The Tour d’Azerbaijan

Live Production of Tour d’Azerbaijan Bicycle Race with the Support of Broadcast Solutions

Tour d’Azerbaijan is an international bicycle race that takes place annually in Azerbaijan and is part of the UCI Europe Tour. For a couple of years German System Integrator Broadcast Solutions has been supporting the local broadcaster with technology and manpower. The major production vehicles used were a Streamline OB Van and a DSNG, delivered to host broadcaster Baku Media Center plus additional production support.

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For a couple of years now Broadcast Solutions GmbH in Bingen has been offering production support to the local broadcaster Baku Media Center during the coverage of prominent bicycle race. The German system integrator and broadcast production company Baku Media Center look back to a year’s long relationship. The development and delivery of a Streamline OB Van and a DSNG to Baku Media Center in 2014 marked the beginning of this cooperation. From the beginning part of the cooperation was not only the delivery of production tools but also the production support on-site during productions. Over the years this support encompasses manpower, consulting as well as training and the supply of additional production technology.

Live Production of Tour d’Azerbaijan Bicycle Race with the Support of Broadcast Solutions

Baku Media Host Broadcast Facilities for the Tour d' Azerbaijan

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During the bicycle race Tour d’Azerbaidjan, Broadcast Solutions backs Baku Media Center with specialists, its know-how on the hardware side as well as on the production itself.

With this support, the local broadcaster was able to use the delivered OB Van and DSNG in the best possible way.

Broadcast Solutions supported the productions with teams of engineers, specialized on bicycle races, such as Tour de France or all bicycle sports during the Olympics. For live wireless areal video transmission, three additional motorcycles and an airplane were supplied. A specialized team covered the race via a helicopter with Cineflex camera system.

Live Production of Tour d’Azerbaijan Bicycle Race with the Support of Broadcast Solutions

Helicopter with Cineflex camera system

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All motorcycles at the racetrack and the helicopter transmitted the video signals using RF uplink to the airplane. The airplane again covered the downlink of the signals to a receiving point at the finish line – a 30m crane. Then the signal was processed in the OB Van located at the finish.

Live Production of Tour d’Azerbaijan Bicycle Race with the Support of Broadcast Solutions

Race Coverage

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A further task was to ensure the seamless integration of the RF signals into the production truck located at the finish line. This was done by integration of the RF equipment in the back of the HD truck. On-site Broadcast Solutions was responsible for the integration into the OB Van in terms of hardware and of a seamless workflow.

Live Production of Tour d’Azerbaijan Bicycle Race with the Support of Broadcast Solutions

Tour d' Azerbaijan

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Besides all the equipment and production means provided by Broadcast Solutions, a further part of the commission was to train the teams on-site and to support the production during the event. With the support Broadcast Solutions offered to Baku Media Center the Azerbaijan company was even more able to realise the best production possible.

Live Production of Tour d’Azerbaijan Bicycle Race with the Support of Broadcast Solutions

Baku Media Host Broadcast Facilities for the Tour d' Azerbaijan

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Live Production of Tour d’Azerbaijan Bicycle Race with the Support of Broadcast Solutions

Production Area in the Baku Media OBVan

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This is where it all started. At present Broadcast Solutions is Europe’s biggest OB Van manufacturer. As a hardware manufacturer and independent system integrator the company is transferring its experience in the broadcast industry to other demanding business areas. Broadcast Solutions is your competent partner for all technology in the fields of broadcasting, multimedia, infrastructure, engineering or consultancy – video, audio, IP, control systems, digital signage, IPTV, satellite communications and innovative coach building, to name just a few.

Live Production of Tour d’Azerbaijan Bicycle Race with the Support of Broadcast Solutions

Baku Media Center OBVan 01

Broadcast Solutions offers German engineering to international standards thus giving our customers peace of mind when it comes to mission critical environments. Over the years the company successfully delivered over 300 outside broadcasting units in every conceivable variant, from small radio cars to 24-camera HD outside broadcasting vans. Furthermore Broadcast Solutions is planning, implementing and commissioning broadcast facilities, DSNG’s, fixed up- and downlink stations as well as Satcom on the Move solutions.

Live Production of Tour d’Azerbaijan Bicycle Race with the Support of Broadcast Solutions

Baku Media Center DSNG

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