SHOWTEC makes it Wireless

Posted on: July 3rd, 2018 by David Ferraz

Dutch brand Showtec, by Highlite International, has recently released the Helix S5000, the latest addition to the range of outdoor washers.

This new unit is an upgrade to its predecessor, the Helix 4000, with 40 Prolight Opto RGBW 4 in 1 LEDs, IP-54, and the ability to do section control. This unit has the same colour and preset and personalities than the previous fixture and made sturdy for the most demanding outdoor applications.

All most SHOWTEC fixtures, the Helix S5000 comes with a Wireless Solution W-DMX receiver, able to get wireless signal from extremely long distances, thanks to its chassis-mounted antenna. The unit comes with the latest G5 module, which features W-DMX’s patented Adaptive Frequency Hopping technology, able to adapt its transmission around the most Wi-Fi congested areas.

As all W-DMX OEM products, the Helix S5000 is compatible with the entire Wireless Solution range, and able to work with any legacy product on 2.4 GHz.

Showtec is a very innovative brand that has adapted W-DMX from the very beginning”, says Shelly Li, Regional Sales Manager and OEM specialist at Wireless Solution. “Highlite’s users are already very familiar with the protocol and will not trade it for any other solution”.

Science Museum in London takes W-DMX™

Posted on: June 28th, 2018 by David Ferraz

The Science Museum in London as just gone through a new Lighting Installation for Making the Modern World, one of the museum’s flagship galleries, which includes artefacts like the Apollo 10 command module and the first Apple computer.

The project was designed by White Light’s in-house lighting designer Jason Larcombe. The designer was tasked to light the exhibits in a sympathetic manor and provide a long term solution for lighting the events.

All the control between the many sections of the gallery was done wirelessly, with W-DMX™. The installation took over 12x Micro R-512 G5, 5x WhiteBox F-1 G5, 2x BlackBox F-1 G5 and 1x WhiteBox F-2 G5 transceiver. “We knew an entirely new infrastructure would be extremely costly. As a result, we conceived a scheme that made use of existing lighting tracks and wiring, and relied upon wireless technology for data transfer, thus allowing us to maximise the spend on actual fixtures and avoid costly changes to infrastructure”, said Jason.

The installation featured several GLP impression X4 S and SGM R2s. Four transmitters were used throughout the space, and each fixture is paired with a Micro R-512 receiver, while the SGM fittings are fitted with an integral wireless receiver. Jason explains: “Due to the complex nature of the space, we realised that we needed to have clear coverage – something we could achieve with four transmitters. By ensuring that all spotlights had micro-receivers, this immediately reduced the need for any extra data cable and made it much easier to retro fit fittings. The Micros were perfect to sit alongside fixtures discretely. Also the R2 fixtures were equipped with wireless receivers that operated with W-DMX™, meaning we could install one universal wireless solution.  I had also used W-DMX™ in the Natural History Museum for both the Earth Hall and the exterior and both had performed very well”.

Wireless Solution got involved from the very beginning of this project to specify the equipment for White Light. David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for Wireless Solution, said: “We did several analysis of the wireless space from the beginning, as we were dealing with a venue in Central London“. David added: “We did not see any abnormal traffic, but the venue asked us to limit the transmission to channels 8 and 9, so they could allocate other devices on the remaining channels. W-DMX™ allows this channel masking very easily through the use of the Configurator software. Once we made these changes and the connection at White Light’s premises in Wimbledon, the only thing the installations team had to do was power up the devices and send data“.

Larcombe added: “We favoured W-DMX™ due to its reliability and range. We completed signal tests before confirming a specification and there was no question W-DMX™ was better. We also wanted the option to expand the system to allow the use of uplighters etc, which also operate on W-DMX™.”

The system runs from an Interactive Technologies Cue Server 2 that allows the space to be as versatile as possible. WL programmed the system so that it runs scenes by day, specifically for the exhibitions on show. WL also supplied an iPad that features pre-recorded scenes, colours and light different sections of the building’s architecture as well as provide facility for stage lighting and highlighting of food stations and bars.

White Light Ltd is the exclusive distributor of W-DMX™ in the UK – all our products can be purchased directly from their webshop.

Reflection on wireless usability in Feature/TV

Posted on: June 20th, 2018 by David Ferraz

Wireless Solution recently participated at the Cinegear Expo, a fair dedicated to motion picture and TV manufacturers, from lighting, grip, sound, special effects, and many others. W-DMX™ exhibited with TMB, their exclusive partner in the United States.

It has been acknowledged that Wireless Solution has a modest presence in this industry, due to the proximity of successful wireless champions with manufacturers located in Burbank. However, it has presence that has existed nonetheless since W-DMX’s very beginnings, through the early adoption by Hollywood’s A-list gaffers like Joshua Thatcher and Jason McKinnon, along with trendsetting investments from companies like MACCAM and Cinelease.

As wireless technology improved and increased in every market, the motion picture sector has been suffering the most due to its exponential adoption by the many departments on a film set: from sound, with wireless intercoms, to video – with devices like Teradek video transmitters, and lighting, with companies like ARRI and KINO FLO adopting Wireless DMX receivers built-in their own fixtures. And without coordination between departments, this means that devices have to fight between themselves to allocate a channel in the busy spectrum.

On the first day of Cinegear, this all came clear to our team, who hear about these problems every other week. There were countless companies exhibiting products with some sort of wireless technology: from HD video transmitters, follow focus devices, intercoms, wireless interfaces for iPad control, and so on.

But first, let’s recap how wireless works: there are 13 channels in the 2.4 GHz spectrum – typically, Wi-Fi uses channels 1, 6 and 11, because these channels do not overlap:

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You can easily identity these channels after doing a spectrum analysis:

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We decided to take a Metageek Wi-Spy analyser – a tool we frequently use to measure the wireless usage in different venues – and read out spectrum around wireless manufacturer’s stands. This test was done in both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz between 15:50 and 18:00 during the first day of the show (Friday), with a 5dBi omni-directional antenna plugged to the Wi-Spy device. There was an error during two of the readings, where the software was not updating its data correctly, and unfortunately that was only spotted after the show had come to an end. Those errors will be reported ahead.

The first reading was taken at TMB’s booth, in the b-tank, where some 20 manufacturers were exhibiting inside the marquee. We should highlight that no W-DMX™ device was on any point of the show.

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The picture above (a measurement on 2.4 GHz) shows what you would expect from an environment with several wi-fi networks: there is a great amount of traffic on channels 1, 6 and 11, but there seems to be space available in the adjacent channels.

However, we were next to CINEGEARS’ Ghosteye, who seems to be transmitting around 5.2 GHz. When we asked them which specific frequency there were using, no one seemed to be able to tell more than “5 Gig”. We asked for a more specific answer, but they weren’t able to give one:

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There was also a spike between 5.3 and 5.4 GHz, and some intermittent signal in 5.8 GHz. As we approached their booth with the laptop, the above started happening:

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After measuring next to Astera, we concluded that the company was clearly (and rightly so!) masking most channels and selecting their transmission on channels 9 and 13 – this clearly benefited them, as the spectrum, in b-tank, was clearly very busy in the normal wi-fi channels:

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Our next visit was to Ratpac and ARRI, two stands that were side-by-side, with several wireless devices co-existing in the same frequency spectrum. This was the analysis right between ARRI, LiteGear and RAPTAC’s booths:

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The 5 GHz analysis was quite interesting too – bearing in mind that ARRI now produces video transmitters embedded in their cameras, we could easily read out frequencies in that same spectrum. In the same hall (Stage 18), there were also companies exhibiting with video transmitters, such as DJI, Atomos, and perhaps Sony and Panasonic.

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As we got closer to DJI, we got a clearer idea of what frequencies in the 5 GHz spectrum were being used. Unfortunately, it was at this point where we failed to refresh the readings in 2.4 GHz, so the screenshot that we got in that frequency was the same than the previous reading. Nevertheless, we got a better idea of the frequency usage in the higher band:

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At the time of writing of this article, the DJI Mavic Air drone claims to transmit of both 2.4 and 5.8 GHz – the reading above with fair utilisation of 5.8 GHz may be related to that.

In Stage 17, where companies like RED Digital Cinema, ETC, Cineo, A.C. Lighting, Ikan and others were, we had mixed measurements depending of the area of the building. Once again, our measurement in 2.4 GHz was stuck in a similar fashion than before:

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However, the readings in 5 GHz were mixed. Here’s next to RED Digital Cinema:

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RED doesn’t actually have a video transmitter, but they were using a third-party device.

And next to IKAN:

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Now – this is where this were getting interesting! As we walked towards New York Street exhibits (where all the booths are outdoor, in the iconic Paramount NY St lot), we found Teradek, Swit Electronics and Crystal Video (CVW) [all manufacturers of video transmitters]. After having done an analysis right next to Teradek on 5 GHz, this was the result:

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And right next to CVW:

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And next to Boxx TV (video transmitters again!):

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We also visited Kino Flo – they were also in NY St, but inside one of the ‘buildings’ – it was a ‘shop’ used as a film set, it’s worth mentioning that,  because it’s indoors, it’s likely to have less noise from other wireless devices, but at the same time subject to a lot of reflections from the waves bouncing off the walls. The result was more positive than expected, however, for a small room with only one manufacturer with wireless, the noise level was very high:

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For those who like cool and unusual camera rigs, the next one was interesting to read. We went next to DEFY (or Defy Products), a wire suspended camera right controlled wirelessly. The reading was also only done on 5 GHz:

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Back to B-Tank, but outside the tent, we got next to CINEGEARS’ Ghosteye again:

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Finally, we measured Transvideo’s equipment (more video transmitters), on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. It is to note that the measurement may be high on some frequencies in 2.4 GHz due to the venue’s Wi-Fi devices, but also traces of what looks like follow focus devices. None of the manufacturers gave specific indication of what frequencies they use:

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Here, still next to Transvideo, we can see an increase of signal strength between 5.3 and 5.4 GHz. If you compare with the reading of CINEGEARS’ transmitter, it looks that the previous works on 5.1/5.2 GHz, whereas this one is between 5.3/5.4 GHz:

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In conclusion – as the need for wireless devices increases, it’s important to understand exactly what frequencies are being used by each equipment – no matter how good the frequency/cognitive hopping may be, if you have several devices compete for the same frequency usage, no device will work properly.

The advantage of W-DMX™ G5 is the possibility to use three different frequencies – 2.4, 5.2 and 5.8 GHz. No matter how many devices there are on set, you always have the possibility to change to a higher frequency in less than 20 seconds. As shown above, manufacturers of video transmitters tend to keep information regarding their specific frequencies, as they are also not compatible with each other, just like in the Wireless DMX world. The different here is that W-DMX™ uses the entire frequency spectrum (per frequency band), unless you create a frequency mask with our Co-Existence dongle: masking is advantageous if you know your environment, and know that is not subject to change. If it’s a volatile environment like an open-air event like a festival or a temporary, large-scale corporate event, then you should leave the Adaptive Frequency Hopping feature find its best transmission channel.

Furthermore, as noticed above, we’re more likely to have available space on the 5 GHz spectrum, rather than on 2.4 GHz – this is because most wireless devices co-exist in the free 2.4 GHz. For manufacturers, it’s cheaper to create a wireless device on the 2.4 GHz instead of any other band – meaning that *anything* can come up in that frequency spectrum – examples of that are Wi-Fi devices, Intercom systems, follow focus, wireless dimmers, battery-lights, among many others.

For more information about frequency masking and solutions for your specific project, you can reach out to us at helpdesk@wirelessdmx.com.

W-DMX™ reaffirms commitment in Argentina

Posted on: June 19th, 2018 by David Ferraz

Wireless Solution has recently taken its Wireless University program to Buenos Aires, to reaffirm its commitment with Argentinean users.

Since 2012, W-DMX™ has worked with Stage Tech, the exclusive distributor for the Swedish manufacturer. For David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for W-DMX™, Argentina is a key-market for the brand: “We’re excited to be involved with this market – the scale of opportunities in Latin America is enormous, and Argentina has an innovative and skilful talent pool. I trust our users are more confident with the technology and will be able to use it more often!”.

Antonio Agra, founder and CEO of Stage Tech, commented: “We are very proud to offer brands like Wireless Solution to our users – G5 brings an impressive number of features that improve the way you send Wireless DMX signal, and co-exist with other wireless devices in very crowded environments”. Antonio added: “We like to represent reliable products that our users love, like MA Lighting, DTS, Ayrton, and Wireless Solutions, among many others. We also have in-house technicians who can support and advise on how to best use W-DMX™, trained by the manufacturer themselves”.

In 2016, W-DMX™ was involved with the architectural lighting of the CCK (Centro Cultural Néstor Kirchner), having supplied WhiteBox F-1 units to the installer. Moreover, W-DMX™ is used by theatres like the Teatro Nacional Cervantes and Teatro Mercedes Sosa, and by rental companies like Pampin Luces, Esteban Lahuerta, CAI Anibal Sanchez Potocnik, JC Illumination among many others.

ADB joins W-DMX™ OEM family

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by David Ferraz

Wireless Solution Sweden is proud to announce that ADB Stage Lighting has joined W-DMX’s OEM family.

ADB was originally founded in Belgium in 1920, and ran as a family business until 1987, when it was acquired by SIEMENS Group. The company later became ADB-TTV Group, and acquired by Claypaky in 2016, now part of OSRAM.

The company has recently debuted the KLEMANTIS, a new LED cyclorama light based on a six-colour module, with cutting-edge HCR, being able to deliver a wide selection of colours, from bold hues to pastel shades.

The unit also comes standard with a W-DMX™ module, that allows to wirelessly receive DMX data from a W-DMX™ transmitter. It includes an external 2dBi antenna in order to be able to achieve long-distances on 2.4 GHz.

We are very excited to be able to work with ADB“, says Niclas Arvidsson, CEO for Wireless Solution. “The company is in great shape and developing some of the most pioneering products for theatre, it’s great they have chosen our company to supply Wireless DMX. Giving the users the possibility to wirelessly control their KELMANTIS fixtures opens up a lot of possibilities for designers to be very flexible with their lighting design, without having to consider data cables“.

The KLEMANTIS series had its television debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, which aired between the 8th and the 12th of May.

W-DMX™ strengthens position in Chile

Posted on: June 13th, 2018 by David Ferraz

Wireless Solution Sweden has recently strengthened its position in Chile, having taken its Wireless University program to South America.

The manufacturer spent a couple of days with Valook, its local distributor, and conducted internal and external training with its users. David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for the Swedish company, said: “By educating the staff at Valook, it elevates our own technical and sales-force worldwide: W-DMX prides itself for creating these strategic alliances and grow its network. By providing specialist training, Valook becomes our first-line of support in Chile, and we expand the number of Spanish-speaking Wireless gurus”.

For Fabian Cortez, CEO of Valook, this was a very welcoming meeting: “This session has been long overdue, but W-DMX is never unresponsive, as we communicate frequently, often with Whatsapp!”. Fabian added: “We’re happy to see that W-DMX is spending time and resources into Spanish-speaking training sessions and marketing materials – our technicians have now doubled their confidence in the technology and will be the first to defend it”.

Wireless Solution is no stranger to South America, having distribution agreements in Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Venezuela. It’s also been the de-facto standard for many productions and installations in the continent, including Costanera Tower, World Cup events, Centro Cultural Néstor Kirchner, and many others.

W-DMX™ expands in Colombia

Posted on: June 6th, 2018 by David Ferraz

The Swedish manufacturer of Wireless DMX has recently opened another dealer channel in South America – with immediate effect, Control Luminico Electronico (CLE) has become partner of Wireless Solution Sweden.

CLE has been one of the influencers in the Colombian market, representing brands like Chauvet Professional, Philips Entertainment and Chamsys. Juan Balsero, CEO of the CLE, commented: “W-DMX™ was the final piece to be able to supply our customers with a complete lighting solution. We are focused in supplying a small number of brands, but ones we trust and believe in their success”.

For David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for Wireless Solution, this is a great step forward: “We are eager to pursuit Latin America, as our brand has been very well accepted over the past 15 years, through direct contact with the users – we want to expand our sales and knowledge-force by partnering with great dealers like CLE who are not box shifters but rather passionate about their products.”

This week CLE and W-DMX™ partnered to deliver Wireless DMX training at the Petra Theatre in Bogota – with over 30 attendees, the session was not just about the product line, but about co-existing in increasingly busy wireless environments: “W-DMX™ has all the tools and the features to provide a wireless connection interference free, whether you’re an experienced or novice user. This training session gave a lot of insight of a very powerful system, made easy to operate”, commented Juan.

W-DMX™ is currently present in Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Venezuela, with an expansion plan to the rest of the continent.

White Light Adds W-DMX™ G5 to its Hire Inventory

Posted on: May 17th, 2018 by David Ferraz

Wireless Solution Sweden is the world’s leading manufacturer of the most popular, reliable and exciting Wireless DMX control equipment: W-DMX™. The latest product in this revolutionary line is the BlackBox F-1 G5 which WL has now added to its hire equipment inventory.

The W-DMX™ BlackBox F-1 G5 transceiver is a single link, highly flexible wireless solution. The unit supports, transmits and receives modes of both DMX and RDM signals, for both 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz or 5.8GHz frequency bands, and offers up to 2 universes per link.

W-DMX’s International Business Development Manager David Ferraz comments: “G5 is a ground breaking generation of Wireless DMX that includes tri-band transmission. Due to the increasing wireless traffic in urban centres and large-scale venues, the G5 series have been created as having three separate frequencies. Wireless Solution is the only manufacturer of Wireless DMX to offer three different frequencies to transmit in. By having all three frequencies, this means that users will never receive interference from other devices”.

The versatility and advance features of the F-1 G5 means it can be utilised on a range of projects. David explains: “W-DMX™ is known for being the de-facto standard technology on mission-critical events like Eurovision contests, Opening Ceremonies like the Commonwealth Games or the Baku European Games, Worldcups, Superbowl, and many other stadium-based events. It’s also the primary choice for the Opera House in London, and many West End plays”.

Alongside this, W-DMX™ can also be used on smaller scale corporate events due to the OEM partnership it has with manufacturers like Clay Paky, Chauvet, CORE Lighting, among many others.

David comments: “Whilst the F-1 is a revolutionary piece of equipment, all of our new produces are backward compatible down to G3, which was released in 2007. It makes the product extremely versatile, not to mention resourceful”.

WL’s Technical Director Dave Isherwood adds: “The acquisition of the F-1 G5 marks another example of WL strengthening our already extensive hire inventory; building on the success and reliability we have enjoyed with past products from Wireless Solutions and giving our customers as many options as possible”.

W-DMX™ Sponsors University students

Posted on: May 11th, 2018 by David Ferraz

The Swedish manufacturer of W-DMX™ has sponsored the final-year students of the University of South Wales, in the United Kingdom, with Wireless DMX technology.

As part of the 3-year bachelor, the students have to design and manufacture a product relevant to the lighting industry and present it at a public showcase that generally happens towards the last few weeks of the course.

One of those projects was called “Glowhite” – designed and manufactured by students Jonathan Ashford, Dominic Boston and Sam Clay, this variable white light included a 16-bit dimming driver by EldoLED and a W-DMX™ NANO TRX G5 module that could control this E27 lamp wirelessly.

Dom Boston, who was involved with Wireless Solution’s stand at Prolight + Sound 2018, commented: “ After working on the stand and explaining how these OEM products work to customers, it was great to be able to get hands on and integrate one of the latest G5 OEM cards into our final year project. Thanks to its compact size, the Nano TRX fit perfectly inside our product and allowed us to integrate DMX into the lamp. One of the nicest features of the W-DMX range is without any user configuration, the lamp could be powered on and paired using the W-DMX transmitter push button, eliminating the need for the user to take the lamp apart to connect wirelessly.” Sam Clay, the teams electronics guru, added: “It just worked, no hassle, no complex configuration and a perfect size for our product“.

For David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager at Wireless Solution, this event is crucial to the development of any aspiring lighting professional: “These students come out from the university with an amazing background from all aspects of this industry – there are alumni working for great companies like Robe, ER Productions, Facebook, BBC, and artists like Royal Blood, Take That, Metallica, among many others. Wireless Solution cannot be prouder collaborating with this institution”.

Stuart Green, Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Lighting Design and Technology program at the University of South Wales added: “It’s great to partner with an industry-leader of Wireless DMX technology. The USW benefits greatly from partnerships with manufacturers but, above all, the students get involved with leaders from the very beginning. And that creates an enormous talent pool upon graduation”.

You can find more about Glowhite here.

W-DMX™ awards best distributors

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by David Ferraz

Wireless Solution has recently awarded 6 of its best distributors worldwide, at Prolight+Sound 2018, in Frankfurt. The winners were:

Most Loyal Distributor: Space Engineering Works
Best Distributor: Lightpower 
Best Turnover: Music & Lights
Most Progressive Distributor: Tongsuh
Most Progressive OEM Partner: Chauvet
Best OEM Partner: EK lighting
Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution Sweden, commented: “As part of our 15th year celebrations, we have decided to award our customers as we owe them our success. We’re delighted to be working with so many people for so many years – it only proves that our success is linked to their effort, and we’re happy to have their trust in our technology and our work“.
The company has also released its 15th Year Company Profile, which is now available for download.

W-DMX™ turns 15

Posted on: April 8th, 2018 by David Ferraz

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”.

W-DMX™ in the Philippines

Posted on: April 3rd, 2018 by David Ferraz

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“.

Mauritius celebrates its 50th anniversary wirelessly

Posted on: March 15th, 2018 by David Ferraz

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.

W-DMX™ competes in Hockey Arena

Posted on: March 13th, 2018 by David Ferraz

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.

Cameo adds second fixture with W-DMX™

Posted on: March 2nd, 2018 by David Ferraz

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.

Wireless Solution Sweden expands

Posted on: February 26th, 2018 by David Ferraz

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.