saturday 3:rd of September 2005 the participants of "Project
Aquila" gathered at SÖFF
in Yttermark. Watched by an eager audience, the chairman of
the Finland-Swedish Local TV Association, Jan Sundqvist, at 09:38
PM activated the very first official upload of a program to the
association's new programsharingservice "Aquila", and
declared it opened.
Jan Sundqvist delivers the keynote speech and then activates the
first official upload. Photo: Thore Hästbacka
of Aquila is to simplify and promote the exchange of videoprograms
between the finland-swedish local-tv-stations
(i.e. community tv stations) and thus lighten the workload of
the programmakers. It will also enable a smooth cooperation by
e.g. sharing of raw material etc. The exchange is accomplished
by up- and downloads over the internet via a centralized server
used for storage and indexing.
secretary Maria Launonen explains in informationletter
3/05 : "Aquila provides us working in the local television
field with a lot of advantages. Imagine the following: a resident
of the city of Karis is participating in an important sporting
event in the city of Nykarleby. Then Jan Sunqvist, living in Nykarleby
himself, is there with his videocamera at the same event taking
footage. He thinks that it would be a good idea to share his footage
with the other local-tv stations. He uploads his material into
our archive and then the lucky local-tv station of Karis kan use
it and pretend that they're travelling all over the country following
is tailor made for the needs of the finland-swedish
local-tv-stations and amongst other things features a search
engine to render it possible to find exactly the type of material
that's needed. Material that's uploaded can thus be searched for
and found by anyone of the users of Aquila. The storage capacity
is very large and all the data is stored on redundant harddrives.
of some of the programinformation for a videoprogram on Aquila.
is located in Bothnia Broadband's
server hotel and is connected to the internet over a high-capacity
link.The software is written in Java and is made up by a collection
in the server is Linux. A common standard for the encoding of
the videomaterial has been developed in order to ensure even quality
and that no unforseen technical problem should arise at the time
of the playback.
for building Aquila was taken by the Finland-Swedish
Local TV Association which in the spring of 2005 ordered the
system for the needs of the finland-swedish local-tv-stations.
The person in charge of the project at the association was Jan
Sundqvist, he also was involved in developing the software requirements
specification.. The architecture of the Aquila service was planned
by Peter Sandström who also developed the software. The group
who betatested Aquila and provided feedback in the form of bugreports
and ideas consisted of Harry Paro, Tom Björklund, Jan Sundqvist
and Alex D'Anci. Tom Björklund also functioned as the project's
MPEG2-compression expert when specifying the common Aquila file
At the launch
at SÖFF, a kit of hard- and software that simplifies the
usage of the service was handed out to each and every participating
station. The kit consisted of a Pyro AV Link, a Lacie USB/Firewire
harddrive, a copy of Adobe Premiere Elements, and more. A set
of lectures and workshops were also held around e.g. the therory
of operation behind MPEG-2, how to use the kit and how to transfer
files from and to Aquila.
first program to be downloaded from Aquila and aqtually broadcasted
to the TV-viewers was "Beväringar svär faneden
i Malax kyrka" (Recruits swearing the oath to the banner
in the church of Malax). The program was produced by Malax
TV and broadcasted by Ny-TV
in Nykarleby the 22:nd of September 07:35 PM.
Captured frame from the program "Beväringar
svär faneden i Malax kyrka". Photo: Margaretha Lindholm
are participating in the initial phase of the project. The name
of the service, Aquila, is the latin word for "eagle".
The star constellation Aquila can also be seen in the project's
logo. The name was chosen in order to have an explicit name for
the service that everyone would be able to recognize. Aquila is
pronounced: [ak'i:la]. It rhymes with "tequila". The
development of Aquila was funded by a generous donation from Svenska