NEP Visions at Winter Games20 January 2011
IGBS, the host broadcaster of the 7th Asian Winter Games, has appointed NEP Visions to supply a broad range of outside broadcast equipment and technical crew for the event to be held in Kazakhstan.
NEP Visions will provide individually designed flypack OB systems for each of the six venues in Almaty, which will host events including alpine skiing, the biathlon, cross country skiing, ski jump and ice hockey. Housed either in existing buildings or purpose-built temporary accommodation, the extensive equipment tally includes over 100 camera channels with a mixture of Sony and Philips HD cameras, 56 large lenses and 28 EVS servers. All feeds will route back to the IGBS Media Centre in Astana, which will then provide host broadcast services to broadcasters worldwide.
The NEP Visions team will also be laying in excess of 75km of fibre and Triax camera cable, in order to cover the ski event routes with multiple cameras.
Dougie Fletcher, Flypack and Contract Manager, Visions, said: “We’ll be laying a staggering 70km for the alpine skiing and the cross country events alone. Considering the terrain, the expected temperatures of -20˚C and the lengths involved, this will be a remarkable feat of engineering.”
A total of 85 technical crew from NEP Visions will be travelling to Almaty from early January to set up and support the OB equipment throughout the Games. The equipment will also be used to cover the closing ceremony from the ice hockey arena.