The venue has transitioned from an aging CobraNet network to a Dante® audio-over-IP network
Indian Wells Tennis Garden (IWTG) is one of the largest tennis complexes in the world, with nine stadiums including the world’s third largest-capacity tennis venue. With the goal of achieving high-quality, low-latency audio through its compound near Palm Springs, CA, the venue has transitioned from an aging CobraNet network to a Dante® audio-over-IP network from Audinate.
“At IWTG, the reliable interoperability of Dante products enabled us to deploy a very complex audio distribution network much faster and easier than ever before,” explains Steve Burgess, project manager, Technicomm Industries, Inc. “Dante is a wide-open road in comparison to the extreme limitations and bottlenecks we routinely faced with other networking technologies. The signals flow exactly where we want them to go, and it’s just simpler and more flexible to install and operate. These benefits are of enormous value when working in a facility of this scale.”
In all, the Dante network crosses 29 world-class tennis courts and many deluxe suites, broadcast booths, press areas, video walls and fine-dining restaurants. Beyond the stadiums, the Dante network extends to a massive outdoor parking area to support live paging and pre-recorded announcements.
The Symetrix installation initiated the move away from CobraNet and toward Dante
The upgrade to Dante replaced the previous infrastructure, which utilized CobraNet as a networking technology. Burgess and his team migrated to two Dante-enabled digital signal processing systems to serve different stadium needs: a Symetrix X12L to serve the broadcast booths in Stadiums 1 and 2 and the TV compound; and the Q-SYS Core 3100 from QSC to cover the rest of the facility.
The Symetrix installation was the first phase, which initiated the move away from CobraNet and toward Dante. Once deployed, Dante alleviated the innumerable challenges of moving audio across such long distances.
“While the installation of CobraNet in stadiums 3 through 9 took a month and a half, it only took a week roll out the Dante network, even with the addition of stadiums 1 and 2,” Burgess says. “One big timesaver is that I don’t have to put much thought into routing audio over great distances, and to and from multiple points, anymore. The flexibility in how we set up and reconfigure the network to transport signals offers great freedom, and the simpler network cabling infrastructure further accelerates rollout while keeping costs down.”
Technicomm chose the Q-SYS Core 3100 DSP upon renovating Stadium 1in the second phase
In the second phase, Technicomm chose the Q-SYS Core 3100 DSP upon renovating Stadium 1, the 16,100-seat main stadium that qualifies as the world’s third largest tennis venue. The main stadium incorporated Dante-enabled Shure microphones and a RTS Dante intercom system to deliver clear, reliable communications between the tennis courts; and the broadcast and judges’ booths during matches.
“Dante’s seamless and reliable networking allows one system to talk to the entire grounds, and one person can control the entire system from an iPad,” Burgess comments. “And the most important thing is that when I plug Dante-enabled devices into this network, they’re immediately detected and the signal just plays.”