Originally posted on TheRecord.com
Author: Brent Davis
WATERLOO — It’s a match made in the heavens.
Waterloo tech firm Dejero has partnered with satellite operator Intelsat on a project that should provide television broadcasters with more reliability and flexibility when going live from even the most remote locations.
Dejero hardware and software helps to capture and broadcast high-quality live video by managing and blending various wired and wireless connections.
Its new venture with Intelsat, called Dejero CellSat, will allow broadcasters to combine up to six cellular connections from multiple carriers with Intelsat’s satellite connections when transmitting live video.
“Broadcasters need confidence in the choices they’ve made,” Dejero founder Bogdan Frusina said Tuesday during an online media conference.
If a weak signal or high network traffic conspire to degrade cellular connections or limit bandwidth, Dejero CellSat will automatically blend in satellite connectivity to boost bandwidth to the necessary level. It’s all managed via Dejero’s cloud-based system.
Satellite connection comes at a higher cost than conventional cellular use. But having both methods available brings peace of mind, Frusina said.
“The CellSat network is available when you need it at any point in time,” he said. “It gives you flexibility.” The system doesn’t require users to schedule satellite time.
“This was a very natural fit for us to partner with Dejero,” said Peter Ostapuik, head of media services at Intelsat, which has a corporate headquarters in Luxembourg and an administrative base in Virginia. The company operates a network of more than 50 satellites.
“We are very impressed with Dejero’s cellular technology,” Ostapuik said. “The blending technology is unique in the industry, and we believe it’s a game-changer.”
CellSat has been in trials for about 45 days, and Frusina said he’s looking to sign contracts with North American customers within the next two or three months. Other regions could see the service in 2018 or 2019.
“We’re really unlocking a new application for the broadcast customers,” Ostapuik said. “It takes advantage of … the best of both networks.”