Wireless Solution has recently awarded 6 of its best distributors worldwide, at Prolight+Sound 2018, in Frankfurt. The winners were:
Wireless Solution has recently awarded 6 of its best distributors worldwide, at Prolight+Sound 2018, in Frankfurt. The winners were:
Wireless Solution has scheduled to release a new OEM product – the TiNY RDM Receiver– at Prolight + Sound 2018. This new OEM module is 20mm wide by 60mm long, perfect for small-sized products that require a W-DMX™ connection. The module was developed to be a hybrid solution and offer the customers a module that can have a pin-header or be directly solder to a PCB, on its backside pads. This RDM receiver supports 3.3V or 5V input, making it an easy integration to any manufacturer.
The new module is compatible with all OEM products and legacy W-DMX™ solutions. The module complies with the latest RED (Radio Equipment Directive) and it’s ETSI and FCC approved. The new module also supports Wireless software updates for firmware loading at an end-user level.
As the company matures with age, its legacy becomes more engrained in the industry, and its expertise in manufacturing Wireless DMX becomes a de facto standard across the industry. Wireless Solution Sweden will be celebrating its 15th anniversary at Prolight + Sound 2018, and is asking its users to help celebrating their achievements by joining the festivities on Wednesday the 11th at 4PM, in Hall 3.0 D37, in a very Swedish style, with meatballs and drinks.
The company will also be showcasing G5, the newest Wireless DMX tri-band protocol released last year, and proving to be extremely popular due to the increasing demand of a Wireless DMX solution that doesn’t only work on 2.4 GHz.
Niclas Arvidsson, CEO for the manufacturer said: “Wireless Solution will also celebrate its 750th thousand manufactured radio module in 2018 – the previous year was a record-breaking year for the company, having been able to produce over 150,000 manufactured modules in a single year, showing great trust by our users by creating demand for a reliable Wireless DMX solution”.
The International Pyromusical Competition in the Philippines has just come to an end, and W-DMX™ played a crucial part of the finale.
The international event that gathers firework manufacturers from different countries takes place in the City of Pasay, one of the cities in Metro Manila, the capital region of the Philippines.
Forerunner Technologies, a production company in the region, was responsible to supply lighting and sound equipment for the event. Lighting designer John Batalla was incharge of programming over 50 Claypaky Sharpy moving-heads, along with 50 LED PAR RGB units, all with an Avolites Pearl Expert Pro console.
Due to the physical location of the venue, and a water bay between the control point and the lighting fixtures, the company used 6x W-DMX™ BlackBox F-1 transceivers, sending data over 500 meters from the shore. A total of 3 universes was used, with data being received with no latency at the receivers’ end.
Shelly Li, Regional Sales Manager for Asia & Pacific, commented: “Forerunner got involved with our technology in 2015, and it’s great to see them using it in very high profile events – this competition attracts visitors from around the world, and it’s very positive to know they trust us even in most complex jobs“.
The Republic of Mauritius celebrates its 50th anniversary its independence from the British empire, and production company IPG was assigned to look after all audio-visual responsibilities for the grand event.
The event took over 8 weeks to build (including all rigging and staging), and hundreds or technicians involved with the production.
IPG’s Emanuel Blais, Technical Manager and Lighting Designer for the company, was responsible to put together all lighting needs for the event, and allocate almost all of IPG’s rental stock to the production. “We pre-programmed with WYSIWYG on a GrandMA 2”, commented Blais.
He added: “For this job, we also added 4x BlackBox F-2 and 2x BlackBox F-1 units to send data from FOH to the stage. The farthest distance was 100 meters, all the way upstage from front-of-house. We used the Outdoor 12 directional antennas, to make sure we did avoided interference at each receiver’s end. We just used it in default 2.4 GHz mode, and worked perfectly!”.
Impact Production Group are no strangers to wireless, and have in fact used it in many different events, including while driving around in a pick-up truck with a GrandMA and a BlackBox transmitter.
“This show was the biggest we have been involved with – it was excellent, but a very difficult setup, as we had to face a lot of wind, rain and a cyclone near us!”, Emmanuel added.
Every year, the biggest student sporting event in Wales takes place in two Welsh cities, where several students from Cardiff and Swansea universities compete in many sports, including rugby, hockey, cricket, among many others.
This year, at the Cardiff Ice Arena, Cardiff Speaker Hire was responsible to supply the lighting and sound for the venue, during the Varsity – Cardiff vs Swansea Hockey match.
To speed up setup, the local company hired two W-DMX™ BlackBox F-1 G5 transceivers from Stage Lighting Services, to join two similar units already permanently installed in the venue, a job that was successfully completed last year by ON LX.
“The transmitter unit was sending data to the other side of the area, about 100 meters away from our control point”, said James Walton, from ON LX. “We controlled 8 Chauvet moving-heads remotely, with an Avolites Tiger Touch 2”, he added.
The main reason for using these Wireless units came down to setup time: “It took us under one minute to deploy the units and start operating remotely”, Walton commented. “Even on 2.4 GHz, in a challenging venue with a lot of metal surfaces and 3,000 seats, the W-DMX™ devices worked flawlessly”.
W-DMX™ is no stranger to Hockey Stadiums – last year, over a dozen units were also installed at the Edmonton Arena in Canada, as a permanent install with the lighting rig.
Adam Hall’s brand Cameo has recently released the ZENIT® W600, a fixture that adds a flexible LED washlight to the Cameo ZENIT® range with the same professional features as Cameo’s flagship series. The high-power IP65-rated washlight for outdoor use features high-resolution 16-bit technology and is equipped with 40 x15W RGBW CREE RGBW LEDs which deliver an impressive brightness of 21,000 lumens for consistent and powerful colour blends.
The ZENIT® W600 D is a pure white light variant with a colour temperature of 5,600 K and a significantly increased light output of 41,000 lumens. The ZENIT® W600D will be launched at Prolight + Sound 2018 and will be available in summer, 2018.The innovative SnapMag® technology from Cameo Light enables rapid changes of diffusers and filter frames in both models without any additional tools. A variety of different beam angles (25°, 45° and even 100°) and shapes (60° x 10° elliptical) can be easily created.
In addition to standard DMX and RDM connections, the LED washlights also feature a built-in 2.4 GHz W-DMX™ module for wireless transmission and reception of DMX commands. With W-DMX™, the fixture not just becomes compatible with the Cameo iDMX Core controller, but also with any W-DMX™ transceiver or receiver.
The Swedish manufacturer of Wireless DMX technology has recently expanded its team with the hiring of two new people, to meet its continual growth rate and to keep improving its development and customer support.
As part of the expansion, Wireless Solution has built an in-house assembly space, where Jonas Jonsson, W-DMX™’s new Production Technician, has started full-time. This new space will allow for quick manufacturing turnaround, along with a stricter quality control over all components. Jonas will also be involved with RMA and second-line of support and repairs of all W-DMX™ products.
Wireless Solution has also secured another in-house R&D engineer to support Anders Zellén in the development team. Dimitar Kolev, an electronics engineer with over 20 years of experience, brings vast knowledge of hardware and PCB design, allowing for a quicker turnaround within the department. Dimitar has previously worked for RISE Acreo, LumenRadio and Semcon.
Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution, commented: “The biggest part of our commitment to our users is keeping our manufacturing and assembly in Sweden – for 15 years we have kept that promise, and we’ll continue honouring it”. Arvidsson added: “We are extremely happy with securing two new team member, as they will help us improving and growing our brand”.
This year Wireless Solution will be celebrating its 15th year as a global supplier of Wireless DMX technology – the celebrations will be taking place at Prolight & Sound in April, where the manufacturer will showcase its newest technology.
As we all recover from Christmas songs, warm wine and a stomach ache, the Austrian company MK Illumination was showcasing their services for Christmas 2018, at the Messe Frankfurt, in Germany.
MK specialises in bespoke festive lighting, and as part of their showcase, the team hung 142 25W LED flames, all with colour control, with a W-DMX™ COB transceiver. A total of 3 universes was rigged and controlled with two W-DMX™ BlackBox F-2 G5 transmitters. “Each flame had 7 channels“, said Lucas Himmler, electrical engineer at MK Illumination. “The first three controlled RGB change for the outside part of the flame and the following 3 controlled RGB for the inside part, plus channel a 7th channel to control the speed of the flickering algorithm“, added Lucas.
The system was up and running at the Messe Frankfurt, a notoriously difficult venue for wireless transmission, due to its in-house Wi-Fi system, that often disrupts other wireless networks. With this in mind, the MK team took along a W-DMX™ dongle with the configurator, to mask out the wireless channels that were showing signs of possible conflict.
“W-DMX™ provides the advanced tools to deploy its wireless system in the most arduous venues”, explains David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for Wireless Solution Sweden. “The system is rock solid, and our team is always happy to guide even through the most complex situations”.
Himmler also added: “We used W-DMX™ due to the speed of the installation – it would have had been more difficult to run a separate power and data line to each flame, rather than using Wireless DMX”.
Prolights’ MOSAICO is a powerful 200W outdoor LED fixture for projection of textures, images and logos over building and landscapes.
This powerful projector has an output of 11388lm and is a direct replacement for 1200 HID fixtures, with durable and more advanced tools.
The fixture from the Italian brand features W-DMX™ wireless control directly to the unit, with no latency and reliable W-DMX™ connection that all Proligths and W-DMX™ user already expect.
MOSAICO also includes a complete set of on-board effects and zoomable optics, making it extremely versatile for both near-field and long-throw installations.
Portman Lights, a manufacturer of stage lighting based in Poland, has recently announced the release of their new P3 PIX3L, a tungsten fixture with built in dimmers and electronic kit, and three separate channels for individual control.
Portman have also included an optional W-DMX™ control capable of controlling DMX and RDM with the reliable wireless technology from Wireless Solution Sweden.
The new fixture has a similar look to the other two in the family, and comes with three sources of 230W halogen lamps, giving it a powerful 690W of maximum output.
Portman has a wide network of distributors worldwide, most of whom already familiar to Wireless DMX. David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for W-DMX™ commented: “We are very happy to have the opportunity to work with Łukasz and Dominik from Portman – they are great guys, and we do look forward to seeing our technology being used by Portman customers”.
The leading Swedish manufacturer of Wireless DMX technology has recently supplied the global group Schréder, an architecturally driven manufacturer and integrator of outdoor luminaires.
The Italian division has recently fitted several LED flood lights with RGB control in the Municipality of Alba, in the province of Cuneo. Alba is considered the capital of the UNESCO Human Heritage, and therefore has several restrictions for new outdoor installations.
As part of the specifications, Schréder had to light up the Medieval Bell Tower, as well as the Bonino and Parussa towers, all monuments visible from the town square. This included a total of fourteen new LED fixtures that washed the entire monuments. The council also had in mind to reduce the energetic bill considerably, by replacing the existent incandescent sources to new energy-efficient luminaires.
In order to connect all the new fixtures to a centralised control position, Wireless Solution was asked to provide 5x WhiteBox F-1 G5 transceivers, sending one universe of DMX to multiple locations, and 7x WhiteBox F-2 G5 dual-link transceivers to receive data to a local position, and repeat the signal around the medieval construction. The DMX playback control was provided by a Pharos LPC1 controller.
Marco Ugo, Filed Application Engineer at Schréder S.p.A, liaised with Wireless Solution through the process: “The brand was recommended to us by our headquarters in Belgium – the W-DMX™ team quickly helped us specifying the project and guided us through the installation. The system just worked!”.
“In the past year we have supplied the Belgium and Hungary divisions on multiple projects, one of them fitted in Jerusalem”, commented David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for Wireless Solution Sweden. “We’re delighted to partner with such a reputable company, and offer a system that truly fits their needs, without reinventing what already is a trusted and reliable technology”.
Wireless Solution Sweden will be exhibiting at LDI, with TMB, its exclusive distributor in the United States. W-DMX™ will be in booth 1491, within the TMB village.
The Swedish brand will be showing the new Generation 5, a powerful new product series that debuted last year, and started shipping early 2017 – G5 is the result of two years in development, and an assurance that our users will be investing into a reliable product that will still be able to withstand the new wireless challenges through years to come.
New features include patent pending tri-band technology, enabling transmission in 2.4, 5.2 and 5.8 GHz, bands and new and improved Adaptive Frequency Hopping engine [able to survey and adapt its transmission to less congested wireless channels]. Wireless Solution has been in the forefront of Wireless DMX technology in double and tri-bands, having been the first manufacturer to give another frequency to transmit in – this addition is extremely important in today’s world where the wireless spectrum becomes busier, especially in bigger venues.
Moreover, W-DMX™ G5 features the world’s first double-up mode, a new method of doubling the number of universes transmitters per Wireless link [2 universes on F-1 G5 models, and 4 universes of F-2 G5 models], utilizing the existent hardware, without adding extra antennae. This is particularly useful when transmitting to a higher number of fixtures or with a larger channel count. The Double-Up feature works on all three frequency bands, allowing users to get more universes at the same cost.
Adding to the list of new features will be our new Personal Connectivity technology, where users will be able to connect any mobile device and directly control their fixtures through any lighting app. With this upgrade, lighting operators, technicians or gaffers will be able to control any corporate event straight from their personal devices, without the need to a lighting console. The Swedish manufacturer will also be implementing a Wireless Update feature, giving a direct link between products to remotely perform software updates, thus saving time and making service faster and smoother.
The new product series also includes a new facelift to the Micro and WhiteBox series, adding new and useful hardware features, and a distinctive edge to the brand.
ITV’s The Voice in the UK has recently taken W-DMX™ to operate an Aladdin panel soft light for lighting presenter links.
A bespoke-receiver using a W-DMX™ PRO TRX triple-band module was created by Dave Hallett from Big Tick, to be used lighting presenter links which are shot mostly on a wireless steadicam. This system was used in conjunction with an active and spare BlackBox F-1 G5, sending Wireless DMX data to the receivers. “The Steadicam does horrible things to the wireless spectrum, hence we ditched my previous Wireless DMX system – which couldn’t cope with the interference – and moved to W-DMX™ which has been fine ever since”, said Dave.
The box takes a DC input from a Makita battery, with the wireless receiver powered all the time so that the link is maintained. It also incorporates a switched feed to the DC output, so that the operator can easily turn power on an off to the Aladdin PSU. “During last Sunday’s transmission of The Voice Kids it worked flawlessly”, commented Dave back in July. Hallett also added: “It’s giving brightness and colour control to the TV lighting operators with ease, and I’m gradually overcoming my deep-seated fear of wireless!”.
Partly due to that old fear of wireless, Big Tick has recently taken delivery of a W-DMX™ UglyBox. “With the UglyBox I have a real time readout of signal strength during a site / stage survey to further reassure me that things are going to be fine when we’re live on the television!”
The custom receiver was wired with two flush buttons in series, so that the unlinking process only happens by pressing both buttons, for safety reasons: “Using OEM cards allows me to create this sort of thing which is specific to my situations and shows, and I now also have a battery powered wireless receiver with a battery life of over 72 hours!”, Dave concluded.
Star Light Production Services, a UK-based events company, have recently supplied W-DMX™ BlackBox F-1’s and Avolites Quartz to an event for Pioneer DJ, on their latest DDJ-XP1 Performance Product Launch Video.
With a lighting design consisting of over 30 RGB Encapsulates, as well as 12 Martin Professional Atomic 3000 LED Strobes, the lighting control system provided a completely trouble free Wireless DMX control solution in the long 120m Print Works main print Press Halls where the video was filmed and produced, in London.
Adam from Star Light commented, “With such a long straight run down the entire length of the Print Works Press halls, we required a quick, simple and efficient wireless DMX solution that could enable us to feed data control to the driver boxes for the encapsulate tubes, as well as feed to the Atomics located at ground level along the sheer length of the venue. We instantly knew (W-DMX™) F-1’s would be the answer, and for peace of mind 9 units were specified (8 by each driver box as RX’s, and one by lighting control as TX) and supplied”.
Star Light Production Services have been a long-time Wireless DMX user, having not just the G4 range but recently invested in the new Generation 5.
Adam also added: “I simply love W-DMX™ from Wireless Solution. It just simply works… works well … and has great support from David and the team. On this project, time was an issue, like in all film shoots and productions, so it was a complete no brainer as to what we would use!”
White Light Ltd is the exclusive distributor of W-DMX™ in the UK.
(text and photos by Adam Hetherington @ Star Light).
Chauvet Professional’s Maverick range, a trendsetter series that has been changing the entertainment lighting landscape, has once again come out with a new product, the MK Pyxis. The newest unit can produce an endless array of effects thanks to its unique design, that includes an outer ring of RGBW LEDs, a powerful zooming centre pixel, 360-degree continues pan and tilt movements, and many other performance features.
What’s very unique about the entire series is the standard W-DMX™ control that Chauvet offers in every single fixture that comes out the production line. All units are RDM enabled for remote addressing and troubleshooting, even with Wireless DMX. Last year, Albert Chauvet highlighted: “Since 2011, Wireless Solution has been the exclusive wireless DMX provider for Chauvet Professional.”
Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution, commented: “Chauvet Professional is the few lighting manufacturers in the world committed to including Wireless DMX as standard in an entire product series. We are delighted with their trust in the technology, and the well acceptance by all Chauvet users”.
Chauvet Professional currently have 10 different products with W-DMX™ as a standard control feature. 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.
Wireless Solution has recently visited ACE, the W-DMX™ distributor for Hong Kong, with three other offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou – the Swedish manufacturer organized a training session featuring over 10 staff from ACE, ranging from sales to customer support representatives, on the new W-DMX™ G5 series.
To be able to offer the best possible local training, Regional Sales Manager Shelly Li held the session in Chinese, in an effort to improve local knowledge and competence.
Paul Wu, from ACE, commented: “We are honoured that Wireless Solution came to visit us and offered this training on the new G5 product generation – this gave us a better understanding on how to use W-DMX™ in projects and how to better support our customers”.
Shelly Li added: “In China, training must be done in the local language – the relayed information, if not done adequately, can easily be misinterpreted. Wireless Solution is the only company that offers this to the Asian market, a key to our successful global presence.”
Wireless Solution has over 60 active distributors worldwide, with products shipped to over 100 countries worldwide. The company employs staff that can support customers in over 7 languages.