Panasonic has revealed the extensive amount of AV equipment it is supplying to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Japanese company announced provision of the largest amount of audiovisual equipment for any Olympic Games in the company’s history, with its high-definition equipment already installed into sporting venues, broadcasting sites and homes in preparation for the world’s foremost sporting event. The opening ceremony, which is being held on 27 July, will have Panasonic’s 20,000 lumens PT-DZ21K and PT-DS20K projectors delivering HD footage for around 80,000 spectators at the Olympic Stadium. This is the first time Panasonic has secured the opening event. All-in-all, 22 screens will be projected on by the company’s DLP projector range. Implemented in 28 Olympic venues are 45 LED Large Screen Display systems from Panasonic totaling 1,730sqm in size. Meanwhile two barges situated on the Olympic Park river will each carry a 143sqm Panasonic LED screen which, the company says, will create an amphitheatre effect for those gathering on the grass banks. Plasma displays will be adopted for the first time in the history of the Olympic games, with 47 of Panasonic’s 103in models installed throughout the different Olympic venues. The manufacturer is also providing surveillance equipment, with two types of IP camera – static and PTZ models – employed and linked directly to security control centres. Around 200 Panasonic professional sound systems will help drive sound around Olympic 2012 venues, while HD videoconferencing solutions from the company will be delivering sound and pictures to London’s Olympic hubs including the technology HQ of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Furthermore, the company estimates that around 2,500 of its TV sets have been incorporated throughout the different sites for the event, including in hospitality and control room areas.
Outside of the capital, 21 screens have been positioned in public spaces to broadcast the Games to the nation.
Panasonic is also supporting the first ever 3D Olympics by providing its latest integrated AG-3DP1 twin lens 3D camera recorders.