ISB calls on AEQ for the 2015 European Games
AZERBAIJAN: Taking place in Baku and spread across 15 venues and stadia, the 2015 European Games were supported with broadcast equipment from Spanish-manufacturer AEQ. International Sports Broadcasting (ISB) was appointed as host broadcaster and coordinator of all the broadcast unilateral services for the games. ISB selected AEQ and its engineering and consultancy company, Broad Services, as providers of numerous solutions for the project.
Video and audio products from AEQ were deployed across several technical operations centres (TOCs). AEQ Capitol digital audio consoles were used as part of the commentary audio systems and the communications systems were supported with Phoenix Venus and Mobile units. A large number of Kroma by AEQ broadcast monitors were deployed across several technical operations centres, and the manufacturer also provided consultancy, engineering and integration services for the broadcast telecommunications equipment inside the TOCs at the venues. ISB tasked AEQ with the engineering, integration, installation, cabling and supply of 18 fly-packs for the transport and control of multi- and unilateral signals generated at the venues. All systems except for the transmission and reception equipment for the HD A/V signals were reportedly supplied with Kroma by AEQ 3G-capable broadcast monitors ranging from 9- to 18.5-inches.
An AEQ DCS-10 commentary system was used for all ‘off-tube’ booths at IBC. The system reportedly rendered the commentator service for the host organisation, which was in turn used for news channels and direct feeds available during events.
AEQ also supplied a system capable of receiving signals from all the venues to distribute to the different ISB production areas as well as to the different broadcasters at the IBC. To optimise space and monitoring needs, the Quad-split QS7018 monitor was deployed. Additional equipment included 36 Phoenix Venus dual channel IP audio codecs to create the circuits for technical coordination between the venues and the IBC. Another five Phoenix Venus’ were used to transport the programme signal generated in mixed zones of the venues. AEQ Phoenix Mobiles were the chosen commentary unit for each of the venue's commentary positions.
Given the scale of the event, an AEQ technical team led by engineers Jennifer Suarez and Luis Hernandez was sent to Baku to assist with all phases of installation, commissioning, training, operation supervision and technical assistance during the event.