David Houze, Ecreso product manager for WorldCast Systems, said that during the pandemic, radio organizations reinvented their studio architectures to simplify remote operation and maintenance.
“Virtual and cloud solutions emerged to replace hardware equipment, resulting in a scalable, cost-effective, easy-to-deploy and highly available architecture.”
Expect the same trend at transmission sites, Houze said.
“FM transmitters must evolve to be capable of hosting new features and remove peripheral equipment at the transmitter site. This transformation has already started with the ‘premium’ manufacturers. Their transmitters already integrate hardware modules that replace physical devices,” he said.
“Manufacturers must go one step further to offer to the market a unique solution that can replace all the peripheral equipment with software features embedded into the transmitter.”
Houze said WorldCast’s AiO series reflects this direction. “This new transmitter is the first on the market that embeds an audio over IP decoder, sound processor and full RDS encoder as a software.”
He said the benefits include economies in operating expense, lower costs of components and a smaller footprint. “Maintenance is drastically reduced; only one product has to be verified instead of four as in the past.”