Paris, France (July 26, 2011)–Riedel Communications systems at this year’s Tour de France connected OB vehicles as well as racing teams.
With locations switching almost daily, the Tour de France is a demanding televised sporting event because new locations also means setting up the technical infrastructure time and time again. A total of eight vehicles from the German national public broadcasting networks ZDF and ARD were working together for the three weeks of “Le Tour.”
ZDF, as the responsible network, furnished a MediorNet solution that enabled the integration of an EVS operator in the SNG with the EVS SDTI network in the OB truck. This link connected the broadcast feed between the main OB truck and the ZDF DSNG.
“Riedel MediorNet simplifies our work at the Tour significantly,” said Matthias Kampen, technical director at ZDF. “The amount of effort needed to set up the cabling infrastructure is drastically reduced. Previously there needed to be an extra system for the EVS integration; now all signals run on just one link. In addition, MediorNet handles the distribution of the ZDF Ethernet network, which also made the whole setup a lot faster and easier.”
A Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom provided the communications infrastructure interconnecting nearly all trucks and SNGs in ZDF/ARD’s OB truck fleet at the Tour. With one Artist 128 and two Artist 32s, a total of three Artist mainframes were installed together with 32 Riedel Artist control panels.
Besides the MediorNet and Artist digital matrix intercom installation, about 50 NanoTalk radios were used by various teams at the event. The radios are only 1.5 oz in weight, about the size of a small matchbox, and can be easily mounted to rear of the riders’ helmets. Professional riders from nine different teams, including Thor Hushovd, Andreas Klˆden and Tyler Farrar, used NanoTalk at the Tour de France.