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NAB 2010: Streambox Launches Mobile Transport Product

Avenir bonds wireless cards for fast throughput
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Video encoding supplier Streambox used NAB to launch Avenir,
its latest portable video transport system.

Seattle-based Streambox first found traction with its
proprietary ACT-L3 encoder that runs on a laptop and can deliver high-quality
live video over broadband connections. It has since developed a range of
professional encoder and decoder products, and recently has been experimenting
with bonding wireless 3G and 4G cards together to improve the throughput and
quality of service.

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The new Avenir is the company's first hardware-based encoder to
offer both 3G/4G wireless network bonding for high-quality HD or SD transport
in a fully portable form factor, enabling live or file-based video transport
over a variety of low-data-rate networks. Avenir, which will ship in June and
will be priced around $15,000, can combine four wireless data cards in a device
that fits in a backpack.

By bonding four 3G/4G cards together, Avenir can achieve a
total throughput of up to 20 megabits per second over wireless networks, said
Streambox "applications evangelist" Ben Larson, good enough to transmit HD
video in either the 1080-line interlace or 720-line-progressive HD formats. The
device can also transmit SD content in NTSC or PAL format at data rates ranging
from 64Kbps to 8Mbps.

Avenir has a lightweight, rugged chassis and a range of
power options including AC and DC connectors as well as a Li-Poly battery
system. It features an intuitive touch-screen interface that allows users to
connect quickly and easily via their choice of network connections, which can
include dual Ethernet and BGAN satellite devices as well as bonded 3G/4G cards.
The Avenir also features a wireless user interface for browser-capable PDAs
such as the iPhone, iPod touch, and BlackBerry devices, which enables users to
control the encoder from a separate location.

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