. The situation is completely different when distribution via IP is a cost driver. Then encapsulation of the MPX signal in a transport stream for satellite distribution is the economic way to go. System simplification is possible because studio and transmitter locations are directly connected and the multiplex signal is only generated at the studio site. Two scenarios are given if MPX signal generation is done at studio sites. read more …

2wcom’s ‘Absolute SAT or IP Flexibility’

2wcom’s Satellite product range offers flexibility, reliability for the entire radio signal transmission chain. All devices are equipped with interfaces for SAT and IP/ASI to switch automatically to the best signal source available in case of failure. Since all common codec algortithms are supported, this homogenous solution enables broadcasters to distribute a radio programm nationwide, and at the same time to schedule and transmit regional programme content, advertisment or RDS data. read more ..

IP and its effects on cross-media workflows

On the one hand, the members of a team built by experts of all media categories must be enabled to work on productions purely conceptually without focusing on any medium in special – example given: a sound engineer who has so far produced radio broadcasts must now know how to prepare the audio content for the Internet or television, which codec algorithms to use, which protocols and which detailed configurations. For the future, this can mean that a radio program is not only recorded for audio playout, but is also filmed, so that listeners can hear and watch a radio program via the station’s website or its Facebook page. On the other hand, solutions must be found to meet the varying requirements for editorial preparation, sound quality, transmission path, coding algorithm, transmission protocols, transmission security, redundancy concept or even bandwidth economy. read more ..

2wcom Manages A30 Networks

Flensburg, Germany – According to 2wcom, its A30 monitoring and remote management solution enables operator to manage and evaluate all A30 monitoring receivers in one stop via an easy to use integrated location / device managagement. For example, says the firm, FM and RDS parameters of all A30 receivers in the field can be collected or RDS group parameters and RDS group statistics can be displayed. read more ..    

Handling DAB+ Projects in Complex and Critical Environments

Goodbye to FM: Norway’s national radio service has become the first in the world to switch from FM to DAB+. More European countries are about to follow suit; but how to deal with legacy equipment or complex and critical environments remains an important question. Before we look at the possible system solutions, I would like to briefly explain the basic principles for the transmission of DAB+ under ideal conditions. read more …

State of Play – Integration of IP in German Broadcast Networks

Transmission over IP networks offers broadcasters the possibility of interconnecting radio, video and internet perfectly. As a result, some radio stations and recording studios are already fully equipped for live streaming. Especially smaller studios as well as newer, more modern radio stations are absolute pioneers, simply because IP transmission is significantly more cost-effective than older ISDN based solutions. Looking at the newer, more modern radio stations IP streaming offers indeed attractive possibilities to interact with their target group optimally e.g. via Facebook or YouTube. But some broadcasters are still using conventional transmission techniques – reasons why: The existing technology is still working and there is no need of purchasing new equipment. The roll-out of the broadband and fiber-optic networks is still incomplete. As a result, transmission via IP is not yet possible everywhere in Germany. Until recently, it was simply hard to imagine using DSL lines in content distribution in a reliable, uninterrupted way. Some stations do have target-groups that are interested in using web services or mobile devices read more …

IBC365 – IP opportunities: German broadcadters’ real world usage

Transmitting via IP offers broadcasters the possibility of interconnecting radio, video and internet perfectly, writes 2wcom Chief Executive Werner Drews. With this background, some radio stations and recording studios are already fully equipped for live streaming. Small Studios or even young, modern radio stations are pioneers, simply because IP transmission is significantly more cost-effective and offers attractive possibilities to interact with their target group optimally for example via Facebook or YouTube. read more …

2wcom’s New Products Ease Challenges of Audio Broadcast Systems

2wcom’s latest product line is being presented at IBC2018 on stand 8.E78….. Based on the know-how and experience, plus customer requirements, all solutions are designed for studio-to-studio links and even for cross-media working. The MM04C codec (four channels) and the MoIN Server (up to 512 channels) offer high compatibility to all interfaces and support a range of protocols for streaming, control and status (e.g. EBU TECH 3326, AES67, RAVENNA, Livewire+, Dante, SMPTE ST 2110, SRT, PTPv2, RTSP, SAP, SIP, Discovery, Bonjour, SNMP, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, or Ember+ and many more). read more …

IBC 2018: Showcasing our new and innovative products for your everyday tasks and challenges

We are pleased to introduce our new product range, which offers you a variety of features and opportunities due to a completely new technical concept to ease your daily work as well as the increasingly cross-media tasks.  Please take the chance of a personal presentation and visit us at our booth 8.E78 during the IBC 2018 in Amsterdam. For the German version please click here. 2wcom’s versatile one-stop-solution for Audio over IP networks The upcoming state-of-the-art product line is based on the know-how of MM01 and MM08E and customer requirements. All solutions are designed for studio to studio as well as studio to transmitter links and even for the increasingly widespread cross-media working method. The MM04C codec (4 channels)  and the MoIN Server (up to 512 channels) offer high compatibility to all interfaces and support a wide range of protocols for streaming, control and monitoring (e.g. EBU TECH 3326, AES67, Ravenna, Livewire+, Dante, SMPTE ST 2110, PTPv2, RTSP, SAP, SIP, Discovery, Bonjour, SNMP, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS or Ember+ and more). Furthermore, the exchange of additional information like GPIO and ancillary data between the audio networks is possible. The Reliable User Datagram Protocol (RUDP) ensures highest packet recovery in case of very high packet loss rates and protects equally against random packet losses as well as burst packet losses. It even requires less bandwidth and shorter delays than conventional forward error correction mechanisms (Note: needs a duplex IP link and uses Unicast/Multiple Unicast). Another advantage of both products is the wide range of possible algorithms (all MPEG layers, all AAC profiles e.g. extended HE xHE, OPUS, OGG Vorbis, Enhanced aptX, AC3, Dolby digital plus or PCM and many more). In addition, audio streams can be combined to multichannel streams. To simplify day-to-day operation all features and applications are very cost-efficient modularly configurable, conveniently integrable into existing systems (even third party applications) and the Easy2connect feature allows operators as well as reporters in the field an uncomplicated connection establishment (SIP phonebook). An easy-to-use web-interface allows remote management, configuration and control of both the server and the codec fleet. Both solutions have unique features. The MM04C codec as a classic 19” unit can also be used as an FM rebroadcast receiver. In comparison, the MoIN server can be operated as a software service and offers some sophisticated special functions such as audio routing, management, leveling, loudness, monitoring and mixing between different protocols and environments. The server can replace audio mixing consoles and process all audio signals (also based on different clocks). It is also possible to route or mix different audio channels synchronously between different networks. 4FM is the new modular and flexible solution for FM and AoIP applications 2wcoms full featured, comprehensive FM/RDS and analog/digital MPX over IP product line is undergoing a monumental change. All existing established products like C02 RDS encoder, S02 stereo generator or the analog/digital MPX over IP codec will be replaced by the new state-of-the-art 4FM. This new one-stop-solution offers technicians and decision makers a modular, highly economical and scalable concept in just one 19’’ 1HU rack unit. Very comfortably, the activation of all components is purely software based. In conclusion, this means technicians are able to configure a device fitting absolutely to their needs on-site, saving costs and rack space. For example, it is possible to combine a RDS2 encoder, a stereo generator and an analog/digital MPX over IP codec in one device. In case the RDS encoder and the stereo generator are not needed, you can simply select the MPX over IP codec component. Furthermore, future upgrades can be done easily by software activation without any changes to the hardware necessary. In comparison to the well-known former solutions of 2wcom, the 4FM provides a variety of sophisticated new features like the following: The device is equipped with inputs for analog/digital MPX, analog audio, AES/EBU and Audio over IP. As a result, the stereo generator now also supports protocols for Audio over IP streaming, control and status (e.g. EBU TECH 3326, AES67, Ravenna, Livewire+, Dante, SMPTE ST 2110, PTPv2, SNMP, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP or FTPS ).  In addition, it is possible to add local RDS data to a MPX signal, that was already assembled in a main studio. The integrated FM tuner provides the opportunity of monitoring audio and RDS signals and in addition even rebroadcasting is possible. Furthermore, the device offers also the option to forward both the MPX signal and the pilot via IP.

IBC 2018: Lets talk about our well-known product range

2wcom Systems is pleased to present its portfolio of high quality encoders, decoders, codecs, modulators, demodulators and remote control solutions. The complete end-to-end solutions offer comprehensive redundancy and backup possibilities as well as a wide range of user-friendly configurable system settings for managing multiple network interfaces. Meet 2wcom AoIP, MPXoIP, SAT, FM/RDS and DAB+ products at booth 8.E78 For the German version please click here MM01 AoIP Codec is a point to point or point to multipoint audio codec using IP-based audio network technologies (Layer 3) for real-time streaming and all standards for AoIP compatibility are supported (EBU TECH 3326 incl. SAP and RTSP, AES67, Ravenna, Livewire as well as Dante in future). Additionally, the device processes codec algorithms like MPEG I/II Layer 2/3, AAC LC, HE-AACv1&v2, AAC-LD, G.711, G.722, E-aptX and PCM. It’s equipped for redundancy management by providing mechanisms like DualStreaming, Stream4Sure and Pro-MPEG FEC to enhance transmission robustness. Thus, the MM01 is applicable in all kinds of AoIP networks – for example: SSL, STL, audio description or in-ear monitoring. It’s also capable to handle single frequency networks by its advanced latency control, which allows for synchronization up to the microsecond. Furthermore, requirement for best possible audio quality and at the same time transmission economy can optimally harmonized, depending on the given conditions. To easy use in changing day to day work settings the MM01 is offering a wide range of useful features like the new “Easy2connect” functionality to establish SIP connections with only one click. All features and system settings can be configured via an easy-to-use web interface. MM08E – Eight-channel MPEG Encoder for absolute flexibility in dealing with SAT or IP environments. The MM08 encodes all common audio algorithms (EaptX, AAC, MPEG I/II Layer 2/3, PCM). Additionally, the Encoder can generate multiple independent streams. Transmission of ancillary and private data (PAD, RDS, etc.), as well as switching contact information (GPIO) can be forwarded via integrated interfaces. Activation of additional hardware channels can be managed easily and conveniently via software update. An optional second hot swappable slide-in power supply enables uninterrupted device operation during operation. The whole package is rounded out by offering functions for quality management (MPEG FEC and DualStreaming to avoid IP packet loss), controlling (HTTP, Telnet, NMS and SNMP) and monitoring (IP and MPEG parameters via SNMP v2c and relay, headphone output and alarm, source switch & event logging). Combined with the eSIRC (enhanced Satellite Inband Remote Control) Server and FlexDSR series satellite receivers, this homogeneous global solution enables broadcasters to distribute and broadcast local programs and to fully control the entire distribution chain with a satellite IP solution. DAB+ – FlexNsert and FlexXtract provide well-tried and proven solutions for DAB and DAB+ over Satellite. Both devices are already in operation by national radio stations in Norway, Germany and the Netherlands. Integrated into the DAB/DAB+ transmission chain, 2wcoms solution allows broadcasters not only to use existing legacy (ETI) but also new IP-capable transmitters (EDI). To serve remote, inaccessible and rural regions that are difficult to access via IP/cable, it is possible to distribute the DAB+ signal in parallel over IP and SAT. Synchronous play-out is possible due to the time stamp contained in the DAB+ signal. The transmitter then synchronize it with a 1pps signal. For this use case it is absolutely mandatory that the 1pps signal is always before the time stamp for play-out. This can be achieved by an appropriate buffer setting at the multiplexer. Furthermore, both devices can also be used as a complete DAB over SAT backup to ensure signal distribution in case the standard DAB transmission is interrupted. At the uplink site the FlexNsert+ DAB+ distribution inserter receives a DAB ETI data stream (according to EN 300799), converts it into a standard MPEG2-TS-signal and finally outputs the signal via its transport stream interfaces (IP and ASI). In addition, activating 2wcoms advanced function “FlexOptimized Bandwidth Saving Technology” enables system operators to save up to 45% of bandwidth. At the downlink site, FlexXtract+ Distribution Extractor demodulates incoming EDI data via IP, ASI (MPE) or DVB-S/S2 (MPE or GSE). In the following we describe the three central play-out scenarios: If EDI-enabled transmitters are used, the EDI IP stream (according to TS 102 693) is simply forwarded directly. In case old transmitters are operated, the incoming DAB data stream (EDI) is converted into a standard ETI signal (according to EN 300799). If broadcasters operate a mixed transmitter park, the FlexXtraxt can not only output the ETI signal received from FlexNsert directly to old transmitters (ETI), but can also convert it into an EDI stream in parallel to serve new transmitters. This ensures maximum flexibility and economy FlexDSR02+ and FlexDSR04+ professional IRD Satellite Receivers well-known for broadcasting of local content, diverse backup solutions and comprehensive functionalities regarding monitoring applications. The long-established IRD SAT Receivers are equipped with state-of-the art technology.  It is possible to handle transport streams via satellite (DVB-S/S2), ASI input and IP, while also managing elementary audio streams and Icecast streams via IP. Processing all common coding algorithms like E-aptX, AAC, MPEG I/II Layer 2/3 or PCM, the multipurpose devices include a sophisticated concept for audio quality and redundancy options – e. g. Pro-MPEG FEC to compensate for IP packet loss and redundancy DualStreaming. Both receivers offer fallback options by automatically detecting and switching over to the best signal source available. Furthermore, FlexDSR02+ offers the option of a dual tuner for simultaneous reception of two transponders. eSIRC (enhanced Satellite Inband Remote Control) allows perfect remote control for hybrid IP/SAT networks. The cost efficient and web-based software eSIRC Server is most suitable for regional broadcasting, quality control and management of local audio content, jingles, schedule and firmware files – while saving time and money. Operators are able to completely access the eSIRC management system via web interface from any computer within the network for uploading data files to the internal memory of MM08E Encoders, DSR01 receivers and FlexDSR02+/04+ receivers (such as firmware, audio, reports and configuration). The content provided by eSIRC can be processed immediately and without delay or can be scheduled for processing at a certain point in time. For each SD card installed in the receivers, there is a separate directory on the eSIRC server, into which all distributed files are written. System operators can fall back on these data mirrors in case a SD card has to be exchanged or if high data volume has to be distributed and bandwidth is not sufficient. A30 Monitoring Receiver provides a versatile range of options for measurement, control, alarm and demodulation. Since launch last year, 2wcom equipped the device with several new features such as a DAB+ module and MPX measurement options. Additionally, the device can now function as a backup Rebroadcast Receiver and as a RDS-Databridge as well. The A30 allows operators to effortlessly configure system settings for each station individually (parameters like RF level, pilot signal, MPX power and deviation, RDS synchronization, TA, PI etc.). The device offers various possibilities for FM and DAB+ monitoring. For example, the two integrated tuners can simultaneously monitor two FM stations day and night, but second tuner can also monitor up to 30 broadcasting stations using scan mode. Furthermore, the sophisticated web interface for MPX measurements allows technicians to perfectly control the MPX deviation according to the requirements of regulation authorities. The DAB+ module allows the monitoring of parameters like RF level, FIC quality, audio level or image slideshow (SLS). If a value does not comply with the pre-settings, an alarm can be forwarded via SNMP, Email or relay to a service center. All alarm activities are being logged and stored with time stamp, type of alert and the equivalent frequency. FM2TS – Eight-channel Gateway / Transcoder is a versatile device for various fields of applications, creating and transcoding up to eight FM radio programs into separate single program transport streams (SPTS), as well as into multiple program transport streams (MPTS). Cable network operators integrate the FM2TS to convert regional FM-radio programs (audio signal and RDS) into MPEG-2 transport streams for further processing in their cable head-ends infrastructure. Radio Broadcasters can stream up to eight FM channels for quality assurance as part of a FM monitoring solution. Additional highlights are a SFP connector for optical fiber application (optional), RDS data forwarding and an antenna switching matrix. FMC01 MPX over IP Codec is a groundbreaking compact device for high-quality FM MPX distribution via IP with short delays and microsecond accurate synchronization for single frequency networks (SFN). The device allows 100% loss less audio encoding and decoding of MPX audio bands (mono, stereo). To ensure best signal quality, the codec is equipped with high-end converters (ADC, DAC) and supports sample rates of 132-192 kHz with 16, 20 or 24 bits resolution. Integrated into FM studios, the device not only encodes the signal for FM MPX distribution via IP, but can also add additional forward error correction to increase transmission robustness. At transmitter site, the codec receives and outputs the FM MPX signal to the transmitter, as well as decode audio and RDS data for monitoring purposes. Hence, at transmitter site it is no longer necessary to generate the MPX signal, or to use a RDS encoder and stereo generator. Only at studio site a C02/C04 RDS encoder and a S02 stereo generator is still needed. As the first unit to combine encoder and decoder functions in the same chassis, the FMC01 offers significant operational advantages and infrastructure savings. Crucially important in this context, the device also ensures very low installation, service and maintenance costs.   Company-Profile: 2wcom is a leading manufacturer, supplier and system integrator of professional audio broadcast products. Werner Drews (Managing Director) expresses the company philosophy and passion “We would like to contribute to the success of our customers by not only providing high-quality, versatile and highly reliable products, but also offering the best possible support and advice. Our solutions are future-oriented and can be flexibly integrated into existing system environments. Worldwide customers of 2wcom benefit from our long time experience, competence, first-class customer service and quality  “Made-in-Germany”. The 2wcom headquarter is located in Flensburg (Northern Germany) and the base of our global dealer network.

IBC SNEAK PEEK: 2wcom Launches MM04C

Designed to ease the broadcaster’s increasing cross-media tasks 2wcom will be highlighting its new MM04C AoIP codec at IBC2018. The company says the unit is a one-stop-solution based on the know-how it has gained from work on the MM01 AoIP codec and MM08E encoder. Developed for STL and SSL applications, the MM04C is specifically designed to ease the broadcaster’s increasing daily cross-media tasks. read more ..

2wcom’s FMC01 – a versatile Solution for FM MPX Distribution over IP

The FMC01 is groundbreaking compact codec for high-quality FM MPX distribution via IP with synchronization in microsecond range and short delay. The device allows 100% loss less audio encoding and decoding of MPX audio bands (mono, stereo). To ensure best signal quality, the codec is equipped with a high-end converter (ADC, DAC) and supports sample rates of 132 -192 kHz with 16, 20 or 24 bits resolution. The FMC01 allows broadcasters to achieve substantial savings by simplifying the delivery infrastructure. Integrated in FM studios the device not only encodes the signal for FM MPX distribution via IP, but also reduces the bandwidth appropriate for IP, digitalize/encode the FM MPX signal and output it over IP. At transmitter site, the codec receives and decodes the FM MPX signal and RDS data from IP stream for transmission. Hence, at transmitter site it is no longer necessary to generate the MPX signal, or to use a RDS encoder and stereo generator. read more …

2wcom to bring SAT, AoIP, FM and cable products to Broadcast Asia

Stand No. 4P4-06 2wcom Systems, a leading supplier of professional audio broadcast products, will present its extensive portfolio for cable (FM), SAT, AoIP and DAB+ with its encoders, decoders, codecs, modulators and demodulators. The complete end-to- end solutions o er comprehensive redundancy and backup possibilities. A big focus of the stand will be the FM2TS eight-channel gateway and transcoder. Considered a versatile partner for various fields of applications, this creates and transcodes single transport streams (SPTS) as well as multiple transport streams (MPTS). Cable network operators can integrate the FM2TS to convert regional FM-radio programs into MPEG-2 transport streams for further processing within their cable head-ends infrastructure. Radio broadcasters can stream up to eight FM channels for quality assurance as part of their FM monitoring solution. read more …

Update for the most versatile A30 Monitoring Receiver

Since launch in 2016, the versatile monitoring receiver is equipped with a wide range of highly user-oriented monitoring functions, which enables operators to monitor single or multiple transmitter frequencies. Right from the beginning, the A30 has offered a number of interfaces including analog or digital audio input, MPX input, two analog or digital audio MPX outputs, GPIs, SNMP and two parallel MP3 streams. Meanwhile, 2wcom added some further very useful features, such as the DAB+ module, the enhanced MPX measurement option and the usage as a backup rebroadcast receiver or as a RDS data-bridge. For this purpose, UECP commands are sent to an RDS encoder via UDP (IP). Additionally, listening to the audio is possible by an integrated MP3 player what makes an installation of an external software superfluous for this purpose. read more …

2wcom upgrades MM01 Audio over IP codec

Flensburg, Germany – 2wcom says the latest release in its Audio over IP codec now not only supports the Livewire+ standard but also allows flexible integration of the whole Telos Axia product range. Besides, by using the MM01 as a bidirectional codec, live monitoring via GPO GPI routing and GPO to GPI mapping are also possible. read more …  

2wcom’s MM01 Audio over IP Codec Offers Outstanding Versatility

2wcom Systems is one of the world’s leading manufacturers, supplier and system integrator of professional radio technology. Customers around the world benefit from first-class customer support, quality “Made in Germany”, exceptional expertise and experience. Especially conceived and developed with attention to quality and reliability, the MM01 AoIP codec offers a perfect support for an effective work in the world of audio networks by providing a wide range of useful features.  The MM01 uses IP-based audio network technologies (Layer 3) for real-time streaming and supports the most important standards for AoIP compatibility (EBU TECH 3326 incl. SAP and RTSP, AES67, Ravenna, Livewire as well as Dante in future). All known audio coding algorithms are processed, like MPEG 1/2 Layer 2/3, AAC LC, HE-AACv1&v2, AAC-LD, G.711, G.722, E-aptX and PCM. Depending on the algorithm selected, you can achieve an end-to-end delay of less than 10 microseconds. read more …

AoIP Codec Requirements for SSL Applications

An AoIP codec for studio-to-studio link applications must be compatible with all common algorithms, such as MPEG 1/2 Layer 2/3, AAC LC, HEAACv1& v2, AAC-LD, G.711, G.722, E-aptX and PCM. It should also include a wide range of important features, such as Session Announcement Protocol (SAP) as well as Real-time Transfer Protocol (RTP/RTCP). Particularly, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) ensures interoperability between AoIP codecs placed at different studio sites by establishing the connection and negotiating the algorithm. REQUIREMENTS In addition, latency control is extremely important for handling sophisticated broadcast environments, such as live broadcasts, audio description or in-ear monitoring. This allows synchronization up to a microsecond. If equipped with GPS or PTP, a sample accurate synchronization is also possible. To ensure best possible transmission quality, the device should provide functions for perfect redundancy management like dual streaming (IP packet-based redundancy) or exact audio sample synchronization of backup streams on different compression levels. Pro MPEG FEC is a feature for error correction by restoring of lost IP packets. read the whole article …

RadioWorld BUYER’S GUIDE TECHUPDATE – 2wcom adds features to A30 monitoring system

FLENSBURG, Germany — 2wcom says its A30 monitoring receiver provides a versatile range of options for measurement, control, alarms and demodulation. Since launching the A30 last year, the company has added several features such as a DAB+ module and MPX measurement options. Additionally, the device can now function as a backup rebroadcast receiver and as a RDS-Data as well. The A30 is designed to let operators configure system settings — parameters like RF level, pilot signal, MPX power and deviation, RDS synchronization, TA and PI — for each station individually. In addition, it offers various options for FM/RDS and DAB+ monitoring. read the article …

2wcom expands its portfolio with a professional eight-channel MPEG encoder

The new MM08E MPEG encoder offers a sophisticated and extended application spectrum and is designed for contribution, distribution, in-house streaming as well as studio-to-transmitter links. With its 8 channels (analog/digital/Livewire), the MM08E provides you absolute flexibility in dealing with SAT or IP environments. Characteristic for MM08E is an enhanced range of system settings for managing multiple network interfaces and, at the same time, a simplicity in configuration by web interface or jog wheel. The device supports all known audio-coding algorithms (Enhanced apt-X, AAC, MPEG I/II Layer 2/3, PCM) as well as RDS data. Additionally, the Encoder can generate multiple independent streams. Transmission of ancillary and private data (PAD, RDS, etc.), as well as switching contact information (GPIO) can be forwarded via integrated interfaces. Activation of additional hardware channels can be managed easily and conveniently via software update. An optional second hot swappable slide-in power supply enables uninterrupted device operation during operation. The whole package is rounded out by offering functions for quality management (MPEG FEC and DualStreaming to avoid IP packet loss), controlling (HTTP, Telnet, NMS and SNMP) and monitoring (IP and MPEG parameters via SNMP v2c and relay, headphone output and alarm, source switch & event logging). Combined with the eSIRC (enhanced Satellite Inband Remote Control) Server and FlexDSR series satellite receivers, this homogeneous global solution enables broadcasters to distribute and broadcast local programs and to fully control the entire distribution chain with a hybrid satellite IP solution. more information … Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at any time by phone +49 (0)461 – 662830-0 or just send an email with your request to contact@2wcom.com

SatBroadcasting™: Encoder Enhancement Eases DVB-S2 Switch Over

In 2017, satellite transmissions are undergoing a monumental change — the switch over to the DVB-S2 standard — the technology is more open and is designed to be interoperable with all of the current and future media protocols, no matter if satellite-based or IP-based — and 2wcom is working to ensure such switch overs are accomplished with aplomb.   read the article …  

IBC Daily introduces 2wcom’s Hybrid SAT IP Solution

This year, the newspaper IBC Daily once again provided us with daily information about exhibitors, new products, features and solutions. We were proud and pleased that 2wcom products were represented with 3 press releases. read about remote control for hybrid networks… read about the new 8 channel encoder… read about most versatile IRD receiver…

At IBC 2017, 2wcom will introduce some of its state-of-the-art product highlights

2wcom Systems is pleased to present the extensive portfolio of high quality encoders, decoders, codecs, modulators, demodulators and remote control solutions. The complete end-to-end solutions offer comprehensive redundancy and backup possibilities as well as a wide range of user-friendly configurable system settings for managing multiple network interfaces. Meet 2wcom AoIP, MPXoIP, SAT, FM/RDS and DAB+ products at booth 8.E78 MM01 AoIP Codec is a point to point or point to multipoint audio codec using IP-based audio network technologies (Layer 3) for real-time streaming and all standards for AoIP compatibility are supported (EBU TECH 3326 incl. SAP and RTSP, AES67, Ravenna, Livewire as well as Dante in future). Additionally, the device processes codec algorithms like MPEG I/II Layer 2/3, AAC LC, HE-AACv1&v2, AAC-LD, G.711, G.722, E-aptX and PCM. It’s equipped for redundancy management by providing mechanisms like DualStreaming, Stream4Sure and Pro-MPEG FEC to enhance transmission robustness. Thus, the MM01 is applicable in all kinds of AoIP networks – for example: SSL, STL, audio description or in-ear monitoring. It’s also capable to handle single frequency networks by its advanced latency control, which allows for synchronization up to the microsecond. Furthermore, requirement for best possible audio quality and at the same time transmission economy can optimally harmonized, depending on the given conditions. To easy use in changing day to day work settings the MM01 is offering a wide range of useful features like the new “Easy2connect” functionality to establish SIP connections with only one click. All features and system settings can be configured via an easy-to-use web interface. FMC01 MPX over IP Codec is a groundbreaking compact device for high-quality FM MPX distribution via IP with short delays and microsecond accurate synchronization for single frequency networks (SFN). The device allows 100% loss less audio encoding and decoding of MPX audio bands (mono, stereo). To ensure best signal quality, the codec is equipped with high-end converters (ADC, DAC) and supports sample rates of 132-192 kHz with 16, 20 or 24 bits resolution. Integrated into FM studios, the device not only encodes the signal for FM MPX distribution via IP, but can also add additional forward error correction to increase transmission robustness. At transmitter site, the codec receives and outputs the FM MPX signal to the transmitter, as well as decode audio and RDS data for monitoring purposes. Hence, at transmitter site it is no longer necessary to generate the MPX signal, or to use a RDS encoder and stereo generator. Only at studio site a C02/C04 RDS encoder and a S02 stereo generator is still needed. As the first unit to combine encoder and decoder functions in the same chassis, the FMC01 offers significant operational advantages and infrastructure savings. Crucially important in this context, the device also ensures very low installation, service and maintenance costs. MM08E – Eight-channel MPEG Encoder for absolute flexibility in dealing with SAT or IP environments. The MM08 encodes all common audio algorithms (EaptX, AAC, MPEG I/II Layer 2/3, PCM). Additionally, the Encoder can generate multiple independent streams. Transmission of ancillary and private data (PAD, RDS, etc.), as well as switching contact information (GPIO) can be forwarded via integrated interfaces. Activation of additional hardware channels can be managed easily and conveniently via software update. An optional second hot swappable slide-in power supply enables uninterrupted device operation during operation. The whole package is rounded out by offering functions for quality management (MPEG FEC and DualStreaming to avoid IP packet loss), controlling (HTTP, Telnet, NMS and SNMP) and monitoring (IP and MPEG parameters via SNMP v2c and relay, headphone output and alarm, source switch & event logging). Combined with the eSIRC (enhanced Satellite Inband Remote Control) Server and FlexDSR series satellite receivers, this homogeneous global solution enables broadcasters to distribute and broadcast local programs and to fully control the entire distribution chain with a satellite IP solution. FlexDSR02+ and FlexDSR04+ professional IRD Satellite Receivers well-known for broadcasting of local content, diverse backup solutions and comprehensive functionalities regarding monitoring applications. The long-established IRD SAT Receivers are equipped with state-of-the art technology.  It is possible to handle transport streams via satellite (DVB-S/S2), ASI input and IP, while also managing elementary audio streams and Icecast streams via IP. Processing all common coding algorithms like E-aptX, AAC, MPEG I/II Layer 2/3 or PCM, the multipurpose devices include a sophisticated concept for audio quality and redundancy options – e. g. Pro-MPEG FEC to compensate for IP packet loss and redundancy DualStreaming. Both receivers offer fallback options by automatically detecting and switching over to the best signal source available. Furthermore, FlexDSR02+ offers the option of a dual tuner for simultaneous reception of two transponders. eSIRC (enhanced Satellite Inband Remote Control) allows perfect remote control for hybrid IP/SAT networks. The cost efficient and web-based software eSIRC Server is most suitable for regional broadcasting, quality control and management of local audio content, jingles, schedule and firmware files – while saving time and money. Operators are able to completely access the eSIRC management system via web interface from any computer within the network for uploading data files to the internal memory of MM08E Encoders, DSR01 receivers and FlexDSR02+/04+ receivers (such as firmware, audio, reports and configuration). The content provided by eSIRC can be processed immediately and without delay or can be scheduled for processing at a certain point in time. For each SD card installed in the receivers, there is a separate directory on the eSIRC server, into which all distributed files are written. System operators can fall back on these data mirrors in case a SD card has to be exchanged or if high data volume has to be distributed and bandwidth is not sufficient. A30 Monitoring Receiver provides a versatile range of options for measurement, control, alarm and demodulation. Since launch last year, 2wcom equipped the device with several new features such as a DAB+ module and MPX measurement options. Additionally, the device can now function as a backup Rebroadcast Receiver and as a RDS-Databridge as well. The A30 allows operators to effortlessly configure system settings for each station individually (parameters like RF level, pilot signal, MPX power and deviation, RDS synchronization, TA, PI etc.). The device offers various possibilities for FM and DAB+ monitoring. For example, the two integrated tuners can simultaneously monitor two FM stations day and night, but second tuner can also monitor up to 30 broadcasting stations using scan mode. Furthermore, the sophisticated web interface for MPX measurements allows technicians to perfectly control the MPX deviation according to the requirements of regulation authorities. The DAB+ module allows the monitoring of parameters like RF level, FIC quality, audio level or image slideshow (SLS). If a value does not comply with the pre-settings, an alarm can be forwarded via SNMP, Email or relay to a service center. All alarm activities are being logged and stored with time stamp, type of alert and the equivalent frequency. FM2TS – Eight-channel Gateway / Transcoder is a versatile device for various fields of applications, creating and transcoding up to eight FM radio programs into separate single program transport streams (SPTS), as well as into multiple program transport streams (MPTS). Cable network operators integrate the FM2TS to convert regional FM-radio programs (audio signal and RDS) into MPEG-2 transport streams for further processing in their cable head-ends infrastructure. Radio Broadcasters can stream up to eight FM channels for quality assurance as part of a FM monitoring solution. Additional highlights are a SFP connector for optical fiber application (optional), RDS data forwarding and an antenna switching matrix. DAB+ – FlexNsert and FlexXtract enable broadcasters to use existing legacy as well as new IP-capable transmitters at the same time and to distribute DAB+ signals via satellite for remote, inaccessible and rural areas that cannot be served by IP landlines or direct beam connections. The FlexNsert+ DAB+ distribution inserter can receive a DAB ETI data stream (according to EN 300799) or a DAB EDI data stream (according to TS 102 693), converts the data stream into a standard MPEG2-TS-signal and outputs it via its transport stream interfaces (IP and ASI). The FlexXtract+ distribution extractor demodulates incoming EDI data via IP, ASI or from a DVB-S or DVB-S2 signal and converts the incoming DAB+ data stream (EDI) into a standard ETI signal (according to EN 300799) or an EDI signal (according to TS 102 693) to feed DAB or DAB+ transmitters. In case the DAB+ signal is transmitted via E1 and SAT in paralell, FlexXtract is able to receive both for further synchronized transmission.   Company-Profile: 2wcom is a leading manufacturer, supplier and system integrator of professional audio broadcast products. Werner Drews (Managing Director) expresses the company philosophy and passion “We would like to contribute to the success of our customers by not only providing high-quality, versatile and highly reliable products, but also offering the best possible support and advice. Our solutions are future-oriented and can be flexibly integrated into existing system environments. Worldwide customers of 2wcom benefit from our long time experience, competence, first-class customer service and quality  “Made-in-Germany”. The 2wcom headquarter is located in Flensburg (Northern Germany) and the base of our global dealer network.

Radio Magazin Facility Showcase Radio Alouette

To cope with high data volume, broadcasting of regional audio content and different signal sources, the French radio station “Radio Alouette” opted for a hybrid IP/SAT solution from 2wcom to realize the monumental switchover to DVB-S2. read the whole article … read the German article …  

Meet 2wcom FM, Cable, SAT and AoIP products at Broadcast Asia and at Angacom

May, 2017 2wcom Systems will be pleased to present the extensive portfolio for SAT, AoIP, FM and DAB+ by offering high quality encoders, decoders, codecs, modulators and demodulators. The complete end-to- end solutions imply comprehensive redundancy and backup possibilities. Characteristically is a wide range of system settings for managing multiple network interfaces and simplicity in configuration by web interface or jog wheel. 2wcom introduces some state-of-the-art product highlights: MM08E – Eight-channel MPEG Encoder: for absolute flexibility in dealing with SAT or IP environments. The MM08 encodes all common audio algorithms (Enhanced apt-X, AAC, MPEG I/II Layer 2/3, PCM) as well as RDS data. Additionally the Encoder generates multiple streams independently. Transmission of ancillary data and switching contact information (GPIO) can be forwarded via integrated interfaces. Activation of additional hardware channels can be managed easily and convenient via software update. Very clever and cost-efficient! Two hot swapping slide-in power supplies are ensuring operation without interruption. The whole package is rounded out by offering functions for quality management, controlling and monitoring. FlexDSR04+ Professional Satellite Receiver: well known for broadcasting of local content, diverse back-up solutions and its comprehensive functionalities regarding monitoring applications. The long-established IRD SAT Receiver is equipped with state-of-the art technology.  It is possible to handle transport streams via satellite (DVB-S/S2), ASI input and IP, while also managing elementary audio streams and Icecast streams via IP. Processing all common coding algorithms like Eapt-X, AAC, MPEG I/II Layer 2/3 or PCM, the multipurpose device includes a sophisticated concept for audio quality and redundancy options (Pro-MPEG FEC and DualStreaming to avoid IP packet losses). Furthermore, the FlexDSR04+ detects and switches over automatically to the best signal source available. FM2TS – Eight-channel Gateway / Transcoder: a versatile partner for various fields of applications, which creates and transcodes single transport streams (SPTS) as well as multiple transport streams (MPTS). Cable Network Operators integrate the FM2TS to convert regional FM-radio programs into MPEG-2 transport streams for further processing in their cable head-ends infrastructure. Radio Broadcaster can stream up to eight FM channels for quality assurance as part of a FM monitoring solution. Additionally highlights are an SFP connection for optical fiber application (optional), RDS data forwarding and an antenna switching matrix. Company-Profile: 2wcom is a leading manufacturer and supplier of professional audio broadcast products. Werner Drews (Managing Director) expresses the company philosophy and passion “We would like to contribute to the success of our customers not only by providing high-quality, versatile and highly reliable products, but also by offering the best possible support and advice. Our solutions are future-oriented and can be flexibly integrated into existing system environments. Worldwide customers of 2wcom benefit from our long time experience, competence, first-class customer service and quality “Made-in-Germany”. The 2wcom headquarter is located in Flensburg (Northern Germany) and the base of our global dealer network.

Radio World International MARKETPLACE

Eight-Channel Encoder: 2wcom’s new professional eight-stereo-channel encoder MM 08E is designed for contribution, distribution, in-house streaming as well as studio-to-transmitter links. According to the German company, the MM 08E proposes a complex range of system settings for managing multiple network interfaces, while simultaneously offering simple configuration by web interface or jog wheel. MARKETPLACE read more …  

AoIP Codec MM01 from 2wcom Systems

During conceptual phase of the MM01 AoIP codec concentration had been on creating a device which offers perfect support for an effective work in the world of audio networks. The focus was on high compatibility, easy operation, useful features and above all a perfect sound in each case for the given general conditions. As a result, the MM01 is practical and makes it easy for you: It is compatible with all common algorithms, user-friendly and includes a wide range of helpful features, such as SIP (Session Iniciation Protocol), SAP (Session Announcement Protocol) as well as RTCP (Realtime Transfer Control Protocol). Rounded off by a perfect redundancy management the device is flexible integrable in existing system environment – for example: studio to studio links, studio transmitter links (STL) or other forms of audio over IP streaming. MM01 read more …

8-Channel MPEG Encoder Expands AoIP portfolio

Long-time-grown experience and competence in development of versatile system solutions as welll as substantial feedbacks of our customers flows into the expansion of our AoIP product line. Now, the whole 2wcom team proudly introduces a new member of the AoIP solution family: The MM08E is a state of the art MPEG Encoder and offers absolute flexibility in dealing with SAT and IP environments.  By offering a sophisticated and extended application spectrum, the professional eight-stereo-channel MPEG encoder is designed for contribution, distribution, in-house streaming as well as studio-to-transmitter links. Characteristic for MM08E is a complex range of system settings for managing multiple network interfaces and, at the same time, a simplicity in configuration by web interface or jog wheel. The device supports all known audio-coding algorithms (Enhanced apt-X, AAC, MPEG I/II Layer 2/3, PCM) and offers various control possibilities (HTTP, Telnet, NMS and SNMP) as well as a high standard monitoring and alarm concept. Besides, one unit can generate multiple streams independently. Transmission of auxciliary data and switching contact information (GPIO) is possible via integrated default interfaces. Furthermore, technicians can fall back on reliable and well-constructed redundancy opportunities (like Pro-MPEG FEC or Dual Streaming) as well as a perfect management of ancillary data. Very clever and cost efficient! Activation of additional hardware channels can be managed easily and convinient via software update. Two hot swapping slide-in power supply modules are ensuring operation without interruption. Rounded off with practical-oriented functions for quality management, controlling and monitoring, the device perfectly supports you handling everyday chalanges. Learn more about MM08E

2wcom Chosen by Swedens Teracom

January, 2017 2wcom announced that it has delivered more than 500 MM01 AoIP codecs and 120 FlexMon FM02 FM demodulators to Swedish transmission provider Teracom for audio signal encoding and demodulation of its nationwide FM network. Teracom specializes in radio and television broadcasting, transmission capacity for data connections, colocation and services. The company manages the country’s terrestrial digital broadcasts, which covers 99.8 percent of the population. Sara Lundkvist, Teracom’s FM radio technical specialist, says the company opted for 2wcom’s MM01 solution because it was the only codec on the market able to meet its rigorous standards and to ensure high quality radio transmissions. “After in-depth study of available products on the market, we chose the 2wcom MM01,” said Lundkvist. “The MM01 offers a flexible, all in one encoder and decoder solution with redundancy and monitoring functions, and it fits our requirements perfectly.” Teracom needed a versatile multi-role solution for AoIP contribution and distribution that offered high quality audio along with state of the art security. The MM01 provides just that: low latency via PCM, transparent mode as a software option, transmission without delay and a 192 kHz sample rate for MPX. It also features dual streaming and Pro MPEG FEC. In addition, the MM01 provides users with advanced redundancy capability and monitoring functions along with the ability to integrate into diverse infrastructures. MM01’s audio synchronization, delivered to microsecond accuracy, also makes it suitable for applications where precise timing is essential, such as SFN FM networks. “We are pleased that Teracom is relying on our technology and incorporating the MM01 in such an important project in Sweden, said Werner Drews, managing director of 2wcom. “We look forward to pursuing our cooperation with them in the future.” About Teracom Teracom is a terrestrial broadcast transmission service provider. The company, owned by the state of Sweden, maintains all Swedish and Danish broadcast transmission sites and distributes all public and private, analog and digital terrestrial radio and TV channels. By simplifying workflows and network complexities, Teracom helps to improve the balance between content value and cost of production. This opens up new opportunities to connect live content to audiences worldwide. About 2wcom 2wcom develops professional broadcast products and solutions for audio over IP, audio over DVB-S/S2, DAB/DAB+ over satellite/IP, and FM/RDS. The complete end-to-end system solutions provide extensive redundancy and backup possibilities including high quality encoders, decoders, codecs, modulators, demodulators and an outstanding satellite IRD product range. 2wcom’s leading position in the market is based on 25 years of delivering technical innovation, quality and excellent 24/7 support to the broadcast industry. Its development and manufacturing headquarters are located in Germany, with a worldwide network of dealer partners.

Radio World International Marketplace – MM01 Funtionality

December, 2016 2wcom says its MM01 IP codec now supports EBU Tech 3326, Ravenna, Livewire and AES67 AoIP standards. Suitable for studio-to-transmitter link applications, studio-to-studio transmission, as well as broadcast and post production purpose, the MM01 is compatible with SDP, SIP, SAP, RTSP and PTPv2. read more …

Radio World – 2wcom introduces A30 for FM Monitoring

November, 2016 Flensburg, Germany – 2wcom’s A30 is the company’s newest monitoring device and successor to A20. Featuring additional power and flexibility, the system is equipped with two professional FM tuners capable of indepent operation. Operators can, for example, use the first tuner to monitor audio inputs (silence detection), while the second tuner monitors up to 30 broadcasting stations in scan mode. read more …

2wcom and Jump2Go Develop RDS2.0 Encoder

September, 2016 Designed for all RDS2 applications (the new industry standard introduced in 2015), the RDS2.0 encoder is backward compatible with existing RDS receivers. The release of this innovative unit represents a step forward in data transmission technology. The RDS2.0 Encoder is the first RDS encoder to feature an internal FM receiver for the verification of all RDS activities. Real-time configuration and monitoring of the encoder’s activity is available via web interfaces as part of Jump2Go’s data management system. RDS2 technology uses three additional data subcarriers in addition to the existing carrier, and reduces many limitations of the existing RDS standard by increasing the usable data transmission capacity by a factor of 10 to 20. This permits station identifiers to reach a maximum of 32 characters versus the current eight characters. read more …

IBC Daily

September, 2016 “At IBC we are focusing our attention on 2wcom’s new technology that takes transport one step further by letting broadcasters easily integrate AoIP and satellite technologies and switch from one stream to another, depending on their immediate needs.” —  Werner Drews, Managing Director of 2wcom 20160909 IBC Daily read more … 20160913 IBC Daily read more …

IBC: 2wcom Unveils AoIP MPEG Encoder

August, 2016 2wcom is showing its new MM08E eight-channel Audio over IP MPEG encoder, designed for in-house streaming, studio-to-transmitter link and studio-to-studio link applications, at IBC 2016. read more …

On The Show Floor… 2wcom Systems Streaming Into IBC2016

August, 2016 With another major trade show upcoming — IBC2016 in Amsterdam — companies are preparing their presentation packages for on and off floor activities as the event—2wcom Systems GmbH is going to focus their attention on their new technology that takes transport one step further by enabling broadcasters to easily integrate AoIP and satellite technologies and switch from one stream to another, depending on their immediate needs, according to Werner Drews, the Managing Director of 2wcom. read more …

2wcoms FlexDSR Facilitates Transport Technologies

August, 2016 2wcoms innovative FlexDSR state-of-the art STL technology allows operators to receive audio streams via satellite or IP, depending on their requirements and the best quality source available. Particularly suited for dual-stream applications, FlexDSR is a satellite receiver that also serves as a complete AoIP system. The multi-faceted solution, ideal for mixed environments, automatically detects and switches to the best quality source satellite or IP. The system, which cleverly combines transport technologies, facilitates the reception of transport streams or elementary audio streams via IP with Pro-MPEG FEC and DualStreaming protection against IP packet losses. read more …

2wcom Debuts A30 Monitoring Device

July, 2016 FLENSBURG, Germany—2wcom’s A20 monitoring is officially out of date, as the company has now introduced the new A30. The updated system features two professional FM tuners that can be used independently, allows for the configuration of station order and measurement time through a web interface. The A30 has multiple interfaces, including an analog or digital audio input, MPX input, two analog or digital audio MPX outputs, relays, GPIOs, SNMP and two parallel MP3 streams. read more …  

2wcom Increases Versatility for SkalaFM, RadioVLR

June, 2016 Denmarks SkalaFM and RadioVLR have installed 2wcoms CO2 RDS Encoders to enable the use of alternative PI codes, and switching to alternative frequencies for news and commercial breaks. SkalaFM and RadioVLR are both part of the Jyske Fynske Medier group which owns more than 70 newspapers and operates five radio stations serving a nationwide audience of over 700,000. By upgrading our infrastructure with 2wcoms CO2 RDS Encoders we can achieve a much more dynamic operation with the versatility that comes from using multiple frequencies, and greater efficiency, said Morten Petersen, Technical Manager at of SkalaFM. Read the complete article …

Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency

MSB, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency has purchased 2wcom’s FlexMon FM02 receivers as part of its national infrastructure for Public Early Warning messages in case of disaster.

2wcom Chosen by Radio Canada

German company 2wcom has announced that Canada’s national radio broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada has taken delivery of more than 100 of its C02 RDS encoders for deployment nationwide.

2wcom to launch very efficient station ID solution

2wcom will be presenting their professional broadcast products and solutions for audio over IP, audio over DVB-S/S2, DAB / DAB+ over satellite / IP, and FM, RDS at the upcoming NAB2016 event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2wcoms MM01 Chosen by Broadcast Partners

Dutch radio service provider Broadcast Partners has implemented audio-over-IP distribution from the studio to up to 250 transmitters in Netherlands and Belgium, using 2wcom’s MM01 AoIP Codec.

2wcom Supplies DAB+ Networks in Netherlands

Four regional DAB+ networks built by Broadcast Partners went to air in the Netherlands in May, all of which were installed with 2wcom’s FlexXtract+ DAB+ distribution extractor.

2wcom Selected by Radio France

Radio France has chosen to go with 2wcom’s FlexDSR02+ for satellite audio distribution, deploying 60 units with dual tuner option to service its network

IBC Interview: Werner Drews, 2wcom

As IBC2015 gets closer, we continue our series of short Q&As with manufacturers about their plans and offerings, to help you get the most out of the annual trade show. Werner Drews is managing director for German-company 2wcom.

FM Single Frequency Networks

Single Frequency Networks (SFNs) are a form of broadcast network design where several transmitters use the same frequency channel to send the same signal.

2wcom Focus for IBC 2015

At IBC we are focusing attention on 2wcoms integrated solution for highly-efficient modern audio distribution. The MM01 and FlexDSR products are the building blocks of a system that delivers outstanding quality and incredible flexibility in any kind of audio contribution application.

2wcom FlexDSR+ at SMPTE 2015

2wcom, a world leader in the manufacture and supply of professional broadcast products for FM, RDS, DAB, DAB+, DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-T,

2wcom Unveils Products For ANGA COM

2wcom, manufacturer and supplier of professional broadcast products in the fields of FM, RDS, DAB, DAB+, DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-T, has confirmed it will showcase a number of products at ANGA COM 2015.

2wcom at 2015 CommunicAsia Show

2wcom, a world leader in the manufacture and supply of professional broadcast products for FM, RDS, DAB, DAB+, DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-T, is gearing up to display it's range of intelligent solutions at this year's At CommunicAsia.

The digital satellite receiver DSR01, new trump of Skyrock

Skyrock operates 225 FM stations in France. We have recently received a new Radio satellite feed to equip all FM stations, and for this our engineers installed more than a hundred 2wcom DSR01s within a month. Among the significant factors in our decision to choose DSR01 system are two functions that allow us to maintain the transmission even if there are Problems with reception at the main satellite. The first of These is the automatic switching function that Transfers immediately to a second satellite that is also runs our program, and the other is the ability to connect to an Icecast stream. read the article …  

2wcom Helps Drive NAVTEQ

Chicago – The Radio Data System is a data bearer that uses the 57 kHz subcarrier on FM Radio broadcasts. The data is genrated by an RDS encoder, which produces groups of RDS information and adds them to the subcarrier. In ist most basic form – providing on RDS-capable receivers an unambiguos readout of the station name and the ability to follow from transmitter to transmitter seamlessly – it has been in use since about 1986 in Europe, and now is in widespread use arround the world. read more …