UECP Compatible RDS/RBDS Encoder with LAN, USB & RS-232 Connectivity
SmartGen 5.0 is the result of the “Keep It Simple” principle. The unit supports all RDS applications in conformity with European CENELEC and United States NRSC standards, and it is fully compatible with UECP EBU SPB490 Version 7.05. Thus it allows the various functions like the RDS levels, the RDS injection level, and remote phase to be controlled via UECP over the Internet.
The SmartGen 5.0 can be controlled by RS-232, USB, LAN, WAN, or via the Internet, on a global level. The most common settings can be changed in a Web interface. For more advanced settings the unit can be controlled by the user-friendly “SmartGen RDS/RDBS Encoder Manager.”
The RDS encoder can perform all the operations expected by a device of this high-class - from a simple configuration for a local radio station to a complex RDS configuration with ODA, EON and TMC implementations for several radio stations. In addition, the interactive function RT+ for song tagging is also fully supported.
- Supports European CENELEC and United States NRSC standards
- Attractive price and very good price-performance ratio
- Supports RT+ for songs and content tagging
- PS & Radio Text Scrolling Options
- Supports TMC (Traffic Message Channel)
- Compatible with EWS (Emergency Warning System)
- Embedded WEB server for interactive supervision
- Fully Digital Synthesis of RDS signal
- Fully compatible with UECP EBU SPB490 Version 7.05
- MPX Loopthrough & Sidechain Modes
- Internal or external Pilot / MPX synchronisation
- Front panel LCD Display and Buttons for operating without a computer
- Displays outgoing scrolling messages exactly as seen by listener
- Very Intuitive UECP Configuration Software
- Remote RDS viewer to visualize broadcasted data
- Proved and reliable hardware for 24/7/365 operating
- Easy Installation and Setup
- LAN, USB & RS-232 Interfaces
- Remote configuration via ASCII or UECP through RS232, LAN, USB
- Interfaces with all popular radio automation systems
- Built-in dedicated 19kHz source for internal sync
- Built-in failsafe bypass relay
- Tally port for Traffic Announcement switching
- Includes the TA function for traffic message priority override
- 4 General Purpose Outputs
- Works with any FM exciter and stereo generator
- SNTP for automatic synchronization of the built-in clock
- Internal data diagnostics and transmission safeguards
- Real time clock Schedules for Scrolling Text and text lists
- 19" Professional Case for high RF immunity
The SmartGen 5 encoder has all the features you would ever need from an RDS encoder and it comes at a fantastic price. SmartGen 5 supports all RDS Applications in conformity with European CENELEC and United States NRSC standards and it is fully compatible with UECP EBU SPB490 Version 7.05
The interactive function RT+ for song tagging is fully supported without compromise. The SmartGen 5 can 'parse' scrolling text, automatically breaking phrases into word groups. Based on the latest RDS technology, the SmartGen 5 is fully digitally designed for 24/7/365 operation. The SmartGen 5 is a cost-effective solution for sending of TMC and EWS Services. The front-panel LCD displays setup parameters without the need of an on-site computer, and also shows the incoming raw data from station automation as well as exactly what the listener sees displayed on his radio.
Supplied with free of charge, dedicated programming software “SmartGen RDS/RBDS Encoders Manager”, this encoder programming is simple and foolproof like never before. SmartGen 5 comes with an Embedded WEB Server for remote and easy programming and supervision. SmartGen 5 gives dynamic programming access with its built-in RS232, USB, TCP/IP, UDP/IP interfaces. This connectivity permits full integration of RDS/RBDS transmissions with the station’s other networked functions like message streams for Webcasting or Digital Radio. The SmartGen 5 encoder provides a full loopthrough interface for connection to your existing broadcast chain.
Based on our more than 15 years experience in the RDS field, the SmartGen RDS/RBDS Encoders Manager was developed as a dedicated software for full management of our high-end RDS Encoders range in regards to the latest updates of the UECP EBU SPB490 Version 7.05
It supports a wide range of interfaces such as RS-232, USB and LAN. The SmartGen Manager has “Basic RDS” and “Advanced RDS” programming interfaces. Using its “Basic” Mode, all main RDS parameters can be easily programmed into the non-volatile memory of the RDS Encoder. The interactive simulator shows the outgoing scrolling messages exactly as they are seen displayed to the listeners.
The SmartGen RDS/RBDS Encoders Manager has all the functionalities required to drive any parameter by the latest version of the UECP EBU SPB490 Version 7.05. Its visual and self-guided user interface makes the UECP advanced programming of the SmartGen Encoders easy and user-friendly.
|MPX/RDS Output||0 to 4095 mV|
|Inputs/Outputs||4 GPO, TA Input|
|Communication Port||RS232, USB, LAN|
|Synchronization||External (Pilot or MPX) / Internal / Auto|
|RDS Level adjustment||Digitally controlled|
|Phase adjustment||Yes, 0 ÷ 359.9°|
|Separate outputs for RDS+MPX and for RDS only||No|
|Command to activate the RDS SCA||Yes|
|Side Chain Mode, Loop through mode, Bypass feature||Yes|
|RDS Subcarrier||100% Digitally Generated Shape / Bypass: 0 dB|
|Pilot synchronization||Input Level: -50dBu to +12dBu / Frequency: 19kHz, ±3Hz|
|Accurate Clock Time (CT) Sync with Internet Connection||Yes|
|Remote TA actuation for Traffic Announcements||Yes|
|GPS module for automatic synchronization of the built-in clock||No|
|Fully independent RDS decoder for self-monitoring purposes||No|
|Firmware can be upgraded in the field||Yes|
|Front-panel LCD displays all programmed data||Yes|
|Data may be entered on-site with Front-panel Buttons||Yes|
|Operating Temperature||0°C ÷ 55°C|
|PS||6 DSN x 4 PSN|
|PI||6 DSN x 4 PSN|
|AF Method A||25|
|AF Method B||up to 100|
|RT||Yes, 10 messages|
|RT rate adjustment||Group Sequence|
|RT+ for songs and content tagging||Yes|
|TA Control||Command, Contact closure, Software|
|TMC, EWS, IH, TDC||Yes|
|Free Format Groups (FFG)||Yes|
|Open Data Application (ODA)||Yes|
|64-character Dynamic PS shown on all RDS/RBDS Radios||Yes|
|Auto "parses" long messages for best text display||Yes|
|Scrolling by character||from 1 up to 8|
|Scrolling by word, Auto centering, Truncate long words||Yes|
|Communication Interfaces||RS232, USB, LAN|
|Connection with Automation Software||Yes|
|Network Connectivity||2 TCP ports; 2 UDP ports|
|Configuration||Embeded Web Server, SmartGen Manager|
|UDP, TCP, HTTP, SNTP||Yes|
|Alert notifications on user-defined events via SNMP traps or E-mails||No|
|Embedded SNMP agent permitting active management tasks||No|
|Custom HTML formatted E-mail templates with dynamic variables||No|
|Supported Network Protocols:||HTTP, SNTP, UDP, TCP, UPnP|
|UECP Protocol||Fully compliant with EBU SPB490 Ver.7.05|
|PI <=> CALL Calculator||Yes|
|Supplied with Intuitive Software||Yes|
|Comes with 2-years Limited Warranty||Yes|
|Voltage||Internal, 115V or 230V|
|Connector||IEC320, Fused and EMI-suppressed|
|Size and Weight|
|Dimensions (W;H;D)||485 x 44 x 180 mm|
|Shipping Weight||540 x 115 x 300 mm / 2.445 kg|
How to unlock the front panel keyboard? I have forgotten the password.
If due to any reason you have forgoten your Master Password, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed instructions on the reset procedure.
I have forgotten my password for the WEB Interface. What should I do?
SmartGen’s WEB Interface password can be checked via the controlling software - SmartGen Encoders Manager. The menu path is: Hardware > Services > HTTP Server Settings.
Are DEVA’s RDS/RBDS encoders capable to display artist and song information on the listeners’ radios?
RDS/RBDS is one of the core competencies of DEVA. Thus, all encoders can display artist and title information on the receivers.
What is the difference between static and dynamic RDS/RBDS?
The RDS/RBDS features can be split into two groups: static data and dynamic data. Static means that AF, PI, PS, PTY, TA, TP, MS, DI, PTYN, RADIOTEXT parameters stay unchanged, or change rarely. Dynamic means that the previously enumerated parameters can be changed remotely and/or when the following features are required: IH, TDC, TMC, EWS, ODA, and data transmissions.
Can DEVA’s SmartGen Encoders cope with the US RBDS system?
Yes, all DEVA’s RDS Encoders are 100% compatible with the US RBDS.
I need to add an RBDS/RDS services to each of the FM Stations that I own. How can I do that?
In order for an RDS presence to each station to be added, you would need the following equipment - one basic RDS/RBDS encoder per transmitter (SmartGen Micro or SmartGen 3.1) for static RDS/RBDS services, an advanced encoder (SmartGen Mini, SmartGen 4.1, SmartGen 5.0, SmartGen 6.0) and associated data link for dynamic RDS/RBDS services.
How should I properly connect/install my DEVA RDS/RBDS Encoder?
Usually the encoder is connected between the stereo generator (if one is used) and the FM exciter (RF modulator). Since some FM exciters, have a separate input for "RDS" or "SUBCARRIERS", the encoder could also be connected there. In case the Studio Transmitter Links (STLs) carry a composite (multiplex) signal, the encoder can also be connected at the studio.
My FM station is Mono. Will the encoder generate a 57kHz subcarrier without reference to the pilot tone?
If a valid synchronization signal is not present (no signal or a signal out of the 19 kHz ±2Hz range), DEVA’s encoder will switch automatically to an internal reference.
- Are DEVA’s encoders compatible with the UECP protocol?
My station’s name is longer than 8 characters. What can I do?
As defined in the RDS IEC 62106 and RBDS standards, the PS can be up to eight characters in length (including spaces) and can be as simple as the station’s call letters: KWOW or KWOW FM, or a slogan: NEWSTALK or LIVE 95. Any name longer than 8 characters should be shortened to suit that requirement (see "What is Dynamic PS").
What is Dynamic PS? Can I display longer messages using PS text?
The 'Dynamic' PS, allows longer messages to be displayed. This function is available on all DEVA encoders. As the dynamic PS is strictly forbidden in some countries, we recommend you to check your local regulations prior to using this function. For further information, refer to the RDS Standard.
Are there any differences between PTY in RDS and PTY in RBDS?
The Program type (PTY) is an identification number that is being transmitted with each program item. It is intended to specify the current Program Type. The RDS PTY codes are defined by the CENELEC standard, the PTY codes for the U.S version (RBDS) are defined in the NRSC 4-B standard, available at www.nrscstandards.org. Below you will find a list with the available codes.
PTY code RDS Program type RBDS Program type 0 None None 1 News News 2 Current Affairs Information 3 Information Sports 4 Sport Talk 5 Education Rock 6 Drama Classic Rock 7 Culture Adult Hits 8 Science Soft Rock 9 Varied Top 40 10 Pop Music Country 11 Rock Music Oldies 12 Easy Listening Soft 13 Light Classical Nostalgia 14 Serious Classical Jazz 15 Other Music Classical 16 Weather Rhythm and Blues 17 Finance Soft R & B 18 Children's Progs Foreign Language 19 Social Affairs Religious Music 20 Religion Religious Talk 21 Phone In Personality 22 Travel Public 23 Leisure College 24 Jazz Music Unassigned 25 Country Music Unassigned 26 National Music Unassigned 27 Oldies Music Unassigned 28 Folk Music Unassigned 29 Documentary Weather 30 Alarm Test Emergency Test 31 Alarm Emergency
Does the SmartGen supports special characters? How can I set one?
The SmartGen encoders accept any characters transparently. The SmartGen Encoders Manager includes functionality that allows data input in a text box for PS, DPS, RT and PTYN, which contain special characters. There is also a reverse process - read encoder data to be displayed in these fields as defined by SmartGen Character Code Table. For further information refer to SmartGen complete user manual.
Such Character Code Table is incorporated in SmartGen 6.0, SmartGen 5.0, SmartGen Mini and SmartGen 4.1. One of the following tables can be chosen - Default, G0, G1, and G2. The Default Code Table is the same as G0. The difference is that when the default table is chosen, SmartGen will not transmit identification control characters. Depending on the selected character table, the Software will encode/decode PS, RT, PTYN, and DPS.
Please note that the RDS uses character tables specified in RDS and RBDS standards. Thus, the correct value should be set. Also, you will have to consider that the encoder does not make "translation".
How can I change the IP address of my SmartGen Encoder?
Several options are available:
- Through the encoder’s front panel navigational menu (LCD and buttons), if one is available.
- Using the SmartGen Encoders Manager. A communication with the encoder through one of the "local" interfaces (RS-232 or USB) should be made. Changing the IP address and other network settings via TCPIP or UDP connection is not possible. Thus, undesirable consequences as complete loss of contact with the device in the wrong network settings are being prevented.
- Through HyperTerminal or similar software. Again, a communication with the encoder through one of the "local" interfaces (RS-232 or USB) should be made.
IP? [Enter]And the unit should respond with its current IP. To change this, type the command:
IP=XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX [Enter]The unit will respond with a „ОК“, meaning the new IP has been accepted, or a NO , meaning there was a problem with the format of the new IP address.
IMPORTANT! The DHCP option should be disabled. Otherwise, the SmartGen could acquire an IP Address different from the one that you are trying to assign.
Are DEVA encoders digital?
The RDS/RBDS encoders’ signals are generated digitally. Which means that the signals are constructed mathematically using DSP and then converted by a D/A converter into the analog form.
How to change the speed of dynamic PS?
To change the speed of dynamic PS you need to set the right ratio of transmition of 0A type groups in the RDS data stream. This can be done via the web interface or via the SmartGen Encoders Manager software. In both cases, you have to change the ratio of transmitted 0A groups by deleting or adding other group types (2A - Radiotext, for example) into the group sequence.
Group sequence in the SmartGen web page.
In case you use the application software, you should connect to the device and click on “Advanced RDS” tab, then click on “Data Sets” tab and finally select the current data set (see picture below).
By altering the ratio between the 0A and the other types of RDS groups and by using an RDS receiver/decoder, you can adjust the desired speed of the dynamic PS.
To increase the scrolling speed you should increase the number of group 0A and decrease the number of group 2A.
NOTE: Please note that due to safety precautions, the speed could not exceed 1 character per second for some receiver brands. A faster speed will lead to some receivers stop displaying the RDS data.
Are DEVA’s encoders compatible with automation software as Scott Studios and WideOrbit for example?
Scott Studios SS32 automation software along with their DSM32 communication module is fully compatible with several devices from DEVA wide range RDS/RBDS product line. In order for the correct settings to the encoder and software to be applied, kindly refer to the Scott Studios and WideOrbit settings for SmartGen RDS/RBDS Encoders document which can be found in the download section.
Are DEVA’s encoders compatible with RCS NexGen and Prophet Software?
NexGen is software fully compatible with several devices from DEVA wide range RDS/RBDS product line. In order for the correct settings to the encoder and software to be applied, kindly refer to the RCS NexGen and Prophet settings for SmartGen RDS/RBDS Encoders document which can be found in the download section.
Quick User Guide
Radio Automation Guides
- ENCO settings for DEVA RDS Encoders
- JazlerRadioStar 2 settings for DEVA RDS Encoders
- RCS NexGen and Prophet settings for DEVA RDS Encoders
- RCS Zetta settings for DEVA RDS Encoders
- RT+ Configuration Instructions
- RT+ Configuration Instructions (Russian)
- Scott Studios & WideOrbit settings for DEVA RDS Encoders
- Simian settings for DEVA RDS Encoders
- StationPlaylist Studio settings for DEVA RDS Encoders
SmartGen 5.0 Demo Devices
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