Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) June 2018 Volume 35, Issue 5 - Page 12

12 NEWS & VIEWS The importance of bi-directional data in the field With broadcasters under pressure to produce more content from more loca- tions with fewer resources, in shorter spaces of time, remote production teams in the field are in need of reliable solutions to integrate their workflows with the central broadcast facility, and ultimately increase their productivity. More specifically, remote teams are increasingly dependent on reliable Internet connectivity to access and exchange data with their newsroom or production facilities. Accessing the Internet, private networks and data secured behind corporate firewalls re- mains a challenge. Their ability to con- nect wherever they are — to research stories, access media assets and transfer files — is becoming paramount. In the past, this was often imprac- tical without advanced planning to establish links and network engineers to set them up. If a reporter is also tasked with edit- ing in the field, the station will often put B-roll and graphics on to a disk for a driver to courier to the breaking news scene. The driver waits around for the news package to be edited and then returns to the station with the disk — dealing with traffic and varying weather conditions along the way. This is the old way of bi-directional data transporta- tion, which can take hours. By utilising Dejero’s GateWay con- nectivity solution, a network blending router installed in a production vehi- cle or racked in a mobile REMI cart; combined with cellular connectivity services that bring fast, reliable and secure Internet access in the field, teams can view return video feeds, connect a VoIP phone, access MAM systems, or conduct research online from anywhere in the world. A cloud-based management system enables broadcasters to remotely config- ure their fleet of routers, no matter where they are installed. In addition, they can manage data usage and view analytics. Delivery of high-bandwidth Inter- net connectivity is made possible by Dejero’s network blending technology. Cellular connections from multiple carriers are blended to create a virtual network. Algorithms dynamically and intelligently manage the fluctuating bandwidth, packet loss and latency differences of individual connections to choose the optimal path to route IP packets to their destination. Broadcasters can now essentially create a large pipe to send and receive data to and from the remote team. By providing increased reliability from Yvonne Monterroso, Director of Product Management, Dejero carrier diversity and greater throughput that enables faster bi-directional data transfer, a whole new range of workflows is possible. Remote crews can now ac- cess their newsroom or MAMs, send and receive large files, access cloud services used for collaboration, and communicate with their colleagues back at the studio — making them more productive in the field. Broadcasters used to struggle with the speed of Mi-Fi hotspot devices or the hotspot capabilities of their phones, mainly due to the limited bandwidth available from a single modem, and the reliance on a single carrier that may have limited coverage areas. Files that would have taken over an hour to send back to base on cellular networks, now take under a minute to send. In reverse, content being sent from headquarters does not have to be couriered on-site anymore, saving mileage, equipment wear and tear, and driver fatigue. At the remote location, a local area network is created to which laptops, mobile phones and other devices can connect. It is much more practical than existing systems that require extensive set-up and management, and the data transmission speeds are as much as 10 times faster than anything currently on the market. News organisations strive to be first on the scene of breaking news, provide compelling coverage, and to work faster than their competitors. Access to a more reliable and more secure world of Internet connectivity, especially while mobile and from re- mote locations, saves broadcasters time, resources and money. Field crews no longer need to de- pend on a single cellular connection with the inherent bandwidth and avail- ability constraints. Essentially, they can do anything that they can do back at the broadcast facility while in the field. Not only does this make remote crews more productive with more integrated workflows, but it also helps broadcasters deliver more content. q June 2018 ConnecTechAsia accelerates Asia’s digital transformation SINGAPORE – For the first time, legacy events CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia, alongside the newly launched NXTAsia, are coming together to connect, transform and capture the future of Asia’s media and entertainment industry. Branded as ConnecTechAsia, the annual tech event welcomes delegates from all around the world to experience the future where technologies, ideas and business models converge. Staging its inaugural edition from June 26-28 across two venues at Marina Bay Sands and Suntec Singapore, this year’s show is presenting a media ecosystem where technologies such as IP, 4K/Ultra HD (UHD), artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and clo