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Innovation And Expansion - Vislink
By Mark Anderson, Marketing Operations Manager, Vislink
On a corporate level, 2011 was a year of acquisition and consolidation for Vislink (which is reflected in our new website www.vislink. com) but the product innovation and technology development for which we are renowned continued unabated. Innovation has always been central to the success of the Vislink brands, and 2012 is already proving to be no exception. With a range of SATCOM, microwave, wireless camera, encoding and IP products at our disposal, we have the depth of equipment and product knowledge to deliver comprehensive solutions for any scenario, from newsgathering to sports and beyond, and we are continuously researching and developing technologies that apply to products for those respective ranges to keep pace with the rapid and profound changes in hardware and software, particularly for ENG. availability of wireless broadband as a viable low-cost alternative to conventional microwave data transfer has changed the game and exposed a number of exciting new opportunities. One example is how we have addressed an ongoing concern for broadcasters, which has been how to preserve news content quality and transmission reliability as non-traditional methods of ENG acquisition and dissemination emerge. Our answer is the new AirStream, a portable live video system that makes using wireless broadband for mobile ENG easier than ever. With AirStream, live, high quality HD/SD video and audio can be streamed to a playout server from anywhere in the world. AirStream does this by taking advantage of highly efficient algorithms developed by Vislink to provide superior, robust and persistent video transmission. The principle is that, by aggregating multiple 3G/4G LTE cellular channels, data throughput can be optimised and, therefore, increased w i t h o u t penalty. The system uses Vislink’s leadingedge H.264 adaptive bitrate encoding technology that produces remarkable v i d e o resolution with minimal latency, even when faced with mobile n e t w o r k fluctuations. Lost or stalled data packets are compensated for by Vislink’s exclusive predictive forward error correction algorithms, the result being the reliable delivery of smooth and dependable transmissions with unparalleled signal integrity. In short, AirStream provides microwave ENG
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quality without using microwave without sacrificing quality or reliability. AirStream will be seen for the first time at NAB 2012.

Rapid Deployment

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We are already well-known for providing rugged, robust, and reliable ENG systems and offer a wide array of best-in-class

Reliable ENG

AirStream Portable Live Video System

equipment solutions to satisfy the most demanding requirements of news gathering operations. Traditionally, this has been achieved almost exclusively via microwave, but the increasing

Another example of our relentless focus on innovation is the justannounced introduction of our Advent Mantis MSAT Man Portable Data Terminal, a highly portable tri-band satellite antenna system specifically designed for rapid deployment. With the MSAT system, arrival to satellite acquisition takes less than five minutes. Part of this is due to the fact that it’s lightweight – only 12.5 kgs – and is specially designed to be carried by one person. The benefits of its speed, power and flexibility application are not, however, limited to mobile newsgathering. The system also has numerous applications for secure military communications; special operations; disaster recovery; first-on-scene broadcast; mining operations; and security and surveillance; all of which are sectors in which Vislink technology is deeply embedded. In fact, we recently won an order for our high power HD/SD Kamelyon™ HDX-1100 digital aircraft transmitter and cockpitmounted serial control panel units for air-to-ground surveillance. The airborne units will transmit to four permanently rigged, ground-based LYNX Diversity L2174 receiver sites as well as three further receivers installed in mobile command vehicles. The sale is high-profile evidence of Vislink’s accelerating popularity and expansion into the global law enforcement market and is an integral part of the growing market sectors we serve. The introduction of MSAT in January follows on closely from two others we recently introduced that have proven to be highly beneficial to users in the SATCOM market. The ADVENT FLA-120 Flyaway, specifically designed for users who need to transmit at low and medium data rates for live broadcast applications, is our first antenna specifically aimed at this sector of the SATCOM market. Again being

cognisant of the need for speed, this Intelsat-compliant system can easily be set up in 15 minutes or less. Last autumn we introduced the Gigawave H.264 D-Cam a high performance H.264 compliant high definition wireless camera transmitter. The current MPEG2 D-Cams can be upgraded to H.264 or it can be purchased as a standalone system. When combined with the HDV–MTV3 Diversity Receiver, the new D-Cam brings another, rapidly deployable wireless camera solution for both traditional and new media broadcasters.

Intense Research

Engineers at LINK Research have for many years researched how to run multiple wireless camera systems with limited frequency spectrum availability. The result of their intensive research was that we became the first wireless camera manufacturer to offer an RF module that incorporates digital pre-distortion. “LINK Research Digital PreDistortion” (LDPD) vastly improves wireless camera operation by providing peerless adjacent channel performance and ultraclean RF transmitter spectrum. The technology means that higher transmit power levels can be achieved while remaining compliant with regulatory standards, resulting in longer range wireless links. This year is set to be an exciting and eventful year for all of the Vislink brands. We expect AirStream and the new MSAT systems to have a significant impact at NAB 2012, and of course other new products and systems for broadcast, security, surveillance and many others will be announced as the year progresses. With the London 2012 Summer Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, US Presidential Elections plus momentous, mundane and unforeseen circumstances impossible to foretell, it will be an eventful year. It is fair to say the Vislink technology will be deployed wherever news and events happen to safely, securely and reliably transmit those events throughout the world. ■


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Ross Video Acquires FX-Motion
MAM Systems Continue To Simplify Operations
Penta 725 IP Router Helps Hold Down Costs
Reidel MediorNet Compact To Debut At NAB
Sachtler Ensure A Professional Broadcast Feel
Pioneering Products From RTS/TELEX
Loudness Measurement And Logging
In2Connect UK Managing Director & Consultant For Bryant Broadcast
The VAR Network: Identify And Engage Globally
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In Broadcast - March 2012 - Reidel MediorNet Compact To Debut At NAB
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