Sep 5, 2018

Massive Floating Trash Collector Combats Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup Deploys Cutting-edge Technology to Rid Pacific Ocean of Plastic Pollution; Watch LiveU-powered Live Stream of System’s Departure from San Francisco, CA

The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, is taking an important step forward in the fight against pollution with the deployment of its first ocean cleanup system this month. The system is the start of a fleet of 60 systems that are estimated to clean up 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years. The historic launch of the first system will be live-streamed online starting at noon PDT on September 8 thanks to a collaborative effort between The Ocean Cleanup, live streaming leader, LiveU, and live production designer, reseller, and content creator, Key Code Media.

Several LiveU HEVC transmission units will strategically be placed throughout the San Francisco Bay area allowing viewers from around the world to experience the journey of the giant ocean cleanup system through the Bay and into the ocean. The solution consists of a 2,000-foot-long floater that sits at the surface of the water and a tapered 3-meter-deep skirt attached below corralling trash in the center of the system’s U-shaped design.

“The live production is scheduled to take place in the middle of the San Francisco Bay surrounded by mountainous terrain. This type of environment poses a major challenge in bringing in a satellite truck to produce a live broadcast,” noted Avi Cohen, LiveU COO & Co-founder. “The value of the LU600 HEVC is the solution’s ability to maintain a high-quality, reliable stream – even when faced with low bandwidth conditions. The Ocean Cleanup called on LiveU since they were looking for a partner who can deliver a rock-solid solution required for this complex setup and scenario.”

“Ocean plastic pollution is growing exponentially and poses a serious threat to our ecosystems, health, and economies. Solving it requires a combination of closing the source and cleaning up the legacy amounts that have already accumulated in the ocean,” noted Florent Beauverd, Creative Content Director, The Ocean Cleanup. “The launch of this first ocean cleanup system demonstrates our commitment to moving forward but also cleaning up after ourselves. The live stream will promote the amazing efforts of our team and increase awareness of this global issue.” 

The Live Production

The Key Code Media crew will deploy LiveU’s Wireless At-Home Production model to affordably and effectively produce a high-quality 7-camera live event. LiveU units will be capturing content on land, from several boats on the Bay, and atop the Mersea Restaurant on Treasure Island. The entire production will leverage an end-to-end IP-based workflow enabling the Key Code team to pull in the feeds, switch, edit, and distribute the live content from a remote production facility located in Alameda – without the need for a satellite truck or uplink. LiveU’s HEVC units provide the live transmissions from the cameras to the production facility and add a layer of peace of mind to the organizer and production crew.

“We’re excited to partner with LiveU and The Ocean Cleanup on this historic event,” said Mike Cavanagh, President of Key Code Media. “Our team is constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to live productions. The implementation of the LiveU HEVC units and the NewTek Tricaster as part of the Wireless At-Home Production methodology will allow us to produce a high-quality Multicam live event in a bandwidth-challenged environment.”

The live stream will be available starting at noon PDT on Saturday, September 8. Watch Live: https://www.theoceancleanup.com/system001/.

To learn more about LiveU’s Wireless At-Home Production Solution, visit http://get.liveu.tv/at-home/.