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NETIA's Radio Assist Used By Radio Sultanate Of Oman

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NETIA has announced that the Radio Sultanate of Oman is using the Radio-Assist suite of digital audio software programs at radio stations in Muscat and Salalah to provide operative automation and support of digitisation and preservation of the national archives.

Radio-Assist implementations, running both in English and Arabic, will provide digitisation of the broadcaster's audio archives, currently stored on a collection of 80,000 tapes.
Radio-Assist 8 is equipped with a range of tools for end-to-end multimedia workflows, and the Muscat and Salalah stations leverage the system to streamline ingest, production, music scheduling, playout and archiving.
Radio-Assist 8 extracts data from a legacy automation system and from newly created or digitised media to make stored media available to users. The NETIA system gives access to all audio content, which in turn can be accessed remotely for listening at a low bit rate and subsequently restored at full quality for repurposing and distribution or for broadcast.
"The robust capabilities of Radio-Assist not only facilitate more streamlined operations at our two broadcast stations, but also provide needed flexibility and reliability as we undertake archiving of treasured historical content," said Ahmed Al Balushi, director of radio studios at the Radio Sultanate of Oman. "The modular design of NETIA's software suite has allowed us to implement a solution tailored to our needs, and it will enable future adaption of the system as our broadcast and archiving workflows evolve."
"We worked closely with our systems integrator, Bahwan IT, and the Radio Sultanate of Oman to engineer a stable, secure, and reliable solution for preserving the valuable audio assets and for making that media readily available for future broadcast or distribution," said Philippe Fort, CEO at NETIA. "As the stations in Muscat and Salalah continue to build their archives through Radio-Assist, they can do so with confidence in the long-term integrity and availability of those assets."
NETIA's solution will ensure the stability of the archived content, synchronising the Muscat and Salalah archives automatically and providing transparent redundancy and automatic archives restoration in the event of any incident. Each site will act as a disaster recovery site for the other, and any audio digitized at one site will be automatically stored at the other. Secure remote access to the Radio-Assist 8 database will also give the two sites the option of exchanging content.

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