Rastatt, Germany (September 26, 2014)—The 17th Asian Games is using audio technology and IP networking from Lawo to broadcast the competition being held in Incheon, South Korea.
The Asian Games officially opened their doors to nearly 10,000 athletes from 45 nations with an opening ceremony on September 19, and will run through October 4. The competition includes events like basketball and athletics, as well as less familiar disciplines like wushu, sepaktakraw and dragon boat rowing.
Approximately 110 IP-based Lawo Commentary Control Units (LCU) have been deployed, connected to the Commentary Switching Center (CSC) in the International Broadcast Center (IBC) via fiber-optic connections, throughout the various venues. A full 10 Lawo mc2 consoles are being used to handle the sound mix: eight mc256 consoles in the different venues, a further mc256 in the IBC and a Lawo mc266.
A team of 22 international Lawo support technicians is present on the games site. The equipment provided by Lawo’s rental partner Audio Broadcast Services (ABS), the technical concept and onsite implementation, as well as this support service, have been provided by Lawo as a complete package.
Router links between the venues, and monitoring and scheduling of the 45 distribution channels is being controlled via Virtual Studio Management (VSM) from German company L-S-B. In total, 50 hardware panels and 10 software GUIs are ensuring that all signals reach their desired destinations.
Two more central software GUIs display the transmission schedule and status monitoring on the main monitor wall in the CDT (Contribution-Distribution-Transmission) center. The Asian Games is using eight VSM systems in Korean OB vans, the IBC and a backup OB van.