Drones for Good Awards

Events, Dubai

As tech heads, we are all about innovation, so you can imagine our delight when we were asked to supply a comprehensive audio and communication solution for the Drones For Good Awards.

Nope, it’s not a typo, and yes you heard right, we mean Drones as in those flying objects with cameras.

True to its vision to support technology and innovation, the UAE government launched the Award in 2014 at the second government summit, with the objective of making optimal use of technology to serve humanity and create happiness in the community. With a total prize pool of AED 4.67 million, it is no surprise that they received entries from over 160 international countries.

Liam McGrath, Darius (‘D’) Charlery, Mehdi bin Khelil and Jeric Ventura were in their element working on the audio and communication solution for the event.  According to project lead Liam, “Preparations started with the Delta Sound Dubai team pre-running fibres and multicores early in February, and then proceeded to install the remaining audio and communications from the 8th, ready for the week long rehearsals before the two day event on the 17th and 18th of February.”

Held outdoors at Dubai Internet City, the team delivered audio solutions for the grandstand, VIP and judges area along with foldback for the drone teams.  Liam elaborated, “The main PA consisted of a number of hung point source boxes to cover the upper seating, plus ground stacked line arrays to serve as the main audience system. We used a combination of flown HK Audio boxes, accompanied with L-acoustics line array elements and subs to cover main PA requirements. Smaller L-acousitcs units were used for the more selective areas such as judges and VIPS, and for this, 5xt’s were used.”

Inspired by the technology the Delta Sound Dubai team designed and implemented a creative solution for the communication brief. Liam continued, “The event required a complex communication to ensure we provided flexible radio communications, and wired and wireless comms systems. The robust setup provided six digital radio channels, a main and backup analogue show repeater channel, 16 free speak II belt packs on 10 channels, 14 Helix net belt packs across nine channels, not to mention show caller matrix panels.  As a result, all systems could talk to each other whether it was helix net to our RF systems, or free speak to the MC’s.”

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