Riedel Communications hired Pete Erskine and Bruce Kraemer to run and manage comms and RF for the Whistler Medals Plaza at the Vancouver Olympics. Each night, the medals won on the mountain were presented at the plaza, while the arena medals were presented in the city, followed by a guest band’s performance. In order to coordinate between the televised ceremonies at each location, two intercom channels were interfaced. At the Whistler Medals Plaza, we combined a pair of Clear-Com panels via VOIP IP. Two party line channels provided communications between Stage Manager and Tech via our Riedel Digital Artist system and a Clear-Com Eclipse Digital Matrix supplied by The PA People. A dedicated IP connection was established between the Olympic venues.
In addition, using Barix VOIP boxes, mix-minus audio was sent between the sites as backup to the normal audio connection. Our local system was a single Artist 128 with ninety-six ports. We used nine Telex BTR systems, thirty C3* Digital Beltpacks and interfaced to the local video production trailer. Panels were remoted via fiber multiplexers on the stage and at the TV compound, and coverage with hi-gain antennas provided communication over the entire Olympic venue.