Radio Frequency Coordination on Lowlands Paradise 2014
Kees Heegstra, RF specialist for Dutch event companies Mojo Concerts and Loc7000, coordinated and monitored all wireless systems used at Lowlands (the biggest 3 day festival in the Netherlands).
Besides the 130 channels wireless systems and In-Ears, provided by rental company Ampco Flashlight, performing bands also brought in at least 150 channels per day.
Each festival day, approximately 300 UHF transmitters were used in an area of 3.5 sq km, the majority of which were Shure PSM1000, PSM900, and UHF-R transmitters .
“With so many channels, I needed a reliable and efficient solution to monitor the RF spectrum in risk areas,” explains Heegstra.
For securing the transmission without any interference, the AXIENT Spectrum Manager, along with Wireless Workbench 6 software, were first choice. He used 4 Spectrum Managers and placed them on the stages where bands were bringing in their own RF sets. These 4 stages where located on the edge of the festival site, so the Spectrum Managers covered the entire area.
For the frequency plan Heegstra relied on the Wireless Workbench 6 software. The RF plan for the whole festival area was setup based on various scans.
With the four AX600 Spectrum Managers networked, coordination took place in the central control unit where they used the most important function, RF scanning. Checking if assigned frequencies being used according to plan and search for any unapproved transmitters.
“I was not only in a position to continuously monitor the stages with the highest RF risk, but I could scan the entire festival site thanks to the four Spectrum Managers from AXIENT,” said Heegstra.
“Without the Spectrum Managers, I would not have been able to work this efficiently, monitoring a festival location of this size”.
During the three days, no RF incidents occurred, securing music for 60, 000 music lovers!
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