22 CREATION October 2016 Riedel enhances intercom technology portfolio with key acquisitions Riedel Communications has completed the acquisitions of ASL Intercom and Delec. The former provides digital and analogue intercom systems for event production, broadcast and related applications, while the latter is a developer and manufacturer of digital intercom and communication systems. According to Riedel, the acquisition of ASL Intercom enhances its capacity to provide intercom technology for demanding live entertainment and broadcast production environments. The ASL Flexus intercom system, for instance, is able to support multiple standards including Dante/AES67/ AVB and Ravenna in a single system. Intercom applications remain a core element of Riedel’s business, and the complementary technologies of ASL Intercom can be leveraged to serve an even broader array of customers, said Thomas Riedel, CEO of Eric de Bruyn (left), managing director, ASL Intercom, will stay on in his role to work with Thomas Riedel, CEO, Riedel Communications, and the entire Riedel team. Riedel Communications. He added: “ASL Intercom has a strong portfolio in digital partyline technology, and the company’s products adapt readily to a RTW introduces new audio processor hardware for CLC Having previously developed the Continuous Loudness Control (CLC) algorithm with the German Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), RTW is now offering the APRO-CLC01 audio processor hardware. The combined APRO-CLC01 provides the first OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) hardware for the CLC algorithm, which allows users to constantly control and regulate to a given programme loudness value and definable loudness range — with minimal obstacles for unknown, live content, according to RTW. Andreas Tweitmann, CEO of RTW, added: “At RTW, we are constantly thinking of new ways to improve our technology and provide our international customer base with innovative products. “We have received a positive response to our CLC technology, and the input we gathered from customers helped us look into ways to further improve th e software.” A new software version 4.0 is also now available for RTW’s Loudness Tools and Mastering Tools software. The new version adds support for Mac OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” and addresses user requests with features such as a selectable 12th octave RTA, cinema loudness (TASA and SAWA), as well as free scalable instrument size. The APRO-CLC01 audio processor hardware is the first OEM hardware for the CLC algorithm that RTW jointly developed with the German Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT). wide variety of applications, both small and large.” As for Delec, its products will complement and augment the Riedel portfolio in a way that will bring even greater versatility to customers, Riedel said. He continued: “Together, we’re better positioned than ever to provide forward-looking solutions that address current and future communications requirements, and we are committed to providing existing Delec customers the great service Riedel is known for.” A newly created partnership also sees Riedel working with Cisco to explore collaborative opportunities in using the Cisco Media Blueprint platform, which offers a set of infrastructure and software solutions that powers cloud-scale media experiences. This digital media logistics platform is an IP-based, virtualised combination of solutions and network infrastructure that aims to remove the barriers between content production, storage and distribution. Jack Dodson, director of product management, Riedel Commu- nications, explained: “At Riedel, we have been embracing broadcast and IP standards across our product lines for many years now. So when it came time to look at how we were going to continue our innovation across an evolving, synchronised IP fabric, Cisco was the obvious choice of a great company to partner with.” And in a bid to close the loop between communications and real-time media routing, Riedel has introduced the MediorNet Control app for the RSP-2318 SmartPanel multifunctional user interface. In addition to linking the SmartPanel directly into the Riedel MediorNet media network as a dedicated control panel, the new MediorNet Control app — in combination with existing Intercom apps — gives users simultaneous intercom functionality, enabling them to route, control and communicate all at once using a single 1RU system. SWIT – 20 years and counting Founded in 1996 as SWIT Industry and Trading, China’s SWIT Electronics today serves broadcast customers across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Americas and Africa. While camera batteries and chargers remain one of the company’s best-selling ranges, SWIT is also offering a wide range of broadcast and studio production solutions, including broadcast monitors, multi-viewers, wireless transmission systems, as well as on-camera and studio lightings. And this year is shaping up to be another successful year for SWIT, as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary. The ingredients for success, while unassuming, remain fundamental to SWIT. Neal Ni, marketing manager, SWIT Electronics, explained to APB: “Our continued success can be attributed to our strong focus on innovation, and an unyielding commitment to quality.” Quality is manifested in products such as the 5.5” S-1053F and 7” S-1073 HD (1920x1080) waveform LCD monitors. Both models feature 2K/3G/ HD/SD-SDI input and loop output, as well as a lockable HDMI input port that can be cross-converted to SDI for output. In addition, 16-channel embedded audio meters with alert allow users to select any two audio channels to output, and both models can be fitted with a wide range of DV battery plates. Neal Ni, marketing manager, SWIT Electronics, was at IBC 2016 to introduce a range of new products, as the Chinese company celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Ni recommends the S-1053F for TV drama productions, while he invites cinematographers to check out the S-1073, which can be used in tandem with many of the major cinema cameras available in the market, including the ARRI Alexa. To ensure secured storage of camera batteries, SWIT offers the S-4020 four-battery power station box, which stores up to four V-mount batteries while allowing the batteries to be charged within the PP+ fibre casing. SWIT has also launched a new line of EBU Grade2 HD waveform studio LCD monitors that is available in three dimensions — the S-1173F (17.3”), the S-1223F (21.5”) and the S-1243 (23.8”). In about six months’ time, expect a new 28” model that supports 4K/Ultra HD (UHD), Ni revealed, even as he urged caution on the technology’s widespread adoption. “In China, for example, many content producers are already shooting in 4K/UHD; however, about 80% of broadcast content is still in SD.” Regardless of the need, or location, SWIT is ready to provide the support to all its customers as the company plans its next phase of development and expansion. A soon-to-be-opened office in Germany will allow SWIT to better service customers in Europe; an increased global presence can be anticipated, as the company looks forward to its next decades of success.