NetCaster will provide a solution for customers looking for multi-party conferencing over the Alphasat and Inmarat-4 satellites with low capital investment and control over operational cost. NetCaster will provide reliable asymmetric multiparty conferencing with low latency. The baseline mode of operation is highly robust audio, this is complemented by ‘rich media’ in a manner dependent upon available hardware resources and network capacity.
The objective is to provide a solution for event managers and producers who have a requirement to gather media from contributors using smartphone and tablet technology in combination with land mobile, vehicular mount and maritime BGAN terminals. To enable a variety of media to be transmitted to a receiver making best use of available bandwidth with graceful fallback to robust audio. An underlying design goal of NetCaster is to be able to exploit the different service types available on the BGAN network and deliver rich interactive media over background class data connections.
The main challenges of the NetCaster project have been identified as:
The key benefits of NetCaster are:
System architecture includes a “NetCaster Client” for installation on remote user platforms, and “NetCaster Producer” to be installed at the central receive site and will be used by the production manager.
The client will be able to contribute:
The producer will have the ability to:
The NetCaster project is divided into 6 tasks, each task is broken down further into a number of work packages, the tasks are;
Following the September launch of NetCaster at IBC in Amsterdam, we are delighted to report favourable interest from the industry, and look forward to welcoming enterprise customers for product evaluation in November.
NetCaster has been used in three pilot trial activities:
the Transat Jacques Vabre Ocean Race
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