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Radio Active Designs On Site For Freightliner Truck Launch At Hoover Dam

July 2015

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) recently debuted their new Freightliner Inspiration Truck at a spectacular event at Hoover Dam, attended by several hundred international news media, trucking industry analysts, and officials.

OSK Communications out of New York created the “big idea” – which included projecting an impactful video on the wall of the Hoover Dam. SIAM Productions produced the overall event and tapped Creative Technology (CT) to deliver the spectacular video reveal and immersive sound to the audience. CT relied upon three Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercoms to ensure the production went off without a hitch.

“It was an incredible undertaking,” explained Danny Guerrero, Systems Engineer at Creative Technology. “There were 60 projectors set up in scaffolding more than 2500 feet from the Hoover Dam. Each of the three viewing sites were equipped with sound. We ran from 500 feet to 5000 feet of fibre to tie in all production and spectator sites, the entire event was really quite spectacular.”

CT utilised the UV-1G units to keep lines of communication open throughout the event. A total of 18 RAD packs were in use by production personnel. The Enhanced Narrow Band wireless intercom system offers RF channels possessing an occupied bandwidth of a mere 25 kHz with the audio characteristics expected of a traditional FM system. The UV-1G uses VHF for the belt pack portable devices leaving more room for operation of other wireless devices such as in-ear monitors and wireless microphones.

“Because of the size of the event it was extremely important that everyone involved be in constant contact,” Guerrero adds. “Once the launch kicked off, it needed to go off without a hitch. The UV-1G Wireless intercom is a great product – we use them every day. They are reliable and integrate easily with our existing analog partyline or digital matrix intercom systems. I recommend them to everyone.”


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