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Televes fits out the telecommunications facilities in the new Juventus stadium in Turin

Mon, 05/12/2011

Televes has fitted out the telecommunication services facility at the brand-new Juventus Stadium, the spectacular new venue where the historical Italian football club plays its matches.

Inaugurated last September, Juventus Stadium is one of the world's most modern and advanced sports venues. It has capacity for 41,000 spectators and features 3,600 premium seats and 120 VIP boxes. The stadium also houses the club's museum, a 34,000-square-metre shopping and leisure area and a car park with space for 4,000 vehicles. The project represents an investment of 122 million euros and has been implemented in accordance with the highest standards of quality, safety and sustainability.

The stadium of la Vecchia Signora – the name by which Italy's most football club is known – is also a cutting-edge example of the use of new technologies for entertainment, comfort and safety. Through its Italian subsidiary, Televes Corporation has successfully confronted the challenge of providing this groundbreaking venue with the most advanced telecommunications facilities for the distribution of television signals. To achieve this, a project integrating digital technology equipment with fibre optic solutions, IPTV and Video on Demand was implemented.

Digital TV, IPTV and Video on Demand

The system's 'brain' is a control room that is the centre for managing the equipment carrying the television signals to the telecommunications equipment located throughout the entire stadium, including eight restaurants and 20 bars, the area reserved for officials, the changing rooms, the Partner's Club, four suites and 62 sky boxes (private boxes) that boast – among other equipment –  screens incorporated into the seats.

This facility ensures the digitisation and distribution of the signal picked up by the television cameras as well as it arriving properly to the press box and the more than 400 televisions located in different areas of the stadium.

This project – carried out entirely with equipment from Televes and Arantia (a technology subsidiary of the group) – has spotlighted Televes Corporation's leadership in the European MATV/SMATV sector and means an important endorsement of the quality of the brand's equipment, which is designed and manufactured in the company's facilities under the European technology made in Europe seal.

Details of the facility

Televes equipment is present at the facility beginning with the pick-up of the terrestrial television signal, which is done by means of multiple antennas, among which is notably a DAT HD BossTech, Televes's most advanced digital antenna. The signals are mixed and sent to a single channel optical fibre head-end via an optical transmitter.

The satellite signals are also picked up by Televes equipment. In this case, there are two dish antennas with optical LNB, each of which sends the channels to the distribution head-end.

This head-end is a Televes modular T0X type, which offers a fully digital output. It is operated remotely from the stadium's control room. Given the huge distances that had to be covered with cables, a system with a fibre optic infrastructure was chosen for both the input and the output of the head-end. 

The signals from the cameras located throughout the stadium are picked up and digitised with Televes modulators and are then sent both to the main head-end as well as to the press box. 

In the head-end – which offers 18 channels of digital terrestrial television (DTT) – the signals are processed and equalised to create a fully digital stream that is distributed throughout the stadium, passing through seven coaxial conversion and amplification substations. This way users can choose the channel of their choice on each of the 400 televisions available in the venue.

The digital stream coming out of the head-end is transmitted via fibre optics even to the star centre of the stadium's data network, where different equipment is installed, most notably an IPTV head-end and a middleware server for the delivery of interactive services and Video on Demand. The IP signal is distributed via this equipment to the stadium's grand entrance, the changing rooms, the Partner's Club, the suites and private boxes, for a total of 73 televisions where the IP reception is done through the STB2010 HD, also of the company's design and manufacturing. This number will increase in the near future, when another 40 private boxes are added.

This data infrastructure is implemented using equipment from Arantia, a technology subsidiary of Televes Corporation specialising in developing and implementing end-to-end IPTV platforms and Interactive Digital Television solutions for operato

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Televes antennas installed at the new Juventus stadium in Turin.
Arantia's ‚Äďa Televes subsidiary‚Äď channel selection interface, on one of the stadium's televisions.
View of the stadium's stands and pitch.
One of the many boxes, with the remote control through which the AV equipment using Televes technology is operated.
Televes distribution head-ends located in one of the stadium's technical rooms.
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