Panasonic celebrates 30 years as TOP sponsor for the Olympic Games

30 years on from its first Olympics as The Olympic Partner (TOP) sponsor, Panasonic, which is a TOP1 sponsor for the Olympic Games and an Official Worldwide Paralympic Partner, has announced its full line up of equipment for PyeongChang.

The company is taking a wide range of solutions to support the staging of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, which will mainly be held in PyeongChang County, Korea.

Through cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), and Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), Panasonic will supply its AV equipment to the opening and closing ceremonies, competition venues, and broadcasting locations.

Panasonic has been a TOP sponsor since the Olympic Winter Games Calgary 1988, and the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will mark the 30th anniversary of its sponsorship. Over the last three decades, Panasonic has been contributing to the Olympic Games with its AV technology.

Following its achievements in the Olympic Games Rio 2016 last summer, Panasonic will provide solutions using its latest AV equipment and projection mapping technologies as its core technology for the opening ceremony, scheduled for 9 February, to assist with the staging of both the opening and closing ceremonies. Panasonic will supply around 80 of its PT-RZ31K/RQ32K high-brightness compact 30,000-lumens class projectors, AV-HS6000 Series Broadcast Grade 2ME Live Switchers2, plus a full line up of AV systems to the Olympic Stadium to support the staging of the opening and closing ceremonies.

Panasonic will also install 42 of its LED video screens and video systems in the competition venues, giving a total screen area of 1,640 m². Panasonic has also re-entered the high end of the professional audio systems market, for which the company has worked on development toward the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The dynamic audio of its RAMSA brand line-array speakers will amplify the excitement of competitions at four venues: the ski jumping and snowboard venues, Yongpyong alpine skiing venue, and Gangneung Olympic Park.

In addition, a multi-video distribution system and 360 degree cameras are planned to be adopted in the competition venue on a trial basis as part of the company’s new initiatives toward 2020.

Panasonic’s P2HD broadcast camera system has already been chosen as the recording equipment for PyeongChang 2018. The company will deliver a mass of broadcasting equipment, including the AJ-PX5000G camera recorder featuring AVC-ULTRA codecs3 to the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC). Since the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992, the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be the 13th Olympic Games in which Panasonic’s digital technology is used as the official recording format.

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