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The Launch of Roadcasting
Pittsburgh - Jun 23, 2005 - Touted as collaborative, mobile radio, Roadcasting allows each listener to have his own radio station, broadcast among wireless-capable devices. The system can become aware of individual preferences and is able to choose songs and podcasts that listeners want to hear on their own devices from sources around them.

The developers state that a listener can scan and access playlists from other vehicles within a 50km range and share his audio files with the same network. The service uses a long-range peer-to-peer wireless network in which each car is its own radio station. The prototype runs on an 802.11g wireless network.

Currently a prototype, the system was designed to provide a community-driven, interactive medium. The prototype is the result of a seven-month project at the Carnegie Mellon Human Computer Interaction Institute. The project was funded by a major automaker and has a targeted release of 2010.

Roadcasting uses a listener's preferences to make decisions about what a listener might want to hear. The system can read Itunes XML and MP3 data to gather information.

For use in a car, a Roadcaster will need an in-dash interface unit and an antenna. As an added feature, drivers can share information about road conditions and emergencies through the network.

The source code for Roadcasting is available to encourage development. More information is available at www.roadcasting.org.


Business

Steinberg Adds to U.S. Customer Service
Buena Park, CA - Jun 22, 2005 - Steinberg Media Technologies has moved and expanded its U.S. customer service and technical support center. The changes are part of a push by Steinberg's new parent company, Yamaha.

The customer service group has moved into a new facility near Indianapolis and has doubled its support staff. The group handles customer service needs, product information and technical support and includes specialists in Mac and PC platforms, MIDI, audio, scoring and audio for video.

In addition to increased staffing, the company has built a testing lab in the new support facility. This new lab handles Steinberg software support and helps the staff provide support on issues dealing with integration and compatibility with Yamaha and third party hardware, sync and audio for video.

The Steinberg Customer Support facility is located at 11711 N. College Ave, Ste 190; Carmel, IN 46032. Technical Support: 714-228-3301.


Media Monitors Increases Monitored Markets
White Plains, NY - Jun 21, 2005 - Media Monitors has added 100 new stations and one newspaper to its roster of markets its monitoring. The new radio station markets are in the Pittsburgh, PA, Memphis, TN, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, CA, and Portland, OR. And the Houston Chronicle has been added to the roster of major market newspapers whose ads are being recorded via the Media Monitors PaperVue newspaper ad tracking service.


Moseley Acquires Assets of Proxim
Santa Barbara, CA - Jun 11, 2005 - Proxim has entered into an asset purchase agreement for Moseley Associates to acquire all the assets of Proxim. For $21 million, Moseley will acquire most of the domestic and foreign operations of Proxim. The sale will be implemented through Proxim's filing of a chapter 11 bankruptcy case. In connection with the sale, Moseley also has agreed to provide Proxim with bridge financing in the principal amount of up to $6.2 million, to be offset against the purchase price. No proceeds of the sale are expected to be distributed to Proxim stockholders.

The contemplated acquisition by Moseley is expected to preserve most of Proxim's operations. Proxim focuses on Wi-fi, Wimax and broadband wireless access for enterprises and service providers. On completion of the transaction, Proxim will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Moseley, joining Moseley's subsidiaries Microwave Data Systems, Axxcelera Broadband Wireless and Carriercomm.


Sales Call
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  • Omnia Audio has sold Omnia-6 processors to WMZQ-FM, Washington DC; WNVE-FM, Rochester, NY; and KCDX-FM, Phoenix. In addition, Telos has sold Profiler logging software to KSSN-FM, Little Rock, AR; WBZX-FM, Columbus, OH; and WYCD-FM, Detroit.
  • Media Monitors is deploying its verification software system to streamline Westwood One's comprehensive compliance systems. Media Monitors will be continuously recording all rated Westwood One radio affiliates 24/7 and producing live data feeds of station compliance, which Westwood One can sort by station, market or advertiser via aircheck.net.
  • People

    Harrison Named President of CPB
    Washington - Jun 23, 2005 - Patricia S. Harrison, former assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs (ECA), has been named president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Harrison served as the assistant secretary since 2001. She also served two extended periods as secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

    Harrison, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is a former visiting fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of American University. In 1973, she cofounded with her husband the E. Bruce Harrison Company, which became one of the nation's top 10 owner-managed public affairs firms. The author of A Seat at the Table, A Guide for Women Leaders, Harrison founded the National Women's Economic Alliance in 1983 to promote economic opportunity for women in business and industry. From 1997-2000, she served as cochairman of the Republican National Committee.

    In remarks follwing the announcement of her appointment, Harrison vowed to join with public broadcast leaders to restore congressional cuts of the CPB in President Bush's fiscal year 2006 budget.


    Prophet Systems Appoints Technical Services Manager
    Ogallala, NE - Jun 22, 2005 - Paul Villa has been appointed field technical services manager of Prophet Systems Innovations (PSI). Prior to this promotion, Villa spent seven years installing Prophet's products and systems at radio stations across the United States.

    Before joining PSI, he was operations manager of a three radio station cluster for the Gleason Radio Group in Norway, ME. Villa's career in broadcasting has spanned more than three decades.


    SSL Promotes Wagner to President
    Los Angeles - Jun 22, 2005 - Solid State Logic has promoted Phil Wagner president of SSL Inc. Wagner joined SSL in 1992 as vice president western operations, and was then promoted to senior vice president seven years ago.

    As president of SSL, he will be responsible for overall sales and customer relations for the United States, Canada and Mexico. Wagner has sold more than 150 consoles in music, broadcast, post and film during his tenure at SSL.


    Burns Joins A-Ware Software
    Brookfield, WI - Jun 20, 2005 - A-Ware Software, the developer of Music Master for Windows, has hired Brian Burns as a senior account executive. Burns' previous experience includes senior radio programming and management positions with Waitt Media in Omaha, NE, Entercom Broadcasting in Kansas City, AM/FM Broadcasting in Raleigh, NC, and The Network Magazine Group in Los Angeles.


    Products

    Scheduall Releases version 4.46
    Hollywood, FL - Jun 23, 2005 - Scheduall has released version 4.46 of its scheduling and resource management software suite, including Scheduall, Schedulink and Newsplan. Scheduall Software is an integrated scheduling, workflow, transmission and operations management system used in broadcast TV, film and corporate production environments.

    Scheduall 4.46 has been retooled to support the company’s Dot-net development efforts and is compatible with the many new Dot-net Web services already available from the company. Another addition to Scheduall is the development of a Universal Interface Agent to Network Management Systems (NMS) and Monitoring and Control Systems (M and C). Additional new functionality available with Scheduall includes:

  • A Microsoft Outlook interface where Scheduall can send calendar events to Outlook using exchange server.
  • A Time Capture module where users can quickly log production staff efforts and reconcile them to a given project in real-time.
  • Access to libraries and vaults via the Web using the Dot-net interface.
  • Improvements to the Developer's Toolkit to give users greater control of screen layouts and improved troubleshooting ability.

    Orban/CRL Releases Opticodec-PC Streaming Encoder Version 2.0
    Tempe, AZ - Jun 23 - Orban/CRL has released the Opticodec-PC Streaming Encoder Version 2.0. This version features a mid-cost SE (standard edition) and adds several features to the existing PE (professional) and LE (light) editions. All editions of the software encode content with the Coding Technologies AAC/HE AAC/AAC Plus codec.

    The SE edition is a Microsoft Windows XP/Server 2003 application that can be used with Orban's Optimod-PC signal processing sound card or any high-quality Windows sound card. Complementing the graphical user interface, a console user interface supports batch file execution. SE allows four encoder instances per stream, supporting 128kb/s using the AAC Plus codec and 320kb/s using the AAC codec. Streaming is possible using the MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standards.

    In addition to MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 support, the PE edition now streams to 3GPP mobile devices. All editions can supply streams compatible with the standards-based RTSP/RTP free Darwin Streaming Server, which are available for multiple platforms including Linux, Free BSD, Sun Solaris, Windows and Macintosh. Also supported are the HTTP/ICY free Nullsoft Shoutcast and Icecast 2 servers.

    Streams encoded with Opticodec-PC can be accessed with Realplayer 10 or Winamp 5.09.


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