This year Prinsjesdag marked not only the opening of the new parliamentary year, it was also the day that René Paas, chairman of the Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (CNV) trade union federation, used his company car as a mobile radio studio for the first time.
Using a Tieline Commander G3 codec fitted with a 3G module, Paas was able to deliver FM-quality live news broadcast contributions from the back seat of his moving vehicle.
Paas spends much time on the road. In the past, he had had to use a mobile ISDN set to dial into the CNV radio studio in Utrecht for broadcasts. This often led to missed radio interviews because of traffic jams or lack of an ISDN line. When the opportunity to use wireless broadband 3G data via the cell-phone network became available, Paas was able to deliver studio quality audio while on the move.
The CNV was also keen to improve its services to news and current affairs programs, so the union invested in a set of Tieline codecs that solved all their problems in one go.
René simply presses two buttons and within seconds the codec opens a live, bidirectional program connection from his car or any other location, to the NOB Master Control Room. NOB acts as the switching point to all the public radio stations based in Hilversum.