AEQ COMPLETES ERT’S TRANSITION TO IP COMMUNICATIONS 09/03/2017
GREEK PUBLIC BROADCASTER TRUSTS THE TECHNOLOGY OF THE AEQ VENUS TO RENEW ALL OF ITS NATIONAL AUDIO LINKS
Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (Ελληνική Ραδιοφωνία Τηλεόραση, Greek Radio-Television, in English), also known by its acronym, ERT (ΕΡΤ), is Greece’s public radio and television broadcasting company. It is also one of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) founder members.
ERT has been immersed in a technological updating process for several years. The target was to improve their contents’ quality and to optimize processes and resources, placing a determined bet on the implementation of new technologies that provide operation improvement, greater flexibility and, in a nutshell, more efficiency.
Back in the end of 2016, ERT selected AEQ PHOENIX IP technology to equip their audio trunk links. A total of 28 AEQ PHOENIX VENUS 3 units have been provided, together with the powerful AEQ ControlPhoenix operation software.
AEQ VENUS 3 includes two bidirectional stereo IP audiocodecs in a single device, allowing for two simultaneous stereo/dual or four mono connections (to one or two destinations). It is in compliance with the N/ACIP EBU Tech3326 international recommendation, featuring adaptive buffers to absorb network jitter, DHCP for automatic network parameters configuration, automatic reference clock adjustment to synchronize both ends of the communications, and FEC (Forward Error Correction). AEQ VENUS 3 supports SIP signaling and the most popular encoding algorithms thanks to its development on the basis of N/ACIP EBU Tech3326 recommendations, plus OPUS, AEQ-LD low delay algorithms and optionally, AAC.
AEQ VENUS 3 has analog, professional line level inputs and outputs with XLR connectors, and AES/EBU digital inputs and outputs, plus optional DANTE AoIP connectivity. It is delivered pre-configured for operation with the SIP Server Service that AEQ offers free of charge, thus simplifying the connection process. AEQ VENUS 3 features carrier-grade features such as double IP port, double power supply with 48V DC option, double ancillary data port and SNMP supervision.
The AEQ VENUS 3 codecs were installed all over the country but controlled centrally from the ERT headquarters in Athens and through the AEQ ControlPhoenix remote control and configuration software.
No matter if the codecs are providing a point-to-point connection or there is a complex codec networks for a set of stations, ControlPhoenix operation software can provide absolute control. This application can auto-discover all Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix Venus, Phoenix Stratos, Phoenix ALIO and Phoenix Studio within a local network and is able to control them coordinately from a PC or set of PCs. PCs. Also, remote devices can be controlled through Internet, allowing for an central management of the communications network.
The deployment was completed with a technical training seminar by AEQ product engineer Sergio Sanchez, who traveled to this country, in coordination with technical manager of our Greek Dealer CALAVITIS. More than twenty engineers and ERT operation managers from ERTs all Regional Offices in Greece attended this training.