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C2S Systems has commenced integration for a new twelve-camera HD outside broadcast (OB) system for SuperSport in Kenya. The deal, valued at circa £3M follows delivery of two 22-camera OB units to the organisations Nigerian operation in September.
The OB, due for delivery in April this year, will be used for a range of purposes by the South African Broadcaster, in particular to cover Kenyan football. The system promises to be a challenging design for C2S Systems. SuperSport has briefed the systems integrator to create a hybrid of OB truck and flyaway, with the flyaway able to be de-rigged from the vehicle for stand-alone use in remote locations.
While this kind of ‘rack and roll’ model has been previously used by the channel in older SD OB units, C2S Systems will redesign the concept and augment the system to modernise, advance and future-proof the new unit, to have enhanced power and functionality.
“In the system design we’re concentrating on streamlining the operability of the unit while giving power and versatility to the original idea.The concept is intended to provide the best of both worlds for SuperSport: The comfort of an OB vehicle with the convenience of a flyaway. Our job is to ensure it’s even better than that, in both form and function”, said Jonathan Lyth, head of Projects at C2S Systems.
“This deal is the direct result of a fantastic working relationship with C2S Systems for our operations at SuperSport. We’ve worked with them on a number of projects already, including some very challenging and innovative integrations, so the C2S team has a first-hand sensibility of our technical and operational requirements here in Africa”, commented Andre Venter, Director of SuperSport Media Solutions Africa. “We’re looking forward to seeing the results.”