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GatesAir Strengthens Control, Monitoring and Security for TV Transmission Systems at 2018 NAB Show

New IP-based platforms evolve to cover control and monitoring across entire RF operation, with new Intraplex® solution to enhance security and data management
Cincinnati, OH, March 27, 2018

With the industry’s most modern transmission product line and market-leading share of repack projects, GatesAir is now taking the lead in helping broadcast engineers remotely manage and secure mission-critical RF and IP systems to support next-generation media delivery networks. At the 2018 NAB Show (April 9-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth N3703), GatesAir will emphasize the future of control and monitoring in a wireless transmission system, and demonstrate a unique new intelligent networking solution to secure data backhaul over IP networks.

In addition to unveiling new HTML5-based graphical user interfaces for its Maxiva™ UHF (ULXTE, UAXTE) and VHF (VAXTE) transmitters, GatesAir will demonstrate the following three solutions for RF systems management:

“GatesAir has prepared broadcasters for repack and ATSC 3.0 by revamping our entire Maxiva UHF and VHF transmitter range over the past three years, and introduced a fully software-defined exciter with native IP inputs to flexibly support all global modulations and in-field digital transitions,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “With more than 1,500,000 watts of GatesAir repack installations up and running and many more on the way, now is the time to help our customers protect their investments, and better understand how their RF systems are performing. These advanced solutions will help our customers operate more efficiently in today’s ATSC 1.0 environment, and prepare them for new control, monitoring and security requirements within an IP-native ATSC 3.0 infrastructure. Furthermore, our global customers operating large digital TV and/or single-frequency networks now have an enhanced toolset to more effectively manage these challenging tasks.”

Network Security and Data Management

New innovations for NAB address reliability and security concerns that come with a transition to native IP content delivery – a core element of the ATSC 3.0 standard. GatesAir will unveil a new HTML5-based graphical user interfaces for Maxiva transmitters, at once offering a more intuitive transmitter monitoring platform and rock-solid security from outside intrusions. Additionally, GatesAir will demonstrate how its new Intraplex IPConnect solution can establish reliable and secure network connections to the control elements of TV transmitters and exciters, allowing broadcasters to securely transport Web, SNMP and other remote control traffic.

The fully redundant solution replaces generic network appliances at the studio and transmitter site with robust, reliable Intraplex IPConnect devices that ensure high service availability and SNMP compatibility. The demonstration will also show how broadcasters and network operators can reliably and securely extend local area networks to accommodate secure backhaul of performance data across wide-area, single-frequency networks for ATSC 3.0 and global DTV standards.

“The IPConnect demonstration correlates with the advanced transmitter security features introduced through our new HTML5 user interfaces, which prevents outside intrusions far more effectively than older programs still common in most transmitter designs,” said Redmond. “Together, these advances ensure our customers are protected as they progress through repack and toward ATSC 3.0, while our HTML5-based GUIs will offer intuitive system navigation and a responsive interface for monitoring from tablets and smartphones.

IP-Based Monitoring and Facilities Management

In addition to enhanced security, GatesAir will additionally highlight how broadcasters can prepare for the control and monitoring challenges that come with a transition to ATSC 3.0. GatesAir will demonstrate its StreamAssure QoS and QoE solution, helping engineers oversee and troubleshoot overall transmitter and network performance in ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 environments; and broader IP-based facilities management through an ongoing partnership with Burk Technology featuring a single-cable connectivity solution to simplify transmitter installation. The company will demonstrate all control, monitoring and security platforms alongside its full Maxiva product range.

Powered by Qligent, StreamAssure delivers monitoring and compliance data from multiple points and layers to a single dashboard, helping engineers oversee and troubleshoot overall transmitter and network performance. At NAB, GatesAir will unveil new compliance monitoring and recording features in StreamAssure at a fraction of the cost of competitive systems, with scalability to support OTT streams originated by local broadcasters.

“Our latest StreamAssure enhancements will help broadcasters ensure compliance with changing broadcast rules and regulations in this era of multi-platform delivery, as well as service level agreements across ATSC 3.0 and other next-generation TV networks,” said Redmond. “Additionally, using Burk’s ARC Plus Touch IP solution and SNMP Plus option, our customers can monitor equipment, control functions and log performance data over a single network cable instead of using parallel hard-wired connections and remote controls. This will significantly raise operational efficiency in large installations and single-frequency network ATSC 3.0 architectures, where broadcasters are monitoring multiple transmitters and RF sites from a central studio.”

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc., a portfolio company of The Gores Group, provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content.  With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership with all products designed and assembled in the USA. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gatesair, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

About The Gores Group

The Gores Group, founded in 1987 by Alec Gores, is a global investment firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm's operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. Over its 30-year history, The Gores Group has become a leading investor having demonstrated a reliable track record of creating value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Gores Group maintains offices in Boulder, CO, and London. For more information, please visit http://www.gores.com.

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