At the 2013 NAB Show, the newly launched Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live transmitter received a STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award from the editorial staff of TV Technology magazine. Jointly developed by Dejero and Integrated Microwave Technologies LLC (IMT), the Connect Live is a next-generation, camera-mounted cellular and microwave bonding system for electronic newsgathering (ENG) that offers mobile news teams a highly flexible and powerful alternative to traditional satellite and microwave links.
Now celebrating its 13th anniversary, TV Technology's STAR Award is designed to honor and showcase the outstanding technological innovations available to the broadcast industry. A panel of judges consisting of TV Technology editors, columnists, and industry experts reviewed a variety of products, examined the technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry, and then submitted their award nominees.
"The NAB Show serves as the launching pad for thousands of new products and services for audio and video professionals," said Tom Butts, editor in chief, TV Technology. "Our panel of judges walks the show floor in search of the most innovative technologies. The products and services that we select for the STAR Award make the cut, demonstrating their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum."
Connect Live is a powerful combination of IMT's coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (COFDM) technology and Dejero's patent-pending Adaptive Bitrate Encoding technologies. Adaptive Bitrate Encoding enables the transmitter to compensate for changing network conditions by adjusting frame rate, resolution, encoding rates, and streaming parameters. When cellular issues arise, the system automatically switches over to microwave transmission. In this manner, the system is able to bond up to four cellular 3G or 4G LTE networks -- as well as any combination of Wi-Fi(R), Ethernet, or Ka-band satellite paths -- to provide maximum throughput for video transmissions. The new Connect Live system offers full integration with the Dejero LIVE+ platform and is packaged with a five-inch, high-resolution touch-screen monitor designed to mount directly onto a range of small-format HD cameras used in today's broadcasts.
"Driven by innovation from both Dejero and IMT, Connect Live is the most versatile SD/HD live-news wireless camera system on the market today -- a big win for broadcast outlets looking for a state-of-the-art ENG solution that gives them greater range, mobility, and flexibility," said Brian Cram, CEO, Dejero. "The STAR Award is a great honor, recognizing the best of IMT's microwave and Dejero's cellular bonding expertise, gives broadcasters the power to cover live breaking news and provide real-time reporting from often remote and challenging locations."
"We are extremely pleased to be recognized by TV Technology, a prestigious industry publication, for this innovative product collaboration for the professional broadcast industry," says Integrated Microwave Technologies Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. "As the only combined wireless/cellular product honored in this year's awards program, IMT and Dejero are excited to be at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology."