HISPASAT, the Spanish satellite telecommunications operator, is once again collaborating for the second straight year in the “Journalism Innovation Hub” project promoted by RTVE, as part of the 42nd Annual International Classical Theatre Festival held in the Palacio de Valparaíso, in Almagro. This technological innovation project has been shaped by the appearance of new information technologies and the changing multimedia consumption habits in our society.
HISPASAT's participation in the project involves providing spatial capacity from the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite through one of its managed Internet services platforms to provide live coverage in the Mobile Journalism stages. Using satellite communications is essential at this event, as it guarantees high-capacity IP connectivity in the city of Almagro, where the land-based communications infrastructures and the cellular network capacity are no longer sufficient, leading to outages during this important festival. The satellite receives the signal from RTVE's cameras and uploads it to the cloud, where it is processed and broadcast to different digital platforms.
The “Journalism Innovation Hub” project, coordinated by RTVE, is focused on exploring innovative communication formats to broadcast news, integrating advanced networks and systems, working in the cloud in a totally different way than usual and incorporating the tools and possibilities that new technologies offer into the process. The project covers the entire chain which forms the multimedia news service, from detecting and selecting the newsworthy events and capturing the news itself, to writing and editing, presenting, broadcasting and, finally, archiving the stories.
Together with RTVE and HISPASAT, several key companies are also participating in these processes, including Google, Telefónica, Watchity, VSN, and the Almagro Festival organisation. All these companies will contribute their innovations to adapt the multimedia news communication process to the new digital environment throughout the two years of the project.