The IPConnect software application enhances IP data transport through packet encapsulation in a GatesAir protocol wrapper
GatesAir has expanded its Intraplex family of networking solutions with the introduction of IPConnect, a new software application designed to fortify data transport across IP networks.
Available as an option in most Intraplex IP Link codecs, the IPConnect enhances data transport across complex networks by providing protection through packet encapsulation, which encloses the external IP data packets in a GatesAir protocol wrapper as it moves across IP networks.
Additionally, IPConnect provides protection for studio-generated data, as well as IP data from external sources. While the former includes RDS (radio data system) data or SNMP (single network management protocol) control signals to trigger a command at the transmitter site, the latter incorporates programme or control data coming from a network operation centre, satellite feed or advertising service.
Keyur Parikh, director, Intraplex business unit, GatesAir, said: “IPConnect can accept data from any external source, and because it bridges at the IP layer, it is application-agnostic. It gives the broadcaster tremendous peace of mind to reliably tunnel any IP data between one or more sites, without concern of packet loss or outside interference.”
Besides providing data transport for IP network architectures, IPConnect is also capable of managing E2X (exporter-to-exciter) connections, which can include data feeds for multiple HD radio services.
The E2X aspect, according to Parikh, is particularly vulnerable to packet loss given the large amount of data moving from a studio, where the exporter lives, to the exciter at the transmitter site.
He continued: “As most of these paths cover very long distances, the large amount of data moving over these pathways make them more susceptible to packet loss — which can result in missing content, or the failure of a critical control command.”
GatesAir will be presenting IPConnect at booth N2613 at 2017 NAB Show, which is set for April 22-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, USA.