Extreme E brings in NEP for eco-friendly broadcasts

New solution designed to reach remote locations.

Extreme E brings in NEP for eco-friendly broadcasts

Extreme E

  • Full end-to-end solution includes flypack, remote production, crewing, satellite and fibre connectivity, AR, GFZ and specialist cameras
  • Technology aiming to provide viewers with new, immersive experience during races

Extreme E has teamed up with production company NEP Group and a host of other broadcast partners to provide sustainable broadcast production capable of reaching remote locations.

The new electric off-road racing series has been working with NEP and its partners, including content agency Aurora Media Worldwide (AMW), for 18 months to design the technical offering, which will also look to reduce the environmental impact across the entire production process.

The full end-to-end solution will include flypack, remote production, crewing, satellite and fibre connectivity, edit, ingest, augmented reality (AR), graphics (GFX), display and projection, and specialist cameras including radio frequency (RF).

The specialised flypack, designed to survive extreme temperatures and conditions, will be connected back into NEP’s new ultra high definition (UHD) centralised broadcast and media centre in London. The production will make use of the centre’s extensive connectivity, remote production galleries, remote replay, and edit and live centre monitoring, which are all currently being built at the London location.

Donald Begg, NEP’s director of technology for major events, is overseeing the implementation of the equipment amid the various Covid-19 restrictions.

NEP’s Netherlands-based team in Hilversum has also developed new AR tools for drone tracking and in-car GFX, along with the use of RF technologies to work around environments where cable runs have to be limited but still need to achieve maximum and resilient coverage from the Extreme E cars.

Avoiding either fixed-wing or helicopter RF solutions to remove some of the environmental impact, the company has achieved a ground-based system of remote IP RF links and integration of the coverage systems to maximise the number of feeds.

Combined with advanced drone technology, the AR GFX teams have worked with Extreme E and AMW to develop live mapping and overlays of the race courses from the drones. This will look to provide the viewer with a new, immersive experience in race time GFX AR overlays.

“We are travelling to such remote locations with Extreme E, which means there will be no second chance when we get to site, so this test has proved essential, and seeing all the hard work in real life has been very gratifying,” said Dave Adey, head of broadcast and technology at Extreme E.

“We can’t wait to go racing later this year and show the world Extreme E through one of the most innovative productions I’ve ever worked on.”

Simon Moorhead, managing director of NEP UK broadcast services, added: “Between designing for Covid restrictions and being mindful of our impact to the environment, we needed to create a workflow that connected limited production crew and equipment on site to remote production hubs while shooting from some of the world’s most remote and difficult locations. All of our teams came together to meet these challenges head on.”