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Memphis Grizzlies Grab Riedel Comms

A video control room revamp led to using Bolero and Artist systems throughout FedExForum.

Memphis, TN (May 18, 2018)—The NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies have started using Riedel Communications’ Bolero wireless intercom system, providing AES67-based communications for the Grizzlies’ broadcast operations and in-venue productions at Memphis’ FedExForum.

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Comprehensive Technical Group (CTG), an Atlanta-based systems integrator spec’d Riedel’s Bolero, Artist digital matrix intercom and SmartPanel user interfaces as part of a large-scale upgrade and modernization of the FedExForum video control room.

The Riedel gear forms the communications hub for a new converged platform in the FedExForum that drives live video and audio for broadcast, LED presentations, and AV-based marketing programs.

“During the initial planning stages, it was decided that a standards-based AES67 IP network would be the best solution for distributing antennas throughout the facility,” said Josh Shibler, vice president, CTG.

Three decentralized Bolero antennas located at strategic points in the building connect to AES67-compliant IP switches and then to an Artist matrix intercom frame equipped with AES67 client cards.—allowing wireless roaming across the entire arena and the control room for six Bolero beltpacks.

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With this antenna configuration, up to 24 additional beltpacks can be supported without further investments in antennas. Also benefitting from AES67 connectivity, 13 wired rack-mount SmartPanels and five desktop Smartpanels are used as intercom keypanels.

Comprehensive Technical Group •

Riedel Communications North America •