Hitachi Introduces World’s First OB-BOX Concept at CabSat2015

4K UHD Production Capabilities in Cost-Effective, Easily Scalable Configuration Creates Revolutionary New OB Concept

AtCABSAT, Hitachi Kokusai Electric Turkey (Stand E2-10) will present the world’sfirst showcase of its new OB-BOX concept, which is claimed by the company tooffer entirely new levels of outside broadcast (OB) operational flexibility,cost-efficiency and technical performance right up to ultra-HDTV capabilities.

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In essence, Hitachi’s OB-BOX is a fully featured modular OB facility which is delivered to the customer and then mounted onto a vehicle’s chassis using a proprietary fixing kit. This approach significantly reduces the manufacture and delivery time in any market worldwide since it removes the need to source and ship an appropriate vehicle for each customer. The OB-BOX comes in three different configurations which support four, eight and 12 production cameras. The option of a booth side extension adds further flexibility to unit sizing.  In addition, an ability to connect two OB-BOX units in a cascade configuration adds more versatility and facilitates many different sizes of OB unit up to 20 camera mobile facilities.

Each OB-BOX is specified, designed and manufactured at Hitachi’s Istanbul-based facility to meet the customer’s OB needs. The unit provides all of the video, audio, transmission and infrastructure capabilities needed to create a stand-alone outside broadcast facility. The technical specification of the unit is such that it will support any broadcast signal from serial digital to HD and even 4K production. Alongside satellite and fiber connectivity, the units integrate powerful Ethernet connectivity, which provides the production team with internet facilities on site. At the same time, OB-BOX features sophisticated Cloud capabilities, which enable the users to send 4K content back to the broadcaster’s production centre quickly and easily.

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Building on its extensive OB vehicle design heritage, Hitachi has ensured that operational staff will feel at home whilst working in the OB-BOX. Attention has been paid to the facility’s internal design, monitor and control systems, air conditioning and weather proofing in order to create a comfortable working space irrespective of external environmental conditions.

“The OB-BOX is such a simple concept but it requires tremendous knowledge and experience to implement,” commented Cemal Yilmaz, General Manager of Hitachi Kokusai Turkey. “It is the result of a major development initiative at our Istanbul headquarters and the customer response we have seen so far indicates that this elegant 4K OB facility will create waves in many countries worldwide.”

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Adding further value to its CABSAT OB technology showcase, Hitachi Kokusai Turkey will exhibit a number of different broadcast camera systems that can be deployed with OB-BOX. These camera systems include the company’s market leading SK-UHD4000 4K Ultra-HDTV camera, SK-HD1500 Super Slow Motion camera, new version Wireless camera systems together with the company’s latest 3 MOS sensor series cameras - the SK-HD1300 and Z-HD6000 - as well as the DK-H100 POV Box camera with robotic pan-tilt system.

About Hitachi Kokusai Electric
Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31 2014) totalled $93.4 billion USD. Hitachi is focusing more than ever on Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, healthcare and other. Hitachi Ltd is a major stakeholder of Hitachi Kokusai Electric which is a world renowned manufacturers of innovative, high-performance telecommunication products . Hitachi Kokusai Electric is one of the most significant Japanese companies developing advanced broadcast camera technology.

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Hitachi Kokusai Electric Turkey is an independent subsidiary company aimed at supporting Hitachi’s business development activities in the Middle East, Africa, Russia and CIS region.  Hitachi Kokusai Turkey is headquartered in Istanbul in the Republic of Turkey and opened its offices on June 10, 2013. Hitachi Kokusai Turkey provides services such as sales and maintenance, and also develops its "local production for local consumption" business model focussed on locally developed, designed, and manufactured products in Turkey's free trade zones (specially developed areas that support companies that export products manufactured in free trade zones from Turkey).

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