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OPTOCORE aids SIS LIVE and ZOOM Communications with Advanced Fibre Network for XIX Commonwealth Games

When this month's XIX Commonwealth Games took place in Delhi, all the action from track and field was broadcast throughout the world over digital fibre networks using more than 100 Optocore devices.

The network was commissioned by SIS LIVE, Europe's largest OB and uplink supplier, who were awarded the multi-million dollar contract to supply production and coverage facilities and services to the Games.

SIS LIVE won the contract from India's public broadcaster, Doordarshan, part of Prasar Bharati, the Broadcasting Corporation of India. SIS LIVE is providing high definition (HD) television coverage of the Games, the first time the event (as well as opening and closing ceremonies) will be entirely broadcast in HD.

Working with ZOOM Communications, South-East Asia's largest broadcast services company, coverage was provided for 17 different sports and outside races across 12 venues in Delhi.

The use of Optocore devices is evidence that the manufacturer's advanced digital technology is increasingly becoming the platform of choice for audio professionals in both the broadcast and live sectors since they offer an open platform, with support for all recognized industry standards such as AES, MADI, MIDI and DMX in a synchronous network.

SIS LIVE and ZOOM Communications both rented large consignments of Optocore digital and analogue network interfaces from UK sales and hire production company, SSE Audio Group.

In addition SSE provided SIS LIVE with a large number of Yamaha YG2/YS2 modules and 26 Yamaha LS9-32 consoles; the cards were used in conjunction with both these, and the Yamaha M7CL digital consoles that have also been deployed. Optocore's new multiple console emulation mode, which allows up to four different consoles to control various devices on an Optocore network, is unique, since they are the only network manufacturer to offer this facility.

Alongside the Yamaha consoles, Optocore devices interfaced with the main stadium's Lawo mc56 consoles to provide an entirely redundant audio network for all broadcast audio and monitoring.

All the Optocore devices required to meet SIS LIVE sound supervisor, Andy James' network design, were pre-configured and approved at SSE Audio Group's base in the West Midlands before shipment to India.

Said SSE managing director, John Penn, "The original enquiry from ZOOM Communications for a large quantity of Yamaha LS9's with Optocore interfaces, was directed to us because in addition to hire, we have the added advantage of being a sales organisation. No other rental company has this level of stock."

Along with the bundle of audio tools, SSE constructed three special Optocore racks for SIS LIVE, each comprising five X6R-FX (16MI) Mic In and an X6R-FX (16LO) Line Out devices.

Stated Optocore's International Sales Manager Mike Case: "We are delighted to be associated with the XIX Commonwealth Games. In addition to the fact that this is one of our largest consignments, we are gratified that these prestigious broadcast production companies worked together on a common Optocore backbone to boost signal transport and maximise workflow."


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