ESPN provided coverage of The British Open Championship this year, enlisting the help of London-based IMG Sport Video Archive and CTV Outside Broadcasts – who for the first time deployed RTS’ OMNEO network technology in its 10 OB trucks. “I have worked on a large number of major productions but this was one of the most complex,” said Hamish Greig, CTV’s director of engineering. “We were extremely impressed by the RTS+OMNEO combination. It provides a networking technology ideal for events like the Open Championship, offering as it does not only programme transport but also system control at the same time, and it gave us the further advantage of being able to operate the keypanels in a remote session.” The nerve centre of the CTV Outside Broadcasts communications system at Muirfield was an ADAM full-sized modular matrix intercom in a 128 configuration. Located in OB9, this matrix – with a capacity of up to 464 ports – is the flagship of the RTS matrix range. The keypanels from RTS were linked using OMNEO network technology. They included representatives of the KP-32-CLD, KP-32 and KP-12-CLD series. The communication between the matrix and the keypanels was implemented using an RTS OMI card in the ADAM matrix as well as six RTS OKI cards in the keypanels. “The added flexibility and configuration options that OMNEO contributed were of decisive importance during this event,” said Greig. “Take for example the keypanels: thanks to OMNEO, we were able to connect up to 20 keypanels in series. We were able to integrate each of them using fiber optics and Ethernet – via RJ45 connections – into the system. It worked perfectly and brought huge gains over previous years. The combination of equipment from RTS and OMNEO facilitated to an enormous extent the communications logistics.” www.telex.com
RG Jones and VDC rally for Wimbledon Tennis Championships
This years Wimbledon Tennis Championships relied on sound engineering specialists RG Jones to carry audio signals from the famous old courts to the stands and beyond using several miles of VDC Trading’s Van Damme cables.