IBC 2019: Vislink Technologies expands three-year contract with Dorna Sports as Official RF systems supplier for MotoGP
Vislink Technologie has announced a further three-year contract with Dorna Sports, S.L., under which Vislink remains official RF systems supplier for video communications, including onboard systems, for MotoGP, the premier motorcycle racing circuit in the world.
The MotoGP racing series showcases many of the fastest riders and innovative motorcycle technology available today. MotoGP events are carried by over 100 broadcasters and are seen by over 400 million viewers worldwide. Vislink has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Dorna, the exclusive commercial and television rights holder for MotoGP, that dates back to 2002.
“The continuation of our engagement with Dorna is testament to our leadership in live sports broadcasting, and delivering reliable, crystal-clear video to MotoGP fans around the globe,” said John Payne, President and COO of Vislink.
The technological requirements in delivering an RF system rugged and robust enough to meet the challenging demands of MotoGP are considerable: it must provide stable, stunning imagery from motorcycles that reach top speeds over 200mph, undergo relentless acceleration and deceleration, and are subjected to fierce vibrations and lean angles of 70 degrees.
Designed in conjunction with Dorna, the Vislink solution comprises a custom-built video transmission system which is then allied to a receive infrastructure supporting multiple onboard cameras as well as pit lane and paddock cameras. The network is able to receive the Vislink downlink system as used in the Dorna helicopter and is purpose-built for robustness at high speed. Vislink also incorporates specialized mounting components to meet the rigors of the track and withstand very high levels of vibration. Notably, the system can accomplish all this while using the minimum transmit power possible. Vislink’s latest award-winning encoding technology and advancements in receiver and filter components help to further deliver outstanding picture quality from multiple sources, all whilst featuring excellent spectral efficiency.
“We are proud to have worked closely with Dorna over the years to develop and incorporate numerous onboard technology innovations that help immerse viewers in this exhilarating sport,” said Mr. Payne.