Pixtron Broadcast at Qatar Television's OB Van
PIXTRON BROADCAST AT INNOVATIVE QATAR TELEVISON OB VAN DESIGNED BY SPECIALIST BTS
The latest OB truck from BTS is a particularly cool van built for the iPad generation. It features technical innovations inside the vehicle and a new Monitoring Alarming Interaction and Display Solution (MAIDS) that allows monitoring from outside the truck from a tablet computer like the iPad.
BTS OB Van has been designed for extreme conditions. It was built for Qatar TV as part of an €8.5m contract, and “had to work in a desert environment with temperatures of 55º and higher,” explained Bernd Wohlfarth, BTS sales and marketing manager. It has three particularly powerful, redundant, independent air conditioning systems, plus air-sealed doors that use a stream of high-pressure air (with blowers either side of the entrances) to prevent even a sand storm from blowing in dust.
It is a spacious truck using a full-length 1.6m expanding side that provides more headroom than usual thanks to a patented weight-saving design. It is being delivered with eight Grass Valley cameras, but pre-wired for 14. It also has: a 4M/E Grass Valley Kayak switcher with Kayenne XL control panel; Trinix 3G 192x288 router with built-in multiviewers; VSM control system; Vizrt Trio character generator; Lynx glue equipment; two Sony HD Cam tape decks and two XD Cam disc recorders; Sony OLED monitors and Pixtron Broadcast LCD displays; Tektronix measuring and synch equipment; Lawo mc2 56 audio console; and a Reidel Artist 128 intercom system.
To ensure reliability, all major equipment is in the fixed parts of the truck, with anything noisy in an acoustically separate room at the back. It includes collapsible monitors for the rear seating positions, so users can get unrestricted view of the monitor wall.
The OB Van is equipped with 17” rackable and 24” wall mounted PIXTRON BROADCAST monitors.