When tens of thousands of heavy metal fans descended upon the small town of Wacken, Germany, for the Wacken Open Air festival held every summer, organizers were ready, having deployed a comprehensive communications solution built on Riedel Communications’ MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom system. The Riedel equipment provided the fiber backbone and communications infrastructure necessary to support security, radio communications, and audio and video transport throughout the expansive festival site.
» The world rocks with Wacken, and Wacken rocks with Riedel. «
Holger Hübner, Co-Founder – Wacken Open Air Festival
Since 2015, two MetroN core routers with a huge total routing capacity of 2 x 320 Gb have provided the heart of the MediorNet installation, adding further flexibility to the well-known convenience of the MediorNet installation and providing redundancy for the overall security concept. With its 10-Gb links, the MetroN system supported the interfacing of two MediorNet rings and, in turn, the transport of multiple HD-SDI signals — from the stages to the production compound and back to multiple screens — and several separate IP networks and audio streams.
Each of the nine stages at Wacken Open Air has a large video wall, and a further five freestanding video walls are scattered throughout the grounds. Video content from each stage is sent back to the operations center via the MediorNet network so that any video could then be displayed on any screen as “infotainment” for guests. A Riedel Artist intercom panel and line level audio at each stage allows security to talk directly to each PA mixer to instruct the band to stop playing for an emergency announcement, such as a weather warning. Voice announcements can be routed through the PA systems and any other information displayed on screen.