AirSpeed Telecom is providing RTÉ News with an innovative broadcast technology service for the duration of Election 2011 which will deliver live video footage from the main political party press rooms and a selection of constituency count centres directly to the RTÉ newsroom.
By utilising AirSpeed Telecom’s LiveLinx live broadcasting service, to augment its conventional coverage, RTÉ will maintain the important speed of response to any breaking news from the count centres.
One of the issues for RTÉ with Election 2011 is the unpredictability of where the hot spots in terms of news are going to be. Getting crew to an emerging location on time or remaining at a particular count centre for a long period of time can be problematic and costly. AirSpeed Telecom’s nationwide network and LiveLinx broadcast turnkey solution will allow RTÉ to provide complete coverage from all 43 constituencies for Election 2011.
Requirement for communications bandwidth for Election 2011
Up until now, RTÉ has used satellite mobile units (SMUs) with a full crew to bring camera and broadcast equipment to critical count centres. RTÉ is also excited about future prospects for the service as it allows it to tap into AirSpeed Telecom’s network with minimal advance warning, enabling a fast response for news reporting.
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RTÉ is already using AirSpeed Telecom’s Livelinx live broadcasting service for daily financial news, with a similar service deployed in key stockbroker locations in Dublin.
“Our requirement for communications bandwidth for Election 2011 is significantly greater than before,” said Ray Purser, director of Operations News and Current Affairs at RTÉ.
“By using this new IP technology at some centres gives us the complete coverage necessary to provide a very fast response to any candidate’s count issues and ensure our viewers have up-to-the-minute knowledge of election developments at the count centres nationwide.”
“The service also provides us with dedicated bandwidth, which we will use to facilitate both our online election services, where reporters will have uncontended broadband access. This will enable reporters to contribute live updates on RTÉ online through various social media channels and indeed have immediate remote access to our main newsroom election system from the field.”
Liam O’Kelly, managing director, AirSpeed Telecom, said that apart from live streaming, the service also fulfils voice and data requirements for each location and is continuously available for the duration.