February 22, 2017 Seattle and Belgium – Aircraft Traders Belgium will be integrating Streambox Avenir Drone Mobile Encoder and Embedded Modem Module into its Guardian Eye unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Avenir Drone will provide an onboard Internet connection and video encoder for Guardian Eye to stream live HD video and increase its autopilot capabilities beyond radio transmission range of the ground station.
Streambox Avenir Drone is the ideal mobile video encoder for Aircraft Traders Belgium’s Guardian Eye for its small form factor, low power usage, and high quality live video streaming over bonded cellular networks with an approximate 2 second latency. The integrated Avenir Drone for Aircraft Traders Belgium will include all the hardware and software of the retail version of Streambox’s Avenir Drone Encoder, but will be custom-fitted into the fuselage of Guardian Eye. Streambox’s retail Avenir Drone is built around a modular and stackable design concept for maximum portability and customization with battery, modem, and signal extender modules. The OEM version of Avenir Drone that Streambox will produce for Aircraft Traders Belgium will include the Embedded Modem Module and will not require a battery module, instead drawing from the Guardian Eye’s battery for power.
Aircraft Traders Belgium’s Guardian Eye has a fiberglass fuselage and carbon fiber wings (2.20 m fixed wingspan) with a 5 to 6 hours endurance using Lipo batteries and solar cell energy at a 25 knot cruise speed. The Guardian Eye can handle a 2.5 kg payload, has fully autonomous take-off and landing, and is sealed against rain and snow. Other advanced features include: target tracking, electronic stabilization, scene steering, real-time mosaicking, path track software, as well as video on the map.
With Avenir Drone, Guardian Eye can livestream high quality HD video filmed with the onboard camera. Video is encoded with Streambox’s highly efficient ACT-L3 codec and delivered to Streambox Cloud via the Embedded Modem Module’s bonded 3G/4G/LTE connections. Streambox Cloud transcodes and routes the video to social media, web/mobile devices, media players, and decoders.
Guardian Eye with Avenir Drone has a range of 15 to 20 km using the 2.4 MHz radio frequency or 3G/4G as coverage provides from the ground station. Streambox integrated a RJ-45 connector in Aviner Drone to interface with the Guardian Eye’s autopilot that will enable extended communication with the Ground Station through the 3G/4G/LTE connection that can modify the flight plan, change the route, or transmit any other instructions for the mission. That is, even if Guardian Eye flies out of radio range of the ground station, the autopilot will still be functional because of Avenir Drone.
Guardian Eye with Avenir Drone and Embedded Modem Module provides private, civil, and scientific customers the ability to collect data where manned aircraft missions would be too expensive or dangerous. They will be able to stream many hours of live video for electrical power transmission line inspections, anti-poaching, ariel crop monitoring, law enforcement, border patrol, surveillance, disaster relief, emergency services, and many other applications.
About Aircraft Traders Belgium
AIRCRAFT TRADERS BELGIUM s.a. was founded in Belgium in 2001. It specializes in the sale and the purchase of freighters aircraft. After the 2008 crisis, AIRCRAFT TRADERS BELGIUM s.a. oriented their activities into the operational domain of Aviation with the leasing of their own fleet of aircraft to operators located in Africa, Middle East and Central America developing very good relations with the Civil Aviation Authorities of these countries which did not hesitate to contact them to supply drones for local end-users. They made the decision to manufacture the GUARDIAN EYE with the assistance of the University of Liège in Belgium. Early in 2015, the first carbon fiber prototype flew and they began mass production in 2016 of the GUARDIAN EYE integrated with the most developed technologies such as Streambox and Altadevices products.
Founded in 1999, Streambox is an industry leader and pioneer in developing unique IP based video streaming solutions and cloud based streaming services. Streambox delivers mobile video everywhere, allowing companies and organizations to broadcast, share, and stream video from anywhere with unlimited scalability at lower costs. The Streambox platform of professional live and file-based 360/HD/SD software and hardware for video transport, management, and play out streamlines the workflow for any broadcasting and streaming need. Streambox technology is based on the ACT-L3™ proprietary video compression which allows faster encoding with low-latency and adaptive bitrate streaming over public/private networks.
To update your unit:
- Connect Streambox Avenir Micro/Drone to the Internet
- Point your browser to the IP of the Micro/Drone
- In Setting -> System -> Update Software -> Update, click Update next to 1.2.0 (This will take up to a few minutes to update your unit)
- Reboot (optional)
New features and improvements:
- Added frame-sync functionality for SDI and HDMI input
- Improved video encoding quality
- Added low delay JPEG HD/SD preview with up to 30 fps
- Added support 32 and 44.1 Khz in addition to 48 Khz for audio (automatically detected)
- Added support for HDMI Ricoh Theta S camera
- Added “Stream on startup” option
- Added battery type selection on web interface and LCD menu
- Fixed issues with Custom Presets not loading correctly from LCD menu
- Added Stop and Restart IFB controls to web interface and LCD menu
- Fixed IFB volume issues
- Improvements in WiFi tethering
- Improved security
- Updated Streambox Cloud IP list
One of Asia’s premiere broadcast equipment retailers, Totsu International, will be featuring Streambox products at the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (Inter BEE) 2016 Wednesday, November 16th through Friday, November 18th.
Totsu International will be demonstrating and exhibiting Streambox Avenir Micro and Drone mobile encoders, NDI Player, Tricaster Add-on, 4K Encoder/Decoder, and Cloud to an expected 36,000 visitors from 32 countries.
Streambox Avenir Micro and Drone are modular and stackable mobile encoders for transmitting SD and full HD low-latency video over bonded 3G, 4G, WiFi, ethernet, SNG, DNG, BGAN, VSAT satellite, and internet networks. Designed for easy integration and outstanding quality, the miniature, low-power devices support HDR video and can be used with HD-SDI and HDMI cameras. The Avenir encoders can be used for streaming live events, public safety video, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) video, and various other video applications.
Streambox NDI Player allows users to seamlessly receive and decode live video from any Streambox encoder to a compatible NDI receiver. NDI allows multiple video systems to identify and communicate with one another over IP for encoding, transmitting, and receiving many streams of high quality, low latency, frame-accurate video and audio in real-time.
The Tricaster Add-on allows Streambox users to directly stream live HD/SD video at resolutions up to 1080p from any Streambox encoder (both hardware and software) into a TriCaster production system.
Streambox 4K Rackmount Encoder/Decoder is designed for low-bandwidth high quality 4K UHD video encoding, transmission, and playout of either live or file-based SD, HD, or UHD video over IP networks. This reduces broadcast costs while maintaining high-performance and reliability for professionals working with the highest quality video available today.
Streambox Cloud is a secure, end-to-end service for encoding, routing, archiving, transcoding, management, and playout for live videos. Cloud Services includes free software Cloud encoders, apps, and media players, a globally distributed server network, video routing tools, management and metadata software, and native integration with Facebook and YouTube, all for both live and archived video.
On Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Streambox powered the official livestream of The IMMERSE Technology Summit from Bellevue, Washington to YouTube and separate sessions and interviews to Facebook. Using Streambox Avenir Micro with an Embedded Module Module and Streambox Cloud, Streambox captured conference sessions, the expo, and interviews by CNDY Factory, in full HD and 360.
The IMMERSE Technology Summit is the Northwest’s premier event for VR/AR and Mixed Reality business leaders, developers, content creators, software architects, hardware engineers and researchers. This year 1,000 attendees in manufacturing, design, education, health and medicine, architecture, real estate, social experiences, tourism, entertainment and beyond connected over the latest VR technologies and Streambox livestreamed it.
Streambox powered three separate camera feeds, all going to Facebook and YouTube. One stream was from a fixed camera capturing the sessions in HD. The second stream was also a fixed HD stream for CNDY Factory’s interviews. The third was a 360 feed roaming around the expo hall where viewers could be truly immersed in the summit experience.
For each feed Streambox used an Avenir Micro with Embedded Modem Module outfitted with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint SIM cards. The Avenir Micro compressed the video using the priority ACT-L3 codec and bonded the cellular carriers for delivery to Streambox Cloud for transcoding and live adaptive multi-bitrate playout to Facebook and YouTube.
The three streams looked great and allowed many people on Facebook to experience the summit. All in all it was a success on every level.
Gospel Channel, a Christian TV station in Iceland, needed to send high quality video between its US and Scandinavian studios via a 4 Mbps connection. Using a Streambox AVENIRMicro, with it’s low bandwidth consumption, reliable point-to-point connections, high quality image, and low cost transmissions over Streambox Cloud Services was the perfect solution.
Gospel Channel was the first station in Scandinavia to broadcast Christian content. Now, after 24 years on air, from their studios in Iceland, Norway, and Florida, Gospel Channel can reach 80% of Iceland’s population through terrestrial transmitters and cable systems as well as 12 million homes in the UK, Ireland, and Scotland through satellite.
At first, being constrained to 4 Mbps bandwidth, Gospel Channel struggled to establish good connectivity for their studio in Orlando, Florida. Instead of resorting to costly ways to improve their network, Gospel Channel used Streambox to deliver the high quality video they needed at a lower bandwidth using the AVENIRMirco mobile encoder and Streambox Cloud Services.
The AVENIRMirco video encoder compresses incoming video with a proprietary codec: Advanced Compression Technology – Level 3 (ACT-L3). ACT-L3 is optimized for efficiency, low bandwidth, and high video fidelity. In addition, Streambox employs Low Delay Multi-Path technology (LDMP) which automatically maintains the best possible bandwidth, latency, and resolution over multiple IP networks. The combination of ACT-L3 and LDMP in the small AVENIRMicro footprint provided Gospel Channel a method to deliver its ministries, talks shows, and music programs even where network bandwidth was not optimal.
Gospel Channel uses Streambox Cloud for stream management as well. The Streambox Cloud management capabilities have been very important in coordinating the time differences between Florida, Norway, and Iceland. Gospel Channel also uses point-to-point Cloud Encoder software whenever they need an extra video stream, keeping their system robust and malleable to changing needs.
Since Gospel Channel uses the NewTek Tricaster they implemented the free Streambox TriCaster add-on to simplify their operations. With the TriCaster add-on, Gospel Channel can stream live HD/SD video at resolutions up to 1080p directly from Streambox encoders into the TriCaster production system. The TriCaster add-on is ideal for Gospel Channel as they stream live multi-cam productions from Florida, Iceland, and Norway over 3G/4G/WiFi/ethernet networks.
Gospel Channel looked for a solution that worked for their present needs and that would be sustainable in the future. Currently, Gospel Channel has no video on demand, but this is something that it wants to implement in the near future as well as move to all HD content (which is currently not practical due to satellite restrictions).
Gospel Channel has been a Streambox customer since 2010 owing to the value and reliability of Streambox streaming technologies. Streambox support has assisted the Gospel Channel throughout the entire process: all information and presets were provided, which Gospel Channel said made implementation “a plug and live solution.” Gospel Channel has been kept up to date with all the newest Streambox developments; they were the first Scandinavian company to deploy AVENIRMirco in 2015 and will soon start streaming live to YouTube and Facebook. Streambox’s simple operations and low cost has enabled Gospel Channel the ability to produce more live content and engage with more viewers, providing a great return on investment.