01.18.2009 08:59 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Harris twice honored at 60th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards
Harris received two awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the 60th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards ceremony Jan. 7 at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. This marks the eighth Emmy that the company has received for introducing technology that enhances broadcasters’ capabilities and the consumers’ viewing experience.
During the event, which was held on opening night of the International Consumer Electronics Show, Harris was presented with one Emmy for introducing a communications protocol to control video servers for broadcast television and a second for inventing a method to combine analog and DTV signals on adjacent frequencies within a single antenna.
The first award honors Harris for its Video Disk Communications Protocol, a serial communications protocol based on the RS-422 standard. Originally developed by Louth Automation, which Harris acquired in 1999, VDCP was rapidly adopted by virtually all server and automation manufacturers due to its ability to provide a simple, proven and reliable means of controlling video servers for broadcast television.
Harris was also recognized for combining adjacent TV channels for transmission by a common antenna, which is a method of “space combining” analog and DTV signals on adjacent frequencies within a single antenna. The ability to transmit multiple analog and DTV channels from a single antenna with nearly identical radiation patterns reduces costs for the broadcaster by eliminating the need for separate, expensive antennas for analog and DTV channels. It also simplifies engineering complexity by consuming less tower space and maintaining signal isolation between the analog and DTV transmitters. The technology was invented by the late Emmy Award-winning inventor Robert J. Plonka of Harris Broadcast Communications.
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