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NEP employs custom IP flypack, remote solutions, augmented reality to drive Extreme E broadcast

A custom IP flypack was used to connect the race location directly to NEP's new centralised production facility in Soho via satellite

For the first race in the new Extreme E all-electric off road racing series, NEP worked with host broadcaster Aurora Media Worldwide and North One to create a sustainable broadcast solution that brought the event to viewers in 180 countries around the globe.

NEP’s complete end-to-end broadcast package includes a custom IP flypack, remote production solutions, crewing, satellite and fibre connectivity, edit, ingest, Augmented Reality (AR), graphics, and specialty cameras.

A custom IP flypack was used to connect the race location directly to NEP’s new centralised production facility in Soho via satellite, where the production team handled record, replay, edit, audio mixing,  vision mixing and playout without needing to travel to the location. Additionally, specialty augmented reality (AR) and graphics were handled real time by NEP’s AR/GFX team at their production hub in Hilversum.

NEP’s team in The Netherlands developed several cutting-edge AR and graphics solutions for the  broadcast production provided by Aurora and North One.

The production also combined advanced drone and AR technologies to develop a solution for live mapping and overlays of the course that linked back to Hilversum and were made available to the production team in London. 

The broadcast package will be used by Aurora and North One at races in Senegal, Greenland, Brazil and Patagonia as the series continues.

“What we have created is not only at the very cutting edge of technology, but it also delivers from some of the world’s harshest environments – all during Covid,” said Brian Clark, director of sales for NEP Major Events. “There were certainly a lot of challenges to overcome, but the result is just fantastic.”