IDS, SMT and (n+1) join forces to tame the renovated Blue Monster
More than 11,000 feet of fiber was installed around the famed Blue Monster as IDS partnered with the WGC-Cadillac Championship to roll out Tournament IPTV Platform and Service (TIPS), a turnkey service that replaces current RF closed-circuit television systems with an Internet Protocol (IP), HDTV System. The core TIPS Package system provides a variety of advantages over a traditional RF Cable TV system, including:
Improved Picture Quality: The TIPS Package provides a clean, crisp and consistent HD signal across the system and on all TDDs. Importantly, as additional TDDs get added or connected to the system, there is no degradation of signal or image quality.
- Central Control Management System: The TIPS Package provides central management of content and network devices. Thus, there is the ability to quickly and easily make set changes.
- TDD Channel Menu Guide: The TDD Channel Menu Guide allows the end user to scroll through the system to see what channels are available. This is similar to what any person is accustomed to with their home television menu guide. This TDD Channel Guide Menu is customizable and can include an event or sponsor logo.
By the numbers
- 150 flatscreen display devices
- 3 sizes of TIPS-enabled display devices: 32", 47" and 55"
- 9 channels of live video
- 10 broadcast feeds
- 12 switches
“On behalf of our IDS events team and its parent company, SMT, we are pleased to assist the Cadillac Championship with its vision and desire to improve the fan and patron experience at this year's tournament with roll-out of the Tournament IPTV Service (TIPS)," Rallis was quoted in a media alert released this week.
"TIPS allows the Cadillac Championship to provide a variety of customized content by location for the benefit of patron and sponsors at the tournament using the latest in IPTV technology and content created by (n+1) designstudio. IDS is focused on delivering fan enhancements and services to major sports events and plans to continue to enhance this service with more content offerings and delivering this service to other PGA TOUR tournaments.”
SMT's Jon Valdes-Dapena and Charles Phillips arrived on-site at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning to set up SMT's Driving Grid on the 12th hole.
They were treated to an audio tour of the compound by none other than Donald Trump, who recently purchased the course and in a year's time rebuilt 13 of the 18 holes, adding multiple new sand bunkers and water hazards. By headset, the Donald described the key changes to the course to the production staff.
"Our camera sat atop a 50-foot scaffolding and provided us with a spectacular view of the 12th hole," reports Jon. "Charles and I climbed the scaffold to build the e-box, capture the images for SMART and tested our SMART solution."
Meanwhile, Jared Quenzel and Ray Flynn arrived Wednesday to set up the PuttVision system. Ray and Jared set up PuttVision on the back of XL-41 and input the data from ShotLink to construct the virtual greens for six holes. PuttVision was used repeatedly on Thursday and Friday for holes, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16 and 18.
"Thursday was our first day on-air and we were thrilled to have a wicked storm front bearing down on us. The course was evacuated around 2 p.m. due to heavy rain, fierce winds and tornado watch," reports Jon. "After a two-hour delay, play resumed and we were able to sell the Driving Grid to production. Due in no small part to hard work, our solution looked rock solid and production gave us props over comms. All in all, we are having a fantastic weekend down here in Miami."