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Exploring Private 4G/5G Integration with At-Home Remote Production by VidOvation

 

Introduction

In the fast-paced world of technology, innovation is key to staying ahead of the curve. At NAB 2024, VidOvation, led by Jim Jachetta, CTO and co-founder, showcased groundbreaking advancements in connectivity, particularly focusing on private 5G integration. This blog post delves into the intricacies of private 5G technology and its seamless integration with VidOvation’s offerings.

Private 5G: Redefining Connectivity

Private 5G, or Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) private connectivity, is at the forefront of modern communication solutions. VidOvation’s collaboration with Celona, an industry leader in private 5G, is a new era of connectivity solutions. They showcased Celona access points, including 4G, 5G, and hybrid models, which offer versatility tailored to diverse needs.

Infrastructure and Spectrum Management

Central to the private 5G ecosystem is the Celona Edge server, orchestrating seamless connectivity between access points and the cloud-based Celona Orchestrator. Certified installers gain access to the spectrum access server, facilitating registration for a slice of the private 5G spectrum operating at 3.55 GHz CBRS spectrum.

Efficiency and Application

Jim Jachetta emphasizes the efficiency of private 5G, highlighting its ability to replace multiple traditional Wi-Fi access points. This efficiency is particularly advantageous in expansive environments like convention centers and stadiums. Moreover, private 5G seamlessly integrates with VidOvation’s streaming and cellular technology, enhancing connectivity and reliability.

Practical Demonstrations

Through practical demonstrations, Jachetta showcases the integration of private 5G with VidOvation’s devices. Users can connect to private access points effortlessly using devices such as the Haivision Pro360-5G, Pro460-5G, and Air320-5G, with 5G support. The use of virtual SIMs or e-SIMs further simplifies the connectivity process.

Performance and Reliability

Private 5G connections boast high priority and reliability, making them ideal for live remote production scenarios. By reducing the number of on-site operators, private 5G streamlines production processes. In streaming environments, private 5G serves as a reliable backup or primary connection, ensuring uninterrupted data transmission.

Benefits of Private 5G

Private 5G offers myriad benefits, including interference elimination, enhanced security, and improved reliability. Organizations can customize their connectivity solutions by owning the spectrum to suit specific requirements, ultimately optimizing performance.

Conclusion

As technology evolves, integrating Private LTE/4G and private 5G with VidOvation’s offerings heralds a new era of connectivity solutions. From streamlined production processes to enhanced reliability in streaming environments, private 5G presents endless possibilities. With VidOvation’s innovative approach and strategic partnerships, the future of connectivity looks promising.

Stay tuned for more updates and advancements from NAB 2024 as we continue to explore the transformative potential of private 5G integration.

Transcript

Hello. I’m Jim Jachetta, the CTO and co-founder of VidOvation. I’d like to welcome you to our booth at NAB 2024. We’re very excited.

Last night, VidOvation was awarded a product of the year award by NAB for our private 5G integration with at-home production, bonded cellular, and streaming technology. So what do we have here? We have our offering from Celona, the industry leader in private 5G, private 4G, or CBRS connectivity.

We have different Celona access points, 4G, 5G, and access points that combine 4G and 5G. These are indoor models, but we also have outdoor-rated models.

The private 4G/5G access points connect to the Celona Edge. The Edge server manages the access points and bridges them to the Celona orchestrator in the cloud.

If you are a professional certified installer, or PCI for short, and have appropriate credentials, you can log into the orchestrator server and connect to the spectrum access server. That’s where you register to get a slice of the private 4G/5G spectrum, which is the 3.55 GHz CBRS spectrum.

I presented a paper yesterday about private 5G that I’ll probably share with most of you, and I will do another video about the paper that I presented. So, how do we use private 5G? Private 5G was fundamentally created as an alternative to Wi-Fi. A private 5G access point can replace anywhere from 10 to 20 traditional Wi-Fi access points.

It’s 10 or 20 times more efficient. It’s ideal for big, wide-open spaces like the convention center here in Las Vegas or a football or basketball stadium. VidOvation won an award for integrating private 4G/5G with our streaming and cellular technology.

For example, you can take a Haivision Pro or Air 5G model. If your streaming device supports cellular band 48, the CBRS band is called band 48. You can jump onto the private access point if your modems support band 48.

So that’s what we’re demonstrating. A private 5G sim has been put in the unit that is married to the Celona. We can also use virtual sims or e-sims to make that connection.

And this device now connects to the private 5G infrastructure. And you can see modem number one, 5G N48. So what does that mean? N48 or band 48 is the private 5G band.

So one of our modems is connected to that band. We can start the unit up. It’ll start.

We’re operating in the four-channel HD mode, so you see the four HD signals. Then we can go in here, and you can see the bit rate starting to climb slowly on the private 5G connection.

The private 5G connection has a high priority because that connection is free. The public cellular connections have a data rate charge associated with them. So you see that it’s almost at 10 megabits per second.

It’s ramping up. This is commonly used in live remote production or Remy production. It also helps with at-home production, getting signals from the camera back to the master control.

You eliminate the number of operators that you need on-site. In the streaming world, when would this come into play? Well, if we’re at a sporting venue where the public 5G is not available or the MNO or mobile network operator networks are not available, we can rely on private 5G either as a backup, a primary, or the only connection. And by private, we mean that you own that spectrum.

It eliminates interference. It improves security. It improves reliability.

This makes your bonded cellular or streaming appliance more reliable. Thank you, and stay tuned for more videos from NAB 2024.

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