“Our goal is to expand our activities in the Middle-East and beyond into Africa”, explains Stefan Breder, CEO of Broadcast Solutions GmbH. “This acquisition dramatically increases our ability to service regional broadcasters and propose fixed installations and facilities in addition to our OB vans and mobile platforms.”
With a team of a dozen professionals based out of Dubai Media City, Videlio Middle-East was set-up five years ago. It services UAE and GCC-based broadcasters, as well as provides Command and Control (C2) systems to corporate and enterprise clients such as ADCO, Total, Dassault Systems, Dubai Petroleum or Emirates NBD.
“We are excited to join Broadcast Solutions. We gain additional resources and skills to better service our existing and future clients”, explains Laurent Mairet, Managing Partner of Broadcast Solutions FZ LLC. Broadcast Solutions expertise in live production was a natural fit to our news, post-production and archive practice.”
The Van on display at their outdoor stand (O.E02) is a perfect example of a platform that easily can be tailored for different mobile production purposes and is based on a Mercedes Sprinter.
At the show, Broadcast Solutions showcases it primarily as a wireless transmission hub vehicle powered by Silvus Technologies IP Mesh radios. New to the outstanding wireless radios from Silvus is the new enhanced E-series of radios which will be on display.
With roots in US military communications research, Silvus’ StreamCaster radios were developed to handle the most challenging military operations on earth. Now, this technology is rapidly adopted by Broadcasters around the world. This cutting-edge wireless transmission technology ensures bi-directional communication, data and video transfer even under the harshest condition. The Mobile Networked MIMO technology enables stable connections between multiple sites, even under non-line-of-site conditions where other wireless technologies fail.
To be as flexible and independent as possible when being in the field or on the road, played a crucial role in the development of the concept vehicle. Equipped with a large battery bank, the Van can operate independent and silent for up to 20 hours.
The Broadcast Solutions Concept Van design can be adapted to the customers’ needs and then materialise in different versions serving the intended purpose. Depending on the final fit-out it can serve as a wireless hub for news, sports and events, a VAR / edit / replay vehicle or a command and control centre for security and surveillance purposes.
With this new OB Van development, named OB X, Chromaline makes a huge step putting the company on the map as one of the leading system integrators in Europe. For their largest OB Van development so far the company chooses hi – human interface by Broadcast Solutions as the core control system within OB X. Developing OB X Chromaline uses a completely new approach in terms of design, room concepts, integrated equipment, workflows and interior design.
Nicola Dall’Asta, CEO Chromaline, on the new OB Van: “Everything in the OB Van is tailor-made, and besides the production capabilities the main goal was to develop an OB comfortable to work in – the people was one focus. In developing OB X, we started from scratch, and our goal was to think OB Vans new. The new hi control system mirrors this approach perfectly; it puts the user first. Therefore, it was a natural decision to deploy it in OB X.”
Implemented in OB X, hi is to control audio/video signal routing, multiviewers and tally. Intuitive touch controls and newly developed hi hardware control panels simplify day-to-day production operations in the OB Vans. hi is a native IP-enabled control tool and in the OB X seamlessly integrates with the Imagine Communications router, embedders and multiviewers.
hi transforms the control and management of complex media infrastructures from nerve-racking tasks for specialists to a piece of cake. hi is made for the IP-world and works without abstractions or crutches, but by nature maps the topologies of the installations in control. Even the most complex facilities can be controlled and managed, and in hi unfold as neat structures. Using the latest auto-discovery and zero-config technologies, hi reduces the setup and configuration time of broadcast and A/V-media systems dramatically. Via a user interface that resembles those of common smart mobile devices, hi provides easy control and monitoring of complex infrastructures. It makes the configuration process smart and easy, detects new devices automatically and protects the user from false-configurations.
The hi system is built on decentralised software architecture and can run on almost any platform – a laptop, dedicated servers, server clusters, and also in data centres or on cloud services like AWS or Microsoft Azure. This architecture ensures uninterrupted availability, even if hardware, power or protocol failures occur. Self-healing algorithms ensure that all parts of the system are up and running properly – even if they are distributed over different hardware platforms, or working from separate locations.
The ENG on display is part of a large frame contract about seven vehicles. The one presented at IBC is part of a final delivery of three identical news gathering vans, concluded earlier this year. The van is heavily used in the field for the VRT news program VRT NWS and to fulfil VRT’s approach to develop new news formats – fast, flexible and with the most innovative production tools.
The ENG is based on a Mercedes V-class and Broadcast Solutions adapted it heavily to meet VRTs wishes in terms of broadcast technology, data transmission, interior design concepts and independent power supply solutions.
The concept of the van is to give the teams in the field as much flexibility as possible to produce on-site or on the road. The room concepts allow for two people to work even when the van is moving. When driving to a location the editors and journalists can prepare the piece they are about to shoot. In the same way they can edit and playout material right away after shooting a feature, before reaching the VRT facilities.
The basic broadcast equipment used in the van is an Axon video router and multiviewer, a DHD audio console with Genelec monitors plus a workstation running Adobe Premiere and several storage cards.
For data transmission Broadcast Solutions integrated Pepwave LTU transmitters as well as a TNG system plus a LiveU200 for camera mount use. The VRT van is equipped with a dedicated power generator included in the van and Lithium Ion batteries to enable up to five hours autonomous activity. When parking the van and switching to battery mode, the crew is able to work without any possible impairments by disturbing noises. The power options can be switched easily by using a special panel included in the edit workspace.
The overall interior design, the workspace and storage solutions reflect Broadcast Solutions’ approach to always keep the user in mind. When in the field producing live footage or on tape, anything can happen and the team and the van needs to prepared for everything. Including tailor-made solutions, clever gadgets, individualised storage compartments, desk and chair adaptations or charging stations the crew can work with ease trusting in the equipment and the vehicle, even under high pressure.
The new S12T model is based on a 26-ton self-driving truck with a single expansion box-body buildup. The S12T works with up to 12 4K/UHD cameras based on 12G-SDI UHD Single Link and offers sufficient 3G-SDI Quad Link gateways for monitoring purposes.
With this new model, Broadcast Solutions once again makes use of innovative and future-driven technology combined with flexible workspace and room layouts. All decisions of the Broadcast Solutions team aim at maximising the use of space and resources within the vehicle, thus offering sufficient space for teams of up to 14 people working conveniently.
Materializing the S12T the Broadcast Solutions team conceived an OB Van that offers the best of both worlds: a highly advanced yet compact coach building with sophisticated production and room concepts that incorporate the latest broadcast technology for live TV production. The resulting OB Van offers maximum flexibility in a future-proof production tool.
Deploying a small form factor yet powerful switching capabilities a Ross Ultrix router is at the core of the OB Van, taking care of video/audio routing, multiviewers and embedding/de-embedding. The production is equipped with a Grass Valley Kahuna 6400 (2ME) video switcher whereas the audio section trusts in a Lawo mc2 56 MKII console. A Riedel Artist system and Draco tera equipment are taking care of communication and connection.
As a first in the Streamline family of OB Vans, Broadcast Solutions’ self-developed control system hi is used in the S12T. hi controls all production-relevant areas in the vehicle such as video/audio router, multiviewers and tally. Intuitive touch controls and newly developed hi hardware control panels simplify day-to-day production operations in the OB Vans.
With expert-knowledge and years-long experience in building OB Vans, Broadcast Solutions can deliver these OB Vans in a very short time. Further key points of the Streamline success are pre-engineered concepts combined with optimised and cutting-edge equipment. All this results in a nearly “off the shelf” OB Vans with maximum reliability and with the highest standard in quality and durability available on the market, thus offering decisive cost advantages at the same time.
As part of this new cooperation, Broadcast Solutions will extend their list of countries to distribute Zero Density. Besides several Nordic countries, where Broadcast Solutions is already partnering with Zero Density, the new cooperation concerns the countries: the UK, Germany (DACH), Hungary and Spain.
Antti Laurila, Global Sales Director at Broadcast Solutions, comments on the partnership: “We are thrilled to bring Zero Density tools to even more European countries. This partnership perfectly matches our strategic expansion in Europe. Zero Density is a global leader in Virtual Studio technology and pushes the boundaries of what is possible. Their 3D Virtual Studio and Augmented Reality platform is a game-changer, and we look forward to making it available to our customers.”
“Broadcast solutions is one of the biggest systems integrators in Europe offering complex products and services and we’re proud to take our collaboration to the next level.” said Ulaş Kaçmaz, VP, Sales / Marketing. “We’ve been partnering with Nordic branches of Broadcast Solutions and it is evident that the know-how and the capabilities of the team are vast in all areas broadcast. We are proud to extend the partnership to other countries.”
The extended partnership between Broadcast Solutions and Zero Density starts immediately. To learn more about the product, Broadcast Solutions’ sales and engineering colleagues from all over Europe visited Zero Density’s headquarters for extensive training.
Zero Density is an international technology company dedicated to developing creative products for the industries such as broadcasting, augmented reality, live events and esports. Zero Density offers the next level of virtual production with real-time visual effects. It provides Unreal Engine native platform, “Reality EngineTM”, with advanced real-time compositing tools and its proprietary keying technology. Reality EngineTM is the most photo-realistic real-time 3D Virtual Studio and Augmented Reality platform in the industry.
The German system integrator was on site with their Singapore entity and held responsible for the system’s design, implementation and service on-site to give the production company a broader and uninterrupted wireless camera coverage, specifically in the PIT area.
Three sets of Silvus 4200 radios with Haivision Makito X encoders/decoders using HEVC (high-efficiency video coding) and SRT (secure reliable transport) were deployed. The solution from both companies provided a combination of a wireless IP MESH-network and a highly efficient low latency encoding/decoding system. The team-play of Silvus and Haivision solutions are the perfect combination to provide a low-latency wireless camera system for broadcast and live TV-production.
Because of the overall area conditions Top Cool Productions previously was unable to provide a wireless connection between Tx and Rx, due to their legacy wireless system, offering only point-to-point and line-of-site connection. Therefore they needed a system capable of securing a full coverage of the PIT area to interview drivers and team members and overcoming existing areal barriers. This is where Silvus and Broadcast Solutions came into play.
The PIT area stretching around 200 m and the OB Van in charge had to struggle with several obstacles blocking a direct line-of-site connection. With only three Silvus radios forming a MESH-network Broadcast Solutions enabled a full coverage along the PIT area, including PIT rooms and holding areas without nearly any dead spots. With the fluid, self-healing, self-forming MESH-network topology coupled with Haivision’s HEVC and SRT, providing ultra-low latency (20msec) at 6Mbps stream of HD video, the result was a very robust wireless camera system operating on ad hoc coverage even in non-line-of-site situations.