Baltimore Grand Prix gets Wireless Boost from BSI
The second annual Baltimore Grand Prix takes place this weekend and BSI will provide all of the wireless audio and video systems including the in-car/on-board cameras for the races through the heart of downtown Baltimore on Labor Day weekend.
New this year, BSI has incorporated three additional HD on-board cameras, for a total of four systems, in the chassis for the 2012 INDYCAR season. To do this, BSI worked with chassis manufacturer Dallara to develop and seamlessly integrate the existing roll hoop camera and three new cameras into the body design and electrical system.
“We are excited to have an opportunity to provide our services in front of our home town crowd and be a part of this great event for the city of Baltimore. We hope this year’s race will build on the interest from last year’s inaugural contest as well as provide an opportunity for viewers to learn more about downtown Baltimore,” said Danny Reichert, Operations Manager of BSI.
The four cameras provide new perspectives and exciting action for viewers. In addition to the 360-degree roll hoop camera used in previous seasons, BSI has included a camera in the rear wing for a panoramic forward-facing shot which offers a high, wide view of the racing action around the car. A camera placed in the right side radiator duct, facing the front tire and suspension, offers side views of the racing action and the tremendous speed of the car as well as a close-up view of the tire changes and suspension adjustments during pit stops, while a camera on the side/rear view mirror provides a detailed view of the driver steering and shifting.
BSI will supply a total of 17 on-board camera systems, six RF hand held camera systems, six wireless announcer systems, and one helicopter with a camera system to the event, including the only HD on-board camera systems for open wheel racing cars in the world.
The infrastructure required to broadcast an event of this size is impressive. BSI will be setting up a ground-based microwave receive system that includes twelve receive sites around the city track to capture the video and audio signals that are transmitted from the cars, helicopter, and all other wireless systems. Fourteen BSI professionals will be on site to service the televised racing series over the two days of competition.