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IMT and Vislink Display Newsnet Technological Ecosystem at NAB 2017


High-Bandwidth IP Network Allows for Secure ENG Transmission and Workflow

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 will demonstrate newsnet, a technological ecosystem that establishes a bi-directional IP network for ENG use, at NAB 2017. NAB 2017, which will take place April 22-27, 2017, is the world’s largest annual convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. Vislink and IMT will be in booth C8008, and will also be presenting at the session “The Evolution of ENG: Beyond One-Way Legacy Microwave to Bi-Directional IP-Newsgathering.”

“Newsnet is the most advanced ENG solution currently available, and is one of the key service offerings that led xG Technology to acquire Vislink,” says George Schmitt, Executive Chairman and CEO of xG Technology. “It has the potential to be a key tool in broadcasters’ arsenals for maximizing their coverage of the news as well as fully leveraging their studio assets.”

“The trend of ENG becoming more reliant on the Internet means broadcasters must depend heavily on unsecured and at-will, unmanaged broadband infrastructures as the main corridor connecting field and studio,” says John Payne IV, president of IMT USA. “With newsnet, Vislink has pioneered an alternative IP-centric technology resulting in a complete solution, which preserves the security of the licensed BAS 2GHz frequency band while maximizing its efficiency and spectrum usage. We have begun implementing newsnet within select prominent broadcast stations and have seen superb results thus far.”

Vislink leveraged its long history of specializing in the wireless capture, delivery and management of high quality live video to develop newsnet as a way of completely transforming traditional ENG workflows. It incorporates a high-speed and reliable bi-directional IP network that utilizes the exclusive and highly coveted 2GHz 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 news gathering workflows and intellectual property are never at risk.

With an intuitive user interface, accessible to many skill levels, newsnet allows for multiple access points to operate simultaneously on the same BAS channel, all while enabling a high BW IP connection with studio NRCS. This IP connection can further be leveraged to enhance news production values through high-speed file sharing, as well as enabling all other IP-centric tools in remote locations, phone systems, Closed Captioning, automation and remote asset management. Newsnet is compatible with MOS protocol-based News Automation systems such as Ross, Octopus, Dalet and Video Inception.

Vislink and IMT are Getting Ready for NAB Show 2017

Vislink and IMT are gearing up for the fast-approaching NAB Show 2017. The event, which takes place from April 22nd to 27th in Las Vegas, USA, will mark our first joint appearance at the broadcasting industry’s marquee venue. NAB Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, is the world’s largest annual convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology.

IMT and Vislink will be teaming up in Booth #C8008 to showcase a wide array of video capture, delivery and management products and solutions, including the following:

IMT Nulinx-IP Compact, a self-contained, point-to-point bi-directional microwave fixed link solution that supports current ATSC 1.0 and future ATSC 3.0 standards;
Vislink UltraLite, the world’s first end-to-end wireless 4K UHD live video solution and the all-new HCAM, the next generation of HEVC 4K UHD camera transmission;
Highly-Miniaturized Wireless Video Systems for drone/UAV, bodycam, live sports broadcast and reality-based production applications;
Vislink Newsnet, a revolutionary approach to ENG operations that brings studio workflows directly to the field;
Vislink ViewBack, a lightweight, low power, low latency, dual channel diversity receiver-decoder that enables quicker production and more effective collaboration between camera operators and studio teams; and
Vislink SatWare, a high-performance embedded computing and routing system designed to provide enhanced capability and simplified use of broadcast equipment in the field.

Vislink and IMT will have a full team of account reps, solution engineers and management personnel on hand at their booth to speak with visitors and demonstrate products. To schedule a meeting, or for additional information, please contact John Procacci, Vice President of Sales, at john.procacci@imt-solutions.com.

IMT Announces ATSC-Compliant Nulinx-IP Compact At NAB 2017

New Bi-Directional Microwave Link Supports ATSC 3.0 Standards

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 Integrated Microwave Technologies (“IMT”) business will introduce the Nulinx-IP Compact, a self-contained point-to-point, bi-directional microwave link, at the IMT/Vislink booth at NAB 2017 (Booth C8008).

The Nulinx-IP Compact supports current ATSC IP transport standards and is a highly mobile version of IMT’s Nulinx-IP Flex. This powerful microwave radio is available as an easy-to-install package that brings the high reliability and scalability of carrier-grade microwave to broadcasters.

George Schmitt, Executive Chairman and CEO of xG Technology, said, “The Nulinx-IP Compact continues IMT’s tradition of incorporating future-proof technologies into their products. NAB 2017 is the perfect venue to unveil this highly customer-focused solution.”

“With the FCC Broadcast Spectrum Repack currently underway, IMT looks forward to providing the Nulinx-IP Compact to our customers for added efficiency,” says John Payne IV, president of IMT USA. “This new ATSC 3.0-supported technology underscores our dedication to assisting broadcasters with their transition path from ASI to IP video transport.”

Available as an all-indoor or split system on any licensed or unlicensed band from 5.8 through 42 GHz, IMT’s Nulinx-IP Compact has the flexibility and expandability to grow with the user’s needs. The Nulinx-IP Compact supports data rates as high as 600 Mbps in a 30 MHz Part 101 channel using a single set of antennas, and as high as 1200 Mbps using MIMO technology. It operates with as little as 75 MHz transmit/receive frequency spacing and can use traditional Part 74 (BAS) and Part 101 (Fixed Microwave Service) microwave channels.

Nulinx-IP Compact consists of a rugged outdoor unit and a power over Ethernet (PoE) injector. Legacy ASI traffic is supported through a special transparent ASI to IP multiplexer that does not require PID remapping, transporting up to four ASI streams in each direction.

As auxiliary spectrum becomes increasingly scarce, making maximum use of available channel space is essential. The Nulinx-IP Compact offers adaptive modulation constellations up to 2048 QAM, allowing for more bits to move in the same amount of spectrum. For additional efficiency, adaptive modulation nearly eliminates outages when atmospheric conditions, such as heavy rain, do not support the highest data rates. Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) controls ensure that essential program traffic continues to flow. Header de-duplication and other built-in data compression techniques also offer greater throughput in the same spectrum space.

In addition to providing radio hardware, IMT provides full system design and planning, and offers installation and commissioning services. As broadcasters move from ASI- to IP-based video transport, IMT helps to support today’s hybrid network requirements and provides a simple transition path for microwave modernization.

To request a demo of the Nulinx-IP Compact and learn more about IMT’s cost-effective and high-capacity solutions for all backhaul and STL modernization challenges, visit IMT and Vislink at NAB 2017 (Booth C8008).

Pope Francis Celebrates Holy Mass with One Million Faithful in Northern Italy

EI Towers Mediaset made full use of their Vislink equipment on Saturday, March 25, as they captured Pope Francis’ one-day visit to Milan, where the Holy Father took time to visit those marginalized by society in what is one of the world’s largest Roman Catholic diocese.

It was a very busy day for the Pope, as he traversed the city multiple times, including a trip to Monza where at an open-air Mass in the famous park he spoke to over a million Catholics.  For his final appointment, Francis met with 80,000 young people and their families in Milan’s San Siro Stadium, home to the rival AC Milan and Inter Milan soccer clubs.

EI Towers Mediaset were present at the two major congregations, making use of their Clip-On 4 wireless camera transmitters and MDR diversity receive systems to bring the Pope closer to those attending via the big screens at the venues, and allowing those watching from home to see and hear His Holiness.

Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) And Vislink Join Forces At NAB 2017

Union of IMT and Vislink Product Lines Provides an Expanded Range of Comprehensive Video Capture, Transmit and Receive Solutions

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 Integrated Microwave Technologies (“IMT”) and Vislink businesses will be jointly showcasing a wide array of products and solutions at NAB 2017 (Booth C8008).

xG Technology acquired Vislink with the goal of merging their operations with those of IMT. The addition of Vislink product lines to IMT brings together, under one roof, the broadcast industry’s most comprehensive range of wireless video capture, transmit and receive systems.

George Schmitt, Executive Chairman and CEO of xG Technology, said, “Since completing the acquisition of Vislink last month, we have begun to aggressively drive the integration of their operations. The joint appearance of IMT and Vislink at NAB 2017 underscores this commitment. The impressive synergies between their product lines allows them to offer a wider and richer set of capabilities than previously available to customers in broadcast and media, as well as in law enforcement, public safety and defense markets.”

“We are excited to be showcasing our expanded product offerings at the premier gathering of broadcast media and entertainment professionals,” says John Payne IV, president of IMT USA. “The synergy of IMT and Vislink allows us to offer best-in-class solutions for collecting and delivering secure, high-quality video from live news, sports and entertainment events.”

Mike Payne, president of Newsnet, a newly created group within IMT focused on the next generation of IP newsgathering solutions, says, “All of us at Vislink are excited to combine our collective resources with IMT to solidify ourselves as leaders within the broadcast and law enforcement markets. The future is tremendously bright as we develop new IP wireless systems, extending studio networks seamlessly into the field.”

Among the key products IMT and Vislink will be presenting at NAB 2017 include:

  • Vislink UltraLite, the world’s first end-to-end wireless 4K UHD live video solution;
  • IMT DragonFly, a highly-miniaturized wireless video transmission system;
  • IMT Nulinx-IP Compact, a self-contained, point-to-point bi-directional microwave link that supports current ATSC 1.0 and future ATSC 3.0 standards;
  • Vislink Newsnet, a revolutionary approach to ENG operations that brings studio workflows directly to the field;
  • Vislink ViewBack, a lightweight, low power, low latency, dual channel diversity receiver-decoder that enables quicker production, more efficient editing, and more effective collaboration between camera operators and studio teams; and
  • Vislink SatWare, a high-performance embedded computing and routing system designed to provide enhance capability and simplified use of broadcast equipment in the field.

XG Technology Announces New Management Appointments In Support Of Realigned IMT And Vislink Businesses

James Walton, John Payne Will Play Key Roles in Pursuing Worldwide Growth Opportunities for
Mission-Critical Video Solutions

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, today announced that James Walton has been appointed president of IMT Ltd., the new legal entity created by the acquisition of Vislink by xG. Mr. Walton, who previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Vislink, will assume responsibility for the management of Vislink offices located in the United Kingdom, and all IMT and Vislink business operations outside of the Americas. This includes the sale of all current IMT and Vislink products in those areas. Mr. Walton has also been appointed a corporate officer of xG Technology.

John Payne IV, who previously served as president of the IMT division of xG Technology, will now serve as president of IMT USA, with responsibility for all IMT and Vislink business operations in the Americas, including the sale of all current IMT and Vislink products in those areas.

John Coleman remains president of xG Technology’s Federal business unit. Messrs. Walton, Payne and Coleman will report directly to George Schmitt, and their operations will also be under the purview of Roger Branton, CFO of xG Technology.

George Schmitt, Executive Chairman and CEO of xG Technology, said, “We are pleased that James Walton will be spearheading our efforts to promote our best-in-class video capture, transmit and management solutions to broadcast, sports and entertainment, and mission-critical public safety and defense sectors around the world. At the same time, John Payne and his team at IMT will now have at their disposal expanded product capabilities to deliver innovative solutions to customers in North and South America.”

James Walton said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to help drive the next phase of growth for Vislink and IMT products in global markets. The addition of the IMT range of products to Vislink’s offerings will enable the delivery of comprehensive, highly targeted solutions to our existing and prospective clientele that concretely address their business and mission challenges.”

Presteigne uses HEROCast BACPAC transmitters for Six Day Cycling coverage in London, Ghent and Amsterdam

Following on from their debut at the London 6 Day Cycling event in 2015, Presteigne was asked to provide onboard cameras as part of the 2016 television coverage for these events, covering London, Ghent and Amsterdam.

Presteigne deployed four of their BACPAC combined GoPro / Vislink HEROCast systems coupled with a Vislink L2174-based receive system.

Presteigne chose the HEROCast all-in-one transmitter units for their coding quality, RF ruggedness and, as an all–in-one design, their ability to be quickly switched from one bike to another and between different bike mounted positions as each evening’s racing progressed.

The Six Day race series is comprised of multiple, varied forms of racing and features many of the world’s top professional riders who intensely compete over the six days in a festival atmosphere.

All of the events were shown live on Eurosport with the onboard footage being a significant part of the live coverage, as well as being used for action replays.

Presteigne CEO, Mike Ransome, said “The onboard images enabled viewers to experience vantage points never before seen, which boosts viewer engagement and entertainment. And because the RF links were 100% reliable, the experience was as near to ‘there’ as you can get in a two-dimensional world.”

Vislink solves remote reporting challenges with new satellite data solution for broadcasting

With broadcasters facing an increased demand for worldwide content, but with inefficient infrastructure hampering their ability to deliver high quality video from different corners of the globe, Vislink has launched a new addition to its SATCOM portfolio.

The leading global technology business, which specializes in the wireless capture, delivery and management of high quality live video, has launched SatWare to easily extend studio workflows to the field. It allows reporters from around the world to work together, sharing files and video content as seamlessly as if they were in the studio together.

The SatWare computing platform delivers IP services across continents whilst making efficient use of satellite bandwidth. This means that file based workflow, data and voice communications can easily be accessed by the remote reporter over a Wi-Fi connection to the Vislink satellite terminal of their choice.

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Vislink introduces a new reverse video receiver for camera operators

Vislink ViewBack lets the camera operator position the shot perfectly on seeing the studio output

mike payne picWith live performances requiring graphics – from phone numbers to live scores – getting these to appear on screen in the right position is vital to making sure the audience never misses a goal, or a caption never obscures someone’s performance. To eradicate errors from this process, Vislink has added Vislink ViewBack to its range of wireless camera systems. The new product will allow camera operators to check the final studio production of their shots, combined with any graphics or text, at the simple click of a button.

Vislink is a leading global technology business specializing in the wireless capture, delivery and management of high quality live video. Its team of experts has launched Vislink ViewBack to make production quicker, editing more efficient, and to provide more effective collaboration between camera operators and the studio teams during live production.

Vislink ViewBack is a small, low power, video only receiver, designed to return video from the studio to a field location, making it possible for camera operators to see studio output, and perfect their shots accordingly. The lightweight, dual channel diversity receiver/decoder is compatible with any Vislink wireless transmitter system.

Using Vislink ViewBack, camera operators can quickly adjust the position of their camera to ensure that no important part of the footage is obscured. ViewBack can also be used for the reception of camera/ studio output to a ‘production’ monitor on set or as a wireless teleprompt receiver.

Operating in the 2GHz licensed band (with an option for the unlicensed 1.4 GHz band), the ViewBack receiver supports Vislink’s high performance and robust LMST 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. Picture interruption on switching is avoided by use of local ‘frame lock’ information extracted from the camera source. A lens interface is provided to utilize the ‘return’ button of the camera lens.

The Vislink ViewBack is supplied with flexible ¼ wave antennas, and various mounting options for camera and Steadicam rigs. User control is via Bluetooth using the Vislink App, available for Android devices.

Mike Payne, CTO at Vislink added: “ViewBack allows camera operators to easily check the final studio output whilst they are filming the action. We have designed it to be robust, lightweight and simple to use with our existing wireless camera systems. There is no reason now for the focus of the live action to covered up by a graphic or headline. ViewBack can help get the best shot first time.”

Vislink will demonstrate the technology at the IBC Show in Amsterdam from September 9th – 13th at booth #1.A69

Join Vislink at IBC 2016 – free Exhibition Passes available

Join Vislink at IBC 2016 Exhibition

9-13 September RAI Amsterdam

Vislink invites you to attend the IBC Exhibition in Amsterdam, September 9th-13th.

To confirm your free exhibition pass, click the link below and enter Customer Code 3634 in the Pass Options step of Registration.

https://ibc.itnint.com/IBC16/regonline/CreateAccount.aspx

This Customer Code entry allows complimentary access to the IBC Exhibition only from 10.30am Friday 9th to 4pm Tuesday 13th September.

Vislink will be launching new products at IBC and giving updates on many of our other solutions. Do come and see us in Hall 1, Stand A69 for demonstrations and to meet our experts.

Full event details are on the IBC Exhibition at
http://www2.vislink.com/e/144931/2016-08-08/8pc3f/23712690

We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam