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Automation System: Smartscaster

Modified: 2017/05/17 11:32 by EricCrocker - Uncategorized



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RadioTraffic converts to a specific Smartscaster log format.


Station Configuration

To configure RadioTraffic to work with Smartscaster, you will first need modify the station configuration to utilize Smartscaster as the automation system. In the administration module, open 'Stations'. Select the station you want to configure and double click. Once the station configuration is visible, select the 'Files' tab. Select the 'Product' to Smartscaster using the drop down selection tool. The 'Automation Log Path' is where RadioTraffic will export the log to, so set this to the file system folder that Smartscaster will pull the file from.


Cart Numbers

Smartscaster system is limited to a maximum 5 digits for cart numbers.


Automation Commands

RadioTraffic exports the cart number portion of automation commands.


Log Notes

Due to limitations in Smartscaster, log notes do not export.



Due to limitations in Smartscaster, log notes do not export.



Although avails do not export per se, the export process will leverage the avails to determine which Smartscaster "break" is scheduled. Smartscaster only supports 12 "breaks" per hour; thus RT will only export up to the first 12 "breaks" per hour. Additionally, each "break" can have no more than 10 items per "break"; any additional items are not exported.

With that said, the log export will merge any avails, spots and automation commands that are, based on scheduled time and length, back-to-back (thus defining a "break"). This allows for full flexibility in scheduling within RT; balanced with the significant limitations of the automation interface.

Furthermore, once all avails have been merged in order to fit within the limitations of Smartscaster; any "breaks" that are empty (no spots, automation commands) will be modified so that the first item is a 99999 cart number (SKIP).


Log Reconciliation

We also support automatic log reconciliation for the Smartscaster as-aired logs. To configure this feature, you need to determine where these files are located on your network and use that path to configure the "Aired Log Path".

Note that you will need to reconcile your logs daily as Smartscaster only stores the last seven days worth of as-play information across seven files representing each day.



TODO Add any questions as they come up to this section.


Additional Information

SMARTS Smartscaster Log Viewer - For debugging purposes only. To use,

  • Extract the SMARTS.exe from the downloaded .ZIP file to your desktop.
  • Double click on the executable to launch.
  • Drag-and-drop a BREAKLOG.{day} file to the window.