Team GB athletes to return to ice on the new World Championship course – secured by RD ALFA
The British athletes that had so much success at the winter Olympics will soon be returning to action in the World Championships in 2015 at the newly renovated Sigulda bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track located in Latvia.
The Olympic training venue is a full 1,420 m course with 16 curves around which competitors hurtle at over 125 km/h.
The track that hosted the 2010 European Luge Championships has undergone major renovation preparing for the 2015 season, including the installation of a new CCTV system that provides pictures back to training and judge’s area.
Twenty video cameras have been installed along the track to help monitor progress of the athletes as they descend. Track officials use footage from the CCTV system to dispatch competitors at appropriate times, observe traffic around the course, monitor crowd activity, respond to alarm situations and inspect the track prior to carrying out preventative maintenance. The use of IP cameras on this track is impossible because of the high-velocity of the luges and bobsleighs.
With over 1200 m long runs and temperatures ranging from +30°C in summer to – 30°C in winter and high speeds of luges day and night make this site a challenge for any CCTV installer.
The choice of analogue cameras based on RD ALFA Microelectronics range of video transmission products provided the highest quality and most reliable transmission of video signals.
Products installed on the course included:
- TWIST-8RC-AUTO, 8-channel UTP adaptive automatic equalization receiver hub
- TWIST-R-AUTO, active video receiver
- TWIST-TA, active video transmitter
- TWIST-P1F, UTP passive video transceiver
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