The first ever race in the new battery-powered Formula E took place in Beijing yesterday.
As these are the greenest ever racing cars, the broadcast facilities also had to be lighter, leaner and use less power, which posed challenges for Leeds-based systems integrator FAL Systems, which was commissioned to build the system by Hayfisher Productions, with Formula E as host broadcaster, in collaboration with Aurora Media.
The seven pods designed for inter-modal transport had to be small and light – and because rail is very bad for high-frequency vibration, everything has had to be shock-mounted.
The systems centre around a customised Miranda (now Grass Valley) NV8280 hybrid router, which includes audio embedding/de-embedding and all video routing, “to save space, weight and cost,” explained Andy Unsworth, FAL technical director. It also chose Miranda multiviewers, “which integrated with the router and control system and gave us a really simple solution.”
Belden supplied all of the fibre cable for the installation and cameras, which amounted to 70 300m drums.
“The support is very good as well,” added Chris Warden, MD (pictured, right, with Unsworth). Grass Valley sent two technicians to support the event in Beijing, and to the two pre-race simulations in the UK.