Russia’s Supreme Hockey League hits ice with VidOvation In-Net GoalCam

Russia’s Supreme Hockey League (VHL) has purchased VidOvation’s In-Net GoalView GoalCam system for the Arena Sever Krasnoyarsk Stadium, located in Krasnoyarsk City, Russia. The stadium received the league’s official nomination as the “The best equipped arena” and the GoalCam system will be installed and maintained by SportsSolutions, a systems integration company that provides equipment and services for stadiums and sports federations in Russia. The company was also one of the major equipment contractors for the Arena Sever Stadium.

The In-Net GoalView GoalCam is a wireless in-goal camera/transmitter and receiver system used to capture and broadcast live video of the goal line for officiating and instant replay verification. The self-contained system utilises an extended range 60GHz wireless platform to deliver uncompressed and un-coded 1.5G HD-SDI broadcast quality video with no bit or resolution manipulation to a corresponding receiver. The RF transmitter and camera unit is integrated into a custom, ruggedised and water-resistant housing with an extruded aluminum tube with polycarbonate shock resistant and shatter proof domes on each end. An integrated safety and quick release positive registration bracket allows rapid and easy adjustment to all mounting applications. The GoalView GoalCam incorporates internal Lithium-ion batteries to support up to 5 hours of operation per charge for easy mobility. The receiver unit mounts overhead to receive the 1.5 G HD-SDI signal using two BNC re-clocked HD-SDI outputs.

“We’re excited to see our In-Net GoalView GoalCam system installed in such a prestigious stadium as the Arena Sever,” says Jim Jachetta, president and CEO of VidOvation. “Our GoalCam systems have been in constant use by the NHL for many years and the technology has proven itself time and time again on the hockey battlefield to withstand some of the hardest hitting shots from the NHL players. We are positive that the camera system will quickly prove itself to the officiating staff of the VHL and home team Sokol Krasnoyarsk in helping to review disputed goals during every game.”

“VidOvation’s GoalCam system is the best real-time in-goal wireless camera verification system on the market,” adds SportsSolutions’ Chief Technical Officer, Alexey Pivovarov, who worked at the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014. “Because of its rugged construction, portability and small footprint, we look forward to its acceptance in other major Russian sports venues, stadiums and arenas.”

The Russian city of Krasnoyarsk was officially named the host city of the 2019 Winter University Games. Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Sergey Alekseev, recognised the Arena Sever Krasnoyarsk Stadium as the most comfortable ice arena in the league last year. The In-Net GoalView GoalCam system will be used for hockey goal line replay at the Arena Sever Krasnoyarsk Stadium.

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