Streambox delivers live underwater video images

Streambox announced that the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility (CSSF) is using its ACT-L3 portable video transport system to stream real-time video and audio from an underwater research vehicle to an onshore laboratory.

The technology is being used by CSSF on its Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Sciences (ROPOS) underwater research vehicle. The video is sent to the onshore lab and control room over a VSAT satellite system.

Underwater images from the sea are also streamed via the Streambox system in real time to museums, oceanographic institutions and other venues as part of outreach and cooperation programs.

ROPOS is capable of working at depths of 5000m. It is used for detailed seafloor mapping for route surveys and for deploying scientific instruments. CSSF is using the Streambox portable video transport system to enable scientists to direct the operation of the ROPOS vehicle remotely from positions onshore.

Video encoded through the ACT-L3 system is transported from the research vessel via a VSAT Ku-band system with 372Kb/s of dedicated ship-to-shore bandwidth using a stabilized antenna. The decoded stream is then redirected through the public Internet to various locations in real time.

The ACT-L3 enables delivery of high-quality live and stored broadcast video over low data-rate connections such as broadband, BGAN and other IP and satellite networks. It can also be used for live newsgathering.

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