Broadband Antenna Tracking Systems (BATS), a wireless
telecommunications technology provider, has created an affordable and rapidly
deployable system for high-speed transmission of video and other data from
blimps to a ground station.
The blimp is a recognized entity at a range of sporting
events, from baseball to football games. Sports broadcasters and marketing
agencies often use blimps to capture action footage of sporting events and
stream live video feeds to communication stations located on the ground.
Until recently, most transmission methods were too costly
and ineffective, often suffering with video feed delays and slow data transfer
rates. Broadband Antenna Tracking Systems (BATS) has developed an economical
solution that provides a significant improvement in data transmission
capabilities for blimp-to-ground wireless communications.
A sports marketing agency recently challenged BATS
to create an affordable solution for blimp-to-ground transfer of live video and
high-definition photographs. During the trials, which took place in Bridgeport,
Connecticut, the BATS Service and Support team integrated two BTS-2500 systems
with Motorola PTP 600 series radios.
One BTS system was located in the cockpit of the blimp
and the second was located at a ground station. The BTS-2500 system used in the
test is a rapidly deployable, self-aligning and tracking antenna.
Each system includes a modular-computer-controlled
Positioning Unit (PU) and a BATS Rack Mount Control Unit (RMCU). The BTS-2500
requires minimal technological skill from users in order to optimize wireless
After establishing and maintaining a data link between
the blimp and the ground station, the system successfully achieved high-speed
data transmission. The aggregate link capacity of the transmissions exceeded
BATS rose to the challenge and its proof-of-concept tests
demonstrated an affordable solution for streaming video and large data files
from an air-based blimp to the ground. The system can now be deployed in blimps
at sporting events across the country to provide an affordable solution that
meets broadcasting companies need for high-speed and large capacity data
By Telecomlead.com Team