Riedel Communications equipment provided the communications and signal management capabilities for the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour stop at Madrid on 10 July. The Red Bull production team used Riedel’s Artist digital matrix intercom systems and MediorNet real-time signal distribution and management platform to produce and bring the live freestyle motocross motorbike stunt competition to the world.
The fibre-based Riedel Artist digital intercom system provides a decentralised infrastructure for live audio and intercom applications, allowing the Red Bull X-Fighters’ production team to establish and maintain complete coverage with distances of up to 500m between two nodes. In Las Ventas, the Riedel Artist digital intercom system ensured that the entire production staff, as well as security, medical, and technical operations, were in constant contact via 80 Motorola DP4400 radios. Riedel’s Performer Digital Partyline system was also used to ensure communication between the judges and scorers.
Fans unable to attend the competition in Las Ventas were able to watch the event live on numerous TV stations around the world, on Red Bull TV, or on the big screens of Callao City Lights in Madrid. Production of these signals, and the images that were shown on giant LED screens installed on site, were provided by German OB provider TVN. The MediorNet fibre network deployed on site by Riedel staff was used not only for transport of video signals to the LED screens in the arena but also to receive video from a CableCam that ‘flew’ over the ring and a Steadicam that collected images on the ground.
“Since its inception in 2001, Red Bull has depended upon Riedel technology to ensure the highest quality in communications and signal distribution,” said Bernhard Brandner, head of technical services at Riedel Communications Austria. “The competition in Las Ventas was as phenomenal as ever, and we’re proud that our Artist and MediorNet systems helped to make the event another raging success for the Red Bull X-Fighters team.”