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Bolero and MediorNet make life simple

The new Bolero wireless intercom system and MediorNet real-time network from Riedel Communications played a key role in crew communications for the Hillsong Conference, a spiritual gathering of more than 22,000 attendees that took place earlier this year at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. Riedel is talking about the project at IBC.

With 55 Bolero belt packs distributed to production team members throughout the arena and backstage, the Hillsong Conference marked the world’s largest Bolero deployment to date, said Riedel. In addition, 40 MediorNet nodes provided the integrated audio, video and data communications backbone for all production spaces.

Up and running only five hours after the truck doors opened, the MediorNet network transported, routed and processed every live and broadcast video signal from cameras to screens, with routing capacity of more than 1,000Gbps over 14 multicore fibre cables.

The entire backbone was centrally monitored and controlled by the Riedel team.

For intercom, the team deployed more than 200 Artist digital matrix ports for Bolero beltpacks, Riedel 1100 series panels and SmartPanel control panels. Thanks to Bolero’s proprietary Advanced DECT Receiver (ADR), communications for the entire main arena were easily handled from a single antenna location.

Ricki Cook, head of audio, Hillsong, said: “Bolero has reassured my confidence in wireless comms, as no other product on the market has performed to the level that Bolero did during Hillsong Conference.

Deciding to use MediorNet as the abstraction layer and backbone interface between all companies and departments involved meant any changes to routing between audio, communications and vision was quick and easy.”