Stadia adheres to similar requirements as a football team. The goal is to stay up-to-date so as not to jeopardize competitiveness; this involves continuous investment in bo
th the team and infrastructure. For this reason, PBS Media solutions was called in to carry out a technical upgrade at the Bay Arena, home of the Bayer 04 Leverkusen Bundesliga team.
The upgrade required the stadium’s outdated audio network to be modernised to enable high-quality audio streaming and complete remote monitoring with full redundancy, enhancing ease-of-use, overall system performance and reliability. In addition, the stadium technicians wanted a customized, graphical user interface for the studio control room to provide a better overview and ease of use.
Following a competitive tender process, Bay Arena’s technical team opted for a network based on OMNEO IP technology to guarantee the best possible sound quality. Each
of the four amplifier rooms, including the control room, has been networked via fast fibre-optic connections and equipped with two Electro-Voice N8000 digital audio matrix controllers, two Cisco switches, a total of 16 legacy amplifiers and new online uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units.
Peter Bürgel, from PBS Media solutions–a Leverkusen-based professional installation company –explains more about the project: “This upgrade offers significant advantages for the customer: The entire sound reinforcement system can now be monitored via IRIS-Net software; the sound quality has been significantly improved with th
e new, low-latency, high-quality Dante audio signal; and full redundancy ensures that all functions are still available –even in the rare event of a device failure. In addition to the one-stop solution product portfolio, the stadium operators were also impressed by Electro-Voice’s outstanding price/performance ratio.”
A further addition to the control room inventory at the Bay Arena sees a new Touch-PC playing a key role in monitoring the system. The graphical user interface of the IRIS-Net software displays all zones as well as direct links to each individual device. This translates into maximum security and direct access at a glance.