The tone went from jocular to serious when the conversation turned to the integration of IP technology into digital microwave links, however. MRC demonstrated a digital diversity receive package as part of an interesting, indoor mockup of the inside of an ENG van on the one hand and a ENG newsroom control system.
A critical part of the set up was the company’s new AMG1000 mobile networked server that satisfies the need for a reliable communications channel back to a remote newsgathering van for IP services. The AMG1000 can be populated with a variety of receive options to complete the link, including Sprint EvDO cards, a Wi-Fi receiver, on an 8-VSB modulation receiver.
While the back channel servers a critical role in supporting the forward error correction component of an ftp file transfer of a news file being sent over the microwave IP channel, it also can be used for a variety of other tasks.
According to Furman, return channel AMG1000-enabled communications can be used for everything but raising the mast on an ENG vehicle. Tasks include: controlling the ENG digital transmitter, aiming the antenna, controlling pan and tilt, power levels, IP switches, and video routers.
Listen to an audio clip from Paul Furman.