WAAV Sees Bright Future For Remote Video at NABShow

  • Las Vegas, NV
  • April 16, 2010

What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay there, but a presentation to the National Association of Broadcasters convention on high-quality video delivered by cellular signals is making waves outside Nevada. WAAV Inc. President Brian J. Smith spoke at an NAB panel on the future of streaming video which could be sent via WiFi from backpack-sized routers instead of more expensive satellite transmission.

Emerging, lower-cost technologies such as Skype and Cisco TelePresence are already appearing in newsgathering, remote live video, and broadcast TV pushing open the door for Internet Protocol video. At the NABShow yesterday, Smith outlined how WAAV is testing options for combining video signals into a single reliable stream, enabling live remote newsgathering in remote locations.

The event’s theme “Broader-casting” reflects the growth in online and user-generated content – from individuals to companies. Websites including Qik, Ustream, YouTube, and others are popular for everything from entertainment to corporate training and advertising channels. The next step is live video, Smith says.

“It won’t be long before anyone can stream broadcast-quality video using WiFi affordably and dependably, with delays less than a second and with very few technical hurdles,” Smith says. “Cellular bonding, the process of bonding multiple cellular signals together, creates a dependable broadband connection with higher bandwidths and redundancy built in. WAAV’s AirBase solutions are splitting a single IP camera feed across multiple links and recombining the output in a single IP video stream.”

WAAV has worked with broadcast news operations, law enforcement agencies, and first responders since winning the 2007 Mario Award for TV Technology with its AirBox multiple-connection cellular router. The AirBox permits multiple cellular links for reliability, spreading traffic across different carriers where the signal is strongest for best results. In addition to broadcasting applications, WAAV is also other video communications including traffic cameras, real-time video surveillance, and integration with DVRs (Digitial Video Recorders) for live video streaming.

About WAAV:

WAAV (pronounced "wave") offers network communication solutions, applications, and services. WAAV designs, manufactures, and markets the patented AirBox line of rugged cellular routers to provide broadband connectivity, turning vehicles into WiFi hotspots or remote environments into reliable Internet connections. WAAV's Control Room service allows centralized monitoring of all devices in the field. WAAV introduced the first broadband mobile cellular router in 2005 and was the first to offer a multiple-connection cellular router for broader bandwidths, increased coverage area, and redundant connectivity. WAAV continues to develop its product line to improve performance, reliability, and functionality for industry-specific solutions. With world-class reliability, performance, and support, WAAV’s product portfolio covers enterprise, government, fleet, video, original equipment manufacturer (OEM), and machine to machine (M2M) markets. Engineering services are available for custom integration and specific industry solutions.