Aviwest Helps AFP Deliver Exclusive Video Of Chengdu U.S. Consulate Closure

​Global news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) provided live and exclusive video coverage of the recent closure of the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, China, thanks to AVIWEST’s PRO3 Series bonded cellular system and smart-designed backpack. China ordered the consulate to be shut down on July 24 in retaliation for the U.S. closing China’s consulate in Houston, amid a general deterioration in U.S.-China relations.

“Providing live images from anywhere in the world with an easy-to-deploy solution has been absolutely key to our video and photo operations,” said Thomas Pam, IT manager for Asia-Pacific at AFP. “In China, the AVIWEST PRO3 mobile field unit provided a fast and reliable means of sending live footage from the front line as the event unfolded.”

AVIWEST’s system features a unique, compact design that fits into a backpack. The PRO3 Series leverages up to eight 3G/4G-LTE modems simultaneously to enable automatic transmission of real-time images and streaming of broadcast-grade videos. On top of eight cellular modems, the transmitter features a high-efficiency custom antenna array and a built-in Wi-Fi modem that ensure quick network acquisition and improved resilience in the field. Through the PRO380’s user-friendly, intuitive interface, AFP can instantly transmit live videos and photos without any action required by remote journalists.

Leveraging world-class, award-winning AVIWEST Safe Stream Transport (SST) technology, the PRO3 field unit applies special stream-grooming techniques to improve link quality and reliability.

“The AVIWEST PRO3 Series offers press agencies and broadcasters greater mobility with its compact design,” said Tommy Qiu, mainland China sales manager at AVIWEST. “It helps AFP to expand their live news coverage capabilities, share crucial real-time information, and to remain a major news source in the industry.” 

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