The School of Journalism and Electronic Media was chosen to test a new technology called AirStream Cellular iNG Transmitter. Shown in the photo hooked up to the camera held by Mike Wiseman, AirStream is a portable, user-friendly, reliable, multi-mode cellular broadband 3G/4G LTE video broadcast transmission system designed to make rapid response newsgathering easy for news crews. Setting up and operating AirStream is uncomplicated and allows news crews to respond quickly to stories and give on-scene reports without the need to dispatch an SNG (satellite news gathering) vehicle. Mike Wiseman, staff member for TVC, explains, "All you have to do is hook the camera up, plug one wire into the box, and push the green button and that replaces a satekute truck and operator. It even has an IFB port, which refers to interruptible feedback when the producer talks to the field workers."
The University of Tennessee was chosen to test this technology because "they know that our JEM school is into innovative ways to use video, and we are always looking for new ways for kids to get prepared for a job and experience more hands on technology so they won't go into their career blind," said Mike Wiseman. He continues, "We are also the first school in the south to test this and I wouldn't be surprised if UT starts testing more things after they see how this goes with this particular technology which we are going to use in TVC News as well as Sports Mecca."