MIRAMAR, Fla., Jan. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MTN Satellite Communications (MTN), the global provider of communications, connectivity and content services to remote locations around the world, today announced it has won a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) in the category "Development of Integrated, Deployable Systems for Live Reporting from Remote Environments." The award recognizes MTN's CTO Richard Hadsall, NBC and the late David Bloom for constructing the Bloom-Mobile, a satellite-based mobile communications platform, to broadcast live coverage of the War in Iraq.
The concept of the Bloom-Mobile was inspired by Mr. Bloom himself in order to deliver live coverage of U.S. military forces in Iraq in 2003. MTN collaborated with Mr. Bloom and NBC over a 45-day period to design, build, commission and equip the vehicle with live television and satellite transmission equipment, allowing the Bloom-Mobile to send live, full-motion broadcast-quality video and audio as U.S. troops moved towards Baghdad. By securing a 200-watt stabilized 1.2-meter Ku-band antenna to the back of a custom-built Ford F450 4WD diesel truck, MTN enabled NBC to provide the first live "On the Move" broadcast coverage while traveling at speeds up to 70 mph.
"With the high demand for news as it happens, it was essential for NBC to have the technology in place to relay information to its viewers, and the Bloom-Mobile made this possible," said Richard Hadsall, CTO at MTN. "Not only did MTN make David's concept into a reality in 45 days, we also provided the broadcast industry with a vehicle that changed the delivery of news from the Middle East. We are proud to receive this recognition from NATAS for our work with NBC and it's a fitting tribute to David's vision to deliver live coverage of the War in Iraq to viewers at home."
Since the Bloom-Mobile's launch, its presence in the broadcast industry continues to expand. The vehicle is used to cover a variety of stories including hurricanes and elections, and is leveraged the U.S. government for both tactical and non-tactical applications.
The Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards honor companies, organizations and individuals for innovative advances in broadcast technology that have a ground-breaking influence on television engineering. The awards were presented on January 12, 2012 during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
About MTN Satellite Communications
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN), the first company to offer a stabilized Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite solution for ships at sea, has contributed to the evolution of the satellite industry over the past three decades, delivering communications solutions that address the needs of people moving around the world. Through MTN's reliable global satellite network and expertise, the company continues to deliver solutions across various markets while addressing the unique challenges and needs for each. Today, MTN offers services and solutions to cruise lines, commercial shipping, oil and gas, mega yachts, government entities and aviation markets. With sales and service offices, teleport gateways, Points of Presence (PoPs) and spare parts depots located in all corners of the globe, MTN's global footprint allows them to successfully serve more than 600 vessels sailing around the world and to U.S. government and commercial aircraft on transatlantic routes. In addition to bandwidth management, MTN delivers and supports a broad array of integrated turnkey services, including remote access for Internet, VoIP, voice services, remote IT management, global vessel tracking, bandwidth optimization, real-time video capabilities, crew calling solutions, and other enterprise solutions. For more information, visit www.mtnsat.com.
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