Dejero, creator of the LIVE+ Platform of bonded wireless uplink solutions for ENG, is offering a special package of on-location services in Rome for broadcasters covering the events surrounding the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the choosing of his successor.
From 26 February, Dejero secured the use of a rooftop terrace in downtown Rome with a panoramic view of the Vatican. The terrace offers an excellent backdrop for live shots and other video coverage of Pope Benedict’s last day in office on 28 February, and continues through to the naming of his successor later in March.
Broadcasters participating in Dejero’s full rooftop package will have exclusive access to a portion of the terrace and will be supplied with power and a dedicated 6 Mbps Ethernet connection. Each client will also have use of a Dejero LIVE+ 20/20 Transmitter, enabling the broadcaster to encode and transmit HD or SD video directly over 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet connections. Existing cellular towers are expected to be overwhelmed with traffic on the key celebration days, when more than 500,000 people are expected to be in attendance. To solve this problem, Dejero has also built a long-range private Wi-Fi network within the Piazza at St. Peter’s Basilica that will give broadcasters the ability to transmit live video to any destination around the world from a variety of Dejero-powered mobile devices — professional transmitters, laptops, iPads, and iPhones. With this private network in place, live HD and SD transmissions can be broadcast with high quality and short latency, even if minimal or no bandwidth is available from the cellular networks.
In addition to the full rooftop package, Dejero is offering its LIVE+ 20/20 Transmitters as well as LIVE+ NewsBook and LIVE+ Mobile App software for rent by broadcasters seeking to do live reporting from any other location in Rome or within the Piazza at St. Peter’s Basilica.
Key Dejero partners have provided a critical role in the development of the Vatican ENG services by lending valuable local assistance and on-site support. These companies include Laboratorio Tevere, Dejero’s Italian partner, and IDX Technology Europe, Dejero’s exclusive European distributor.