Unlike traditional ENG vehicles, more than one Silvus MN-MIMO vehicle can connect to the same fixed site, at the same time, on the same frequency, greatly simplifying the logistics of a news broadcast with multiple live-shots.
Furthermore, vehicles can be equipped with hybrid-switchable Silvus MN-MIMO / COFDM systems to ensure backward compatibility with existing COFDM Rx sites that have not yet been transitioned over to MN-MIMO operation.
Full remote control and monitoring is supported from both the remote vehicle and the studio side of the Silvus MN-MIMO link. For example, a vehicle operator can easily align the mast-mount vehicle antenna by monitoring the signal-to-noise level ratio of the fixed site, and verify that good video is being received at the station by monitoring the station decoder status. Likewise, a technician in the studio can monitor and control any IP-enabled device in the ENG truck.
Features / Benefits:
- Non-Line-of-Sight coverage
- Coverage area can be extended as needed by use of repeater radios
- Operation in both licensed (BAS) and unlicensed frequency bands
- Vehicles can simultaneously act as a relay for a wireless camera, or MN-MIMO augmented backpack
- Multiple MN-MIMO equipped vehicles can connect to the same fixed site, at the same time, on the same frequency
- MN-MIMO vehicles can support multiple forward / program videos, return video, IFB and FTP
- Full remote control and monitoring of the mesh network and any IP-enabled device in the vehicle or fixed network.
- Hybrid-switchable MN-MIMO / COFDM vehicles are backward compatible with existing COFDM Rx sites that have not yet been transitioned over to MN-MIMO operation
- Traditional ENG live shots with directional antenna and mast for long distance newsgathering (up to 100 miles with Line-of-Sight)
- Smaller SUV based, rapid response “iNG” vehicles with medium and short distance shots, for coverage within a city