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Lawo IP solutions drive OB van upgrade for Antenna Hungária

The upgrade aims to enable Antenna Hungária to optimise operations and content delivery

Lawo has announced Antenna Hungária Zrt has utilised its IP solutions to modernise its OB11 outside broadcast van.

The upgrade aims to ensure the OB 11 van is compatible with Antenna Hungária’s fleet of 12 OB trucks, all of which are equipped with Lawo consoles and StageBoxes, providing compatibility across all outboard equipment, said the company. Optimising live broadcast workflows for Antenna Hungária, Lawo’s IP-based audio and video solutions enable flexibility and security within the system, helping the company meet its operational goal of one system for many operators.The integration was managed by Lawo partner, REXFILM Broadcast and Communication Systems.

Overall control is provided by Lawo’s Virtual Studio Manager (VSM), which allows for customised workflows and control of thousands of I/O and processing resources, both locally and in distributed infrastructures. IP edge devices, network infrastructures, traditional video routers, SDI video switchers, audio routers, audio consoles, multiviewers, intercoms, and modular equipment can all be controlled from a single, automated user interface. The system has touch screen operation and several hardware operating panels, enabling scalability and automation, said Lawo.

Zoltán Tihanyi, senior audio expert at Antenna Hungária, said: “We work with Lawo equipment because of its reliability and flexibility, as well as the great system integration possibilities. We also chose Lawo because of its ease of operation. By running VSM and Lawo audio equipment in our OB vans, we only need to teach one system to our operators, who can then work across the entire fleet. We use Lawo consoles for various types of jobs, including entertainment shows, sports broadcasts, musicals, theater shows, and multitrack recordings.”

Central to the audio infrastructure upgrade is the installation of Lawo’s 48-channel mc²56 MkIII audio production console, equipped with two A__UHD Core audio engines in a redundant design, each providing 1,024 mc²-quality DSP channels. Optimised for modern IP-based production environments, the mc²56 supports SMPTE 2110, AES67/RAVENNA, DANTE (via a Power Core gateway), MADI, and Ember+. The range of local I/Os includes 16 MIC/line inputs, 16 line outputs, eight AES3 inputs and outputs, eight GPI/O, and a local MADI port (SFP).

In addition to several A__mic8 and A__madi6 units, the audio infrastructure is completed by three A__stage64 Audio over IP StageBoxes, supporting SMPTE ST2110-30/31 and AES67/RAVENNA industry standards. The system also includes an A__digital64 node, which supports 32 AES inputs with Sample Rate Conversion and 32 AES outputs in a 3RU footprint. A redundant pair of MADI ports and two Dual Media streaming ports with WAN-compatible ST 2022-7 class C seamless protection switching enhance the system’s audio I/O connectivity. With ST2110-10 compliant PTP clocking support, additional wordclock I/O, GPIO, and a dedicated management port, the A__digital64 integrates into both hybrid and IP-centric broadcast installations.