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CONNECTED Where no satellite truck has gone before as close to the action as they can and hope for the best, which is not very reassuring for anyone involved. by Bogdan Frusina F or several weeks last year, the world was focused on Rome. Broadcasters from around the world converged on the city to cover the events surrounding the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the selection of his successor. Existing cellular towers were overwhelmed with traffic on the key celebration days, when more than 500,000 people flocked to the Piazza at St. Peter’s Basilica, making it difficult to stream live video with minimal or no bandwidth available from the cellular networks. Fast-forward one year to February 2014 and the eyes of the world were on Sochi, Russia and the Winter Games. The world’s broadcasters and offi cial broadcast rights-holders had to transmit live coverage, as well as recorded video for later broadcast, from locations that were impractical for electronic newsgathering (ENG) vehicles to access and where local cell networks were heavily congested. As any news professional knows, the ability to get this kind of coverage whenever and wherever it’s happening can be a critical differentiator in a competitive business. ENG crews typically use satellite and microwave trucks to cover live news, sports, and other events from the source, but maintaining costly satellite and microwave vehicles is a major expense. At the same time, transmitting live video via satellite and microwave has its limits depending on the weather, the terrain, and other circumstances. For example, in windy conditions, satellite trucks cannot put the dishes up for safety reasons, with other atmospheric conditions, the signal may degrade, resulting in a drop in bandwidth and an interruption in the transmission. In other instances it’s just plain diffi cult to get a truck or a crew to the event in the fi rst place — because of crowds, the landscape, safety concerns, or any number of other factors. In situations like those, where conditions are far less than ideal for on-location newsgathering, ENG crews simply have to get their ENG vehicles 52 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 87 MARCH 2014 Cellular bonding technology was meant to overcome each of these examples of transmission barriers and reinvent the way news organizations cover live news and events — and in some situations, it has. The technology isn’t just an alternative to satellite and microwave transmission but also a powerful adjunct to it when pure traditional approaches might not work. However, most cellular bonding systems fall short when the cell coverage is less than adequate. For example, when the bombs went off during the Boston Marathon last year, cellular networks became overwhelmed, inhibiting the effectiveness of a bonded cellular solution and therefore broadcasters’ ability to transmit live video from the scene. Dejero is addressing this challenge with technology that bonds cell networks with any combination of Wi- Fi, Ethernet, or satellite networks. This patent-pending Intelligent Connection Management technology uses the best of all available connection types to provide maximum throughput and optimal picture quality for each transmission. Dejero’s proprietary Adaptive Bitrate Encoding over bonded wireless networks enables the transmitter to use the entire available bandwidth and compensate for changing network conditions by automatically adjusting frame rate, resolution, encoding rates, and streaming parameters. Dejero offers an entire platform of products, known as the Dejero LIVE+ Platform, based on this technology. The products can be set up anywhere