Visual Media Broadcast Spain is the first European user of new LaON GENIE intercom system – distributed throughout Europe by Broadcast Solutions

Distributed in Spain exclusively by Broadcast Solutions, the GENIE intercom system supplied to VMB comprises a base station, several repeaters, 16 beltpacks and various accessories, and will improve VMB’s production capabilities.

Visual Media Broadcast was established nine years ago in Madrid, and has since become a leading strategic partner for TV networks, production companies, advertising and market research companies, as well as universities and educational institutions across Spain. Among the first television shows Visual Media Broadcast will produce using its new LaON GENIE system, is the third season of a very popular children’s entertainment show broadcasted by Spain’s biggest Pay-TV station.

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Along with the VMB placement, Broadcast Solutions is experiencing a large demand for LaON intercom systems. Recently, Grupo ESA Sports has invested in an LT750 LaON system for use in all its sports productions in the north of Spain. During productions ESA Sports splits the system into groups (of up to five), to secure communication from the master control to all the moving cameras in a stadium/venue. In this way, a single repeater ensures broad signal coverage to connect with all wireless beltpacks.

With GENIE, six remote antennas, 60 speaker stations (1RU panels with gooseneck mics and eight direct talk buttons), 60 Ethernet beltpacks (wired beltpacks with four direct talk buttons) or 60 repeaters can all be connected to a base station using PoE and offering 128 wireless beltpack connections at the same time. Operating at 7.2kHz, GENIE’s offers excellent audio quality, and the system excels with a latency of just 23ms.

LaON’s digital wireless intercom system operates in the 5GHz UNII band, providing exceptional connection quality while avoiding interference.

 

Expanded Riedel Intercoms Take to the Ice at Lanxess Arena

As Germany’s largest multifunctional arena, with up to 20,000 seats and 83,700 square meters of usable space, the Lanxess Arena has been hosting major events of all kinds for over 20 years. Since the very beginning, the arena has also been the home of the eight-time German ice hockey champion Cologne Sharks.

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After extensive testing, Arena Management GmbH chose a decentralized Riedel comms solution based on two Artist-32 digital matrix intercom nodes, with one Artist frame in the production control room and a second one in the central technical area below the arena. This two-frame strategy allowed technicians to access an existing network infrastructure beneath the facility to create required redundancies.

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“Since its completion in 1998, the Lanxess Arena has been relying on Riedel comms. Now, this comprehensive intercom upgrade is a gift to ourselves for our 20th anniversary,” said Martin Rebiszewski, Technical Manager, Arena Management GmbH. “In terms of reliability and flexibility, the products from our neighboring city of Wuppertal really are unmatched. And, with its unparalleled scalability, the Artist infrastructure is perfect for multifunctional halls with constantly changing requirements.”

Thanks to its modular structure, the Artist ecosystem can be easily expanded to match the specific conditions of various Lanxess Arena events. The ability to effortlessly integrate rented Riedel accessories, such as SmartPanels and Bolero wireless intercoms, has been particularly valuable for larger events and productions.

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The Artist ecosystem with 23 2300-Series SmartPanels enables flexible and creative workflows for the Arena Management GmbH production team. At Cologne Sharks hockey games, the communications system not only connects production, camera, sound, and lighting staff, but also integrates referees, house announcers, and the DJ.

“Ice hockey allows for particularly spectacular staging, but it also imposes exacting demands on TV and event production. By enabling clear and reliable communications between all participants, the production team can now present the Cologne Sharks games in an even better light. With this Artist installation, the Lanxess Arena is prepared to overcome any production challenge,” said Niklas Rautenberg, Account Manager at Riedel Communications. “We are very pleased to have renewed our long-term partnership with Arena Management GmbH and are already looking forward to the next ice hockey season.”

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National Theater of Japan Upgrades Its Comms With Riedel’s Bolero and Artist Intercom Systems

Staff across the theater’s technical department relies on the Riedel system to support the production of a wide range of traditional theatrical and musical performances.

“The wireless intercoms we’ve used over the past 10 years were unstable and susceptible to radio interference and noise, so we started looking for a more reliable intercom system with greater RF robustness,” said Mr. Makoto Ishii, Deputy Manager of the Theater Technical Department at the National Theater of Japan. “After evaluating various intercom products for ease of installation, sound quality, and stable performance, we chose to invest in Riedel’s Artist and Bolero intercom systems.”

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“Since we began using the Bolero system, we have eliminated the noise and interference and used the wireless system’s flexibility to make continuous improvements to our intercom setup,” added Mr. Tatsuya Fujisawa, Sound Engineer at National Theater of Japan. “We’ve been pleased with new options the Bolero gives us, such as using our beltpack speakers as a two-way radio when that’s a preferable alternative to using headsets.”

Two Artist systems with integrated Bolero wireless intercoms ensure reliable communications in both halls, connecting technical staff with their master control rooms (MCRs). By choosing Bolero for its wireless intercom, the theater was able to reduce the number of antennas required, as well as the time and cost required to install them. The cost savings allowed for investment in an additional three beltpack units, for a total of 13.

Five Bolero beltpacks are dedicated to staff in each hall, and another three beltpacks are used by management staff in the MCR. Each beltpack boasts six channels, and staff working in either hall also can take advantage of point-to-point lines to “call” the MCR directly rather than rely on a phone, as they had in the past. “The team at the National Theater of Japan is committed to using the best technology to support its live productions, and Bolero is proving to be a great fit,” said Ms. Takako Konishi, Sales Manager at Riedel Communications Japan. “We are proud that our technology plays a vital role during the theater’s renowned presentations of traditional Japanese performing arts.”

Tasked with the preservation and promotion of Japan’s classical performing arts, the National Theater of Japan stages a wide range of performances deeply rooted in Japanese folk culture, ranging from traditional dance and dramatic performances to Buddhist chants or puppet theaters. In order to make them more accessible to contemporary audiences, these performances are gently modernized while respectfully maintaining their traditional character. By choosing a flexible and scalable solution based on Riedel’s flagship intercom systems, the National Theater of Japan has effectively streamlined and future-proofed its production processes.

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Creative Technology Invests in Future, Augmenting Rental Stock With Riedel’s Bolero Wireless Intercom

Known for its innovative application of the latest technology alongside the very best technical and operational personnel, CT APAC tested and identified the Bolero system as a critical addition to its comms solution offering.

“We worked with Bolero on a large-scale arena event just a couple of months back, so the system’s flexibility and clarity are still very fresh in our minds — and they’re great reasons to make Bolero part of our rental stock,” said Marcus Lim, General Manager, CT Singapore. “Bolero delivered an incredible user experience, and everyone was deeply impressed by the quality of the system. Communications is the backbone on which all other disciplines rely. It should be the least of our worries at event venues, and Bolero gives us valuable peace of mind and assurance in that challenging environment.”

Bolero is an expandable, full-roaming, DECT-based intercom system in the license-free 1.9 gigahertz frequency range. Fully integrated into Riedel’s Artist digital matrix intercom platform, Bolero offers a rich set of features and connectivity that can be applied three ways: as an exceptional wireless beltpack, as a wireless keypanel, and — in an industry first — as a walkie-talkie radio. Running over a standards-based AES67 IP network along with Artist frames, Bolero provides a fully integrated point-to-point intercom ecosystem with seamless roaming capabilities.

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Equipped with a high-clarity voice codec, Bolero facilitates higher speech intelligibility and more efficient use of RF spectrum, thereby supporting twice the number of beltpacks per antenna for the same audio bandwidth as other DECT-based systems. The codec has exceptional latency characteristics while being very efficient with processing power, providing excellent beltpack battery life and saving processing power for other functions.

“Creative Technology is a premier supplier of audiovisual gear to the entertainment, sports, and corporate sectors,” said Rajveer Singh, Riedel Communications General Manager, Southeast Asia. “That the company has selected our Bolero wireless intercom is a matter of great pride for us — and yet another indicator that Bolero is becoming the first choice for customers in several parts of Asia.”

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NBC Olympics Selects RTS as its Broadcast Intercom Provider

NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected RTS to provide broadcast intercom systems for its production of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

The announcement was made today by John Pastore, Director of Broadcast Communications, NBC Sports and Olympics, and Denis Castanet, Director Global Product Management, RTS.

“There are very few TV shows or live sports event productions with more overall communications complexity than an Olympic Winter Games,” said Pastore. “RTS continues to provide NBC Olympics with the comprehensive needs of our project. We are very happy to be working with their products and support, to make our coverage of the PyeongChang Games a total success.”

“We are honored that RTS continues to be NBC’s trusted brand for broadcasting the world’s largest sporting events,” said Castanet. “Our long-standing partnership with the NBC team continues to evolve with our latest innovations in intercom technology. The RTS equipment list for NBC’s Olympics coverage in PyeongChang includes OMNEO, RVON, IP Trunking, ADAM intercom matrices, and intercom panels – all working together to provide seamless communications, exceptional efficiency and flexibility for their production personnel, in studio and on site.”

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