Riedel Returns To Support Edinburgh’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

At the close of every year, Edinburgh, Scotland hosts its spectacular New Year’s Eve Hogmanay celebration on Dec. 31. Billed as one of the world’s largest such celebrations, this year’s Hogmanay 19 culminated in a giant street party with international, U.K., and Scottish performers and a huge midnight fireworks display.

This year, for the first time in its history, the festival was live-streamed to Facebook, YouTube, and the Hogmanay website. Produced by Underbelly, a U.K.-based live entertainment production company, the multicamera webcast allowed viewers anywhere in the world to enjoy the entire 5.5-hour event from their phones, tablets, or laptops.

To keep crews connected, Riedel Communications supplied a signal transport and communications backbone made up of its MediorNet platform. The system provided real-time transport, processing, and routing for all video and audio signals and also supported onsite IP-based systems such as CCTV, Internet access, and weather monitoring. Riedel's Artist digital matrix intercom system and Bolero wireless intercom were tightly integrated with MediorNet to ensure clear and reliable communications for the production crew across five stages.

David Watson, Production Director at Underbelly, said that his company has installed a city center-wide Riedel network since it first produced Hogmanay in 2017.

Riedel's MediorNet formed a massive signal transport communications backbone for Hogmanay19, with 16 MediorNet Compact Pro stage boxes deployed at sites throughout Edinburgh.

Riedel's MediorNet formed a massive signal transport communications backbone for Hogmanay19, with 16 MediorNet Compact Pro stage boxes deployed at sites throughout Edinburgh.

“Over the three years, we have significantly increased the utilization of the system and it has now become an essential and integral part of the event,” he said. “The network facilitates not only the creatively world class show but is also essential for the crowd safety management and operational success of the event.”

The onsite configuration and event logistics were handled by James Mitchelmore (Direct Control UK), Ed Lawlor (Visual Certainty), supported by an on-site Riedel team.

Operating over ten kilometers of fiber-optic cabling, Riedel's MediorNet formed a massive signal transport communications backbone for Hogmanay19, with 16 MediorNet Compact Pro stage boxes deployed at sites throughout Edinburgh. The network was anchored by a MetroN core router, with additional MediorNet MicroN high-density media distribution network devices enabling many different modular configurations.

In addition to audio distribution for all stages and video distribution to all big screens, MediorNet provided an IP tunnel to facilitate CCTV, Internet access, weather monitoring, power monitoring, and lighting control. To facilitate crew communications, two Artist-64 digital matrix intercom systems supported 33 Artist panels and 35 Bolero wireless belt packs, with intercom signals provided by 19 Bolero antennas.

"Having been initially tasked to design a site-wide network to encompass all audio, video, and data signals, we identified MediorNet as a strong solution,” said Ed Lawlor, Director, Visual Certainty. “After auditioning the system we found it to be the perfect fit to not only handle the audio and video components but also support the extensive IP elements we deploy alongside. Communications then became a requirement and Artist was the obvious companion, especially with the possibility to integrate the powerful Bolero system."

He added that the on-camera talent made use of Bolero for in-ear monitoring, with their mix sourced from OB sound as normal, but distributed via the event AES67 network.

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