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Vista selects DAD from ENCO for nationwide automation rollout
Vista Radio Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Canadian ENCO dealer Pippin Technical for the supply and rollout of ENCO’s DAD (Digital Audio Delivery) automation playout software across its 40-plus radio stations in Canada. Vista Radio Ltd. has radio stations across BC, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Ontario and will begin conversion from various systems to one unified system from ENCO. This will result in the ability to share content very efficiently among radio stations.
“Our goal is to have the most sophisticated automation and distribution network in the country”, says Darren Fowler, Director of Engineering for Vista Radio.
“ENCO demonstrated a clear ability to take our unique needs into consideration.”
“Early on, the selection team at Vista recognized the value in partnering with a software company that’s willing to work together with them to create a solution custom-made for what they want to do. DAD works great out of the box and ENCO is committed to meeting Vista’s specific goals in control and content distribution and access”, adds Tyler Everitt, Sales Manager at Pippin Technical Service.
“We are honored that Vista Radio has chosen ENCO DAD. They have very innovative and forward-thinking demands for their automation system and DAD has the power and flexibility to meet those demands,” said Ken Frommert, General Manager for ENCO Systems. “We look forward to the opportunity to become part of Vista’s bright future.”
Vista Radio is a broadcaster operating in small to medium sized markets where being ‘uber-local’ is its primary focus. “Vista makes a promise to every community we call home; we will not simply be a part of the community… we will serve it. We recognize it’s critical to support our communities that support us. In doing so, we are making a difference across Canada every day.”
Pippin Technical is a full broadcast equipment supplier and systems integrator with a nationwide client base and is the exclusive Canadian dealer for ENCO.
ENCO, based in Southfield Michigan, is an award winning provider of automation software for the radio and television broadcast industry.
Studer (www.studer.ch), one of pro audio and broadcasting’s best-known
brands, is the latest technology company to adopt the Axia Livewire™ AoIP
standard. Livewire is the broadcast networking system which utilizes Ethernet
to provide an easy way to route and share audio and logic throughout the broadcast plant. Under the Livewire Limitless License (L3) introduced this year, Studer is licensed to build a Livewire interface into any or all of its products, allowing instant one-cable connection to Axia networks and products from more than 30 other Livewire hardware and software partners.
“We decided to adopt the Livewire standard from Axia following consultation with many customers onour new product strategy,” says Andy Trott, HARMAN’s Vice President and General Manager Mixers, Microphones and Headphones (Soundcraft, Studer and AKG). “Studer is embracing a very ‘open standards’ philosophy as we launch more and more broadcast systems and this is the first of many new
partnership initiatives that we will be announcing over the next 18 months to provide our customers with increasing flexibility.”
“Axia clients realize that the value of the network isn’t the network itself — it’s the variety of devices the network can connect to,” says Axia President Michael “Catfish” Dosch. “The addition of Studer products to the already-impressive list of broadcast equipment that connects to Livewire underscores just how strongly broadcasters value standards-based networking.”
The Livewire Limitless License entitles partners to build Livewire into an unlimited number of devices for a one-time license fee of just $500. As an L3 partner, Axia will supply Studer with Livewire interface designs, specifications, source code and development information, and an option to purchase the Livewire SIM, a compact pluggable 72-pin Single Inline Module which fits Dolby-E type slots, making it
easy to include native Livewire connectivity in nearly any audio gear.
Over 30 Axia partners, including companies such as Nautel, AudioScience, International Datacasting, 25-Seven Systems, and RCS Sound Software already offer broadcast hardware and software that connects directly with Livewire networks. More than 2,000 radio studios are equipped with Axia AoIP networks, and over 25,000 Livewire-equipped devices are in daily service.
To find out more about the Livewire Limitless License and becoming an Axia Partner, visit www.OpenAoIP.com, or contact Clark Novak by e-mail at cnovak@AxiaAudio.com or by telephone at