Riedel Provides Comms, Broadcasting, And Event IT Support For European Championships Munich 2022

Riedel Communications provided the Munich 2022 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) with communications, broadcasting, and event IT support for the European Championships 2022, which took place August 11-21 in Munich, Germany.

Riedel technicians laid more than 1,600 km of fiber to establish a robust network infrastructure for the event, while the company’s MediorNet distributed AV platform delivered signal routing and processing and its Artist digital matrix and Bolero wireless intercom systems provided reliable communications for production crews.

Bringing together the existing championships of Europe’s leading sports into one multi-sport event — the largest to take place in Germany since the 1972 Summer Olympics — the European Championships featured more than 4000 athletes from 50 countries competing in 175 medal events across nine Olympic sports. The 11-day event — for which the LOC served as the host broadcaster — was held at the Olympic Park in Munich, in addition to other locations throughout the city, including the Königsplatz and Odeonsplatz.

At the Olympic Park, Riedel distributed three 10Gbit internet lines to production, media/press, and commentary areas, while providing a WLAN with over 300 access points. For production crew communications, the company installed an Artist digital matrix intercom network consisting of 10 Artist-64 and 11 Artist-1024 intercom nodes, with 450 SmartPanels for control located throughout various control rooms. The Artist platform integrated seamlessly with Riedel’s Bolero wireless intercom system, which consisted of over 400 Bolero wireless beltpacks and 168 antennas in the event and host production areas. In addition, 2,500 radios were used in the production, which Riedel supported by installing nine TETRA radio systems.

Riedel’s MediorNet installation was the heart of signal distribution for the European Championships. The system consisted of over 250 nodes including MicroN and MicroN UHD devices, in addition to 11 VirtU frames for media signal processing and SDI-to-IP conversion. Centrally controlled from the Technical Operation Center (TOC), the system was used to supply rights holders in the International Broadcast Center (IBC) and Olympic Park venues with signals. In addition, unilateral signals and host lines were transmitted to external venues, which were redundantly connected via Dark Fiber. Four Riedel technicians were on-site at each of these venues to handle event production for spectators.

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