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Broadcast Solutions GmbH
Alfred-Nobel-Str. 5
55411 Bingen, Germany

Phone:+49 6721 4008-0
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Supporting the Red Cross organisation in communication and live-video surveillance, Bad Kreuznach

Monitoring and surveillance of major incidents and (natural) disasters are unexpected events that can occur at any time.

Bad Kreuznach, Germany, 28.02.2019

Practical example


  • Supporting the Red Cross organisation in communication and live-video surveillance during an open-air event

  • Approx. 10.000 – 12.000 visitors (using their cell phones)

  • Location: approx. 3,000 m2

  • Covered area: 35ha

The Challenge

  • Set up a communication system for destroyed and overloaded infrastructures such as mobile radio, TETRA, landlines

  • Use of mobile ad hoc networks (MANet) for security, first responder and rescue forces to communicate at the scene

  • A connection between the incident location and two remote operation control centres

  • To overcome a critical elevation profile with obstacles

The Solution

Secure, robust and reliable communication is provided by IP-based mobile ad hoc networks (MANet) that can be quickly established using no existing infrastructure. These MESH systems provide:

  • 7x IP-MESH Radios deployed city-wide
  • Central PTZ camera at the event site included in the network controlled by the control centre for situational awareness
  • High data rate IP-connectivity between operations centre, control centre and event location
  • Two mobile IP-MESH radios (first responder units) including GPS tracking and a body-worn camera moving through the masses (>10k individual)
  • One hill to overcome between the control centre and event location by using a 4x4 radio as a„hop“


MANet provides reliable ultra-robust communication at the scene at any time, and quick and mobile access to mission-relevant information from central databases. First responders at the scene are supplied with all the necessary information, and themselves provide up- to-date operational information from the location for all subscribers.

  • Live video transmission from the scene and even outside the pre-defined surveillance area in a difficult historical urban environment

  • Robust and reliable data transmission despite about 10.000 cell phones in use

  • Data transmission via 2-3 hops without data reduction

  • Live video transmission during emergency cases with bi-directional communication between emergency doctor and first-aid attendant

  • Operation centre can direct a doctor exactly to an injured individual to support first responders due to the GPS-positioning

  • For future telemedicine applications smart devices can be connected easily to the IP-MESH via WIFI to document, report and live-stream data, video and audio

  • The PTZ camera provides a location overview on a video-wall with remote control capability in the operations centre and control centre.

Preventive measures often can only be taken to a certain extent. Teams can determine the situation on site and the degree of damage only locally and spontaneously.

Therefore, communication between operations centres/control centres and local teams plays a vital role in assessing situations and coordinating resources. Public communication networks and infrastructures are often corrupted or not available in such situations.


Helge Langer
-Product Specialist-
Tel: +49 (0)6721 - 4008 207
Mobile: +49 (0)6721 - 4008 0