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Mobile Viewpoint to Feature Live Broadcast of the Olympic Torch Relay 2012

February 06, 2012


BBC has chosen Mobile Viewpoint, a subsidiary of Triple IT, to be the lead vehicle in front of the Olympic Torch relay starting May 19.

The torch will be carried by different athletes around the UK and will be streamed live on BBC website and on the regional channels of the BBC. 

Mobile Viewpoint is a Dutch company that focuses on the development of Mobile Video Solutions for both security and broadcast industry. The company will be responsible for the live coverage and will use their Wireless Multiplex Terminal (WMT) to transmit the images using a combination of several mobile 3G networks.

WMT is essentially a box that bundles several mobile channels (HSPA, UMTS, GPRS, LTE (News - Alert)) of one or multiple operators into one broadband channel. Therefore, the multiple mobile channels create more bandwidth, higher stability and consistent availability.

“Every customer and project proves that our technology and products can play an important role in creating new formats,” said Michel Bais, managing director at Mobile Viewpoint. “With the WMT it is possible to have live video connections from any place and any location as long as there is coverage of a mobile network. The Olympic Torch Relay project is a unique example, because it shows the possibility to realize a live video connection even if there are difficult network coverage circumstances.”

The WMT solution can support a maximum of 7 SIM cards from different operators creating a stable video connection. According to Triple IT, by using SIM’s of multiple operators a redundant solution is created.

Other key features to the WMT solution include: low delay (two seconds), different video resolutions, high speed uplink, high speed downlink, fail over between different networks, local and remote (WEB-based) management for detailed configuration and a 12V/24V power supply.

In a partnership with the BBC, Mobile Viewpoint also created the Continuous Picture Technology (CPT) to help when the roads get a little bumpy. The release states that the CPT technology was constructed to ensure a secure transmission of live video while driving through the rough country side with varying mobile coverage conditions.

“We are proud about the partnerships resulting in the development of the unique CPT technology. This project shows again that Mobile Viewpoint’s WMT technology provides an alternative for satellite connections and will lead to the development of new (reality) TV formats following people in their day to day life,” said Bais.

The Olympic Torch Relay will air on BBC and take place between May 19 and July 27, 2012.

Jordan Eggers has five years of writing experience and has written pieces for various print outlets and websites. Currently living abroad, she is working as a freelance writer and enjoys keeping up-to-date on everything new happening in technology.

Edited by Rich Steeves