Hitachi Delivers Compact SNG Truck for Jordan’s National Broadcaster

Jordan Radio and Television (JRTV), the country’s national broadcaster that has pioneered the use of mobile satellite uplink capability for fast contribution applications in the field, has taken delivery of a new satellite newsgathering (SNG) transmission uplink vehicle, built by the Turkey Systems division of Hitachi Kokusai Electric. Hitachi engineers worked closely with Amman-based system integrator HEAT for Engineering and Technology.

Cemal Yilmaz, General Manager of Hitachi Kokusai Electric Turkey Systems, said that this new type of compact SNG van provides broadcasters with a rugged and reliable satellite uplink solution at a cost-effective price level.

Designed and built at the Hitachi Kokusai Electric Turkey Systems design and manufacturing center in Istanbul, Turkey, the vehicle is designed to meet the specific SNG transmission needs of JRTV. It’s based on a Mercedes Sprinter van and features a PDA 150 Ku Band Drive News antenna and 1:1 400W Ku Band TWTA and MPEG-2/4 HD compression system and a built-in automatic leveling system. The vehicle also includes a high power air conditioning system, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system and a power generator, ensuring reliable standalone operation even in the most extreme Jordanian climate conditions.

Hitachi Kokusai Turkey Systems specialist engineer team added the finishing touches in December at JRTV’s Amman-based production headquarters. Despite bad weather conditions throughout the satellite uplink test procedures, JRTV reported that it was completely satisfied with the vehicle’s performance.

Omar Hikmat, CEO and founder of HEAT for Engineering and Technology, said the new compact SNG vehicle “passed all of JRTV’s acceptance tests with ease and already it is fully operational.”

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