Riedel MetroN Streamlines Signal Distribution for 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship

Deploying the new MetroN core router along with its MediorNet real-time media network, Riedel Communications 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.

RiedelProviding a massive 640 gigabytes of real-time signal-routing in just 2 RU, Riedel’s MediorNet MetroN fiber router enables users to configure robust and highly redundant MediorNet installations using less hardware and cabling. The addition of this fiber 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 — 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 tunneled 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, and the company’s wireless products meet the communication needs of race stewards, directors, and judges. With the Artist serving as the communications backbone, Riedel’s Juggler seamlessly 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 Riedel RiFace interface supports the integration and use of analog radios as well. For races where the Challenger class’ airports are not located near the host airport — such as in Spielberg, Austria — Riedel’s STX-200 professional Skype® interface makes it easy and cost-effective to maintain streaming video and communications between each pilot and their support team.

“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.

Broadcast India Show: Riedel Demos Latest Line to Indian Broadcast Market
Riedel Communications is set to hit Broadcast India Show 2015 (Oct. 15-17, Mumbai) to demonstrate its latest product line to the Indian broadcast market. Riedel (Stand C325) is be showing MediorNet MicroN, the Tango TNG-200, the STX-200 professional broadcast-grade interface, and more.

“The Indian broadcast market continues to be an important part of our global plan,” says Christian Bockskopf, Head of Marketing at Riedel Communications. “Products like the MediorNet MicroN, Tango, and the STX-200 are ideal solutions for broadcasters looking to expand their capabilities through increased bandwidth and a reduction in overall system complexity. Stop by stand C325 to learn more.”

MediorNet MicroN
MicroN is an 80G media distribution network device for Riedel’s MediorNet line of media transport and management solutions. Working seamlessly with the MediorNet MetroN core fiber router, MicroN is a high-density signal interface with a complete array of audio, video, and data inputs and outputs, including 24 SD/HD/3G-SDI I/Os, two MADI optical digital audio ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, two sync reference I/Os, and eight 10Gb MediorNet high-speed links. MicroN is available as a fully networked MediorNet device, as well as in a point-to-point edition at a very competitive price point.

Tango TNG-200 Fully Networked Platform Supporting RAVENNA/AES67 and AVB
The Tango TNG-200 represents Riedel’s first network-based platform supporting RAVENNA/AES67 and AVB standards. With its own dedicated intercom application, the platform can be turned into a flexible, cutting-edge solution for a variety of communications scenarios. The unit itself is equipped with a high-resolution, full-color TFT display that ensures perfect readability at all times. Intuitive front-panel controls simplify the recall of presets and adjustment of audio levels. Along with powerful processing capabilities, the Tango TNG-200 features two integrated Riedel digital partylines, two RAVENNA/AES67- and AVB-compatible ports, two Ethernet ports, one option slot, and redundant power supplies.

The dedicated intercom application, “My First Riedel,” turns the Tango platform into an efficient intercom system that users can tailor according to their needs. The asymmetric 40 x 80 matrix size is another Riedel innovation, allowing for standard premium-quality stereo audio connections to panels.

STX-200 Professional Broadcast-Grade Interface
Riedel’s STX-200 professional broadcast-grade interface brings any Skype user worldwide into the professional broadcast environment. Licensed by Microsoft, the new Riedel product meets broadcasters’ increasing need for a reliable single-box solution that enables them to bring live contributions from both reporters and viewers into live programming — all while avoiding typical problems such as consumer PCs running common Skype clients, the need to add scan and HDMI-to-SDI converters, or audio dropouts and menu pop-ups on the live feed. Serving as more than a stand-alone solution, Riedel’s STX-200 integrates Skype into the intercom solution to enable even more powerful, flexible applications and workflows. The 1-RU box offers broadcast-quality HD-SDI and balanced XLR audio I/Os and is packaged with professional Microsoft Skype TX software. The solution’s broad feature set includes remote management and monitoring of Skype calls.