Radio OB Truck powered by LAWO

Radio OB Truck powered by LAWO technology - Interview with Alessandro Asti 

December 4th, 2018 – LAWO

Take a look inside this visual radio IP OB truck designed and manufactured by our partner Aret Video & Audio Engineering. Presented at IBC 2018, delivered to a renowned customer in the Middle-East and recognized for “Outstanding Innovation in OB Engineering 2018” with an ASBU BroadcastPro Award! Featuring Lawo sapphire & crystal IP radio consoles, Lawo VisTool touch-screen control GUI, Ross Carbonite vision mixer, Ross PIVOTCam PTZ cameras and lots more. Enjoy this quick tour with Aret’s Vice President Alessandro Asti.


ARET wins the award for Outstanding Innovation in OB Engineering

ARET wins big at annual ASBU BroadcastPro Middle East 2018 Awards

ARET was awarded with the prize for Outstanding Innovation in OB Engineering

The eighth edition of the 2018 ASBU BroadcastPro Summit and Awards culminated with a gala dinner and awards ceremony on 13 November at Dubai’s Habtoor Grand Hotel where excellence in production, VFX, satellite and broadcast services, systems integration and OTT initiatives, among other categories, were recognised.

The ASBU BroadcastPro Summit & Awards has served the broadcast industry in multiple ways by bringing together industry experts to not just share their knowledge and experience but also connecting individuals and businesses together.

The MENA-wide panel of judges had more than 130 nominations to sift through to select the contenders that made the shortlist and then declared eventual winners.

For Outstanding Innovation in OB Engineering, ARET Video and Audio Engineering was recognized for creating a totally brand new concept of Radio OB Van, that makes it the first of its kind in this category of vehicles. In the photo on the right, VP of International Sales Umberto Asti, receives the award during the gala dinner.


About BroadcastPro Awards

The BroadcastPro Summit and Awards was organised by CPI Trade Media and endorsed by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU). The event was sponsored by gold sponsor Akamai; social media partner Twitter; associate sponsor Fox Networks Group; knowledge partner Irdeto; silver sponsors, Lawo, Eutelsat, 7 production, ZEE Entertainment Middle East and UTURN; and our networking sponsor Shock Middle East.

LAWO Press release: https://www.lawo.com/up-to-date/news/nbsp/arets_new_radio_ob_van_with_lawo_installation_wins_broadcastpro_middle_east_engineering_award.html

InBroadcast Press release: http://www.inbroadcast.com/ARETs_Radio_OB_Van_Wins_Award.asp


AFRICAST 2018

Join ARET in Abuja at AFRICAST 2018


ARET at AFRICAST 2018
Date:  October 23 – 25, 2018 | Thu – Tue
Venue: Sheraton Abuja Hotel and Towers

ARET is pleased to announce its participation in Africast 2018 which will be held at the Sheraton Abuja Hotel and Towers in Nigeria, Africa. ARET marks its second participation in Africast in this biennial exhibition. The event is organized by the National Broadcasting Commission in Nigeria and it serves as a platform for the presentation of the latest technologies and services for the media market in Africa and beyond. The exhibition, which was launched in 1996, is an established platform to bring together media professionals, academics and policy makers from all around the world.

Please sing up below to arrange a meeting with the sales team.

We look forward to seeing you at AFRICAST 2018!

The ARET Team

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IBC 2018

Join ARET in Amsterdam at IBC Show 2018


ARET at IBC Show 2018
Date:  September 14 – 18, 2018 | Thu – Tue
Venue: RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre

ARET has been exhibiting at IBC for almost two decades since the event was held on the shores of Lake Geneva. For this 2018 edition, the company is presenting two brand new OB Vans in the outside exhibit area.

IBC 2018 is just 2 weeks away! This is the time to schedule your meeting with the ARET team in Amsterdam. Join us for a personalized tour of some of the best OB Vans in the world, and don’t forget to find out more about all the latest projects.

Please sing up below to arrange a meeting with the sales team.

We look forward to seeing you at IBC 2018!

Waiting for the upcoming 2018 edition, see what happened last September at RAI.

The ARET Team

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Live Espresso Control

Live Espresso Control – See Aret Engineering's New IP Truck

July 13th, 2018 – LAWO

See Aret Engineering’s Alessandro Asti explaining his latest big IP production TV truck, featuring Lawo V__matrix-based multiviewers and IP encapsulation, Lawo V__pro8 base-band glue, Ross video switchers, Lawo mc² audio consoles and the Lawo VSM IP broadcast control system. The V__matrix and V__pro8 units significantly reduce the installation’s footprint reg. space, weight and power consumption – not the least issue to consider in broadcast truck design.

Don’t miss Aret Engineering at the upcoming IBC in Amsterdam, where the company will showcase two vehicles incl. their brand-new on-air radio truck, featuring Lawo crystal & sapphire radio consoles and a full-blown studio with robotic cameras for visual radio applications.


Thank you for your visit at BCA 2018

Thank you for visiting our stand 4E2-05 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre


ARET at BROADCAST ASIA 2018
Booth: 4E2-05
Date:  June 26 – 28, 2018 | Tue – Thu
Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre

We would like to thank all our stand visitors for taking their time to visit our stand during Broadcast Asia 2018 in Singapore on 26-28 June 2018.

We enjoyed meeting you and we’re glad that you had the chance to see all our latest projects and the new products on the market. Also, we are pleased that you had the opportunity to discuss your current business and future perspectives.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@aret-engineering.com for any questions or further information.


AES Milan 2018

Join ARET in Milan for the 144th International Pro Audio Convention (AES Milan 2018)


ARET at AES Milan 2018
Date:  May 24 – 26, 2018 | Thu – Sat
Venue: NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre

Exhibition in partnership with LAWO | ARET is the official distributor of the brand in Italy

ARET is exhibiting at the 144th International Pro Audio Convention in Milan from May 24-26 with its partner LAWO. Come and join us at stand 221 to know all about the latest LAWO products and outside broadcast solutions.  ARET and LAWO teams are available to meet with you and your colleagues for a hands-on experience on the following products:

  • Ruby Mixing Console
  • mc²96 Production Console
  • VSM

Also, ARET is presenting all its latest projects for OB Vans, TV / Radio Studios, MCRs and much more.

If you want to meet, please contact our team for arranging a meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at AES Milan 2018!

The ARET Team

About AES Milan

Themed “The Power of Sound,” the 144th International AES Convention will bring together audio professionals, students, enthusiasts and advanced audio technologies from around the world for four days of audio immersion, experiences and networking. Register now for AES Milan at aeseurope.com for Advance Registration rates through 14 May, including additional discount pricing for AES Members and students. Complimentary Exhibits-Plus badges are also available by using code AES144NOW at checkout.

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Coachwork Creations for Outside Broadcasting

Coachwork Creations for Outside Broadcasting

April 1st, 2018 – BroadcastPro ME

BroadcastPro ME speaks to the team at systems integrator ARET that custom-built the 3G HD OB van for Sharjah TV

The custom-built OB Van for Sharjah TV by systems integrator ARET went beyond equipment specs to create an effective tool for the broadcaster

This 3G truck has been designed for eight to ten cameras and is expandable on one side. The inside of the OB van is divided into four different areas that are separated using sliding glass doors: engineering and CCU, production, sound and a voice-over booth.

VAN:

  • Chassis based on Mercedes-Benz ATEGO
  • Custom made FRP panels to prevent sand and dust damage
  • Motorised cable drum system

KEY KIT:

  • Grass Valley LDX-86 World Cam systems
  • Karrera video switcher with K-frame
  • NVision 8144 video router
  • Densité 3 glues
  • Kaleido multiviewers
  • Vinten camera tripods
  • Riedel intercom systems
  • Evertz replay system
  • Genelec monitors
  • Studer audio mixers
  • Tektronix waveform monitors
  • Canon XU-81W camera

Sharjah TV recently took delivery of an OB van from ARET for sports coverage and other demanding productions. The Italian broadcast systems integrator ARET has supplied 450 OB vans over four decades since 1976, with several customers in the region, and this probably influenced Sharjah TV’s choice.

“ARET has been active for the past 15 years in the MENA region, and the Middle East is one of the leading markets for ARET,” comments Sales Engineer and Marketing Director Dr Eng Umberto Asti, who is also Vice President of ARET Video and Audio Engineering.

“Among the 450 OB vans delivered around the world, many are operating in the Middle East, including Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and the UAE. The last year has seen the completion of many outstanding projects in the region.”

As broadcasters require access to content no matter where they are, the mobile unit is now less of a workhorse of equipment and racks, and much more of a creative hub where broadcast technicians can focus on better engaging audiences through innovative live coverage. In response to the demands of the modern-day broadcaster, Dr Asti and his team at ARET created integrated workflows.

“We did all the coachbuilding. Instead of buying a pre-made coachwork from third parties, as most of the other companies do, we are very proud to have our inhouse coachwork department that relies exclusively on internal resources. Our coachwork allows us to carefully monitor every single step of the creation process. We also did the designing and systems integration.

“Another strong point of ARET is the ability to combine coachbuilding and systems integration towards creating a state-of-the-art product. This technique allows us to have strict connection among all the parts and variables of the project that need continuous feedback. As a result, all our coachwork creations are instruments for broadcasters built around equipment specifications, and this OB van is proof of that.”

Recalling the timeline of the project, Dr Asti says: “After an initial draft for the project was submitted, we at ARET proceeded with the analysis and modified it accordingly. Following the client’s requests that arose during the development phases, we then revised it and further customised the system. Every detail has been monitored with maximum precision and expertise. The van was completed last year and commissioned the following month.”

Giving an overall perspective of the OB van, Dr Asti says: “This 3G truck has been designed for eight to ten cameras and is expandable on one side. The inside of the OB van is divided into four different areas that are separated using sliding glass doors: engineering and CCU, production, sound and a voice-over booth.

“It features a telescopic mast with a PTZ camera on top and a flexible layout that allows adapting to different types of productions. The robotic PTZ camera, installed on the top of a pneumatic telescopic mast, can be raised up to eight metres. The pan-tilt head system incorporates a camera with 20x optical zoom that can supply high-resolution and high-magnification video in real time. The system is managed by an active control installed on the CCU desk that provides smooth transitions of the pan-tilt head.

“The voice-over booth, designed as per the customer’s requirements, is used for live commentary and features dedicated acoustic treatment. A satellite antenna, used to receive digital TV and radio signals, is also mounted on the roof. Each area is also monitored by a closed-circuit surveillance camera system.”

Highlighting the wide interiors of the OB van with dedicated lighting in every area, Dr Asti also remarks on the finishing details, from the designed tapestry to desk materials. He adds: “The power supply can be selected between the public network and a diesel generator. On the back of the truck, there is also a motorised cable drum system.”

Despite all the buzz around live remote broadcasting, OB trucks will remain on the front line of production, especially when it comes to covering live events. Having an in-house coachwork department has helped the team at ARET to custom-design each van according to the client’s requirement, Dr Asti stresses – especially in the case of Sharjah TV, which requested a full expansion to be able to adapt its workflow to every type of event.

“The chassis of the OB van is based on a Mercedes-Benz ATEGO. Modifications have been carried out by ARET in its internal coachwork department.”

“Our coachwork allows us to carefully monitor every single step of the creation process. We also did the designing and systems integration”

 

Dr. Eng. Umberto Asti
Vice President of ARET Video and Audio Engineering

The technicians at ARET also accounted for the harsh summer temperatures in the region, as Dr Asti explains: “The vehicle has been specially built to endure harsh weather conditions, with particular attention paid to the climate of the region. ARET has developed a unique coachbuilding technique dedicated to OB vans working in hot, dry and humid countries, that includes using custom fibre-glass reinforced plastic (FRP) panels and dedicated solutions to prevent sand and dust damage, as well as internal water condensation from the AC system. In addition, the careful selection of the materials, together with their assembly methods, guarantees perfect resistance in every weather condition.”

The new 3G HD van joins a fleet of OB vans already with Sharjah TV.

“This brand-new truck is a vital addition to their fleet that allows for the proper distribution of workload, optimisation of the overall workflow and significant improvement in video quality,” says Dr Asti. He explains that partnership with more than 30 broadcast brands has helped ARET “select the best equipment for every turnkey project”.

“Most significantly, partnering with the major broadcast brands has enabled ARET to be flexible and cost-effective, allowing the customer a tailored configuration instead of an all-in-one brand solution.

“The OB van uses Grass Valley’s LDX-86 Worldcam cameras and a Karrera video switcher with K-frame, NVision 8144 video router, Densité 3 glues, Kaleido multiviewers, Vinten camera tripods, Riedel intercom systems, an Evertz replay system, Genelec monitors, audio mixers by Studer (Vista 1 for the main mixer, On Air 1500 as a back-up) and Tektronix waveform monitors. A Canon XU-81W camera is mounted on the telescopic mast.”

On the critical issue of testing and training, Dr Asti spells out the exacting procedure that ARET followed.

“The first part of the training was carried out at our headquarters in Milan. We verified that the coachwork corresponded in all of its details to the project specifications. The same meticulous check-up was carried out for the broadcast and electrical systems. The whole system was then validated and tested together with all the supplied devices, always including the broadcast, electrical, air conditioning and hydraulic systems.

“The second part of the commissioning was carried out on-site in Sharjah, where ARET’s engineers fine-tuned all the configurations, verifying that the OB van operated without any issues in every condition. Both phases of the training were carried out flawlessly and the customer was pleased with the support received.”

To understand the potential uses of the OB van and provide solutions to suit the client’s requirements is at the heart of the success of such a project, Dr. Asti underlines. Signing off on our conversation, he adds: “We have received positive feedback from the client, and we are looking forward to the next collaboration.”

About BroadcastPro ME

BroadcastPro Middle East is a monthly publication covering television and radio broadcasting technology as well as filmmaking trends in the Arab world. The magazine focuses on the entire broadcast chain from content acquisition and editing to media asset management, and playout and transmission across both traditional and new media platforms. Also, BroadcastPro ME is the official media partner for CABSAT, the region’s largest broadcast show. The Editor of BroadcastPro ME is also the only representative from the Middle East to be part of the jury for the IBC Innovation Awards.


NAB Show 2018

Join ARET in Las Vegas for NAB Show 2018


ARET at NAB Show 2018
Date:  April 9 – 12, 2018 | Mon – Thu
Venue: Las Vegas Convention Centre

ARET is attending NAB Show 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Contre from April 9-12. Come and join us for a personalized tour of our partner stands. ARET’s team is available to meet with you and your colleagues to show you all the latest products and broadcast technology solutions that will be presented in the upcoming week. All of this new products and services will soon be available to the customers to empower their production. If you want to meet, please contact our team for arranging a meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at NAB Show!

Waiting for the upcoming 2018 edition, see what happened last April at NAB Show 2017.

The ARET Team

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ARET upgrades RAI studios and OB vans with Lawo V__pro8 video processors

ARET upgrades RAI studios and OB vans with Lawo V__pro8 video processors

Italian public broadcaster RAI, a long-time user of Lawo products and solutions, has just taken delivery of 37 Lawo V__pro8 8 Channel Video Processing Toolkits.

The new Lawo equipment will be employed in a nationwide technical upgrade and renovation of studios and OB vans located all over Italy. System integrator and Lawo partner ARET Video and Audio Engineering, headquartered in Milan, won the tender after participating in a test procedure which scrutinized prominent brands’ ability to process video in broadcast environments.

Alessandro Asti, ARET’s VP of Sales comments: “The unique features and flexibility of V__pro8 – its ability to synchronize, convert, embed / de-embed and apply delay to both audio and video, as well as monitoring eight inputs at once – received the maximum technical marks in the tender. Thanks to the outstanding performance of the V__Pro8, it is the perfect tool for signal monitoring in RAI’s studios and OB vans.”

The RAI project is the latest in a number of successful joint projects between ARET and Lawo.  Another notable project, from 2017, was the outfitting of Italian production company NVP’s OB4 OB Van. The heart of OB 4’s audio systems is a pair of Lawo mc²56 production consoles, a Nova router and DALLIS interfaces. The complete OB Van is controlled using Lawo’s VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) system; Lawo’s V__pro8 eight-channel video processing units give producers control of the complete broadcast production workflow using just 1 RU of rack space. Together, these Lawo systems deliver the versatility required for multiformat operation on Europe’s most challenging productions.

About V__pro8 eight-channel video processing toolkit

V__pro8 is a compact, fully digital eight-channel video processor with all of the “glue” features needed for today’s broadcast production workflows. It works as a flexible matrix system: using its 8 x 8 video matrix and 384 x 384 audio matrix, it is possible to switch any signal to any other. A modern GUI (based on HTML5) provides an intuitive interface for fast handling of day-to-day work.

V__pro8 connects differing video formats, with high quality format conversion, color correction and audio embedding / de-embedding capabilities. It also combines video and audio management, with a high-density MADI audio connection providing efficient video-to-audio bridging within the studio infrastructure. This combination of video and audio management in a single unit guarantees maximum operating efficiency by significantly reducing required space, wiring infrastructure and cost.

About Lawo

Lawo designs and manufactures pioneering network, control, audio and video technology for broadcast and post-production, as well as live performance and theatrical applications. Products include control and monitoring systems, digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools as well as solutions for IP-based A/V infrastructures and routing systems. All products are developed in Germany and manufactured according to highest quality standards at the company’s headquarters in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany.