Broadcast Sports, Inc. to Follow the Amazing Tightrope Feat of Nik Wallenda on
His Epic Grand Canyon Crossing
Leaders in wireless technology and communication solutions for television
broadcast will outfit high-wire daredevil with two wireless point-of-view
cameras to document 1200-foot walk across the canyon
HANOVER, Md., June 20, 2013
HANOVER, Md., June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --On Sunday, June 23, Broadcast
Sports, Inc. (BSI) will show the world what it looks like to walk across the
Grand Canyon on a tightrope suspended 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado
River. The Hanover, MD-based company will be outfitting high-wire artist Nik
Wallenda with a vest equipped with two wireless point-of-view (POV) cameras,
one pointed down and one pointed forward, to document his 1,200-foot walk
across the canyon. The cameras Wallenda will be wearing are the same ones BSI
deployed for the WNBA earlier this month in a head-mounted, ref cam system
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"We have just started exploring the potential applications for our new
wireless mini POV camera system," explains BSI General Manager Peter Larsson.
"When Wallenda's team approached us with the idea, our goal was to incorporate
two wireless cameras into a wearable configuration that would be comfortable
for him and capture compelling shots for the broadcast."
The tightrope crossing will take place in a remote section of the canyon
operated by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation and will not be open to
spectators. The event will be broadcast live on Discovery Channel starting at
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. To capture every aspect of the walk in this isolated
location, BSI will be outfitting six cameras with wireless transmission
technology. One wireless camera will be dropped off with Nik by helicopter on
the starting side of the tightrope and a second one will be positioned on the
opposite side where Nik will finish. A horizontal cable camera will move along
parallel to Nik as he walks, a helicopter camera will capture the whole scene
from above and the two mini POV cameras Nik will be wearing will show the
audience what it's like from his perspective.
"Our technology is completely scalable both in terms of technology and
geography," explains BSI's Technology Development Manager Clay Underwood. "We
are able to operate numerous wireless components in almost any environment.
For Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk, we need to cover the start and finish of
the tightrope and every step in between from multiple angles in a remote area
in what may be extreme conditions. We're preparing for all scenarios so we
don't miss a moment of this exciting event."
About Broadcast Sports, Inc.
For 30 years, Broadcast Sports, Inc., an L-3 Communications company, has been
the leading provider of wireless technology and communications systems rental
for television broadcasting. Headquartered in Hanover, Maryland, BSI provides
HD on-board cameras and wireless audio for a wide range of entertainment
events around the world including Formula 1, the PGA and LPGA Tours, Triple
Crown, Breeder's Cup, BCS National Championship, INDYCAR, NASCAR, NFL,
X-Games, US Open, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Barrett-Jackson Collector
Car Auctions, US National Political Conventions, and Presidential
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