NEP UK Broadcast Services, in partnership with Fletcher Group, has won a three-year contract to install a robotic camera system at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (aka Wimbledon).
The camera system will be used to provide coverage of seven of the outside courts, meaning every court at the Championships will be covered for the first time.
NEP UK already provides technical Host Broadcast Services, including 11-manned camera courts. It will now work with Fletcher Group to implement its new TRACE tracking system. The new system is based on the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensing method, "picking up points of fine detail on each player for tracking, which ultimately can create track control to multiple camera heads."
NEP UK will also work with SimplyLive to make use of its ViBox system for both switching and replays.
Paul Davies, head of broadcast & production at AELTC said: “This year’s Championships will see a major step change with the in-house delivery of the host production under ‘Wimbledon Broadcast Services’. Central to this was the commitment to deliver televised output of all 18 courts and with the NEP/Fletcher remote camera system we have found an exciting and innovative solution to deliver robotic coverage of seven of our outside courts”.
Richard Lancaster, technical project manager, NEP UK, added: “NEP UK is dedicated to making sure we deliver a pioneering integrated solution with one point of contact and responsibility to the AELTC, plus guaranteeing that management of the system is fully achieved from end-to-end.”