In March 2021, Auckland‘s Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand saw the 36th start of the America‘s Cup with the AC75 class sailing yachts1 , whose novel hydrofoil system enabled speeds of up to 100 km/h over water.
America's Cup - High performance Antenna Sportevent Solution
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Download White Paper AC36: The AC36 Media System – a cross-divisional development project. Focus: Masthead multi-antenna system for the best possible data and video transmission. (800 kB, pdf)
Download Caste Study AC36: HIGH PERFORMANCE ANTENNA SPORTEVENT SOLUTION (2137 kB, pdf)
In addition to innovative camera solutions and audio systems, the new 360 ° concept from circle-o also includes the entire communications equipment, including antenna and high-frequency technology on the water, on land and in the air. Due to the core competence of the latter task areas, the family member, PIDSO was commissioned with the development, production and integration of various systems by Riedel Communications. The 36th America‘s Cup featured several technical innovations that both the sailing teams and spectators could look forward to.
The masthead antenna, developed by PIDSO specifically for the AC75, is located at a height of 27 meters on the ship‘s mast and consists of an aerodynamically shaped multi-antenna system that bundles several radio services simultaneously.
The antenna supports both polarization and spatial diversity, making it ideally suited for 4x4 MIMO-capable communication systems MIMO2 , which stands for „Multiple Input Multiple Output“. This is a transmission method from communications engineering that attempts to make the best possible use of the transmission channel using a large number of antennas and special algorithms. In the process, robustness against interference and data throughput can be increased. The basis for this is formed by various coding processes that break down the data stream at the sender and reassemble it at the remote station. This technique is best suited for challenging communication scenarios with multipath propagation, fading and other interference.
A successful collaboration between PIDSO and partner company Riedel Communications has resulted in a unique solution for the German Touring Car Masters (DTM). The Blade Antenna, developed in Austria, sets new standards in racing.