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SatBroadcasting™: News-On-The-Move... Fast, First Rate SATCOM
By Volker Jarsch, Director, SATCOM Solutions, ND SatCom


Media companies and broadcasters invest millions in contribution networks to provide real-time news to the public—ND SatCom’s News-On-The-Move system enables news teams to instantly transmit live streams of moving scenes from any location via VSAT networks.

ND SatCom’s News-On-The-Move system is an ideal choice when time-to-air requirements mean transmitting the first report on the go, such as live coverage of a cycle race to reporting from an extended or remote geographic area.

Leading satellite operators have confirmed that the use of an adopted (non-proprietary) satellite antenna with the SKYWAN terminal suspends transmission when the line of sight to the satellite is interrupted by buildings or trees—that transmission then continues immediately when the sight line is open once again. 

ND SatCom offers a more seamless transmission solution. The special COTM (Communications-On-The-Move) feature of the SKYWAN system maintains connectivity, even when passing groups of trees or buildings, providing higher transmission availability than other solutions. The built-in Doppler-Shift feature compensates for accelerations and curves and is tested up to 2,000 km/h. This is a true News-On-The-Move advantage.

ND SatCom offers flexibility and turnkey integrations. The remote site can be a compact backpack terminal, a standard vehicle with a mobile News-On-The-Move system with roof-mountable antenna (that requires no vehicle mod) or a special vehicle with an integrated antenna. Based on a customer’s needs, any integrated camera, encoding and recording equipment may be used. ND SatCom has a successful track record when tailored media solutions are required.

With ND SatCom’s SKYWAN technology, infrastructure can be expanded without ever substituting any investment, starting with the minimal CAPEX and OPEX cost for two terminals (one as a remote site and the other as the home site receiving the news stream).

This starter configuration connects the IP camera to the LAN port at the remote terminal and delivers the news stream at the LAN port of the home terminal. Customers can select to connect additional IP equipment at both sides of the feed and use connectivity for the smartphone or tablet.

As needs grow, further remotes can be added to the system (various types are possible). They all share the same satellite capacity, which is assigned in real-time by the home terminal.

This requires no hardware change. In addition, transponder and transmission planning, live bookings and accounting of network resource usage is managed by the
MFM application.

If an organization requires more than one central site to receive and process news or other content, additional central sites may be equipped that are similar to the first one.
The SKYWAN network commits the throughput and the service quality for the transmissions that are prioritized.
The private network is fully under customer control and does not depend on any public network resources and unsecured routes.

With News-On-The-Move, a remote staff can communicate directly with other locations even when there is no cellular network available.
Simply use the “mesh” option and get connected. No matter where one travels, no matter the mode of transportation, customers may rest assured that all of their valuable news and content are immediately and reliably transmitted for that “first to air” moment satisfaction.

Volker Jarsch works as the Director of Satcom Solutions for ND SatCom. His duties include the development of concepts for synergies between customer applications and their systems and the features of ND SatCom’s portfolio of SKYWAN and integrated terminals. His experience builds on numerous customer projects in the field of governmental applications and enterprise communications which were realized by ND SatCom in the past years.