Riedel and Skyroads to power aerial capture systems with SKYBOT-CAM at SailGP competition

Riedel Communications has recently announced that is collaborating with SailGP Technologies and Skyroads to deliver immersive imagery as well as a substantially reduced CO2 footprint at major public events. The solution is SKYBOT-CAM.

These companies are entering into an alliance to deliver a 20 million USD order of SKYBOT-CAM systems, which combine high payload drones with professional broadcast gyro stabilized camera systems with live video, audio, and data downlinks. The technology will also be used with SailGP’s augmented reality LiveLineFX.

This alliance has been announced during SailGP’s Season 2 Grand Final in San Francisco on March 26 and 27.

Nevertheless, this product that these companies are building will push the boundaries of sustainability and technical innovation for sports broadcasting. Riedel will serve as an integrator, utilizing their existing communication infrastructure for the purpose of the Skyroads flight guarding system.

Part of the collaboration will imply that SKYBOT-CAM will be introduced at SailGP. The competition will facilitate and support the test operation of this innovative system. After a first and exclusive implementation at SailGP in 2024, the SKYBOT-CAM will become available for all public events.

“Today’s professional airborne broadcast camera systems are mainly helicopter based and require enormous organizational, technical, and budgetary effort for a photographic platform that, although creating high quality pictures, is unsustainable in the long run,” stated Warren Jones, Chief Technology Officer at SailGP. “SailGP Technologies stands for innovation in sustainable sports as part of its ‘Better Sport – Better Future’ strategy, and it is partnerships with forward thinking companies like Riedel and Skyroads that allow us to achieve this.”

“I’m delighted to announce that we are joining forces with Skyroads and SailGP Technologies to take sustainability and safety to a new level and provide even more spectacular images from the pinnacle of sail racing,” said Riedel Group CEO and Founder Thomas Riedel. “This strategic partnership reflects our commitment and vision to enhance innovation in order to create future-oriented formats, focusing both on environmental and safety aspects at the same time.”

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