Track and field coverage at IAAF WC in Beijing 2015 relies on Cobham systems

Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance and its Chinese business partner, CSS Group, provided Cobham’s Solo H.264 ENG TX transmitters, the new PRORXD HD receivers, and associated camera control systems on behalf of host broadcaster CCTV for track and field coverage of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing from 22 - 30 August 2015.

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The historic Beijing National Stadium, known as the “bird’s nest” that hosted the  2008 Summer Olympics, was the focal point for CCTV’s coverage where CSS Group deployed four  Solo H.264 ENG TX, PRORXD HD receivers, and respective camera control systems.

Cobham liaised with CSS for installation, testing, operations before, and during the nine-day games to assist the host broadcaster produce the pragmatic general multicast (PGM) for regional broadcasters around the world. Video signals from the stadium were sent to the central production compound over standard HD-SDI fibre optic systems. Camera control was achieved with Cobham’s specialist four-in-one system enabling four cameras to be controlled over the one UHF channel. The UHF transmitting unit was placed in the stadium and, according to the host broadcaster, delivered excellent performance using minimal power. The UHF transmitting unit was connected to the production compound’s remote control panel with a pair of 500m audio cables.

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CSS Group President, Product and Application Development, Roger Wong said, “We were the main broadcast services provider for the host broadcaster and provided setup, operation, and maintenance for the technology used for track and field within the stadium as well as RF production for the marathon, including aerial production and transmission.

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“Cobham’s Solo ENG and respective camera control systems always provide the very best performance in video quality and robust reliability. We thank them, as well as CCTV for their trust in us to deliver high-quality professional broadcast signals to the world broadcasting community.”

Cobham Broadcast Sales Manager, Asia Pacific, Sue Gilks added, “High quality images are essential for live sport coverage and we are delighted that CSS Group and CCTV had such a high degree of success with our technology in their coverage of a world class event.”

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About Cobham
Cobham protects lives and livelihoods with its differentiated technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight into customer needs, and agility.  The Group offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems in harsh environments across commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean, specialising in meeting the growing demand for data, connectivity and bandwidth.
 
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About Century Sage Scientific Group
Century Sage Scientific Group (CSS Group) is a public listed broadcast solutions provider in Hong Kong with HKEX Code: 01450.  CSS Group is the leading China-based one-stop provider of high-end hardware and software All-Media application solutions to facilitate content production, broadcast and transmission; event broadcast services, and system maintenance services. In addition, CSS develop and sell broadcast and transmission equipment. Our application solutions, services and equipment are used by a wide range of customers requiring services relating to All-Media, including broadcasters, event producers, new media providers, enterprises and government agencies.

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