As most contributions are simple ‘down the line’ interviews with the studio, all that is required is for the shot to be correctly framed and in focus.
BIPS manufactures a range of modems designed specifically to work with the latest Ka-Band IP-over- Satellite systems.
Standard modems for these systems are for indoor use only, have domestic connectors and are designed for permanent installation in a dry, temperature controlled environment.
Connection to the antenna is via 2x co-axial cables. These are bulky to carry, have limited length and can be difficult to rig safely. They are also hard to procure locally, should a failure occur on a foreign assignment.
Many systems also require the user to input RF cable loss each time the system is deployed, making the system difficult to use by non-technical personnel.
Domestic modems typically require mains power or 30VDC – often difficult to find in a breaking news situation. 12VDC is usually available from a vehicle or camera crew batteries.