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Offers Efficiency through Simplicity with Flexible, State-of-the-Art Turnkey Solution and Now Comes Equipped with Newscoder 4 MPEG-4 Enabled Encoder

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 11, 2011 – Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast, Sports & Entertainment and MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, will demonstrate its fully HD Microwave Service Company (MSC) Modular Mobile RF Platform (MMRP) broadcast ENG news vehicle at the 2011 CCW Show (Booth 931). The HD-configured MMRP now comes equipped with Nucomm’s Newscoder 4 MPEG-4 enabled encoder. The MMRP in full HD configuration was designed and integrated by Microwave Service Company (MSC), the engineering, integration and installation group of IMT. imt-mscs-mmrp-broadcast-eng-van.jpg

The MMRP offers superior gas mileage, along with a very flexible and efficient platform for today’s smaller news crews. The full HD-SDI-configured MMRP (also available in SD), features a full-width removable rack with 27RU, comfortable seating for two, an integrated I/O panel, 4-dB omni and 14-dB directional high-gain microwave antennas with pan and tilt and an in-dash 3G/4G Ford installed computer system.

“The MMRP was created to meet the increasing demand for an affordable, fuel-efficient alternative to a full-size ENG van,” says Integrated Microwave Technologies President Stephen Shpock. “The MMRP is a state-of-the-art, cost-effective, full HD broadcast news vehicle that provides broadcasters a variety of options and configurations based on their needs and budgets.”

With the addition of the Newscoder 4 to the MMRP, broadcasters are now able to transmit HD content efficiently over the same infrastructure used to transmit standard definition content. The Newscoder 4 is a compact, low-power, HD/SD, video/audio encoder with AES Encryption. At just 3.7 cubic inches in size, Newscoder 4 delivers superior MPEG-4 H.264 SD and HD encoding.

Defining the next level of video compression, the Newscoder 4 provides an additional 30-percent bit rate reduction low delays and video quality improvement over a baseline encoder. Another advantage of the Newscoder 4 is its ability to support a full main profile.

In addition to the Newscoder 4, new features of the MMRP include a standard 2000-watt inverter, a standard extra-wide editing bench with flip-up lid and camera storage, an optional 275-amp alternator and optional LED scene lighting.

The MMRP features the Ford Transit Connect truck chassis, based on Motor Trend Magazine’s “Truck of the Year,” and comes equipped with a compact Will-Burt NightScan mast. MSC can transfer existing gear or provide options for full HD or SD audio/video/RF equipment packages. The compact pneumatic mast, low-maintenance design and efficient workflow platform come together in a cost-effective system.

Available in many configurations, the MMRP works well in urban and rural environments. A shorter wheelbase and lower center of gravity contribute to the vehicle’s overall ease of maneuverability, including parallel parking.

“The MMRP is all about efficiency through simplicity, and we look forward to demonstrating the abundance of features the MMRP has to offer our potential customers and the media at this year’s CCW show,” adds Shpock.

About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC

Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. The company comprises the leading microwave brands Nucomm, RF Central and Microwave Service Company (MSC), offering broadcasters worldwide complete broadcast solutions. Nucomm is a premium brand of digital microwave video systems (including COFDM and VSB) for portable and fixed link applications. RF Central is an innovative brand of compact microwave video equipment for licensed and license free broadcast applications. MSC is a premier provider of engineering, integration, technical support, installation and commissioning services.

More information can be found at www.imt-broadcast.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group

Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2010 revenue of £310 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services.

Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events.

Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG.

Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.

More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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