Livewire Digital Secures European Space Agency Contract

New ESA contract will accelerate the development of Livewire Digital’s RazorLink Smart Networking technology to give broadcasters 5G access across 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, DSL cellular networks and satellite by 2019.

At IBC 2017, Livewire Digital is announcing that the European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded a €900k contract to Livewire Digital to accelerate the development of its new RazorLink Smart Networking technology. The technology is designed to provide users, including broadcasters, with seamless access across 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, DSL cellular networks and satellite delivering failover and aggregated bandwidth all without the need to reconfigure equipment or change applications.

This is an important new development of significant value to news crews reporting on breaking news stories in harsh, remote or war-torn environments. The new technology achieves a headline objective of 5G, offering a seamless, carrier agnostic transition between terrestrial and satellite communications.

The fund has been drawn from the Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) program, ESA’s long-running, large-scale program to support the development of advanced satcom products and services. It will be used to accelerate enhancements to RazorLink’s protocols, scaling for Software as a Service (SaaS) and Cloud service offerings as well as integration with backend infrastructure to facilitate deployment in telecom operators’ networks.

RazorLink Smart Networking is available as software for Windows, Mac and Linux or as a “Black Box” device, similar to a router. The technology can also be virtualized as Private or Cloud-based endpoints.

RazorLink Smart Networking is available as software for Windows, Mac and Linux or as a “Black Box” device, similar to a router. The technology can also be virtualized as Private or Cloud-based endpoints.

The activity, which is supported by ESA’s UK Delegation commenced following a successful negotiation meeting in Noordwijk in March. Work will be completed Q1 2019.

Commenting on its significance, Tristan Wood, Managing Director, Livewire Digital said, “Cellular and WiFi services are now ubiquitous and broadcasters expect to be able to use their preferred operators. If a satellite service provider leaves the integration problem to the end user, they will become frustrated and it will become an opportunity for competitors”.

“By offering a RazorLink value add service, a network operator can adapt quickly to this changing situation, provide a solution to their customers that seamlessly integrates their own range of services and, where appropriate, combines them with those offered by others. This adds significant value for the customer, makes their workflows faster, more efficient and more reliable across all services and, most importantly, retains their business”.

“The RazorLink P2 proposition can offer this capability in the B2B space where a dedicated private RazorLink service is made available to the customer. The RazorLink P3 developments extend the proposition, offering the scalability for publicly accessible deployments, a framework for managing authenticated access, utilisation statistics and billing.”

Roberto Donadio, ESA Technical Officer, stated “The product will provide users the benefits of ubiquitous coverage offered by satellite communications as well as interoperability with terrestrial networks".

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