Enhancing Public Access to Government Meetings with SRT Streaming

by Dana Healy, Vice President, Sales, Cablecast

In the dynamic sphere of local government, transparency and accessibility are paramount.  Ensuring the public has real-time access to government meetings is a critical function of communication teams and video specialists. The challenges of network streaming video are magnified in this setting, where reliability and security are non-negotiable.  This is where Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) streaming becomes an invaluable tool.

SRT Streaming: A Boon for Government Communications

SRT, a cutting-edge video transport protocol developed by Haivision, is revolutionizing the way government entities stream and distribute video content. It is specifically designed to operate over less-than-ideal networks like the public internet, providing high-quality video and audio streaming, essential for broadcasting government meetings.

The Technical Edge of SRT in Government Use

SRT stands out for its ability to deliver low-latency, high-quality video streams, even over congested networks. This ensures that live streams of council meetings, public hearings, and other government events are broadcasted smoothly, with minimal disruptions. The secure encryption of SRT also guarantees the confidentiality and integrity of the streamed content, a critical aspect for government communications.

Comparing Protocols: Why SRT for Government Streaming?

Unlike traditional protocols such as RTMP or HLS, SRT is designed to thrive in unstable network environments, making it ideal for government entities that often rely on public internet connections for streaming. SRT’s robustness against packet loss and its low-latency capabilities make it superior for live streaming important meetings, ensuring real-time public access and interaction.

Practical Applications in Local Government

Many local governments have already adopted SRT for streaming council meetings and other events. This adoption has enabled uninterrupted, high-quality broadcasts to the public, ensuring transparency and fostering civic engagement. These successful implementations serve as a model for other government entities looking to improve their streaming capabilities.

SRT and Video Servers: A Synergistic Relationship

For government communications teams, integrating SRT with their existing video servers enhances their ability to manage and distribute live and on-demand content efficiently. Video servers supporting SRT enable seamless delivery of meeting streams, both live and archived, to the public.

Accessibility for All: SRT in Low-Budget Government Setups

SRT’s compatibility with various broadcasting software like OBS Studio, vMix, and Wirecast makes it accessible even for government entities with limited budgets. This ensures that all levels of government can provide high-quality streaming of their meetings, promoting inclusivity and accessibility.

Looking Ahead: SRT in Government Video Streaming

As we advance, SRT’s role in government video streaming is poised to grow. Its adaptability to emerging technologies and evolving network conditions will continue to make it a staple in government communications strategies.

For local government communications teams and video specialists, SRT Streaming is not just a technology choice; it’s a commitment to transparency and public engagement. By leveraging SRT, governments can ensure that their meetings are accessible, secure, and of high quality, regardless of the challenges posed by network streaming video. This commitment to accessible government is central to a thriving, engaged community.

For the many community media and city cable operations using Cablecast version 7.5, native support for live SRT stream playback and recording makes it easy (and affordable) for stations to send live meetings, events, and other programming back to master control using the public internet. Cablecast VIO servers also support several network streaming protocols – including RTMP, HLS and NDI, among others – but SRT is a great option for cost-effective, reliable IP transport. Just pair your Cablecast VIO with an encoder on location and you can playout SRT streams, with no additional hardware needed. Want to learn more about how SRT streaming can improve your channel playback workflow? Get started with Cablecast.