Ascent’s highly secure and reliable approach to broadcast and IT convergence for Audio over IP transport recognized for NAB Product of the Year and Future’s Best of Show Award, Presented by Radio World
CINCINNATI, April 24, 2019 — GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, departed Las Vegas last week with two prestigious industry awards for Intraplex Ascent, the industry’s first scalable, multichannel Audio over IP transport solution to address the convergence of broadcast operations with IT infrastructure. GatesAir took both awards for which Intraplex Ascent was under consideration: NAB Product of the Year and Future’s Best of Show Award, Presented by Radio World.
Intraplex Ascent offers a direct connection to traditional digital and analog audio interfaces, and is compliant with both the AES67 standard and today’s leading AoIP networking solutions. Ascent is available in two form factors: a 1RU server, with configurable options for physical and AES67 channels; and a software-only solution that operates in a virtualized container. The software-defined innovation is GatesAir’sfirst Intraplex system to live on a COTS x86 server, and provides broadcasters with a highly scalable, redundant and cloud-based transport platform for multichannel contribution and distribution.
Intraplex Ascent adds further value by allowing users to manage many Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) streams on a centralized platform– an industry-first in Audio over IP networking for broadcasters. To further strengthen stream robustness and reliability, Ascent integratesDynamic Stream Splicing (DSS), an Intraplex technology that diversifies SRT data across redundant networks.
The NAB 2019 Product of the Year is an independently judged awards program by the NAB recognizing product innovation in 16 categories. The first official awards that recognize innovative new products at NAB Show, the program recognizes the most significant and promising new products and technologies showcased by Exhibitors at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
“Nominees like GatesAir are revolutionizing the way people experience media and entertainment,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “The 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards highlight the best of what’s new at the premier launchpad for breakthroughs at the intersection of media, entertainment and technology.”
Future’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts. They are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry and particularly the target readership of each specific publication. Future’s Radio World publication is the definitive source for information on radio technology, radio industry news, management techniques, application-oriented engineering and new product information.
“The Future Best of Show Awards at NAB are in their sixth year,” said Paul McLane, Future managing director, content for media technology titles. “The program focuses attention on superb innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show. The list of 2019 winners and nominees shows where media technology businesses are headed.”
“As an early innovator of Audio over IP codecs and networking solutions for broadcasters, GatesAir is taking the next logical step for our customers with direct integration into the IT infrastructure,” said Bruce Swail, CEO, GatesAir. “We are exceptionally proud to be recognized by these industry-leading experts for our innovation, which we view as a significant first step in bringing the broadcast and IT worlds closer together for the benefit of our global customer base.”
GatesAir, Inc., a portfolio company of The Gores Group, provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership with all products designed and assembled in the USA. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/gatesair, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.
About The Gores Group
The Gores Group, founded in 1987 by Alec Gores, is a global investment firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm’s operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. Over its 30-year history, The Gores Group has become a leading investor having demonstrated a reliable track record of creating value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Gores Group maintains offices in Boulder, CO, and London. For more information, please visit www.gores.com.