Denmark’s TV2 SNG truck DNK-47 has been upgraded to HD, moving its commentator intercom onto a Clear-Com platform and adding a BroaMan Mux22 transmission device for signal routing.
This has enabled the publicy-owned TV station to transport multiple data and video signals down a single fibre in the SNG truck, including HD-SDI, RS422, Sync and Ethernet network, using Dante as its audio platform.
TV 2 project manager, Kim Hansen, explained: “For years, the truck has been a key component in our technical setup for major sporting events, such as Tour de France, Handball World Cup, where it acted not only as SNG, but as a small OB truck.”
The system consist of four Mux22 boxes which are configured as two independent chains, where each chain has a box in the SNG truck, while the other is placed at a venue position. “We’ve made the interconnection between the boxes, with standard camera fibre cables, which means that we can use the same type of cable for BroaMan as for our cameras. This makes rigging easy, and we avoid the necessity of carrying dedicated spare cables just for BroaMan.“
In terms of network, the system is designed to carry three independent Ethernet connections via BroaMan, two 100Mbit links which are used for data network, and a 1Gb link which is used for Dante audio.
The advantages of the new studio design are evident. “In previous times, we would have pulled a vast amount of single or multi-par cables from the truck and to venue positions. This has been greatly simplified with the Broaman and Dante setup, as many signals are now run via single fibres. Having a fibre based solution means that we can run signals over greater distance — giving us even greater flexibility.”
The newly-configured truck was completed on December 2, and only a few days later it covered its first job, the 2014 European Women's Handball Championship in Hungary.