AP & VISLINK enhance reliability of file-based news workflow in the field

The Associated Press and VISLINK News & Entertainment announced  the successful completion of trials of ENPS working seamlessly across VISLINK’s microwave and Advanced Gateway systems. Together they provide an integrated solution, which enables file-based workflow from the field as if connected directly to the studio LAN.

Journalists using ENPS in the field can now use bandwidth provided by VISLINK to connect directly to ENPS servers at base, submit finished stories and simultaneously send live video. VISLINK emphasises the use of microwave bandwidth. This reduces potential problems with public broadband, which can become clogged in breaking news situations.

“The Advanced Gateway system enhances the workflow by reliably extending ENPS and the file-based workflow into ENG” said Mike Palmer Director ENPS Design & Integration Strategy at Associated Press. He added, “This will add considerable value to our mutual customers’ news gathering capabilities”.

VISLINK’s Advanced Gateway technology means that journalists in the field can easily download archive proxies, create and submit the finished video wirelessly back to the studio, making the workflow process much more time efficient. The high-speed Electronic News Gathering microwave links are used to rapidly submit the files into the studio workflow while studio based Broadcast Engineers control of the system and the remote equipment.

The Advanced Gateway system uses state-of-the-art wireless data bonding to maximize available download speeds, providing multiple persistent connections maintain the highest level of connectivity available that the broadcasters require.

“The MOS protocol allows integrated file-based workflow with ENPS, the Advanced Gateway systems closing the circle of efficiency gains made in the studio, from the implementation of file-based workflow,” commented Laurence Venner, VISLINK Product Marketing Manager.

About VISLINK News and Entertainment

VISLINK News and Entertainment sells VISLINK’s three established broadcast product lines: ADVENT satellite uplinks, LINK wireless cameras and MRC fixed and mobile microwave links. It has offices in the UK, USA, Dubai, Singapore and South Africa.

VISLINK News and Entertainment is synonymous with innovation in live television markets. We are the worldwide leader in microwave, satellite and wireless communication systems for the capture of live TV news and sports events, with an installed base of over 100,000 systems in over 90 countries.


VISLINK plc is a global business with revenues of £100 million. We are strategically focused on providing secure communication technologies to customers in our chosen markets.

We specialise in wireless, video and IP technologies together with the supporting management systems. Our products include the design and manufacture of microwave radio, satellite transmission, wireless cameras and marine CCTV systems. We have manufacturing operations in the UK, Norway and the USA.

We have four international business units organised to serve our customers in News & Entertainment, Law Enforcement and Public Safety, Marine and Energy and the related Services markets.

With offices in the UK, USA, Norway, Dubai, South Africa and Singapore we employ over 450 people worldwide and have net assets in excess of £50 million.

Company Contacts: James Wilcox, Marketing Director, Tel: +44 (0) 7789 752 764, james.wilcox@vislink.com or Mark Anderson, Marketing Communications Manager, mark.anderson@vislink.com. Press contact: David Cunningham, Manor Marketing, Tel: + 44 (0)1420 544242, Email: david@manormarketing.tv

About The AP
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from AP. On the Net: www.ap.org

About ENPS
ENPS is the world’s most popular new broadcast news production system, licensed for use in nearly 800 TV, radio and network newsrooms by more than 60,000 reporters, editors and producers in 60 countries. ENPS is part of more than 40% of the world's television and network newsrooms, with an almost 50% market share in the U.S. Because AP is not allied with any one hardware vendor, users of AP systems are able to take advantage of best-fit solutions for external systems.

Press contact: Sophie Toumazis or Suzie Schilling, tpr media consultants Tel: +44 (0)20 8347 7020 Email: sophie@tpr-media.com
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