Wheatstone Introduces VoIP BLADE for WheatNet-IP Network



New PhoneBlade connects VoIP lines to AoIP WheatNet-IP studios without hybrids

NEW BERN, NC, USA (February 27, 2019)

Wheatstone combines the latest in studio AoIP technology and the latest in VoIP phone technology with the introduction of its PhoneBlade VoIP telephone system at NAB 2019. 

VoIP phone systems are rapidly replacing packet-switched telephone network (PSTN) phone systems due to their significant cost savings and flexibility, and PhoneBlade is made specifically for connecting VoIP phone systems directly into the WheatNet-IP audio network without telephone hybrids or other interfaces. 

It is the latest addition to Wheatstone’s complete family of AoIP network elements, which come together in various combinations to form the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network, an AES67 compatible system configurable for multiple sized operations.

PhoneBlade is a 1RU appliance with an optional call controller hardware panel designed to interface with select Wheatstone IP console surfaces (LXE and versions of LX-24 and E-6). The button controller panel provides OLED displays for line status indication as well as a dial keypad, recording capability, profanity delay dump, answer next, hold, busy all, and drop call buttons. Functions can also be controlled in many other ways, such as using Wheatstone’s SS-8 Smart Switch panel or GP-series button panels.

PhoneBlade has two network connections: one for connecting to one or more SIP phone providers via the Internet or to an internal SIP PBX, and the other for connecting directly into the WheatNet-IP audio network. Once connected, PhoneBlade offers up to 24 lines that show up as sources/destinations in the WheatNet-IP NAVIGATOR software, and are therefore available on every WheatNet-IP console surface and monitor selector in the system. Indication of each line is available throughout the WheatNet-IP audio network and answer/hangup can be done by direct software logic (SLIO) control. The built-in bus minus functionality on every console channel returns a clean feed to the caller without the need for a telephone hybrid. 

Each of the 24 lines can be set up for a number of unique shows or applications, including as a hotline or information line that records calls automatically and routes the recording to storage. Phone lines and setup can follow shows automatically, with indication of each line available through the WheatNet-IP audio network, along with status reports and control commands supported via the WheatNet-IP ACI. 

PhoneBlade is compatible with all the major voice codecs, including G.711, G.722 and Opus, for high-quality voice on multiple platforms, including mobile devices and webRTC.

PhoneBlade, along with Wheatstone’s new SIP distribution product SwitchBlade, joins the WheatNet-IP audio network family of products, including the VoxPro digital audio recorder and editor which can also be used in conjunction with both PhoneBlade and SwitchBlade. 

The new PhoneBlade and other WheatNet-IP audio network products will be demonstrated at Wheatstone booth N6806 during the NAB show. 




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