Barcelona, Spain (October 29, 2009)–Riedel Communications was the official global supplier of the communications and signal distribution solutions for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship for the sixth year in a row.
Riedel Communications’ solutions integrated both HD video and audio signals as well as wireless and wired digital intercom systems. Additionally, Riedel supplied the wireless video links for the race planes’ onboard cameras, enabling stunning pictures to be delivered from the pilots’ perspectives.
Riedel also provided the most appropriate IT infrastructure for all the races, including internet access, VoIP telephone, network infrastructure with servers and firewalls and a media center for journalists.
The signal distribution infrastructure for video, audio, communications and data of such a production plays a key role, since it directly affects all other areas of the production. Since the 2009 season this infrastructure has been based on Riedel MediorNet, a new fiber signal transport solution that includes routing and signal processing. MediorNet’s network approach, which is capable of point-to-point and multipoint routing, delivered camera signals to both the German production company SIVision, with its new 26-camera HD truck, and the video production for the events video wall production.
The fiber-optic signal backbone of the event was based on seven MediorNet nodes, which transported all intercom, HD video and audio signals uncompressed in real-time. Audio signals were interfaced via MADI and Riedel’s RockNet digital audio network solution. This allowed the integration of the event’s main Yamaha audio mixing console, which provided the mix for the live audience. The events communications infrastructure was based on an Artist Digital Matrix Intercom network consisting of seven nodes connected via a dual redundant fiber ring. The seven frames were located in the air race control tower, the TV compound, the organization compound and at the race airport.
Britain’s Paul Bonhomme won the 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the final race of the season in Barcelona in front of a record crowd of 800,000 spectators, holding off a challenge from defending champion Hannes Arch of Austria.