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As part of a renovation of its Longchamp racecourse, France Galop, the governing body of French flat and steeplechase horse racing, has chosen Sony’s IP Live production system to modernise its coverage of horse racing.
sony racing 23Aug2018The entire racecourse system is being now managed by Sony’s PWS-100NM1 IP Live System Manager workstation, controlling routing, security and the bandwidth of the network. With the technology, France Galop is now able to control all its live IP network, with the possibility of managing productions remotely in the future. Sony says that it installation has given France Galop the ability to futureproof its management by optimising the activity of the racecourse and post-race coverage.

There are many sources to deal with on the course , including the main cameras on the edges of the track, attached cameras for the stables, giant screen returns for tribunes, bettors, for weighing of the horses and jockeys, as well as for the needs of refereeing.

“We needed a long-lasting technology which offered flexibility, ready for an IP-driven future and possible upcoming expansion. [AV engineering consultancy] MTCE Consulting and [AV expert integrator] EV Corp recommended Sony, as a pioneer of live production and IP, as well as its maturity, expertise and interoperability with the Cisco infrastructure,” commented Thierry Migeon, Technical Leader in charge of France Galop. “The support of EV Corp. and Sony, which was one of the pioneers of IP live production was instrumental for the delivery of this turnkey project. And, thanks to training conducted by Sony, our production teams were immediately operational.”

“From a global perspective, since the installation of IP based production, we have been able to use fibre cabling for transporting video signals without the need for a huge HD-SDI gate and to eliminate HD-SDI/fibre optic conversion. The goal was to be able to offer a set of future-oriented IP solutions, especially for audio, intercom, KVM and video,” added Kevin Bonnaud, project manager at MTCE Consulting.

“Before we chose the solution for the racecourse, we had made a comprehensive study of the technical and financial offers on the market, a key factor was also our visit to both the BBC Studioworks’ installation of IP and Sony’s IP set-up, located at Pinewood Studios.”

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