At the beginning of 2016, the German company Broadcast Solutions GmbH delivered a 31 camera OB van for 29 crew members plus supporting truck to Al Kass sports channel in Qatar. Following an international tender, the OB van was designed, built and integrated at Broadcast Solutions’ headquarter in Bingen. The audio equipment installed was supplied by the German company Lawo based in Rastatt.
The OB-10 live production vehicle is the biggest addition to Al Kass’ OB van fleet and is supposed to serve the sports channel at major live events. It is also planned be used by third-party TV stations in cases where Al Kass acts as the host broadcaster. It is also said to be the biggest OB van in the Middle East to this date.
The solution comprises a considerable amount of equipment. The customer is able to draw on 31 cameras, 9 EVS XT-3 servers (12 channels each), 68 monitors and 240 multiviewer screens for up to 29 operators working in the OB van. To provide enough space for all of the equipment and manpower, the technical supplier opted for a trailer design with a single expansion (1.6 m) over the full length of the trailer. With a length of 16.5 m (with tractor unit), 2.5 m (expanded 4.1 m) width, 4 m height and a weight of 37 t the OB-10 works with maximum dimensions and optimized weight.