Riedel and Pidso’s broadband audio solution for the 2018 DTM season includes specialised monopole blade antennas mounted on the race cars.

Riedel-Pidso alliance develops broadband solutions for DTM

Integrated with Riedel’s MediorNet and Pidso’s antenna technology, the combined broadband audio solution supports the touring car series, from IT production infrastructure to data transmission and race control

A new partnership between Riedel Communications and Pidso has seen the companies roll out their first joint project, which is a solution for the DTM (formerly known as Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters or German Touring Car Masters). The two companies have designed and installed a broadband audio communications system for the touring car series that integrates antenna technology from Pidso with Riedel’s MediorNet network.

As the media distribution backbone for DTM’s TV production units, MediorNet also manages the IT production infrastructure, race control, car manufacturers’ hospitality areas, and racetrack video walls. At the current season, the fibre-based and redundant network offers flexibility for an audio transmission concept.

Based on an IP radio technology, the new broadband audio system enables radio communications from all vehicles with “outstanding voice quality”. This solution, alongside an integrated wireless data transmission system developed by Riedel, requires antennas for optimum radio transmission and reception. The data is then converted and transmitted via the MediorNet backbone.

Christoph Kienmayer, founder and managing director of Pidso, commented: “The ability to hear drivers’ comments clearly brings even greater excitement to TV viewers; one recent example is the emotional outburst of Timo Glock after the second race in Hockenheim. We’re looking forward to working with Riedel to develop further innovations providing win-win scenarios for our customers worldwide.”

Other Riedel solutions utilised at DTM include HD mini cameras; wireless video, audio and data transmission from the race cars; radio communications and intercom for communications among race control, racing teams and drivers; and timekeeping.

Thomas Riedel, founder and CEO of Riedel, concluded: “Our partnership with Pidso has given us a powerful new centre of expertise that is on strong display at this year’s DTM circuit. Working with Pidso, we’re able to extend technical know-how that’s normally only found in industries like automative and aircraft construction.”

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