Wuppertal, Germany (February 27, 2013)—Riedel Communications supplied audio/video signal distribution services and wireless camera solutions and for the recent 2013 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Austria.
Working with Munich-based sono Studiotechnik GmbH, which oversaw set up of the International Broadcast Center for host broadcaster ORF, Riedel installed a fiber network comprising 42 MediorNet mainframes and 60 RockNet digital audio interfaces. In addition to the signal distribution responsibilities, Riedel also introduced its new wireless RiCam POV camera system, which was integrated into the racers' goggle straps to capture live images from their perspective.
"Our goal is always to provide our customers with a competitive edge," said Thomas Riedel, founder and CEO of Riedel Communications. "Spectacular pictures are the key to achieving prime time exposure, and we're pleased that both our innovative wireless camera and our robust fiber network are helping broadcasters to make alpine skiing an even more compelling viewing experience."
During the FIS alpine event in Schladming, the Riedel fiber backbone accommodated 92 cameras, 160 HD video signals, 200 audio signals, and Ethernet and intercom in a single infrastructure. For venue communications, Riedel deployed three Artist digital matrix mainframes and a TETRA digitally trunked radio network, which were used for the TV production, the opening ceremony proceedings, and by the Audi shuttle service.
German mobile production company TVN and the Dutch event specialist Faber Audiovisuals also relied on Riedel RockNet systems during the opening ceremony.
Riedel also provided the video downlink for the helicopter camera and the wireless camera links for the two CAMCAT aerial cable systems used at the event. The company provided full support, with 20 Riedel engineers working on site during one of the largest alpine TV broadcasts of all time.