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Channel 9’s, Mitch Wall reviews Dejero

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Nine Network Australia’s, Mitch Wall talks to BPS about working with Dejero

We recently caught up with award-winning news cameraman, editor and producer, Mitch Wall of Nine Network Australia to chat to him about his love of Dejero. Mitch is Nine Network’s man on the ground in London covering news from across the whole of Europe.

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The Eurotunnel

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BPS: Why do you use Dejero?
MW: We rolled out our first Dejero transmitters in early 2013 in Australia to supplement our fleet of live ENG and SNG trucks. It started small, with only a few transmitters working from our Sydney base, quickly followed by units in Brisbane and Melbourne. We now run about 40 transmitters all around Australia and also around the world, including some in Los Angeles and also here in our London Bureau.
Dejeros have become a crucial part of what we do. Most of our units would be used every day.
Our Dejeros are critical to our overseas operations. They have become the main way we transmit back to Australia, be it live on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival or live breaking news at the scene of a terror attack in Tunisia. We arrive to a location and are transmitting live halfway around the world in a matter of minutes.

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Tunis, Tunisia 2015
Using Dejero in conjunction with BGAN satellite internet, we were able to broadcast live from the scenes of two terror attacks in Tunisia claiming fifty innocent lives. With westerners the main targets of the attacks, it was imperative to be able to move from place to place easily and quickly. 

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BPS: What Dejero products do you use?
MW: We mainly have 20/20 transmitters due to their rugged setup and robust performance. We also have some NewsBook and LIVE+ Mobile licences for niche parts of our operations.

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Bali, Indonesia 2014

After nearly ten years in prison in Bali, Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby was to be released on bail. Her release was big news in Australia, with all the major networks broadcasting live from Bali all day. The release process would see Corby transported via prison van all over the small island to visit different corrections and parole offices. We broadcast the vans movements live via a Dejero on the back of a scooter with a handicam attached. Our audience back in Australia watched live as the prison van raced from office to office.

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BPS: What made you pick Dejero over other video-over-IP products on the market?
MW: We did extensive trials with the other video-over-IP products on the market before we chose to go with Dejero. At the time we found it was the best hardware and the best software for the job. Since then I have had many experiences where other broadcasters turn up with other brands and they can’t get a live picture out. On a few occasions the cameramen have come up to me and said that they wished their network had gone with Dejero, after seeing how easy it can be. It was the best product when we selected it and it remains the best.

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Zurich, Switzerland 2015
With early morning raids of FIFA delegates hotel in Zurich we were booked on the first flight out of London. We were to land one hour before our main Australia wide news bulletin. We were able to land, get our luggage and drive to “Baur au Lac” hotel and have the international sims transmitting with twenty minutes to spare.  

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BPS: How do you use it?
MW: We use most of our transmitters are based on mainland Australia transmitting live crosses with our journalists from out in the field and doing tape feeds via the ‘Store and Forward’ feature. 
Here in our London Bureau, we use it everywhere we go. This year alone we’ve used it in 14 countries averaging about 35 individual live crosses a week. We have adapted it to work anywhere in the world, and for it to work as soon as we hit the ground.
Dejero + World Sims
Apart from the UK sims, we have a set of world sims that I can put in when abroad. I have these configured to allow us to transmit in more than 50 countries. Where possible, these sims will also push data at 4G speeds. They are perfect for breaking news where we are needing to transmit live as soon as we land.
Dejero + BGAN
Through consultation with Dejero support we have also been able to develop a way of using BGAN data to help with transmission speeds. I have a solution that incorporates satellite internet with any available cellular data to achieve a solid transmission speed. We have also been able to develop a configuration where we can solely rely on BGAN when there is no cellular data available.
When first sending our transmitters overseas on breaking news jobs we found that it was impractical to buy local sims on arrival. They were a real pain to get hold of, and once active they were notoriously unreliable. We can now land and transmit straight away and then when time permits can source local sims. If the local sims and network are reliable enough we just use them, but if not we can use BGAN to either help out, or replace the cellular data. I’ve also been able to use this when the mobile network is congested.
Being able to have one transmission unit that can adapt and use any available Internet is fantastic. It allows for many different configuration options depending on each situation.

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Reunion Island, French Territories 2015
When a mysterious part of a plane wing washed up on the remote island or Reunion, we were dispatched to cover possible remains of MH370. We were transmitting less than 30 minutes after we landed, live solely using Dejero + BGAN internet on the coastline where the debris was found. 

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Pretoria, South Africa 2014
The sentencing of Oscar Pistorius for shooting dead her girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp lead news bulletins all around the world. Using a BGAN to prop up the unreliable cellular network, we were there live as The Bladerunner was locked away in a Pretoria prison. 

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