Telos Alliance new RAVENNA Partner.
Telos Alliance joins RAVENNA Community - a quantum leap for the broadcast industry
In a common press conference on
Sunday, April 15, just before the NAB Show opened, ALC NetworX and The
Telos Alliance announced a new partnership to boost the RAVENNA IP-based media networking technology to
new horizons. Combining Telos’ long-standing experience – more than
25,000 Axia Livewire™ devices in over 3000 installations – with the
advantages of RAVENNA’s open technology approach based on latest
industry standards, advances RAVENNA to the forefront of IP-based
Professional Broadcast applications.
The Telos Alliance’s Axia
Audio division, developers of Livewire, and ALC NetworX, the RAVENNA
developers, have worked together closely to establish interoperability
between Livewire and RAVENNA. Axia’s new xNode IP-Audio Interfaces
support all fundamental operation principles of RAVENNA, and thus they
are capable of interacting with RAVENNA-enabled devices. Specifically,
IEEE 1588-2008 has been chosen as the primary synchronization standard
for the new xNodes, allowing fully synchronized stream operation as
defined within RAVENNA.
By implementing the newly defined
RAVENNA Interoperability Profile, RAVENNA nodes can interchange streams
with Livewire legacy nodes, based on their current capabilities. As a
result, new RAVENNA-enabled products can be added to a large number of
existing Livewire installations. These installations can continue to
operate in Livewire legacy mode, but also connect with fully operational
RAVENNA islands with selected stream interchange between legacy
Livewire and RAVENNA nodes. This offers a smooth migration path from
existing legacy Livewire installations to full-blown RAVENNA setups.
Michael “Catfish” Dosch,President of Axia Audio:
“Ever since we launched Livewire in 2003 as the first IP audio protocol
for broadcasting, we’ve been dreaming of the day when every piece of
broadcast equipment is connected to the network. After all, a network
that connects only to itself is not very useful! With 34 Livewire
partners and 14 RAVENNA partners already onboard, broadcasters will
benefit immediately from a dramatically expanded universe of nearly 70
networked pro audio products that can work together. And even more
partners and products will become available over time
nearly a year of Axia and RAVENNA developers working together, the
broadcast world is now one giant step closer to that networked vision
Philipp Lawo, CEO of ALC NetworX: "With
its Livewire system being introduced in 2004, Axia has proven the
capability of an IP-based solution to fulfill the demanding requirements
of real-time media distribution within radio broadcasting facilities.
With its introduction in 2010, RAVENNA could leverage the latest
technology and IT standards achievements to significantly increase the
capabilities and performance of an IP-based media distribution
technology, providing for stretching its application to even more
demanding use cases in the field of Professional Broadcasting. Combining
Axia's experience with the latest breed of technology from RAVENNA will
result in a solution that will serve the highest demands of a wide
range of today's and tomorrow's broadcasting applications."
About The Telos Alliance
The Telos Alliance is a global leader in the
research, development, and manufacturing of IP-Audio, telephony, and
high-performance audio processing equipment for broadcasters. Telos,
Omnia, Axia, and Linear Acoustic are Telos Alliance companies. The Telos
Alliance is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio USA, with additional US
offices, plus sales, research and manufacturing offices in Germany,
Latvia, Ukraine and China.
Livewire is the broadcast IP-Audio networking
protocol developed by Axia Audio. Livewire utilizes Ethernet to provide
an easy way to route and share audio and logic throughout the broadcast
plant. More than 3,000 radio studios are equipped with Axia AoIP
networks, and over 25,000 Livewire-equipped devices are in daily service
RAVENNA is a technology for real-time distribution
of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments.
Utilizing standardized network protocols and technologies, RAVENNA can
operate on existing network infrastructures. RAVENNA is designed to meet
the strict requirements of the pro audio market featuring low latency,
full signal transparency and high reliability. Unlike most other
existing networking solutions, RAVENNA will be an open technology
standard without a proprietary licensing policy.