GatesAir to unveil latest wireless tech at IBC

US wireless broadcast specialist reveals fascinating tech line-up for IBC
Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir.
Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir.


GatesAir has some “intriguing” product launches to serve wireless over-the-air content delivery in radio and television at IBC and these comprise both transmitters and intelligent IP networking solutions, according to Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir.

The company is particularly keen to demonstrate the benefits of its latest transmitters. “Our new Maxiva ULXTE raises transmitter efficiency by several points to 45%, and increases transmitter power output by 20%,” Redmond said. “These are both especially important for liquid-cooled models since they tend to run at higher power levels. We’re ultimately reducing power consumption, cooling loads, maintenance and other operational costs; as well as significantly increasing power density by enabling more power from a smaller transmitter.”

Another product on show will be the VAXTE, which is a new VHF transmitter that has now been equipped with DAB Radio modulation. It is capable of supporting the largest national DAB networks, with networking capabilities to leverage single-frequency network deployments; and enable IP-based control and multiplex transport across the networks, according to Redmond. “It is equally suited to support local DAB services as well.  Like the ULXTE, the VAXTE is a high-efficiency transmitter (though air-cooled instead of liquid-cooled) that minimizes energy use and streamlines maintenance,” he says.

GatesAir also has some interesting developments from its Intraplex brand for Audio over IP transport. In April, the company introduced the IP Link MPXp, which was the first FM MPX IP codec to support—separately or together—AES 192 digital and analog composite signals over a secure and reliable digital IP path from a single codec. While the initial release cut the industry-standard bandwidth consumption for uncompressed AES 192 digital composite signal transport in half, the latest release further reduces those bitrates from the already industry-low 1.8Mb/s to 1.65Mb/s. This greater bandwidth efficiency opens more headroom for increased packet protection, as well as additional audio and data services.

Overall, Redmond sees major benefits to showcasing the company’s technology at IBC. “There is no better opportunity to meet with such a broad base on a global level,” he says. “We see customers and partners from all over the world. And while NAB is a great show, it can be quite hectic. There is a more relaxed business-like atmosphere with IBC that gives us more time set appointments, have real discussions, listen to their challenges and help to address them with solutions. GatesAir has always been a problem-solving company through our 95 years in business, and IBC is an ideal platform to communicate that approach.”

GatesAir will have about 15 people on its stand across sales, business development, product management and marketing. Furthermore, the company’s new CEO, Bruce Swail, will also be attendance.

On the subject of the company’s plans for the Middle East in 2018, Redmond said: “GatesAir is always looking at expanding its presence in the Middle East by working directly and with our existing and new channel partners. We have active in the Middle East for decades, and we have a regional sales manager, Jhonny Maroun, on the ground in Lebanon who has closed big deals recently in Egypt and Kuwait, for example. Jhonny reports to Darren Frearson, our VP of Sales in EMEA and APAC who in fact recently relocated to Dubai. Around these resources are a network of in-region sales and technical support.

“In 2018, GatesAir will continue working on expanding its channel partner network and ensure our presence in the region is as per our client’s expectations, and will continue the 95 years GatesAir legacy by being the market leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery,” Redmond added.

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