SIS Live, the broadcast division formed by the merger of BBC Outside Broadcasts and SIS Link, has completed its most advanced HD vehicle to date as part of a modernisation of its fleet.

The new truck, called OB 3, has been developed by a combined engineering and design team and incorporates innovations from the yacht and motor sport industry with the mechanics and realities of outside broadcasting.

It can handle up to 20 Sony HDC-1500 cameras and has a Sony MVS800G vision mixer, 5.1 Calrec audio mixing and a Reidel talkback communication systems. An Evertz EQX router deals with sound and vision using the latest 3G technology.

This set-up will become standard across the SIS Live fleet, enabling familiarity and ease of use for both clients and staff.

The design also includes three separate edit areas and an enlarged production area to accommodate a third row of production space.

OB 3 is part of a fleet modernisation programme that will see existing vehicles replaced while others are upgraded.

Mark Tugwell, a director at SIS LIVE, said: “OB trucks last anything up to 15 years and cost millions of pounds, so this renewal is an important investment for us. We have created a production environment that supports our clients with the best technical infrastructure whilst offering them relaxation in one of the most stylish and comfortable vehicles on the road.

“This will become the new design template for our fleet, enabling us to offer an unrivalled base backup with highly trained and experienced engineering staff in support.”

SIS Live is the new name for the broadcast division of SIS that combines BBC Outside Broadcasts, SIS Link and FatPipe.