Chief Executive Officer
Location: New Jersey, USA
Number of employees: 120+
Year founded: 2006
2 University Plaza Drive, Suite 505
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Broadcast vans transmitting images via satellite are a common sight at sporting and news events. These vans have some obvious limitations: they are big and expensive, and need a clear line of sight to the sky. Outside broadcasters would be more agile and flexible if images were transmitted via cellular networks instead, but a single cellular connection does not offer enough bandwidth to transmit in sufficient quality.
LiveU has solved the problem by inventing technology that can “bond” multiple cellular telephone signals. Its hardware has space for up to seven SIM cards. It can combine bandwidth from different cellular networks, any available Wi-Fi and even satellite if necessary, to transmit live, high-definition video.
First used by NBC at the Beijing Olympics, LiveU units have since covered everything from the Arab Spring to Hurricane Sandy. They can be used indoors and from moving vehicles – useful in covering events such as the Tour de France – and latency can be as low as under a second, much less than satellites. In crowded areas where networks are overloaded, resiliency can be enhanced by picking up signals from more distant towers.
Beyond broadcasting, LiveU units are increasingly being used in cases such as for crowd control at demonstrations, for special forces operations, and in ambulances to transmit images of patients to the emergency room, saving time on arrival. LiveU is working with leading camera manufacturers to integrate its technology into professional-grade and consumer cameras.