Covering live events demands a lot from crews, who are often in the field for days or weeks at a time, rushing to various locations so viewers don’t miss a second of the action. To maintain an edge over the competition, crews in the field need to be able to work just as if they were in the studio. They need to be able to download B-roll, graphics and archived footage and upload large files such as raw footage and edited news packages. Additionally, crews need access to their newsroom or media asset management systems, as well as cloud services used for collaboration. All of this helps to streamline remote production workflows and get content to air faster.
With millions of people using them, individual cellular networks are pushed to the limits of their capacity, leaving little bandwidth for news crews to send data back to the station. Field journalists know that typical internet access from a single cellular connection such as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot has limitations in that signals can degrade or drop due to network congestion or poor carrier coverage in a given location.
To get around the cellular bottleneck, mobile news crews need to adopt technology that provides fast, secure and reliable mobile connectivity to both the public internet and private networks that may be behind a firewall. This technology should optimally leverage ultra-broadband connectivity that is created by blending multiple transmission paths including cellular, satellite, Wi-Fi and Ethernet. This blending of networks dynamically and intelligently manages the routing of packets to minimize the effects of fluctuating bandwidth, packet loss and latency differences on individual IP connections.
Solutions featuring network blending technology enable broadcasters to extend their workflow further into the field and be confident that their internet connection is reliable. The result is the ability to provide more and richer content on a deadline.
Bill Nardi is vice president of broadcast integration and global support at Dejero.
Dejero CellSat Blends Cellular and Satellite Connectivity On Demand
In collaboration with Intelsat, Dejero recently unveiled Dejero CellSat, a solution that provides broadcasters with a blended cellular and Ku-band IP solution for live television coverage from remote locations. Dejero CellSat leverages Dejero’s patented network blending technology to combine cellular connectivity from multiple mobile network carriers with Ku-band IP connectivity provided by Intelsat. This gives CellSat users the required bandwidth and greater confidence to go live from virtually anywhere. If the bandwidth available from cellular connections dips due to network congestion or other factors, CellSat automatically blends in Ku-band IP satellite connectivity to boost bandwidth to the requested level for the live shot.
“We are addressing the dilemma that broadcasters face about which video transport assets to deploy to a news story or live event,” says Bogdan Frusina, founder of Dejero. “By taking advantage of cellular and satellite connectivity, CellSat offers high reliability to our customers, with the convenience of procurement, network management, billing and support from a single vendor. This is a package that is currently unmatched in the marketplace and we are thrilled to be working with Intelsat to make this possible.”
Dejero CellSat is currently available in the United States and Canada, with rollout to other regions planned for 2018.