The Théâtre du Châtelet relies on Riedel comms solutions

The Théâtre du Châtelet relies on Riedel comms solutions

Riedel has announced the integration of its comms and networking solution into the Théâtre du Châtelet, one of the oldest and famous Parisian theatres. The company has installed in the dramatic centre the Riedel’s Artist digital matrix intercom, SmartPanel user interface, Bolero wireless intercom, and MediorNet real-time network.

The Theatre opened its gates back in 1862 and counts with an auditorium capacity of 2,038 people. It has faced a complete renovation during these last years. The new communications system is anchored by an Artist-128 matrix intercom mainframe, which enables seamless AES67 and Dante connections over the theatre’s IP network to the Bolero wireless intercom system and additional Riedel Performer digital partyline solutions.

The update also included the Riedel’s SmartPanel 1200 user, allowing the Theatre to become the world’s first in-theatre installation of the all-new SmartPanel RSP-1216HL. The theatre manages its intercom environment using 15 RSP-1216HL and five RSP-1232HL panels.

The installation was completed with The DECT-based Bolero wireless intercom system, with eight antennas serving 35 beltpacks. In addition, the Théâtre du Châtelet has deployed three MediorNet MicroN high-density media distribution network devices.

“For this upgrade, future-proof systems were extremely important. That’s why we took our time with testing; we were looking for solutions that can accompany us for the next 20 years,” said Stéphane Oskeritzian, Head of Sound, Théâtre du Châtelet. “We chose Riedel not only because their solutions performed the best in our tests, but also because we were searching for a solid partner. After visiting Riedel’s headquarters in Germany and having very open, constructive dialogue with their creative and innovative people, we felt confident that a partnership with Riedel could be just what we had been looking for.”

Oskeritzian added, “We wanted to cover our entire facility — a lot of space — with a minimum of antennas. After our extensive testing of the leading wireless solutions on the market, Bolero was far and away the best at meeting that challenge. We also tested and reviewed every other aspect of these systems, such as haptics, feature set, and the beltpacks’ ease of use. The verdict: Bolero is outstanding!”

“With the marvelous Théâtre du Châtelet as the latest example, Riedel’s communications and networking solutions are fast becoming the standard for historic, prestigious performance venues throughout Europe,” said Franck Berger, General Manager, Riedel France & Africa. “This installation is especially gratifying, since Artist, Bolero, SmartPanel, and MediorNet were chosen by very high-level professionals at the theatre who took over a year to dive into the details and subtleties of all major intercom and video network manufacturers. It’s a big testament to the technological excellence of our solutions and how they are perfectly suited to the demands of live entertainment.”

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