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Artist and Bolero keep Special Olympics on track

Artist and Bolero keep Special Olympics on track

Artist and Bolero keep Special Olympics on track


Riedel was responsible for supplying the communications infrastructure for the Special Olympics World Games 2019 that took place in Abu Dhabi recently. The manufacturer’s Artist digital matrix and Bolero wireless intercom systems were at the heart of a deployment spanning more than 30 venues and locations and also included managed IT network services.

‘It was an honour to be such a key player in this year’s Special Olympics World Games, which included more than 7,000 athletes from over 195 nations,’ commented Marc Schneider, director of global events, Riedel Communications. ‘This was the largest, most inclusive, and most unified World Games in the history of the organisation, with activities held at nine competition venues and over 20 other locations for initiatives and programmes across all seven Emirates. Our numbers speak to the sheer size and scale of this event: we deployed more than 30 Artist-64 nodes, which supported over 180 Bolero beltpacks on 56 Bolero antennas, plus another 170 C3 Digital Performer beltpacks, and 1,500 Tetra radios.’

The Riedel systems were used to facilitate crew and announcer communications at the opening and closing ceremonies through 65 1000-Series control panels, 60 Bolero wireless beltpacks, and more than 250 Tetra radios. A preexisting MediorNet infrastructure simplified the integration of the communications system in the in Zayed Sports City Stadium. Additionally, at all of the venues and locations, Riedel provided comms for all sports and medal ceremonies with an Artist mainframe and six Artist panels. The venue deployments reportedly marked the first time that the SOWG has achieved communications without radios, with event crews relying solely on Bolero.

In addition, Riedel provided an IT infrastructure to support managed network services at seven venues, which included firewall management, broadband internet, more than 165 access points and more than 80 switches.

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