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Zen provides link for Hospital Radio Perth
Monday 05 September 2005 11:38:00 by Andrew Ferguson

Broadband very often has the image of just being used for faster downloads and always-on email, but it can be used for much more. Zen Internet has sent out a press release announcing it has given free activation and a free years ADSL service to Hospital Radio Perth which serves up to 2,000 patients in two large hospitals. The ADSL service is to be used to stream audio data from the nearby Perth Concert Hall back to the radio station for broadcasting over the hospital radio network. The traditional radio links could not be used due to the construction method of the new concert halls roof.

Another big bonus for the radio station, is the ability to remotely control the stations output, making remote broadcasts from football grounds simpler, and for staff to ensure radio content is available 24 hours of the day.

"To our knowledge, this is the first time any hospital broadcasting station has used broadband to take content from the outside world in this way. Because of the construction of the new concert hall, which has a seamless roof that was unable to take any embellishments such as dishes or aerials, we were unable to use our usual FM antenna. The concert hall's technical staff suggested routing a broadband signal, and this is where Zen Internet provided valuable assistance."

John Watson, Chairman of Hospital Radio Perth


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