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Extreme E and NEP: A Creative,
Environmentally Focussed
Broadcast Collaboration
E

xtreme E, the new electric off-road
racing series, has enlisted a host
of broadcast partners including NEP
Group, a leading technical production
partner for producers of live sports
and entertainment, which will provide
the technology, expertise and global
network to deliver the most innovative
and sustainable broadcast production.
Together, NEP, Aurora Media
Worldwide and Extreme E have spent
18 months designing a technical
solution that reaches the most
remote locations whilst reducing the
environmental impact across the
entire production.
The innovation and expertise within
NEP have brought about a full endto-end solution which will include,
flypack, remote production, crewing,
satellite and fibre connectivity, edit,
ingest, AR, GFX, display and projection,
and specialist cameras including RF.
The system design and build is
under the direction of Donald Begg,
NEP's Director of Technology for
Major Events, who is overseeing the
realisation amid the challenges of both
COVID-19 restrictions and the unique
requirements of where and how the
equipment will be used.
The specialised flypack, designed
to survive extreme temperatures and
conditions, will be connected back into
NEP's new 'UHD ready' centralised
Broadcast and Media Centre, which
is located at 200 Gray's Inn Road,

London. The production will make use
of the centre's extensive connectivity,
remote
production
galleries,
remote replay, Edit and Live Centre
monitoring, all currently being built at
the London location.
NEP's Netherlands based team in
Hilversum has also developed new
AR tools for drone tracking and in-car
GFX, along with the innovative use
of RF technologies to work around
environments where cable runs have
to be limited but still need to achieve
maximum and resilient coverage from
the cars. Avoiding either fixed-wing
or helicopter RF solutions to remove
some of the environmental impact, the
company has achieved a ground-based
system of remote IP RF links and clever
integration of the coverage systems to
maximise the number of feeds.
Combined with advanced drone
technology, the AR GFX teams have
worked with Extreme E and Aurora to
develop live mapping and overlays of
the diverse course from the drones
providing the viewer with a whole
new experience in race time GFX AR
overlays.
A significant challenge on this project
was to design systems for deployment
with limited crew numbers permitted
on site. With NEP's solutions, it has
designed workflows and a system to
support this smaller-sized team - all
crew members are working as one
team, supporting each other across

disciplines from video to audio to
cameras to rigging.
Simon Moorhead, Managing Director
of NEP UK Broadcast Services, said:
" We're thrilled to be working with the
Aurora team on the Extreme E racing
series and having the opportunity
to develop an integrated set of
solutions to support these unique
events. Between designing for COVID
restrictions and being mindful of
our impact to the environment, we
needed to create a workflow that
connected limited production crew
and equipment on site to remote
production hubs while shooting from
some of the world's most remote
and difficult locations. All of our
teams came together to meet these
challenges head on. "
Steve Jenkins, President for NEP UK
& Ireland, commented: " It's fantastic
to be working with Aurora and Extreme
E on such an exciting programme of
events. We all must look at how we
can work differently and make real
changes to reduce our environmental
impact. I am proud of how at NEP we
are using expertise, talent and our
centralised resources from across
the entire global organisation to
innovate and deliver for our clients for
projects like this and where the use of
remote has accelerated through the
pandemic. "
And this technology has recently
been put to the test at the ex RAF

Bentwaters
airfield
in
Ipswich
alongside Extreme E's other broadcast
suppliers
including
Motorsport
Communications experts MRTC and
Specialist Timing, Telemetry and
Networks company, Al Kamel Systems.
Dave Adey, Head of Broadcast &
Technology at Extreme E, said: " After
spending months working on these
innovative broadcast solutions, many
of which have never been used before,
it has been great to see them all put
into action at our recent test. We are
travelling to such remote locations
with Extreme E, which means there will
be no second chance when we get to
site, so this test has proved essential,
and seeing all the hard work in real life
has been very gratifying. We can't wait
to go racing later this year and show
the world Extreme E through one of
the most innovative productions I've
ever worked on. "
The five-event calendar starts 3 - 4
April 2021 in Saudi Arabia, before
moving to Senegal in May, Greenland
in August, Brazil in October and
Patagonia in December.

Steve Jenkins,
President for NEP
UK & Ireland


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