Tieline Technologies

ViA - the remote revolution

It’s time to reimagine remote broadcasting with the definitive remote codec of our generation. Tieline’s revolutionary ViA portable codec sets a new standard in wireless remote broadcasting and will fundamentally change the way you perform live remotes.

Picture yourself or an announcer taking your codec to a remote site, powering it up and tapping a single button on a color touchscreen to get connected – just like making a phone call. Wouldn’t it be great if remotes were that simple? Well now they are – with ViA.

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Overview

Remotes without limits

 

Our mission is to empower you with the technology to go live where no broadcaster has been before, and make it simpler. To achieve this, ViA delivers more IP choices and backup options than ever before.

Connect using dual Ethernet LAN ports, or 2 USB modems, or use the built-in Wi-Fi chipset to connect over Wi-Fi. Use the touch screen to add Wi-Fi access points in seconds. Stream using a cell-phone Wi-Fi hotspot, or connect to hotels and other public Wi-Fi access points using the touch screen web-browser in a snap!

Insert an optional POTS or ISDN module and the codec is instantly transformed to connect over alternative network transports. This means you can configure primary and backup connections over different network transports as required, or use them as your IFB circuit.

 

Flexible Connections

ViA delivers all the flexible transport options you would expect from a professional codec. Select wired or wireless IP options, or choose to connect over ISDN or POTS

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Intuitive Interface

ViA has a 4.3 inch color touch screen with menus designed to provide a familiar and intuitive user experience, similar to using a smartphone. Navigate and configure settings via the touch screen, or use front panel navigation buttons - the choice is yours. Brightness and adaptive light-sensor controls ensure the screen is readable in even the toughest light conditions

Power on the GO!

ViA comes with a rechargeable Lithium-ion smart battery which delivers superior performance with up-to 6 ½ hours* of broadcast time. Extend battery performance with features such as configurable screen sleep time-out, screen brightness controls, plus automatic low battery power saving measures.

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Wi-Fi Remotes on the Go

Built-in Wi-Fi and web browser connectivity expands your connection options from access points in hotels, fast food chains, or even a smartphone’s Wi-Fi hotspot. Use the touch screen to add Wi-Fi access points in seconds and stream program audio or your IFB circuit. Plus it's fully compatible with SmartStream PLUS and Fuse-IP. That's true flexibility.

Dual Cellular USB Modems

ViA supports a variety of pre-tested cellular USB modems out of the box. Simply insert a modem into a USB port and you're ready to go live in seconds! Bond data from multiple modems with Fuse-IP, or use two modems with SmartStream PLUS for dual redundant streaming. Check our website for updates on supported modems.

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Simplify use with Admin & Basic modes

Restrict user access to complicated network settings and take the hassle out of broadcasting forever. An administrator can configure 'Basic Mode' to simplify operation and present a subset of menus suitable for non-technical users. Configure the codec to automatically power-up in basic mode, then tap a program to go live in seconds.

Network Bonding with Fuse-IP

Use our proprietary Fuse-IP bonding technology to aggregate data from multiple IP transports such as LANs, cellular modems or Wi-Fi, and increase connection bandwidth. This improves connectivity, quality and redundancy.

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Fuse-IP and SmartStream PLUS

With Tieline’s proprietary Fuse-IP data aggregation technology you can bond multiple IP interfaces, including options like:

• 2 USB modems, or

• On-board Wi-Fi, or

• Dual Ethernet LAN Ports.

Imagine the peace of mind knowing you can bond 2 USB modem data links from different Telcos and let Tieline’s Fuse-IP technology automatically manage the data capability of each link! Tieline understands flexibility is paramount for remotes, so you can even bond a USB modem with a Wi-Fi connection, or bond Ethernet connections.

ViA also includes Tieline’s SmartStream PLUS dual redundant streaming software, which has set the benchmark for redundant IP streaming over the public internet. Some manufacturers charge thousands of dollars for IP management software like SmartStream PLUS as an optional extra, however Tieline believes high performance and rock-solid reliability is an essential part of each and every broadcast, so you get it for FREE!

Nobody likes a traffic jam, least of all broadcasters dealing with IP packet congestion! With Tieline’s SmartStream PLUS and Fuse-IP technologies, as well as automated jitter buffer management and error correction strategies, you can be assured of trouble-free motoring on the information superhighway!

Click here to view supported USB modems

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Stereo Program and IFB Communications

ViA seamlessly integrates with Tieline’s Merlin and Merlin PLUS audio codecs to transmit high fidelity, full duplex stereo program audio with a separate bidirectional IFB circuit. As an example, you could use a USB data modem to broadcast your main program feed and another USB modem or Wi-Fi to transmit your IFB circuit. Now that’s flexible!

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Features

  • Intuitive, simple to connect LCD touch screen
  • Supports 2 separate mono connections, stereo, or stereo plus a separate IFB circuit (all connections bidirectional)
  • Dual Gigabit LAN ports
  • Optional ViA ISDN & ViA POTS interface modules
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and 2 x USB cellular options
  • Bonding of multiple IP interfaces with Fuse-IP
  • Includes SmartStream PLUS and Fuse-IP network bonding as standard
  • Automated backup over IP, ISDN or POTS
  • Linear audio plus a wide range of algorithms as standard, including Opus, Tieline Music and Music PLUS, aptX Enhanced,  MPEG1 Layer 2, MPEG 3, LC-AAC, HE-AACv1 & v2, AAC-LD, AAC-ELD, G.711 and G.722
  • Features added with periodic updates
  • Ships with a road case, battery and power supply as standard

Specifications

Input / Output Specifications

Analog Audio Inputs

3 x Female XLR mic / line inputs

Analog Audio Outputs

2 x Male XLR

AES3 In (via input 1)

1 x female XLR (Channel 1 in; shared with Ch1 analog input & Ch 1 AES42 input)

AES 42 (via input 1)

1 x female XLR (Channel 1 in; shared with Ch1 analog input and Ch1 AES3 input)

Auxiliary Inputs/Outputs

S/PDIF in/out (RCA), or micro-USB in/out, or 3.5mm (1/8") Jack line input

Headphones Out

3 x 6.35mm (1/4") Jacks

Control Port In/Out

Four relay inputs and four opto-isolated outputs for machine control via a DB15 connector.

Mic Phantom Power

Selectable 10V or 48V phantom power on all analog XLR inputs

AES42 Digital Phantom Power

10V nominal

Input Impedance

High Impedance  > 5K ohm (line input); approximately 2K ohm (mic input)

Output Impedance

<50 ohm Balanced

Clipping Level

+22dBu (XLR input and outputs)

A/D & D/A Converters

24 bit

Frequency Response at 48kHz

20Hz to 22kHz

THD and Noise (Analog)

< 0.005% (-86dB) at +16dBu unweighted

THD and Noise (Digital)

<0.0001% (-120dB) at -1 dBFS

Analog Signal to Noise

>90dB at +22dBu, unweighted

Sample Frequencies

IP Sample Frequencies

8kHz, 16kHz, 24kHz, 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz

Algorithms

IP

Tieline Music, Tieline MusicPLUS, G.711, G.722, MPEG-1 Layer 2, MP3, LC-AAC, HE-AAC and HE-AACv2, AAC-LD, AAC-ELD, Opus, 16/24 bit aptX Enhanced

IP (uncompressed)

Linear PCM16/24 bit 48 kHz sampling

Data and Control Interfaces

USB

2 x USB 2.0 Host ports

LAN

2 x 10/100/1000 RJ45 Ethernet ports

Advanced Networking

VLAN tagging (IEEE 802.1Q,802.1p)

Serial

RS232 up to 115kbps with or without CTS/RTS flow control via female DB9 connector, can be used as a proprietary data channel

Protocols supported

Tieline, DHCP, SNMP, DNS, HTTP, IGMP, ICMP, VLAN, IPv4/v6, FEC, SIP/SDP (EBU N/ACIP Tech 3326 compliant), RTP, STUN**

ISDN via module

Optional via module slot

POTS via module

Optional via module slot

Wireless

IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n with dual band support (2.4 and 5 GHz); WPA2-PSK encryption.

Front Panel Interfaces

Display

4.3 inch TFT Color LCD touch screen

Navigation

Touch screen or 5 button navigation keypad

 General

 

Dimensions

5 5/16" x 3 1/4" x 7 7/8"  135mm (W) x 80mm (H) x 200mm (D) including rear connectors

Weight

1.62 kg (with battery)

Power

Li-ion internal battery or external 12VDC 3A Power Supply

Operating Temp.

0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)

Humidity Operating Range

15% ≤RH ≤80% (0 to 35°C/32°F to 95°F), non-condensing

Battery

 

Battery

Rechargable Li-ion battery pack RRC2057; 7.5 V, 6.4 AH, 8A; Fast charging; 240g

Battery Operation

Up-to 6.5 hours*  

Battery Storage Temperature

Max: -20°C to +50°C (-4°F to 122°F)

Recommended: -20°C to 25°C (-4°F to 77°F)

Battery Charge Time (inside codec with power supply attached)

Charge time with maximum charge current < 4hrs at 25°C

Battery Life Expectancy

Minimum 300 charge/discharge cycles as per manufacturer's charge/discharge recommendations

* Battery life may vary depending on the type of connection and power-saving mode configured

** Future Release