Cutting edge conference streaming technology launched in Belfast

Norah Anne Barron and Conor O'Brien pictured in OB3, utilising the latest in global streaming technology for the conference industry
Norah Anne Barron and Conor O'Brien pictured in OB3, utilising the latest in global streaming technology for the conference industry

A Dunmurry-based company is leading the way in revolutionary new broadcast technology aimed at Northern Ireland’s growing conference sector, with the development of a state-of-the-art outside broadcast truck utilising remotely operated cameras with global uplink and captioning capabilities.

It’s the latest innovation from Pi Communications, led by directors Norah Anne Barron and Conor O’Brien who provide bespoke broadcasting services to the NI Assembly as well as the Irish Parliament.

The company also works with a number of public sector clients including Invest NI and various international companies, producing short films for use in multi-platform marketing activity.

Pi has recently invested £250,000 in the purpose built conference van, OB3, which employs robotic technology to direct multiple cameras and stream any event live to a world-wide network.

The only one of its kind in the island of Ireland, the vehicles’ innovative, remotely operated set-up allows major streaming requirements to be managed single-handedly.

Pi has unrivalled credentials in the broadcast industry in Ireland, having successfully launched and managed an Oireachtas TV channel working across multiple platforms, and is the only independent production company broadcasting on TV seven days a week.

Employing 45 staff in Belfast and Dublin, the team brings together decades of experience in creating tailored broadcasting solutions for clients delivering a range of services including broadcast production, post production, outside broadcasting, webcasting, news gathering and broadcast engineering and management.

Norah Anne, who established the company in 2001 with husband Conor, says Pi’s in-depth knowledge of broadcasting, streaming and tailored client solutions are key in supplying the high level of specification required in a fast changing media environment.