Riedel matrix intercom enabling CSL cycling event coverage

A Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system and terrestrial trunked digital radio (TETRA) infrastructure has been supplied to Communication Specialists Ltd. (CSL) to enable communications throughout a series of professional and amateur cycling events that included one race with 65,000 riders over a single weekend.

The Riedel equipment facilitated reliable integrated radio communications over 100 miles of roads, from central London to the Surrey countryside. The best action of the day was broadcast live on TV in the UK and internationally to an audience of millions.

In delivering a complete communications system that supported diverse race elements ranging from organization to security to production, CSL selected and constructed seven antenna sites — including one at BT Tower — throughout the route, as well as a 3G backup. Working alongside CSL technicians, the Riedel team specified, installed and supported a digital radio backbone including the Artist intercom system and more than 1,200 TETRA radios and accessories. The resulting solution covered 11 zones extending into the countryside.

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