RTS Intercoms officially unveiled the ODIN OMNEO digital matrix to MENA broadcast professionals at a launch event held in Dubai.
RTS Intercoms officially unveiled the ODIN OMNEO digital matrix to MENA broadcast professionals at a launch event held at Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai Media City on May 8.
Also view: Shawn Anderson, Head of Product Management for RTS Intercoms explains the features of ODIN.
Prior to a detailed product demonstration, Hassan Ghoul Director of MENA region for IABM gave industry professionals an overview of the developments around IP. He outlined the reasons why broadcasters upgrade to new technologies including efficiency, cost-effectiveness, total cost of ownership and interoperability. He also underscored the importance of standards for audio over IP, namely AES 67 and AES 70, easing the route to IP-based workflows.
The presentation was followed by a detailed demonstration of the ODIN OMNEO digital matrix by Shawn Anderson, Head of Product Management for RTS Intercoms.
Launched officially at the 2018 NAB show, the ODIN OMNEO digital matrix is part of RTS development of its IP-based intercom product line. The single rack unit is reportedly capable of working with RTS other recent IP introductions, including the ROAMEO wireless system and KP-Series panels, as well as existing analogue key panels.
Anderson explained that the ODIN can be built up from an initial 16-ports to 128-ports. Underlying the interoperability of the product, he added that by using an optical Inter-Frame Link connection, eight ODIN units can produce up to 1024 ports. Among the features highlighted was the capacity of the ODIN to save up to four pre-configured settings which he believed would aid rental companies. ODIN, he said is designed to integrate into large-scale intercom operations while also providing a path for system expansion for users who want to upgrade existing RTS systems.
While the product is relevant in several verticals, Anderson stated that in the broadcast market ODIN is aimed at both OB trucks and TV studio control rooms where space is at a premium and budgets are typically tight. Highlighting the icon-driven interface, Anderson said that the product was developed based on feedback from the field.
In a followup presentation Sanjay Kumar, Sales Manager, RTS Intercoms MEA revealed that the 16-port ODIN retails for approximately USD 8260. Speaking earlier to BroadcastPro ME about the launch event, he had said: Our aim is to familiarise the industry with the ODIN while also showing them how to leverage our new IP technology to future proof their studios.”
As well as featuring Dante, ODIN is compatible with both the AES67 and AES70 open control architecture standards. Operation, set-up and configuration of ODIN is carried out through a colour graphical interface. RTS has updated the AZedit and IPedit software programmes to run more advanced configuring functions.
Josef Penker, Sales Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa for RTS stated that the product has received an overwhelming response “with pre-orders filling up fast”. Anderson added that the new product will have full redundancy built in as an upgrade in 18 to 20 months.
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