Bahrain TV of the Ministry of Information Affairs has invested in two new medium-sized OB vans complete with two Lawo IP-based mc² audio production consoles in the audio control rooms and VSM Broadcast Control System architecture for overall control in both vehicles. They are part of the framework governing the modernisation process of the direct TV broadcasting system.

Dubai-based system integrator Broadcast & Studio Solutions (BSS) equipped the OB vans with high-definition TV broadcasting technologies to allow them to cover all official events, exhibitions, conferences as well as local and international sporting events.


The vans are controlled by Lawo’s VSM broadcast control and workflow solution

Bahrain TV’s OB vans are controlled by Lawo’s VSM broadcast control and workflow solution in combination with VSM servers in a redundant setup at the heart of the control system. Thanks to vsmSTUDIO software, all administration and configuration tasks can be programmed and saved at runtime using intuitive tools.

Control interfaces in the form of a wide range of hardware LCD button panels and software panel clients allow simplified operation from flexible and custom-designed configurable GUIs.

Additional VSM hardware includes GPIO interfaces, UMDs for dynamic labelling, and SmartHubs, which convert control signals from serial to TCP/IP and vice versa. SNMP monitoring capabilities are provided by the vSNMP editor software tool, which runs on a separate server.

The audio infrastructure integrates a 48-fader Lawo mc²56 audio production console with 384 DSP channels, a routing capacity of 5120×5120 mono channels, plus local I/Os directly available at the audio desk. An additional mc² Compact I/O system provides an abundance of remote I/Os for high-profile productions. The smaller OB van carries a 24-fader mc²36, again with a multitude of remote and local I/Os controlled by 192 DSP channels via a 512×512 matrix.