Al Kass Sports Channel in Qatar has invested in an OB van with 31 cameras and supporting truck from German broadcast technology provider, Broadcast Solutions.
Al Kass will use the new OB van for coverage of major live shows, sports and live events. The van has the capacity to be operated by 29 crew members.
The OB Van was designed, built and integrated at the Broadcast Solutions headquarter in Germany. The live production vehicle, named OB-10, is the biggest addition to Al Kass’ OB Van fleet and will serve in major live events for the Al Kass sports channel as well as for further TV stations, when Al Kass acts as broadcast service provider.
The Al Kass OB-10 features 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 equipment and manpower Broadcast Solutions opted for a trailer design with a single expansion (1.6m) over the full length of the trailer. With a length of 16.5m (with tractor unit), 2.5m (expanded 4.1m) width, 4m height and a weight of 37t OB-10 works with maximum dimensions and optimised weight.
Samer Younes, technical advisor at Al Kass, said: “This project is the first cooperation between Al Kass and Broadcast Solutions. We were looking for companies that reach our demands for high-quality and specialised OB vans and who work as a full-service provider – we found this here at Broadcast Solutions.
"The company has a more advanced approach to resources and the number of cameras to include directly in the OB. Broadcast Solutions helped us to reach our design goals for this OB van, which is the biggest one in the Middle East, and we are looking forward to many big productions with this OB Van.”