All Mobile Video’s ‘Teleport on Wheels’ Offers Ku-, C-Band Support
All Mobile Video is rolling out a new “Teleport on Wheels” 40-foot transmission trailer that not only features both Ku- and C-band transmission capabilities, but also has dual generators and dual UPS units to make sure it offers a new level of reliability and flexibility for clients.
All Mobile Video VP Lenny Laxer says the unit has two 30 kW generators, two UPS, and an auto transfer switch that manages the transfer from one generator to the next (and to and from UPS) properly.
“You have triple redundancy,” he says of the ability to always stay up and running in case shore power or one of the generators drop out.
The truck also marks a first for All Mobile Video: a C-band capable truck.
“Typically, our trucks have a 2.4-meter and a 1.8-meter dish but because it is 40 feet long, it has two 2.4-meter dishes for Ku- and C-band,” says Laxer. “And all the amplifiers are mounted outside, which is fantastic for less noise and more space. Also, the amplifiers are from Advantech, and they are making the best amplifiers out there.”
The Teleport on Wheels marks the second time All Mobile Video has chosen Ross Video to provide an SDI router. The 128 x 128 12G Ultrix 5 router and Ross multiviewer are on board.
“The Ultrix line has turned out to be quite versatile,” says Lee Blanco, director of engineering, All Mobile Video. “It’s capable of routing 4K signals and MADI audio. Patchamp does all of the electrical-to-optical and optical-to-electrical conversion, patching, and 1×3 DA per card.
Other manufacturers involved include TSL, Yamaha, Oxmoor, Focusrite, Ward Beck, and Studio Technologies; RTS intercoms, key panels, and Roameo systems are also on board. Transmission technology includes gear from Adtec, Afinity, Avcom, and Norsat.
The Adtec gear includes 20 encoders and 20 decoders on board, giving the unit plenty of capabilities in term of channel support both inbound and outbound. And things like a 10-channel mux can be sent out on C-band and then backed up on Ku-band, providing another level of redundancy. And all audio, including intercoms, make use of the Dante uncompressed, multi-channel digital media networking technology. That means that any audio signal can be sent anywhere and manipulated independently in any direction.
There is also LiveU transmission gear on board, as AMV is now selling bundled services on behalf of LiveU. With clients petrified of a fiber outage that would cause the loss of a signal, the ability to use LiveU as an extra back-up path without recurring monthly charges is helpful. LiveU signals can be assigned to any encoder or decoder at any AMV teleport in New York, Los Angeles, or Dallas and then be sent from the teleport to an uplink. And a LiveU Databridge can be used to turn the LiveU backpack into a 100 Mbps hot spot.
Laxer says the truck was inspired by events like CNN’s coverage of the solar eclipse last summer. Live remotes on certain occasions pull in signals from various remote sites. Inevitably, that means multiple trucks and that need can often mean that production plans and locations need to be changed. But with the Teleport on Wheels, there is the opportunity to roll a single truck that can receive multiple signals and also transmit multiple signals. The router can also be patched to a Stagebox at a remote location up to 10 miles away via fiber in instances where satellite connectivity is not available.
“When clients hear about this and we describe what it can do, it allows them to put those extra trucks in other sites and then have those signals integrated in the show through the Teleport,” says Laxer.
What also makes the truck unique is that it is a completely custom build from BFW (Bogota Fab Works). Touches like wireless charging for smartphones built into the console and a curved workstation with two 55-inch monitors, one 42-inch monitor, and three operator positions. And it is designed to have everything within easy reach, including an internal fiber patchbay that can be fully customized depending on signal needs.
“We also have a couple of Cinedeck that can record the show and edit if needed, allow it to be played out without having to keep the production team there and that can help save a lot of money,” says Blanco.
The unit will make its official debut at the Capital Fourth celebration in Washington, DC. It will also be used at the MTV VMAs Award Show and the iHeart Festival in Las Vegas.