The Associated Press has won the IBC Innovation Award for Content Distribution for its groundbreaking transmission of broadcast-quality live video from the depths of the Indian Ocean.
The award was announced on Sunday at the IBC Innovation Awards ceremony in Amsterdam.
Cutting edge optical technology allowed AP to send live footage of a deep sea scientific mission through the waves without cables to hundreds of broadcasters and digital publishers across the globe.
The technology was engineered by subsea communications specialist Sonardyne, with satellite transport from Inmarsat.
“Winning the IBC Content Distribution Award is a great honor,” said AP Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Gianluca D’Aniello. “The award recognizes that the transmission of over 70 hours of live video from the depths of the Indian Ocean was a major milestone for the video industry and a stunning technical achievement -- truly a first.”
AP achieved the underwater broadcasting milestone in March during the first descent by an international science team participating in a UNESCO-endorsed research mission to unlock the secrets of a vast stretch of unexplored sea. AP was the only news agency to document the Nekton mission off the coast of the Seychelles.
Video was transmitted from 200 meters below the surface using the blue light region of the electromagnetic spectrum, removing the need for the submersibles and the scientists within to be tethered to fiber optic cables.
See AP’s coverage of the mission: http://apne.ws/QzFEkur