Advanced Television

Encompass expands live sports capacity with Dejero from Ideal Systems

March 2, 2016

At the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Digital Broadcast Symposium (DBS) in Kuala Lumpur today, Ideal Group announced that Encompass Digital Media, a global leader in mission-critical media capture, management and distribution services has selected Dejero LIVE+ EnGo compact mobile transmitters to expand its services offering for the acquisition of live sports in the Asia region. The LIVE+ EnGo units can be attached to ENG and Sports Cameras in the field and encodes live video into H.264 then transmits over multiple IP networks including 3G and 4G mobile networks to the to the Dejero Live+ Control cloud server. From here the live signal can be routed to an Encompass facility and uplinked through their comprehensive Satellite and Fiber networks to the required destination and or to a CDN for OTT distribution.

The cloud based Dejero LIVE+ Control also provides Encompass operators with a digital dashboard to view and manage all of the EnGo transmitters in the field. With a map based Geolocator Encompass can see where all the units are in real time and have full remote control of the units in the field allowing Encompass technicians to adjust settings and troubleshoot issues so the camera crew can focus on capturing the best content. The dashboard also provides a customisable grid of low latency video thumbnails from the units for confidence monitoring as well as a variety of analytics including data rates important when using data over bonded cellular phone networks.

“We did some rigorous product testing before moving forward with Dejero. We had used bonded solutions from other manufacturers in the past with mixed results so we wanted to be sure we were making the right decision.Testing in Singapore would not have yielded useful results due to the nearly ubiquitous 4G coverage here, so we decided to test the product in India with live cricket in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. This was a really tough task for the Dejero units as we tested at multiple locations using numerous cell operators and the extended duration of the matches added to the complexity. . In multiple tests at various cricket grounds across India we received full HD signal back to the Dejero Broadcast Server at our Playout facility in Singapore.” Commented Deepakjit Singh, Chief Innovation Officer for Encompass.

Speaking from the Ideal booth at the show, Fintan Mc Kiernan, CEO at Ideal Systems S.E.A. stated “We are delighted with the results of the field trials at the cricket in India and were confident that we would be successful as we have a number of customers successfully using Dejero across Asia already for both Sports and News. It’s also a great example of Ideal’s pan Asia reach being a great fit for pan Asia media companies as we were able to support the Live+ EnGo transmitter field trails in India with engineers for our various offices in India while simultaneously having the engineers on site at Encompass in Singapore to setup and train the operators on the use of the Dejero Broadcast server.”

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