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Cloud-managed solutions specialist Dejero has provided five HEVC-capable EnGo mobile transmitters and a four-channel WayPoint receiver to Next Up Digital for the 8-camera remote coverage of the professional race at Ironman Australia, in Port Macquarie via the competition’s global social media channels.

ironman Dejero 14Aug2019The race consists of a 3.8km swim course, a 180km bike course and a 42.2km run course. Next Up Digital had to cover all 10 hours of racing, which was broadcast live to Facebook’s new platform Facebook Watch. Given the extreme distance and constant movement of the event, the crew needed a flexible and reliable mobile broadcasting solution that could transmit high-quality live streams while following athletes through the race.

Live broadcasting and streaming specialist Next Up Digital was tasked with finding a solution and put Dejero’s EnGo mobile transmitter through testing to ensure the coverage and production would be reliable.

EnGo is designed for mobile video contribution and comprises a HEVC-capable, 5G-ready compact mobile transmitter that encodes high-quality video. It is said to be able transmit over multiple IP connections to deliver top picture quality with extremely low latency, even in challenging network conditions.

"We were approached by Ironman Oceania to provide comprehensive outside broadcast coverage of the event that was to be streamed worldwide,” recalled Andrew Forster, video strategist at Next Up Digital. “We...carried out a series of tests in the lead-up to the event, using various forms of mobile broadcast technology. It was clear that the Dejero EnGo was by far the most stable and the superior option for Ironman Australia within the environment the race was taking place. The added challenge of providing broadcast-quality footage directly to various social media channels was one we were confident of meeting with Dejero by our side."

Stephen Kane, production manager at Ironman Oceania, added: "Knowing we were always going to be working within a mobile broadcast environment, the most important thing for us was the technical delivery and access to a network that could support our needs. Prior to the event it was imperative that we went into this production knowing where our coverage issues may appear, as we were widely relying on mobile networks. Moving through various mobile coverage zones, repeaters and antennas was always going to be a challenge and Dejero helped us overcome this with ease.”