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RTS Supports New King’s Inauguration
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fter 33 years on the throne,
Queen Beatrix abdicated in
favour of her son Willem-Alexander
on April 30th. The event – the first
inauguration of a Dutch king for 124
years – was followed by a television
audience of millions around the
world.
The company responsible for
most of the TV production was
Hilversum-based UNITED, which
captured images from three key
locations: the royal palace on the
Dam, Museum Square and the royal
barge as it toured the canals of the
capital. Five OB trucks were used
to broadcast the festivities, with
around 100 cameras, ten uplink
trucks and 350 employees. “This
production differed from others
primarily in its sheer importance,”
recalls Bolke Burnaby Lautier,
Manager Operations Sports and
Events with UNITED. “With literally
millions of viewers following the
event live all over the world on TV,
any technical failure could have
proved catastrophic.”
Crucial to a positive outcome
was the quality of communications
between the individual live locations.
In all the outside broadcast vehicles
deployed, UNITED chose to rely
upon intercom systems from RTS.
Parked in front of the royal palace
was the flagship of the UNITED OB
fleet, the HD-capable OB 14. The
nerve centre of communications on
board is an ADAM (Advanced Digital
Audio Matrix) from RTS with a 144
x 144 port configuration, linked to
31 keypanels (KP-32 CLD or KP12 CLD) with colour displays. Six
2W/4W Digital Hybrid Interfaces
from RTS as well as RTS TW

The Netherlands celebrated the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander

BP-325 two-channel belt packs
completed the impressive array
of communications equipment on
board. In UNITED’s other outside
broadcast vehicles it was much the
same story: intercom equipment
from RTS provided flawless
communications at all times.
UNITED deployed two OB vans
to cover the festivities in Museum
Square: linked by trunking, OB 12
and OB 15, which are also HDcapable, were responsible inter alia

Broadcast specialist UNITED secured the broadcast from three locations with
five OB trucks, around 100 cameras, ten uplink trucks and 350 employees

for sound and vision of the concert
in the evening by star violinist André
Rieu. Here, an RTS ADAM digital
matrix saw service in OB 12 and an
RTS Cronus matrix in OB 15 with 23
keypanels, eight 2W/4W interfaces
and 20 belt packs – in all cases
from RTS – serving as peripherals.
A further Cronus matrix provided the
backbone of the intercom solution in
OB 8, which was assigned to cover
the voyage of Willem-Alexander
and his wife Maxima through the
city’s canals on the royal barge. The
individual locations were linked via
satellite uplink.
The planning of the entire
production included a wide variety
of back-up solutions to deal with
any eventuality, and the intercom
system, too, exhibited a high degree
of redundancy – not that any of
this proved necessary. UNITED’s
experience of communications
solutions from RTS over the years
has been uniformly positive. “The
reliability and the high quality of RTS
systems have always amazed us,”
emphasises Bolke Burnaby Lautier.
“Another enormous advantage of
RTS systems during major events
such as these is that they allow the
use of intelligent trunking to connect
the outside broadcast vehicles
with one another. That alone
indicates the enormous flexibility
of the equipment.”
The trickiest factor in the entire
production, in fact, was the
extremely tight schedule: UNITED

had only a day and a half before
the start of the festivities in which to
set up and trunk the five OB trucks.
Despite this, after a successful
overnight test run, UNITED delivered
a flawless performance on the big
day – thanks to a perfectly trained
team and the efficiency and reliability
of RTS equipment.
In terms of security during the
festivities, the organisers also relied
on equipment from Bosch. So as
to shield the large crowds and the
royal couple around the castle on
the Dam and alongside the route
of the celebrations, equipment
from Bosch Security Systems was
employed in Amsterdam.
With 75 Bosch AutoDome cameras,
which were positioned six meters
above ground level, Bosch partner
Connection Systems reinforced the
police’s own monitoring network.
In addition, the cameras were
connected to 35 UPS boxes that
would have maintained operations
in the event of a power blackout.

Heart of UNITED’s flagships:
an ADAM matrix secures
communication in the OB12 and
OB14 trucks


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InNews: Fiji TV Playout Facility Opts for Harris Broadcast Gear
InNews: Avalon Studios Goes for Xytech
InFocus: Panasonic Pro-Camera Equipment in Antartica
InSound: European Soccer Covered With Lawo Technology
InGear: Egripment Launch Universal Dolly
InTech: Abonair Part II – Wireless Video Links
InMedia: Vector 3: The Playout People
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