Over 15,000 meters of Riedel fibber optic cables were laid and there was plenty of excitement transmitted over them at the new Sochi Autodrom, which hosted Russia’s inaugural Formula One Grand Prix race last year. Riedel was heavily involved in creating the specifications for the television production requirements and provided the infrastructure for the transmission of video, audio, and intercom signals for the circuit. “The circuit in Sochi is currently one of the most modern in the world, equipped with state-of-the-art broadcast and racing technology,” said Thomas Hellemann, vice president at Wige Solutions, the contractor for the project that specializes in media technology, graphics and results services, and race services.
Wige Solutions was responsible for track surveillance and monitoring, time keeping, race control, marshalling, and overall technical design. In order to establish a secure communications infrastructure, the contractor opted for Riedel’s proven Artist digital matrix intercom system to provide race control and marshall communications. For the dispatcher system, a Motorola Tetra solution was directly integrated into the Artist.