TVNZ Weathercam Link Pictures Say It All


Television New Zealand (TVNZ) wished to upgrade their legacy weather camera and infra-red links in N.Z’s four main centres: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, with more current and reliable technology.  The Bridge Network (TBN) proposed 23GHz licenced spectrum Edge microwave links from Aviat Networks, along with installation services provided by a TBN engineer.  Licence engineering was included as part of the proposal.  TVNZ sourced the HD cameras for the project and arranged pipe mounts and weatherproof enclosures where needed.

A tight time frame and need for a Proof of Concept meant that link equipment had to be sourced locally at short notice. With their close relationship to Aviat Networks’ local staff, TBN were able to provide the equipment, install it and engage Aviat’s assistance with POC camera integration. These were the defining factors in awarding TBN the project.
Once initial quotes were submitted and accepted, TBN carried out inspections at two of the locations, Auckland and Wellington, and worked from TVNZ-supplied photos of the remainder to give final pricing. A Proof of Concept link was installed in Auckland and TBN worked with TVNZ engineering, and Aviat Networks staff, to iron out configuration issues prior to sourcing the remainder of the link equipment for the other centres.

The desired outcome was achieved. The live weathercam video goes to air seven days a week during the six o’clock evening news and during the weekday Breakfast show.
Clear, stable images from the camera locations and reliable remote control functions such as pan, tilt and zoom were needed to give a variety of angles depending on the weather events at the time. Reliable live video over IP and remote camera control to/from TVNZ HQ in Auckland gives the broadcaster the technology it never had before. The picture tells the tale.
When asked if the end result lived up to TVNZ’s expectations, Mr Will Armitage, Project Manager/Technology said “The links have been working great, and the time TBN spent to help get them configured correctly has been most appreciated.”

For further information please contact Mark Simpson ms@thebridgenetworks.com