Communication Specialists Leverages Riedel Gear, Expertise for London Cycling Event
Riedel Communications supplied an Artist digital matrix intercom system and terrestrial trunked digital radio (TETRA) infrastructure to Communication Specialists Ltd. (CSL) to enable communications throughout a series of professional and amateur cycling events that included 65,000 riders over a single weekend in August. The Riedel equipment facilitated reliable integrated radio communications over 100 miles of roads, from central London to the Surrey countryside.
“Riedel is a tremendously professional company that offers planning, preparation, and delivery that is second to none, and the company’s technical team on the ground works magic in ensuring that installed systems perform optimally at all times,” said Steve Napier, project manager at Communication Specialists Ltd. “We really enjoyed joining forces with Riedel for the event and look forward to working together again.”
Representing the U.K.’s largest ever mass-participation cycling event, amateur riders completed the 100-mile challenge on the same closed roads covered by the event’s professional racers, with the added incentive of raising money for good causes. The best action of the day was broadcast live on TV in the U.K. and internationally to an audience of millions.
In delivering a complete communications system that supported diverse race elements ranging from organization to security to production, CSL selected and constructed seven antenna sites — including one at BT Tower — throughout the route, as well as a 3G backup. Working alongside CSL technicians, the Riedel team specified, installed, and supported a digital radio backbone including the Artist intercom system and more than 1,200 TETRA radios and accessories. The resulting solution covered 11 zones extending into the countryside.
Riedel Shifts Key Australia Roles
Riedel announced key role shifts that will enable the company’s Australia business to continue its rapid growth. The move builds on the opening of a new Riedel Australia office and warehouse, strategically located near other production rental companies and broadcast/OB facilities in Sydney, earlier this year.
Cameron O’Neill, a long-time solutions manager with Riedel Australia with key relationships in theaters, convention centers, and broadcast centers, will take on the role of general manager. Peter Cochrane will take on the role of rental operations manager, where he will be primarily responsible for expanding the rental business in Australia that has experienced significant growth during his tenure as general manager. He will also assist other APAC offices in expanding and optimizing their rental operations.
“Being fueled by the growth of the market and the success of our worldwide rental operations, both of these appointments will better enable Riedel Australia to capitalize on the strengths and experience of two valuable team members,” said Jens Miedek, director of international sales at Riedel Communications. “Australia is home to Riedel’s second-largest rental division, which has staged events all over Australia, New Zealand, India, and the UAE, and Peter’s deep involvement in this business makes him a natural pick to lead this rapidly growing division of Riedel Australia. Cam has established great standing in this market and built strong relationships between Riedel and key media and entertainment companies in Australia, so he is very well-qualified to step into the general manager role.”