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WORLD NEWS Projection studio World Record is confirmed Following The Olympic Flame F rom the moment the London 2012 Olympic flame arrived in the UK the BBC has provided coverage of the passage of the Olympic Torch as relays of 8,000 Torchbearers carry the symbol of peace, unity and friendship throughout the country. In the spirit of the relay - to bring the excitement of the Games to everyone - the torch’s journey is available to all via a video stream and daily highlights on the London 2012 website and coverage on BBC news. To meet this unique news gathering challenge the broadcaster has opted to use 3G mobile networks to provide a feed from the Torch Relay for editing and broadcast. For a 3G data connection to be viable for outside broadcast it must meet specialist requirements for high capacity, security and reliability. The broadcaster is deploying mobile SIM cards from all five 3G network including Stream Communications, a Machine to Machine (M2M) focused mobile operator. Streams contribution to the bandwidth is provided by a pair of Stream SIM cards. The two Stream SIM cards, each with a 25GB limit, are bonded along with SIMs from other mobile operators and are optimised for maximum video quality. The accessible bandwidth could be as high as 30Mbps delivering broadcast quality images. The broadcaster is using the Stream SIMs, located in the specially modified camera vehicle, along with the four other network specific SIMs. Stream Communications has been able to provide high data limits without having to swap out lots of different SIMs in order to stay within agreed bundle sizes. Nigel Chadwick, Founding Director of Stream Communications, said: Standard 3G solutions have their limitations, especially when near large crowds with mobile phones, such as those lining the route of the Torch Relay this summer. The ability to bond 3G for greater bandwidth, together with our own enhanced network provision, supplies a flexible transport network for digital content from this historic event. The two bonded Stream SIMs provide broadcast quality video feeds from within an hour of 95% of people in the UK, Guernsey and Jersey. To achieve higher quality video simply requires the bonding of additional SIM cards. Stream Communications estimates just six bonded Stream SIM cards are more than capable of supporting a live 1080HD video stream delivering a satellite-equivalent broadcast experience. Outside broadcast depends on the resilience and quality of connection back to the studio. Streams enhanced 3G network and fair, cost effective tariffs offers a true alternative to satellite. Streams 3G network is proven to be secure, stable and reliable and perfectly suited to the challenges of outside broadcast. The Olympic Torch Relay reflects the start of a new and exciting era in outside broadcast opportunities, said Chadwick. L ondon UK based projection artist Ross Ashton of The Projection Studio had his Face Britain video projection work onto the front of Buckingham Palace officially confirmed as a Guinness World Record for the most artists working on the same art installation. The work formatted for the wide- screen canvass of Buckingham Palace - featured 32 animated mosaic portraits of HM The Queen made up form a total of 201,948 self portraits submitted by children from around the UK. All these portraits have been carefully scrutinised by Guinness World Records and certified as individual artworks. Ashton designed and created the finished projection portraits working with Moscow-based Boris Glazer, using a bespoke version of his Mazaika software to encode all the photos and compose the 32 images from all the images. For the show, the component images all flew together to make the individual portraits of The Queen, which were based on a template image supplied by Royal photographer, Arthur Edwards www.theprojectionstudio.com Watch the Olympic Torch Relay live here until 27th July http://www.bbc.co.uk/2012 28 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY067JUL12.indd 28 05/07/2012 22:23