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Burk PPM Assurance

Automatic PPM recovery
Burk Technology
PPM Assurance: The PPM Assurance protects ratings and reduces overhead by constantly monitoring all PPM encoders and providing automatic encoder toggling. E-mail alerts and exception reporting keep stakeholders up to date. It is a complete automatic recovery system. In addition to providing reliable backup encoder activation, the PPM Assurance monitor establishes direct data connectivity to the Arbitron equipment to verify code accuracy. And because loss of audio means lost PPM credit, built-in silence sensing enables swift program recovery.

What the Judges had to say:

  • There's nothing else like it.
  • It's cheap insurance for PPM encoding.


    Comrex Bric-Link

    Audio-over-IP transmission
    Bric-Link: Bric-Link transmits audio over IP networks and is suited for point-to-point "nailed up" audio links over a wide variety of data circuits including ISM band IP radios, T1/E1s, satellite data channels, WANs and LANs. Contained in a small, desktop package, two Bric-Links can be mounted in a 1RU rack space. Balanced analog 1/4" I/O, as well as switchable AES I/O, four contact closures, ancillary data and consumer level front panel I/O for monitoring are provided on BRIC-Link's compact and rugged chassis.

    What the Judges had to say:

  • Offering multiple conversion formats — including AAC — is very flexible.
  • I like the fine-tuned GUI.


    Day Sequerra M4DDM

    Digital signal processor
    Day Sequerra
    M4DDM: This diversity delay monitor is the first Day Sequerra product to incorporate the company's newly developed Timelock DSP algorithm to automatically maintain alignment of the HD Radio main program signal (MPS) analog and HD-1 digital audio. Using its selective off-air tuner, the M4DDM measures the MPS analog and HD-1 digital audio diversity and generates a continuous stream of correction vectors to keep the analog and digital audio time and level aligned. These correction vectors can be processed internally by the M4DDM to delay the digital program audio or can be sent via Ethernet to an HD Radio Embedded Exporter to provide the necessary delay. Additionally, the unit has digital audio outputs for confidence monitoring and alarm outputs for loss of program audio and OFDM sidebands as well as HD Radio data and RBDS data payloads. The algorithm used in the M4DDM is based on a new digital audio correlation methodology developed jointly by Harris and Day Sequerra.

    What the Judges had to say:

  • It works for up to five stations/streams. Fantastic.
  • I like the options to run audio through it or link it to a processor or link it to an Exporter.


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