Sports and Events

Robust wireless connectivity for onboard cameras and handheld cameras alike

Silvus Technologies MN-MIMO radios can be installed with multiple miniature cameras on race cars, bikes, boats and in all kinds of other highly-mobile situations to provide highly engaging live point-of-view video coverage to enhance the spectator experience.
Silvus MN-MIMO is ideally suited to replace legacy COFDM systems for all types of sports coverage due to the efficiencies of an MN-MIMO mesh network.  Multiple Silvus MN-MIMO radios can operate on the same frequency, using the same trackside infrastructure, where as a legacy COFDM system requires a single frequency, and additional trackside receive infrastructure, for each video feed.  For a typical race with 20 to 40 cars or bikes, it is simply not feasible to equip all of the cars / bikes with cameras using COFDM technology, whereas this is very feasible using Silvus MN-MIMO
Further efficiencies in network bandwidth can be gained by utilizing the bi-directional nature of Silvus MN-MIMO to dynamically control the video data rate of each video feed, reserving the highest data rates for the feeds that are being used for the TV program broadcast at that particular moment, whereas lower data rates can be used for other feeds that might only be streaming on dedicated web pages.
Furthermore, the same Silvus MN-MIMO mesh network that is used to transmit video can also support wideband bi-directional connectivity for voice communications between the team and driver, and for telemetry data such as vehicle management information from ECUs and GPS location data. 

Currently these transmissions are made (if at all) via separate RF links, requiring multiple / redundant equipment both on the vehicle and around the track – these can eliminated by switching all of the data, voice, and video traffic onto one Silvus MN-MIMO mesh.
Features / Benefits:

  • Highly frequency / bandwidth efficient vs. legacy COFDM designs
  • Single set of fixed infrastructure supports multiple cars / bikes / boats etc.
  • Multiple cameras transmitting simultaneously from the car / bike /  boat etc.
  • Operation in both licensed (BAS / AFTRCC) and unlicensed frequency bands
  • Low end-to-end latency (<60mS)
  • Compatible with any HD/SD-SDI or any IP streaming camera
  • Bi-directional wideband connectivity to support camera control / shading / painting, voice communications, telemetry data and control of in-car devices such as encoder data rates and miniature camera pan-tilt units
  • Comprehensive in-car / on-board race coverage for cars, bikes, boats etc.
  • Point-of-View video from all other types of highly mobile situations such as overhead sky-cams and rail-cams