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ENCO will demonstrate the next generation of its browser-based, remote radio automation control solution at IBC2022. WebDAD 3.0 features a redesigned user interface and wholly revamped architecture the company says will enhance the user experience while laying an extensible and scalable foundation for future capabilities.
WebDAD lets users remotely manage and control studio-based ENCO DAD radio automation systems from anywhere with an internet connection. It offers remote access, from uploading content and modifying playlists to voice tracking. The latest update enables flexible new remote working models for broadcasters by letting users efficiently manage their on-air operations even when staff isn’t physically in the station’s facilities.
Foremost amongst WebDAD 3.0’s enhancements is a modernized redesign of its browser-based user interface. ENCO says the updated layout makes operation even more intuitive and streamlines workflows for key features. Selectable dark/light modes let users tailor its look to their working environment and preferences. Reactive forms minimize the need to re-enter the same data in different workflow sections by retaining information across interface screens. Meanwhile, performance optimizations improve the responsiveness of the interface to users’ actions.
WebDAD 3.0 also bolsters security with more granular control over user permissions, such as restricting access to specified libraries, functions, and systems. Additional updates include a simplified deployment model for easier installation and upgrades, enhanced cross-browser support, and new support for third-party accessibility assistance tools to improve usability for people with impairments or disabilities.
The ability for personnel to work remotely is critical in enabling today’s radio broadcasters to maximize their flexibility, efficiency, and operational resiliencyKen Frommert, president of ENCO
In addition to enabling remote management of on-premises DAD systems, WebDAD also serves as the user interface for ENCO’s DAD Disaster Recovery (DAD-DR) solution. A cloud-based companion to DAD automation systems, DAD-DR provides a continually synchronized clone of the broadcaster’s on-premises DAD deployment that is always ready to take over program and ad playout if a natural disaster or critical technical failure occurs. DAD-DR operators can use WebDAD to update playlists remotely, add new content, voice track shows, and perform library maintenance even if their physical station is completely out of commission or inaccessible.
“The ability for personnel to work remotely is critical in enabling today’s radio broadcasters to maximize their flexibility, efficiency, and operational resiliency,” said Ken Frommert, president of ENCO. “WebDAD 3.0 has been overhauled to address stations’ evolving remote access needs while providing an expandable and scalable platform for future functionality. We’re excited to let IBC attendees experience its improvements first-hand.”