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RTS/TELEX: Le Mans 24-hour race

Connecting widely spread key locations and making abundant use of RTS/TELEX systems MM Communications captured the race for TV broadcaster “Audi Race News”.

The Le Mans 24-hour endurance race is one of the most spectacular and storied events in the motor racing calendar. Since 1932, the best sports car drivers in the world have made an annual pilgrimage to the small town south-east of Paris to compete in this most gruelling of tests. It's an event with enormous pulling power, as attested by this year's race, which ran from June 11-12 and saw some 250,000 spectators from all over Europe lining the winding 13.5-kilometre track to follow the action close up.


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In the run-up to the event, CT Germany secured the services of Berlin-based MM Communications to capture the race for Audi's "Audi Race News" channel. The greatest challenge for the technicians was to secure communications between four key locations: the Audi Arena, the Audi Racing Club, the Audi pits, and an SNG position away from the track. As the two most important of these locations, the Audi Arena and the Audi Racing Club, were around two kilometres apart, the technicians opted for a glass fibre network.


The control room of TV broadcaster "Audi Race News“


To guarantee flawless communication between all those participating in the broadcast, and to help maximize the efficiency of their efforts, MM Communications technicians Christian Drost and Jan Heering opted for a variety of solutions from RTS/TELEX. These included two Advanced Digital Audio Matrices (ADAMs) linked by Tribus cards and a TELEX BTR-800 intercom system used with numerous TR 825 belt packs. 20 RTS KP-16 CLD, six RTS KP-12 CLD, and two RTS KP-32 CLD colour display panels graced the front end, with headsets including TELEX PH44 and TELEX PH88 models also deployed.


ADAM digital matrices


Christian Drost was delighted with the results: "The entire system performed excellently," he reported. "It was completely stable and remained error- and problem-free throughout." Drost was particularly impressed with the keypanels: "They are extremely compact and have excellent sound characteristics. As well as that, they are simple and intuitive to program and operate. Naturally, the KP-12 CLD keypanel, with its coloured, high-resolution display, is a standout; in terms of sharpness, it really is extremely impressive."


0ne of 28 KP Series Keypanels


The customers were also satisfied with both the team and the equipment. "We received praise from all sides for our work and the equipment we supplied," reports Drost – which explains why the MM Communications team is now planning to expand the system in advance of the next three high-calibre events in the firm's calendar: the IAA in Frankfurt and the Los Angeles and Tokyo motor shows.