Bexel was on hand to assist with live coverage of the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square this year as it is broadcast around the world. Bexel's team of expert engineers coordinated the complex wireless operations and established a fibre infrastructure for all feeds going to and from the production truck handling the coverage. For over a decade, Bexel has provided equipment and services to support national and international broadcasts of the Times Square celebration.
As this year’s event entailed five zones of RF coverage—four outdoor locations, spanning from the main outside stage at 43rd Street up to 46th Street at the Nivea Stage, as well as inside Times Square Studios, including the green rooms and production hallways—Bexel deployed its RF Over Fiber Antenna System. Designed to enhance the show's wireless capabilities, the system is scalable to any size building or location and offers a single point of interface for wireless equipment to the production truck. Comprehensive coverage requirements for the host network extended from 47th Street and Broadway to 43rd Street and Broadway.
Jim Dugan, senior project engineer, Bexel, commented in the run up to the event: “Seamless coverage of all zones through the RF Over Fiber System is a tremendous challenge due to the sheer quantity of wireless devices in use, the shrinking UHF spectrum and the density of people at the event.
"Fortunately our expertise and solutions will allow us to provide another memorable New Year’s Eve to those watching on television."