Playing Devil's Advocate in the Orchestra of Change!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Satellite Jamming Poorly Explained
IBM and BBC can get away with abbreviations. Others can't. Especially if you are trying to tell the world about satellite jamming which is difficult enough for most people to understand anyway. Good initiative. Lousy storytelling.
is pleased to forward the following announcement from our sister
organisation, the Radio Frequency Interference -End Users Initiative
(RFI-EUI), as part of the GVF Interference Initiative, through which
GVF is collaborating with partners in the broadcasting sector on SNG
operator certification and product testing.
BROADCASTERS LAUNCH GLOBAL INTERFERENCE-PREVENTION
INITIATIVES WITH GVF AT CABSAT 2013
Implementation of SNG Operator Certification and Terminal
and Approvals Aim to Reduce Interference
U.A.E.– The Radio Frequency Interference – End Users Initiative
(RFI-EUI) and the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) today, with support and
commitment to the program from the World Broadcasting Unions –
International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG) and the satellite Interference
Reduction Group (sIRG), announced the launch of a two-prong effort to
improve the quality of satellite newsgathering services worldwide.
an international association of broadcasters, together with GVF and its
training partner, SatProf, have collaborated on the development of the
first phase of a program designed to test operators of satellite
newsgathering systems, as well as satellite operators, on the skills
necessary to reduce the occurrence of SNG-based interference. In
addition, RFI-EUI and GVF are jointly promoting the use of SNG terminal
equipment that has been tested and approved in coordination with GVF’s
are excited to be launching this program at CABSAT 2013,” commented
Dick Tauber, Co-chair, RFI-EUI and Chairman of WBU-ISOG. “Satellite
interference continues to be a significant issue in our industry.
Well-trained operators and increased use of type-approved equipment can
help to dramatically reduce errors, and therefore instances of
RFI-EUI Training and Certification Working Group (WG), led by Maura
Maloney of ESPN, has been working closely with GVF and SatProf to
ensure the program is tailored to the needs of our industry,” commented
Rich Wolf, Co-chair, RFI-EUI. “In parallel, the RFI-EUI Best Practices
WG , led by Paul Cohen of Fox Networks, and Colin Robinson, Chair of
GVF’s Mutual Recognition Arrangement Working Group, are collaborating
to promote the use of tested and approved SNG equipment.”
2013 attendees can learn more about the programs by attending the
“Interference Prevention Summit”, which is scheduled for 12.00 – 5 p.m.
on March 14. They are also welcome to visit the GVF Quality Products
Theatre at the CABSAT Exhibit Hall, where manufacturers who have
industry-approved products will share information regarding their
product designs. Information about the training program is available
online; register for SNG Operator Certification at www.gvf.org/training,
and for information on approved SNG equipment visit www.gvf.org/approvals.
The RFI-EUI / Radio
Frequency Interference - End Users Initiative is a voluntary group
composed of media companies, equipment manufacturers, industry groups,
satellite system operators and satellite service providers from around
the world. It was founded in February 2011 primarily to give voice
to customers, clients and essentially all end users of satellite capacity
regarding RFI. RFI-EUI has been established to work in concert and
in conjunction with the satellite operators to identify, mitigate and prevent
– ultimately to stop – satellite interference. For more information,
please visit www.rfi-eui.org.
GVF is the single and
unified voice of the global satellite industry. Founded in 1997, it
brings together organisations engaged in the delivery of advanced
broadband and narrowband satellite services to consumers, and commercial
and government enterprises worldwide. Headquartered in London, GVF
is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organisation with 200+
members from throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.gvf.org.
SatProf, Inc., was
founded by Ralph Brooker and Peter Zilliox, both veterans of the
satellite ground equipment and system engineering
industry. SatProf offers standard and custom technical
e-learning material and engineering support for satellite installers,
technicians, engineers, and managers. For more information, please visit www.satprof.com.
Founded in 1985, the
International Satellite Operations Group (ISOG) is a committee of the
World Broadcasting Unions (WBU). ISOG provides a global forum for members
of the WBU to exchange information, outline requirements and resolve
common operational problems. WBU-ISOG's mission is to identify, evaluate,
and implement solutions for all operational matters associated with
transmission (by satellite or any other means) of video, audio, and
broadcast-related data material from sites of news, sports, special
events and entertainment, and to work with all international groups,
institutions, organizations, and appropriate bodies to achieve these
solutions. In this endeavour WBU-ISOG reflects one of the aims of the WBU
by including and supporting the needs and requirements of broadcasters
around the world. WBU-ISOG meetings are held twice a year and permit open
dialogue from an international perspective on key satellite
communications issues. WBU-ISOG is a tri-partite organization whose
participants include members from the WBU including broadcasters,
satellite and fibre optic carriers, transmission service providers and
invited participants associated with the industry. For more information,
please visit www.worldbroadcastingunions.org.
sIRG is an international
assembly of parties with representation from both the private and public
sector organized to combat the increasing and costly problem of satellite
RF interference. Members disseminate information and actively
pursue programs to reduce radio frequency interference incidents.
Formed over ten years ago as an informal group working to reduce radio
interference, the Group’s membership is comprised of satellite operators,
users, uplinkers, service providers, equipment vendors and other
organizations with a stake in combating radio frequency interference.