RAI Uses Riedel Fiber Network
Each year, the Giro d'Italia is the first of Europe's three Grand Tours, with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España 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 fiber 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 kilometers from one another. A fully redundant set-up comprising 10 MediorNet Modular frames and five MediorNet Compact frames ensured reliable 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 reliable audio signal transport throughout the TV compound.
The modular design of Riedel's MediorNet allows frames to be configured and reconfigured quickly according to the demands of the production. 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 fiber 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 — a common requirement during cycling tour coverage — without risking signal degradation or loss. As a result, the host broadcaster was able to stay confident in the quality of the feeds it produced.
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.