NAB 2018

NAB 2018: IMT Vislink Selected As A Featured Presenter

xG Technology announced that its IMT Vislink business has been selected to present at the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (BEITC) at this year’s 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The session, titled “Bringing Studio Workflows to the Field: Leveraging Licensed Broadcast Spectrum Assets,” will take place on Apr. 10 from 11 – 11:20 a.m. PST in the North Hall Meeting Room (N255) of the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

“While the Internet, IP technology and bonded cellular networks have radically and positively changed the way ENG is performed, too often broadcasters are connecting field and studio via unsecured, at-will broadband infrastructures they do not have control over,” says John Payne IV, president of IMT USA.

“In our presentation, we will be discussing the shift in video technology toward acceptance, and now the adoption, of IP-based links into ENG workflows. We will also address the importance of preserving the security of the licensed BAS 2GHz frequency band while maximizing its efficiency.”

“Our newsnet solution is one of the exciting approaches to meeting this challenge. newsnet can help deliver higher production values, lower operational costs, workflow efficiency through doing more with less, and channel resiliency provided by using BAS-licensed spectrum and the dynamic allocation of bandwidth to the most important transmissions. We have started to implement newsnet within select, prominent broadcast stations, with very encouraging results” Payne says.

Newsnet incorporates a high-speed bi-directional IP network that utilizes the 2 GHz BAS-licensed spectrum, increasing the number of live ENG transmissions and workflows that can be performed from the field. The system consists of one or more mobile high-speed IP network nodes that easily connect with a base station, typically located at existing ENG receive sites. Each mobile node not only offers high-quality video transmission capability, but also a private and reliable ingress point for other IP-centric edge devices—allowing users to control their own private high-speed IP-licensed wireless network and ensuring that their content newsgathering workflows and intellectual property are never at risk.

Lowell Beckner, newsnet product manager at IMT Vislink, says, “newsnet was designed for broadcasters seeking to maximize coverage while fully leveraging studio assets to deliver a more immersive experience for their viewers. It takes advantage of newsroom automation systems by tying a live shot into the rundown and letting it dictate the priorities, enabling high-speed file transfers and access to the servers, intercom, prompters and other features.”

At NAB 2018, IMT Vislink will also be showcasing a wide array of solutions alongside the newsnet ecosystem. A variety of wireless camera transmitters will be on display including the MicroLite 2 HD ultra-compact, ultra-low latency wireless video transmitter and the HCAM HEVC 4K UHD Wireless Camera Transmitter.

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