CHAUVET Maverick series take W-DMX™

Posted on: July 21st, 2016 by David Ferraz

CHAUVET Professional introduced its Maverick series at Prolight + Sound this year.

The new series features three power-packed tour ready moving fixtures: the MK2 Wash, MK1 Hybrid and MK2 Spot. Setting a new standard for professional tour-graded lights, these fixtures offer a host of performance features never seen before in their price range.  Among these features is the integration of a W-DMX™ receiver card in every Maverick unit fitted as standard out of the factory.

“We set out to make a statement with Maverick,” said Albert ChauvetCEO of CHAUVET, “Including W-DMX underscores our commitment to putting our customers first, because of its convenience, reliability, and speed of setup. We have had great success with W-DMX in our fixtures since we launched our original WELL fixtures in 2011. Since then, Wireless Solution has been the exclusive wireless DMX provider for CHAUVET Professional.

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution also expressed enthusiasm for the OEM relationship between his company and CHAUVET Professional. “We have been working with CHAUVET Professional for more than 5 years, and during that time they have had great products that encouraged customers to use Wireless DMX from Wireless Solution.”

The Maverick fixtures come with a W-DMX™ 2dBi omni-directional antenna in a small enclosure that pops out, resulting in better connectivity to the transmitter.

Working on 2.4 GHz, the fixtures are compatible with any W-DMX™ transmitter. The W-DMX™ technology includes its propriety Adaptive Frequency Hopping, data-safe and invisi-wire features.  In addition to the Maverick series, other CHAUVET Professional fixtures that use W-DMX™ exclusively include the WELL Flex and WELL Fit battery-powered units.

8 Reasons why you should ❤️ Wireless DMX

Posted on: July 18th, 2016 by Marie

 

1. Cables suck

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This should be the only reason, but we’ll give you others in case you’re still not convinced. No more running around laying or coiling cables. With wireless, deployment time is a lot quicker than the traditional method, and you don’t have to spend hours coiling them back. It’s also more environmentally friendly and doesn’t require maintenance.

2. Trip-Hazards: Mind the old folks!

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Needless to say that you will no longer need cable ramps – there isn’t a physical object connecting front-of-house to stage: it’s pure wireless magic! This will make the health and safety lads a lot happier, you won’t need to crawl before each gig to cover the cables, and you can be (literally) miles away from your lights! Have you ever thought about working from the bar?

3. If the Spot has 37 channels, then what address should the wash be on?

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Not good at math? Luckily most desks can tell you which channel your fixtures must be on. And guess what? They can also set the address for you automatically, through RDM! W-DMX™ is fully compatible with RDM, making sure that even the furthest fixtures from you will communicate back to the desk. Why not look at our BlueBox?

4. Pimp your bike with LEDs, AND DO AWESOME TRICKS IN THE DARK!

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Or any sort of vehicle, really. Have you ever seen dancers with those LED suits? You must have noticed by now that it would be impossible to dance with cables attached to you. We recently helped Shock FX in the UK fueling DMX to a light suit and an FMX bike. The final outcome was breathtaking! – Small Disclaimer – Any tricks that may involve vehicles should not be done unless by highly competent people!

5. The Pros love Wireless DMX

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Outstanding professionals like Patrick Woodroffe, Paul Normandale, Adam Bassett, Jason McKinnon, Joshua Thatcher, Ted Wells, Fredrik Nilsson, Ola Melzig, Mark Fisher and many (many!!) others, already use W-DMX™ in high-profile events. These include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Eurovision events, and other outstanding performances.

6. Reliable technology – and it’s not at all like Wi-Fi

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Our technology is not at all like the Wi-Fi you know – we only share the same frequency band. We designed our radios from scratch, to work exclusively with DMX data – you can’t send “the internet” through our boxes (sorry mum!). This is why we can send DMX to such long distances. If you’re a lighting geek, drop us an email and we’ll explain all there is about our technology.

7. No 100-meter limit!

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It’s very simple – cable works with voltage pulses, we work 0s and 1s. We integrate the data so you can send it through longer distances – for example, you should never use more than 100 meters (110 yards) of DMX cable, as your data might disintegrate. When you send a command from a desk, we send it in packets (each gets transmitted 4 times), receive it assemble, and send to our lights. Could not be more efficient than this!

8. CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP!

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Big projects require lots of cables. Small projects [often] require a low budget! We thought about everyone’s wallets, and came up with the most affordable solution on the market, with an exceptional track-record for performance. Read how we have changed architectural installations, urban infrastructures or even nightclubs venues!

W-DMX™ amongst winning brands at the Guinness World Records in Chile

Posted on: July 13th, 2016 by Marie

On May the 22nd a new Guinness World record was set at the Bicentenario de la Florida stadium in Santiago, Chile. A total of 2,357 football athletes played a match that lasted 120 hours, a record set before in England that registered 105 continuous hours.

The event organised by Entel and Huaweii required a closing act of the same magnitude than this record achievement – to plan this, the organisers brought Real Audio Sistemas, a national producer in charge to put this together. At 7:00PM, 24x Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330 lit up the sky of La Florida, along with 6x Clay Paky Alpha Spot 1500 that harmonized the lighting design. Large gobo beams set a powerful tone to this stage, all coming from the dazzling Mythos and Scenius fixtures that contributed to the scale of this event.

The backbone of the lighting performance was provided by W-DMX™ from Wireless Solution, the unrivalled standard of Wireless DMX technology. Two BlackBox F-1 MKII transceivers were used, sending data from the console for more than 100 meters to the front truss line without disruption, in a stadium with capacity to host between 12,000 to 25,000 people. “We used W-DMX™ as it’s a safe and reliable system, and saves us a lot of hours by not having any configuring setup to do: it’s plug & play”, said the happy customer to Valook. “Winning time in events of this magnitude is essential”.

Francisco Yañez, Product Manager for Valook, has been a great ambassador for the brand in Chile – W-DMX™ has been used in all major events in the capital, and keeps setting records every time. “In this particular production, there was no discussion about not using BlackBoxes – the customer already knows how to use it, and trusts its reliable performance”, said Francisco, highlighting the success of the event. “Real Audio Sistemas are a good customer of ours, and they have never had problems with Wireless DMX. They are extremely happy to be able to integrate W-DMX™ technology in all high-profile events”.

For Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution, this project joins an extensive list of prestigious events: “Through the years, we have been able to participate in the most outstanding performances, from a number of Eurovision song-contests in Europe, to the Super Bowl in the United States and several Olympic tournaments. We are delighted to have such placement in Latin America”.

5 Things you may be doing wrong with Wireless DMX

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by Marie

1. Face the antennas the same way

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All antennas must face the same direction – this is because of the way radio waves travel after leaving the radio. They must converge and hit the source in the same orientation than they left. You won’t see the an effect if the radios are close to each other, however, when the distance becomes greater, you will improve signal strength by adjusting their position!

2. Wibbly Wobbly Antenna

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Tighten your antenna!! if you are not getting a solid signal strength, or the signal drops out, it may be that one of the antennas is not correctly fitted. Screw the antenna all the way in until it’s tight – you want the radio to make contact with the antenna connector and complete the circuit. If the problem persists, try a different antenna and a different cable – this is one of the questions we will ask you when troubleshooting your setup.

3. Have you got line-of-sight?

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It is important that the antennas can see each other. even though wireless can penetrate barriers, you don’t want to have a lot of obstacles in the way of your antennas, otherwise your signal strength may drop. Don’t forget that trees, humans or anything containing water may disturb the signal.

Why not use our Uglybox unit to check if you have a good link quality?

4. Use G4S mode

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We ship all of our boxes in G3 operating mode (also known as compatibility mode). This works with w-dmx™ boxes that existed in the early years of wireless dmx. If you are working in a venue with a lot of other wireless equipment, then you should use G4S mode for a more reliable transmission. This also includes dual-band transmission, in the 5 GHz frequency-band. refer to our manual to see how to change modes.

5. Air Gap? We can’t fix that!

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We know how stressful your job is – however, if your lights are not getting any data, don’t forget to check the most obvious steps, like plugging your in cable to the transmitter. Here’s a little tip: we have a data indication led that lights up as soon as the transmitter receives data from a dmx controller. all the receivers indicate if data is being sent or not.

W-DMX™ at the Maritime Museum in Australia

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 by Marie

As part of this year’s Vivid Sydney light festival, the Australia Museum’s rooftop was once again a big canvas for a lightshow. As part of the setup, Fusion Entertainment were responsible to light up the area around the museum – Paul Walton, managing director of Fusion – collaborated with Show Technology in Australia, and chose ShowPro HEX 18 LED Pars and ShowPro EX36 LED Floods, both IP rated units.

“It goes through a few colour fades and variations keeping within a maritime theme,” said Paul. The north side of the building was completely lit up by EX36 floods: “The reason they wanted the northern side lit up is that there is a lot of foot traffic from the ferry terminal.”

It was important to use Wireless DMX from Wireless Solution in this side of the building, due to safety issues and constraints in using cables: “That’s why we used some W-DMX™ as we couldn’t run cable across the main thorough fare. It was just a short link but an important one for safety”, Paul commented. In total Fusion Entertainment used two BlackBox F-2 MKII transceivers, which ran two DMX universes from control to the lighting gear.

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution, commented: “Sometimes we tend to forget the simplest applications. W-DMX™ is perfect when safety is the most important thing on-site – no more cable ramps to simply run a few DMX lines. If you have local power where the fixtures positioned, you can quickly run a Wireless DMX feed directly from control, in seconds”.

Wireless Solution is distributed and supported in Australia by Show Technology.

Mandylights use W-DMX™ at Taronga Zoo for Vivid Sidney

Posted on: June 16th, 2016 by Marie

Vivid Sydney, a festival of light aiming to transform the Australian city into a wonderland of “light art”, has recently reached out to Taronga Zoo, and lit up a trail with giant animal multimedia light sculptures.

The project was created by Ample Projects, with interactive lighting, sound effects and moving parts.  The sculptures were presented with a great technologically advanced setup – the tender was won by Mandylights who created a colorful and atmospheric setting for the sculptures.

“The zoo is basically pitch black at night and in many areas we really had to start from scratch,” commented Richard Neville of Mandylights. “There were some areas where we had complete free reign and others where we were complementing the lanterns.”

Crucial to the lighting design were 130 x ShowPro Hex 18 LED PARs and 24 x ShowPro EX36 LED Floods, both of which have an IP65 rating. The PARS provide a solid base of colour for the entire site onto which Mandylights layered more lighting.

Due to the sheer amount of foot traffic during the day, and now the night, at the zoo, there were many places where cable ramps could not be run across the ground. There are also several vehicles used in the zoo, such as the elephant transporter, that are higher than your average road vehicle so running cables higher up was a problem too.

“This is where Wireless Solutions W-DMX was invaluable,” stated Richard. “It just does a series of hops around the park into really difficult to reach places.”

In total there were 4x BlackBox F-2 MKII with directional antennas and 16x Micro R-512 receivers, all plug & play. The Wireless system controlled most of the LED Pars, wash fixtures, moving-lights and dimmers around the park.

“This project would not have been achievable without W-DMX™ from Wireless Solution”, concluded Richard.

Wireless Solution is distributed and supported in Australia by Show Technology.

TMB and Wireless Solution: Reunited and it Feels so Good

Posted on: June 3rd, 2016 by Marie

After a hiatus of several years, TMB has officially been reappointed exclusive US distributor of W-DMX™ products.  The leading global distributor will represent Wireless Solution for the architectural, entertainment production, staging, and Film/TV markets.  TMB is no stranger to the brand, or to the wireless industry, and brings a storehouse of knowledge to the partnership. 

“The reliable and dependable W-DMX wireless systems are an ideal addition to our product line-up,” says Stephanie Kilburg, TMB Sales Manager.  “Considered the standard of excellence for Wireless DMX technology – the standard to which others are compared – W-DMX perfectly complements our ProPlex and Solaris ranges, and much more.  Cable is obviously an important element of TMB’s business, but wireless control is an important tool, necessary and useful to many of our customers.  W-DMX is the leader in wireless technology and we’re delighted to be part of the ongoing wireless evolution.”

For David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager of Wireless Solution, this agreement is a significant achievement:  “It’s great being able to partner with someone with an active presence throughout the US entertainment, as well as architectural and Film/TV markets,” says David.  “TMB has an outstanding reputation for providing high-quality products and excellent service, as does Wireless Solution.  It’s important for customers to deal with someone they can trust.”  David has been reintroducing the brand to the TMB team in the USA, making sure the transition occurs smoothly and the changes will be beneficial to W-DMX users.  David adds, “Through the years we have worked with many distributors around the world; we have known leaders with vision, all of whom propel this industry forward.  TMB is a trendsetter in the industry and we couldn’t be more excited.  Having them represent our brand in the largest market in the world is very comforting.  I am positive they will do a terrific job!”

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution, comments:  “This agreement will benefit everyone, especially our customers.  We are grateful for their enthusiasm”. 

Further, Colin Waters, TMB’s CEO, states:  “We are privileged by the opportunity to renew this old relationship.  With all the experience we have gained in the interim, TMB stands ready to further develop Wireless Solution’s position as the original and leading brand in Wireless Lighting Control.  TMB’s entire team will be proudly and confidently stating about W-DMX, just as we used to: “It Just Works!”

TMB’s US locations will maintain inventory and perform authorized repairs for the Swedish brand.  Furthermore, TMB’s Sales and Technical Support teams will actively champion the W-DMX brand and its world-class technology.

Learn about TMB at www.tmb.com.

Mexico’s Paragon Tower takes W-DMX™

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by Marie

Hermes Music México, authorised dealer for Wireless Solution in Mexico, has recently completed an architectural lighting project in the Santa Fe district, Mexico City.

Hermes supplied PR Lighting fixtures to light up Paragon Tower, a 151m high hotel, all with LED sources. “The client wanted to enhance the building itself on a permanent basis”, explained Ricardo Segura de la Cruz, lighting specialist for Hermes. Controlling the data were WhiteBox F-1 G4S series units, which complemented PR Lighting’s capability to use W-DMX™. “As the exclusive distributor for PR Lighting in Mexico we can tie both brands in different projects, and guarantee that our customers get the best of both manufacturers. And by not having to run cables, we saved a lot of the budget in not having to create a new infrastructure just to run data”, said Ricardo.

The project used 2 WhiteBox F-1 G4S units to control 10 PR 8205 fixtures – the transmitter also sent data to the top balcony where these units were, with a modest distance of almost 150 meters.

David Ferraz, Business Development Manager for W-DMX™, this project demonstrates how easily you can reduce costs by running Wireless DMX: “Ricardo and the Hermes team constantly undertake greater architectural projects, and show the unlimited technical skill they have. By integrating products from one of our excellent OEM partners they were able to win this project and still be technically ahead of everyone else. We love working with Hermes, and have a great appreciation for these projects they take forward.”

Ricardo Segura from Hermes stating a clear change after finishing the project: “Many people have been lining up at the building to take pictures and it has created a completely different atmosphere in the area. And from a commercial perspective the objective has been achieved, as many more people are visiting the restaurants inside the building”.

Wireless Solution partners with Luxibel

Posted on: May 11th, 2016 by Marie

Wireless Solution Sweden has recently partnered with Luxibel, a Belgium distributor for the entertainment industry. The company brings a further knowledge and customer based in different sectors of entertainment and, effective immediately, will be an authorised dealer in the region.

Shelly Arvidsson, Regional Sales Manager for Wireless Solution, states: “Luxibel and their team are truly committed to stock and support the W-DMX range, and they have shown a very positive enthusiasm since the beginning.”

Luxibel distributes prestigious brands like Prolyte, JB-Lighting, ArKaos, Neutrik, Doughty and others, as well as products under their own brand. Wireless Solution is now part of this esteemed catalogue.

W-DMX™ G5 Introduction – Product Preview

Posted on: April 4th, 2016 by admin

It has been 5 years since G4 was launched, and 2 years since G4S started shipping. This year, we are proud to be launching G5, the evolution of Wireless DMX with support of RDM, as well Ethernet. Wireless Solution started working on G5 about 18 months ago – this was the result of collected feedback from customers all around the world. It’s also a gradual step in this technology – we have made a significant investment of resources so that the new generation performs better than previous versions, and still be very cost effective.
We kept our new products as simple as the previous ones, by using the One-Button-2-Go characteristic, and still have added more features. We have listen to YOU as a customer on what should over focus be.

Some of the new features in G5:

DOUBLE UP! – In all the F-Models (except Micro) you will have the option to run double up the quantity of DMX universes. On F-1 Models you can choose to have 1 or 2 DMX Universes; In F-2 Models you can choose to have 2 or 4 DMX universes. We listened to the request from our clients: as new fixtures take more DMX channels we added the option to double up the quantity of DMX universes on existent W-DMX™ series.

Twice the DMX quantity – same small boxes creating big stories

Personal Connectivity – Battery-powered fixtures have been booming in the lighting industry for the past couple of years – this kind of market, the corporate lighting market, brought a new type of customer, and some with very little knowledge of DMX. This meant creating a simple platform to control RGB lighting without previous knowledge of lighting controllers.

You can now get an optional Wi-Fi Module inside an F-Model, and link your smartphone or tablet to a BlackBox, and send DMX data straight to the fixtures. This enables a very easy control platform, without having to use an external Wi-Fi Router.

Triple-Band – For many years we have been the only manufacturer of Wireless DMX in the world to support not only 2.4Ghz, but also 5.8Ghz. In many applications the dual-band feature has been “life-saving”, as 2.4Ghz is frequently “crowded”, and unable to use regardless how adaptive or cognitive we are. If the frequency spectrum is full, there is no way to get around it.

Currently, the best way to circumvent this issue is to move the transmission to 5.8Ghz. However, because some countries have restrictions on the 5.8Ghz band, the output power has to be lowered, meaning that the same transmission will be done at a lower distance between devices.

With the launch of Triple-Band, these issues will become easier to by-pass. G5 supports 2.4Ghz, 5.8Ghz and 5.2Ghz, the last being a ground-breaking solution to wireless-congested venues.

Micro Series G5

The new Micro Series present a sleek design packed with new features. All Micro units are still using standard AA batteries but with an increased life-time that runs up to 10 hours.

We have worked extra hard along with our suppliers with fine tuning the COB antenna design, resulting in an extended range between devices. The new SMT mounted antenna is expected to get up to 30% longer distance than G4. This is in combination with higher sensitivity of the receiver.

Another feature that has been asked for is the use of a standard power supply. In G4 we use a 12V power-supply with RJ45 connector. We have changed this in G5, to a standard 5V Micro USB connector. This means that if you misplace your power-supply you can easy find one in any phone shop. We have also added a Kensington lock so you can protect them from getting stolen or to be used as safety wire if hanged on truss.

WhiteBox Series G5

Wireless Solution was the first manufacturer to introduce a full IP65 box – the new WhiteBox presents itself as a hybrid between an installation-box and rental-box for outdoor use. It features a new slim design, very similar to the BlackBox series. We have an M10 thread for a standard C-Clamp so it can be truss-mounting, and also safety-wire clip-point. We changed the plastic cable glender to stainless-steel, improving the input-cable rating from IP65 to IP67. We also made a stronger lid with 6 screw-points instead for 4 points. All together with these new features we can present a very robust design and an increased approved rating of IP66.

Vodka & Meatball Party

Last but not least, we will be hosting our famous Vodka & Meatball party, on Wednesday the 6th at 5PM. Join our team in what will be a great networking event, and try some of the best food and drinks Sweden has to offer. We will be in Hall 3, booth D37.

Wireless DMX on world’s biggest laser show

Posted on: March 30th, 2016 by Marie

British laser production company – ER Productions – have put together the world’s biggest laser show in Milan, Italy, for the release of Samsung’s Galaxy S7. The event took place in the beginning of March 2016 and it featured more than 220 lasers and 80 fog, haze and smoke machines, across 6 remote locations, 4 of the remote locations was controlled by W-DMX™ WhiteBox F-1 units.

Andrew Turner, Project Manager and designer of this show, chose Wireless Solution from the start: “We had other wireless equipment on other shows but the experience so far hasn’t been the greatest – often these systems crash when suddenly you get 10,000 people in a venue, minutes before the show. We talked to Wireless Solution during the planning stage for this show to understand the differences between systems. It was the first time we worked with Wireless Solution”.

David Ferraz – International Business Development Manager for W-DMX™ – liaised with ER from the beginning: “The specifications for this show were quite challenging, but nothing we hadn’t done in the past”, said David, who was also on-site, supporting build, rehearsals and show. “We worked closely with Andrew to understand the difficulties of this project, specifically distances, interference, etc. W-DMX™ was, undoubtedly, the best wireless protocol for this project.”

The event took place in the economic centre of Milan, in Piazza Gae Aulenti, right by Unicredit skyscraper. At the top of four surrounding buildings were approximately 20 lasers [per building], receiving data from a central transmitter. This central unit was hung 8 meters above people’s heads – on top of a delay tower. The receivers had connected a 12 dBi outdoor antenna pointing at a 6 dBi Omni-directional antenna, that transmitted the data almost at 1km. “We used an Uglybox MKII to find the best angle for each receiving antenna, by reading the link quality analysis generated in real-time” said Ferraz.

After a very successful show, Ryan Hagan – Director and co-founder of ER – acknowledge the system’s reliability: “It was great seeing that everything worked right from the beginning. Because of our past experiences I was reluctant about using wireless. But with David’s support and with seeing how well the system ran from day one, wireless became the least of our worries – one I crossed off the list!”.  Behind the great success of this event was a hardworking crew that Ryan couldn’t leave unmentioned: “We have to thank Andrew Turner and Tom Vallis who led setup and programming, along with riggers James Horwood and Damien Gardener, and laser technicians Seth Griffins, Oliver Jenni and James Redmond”.

W-DMX™ is no stranger to the laser industry: in fact, there are a number of OEM partners – including Laserworld and Kvant – that manufacture lasers with optional built-in W-DMX™. Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution, explained why: “It is very common for laser designers to think more outside the box – sometimes they may not have space for their equipment where there is a full lighting rig and fast changeovers. Furthermore, technicians must have full DMX control, Having W-DMX™ in-built makes their lives a lot easier. Marc Webber and Ryan Hagan [directors of ER Productions] did a great job demonstrating how much a laser effect can achieve. This project was so creative and technically challenging, but it looked absolutely effortlessly thanks to their professionalism and commitment. It was a great pleasure to be involved with this show, and we do look forward to seeing our kit in future jobs.”

Photos by Samsung Italy, for illustrating purposes only

Wireless Solution Sweden Thrive in Architectural Show

Posted on: March 21st, 2016 by Marie

Wireless DMX drew major interest at Light + Building 2016, in Frankfurt showcasing the new cutting edge range of products featuring the new G5 software with Triple-Band technology and advanced Adaptive Frequency Hopping, along with their current OEM series including the fast-selling COB chip, a 6mm by 6mm RDM compliant DMX chip.

Wireless Solution were present for all 6 days, networking with existing and new customers from both the architectural and entertainment industries, discussing applications from street lighting and high bay installation, through to the entertainment business.

Additionally, Wireless Solution partnered with University of South Wales, to offer James Walton -student of BSc Lighting Design Technology in the United Kingdom – an opportunity to work at the show. James performed as an ambassador for the brand during the week as well as networking with other industry leaders also exhibiting in Frankfurt.

For James, this was an incredible opportunity to be alongside manufacturers and meet key-players in the industry, especially after working on a number of projects and installations utilizing a mixture of both W-DMX’s off-the-shelf and OEM products (such as the FMX bike project, recently advertised).

James commented: “The W-DMX team were incredibly accommodating, giving me responsibility and the time to visit a number of other brands, for my own benefit. From a personal perspective, it was brilliant to see people so excited about the product range and discovering the endless flexibility and possibilities a W-DMX system brings to projects. “ 

David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for Wireless Solution added: “James displayed a wealth of technical knowledge. His background in working and exhibiting for companies including Robe, White Light and Enttec was very valuable and it certainly reflected in his capacity to promote our products. “

For Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution, Light + Building is an important show in the company’s roadmap: “W-DMX has a huge potential in the architectural market following the rise of LED technology and demand for a high precision control in this sector. We are currently the only company providing a combination of precise DMX and RDM control combined with the flexibility of a wireless system in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum.”

Red Bull Paraglider flies high with W-DMX™ in the Northern Lights

Posted on: March 1st, 2016 by Marie

Setting flight near Tromso, in Norway, Spanish acro pilot Horacio Llorens was challenged by Red Bull to experience the amazing Northern Lights from the sky under his paragliding wing. He accepted this mission and decided to face near-freezing temperatures of -15 degree Celsius. On his back he carried a Thor200 paramotor with some impressive 200cc power “the machine gave me the chance to climb whenever I wanted – or get out of trouble if I needed to”, said the pilot to Red Bull’s Adventure Stories, that can be found online.  

Contributing to nature’s impressive lighting design were two W-DMX™ Whitebox F-1 units, requested by Spanish Technical Manager Ramón López, who geared up Llorens with battery powered spotlights that lit up his rig against the night sky. The W-DMX™ boxes were responsible to establish a wireless link between the ground and the airborne gear. “We had the hard task to shoot wireless data in really harsh conditions of 20 degrees below zero. The equipment worked flawlessly!”, said Ramón López.

Helping with sales and support was EES, Wireless Solution’s exclusive distributor in Spain. The team liaised with with Ramón to provide the best technical advice to make this project hassle free and fully successful.

The final result can be watched here. It was shot with an ultra-sensitive camera that captured the drag of the emitted light in real-time.

Video courtesy of Red Bull, Edit by Ric Peterson.

Links:

http://www.redbull.com/en/adventure/stories/1331771865621/see-horacio-llorens-make-the-first-paraglide-flight-in-the-northern-lights

Photo credits © Frode Sandbech/Red Bull Content Pool.

W-DMX™ fuels world’s first LED FMX bike

Posted on: February 15th, 2016 by Marie

Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Dan Whitby became the first rider in the world to ever perform Freestyle Motorcross in the dark, riding a fully lit LED bike with W-DMX™ equipment.

The sold-out event took place in Manchester last year and attracted 7,000 spectators – the E22 Sport Arenacross Series counted with a UK tour with 8 stops in 2015, and with eight more dates in 2016.

Shock FX, UK based Special FX company, was responsible to supply the bespoke equipment – several Enttec DIN LED modules powered by a LiPo cell battery were used, controlling 8 individual zones of the bike and the rider.

In total, 4x W-DMX™ Micro R-512 G4S units were used to fuel data to the LEDs:

– The first was installed below the rider’s seat and received data for the body of the bike

–  The second was attached to the rider’s belt pack, allowing him to be controlled separately and wire free to the bike – this allowed him to do larger tricks and     to be performed whilst sailing 10 meters above the ground

– The third and fourth Micro Receivers were placed in each wheel. During testing all fears of a Doppler effect within each wheel (caused by each wheel  rotating at   up to 270 RPM) were allayed

A W-DMX™ Blackbox F-1 MKII was used at FOH position, sending data to all four receivers.

“We also had a W-DMX™ ProBox F-2500 and two Micro F-1 boxes as spare – we ended up not using them, as the equipment we had on-site was working with no issues!”, said James Walton, on-site lighting technician for Shock FX.

“This is the sort of jobs we get on a daily basis” said David Taylor, CEO of Shock FX. “The W-DMX™ exceeded my expectations – the range is absolutely incredible, and so his its reliability and rigidness. We were doing 200 meters between front-of-house to performer, and the signal strength did not drop once”, Taylor added.

White Light Ltd, UK exclusive distributor of W-DMX™, supplied the equipment to Shock FX: “We had a play at WL before so we could attest its performance”, added James Walton. “It just worked out of the box!”.

At Wireless Solution, Niclas Arvidsson – CEO and founder of W-DMX™ – commented: “We like seeing off-the-shelf products being used in this sort of application. You don’t have to be an electronics engineer to develop projects like this one – we have dedicated products for each application in the entertainment market. Shock FX have done an amazing job proving how this works. Now they can hand it over to the touring crew who will be able to operate without a lot of hassle!”.

 

 

Wireless spectacular at Marina Bay Singapore

Posted on: February 10th, 2016 by Marie

It has become tradition to celebrate New Year ’s Eve at the Marina Bay in Singapore – in fact, each year it attracts 100,000 people to this festivity. For 11 years it has been Esplanade’s job, together with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, to organise and facilitate this massive event – last year alone it included 8 minutes of firework displays and 20,000 “wishing spheres” along the river. Each sphere was signed by several people during previous months, with messages expressing wishes and hope to the upcoming year.

The organisers tasked local rental company “Showtech Communications” to provide a solution in integrating the existing lighting installations surrounding the bay with all the extra equipment for these celebrations. In total, Showtech used 48 Robe fixtures, 45 Clay Paky plus 300 Led fixtures to cover the whole area.

Under the guidance of Heryadi Mohd Yusof and Ismahadie Putra Ishak as the responsible LDs, a 6 universe of W-DMX™ was specified – this system bridged the 400 meters of water (from FOH to the fixtures area). Project manager William Ang, along with Lighting Chief Jorden Lee and assistant KIat used 12 Blackbox F-1 transceivers with outdoor dual band antennas to setup the link between the two sides of the bay. “The plug-and-play approach of the W-DMX™ transceivers provided instant connectivity across the water, which in itself is a difficult task due to the reflective nature of the water surface”, said the experienced techs.

During the setup process, the team found useful to change the transmission mode to 5.8 GHz: “There was an undetermined radio source at the receiving end giving us a slight interference. We decided to move to 5.8 GHz before not to put the job in jeopardy and to guarantee a secure connection”.

With the aid of the Co-Existence dongle (the W-DMX™ configuration tool), specific frequency channels were selected for each transmitter to eliminate interference. This configuration took less than 30 minutes and it guaranteed a smooth operation. In the end, the signal never dropped below 80%, even after reducing the output power on the transmitters. “W-DMX™ proved its invisi-wire philosophy – it worked as reliably as a cable would’ve worked!” said the elements of the team after a very successful show.

 

Photo credits – Jens Poehlker

Taiwan’s DLGH and Aurora light up NPMSB with W-DMX™

Posted on: January 20th, 2016 by Marie

In Taibao City, Taiwan, a Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum has opened, driving cultural, educational, social and economical development to both northern and southern regions of Taiwan. To commemorate its inauguration, Aurora Lighting was called in to overview the design, and local distributor Jackson Yu of DLHG, to offer project support to the job.

A total of 61 fixtures were used, including 20x Fine Art 230 BEAM, 16x Fine Art 1500 Spot, 20x Studio Due City Color and 5x PASP 4K SKYBEAM luminaires. Controlling these automated fixtures was an MA2 Full-size and 4x W-DMX™ BLACKBOX F-1 units.

To enhance the important landscape surrounding the building, the lighting display for the opening ceremony took place by the lake side, which created a barrier between control and lighting rig: “We got worried about DMX runs until we realised DLHG were W-DMX™’s distributor in Taiwan!” said Scotty Chen of Aurora Lighting. “Jackson explained us the intricacies of this Wireless systems, including the data-safe technology, which adds redundant packs of DMX data to the transmission. The system worked flawlessly” added Chen.

“The furthest distance between transmitter and receiver was 250 meters”, commented Jackson Yu, who’s been distributing W-DMX™ since 2013. “Whilst we spent 2 days setting up the lighting, the Wireless system took 2 minutes!” added Yu. When dealing with distances like this, W-DMX™ stands out from the competition and adds Invisi-Wire technology:  it deals with DMX frame characteristics such as the break, mark after break, interslot timings and slot count parameters and recreates them exactly as they came in at the transmitter side. This increases the signal’s fidelity and makes W-DMX™ the most reliable system on the market.

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution Sweden, added a remark: “We are not popular by chance: users like Aurora and DLHG trust us for our technology and support, and their confidence means that more people are moving from cable to wireless technology. We loved to hear about this project, and hope to see many more”.