RIEDEL AT RED BULL AIR RACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Deploying the new MetroN core router along with its MediorNet real-time media network, Riedel Communications radically reduced the signal-distribution infrastructure required to support the Red Bull Air Race World Championships. Throughout the season, this new solution enabled Riedel to reduce the required hardware by 75 percent while increasing available bandwidth.
Providing a massive 640 gigabytes 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. The addition of this fibre router to the MediorNet systems typically implemented for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship facilitates the transport of large volumes of high-bandwidth signals without compromising the flexibility of the network.
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 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 via the MediorNet network, which also facilitates distribution of video captured by additional cameras on the ground.
“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,” said Master Class Pilot Yoshihide Muroya from Team Falken.
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.