Mason, OH (May 4, 2004)–Kiss FM 92.9, Greece’s first Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radio station, has chosen Harris Corporation Broadcast Communications Division to help transmit information to the visitors of the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Harris is providing a complete audio head-end for DAB transmission for up to 20 audio channels comprising 20 D-ACE DAB encoders, a D-EMUX ensemble multiplexer and the PC software for controlling the entire system.
“For such a prestigious event, we were very thorough in our assessment of equipment. We chose Harris as we have used its solutions before and found them to be very reliable and effective,” said Panagiotis Kostakis, chairman and CEO at Kiss FM 92.9. “For this installation we have been impressed with the speed of delivery. We received the equipment within two weeks and our staff was given the necessary training the week after.”
Kiss FM 92.9 will transmit programs in 20 different languages, including Greek, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Japanese and Chinese.
Harris’ D-ACE is a high-end audio encoder and data inserter dedicated to DAB applications. In addition to a recognized high-quality MPEG encoding, it offers the additional features that are required by DAB, such as advanced audio-related data insertion, support of seamless dynamic reconfiguration, and a wide range of output interfaces. D-EMUX is a DAB ETS 300 401 Ensemble multiplexer, able to multiplex audio, data and service information into an ETS 300 799 compliant stream.
The Harris equipment was sold through its local distributor, Anthony Spyropoulos, Electronic Applications and the project is being developed by the Olympic City of Amaroussion in Athens.