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Austrian satellite technology used in war
Scotty supplies US Army and Abu Dhabi TV

Grambach (pte049/25.03.2003/17:22) - Video and satellite technology that has been developed in Graz is being used to transmit live television reports from the war in Iraq around the world. The Scotty Tele-Transport Corporation Radio and Videoelectronic AG company , which was founded near Graz in 1998, has developed the mobile video communications technology which is currently being used by TV news stations such as the Arabian Al-Jazeera to give live coverage of the Iraq war, according to Kurt Kerschat, the chairman of the board.

The US Army, the German military forces and Abu Dhabi TV are also among the company's customers. Scotty produces 500 satellite systems a year, each costing about 22,000 euros, and employs 58 staff with a turnover of 20 million euros.

Kerschat said that the company's system that are being used by news agencies such as CNN are relatively simple, consisting of a laptop with internet access, a fax, video ports, video cameras and portable satellite dishes. Inmarsat satellites are used to transmit the live pictures, Kershat said. (newsfox-special Iraq)

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