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November 16, 2006

NetStreamLive Offers IP Truck for Texas Campaigning

Michelle Amodio, TMCnet Associate Editor


For NetStreamLive, a Dallas-based webcasting production company, election day was high-time to utilize their mobile broadband offering, bringing high-speed network connections to campaign stops for the Kinky Friedman for Governor campaign.
 
For such an event, NetStreamLive took delivery of its first mobile broadband vehicle, which featured an integrated Panamsat (now Intelsat) Quickspot System, including a Vipersat satellite modem, Skystream DVB receiver and 24 port Airlink ethernet switch. The “IP Truck” also included an iDirect IP accelerator and Quintum (News - Alert) VoIP.
 
According to a release, for the campaign stops, NetStreamLive took rack mounted gear into the venue where audio and video was mixed live to an encoder and established a WiFi bridge to the truck for transmission. The stream was hosted by Dallas-based In Command Broadcasting whose proprietary webcasting solution handled encoding and real time chat for the state-wide staff not in attendance.
 
NetStreamLive’s "Mobile Broadband" is a satellite based network connection all carried by a custom modified 4WD Ford Excursion which delivers bandwidth to any location on an hourly, daily or weekly basis. Applications include:
 
• Webcasting from sites with unsuitable connectivity
• Replacing lost bandwidth or supplementing existing bandwidth.
• Mobile wireless access point
• Live event support
• Emergency response support
• Base camp or film set connectivity
 
The NetStream Mobile Broadband vehicle comes equipped with full video production capability, high gain wireless network routers and 4 Voice over IP lines.
 
"The ability to bring a very reliable high speed network connection with you in the field circumvents one of the main obstacles faced by all live event webcasters and also presents a host of new opportunities,” said Patrick Holloway, president, NetStreamLive in a statement. “Any industry that has geographically dispersed infrastructure will at some point have need of temporary bandwidth near that infrastructure. We can deliver that bandwidth and then it is our job to enlighten them as to the utility of taking the technology one step further by having ‘eyes on site’.”
 

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