PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS GOES ON THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME FOR THRILLING OPENING OF THE ORLANDO EYE - Mixonline

PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS GOES ON THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME FOR THRILLING OPENING OF THE ORLANDO EYE

Team’s Expertise in Wireless Solutions Ensures Sound Inauguration of Latest Orlando Attraction
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ORLANDO,  MAY  18,  2015 —  When  the  world’s  fifth  largest  observation  wheel,  the Orlando  Eye, celebrated  its  opening, Professional  Wireless  Systems  (PWS)  went  along  for  the  ride,  providing  its expert wireless solutions for the Merlin Entertainments attraction’s nationwide-anticipated press event. During  the  event,  daredevil  Nik  Wallenda  walked  across  the  rim  of  the  400-foot  observation  wheel untethered in front of hundreds of journalists from around the country during a live, national television broadcast.

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The press watched the famed daredevil complete one of his most dangerous, death-defying stunts, to-date. In preparation for the crowds of reporters ready to swarm the scene, Bob Glickman, Glickman Productions event producer, along with Glickman Productions’ audio designer, Travis Hill, collaboratedwith PWS for the team’s seasoned expertise in managing wireless communications during large-scale entertainment events. LMG was the main audio provider for the event.

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“Hill specifically wanted to work with a team that would be comfortable handling the press,” says EvanHall, PWS project manager. “Having worked hundreds of press events, the team is well-equipped to handle check-in and understand how  to effectively communicate and coordinate with all production personnel on a high-profile entertainment project to ensure a smooth, interference-free event.”

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Under the leadership of Hall, the PWS crew, including Eric Radvanyi, RF assistant; and Chris Caiazzo, press interface and PWS freelancer, handled the wireless intercom for all stage managers positioned around  the  observation  wheel  and  supported  all  communications  to  the  stage  managers  and  safety personnel  surrounding  Wallenda  during  his  stunt.  “We  had  to  cover  production  crew  members stationed on the ground surrounding the observation wheel, as well as the stage managers positioned inside some of the 30 passenger capsules who were in constant communication with additional team members spread out across multiple rooftops,” he says.

To  complement  the  audio,  video  and  lighting  equipment  provided  by  Glickman  Productions,  PWS supplied  a  comprehensive  wireless  systems  package, including  Radio  Active  Designs’  UV-1G  systems with 24 belt packs for wireless intercoms for their impressive range and ability to work within the VHF spectrum,  as  well  as  an  assortment  of  PWS  VHF  panels  and  Helical  Antennas.  “Utilizing  the  VHF spectrum  during  this  event  was  a  game  changer  for  us,  as  we  were  able  to  manage  wireless communications for the event with only two zones of intercom,” Hall adds. “If we relied on the UHF spectrum instead, we would have had to deploy more antennas and run more cables, complicating the entire setup.”

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In  all,  Wallenda’s  stunt  and  the  opening  of  the  latest  attraction  to  grace  the  Orlando  I-Drive  360 entertainment complex proved successful. “Hall, Radvanyi and Caiazzo all did a terrific job in anticipating any  concerns  and  maintaining  effective  communication  with  all  involved  production  personnel,”concludes  Jim  Van  Winkle,  PWS  general  manager.  “We are  very  thankful  to  have  been  given  the opportunity to work closely with Glickman Productions, Travis Hill and LMG to ensure an incredible, action-packed unveiling.”

Located in the most-visited tourist destination in the world, the Orlando Eye made its official opening to the public on May 4. For more information, visit https://www.officialorlandoeye.com/.  

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.  

About Masque Sound

Founded  in  1936  by  a  trio  of  Broadway  stagehands,  Masque  Sound  evolved  into  one  of  NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is led by President Stephanie Hansen and the firm’s third generation owner,  Geoff  Shearing.  The  company  also  operates  Florida-based  Professional  Wireless  Systems,  a leader  in  the  development  and  implementation  of  wireless  technology.  Credits  range  from  major Broadway  shows  and  tours  including  “Phantom  of  the Opera,”  “Mamma  Mia!,”  “Lion  King,”  “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s  Church.  Masque  Sound’s  70,000  sq.  ft.  corporate  headquarters  and  main  assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. Formore information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.