21 Aug 2014
Belden Professional Broadcast Cabling Delivers Superior Performance and Reliability for Premier Sporting Venue
New World-Class 25,000-Seat Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Selects Belden Cutting Edge Cabling Infrastructure to Ensure State-Of-The-Art Audio and Video Transmission
Venlo, The Netherlands – August 21, 2014 - Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has highlighted how the recently completed 45,000 square-meter Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium located in Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has used Belden copper and fiber cables to achieve the highest signal integrity and the latest camera compatibility. The professional broadcasters’ trusted Belden brand cabling infrastructure supports 85 screens, including an enormous 40 square meter stadium screen, a sophisticated audio system, dedicated media centre, press conference room, outside broadcast units and more than 30 camera locations for television broadcasting.
The Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium called for state-of-the-art video and audio transmission in compliance with all requirements of Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) standards, including cables to interconnect professional high-definition Sony video cameras, transmit high-definition broadcasting signals, collect data from outside broadcast vans and deliver crisp, clear sound throughout the stadium.
The region’s leading systems integrator, Al-Futtaim Technologies, selected Belden’s Pro Broadcast Solutions because the company offers a complete product portfolio, backed by a proven track record of quality, consistency and reliability, providing Hazza Bin Zayed with the signal integrity and the latest camera compatibility the stadium requires.
The combination of Belden’s high quality products, extensive support, product availability and fast delivery to meet the project’s aggressive time line were key decision factors. Preferred Partner Al Mazroui enabled the fast-tracked Hazza Bin Zayed project to be completed in a record time of just 17 months and measuring up to the very highest international standards.
Abdul Rauf of Al-Futtaim Technologies says: “Part of our success is understanding customer needs and providing ideal solutions through effective design and implementation. To carry out that commitment, we need to partner with vendors that are equally committed to quality and reliability. For critical projects like Hazza Bin Zayed, we cannot take any chances. That is why we selected Belden professional broadcasting and audio infrastructure components. We knew they would have the right products to ensure the performance required for the wide variety of infrastructure needs and that they would provide all the support we need at all stages of this critical project."
The Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium
The new 25,000-seat Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium is one of the most technologically-advanced sports venues in the Middle East, and features some of the world’s most creative engineering aspects. It is the first stadium with a parasol roof to fully shade all fans, and it features an outer shell made up of 600 fabric panels with independently controlled LED lights. As the cornerstone of a large, mixed-use development project, the Hazza Bin Zayed stadium will eventually be surrounded by residential, commercial and entertainment venues, as well as a luxury hotel and sports and social facilities.
For the camera infrastructure, Hazza Bin Zayed used 23 km of Belden’s Triax 11 copper and 9 km of SMPTE 311M fiber composite camera cables. Designed specifically for HD cameras in compliance with SMPTE standards, Belden Triax 11 cables enable multiplexing audio and video signals and DC power to the camera. Used for greater distances, the SMPTE 311M hybrid optical fibre cables can also multiplex audio, video and power for HD cameras. They feature bend-insensitive singlemode fiber and Belden’s innovative UV-resistance Brilliance outer jacket.
The Hazza Bin Zayed’s live video broadcasting and audio infrastructure was made up of a combination of 5 km of Belden’s precision RG6 coaxial cable and 23 km of Belden 2-pair 22 AWG stranded conductors with overall Beldfoil shield for superior noise immunity. 10 km of Belden central loose tube singlemode fiber cable was also used for data and control systems, including data collection to outside broadcast vans.
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The explosion of digital television, on-demand content and mobile devices has the broadcast industry investing in its infrastructure to meet increasing demand. Belden is right there, helping them deliver solutions with its industry-leading cable along with its Miranda Technologies and PPC brands. Belden provides production, distribution, networking infrastructure and connectivity systems for television broadcast, cable, satellite and IPTV industries. In addition, Belden’s PPC brand-the world leader in coaxial connectivity technology-serves the terrestrial broadband, satellite and telecommunications industries.
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