Connecting communities & military personnel to essential services, training & education
Service Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) is demonstrating MiPlayer for the first time at Land Forces 2018. On the SSVC stand #4L11, visitors are able to experience the MiPlayer system, a live broadcasting service which operates over a local wifi network, without the need for internet connectivity.
MiPlayer gives communities with poor or no internet access connection to live news, welfare/entertainment and educational services. This is particularly effective during military operations, deployments and exercises as well as disaster relief missions, where internet connection may be impossible.
First trialled with the British Royal Navy around two years ago, MiPlayer is now widely used by UK land and naval forces. Product development is ongoing, with a range of fully customisable MiPlayer models providing successful connectivity at high density, with lower costs.
“MiPlayer was launched to the market to widespread acclaim just over a year ago, and since that time the feedback from its global military and civilian end-users is hugely encouraging,” Nick Beer, SSVC’s Chief Development Officer, said. “We are proud to see the difference it is bringing across both sectors – connecting communities and military personnel to essential services, training and education.
“We quickly established that this technology could be used to enhance isolated civilian communities too. Working with the Nepalese Government and the state radio and TV broadcaster,we installed MiPlayer in a number of remote mountain villages that had previously never had any live radio or TV services.
“We worked alongside the United Nations (UNDP) and delivered their humanitarian material – animal husbandry, building techniques, disaster action plans and educational documents, all available in multiple forms from text and images to video, in both English and Nepali – and made it available on the MiPlayer. For the very first time the Nepalese citizens in these villages had up to date government information and live TV and radio broadcasts.”
SSVC MiPlayer uses existing broadcast radio and TV (DVB) feeds and transcodes them, using conventional off the shelf hardware, and then distributes the services on a local WIFI network without an internet connection.
The MiPlayer system can also work in conjunction with the existing IT infrastructure. This means that the client can watch live broadcast services, without the frustration of buffering, at their own convenience. If they have missed a program due to shift patterns or duty, they can access them through SSVC’s 7-day catch-up service, comparable to a standard on-demand service.
SSVC has continued to develop MiPlayer; with the British Royal Navy it was established that when personnel were deployed afloat they were losing out on key training courses that were necessary for career development and promotion. Their Virtual Learning Environment is now available on the MiPlayer on board ship ensuring that careers aren’t compromised due to deployments or operations. The MiPlayer will then link with the main land based server during periods of internet quiet time (if available) or when back at port (using Ship Alongside services).