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Riedel Group Delivers Race Car Solution

New media distribution solution rolled out at German Touring Car Masters.

Wuppertal, Germany (August 2, 2018)—Riedel Communications and PIDSO have rolled out their first joint project, a media distribution solution for the DTM (formerly known as Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters or German Touring Car Masters), just a few months after forging their partnership.

The two companies have designed and installed a broadband audio communications system for DTM that integrates advanced technology from PIDSO, a Vienna-based manufacturer of antennas and antenna systems and part of Riedel Group, with Riedel’s MediorNet real-time network. MediorNet is providing a real-time media distribution backbone at DTM for all TV production units, the IT production infrastructure, race control, car manufacturers’ hospitality areas and racetrack video walls.

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Based on specialized IP radio technology, the new broadband audio system enables radio communications from all vehicles. This solution with an integrated wireless data transmission system, specially developed by Riedel, requires special antennas for radio transmission and reception. The data is then converted and transmitted via the MediorNet backbone.

“It’s great to see this first outstanding result of our partnership with Riedel. The ability to hear drivers’ comments clearly brings even greater excitement to television viewers; one recent example is the emotional outburst of Timo Glock after the second race in Hockenheim,” said Christoph Kienmayer, founder and managing director of PIDSO.

The system is supported by monopole blade antennas for wireless transmission, designed and developed by Riedel and PIDSO. Riedel and PIDSO conducted preliminary research and vehicle simulations to determine the positioning of the blade antennas, enabling them to operate with all other race systems, such as GPS, video and garage radio.

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Further Riedel solutions at DTM include HD mini cameras; wireless video, audio, and data transmission from the race cars; radio communications and intercom for communications among race control, racing teams, and drivers; and timekeeping.

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