Riedel Communications succeeded in reducing the signal-distribution infrastructure supporting the Red Bull Air Race World Championships, by deploying the new MetroN core router along with its MediorNet real-time media. Throughout the season, this new solution enabled Riedel to reduce the required hardware by 75 per cent while increasing available bandwidth.
Providing a 640GB of real-time signal-routing in just 2 RU, Riedel's MediorNet MetroN fibre router enables users to configure robust and highly redundant MediorNet installations using less hardware and cabling.
During the air races, pilots navigate an aerial racetrack featuring air-filled pylons in the fastest possible time, incurring as few penalties as possible. Each of the 14 race planes is equipped with two HD cameras, one at the aircraft's tail and one in the cockpit, that are remotely controlled from the ground. Video is delivered to the ground along with aircraft telemetry via a Riedel RF link, and these video signals and data are then passed to race control, the individual teams, and TVN Mobile Productions, partner to broadcaster EURO TV, via the MediorNet network, which also facilitates distribution of video captured by additional cameras on the ground.
"As a pilot, the most exciting part of flying in the Red Bull Air Races is the fact that we are flying against the clock. This makes for fun competition with the other pilots, and we always know where we stand," said Master Class Pilot Yoshihide Muroya from Team Falken. "With the amazing images from the on-board cameras, viewers can see and understand exactly what is going on in the cockpit. The on-board cameras are a vital part of creating an exciting race atmosphere and a unique experience for the spectators. We are working very hard when we're up there, and the effects of the G-forces are very evident."
The MetroN moves all of the HD signals for the broadcast master control room, on-site video walls, and race control. Because IT data is tunnelled through these MetroN systems, Riedel is able to provide the IT backbone for each event without adding a single piece of cable. To integrate the event’s main mixing console, Riedel technicians interfaced audio signals via MADI through Riedel's RockNet digital audio network solution in combination with MediorNet.
Riedel's Artist digital matrix intercom system facilitates all communications for the event's production teams. With the Artist serving as the communications backbone, Riedel's Juggler integrates a trunked TETRA radio installation with more than 500 hand-held digital radios, many of which support emergency services and both race and flight operations.
"The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is a visual spectacle featuring the world's most exceptional pilots competing in races across the globe. We're proud that for each championship event, Riedel solutions play a central role not only in facilitating live production and broadcast, but also in ensuring the safety of pilots and spectators," said Yung Min Lee, project manager for global events at Riedel Communications.