W-DMX™ and Hex36 at Royal Adelaide Show

Posted on: September 26th, 2016 by David Ferraz

Staging Connections Adelaide used their brand new ShowPro Hex36 LED Floods at the Royal Adelaide Show with sixteen of them arranged around the main arena as effect lighting.

Originally intended as “traffic lights” to start and stop the Drone racing, the Hex36 ended up being integrated into the rest of the show for ute racing, effects lighting and to engage the audience.

The sheer brightness of the fixtures more than exceeded our expectations,” commented Ashley Gabriel, Staging Connections’ Regional General Manager. “Sixteen of them filled the main arena even if the stadium lights were turned off! The fixtures also had to withstand the Adelaide elements during the two week period they were in position facing high winds and driving rain as well as some warm sunny days – none of which affected the running or reliability of the Hex’s.”

Also making their debut were Staging Connections’ new Wireless Solution BlackBox F-1 wireless DMX transceivers and BlackBox R-512 with high gain antennas to control the fixtures.

“The DMX was solid even with 20,000 people in the arena and the general RF in the area too. We are very happy with the fixtures and equipment supplied.”

Wireless Solution is distributed in Australia and New Zealand exclusively by Show Technology.

(original article and photos by Show Technology)

Review of the 802.11 standards

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by Marie

(original article from L-COM*)

Many of you are familiar with the term 802.11 – L-COM as recently published a very good article about this standard, which details some of the history of each version. Wireless Solution has decided to summarise this article, including some original references. Note the original is from L-COM, and Wireless Solution is referencing and crediting the original publisher, annexing the link to the original publication below.

802.11a – released in 1999, this standard supported rates up to 54Mbps. It utilises 5 GHz only, a significantly less congested band (resulting in a lot less interference from other signals). The big disadvantage is the range, being less than what 2.4 GHz offers, as well as breaking barriers – these signals in 5GHz are more easily absorbed by walls and solid objects.

802.11b – released in 1999, same year than the previous. It was initially widely adopted as this version was a lot less expensive than the former, having been adopted by the consumer market. It is better in travelling to further distances and penetrating solid objects. However, it only supported up to 11Mbps.

Because water reacts better to 2.4 GHz, there is a disadvantage in using outdoor, as trees and leaves may disturb its transmission. For outdoor use, 802.11a is better than this version.

802.11g – released in 2003, it operates in 2.4 GHz but it has a higher throughput of 54Mbps, and still backwards compatible with previous versions.

802.11n – this was released in 2009 and designed with an increased throughput, utilising multiple antennas to increase data rate, now up to 600 Mbps. It uses both frequency bands 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, with a superior indoor and outdoor coverage, essentially doubling the range of its predecessors.

This uses a new technology – MIMO – Multiple-input Multiple-Output; It’s a technique for sending and receiving more than one wireless signal on the same radio channel at the same time.

802.11ac – This is the most recent standard, adopted in 2014, supporting rates up to 1.3 Gbps. It only uses 5 GHz, but it carries MU-MIMO, an advanced form of the technology in the previous version.

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Equipment in 2.4GHz – other equipment in this frequency spectrum include microwave ovens, baby monitors, Bluetooth devices, cordless phones, routers, intercom systems, Steadicams, video transmitters, and many others.

W-DMX™ – Our technology is not based on any of these Wi-Fi standards, but it’s relevant to mention the similarity in frequency range. We use the complete range of channels, but our technology is our own. In fact, because of the way we develop our software, our transmission can travel 10x the distance than the most flexible Wi-Fi standard (802.11n can travel circa 70m/225ft and W-DMX™ can travel 700m/23,000ft with line-of-sight).

When approaching a complex project in a heavy Wi-Fi environment, we recommend to find out which is the predominant standard, and use W-DMX™ devices in the less congested band – for example, if 802.11g is in operation, you should use W-DMX™ on 5.8 GHz.

There is a valid discussion to whether 2.4 GHz is better outdoors or indoors – you must consider the physical space outdoors, that might allow for a better spread in the air; or when indoors you might have more barriers and more devices to conflict with this band. You must consider all sorts of challenges when specifying to a complex installation.

It’s relevant to understand that Wi-Fi is based on wideband (with DSSS, commonly used to send big chunks of data) where W-DMX™ is based on narrowband and frequency hopping. Wideband is needed for a larger volume of data – our technology does not need this as DMX data rate is only 0,25Mbit/s.

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Because each Wi-Fi channel is 20MHz large, there only exist 11 channels in the 2.4 GHz spectrum – there is physically not space for more. Our technology however does not require such a large space – each channel of W-DMX™ is only 1MHz wide, allowing for 77 channels to be used at the same time (77 narrowband channels are equivalent to 11 Wi-Fi channels of DSSS). Moreover, common Wi-Fi allows for channel overlapping (except in channels 1, 6 and 11 are non-overlapping), whereas W-DMX™ is a non-overlapping system.

Adaptive Frequency Hopping is also very important to us, and something we actively implement and improve – in temporary applications, where there is very little time to survey, analyse or troubleshoot wireless networks, a system with a technology that adapts its radio transmission automatically depending on current radio traffic is needed – said system ensures that the transmission is conducted interference free. Our technology looks out for other wireless devices, avoiding overlapping with them, and jumping 1600 times per second on up to 77 narrow band channels within its frequency spectrum. The adaptive feature constantly scans for background noise (caused by other wireless networks) and, if a channel gets interference, it gets removed automatically – once this interference goes away, the channel automatically goes back to the hopping schedule.

Another great feature of W-DMX™ is our Data-Safe technology: in short terms, we send each DMX slot up to 4 times, in different radio packages, on different frequencies (or channels, one of those 77 we mentioned before). Each radio packet has integrity control – this means it will only be received if they are complete and consistent, so even if up to 3 data packages get corrupt (and therefore not received) we will still get the DMX information across the radio link. We also have a 192-bit encryption that acts like a defence mechanism, making sure that the data does not get altered – the original data coming in to the transmitter is the same than the one coming out of the receiver.

The other great benefit of W-DMX™ is Invisi-Wire: this is a technique to reproduce the timing information from the DMX controller. Since the DMX standard has a wide timing specification (there are several interesting articles on the web about this*) some fixtures may not work as well with certain consoles, even if they follow the right specification. Invisi-Wire reproduces the incoming timing when we resend the DMX data from the receiver. And even if the fixture does not work with all variations of the DMX timing specification, it will work wirelessly thanks to this technique.

MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) – This is a method for multiplying the capacity of a radio link using multiple transmit and receive antennas, on the same radio channel at the same time, and explore multipath propagation. It increases link capacity and spectral efficiency combined with improved link reliability using what were previously seen as interference paths.

MU-MIMO (Multi-user MIMO) – it’s a set of MIMO technology in which a set of users of wireless terminals, each with one or more antennas, communicate with each other. It is a more advanced form of the previous technology, that can leverage multiple users as spatially distributed transmission resources.

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*Original article: L-com. (2014, October 21). An A to Z review of the 802.11 standards. Retrieved May 23, 2016, from L-COM,

http://www.l-com.com/content/Article.aspx?Type=N&ID=10638

Reference website for DMX timing:

*Doug Fleenor Design. Doug Fleenor design – DMX Primer. Retrieved June 3, 2016, from DFD, http://www.dfd.com/primer.html

 

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W-DMX™ controls P5s over 1km in Tulove Grede

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by David Ferraz

To mark the first anniversary of the passing of Pierre Brice during Winnetou Festival 2016, a memorial service took place in Croatia at the peak of the massif Tulove Grede.

German lighting design company MBLightarts was tasked to put together a multimedia show – they sketched the setup based on satellite images and local maps, studied some of the effects locally and took equipment and staff to Croatia during the first week of June, having had their debut on the 6th of June.

The team took in total 34x SGM P5 RGBW washes to lit up the rocks, split in 8 groups, each with a 5.2kVA generator, as there was no power supply on-site. In order to control these fixtures, MBLightarts used W-DMX™ from Wireless Solution – 6x WhiteBox F-1 G4S transceivers were used, some with the standard 3dBi omni-directional antennas [where the distance was shorter], and the remaining with the Outdoor 8/10 Dualband Antenna.

The furthest receiver was at 1km from the transmitter”, said Samuel Siegel, of MBLightarts. “Using W-DMX™ was extremely important in this circumstance, due to the extreme terrain, long distance to the lights, and the fact that a great part of the terrain had war mines, left from the war in Yugoslavia!”. The chosen desk to operate this one-of-a-kind event was a HOG4, which was positioned 800 meters from most of the rig.

The overall experience seemed to be quite eventful for the team – a storm came down on the first day of fit-up [just to prove how good the IP rating of all the fixtures and transceivers was], several struggles with the tough terrain, and even an unexpected visit by a pack of wolves [which were definitely not part of the local crew!].

W-DMX™ is known for providing a wireless DMX link through long distances – in areas like this, where there is practically no interference from other devices, W-DMX™ can provide a solid link up to 700 meters between devices, out of the box. Where it’s necessary to go further, as MBLightarts needed, the use of directional antennas is of extreme importance, in order to concentrate the radio waves straight from the source to the destination. “The radios are built to only transmit DMX data”, says Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution. “Because of the low bandwidth, we are able to send data to really long distances. This is what makes us different from Zigbee, Bluetooth or any 802.11 protocol, making our technology a lot more reliable”, Arvidsson added.

Wireless Solution is distributed and supported in Germany by Lightpower.

 

Selected photos by Christian Holthausen (www.christian-holthausen.de)

Further information can be found on www.facebook.com/mblightarts

ON LX fits W-DMX™ in Look Solutions Viper 2.6

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by David Ferraz

British laser and special effects company, AC Lasers, have upgraded their line of smoke and haze machines to feature integrated W-DMX™ control. 

NANO RX modules were installed into Look Solutions Viper 2.6 smoke machines and Pea Soup Phantom hazers to provide full wireless control of the output and variable blower control.

Andy Thompson, of AC Lasers notes: “It is important to have full, balanced coverage of haze in arenas or outdoor festival stages for lasers to look their best, and W-DMX™ is the only practical solution for us.” Daniel Briggs, of AC Lasers adds: “All of the nodes were connect to a Wireless Solution BlackBox F-1 G4S Transceiver, which supports ArtNet I/O through Ethernet, allowing us to operate straight from the laser control software’.

W-DMX’s OEM components were distributed and supported by ON LX, an emerging company based in the South East of England. James Walton, ON LX’s Operations director, was responsible for putting this project together with AC Lasers: ‘W-DMX offers versatility, quick setup times and a rock-solid connection for professionals like AC lasers in cutting edge arena shows”, he commented. James also added: “Even DIY’ers and enthusiasts can integrate wireless DMX in any existent product with very basic technical skills.

David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for Wireless Solution, stated: “ON LX is a valuable partner with a very savvy team – the bespoke projects they put together is terrific. We are grateful they use, trust and recommend our technology”.

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution, also commented: “There is an increasing number of manufacturers using our OEM series to boost the technical features of their products. The majority come to us for the reliable data transmission and outstanding performance that W-DMX™ can offer.

W-DMX™ is the true trendsetter in Hollywood

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 by David Ferraz

Wireless Solution has recently been on a quest to find out which Wireless DMX technology is predominantly in motion-picture and TV productions. We found the answer in a small office in Los Angeles where we met a modest but very interesting company – they are called BriteShot.

BriteShot – an American company – was founded in 2009 by Peter Ticktin, Roy McDonald and Irene Conrad. They spent 3 years researching and developing their first product – The Luminator®. Their main target market is the motion-picture and film markets. They have years of knowledge in television and theatre as well, and run a separate company called The Production Plant.

The idea of The Luminator® was to create a more efficient light than conventional HMI sources, with an increased flexibility with color and control. Their unit rivals any 3,000-watt fixture, with an array of 168 LEDs – they have AW versions (from 3,200k up to 6800k), Tungsten only and RGBAW fixtures with an impressive color range.

This unit has a very interesting characteristic – when BriteShot released it 3 years ago, they implemented W-DMX™. Today, this North American manufacturer owns more than 200 fixtures with embedded wireless DMX from Wireless Solution, that they rent across three locations – Los Angeles, New York and Southern Florida. In fact, BriteShot have available a Wireless Control Kit that includes a standard Wi-Fi router (for connectivity to an iPad), an Ethernet to DMX node and a W-DMX™ Blackbox F-1 MK2 transceiver. This allows users to remotely control an unlimited amount of units over a single iPad. Thanks to the reliable technology of W-DMX™, the units can be up to 2200 feet away from their control point, and effects and colors can be manipulated from an iPad – if the distance needs to be increased, the user can simply change the front-antenna, and extend the optimal range.

The Luminator® was specifically designed to withstand the long-hours of any video production, and be able to save costs to production companies – this is why it has an extremely low energy-consumption, an easy setup, and it even includes pre-built lighting effects like Police lights, Fire truck, ambulance, paparazzi, lightning effects and many more. All these effects can be recalled in seconds.

BriteShot also includes a vast portfolio in TV: it has been used in shows like The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Gotham, Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist, The Daily Show, CSI, Mr. Robot and any more.

It has also been present in events like: The Emmy’s Red Carpet for Extra, The US Open, and features like The Intern, The Amazing Spiderman, Captain America, Transformers, and many more! You can check their vast portfolio here.

We used a W-DMX™ BlackBox F-1 G4S for the shooting of Gotham for FOX and it worked great from 180 feet away”, said Roy McDonald, who was working on-set. “We were filming The Family, a show for ABC that got cancelled, and we were about 100 yards away from the lights. The connection stayed steady the whole time!”.

Wireless Solution is no stranger to this industry, and has been used since the beginning by many gaffers and a vast range of lighting rental companies – it has been used in productions like Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides, Super 8, Star Trek and many others. Thanks to great advocates like Lighting Programmer Joshua Tatcher, Jason McKinnon from Electric Aura and Jarred Tiffin (also worked in Star Trek), the technology has become a standard in Hollywood productions and quite familiar to IATSE Local 728 and other unions, where W-DMX™ collaborates (along with the great support from Joshua) to deliver training sessions regularly.

W-DMX™ is also available for rental through companies like 4-Wall, PRG, Cinelease, Hollywood Rentals, MACCAM Inc., and many others.

Wireless Solution is currently distributed and supported in North America by TMB, with offices in Los Angeles and New York.

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