Riedel Communications announced today that the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) has installed a fixed routing and signal communication network based on Riedel‘s MediorNet real-time signal processing and transport technology, and Artist digital matrix intercom mainframe. Relying on Riedel solutions for more than a decade, the AELTC has continued to expand its Riedel infrastructure, with the 2021 Wimbledon Championships marking the largest deployment ever to the prestigious tournament grounds.
As the oldest tennis tournament in the world, the Championships have been hosted by the AELTC since 1877 and are one of four Grand Slam tournaments in professional tennis. For the 2021 tournament, the MediorNet / Artist solution facilitated remote audio mixing to support communications between review officials and referees, statisticians, safety, security, audio and production teams as well as video feeds to assist the audio team with distribution of press and remote feeds. functioning of all courts. While the core network remains in place year round at AELTC, Riedel Managed Technology was brought in to provide the additional panels, nodes and other equipment needed to support the tournaments on 18 different grounds over the 14 days of Wimbledon. .
“Wimbledon is steeped in tradition, but we are certainly not left out. We are always looking to stay at the forefront of technology and apply the latest innovations to make the championships the best they can be ”, said Brew – James henry breward, audio and communications specialist, AELTC. “We know we can count on Riedel equipment to provide transparent and reliable communications with fantastic sound quality when it really matters, such as when resolving questionable review calls. And with all the extra gear arriving quickly for the championships, we absolutely depend on Riedel’s Managed Technology division to help us meet our tight deadlines. Their expert service and support, along with their ability to access additional equipment as needed at any time, make them invaluable partners in our early preparation for Wimbledon. “
Riedel’s permanent installation at AELTC consists of a Artist-64 intercom node and a handful of 2,300 SmartPanels to support security and audio teams year round.
Looking ahead to the 2021 Wimbledon tournament, Technology managed by Riedel division extended the fixed infrastructure with a wide range of additional Artist and MediorNet equipment, including MediorNet MicroN high-density media distribution network devices, approximately 120 intercom panels, and Bolero, providing coverage over a large part of the terrain. With their ability to be deployed in unlimited configurations, Modular MicroNs have proven to be useful especially in the main control room of AELTC, the nerve center for all audio signals, where the signals from the 18 courts meet, the big screen production and countless local mixes. .
Additional MicroNs configured with the Riedel MultiViewer app were located in the rack room at Central Court PA. This allowed the main control production team to mix audio signals from up to 36 SDI broadcasts and artist MADI streams, home audio, 4-wire OB communications, and program streams. . The audio meters on the MicroN multiviewers have been customized to display each referee’s microphone on the left side and the signal sent to the short side PA on the right, while the UMD displays the state of the referee’s microphone switch. .
Infusion added, “SmartPanels are extremely robust and yet easy to use, which our production teams really appreciate. Even people who have never used the key panels (not all tennis events are able to offer this level of technological support) can instantly integrate them into their workflows. It’s a really smart way to work.