RAI picks Riedel for Giro d'Italia coverage
J÷rn Krieger | 30-05-2013
Italian public broadcaster RAI used the MediorNet and RockNet networks from German service provider Riedel Communications to enable real-time distribution of audio, video and communication signals throughout its coverage of the 2013 Giro d'Italia cycling race from 4-26 May 2013.
During the 96th Giro d'Italia, which began in Naples and concluded 3,405 kilometres later in Brescia, the Riedel gear provided host broadcaster RAI with a flexible fibre network connecting the announce booth, finish line and remote production areas.
Each year, the Giro d'Italia is the first of Europe's three Grand Tours, with the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espa˝a following in July and August respectively. Every day, the tour moves to a new city along the race route.
RAI engineers started early in the morning, rigging and testing the fibre network and then spent the day supporting production of the actual broadcast event. In the evening, they took down the network and moved their OB vans on to the next city to prepare for the next race stage.
During each race day, the RAI team produced coverage from multiple sites situated up to five kilometres from one another. A fully redundant set-up comprising ten MediorNet Modular frames and five MediorNet Compact frames ensured signal transport between the day's broadcast booth, finish line and a separate TV compound in which the RAI OB vans supported production. A Riedel RockNet real-time audio network enabled audio signal transport throughout the TV compound.
Because the Riedel system supports both routing and transport, every signal is available at every node and can be made available via network management software. By using Riedel's fibre network, RAI not only reduced the volume, weight and complexity of cabling, but also gained the flexibility to locate its OB vans at remote locations without risking signal degradation or loss, according to the company.