Thoroughbred Racing Productions (TRP), a provider of production services for the Australian thoroughbred horse racing industry, recently migrated its communications and signal routing infrastructure to Riedel Communications’ Artist digital matrix intercom, Bolero wireless intercom and MediorNet real-time network.
The centerpiece of the Riedel installation is TRP’s largest OB vehicle – HDOB1 – which has undergone a modernisation to Bolero from its previous two-way radio intercom system.
Based in Melbourne, TRP covers 525 thoroughbred events throughout the state of Victoria and produces over 3,500 hours of live HD racing broadcasts every year.
The new 22-camera, 14.6-metre HDOB1 trailer – designed by TRP and built by Sony – is a mainstay at high-profile Spring Racing Carnival, which includes one of the world’s high-profile races, the Melbourne Cup.
“Of all the intercom solutions we considered for the HDOB1 upgrade, Bolero offered the most advanced features. Coupled with the decentralised signal routing flexibility of MediorNet, Bolero gives us outstanding voice quality, reliability and range,” says Charles Cole, engineering and technical operations manager, TRP.
“Bolero has simplified comms for our field operations, but at the same time, it gives us massive capacity over traditional RF communications. Setups, changes and additions that were always a challenge before are now easily done with a few mouse clicks. Plus, we’ve seen a considerable reduction in distribution and interconnect costs within our facility.”