The Soyuz carrier rocket, the main exhibit of the Samara City Cosmic Museum and Exhibition Center, can now be seen from space, on earth. At the initiative of the veterans of the space industry, the site was revamped with architectural lighting, which debuted this October.
The aim of the new installation was to simulate a rocket launch to its visitors, using lighting and special effects. To deliver control signal and create the effects, the launch specialists on-site turned to Russian lighting distributor IMLIGHT, and W-DMX™’s exclusive distributor in the country. “We used a two wireless TX/RX units WhiteBox F-1 G5, at a total distance of 50 meters“, said Vitaly Balandin, Lighting Sales Manager for IMLGHT. “The system worked flawlessly from the start! These boxes fit perfectly here thanks to its IP66 rating, large transmission distance and high reliable technology of data delivering” added Vitaly.
The 20-ton monument has three lighting moods: daily, night static and weekend mode (static and dynamics with special effects). The rocket is illuminated with static light with dynamic effects of smooth colour overflow from the nozzle to the top. Night static mode works from 23:00 to 5:00. Weekend mode (also works on holidays with the onset of twilight until 23:00) provides for dynamic lighting with audio.
“W-DMX™ gets involved with fantastic projects in Russia thanks to IMLIGHT“, says David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for Wireless Solution. “Just last year the company helped connecting St. Petersburg Cathedral with Micro transceivers. We are immensely proud to be working with such a great distributor“, added Ferraz. The Moscow based company represents lighting brands like ETC, Claypaky, Madrix, Robert Juliat, among others.
As part of a new strategy plan in the Scandinavian country, Matrix Sales has become, effective immediately, the new Wireless Solution distributor in Denmark.
Established in early 2011 Matrix Sales provides a powerful distribution partner for many international manufacturers, including SGM, Chauvet Professional and Eurotruss.
Urs Friis-Alstrup, Lighting Sales Manager for the Danish company, comments: “We’re very excited to be working with Wireless Solution in our market, and to expand their presence not only in the rental market, but theatres, installations and AV and broadcasting. Their products pair well with our existent product line, and fulfils a niche that we seek to reach”.
For David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for W-DMX™, the new partnership represents a dynamic change to the company: “Wireless Solution is working closely with Matrix to smoothen the transition between distribution channels in Denmark. We are aiming to bring positive changes to the market and work attentively with users to promote our W-DMX™ G5 product line”.
The Copenhagen-based company has now invested in sales and demonstration stock, and will immediately be the exclusive point of sale for W-DMX™ in the country.
In Amsterdam, colour changing LED lighting fixtures were placed to adapt the lighting mood to social situations. Dutch company RENA Electronica installed a high tech LED lighting system hanging above the Reguliersdwarsstraat and its alleys. The system was installed in the existing nostalgic fixtures. The colour of the LED lighting adapts to the social situation and was developed by RENA Electronica, commissioned by our partner Primo Exposures.
RGBW high power LED boards, drivers and control from RENA were placed inside the existing fixtures. They change colour according to the desired atmosphere on the street. From warm, ambient light to festive colours, and white for safety when the police or emergency services are forced to intervene.
All the fixtures have a W-DMX™ NANO TRX G5 module with a 2dBi antenna, for remote wireless control. With this installation, 3x WhiteBox F-2 G5 were also used, to repeat the signal at different blocks of the avenue. Over 20 fixtures were hung, spanning over 250 meters, with three perpendicular streets. Thanks to Wireless Solution’s proprietary Adaptive Frequency Hopping, the units run on 2.4 GHz in a busy urban centre such as this one, in the middle of Amsterdam.
Studio Due Light, in collaboration with LEMAN Gmbh in Austria, have recently illuminated the Novomatic Forum in Vienna, as part of a façade lighting overhaul. The previous fixtures installed were traditional luminaries with a high level of energy wasted.
The project included replacing the façade uplighters on the ground and first floors, along with the balcony lighting around the forum. Confronted with new challenges to accommodate the LED fixtures, the specifiers noticed the impossibility to run DMX cable to the bottom part of the building, to replace the in-ground fixtures with the energy-efficient ones.
Faced with this issue, Mr. Robert Makovsky of LEMAN Gmbh turned to Studio Due to come up with a cost-effective solution. After several tests on-site, Studio Due implemented W-DMX™ into their TERRA PLUS RGBW RDM fixtures. “We have implemented NANO TRX modules from Wireless Solution, with an Indoor 2 Backbone antenna, so we could receive DMX and transmit RDM back to the controller”, said Paolo Carvone, Field Application Engineer for Studio Due. With this implementation, it is possible to get power from the existent infrastructure, and DMX to the fixture wirelessly, without having to dig and run new cables.
Two WhiteBox F-1 G5 transmitters were also used in the installation, located on the second-floor, and transmitting on both sides of the building. Each receiving antenna is placed around the rim of the in-ground fixture, just behind the top cover, to optimize the incoming signal strength.
“This is a very cost-effective way of replacing existent in-ground fixtures with LED versions, without having to spend much on the infrastructure”, says Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution Sweden. Arvidsson added: “Studio Due have the perfect solution for these applications, and seeing them applying our products in this way shows how technology-savvy they are”.
Lights in Alingsås, the experimental architectural lighting installation, started when students from Ljuscentrum Gothenburg University came to Alingsås in 1998. 10 years later, the urban exhibition attracts more than 85,000 visitors every year and has become the largest lighting event in public spaces in Northern Europe.
W-DMX™ has become a frequent sponsor of the project and is proud of being able to showcasing its technology in a real-life scenario, to well-established and new designers in the industry.
“In total, we used 5 WhiteBox F-1 transceivers, in three different sites”, says Dierk Hartmann, from Lights in Alingsås. The first site featured a set of WhiteBox units configured as transmitter and receiver, with lighting designed by Diana Joels (Brasil) and programmed by Oscar Bertenius (Stockholm Lighting). The control was supplied by Pharos and fixtures by Lumenpulse and Traxon.
The second site had a transmitter directly sending Wireless DMX to SGM fixtures – this was designed by Steven Rosen (USA) and programmed by Bertil Göransson (Luxera).
Lastly, the Whitebox units were configured as transmitter/receiver, sending data across a street, to fixtures by iGuzzini and Lumenpulse. This last installation was designed by Nikoletta Theodoridi (Greece) and programmed by Ian Fanning (Stockholm Lighting).
“The most wonderful thing with wireless DMX is its simplicity. Just power up, link the units and you’re on the run!”, said Bertil Göransson, programmer from Luxera, who used W-DMX™ on the second site.
“Wireless Solution takes pride in helping such an innovative project, now with such a global reach” says Niclas Arvidsson, CEO for the Swedish manufacturer. Arvidsson added: “Our products are a such a vital part of urban installations, and we’re happy that the designers from Alingsås trust our technology”.
Dutch manufacturer Showtec, a brand of Highlite International BV, has released its new battery-powered uplighter, the Eventspot 1600 Q4. This unit is an extremely compact and rugged event lighting fixture with lithium ion battery, with 4x 12W RGBW combined with dedicated high class optics ensuring a bright and well-defined 10° beam. The battery has a lifetime of up to 15hrs at RGBW.
This unit comes with a W-DMX™ G5 transceiver as standard, allowing to receive DMX data wireless from any current or legacy W-DMX™ transmitter. The unit not only receives data, but can also be configured to transmit, allowing for a master/slave configuration, up to the already established impressive range that W-DMX™ offers.
“Highlite is an innovative manufacturer with dozens of products with W-DMX™”, says Niclas Arvidsson, CEO for Wireless Solution Sweden. “The Dutch company does an extraordinary amount of work behind the scenes to offer a comprehensive range of products with an enormous amount of R&D, and have establish themselves as a global supplier of entertainment and event lighting”.
The battery-powered fixtures are IP-54 rated and come in both black and brushed aluminium.
Wireless Solution Sweden, a world-renowned manufacturer of Wireless DMX technology, has recently setup a distribution channel in Brazil, as part of their growth strategy in Latin America.
Effective immediately, Arte em Cena, a São Paulo based company, will distribute W-DMX™ products in Brazil. Arte em Cena has over 10 years of experience with importing and distributing entertainment lighting fixtures, and distribute brands like ETC, High End, Chauvet, among others. Arte em Cena have a wealth of experience not just in distribution, but are also systems integrators and installers of theatre mechanics and networking systems for theatres, entertainment venues and TV studios.
“We are extremely excited to be able to work with such a reputable company like Arte em Cena”, said David Ferraz, International Business Development Manager for Wireless Solution. “Brazil is an emerging market for entertainment lighting and Wireless systems, and we’re exciting to be working with a company with such an important market-presence, and an outstanding reputation for their service and technical support”.
For Arte em Cena, the addition of a product like W-DMX™, represents an expansion into a better-connected world: “Wireless Solution’s products make perfect sense in our expansion plans, as we like to provide a complete solution to our customers” says Everthon Rosas, CEO of Arte em Cena. “The brand has already a reputable name in Brazil, and we intend to expand their presence even further”.
Wireless Solution recently exhibited at the Encontro de Som e Luz, a national conference with Brazilian lighting designers that took place in Goiania, GO. The manufacturer exhibited its G5 series and gave a well-attended seminar about its award-winning technology.
Cameo Lighting, a professional LED Lighting brand by Germany-based Adam Hall Group, presented a new line-up of LED fixtures at LDI. The brand released three new LED mobbing heads, the new OPUS Series, comprising of the following models: OPUS SP5, OPUS SP5 FC and OPUS S5.
The OPUS SP5 is a 500-watt profile moving head with 15,000 lumens light output, a CMY colour mixing system and linear CTO. Its premium-quality optics, featuring a 130 mm front lens, provide a wide zoom range from 6 to 42 degrees and enable extremely consistent projection, free from hot spots.
The OPUS SP5 FC is a RGBAL LED profile moving head. At just 300 watts, it provides a huge luminous flux of 9,000 lumens with a CRI of over 90/TLCI 93. Its high-quality optical system and adjustable beam angle of 6 to 44 degrees ensure consistent projection free from colour shadows.
OPUS SP5 and OPUS SP5 FC feature a fourfold diaphragm slider system, whereby the angle and position of each slider is adjustable through +/- 45 degrees until completely closed. The OPUS SP5 FC also features a rotating animation wheel.
The smallest member of the OPUS family is the OPUS S5 spot moving head – a workhorse that really packs a punch. With its 380-watt LED, the OPUS S5 delivers an enormous light output of 17,500 lumens. The CMY color mixing system and a linear CTO-correction of 6,500 to 2,600 K provide the demanding lighting designer with immense creative freedom.
The entire series include W-DMX™ G5 receivers that communicate wirelessly to any W-DMX™ transceiver, including CAMEO’s iCORE transmitters. The German-based manufacturer isn’t strange to W-DMX™, and has included the same technology in its ZENIT Series, including the new W300 and B200 wash lights, that were also debuted at LDI.
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”.
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.
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:
You can easily identity these channels after doing a spectrum analysis:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
However, the readings in 5 GHz were mixed. Here’s next to RED Digital Cinema:
RED doesn’t actually have a video transmitter, but they were using a third-party device.
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:
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:
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:
Back to B-Tank, but outside the tent, we got next to CINEGEARS’ Ghosteye again:
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.