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Founded more than 80 years ago, Rohde & Schwarz is one of the world's leading manufacturers of information and communications technology products for professional users. Initially focusing on RF engineering and RF applications in test and measurement, radiocommunications and broadcasting, the company has continually expanded its fields of activity over the past decades.

Rohde & Schwarz sees high-speed Ethernet replacing Fibre Channel in media storage

While some manufacturers still promote Fibre Channel as an enabling networking technology in media storage its days appear to be strictly numbered – does this present risks for media companies? Oliver Gappa, Sales Director Broadcast and Media for Europe, believes that the answer is yes.

“Today, if you look at Fibre Channel relative to high-speed Ethernet, there is no comparison. The future is Ethernet and yet some media storage manufacturers continue to promote Fibre Channel, which presents real risks for their customers,“ Oliver Gappa explained.

Gappa‘s remarks are backed up by industry data. On the one hand, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) reports that the Fibre Channel market saw a return to modest growth in 2018. In comparison, the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA) reports strong growth in Ethernet switch connectivity. In 2018, port shipments for 100Gb Ethernet switches rose 154.6% year over year to 3.5 million, while 25Gb ports saw even higher growth rates with port shipments up 251.0% to 2.6 million and 40Gb port shipments rose too, growing 12.6% year over year to 1.3 million.

Gappa was commenting after Rohde & Schwarz (booth 7.B21) announced that at IBC 2019 it will be introducing a series of extensions and enhancements to its R&S SpycerNode media storage system. Launched at IBC last year, R&S SpycerNode is the company’s first media storage system to be entirely built around high-speed Ethernet connectivity.

“The Fibre Channel standard was completed in 1994 and it has served the media industry well, but in essence there are only around nine manufacturers developing Fibre Channel technology. Compare this to high-speed Ethernet, where there are over 500 companies, such as Juniper, Arista and Cisco introducing new products every year and the future is clear,“ comments Gappa.

The question is whether end users of storage systems are aware of this market trend and the consequences for their business. Broadcasters, production companies and post-houses do not want to run two networks within their facilities because of the infrastructure costs and support requirements.

“Recent developments in high-speed Ethernet technology make it comparable to Fibre Channel in performance but it is much more flexible and enables the creation and operation of network attached storage (NAS) systems more easy and cost-effectively,“ Oliver Gappa continued. “As we are demonstrating with SpycerNode, Ethernet represents a far more versatile, productive and cost-efficient platform for media storage. This is the message that we need to communicate to the international media community.“

At IBC 2019, Rohde & Schwarz will extend its R&S SpycerNode media storage system with the introduction of a new compact 2U height unit model. This small capacity system represents a competitively priced entry point into this storage system that harnesses the latest advances in High Power Computing based on high speed Ethernet connectivity. Also, Rohde & Schwarz will introduce several new JBOD capacity extension units, which provide affordable storage capacity expansion for their other SpycerNode models.

Another new initiative sees the launch of R&S SpycerPAM – a production asset management system, which allows workgroup editing and seamless integration of various editing and mastering platforms including Adobe Premier, Avid Media Composer and Apple Final Cut Pro.

Rohde & Schwarz shows 5G Broadcast enabling technology at IBC 2019

On its booth at IBC, Rohde & Schwarz will make a number of strategic new product introductions that will impact on many sectors of the broadcast industry from 5G Broadcast core solutions to studio production, content mastering, storage and distribution over unmanaged networks.

One of the most ambitious 5G Broadcast trials worldwide is currently underway in Bavaria, Germany. Rohde & Schwarz is a moving force within the 5G TODAY project and it will update visitors on the trial’s latest findings. Feeding out of the trial, the company will showcase a revolutionary new 5G Broadcast core solution which enables Rohde & Schwarz terrestrial transmitters to deliver LTE/5G Broadcast content. This landmark new product introduction makes Rohde & Schwarz the first technology vendor worldwide to offer a complete 5G Broadcast solution.

Also, Rohde & Schwarz will introduce a new DAB+ radio transmitter. The new medium power transmitter R&S TMV9evo accompanies the R&S THV9evo high power transmitter. The DAB+ transmitters of Rohde & Schwarz help networks operators to run their networks smoothly and reliably while reducing operating costs even further, thanks to significant energy savings and build-in performance analysis capabilities.

Rohde & Schwarz will show its R&S PKU100 family of satellite solid-state Ku-band uplink amplifiers with the addition of its new 750 W outdoor variant. This model is the first one offering the highest output power with the lowest dimensions on the market. At IBC the company will demonstrate the live operation of the unit wrapped around with the latest T&M equipment to show full performance.

The family is the first on the market to combine the best of two worlds: taking solid-state amplifiers to the next level by incorporating adaptive predistortion, and having the advantages of tube amplifiers such as compactness, light weight and high efficiency.

At IBC, Rohde & Schwarz will extend its fully cloud based monitoring-as-a-service solution R&S PRISMON.cloud across further countries in the EU. The OTT monitoring solution addresses broadcasters and content providers. A flexible and scalable pricing model allows users to significantly reduce their investments (CAPEX). Based on actual requirements PRISMON.cloud now provides monitoring of SMPTE 2110 on-premise streams in the dashboard, incident notification via email and an REST API for integration of status data in network management systems.

The R&S PRISMON monitoring and IP-multiviewer family will benefit from increased capacities for SDI/ASI-I/Os, enhanced configuration for PTP and support for extended colour spaces with SMPTE ST 2110-based input signals. A number of additional new features further strengthen R&S PRISMON as a leading multiviewer solution in modern, IP-based studio and production environments.

Following its launch at IBC 2018, Rohde & Schwarz will significantly enhance its R&S SpycerNode media storage system with a compact 2U height unit version along with several new JBOD capacity extension units. The new R&S SpycerPAM a production asset management system, allows workgroup editing and seamless integration of various editing and mastering platforms such as Adobe Premier, Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro and R&S CLIPSTER.

The latest version of R&S CLIPSTER as the DCI/IMF mastering solution includes a Dolby Vision iCMU (integrated content mapping unit), which facilitates media conversion from HDR (with high peak luminance) to HDR (with low peak luminance) or SDR on live output via SDI or HDMI as well as for file transcoding.

Further R&S CLIPSTER enhancements see Dolby Atmos Home workflows support, including IMF-compliant wrapping of Dolby Atmos Home.

The continuing development of the R&S VENICE studio production solution led to HDR optimized ProRes4444XQ support in Rec 2020, where all information of color space and HDR transfer functions will be written in the file. R&S VENICE will now support NMOS IS04 / IS05 and configuration via web service, which allows completely web services based control of R&S VENICE (incl. FIMS and MOS) from IBC on.

With R&S RelayCaster, reliability of contributing and distributing live content via unmanaged IP networks is significantly improved, as packet loss issues are efficiently resolved. At IBC, Rohde & Schwarz will feature major updates for all R&S RelayCaster products by software update: a new setup wizard significantly reduces installation and setup times. Another major new feature provides link redundancy by the use of two separate internet connections.

Rohde & Schwarz brings 5G broadcasting with machine learning to colleges and universities

Having to wait for the deciding goal in the most exciting soccer match of the season is already a tense moment. If, on top of that, the TV pictures fail or your smartphone’s data package suddenly needs to reload and freezes the picture, that can seriously dampen the mood. What might it look like with 5G broadcasting technology of the future? Could this predicament be solved thanks to intelligent machine learning algorithms? This is the challenge set by Rohde & Schwarz to students in computer science, and electrical and communications engineering. Using new 5G broadcasting technology, the students must ensure that data from media content providers flow to the users without any buffering time.

The Munich-based company is hosting the Engineering Competition for the 16th time. The famous competition regularly attracts several hundred students and, over the last few years, it has successfully established itself as part of the international college and university landscape. More than 30 universities take part on a regular basis, taking the opportunity to test and develop their learning content in the working world of the future. Over 2000 students have asserted themselves in a variety of disciplines throughout the history of the competition: from 3G wireless technology through to air traffic control standards, to the demodulation of baseband signals or even realtime spectrum analysis.

This year, teams and individuals can register for an online challenge. At the end of April, they received a data set that included simulated user data. Using machine learning algorithms, students must determine what content is distributed over the new 5G broadcasting channel. The aim is to significantly improve the quality of experience (QoS) for potential users: no more video loading time and so no more interruptions to live streaming. Ideally, this shouldn’t use a single Mbyte of mobile data. The students who deliver the best results can look forward to an invitation to Munich for the big final, where another live challenge will await them. A prize of USD 3000 has been advertised.

Magdalena Poellmann, a spokesperson for University Relations and Engineering Competition organiser at Rohde & Schwarz, notes: “It is obviously a big challenge to present technical problems for a fiercely competitive and cross-sectional target group. But we still manage to make the students’ eyes shine: our high-tech challenge gives them insight into a world of work that will have a direct influence on the lives of many people.”

Rohde & Schwarz is strongly committed to young talents in the areas of computer science, and electrical and communications engineering. In addition to its own funding programmes, the company’s main concern is introducing the technological issues of the future as early as possible to the very target group that will go on to design and experience them – whether it is autonomous driving, smart cities or, as in this year’s Engineering Competition, the mobile media and streaming business of the next few decades. This competition creates a unique combination of knowledge from electrical engineering and computer science that not only reflects the normal work of Rohde & Schwarz engineers, but also leads to conclusions about technological trends.

 

Rohde & Schwarz presents cutting-edge solutions for 5G Broadcast and OTT at NAB 2019

From April 8 to 11 at NAB 2019 in Las Vegas, Rohde & Schwarz will present its latest product portfolio under the motto “Supporting you today. And for the future”. Highlights include a new cloud solution for monitoring, a new high-power transmitter and new applications for existing solutions. Another focal point is 5G Broadcast.

5G Broadcast on air: a new era for media distribution

In the last years, media consumption has shifted significantly towards smartphones and other portable devices. Reaching billions of smartphones will be the future of broadcasting in line with ATSC and 3GPP. As a part of the Bavarian research project 5G TODAY, Rohde & Schwarz is investigating large-scale TV broadcasts in an HPHT 5G Broadcast field trial near Munich. The high power high tower (HPHT) concept will allow broadcasters to distribute video over 5G networks with all the advantages of classic broadcasting, including the expected high quality of HDTV broadcasting, low latency live content as well as enormous spectrum efficiency and wide coverage. Broadcasters can now bring their valuable assets for efficient distribution of high-quality video into the future 5G ecosystem. Content providers can also benefit from 5G Broadcast because it offers their customers a better quality of service and higher quality of experience.

The company will highlight the advantages of this technology at the Rohde & Schwarz booth and will demonstrate the first end-to-end solution for LTE/5G Broadcast. The 5G Broadcast experts will speak at the BEIT conference and discuss this topic on Tuesday, 9 April 2019 at 09h00.

Monitoring and multiviewer solution for tomorrow’s operations

The software based R&S PRISMON monitoring and multiviewer solution on exhibit at NAB is dedicated to broadcasters and network operators. Broadcasters and network operators have to monitor incoming signals to ensure that they arrive intact and at the correct destination. R&S PRISMON continuously monitors transmissions and immediately alerts the operator if there is a problem. The solution takes into account the fact that operators increasingly have to simultaneously operate several different distribution channels for the same content. R&S PRISMON covers classic broadcast transmissions via SDI as well as OTT, TSoIP, SDIoIP and 2110 in a single tool. The solution detects errors in video, audio, loudness, subtitles or embedded content. R&S PRISMON monitoring helps broadcasters and network operators comply with service level agreements (SLA) and avoid costs.

It is also ideal as a fully IP-based multiviewer in state-of-the-art studio, production and playout environments. R&S PRISMON offers comprehensive support for the SDIoP, 2110 and NMOS protocol suites, making it an excellent choice as an IP baseband multiviewer in these applications. R&S PRISMON is available on hardware based COTS systems and as a hypervisor image for virtual environments.

New storage solution premieres at NAB

To satisfy the demands of today’s media world, storage solutions must fulfill high requirements in terms of scalability and workflow integration, including fast user access to media files. R&S SpycerNode solves these issues and offers an easy-to-use interface, a high performance computing (HPC) file system, market-leading erasure coding mechanisms and many other functions. Users can focus fully on their creative work. To simplify system configuration and maintenance, Rohde & Schwarz has extended the R&S Device Manager for use with the R&S SpycerNode.

Together with new subsidiary Pixel Power at NAB

Rohde & Schwarz has acquired Pixel Power Ltd. The company offers innovative graphics, master control systems and integrated playout systems for broadcasters and playout facilities. These systems enable dynamic content to be delivered more efficiently for linear TV, mobile, online and OTT/VOD. Pixel Power has consistently developed its portfolio of software based IP solutions that are virtualizable for the private or public cloud. It also offers new OPEX business models as part of the broadcast technology transformation. With this acquisition, Rohde & Schwarz is executing its plan to expand its broadcast playout offering and taking ownership of a company with significant technological leadership. The subsidiary has been renamed “Pixel Power Ltd. – A Rohde & Schwarz Company”.

The highly efficient transmitter family’s success story continues

The R&S THV9evo VHF transmitter is writing the next chapter in the success story of the company’s high-power transmitter family for DTV and DAB. Rohde & Schwarz can draw on years of experience in Doherty technology. The water-cooled R&S THV9evo combines energy efficiency of up to 50 percent, operating comfort and investment protection, enabling network operators to further reduce their operating costs. For the new ATSC 3.0 transmission standard, the innovative solution from Rohde & Schwarz is now also available in VHF band III. Integrated signal analysis gives the operator immediate feedback on signal quality without the need for additional measuring equipment. Intelligent efficiency optimization maximizes operator’s energy cost savings even when parameters such as output power and frequency change. The R&S THV9evo is a future-proof solution that helps network operators solve their ongoing challenge of reducing operating costs.

Rohde & Schwarz announces commercial availability of new R&S SpycerNode media storage system

Following a successful technology showcase and system launch at IBC 2018, Rohde & Schwarz has announced the commercial availability of its new media storage system called R&S SpycerNode. The company reports that the system offers a new and radically different approach to the broadest range of broadcast & media storage requirements.

R&S SpycerNode represents the first in a new breed of storage systems that harness the latest advances in High Performance Computing (HPC), a term that refers to the system’s performance, scalability and redundancy. HPC is a combination of hardware, file system and RAID approach. HPC employs redundancy using software “RAID” technologies called erasure coding in combination with declustering to increase overall performance and reduce rebuild times. Also, system scalability is almost infinite and expansion is possible during operation.

At its debut at IBC this September, R&S SpycerNode caught the eye of many media storage experts. One of these is Rohde & Schwarz UK reseller, Jigsaw24, which helps promote the latest technology in the creative industries and driving IT in enterprise and education.

“Rohde & Schwarz already has a strong presence in high-performance storage and R&S SpycerNode will strengthen and increase its presence,” comments Rupert Watson, Sales director, Production and Post Production at Jigsaw24. “The most compelling aspect of R&S SpycerNode is its building-block characteristics. It provides the ability to build a single global name space with different speeds of storage node.”

“Due to the flexibility of the product line we will be offering R&S SpycerNode to all our high-performance video editing customers,” Watson confirmed.

In developing R&S SpycerNode, Rohde & Schwarz engineers have looked at many of the key issues that impact on media storage systems within high-performance video editing environments from annoying maintenance requirements – such as defraging – to much more serious system failures including dying disk drives, which can have catastrophic consequences to a project that is being worked on.

R&S SpycerNode features Rohde & Schwarz’s device manager web application which makes it much easier to set up and use Rohde & Schwarz solutions in an integrated fashion. Device manager helps to reduce setup times and simplifies maintenance and service due to its intuitive web-based UI operated through a single client.

A critical requirement of any high-performance video storage system is proven data security. In developing R&S SpycerNode, Rohde & Schwarz has introduced data protection systems based on erasure coding and declustering. Erasure coding means that a data block is always written including parity.

Declustering is a part of the data protection approach of HPC setups (formerly known as RAID). It is software based and in comparison to a traditional RAID setup the spare disk is spread over all other disks and is not a dedicated disk. This will decrease rebuild times and reduce performance impact. Also, there are no limitations with the RAID controller, which results in much higher IOPS (Input/Output operations per second). Importantly, there is no impact on system performance over time due to declustering.

R&S SpycerNode comes in multiple 2U and 5U chassis designs, which are available with NL-SAS HDD and SAS SSDs in different capacities. An additional 2u24 chassis design is a pure flash system. There are main processor units and JBOD units. A main unit is always redundant, equipped with two appliance controllers (AP). Each AP features two 100 Gbit interfaces resulting in four 100 Gbit interfaces per main unit.

The combination of different chassis systems makes R&S SpycerNode applicable to a very broad range of applications. The 2u system represents a compact, lightweight unit that is ideal for application within mobile productions as well as offering a very dense, high speed storage device for on-premise applications. A larger 5u system offers sophisticated large-scale storage facilities on-premise within broadcast production centres and Post facilities.

Rohde & Schwarz acquires Pixel Power

Pixel Power offers innovative graphics, master control and integrated playout systems for broadcasters and playout facilities. These systems enable dynamic content to be delivered more efficiently for linear TV, mobile, online and OTT/VOD. Pixel Power has consistently developed its portfolio of software based IP solutions that are virtualisable for the private or public cloud, whilst offering new OPEX business models as part of the broadcast technology transformation. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, UK and has been developing and deploying broadcast solutions for 31 years. With this acquisition Rohde & Schwarz further expands its portfolio to complement existing product lines.

Cornelius Heinemann, head of Transmitter and Amplifier Systems, File Based Media Solutions, explains: “With the acquisition of Pixel Power we are significantly expanding our Broadcast & Media portfolio with new and exciting solutions. Together we can combine the software defined technologies and virtualised environments to offer customers the very real benefits that they provide in broadcast playout and VOD markets. ”

James Gilbert, co-founder and CEO of Pixel Power, adds, “Our virtualisable integrated playout technology is making a major contribution to Rohde & Schwarz reaching its ambitious goals for cloud-based solutions. Our modern license and payment model also contributes to this. In return, the Rohde & Schwarz size, stability, structures and competencies offer optimal opportunities for the further development of our products and the expansion of our worldwide sales. We believe this combination will benefit our customers enormously.”

For Pixel Power customers, the acquisition represents an investment by an established and highly stable technology group – in such a dynamic market a crucial foundation for long-term partnerships with an additional focus on the safety of customers’ investments. The ongoing support of existing customers and commercial partners is an important prerequisite for both companies.

CEO James Gilbert and CTO Nick Wright will remain with the company in their current positions and continue to develop Pixel Power.

Rohde & Schwarz remains on course for growth

In the 2017/2018 fiscal year (July to June), Rohde & Schwarz surpassed the two billion euro mark for revenue for the first time. At EUR 2.04 billion, revenue was 6.7 per cent higher than in the previous year, while incoming orders rose by 7.4 per cent to EUR 2.21 billion. The number of employees worldwide climbed from around 10,500 to 11,500 by 30 June 2018. The company’s decision to focus on key, high-growth markets of the future with its four strategic pillars – test and measurement; broadcast and media; aerospace defense security and; networks and cybersecurity – is paying off.

Ready for 5G and IoT

By providing test and measurement solutions for mobile and wireless applications, Rohde & Schwarz is playing an active role in the advancement of future technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) and the fifth generation of mobile communications (5G). The group offers a market-leading portfolio of mobile communications solutions and the currently widest range of test and measurement solutions for 5G, including 5G signal generators and analyzers covering the newly specified millimeterwave bands, unique over-the-air measurement solutions and a production tester for series production of 5G modules.

The 5G system is also one of the technical prerequisites for autonomous vehicles. This has led to a very pleasing trend in the automotive market that benefits Rohde & Schwarz. The automotive industry’s substantial R&D expenditures for driver assistance systems and autonomous driving translate into rising demand for test and measurement solutions. The group already offers a broad portfolio of solutions in this area, including test solutions for V2X, radar, eCall, connectivity and automotive buses.

Security backed by state-of-the-art technology

In the aerospace | defense | security business field, the major development efforts in recent years have borne fruit in all areas. Rohde & Schwarz body scanners now define the market standard for passenger screening at many German and international airports, a development that is reflected in the growing number of airports using them.

The R&S Ardronis drone detection and monitoring solution for commercial drones has also established itself on the market. These drones can pose a security risk to air traffic and other areas in need of protection. R&S Ardronis is part of the Guardion drone defense system, a cooperation between ESG, Rohde & Schwarz and Diehl Defence. Guardion was live in action at the G20 summit in July 2017 and at the International Aviation Exhibition (ILA) in April 2018.

Armed forces all over the world are preparing for the comprehensive digitisation of their communications equipment. With its technologically leading communications solutions for land, sea and airborne operations, Rohde & Schwarz is well positioned to meet this challenge. At the ILA, the company showcased the R&S SDAR, the most advanced airborne radio on the market. The order received last year from the German Federal Ministry of Defense to equip 50 command vehicles with the joint radio system of the German armed forces (SVFuA) further bolstered the position of Rohde & Schwarz in the field of tactical communications, and not only in the domestic market. The innovative software defined radio is an important component in the D-LBO project, a major initiative to digitise the land based operations of the German armed forces in the next few years.

Digitisation is also progressing rapidly in air traffic control. Rohde & Schwarz showed foresight in developing IP-based communications systems early on, as was confirmed by major project success stories written on several continents in the past fiscal year. At the end of 2017, the National Air Traffic Control Service (NATS) in the UK selected Rohde & Schwarz as ‘Supplier of the Year 2017.’

Rohde & Schwarz establishes new Networks and Cybersecurity division

At the beginning of the new fiscal year, Rohde & Schwarz increased its stake in LANCOM Systems GmbH, the leading German manufacturer of network solutions for business customers and the public sector, to 100 per cent. Together, the company and Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH form the new Networks and Cybersecurity division. Founder Ralf Koenzen will continue to manage LANCOM and also head the new division. This acquisition brings the group a big step closer to its goal of positioning itself as a leading European provider of secure network solutions for business customers and the public sector.

Innovator for a rapidly changing media Industry

Amid the digital transformation and the shift towards online content, movie and TV post production studios face the challenge of replacing their traditional tape based workflows with file based solutions. This means replacing almost all of their equipment. This trend is intensified by a constant increase in the number of media formats and distribution channels, which require flexible software and cloud based solutions like those offered by Rohde & Schwarz.

The internet is playing an ever-increasing role in content distribution, but terrestrial radio is holding its ground. Outdated broadcasting infrastructures are continuously being upgraded and replaced by state-of-the-art digital transmitters. Several major projects in Europe and overseas have enabled Rohde & Schwarz to further solidify its position as a leading transmitter manufacturer. In South Korea, for example, a nationwide network of UHD-capable ATSC 3.0 Rohde & Schwarz transmitters was put into operation for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Tackling the issues of the future

Rohde & Schwarz has aligned all of its business fields to meet future challenges. By focusing on the high-growth market segments of communications, information and security, its leading-edge product portfolio and its strong business performance, the company is looking ahead to the coming years with confidence.

Rohde & Schwarz to participate in the IP Showcase

The IP Showcase has been a feature at major industry trade shows since IBC2016 and has been instrumental in helping the industry to galvanise behind the standards-based approach to IP. The event is hosted by major technical and standards organisations within the broadcast industry — Audio Engineering Society (AES), Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), and Video Services Forum (VSF).

Industry-leading vendors and broadcasters will gather at the IP Showcase at IBC2018 to provide instructional and case-study presentations and an array of IP-based product demonstrations highlighting the benefits of, and momentum behind, the broadcast industry’s move to standards-based IP infrastructure for real-time professional media applications. The IP Showcase will feature equipment displays and product demonstrations that emphasize everything industry vendors have achieved in support of IP standards and specifications. Meanwhile, the IP Showcase Theatre will be the destination for educational presentations, a vital element as the industry progresses through the phases of IP adoption.

“Using a variety of IP setups, visitors can check whether their expectations match reality with regard to switching to IP. With our technology and know-how, we are contributing to the acceptance of new technologies and will demonstrate our IP expertise,” said Markus Lautenbacher, Product Management Monitoring Rohde & Schwarz.

“The transition to IP is underway, and the progress we’ve made toward standardising IP infrastructure and operations in the media industry has only happened because so many organisations have come together and devoted time and effort to the cause,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS board chair. “The IP Showcase is a physical manifestation of that progress, and we’re thrilled to see all the companies that have embraced IP technology and chosen to put their efforts on show for IBC visitors to experience.”

The IP Showcase will take place in rooms E106 and E107 at the RAI Amsterdam during IBC2018, 14 to 18 September

Rohde & Schwarz facilitates Australian DVB-T2 trials

In cooperation with Free TV, ABC and SBS, Broadcast Australia recently conducted trials of next generation broadcast technology in the Sydney area. The trial assessed the performance of next generation DVB-T2 technologies in Australia. German manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz supplied transmitters, retransmitters and test equipment for the testing phase, including an R&S TLU9 50 W transmitter, an R&S ETL TV analyser and an R&S BTC broadcast test centre.

The trial successfully assessed the performance of next generation DVB-T2 technologies in Australia. Every effort was made to ensure that the trial did not impact existing television services. DVB-T2 is being considered as a technology to replace the current DVB-T standard for television delivery in the medium term. When combined with new compression technologies, DVB-T2 will have the potential to allow 4K TV reception, which provides four times the picture quality of the current high definition standard.

DVB-T2 is essential for the distribution of broadcast content, especially for a country such as Australia, which is densely populated only on its coastline and has vast sparsely inhabited inland areas. “Terrestrial free-to-air television delivers its service to 99 per cent of the population, and over 20 million Australians tune in every week,” remarks Peter Lambourne, CEO of Broadcast Australia. “This trial has been an important part of ensuring that when the time is right, the terrestrial television platform will be ready for the next stage of its evolution and can deliver the best possible viewing experience.”

Rohde & Schwarz increases its commitment to cybersecurity and network security

Rohde & Schwarz has held a majority interest in LANCOM since November 2016. To consolidate the growth strategy of both companies, the Munich-based technology group is now increasing its interest in Germany’s leading manufacturer of network infrastructure solutions for business and the public sector to 100 per cent. LANCOM Systems will operate as an independent subsidiary within the group.

LANCOM founder Ralf Koenzen and co-managing director Stefan Herrlich will continue to run LANCOM’s business and assume additional responsibilities within the group. Ralf Koenzen will head the newly founded Networks & Cybersecurity Division at Rohde & Schwarz, which will also integrate Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity. Stefan Herrlich will become a member of the supervisory board of Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH. Rohde & Schwarz has been active in the field of IT security for over 20 years and since 2016 has been putting together a diverse and innovative portfolio for information and network security in this subsidiary.

“The increased commitment of Rohde & Schwarz opens up further outstanding growth opportunities for LANCOM. We will use joint innovations to open up new markets and press ahead with the internationalisation of our business,” explains LANCOM founder and managing director Ralf Koenzen. “We are pleased to enter this long-term commitment with LANCOM with its great track record of success,” says Bosco Novak, member of Rohde & Schwarz corporate management and supervisory board member of Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity GmbH. “In just a very short time, the partnership has resulted in highly exciting developments that we will benefit from even more in the future. In the age of Industry 4.0, we are also leading the way in securing networked infrastructures.”

The protection of digital communications and data plays an increasingly important role in times of global networking. Risks for companies, government authorities and critical infrastructures are rising dramatically. Accordingly, Rohde & Schwarz is increasingly committed to this future market as a trustworthy European supplier.

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