Baku, Azerbaijan (June 20, 2021)—German broadcast production company Brainpool TV, on behalf of Ictimai TV, used an extensive installation from Riedel Communications to broadcast the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) broadcast live to 100 million spectators worldwide. An additional challenge this year was the erection of the Baku Crystal Hall Arena, which hosted the event, and which was built in only seven months, beginning in September, 2011. This meant that the technological infrastructure for the ESC was set up alongside the construction work.
As in previous years, ESC organizers used a media network infrastructure from Riedel Communications to distribute the event's video, audio and communications signals. At the heart of the installation was Riedel's fiber-based, real-time network MediorNet, which transported the majority of the event's signals. Forty HD and SD video signals were distributed within the arena, amongst them the broadcast feed and the signals for the on-site video walls and monitors. Since MediorNet allows the transport of different signal types over a single infrastructure, it significantly reduced set up effort.
Riedel was responsible for five wireless video camera systems, and also provided the communications infrastructure for the ESC. Riedel furnished a system combining Artist Digital Matrix Intercom with digital trunked radios (TETRA) and professional analog radios. A total of 13 Artist 128 and Artist 64 mainframes were used as well as 82 Artist control panels. Nearly 900 Artist ports were available via the intercom matrix. Riedel additionally equipped 25 commentator booths. More than 600 analog and digital trunked (TETRA) professional mobile radios completed the communications infrastructure.
To distribute the live audio signals at the event, rental provider Cape Cross used a Riedel RockNet digital audio network installation. A total of four interface cards for digital Yamaha mixing consoles, 12 analog input and 17 analog output modules, as well as RockNet fiber converters distributed the audio signals between the splitterworld, FOH and the PA.