Riedel comms network supports Alpine World Ski Championships

The 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, held in February in St. Moritz, Switzerland, was supported by a robust and flexible media and communications network based on Riedel Communications solutions.

Using Riedel’s MediorNet real-time signal transport, processing, and routing network and Artist digital matrix intercom system, the integrated communications backbone contributed significantly to the safe and smooth running of the ski championships, Switzerland’s largest sports event this year.

A team from Riedel Communications Switzerland AG planned, installed, and operated the radio network. Working with the Alpine World Ski Championships’ local organising committee, the Riedel team designed a digital, redundant radio network that provided a base for communications among 30 different user groups with full connection to the Riedel Artist intercom.

Over 600 radios for timing, race management, security, logistics, and production were handed out to the local event organisation. A customised CCTV application allowed engineers to monitor the relay stations installed at St. Moritz simply and conveniently for optimal radio coverage.

Host broadcaster SRG SSR and its subsidiary, Technology and Production Centre Switzerland AG (TPC), as well as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), used the Riedel MediorNet real-time media network for signal distribution. Numerous other TV networks, such as Eurosport (with NEP as the OB service provider), ARD, ORF, and RAI, also trusted MediorNet and Artist to support their live broadcasts.

"A holistic and reliable communications infrastructure is absolutely indispensable to the success of this event," said Franco Giovanoli, CEO and director of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. "With Riedel, we had an expert technology partner at our side that developed a comprehensive strategy for weaving together all of the complex threads of communication the event requires. Over the two weeks of the championship, we were able to guarantee a perfect — and above all, safe — experience for everyone, both on and off the slopes."