By: Roberto Landini, Italian Correspondent
Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 1:48 pm
On 25 June, the first electric satellite multimedia vehicle in Italy was presented at Nuvolaverde Day, the ”digital pride day” held within headquarters of Il Sole 24 Ore. The new and innovative vehicle is fully equipped with the latest kit and will be extremely useful in thousands of typical situations, from news to sports reporting and more.
Its main feature is that it is completely powered by electricity and, with a dish on top, can reach any satellite desired. This breakthrough is the result of six Italian companies’ joining together to supply innovative multimedia applications that also respect the environment.
The project involved a brand-new and agile car equipped with an electric engine and a self-tracking satellite dish plus a long array of technological equipment. The final result is a fully equipped “mobile hub” capable of satisfying a great list of communication needs, including video conferences and news and sports transmission of video, audio, and data.
IcarusNet, a satellite-communications company, came up with the idea, and its CEO, Fabrizio Carletta, says social responsibility of technology companies is the key to the future.
“Thanks to satellite communications, which are pivotal to the project, this is the chance also to activate wide-band connectivity for the digital needs and other occasions where temporary needs for broadband high stability connections exist.”
All services are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.
IcarusNet made the vehicle available and also completed engineering of the vehicle while Eutelsat Italia and Skylogic supplied other technologies and satellite capacity. Feedback Italia is the supplier for video communication equipment, and Diem Technologies, together with Onda Teleelectronic, supplied all multimedia equipment. A remotely controlled Panasonic Video camera Series 50, Blackmagic Design mixer, and several other A/V accessories are also on board.
The vehicle may easily be used with an existing OB fleet to guarantee links and connectivity.