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.