German public broadcasting network ZDF employed a fiber-based MediorNet system from Riedel Communications to connect its DSNG and the main OB truck during coverage of this year’s Tour de France, which concluded with victory for Australian Cadel Evans earlier this month.
A Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system enabled communications between the various OB vehicles that were used for broadcast. In addition, a number of racing teams, such as Team RadioShack, used Riedel brand NanoTalk for communications between riders, technicians and team captains.
A total of eight vehicles from the national public broadcasting networks ZDF and ARD worked together for the three weeks of ‘Le Tour’. ZDF provided a MediorNet solution that enabled the integration of an EVS operator in the SNG with the EVS SDTI network in the OB truck. This link connected the broadcast feed between the principle OB truck and the ZDF DSNG.
A Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom provided the communications infrastructure interconnecting nearly all trucks and SNGs in ZDF/ARD’s OB truck fleet deployed for Le Tour. A total of three Artist mainframes (one Artist 128 and two Artist 32s) were installed together with 32 Riedel Artist control panels.
“Riedel MediorNet simplifies our work at the Tour significantly,” commented Matthias Kampen, technical director at ZDF. “The amount of effort needed to set up the cabling infrastructure is drastically reduced. Previously there needed to be an extra system for the EVS integration; now all signals run on just one link. In addition, MediorNet handles the distribution of the ZDF Ethernet network, which also made the whole setup a lot faster and easier.”
In addition to the MediorNet and Artist digital matrix intercom installation, approximately 50 NanoTalk ultra-compact radios were utilised by various teams during the event. Thor Hushovd, Andreas Klöden and Tyler Farrar were among the riders to make use of the 43 gram (1.5 oz) radios.
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