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Innovative Wireless Mesh Network for US Election Coverage

Innovative Wireless Mesh Network for US Election Coverage

Dejero and private wireless network specialist, Rajant, teamed up to provide a robust wireless network blended with cellular connectivity to support the coverage of the 2020 US presidential election. This combined connectivity solution eliminated potential signal drops and communication gaps, allowing news organizations to transmit live video without worrying about cellular network congestion.

Inspired by Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh networks in the mining, military, and first responder sectors, Rajant continues to provide assistance to broadcast customers. Their technology merges the capabilities of Dejero EnGo mobile transmitters featuring Smart Blending Technology — which intelligently combines multiple network connections in real-time for enhanced reliability, expanded coverage, and greater bandwidth capacity.

US presidential election coverage is typically the biggest event for news organizations and broadcast networks in the United States, and a major story for international media. Reliable connectivity is critical for live shots from around the country, and in particular from the nation’s capital.

“Cellular networks can become congested, particularly in locations where large crowds gather, and that is a concern on election night for broadcasters,” said Jeremy Miller, global director of technical account management at Dejero. “With the ability to blend a Wi-Fi mesh network with multiple cellular networks from different providers, we’re able to provide our customers with peace of mind.”

Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh networks are unlike any other wireless mesh system on the market today, providing fully mobile broadband connectivity that is simple, instantaneous, and fail-proof in any application. The resilient mesh network set up in D.C. was designed to move and evolve with connectivity demands.

“Being able to seamlessly work off both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi in a mesh network with mini microwave radios gave our broadcast customers the flexibility they needed to set up shots where they wanted, knowing they had an additional path in case bandwidth from cellular connections became limited,” continued Miller. “The solution allowed our broadcasters to deliver seamless coverage, particularly at the crucial peak hours on election night.”

Election day saw record-breaking numbers for Dejero, with nearly 6,000 hours of coverage from local, national and international customers, an increase of nearly 60% more units in the field, and over 19 terabytes of data transmitted, almost double of what was seen in the 2016 election. Dejero will also be onsite in Washington, D.C. to support customers on Inauguration Day, offering a mesh Wi-Fi network, equipment rentals, MultiPoint content sharing and customer support.

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