Professional Wireless Systems Manages Spectrum At NBA All-Star Weekend
Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) provided wireless receivers and specialty RF gear to capture the excitement of the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, at both the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden.
The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend officially kicked off at Barclays Center with the “Rising Stars Challenge,” pitting the young stars of the NBA against one another. Continuing the festivities, players competed in two of the most popular events of the weekend: the “Three-Point Contest” and the “Slam Dunk Contest,” which all culminated with the 2015 All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden.
Throughout the All Star weekend, the PWS team (consisting of John Garrido and Cameron Stuckey) remained in constant transit to ensure a flawless production. The team managed the equipment for the multiple games working in tandem with Mark Donkers, Quantum5x’s lead on-site engineer who was responsible for proprietary hardware/software modifications. PWS supplied the ENG crews with portable diversity ENG receivers to work with Quantum5x’s new QT-5100 PlayerMics, as well as supplying both venues with courtside RF wireless gear.
With a smaller footprint than the previous version, Quantum5X’s new remote PlayerMics were custom designed to enable full remote operation. The remote operation capabilities of the PlayerMics, i.e. power, gain control, and frequency changes, were crucial once the mics and transmitters were on the players because they were off-limits. The transmitters were small enough to be sewn into special pockets of the players’ jerseys and left in place without interfering with the players’ movement.
The QT-1000 PlayerMic is a rubberized, flexible, water and sweat resistant body pack. Originally designed for NBA players to wear in their jerseys during games. It will not injure the wearer even if they fall on it, or take a direct hit.