Wuppertal, Germany (May 22, 2014)—Riedel Communications provided the network backbone for global communications as well as broadcast and streaming production at the Wings for Life World Run, sponsored by Red Bull.
An extensive installation of Riedel's Artist digital matrix intercom system and MediorNet real-time media network supported race-day communications worldwide, as well as production of a television broadcast and a live streaming broadcast with updates from all 34 participating countries. RecordLab TV & Media GmbH was responsible for providing the broadcast infrastructure for the event.
"The flexibility and reliability of Riedel solutions make them an ideal fit for complex large-scale global events, such as the Wings for Life World Run," said Boris Kantzow, senior project engineer at Riedel. "Building on the Artist intercom system and MediorNet network, we were able to pull off a truly remarkable event that raised an amazing 3 million euros for spinal cord research."
Because the race format spanned 13 times zones and lacked any fixed finish lines, coordination presented an enormous logistical challenge for the 110 timekeepers and organizers. The timekeeping and satellite news gathering (SNG) operations, with some 200 cameras feeding live images of the racing action, were based at the Red Bull Ring F1 circuit in Spielberg, Austria.
The Riedel solution implemented by Red Bull included five Artist nodes deployed in a dual redundant fiber ring to provide 448 ports in a non-blocking system. Eighty control panels were spread across global race control, the outside broadcast truck, and all editing areas, with some panels connected via Riedel's MediorNet real-time media network to the SNG compound and other broadcast and social media facilities. All video and audio signals were distributed on Riedel's MediorNet system, and Riedel's CCP-1116 commentary units supported the main commentary position, as well as the radio program.
Each race site was connected to the system by two session initiation protocol VoIP lines in what was likely the largest SIP VoIP installation ever implemented for such a global event.