Cutting edge conference streaming technology launched

A Dunmurry-based company are leading the way in revolutionary new broadcast technology aimed at Northern Ireland’s growing conference sector, with the development of a state-of-the-art outside broadcast truck utilising remotely operated cameras with global uplink and captioning capabilities.

It’s the latest innovation from Pi Communications, led by Managing Directors Norah Anne Barron and Conor O’Brien who provide bespoke broadcasting services to the NI Assembly as well as the Irish Parliament. The company also works with a number of public sector clients including Invest NI and various international companies, producing short films for use in multi-platform marketing activity.  

Pi has recently invested 250K in the purpose built conference van, OB3, which employs robotic technology to direct multiple cameras and stream any event live to a world-wide network. The only one of its kind in the island of Ireland, the vehicles’ innovative remotely operated set-up allows major streaming requirements to be managed single-handedly.  

Pi has unrivalled credentials in the broadcast industry in Ireland, having successfully launched and managed an Oireachtas TV channel working across multiple platforms, and is the only independent production company broadcasting on TV seven days a week.  

Employing 45 staff in Belfast and Dublin, the team brings together decades of experience in creating tailored broadcasting solutions for clients delivering a range of services including broadcast production, post production, outside broadcasting, webcasting, news gathering and broadcast engineering and management.  

Norah Anne, who established the company in 2001 with husband Conor, says Pi’s in-depth knowledge of broadcasting, streaming and tailored client solutions are key in supplying the high level of specification required in a fast changing media environment.  

“Our investment in technology and ability to adapt quickly to any client requirements mean that we are unique in the marketplace when it comes to providing tailored solutions. Our unrivalled expertise in robotic camera technology allows us to keep our production costs as low as possible.

“We also have live captioning capability, allowing a wraparound service for major events and conferences and use satellite IP technology which reduces transmission costs, allowing us to pass on any savings to our wide and varied customer base. “  

“Viewing platforms are constantly evolving, revolutionising how and where we watch TV, requiring us to produce television for every screen across multiple platforms. As technology develops, individual requirements change so we are constantly researching and investing in the latest developments in this fast-changing industry.”

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