Ikusnet is, according to its manufacturer, not just a backpack video uplink encoder. Exhibitor Prodys says that it is a highly versatile HD/SD MPEG4 AVC/H.264 bidirectional portable IP video and audio codec allowing live broadcast from anywhere, at any time.
It supports ad-hoc bandwidth aggregation of up to 10 links (3G/4G/Dual-Ethernet) with a statistical realtime load-balancing algorithm that assures best possible network utilisation, reducing jitter, latency and packet losses.
Ikusnet has two FastEthernet ports that either allows control and video streaming to be separated or to aggregate both lines to increase the bandwidth available for transmission. It is also possible to include the bonded 3G/4G connections with hardwired Ethernet connections giving 10 links for ultimate resiliency and bandwidth.
With two monitor screens, Ikusnet allows the user to monitor the switchable video inputs, the video feedback (cue programme from studio) and the quality of locally encoded video. This is, according to Prodys, not the only thing that makes Ikusnet unique; it also supports a separate bidirectional audio talkback channel as a coordination line to the studio and an ASI interface for satellite
The Prodys Ikusnet video codec system has been enhanced to include full HD operation over IP.