Installations at Michigan State and Notre Dame Demonstrate Versatility and Thoughtful Design of Bexel Solutions
May 31, 2017 – Burbank, CA – A range of professional and college sports teams are looking to Bexel ESS to design and install highly versatile remote camera systems for video capture during games and practice sessions. Bexel ESS can point to a number of successful recent installations, including those for the Michigan State University Spartans football team and the Notre Dame University lacrosse teams.
“These installations are a real showcase of how we can help sports organizations leverage video as a tool for more effective coaching and player/team performance,” said John Mills, director of business development, Bexel ESS. “For both Michigan State and Notre Dame, we were able to get creative and design camera placement solutions that met their unique requirements and worked within existing constraints in each arena.”
The coaching staff for the Michigan State University Spartans wanted to add a second end zone camera in Spartan Stadium to aid in practice sessions and also to study the movements of the team and its opponents during games. Since the stadium design would not allow for an additional camera platform, Bexel ESS designed a custom pole for mounting a single pan, tilt, and zoom camera high enough to clear the video ribbon board and provide the optimal camera angle. The fully weatherproof camera system is connected via single mode fiber to a patch panel for video and control, and a custom-designed case houses the camera control equipment.
“Now that we have cameras on both end zones, our coaches have a much more comprehensive view of the action during both practice sessions and games,” said Matt Harper, director of technology, Michigan State Spartans. “And we love the camera control case. The Bexel ESS team put a lot of thought into its design, and it’s extremely easy to set up — our operators simply roll it out and connect it to the fiber patch panel and power, and they’re good to go.”
Bexel ESS installed two remote cameras in the University of Notre Dame lacrosse stadium, and also designed and built a camera control system for the lacrosse teams. One camera is mounted on the top of the stadium wall to provide a sideline view via CAT6, and the other is mounted on an existing pole in the end zone that is also in use for a football camera. For the end zone camera, Bexel ESS provided a fiber connection to the video control system.
“We really appreciate that Bexel ESS came in, analyzed our facility, and figured out how to use existing structures for simplicity’s sake, and for time and cost savings,” said Connor Sullivan, director of women’s lacrosse operations for the University of Notre Dame. “We’ve worked with Bexel ESS on numerous projects in the past, including design and construction of our football video control offices, so we knew we were in good hands for the installation of these new cameras. And now our lacrosse coaches have an enhanced ability to view team activities from multiple camera angles and capture the video for later analysis.”
About Bexel ESS
Bexel ESS, a division of Bexel, and an NEP Broadcast Services Company, is the choice vendor for custom systems integration, managed services, and fiber optic solutions within the broadcast, league, collegiate, corporate, and entertainment markets. Launched in 2012, Bexel ESS designs and installs complete turnkey solutions for permanent facilities and live events. Our custom solutions are fine tuned to deliver outstanding product performance and broadcast workflow. We pioneered the conversion of copper cable plant systems to optical fiber, and today specialize in design, implementation, and maintenance of broadcast cable plants. We pride ourselves on routinely developing new solutions to improve the longevity and functionality of client systems, and reduce the overall cost of ownership.
For over 30 years, NEP has been a worldwide outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports, entertainment, music and corporate events. Our services include remote production, specialty capture, RF and wireless video/audio, studio production, audio visual solutions, host broadcast support, post production, connectivity and transmission, premium playout and innovative software-based media management solutions. NEP’s 4,000+ employees are driven by a passion for superior service and a focus on technical innovation. Together, we have supported productions in 87 countries on all seven continents. NEP is headquartered in the United States and has operations in 24 countries. Learn more at nepgroup.com.
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