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IMT VISLINK DISPLAYS NEW GROUNDBREAKING SINGLE-FRAME LATENCY UHD HCAM AND ULTRARECEIVER WIRELESS CAMERA SOLUTION AT IBC

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018xG® Technology, Inc. (“xG”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), whose brands are recognized as the global leaders in live video communications in the broadcast, military and government markets, announces today that IMT Vislink will be demonstrating an innovative enhancement to its HCAM and UltraReceiver wireless camera solution to provide single-frame end-to-end latency for 4K UHD transmissions at IBC 2018 (Stand 1.A69).

Production companies and event producers are increasingly turning to wireless camera solutions in order to make live programming more immersive and engaging for viewers. The growth in UHD and HDR programming follows this trend of seeking out greater realism and a “really there” sense of involvement. Vislink’s single-frame latency wireless camera solution allows greater creative flexibility by allowing event directors to seamlessly cut between wired and wireless UHD resolution cameras at will and with full confidence of providing continuity throughout the broadcast.

“We introduced the HCAM HEVC UHD wireless camera transmitter at IBC last year, being the first company to bring this type of wireless camera solution that enables high-quality, long range operations within narrow RF channels to market,” says David Robins, Global Sales Director for Vislink. “Vislink is proud to offer another market first with the updated HCAM and UltraReceiver solution, as it provides a significant improvement to operators by delivering quality UHD pictures with latencies as low as a single frame, while enhancing broadcasting freedom. HCAM fills the need for reliable HEVC transmission and allows for better compression without sacrificing quality.”

HCAM is the most widely deployed HEVC 4K UHD wireless transmitter on the market today. It supports applications such as ENG (Electronic News Gathering) and premium live sports broadcasts. It features user-interchangeable RF modules and a range of software options – including the capability to be HDR Ready. With highly flexible and configurable mounting options and intuitive video interfaces, the unit can be mounted to broadcast cameras, ENG cameras and prosumer cameras.

HCAM features dual SFP modules supporting quad 3/6/12G SDI/HDMI/Fiber Optic/SMPTE 2022-6 HD-SDI over IP interfaces. It’s also designed with Wi-fi and Bluetooth® control via a dedicated Android and iOS app. In addition, the unit features integrated camera control with Vislink FocalPoint compatibility and direct-docking V-Lock and Anton/Bauer® battery plates with integral power feed through. It is also compatible with Vislink’s L1750 range of transmitter modules via RTB modification.

Perfect for broadcast sports and ENG news coverage with wireless cameras, the UltraReceiver is a 1RU half-width, rackmount chassis receiver. The versatile receiver features four UHF inputs with maximum-ratio combining, DVB-T and proprietary LMS-T demodulation, as well as ASI and IP capabilities.

To check out the full range of broadcast solutions provided by IMT and Vislink, please visit www.imt-solutions.com  or https://www.vislink.com/ for more information.

 

IMT Vislink Announces Joint Collaboration with Panasonic at IBC 2018

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 — xG Technology, Inc. (“xG” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), whose brands are recognized as the global leaders in live video communications in the broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, announces that IMT Vislink will be showcasing its collaboration with Panasonic at this year’s IBC show (IMT Vislink Stand 1.A69, Panasonic Stand 11.C45).  IBC marks the first time this partnership, which pairs IMT Vislink’s external wireless HCAM transmitter system with the Panasonic studio camera range, will be on display. In addition, IMT Vislink is debuting its upgraded HCAM/ULRX platform. The latest combination of HCAM transmitter and ULRX receiver improves latency to around 1 frame on 4K UHD and other formats.

With its recently announced software upgrade, Panasonic’s AK-UC4000 will include the capability for 4K output via one of the 12G-SDI outputs from the camera head. When combined with the updated IMT Vislink HCAM transmitter, the AK-UC3000, AK-HC5000 and AK-UC4000 will all allow full HD wireless video transmission, with 4K transmission using the UC4000.

“As a worldwide leader in the development of broadcast and studio wireless camera technologies, IMT Vislink is honored to be able to collaborate with Panasonic to bring this innovative product to the market,” says Dean Chettra, Global Channel Manager at IMT Vislink. “By joining together IMT Vislink’s recently updated HCAM wireless camera system with the latest firmware for Panasonic’s studio cameras, we are enabling an end-to-end video capture, transmission and receiving workflow for various broadcast applications.”

IMT Vislink’s HCAM represents the next generation of HEVC 4K UHD wireless transmitters, supporting applications such as ENG and sports broadcasts. The HCAM, which comes with highly flexible and configurable mounting options and intuitive video interfaces, can be mounted to broadcast cameras, ENG cameras and prosumer cameras broadening its market appeal.

The HCAM features interchangeable, futureproof dual SFP modules supporting quad 3/6/12G SDI/HDMI/Fiber Optic/SMPTE 2022-6 HD-SDI over IP interfaces as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® control via a dedicated Android and iOS application.

“The ability to create a smooth workflow for live wireless broadcast is very important to our users,” says Stefan Hofmann, Sales Engineering Manager Live Operation (Pro-Av and Visual) at Panasonic. “By joining forces with IMT Vislink, we feel we have developed a high-performance, innovative wireless camera system that will take wireless broadcast applications to the next level. IMT Vislink’s HCAM’s user-interchangeable RF modules and a range of software options, continues the line of innovative, high-performance wireless camera systems from IMT Vislink.”

IMT Vislink is currently shipping its external wireless solutions for the AK-UC3000 and AK-UC4000. This is based on the existing HCAM transceiver unit, which supports HD and UHD on a switchable basis.

IMT VISLINK TO LAUNCH NEW ADVENT SATELLITE COMMUNICATION PRODUCTS AT IBC 2018

xG® Technology, Inc. (“xG”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), whose brands are recognized as the global leaders in live video communications in the broadcast, military and government markets, announces that its IMT Vislink brand will be displaying new Advent satellite communication products at this year’s International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) show (Stand 1.A69). IMT Vislink’s Advent satellite products allow operators to access end-to-end satellite communication workflows and provide turnkey deployments in the field.

With over 30 years of expertise serving the broadcast, military and government markets, IMT Vislink has updated its satcom line to include the new Advent AirPro 75Ka antenna. This low-cost antenna works alongside the new Advent DVE6100 encoder and IRD6200 decoder, in addition to the proven Advent MSAT man-portable satellite antenna system and the Advent NewSwift HD 240 motorized satellite terminal, all of which will be showcased at this year’s IBC Show (Stand 1.A69). The Advent satellite solutions provide cost-effective, high quality, reliable transmissions within mobile and rapid deployment packages.

“The Advent range is designed to enhance an operator’s mobility by offering maximum performance within a small form-factor and allowing quick deployment for situations across the globe,” says David Robins, Global Sales Director for IMT Vislink. “We are excited to reinvest a significant amount of our time and energy into the research and development of this product line. Our commitment to innovation provides our customers with superior quality video transmission and reception solutions at the lowest latency possible.”

The Advent AirPro 75Ka is a small, lightweight, low-cost, single-button deployment IP satellite data terminal for use with Eutelsat’s Tooway™ service. The Advent AirPro 75Ka works alongside the new Advent DVE6100 encoder and IRD6200 decoder to deliver greater transmission efficiency. The Advent DVE6100 and IRD6200 are the smallest and lightest 4K UHD DVB-S2X exciter and 4K UHD HEVC DVB-S2X IRD on the market. They provide ultra-low latency with multi-mode compression/decompression for MPEG-2, H.264 and HEVC with four-channel HD capability for resolutions up to 1080p. Both products include a flexible IP streaming engine.

The Advent MSAT is a highly portable, lightweight, tri-band satellite terminal that can be set up anywhere to provide secure and non-secure data and video transmission in as little as five minutes. It supports X, Ku and Ka-band configurations ensuring worldwide coverage is available at all times. Available with a 65, 90 or 120cm reflector, the system is designed for rapid deployment in hostile environments and can be used with mains power or battery operation.

The Advent NewSwift HD 240 antenna is a Eutelsat, Intelsat and Arabsat compliant lightweight roof mounted drive away antenna designed to meet the highest standards of reliability and functionality for today’s broadcast and military markets. All three motorized axes work simultaneously for an on-air time of less than five minutes. The 2.4m NewSwift is available as a C, Ku or X band system, sporting quick field-changeable feed cartridges that provide greater flexibility to users around the world.

To see the Advent solutions in action visit IMT Vislink in Hall 1, Stand A.69 at this year’s IBC show at The Rai, Amsterdam. Visit www.imt-solutions.com or https://www.vislink.com/ to check out the full range of solutions.

VISLINK ENTERS INTO STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH COGENT TECHNOLOGIES

xG Technology, Inc. (“xG” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), whose brands are recognized as the global leaders in live video communications in the broadcast, sports and entertainment and public safety markets, today announced that Vislink has undertaken a strategic cooperation with Cogent Technologies Limited (“Cogent”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Century Sage Scientific Holdings Limited (“CSS Group”) of which shares are listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (stock code: 1450). Pursuant to terms of a memorandum of understanding the companies have entered into, Vislink will have the exclusive right to help promote and sell Cogent’s products and solutions to all regions outside of China.

“We are excited to enter into this strategic partnership with Cogent,” said John Payne, President and Chief Operating Officer of IMT Vislink. “We are very confident that this agreement will be mutually beneficial to both companies. CSS Group has built a reputation as the leading provider of media solutions in China, with a focus on high-end systems for content production, broadcast and transmission, event broadcast services, and broadcasting equipment development and sales. We look forward to serving as the exclusive distributor of Cogent’s products in international markets outside of China.”

Cogent is mainly engaged in research, development and sales of transmission products including, but not limited to, 4G portable transmission devices, bonded cellular solutions and wireless microwave transmission products, which are able to provide quality and smooth broadcasting and signal return services for live events. Since its founding in 2007, CSS Group has had a long-term business relationship with Vislink and companies of xG. The establishment of the strategic cooperation relationship represents a broader and deeper cooperation between the companies.

IMT Vislink Showcase Leading Edge Wireless Camera Transmitters and Satellite Products at IBC 2018

xG® Technology, Inc. (“xG”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), whose brands are recognized as the global leaders in live video communications in the broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, announced today that IMT and Vislink will be displaying a wide array of leading edge wireless camera transmitters and satellite solutions at this year’s International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) show (Stand 1.A69). On display will be the MicroLite 2, HCAM and IMTDragonFly wireless camera transmitters, Vislink AirPro 75Ka two-axis motorized driveaway antenna system and additional broadcast products.

“For over 30 years, IMT and Vislink have been known around the world for providing broadcast professionals with premium products in terms of performance, reliability and adaptability,” says David Robins, global Sales Director for Vislink. “We have a history of being at the forefront of video technology advancements, and our HCAM 4K wireless camera systems represent our latest innovation. IBC is the perfect venue for us to highlight our extensive solutions for collecting and delivering secure, high-quality video from live news, sporting and entertainment events.”

IBC is the world’s most influential media, entertainment & technology show, bringing together over 57,000 professionals from over 170 countries, spanning the creation, management, and delivery of electronic media and entertainment.

HCAM is the most widely deployed HEVC 4K UHD wireless transmitter on the market today. It supports applications such as ENG (Electronic News Gathering) and premium live sports broadcasts. It features user-interchangeable RF modules and a range of software options – including the capability to be HDR Ready. With highly flexible and configurable mounting options and intuitive video interfaces, the unit can be mounted to broadcast cameras, ENG cameras and prosumer cameras.

The Vislink AirPro 75Ka is a small, lightweight, low-cost, single-button deployment IP satellite data terminal for use with Eutelsat’s Tooway™ service. The Vislink AirPro-75 features a fully motorized, driveaway antenna system and a 75cm Ka-Band antenna. The terminal can be roof-mounted to any vehicle and makes an instant broadband connection possible anywhere. The antenna is controlled using the Web interface built into the controller. The system is designed for use by non-technical people and operation is simply a matter of opening the app and selecting “deploy.”

The MicroLite 2 system is a highly portable professional-grade COFDM HD wireless camera transmission link capable of providing high-quality video at distances over two miles, line-of-sight (LOS). IMT’s COFDM technology ensures the transmission of uninterrupted, live TV pictures over long ranges, despite the effects of foliage, challenging terrain, buildings and other common non-line-of-sight limitations. The latest version of the MicroLite system is the perfect addition to any remote news production with its reduced deployment time and improved agility.

The IMTDragonFly is a miniature transmitter designed to capture real-time, high-quality video from unmanned air and ground vehicles, bodycams and concealments for display on fixed or mobile receive devices. The transmitter features HD/SD-SDI or optional HDMI inputs with COFDM transmission in a small, lightweight chassis. The IMTDragonFly delivers up to 100mW of power in a package weighing less than 1.2 ounces/34 grams, providing long range, reliable HD video transmission.

To check out the full range of broadcast solutions provided by IMT and Vislink, please visit
www.imt-solutions.com  or www.vislink.com for more information.

PANASONIC GOES WIRELESS WITH IMT VISLINK

xG Technology, Inc. (“xG” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), whose IMT Vislink brands are recognized as the global leaders in live video communications in the broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, announces today a partnership with Panasonic that will see IMT Vislink’s external wireless solution integrated into the Panasonic studio camera range, enabling an end-to-end video capture, transmission and receiving workflow for various broadcast applications.

Panasonic’s AK-UC4000 will also receive a software upgrade in September 2018, which will include the capability for 4K output via one of the 12G-SDI outputs from the camera head. When combined with the IMT Vislink HCAM transmitter, the AK-UC3000, AK-HC5000 and AK-UC4000 will all allow Full HD wireless video transmission, with 4K transmission using the UC3000 and UC4000.

Dean Chettra, Global Channel Manager at IMT Vislink, says, “The HCAM represents the next generation of HEVC 4K UHD wireless transmitters, supporting applications such as ENG and sports broadcasts. The HCAM, which comes with highly flexible and configurable mounting options and intuitive video interfaces, can be mounted to broadcast cameras, ENG cameras and prosumer cameras broadening its market appeal.”

Stefan Hofmann, Sales Engineering Manager at Panasonic said, “With user-interchangeable RF modules and a range of software options, the HCAM continues the line of innovative, high performance wireless camera systems from IMT Vislink. We think that our users will find that the joint development we have carried will ensure that they have a smooth workflow for live wireless broadcast.”

The HCAM features interchangeable, future-proof dual SFP modules supporting quad 3/6/12G SDI/HDMI/Fiber Optic and SMPTE 2022-6 HD-SDI over IP interfaces.

IMT Vislink is currently shipping its external wireless solutions for the AK-UC3000 and AK-UC4000. This is based on the existing HCAM transceiver unit, which supports HD and UHD on a switchable basis.

xG Technology’s IMT Vislink Business Ships 50 HCAM 4K UHD Units In Q1 2018

Expects to Deliver over 200 Systems During Calendar Year 2018

 

xG Technology, Inc. (“xG” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), a leading provider of wireless video solutions to broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for critical communications, announced that its IMT Vislink business unit has shipped 50 HCAM 4K UHD units during Q1 2018. The Company expects to deliver over 200 HCAM systems over the course of 2018.

“I am pleased to report that the issues that prevented us from delivering HCAMs in Q4 2017 have been rectified, and the backordered systems began shipping in Q1 2018,” said George Schmitt, CEO and Board Chairman of xG Technology. “We are confident that these represent the first volume worldwide commercial shipments of 4K systems in the industry. Delivery of the balance of the backordered systems will be complete by the end of Q2, and we expect to average at least 50 units per quarter for the balance of the year. It is likely we will exceed those numbers, as we have orders and preorders for 200 units in hand now.”

Mr. Schmitt continued, “We are extremely proud of the work done by our engineering and production personnel, given the substantial complexity and sophistication of these systems. In fact, according to Rob Williamson, one of the hardware engineers in our IMT Vislink unit, ‘The board is not only a major technical achievement.  It’s also a work of art.’”

Mr. Schmitt concluded, “Having successfully begun delivery of the HCAM systems reaffirms our leadership in developing, productizing and deploying wireless broadcast technology innovations. The IMT Vislink HCAM represents the product segment leader in terms of performance and features and, based on what we know, we will have the smallest, lightest weight and lowest power consumption system in the market. We will continue to keep the market informed on the progress we make in supplying HCAM systems to the market.”

HCAM systems will be on display in IMT Vislink’s booth (Booth C6008) at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas from April 9-12, 2018.

IMT Vislink selected as a featured presenter at NAB 2018 on bringing studio workflows to the field

xG® Technology, Inc. (“xG”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), a leading provider of wireless video solutions for the broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for critical communications, announces that its IMT Vislink business has been selected to present at the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (BEITC) at this year’s 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The session, titled “Bringing Studio Workflows to the Field: Leveraging Licensed Broadcast Spectrum Assets,” will take place on April 10th from 11:00AM – 11:20AM (PST) in the North Hall Meeting Room (N255).

“While the Internet, IP technology and bonded cellular networks have radically and positively changed the way ENG is performed, too often broadcasters are connecting field and studio via unsecured, at-will broadband infrastructures they do not have control over,” says John Payne IV, president of IMT USA. “In our presentation, we will be discussing the shift in video technology toward acceptance, and now the adoption, of IP-based links into ENG workflows. We will also address the importance of preserving the security of the licensed BAS 2GHz frequency band while maximizing its efficiency.”

Mr. Payne continued, “Our newsnet® solution is one of the exciting approaches to meeting this challenge. Newsnet can help deliver higher production values, lower operational costs, workflow efficiency through doing more with less, and channel resiliency provided by using BAS-licensed spectrum and the dynamic allocation of bandwidth to the most important transmissions. We have started to implement newsnet within select, prominent broadcast stations, with very encouraging results.”

Lowell Beckner, Newsnet Product Manager at IMT Vislink, said, “Newsnet was designed for broadcasters seeking to maximize coverage while fully leveraging studio assets to deliver a more immersive experience for their viewers. It takes advantage of newsroom automation systems by tying a live shot into the rundown and letting it dictate the priorities, enabling high-speed file transfers and access to the servers, intercom, prompters and other features.”

Newsnet incorporates a high-speed and reliable bi-directional IP network that utilizes the exclusive and highly coveted 2 GHz BAS-licensed spectrum, thereby increasing the number of live ENG transmissions and workflows that can be performed from the field. The newsnet system consists of one or more mobile high-speed IP network nodes that easily connects with a base station, typically located at existing ENG receive sites. Each mobile node not only offers high-quality video transmission capability, but also a private and reliable ingress point for other IP-centric edge devices—allowing users to control their own private high-speed IP licensed wireless network and ensuring that their content newsgathering workflows and intellectual property are never at risk.

At NAB 2018 (Booth C6008), IMT Vislink will be showcasing a wide array of solutions alongside the newsnet ecosystem. A variety of wireless camera transmitters will be on display including the MicroLite 2 HD ultra-compact, ultra-low latency wireless video transmitter and the HCAM HEVC 4K UHD Wireless Camera Transmitter.

IMT Vislink debuts new AirPro-75 Motorized Driveaway KA-Band Satellite Data Terminal at SATELLITE 2018

xG® Technology, Inc. (“xG”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), a leading provider of wireless video solutions for the broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for critical communications, announces that its IMT Vislink business is debuting a new satellite data terminal, Vislink AirPro-75, at SATELLITE 2018 (Booth 449). Additional IMT and Vislink solutions will also be on display at the event, including the MSAT-120 satellite video & data terminal, MicroLite 2 HD ultra-compact COFDM wireless transmitter, HCAM HEVC/UHD wireless transmitter and ViewBack low latency dual channel diversity receiver-decoder.

The Vislink AirPro-75 is a small, lightweight, low-cost, single-button deployment IP satellite data terminal for use with Eutelsat’s Tooway™ & ViaSat™ Exede® services. It is a fully motorized, driveaway antenna system with full auto-acquisition functionality. The Vislink AirPro-75 features a 75cm Ka-Band antenna. Future models include 120cm Ka-Band systems and a motorized feed to provide support for linear polarization (in 120cm system).

“IMT Vislink is known for providing cost-effective, easy-to-use and highly portable solutions that consistently make a difference in the field for various RF and microwave environments,” says John Payne IV, president of IMT USA. “Vislink has a deep heritage as a global provider of satellite communications technologies, with a successful track record in defense and broadcast markets. With the addition of the Vislink AirPro-75, IMT Vislink can now provide professionals with a new low-cost, efficient IP option.”

The Mantis MSAT is a highly portable, lightweight, tri-band satellite terminal that can be set up anywhere to provide secure and non-secure data and video transmission in as little as five minutes. It supports X- and Ku-band configurations ensuring worldwide coverage is available at all times.

The MicroLite 2 transmitter features HD/SD-SDI and HDMI inputs with COFDM transmission in a small, lightweight chassis. It delivers up to 250mW of power, providing long-range, reliable HD video transmission. IMT’s COFDM technology ensures the transmission of uninterrupted, live TV pictures over two miles Line-of-Sight (LOS), despite the effects of foliage, challenging terrain, buildings and other common non-line-of-sight limitations.

The HCAM represents the next generation of HEVC 4K UHD wireless transmitters and features user-interchangeable RF modules and a range of software options. With highly flexible and configurable mounting options and intuitive video interfaces, the unit can be mounted to broadcast cameras, ENG cameras and even prosumer cameras to broaden the market reach.

The Vislink ViewBack is a lightweight, low-power, low-latency, dual-channel diversity receiver-decoder, intended primarily to provide reception of return studio video transmission back to the camera operator. Functioning in the 2GHz-licensed band, the receiver supports Vislink’s proprietary robust LMS-T demodulation in addition to low-latency H.264 decoding. Outputs include HDMI and HDSDI, the latter being switchable, in wireless camera applications, between the local camera video and the return received video.

Broadcast RF deploys Vislink HCAM wireless camera system at Arsenal vs Chelsea

Telegenic and BT Sport gave Broadcast RF an opportunity to put the Vislink HCAM system through its paces at the Women’s Super League match, Chelsea vs Arsenal, at the Kingsmeadow Stadium, London, on Sunday 7th January 2018.

The UHD wireless camera system comprised a Sony PMW-F55, which provided 4K UHD video, and was controlled with the normal Sony camera control ‘racking’ system. The UHD RF system linked into the existing wireless camera infrastructure and operated exactly like a normal touchline camera.

“We have 28 HCAM HEVC wireless camera systems on order, and to see one operational in a live environment this weekend was brilliant. The UHD pictures in the truck looked fantastic; so good that at one point it even had a stint as an 18-yard camera, which completely exceeded our expectations on its first outing,” said Chris Brandrick, Broadcast RF Commercial Director.

“We’d like to thank Telegenic and BT Sports for allowing us to test this, and look forward to another outing next weekend at Wembley for the Tottenham vs Everton match live on BT Sport.”

Martyn Edwards, Telegenic OB Unit Manager for the match, commented: “Having evaluated the UHD RF camera during our rig day, I had no hesitation in offering the UHD wireless camera output to the match director to be included in the live cut. Broadcast RF’s impressive UHD wireless delivery with low latency surpassed our expectancy. I look forward to using the UHD wireless system from Broadcast RF in the near-future.”

Story source: SVG Europe HCAM Story.