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January 12, 2011

Borneo Expedition Uses Livewire for Videoconferencing

By Rahul Arora, TMCnet Contributor

To discover new species and explore the unexplored, a group from the University of Exeter and University College Falmouth set off on a journey to the rainforests of Murung Raya province of Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, on Nov. 19.  

The group will largely be benefitted with Livewire Digital’s M-Link Newscaster that will help them share their adventure with a global audience. This software is being used for video compression and transmission and also for management of the satellite link. It stores & forwards video delivery and M-Link Live X for live video calls.

Few live videoconferencing sessions with the Natural History Museum have been planned, the first of these will take place on Jan. 13. The conference will take advantage of Livewire’s custom software which will take the live video feed being played out at Livewire's Exchange receiver and will act as a proxy to make the feed available to the proprietary video conferencing unit at the Natural History Museum.

Offered as "M-Link Bridge," the functionality will help customers who do not have the infrastructure to receive live calls themselves, or who want to bridge between an M-Link receiver and a standard video conferencing unit. Livewire have also supplied the team with four Inmarsat (News - Alert) iSat phones, a Thrane & Thrane 700 terminal and some Iridium handsets.

"The satellite communications equipment that Livewire Digital Ltd have supplied, along with their expertise and support in the field is invaluable," said Martin Holland expedition leader, in a recent press release

"We are delighted to be able to showcase our video delivery software during such an adventurous and deserving expedition,” said Richard Aylmer-Hall, business development & product manager at Livewire Digital Ltd, in a statement. “We wish the Heart of Borneo team every success and look forward to following their adventures over the coming months."

Rahul Arora is a TMCnet contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee

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