Amsterdam, Netherlands (September 8, 2004)–Following a full year of planning and preparation, Riedel Communications, GmbH, known for pioneering advanced intercom technology in the broadcast industry, supplied approximately one dozen organizations and equipped approximately 40 locations with 50 tons of communications equipment during the Summer Games 2004 in Athens, Greece.
Topping the list of Riedel customers was the Olympic Committee of Greece (ATHOC), and the host broadcaster of the Games, Athens Olympics Broadcast (AOB). Thomas Riedel, the company’s founder, and his team of more than 100 engineers equipped locations in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Olympia and Kreta with intercom systems that served all events.
In all, the Riedel teams used 80 matrix systems, more than 2,000 digital intercom control panels, 3,000 digital and 1,000 analog radio transmitters, 200 RiFace radio interfaces, 5,500 headsets and more than 125 miles of cables and fiber. During all competitions service-teams stood stand-by to provide spare-units in the case of failure.
The ATHOC charged Riedel with the responsibility for all sports-related communications. At the events, Riedel Artist S Matrix-systems enabled up to 1,200 participants to connect with each other simultaneously. Referees, timekeepers and venue assistants communicated via approximately 1,000 digital beltpack C2s–introduced officially at the IBC in Amsterdam but successfully tested under real conditions in Greece. The robust and ergonomically shaped beltpack is completely noise-free, has broadcast quality audio and is unique in its ability to provide a fully integrated solution for combined matrix and party line-style intercom setups.
“Our new C2s enable our customers to communicate in a manner similar to analogue party-line systems, including daisy-chaining and power-supply over cabling. Additionally we’re able to offer all advantages of digital matrix systems such as flexible routing,” says Thomas Riedel, managing director of Riedel Communications GmbH.
Riedel Communications GmbH