TV2's upgraded SNG OB truck
Denmark - BroaMan's Danish distributor Danmon has been providing broadcast solutions to the country's public service broadcaster TV2 for nearly two decades.

But when last year the company decided to upgrade its SNG OB truck (DNK-47) from SD to HD, the Odense based facility moved its commentator intercom onto a Clear-Com platform and added a BroaMan Mux22 transmission device for signal routing.

This has enabled them to transport multiple data and video signals down a single fibre in the SNG truck, including 6/2 HD-SDI, RS422 and sync network, using Dante as their audio platform.

Explained TV2 workflow specialist (and project manager), Kim Hansen, "For years, the trucks have been a key component in our technical setup for major sporting events (such as Tour de France, Handball World Cup etc.) where it acted not simply as an SNG, but a small OB truck."

This latest upgrade involved stripping the truck of cables and equipment, leaving only the HF installation intact. "We then had to identify and purchase all components - very little could be re-used as it was SD equipment."

The truck had originally been equipped with a fibre stage box but this could only handle SD. "So in the upgrade we had to find a new solution," admits Hansen. "We were recommended BroaMan by some of our colleagues, and then saw the units for the first time at IBC 2014.

"We investigated further, and based on the positive demo, we quickly saw that this would not only fulfil our need, but also provide great flexibility and functionality. The decision to adopt this platform was quickly endorsed by the technical engineers during the project."

The four Mux22 boxes are configured as two independent chains, where each has one box in the SNG truck, and the other at the location end. "This provides an advanced stagebox solution," continues the TV2 project manager. "The end-to-end connection is made using camera fibre cables with SMPTE connectors. This means that we can use the same type of cable for BroaMan as for our cameras, making rigging easy and avoiding the necessity of carrying dedicated spares."

(Jim Evans)


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