SmartGen 4.1

UECP Compatible RDS/RBDS Encoder with LAN & USB Connectivity

Fully-functional, Dynamic RDS/RBDS Encoder

The SmartGen 4.1 is a fully-functional RDS/RBDS encoder that supports all service IDs and offers simultaneous scrolling-PS, RadioText messaging and the interactive function RT+ for song tagging. SmartGen 4.1 is the most efficient solution for sending TMC and EWS Services. It supports both the European CENELEC and United States NRSC standards.

With its built-in USB, TCP/IP, UDP/IP interfaces, SmartGen 4.1 grants fast programming access and full integration of RDS/RBDS transmissions with the station’s other networked functions, including message streams for digital radio and Webcasting.

In addition, all DEVA RDS/RBDS Encoders are accessible via the free of charge dedicated SmartGen RDS/RBDS Encoders Manager. The simplified user-friendly interface makes the UECP advanced programming of the SmartGen Encoders quick and easy. Fully compatible with the latest UECP EBU SPB490 Version 7.05 and based on the latest RDS technology, the SmartGen 4.1 is designed for the 24/7/365 operation.

Fully-functional, Dynamic RDS/RBDS Encoder
  • 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
  • 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 Programming Interfaces
  • Remote configuration via ASCII or UECP through LAN or USB
  • Interfaces with all popular radio automation systems
  • Built-in dedicated 19kHz source for internal sync
  • Built-in failsafe bypass relay
  • Includes the TA function for traffic message priority override
  • 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 4.1 is a full-fledged RDS/RBDS encoder that supports both European CENELEC and United States NRSC standards. It supports all service IDs and offers simultaneous scrolling-PS and RadioText messaging. SmartGen 4.1 is fully compatible with the latest UECP EBU SPB490 Version 7.05. The interactive function RT+ for song tagging is fully supported without a compromise. Based on the latest RDS technology, the SmartGen 4.1 is fully digitally designed for 24/7/365 operation. The SmartGen 4.1 is the most cost-effective solution for sending of TMC and EWS Services.

SmartGen 4.1 gives dynamic, on-the-fly programming access with its built-in USB, TCP/IP, UDP/IP interfaces. This connectivity permits full integration of RDS/RBDS transmissions with the station’s other networked functions, including message streaming for digital radio and Webcasting. The SmartGen 4.1 encoder provides a full loopt-hrough interface for connection to your existing broadcast chain. The SmartGen 4.1 can 'parse' scrolling text, automatically breaking the phrases into word groups.

PROGRAMMING SOFTWARE:

Based on our more than 15 years of 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 as regards to the latest updates of the UECP EBU SPB490 Version 7.05

It supports a wide range of interfaces 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 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.

Fully-functional, Dynamic RDS/RBDS Encoder
Technical Specifications
Power SupplyInternal 100 - 240V; 50 - 60Hz
Pilot/MPX InputYes
MPX/RDS Output0 to 4095 mV
Inputs/OutputsNo
Communication PortUSB, LAN
SynchronizationExternal (Pilot or MPX) / Internal / Auto
Synchronization MonitoringYes
RDS Level adjustmentDigitally controlled
Phase adjustmentYes, 0 ÷ 359.9°
Separate outputs for RDS+MPX and for RDS onlyNo
Command to activate the RDS SCAYes
Side Chain Mode, Loop through mode, Bypass featureYes
RDS Subcarrier100% Digitally Generated Shape / Bypass: 0 dB
Pilot synchronizationInput Level: -50dBu to +12dBu / Frequency: 19kHz, ±3Hz
EN50067 compliantYes
Accurate Clock Time (CT) Sync with Internet ConnectionYes
Remote TA actuation for Traffic AnnouncementsYes
GPS module for automatic synchronization of the built-in clockNo
Fully independent RDS decoder for self-monitoring purposesNo
Firmware can be upgraded in the fieldYes
Front-panel LCD displays all programmed dataNo
Data may be entered on-site with Front-panel ButtonsNo
Operating Temperature0°C ÷ 55°C
RDS Features
Group supportedAll
Group SequenceConfigurable
PS4 DSN x 4 PSN
PI4 DSN x 4 PSN
PTYRDS/RBDS
AF Method A25
AF Method Bup to 50
RTYes, 5 messages
RT rate adjustmentGroup Sequence
RT+ for songs and content taggingYes
TPYes
TA ControlCommand, Software
PTYNYes
EON4 PSN
CTYes
TMC, EWS, IH, TDCYes
Free Format Groups (FFG)Yes
Open Data Application (ODA)Yes
64-character Dynamic PS shown on all RDS/RBDS RadiosYes
Auto "parses" long messages for best text displayYes
Scrolling by characterfrom 1 up to 8
Scrolling by word, Auto centering, Truncate long wordsYes
Communication
Communication InterfacesUSB, LAN
Connection with Automation SoftwareYes
Network Connectivity2 TCP ports; 2 UDP ports
SchedulerYes
ConfigurationEmbeded Web Server, SmartGen Manager
Password ProtectionYes
ASCII ProtocolYes
UDP, TCP, HTTP, SNTPYes
Alert notifications on user-defined events via SNMP traps or E-mailsNo
Embedded SNMP agent permitting active management tasksNo
Custom HTML formatted E-mail templates with dynamic variablesNo
Supported Network Protocols: HTTP, SNTP, UDP, TCP, UPnP
UECP ProtocolFully compliant with EBU SPB490 Ver.7.05
PI <=> CALL CalculatorYes
Remote DisplayYes
Supplied with Intuitive SoftwareYes
Comes with 2-years Limited WarrantyYes
Size and Weight
Dimensions (W;H;D)485 x 44 x 180 mm
Shipping Weight540 x 115 x 300 mm / 2.1kg
Frequently Asked Questions
  • 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?
    All DEVA Encoders, except for SmartGen Micro and SmartGen 3.1, are fully compliant with EBU SPB490 Ver.7.05. (UECP stands for Universal Encoder Communication Protocol for RDS.)
  • 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 codeRDS Program typeRBDS Program type
    0NoneNone
    1NewsNews
    2Current AffairsInformation
    3InformationSports
    4SportTalk
    5EducationRock
    6DramaClassic Rock
    7CultureAdult Hits
    8ScienceSoft Rock
    9VariedTop 40
    10Pop MusicCountry
    11Rock MusicOldies
    12Easy ListeningSoft
    13Light ClassicalNostalgia
    14Serious ClassicalJazz
    15Other MusicClassical
    16WeatherRhythm and Blues
    17FinanceSoft R & B
    18Children's ProgsForeign Language
    19Social AffairsReligious Music
    20ReligionReligious Talk
    21Phone InPersonality
    22TravelPublic
    23LeisureCollege
    24Jazz MusicUnassigned
    25Country MusicUnassigned
    26National MusicUnassigned
    27Oldies MusicUnassigned
    28Folk MusicUnassigned
    29DocumentaryWeather
    30Alarm TestEmergency Test
    31AlarmEmergency
  • 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.
    Type the command:
    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.
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    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).
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    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.

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