AFP Photo Journalists Will Deliver Real-Time Coverage of 2018 Tour De France With AVIWEST Transmitter

Publish date:
Social count:

SAINT-GRÉGOIRE, France — Jan. 17, 2018 —

 AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that starting with the 2018 Tour de France, Agence France-Presse (AFP) will provide real-time pictures of the event using AVIWEST's PRO180 video transmitter. AVIWEST's system features a unique, compact design that fits into a backpack or motorcycle saddlebag and leverages up to eight 3G/4G modems simultaneously to allow automated push transmission of photos.

"For the past two years, AFP and AVIWEST have been working together to adapt the PRO180 video technology to instant professional photo transmission," said Yves Tassel and Karim Menasria, IT managers at AFP. "The first large-scale test was successfully conducted during the Tour de France in 2017, with thousands of photos sent in real time. With this technological innovation, AFP photographers can now use 3G/4G mobile networks in the field to send real-time images of the race, while riding on a motorcycle. This greatly enhances the live coverage we are able to provide to our customers."

Perfect for photo coverage of any public event, the PRO180 will be used by AFP during every stage of the 2018 Tour de France. On top of eight 3G/4G modems, the transmitter features a high-efficiency custom antenna array and built-in Wi-Fi modem that ensures quick network acquisition and improved resilience in the field. The system also offers up to two USB ports and Dual Gigabit Ethernet for streaming over LAN/WAN, BGAN, or Ka-band satellite networks. Through the PRO180's user-friendly intuitive interface, AFP can automatically transmit live videos and photos instantly without any action required by journalists.

"Real-time and secured photo coverage are a strategic priority for AFP, and the PRO180 is enhanced to enable fast coverage for both photo and video users," said Cyril Hamelin, area sales manager at AVIWEST. "We look forward to working with AFP on the Tour de France 2018 and other major public events that attract a large number of viewers."

More information on AVIWEST and its products is available at


# # #

About AFP

AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. With 2,300 staff spread across almost every country, AFP covers the world 24 hours a day in six languages. AFP delivers the news in video, text, photos, multimedia, and graphics to a wide range of customers including newspapers and magazines, radio and TV channels, web sites and portals, mobile operators, corporate clients, as well as public institutions.


AVIWEST is a global provider of video contribution systems for live streaming over bonded 3G/4G cellular and satellite networks. Headquartered in Saint-Grégoire, France, AVIWEST offers broadcasters cost-effective, reliable, and mobile video solutions specifically designed to respond to the challenges of remote live newsgathering. The company's flagship digital mobile newsgathering solution has been chosen by tier-one broadcasters in more than 80 countries for breaking news and live events coverage.

Link to Word Doc:

Photo Links:

Photo Caption:

 AVIWEST's PRO180 Photo and Video Transmitter

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

Share it on Twitter:



Black Metal, Murder and Mayhem: 'Lords of Chaos'

"At the end of the day, these were just young, passionate kids who had a lot of energy and some really big ideas, but played around with some dangerous stuff in the quest for fame, or infamy or whatever you want to call it. And ultimately, it got out of their control."

The Switch Announces Senior Executive Change

The Switch announced today that company co-founder, Scott Beers, is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer, as part of the company's continued-growth succession plan, effective immediately. The company's board of directors named Keith Buckley, who was recruited as Mr. Beers' successor and is the current President and COO, as its new President and CEO. Mr. Buckley, a 25-year veteran of the media services and telecom industries, was appointed to his current role by True Wind Capital Management in August 2017.

Proco Sound Now Shipping AoD Output Module Ahead of Nab 2018

ProCo Sound, manufacturer of a range of audio interface products, is now shipping its AoD Ouput Module ahead of NAB 2018 (Central Hall - Booth: C2322). Designed to ensure studio-quality, low-latency audio transport over any Dante network, the AoD Output Module features a Dante audio input and two channels of analog output from a rugged aluminum extrusion housing.