Smart-telecaster Zao-S

The World Smallest H.265 Mobile Encoder

The World Smallest H.265 Mobile Encoder

Smart-telecaster Zao-S, the world’s smallest mobile H.265 HEVC hardware encoder, enables full HD live video mobile transmission of live broadcast and surveillance events via multiple 4G carriers from remote locations or moving locations including body cams, vehicles, helicopters or drones back to a command and control centre, with a simple unit attached to the camera.

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Mobile, Rugged and Secure

At 400 grammes and complete with internal battery, the Zao-S simply attaches to the HDMI output or HD-SDI output of the camera.

Can encrypt to AES256 ensuring the live stream is fully secure during transmission.

Highly Reliable

Uses internal RASCOW algorithm to optimise video stream based on both the 3G/4G availability and latency required. Can live stream in even the most challenging of 3G/ 4G LTE availability, even as low as 250kb/sec, up to a maximum of 5MB/sec. Ideal for street surveillance, special operations, drone operations and facial recognition.

Mitigate 4G risk

Uses up to 3 SIM cards from different providers that the Zao-S will “bond” together as a single connection and will split video between the mobile carriers based on the real time 4G availability on each carrier.

Latest Compression

Uses H.265 HEVC that is 50% more efficient than traditional H.264 MPEG-4 encoding.

ONVIF Compliant

The receiver end (using Cloud VMS+ ) can provide an H.265 ONVIF compliant stream for use with COTS Video management Systems (VMS). The Zao-S can also use other receivers from Soliton including HD View, Cloud View and Cloud CVS.

Other Functionalities

  • Wifi and/or Satellite (B.GAN/K.SAT), LAN port configurable via USB
  • Remote Web Management
  • Comes with internal and external batteries, bag, cables, PSU, and USB to LAN convertor

What the Zao-S does for Outdoor Broadcasting and Surveillance

Challenges live mobile video streaming

High quality mobile video streaming can be challenging from remote locations such as public safety/news-gathering situations or other live events that may include sports events being filmed over a wide area. Cameras may need to provide live video streams from a car, motorcycle, drone or helicopter that are moving at speed. The fluctuating availability of the 3G or 4G cellular network makes it hard with traditional systems to maintain reliable HD quality of live streaming content. The RASCOW algorithm combined with H.265 and its small size and weight, the Zao-S provides high reliability that is easily transportable even on a person or bicycle. It can easily be held in a body strap or mounted directly to the camera. Want to know more about live mobile video streaming?

Decoder, Remote Management & Two-Way Audio

Real Time Mobile HD Video Transmission Direct from the Camera


Smart-telecaster Zao-S is a portable video H265 HEVC encoder that compresses video in real-time enabling full HD live video streaming to anywhere in the world, while on the move.

Lightweight and Small


Due to its lightweight (about 350g) and portability, the Zao-S can be carried either on body strap or can be mounted on a camera and connect either via HD-SDI or HDMI to the camera.

Supports H.265 Video Compression Standard


Smart-telecaster Zao-S is a portable video H265 HEVC encoder that compresses video in real-time enabling full HD live video streaming to anywhere in the world, while on the move.

RASCOW technology


RASCOW technology monitors the changing mobile signal strength in real time and adapts the most optimum bonded combination of the 3G, 4G and WiFi connections. 

Easy to carry


Smart-telecaster Zao-S is a portable video encoder. The specially strap that comes with the product is easy to carry and operate.

Power saving


Smart-telecaster Zao-S  contains on internal battery and external battery.

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See the Zao-S in Use


The ZAO can be used in many ways, by just as many different customers. You can find some uses here, namely:

Smart-telecaster Zao-S Video


Specifications Smart-telecaster Zao-S


1. Product overview

Decoder, Remote management & two-way audio

Key features Smart-Telecaster Zao-S:

Real time mobile HD video transmission direct from the camera

Smart-telecaster Zao-S is a portable video H265 HEVC encoder that compresses video in real-time enabling full HD live video streaming to anywhere in the world, while on the move.

Lightweight and small

Due to its lightweight (about 350g) and portability, the Zao-S can be carried either on body strap or can be mounted on a camera and connect either via HD-SDI or HDMI to the camera.

Supports H.265 video compression standard

Smart-telecaster Zao-S is equipped with the H.265 video compression standard. H.265 technology improves encoding and compression by approximately 50% compared to H.264 compression. As a result HD picture quality can be maintained even when the mobile phone signal strength becomes low and with very low latency (0.3 seconds).

RASCOW technology

Smart-telecaster Zao-S connects up to 3 SIM cards via external dongles that can be bonded together to form a single connection via 3G, 4G or WiFi. RASCOW technology monitors the changing mobile signal strength in real time and adapts the most optimum bonded combination of the 3G, 4G and WiFi connections. As a result the quickest and most reliable delivery across the internet is given to the decoding platform. This continues to give reliable video contribution even when signal strengths becomes low or fluctuates rapidly.

Easy to carry

Smart-telecaster Zao-S is a portable video encoder. The specially strap that comes with the product is easy to carry and operate.

Power saving

Smart-telecaster Zao-S  contains on internal battery and external battery

Advanced connectivity

Smart-telecaster Zao-S supports a variety of mobile networks such as WCDMA, LTE, 3G, 4G, WiFi, ethernet, etc.

Multi-Link technology

With multi-link technology in Smart-telecaster Zao-S you can use up to 3 mobile data cards simultaneously. This strongly improves the quality of broadcasting under weak signal conditions.

Receives multiple video streams

At the receiving end, Soliton has a choice of decoders – HD View (1 channel and 4 channel – on premise),  Cloud VMS+ (ONVIF compliant on-premise install or cloud), Cloud View (cloud only), and Cloud CVS (cloud only).

Supports 1080i standard for full HD TV

Smart-telecaster Zao-S supports the HD-SDI/HDMI (1080i/1080p/720p) video standard for full HD TV achieving unprecedented high quality digital video.

Secure communications

To guarantee secure communications Smart-telecaster Zao-S supports authentication and encryption(AES 256bit).

Live with your Smartphone

STC for ML CAM for iPhone and Zao Android App as an alternative or in conjunction with external cameras with the Zao-S  for live streaming from the smartphone itself.

2. Specifications

Smart-telecaster ZAO-S key specifications

ITEM SPECIFICATION EXTRA INFO
Encoding system H.265 Main Profile  
Pixel (NTSC) 720×480, 360×480 (Half-SD, Full motion) 720×240 (Field thinning)  
Pixel (PAL) 720×576, 720×288, 360×576 (Half-SD, Full motion), 720×288 (Field thinning)  
Pixel (HD) *50i and 59.94i 1920×1080, 960×1080 (Half-HD, Full motion), 1920×540 (Field thinning), 960×540, 640×360, 1280×720, 640×720  
Video output BlackmagicDesign: Decklink Quad 2, Decklink Studio 4K, UltraStudio Express, UltraStudio Mini Monitor  
Signal mode 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 480/59.94i, 576/50i (Depending on the input signal of the transmitter  
Driver version SPECIFICATIONS - Driver version - BlackmagicDesign Desktop Video 10.9.3 and 10.11 (Windwos10 1803 or later)  
Bit Rate 200kbps~5Mbps  
HD View Single User registration form  
Field Rate Maximum 59.94fps(59.94i)/50fps(50i)  
Circuit type WCDMA, LTE, Wireless LAN, Wired LAN, WiMAX, Wi-Fi, BGAN  
Error correction ARQ  
Protocol UDP/IP(RASCOW)  
Encryption AES256bit  
Authentication Passphrazes (Up to 32 characters)  
Multilink Up to 3 lines  
Connecting function Manual connection, Automatic connection on Startup or Abnormal disconnecting  
Noncommunication continuing time Up to 60 seconds  
Item Specification  
Supply Voltage DC10.5V ~ DC17V Exclusive AC Adapter: DC15V/2.7A Exclusive External Battery: DC14V/3A  
Power Consumption Operation(USB Maximum Load): About 35W Operation(Charging):About 25W Operation(Normal):About 13W Standby(Power OFF):About 250uA USB Load depens on the connected devices
Operating Time Operation(ON-AIR): About 1 hour Standby: 90 days USB modem x 3 Average operation
Dimension (W/H/D) 78mm(W) x 123.5mm(H) x 35.5mm(D) Without Projection
Body weight About 410g Including Jacket
Product weight About 330g Unit weight
Temperature and humidity for Use 0 to +40℃ / 20 to 80%RH Without condensation
Temperature and humidity for conservation -20 to +60℃ / 10 to 80%RH Without condensation
Waterproof /Drip-proof No  

 

 




3. Key features 

Real time mobile HD video transmission direct from the camera

Smart-telecaster Zao-S is a portable video H265 HEVC encoder that compresses video in real-time enabling full HD live video streaming to anywhere in the world, while on the move.

Lightweight and small

Due to its lightweight (about 350g) and portability, the Zao-S can be carried either on body strap or can be mounted on a camera and connect either via HD-SDI or HDMI to the camera.

Supports H.265 video compression standard

Smart-telecaster Zao-S is equipped with the H.265 video compression standard. H.265 technology improves encoding and compression by approximately 50% compared to H.264 compression. As a result HD picture quality can be maintained even when the mobile phone signal strength becomes low and with very low latency (0.5 seconds).

Secure communications

To guarantee secure communications Smart-telecaster Zao-S supports
authentication and encryption(AES 256bit).

ONVIF

With the Cloud VMS+product (that can be installed in the Cloud or on-premise at the receiving end), the transmitter can operate as an ONVIF device making it compatible with most COTS available VMS systems.

RASCOW technology

Smart-telecaster Zao-S connects up to 6 SIM cards via external dongles that can be bonded together to form a single connection via 3G, 4G or WiFi. RASCOW technology monitors the changing mobile signal strength in real time and adapts the most optimum bonded combination of the 3G, 4G and WiFi connections. As a result the quickest and most reliable delivery across the internet is given to the decoding platform. This continues to give reliable video contribution even when signal strengths becomes low or fluctuates rapidly.

Easy to carry

Smart-telecaster Zao-S is a portable video encoder. The specially strap that comes with the product is easy to carry and operate.

Power saving

Smart-telecaster Zao-S  contains on internal battery and external battery

Advanced connectivity

Smart-telecaster Zao-S supports a variety of mobile networks such as WCDMA, LTE, 3G, 4G, WiFi, ethernet, etc.

Multi-Link technology

With multi-link technology in Smart-telecaster Zao-S you can use up to 3 mobile data cards simultaneously. This strongly improves the quality of broadcasting under weak signal conditions.

Receives multiple video streams

Our Smart-telecaster Zao-S  viewing software can receive up to 4 video streams from 4 different camera units at the same time.

Supports 1080i standard for full HD TV

Smart-telecaster Zao-S supports the
HD-SDI/HDMI (1080i/1080p/720p) video standard for full HD TV achieving unprecedented high quality digital video.

4. Rascow Technology

Technology for optimised mobile communications

Smart-telecaster Zao-S connects up to 3 SIM cards via external dongles that can be bonded together to form a single connection via 3G, 4G or WiFi. As a result the quickest and most reliable delivery across the internet is given to the decoding platform. This continues to give reliable video contribution even when signal strengths becomes low or fluctuates rapidly.

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Our technology for optimised mobile communication is called RASCOW (Real-time Auto-Speed Control based on Waterway model). RASCOW technology automatically balances the load between various network base stations during live broadcasting. This allows unprecedented stability in image transmission, even under network congestion or weak network signals.

5. HD View Single - User Registration Form and Management & Decoding Datasheet

Zao-S User Registration Form

Customers who have purchased Zao-S can register and download the HDView Single software from the following form.

-OS
Windows 10 64bit
Version 1067 & build 14393 and up

-CPU
Intel Core i5 2.5GHz or above

-Physical Memory
8GB or above

-GPU (When using IP encoding function)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX / Quadro or above

Netowrk
One global IP address

-Video output
BlackmagicDesign Decklink Quad 2
BlackmagicDesign Decklink Studio 4K
BlackmagicDesign UltraStudio Express
BlackmagicDesign UltraStudio Mini Monitor

Driver version – BlackmagicDesign Desktop Video 10.9.3 and 10.11 (Windwos10 1803 or later)

<Recommendation PC>

-DELL XPS15
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ
RAM: 8GB DDR4-2400MHz
ROM: 256GB PCIeSSD
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GeForceR GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5

For more information, please refer to the manufacturer website.

 

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