RAI chooses ABonAirs’ wireless systems to be integrated inside KA-SAT mini-van

ABonAir announced that RAI, the biggest television broadcaster in Italy chose ABonAirs’ wireless systems to be integrated inside their KA-SAT mini-van, for its news gathering and event coverage operations, all over Italy.


RAI looked for a solution that will allow it to arrive quickly to scene and go on-air with automatic set up of the wireless system at the highest video link quality. Another requirement for the system was to fit into a small news car with cameraman and reporter only, which means a very reliable system that, can be easily operated by a single person.


RAI published a tender for the supply of wireless broadcast systems and their integration in the mini-vans together with other video equipment. To carry out the project for setting up 8 KA-SAT mini-vans, RAI chose Video Projetti s.r.l., a prime System Integrator company in Italy. As their video equipment for live broadcasts, RAI chose ABonAir’s AB407™ wireless microwave transmission solution.


The AB407 is a lightweight system comprised of a portable Transmitter and Receiver. It can be easily deployed and fits into any small OB-van. With a coverage range of 750 meters at a variable bit rate, controlled by the user, the AB407 enables broadcasters to “cut the cord” and add agility and mobility to their live broadcasts. The AB407 utilizes H.264 CODEC. Every pixel is acknowledged thanks to a bi-directional radio channel between Transmitter and Receiver.


AbonAir AB407, Rai


Here is what Andrea Cafasso, mobile system engineer at Rai satellite production systems says about the ABonAir system: “We work now with the ABonAir system that just fitted to our needs. It allowed us to get to the scene and deploy quickly. Set up was very easy and quite intuitive. Just plug and play. Within minutes we were on air with a good picture quality and news was at our control room”.


Francesco Struzzi, Business Development director added at Video Progetti: “We have selected ABonAir for this project in order to provide a solid and easy to use radio link solution to Rai. Video Progetti designed and delivered all 8x Ka Sat Vans helping Rai in finding the best technical solutions to be adopted in such a new challenging way to broadcast contribution feeds from the field”.


ABonAir’s CEO, Mr. Eran Igler, said: We are proud to be chosen by Rai Italia to provide them with a solution that fits exactly their needs. The systems proved themselves in the field under any weather conditions allowing Rai to quickly deploy and transmit live broadcast from every corner in Italy”.