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Slingpath launches SNG training

16 May 2007

Given that satellite interference is a significant problem to satellite users and is often caused by operator error, there’s a need for a global standard of competence for SNG uplink operators. SlingPath is the first company to step into the breach, offering the first competency-based online training for SNG.

Satellite interference is a significant problem to satellite users and often caused by operator error – hence the solution to this problem in part lies in a global standard of competence for SNG (satellite newsgathering) uplink operators. SlingPath offers the first competency-based online training for SNG, and is accessible, interactive, and user-friendly.

Launched at NAB2007, “Basic SNG Operations” is an introduction to satellites and their use in newsgathering, aimed at new entrants and those required to gain some understanding of satellite newsgathering processes. No prior knowledge is required, and as the course is online it’s accessible by anyone from anywhere at anytime.

The course takes the student through the basics of satellites, how they are used in newsgathering, the various key technical parameters and critical component parts of an SNG system, and how to safely work in the field with the equipment.

SlingPath promises that the presentation of the material is highly graphical, interactive, and user-friendly, with potentially complex subjects presented in a fashion that makes it approachable to even the most technophobic participants.

The course can typically be completed in around seven hours at the student’s own pace, and is available at an affordable USD 595 per seat. The online course is followed up by a three-day practical course (at additional cost) with a hands-on examination, undertaken at one of eight practical training centres which will be established around the globe by the end of 2007.

Already approved and accredited by satellite industry bodies SUIRG (Satellite Users Interference Reduction Group) and WBU-ISOG (World Broadcasting Union – International Satellite Operations Group), this web-based training is a truly new advance in training for the SNG market. It is hoped that this will be the beginning of a move to establish a core competency level for all those involved in satellite newsgathering, identifying those who have achieved competence in an online industry database held by SUIRG.

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