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Blenheim Horse Trials

Challenge

Blenheim Horse Trials take place across 200 acres of the grounds of Blenheim Palace, with crowds of 50,000 over 4 days. The event organisers were looking at new ways of reducing cost, simplifying and amalgamating the provision of AV, audio, internet, WiFi, broadcast cameras and scoring signals around the site. Historically, every service had been running all their own cables, often down similar paths. This was wasteful in terms of labour efficiency, and cost. It also limited flexibility in terms of new initiatives and information provision to the visitors.

Solution

DBs solution was to install a gigabit network backbone around the site – with more than 10km of armoured fibre. All of the other signal based services around site – indoor AV (also supplied by DB), the external LED trucks (10 off), the broadcaster & streamer, the PA, internet and WiFi were all able to plug into the secure network to distribute their services around the site.

Switching of the broadcast and scoring signals was also provided by DB, with different images on different screens for instance. The main LED trucks showed 3 separate camera feeds, plus scoring, whereas the smaller LED trucks and indoor screens had different feeds. Last minute changes were easy to make because of the flexibility of the system.

Result

A very happy customer and delighted other service partners, with the added benefit of less physical disruption around the historical site. We even coped with a triathlon being run around the site 2 days before opening.

Testimonial

“Thank you and your crew for all your help before and during the Blenheim Horse Trials. Everyone worked above and beyond to make sure that all screens showed what they were supposed to and that all material got to wherever it was supposed to be throughout the site. Now, on to the (next one)!”

Technical Event Manager

“DBpixelhouse’s installation and management of their equipment, including fibre optic networking infrastructure, TV screens and Big Screens at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials was fantastic. Working along side them onsite, at this 5 day long event was a pleasurable experience that made our integrated end products easy to create and top class in quality.”

Broadcast Executive Producer

We are fortunate to work alongside the DB Pixelhouse crew at many large events across the year, this includes Farnborough Air Show and Burghley Horse Trials, so it was a real pleasure to work with the team again this year at the newly revamped Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.

We have supplied PA and radio communications going back to 1992 at Blenheim Palace and it can be a challenge working with a new contractor onsite, however with DB’s excellent onsite team and robust fibre network we had no such worries. Our job is made so much easier and the stress is taken away when the network provider really understands our requirements and their system is bullet proof.

Director, PA Contractor

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