Fraunhofer IIS, Nokia Siemens Networks New Form of Video Production
The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and Nokia Siemens Networks are collaborating to shape the future of video transmission. Pooling their expertise in camera design and cellular networks, they have made it possible to produce live outside broadcasts in HD quality.
Visible from a distance, satellite trucks from major TV networks are a sure sign that some large event is being covered live. Outside broadcasting has traditionally depended on these vehicles, which transmit video data via satellite to the studio – a complex and expensive process that many smaller TV stations and web portals cannot afford.
Working in conjunction with Nokia Siemens Networks, Fraunhofer IIS has developed a new form of outside broadcasting that could fundamentally change the global media landscape: IIS scientists have further refined a Fraunhofer-developed camera technology that has been successfully trialled in numerous sports broadcasts. Equipped with an integrated compressor, the next-generation MicroHDTV camera enables very high quality real-time video transmission using cellular networks. An added advantage is that the camera can be used anywhere, including cramped or awkward environments.
Through its fourth-generation wireless technology, Nokia Siemens Networks is creating the basis for HD video transmission. Long Term Evolution (LTE) will provide mobile networks with sufficient bandwidth to handle the necessary volumes of data. Using globally standardised networks, it will then be possible to transmit live video data to a television studio or the Internet directly and without delay. As well as boosting transmission speeds, the new collaboration between Fraunhofer IIS and Nokia Siemens Networks will also help to dramatically reduce costs, as the technology uses existing infrastructure. This will allow even small, local TV stations to produce live outside broadcasts, including 3D video content. Visit http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/