WorldCast Systems will showcase its new solution at IBC 2022.
Broadcast products supplier WorldCast Systems has announced a major evolution for its APT range. In line with the market’s transition to offer both hardware and virtualised solutions, the APT IP Codec is now available as a software solution – Virtual APT IP Codec.
With this launch, WorldCast takes a hardware solution for audio/MPXoIP programme transport, with thousands of users worldwide, and delivers it as flexible and scalable software. The Virtual APT IP Codec has been designed with the highest level of reliability for 24/7 operation and is fully compliant with a High Availability (HA) architecture. This shift to virtualisation is also strategic in reducing the amount of equipment to purchase, thereby offering important upfront and operational cost savings.
Using AES67, the Virtual APT IP Codec can be integrated into virtualised studios and, as a server-based solution, removes the need for hardware. Broadcasters can easily centralise and transport a large volume of programme signals, and have the flexibility to re-adjust their network size as needed. It also allows high-density encoding/decoding from a single server, without compromising on APT quality standards.
Fully compatible with its hardware sibling, the Virtual APT IP Codec supports APT technologies such as APTmpX, the algorithm for highest quality MPX compression, and SureStream, established technology for robust, low cost, and low latency transport over IP. It can also be combined with Kybio for end-to-end monitoring, control, and automation.
Speaking about the launch, Hartmut Foerster, APT Product Manager at WorldCast Systems, said: “Over 20 000 APT codecs are deployed worldwide and the range is continuously enhanced to meet the needs of modern broadcasters. This launch faithfully reflects the high APT-standards for reliability, latency, scalability, and feature-density; all at a competitive cost.”
Greg Mercier, Director of Product Marketing at WorldCast Systems, added: “The virtualisation of APT codecs is a great opportunity for radios to simplify and improve their programme delivery while reducing their costs. Combined with existing and upcoming WorldCast solutions, broadcasters will easily migrate from hardware to optimised all-IP and more software-based broadcasting chains.”