Newington, VA – Sept. 9, 2010 – When the Washington Redskins kick off the 2010 regular season against the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, fans will be treated to a completely new stadium experience thanks to a comprehensive high-definition (HD) upgrade to the FedExField video control room and infrastructure by Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI).
The new system enables the event-day control room to originate HD programming and to transmit the signals to the new FedExField HD LED video displays and stadium-wide video distribution systems, and places the facility at the leading edge of NFL stadium technology.
The system features the ability to receive and record video and audio feeds from network television production trucks, as well as video signals from the dedicated video replay system, cameras and other external audio and video sources. CEI was responsible for project management, space planning, final design, equipment procurement, systems integration, interfacing with the new 100-foot-wide Daktronics video boards and data processors, installation, testing, and training for the HD upgrade.
CEI has also provided systems integration and service for the Redskins for many years, and handles game-day operations for the broadcast and audio-video systems at FedExField.
“We’ve completed numerous upgrades to FedExField since last season, but none are more apparent than the new HD video boards and production infrastructure. These will give the fans an even better experience and provide us with greater flexibility in providing entertainment and information,” said David P. Donovan, the Redskins Chief Operating Officer.
The key elements of the project include: Ross production switcher upgrade; Boland, LG and Planar HD displays; Click Effects multi-channel HD clip server system; EVS slow-motion video system upgrade; Evertz multi-viewer system; GMS wireless camera system; Grass Valley server; Harris video routing equipment; Image Video tally system; Sony HD cameras with Fujinon lenses; Sony HD video recording and playback equipment; Apple edit system upgrades; Tektronix test equipment; Wohler audio monitors; truck dock fiber-optic upgrade; and new operating consoles.
“Having been involved in many system upgrades and stadium projects, I can definitely say this upgrade at FedExField puts the stadium at the forefront of sports facility technology,” said Frank Giliotti, Vice President of Technical Services for CEI. “The fans will notice a dramatic improvement in the video, graphics and sound, and our staff will also see significant advancements in the system capabilities and operation on game day.”
CEI, located in Newington, VA, is a leading, award-winning broadcast and multi-media systems integrator. The company also offers complete equipment service, support and training, and supplies products and services to a wide range of commercial clients and non-profit businesses. Federal agencies and government organizations can be supplied through GSA. CEI has helped to define the leading edge of systems engineering and implementation for the communications industry since the mid1980’s.