Dejero enables live coverage of ‘Tour de Delta’ bike race

Dejero enables live coverage of ‘Tour de Delta’ bike race
November 22, 2017 Meriam Khan

[22 November 2017]

Reliable network connectivity critical to the success of high-quality live broadcast during ‘BC Superweek’ in British Columbia

Dejero, an innovator in blending IP networks for video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations,  has announced that its broadcast-quality video transport technology was relied upon by audio visual event services company SW Event Technologies to support coverage of the White Spot Delta road race that took place this July as part of ‘BC Superweek’ in British Columbia, Canada.

BC Superweek entices hundreds of cyclists to participate from across the globe. One segment of the ‘Tour de Delta’ race is the gruelling White Spot circuit which runs over 12km through the streets of Tsawwassen and requires strength, strategy, precision and endurance from the athletes. What used to be the third stage in the Tour de Delta is now run as a one day International Cycling Union (UCI) event.

To deliver the best coverage of the race, which was streamed live to the Tour de Delta website, SW Event Technologies’ mobile reporting team, including motorcycle camera operators, relied on three Dejero EnGo mobile transmitters, a Dejero receiver and Dejero transceiver to cover the circuit.

Andrew Fountain, wireless technician at SW Event Technologies, said that the Dejero EnGo transmitters, paired with the receiver, were a perfect combination for the team’s remote motorcycle cameras chasing the cyclists over a 12 km course. “Leveraging multiple cellular networks, the EnGo’s HD+ encoding delivered a smooth, crystal clear video image from start to finish,” he said. “Our past provider only used a single cell network, which dropped video signal at regular intervals and did not provide 100% coverage on the course.

“Dejero’s HD+ video encoding tested best for us in the context of fast-moving high-motion sports coverage,” concluded Fountain. “EnGo attaches easily to the back of cameras and is powered by the camera battery. In addition, we have easy access to the Dejero rental inventory for single day use and Dejero’s support is second to none. Dejero is the whole package.”

The events production team relied on two EnGo mobile transmitters to deliver up to 10 Mbps live camera feeds back to the broadcast truck from the motorcycles that followed the 12 km race route. At the production truck, a Dejero Broadcast Server connected the camera signals to a video switcher over HD-SDI for use in mixing and live broadcasting. A third Dejero EnGo was attached to a vehicle-mount camera also transmitting live video back to the truck.

“We are delighted that our technology was selected by SW Event Technologies to support this exciting road race,” said Bogdan Frusina, founder of Dejero. “It is mobile sporting events over long distances and varying terrain like these—where reliable network connectivity and high video quality is critical—that prove just how robust our video transport and connectivity solutions are.”