Cambridge, UK (September 14, 2007)–Communications company Cable & Wireless has purchased five dScope Series III audio test, measurement and analysis systems from precision test equipment manufacturer Prism Sound. The systems were sold to Cable & Wireless for testing the equipment and infrastructure the company is supplying to support the BBC’s local and core analog and AES3-based digital radio networks.
Since BBC Technology, the broadcast network arm of the BBC, was sold to engineering and communications giant Siemens in 2004, Cable & Wireless has been supplying broadcast network infrastructure to Siemens for the BBC’s audio and video networks.
“In many areas, we’re maintaining uncompressed digital audio networks operating using Glensound hardware and using ATM as a transport,” comments Nick Jupp of Cable & Wireless, “and, in some areas, we’re replacing older BT Musicline 2000 services with systems based around APT-X compression.” With DAB on target to reach 40 percent of homes in the UK by 2009, it’s more important than ever to maintain and improve the digital radio infrastructure, while continuing to maintain the existing analogue network.
“We certainly needed something in place to test all of this infrastructure,” continues Jupp, “and the dScope Series III proved to be the right solution for us and our customer. We needed it to be usable by a wide range of our engineers, not all of whom have to know the full detail of the tests being carried out, but we had to be able to rely on it to rigorously test whatever we put in front of it and pass or fail the system for use. The dScope was ideal because it’s a configurable system, and whole test routines can be scripted to run at the touch of a button.”
He concludes, “We originally had the dScope system on loan, but it eventually became clear that we needed to have several. We’ll be starting with one unit, and then ordering four more.”