MOSCOW, AUGUST 22, 2017 – When eight of the world’s best soccer teams went to Russia for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Alexander Knatz, audio engineer for TV Skyline, was pitch-side at Moscow’s Otkritie Arena to ensure seamless IFB coverage of the venue’s matches for the two-week long tournament. Knatz relied on a selection of equipment from Wisycom, designer and builder of the most sophisticated RF solutions for broadcast, film and live production, to provide a complete RF-over-fiber system for seamless communications during the event.
The FIFA Confederations Cup is an international association football tournament for national teams, currently held every four years by FIFA. It is contested by the holders of each of the six regional championships, including UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC, OFC, along with the current FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation. TV Skyline was onsite as the only German OB company involved in the event, with its “Ü7” OB van.
All staff members using Wisycom, including floor managers, wireless camera operators and directors, were able to walk throughout the entire stadium and hear their cues without interference. The complete RF-over-fiber system included Wisycom’s MFL Wideband Optical Link, CSI16T Passive Wideband Combiner and MTK 952N Dual Transmitter. With the MFL system, all its users were easily able to tune into one frequency no matter their location, allowing them to go virtually anywhere in the arena without reception problems.
“The Wisycom gear we used provided better sound and coverage, flawless fiber connection and wider distribution than anything we have used in the past,” says Knatz. “The seamless area coverage for Wisycom’s IFB’s is unrivaled. The Wisycom solutions keep all IFB transmitters powered up and ready to go, so we are never waiting on the gear.”
Since being introduced to Wisycom, Knatz has relied on the company exclusively for his RF needs. “With its amazing RF performance and range, there is no reason to use anything else,” adds Knatz. “Combine that with Wisycom’s excellent, friendly and fast customer service responses and it’s easy to see why we only use Wisycom products for wireless applications.”
Wisycom is a designer and builder of the most sophisticated RF solutions for broadcast, film and live production, renowned for their durability, flexibility, reliability, practicality and cost-effective price points. Wisycom’s design process is driven by attention to detail, customer feedback and ultimate quality, from the selection of components to the manufacturing process, which takes place at the company’s Italian plants. The company prides itself on serving as a technical advisor and partner to every customer. From custom design to evaluation and dimensioning of systems, the Wisycom team stands by its customers through every step of the process. For more information, please visit www.wisycom.com.