Equipment from Riedel Communications is enabling flexible signal transport and communications for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season that began on 28 February in Abu Dhabi. The series continued on to Rovinj, Croatia on 12 April and then to Putrajaya, Malaysia on 18 May, and makes several more stops before finishing in China in November.
For the first three races, Riedel’s solution supported wired and wireless communications among more than 300 people involved in the race, and facilitated distribution of video and audio for production of the live show, international broadcast and web stream.
During each race of the Championship, pilots navigate an aerial racetrack featuring air-filled pylons in the fastest possible time, incurring as few penalties as possible. Riedel engineers built a signal distribution infrastructure for video, audio, communications, and data with the MediorNet realtime media network comprising seven MediorNet Compact frames and three MediorNet Modular frames.
Technicians interfaced audio signals via MADI and Riedel's RockNet digital audio network solution in combination with MediorNet to integrate the event's main mixing console, located in the OB van that provided the big-screen mix for the live audience. Riedel also supplied the wireless video links and HD cameras for the racing planes' onboard cameras. A Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom served as the event communications infrastructure.
"Riedel often works at the cutting edge of live sports and entertainment productions, where clear communication and reliable, flexible signal transport are essential to a safe, successful, and exciting event," commented Yungmin Lee, project manager at Riedel Communications.