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NewsSpotter Online Booking System goes live

March 15th, 2013

One of our favourite products of all time is our NewsSpotter service which enables any customer to access super-fast 10 Mb uncontended satellite capacity from just about anywhere with a small lightweight satellite flyaway kit, or using a vehicle mounted self-pointing antenna.

Flyaway kit in use on location in March 2013

Primarily developed as a tool for our broadcasting customers, NewsSpotter allows the customer to select their desired upload and download speed, for a selected period of time. The customer only pays for the bandwidth or time on the satellite that they need. The satellite capacity they access isn’t shared with anyone else, and so it enables the transit of huge files like HD video in super-quick time.

The world of news production has changed radically in the last five years. On the reporting side, electronic Field Production Cameras are increasingly lightweight, compact and cheap. They allow shooting in High Definition at a fraction of the cost that Broadcasters and News Agencies had to face only few years ago.

NewsSpotter adds a new dimension the equation as it similarly massively reduces transmission costs over existing Ku satellite uplink facilities, as well as providing previously un-experienced speeds over smaller, lighter and cheaper equipment.

Satellite news gathering (SNG) has been characterised by the familiar outside broadcast trucks with their huge roof mounted antennas, miles of cables and teams of engineers. NewsSpotter does away with most of this equipment and expense, with a simple kit that costs less than £1000 and fits in the boot of a small car.

What’s even more exciting is that Tariam is now releasing to its customers its NewsSpotter Online Booking portal. This means customers and news teams can logon using their background internet service and book dedicated satellite uplink slots precisely when they need them, for as long as they need them 24/7/365. Customers can select the specific download and upload capacity they need, and only pay for the capacity that they actually need to get their work done. Tariam is the only company that offers this service, which has been developed specifically for its major news gathering customers like the BBC, CNN and Fox News.

In addition Tariam has developed off-internet routing for its Enterprise and broadcasting NewsSpotter customers where required (More information in Ka Band Professional Services). This means that traffic can be passed across the satellite link straight into the customers own data centre or network, via our interconnect at Telehouse North. This facility is especially useful where very large amounts of data are required to be transmitted as it means the customer avoids the need for a VPN with its associated costs and resource overhead. This means faster transmission times and the data just where the customer needs it, when they need it.

See our own Selwyn Petterson interviewed about NewsSpotter at Broadcast Show live in Nov 2012

Selwyn Petterson, Tariam’s Director of Broadcasting Services said

“We’re really pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in terms of satellite broadband for this special group of customers. NewsSpotter allows service levels, functionality and cost savings that couldn’t have been envisaged when we first entered this sector of the business.

“We’re proud that our NewsSpotter services have already been well proven in the field, bringing back words and pictures from some of the biggest news stories of the last 12 months including the fall of Gaddafi in Libya, and the civil unrest in Greece at the end of last summer.

“The new booking system gives broadcasting customers a greater level of autonomy in the field, helping to really have control of their satellite uplink services without having to bring along a team of engineers to manage the satellite side.”

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