Aussie lighting specialists Resolution X, a company based in Melbourne and Sydney with an impressive track-record of high-profile production services, has recently supplied White Night Melbourne with lighting and rigging services. White Night is an outdoor art festival that attracts over 500,000 attendees each year.
The team deployed over 25 W-DMX™ transceivers and receivers over the White Night weekend through several spaces, from the Royal Exhibition Building (R.E.B.) and surrounding gardens. “Our control position was at the heart of the Carlton Gardens, where we had our new compact GrandMA onPC command wing Systems , running two separate W-DMX™ networks, each with a BlackBox F-1 G4S transceiver, and an 19dBi directional antenna”, commented Mark Hopkins, of Resolution X.
The first receiving point was 80 meters away, on a roof, feeding DMX to IP64 ShowPro Quad PARs, Claypaky Mythos and Sharpys. “The second system was the more impressive one” added Mark. “We placed 40 ShowPro Hercules, our battery-powered LED wash fixtures, lighting the trees along the path through Carlton Gardens and up the R.E.B. The system worked flawlessly over the 200+ meters, even with the antennae at only 1.8 meters high, and thousands of attendees all on their phones, creating a lot of noise in the 2.4GHz spectrum”.
In total, the team used a combination of BlackBox F-1 G4S transceivers, BlackBox F-2, and Micro R-512 G4S series, in a combination of transmitting and receiving to multiple locations, all interference and latency-free.
“We wanted to test how far we could go wirelessly, so we took a Hercules fixture and walked over 500 meters, without losing a frame”, Mark commented.
W-DMX™ is a de-facto standard for Wireless DMX technology, with over 400,000 radio cards shipped worldwide, and an impressive track-record of reliability, used by artists worldwide like Adele, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, and used in theatre productions like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Dreamgirls, and many more. Wireless Solution is distributed and supported in Australia by Show Technology, a market leader in its segment.
After debuting his show at the Czech Got Talent in 2012, Richard Mach launched his career as LasermanCZ, an interactive laser-show, that combines laser projection and performance, with a full-body LED suit and a well choreographed story-line. Richard has been touring ever since, making appearances in several events and corporate parties, not just in Czech Republic but through the world.
The routine varies, and has even featured more than one performer – the performance stands out when Richard alternates between the lights in his suit, and a clone of his silhouette made by laser beams, often in similar or contrasting colours.
Behind the scenes, Richard uses a W-DMX™ Micro R-512 G4S receiver, that controls the DMX of the LEDs, receiving data from a W-DMX™ Micro R-1 G4S transceiver. “Usually we place the transmitter on-stage or behind the projection net”, commented Mach. “The most challenging situation until now only took the transmitter 30 meters away from the performance area, but even then it worked great!”, he added.
There are five separate control areas: head, hands, body, legs and hand lasers, all wirelessly controlled. “When we looked at equipment, we got very good references of W-DMX™ – so we decided to go with it. We went for a reputable brand, despite any cost difference from alternatives, to guarantee a 100% reliable connection”, said Richard.
The laser effects are created with Pangolin LD2000, with new projects being prepared in Pangolin Beyond software, often projecting on Kvant Atom 1,5W RGB or, for bigger spaces, on Kvant ClubMax 6W RGB lasers.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg, in Russia, has recently taken W-DMX™ in a revamp of the lighting and control systems of the space. The project was assigned to Candela, a local installation company, who completed the job in the end of 2016.
Designed by August Montferrand in mid-19th century, the space is a testament of Neo-Classicism, and of truly amazing painting, sculpture and mosaics. The engineers responsible for the refurbishment decided not to use any signal cable – as it would stand out from the iconic architecture – and use Micro G4S transceiver and receivers instead, making the whole installation completely wireless.
The project featured (1) Micro F-1 G4S transceiver and (5) Micro R-512 G4S receivers, located on the colonnades and central dome, receiving Wireless DMX data to control the lighting status across the cathedral, including wall washing, and spotting on central lusters. The distance between the transmitter and the furthest receiver was 50 meters. “As we were dealing with an important cultural monument, cable was not allowed in the installation”, said the Technical Project Manager at Candela, also adding: “we had a great chance to reduce the amount of cable at a great cost, with superb reliability”.
Wireless Solution Sweden is represented in Russia by Imlight Showtechnic. Vitaly Balandin, manager of ProLight department, commented: “Imlight is an ambassador for W-DMX™ in Russia. We believe in their high reliability, and love the versatility of their devices, as well as their compatibility with products from Clay Paky, DTS, Silver Star, Studio Due and many other brands that we also champion in Russia”.
As 2016 wrapped up, a new installation in Otta – Norway was erected, creating a new landmark that visualizes a pioneering climate research for students at the local high school.
Pekka Stokke, the visual artist behind the design, programing and execution, created an installation of 40 RGB LED tubes, architectural RGBWA LED washes and an illuminated metal ring that can reproduce over 4 million looks, depending on data pulled from the Climate Lab (Klimalab.no). The installation uses data like wind speed, temperature, atmospheric conditions and many others.
Part of the challenge during planning stages was to get DMX data to the piece, installed on a 46-meter-high grain silo. “Choosing W-DMX™ WhiteBox F-1 transceivers with external 12dBi antennas was a no-brainer for us”, commented Stokke. “We had used a bunch of them before, and never had any trouble. They just work.”
In the end, the WhiteBox F-1 G4S transmitter was set up 200 meters away from the landmark, sending the real-time data to another WhiteBox F-1 G4S receiver mounted flat on the wall with an Outdoor 12 antenna.”
“It took more time opening the rusted old door to the roof than it took to have the Wireless DMX up and running. The installation has to fight strong winds and heavy rain/snow, and the wireless has to deliver a strong clean signal on a building that houses cell towers from several mobile service providers, emergency network antennas, broadband Wi-Fi antennas and other communication equipment. W-DMX™ by Wireless Solution Sweden never fails to impress”, added Pekka.
The project featured other highly regarded products from Martin Professional, Visual Productions BV, Artistic License, Enttec and many others, that delivered an impressive landmark that combines lighting control with intelligent data, with the purpose of climate change awareness.
One of Milwaukee’s most famous buildings got a face-lift with a brand-new lighting refit and smart control, responsive to the weather conditions – the iconic gas flame, that was added in 1956, indicates the weather forecast by its color and flicker. This weather beacon was turned off in 1973 because of that year’s energy crisis, but turned back on in 1985 – it has now been updated with an incredible LED system that lights up the entire building. MainStage, a US-based theatrical supplier and integrator, was responsible for this project.
The original neon lighting inside the iconic Flame sculpture was replaced with all-new LED new lighting fixtures consisting of 36 – Color Kinetics ColorGraze MX4 fixtures. In addition to the flame centerpiece, over 150 Chauvet Colorado fixtures were used provide colored accent lighting for the main building structure.
The majority of control distribution is achieved by using a combination of Wireless Solution’s WhiteBox F-1 G4S transceivers – a total of 20 units send data wirelessly to several points of the building. A total of (16) Outdoor 12 directional antennas and (4) Outdoor 8 omni-directional antennas were used – the maximum distance transmitter was 170ft. “Due to the high-traffic of other wireless networks, the use of directional antennas was recommended, enabling our receivers to bypass any noise from the surroundings”, said Tripp Oliver, Systems & Design Manager for MainStage.
When asked about the use of equipment, Oliver said: “Wireless DMX was used due to the difficulty in getting wire from the control rack on the 20th floor down to the lighting on floors 3 – 17. The building was built in the late 20’s, and getting wire down from the top and then out to the fixtures on each floor was going to cost a considerable amount of money. W-DMX™ was specifically chosen due to the hearty nature of the product and the large temperature range in which it will operate.”
The system also includes equipment from Pathway Connectivity and is controlled via an ETC Mosaic system, which allows for both automated and direct control of the entire system, 24/7.
Wireless Solution Sweden is distributed and supported by TMB in the USA.
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The Estonian Drama School have recently renewed their lighting equipment, and a part of the new investment included Wireless DMX equipment from Wireless Solution.
The school invested in 2x Micro F-1 Lite G4S units and 10x Micro R-512 Lite G4S in order to feed data to the new equipment fitted in places without any cabling infrastructure – this saved a lot of time and money as the school didn’t have to renovate the theatre space in the middle of learning period. Furthermore, as the building is almost 800 years old and located in the middle of the old town and under strict heritage legislation, the permission for such works would take a long time to get approved and would result in an immense cost to the institution.
Kalle Karindi, Director of Estonian dealer Focuspoint, commented: “This is a great example of how Wireless DMX can save a lot of money to any institution: the deployment time is minimum and the results are outstanding – the money saved here allowed the school to make other well-needed investments such like new ellipsoidals and moving-heads. Wireless Solution created a great product for applications like this one!”.
Wireless Solution Sweden are the market-leader for reliable Wireless DMX technology, and actively represented in over 60 countries.
The annual festival of contemporary culture has taken place one again in Port Louis – Mauritius, and local AV company Impact Production Group was commissioned to handle the audiovisual needs to make the event happen.
The majority of the event took place outdoors, starting at The Port, down to the Place D’Armes to the Company Garden – in total, the lighting team would have to deploy equipment in 9 buildings and 2 green spaces for 3 evenings – Emanuel Blais, Technical Manager for IPG, was tasked to create a technical plan: “We knew that it would be a challenge, but nothing is impossible – we decided to control the remote locations wirelessly, with W-DMX™. This saved us a total of 1,200 meters of cables through the streets, saving us an enormous time for programming the sequences”.
Emanuel – with no experience in using Wireless DMX – came to Wireless Solution for advice, and together with the W-DMX™ technical team, came up with a solution. “We decided to specify our BlackBox F-2 and F-1 units, to control 5 universes wirelessly”, said David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for Wireless Solution.
In total, 4x BlackBox F-2 and 2x BlackBox F-1 units were used, along with Panel 8/10 antennas and one W-DMX™ dongle. “Having directionality in this setup was vital, as the organisers were expecting over 300,000 people over three days. This way we wouldn’t disturb any other wireless networks, and guarantee a reliable signal to our receivers”, commented David. The furthest building was located 200 meters away from the control point, with two BlackBox F-2 and one BlackBox F-1 working as transmitters from FOH. “This enabled us to move the console around and program wirelessly”, said Blais, who also added: “We tried going to a maximum of 400 meters – the system worked as if we hadn’t moved!”.
The kit supplied included 370 LED Pars, 13 Robe BMFL heads, 36 Claypaky Sharpy, 1 GrandMA2 Light, over 7km of wiring and a total of 15 buildings lit – “Wireless DMX was indispensable, as we would never had been able to reach some of the places where we had equipment”, said Emanuel Blais. “I liked how quick it was to link the boxes, and how well it worked. Many thanks do David and the team who helped us over the phone and skype through the planning and deployment of the kit.”
Wireless Solution Sweden is the most global brand of Wireless DMX technology, present in over 100 countries, with a track-record of reliability and know-how, and unofficially named the standard of Wireless DMX.
The London-based company has just invested in a large number of BlackBox F-2 G4S transceivers for an upcoming tour.
Neg Earth is one of the leading independent companies for entertainment lighting and rigging hire in the United Kingdom. The company recently moved to their brand-new premises in North-West London.
For this project, Wireless DMX was critical to get data to audience trusses for an in-the-round stadium tour. At each venue, the power would be sourced local to the trusses, which would require potentially hundreds of metres of extra cable for the sake of two DMX universes on each side of the stadium.
A Blackbox F-2 will be placed at each of the four edges of the mother grid in the centre of the stadium, transmitting two universes to each audience truss. The distro position, along with the receiver unit, would vary at each venue either being on a spot gantry, on the floor, or a balcony somewhere nearby.
In total, Neg invested in 12 BlackBox F-2 MK2 transceivers, Outdoor 12 directional antennas for each receiver and Outdoor 6 antennas for the transmitter. Furthermore, Wireless Solution have supplied two UglyBox MK2 and a W-DMX™ Dongle to go along in the tool kit. “The UglyBox and Dongle are fantastic tools for setups like this one”, said David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for Wireless Solution. “You can quickly deploy them, scan and troubleshoot any W-DMX™ network”.
Such large variables made wireless the obvious choice, and Wireless Solution were contacted for advice, pricing and recommendations. Dan Webb, Senior Consoles Technician at Neg Earth says “As soon as we spoke to David at Wireless Solution, we knew this was the product to use. These are people who know the kit, capabilities and understood that crew need the most reliable and easy to use solution. They have a great portfolio with many more complicated gigs and provide excellent technical support. We need to be sure that Neg Earth stock will work anywhere in the world and we have that confidence in W-DMX™”.
Studio Due, the Italian manufacturer of LED lighting technology, has recently commissioned a job in the United Arab Emirates, with the scope to light up a 128-meter flagpole, with a 450m2 flag.
The flagpole is located in city of Sharjah, on the Persian Gulf – Studio Due were requested to replace the fixtures previously installed with LED technology, and produce an even illumination along the length of the flagpole.
The new fixtures were placed on 7 plinths, each one 3 meters above ground, and using a long throw beam that could reach the top of the pole. The company decided to specify their City Beam LED24 RGBW/FC fixtures, with 5º lens, and all driven by W-DMX™, integrated as an OEM receiver in each unit.
Transmitting data to these units was a WhiteBox F-1 G4S with an Outdoor 12 antenna, positioned in the amphitheatre close to the flagpole, sending data directly to the Studio Due fixtures. This distance to the furthest point was 150 meters.
“We decided to install units with integrated W-DMX™ due to how easy it would be to replace the previous 2kW fixtures by running everything wirelessly. The whole process was easy and effective, not to mention how much money it saved by not having to install cable all around the flagpole”, commented Paolo Carvone, Field Application Engineer for Studio Due.
Studio Due is has been an OEM partner since 2012 and continue developing projects with Wireless DMX worldwide.
The largest cultural centre in Latin America has undergone through a façade lighting installation – the Centro Cultural Néstor Kirchner in Buenos Aires – Argentina, opened last year, and has an impressive footprint of 15,000 square meters, with a total of 6 floors that accommodate 16 rehearsal rooms, 18 halls and 40 galleries, setting itself as the fourth largest cultural centre in the world.
To enhance its majestic design and virtues, the council commissioned façade lighting to be installed – This had, however, to include minimalist intervention and care of displaying the luminaires and the cables to connect them together. With that in mind, Stage Tech SRL – a distributor of stage lighting in the region – assisted with this challenging request.
Stage Tech liaised with the regional designer and installer – Offramp SRL – who specified Wireless Solution’s W-DMX™ technology: “In total we used 6 WhiteBoxes F-1 G4S transceivers, with 4 of them receiving two universes wirelessly”, said Antonio Agra, CEO of Stage Tech SRL. “We got a very specific order from the customer, and worked with Mr. Jose Luis Lopez from Offramp to make sure we could intervene in the simplest possible way”.
Because of the short distance between the transmitter and the receivers, the 3dBi antennas that come standard with the WhiteBox F-1 G4S units were enough: “The transmitter was actually placed inside the building, but at clean line-of-sight of all receivers. In the end, we succeeded in achieving a clean installation, and saved money in the process!”.
Controlling the lighting changes was an MA 2Port Node Pro: “Among other brands, we are proud to distribute Wireless Solution and MA Lighting in Argentina”, said Agra. “Supporting projects like this are very important to the success of any installation, and we are proud to have the team to do so.”
Wireless Solution Sweden will once again be at LDI, this year reunited with TMB, its newly appointed exclusive distributor for the US.
The Swedish manufacturer will showcase its brand new Generation 5, the result of several years of development and feedback from customers. This generation includes Triple-Band Technology, improved Adaptive Frequency Hopping, invisi-wire and data-safe features. There will also be redesigned WhiteBox and Micro series, and the popular UglyBox MK2 unit – the only Wireless DMX tester available on the market.
Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution, commented: “LDI is a strategic show every year. The US is our largest market and we have a vast share of loyal customers who have been using W-DMX™ for a long time. This will be the first time we’ll partner with TMB since our reunification – it’ll be great to see our customers, show them the brand new product line-up and continue to strengthen the brand”.
W-DMX™ will be at LDI between the 21st and the 23rd of October at booth #1786.
Swedish manufacturer of the most reliable Wireless DMX technology has appointed Lightset as their new dealer in Portugal.
Lightset is the most connected distributor of lighting equipment in the country, with a prestigious background in supplying to theatres, TV, Film and event companies. They are distributors of SGM, Osram, and Rosco, among other brands. To João Souto, Managing Director of Lightset, adding Wireless Solution to their portfolio is a no-brainer: “It´s clear where the market is shifting to, and we want to be amongst companies that lead, and not follow”.
To David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for Wireless Solution, this partnership comes with great satisfaction: “We have been dealing with Lightset for a year, and with increasing demand, we need reliable partners that offer great support – Lightset is one of the very few companies in the country that offer this. We couldn’t be happier to be working together”. The appointment came after a successful 2 training daysin Porto and Lisbon.
Lightset will be showcasing Wireless DMX G5 series at Expo Sync Lisboa, between October the 20th to the 23rd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*Original article: L-com. (2014, October 21). An A to Z review of the 802.11 standards. Retrieved May 23, 2016, from L-COM,
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.
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.”