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Harris Corporation Introduces New Software Interface for Intraplex Broadcast Audio Transport Systems


Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, today introduced a new software interface for its Intraplex® NetXpress™ audio over IP platform at the IBC Convention. IBC also marks the international debut of the Intraplex® Synchrocast3™ for IP networks, a third-generation simulcasting product for radio broadcasters with overlapping transmitters that is currently shipping. Harris is located at Stand #7.621 at the RAI Convention Center during the event, being held September 7-11.

Harris announced the new CCS Navigator™ control software for NetXpress™, a Windows®-based software application that provides graphical tools to create easy-to-use graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that visually represent operational environments. Intraplex® NetXpress™, the industry’s first managed platform for the transport of audio over IP, is an advanced transport solution for radio broadcasters that send multiple services, including audio, data and PBX telephone communications, between studios or to the transmitter site over a single IP connection.

The Harris CCS Navigator control software is also available for Harris® Intraplex® legacy E1 transport systems. The software connects to Intraplex legacy E1 and NetXpress™ IP systems via SNMP when operated over a basic PC desktop. At IBC, Harris will demonstrate the integration of CCS Navigator control software with both Intraplex® platforms.

“The Harris CCS Navigator software for Intraplex® systems consolidates and eases network-wide status monitoring and control by representing broadcast systems with familiar and intuitive interfaces,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications. “This gives radio broadcasters a far more manageable system to monitor and configure their entire audio contribution and distribution networks from both the hardware and software perspective, using a single, easy-to-navigate interface.”

CCS Navigator provides a gallery of buttons, symbols and images to create customized display pages. Each page represents an interface to a specific network environment. Users can import other image files to supplement that gallery, such as corporate logos and system block diagrams.

Harris will also display Intraplex® SynchroCast3™ at the stand. Introduced at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in April, SynchroCast3™ allows broadcasters to create single frequency networks (SFNs) over IP links when used with NetXpress™. The broadcaster gains all of the IP-related benefits of higher bandwidth and a less expensive network, while using a scalable platform to expand its listener base.

SynchroCast3™ over IP utilizes the same, proven architecture of legacy Intraplex® SynchroCast™ systems for E1 networks and adds the precision of digital GPS timing to increase coverage areas and reduce interference throughout a transmitter network — especially in geographical regions with difficult terrains.

Intraplex® systems combine digital program audio with telephone and data traffic for studio-to-studio or studio-to-transmitter links, while delivering the best-quality on-air sound available today. Legacy Intraplex® customers can operate over E1 or IP networks simultaneously for a gradual transition to IP.

The Intraplex® products are part of the media transport and transmission offerings in the Harris Broadcast Communications ONE initiative to deliver interoperable workflow solutions that span the entire broadcast delivery chain. The unique Harris approach brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that are ideal for emerging media business models and for customers upgrading media operations to digital and high-definition services.

See Harris Broadcast Communications at IBC2007 Stand No. 7.621.


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