Bexel Robotic Camera Systems and explore.org Partner to Bring Stunning, High-Quality Nature Footage to Millions

By August 10, 2017 January 23rd, 2018 News

Bexel’s Leading Camera and Robotic Technology Powers World’s Largest Network of Nature Webcams

August 10, 2017 – Burbank, CA  — Bexel, an NEP Broadcast Services Company and a leader in robotic technology, has joined forces with philanthropic media organisation explore.org to stream live video and audio from some of the world’s most remote and exotic locations.

Explore.org, Founded by Charles Annenberg Weingarten, director and vice president of the Annenberg Foundation, has created the largest collection of live nature cameras in the world. Operated remotely by passionate volunteers, these cameras document, broadcast and champion the revolutionary work of explore.org’s non-profit partners, many of which are global leaders in animal and environmental conservation.

Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, and on four continents, explore.org streams extraordinary moments from the wild as they happen, from bald eagles nesting in Iowa to giant pandas foraging for bamboo in Gengda, Sichuan, China. Home to more than 300 original films, live-recorded and catalogued video, a world-class photo library, and over 3 million user-generated photographs, explore.org draws millions of viewers every month.

With such heavy volume, increasing demand, and many more nonprofit partners to highlight, explore.org turned to Bexel as a technology partner.l.

“In the past couple of years, we’ve been on a fast track to increase the number of remote locations and populate the globe with live nature cams,” said Jonathan Silvio, head of Online Services at explore.org. “When we discovered Bexel, we knew we’d found a partner to help us realize this vision.”

After a successful first deployment in northern Manitoba, where Bexel’s specialty low-light-optimized camera system captured stunning footage of the aurora borealis at night, Bexel has deployed custom-designed systems at nine other explore.org sites, with another 25 planned for 2017.

Designed to be controlled remotely from anywhere in the world, Bexel’s camera systems give explore.org’s volunteer remote operators the tools they need to provide viewers with an unprecedented glimpse into the natural world. Given the unique circumstances at each explore.org site, Bexel’s custom HD and 4K camera systems ensure that riveting, clear footage will be available in even the most extreme conditions.

“Whatever the location and the challenges it presents, we know we can count on Bexel to design a system that can continuously deliver consistently high-quality video and audio,” noted Silvio. “It’s the advantage of partnering with a company whose video and audio expertise spans decades with media customers around the globe.”   

“We’re thrilled to partner with explore.org and help give people who might never otherwise have the opportunity see sharks in the wild or bald eagles hatching,” said Jeffrey Brown, strategic account manager at Bexel. “We’re privileged to partner with explore.org as it continues bring a greater appreciation of the natural world to people everywhere.”

About explore.org

Founded in 2004 by Charles Annenberg Weingarten, director and vice president of the Annenberg Foundation, explore.org is a philanthropic media organization using remote, live-streaming cameras to champion the selfless acts of others, create a portal into the natural world, and inspire lifelong learning.


About Bexel
For over 35 years, Bexel, an NEP Broadcast Services Company, has been a leading global provider of outsourced innovative broadcast solutions for producers of sports, entertainment, and live events. Our services include production equipment rentals and engineered solutions for 4K and specialty cameras and lenses, RF audio and intercom, production workflow, custom flypacks, frequency coordination, and fiber optic solutions. We pride ourselves on exhibiting operational excellence from concept to completion. From our custom shipping cases designed for each rental package to save our client valuable time and money, to our commitment to quality when designing, building and installing full-service broadcast infrastructures, Bexel’s reliability is unmatched for providing value-engineered solutions and services.

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For over 30 years, NEP has been a worldwide outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports, entertainment, music and corporate events. Our services include remote production, specialty capture, RF and wireless video/audio, studio production, audio visual solutions, host broadcast support, post production, connectivity and transmission, premium playout and innovative software-based media management solutions. NEP’s 4,000+ employees are driven by a passion for superior service and a focus on technical innovation. Together, we have supported productions in 87 countries on all seven continents. NEP is headquartered in the United States and has operations in 24 countries. Learn more at nepgroup.com.

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