A Perfect Team: Riedel's VoIP Matrix Client Card And Panel Interface Provide Intercom-over-IP

Las Vegas, USA, (PresseBox) - Riedel Communications, manufacturer of the most advanced fiber-based intercom systems, will showcase its new, integrated Intercom-over-IP solution for the Artist Digital Matrix Intercom platform at NAB'08. It provides seamless intercom interfacing to IP based networks and allows matrix-to-matrix connections, matrix-to-control panel connections as well as the distribution of audio lines over IP.

The new VOIP-108 G2 card converts eight Artist matrix ports into a compressed IP-stream and vice versa. In order to always ensure excellent audio quality, a user can choose between a high-quality mode with an audio bandwidth of 6 kHz resulting in a data rate of less than 80 kBit/s (incl. panel data), and a low-traffic mode with 4 kHz audio bandwith and a data rate of less than 40 kBit/s per channel (incl. panel data). The VOIP-108 G2 client card communicates either with a VOIP-108 G2 client card in another Artist system, e.g. for trunking, or with Riedel's new Connect IPx8 panel interface.

The Connect IPx8 is a 19"/1RU unit which converts eight intercom ports into IP data and vice versa. The device is available in three versions, offering different interface options on the rear of the unit. The CAT5 and COAX versions are for connecting panels and other AES signals, while the AIO version is perfect for the connection of 4-wires and other analog sources. The Connect IPx8 can flawlessly connect up to eight standard Artist 1000, 2000 or 3000 series control panels with full functionality to an Artist matrix via an IP-network.

The VOIP-108 G2 client card and the Connect IPx8 panel interface can be configured directly in the Director configuration software or via any Internet browser. Internally both the card and the panel interface are run an embedded operating system. This architecture is a sound investment since the devices can be updated to codecs available in the future.

RIEDEL Communications GmbH & Co. KG

Riedel Communications - the largest supplier of communications equipment to the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing - designs, manufactures and distributes the most sophisticated intercom and radio technology for customers worldwide in the broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports and theatre industries. The products reflect today's leading-edge technologies that expand conventional concepts into tomorrow's applications. The Riedel group of companies also includes a European based large rental operation that provides radio, intercom services, event accreditation & ticketing systems as well as fiber-based and wireless audio & video transmission systems. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 170 people located within 8 locations in Europe, Australia, Asia and North America.

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