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Gather Together (Apart)

Gather Together (Apart)

With social distancing a going concern, broadcast remains one way that a group of people can be together, while still distant. Now, how can you accomplish that while still maintaining your spacing? How about going Drive-In style?

For Houses of Worship looking to solely broadcast their services, the CRTC has a standing exemption order (with some restrictions) in place for broadcasting on the AM and FM bands.

For other purposes? There are a number of ways this can be accomplished. 

  1. VLPFM. Our partners at Decade Transmitters have some FM transmitter solutions that operate at a very low power output, some in the range which may not require an ISED license or certificate to operate. (Their website notes which license requirements may be in effect). Paired with a vertically polarized antenna (which matches nicely with vehicles) and you’ve got a handy little system for your event.
  2. Rental. This is definitely based on availability. Pippin Technical has some low power output FM transmitters that can be rented for special event broadcasts. An ISED application is required for these units, but no fear, we can handle that application process for you. A minimum 4 week lead time is required and requested to allow for documentation, frequency search and approval.
  3. Local network Wi-Fi streaming. The best part of this solution is there is no licensing required as the signal runs over open consumer WiFi spectrum. With a 2 channel streaming server from Listen Technologies, you can dish out a low-latency audio stream over your local WiFi network. Users download the app, connect to your local network, and hit play! With a PoE edge switch and enough access points to provide adequate coverage as well as the appropriate number of concurrent connections for your audience, you’re all set. One other plus – when done with your special event, the same system and access points can be moved indoors and used as an assistive listening device once everyone can be in the same room again.
  4. Webcasting. With access to a wide range of video conferencing and PTZ cameras and equipment, Pippin Technical can help spec out a solution for webcasting your meeting, event or service. Going just audio? We can help out there too.

Those are just a few options for keeping in contact (yet distant) in this current situation. If you have any unique requirements, or would like further details on integration or pricing, contact our Solutions Team today.

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