Riedel - Selected Canadian Installations

Facility-wide Artist, Performer, Acrobat
Global Television Network -  is a privately owned Canadian broadcast television network that is owned by Shaw Media/Shaw Communications. It is currently Canada's second most-watched broadcast television network and has twelve owned-and-operated stations throughout the country.   The flag-ship station, CIII-DT, maintains studio facilities located at 81 Barber Greene Road in the Don Mills district of Toronto, and its transmitter is located atop the CN Tower in downtown Toronto. The station serves much of the population of Ontario through a network of 13 transmitters across primarily the southern and central portions of the province.

Global Television was the first major broadcaster to deploy a facility-wide Riedel communications system during a major facility update to high-definition in 2007.  Shortly after that, Global began to replace their older UHF based intercom system with Acrobat - Riedel's DECT-based digital wireless system.  Rob worked with Global engineering team to develop the antenna system for Acrobat's deployment.

The PDF shows a block diagram of the Acrobat system...


Acrobat System
299 Queen Street West - also known as Bell Media Queen Street, is the television/radio broadcast hub of Bell Canada's media unit, Bell Media is located at the south-east corner of Queen Street West and John Street in downtown Toronto, Canada. The building previously served as the headquarters of CTVglobemedia until Bell Canada acquired CTV in 2011 - as well as CHUM Television, until CTV acquired CHUM in 2007.  The current facility operates studios and production facilities for Bravo, BNN, CP24, The Comedy Network, Comedy Gold, E!, Investigation Discovery, M3, MTV2, MuchMusic and Space. In addition, selected CTV programs, including eTalk and The Marilyn Denis Show, are produced at the building.

Engineering at CTV, contacted Rob about the potential of providing a facility-wide intercom system. The coverage area included numerous studios in the main buildings, plus exterior spaces; public sidewalk areas encircling the building on Queen Street, John Street and Richmond Street - in addition, parts of the parking lot needed significant coverage...where it is used for special events like the MMVA's. (Much Music Video Awards).  Along with Riedel engineering Rob developed an antenna distribution system for the installation:


Acrobat System

The Rogers TV studio complex at 33 Dundas Street East, near the corner of Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, Canada.  The seven story building was acquired by Rogers Media in 2007 and after a completed renovation in 2009, became home to four TV stations and various production studios.  CITY-TV, CFMT (Omni 1), CJMT (Omni 2) and the CityNews Channel.  In 2012 Rob Poretti was retained to completely replace the wireless mic system for the entire building and to resolve performance issues with both the IFB and intercom systems.  The intercom system was replaced with a Riedel Communications’ Acrobat Digital Wireless Intercom solution:  Acrobat CC-60. 

The general motivation for the intercom replacement was poor performance and UHF spectrum efficiency which was becoming congested in the downtown Toronto area.  This issue became critical with the requirement of a building wide antenna distribution system for all wireless components:  nearly 100% building-wide coverage for wireless microphones, IFB and intercom systems.

The Acrobat system utilizes the benefits of the Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) standard’s base layer. This provides a license-free, cellular architecture with seamless hand-over between cells, allowing each Acrobat Wireless Beltpack to continuously monitor and automatically select the best connection to the Acrobat Cell Controller. A pair of cell antenna were deployed on each floor and interconnected with POE Ethernet switches to provide near complete c0verage of the entire building.
Below is a sample floor antenna location.  The PDF attachement shows building wide POE switch/antennae structure...


Artist, Performer, Acrobat
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology is a public polytechnic college located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that offers full-time and part-time programs at the baccalaureate, diploma, certificate and graduate levels. The joint Seneca/York campus offers a modern Broadcasting - Television program for students wishing to enter television production industries within television stations, production companies, and post–production companies.

Belwo is a picure of the TV-Studios and the PDF link is a block diagram of the installed Artist, Performer and Acrobat systems...


Artist and Acrobat Systems
Global Television - Downtown - is a broadcast facility built to host "The Morning Show": a nationally aired show by Global Television. The magazine-style show feature news, weather and current events, plus a four-way discussion among the hosts. The facility was built in a downtown location near the corner of Bloor Street and Church.

The downtown facility is connected with fiber for audio, video, intercom, etc - to their main location in Don Mills. Rob was contracted to build the RF system for mics and IFB's as well as an intercom system based on 1.9GHz license-free DECT technologies from Riedel Communications. The coverage of all systems were for a mid-sized TV studio plus exterior spaces just outside the studio - which is on street level, facing the busy downtown Bloor Street location. This includes a large courtyard immediately west of the (red) studio doors - orange area below: