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New LED walls and state-of-the-art video direction for the "Hell of the North" home arena of Federal League handball club SG Flensburg-Handewitt

The object
Known as Campus Hall until 2012, the FLENS-ARENA is a multi-purpose venue in the town of Flensburg/ Germany. It is located on the Flensburg University and College campus. Only half-jokingly called "hell of the north" by handball fans the FLENS-ARENA is where the home games of the DKB Federal League handball club SG Flensburg-Handewitt are played. With 1.500 places it has got the largest standing area within the Federall Handball League. Operated by the Flensburg-based fördeshowconcept GmbH, the FLENS-ARENA is not only used as a sports venue but as an event location, too, for concerts, university festivities, fairs, and exhibitions.

The job
Business relations between Amptown System Company and the Campus-Hallen GmbH, of which the city of Flensburg and the Schleswig-Flensburg district are the owners, actually date back to the time when the hall was constructed with ASC installing the sound system and the lighting equipment.
As a partner appreciated for excellent cooperation in the past, the system house for media equipment was first choice for this client yet again and trusted to renovate the video equipment in a similarly skilled and professional manner. The client wanted modern video walls which were supposed to be as failsafe and low-maintenance as possible while meeting the latest technical standards as a matter of course. The video direction equipment which had become obsolete over time was to be modernized as well.

The solution
The two obsolete 4 by 3 rear projection walls were removed and exchanged for new high-quality state-of-the-art LED projection walls. In fact ASC took charge of everything in a one-stop operation - from mechanical planning of essentially the rigging and rigging gear to electrical planning, from carrying out the programming including that of the CMS (content management system) to providing the playout software. ASC services further extended to fitting and installing the LED walls, setting up the video direction unit and connecting it with fibre optic cables, and eventually commissioning the system as a whole. The system integrator selected two Absen LED walls 5 by 3 m large with an image format of 16:9 and a pixel pitch of 6 mm onto which the handball home games of the SG Flensburg-Handewitt would be projected, and supplied rigging and motors as well.

Used for promotion, graphics, live video images, and score displays while the SG Flensburg-Handewitt is playing its home games, the LED walls are a means of communicating with the spectators in a direct and very effective fashion. As a basic requirement for any handball game to proceed without disturbance, maximum reliability of the scoreline display is safely ensured.

The equipment of the video direction unit was supplemented with a feed server involving a Coolux Pandora's Box, a Coolux Widget Designer and a CMS developed by Amptown to enable content, live video images, and the existing scoreline display to be mixed during live operation and to be projected on the LED walls in various selectable screen configurations.

Along with modernizing the projection walls ASC advised the client on how to involve digital feeds.
The client agreed that purchasing a new playout system and CMS would substantially enhance the service provided to the audience and thus constitute a wise investment indeed. Incorporating the existing video feeds (score system, analogue video mixer) some of which were still based on earlier standards into the new media server CMS system without having to replace all of the analogue signal peripherals represented a particular challenge the ASC system specialists coped with successfully. Now the SG Flensburg-Handewitt video direction crew is able to change content any time via the CMS without having to request technical support.

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    FLENS-ARENA

    The FLENS-ARENA which had been known as Campus Hall until 2012 is a multi-purpose hall in the city of Flensburg. This is where the DKB Federal League handball team SG Flensburg-Handewitt plays its home games. Also referred to as "hell of the north", the hall offers 1,500 places which means that the standing room is the largest within the federal handball league.

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    FLENS-ARENA

    For the projection of  the SG Flensburg-Handewitt's home games ASC installed two Absen LED walls 5 by 3 m large with a picture format of 16:9 and a pixel pitch of 6 mm opposed to each other and supplied rigging and motors as well.

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    FLENS-ARENA

    During the handball home games of the SG Flensburg-Handewitt the LED walls are used as a medium for communication displaying promotion, graphics, live video images, and scores.

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    FLENS-ARENA

    The video direction equipment was supplemented with a feed server involving a Coolux Pandora's Box, a Coolux Widget Designer, and the Amptown Athena CMS to enable content, live video images, and the existing score display to be mixed during live operation and to be projected on the LED walls in various selectable screen configurations.

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