Open Broadcast Systems and Zixi have joined forces to deliver live in-vehicle racing footage over 5G for the VW FunCup at the Le Mans Circuit.
The live stream was powered by Zixi’s Software-Defined Video Platform (SDVP), which enables broadcast-quality live video workflows to be delivered at ultra-low latency.
The project used Open Broadcast Systems’ small form-factor C-100 encoders to transmit the onboard racing car video from cars travelling at 120mph (200 km/h).
5G modems were attached to the encoders and delivered video with glass-to-glass latencies of 250ms over the eight-hour race.
“Working with Open Broadcast Systems has made it possible for us to together deliver exciting footage right from the driving seat,” said John Wastcoat, SVP alliance and marketing, Zixi. “We have received excellent feedback from the drivers, mechanics and strategists who were incredibly impressed by the quality and low latency of the live stream.”
Kieran Kunhya, founder and CEO, Open Broadcast Systems, added: “As 5G continues to improve, it is making it possible for customers to experience broadcast quality over mobile networks. This event has proven the possibilities with our small form-factor encoders and 5G networks and we look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of what is possible.”