Riedel develops wireless camera for Alpine Ski World Championship coverage

Ahead of the Alpine Skiing World Championship in Schladming, Riedel Communications worked together with the International Ski Federation, FIS, and Austrian public broadcaster ORF to develop a new wireless camera solution.

Due to the size, weight and safety requirements of skiing, onboard POV images from the athletes’ perspective were not possible. Riedel Communications – also responsible for the wireless transmission of live video signals at Felix Baumgartner’s stratospheric leap – therefore developed a new type of camera for this application. The patented wireless camera solution RiCam is fully integrated into the goggles’ straps, allowing live images to be delivered from the perspective of the racers.

Developed over a period of one-and-a-half years, the RiCam solution consists of camera, transmitter, battery and strap, weighs only 64 grams, and is incorporated aerodynamically into the strap of the ski goggles.

Thomas Riedel, founder and CEO of Riedel Communications, comments: “Our goal is always to provide our customers with a competitive edge. Nowadays there is serious competition in sports broadcasting between the various kinds of sports. Spectacular pictures are the key to achieve prime time positions. We’re happy to help making alpine skiing with the RiCam an even more spectacular viewing experience.”

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