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December 9, 2008
On Call Communications Assumes Management of QuickSPOT Satellite Bandwidth-on-Demand Service from Intelsat

Foothill Ranch, CA  (December 9, 2008)  On Call Communications announced today that they have assumed management of the QuickSPOT satellite bandwidth-on-demand service from Intelsat. Starting today On Call will manage the marketing, sales, and technical operations of the award winning service platform. QuickSPOT is a bundled service consisting of a line of versatile fully automated satellite terminals and a unique management system which provides satellite bandwidth on an on demand basis. The service has multiple service packages where users can pay for dedicated bandwidth by the minute, hour, day, week or month. With over two hundred terminals in the field, QuickSPOT is the proven choice for broadcast news, emergency responders, webcasters and enterprise users. No technical knowledge is required and the system is "on-air" within five minutes of pressing a single button virtually anywhere in the US.

Using an IP based protocol the service works with all internet devices. The service supports standard and high definition video, VoIP telephone & facsimile, video conferencing, file transfers and fiber restoration.

 

About On Call Communications

On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA is a leading provider of rapid-deployment satellite systems and satellite bandwidth for broadcasting, disaster recovery, commercial and governmental clients. Specializing in mobile communications systems, On Call offers an array of portable, auto-deploy antennas to fit virtually any situation. Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment. 

July 1, 2009
On Call Communications and Intelsat Cover Michael Jacksonís Passing Using QuickSPOT IP Based Satellite News Gathering Service and Intelsatís Video Fiber Network

Foothill Ranch, California:  (July 1, 2009) On Call Communications and Intelsat sprung into action Thursday afternoon upon reports of Michael Jackson's hospitalization to provide crucial uplinks to television reporters from around the world at the multiple venues in the Los Angeles area.  Within hours of the first reports, On Call was on the scene assisting international news organizations with live coverage from Los Angeles back to their home countries such as Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, the United Kingdom and more.

 

On Call Communications provided the uplink vehicle and operating staff.  The uplink vehicle, outfitted with the QuickSPOT automated, IP based satellite news gathering system, allowed the news teams to be on air within minutes of arrival at Jackson's residence.   On Call's complete uplink services also included the HD-SDI/SD-SDI camera, a professional cameraman, IFB, Wi-Fi internet access, FTP and ENG kit.

 

The live feeds were delivered to Intelsat's Video Fiber Network.  Using their global network of satellites, fiber and teleports, Intelsat provided the end-to-end content delivery to the international destinations. 

 

Ron Rosenthal, Intelsat Vice President, North America Broadcast Solutions said, "As soon as the first reports came in, our customers from around the world began to call us for live services from the Los Angeles area.  On Call Communications, with their QuickSpot IP/SNG system, were able to provide the rapid response and be on site within hours, providing our international clients the crucial uplinks required to deliver the story to their regional and global audiences."

 

On Call CEO Jim Gilbert said, "The combined resources of On Call Communications IP uplinks and Intelsat's occasional use Global Scheduling Center and global fiber network enabled our clients to deliver content quickly, efficiently and easily with a single phone call to set everything in motion."

On Call Communications is expanding the uplink services to multiple regions throughout the United States including Washington DC, New York, Florida, Chicago, Denver and Texas.

 

About On Call Communications

On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA is a leading provider of rapid-deployment satellite systems and satellite bandwidth for satellite news gathering, disaster recovery, commercial and governmental clients.   Specializing in mobile communications systems, On Call offers an array of portable, auto-deploy antennas to fit virtually any situation.   Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment. 

Contact: Erin Ludden 949-707-4729 x 25


December 1, 2009
On Call Communications Expands Distribution For Their QuickSPOTTM Satellite Bandwidth On Demand Network

Foothill Ranch, California:  December 1, 2009:  On Call Communications announced today that they have signed agreements and now have connectivity to "The Switch" in Los Angeles, California and to All Mobile Video in Carterette, New Jersey.  This gives On Call's QuickSPOT clients the ability to connect directly to all major networks and broadcasters. The new video connectivity will also be used for occasional video services provided by On Call's fleet of rental terminals and network of satellite uplink service providers.  


On the West Coast, On Call installed a terrestrial connection to The Switch in Los Angeles from its teleport location in Orange County.  The Switch Los Angeles serves as On Call's gateway to media companies in the Los Angeles area, major broadcast networks, other Los Angeles POP's, such as PacTV and to national and international video fiber networks such as AT&T, Genesis, Intelsat, Nexion and Vyvx.  

 

On the East Coast On Call signed an agreement with All Mobile Video for use of their teleport with direct connectivity to major New York POP's such as Waterfront and Azzurro.

 

The additional facilities greatly expand the reach of On Call's QuickSPOT satellite bandwidth on demand network.  While the service has offered its customers tremendous flexibility in terms of access to space and automated operations, it has been limited in its ability to deliver video to diverse locations due to the use of proprietary hardware. The fiber connectivity now allows delivery of video content originating within the QuickSPOT network to virtually any organization connected to a terrestrial fiber network in the US and many international destinations in SDI format in both standard and high definition. 

 

The QuickSPOT satellite bandwidth on demand network operates on Intelsat's Horizons I and Horizons II Ku-band satellites. The network provides domestic service to affiliate stations around the country including affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. 

 

To learn more about the QuickSPOT on demand bandwidth service visit our website at www.occsat.com.

 

About On Call Communications

On Call Communications is a leading provider of auto-deploy portable satellite systems and satellite bandwidth for satellite news gathering, disaster recovery, commercial and government clients. Specializing in mobile communications systems, On Call offers an array of portable, auto-deploy antennas to fit virtually any situation. Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment.

Contact:

Erin Ludden, Director of Marketing

erin@occsat.com

(949) 707-4729 x 25

19631 Descartes

Foothill Ranch, CA  92610

www.occsat.com


April 8, 2010
On Call Communications and VideoLink Offer Free Live News Feeds From the NAB Show 2010 in Las Vegas

On Call invites networks, news stations and media professionals to test the QuickSPOTä Satellite News Gathering System with a free live shot which can be delivered to their studio. 

 

Foothill Ranch, CA (April 8, 2010) On Call Communications and VideoLink have combined forces to create a Live satellite news studio at the NAB 2010 show featuring the VideoLink ReadyCam Studio camera  and the QuickSPOT Satellite News Gathering System.    From Outdoor Media and Equipment booth OE 910, news professionals and industry experts will be able to give live, two way interviews from the NAB show floor.   Feeds can be delivered to The Switch Los Angeles or All Mobile Video in Carterette, New Jersey. 

 

To book a live shot, please call VideoLink's booking center at (617) 340-4300. 

 

The QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system features high quality MPEG-4  standard definition video encoding with low latency for comfortable interview conversation.   Mobile office features such as IFB compatible phone lines and internet access are integrated into the SNG system, making it a perfect companion for VideoLink's remotely operated ReadyCam system.   

 

On Call will also demonstrate a high definition MPEG-4 SNG system and the ThinKom ThinSat in-motion satellite antenna.  Thin-Sat offers in-motion upload speeds of up to 10 Mb/s.   On Call will be transmitting and receiving live standard definition MPEG-4 video from the ThinSat antenna at NAB.

On Call makes satellite news gathering affordable with a unique on-demand bandwidth plan that allows customers to purchase time by the minute, day or hour. Customers get the most efficient use of their satellite bandwidth time by paying for exactly the time they use.   

 

Financing specials are available to qualified NAB clients allowing them to purchase a standard definition SNG system for about the cost of renting a satellite truck once a month.    

 

About On Call Communications

On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA is a leading provider of rapid-deployment satellite systems and satellite bandwidth for satellite news gathering, disaster recovery, commercial and governmental clients.   Specializing in mobile communications systems, On Call offers an array of portable, auto-deploy antennas to fit virtually any situation.   Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment.   Learn more at http://www.occsat.com/.

Contact: Erin Ludden 949-707-4729 x 25


April 8, 2010
On Call Communications Offers NAB Show Financing Specials on Satellite News Gathering Systems

Financing special reduces the cost of SNG system ownership to comparable with the cost of renting a satellite truck once a month.

 

Foothill Ranch, CA  (April 7, 2010) On Call Communications wants to make it easy for news groups and local stations to offer live coverage of news and special events by offering a financing special to make system ownership comparable to the cost of renting a satellite truck once a month.   Qualified buyers will be able to take advantage of this special financing offer for orders placed within 30 days of the show. 

 

The NAB special offers a complete satellite news gathering system and includes a vehicle mount antenna, baseband electronics, MPEG-4 video encoder, Audio/Video monitor, 2 voice lines and internet access.  For the receive side it includes a studio receive electronics system and MPEG-4 decoder.  Packages are available in both high definition and standard definition and can be customized.

 

QuickSPOT SNG systems make satellite news gathering easier with automated operation, on-demand bandwidth and integrated mobile office features.  High quality standard definition or high definition MPEG-4 video is available on either 96 cm or 1.2 meter systems. 

 

Jim Gilbert, CEO of On Call said, "It's important to us to accommodate the operating and capital budgets of our clients.  The additional flexibility of this low cost financing makes SNG technology accessible to more stations than ever and gives us the ability to serve more news communities around the country."

The financing program is offered through a third party leasing company and some limitations apply.   Please see your On Call Sales Representative for details.

 

About On Call Communications

On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA is a leading provider of rapid-deployment satellite systems and satellite bandwidth for satellite news gathering, disaster recovery, commercial and governmental clients.   Specializing in mobile communications systems, On Call offers an array of portable, auto-deploy antennas to fit virtually any situation.   Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment.   Learn more at http://www.occsat.com/.

Contact: Erin Ludden 949-707-4729 x 25


April 11, 2011
NAB To Transmit Show Coverage Via On Call Communications IP Satellite and On Call To Debut New Satellite News Gathering System

ON CALL COMMUNICATIONS introduces Remote Control QuickSPOTTM IP SNG System and is named the official Satellite Broadcaster for the 2011 NAB.

 

Las Vegas, NV/Irvine California (April 8, 2011) - On Call Communications, a leading provider of IP (Internet protocol) mobile satellite solutions, will headline as the NAB show's official Satellite Broadcaster. This function includes providing the satellite space segment and uplinks for transmissions from the show including live feeds to the major media outlets. Bob Sitrick, President and CEO of Bob Sitrick Productions, is the Executive Producer of the NAB show coverage.

 

"This is the first time we've used IP satellite as part of the official show coverage," according to Michelle Kelly, NAB's Senior Vice President of Convention Marketing. "In the past, broadcast outlets had to set up their own uplinks. On Call's IP satellite is cutting-edge technology that will expand the coverage of the show to a much wider audience and we couldn't be happier."

 

"We are thrilled to be asked to play such an important role in this year's NAB," responded On Call's CEO Jim Gilbert.  Our QuickSPOTTM Dual IP/DVB Satellite News Gathering System is the perfect platform for the show. ." It's kind of like a Swiss army knife for broadcasters. It not only provides high quality standard or high definition video, but can also webcast, transfer files, and provide IFB, voice, internet access and e-mail all on one easy to use platform. It offers the convenience and functionality of IP with a twist of DVB thrown in to allow the signal to be sent to lots of broadcasters simultaneously.

 

On Call will introduce its newest satellite news gathering system at the show, dubbed The QuickSPOTTM Solution. We've enhanced the Classic QuickSPOTTM IP SNG System by giving the studio direct control over the encoders, audio and video switches and HD cameras, using an intuitive web based graphical user interface," said Gilbert. "That not only makes its operation even easier, it makes single person live reporting from the field achievable, reducing crew and cost for networks and affiliates. "

 

On Call Communications will exhibit at NAB 2011 April  11-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The exhibit booth features an insert studio and a live uplink. Attendees are welcome to visit the booth  #OE910 to watch the IP/DVB system in action as it transmits from the show. Visitors may also try out the new intuitive IP studio control and view demonstrations of On Call's studio controlled HD cameras. Upon request, On Call will also make the live uplink available to broadcasters either from the booth or from nearly any location on the floor.

 

The 2011 NAB SHOW is happening at the Las Vegas Convention Center April 9 - 14, 2011, with daily highlight reels from sessions featuring James Cameron, Leslie Moonves, Kurt Sutter, Dante Di Loreto, and more available via satellite and online April 11, 12, and 13.

 

Daily highlight reel availability:

Online: http://www.beckmedia.com/vnr/nabshow (clips posted as they become available)

Via satellite: April 11, 12, and 13 from 5:30PM - 6:15PM PST

 

Satellite Coordinates:

Source 1:           Satellite :                                 Intelsat Horizons 2 Ku-band

Details:            Orbital slot:                            74° West, Transponder 20K,

Modulation:                            DVBS QPSK 

FEC:                                        3/4

Downlink Center Frequency: 14495 Mhz (1445Mhz L-band)

Downlink Polarity:                  Vertical

Symbol Rate:                          3.37384 Msps

System Bit Rate:                     4.663 Mbps

Video Format:                         NTSC

Encoding:                                MPEG-4 HD

Aspect Ratio:                          16 x 9

Audio Configuration:             Stereo


For Technical Problems with Downlink:
On Call Communications, (949) 707-4729 Option 1 OR support@occsat.com

 
Broadcast Restrictions for News Coverage:
For news purposes only, you may air 30 seconds per clip not to exceed five minutes total within the given time frame. Please source/provide on-screen credit to "The NAB Show" as footage is being aired. Use is granted on a quit claim basis.
 

 

About the NAB Show

The NAB Show, held annually in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With nearly 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and more than 1,500 exhibitors, the NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, the NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com

 

 

About On Call Communications

 

On Call Communications specializes in mobile communications systems. It is a leading provider of rapid-deployment satellite systems and satellite bandwidth for satellite newsgathering, business continuity, disaster recovery, commercial and governmental clients.  On Call offers an array of highly portable, auto-deploy antennas that can even be used for the most challenging of circumstances.  With little more than a flip of the switch, they are ready to go wherever news breaks.   Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment.   Learn more at http://www.occsat.com/

 

 

Contact: Erin Ludden 949-707-4729 x 25 or on-site at NAB (949) 310-3201

erin@occsat.com


July 25, 2011
QuickSPOT Delivers the Big Apple: In Five Minutes or Less!

 

QuickSPOT Delivers the Big Apple: In Five Minutes or Less!

 

 All Mobile Video And On Call Communications Team Up To Provide Time Sensitive HD Video Uplinks In Manhattan.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New York, New York and Foothill Ranch, CA:  All Mobile Video (AMV) and On Call Communications announced a joint venture today to base an HD, IP based satellite news gathering van out of AMV's location on 26th Street in NYC.    The joint venture will serve news and media organizations delivering High Definition and Standard Definition video directly to network studios or via All Mobile Video's downlink at Gateway where it can be picked up on fiber networks.   News networks will be able to quickly broadcast live from the scene of breaking New York stories due to several advantages:  the centrally located Mid-town base is convenient for all of lower Manhattan, the SNG van is more compact than traditional satellite uplink trucks making it more maneuverable in crowded streets and the speedy, automated deployment of the QuickSPOTTM portable satellite system puts crews on air within five minutes of arrival.

 

satellite uplink truck new yorkNews stations need only send a reporter to the scene; the service package includes satellite uplink van, HD/SD video encoder, cameraperson/operator, IFB with Producer's line and Internet access.   HD/SD cameras and light kit are optional.  Because the ku satellite system is automated, networks will enjoy lower daily rates for service as the savings are passed on to the news customers.

 

The new SNG vehicle is built around On Call's QuickSPOTTM IP based satellite system.  The system provides a high quality HD or SD Video feed from the vehicle as well as a full suite of mobile office functionality including voice lines, FTP, and Internet access.

 

On Call and All Mobile Video have already been working together as On Call uses AMV's Gateway for QuickSPOT's  East Coast point of presence out of the New Jersey teleport and fibers feeds to the major POPs in New York City. 

 

For more information on the service call Leonard Laxer at AMV 646-230-6996/917-299-0205 or our 24 hour TOC at 732-969-3191.

 

About On Call Communications

 

On Call Communications specializes in mobile communications systems. It is a leading provider of rapid-deployment satellite systems and satellite bandwidth for satellite newsgathering, business continuity, disaster recovery, commercial and governmental clients.  On Call offers an array of highly portable, auto-deploy antennas that can even be used for the most challenging of circumstances.  With little more than a flip of the switch, they are ready to go wherever news breaks.   Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment.   Learn more at http://www.occsat.com/

 

About All Mobile Video

 

All Mobile Video is the country's premier provider of end-to-end video and audio solutions for entertainment, sports, and news programming and events. We offer the full spectrum of services - from spacious Manhattan based sound stages with full post-production capabilities to mobile production and editing trucks and extensive uplink solutions that travel worldwide- as well as an extensive equipment inventory that allows us to fully custom spec any facility or location.  Learn more at http://www.allmobilevideo.com/.

 


December 8, 2008
On Call Communications Assumes Management of QuickSPOT Satellite Bandwidth On Demand Service From Intelsat

Irvine, California - (December 9, 2008) - On Call Communications announced today that they have assumed management of the QuickSPOT satellite bandwidth-on-demand service from Intelsat. Starting today On Call will manage the marketing, sales, and technical operations of the award winning service platform. QuickSPOT is a bundled service consisting of a line of versatile fully automated satellite terminals and a unique management system which provides satellite bandwidth on an on demand basis. The service has multiple service packages where users can pay for dedicated bandwidth by the minute, hour, day, week or month . With over two hundred terminals in the field, QuickSPOT is the proven choice for broadcast news, emergency responders, webcasters and enterprise users. No technical knowledge is required and the system is "on-air" within five minutes of pressing a single button virtually anywhere in the US.

 

Using an IP based protocol the service works with all internet devices. The service supports standard and high definition video, VoIP telephone & facsimile, video conferencing, file transfers and fiber restoration.

 

About On Call Communications

 

On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA is a leading provider of rapid-deployment satellite systems and satellite bandwidth for broadcasting, disaster recovery, commercial and governmental clients. Specializing in mobile communications systems, On Call offers an array of portable, auto-deploy antennas to fit virtually any situation. Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment.

Contact: Erin Ludden 949-707-4729 x 25

 

 


April 7, 2008
On Call Communications Debuts $10 Per Minute Hd Satellite News Gathering At Nab 2008
April 7, 2008 - Irvine, CA - On Call Communications, a leading provider of automated, mobile satellite solutions, will debut its QuickSPOTTM High Definition IP Satellite News Gathering system at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, April 14 - 17. Featuring Envivio's new 4Caster HD30TM MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) high definition video encoder, the system will transmit high quality 720p and 1080i formatted video content in data streams as low as 5.25 Mb/s. On Call's integrated hardware and satellite service enables broadcasters to contribute HD news at tremendous cost savings compared with conventional HD satellite transmissions.

 

 

Flexible bandwidth options are the hallmark of QuickSPOT services. HD customers will be able to choose from on demand, space segment billed per minute or take advantage of pre-scheduled service to save even more. HD access is as low as $10 per minute.

 

 

On Call selected Envivio for its excellent video quality with very low latency. The ultra-efficient compression algorithms in the new Envivio HD30 enable the system to send high quality HD feeds at rates similar to current MPEG-2 based SD service. Extremely low latency of 300 milliseconds over DVB-ASI interfaces makes the HD30 a solid choice for interactive news applications such as studio anchors interviewing reporters in the field. This efficiency and performance make HD news contribution practical in almost any sized market. It also provides local broadcasters with an economically attractive model for introducing HD coverage of local sports.

 

 

QuickSPOT HD operates on the same basic platform as SD allowing broadcasters to operate both SD and HD on the same system. An Envivio 4Caster HD30 can be added to new or existing QuickSPOT systems offering an easy migration path from SD systems for those who aren't ready to make an immediate jump to HD. HD systems provide the automated deployment features and easy mobile operation QuickSPOT is known for.

 

 

"At $150 for a 15 minute HD feed, QuickSPOT makes HD broadcasting affordable for even the smallest stations. The low rates combined with the easy mobile operation of our automated system are a winning combination for broadcasters," said James Gilbert, CEO of On Call Communications.

 

 

On Call will offer live demonstrations of both QuickSPOT HD and SD video over satellite at the NAB Show in the Intelsat Outdoor Media booth OE346 under the QuickSPOT balloon. The Envivio 4Caster HD30 will also be on display at the Envivio booth SU13205.

 

About On Call Communications, Inc

 

On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA provides rapid-deployment satellite systems for broadcasting, disaster recovery, commercial and government clients. Specializing in mobile communications systems and complex network solutions, On Call offers an array of portable, auto-deploy antennas to fit virtually any situation. Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to enjoy all the conveniences of their office communications from their field locations. On Call is a strategic partner with Intelsat in providing the QuickSpot OnDemand bandwidth service.

 

Contact: Erin Ludden, Director of Marketing 949-707-4729 x 25 erin@occsat.com

 

About Envivio

 

Envivio Inc. is the leading technology provider of IP video convergence encoding solutions for telcos and broadcasters. Envivio is the only company to offer convergence solutions supporting the "Three Screens" of consumer video - TVs, PCs and mobile phones - making IP video a reality over any type of network and to any multimedia device from mobile to HD. Envivio solutions deliver industry leading AVC (H.264), AVS, and Windows Media Video (VC-1) compressed video quality at the lowest bit rate for mobile TV, Internet TV, IPTV, and broadcast applications. Service providers worldwide use Envivio solutions to reduce their operational costs while offering subscribers the most compelling and highest quality video services anytime and anywhere. Visit www.envivio.com for more information.

Envivio is a registered trademark of Envivio Inc. All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

 

Contact: Evan Sirof, MarComm-On-Call for Envivio, Inc. 845-255-1909, evan@marcomm-on-call.com

 

 


March 6, 2008
7NEWS WHDH-TV Augments Live Special Event Coverage using On Call Communications' QuickSPOTTM Automated SNG System
Irvine, CA - (March 6, 2008) 7NEWS (WHDH-TV) is a fast-paced news organization in Boston that often travels around the country covering big news stories. At the Super Bowl, in Arizona, WHDH used an exciting new piece of technology that allowed them to be live not only from the stadium where they had positioned their satellite truck but also from celebrity parties and team practice facilities that were miles away.

 

7NEWS turned to On Call Communications (OCC) of Orange County, California for their Fly and Drive Portable SNG System called QuickSPOT. The Quick SPOT is a .96m antenna that can attach to any vehicle with roof racks. The portable system has a GPS on board so finding the satellite only takes a push of a button. There is no need to call for satellite time or contact an access center to transmit.

 

Satellite time is offered by Intelsat's OnDemand Platform. Broadcasters only pay for the satellite time they actually use. Instead of buying a 5-minute block and using 1 minute to feed video they pay for 1 minute. Turn the knob and you are transmitting. It's as easy as turning on a 2 Ghz microwave transmitter.

 

And they didn't have to pay to ship the system; it was compact enough to fit into their satellite truck heading to Arizona. Upon arrival, it took less than 45 minutes to build and test the system which was mounted onto a rented mini-van.

QuickSPOT enabled 7NEWS to have their news and sports anchors live from the stadium while reporters went live at different venues in and around Phoenix.

 

After using QuickSPOT for a few days, veteran 7NEWS reporter Dan Hausle e-mailed the News Director and Operations Manager saying "Just wanted to let you know that the QuickSPOT system under the operation of Mike Howley is wonderful! It's opened logistical options so smoothly and simply it's hard to appreciate how revolutionary it is. Mike's set up in the mini-van is quick and comfortable to use. I love it. In a word, WOW!"

 

The QuickSPOT system was such a success that they included it in their "Super Tuesday" coverage as well. The system was packed up and shipped from Arizona to Chicago so 7NEWS could report live from Sen. Barack Obama's campaign headquarters.

 

 

About On Call Communications

 

On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA provides rapid-deployment satellite systems for broadcasting, disaster recovery, commercial and governmental clients. Specializing in mobile communications systems, On Call offers an array of portable, auto-deploy antennas to fit virtually any situation. Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment.

 

Contact:

Erin Ludden 949-707-4729 x 25

 

 


February 26, 2008
SKY.it Selects On Call Communications QuickSPOTTM Automated SNG System to Provide Live News Coverage on their Speciale America 2008 Roadtrip

Irvine, California - (February 26, 2008) - From day one of the Primary Elections SKYTG24, the Italian all news channel, covered the US political landscape on a road trip from New Hampshire to Florida. Sending daily live news shots and interviews from locations around the US for broadcast in Italy, they gave Italian viewers an inside look at American politics.

 

SKY.it selected On Call Communications 96cm QuickSPOTTM Fly and Drive Automated SNG system to carry their content from the field locations to the studio. The MPEG-4 video feeds broadcast from the mobile unit were turned around at Intelsat's teleport in Atlanta, GA and sent to Italy over Intelsat's GXS network. SKY.it chose the QuickSPOTTM Fly and Drive system for the ease of use provided by the automated system. A single button deploys the system to find the satellite and login to the OnDemand satellite Network; in about five minutes the system is ready for transmission of live MPEG 4 video. Mounted on top of a rental SUV, the system was installed in about half an hour and after a brief training session, the crew was on their way covering the primaries live.

 

Flavio Maspes, Foreign Desk Supervisor for SkyTG24 describes the project; "We followed all the primaries until Super Tuesday. In 40 days we covered more than 9000 KM, producing and transmitting live and transferring at least one story package a day using store and forward. QuickSPOTTM offered us a good and reliable service with On Call reacting very quickly when we had the only problem during this production."

 

SkyTG24 also used the QuickSPOTTM OnDemand satellite service. The service is ideally suited for the brief news pieces produced on the road since it requires no advance scheduling and usage is billed by the minute.

 

View SkyTG24 election coverage on the web at http://www.skylife.it/html/skylife/tg24/speciale.html

 

About On Call Communications

 

On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA provides rapid-deployment satellite systems for broadcasting, disaster recovery, commercial and governmental clients. Specializing in mobile communications systems, On Call offers an array of portable, auto-deploy antennas to fit virtually any situation. Conveniently packaged, pre-configured baseband electronics allow users to connect video, phone and data applications within minutes of deployment. Contact: Erin Ludden 949-707-4729 x 25

 

 


December 6, 2007
Intelsat, On Call Communications and AT&T Join Forces to Help Fire Ravaged Counties

Pembroke, Bermuda and Irvine California, 6 December 2007

 

Intelsat, Ltd., the world's leading provider of commercial satellite services, and On Call Communications today announced that they have joined forces, and in coordination with AT&T, have donated desperately needed emergency communications for command operations and victim relief centers in fire-affected southern California communities. Within hours after Governor Schwarzenegger issued a disaster declaration the three companies swung into action, donating satellite terminals, satellite bandwidth, engineering personnel and logistical support. AT&T took the lead in contacting State and local governments to apprise them of the first response capabilities that were available to them.

 

"The quick response of On Call Communications and the ability to provide continuous 24-hour support was crucial in maintaining optimal communications for our recent Santiago Fire." reported Scott Johnson, IT Analyst for Orange County Fire Authority who relied on the QuickSPOT terminals and Intelsat On-Demand bandwidth for fire mapping and logistical coordination.

 

On Call Communications and Intelsat prepared and installed all of the automated satellite based systems and optimized each of the terminals for the specific applications used by the authorities. On Call and Intelsat also donated all of the satellite bandwidth used for the operations.

 

The QuickSPOT automated, satellite terminals deployed were able to establish communications within minutes of arrival. John Pingel, Group IT Manager for the County of San Diego said, "The onboard voice and data links were up within minutes after the wheels stopped rolling on the mobile QuickSPOT satellite units. From there, our technicians were quickly able to patch in connections to the local area network and phone systems to distribute communications throughout the facilities." The systems provided voice (VoIP), Internet access, WI-FI, file transfers and video services in the San Diego suburbs of Fall Brook, El Cajon and Jamul where they supported Local Assistance Centers. A high school and a juvenile detention facility in the San Diego were also serviced.

 

"We were proud to assist our state and local governments; it's the least we could do for those who give so unselfishly of themselves to keep our families and property safe. We have been doing this for a good many years all over the globe, but it takes on a whole new meaning when it's in your own back yard" said Jim Gilbert, CEO of On Call Communications.

 

Intelsat CEO David McGlade commented, "The unfortunate events in California served as yet another example of the ability of satellite communications to rapidly establish critical communications links when ground infrastructure has been destroyed by natural or man-made disasters, or is inaccessible. We are proud to support the emergency teams in California during this time of urgent need, and stand ready to demonstrate for emergency response teams across the nation the value of including satellite-based communications in emergency preparedness plans." 

 

About On Call Communications

 

On Call Communications specializes in emergency response satellite communications. Most notably On Call designed, built and provides service for FEMA's fleet of Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers, regional offices and Mobile Emergency Responses vehicles.

 

About Intelsat

 

Intelsat is the leading provider of fixed satellite services (FSS) worldwide and is the leading provider of these services to each of the media, network services and government customer sectors, enabling people and businesses everywhere constant access to information and entertainment. Intelsat offers customers a greater business potential by providing them access to unrivaled resources with ease of business and peace of mind. An extensive customer base, including some of the world's leading media and communications companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and government/military organizations, utilizes our services. Real-time, constant communication with people anywhere in the world is closer, by far.

 

Contacts

Erin Ludden

On Call Communications

erin@occsat.com

+1 949-707-4729 x 25

 

Nick Mitsis

Intelsat, Ltd.

nick.mitsis@intelsat.com

+1 202 944 7044

 

Intelsat Safe Harbor Statement. Some of the statements in this news release constitute "forward-looking statements" that do not directly or exclusively relate to historical facts. The forward-looking statements made in this release reflect Intelsat's intentions, plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs about future events and are subject to risks, including known and unknown risks. Detailed information about some of the known risks is included in Intelsat's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Because actual results could differ materially from Intelsat's intentions, plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs about the future, you are urged to view all forward-looking statements contained in this news release with caution. Intelsat does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

 


December 6, 2006
UDcast, On Call and Intelsat Provide High Performance Disaster Recovery Satellite Communications System for U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency

OnSPOT Emergency Response System ensures high security and high performance in difficult ad-hoc networking conditions so response teams can concentrate on the immediate needs of their communities

Sophia-antipolis, France, ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. and BETHESDA, MD - (December 6, 2006) - To ensure performance and security of mission critical communications services in extreme situations, leading satellite system suppliers UDcast, On Call Communications and Intelsat announced today that they are providing the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with high performance disaster recovery communications systems.

 

The OnSPOTTM Emergency Response System gives public safety agencies valuable communications services that set up easily in a matter of minutes so response teams can concentrate on the immediate needs of their communities. OnSPOT comprises automatically deployable (auto-acquisition, auto-deploy) satellite antennas mounted on light vehicles, that also host the complete set of electronic equipment.

 

To meet FEMA's needs for satellite communications and video capability, On Call has provided FEMA with 70 OnSPOT units including telephone, fax and data capabilities for their Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers and Mobile Emergency Response Units. FEMA has contracted On Call to provide 25 additional units for the Regional offices and FIRST response teams including video transmission capabilities while on the move.

 

OnSPOT antennas deploy and lock on the satellite at the touch of a button. Automated login into the QuickSpot satellite bandwidth on-demand service platform provides instant broadband IP connectivity ready to launch any IP application. OnSPOT broadband systems are capable of data rates up to 4.5 Mb/s to meet all tactical communications needs, such as voice lines (from 2 to 72 lines per mobile system), secure accelerated Internet access, wi-fi networking, video broadcasting and Webcasting. OnSPOT terminals are designed exclusively for use on the QuickSpot service network, a partnership between Intelsat and On Call Communications.

 

"In the most critical moments of a natural disaster or national emergency, FEMA has to know that it can depend on the smooth operation of emergency response communications networks," said James Gilbert, CEO, On Call Communications. "OnSPOT systems provide reliable communications services that let emergency personnel concentrate on taking care of the people while we take care of the communications. Using UDcast's UDgateway® we are able to meet FEMA's needs with a powerful and flexible tool that manages and controls the network, providing a high level of security without sacrificing quality or performance."

 

"In most cases during natural and manmade disasters, satellite communications is the only solution that enables the operations of a quick response communications infrastructure. Intelsat's support of the QuickSpot service is another example of how deploying our powerful satellite resources and teleport facilities meets the unique demands of the first responder and disaster recovery markets," said Alex Flores, Intelsat's senior product manager.

 

The efficient management of standard communication protocols over satellite links, providing the level of performance and security required by FEMA, is ensured by UDcast's UDgateway. UDgateway performs data and voice over encrypted IP, providing FEMA with an end-to-end virtual private network environment. A variety of protocol acceleration functions performed by the UDgateway provides high performance communication over two-way satellite connections.

 

"By choosing the UDgateway, On Call can offer the best in class satellite performance and security to its customers," said Antoine Clerget, vice president of engineering and co-founder of UDcast. "Our UDgateways integrate easily in all networking environments, including mobile applications. The proposed solution helps to manage recovery missions, saving lives of persons in danger and accelerating the reconstruction process in the damaged areas."

 

OnSPOT's QuickSpot dedicated satellite bandwidth service provides:

• Customer applications receive guaranteed data rates (non-shared)

• No quality degradation due to network congestion

• Economic savings by paying only for bandwidth used by the minute, day or month

• Nationwide satellite service network

• Compatibility with IP applications - video, data, voice, Internet

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About UDcast

UDcast is a leading provider of solutions enabling full IP over broadcast media, focusing on IPTV to the mobile DVB-H solutions as well as satellite-aware enterprise networking solutions. UDcast provides DVB-H standard compliant solutions for the delivery of IPTV to mobile devices. In addition, UDcast provides satellite aware IP appliances that bring terrestrial-like performances and security to broadband satellite links. UDcast's feature rich solutions enable satellite service providers to deliver revenue-generating value added services that meet enterprise needs. Founded in 2000, UDcast maintains its global headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, France. For more information, visit www.udcast.com.

 

About Intelsat

Intelsat is the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide and is the leading provider of these services to each of the media, network services/telecom and government customer sectors, enabling people and businesses everywhere constant access to information and entertainment. Intelsat offers customers a greater business potential by providing them unrivaled resources with ease of business and peace of mind. Our services are utilized by an extensive customer base, including some of the world's leading media and communications companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and government/military organizations. Real-time, constant communication with people anywhere in the world is closer, by far.

 

Safe Harbor Statement

Some of the statements in this news release constitute "forward-looking statements" that do not directly or exclusively relate to historical facts. The forward-looking statements made in this release reflect Intelsat's intentions, plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs about future events and are subject to risks, including known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of Intelsat's control. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements include known and unknown risks. Detailed information about some of the known risks is included in Intelsat's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 and Intelsat's registration statement on Form S-4 on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Because actual results could differ materially from Intelsat's intentions, plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs about the future, you are urged to view all forward-looking statements contained in this news release with caution. Intelsat does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

*Editor's Note: Comments from press conference with FEMA Director David Paulison, August 2006, Coral Gables, Fla. http://www.fema.gov/media/archives/2006/080206.shtm

 

 


August 18, 2006
PANAMSAT AND ON CALL COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOP A NEW REAL-TIME SOLUTION FOR BROADCAST NEWS DELIVERY ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

Local News Stations Join the Front Line in News Serving Their Communities with Live, Instantaneous Remote Broadcasts

 

ORANGE COUNTY, CA and WILTON, CT, April 18, 2006: PanAmSat (NYSE:PA) and On Call Communications today announced the development of a new satellite-based communications solution to enable the coverage of breaking news and live events by local and independent news stations. By using PanAmSat's QuickSPOT on-demand satellite technology and On Call's OnSPOT auto-deploying broadband satellite communications systems, broadcasters can now report on breaking news events as they happen and then transmit the coverage to viewers in real time with unrivaled simplicity, mobility and cost-efficiency.

 

KOCE, a PBS-affiliate based in Huntington Beach, CA., is using the new system to provide live news coverage to viewers of events that previously could only be pre-recorded. "The QuickSPOT/OnSPOT solution gives us the opportunity to deliver live remote broadcasts at far lower costs and convenience than anything we had been able to do in the past," said Michael Taylor, news director, KOCE's evening newscast, Real Orange. "Being live on the scene gives us a new dimension, covering the news as it happens, making the story much more ‘real' to our viewers. The recent fires in Southern California exemplified this as we reported from the field, delivering the latest updates from fire officials, what areas were being evacuated and what schools remained open. Our news was much more relevant to our viewers compared to something written and broadcast from the studio."

 

The QuickSPOT/OnSPOT solution provides a powerful, cost-effective broadcast delivery system making it possible for smaller broadcasters, such as KOCE, to access the formerly cost-prohibitive world of live broadcasts. These stations can now avoid the expense of dedicated satellite space by paying only for their on-air time. And, no technical knowledge is required to operate the auto-deploying terminals.

 

"Through our work with OnCall, we've developed a truly game-changing broadcasting solution that transforms the world of satellite news gathering," said Mike Antonovich, executive vice president, Global Sales and Marketing for PanAmSat. "By using smaller auto-pointing antennas in conjunction with the latest generation of digital encoding and compression and our bandwidth-on-demand provisioning service, live news coverage is now simpler, smarter and smaller then ever before. These lower-cost systems can now affordably be made available to support everyone from major market television stations to local community cable channels. Smaller communities benefit by getting up-to-the-minute reports on local weather, storm conditions and developing news events. And, independent stations can provide a wider variety of coverage and perspectives as they serve up their own live reports. It is a win-win for everyone-the broadcaster and the viewer."

 

About OnCall

 

On Call Communications, headquartered in Orange County, CA specializes in providing quick deployments of mobile satellite telecommunications systems for broadcasting, disaster recovery & government applications. They design, integrate and install custom satellite communications networks. On Call also owns and operates teleports in Hawaii and Miami as well as switched voice facilities in Hawaii, Miami, New York and Madrid.

 

About PanAmSat

 

Through its owned and operated fleet of 23 satellites, PanAmSat (NYSE: PA) is a leading global provider of video, broadcasting and network distribution and delivery services. It transmits nearly 2,000 television channels worldwide and, as such, is the leading carrier of standard and high-definition signals. In total, the Company's in-orbit fleet is capable of reaching over 98 percent of the world's population through cable television systems, broadcast affiliates, direct-to-home operators, Internet service providers and telecommunications companies. In addition, PanAmSat supports the largest concentration of satellite-based business networks in the U.S., as well as specialized communications services in remote areas throughout the world. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.panamsat.com.




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WEAU-TV (Eau Claire, WI) Showcases their new QuickSPOT system to SBE Chapter December-16-2013 December-16-2013

Society of Broadcast Engineers Picnic featuring QuickSPOT SNG satellite system
On September 3rd, Todd Ritchie and Ron Viste of WEAU (Eau Claire, WI) hosted Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Chapter 112 of Western Wisconsin for their annual steak picnic, which provided a great opportunity for the station to showcase their new QuickSPOT vehicle.  


Tim Jackson from On Call Communications was on hand to describe the system and provide an overview of the On Call QuickSPOT product, which greatly simplifies the process and increases affordability for satellite news gathering.  SBE members representing other stations from the LaCrosse/Eau Claire DMA were able to see for the first time how a hybrid TVU/satellite on-demand system can increase news coverage capabilities at a fraction of the cost of a traditional satellite news gathering vehicle.Get reliable, dedicated  high speed satellite Internet uplinks anywhere with QuickSPOT  



“We are thrilled to have recently rolled out our new QuickSPOT vehicle and look forward to getting our news crews comfortable with the simplicity and flexibility of the hybrid TVU/satellite system.  We are the only station in the market that won’t be limited by cellular and microwave limitations,” says Ron Viste of WEAU.  


Society Broadcast Engineers learns how to use their bonded cellular backpack over an IP satellite linkOn Call’s Tim Jackson states, “we were pleased to be part of SBE Chapter 112’s meeting and to show others in the market the features, benefits and simplicity of the QuickSPOT system.  We’re proud to support WEAU as the market leader in the LaCrosse-Eau Claire market as they greatly expand their newsgathering capabilities.”

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On Call Supports CBS News Teams Live in Haiti Using QuickSPOT Satellite News Gathering Systems June-15-2010

On Call Communications sprung into action again in support of CBS News in Haiti providing live and taped video feeds, internet access and phone lines for their news teams covering the earthquake using the QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system.

 

 CBS News In Haiti uses QuickSPOT satellite news gathering system

 

 

On Call used the very portable QuickSPOT 96 centimeter fly and drive satellite news gathering antenna to establish a high speed internet pipe which CBS News crews used for their video and communications needs. The system transmitted both live and edited standard definition MPEG-4 video feeds for the producers in addition to establishing a mobile office complete with direct dial in/out phone lines and wireless internet access for email, web browsing and corporate communications .


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