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Telos Alliance Virtualizes Popular Telos VX® VoIP System for TV

Telos Alliance announces the launch of Telos VXs Virtual VoIP System.

Powerful and adaptable Voice over IP system for live TV production now delivers all the benefits of virtualization plus Telos high-performance IP audio, monitoring, and control.

Cleveland, Ohio (March 12, 2021) –Telos Alliance®—trusted global leader in broadcast audio and pioneer in digital signal processing for telephony for more than three decades—announced today the launch of Telos VXs Virtual VoIP System.

Telos Alliance first introduced broadcasters to the benefits of VoIP a decade ago, replacing racks of phone couplers, contribution hybrids, and engineering coordination lines with a single hardware VoIP Engine. Now, Telos VXs is here to help broadcasters reap the benefits of true virtualization as they adapt to changing broadcast workflows, all while making it easier for remote teams to tap into production and engineering partylines.

Production facility design is evolving, moving away from dedicated hardware connected to centralized router frames to flexible SMPTE 2110 media networks with software-based workflows. VXs software can be deployed on shared servers in the centralized data center or in cloud instances. These deployment options enable the benefits of true virtualization, such as easier facility-wide upgrades, automated deployment, and more, without site visits. Broadcasters can scale VXs in size from a single contribution audio line to a facility-wide IFB/Coordination system, to a multi-facility solution. VXs meets the exact needs and budget of the facility now, with the ability to upgrade at any time with no penalty.

For decades, phone-based IFB and coordination channels have been neglected in video production facilities. Instead of treating these critical communication paths as invisible background connections, VXs allows these assets to be brought to the forefront for detailed monitoring and control via customizable Axia® Pathfinder™ Core PRO HTML-5 user panels for applications such as OB Truck to HQ Comms.

Standards-Based for Easy Connectivity

Support for SMPTE-2110, AES67, and Livewire® environments brings a new level of compatibility and flexibility to VoIP, allowing for simultaneous integration with intercom systems, audio consoles, and other production systems over existing multicast media networks. Support for SAP advertisement means VX smoothly integrates alongside AES67-enabled Dante® devices, as well.

When combined with the Telos Infinity® IP Intercom system, the drag-and-drop Infinity Dashboard interface allows remote IFBs and engineering coordination lines to be centrally configured, added to partylines and groups, and assigned to Infinity IP Intercom panels quickly.

For those without an IP media infrastructure, Telos Alliance AoIP Audio Nodes provide high-density AES3, SDI, and analog I/O to integrate with any console or intercom system now, while providing an upgrade path to direct AoIP connectivity as the broadcaster’s facility evolves in the future.

HTML-5 Control

When combined with Axia Pathfinder Core PRO Broadcast Controller, broadcasters can create touchscreen-friendly custom HTML-5 panels to monitor and control every aspect of the VX system from any web browser. Communications managers and producers can use panels to manage all the IFB, contribution, and tech coordination lines in the facility. Gone are the days of reporters calling in to the wrong IFB and missing their live shot. With an HTML-5 control panel, producers can see the status and caller ID of each IFB line and even have the ability to call the reporter directly.

High-Performance Audio

Every call gets fifth-generation audio processing, packed full of technology engineered to extract the cleanest, clearest caller audio from any phone line—even noisy cellular calls. VXs makes TV talents’ in-ear and comms feeds more intelligible as well. It includes Smart AGC coupled with Telos’ three-band adaptive Digital Dynamic EQ, a three-band adaptive spectral processor, noise gating, and Acoustic Echo Cancellation. HD voice calls will benefit from VX’s native support of the G.722 codec, instantly improving speech quality.

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