Riedel Helps Paris La Défense Arena Move Comms Signals Around

Paris La Défense Arena, a domed stadium, west of Paris itself, was looking to deploy a signal routing and communications backbone for crews and others working within its 40,000-seat arena when it chose Riedel Communications’ MediorNet real-time media network, Artist digital matrix intercom, and Bolero wireless intercom platforms.

The decentralized Riedel MediorNet backbone enables the arena to route any type of signal from any point in the stadium to any other point or points without requiring staff to reconfigure any cables. The network reduces single points of failure and creates operational efficiencies by enabling arena staff to place physical I/Os closer to where they are needed. In addition, MediorNet's integrated processing capabilities include embedding/de-embedding, frame synchronization, video/audio delays, and a test pattern generator, reducing the need for single-purpose peripheral devices.

One of only two multi-use domed stadiums in Europe, Paris La Défense Arena features moveable seating that enables it to be used for a variety of indoor sports and entertainment events at various capacities. The arena is the home venue for the French rugby union club, Racing 92, and will play host to gymnastics events for the 2024 summer games.

Left to right: Georges Da Silva, Deputy COO, Paris La Défense Aréna; Jean-Marc Poissenot, COO, Paris La Défense Aréna; Sébastien Bouton, Operations Manager, Paris La Défense Aréna.

Left to right: Georges Da Silva, Deputy COO, Paris La Défense Aréna; Jean-Marc Poissenot, COO, Paris La Défense Aréna; Sébastien Bouton, Operations Manager, Paris La Défense Aréna.

Jean-Marc Poissenot, Chief Operating Officer, Paris La Défense Arena, said that the MediorNet platform helps them handle the complexities of transporting, routing, and processing video and audio signals across the long distances spanning the arena. Plus, the combination of Artist and Bolero, with its unique Advanced DECT Receiver technology, is now delivering reliable communications that are immune to the multipath reflections that are typical in many stadium deployments.

An Artist-32 digital matrix intercom mainframe enables reliable crew communications throughout the arena. The Artist intercom supports 12 Bolero wireless beltpacks together with an RSP-2318 SmartPanel in the control room. With its integrated mic and speaker, each Bolero beltpack can also be operated as a wireless keypanel or as a walkie-talkie radio.

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