WTS Implements Snell Routing, Infrastructure and Control for SuperSport OB Trucks

Leading systems integrator helps African sports broadcaster further expand HD OB fleet

WTS, the global systems integrator and broadcast equipment supplier, is close to completing two new HD OB trucks for SuperSport Africa, together with two support vehicles. The OB trucks are equipped with Snell Sirius 830 multi-format routers, IQ Modular infrastructure and Snell control. One OB truck and support vehicle will be based in Nigeria (OB2), the second in Zambia (OB6). The vehicles are the sixth and seventh HD OB trucks built by WTS for SuperSport, all of which have incorporated Snell routing, infrastructure and control.

The OB vehicles are built on 40ft rigid Mercedes chassis to cope with the rough terrain they will experience on location, with double expanding sides, and each boasting 14+4 cameras. “As with the previous HD OB trucks WTS supplied to SuperSport, we have made ease of control the core attribute of these two new vehicles,” said Ben Murphy, WTS Sales Director. “This is a touchscreen-based system control and monitoring solution built on Snell control and customized by WTS. It allows the engineers to use a variety of devices – laptops, iPads and iPhones – to rapidly alter the setup of a truck, giving the production team the perfect environment for a wide range of programme output.

“The terrain in certain areas of Africa can be very challenging, so robustness is also a key consideration, and our experience over the last five OB projects demonstrates that Snell systems deliver on this front too,” Murphy concluded.

“We’re delighted that WTS and SuperSport have once again chosen Snell technology as the backbone for their latest OB vehicle builds,” said Robert Rowe, managing director of Live TV at Snell. “Control is a little-talked-about issue but it’s critical in getting the most out of technology, and WTS’ implementation on these vehicles will enable SuperSport to do just that.”


About WTS
WTS provides bespoke system integration solutions for broadcasters and content producers around the world. Specialising in broadcast television and media technology, WTS’ systems integration experts deliver projects of any size, from studio installations and outside broadcast units, to transmission centres and post-production facilities. WTS also provides independent services to customers including consulting, design, installation and custom fabrication.
WTS is also a specialist supplier of broadcast production equipment and technology services to the global broadcast media industry. WTS Broadcast focuses on expertise and service, providing consultation and guidance to customers, as well as supply, service, support and installation. WTS partners with more than 90 leading manufacturers to supply state-of-the-art professional broadcast equipment to customers all over the world.

About Quantel
Quantel is a world-leading developer of innovative, high performance content creation and delivery systems for News & Sports production and high quality Post. Quantel fast-turnaround production systems give broadcasters the creative, productive and flexible workflows they need to stay ahead in today’s competitive global media market. Quantel’s post production systems deliver the quality, resolution and performance post houses need to capture high margin, high value work.
Also part of the Quantel Group is Snell, a world leader in enabling broadcasters and media organizations to process and manage their valuable media content. Snell’s expertise empowers customers to achieve greater efficiencies and increase revenue while delivering their content to multiple distribution platforms. Snell TV Everywhere and Live TV products bring tangible benefits throughout the production chain.