Look Who’s On-Site Providing Support in Rio


Flag_of_BrazilHere are just some of the mission-critical support personnel on the ground in Rio to backup their customer’s video and audio production needs: PESA, Barnfind and Fujifilm.

PESA, which designs and distributes audio and video streaming products, has customer service personnel assigned to the International Broadcast Center in Rio de Janeiro to support the setup and configuration of PESA’s Cheetah 864XR digital video routing switcher. The games will be played in Rio and 5 co-host cities in Brazil. PESA gear will be at all venues.

The Cheetah router provides live and pre-recorded video feeds from every venue for local distribution, as well as satellite feeds to the United States. The router will be controlled through a Lawo VSM control and monitoring solution.

A separate PESA router is used in a mobile production truck that will be responsible for golf coverage during the Games. PESA customer service personnel are on hand to assist other customers, including the Korean Broadcast System and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

PESA President Chris Thomas says broadcasters have relied on PESA products at the Games for nearly 30 years. Designed for 24/7 routing requirements, PESA’s Cheetah 864XR’s modular architecture provides the infrastructure requirements of I/O connectivity, power, and cooling, with the flexibility to accommodate a range of customer needs.

Barnfind Technologies, manufacturer of multi-functional, signal neutral fiber transport platforms, says more than 100 of its BarnOne frames are being employed in Rio for transmissions.

Company CEO Wiggo Evensen says between 10 to 12 broadcasters and sports- and event-related companies are using the flexible BarnOne frames. “Broadcast sports is an extremely important market segment for Barnfind. Our unique built-in router and our ability to handle any SFPs enables clients to change signal transport configurations on the fly, making the platform ideal for events with multiple locations.”

The company manufactures a multi-function, low power consumption signal transportation platform which supports numerous signals in one frame. Barnfind accepts all kinds of SFP manufacturers following the MSA standard, which means that the company also allows clients to integrate other SFP’s into the BarnOne platform other than the ones the company offers in its own portfolio. With BarnOne, users can reduce their footprint.

And finally, the optical devices division of Fujifilm has full on-site technical support for Fujinon television camera lenses in Rio de Janeiro Engineers from the Fujifilm’s American, European and Japanese branches will be on hand and within service agent Camera 2’s Rio facility. “We’re anxious to show the world the images they can produce, particularly with regard to some of our recent introductions this year,” says Thom Calabro, director, marketing and product development, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division.