Global enterprises have distributed users, and the infrastructure conditions of the regions where users are located are often quite different. Compared to mature markets with competitive options, in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia, Brazil, the Middle East, South America and Africa – 4G networks are not mainstream. In fact, 3G and even 2G are still widely used in these emerging markets, where network speeds are relatively slow, and costs are high.
For gaming companies that need to quickly seize market share, knowing how to rapidly improve user experience in distributed, complex and weak network environments is crucial for their success.
Lockwood Broadcast Group has been on the cutting edge of video delivery over IP since its inception. It has been involved in IP multicasting since 2007 and was among the first broadcasting companies to distribute HD content over IP.
Before using VideoFlow, Lockwood had worked with several vendors for video transport with various levels of success. “We looked at everything out there, tried numerous products but couldn’t find anything that gave us both the reliability and the operational efficiency that we need,” said Bob Pectelidis, Lockwood’s Corporate Director of Engineering.
Serial Digital Interface (SDI) has, until recently, been the preferred transport mechanism for broadcast transmission. Its main advantage is that it provides a consistent and predictable delivery of data which is ideal for audio/video transport. However, networks in the broadcast industry are now in a state of flux. Increasingly there is a shift away from single-purpose legacy systems like SDI, and a shift towards multi-purpose IP-based networks.
At the 2018 NAB Show in April, GatesAir introduced Intraplex IPConnect, a standalone hardware device with integrated award-winning IPConnect software for reliable, secure data transport. Previously available only as an option for IP Link audio codecs, the new device provides reliability and security for virtually types of IP data, including those from IP audio codecs, HD Radio streams and Web or SNMP-based remote-control applications. The device can be used as an IP Gateway or a LAN bridge to provide point-to-point and point-to-multipoint connections.