Wireless spectacular at Marina Bay Singapore

Posted on: February 10th, 2016 by Marie

It has become tradition to celebrate New Year ’s Eve at the Marina Bay in Singapore – in fact, each year it attracts 100,000 people to this festivity. For 11 years it has been Esplanade’s job, together with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, to organise and facilitate this massive event – last year alone it included 8 minutes of firework displays and 20,000 “wishing spheres” along the river. Each sphere was signed by several people during previous months, with messages expressing wishes and hope to the upcoming year.

The organisers tasked local rental company “Showtech Communications” to provide a solution in integrating the existing lighting installations surrounding the bay with all the extra equipment for these celebrations. In total, Showtech used 48 Robe fixtures, 45 Clay Paky plus 300 Led fixtures to cover the whole area.

Under the guidance of Heryadi Mohd Yusof and Ismahadie Putra Ishak as the responsible LDs, a 6 universe of W-DMX™ was specified – this system bridged the 400 meters of water (from FOH to the fixtures area). Project manager William Ang, along with Lighting Chief Jorden Lee and assistant KIat used 12 Blackbox F-1 transceivers with outdoor dual band antennas to setup the link between the two sides of the bay. “The plug-and-play approach of the W-DMX™ transceivers provided instant connectivity across the water, which in itself is a difficult task due to the reflective nature of the water surface”, said the experienced techs.

During the setup process, the team found useful to change the transmission mode to 5.8 GHz: “There was an undetermined radio source at the receiving end giving us a slight interference. We decided to move to 5.8 GHz before not to put the job in jeopardy and to guarantee a secure connection”.

With the aid of the Co-Existence dongle (the W-DMX™ configuration tool), specific frequency channels were selected for each transmitter to eliminate interference. This configuration took less than 30 minutes and it guaranteed a smooth operation. In the end, the signal never dropped below 80%, even after reducing the output power on the transmitters. “W-DMX™ proved its invisi-wire philosophy – it worked as reliably as a cable would’ve worked!” said the elements of the team after a very successful show.

 

Photo credits – Jens Poehlker

Taiwan’s DLGH and Aurora light up NPMSB with W-DMX™

Posted on: January 20th, 2016 by Marie

In Taibao City, Taiwan, a Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum has opened, driving cultural, educational, social and economical development to both northern and southern regions of Taiwan. To commemorate its inauguration, Aurora Lighting was called in to overview the design, and local distributor Jackson Yu of DLHG, to offer project support to the job.

A total of 61 fixtures were used, including 20x Fine Art 230 BEAM, 16x Fine Art 1500 Spot, 20x Studio Due City Color and 5x PASP 4K SKYBEAM luminaires. Controlling these automated fixtures was an MA2 Full-size and 4x W-DMX™ BLACKBOX F-1 units.

To enhance the important landscape surrounding the building, the lighting display for the opening ceremony took place by the lake side, which created a barrier between control and lighting rig: “We got worried about DMX runs until we realised DLHG were W-DMX™’s distributor in Taiwan!” said Scotty Chen of Aurora Lighting. “Jackson explained us the intricacies of this Wireless systems, including the data-safe technology, which adds redundant packs of DMX data to the transmission. The system worked flawlessly” added Chen.

“The furthest distance between transmitter and receiver was 250 meters”, commented Jackson Yu, who’s been distributing W-DMX™ since 2013. “Whilst we spent 2 days setting up the lighting, the Wireless system took 2 minutes!” added Yu. When dealing with distances like this, W-DMX™ stands out from the competition and adds Invisi-Wire technology:  it deals with DMX frame characteristics such as the break, mark after break, interslot timings and slot count parameters and recreates them exactly as they came in at the transmitter side. This increases the signal’s fidelity and makes W-DMX™ the most reliable system on the market.

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution Sweden, added a remark: “We are not popular by chance: users like Aurora and DLHG trust us for our technology and support, and their confidence means that more people are moving from cable to wireless technology. We loved to hear about this project, and hope to see many more”.

White Light Supplies Wireless DMX to Royal Opera House

Posted on: January 15th, 2016 by Marie

Since it first opened in 1732, the Royal Opera House has become one of the world’s most recognised and respected performance venues. Based in Covent Garden, the building is home to both the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet and is renowned for its outstanding variety of traditional work and new commissions. With such a vast array of productions been seen by almost 800,000 visitors per year, the Royal Opera House must rely on state of the art equipment to ensure that each show achieves its potential. As a result, the venue has invested significantly in Wireless Solution W-DMX™; with every purchase being made through White Light.

Based in Sweden, Wireless Solution is the world’s leading manufacturer of the most exciting and reliable wireless lighting control equipment, W-DMX™. This twice award-winning DMX system is the most dependable product available for transmitting lighting control data wirelessly, no matter the distance or location. It is also one which for which WL is the exclusive distributor and one which the Royal Opera House has invested significantly in.

Justin Cook is the Lighting Systems Manager and part of the Technical Production team at the Royal Opera House. He comments: “We decided to invest in Wireless DMX as we were aware of the huge impact it would have in how productions are run at the Royal Opera House. We own 10 W-DMX™ Transmitters and around 40 receivers. Similarly all additional bars and set practicals are run from Wireless DMX and we run four universes for any additional lighting equipment we require on top of our permanent rig”.

Jonathan Haynes, WL’s Business Development Manager, comments: “It’s easy to understand why the Royal Opera House frequently draws on the use of Wireless Solution products. W-DMX™ has essentially changed the way lighting is controlled through wireless distribution. Award-winning reliability and one-button-to-go setup allow for quick installation of lighting fixtures, on-time completion of time-sensitive projects and faster, less arduous load-ins of equipment. Essentially, it makes life so much easier for the client – something which has been evident with the Royal Opera House”.

Wireless Solution equipment has not only made a huge impact in Royal Opera House’s iconic Covent Garden theatre but also on its various touring productions. Justin states: “Last year, we took Don Giovanni on a tour of Japan, which was an extremely ambitious project and allowed us to showcase our work across the globe. Whilst there, we weren’t able to run the set from the mains power so everything had to be battery powered using the RC4 Series 3 W-DIM4. Without the use of Wireless DMX, we simply wouldn’t have been able to produce the show”.
 
With more venues and production companies than ever before turning to the reliability and efficiency of wireless technology, WL expects the product line to continue to grow in 2016. Jonathan comments: “W-DMX™ offers so much more to venues, particularly those with hard to reach areas where cabling would normally be impossible. It is allowing the boundaries to be pushed on productions and the more people see it being utilised, the more they realise how powerful and beneficial it can be”. 

David Ferraz, Wireless Solution’s International Business Development Manager, adds: “We are delighted that our products have made a huge impact at an historic venue such as the Royal Opera House. We create our products with ease-of-use for the end user being a top priority. We are obviously delighted then that so many people are benefitting for this and that WL is able to supply them with our products”.

Maracaibo bridge gets W-DMX™ with lighting refurbish

Posted on: January 8th, 2016 by Marie

Right by the Gulf of Venezuela, the General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge in the lake Maracaibo connects the city with the same name with much of the rest of the country.

This 8.7 Km bridge opened in 1962 and serves as a vital infrastructure to the economy and mobility of the people in Maracaibo. To commemorate and celebrate its existence and importance, the government requested the 6 towers that support it to be lit. It became VIU URBANA & VARONALEDS’ job to design, install and commission this major task.

VIU URBANA & VARONALEDS’ was challenged to complete this job in a short time-frame, and with a live bridge with traffic passing by around the clock. The lighting fixtures had to be installed at both sides of the bridge, which meant having teams in both lanes.

“It was almost impossible for us to use cable to communicate between towers. Each is 280 meters away from the other, and the furthers one is at almost 900 meters” said Mr. Roberto Hernandez, director of VARONALEDS. The final drawing included the controller at the centre tower, and the signal transmitter to both east and west sides of the bridge.

In total, the project included 12 White Box F-1 receivers, each with a 12 dBi antenna. These were mounted on a switchboard at the inside of the tower: “We chose the 12 dBi antennas due to their directionality. As we had line of sight, it was a no brainer to get this signal as directional as possible, using all its power to transmit to the next point without wasting any unnecessarily”, added Roberto. “The only thing we had to bear in mind were the big suspension cables that hold the base of the bridge, as they could have been a serious obstacle to this transmission”.

In total, 350 luminaires were installed, with an energetic saving of 38% for traffic lighting against the old system and an increase of 20% in brightness, also increasing the lifespan of up to 14 years on road lighting and 10 years on architectural lighting.

The fixtures were manufactured by Varonaleds, a system manufactured in Spain and shipped to Spanish speaking countries and the Middle East.

At Wireless Solution, David Ferraz liaised with Hernandez in making sure the technical competences were available to the installation: “We originally communicated via email when Roberto asked for a second opinion through our HelpDesk line”, said Ferraz. “When him and the team were on-site, we communicated via skype and messages. This helped them getting confident with the system, and as you know see they have done a remarkable job in an impressive time-scale!”.

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution Sweden, commented: “These kind of projects are the true representation of how rock solid our products are. We loved collaborating with Roberto Hernandez and the Varonaleds team, and the bridge is looking impressive – we can only expect similar projects of this magnitude!”.  

 

Links:

http://www.varonaleds.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om5mQ9NaG6o

Photos:

http://www.correodelorinoco.gob.ve/nacionales/puente-sobre-lago-maracaibo-empleara-un-nuevo-sistema-iluminacio/

http://hoyvenezuela.info/gobierno-bolivariano-inauguro-el-sistema-de-iluminacion-vial-y-monumental-del-puente-general-rafael-urdaneta/

http://www.tendencia.com/2015/mas-de-16-mil-tonos-de-luces-led-iluminaran-el-puente-sobre-el-lago/

 

 

W-DMX™ performs at The Voice of Croatia

Posted on: January 4th, 2016 by Marie

Hrvatska Radio Televizija – Croatian Radio Television is setting the standard, stocking the largest amount of W-DMX™ devices in Croatia. The lighting department is now stocking 14 Blackbox series transceivers and receivers, used across the different TV shows and outside broadcast assignments. These wireless systems are also used on the popular show “The Voice”, which premiered the first season in January 2015 and currently in production for a second season.

Local distributor Georges Toutounji, CEO of Scen-Teh, was responsible for sale of Wireless DMX: “Wireless Solution is such a global brand that it needs very little introduction. The exciting part is showing people how limitless the system is, and then seeing how they use it on their shows. We have seen a lot of young adopters and now setting the standard in Wireless DMX transmission in the Croatian market. This was exactly the case with HRT”.

For “The Voice”, a Blackbox F-1 transmits from front-of-house with a standard 3dBi omni-directional antenna to a couple of Blackbox R-512 boxes on the central truss ring that drops down during the show. The reason for choosing wireless over wired lies on the quick turnaround in the studio, and for the flexibility that it gives in the rig.

Two of the challenges with “The Voice” are the many outside broadcast shoots that the team has to do, and all the pre-footage and story pieces that happen in the corridors just outside the studio: “We have got 5 or 6 different locations that we commonly use as set for these recordings, but another vast number of outside locations where the production team needs to record. The use of W-DMX™ has helped a lot in minimising the setup time due to its Plug & Play system, and meet the time-frame production give us”, says Damir Smetko, Head of Lighting at the HRT.

Smetko is a legacy user of W-DMX™ and has been following the technology since G3 – “We are very happy with the outstanding performance of Wireless Solution’s range – they help us achieving a lot more than we would have been able to with cable. One example is how we split the line in two from the R-512 – not just we transmit wirelessly, but we avoid using a splitter for such simple tasks”.  

Georges Toutounji of Scen-Teh found extremely important having the trust from HRT: “Damir has been a customer and a friend for over a decade. He’s passionate about technology and his approval is great – it strengthens the confidence other people can have about using data wirelessly”.

The use of RDM is also very important for HRT: “We use RDM extensively with our Martin fixtures and controllers – G4S gives the ability to get that data in real time from the moving-heads and assess their performance”.

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution Sweden, commented: “Georges has a great knowledge of the products and the industry – he’s a great partner in Croatia and we see a lot of happy customers coming back to our products and praising Georges support”.

Scenske Tehnologije/Scen-Teh is located in Zagreb and is the authorised distributor for Wireless Solution Sweden.

 

Pictures copyright – © HRT Croatian Radio and Television, for illustrating purposes only.

Cirque du Soleil Sama-Sama Live Experience enabled with W-DMX™

Posted on: November 26th, 2015 by Marie

Wireless Solution recently participated in the performance Sama-Sama – Live Experience for Cirque du Soleil. The project invites the audience to immerse themselves in a parallel universe where they will follow the story of a mysterious community known as the Samis, who have built a unique space for creativity and inspiration, bringing people together through the joy of creation in a way never experienced before. They call this place Sama-Sama, which means “together” in Filipino.

The Samis (performers) danced and sang in the middle of the crowd holding and juggling a long light pole, designed by interactive experience’s designers Rafael Mizrahi and Mickey Martin – the object was made of telescopic aluminium poles and 3D printed plastic parts, making it lightweight for the performers. “Wireless Solutions provided the most reliable Wireless technology, and the fastest to communicate with the lighting in such a crowded radio environment” says Mizrahi when asked about the choice of brand.

Inside each staff there was a Nano RX OEM module of 5 volts with an internal antenna. “We used Madrid’s Arena, a venue of 100m x 60m – wireless range of very important to us, also considering the thousands spectators with in the area with mobile phones. We also a single Blackbox F-1 with a standard 3dBi antenna, placed at the centre of the venue to transmit the signal – this covered the area seamlessly!”, added Rafael.

Sama-Sama takes the audience on a 360-degree immersive journey to a parallel universe. A dozen large-scale interactive installations urge the audience to unleash their creativity, become performers, to play and have fun.

Each pole had two rings of 25 RGBW addressable LEDs. There was only one universe of DMX transmitted through the F-1, which was connected to a grandMA2. “We assigned 8 DMX channels for each pole and controlled the RGBW colours of each ring – each DMX channel was a colour for the ring, per pole. In addition to the 8 channels per 12 sticks, we added 200 more to control the same pixel in all the sticks, making a total of 296 channels. We were able to play the same light chase together and different chases individually”.

As for the power consumption, each pole contained a 5200mAh LiPo battery that lasted for over 3 hours, of which 80mAh were used by the Nano RX card.

The individual installations were created exclusively by the Sama-Sama team and featured user-friendly interfaces and intuitive instructions designed to fully engage the audience. The Sama-Sama journey culminated in a grand finale where all audience members became part of the Sami community.

Recognized for its innovative approach and high quality artistic entertainment, Cirque du Soleil provided guidance in the development of this live experience as well as acting as a business partner in the venture. “We see great potential in Sama-Sama’s new immersive concept and have decided to come on board. This innovative approach is unique and we believe it will touch audiences in a brand new way” said Charles Joron of Cirque.

In contact with this project was Arik Yarkoni from A.B. Electronic, W-DMX™s exclusive distributor in Israel, who were responsible for the technical sale and support of this project.

 

Videos can be watched here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwNyiC5VPzg&index=1&list=PLQcLab8aGpjNx9kzF9ajrv1obNjXgDUik

Credits:

W-DMX Electronics & Software: Rafael Mizrahi

http://rafaelmizrahi.blogspot.com

Model Design & Manufacture: Mickey Martin

http://fuznot.wix.com/fuproductions

Artistic Director: Amir Schorr

http://samasamalive.com

Lights Architecture: Cochavi & Klein

http://www.cochavi-klein.com

 

W-DMX™ demonstrates Green practices at Lights in Alingsås

Posted on: November 25th, 2015 by Marie

W-DMX™ by Wireless Solution once again played an important role in the recent Lights in Alingsås event in Sweden. The event is Northern Europe’s largest lighting workshop in public spaces, this year attracting a record 87,622 visitors.

Once a year, leading lighting designers and companies are invited to Alingsås to demonstrate their expertise, attend networking events and hold workshops. For five weeks, the dark evenings of Sweden are transformed into beautiful lighting installations around the town.

The theme for Lights in Alingsås 2015 was ‘The Evolution of Light’, from the big bang to the present age, with a specific focus on how new technologies such as LED can help reduce the environmental impact. W-DMX was used to demonstrate the elimination of excess cable.

Lighting designers Bertil Göransson and Johan Moritz from the company Luxera were responsible for the installations, three of which used W-DMX: The Living Room under the highway with Workshop Head Reinhardt Gerber, using 1 W-DMX WhiteBox F-1 G4 Transmitter to control 24 Aster AX-3 fixtures; The rhythm of flames with Workshop Head Vivid Katarina Henning, using 1 W-DMX WhiteBox F-1 G4 Transmitter and 1 Receiver for one SGM –Spot, sending the signal to the other end of the site; and Yin & Yang with Workshop Head Andrea Hartranft, using 1 W-DMX WhiteBox F-1 G4 Transmitter and 1 Receiver for sending the signal over a street.

”When it comes to technology and the use of the Wireless Solution W-DMX system,” said Margareta Starmark, project manager for the Lights in Alingsås workshops, “It went very smoothly during installation and worked flawlessly during the entire event, so we are very happy.”

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution said, “Wireless Solution has worked with Lights in Alingsås in the past 3 years with great results. We were especially happy that the focus this year was on using products that help reduce the carbon footprint of traditional lighting. The WhiteBox series is our weatherproof, IP-65 rated solution for architectural and entertainment projects that seek a green alternative. The reaction was very positive.”

 

Villa Pisani lit by W-DMX™’s OEM partner Studio Due

Posted on: November 24th, 2015 by Marie

In Riviera del Brenta, to North-East of Italy, Studio Due lit up Villa Pisani for the first time in the venue’s history, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Ballin – a famous brand of shoes. The designers specified a mix of LED fixtures from the Italian manufacturer, all controlled via W-DMX™ in order to minimise the visual impact on site.

For the main façade several EasyColor 12 RGBW/FC units were used – these are battery powered wireless colour changers with 12 RGBW (12 Watt) LEDs. Thanks to the lithium-ion battery and the IP67 protection, these units were the perfect fit to the outdoor installation. Furthermore, each unit includes a Wireless DMX PICO MCX OEM PCB with an external antenna, which allows them to received data from a transmission point at 700 meters at line-of-sigh. To transmit this data, a Blackbox F-1 was used, linked to all the Studio Due units.

At the rear of the façade there were several Archiled FC RGBW (Full Colour) units – also with W-DMX™ as part of one of the included optional features – no cables were passed along the façade. This last one also contains a DMX PICO OEM Receiver with an internal antenna.

The key to Wireless control is radio transmission, as Niclas Arvidsoon – CEO of W-DMX™ – explains: “Any antenna, whether it’s W-DMX™, sound radio mics or even on your phones, has got a radiation pattern: this means they will transmit better at a certain direction and perhaps be less efficient at another. Our standard antennas are omni directional, so that first-time users don’t have to think about this complex scheme”.

Omni-directional antennas transmit efficiently 360 degrees – the Wireless Solution standard antennas (3dBi) are tested at 700 meter (line-of-sight) with over 90% reception quality. “This means we can still transmit over that distance, but bearing in mind the link drop”, added Arvidsson.

Villa Pisani is a great story about W-DMX™’s OEM partnerships: “We trust Studio Due to innovate and create outstanding products. And in return we will do whatever possible to support them in using the best Wireless DMX technology on the market, allowing them to create innovative solutions” Arvidsson comments.

To read more about this project from Studio Due click here.

Chilean Valook takes W-DMX™ to FIFA U-17 World Cup

Posted on: November 17th, 2015 by Marie

The opening ceremony of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 in Chile was filled with colour and performances in the National Stadium, honouring the Chilean culture and the new generations interested in the local traditions. W-DMX™ was one of the stars, along with the OEM partner Clay Paky, both brands distributed exclusively by Valook in Chile.

From Clay Paky there were 24 of the powerful new Mythos moving-heads, with 2 W-DMX™ Whitebox F-1 units, receiving the data from another WhiteBox F-1 at front-of-house. The setup included 12 dBi antennas on the transmitters and 8 dBi outdoor antennas on the receivers, boosting up the signal to more than the total length of the football stadium.

24 nations participated in the grand opening of the Cup, in a show designed around the theme “Colours of Chile”. The performance was produced by Esteban Icardi, who was involved with the American Cup in Chile this year and the Bicentennial celebration of La Moneda Palace. Also involved was Reinaldo Sepulveda, a famous Chilean cinema and TV director with vast portfolio in his field.

Esteban commented on the use of both manufacturers: “These events are an excellent way to show that we are focused in doing things well, using high-end manufacturers, specifically the Clay Paky and Wireless Solution equipment. This was broadcast to the world, we can’t waste such an opportunity to demonstrate good equipment and put on a good show”.

Francisco Yanez, Product Manager for Valook in Chile is the first to support the use of Wireless: “We believe it is very important that our customers use professional technologies. We know how important it is to work with products that are stable and reliable, and certainly with W-DMX™ is possible to secure any kind of show. Icardi is really an example of how to work professionally. They perform spectacular shows, always using these technologies beautifully. Wireless Solution has delivered a tool that allows total freedom to make any kind of lighting design.”

Asked about the reason to use Wireless, Francisco mentioned how the control point was on the back part of the stage, and although it wasn’t too far away from the lights, there were a lot of fixtures – the transmitter was set a higher point directed to all the fixtures on the stage.

“W-DMX™ is the simplest and professional solution for any type of event: from sending signal over long distances, to places where you have to send data to many luminaries from a single point. We are very happy to bring this kind of wonderful technologies to the professionals in the region” added Yanez, concluding this very successful event.

Valook have proved how to use the technology available in a very creative and effective way, creating yet again another outstanding story in South America.

ORKA lit wirelessly with W-DMX

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by Marie

Lighting Designer Fredrik Nilsson leaded innovation at the Regional Theatre in the city of Växjö, Sweden. In the production of ORKA, Nilsson and Scenic Designer Paulina Åhnberg created a luminous garden chair, combining a retro design with a futuristic look, using 50 meters of THINLIGHT, an electroluminescent technology used in decor/scenery installations in Scandinavia.

The innovative creation was powered through a battery pack, not just to make it moveable, but to give it a practical use of a common chair. Behind the scenes, a W-DMX Micro Box worked as its stagehand, receiving data from a central controller and enabling this outstanding object to shine and dazzle the spectators.

In conversation with Fredrik – a legacy user of Wireless Solution – he admits: “My biggest challenge with ORKA was the lack of technical time on stage. We are a small touring theatre in southern Sweden, our premises are very limited and that makes the build-up and technical rehearsal times on stage very short. We also had a lot of issues with the video screens (which were part of the set) so most of the technical time had already been used”. Fredrik admitted that using a Plug & Play system as W-DMX was the easiest part of this project.

Controlling the performance was an ETC Congo Jr with a Blackbox F-1, and on the receiver side was a Blackbox R-512 controlling a dimmer backstage, and a Micro R-512 hidden on the chair. “It was a bit of a challenge to hide the Micro Box, as it needed to look just like a garden chair throughout the play. We ended up hiding it on the front, under the seat. We lit up the chair in the last scene and the audience was really surprised!” said Nilsson with great pride.

When asked about difficulties with the wireless Fredrik couldn’t have been clearer: “I have never had any problems with my W-DMX. I just plug it in and it works straight out of the box. So when it was time for buying wireless the choice was pretty easy! Moreover, the Micro Box offers what I needed – a battery powered and portable solution, exactly what this production required”.

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution Sweden commented: “ORKA is a perfect example of how we can give flexibility to creators. We can offer a reliable technology that gives innovators the capability to create groundbreaking solutions for entertainment”. Arvidsson added: “Fredrik is a great customer and a forward-thinking innovator, we look forward to seeing future projects as amazing as this one.”.

Ljusdesign Fredrik Nilsson from Regionteatern Blekinge Kronoberg on Vimeo.

G5 proved to be successful at LDI Show 2015

Posted on: October 30th, 2015 by Marie

Wireless Solution Sweden has had another successful year at LDI SHOW in Las Vegas. The Swedish company released the new UGLYBOX MK2 and introduced Generation 5 of the W-DMX range to the North America Market. The LDI SHOW proved to be very successful with great feedback from W-DMX’s loyal users.  

“We like surprising our customers with more features in our little boxes”, says CEO of W-DMX Niclas Arvidsson, who has been attending the show for more than a decade.

The product standing out from the crowd was version two of the UglyBox. This handy device has got a 4.3’’ touch screen and can be used to troubleshoot any W-DMX transmission. It supports 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz and 5.8GHz and is a transceiver solution, which means that it can be used as both transmitter and receiver. It has a complete DMX tester that provides all data in live format directly on the screen. It also has a built in DMX Controller as well as an RGB Fixture to simulate LED fixtures on the LCD Screen for quick testing. The UglyBox MK2 is the ultimate tool for any rental or installation company using W-DMX products.

“This year we also surprised our customers with a completely redesigned radio card that offers Triple-Band and up to 25% longer distance”, says Niclas.

“The upgrades to the card are like the OS versions we get on our phones: they look slightly different, but improve the efficacy of the equipment in an outstanding way”, added Arvidsson, explaining what changed. “Our mission is to have the most reliable Wireless DMX Solution on the market with support of RDM and Ethernet protocols. We have been achieving exactly that for 12 years, and we want to make sure we continue delivering the same in this crowded wireless environment”.

Wireless Solution exhibited alongside with ACT Lighting, its hospitable distributor is the US and Canada, who have contributed a great deal in making W-DMX from Wireless Solution the unofficial standard of Wireless DMX with RDM and Ethernet Support.

Chinatown goes 5.8 GHz with W-DMX™

Posted on: October 12th, 2015 by Marie

In the heart of the West-End of London, where the theatre district meets the start of Chinatown, a complex W-DMX™ system has been installed by Wireless Solution’s UK distributor – White Light.

The brief came in by a UK based lighting consultant. The company was approached by a property management company who is responsible for refurbishing the flats in the Asian district. The request consisted of giving life to Shaftesbury’s buildings during night-time, making the district come to life and attract theatre goers and business people in the area.

The project consisted of lighting eleven buildings along 200 meters, in what is probably one of the most crowded Wi-Fi areas of the city. The use of Wireless was essential to get data across to different blocks of buildings, and to future proof the installation. There will be three phases of this project, the first being lighting the exterior of the first floor, and subsequently the second and third.

WL’s Business Development Manager Jonathan Haynes was involved from the very beginning: “This was a very complex project from a technical perspective: the first survey revealed that it was almost impossible to use 2.4 GHz in the area. We immediately proposed using 5.8 GHz, and helped the consultants with obtaining the necessary licenses needed in the UK”.

On-site there are thirteen W-DMX™ WhiteBox F-1, twelve of which receive data from the central transmitter. “The furthest receiver is located high on the third floor of building 60, about 150 meters away from the transmitter” says Haynes.

The equipment was prepared at White Light HQ, tested and shipped ready to be fitted by the on-site contractors, who easily installed the kit. “The system just worked”, commented Haynes.

The WhiteBox F-1 was the most obvious choice for the project: its dual-band feature was a major advantage to this project, as it will be functional for many years to come. As the boxes were installed in the façade of the building, the IP65 characteristic was exposed to the unpredictable British weather, as well as the dust and residuals created by the high pollution levels of the area.

The system can be seen working between 5pm and 12am every night at Shaftesbury Avenue just by Piccadilly Circus, in Central London.

W-DMX™ Successful Training Days in Sweden

Posted on: August 31st, 2015 by Marie

Wireless Solution hosted three very successful training days in Marstrand, Sweden. From the 25th to the 27th of August the Wireless DMX team introduced the brand new G5 software to 23 distributors of 13 different nationalities in this picturesque Swedish west-coast city.

W-DMX™ introduced innovative new features in the new G5 software, including Triple-Band communication, Wi-Fi, improved Adaptive Hopping with four times increased resolution and many other great components soon to be released.

The team also introduced a redesigned product line: a sleek MicroBox, IP66 rated WhiteBox, new ProBox, BlueBox and completely reshaped UglyBox.

It was very important to present these new products to our loyal distributors first” said Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solutions. “We have got the most unique software on the market, and the best product range created to date. The new improvements only show that we are current and still invest in delivering the most reliable products to our customers

Isac Alkstrand also added: “We had people flying in from all around the world: Finland, Russia, UK, Poland, Germany, Singapore, Norway, Denmark, Taiwan, Korea, USA, Chile and Israel. We cannot thank them enough for the commitment and excellent work they have been doing”.

Wireless Solution will be exhibiting at PLASA London – Stand C22 between the 4th and 6th of October at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in the United Kingdom.

W-DMX™ at the Baku European Games

Posted on: July 31st, 2015 by admin

The inaugural event was broadcast throughout Europe and beyond and featured almost 6,000 athletes from 50 countries competing in 20 sports. The newly built 225,000-square-meter Stadium held a sold out audience of 68,000 for both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The Closing Ceremony was filled with a lineup of stunning performances, showcasing a blend of Azeri customs and trends, both old and new, highlighted by the latest technology in lighting, staging, video and pyrotechnics. But the most majestic was the final act, which featured 900 lanterns carried onto the field of play by individual performers. 230 were equipped with a W-DMX OEM chip receiver for a custom LED pack inside each lantern. 180 of these were attached to a giant sphere chandelier, which was raised by hoists to hang over the center of the field. The other 50 were carried by volunteer children performing on the stage. A single W-DMX F-1 G4 Transmitter delivered signal to all 230 lanterns. “Every W-DMX chip was easy to install and worked perfectly,” said Duncan Turner, Director of Carbon Lighting, “The system was reliable and we had no problems.

The Closing Ceremony was led by artistic director James Hadley with creative director Libby Hyland and production designer Josh Zangen. Lighting Designer for Closing was Ted Wells, assisted by lighting director Travis Hagenbuch. Assistant lighting director was Charles Dabezias. Executive Producer was Scott Givens of Five Currents. Nick Eltis was senior technical director and Ola Melzig was the senior technical manager. Anders Karlsson was the technical production manager, and Toomas Vann the senior production manager.

The entire Closing Ceremony was really so creative,” said Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution, “But the final act was special – after all the laterns were brought out and the chandelier was raised, all the performers in the show joined together on the field and had a giant dance party to the closing acts. All of the lanterns worked perfectly even in such a high traffic wireless area. We were proud to be part of this event.”

W-DMX™ on the Cobra Rollercoaster in Milan

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by admin

They rented the mobile Cobra coaster and painted it black. LED tube lighting was attached to the structure’s vertical elements and wrapped around the five two-seater carriages, with Plein’s monogram emblazoned on the front. The black track was also illuminated by lights underneath the rails. The ride was used to represent shapes in the clothing designs and to create an overall feeling of adrenaline for the show, according to Plein.

Lux Lumen was supplier, manufacturer and installer of the 400 15W LED spots, 300m LED flex, 300 LED dots with all related drivers, all made and installed within 10 days. Kristof Wouters of Lux Lumen explained, “We had to switch the lighting on and off or strobe with the LED strips during the show. Every car had a W-DMX receiver. We had to place the transmitter as high as possible, to avoid obstruction of the metal structure. The show was extremely well received.”

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution said, “Yet another very creative use of W-DMX – one that could have not possibly been done with cable! Lux Lumen did a fantastic job and the show got a lot of press for its over-the-top display.”

W-DMX™ Delivers Rock Solid Success to the Costanera Center in Chile

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by admin

From June 4 to July 4, 2015, VALOOK worked with customer Icardi Producciones to light the Costanera Center Tower for America´s Soccer Cup. Icardi Lighting Designer Toni Amoros washed the building with 4kW searchlights displaying the color of the teams that were playing. Clay Paky Mythos projected a gobo onto the building and when a team scored, they projected the word “GOOOOOL”. DMX signal was sent using W-DMX WhiteBox units.

During Christmas, VALOOK also worked with Icardi using W-DMX on another stunning temporary installation on the Costanera Center Tower. LD Toni Amoros painted the tower in Christmas colors and the beautiful work could be seen from all of Santiago. At nine o´clock each evening for 15 days, the show started and lasted 15 minutes. Crowds of people joined around the tower to see it.

W-DMX was used to send signal to the 44 Xenon 4kW Searchlights providing the color. Valdivia explained, “The biggest challenge for this project was to send signal to the top floor of this building over 300 metres high and distribute it to 4 points around the building through high-traffic streets. We used 6 W-DMX WhiteBox F1 G4 2.4 GHz, 2 WhiteBox F2 G4 2.4Ghz, 6 directional antennas 8db and 2 directional antennas 5db for the 6 points of reception and transmission. Everything worked perfectly and without interference or signal loss.”

He adds, “In both events W-DMX was a great solution, especially for the America´s Soccer Cup because they had to send the signal from the top floor of the building where the control was located to the lights that were located on the street. For both installations, W-DMX worked to perfection and made these projects possible.” 

Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution added, “Working with VALOOK is always interesting – they do a wide variety of projects which showcase their clients beautifully. We’re always looking to see what they’ll do next. They’re doing a great job in Chile together with their production partners to build the trust in Wireless DMX technology and work without DMX Cables.