United Relies on RTS Comms for MTV EMA Anniversary
“When it comes to prestige and size, the EMAs rank right at the top of the list”, comments Bolke Burnaby Lautier, Manager Operations Sports and Events with United. “With millions watching, you simply can’t have anything go wrong.” Crucial to a positive outcome is the quality of communications between the individuals involved. In all six trucks deployed United therefore relied on intercom systems from RTS.
Acting as a rolling control room, the nerve center of communications on board United’s flagship HD-capable OB14 is RTS’s top-of-the-line matrix ADAM (Advanced Digital Audio Matrix) with a 144 x 144 port configuration and a large number of RTS keypanels. “The ADAM is great,” comments Lautier. “It supports up to 880 ports and so allows the large communication matrix we needed on site. With the redundant power supplies and redundant controllers, we can additionally be sure that the system will be active at all times before, during and after the production.”
In Glasgow, the OB14’s matrix was linked to the RTS intercom systems of the other OB trucks as well as to a number of cameramen. Integration of two additional ADAM-M mid-size modular matrices into the system was facilitated using TBX-Tribus cards with up to 256 audio channels per each of the three fiber links. “Using TBX cards is a great advantage on site”, says Lautier. “We can easily extend and customize the system to the size we need it.” Inside the venue it was again RTS providing communication with 25 keypanels and wireless channels linked to the main matrix in OB14.
The result, according to Lautier, was outstanding. “On the big day we delivered a flawless performance – thanks to a perfectly trained team and the efficiency and reliability of RTS equipment.”