Cleveland, OH (June 11, 2019)—A Telos Infinity matrix-free IP intercom system tied together the stages and the production center at this year’s Lollapalooza Brazil in São Paolo for broadcaster Globosat.
Globosat, a division of Rede Globo, the largest broadcaster in Latin America, turned to New York Digital to provide a communications system for the event, which took place April 5-7. Danny Littwin, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning director of New York Digital worked closely with Globosat’s lead engineer, Fabio Costa de Almeida, and with The Telos Alliance and Visom Digital, the manufacturer’s authorized reseller for Infinity IP Intercom in Brazil, to interface between various and disparate systems, pulling together communication sources from across the entire event into the Infinity ecosystem.
“It was necessary to have something that would take up very little physical space and be able to be controlled remotely and changed instantaneously,” says Littwin. He reportedly chose Infinity for its matrix-free design, giving the event’s producers more flexibility to add expansion panels easily and on the fly while taking up less space in the truck.
“While matrix technology does let you make changes remotely, the fact is that you have to have a lot of physical space for its rack, plus all the peripherals. In the case of Infinity, we had only one rack unit worth of equipment, including a half-rack Axia xSwitch and a half-rack Telos Alliance Mixed Signal xNode. This was the only equipment that needed to stay in the van, everything else was remoted to other places,” says Littwin.
The Infinity system was set up with partylines for both Lollapalooza’s on-air directors and producers, allowing them to communicate clearly and instantaneously with any one of the event’s stages. “Even in 120-degree heat inside the truck, there were absolutely no difficulties in communication, which speaks to the resiliency of the Infinity equipment,” he says.
Littwin had to leave the event to attend the NAB Show but provided training before he left. One frequent question was how to attach an expansion panel, he reports. His answer: “You simply take a cable, plug it into the switch, plug it into the head, allow a few seconds for the new piece of equipment to be recognized, and you’re ready to go.”