FIS Choose Riedel

Riedel Communications, a leading supplier of advanced intercom technology based in Germany, supplied a sophisticated communications platform to the FIS Nordic Ski World Championship in Oberstdorf, Germany.

The configuration, comprised of intercom, radio and IT network technology, and video transmission systems, kept communications pristine at the event which was held between February 16th and 27th. The contest attracted more than 360,000 visitors making it one of the most important winter sports competitions of the season.

Connecting the venues
Riedel’s Artist digital matrix system was used to facilitate transmission and distribution of intercom and audio signals between the Schattenberg jump base in Oberstdorf, and the cross country ski arena in Ried. The Company installed over 10 kilometres of fibre connecting the two locations. Utilising a Telecast-System, Riedel also performed the transmission of video for the host broadcaster TRIO (a joint-venture of ARD and ZDF) from the jump-base to the TV compound / International Broadcast Center in Ried.

In addition, Riedel’s RiFace radio technology served at the heart of three radio installations, each containing up to 12 repeater channels. Networking and central control of the installation was accomplished by Riedel’s Artist platform. Apart from the communications infrastructure, Riedel provided programming and the complete handling of 450 radio units including individual accessories.

IT technology for organization committee and press
In Oberstdorf Riedel engineers supplied computer network technology, workstations and full support services to supplement the event’s IT infrastructure. The IT solution enabled over 250 journalists and the members of the organization committee to have instant access to the internet and their email accounts at the main press centre in Oberstdorf and the two sub press centres at the venues.

Extensive previous winter sports experience
The Nordic World Ski Championship follows a decade of Riedel Communications’ service to winter sports events. “Events such as the 1999 Nordic Ski World Championship in Ramsau, the 2001 Alpine Ski World Championship in St. Anton or the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City exemplify our versatility in providing comprehensive communications systems for winter sports events”, said Lars Fritze, Riedel’s project manager in Oberstdorf. “We really enjoyed supporting the Nordic World Championship with our technologies and know-how.”

About Riedel
Riedel – one of the major suppliers to games of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens – designs, manufactures and distributes the most sophisticated intercom and radio technology for customers worldwide in the broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports and theatre industries. The products reflect today’s leading-edge technologies that expand conventional concepts into tomorrow’s applications. The Riedel group of companies also includes a European based large rental operation that provides radio, intercom services, event accreditation & ticketing systems as well as fibre-based audio and video transmission systems. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 100 people located within 5 locations in Europe and North America.

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