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Riedel in NBA Bubble; security for corporate media production; Powersoft hits audio waves

Today's tech round looks at Riedel's work in the NBA Bubble, a new Extensis/Object Matrix collaboration for secure corporate media, and Powersoft taking its Mezzo audio series on the waves

The 2020 NAB Bubble, located at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, was propped up by a communications backbone featuring Riedel’s Bolero wireless intercom and Artist digital matrix intercom solutions, the company has announced.

Riedel’s solutions were deployed by Firehouse Productions, enabling officials, coaches, and production personnel to communicate safely during NBA games played in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

“This was a complex installation, and there’s no way we could have met all of the NBA’s comms requirements with any intercom manufacturer other than Riedel. Working with the Riedel team, we were able to design a truly elegant and integrated solution that enables crystal-clear communications while also ensuring that officials, coaches, and producers maintain safe distances from each other,” said Vinny Siniscal from Firehouse Productions.

“The ability to add custom logic to the Artist network is a huge plus because it allowed us to build in more redundancy and ensure effective monitoring for the entire intercom ecosystem.”

The project consisted of 12 Riedel Artist intercom nodes, providing almost 500 active communications ports to support 113 master panels; 57 Performer C3 intercom beltpacks; 116 Bolero wireless intercom beltpacks; and 186 analog 4-wire connections to six onsite OB trucks.

“The NBA Bubble is a perfect example of thinking outside the box to ensure continuity for one of the world’s most popular sports, and we’re proud that Riedel has been able to play such a key role,” said Joyce Bente, President and CEO, Riedel North America.

“Once again, our partnership with Firehouse Productions has ensured a smooth and highly creative deployment that meets the NBA’s stringent requirements for safe and reliable communications.”

New solution to protect media created in corporate environments  

A new integrated solution has been released to ensure media created in corporate environments is protected, secure and is available from any location.

The solution is a collaboration between broadcast archive solutions provider, Object Matrix, and asset management specialist Extensis. It combines Extensis’ digital asset management interface Portfolio with Object Matrix’s private cloud storage platform MatrixStore to ensure that content created in highly regulated industries “is treated with the highest levels of digital content governance (DCG) whilst ensuring creatives spend more time creating and less time searching”.

Richard Bamford, director of customer success at Extensis, said:
 “Our corporate and governmental customers are challenged with ensuring their digital evidence meets specific compliance guidelines, such as dashcam and bodycam footage, is both secure and well audited. Our corporate and governmental customers must ensure their digital evidence meets specific compliance guidelines. Our combined solution provides customers the confidence that they have the highest levels of security and auditing for meeting these regulations”

The solution has so far been deployed at a UK-based emergency services provider, which is using video from the field to assist with training exercises. Footage is stored securely and accessible as and when needed, with full disaster recovery and business continuity included.

“The founders of Object Matrix have over 20 years’ experience of designing, building and deploying object storage solutions to corporate video customers,” said Nick Pearce-Tomenius, aales and marketing director at Object Matrix.
 “Our solutions were built to ensure the highest levels of digital content governance so it is fantastic to see them used in conjunction with the Portfolio platform ensuring customers can access content from anywhere knowing the security and availability of their content is assured.”

Powersoft takes to the audio waves

Pro audio specialist Powersoft has unveiled it is working with Latvia-based distributor Audiotehnika to install a new audio solution into the upcoming deluxe cruise ship, the MS My Wish (pictured).

The cruise ship which is based in Croatia, offers a “deluxe, intimate experience for its 38 guests” and features an onboard restaurant, a large sundeck, a rooftop hot tub, and a swimming platform with access to the Adriatic ocean.

“The ship required an audio system that could be spread over 12 zones and could be adjusted accordingly,” explained MS My Wish Captain Marin Crncic. “One of the most demanding areas is the sun deck, which uses two subwoofers, six ceiling all-weather speakers and two professional two-ways for the jacuzzi, and the Mezzo handles it perfectly. It also simplified the process massively due to the built-in DSP, which helped tune the system.”

Powersoft says its Mezzo series is its answer to providing the same sound clarity, reliability and build quality in a smaller install amplifier – just half of the rack unit form factor. The success of the audio system with the Mezzo amplifiers was evident prior to the ship’s use in August. “When we tested the audio, we actually had a number of nearby boats approach and give positive feedback,” Crncic recalled. “So, we know for sure that the system is incredible!”