ISB uses AEQ products to host 2nd European Games

600 hours of live coverage from Minsk 2019

The technical broadcasting resources involve AoIP network interfaces, Intercom systems, audio codecs and commentary units for the audio and communications, as well as broadcast monitors for the production control. The intercom system deployed was an AEQ Crossnet-based system with multichannel AoIP providing broadcast quality audio for the communication channels.

The European Games sees 4000 athletes from European countries competing in different sports disciplines. 11 venues plus an IBC is part of the host broadcast coverage, that ISB is undertaking, during these games.

The actual broadcast production of the multilateral signals is being accomplished with a total of 12 mobile units and over 200 cameras including specialty cams, 8 ENG crews and fly-packs for the venues with multiple FOP’s. 4 MDS channels are being produced and one bookable unilateral channel are also part of the resources deployed. 700 broadcast professionals are making sure that the signals are produced and are reaching the 190 worldwide right holders at the IBC and their home countries. In total, over 600 hours of live coverage and close to a total of 800 hours of broadcast production are produced.

A total of around 45 user panels have been installed, most of them in the IBC and a few at the most important competition venues. The Dante network allows for the Crossnet to carry IFB’s originating from basically any point in the network and can be anything from international sound to mixed zone feeds or commentary guides for the off-tubes. Signals can be accessed through the NetBox 32 and 8 AD units and also the Netbox 4 MH’s that have been deployed to be able to contribute with signals at Mic. level to the AoIP network for, for example, the off-tubes. Signalling in these have been integrated using the studioboxes allowing for remote control via classical and virtual GPIO’s.

The Venus 3 being capable of connecting locally to AoIP multi-channel networks becomes an ideal solution for the international contributions of commentary program and return audio. In addition, the Venus 3 is used to interconnect some venues with the AEQ Phoenix Alio commentary unit. The Alio is a portable audio codec with mixer functions and allows for either local or remote control. That comes in handy when the talents at the commentary position are non-technical and need assistance.

Other venues, such as the main stadium, count on the Olympia 3 AoIP multichannel commentary unit. Olympia 3 is a sound mixer and it can operate as an independent or standalone commentary unit or be linked to a small, medium or large commentary system. Connected to a Dante-based audio IP routing system, receiving and sending audio from/to any device, that can be anything such as a mixing console or NetBox audio interface, a third-party console installed in a mobile unit, or any other type of device manufactured by any of the many manufacturers that are incorporating Audinate's Dante technology or even using AES67 protocol.

The Kroma by AEQ Broadcast Monitors Series 7000 in 18” and 24” for production quality control have all been integrated in the ISB fly-packs and in the central control in the IBC.


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