Sencore and EuroLinX Team Up to Cover Wide-Ranging Outdoor Sporting Events


EuroLinX, the wireless entity of the Alfacam Group, the leading European provider of wireless television production facilities and services, has installed Sencore's modular card-based receiver-decoder systems across its entire wireless fleet — OB truck, helicopter, plane — used for mobile coverage of high-profile outdoor and sporting events, including the recent 2012 London Games. Sencore's aG4800 openGear™ Chassis, featuring aG4802 receiver-decoder cards, enables EuroLinX to supply high-quality HD feeds from aircraft- and motorcycle-based cameras, as well as its OB vehicles.

"For large sports events, we're often required to provide multiple HD feeds from multiple fixed and roving platforms, both on the ground and in the air. It's a dense challenge that calls for a dense decoding solution, and the Sencore aG systems fit our requirements perfectly," said Bruno Coudyzer, RF project coordinator at EuroLinX. "The 2RU chassis saves space and weight in our aircraft, and the receiver-decoders provide a great deal of flexibility by supporting different formats from different sources; for instance, they are compatible with our Fujitsu encoders."

Based in Antwerp, Belgium, Alfacam is Europe's largest provider of OB broadcast services and well-known for its high-quality HD coverage of events such as World Cup Football, European Championship Football, and high-profile music concerts. The company has installed Sencore's aG4800 openGear Chassis equipped with aG4802 ASI-to-ASI/SDI receiver-decoder cards in its entire wireless fleet, including the equipment also equipped in airplanes, helicopters, and motorcycles as required for event coverage. The 20-slot openGear aG4800 openGear Chassis can accommodate up to 10 receiver-decoder cards. Together, the systems enable EuroLinX mobile units to select the best signal coming from various airborne relays and then output the signal via ASI and SD/HD-SDI to broadcasting clients.


"Alfacam is well-known throughout Europe for its excellence in HD broadcasting services for the highest-profile live sports and entertainment events," said Tony Oehlerking, general manager, international business development, Sencore. "Alfacam's extensive use of the aG4800 and aG4802 is a real validation of our open-architected system, which integrates the multiformat decoding functionality of the award-winning modular receiver-decoder with a wide range of multivendor solutions."

About Alfacam — EuroLinX
Alfacam primarily delivers services to TV stations and production houses, and the company's 22 HD production vans comprise the largest HD OB fleet in Europe. Alfacam undertakes more than 3,000 assignments each year, including all Olympic Games since 2002, the European Championships Football and the Football World Cup, the Europe Music Awards and the FIFA Confederation Cup Football. Alfacam also undertakes 3D recordings across a range of content from concerts to sports (for instance ROLAND GARROS tennis, box, cricket, football/soccer). Alfacam's sister company is EuroLinX, offering wireless services to TV stations and production houses.


About Sencore
Sencore is an engineering leader in the development of reliable, cost-effective signal transmission and content monitoring solutions for the broadcast, cable, satellite, and IPTV markets. Backed by world-class customer service and support, Sencore's portfolio includes signal processing products, system monitoring and analysis solutions, and test and measurement equipment. Designed to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry — including IP-based video delivery and OTT applications — Sencore solutions ensure the efficient delivery of high-quality video from the source to the home.