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BT Sport has created a fl eet of cellular newsgathering (CNG) vehicles using mobile uplinking technology from LiveU. Working with Garland Partners, three Vauxhall Astra cars have been fi tted with the LU500 backpack unit and Xtender remote antenna technology. Each LU500 can be connected wirelessly, at distances of up to 300 meters, or via Ethernet, to the Xtender that sits on top of each vehicle. BT Sport chief engineer Andy Beale said: “We now have a fl eet-footed and effective way of allowing sports journalists to get the story back to us. We value the fl exibility and speed of deployment of the LiveU solution.” V Uplinking www.liveu.tv Microphones Sennheiser’s Esfera surround microphone system has been recognised with an IABM Design and Innovation Award. The Esfera system consists of aSPM 8000 two- channel microphone unit and an SPB 8000 processer that uses an algorithm that is matched to the microphones in order to generate a 5.1 surround signal with sampling rates of up to 96 kHz. en-uk.sennheiser.com HHB Communications hosted the world debut of the new RODE Stereo VideoMic X at IBC. Providing broadcast-quality audio via an acoustically matched pair of true-condenser capsules, the VideoMix X can output audio with either a 3.5mm stereo output or a balanced signal via mini XLR. SVMX’s externally-biased, condenser capsules are independently housed in integrated Rycote Lyre multi-axis shock mounts to provide the transducers with isolation from bumps or vibration. www.hhb.co.uk TV-BAY094OCT14 v118.indd 13 Vision mixing FOR-A has launched a new video production switcher capable of transforming a traditional AUX bus into a functional M/E with cut, mix, wipe and key control. The HVS-XT2000 (XT2k) 2 M/E switcher allows up to 40 SDI inputs and 22 outputs. Amongst the features is MELite which offers the AUX bus transformation function and provides the XT2k with the capabilities of a 6 M/E switcher as well as the building blocks for upstream and downstream transition effects. www.for-a.com KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 94 OCTOBER 2014 | 13 07/10/2014 15:37