Belgian league referees communicate remotely using Riedel Communications systems

Riedel Communications has recently announced a partnership with EMG whereby communications will be available to Belgian Jupiler Pro League referees, their on-field assistants and video assistant referees. The last mentioned work remotely at the VAR Replay Centre of Proximus Basecamp, home of the Royal Belgian Football Federation (RBFA).

The entire refereeing team communications is backed by Riedel’s Bolero wireless intercom and Artist digital matrix intercom systems. The Riedel solution connects the VAR Replay Centre at the Proximus Basecamp, located 25 km south of Brussels, with all Jupiler Pro League stadiums across Belgium. Signals moving between different stadiums and the VAR Replay Centre travel over the Proximus MPLS network, which is designed for premium sports and events.

Riedel supplied all the stadium kits, each equipped with Bolero-S systems including antennas, beltpacks, and run headsets for referees working on the pitch. At the VAR Replay Centre, five VAR desks/stations, plus one spare and a supervisor desk are equipped with Riedel’s Artist 1024 intercom system with 1216 intercom panels that support overlapping matches (in parallel) per match day. Over the last two match days of the regular league competition, the system is expanded with flight packs to support up to nine concurrent matches.

“With an intercom solution that enables crisp, clear conversations between referees on the pitch and our VAR Replay Centre in Tubize, we can be sure we’re getting outstanding quality in the communication process,” said Stephanie Forde, Operations Director, Professional Refereeing Department, at the Royal Belgian Football Association. “Despite the distance between each stadium and the VAR Replay Centre, the sound is exceptional. Both the Bolero and Artist systems are easy to use, so our teams have no trouble making the right connection, even in the midst of an intense match. With Riedel’s professional support, integration and configuration of the system was straightforward.”

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