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NEP's Equinox OB Truck
Takes RTS To The Track
NEP Broadcast Services has deployed the latest RTS Audio-over-IP infrastructure
in its latest generation OBs...

W

hen the highly-prized broadcast
rights for horse racing on British
television recently switched channels,
outside broadcasting specialist NEP
Group seized the opportunity to create
one of the UK's most advanced OB
trucks.
Named Equinox, the truck is capable
of meeting every requirement for the
live broadcast of race meets, without
additional support. At the heart of its
technical infrastructure is the intercom
expertise of OMNEO IP technology.
Rebuild Opportunity
NEP Group is trusted by broadcasters
all over the world, and the technology
it chooses is of the highest possible
standards. In 2016, however, a
catastrophic fire ripped through
the company's UK headquarters,
destroying most of its outside
broadcasting fleet and reducing its
rare equipment library to ashes. But
while many companies would have
been set back by such a tragedy, NEP
immediately rebuilt, meeting all of
its commitments while seizing the
opportunity to create a new fleet of
cutting edge OB vehicles, including RTS
IP-based intercoms.
"It's both a bad and a good thing that
we had a fire," reflects Paul Fournier,
Head of Sound for NEP UK. "It meant
that we had to rebuild everything
very quickly, but it also afforded us
the opportunity to update to the very
latest IP technology all at once."
The fifth truck to be commissioned
since the fire, Equinox has now entered

NEP Broadcast Services uses Equinox OB for all its UK horse racing television coverage

service with a specification that's
both similar to its siblings but shaped
specifically to meet the challenges
of broadcasting British horse racing.
"The broadcaster wanted to run the
truck in a very specific way, so we built
this truck to deliver everything they
wanted to achieve," Fournier adds.
"Rather than having to accommodate
a separate voice track / recording
replay truck, everything is done out
of this single vehicle, and the use of IP
simplifies how everything works."
Inside Equinox, an RTS ADAM
modular matrix frame equipped with
a 64 channel OMI OMNEO matrix
interface card offers up to 272 ports,
providing a Dante backbone for the OB
truck's comms workflow. In addition,
the frame hosts five AIO-16 analogue
interface cards, a MADI-16 Plus
interface card and 2 TBX-Tribus cards
for connecting Equinox with other
trucks in the NEP fleet. A total of ten

Equinox is equipped with RTS ADAM digital intercom matrix
and OMNEO IP technology

32-key KP-5032 keypanels have been
integrated into the vehicle, alongside a
further 31 16-key KP-4016 panels.
Audio over IP
Asked about his choice of OMNEO
IP technology for the future-proofed
fleet and Equinox in particular,
Fournier immediately points to the
many benefits of working in an audioover-IP environment. "OMNEO, which
facilitates the use of Dante audio,
has really taken off in the broadcast
world over the last two years," he
reasons. "The choice of OMNEO means
that we benefit from vastly reduced
cabling - all a KP-5032 or KP-4016
keypanels needs is a Cat-5 Ethernet
or a fibre connection. Even if we have
a long-distance run over kilometres,
we can fibre it. In fact many of the
horse racing grounds serviced by
Equinox are now being retrofitted
with permanent fibre, so if you need

OMNEO IP-technology forms the backbone
for future expansion

to position a panel somewhere on site
then it's easy to do so.
"The use of Dante audio makes it
simple for us to provide preview boxes
for the director and producer; you can
simply pin them in the Dante audio
network through the RTS system.
Because we have Dante cards in our
desks, there's no patching involved
- everything just appears on the
network, so you can pick it up, make
an IFB out of it and pass it on."
Sound Flexibility
The flexibility of the system has
particularly proven its worth at horse
racing venues, where members of the
production team are sometimes based
far from the truck. "If someone using
a remote panel wants programme
sound on a little monitor speaker, and
we don't have any wire there but we
do have an RTS panel, then we can pin
programme audio from the desk to one
of the spare Dante inputs of the panel,
then reroute it to the panel's XLR
and simply plug the little speaker in,"
Fournier says. "We can achieve that
with no extra wire required other than
a mains lead."
With Equinox now on the road and
more NEP trucks being designed,
Fournier and his colleagues are
exploring the further possibilities of
OMNEO. "People are finding more and
more ways to use this technology," he
says. "We get fantastic support from
RTS - there's constant dialogue."


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