NETIA today announced that national broadcaster Qatar Radio has taken all five of its main channels live on the Radio-Assist(TM) 8.1 digital audio software suite. The NETIA software, which Qatar Radio also uses as a robust disaster recovery solution, replaces an existing radio automation product and gives the broadcaster a more extensive and unified solution that addresses the entire production workflow.
"If I were to define the three key characteristics of Radio-Assist, I would say that it is an efficient, reliable, and stable solution," said Mohammad Al Mohtaseb, system engineer at Qatar Radio. His Qatar Radio colleague Mohammed Qaddoumi, system engineer for audio broadcasting, also underscores the system's efficiency and adds that the software's Air-DDO broadcast tool has proved particularly valuable. The technical team at Qatar Radio selected Radio-Assist after performing site visits and extensive testing and evaluation of the software.
Systems integrator Media Group International coordinated Qatar Radio's full migration to Radio-Assist 8.1, overseeing the copying and conversion of all media, along with associated metadata, into the NETIA software system without interrupting operations and without losing any of the broadcaster's 275,000 elements and assets. With this shift, Qatar Radio has been able to bring all radio production and broadcast functions onto a single platform. The Radio-Assist 8.1 software supports coordination, scheduling, and live broadcasting, as well as an archive of more than 300,000 hours of programming.
Today, Radio-Assist 8.1 is installed on 34 workstations across two sites -- Qatar Radio's main broadcast facilities and a disaster recovery site -- and used by 80 staff members on a daily basis. The software supports one principal channel broadcast in Arabic, another dedicated to Quran (religious/Muslim programs), one channel in French (Oryx FM, with partner RFI), one channel in English, and a channel broadcast in Urdu. The transition of these channels onto Radio-Assist was achieved progressively over the course of a year. Early in the project, NETIA provided training for both administrators and users.
More information about the Radio-Assist 8.1 software suite and other NETIA solutions is available at www.netia.com