Report-IT Fills the Bill in Boston
— Over the past year and a half, I have been using the Tieline
Report-IT application for the iPhone for Greater Media’s
five-station cluster here.
Shulins demonstrates the Report-IT app loaded on an iPhone resting in
Tieline’s Mic Adapter.
software product is an application for the iPhone, licensed per user,
that communicates back to a hardware device such as the Tieline
Bridge-IT codec, which can be permanently installed at the studio and
connected to the public Internet to receive live or prerecorded audio
automatically from the field.
interesting aspect is that this product takes advantage of existing
hardware (who these days does not have a smartphone?) and uses it as
a codec over the existing 3G/4G cellular infrastructure to provide
high-quality bidirectional communications between field reporters and
studio with minimal coding delay.
huge advantage here is that you can travel just about anywhere in the
world with your iPhone, yet be on the air instantly with 15–20 kHz
quality audio, with no need for advance planning.
can be an important tool for stations that need to cover events which
cannot be anticipated, like breaking news stories, or that want to
immerse themselves in the community by responding to local events on
the fly. Because it is bidirectional, a mix-minus feed can be heard
from the station, eliminating the delay problems associated with HD
Radio off-air monitoring.
the big question is: Does it work? In a word, yes. The system has
been very reliable for us.
course, external factors like the capacity of the cellular network,
your remote location and the bandwidth you allocate within your
facility for the Bridge-IT device, have a bearing on the overall
performance of the system. However, whenever we needed to use it, we
were able to connect with no issues.
application has features like a built-in audio recorder and optional
audio editing capabilities, so your material can be uploaded to your
FTP site, and automatically imported from there into your digital
delivery system for automatic broadcast.
sells a mic adapter that allows field reporters to use their iPhone
4, or 4S, to make a hardware connection to a professional microphone
via an XLR connector. We have found the audio quality to be very
good, especially when combined with this accessory.
are three licensing options available for the iPhone: The Report-IT
Live for individual iPhones; the Report-IT 10 Pack for teams of 10
users, with the ability locally to manage who those users are; and
the Report-IT Enterprise 50/100 Pack for larger operations. All three
are the same physical product. There is no annual subscription for
the first two options. Once you purchase your software, you are done.
product’s real power is in how it leverages your existing cellphone
hardware to provide real-time and recorded audio capabilities back to
your station with no planning. It is simple to set up and use in the
field. The only downside is that you need to manage your licenses
carefully, and make sure you have enough bandwidth at both ends to
provide reliable service — which, in this day and age of 4G
cellular service, shouldn’t be a problem.
has produced a clever product that can help bring broadcasters closer
to the communities they serve. I plan on continuing to deploy this
software, as needed, to allow us to take our remotes to the next
information, contact John Lackness at Tieline in Indiana at (317)
845-8000 or visit www.tieline.com.
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