Riedel Australia partnered with the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) to provide a fibre and radio network for the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia in November last year. The companies deployed Riedel’s MediorNet real time fibre infrastructure along with more than 200 Hytera DMR radios for the event, as well as audio, video, and communications services throughout the two-day summit.
“In planning for the G20 summit, we knew that redundancy was of the utmost importance, so Riedel’s MediorNet immediately sprang to mind,” said BCEC AV project manager Richard Saunders. “During the event, we would get requests for immediate visibility into specific areas, and MediorNet gave us access to video within seconds. Without this Riedel network, such demands would have required 15 minutes of repatching.”
In total, 37 MediorNet frames were installed throughout the BCEC, providing path and signal redundancy for the large number of HD video channels, Ethernet tunnels, and audio and comms channels used for the summit. Alongside the host broadcast services, provided by NEP Australia, Riedel’s MediorNet network enabled transport of video feeds to and from the main conference rooms, media suites, hospitality areas, security zones, and delegates’ offices. It also allowed the BCEC team to embed and de-embed any audio source to and from the video streams, so that delegates could quickly access specific languages supplied with their video feeds.
Riedel Australia also provided a site-wide digital radio solution for the BCEC and a number of other stakeholders.
“The standards required for the extreme scale of the G20 Summit and the event’s requirements for delivery of extremely sensitive pictures were handled by Riedel gear without a hitch and without any loss of quality, often at a moment’s notice,” added Saunders. “This is the kind of performance that sets Riedel’s MediorNet solution apart from any other.”
The BCEC expanded its single-mode fibre network for the event, greatly increasing its capacity. The company also purchased a number of Riedel’s MediorNet frames to use in conjunction with rented MediorNet systems during future events.