Anthem of the Seas On the Move

Taking the networked approach to the high seas with MediorNet

Anthem of the Seas Riedel on board

Riedel is enabling the Royal Caribbean International ship Anthem of the Seas to achieve near-unlimited flexibility in routing not only video and audio, but also intercom signals between the onboard broadcast center and the ship’s various entertainment areas. Delivered by Finland-based broadcast system integrator TV Tools, the Riedel MediorNet real-time media network, Artist digital matrix intercom system, and Acrobat wireless intercom systems support unique media-rich entertainment experiences on board the technologically inventive cruise ship.

» Functionality, flexibility, and ease of use are among the many benefits of working with a Riedel Communications signal transport and communications platform. Simply put, Riedel is just better. «

Jacob McDaniel, head broadcast technician on Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas MediorNet

Instead of relying on common star or point-to-point connections, MediorNet uses a combination of electrical time domain multiplexing (TDM) and optical course wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) in a network topology to create a highly reliable fiber backbone for signal distribution and routing. Installed in the Anthem of the Seas Broadcast Control Center (BCC), the fiber-based MediorNet system provides robust routing capabilities, handling all ship video (with the exception of security video), audio, Ethernet, RS control, intercom, and GPI signals. Just eight fiber-optic cables connect 10 additional MediorNet frames distributed throughout the ship to the MediorNet frame in the BCC. Riedel’s MediorWorks software facilitates dynamic assignment of ports with a few mouse clicks.

Anthem of the Seas Artist & Acrobat

The Artist digital matrix intercom system (equipped with MADI cards) and Acrobat digital wireless intercom, the latter depending on 21 antennas distributed across the ship, provide a hybrid wired/wireless onboard communications network, and shipwide distribution is handled by the MediorNet network. Riedel’s Acrobat system ensures the best possible connection and audio quality, even when beltpack users are moving among the ship’s different entertainment areas.

Connecting the Anthem of the Seas