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Gearhouse Broadcast’s Project Solutions Division was appointed by UEFA to provide high definition technical facilities at each of the eight Technical Operation Centres at the UEFA EURO 2012™.

Briefed by UEFA, Gearhouse Broadcast supplied the entire technical infrastructure at each of the Technical Operation Centres (TOCs) based at all eight stadia.  There were four stadia situated in Poland; Gdansk, Warsaw, Poznan and Wroclaw and four stadia in the Ukraine; Kiev, Kharkiv, Lviv and Donetsk. 

Each Technical Operation Centre comprised of seven broadcast racks of equipment, with a total of fifty-six racks across the eight venues. Each facility contains a 128x128 Snell router, Imagine Communications glue products, Sony monitors, Tektronix waveform monitors, Evertz SPG’s and multiviewers and a Riedel communications matrix. The TOC racks were all built and tested at our UK Headquarters in April prior to shipment to Poland and Ukraine. 

In addition Gearhouse Broadcast also provided Commentary and Information Systems RF distribution at each of the eight stadia. The technical infrastructure is the provision of a ten channel RF modulator systems, amplifiers, mixers and RF splitters.  Each commentary area will allow for eighty to one hundred commentary positions for commentators from all over the world.  Also within the commentary area Gearhouse Broadcast will provide RF feeds for the printed press positions for international media.

Gearhouse Broadcast also provided the multilateral and unilateral cable installation for the entire UEFA EURO 2012™ tournament.

The broadcast contract involves installing over 880 kilometres of cable across the eight stadium venues throughout the host nations of Poland and Ukraine.  Gearhouse Broadcast selected Draka cables and used a variety of cable types including Triax, Video, Audio, Cat 5, 12 core single mode fibres and SMPTE camera cable in varying lengths.

The cable installation was a huge project in terms of scale and commenced in April 2012 and was completed by 20th May 2012. It will then take approximately 20 days to terminate around 100 kilometres of cable per venue with the various connectors. Two Wiremen per venue will be responsible for this termination and then all connections will be tested by the Technical Operation Centre Broadcast Engineers prior to any connections being made.

Andre Nel, Broadcast Engineering and Technical Manager for UEFA TV Production said, “Providing Broadcasters at each venue with the latest technological solutions to fit their production and technical operational needs is vital during an event such as the UEFA EURO 2012™. Moving between venues and fast reliable interconnection and set up is of the utmost importance to Broadcasters and Gearhouse Broadcast delivered these services to a very high standard and quality.”