BroaMan Supports Singapore National Day’s First AR Production

BroaMan MUX22 ensures signal and data transmission for Singapore National Day Parade’s first ever Augmented Reality production.

BroaMan MUX22 fibre multiplexer and Repeat 48 3G/HD/SD-SDI Video/MADI fibre extender were provided by Total Solution Marketing (TSM), along with full-service support, for the recent Singapore National Day celebrations. The event this year was rescheduled by the Government from its traditional 9 August date to 21 August due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

These interfaces were deployed by The Show Company Pte, the appointed vendor of the Multimedia Committee for this year’s National Day Parade. The fibre-based solutions were used between transmitters and receivers, across distances averaging 250 metres—over LC multimode fibre to three different camera locations.

This enabled all data to be transported over a single duplex fibre, thus reducing the number of the cables otherwise necessary over long distances. At the same time it ensured extremely low latency in the transmission.

CWDM-equipped MUX22 devices, configured 8 x 3G/HD/SD-SDI In/Out, and with RTS 4-wire intercom, were used in all Augmented Reality (AR) camera transmissions: Camera Signal Out (HD-SDI 1080p@50Hz); Camera PGM In (HD-SDI 1080p@50Hz); External Sync via Genlock sync generator (black burst), as well as IP addresses in the form of Lens Data for Camera Tracking and IR Sensor; Camera Tracking Data and Robotic Arm Remote Control.

The Show Company Pte also used Repeat 48 as a means of signal transmission over a multicore singlemode fibre to send six channels of HD-SDI LED content feeds (three main signals and three back-up) to Mediacorp’s OB truck. These signals comprised Graphical Content (in 16:9 aspect ratio); LED Program Feed (in 16:9) and Multi-Cam Production Program Mix (with subtitles).

The spectacular event itself was divided into a main parade, at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, and then the show itself — a spectacular song-and-dance extravaganza. While both the Parade and show segment had to be scaled back for COVID-19 reasons, as always it provided a fitting commemoration of Singapore’s independence in 1965, with a riveting aerial display enjoyed by around 1,000 people the main highlight.

Delivered in Singapore’s four official languages, the National Day show was broadcast across Mediacorp’s free-to-air TV channels, as well as radio stations, their own digital streaming platform, meWATCH and YouTube.