The 2022 Commonwealth Games employed 5G wireless camera technology from Vislink as part of an innovative 5G private network trial.
Vislink participated in the project with BT Media and Broadcast and the BBC, who were trialling a standalone 5G private network for broadcast coverage of the Commonwealth Games.
It was the first time the technology had been deployed anywhere in Europe for an event on the scale of the Games.
By using Vislink Mobile Viewpoint UltraLink-Air 5G cellular encoders to enable wireless camera connectivity, camera operators were able to roam freely within the network area during the event, as opposed to relying on broadcast cameras that connect to the outside broadcast solely using radio (RF) signals that rely on proprietary equipment. This enabled the delivery of smooth, uninterrupted video feeds, and the ability to interface directly into IP-based content delivery networks utilising 5G internet connectivity, said Vislink.
Mickey Miller, CEO of Vislink, said, “We are grateful for our participation in the Commonwealth Games 5G network trial. This is another in a series of marquee sporting events that showcases the advantages of our public and private 5G wireless camera solutions. These include the ability to leverage a low-latency, uncontended network that enables a robust and reliable transmission platform for video capture, while serving viewing audiences an immersive experience that brings them right into the heart of the action.”
He continued, “In addition, by providing a 5G camera solution, the Vislink system allows tighter integration into an all-IP remote production environment, and that simplifies video networks, reduces costs and creates streamlined, flexible processes for broadcast professionals.”