IMT Vislink Provides Foundation for Vicareo RefCams
Video transmission technology supplied by xG Technology’s IMT Vislink business powered the Vicareo RefCam worn by referees at recent nationally televised NCAA college football games, including Michigan vs. Ohio State and Notre Dame vs. USC matches. RefCam is a unique sports camera designed to be worn by officials and participants at sporting events. It allows viewers to experience events from entirely new perspectives and points of view during broadcasts. RefCam was successfully launched at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, TN and has been used extensively, including at the NHL Winter Classic and other events where it provided unprecedented angles and footage from the action taking place.
The Notre Dame-USC game was notable for having four RefCam units using split channels for the first time. IMT Vislink-powered RefCams are now being used on a regular basis at a variety of college football games taking place at different locations across the country. A video featuring excerpts of shots captured by the RefCam at a college football game can be viewed here.
The RefCam units being used at NCAA college football games consist of an integrated video camera and transmission units integrated into the referees’ caps. The solution includes IMT Vislink’s proprietary miniaturized RF system that features the IMTDragonFly transmitters and diversity receive systems. This solution has been specifically configured to support demanding sports and entertainment applications that absolutely require ultra-compact equipment form factors and reliable, high-quality, long-range performance. Additional RefCam product information and videos can be viewed at this link.
“Today’s audiences want to engage with sporting events in deeper and more exciting ways than before,” says Jeff Daubert, field integration manager of IMT Vislink. “Our partnership with Vicareo on RefCam allows them to do that. From day one, IMT Vislink has been committed to the fan experience. Our deep history as a video technology innovator gives us engineering, manufacturing, and market perspectives unmatched by simple off-the-shelf vendors. It is this kind of expertise we bring to specialized solutions like the RefCam project. We look forward to expanding our engagement with Vicareo to give sports audiences new and provocative looks at their favorite teams in action.”