France celebrates July 14th with RockNet
July 14th is the most important national holiday in France. For over 200 years people have celebrated the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution. Part of the celebration includes a military parade on the Champs-Elysées with brass marching bands from the French military. More than 100,000 spectators joined this year's festivities.
A Riedel RockNet installation distributed the audio signals for the event. The digital RockNet network provided the analog in- and outputs over RN.301.MI and RN.302.LO.modules. The redundant ring topology over CAT-5 provides maximum reliability and secures the network against single points of failure. To bridge the distance between the various RockNet modules RockNet RN RN.351.FI und RN.352.FO fiber connectors provided the connection for a fiber link. 1.6 kilometers of fiber cabeling was used. All signals were mixed over Digico SD7, two Digico SD8 and a Yamaha PM5000 mixing consoles. 200 speakers were installed along the Champs-Elysées.
"RockNet works great. The oportunity to provide signal transport over long distances without loss of audio quality is an advantage that no other solution can provide. The reliability of RockNet and its high quality converters were also reasons why we chose Riedel's digital audio network solution for this event," said Christophe Labonde of BS Technology.
Furthermore, a Riedel Performer Digital Partyline intercom installation provided the communications infrastructure for the BS Technology team. Performer combines the advantages of digital intercom applications with the ease of use offered by regular analog partyline installations.
RIEDEL Communications GmbH & Co. KG
Riedel Communications - the largest supplier of communications equipment to the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing - designs, manufactures and distributes the most sophisticated intercom and radio technology for customers worldwide in the broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports and theatre industries. The products reflect today's leading-edge technologies that expand conventional concepts into tomorrow's applications. The Riedel group of companies also includes a European based large rental operation that provides radio, intercom services, event accreditation & ticketing systems as well as fiber-based and wireless audio & video transmission systems. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 180 people located within 8 locations in Europe, Australia, Asia and North America.