JVC Debuts ProHD Wireless Bridge

Built-in USB connector makes JVC ProHD and 4KCAMs ready for new wireless mobility.

JVC Professional Video a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, will debut the ProHD Wireless Bridge at the upcoming NAB Show New York.

JVC’s ProHD Wireless Bridge is a video-over-IP solution for multi-camera live broadcasts that exceeds the performance of typical bonded solutions. Compatible with JVC’s ProHD and 4KCAM streaming camera models, the system is ideal for broadcasts that require high reliability and camera mobility.

Each camera in the system is equipped with a WB-MCA100 camera transceiver module that plugs directly into the camera’s USB connector. The transceiver module operates up to 2,000 feet from the vehicle-mounted base station. Handheld JVC streaming cameras can also be used with the ProHD Wireless Bridge when paired with a smaller radio module with a 400-foot range.

JVC’s remote broadcasting begins in the camera with built-in encoders that feature Zixi error correction and variable bit rate control. The integrated encoder also allows the camera operator to monitor connection and outgoing stream quality status through the viewfinder.

The vehicle’s WB-CELL200 cellular uplink with high-gain antenna array aggregates signals from two mobile carriers. The vehicle becomes a remote broadcasting hub that receives signals from one or more field cameras and creates a virtual private network (VPN), which securely transmits camera signals and provides a high-speed mobile hotspot for field staff.

A mobile access point WB-MAP100 with a separate high-gain omni-directional antenna receives signals from cameras and delivers them to the cellular uplink. All electronics and antennas are pre-mounted to the roof assembly, and are IP67 rated for operation in harsh mobile environments.

At the facility, the BPL-380 router aggregates up to 20 cellular uplinks, so a broadcaster can equip all its fleet vehicles with ProHD Wireless Bridge systems and direct them to a single IP address. When combined with the BR-800 Broadcaster and BR-DE800 ProHD decoder, the ProHD Wireless Bridge becomes part of an affordable and reliable mobile back haul system.

“Our ProHD Wireless Bridge system is far more efficient than existing bonded solutions. The antenna array on the vehicle’s mobile uplink is deployed in a diversity pattern, so it provides significantly better download and upload bandwidth and can operate with a much lower signal than the built-in antennas of USB modems. Plus, your shooters don’t need to carry around anything extra, because our transceiver module plugs right into the camera.”
Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering, JVC Professional Video.

In addition to the hardware, JVC's solution includes a subscription service with monthly data plans.

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