SABC chooses ND SatCom for its new fleet of ten news gathering vehicles


Subsequent to an enduring technology evaluation for its needs for contribution of news and other, from any corner of South Africa, SABC has settled on the latest Satcom-On-The-Move (SOTM) technology for its Satellite News Gathering (SNG) Vehicles available on the market.

These vehicles have the ability to transmit Video (SD or HD), Voice and Data, all while on the move. The vehicle no longer need to park, unfold the dish on the roof, point, go through the “align-the-dish” procedure with the satellite provider and then commence with transmission. Now it’s simply “point the camera” and transmit, no matter if the vehicle is driving down a busy highway or is at standstill at some event. Simultaneously while this video is transmitted the user has telephone contact with MCR via SABC own PABX telephone network, making the vehicle independent of a possible overloaded GSM network. As if this was not enough the SNG user has access to the internet or intranet and e-mail at the same time.

To monitor the vehicles and limit wasteful use of satellite capacity, the whole fleet will be controlled from the headquarters in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. From here the Management System – Media Fleet Manager (MFM), an ND SatCom developed system, informs the manager where each vehicles are, if it’s travelling or standstill, transmission is scheduled up to the second automatically, reducing the time and effort to a minimum. Key for the used smart technology in the vehicles is the ND SatCom SKYWAN modem integrated with the SOTM antenna allowing the MFM to dynamically grant transmission capacity to camera teams when and where needed.

The solution is based on the proven ND SatCom SKYWAN modem technology that ensures uninterruptible transmissions. The SNG vehicles were built in South Africa by New Installation Company to assist in the future support of the vehicles.


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