IMT Vislink Partners with Frontline Communications on Mobile Demo Vehicle

IMTVislink has partnered with Frontline Communications to deploy a customized newsnet electronic news gathering (ENG) vehicle for performing on-site demonstrations at broadcast client locations.

The newsnet vehicle will offer the customer the  opportunity to test, in real-time, the capabilities of the newsnet system using their own facilities and receive system equipment, and  how it interacts with their components. A typical newsnet mobile demo site will be comprised of the mobile assets, a base station site and the newsnet studio control system to provide the  interface and control between the remote demo vehicle and the studio workflows.

IMT  Vislink has had a close working relationship with Frontline Communications, having  collaborated on numerous projects involving the configuration of the classic ENG microwave van  for delivery to customers, with vehicles that typically include a telescoping mast, indoor microwave  transmitter and mast mount high-power RF unit. Using the Frontline newsnet demo vehicle, IMT Vislink will be able to replicate a real-world experience of how the newsnet system  works at the customer’s own location.

“Being able to demonstrate the potential studio workflow scenarios using the Frontline newsnet  demo vehicle at a customer’s own location will be extremely useful,” says John Payne IV,  president, IMT USA. “It’s an excellent way for us to show how newsnet empowers broadcasters  to maximize their coverage while fully leveraging their studio assets. Having multiple ENG points  of view to operate at the same time and on the same BAS channel, while enabling a high-bandwidth IP connection with studio newsroom computer systems, is a game changer for  the broadcast industry.”

“We are pleased to work with IMT Vislink on this project to help promote their exciting newsnet ENG solution,” Steve  Williamson, director of sales at Frontline, says. “IMT Vislink have a long history of supplying wireless communications innovations that accommodate a variety of vehicle  sizes, from increasingly-popular smaller, more maneuverable, lower-profile vehicles to equipment for use in larger production vehicle systems.”

Newsnet establishes a secure, reliable, high-speed, bi-directional IP network that can  significantly enhance ENG transmission and workflow. Newsnet has the flexibility to support traditional content newsgathering activities while also delivering completely new workflow capability in the field using IP network architecture. Newsnet fully leverages reliable BAS spectrum that can be used without fear of contention, congestion or blocking.    

For broadcasters, newsnet optimizes workflow efficiencies through lower OPEX costs, as well as lower cellular connectivity costs  resulting from a reduced need for bonded cellular transmission. In addition to its impressive bandwidth management capability, newsnet can also utilize a newsnet base station (or receive site) with multiple  simultaneous mobile newsnet assets using the same frequency.

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