Gearhouse Broadcast’s Project Solutions Division has been appointed by UEFA to provide high definition technical facilities for each of the eight Technical Operation Centres at the UEFA EURO 2012™.
Briefed by UEFA, broadcast solutions provider Gearhouse Broadcast will supply the entire technical infrastructure at each of the Technical Operation Centres (TOCs) based at all eight stadia. There are four stadia situated in Poland; Gdansk, Warsaw, Poznan and Wroclaw and four stadia in the Ukraine; Kiev, Kharkiv, Lviv and Donetsk.
Kevin Moorhouse, Chief Operating Officer at Gearhouse Broadcast explains, “Each Technical Operation Centre comprises seven broadcast racks of equipment, with a total of fifty-six racks across the eight venues. Each facility contains a 128×128 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 will also be providing 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.
In terms of personnel Gearhouse Broadcast will provide each of the eight TOC’s with four Broadcast Engineers and two Wiremen. To staff the RF Installation, Gearhouse Broadcast will provide a Senior Engineer and two Broadcast Engineers to carry out the installations at the Polish venues, whilst another crew with the same staff will carry out the installations at the Ukrainian venues.
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.
Gearhouse Broadcast has provided the TOC installation solutions for UEFA EURO 2004™, UEFA EURO 2008™, FIFA World Cup Germany 2006™and FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010™.