With production units planned for launch in January, Cobham is gauging visitor feedback on its MediaMesh offering, which is designed to give journalists all the facilities of the newsroom, wherever they are in the world.
Response has been, according to the company’s broadcast sales manager, JP Delport, “brilliant”.
MediaMesh uses wireless technology to create a dense network that can be expanded at any time. It supports broadcast quality video and audio for live two-ways, as well as data and voice, connecting the journalist in the field to the newsroom.
Communication is via Ka-band where available, or MediaMesh can use direct Ethernet access or even the public 3G/4G network.
The self-contained, case-based system is designed to be easy to use and fast to set up: “it can take only a matter of seconds,” according to Delport. Thoughtfully, inside the case, a screen even provides a non-technical journalist with a video showing how to assemble and set up the dish.
“The journalist loses no time in connecting each piece of equipment and testing the communications link,” said Delport. “They all automatically pick up the wireless mesh network. There are no cables to lose or confuse. Any data can be carried and delivered to the right device – so, for example, the camera can be controlled from the newsroom.”
“MediaMesh gives broadcasters the extra agility they need to establish a newsroom away from home,” concluded Delport. “The journalist can focus on the story, not on trying to communicate with base.” – Ian McMurray