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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.

NEP UK Places Order for $535,000 for Latest Vislink HEVC 4K-Capable HCAM Wireless Camera Systems with Focal Point Camera Control

New Satellite Data Solution Connects Multiple Reporters and Producers Across Continents

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 Vislink business has received a $535,000 order from NEP UK for the latest Vislink HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) 4K-capable HCAM Wireless Camera Systems with Focal Point Camera Control.  The systems will be used at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February 2018 and at The Commonwealth Games in Australia in August 2018.

“This commitment from NEP further solidifies our relationship, and continues to highlight the market confidence in the HCAM with pre-orders now over $2 million. I’m delighted with our progress and how our relationship with NEP continues to grow globally,” said James Walton, president of IMT Ltd. and head of all IMT and Vislink business operations outside of the Americas.

The Vislink HCAM represents the next generation of HEVC 4K UHD wireless transmitters capable of supporting premium live broadcast events, and continues Vislink’s tradition of innovative, high-performance wireless camera systems. HCAM permits 4K UHD wireless video with a 70ms latency via Vislink’s world- leading RF modulation.

Vislink Enters into Agreement with Panasonic to Bring Unprecedented Video Communications Capabilities to the Rail Industry

Will Leverage Vislink Technology to Deliver Impressive New and Improved Efficiencies and Services to Rail Operations

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 today that its Vislink business has entered into an agreement with Panasonic System Solutions Europe (“Panasonic”) to collaborate on projects to bring Vislink’s proven video communications technology to the rail industry. This technology has the potential to deliver unprecedented capabilities and enhancements to rail operations.

Vislink’s decades-long experience in the design and delivery of reliable, high-quality video transmission systems built to perform in demanding environments brings unique and compelling benefits to the rail industry. Vislink solutions are perfectly suited for situations that involve high-speed vehicles, the effects of shock and vibration and challenging RF (radio frequency) conditions, which are all typical in rail operations.

James Walton, President of IMT Ltd., and head of IMT and Vislink operations outside of the Americas, said, “We are pleased to embark on this exciting partnership with Panasonic to introduce our technology to the rail market, where it has the opportunity to significantly improve efficiency of operations, leading to new and better services, enhanced reliability and improved passenger safety. We have a successful history of working with the team at Panasonic, combining our wireless systems with their broadcast video products for use at many events and installations around the world. By formalizing this partnership, it brings our technical and commercial teams even closer together. We are confident that this will allow both companies to leverage their respective strengths to work on shared projects that have the potential to positively impact new markets.”

The collaboration with Panasonic leverages Vislink’s proven proficiency in onboard wireless technologies that it has developed for use in demanding, real-time sports broadcasting, as well as their pedigree as a trusted provider of mission-critical video solutions for law enforcement, defense and public safety applications.

For its part, Vislink’s collaboration with Panasonic follows its strategy of partnering with tier-one technology providers to jointly identify and pursue business opportunities in targeted vertical markets. In joining forces with Panasonic, Vislink has aligned itself with a leading provider of technology solutions and a major player in the European transportation sector.

Tony O’Brien, Managing Director of Panasonic System Solutions Europe, said, “We have a stated aim of providing the connected technology solutions for a safer, more efficient rail industry. We needed to find the right technology partner to help us in this challenging environment and in Vislink we have found it. Together, we can solve long standing challenges that the industry faces, such as the ability to offer latency-free surveillance across the rail network. By combining Panasonic’s innovative surveillance technology with Vislink’s wireless technology this is now a step closer.”

xG Technology’s Vislink Business Receives $1.2 Million Order from Major Worldwide News Organization for Wireless Camera Systems

xG® Technology, Inc. (“xG”) (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 Vislink business has received an order valued at approximately $1.2 million for wireless camera systems from a major worldwide news organization.

The systems have been purchased for deployment throughout the U.S. for ad-hoc, untethered newsgathering production and operations. They will be utilized to provide live, real-time coverage of major news events, including both scheduled and breaking events, special reports and other features. They will also be used to support live in-studio system applications.

“This order underscores the ability of our video transmission businesses to deliver systems that meet the stringent requirements of tier-one clients,” said George Schmitt, Executive Chairman and CEO of xG Technology. “The purchase was the culmination of extensive testing that confirmed our wireless camera solutions were uniquely suited to address their needs.”

John Payne IV, president of IMT USA, said, “The Vislink systems offer an unmatched suite of capabilities that made for a compelling purchase decision. The standout features of the system include superior H.264 encoding qualities, robust RF performance powered by Vislink’s proprietary LMS-T modulation scheme, and an ultra-low latency that perfectly matches the client’s workflows needs. The solution also incorporates the FocalPoint Camera Control System, which enables real-time remote control of all critical camera parameters. In summary, the attributes of our wireless systems have been implemented to ensure the integrity and consistency of newsgathering operations.”

Vislink Extends Studio Workflows to the Field with Launch of SatWare Remote Reporting Computing Platform at NAB 2017

New Satellite Data Solution Connects Multiple Reporters and Producers Across Continents

xG® Technology, Inc. (“xG”) (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 Vislink and IMT businesses introduced the SatWare remote reporting computing platform to the North American market at NAB 2017 last week. Vislink and IMT exhibited jointly at the event.

“SatWare supports the ever-increasing demand for real-time, worldwide content,” says George Schmitt, Executive Chairman and CEO of xG Technology. “It provides broadcasters with an infrastructure that can deliver high quality video from different corners of the globe. With the addition of SatWare, as well as other Vislink product lines, to IMT’s solution portfolio, the broadcast industry’s most comprehensive range of wireless video capture, transmit and receive systems are now together under one roof.”
SatWare is a high-performance embedded computing and routing system designed to provide enhanced capability and simplified use of broadcast equipment in the field, extending studio workflows and IP communications across continents to portable terminals. SatWare makes efficient use of satellite bandwidth for users, allowing file-based workflows, data, and voice communications to be easily accessed by remote reporters over a Wi-Fi connection to a Vislink satellite terminal of their choice. The platform provides direct access to the local network for smartphones, tablets and laptops without the need for any client network configuration. A system navigation/landing page provides quick access to the devices on the network.

“By using SatWare, a studio in London, a reporter in Boston and another reporter in Mumbai have the ability to talk, share files and use studio workflow as if they are physically together. SatWare truly makes the broadcast world more interconnected,” says John Payne IV, president of IMT USA, “and there was keen interest in this and our other SATCOM solutions at NAB.”

Powered by XipLinkTM, a company that specializes in WAN optimization of dynamic wireless links, SatWare can provide up to 4 Mbit/s of optimized bandwidth using SCPS – TP (Space Communications Protocol Specification) and streaming compression, in addition to the DVB-S2 video feed. For instance, a text file can be compressed by over fifty percent in real time, effectively doubling the channel capacity. For file types that are already compressed, the optimization algorithm will efficiently fill the bandwidth to make best use of the channel. This is the first time that SCPS-TP has been integrated into a Vislink Mantis MSAT man-portable satellite terminal, extending the studio network out to truly remote locations.

SatWare works with the full range of Vislink SATCOM solutions, such as the NewSwift and Mantis systems. The platform can be either physically integrated into a standard Vislink ½ width 1U rack chassis unit or into the body of a MSAT. The latter option makes this the lightest and smallest solution in the market. There is no need to take up extra rack space or demand more power to access IP data services.

IMT and Vislink Team up to Offer Best-in-Class Video Capture and Distribution Solutions

In early 2017, Vislink Communication Systems was acquired by xG Technology, Inc., the parent company of Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT), with the goal of merging Vislink’s operations with those of IMT. The acquisition gives the combined IMT/Vislink entity the market-leading position in delivering end-to-end video capture/transmit/receive solutions to broadcast, sports and entertainment, and mission-critical public safety and defense sectors, both in the U.S. and around the world.

IMT and Vislink clients will now have access to an expanded range of product offerings, services and capabilities. This means IMT/Vislink will be able to provide even more ways of helping its clients meet their business and mission challenges, using a best-of-breed approach to identifying and implementing exactly the right solution tailored to the customer’s unique requirements.

While xG’s intent is to merge Vislink’s operations with those of IMT, the Vislink brand and all legacy brands, including Gigawave, Link, Advent and MRC, will be preserved. IMT has assumed all the Vislink product warranties and will continue to support all the Vislink and IMT product offerings.

Vislink’s business in the Americas will become part of IMT, and their business in the rest of the world will be handled by Vislink’s UK operation. IMT is maintaining all the existing physical facilities around the world, including offices in Colchester and Hemel Hempstead in the UK, Billerica (Massachusetts), Anaheim (California), Singapore, Dubai, and IMT’s newest factory in Hackettstown (NJ).

One of the key benefits of the unification of IMT and Vislink is that there is currently minimal overlap in product offerings, sales channels and market coverage between the two companies. For example, Vislink has a substantial client base in international markets where IMT has had a limited presence. In addition, IMT has a very strong product portfolio targeted to US federal law enforcement and high-end sports broadcasting customers who will now have access to additional solutions based on Vislink’s product configurations. Finally, Vislink has traditional focused on licensed spectrum solutions where IMT has pioneered the use of non-licensed spectrum for many applications.

Combining xG’s shared spectrum and interference mitigation techniques with an expanded IMT/Vislink product lineup will provide an opening into additional customer bases that currently do not have access to licensed spectrum.

The union of the IMT and Vislink entities creates a broad portfolio of products that answer a growing market need for stable, high-definition, wireless video communications. By teaming up, IMT and Vislink will be able to successfully leverage their long broadcast industry leadership positions, reputations for advanced technology, and ability to provide end-to-end-solutions in order to continue providing highly competitive offerings to their clients.

For those unfamiliar with xG Technology, here are some key facts about the company:

• xG Technology is a provider of market-leading wireless video solutions to broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for use in challenging environments.
• xG Technology is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market.
• The acquisition is part of xG’s strategy to provide the broadcast industry with a fully integrated solution for transmitting video data, including Microwave, Satcom, LTE and WiFi technologies.

For more information about IMT, visit www.imt-solutions.com.

For more information about xG Technology, visit www.xgtechnology.com.

Vislink Unveils All-New HCAM, HEVC 4K UHD Camera Transmitter At NAB 2017

xG® Technology, Inc. (“xG”) (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 Vislink and IMT business units are unveiling the new HCAM, HEVC 4K UHD camera transmitter at NAB 2017 (Booth C8008).

Coinciding with the release of the HCAM, Vislink will be finalizing an order for 18 systems of the next generation HCAM transmitters and UltraReceiver placed by Dartford, UK-based Broadcast RF Ltd., a leading hire company for microwave and wireless camera hardware. The deal will be completed on day one of NAB 2017. The HCAM purchase is part of an order with a market value in excess of $900,000 that was previously placed by Broadcast RF with Vislink.

“With the rise of transmitting UHD broadcasts and Vislink’s years of experience in broadcast technology, we are ideally positioned to introduce HCAM at NAB 2017,” said George Schmitt, Executive Chairman and CEO of xG Technology. “The order makes Broadcast RF the first customer to bring the new HEVC product to market.”

“Our relationship with Broadcast RF goes back over many years,” said James Walton, President of IMT Ltd. “Their success is our success, so we are committed to providing them with the optimum solution for live broadcast events. This new evolution of HEVC encoding technology permits 4K UHD wireless video with a 70ms latency via our world leading RF modulation, and opens the door to a new era of coverage in premium live broadcast events. The Vislink HCAM makes 4K UHD wireless transmission a reality.”

“Broadcast RF has one operational goal, to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art RF technology,” says Chris Brandrick, Sales Director, Broadcast RF. “The purchase of 18 new Vislink HCAM systems will equip us with the very best 4K UHD wireless camera systems on the market, which in turn allows us to continue to provide our customers with class leading solutions.” Chris will be on hand at the Vislink NAB booth to complete the purchase with Rob King, Vislink’s Regional Sales Manager for Europe and Broadcast RF account manager.

The HCAM represents the next generation of HEVC 4K UHD wireless transmitters, supporting applications such as ENG and sports broadcasts. 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. 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 and Vislink.

The new 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 dedicated Android and IOS application. In addition, the unit features integrated camera control with FocalPoint compatibility and direct-docking V-Lock and Anton Bauer battery plates with integral power feed through.