In April 2011, Studio Hamburg Media Consult International (MCI) GmbH had been commissioned by Media Communication Systems (MCS) GmbH Thuringia to build an outside broadcasting (OB) van for radio transmissions. The OB-van will be used for recordings and live broadcasts for current topics in culture and politics.
The outside broadcasting van transmits the coverage across all communication channels available at the moment: by satellite via an Inmarsat BGAN-system, via ISDN and an ISDN-audio-codec or via the mobile communications network over UMTS or LTE. The Transtel control system provides in each case a fast connection.
The company ProVan realized the body construction of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316 KA CD. Both, the driver and the front passenger seat can be rotated by 180 degrees: by the rotated driver’s seat and a swing-up table, an editor workstation with connections for laptop, headphones and microphone or headset is created. Therefore recordings of contributions or comments can be taken rapidly. The rotated front passenger seat generates an extra seat.
The radio broadcast equipment was installed and put into operation in the Studio Hamburg OB-van hall. The mechanical work was completed by the MCI workshops. As a central component and in addition to the satellite dish, a DHD audio mixing console, the editing software Startrack from VCS, the Compact Flash Recorder from Marantz and the wireless microphone technology from Sennheiser had been applied.
It was of importance to the customer that the car was delivered on time, since mid-September the Pope visit took place in Erfurt. After the trial operation, the outside broadcasting van was handed over to MCS on schedule and had been applied at this important event for the first time. The official acceptance took place in early November 2011.