Broadcast Solutions implements the broadcast and audiovisual management systems for the recently opened Nokia Arena in Finland

Broadcast Solutions Nordic has recently announced the completion of a large scale live video system for the multifunction entertainment and sports centre, Nokia Arena in Tampere, Finland. The venue is one of the most modern multi-purpose venues in Northern Europe and leverages a flexible media infrastructure.

The project’s heart is a master control room for managing, collecting, editing, and distributing video and audio signals within the venue and to outside partners.

The control room serves as a distribution centre for video, audio and commentary signals. On the video side, it controls and feeds all screens in the venue, such as the LED cube, boards, ice projector, Arena TV and digital signage. Its approach also manages external broadcasts by forwarding signals to the OB van compound to a dedicated fibre link for broadcasters and distribution partners. Furthermore, the installation operates all in- and outgoing audio signals from the ice rink, feeding the arena PA, stageboxes around the ice rink and the PAVA system.

Usually, 32 camera feeds are coming in for ice hockey matches in the Nokia Arena. With added graphics and slomo feeds, all signals are processed using Ross Video’s solution that combines the traditional production control room with LED display control. Ross’s DashBoard server hardware plus XPression Workflow and Tessera systems are used for the LED display control and venue graphics. A Ross Ultrix Router is the system’s backbone for signal management, with video/audio routing, multiviewers, audio processing, frame synchronisers, clean/quiet switching, UHD gearboxing and more, unified in one single system. Supporting 12G throughout, it is UHD compatible and adds multiple IP I/O to the production system.

The audio realm is based on a Dante audio network system. Stageboxes and Dante I/O access points are located at different spots in the venue, running on fibre cables. A Yamaha QL5 mixing console has the power over all audio signals in the control room. A Riedel Artist 64 Port Intercom System is used for internal and external system communications.

Antti Laurila, Managing Director at Broadcast Solutions Nordic, adds: “I am from the Tampere region and extremely proud that we are involved with such a great project. The Live Media System we designed and implemented at the Nokia Arena enriches the visitor experience and gives a wow-effect that has not been seen in Finland before.”

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