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IBC 2016 Weekend Round Up

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Blackmagic Design today announced Teranex AV, a new broadcast quality standards converter designed specifically for AV professionals. Teranex AV features 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0a inputs, outputs and loop through, along with AV specific features such as low latency, a still store, freeze frame, and HiFi audio inputs for professionals working on live, staged presentations and conferences. Teranex AV will be available in September for $1,695 from Blackmagic Design re-sellers worldwide.The new Teranex AV features low latency that’s as low as 67 milliseconds, which means that customers can convert any HDMI or SDI video format instantaneously to a different format and output it for projection in sync with the live event. For example, customers using Teranex AV at a concert can project a close up of a virtuoso pianist as their fingers fly across the keys on a big screen projector in synchronization with the live performance.

For audio, Teranex AV also features 2 channel consumer HiFi connections, as well as XLR connections for 4 channels of AES/EBU or 2 channels of balanced analog audio. The consumer HiFi connections are critical for professional AV customers because they allow lapel microphones, laptop computers and other devices with consumer audio connections to be used with Teranex AV. Now customers can connect virtually any audio source to Teranex AV and use it to embed the audio with the video and output the signal in any format.

  • Ultra low latency, as low as 67 milliseconds.
  • HDMI 2.0a, 12G-SDI in, out and loop through connections.
  • XLR connections for 2 channels of balanced analog and 4 channels of AES/EBU audio input.
  • Consumer HiFi connections for 2 channels of audio input from devices like laptops and iPods.
  • Optical fiber cage for adding optional SMPTE compatible fiber optic SDI modules.
  • Internal still store and live freeze modes.
  • Patented Teranex processing for extremely high quality up, down, cross and standards conversions.
  • Retains all ancillary data such as timecode and subtitles.
  • 16 channels of frame accurate audio conversions and full audio channel remapping.
  • Classic Teranex front panel makes it extremely easy for Teranex customers to integrate and use.
  • Reference input for built in frame sync feature and reference output for sync generation.
  • Built-in video test pattern generation with audio test tones.
  • Gigabit Ethernet connectivity for remote control.
  • Built in power supply supports 110V to 240V AC.

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Blackmagic Design today announced new DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K PCIe capture cards

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hese cards include all the powerful features of the HD models but include new Ultra HD and HDR (high dynamic range) features.

These new cards are available in two models, DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K and both models support all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p30. DeckLink Mini 4K models are available from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for only $195 each.

DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K will be demonstrated at IBC on the Blackmagic Design booth in Hall 7, Stand 7 H.20.

The new DeckLink Mini 4K models are low profile 4 lane generation 2 PCI Express cards that include 6G-SDI and HDMI 2.0a connections. This means the high quality connections support broadcast quality 10-bit YUV and 12-bit RGB video, along with the latest Rec. 2020 color and support for high dynamic range (HDR) formats and HDR metadata. Both DeckLink Mini 4K models are fully compatible with the Blackmagic Desktop Video SDK, making them perfect for OEMs or developers that are building custom playback or recording solutions.

BlackMagic Design has announced their acquisition of Both Fairlight, which creates professional digital audio products for live broadcast event production, film and television post production, as well as immersive 3D audio mixing and finishing and Ultimatte, the worldwide leader in blue and green screen removal technology for the broadcast television, commercial and feature film industries.

Fairlight has an impressive history of designing and manufacturing integrated audio control surfaces and software that are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. Fairlight Live products feature consoles that are designed for the most demanding on-air and live productions, giving customers leading edge audio processing and control surfaces that range from 12 to 60 faders, along with audio I/O interfaces with full redundancy for mission critical work in broadcast facilities, outside broadcast trucks, performing arts venues and houses of worship.For post production solutions, Fairlight creates everything from compact desktop audio post systems to large format mixing consoles with dedicated controls. Fairlight audio engines can deliver up to 1000 tracks which lets customers create complex productions without premixing, along with a massive 64 channels of monitoring.

Ultimatte is known worldwide for delivering broadcast quality compositing results that make virtual sets indistinguishable from real sets. Ultimatte creates realtime blue and green screen removal hardware that is used in broadcast studios around the world to seamlessly composite reporters, talk show hosts and more into virtual sets. Almost every newscaster and weather reporter stands in front of a green or blue screen while delivering the news and weather. For the past 40 years, Ultimatte has been the industry standard hardware or software responsible for keying these people in front of weather maps, stock charts, and other info graphics. In fact, many of these newscasters are using Ultimatte to place them into completely virtual sets.Ultimatte uses advanced 4:4:4:4 image processing and provides enhanced matte controls that lets customers accurately separate the subject from the background. Customers also get matte correction features, indirect and direct lighting features, spill suppression tools, edge artifact controls and more, all in realtime.


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Flight of the Swans: Update

 


 

It’s been a while since FotS_SDparamotor_shots-8566we last spoke about how the Flight of the Swans expedition was going, so here’s an update for you!

From what we know, Sacha has reached Moscow with two WWT swan researchers, Julia Newth & Dr Eileen Rees. They are currently meeting media and other officials before they set off to Naryan-Mar. Once there, they will be meeting more people – this time, Nenets nature reserve representatives as well as hunting groups to discuss how they can help to minimize the illegal shooting of Bewick’s swans.

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Sacha, after having a very busy couple of weeks, will then be waiting on the swans to begin their migration from the Arctic. Swans usually fly in family groups, thus Sacha will be choosing one of the first few waves to depart with, as she will be overtaken multiple times due to the nature of flying with a para-motor.

Once the flight starts – which should be between 15th-25th Sep – we will be able to provide updates on how Sacha & the team are finding using their Dejero LIVE+ GoBox, LIVE+ Broadcast Server & Miller ArrowX 5 Tripod. Eventually we’ll have some incredible videos & photos from the inspirational journey!

So the countdown begins…

 

Check out our previous blog on the topic here: Flight of the Swans Blog 1


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FLIGHT OF THE SWANS


Here at BPS, we have always wanted to get our hands dirty in projects that aim to protect wildlife, whether they are endangered or not and this seemed the perfect one to start with. The Wildfowl & Wildlife Trust are involving themselves in a project called ‘Flight of the Swans’ which is aimed at gaining a first-hand insight on the reasons for the rapid decline of the Bewick’s Swan.

The project aims to start in September – but of course will be dependent on the mood of the swans – and will last approximately 10 weeks. Siberia will act as the starting point for these swans, and they will end their journey at the Wetlands Centre in Slimbridge, UK. The most exciting part of this, is that the crew won’t just be following the swans with cameras or trackers, but Sacha Dench, the expedition leader will be flying among the swans, along with others who will join the journey at different bases. This will be a way to truly experience the obstacles and possible dangers that these swans face on their long voyage to flee the coming winter, whilst illustrating to the world the importance of keeping the swans protected.

Our role in this project is to provide the Flight of the Swans with the technology they need to live broadcast their voyage every step of the way. The Dejero LIVE+ GoBox is a mobile transmitter that can be used on the go, giving the ability to broadcast live from virtually anywhere with bonded cellular, Wi-Fi and portable satellite connections. If these connections aren’t available, then you can record up to 40 hours of HD quality video to broadcast later! Which we hope will be very useful for the team whilst they carry out their expedition. Find all the information on the Dejero LIVE+ GoBox on our website: http://bps-tv.co.ukshop/dejero-live-2020-transmitter/. Along with the LIVE+ Broadcast Server which you can also find on our website: http://bps-tv.co.ukshop/dejero-live-broadcast-server/ (please call for any queries on price).

We are incredibly excited to be involved in such an adventure and we will be updating this page, as well as our social media whenever we get updates from the crew. Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/BPSukltd and like us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BPSblog/?fref=ts. And on that note, have a fantastic bank holiday weekend!


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Sky Sports News buy Dejero to augment bonded cellular output

Sky Sports News buy Dejero

We are delighted to announce that Sky Sports News has bought two Dejero LIVE+ Broadcast Servers.

The Dejero LIVE+ Broadcast Server receives video transmissions from LIVE+ transmission devices and integrates into your current workflow. It is designed to fit directly into the rack mount area in your facility and connect seamlessly to existing equipment.

The 1U rack-mounted LIVE+ Broadcast Server includes dual-redundant power supplies and RAID hard drives designed for increased broadcast reliability.

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Product Overview

  • Quad-core Intel Xeon processor: High performance processing designed for all day, every day reliability.
  • Dual redundant power supplies: 400W redundant power supplies continue to provide power if one power supply fails. Replaceable while server is in use.
  • Data redundancy: RAID protection of stored data utilizing two 1TB hard drives. Front access to hot-swappable drives.
  • Multiple streams: The server supports two live feeds simultaneously from different sources.
  • Video synchronization: Genlock input accepts black burst or tri-sync reference signals.
  • Compact form-factor: 1U rackmount, 1.7” H x 17.2” W x 19.85” D (43 x 437 x 504 mm)

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The deal was brokered at the Media Production Show. Ian Brash, Technical Manager, Sky Sports News said,

“The Dejero broadcast servers will augment our bonded cellular output”

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Dejero provides a complete solution, not just a piece of it

We help you capture, transmit, manage and distribute high-quality live video from virtually anywhere. Our LIVE+ platform of hardware, software, and cloud-based services simplifies your broadcast workflow.

To find out how Dejero can help you reach your global multi-screen audiences instantly and cost-effectively call us on 020 8941 1199 to arrange a free no-obligation demonstration

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Book Dejero EnGo demo at the Media Production Show

Capture, Manage, Transmit and Distribute

BPS will be showcasing the newest features of the LIVE+ EnGo at Media Production Show 2016, including simplified connectivity options, expanded roaming solutions, and enhanced carrier services.

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Dejero simplifies the remote acquisition, cloud management, and multiscreen distribution of professional live video over IP. Its LIVE+ platform enables broadcasters, media organizations, and mobile production companies to reliably reach their global TV, web and mobile audiences instantly and cost-effectively.

 

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Introducing LIVE+ EnGo from Dejero Labs. Broadcasters go live from anywhere news, sports and live events happen. Simple, agile and versatile - never miss a shot

Whether you need to capture live video for online streaming, a live sporting event, or assess a first responder situation, Dejero has the tools to help you. BPS is the European rental office and exclusive UK & Ireland distributor for Dejero.

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NAB2016: Dejero unveils version 4.0 of LIVE+ Core and LIVE+ Control

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Latest version of video transport software also enables faster file transfers

Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that simplify the transport of live video and real-time data across remote or mobile IP networks, today announced a major new release of LIVE+ Core, the software at the heart of its industry-leading products. Version 4.0 is debuting this week at NAB Show 2016, and adds significant new capabilities to the LIVE+ platform of products including closed captioning, an enhanced congestion control algorithm, and faster transport of files.

“We are continuously evolving the software that powers our LIVE+ video transport platform based on the feedback we actively seek from our loyal and passionate customers,”

said Brian Cram, CEO at Dejero.

“They drive us to keep innovating in video quality and transmission reliability, while challenging us to simplify the transport of content from remote locations. The LIVE+ Core 4.0 release further demonstrates our commitment to helping them tackle the news and content delivery challenges they face daily.”

With closed captioning now required in many markets for live, near-live, and pre-recorded on-air and online content, LIVE+ Core 4.0 supports HD-SDI and SD-SDI feeds carrying CEA-708-B closed captioning. Closed captioning streams fed to a LIVE+ Transceiver, VSET or GoBox at one location can be transported over IP networks and output to a LIVE+ Broadcast Server or Transceiver at another location. The feature is also compatible with LIVE+ Multipoint streams when simultaneously sharing live content amongst broadcast stations.

Version 4.0 features an enhanced congestion control algorithm that responds and adapts to changes in throughput across IP networks, while quickly responding to loss in bandwidth. This provides more stable and reliable throughput on congested or constrained satellite networks and Ethernet links. The maximum transport bandwidth has also been increased to 30 Mbps making it much faster to transfer recorded video and other files from the field to the broadcast facility, helping news crews and video professionals meet their deadlines.

Also with this update, LIVE+ Core supports the new user-changeable SIM module available for LIVE+ EnGo transmitters, integration with GV STRATUS video production and content management system, and adds real-time analytics that appear in LIVE+ Control.

The software update is available at the end of April and is free to all Dejero customers with support plans.

Customers interested in updating their existing LIVE+ transmitters and servers should contact the Dejero support team at BPS on 020 8941 1199 to schedule an update.

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LIVE+ Control by Dejero

LIVE+ Control adds real-time analytics, flexible usage reporting and GV STRATUS integration

Dejero, has also introduced this week a series of new enhancements to its LIVE+ Control management system. The update, linked to the release of version 4.0 of LIVE+ Core software, has been unveiled at NAB Show 2016.

“LIVE+ Control is a powerful operational tool to centrally and remotely manage a broadcaster’s contribution assets,”

said Brian Cram, CEO at Dejero.

“With the latest update, we’ve added to the management, monitoring, and routing capabilities to provide users with even greater insights into the usage and performance of their field transmitters.”

LIVE+ Control simplifies the workflows of going live from remote locations and transporting recorded content to the broadcast facility over bonded IP networks including cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet or satellite. The simple-to-use web interface allows operators to quickly identify, geolocate, and remotely control transmitters, configure on-premises and cloud servers, monitor both the mix and the health of the IP network connections, and route content to SDI or online playout workflows.

The latest update enhances monitoring and reporting capabilities, displaying real-time analytics of network connection performance and overall transmission quality for each Dejero transmitter. This information allows operators in the broadcast facility to assess the shot and optimize transmitter settings before beginning the remote broadcast. Combined with geolocation information, the success of historic shots from specific locations can also be reviewed to help plan future shots.

Users can now define, filter, and save specific reports, aggregating transmitter details and usage for historical live streams, recorded clips, and file transfers to understand utilization patterns by hour, day, month or year. Reports can be customized to focus on specific transmitters and timeframes, providing stations and groups with the level of detail they require.

As previously announced, Dejero has collaborated with Grass Valley to embed LIVE+ Control into the GV STRATUS video production and content management system. This allows users to move recorded clips from a LIVE+ Broadcast Server to the STRATUS Express server. Files are automatically transcoded to the desired format for previewing and use. Working together, Dejero and Grass Valley are simplifying the overall file-based workflow to meet the needs of news production.

Dejero is demonstrating the enhancements to LIVE+ Core along with the new functionality of LIVE+ Control right now at booth N2918, NAB Show 2016, so if you’re in the desert pop in and see for yourself.

 

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3 ways to maximise bandwidth when broadcasting from your smartphone

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You’re in a downtown café with a friend when you get a mass email from the assignment desk: a crew is on the way to a breaking news story downtown but they’re still miles away, and traffic is at a standstill – is anyone near there?

Fortunately, you have the LIVE+ Mobile App from Dejero on your iPhone so you’re ready to spring into action. Instead of the many network connections that are available with a mobile transmitter or news vehicle, your options are limited. While you can rely solely on your cellular connection or Wi-Fi if it is available, the quality is affected by the amount of available bandwidth. So how do you get the best performance? You have more options than what you might think.

The key question to ask yourself is, “Is there another connection I can access?”

 

Bond cellular and Wi-Fi1. Bond your smartphone’s cellular and Wi-Fi connections

The LIVE+ Mobile App bonds your cellular and Wi-Fi connections together to effectively create a large virtual pipe to send video data to your broadcast facility. So when you arrive at the scene, make sure your cellular and Wi-Fi connections are turned on, and check to see if there’s a Wi-Fi connection available to use. Depending on your phone’s capabilities and the network conditions, 1080p HD video can be sent at a bitrate up to 9 Mb/s to provide amazing picture quality.

 

2. Connect to a mobile hotspot device

If you’re not in range of a Wi-Fi network, you can still connect to a mobile hotspot device with your Wi-Fi connection. Often called MiFis, portable hotspots or pocket routers, these battery-powered devices allow multiple mobile devices to share a 3G, 4G or LTE mobile broadband Internet connection. Now you have an Internet connection over a cellular network from the portable hotspot device in addition to the cellular connection on your phone.

These are available from cellular carriers with pay-as-you-go plans, monthly plans, or annual contracts. Of course, having a mobile hotspot device requires pre-planning. What if you don’t have one with you?
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3. Connect to a buddy’s smartphone

If your friend from the café is coming with you and has a smartphone, you may be able to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot, sometimes known as “tethering,” using the other phone.

Keep in mind that data usage charges will apply to your buddy’s plan, but if he’s cool with that, you’ve now got two connections available to send higher quality video—your own connection and your buddy’s Internet connection from his cellular provider. This can eat up a lot of battery life, so having a battery case or a portable phone charger is a good idea to carry around with you if you plan to use the hotspot mode frequently.

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The ace up your sleeve…

The next time you are on the scene of some breaking news or a live event and all you have is your phone, think about your connectivity options – there may be more available than you might first think.

And if you run out of options, there’s always the record button. Okay, so it won’t be live, but capturing the breaking news and then sending it as soon as you can get some connectivity still puts you further ahead than waiting for the crew—or worse, someone else’s crew—to make it to the scene!

To learn more about our LIVE+ Mobile App or to book a demonstration, head here. It just might make you a breaking news hero.

Will we see you at NAB Show?

Dejero are busily planning for NAB Show 2016 in Las Vegas, and can’t wait to see you there. Visit their Exhibitor Page and click the “Add to MyNAB Show” button to make it easy to find Dejero at booth N2918 in the North Hall. While you’re there, register using guest pass code LV3355 for free entry into the exhibits.

To see the original blog post from Dejero’s Richard McClurg, head here.

 

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The Media Production Show

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BPS is thrilled to announce that we will be exhibiting at The Media Production Show.

A new show for this year, The Media Production Show is a unique event which will look at all forms of content creation across many mediums with a focus on TV, film and the advertising sectors. The Media Production Show has been created for everyone working in the content creation sector to come and explore the latest advancements in production and post technology and to hear from some of the industry’s leading creatives through a range of keynote and masterclass seminars.

The Media Production Show is ideally timed six weeks out from NAB in Las Vegas, giving those of you unable to get to the States the chance to see new launches and the latest kit and software.

MPS will be looking at how technology has changed the way we not only watch content but how it can take a film, TV programme or commercial to another level with clarity of picture, stunning sound through to visual and special effects. BPS will be showcasing industry leading interactive displays, action cameras and our video-over-IP solution.

As well as BPS there will be over 70 other exhibitors covering production services, equipment, post production tools and content distribution platforms. In addition there will be 50 seminars on hand from some of the best talent in the industry. Speakers will reflect on their recent projects, offer insights into their techniques and processes and share their thoughts on the future of the creative sectors. Once you’ve registered you’ll be kept updated with the latest seminar schedules but don’t forget in the midst of all those seminars to book an appointment with us!

The event is FREE to attend for those working in the industry so be sure to register and we look forward to welcoming you all at the show.

MPS is being held at The Business Design Centre, Islington which is well connected by road and public transport to the rest of London and beyond. It’s a great location for those of us working in Soho and the TV Triangle to the west of London and with pre-registration figures ahead of target there’s never been a better time to register so follow the link below.

No-one need miss out.

There’s a unique late night opening on Thursday 9th as well, so even if you’re working that day you can come straight from set or the edit suite and still enjoy all that The Media Production Show has to offer.

 

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We look forward to welcoming you to the show this June

 

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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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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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