Riedel Solutions Streamline Signal Routing and Communications On The High Seas

Riedel Communications provided signal routing technology and a redundant intercom infrastructure for the Royal Caribbean International Quantum Class ship “Anthem of the Seas”. The technology supports all types of the ship’s activities, including on-board entertainment, a full broadcast control room and internal crew communications.

Delivered by Finland-based broadcast system integrator TV Tools, the Riedel MediorNet real-time media network, Artist digital matrix intercom system, and Acrobat wireless intercom systems support unique media-rich entertainment experiences on the technologically inventive cruise ship.

The Riedel systems allow broadcast technicians aboard “Anthem of the Seas” to overcome signal routing obstacles including the immense size of the ship, the inherent lack of cabling flexibility due to the ship's steel construction, and the limited availability of spare equipment and additional technical resources during cruises.

Installed in the Broadcast Control Center (BCC), the fiber-based MediorNet system provides robust routing capabilities, handling all ship video (with the exception of security video), audio, Ethernet, RS control, intercom, and GPI signals. Eight fiber-optic cables connect 10 additional MediorNet frames distributed throughout the ship to the MediorNet frame in the BCC.

The ship features an on-board video control room where signals are monitored and distributed to the necessary locations.

The ship features an on-board video control room where signals are monitored and distributed to the necessary locations.

The Artist digital matrix intercom system (equipped with MADI cards) and Acrobat digital wireless intercom, with 21 antennas distributed throughout the ship, provide a hybrid wired/wireless communications network. The system also supports beltpack users as they move between the ship's multiple entertainment areas.

Rik Hoerée, sales director at Riedel Communications, explained that ship's MediorNet network supports flexible routing of high-quality audio and video, while the Artist and Acrobat systems enable clear, reliable communications required for the on-board live entertainment.

Riedel solutions are now used on both the “Anthem of the Seas” and her older sister, “Quantum of the Seas,” both of which represent two of the largest and most innovative passenger ships.

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