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Riedel Communications 2019 NAB Show Press Pack

The following press pack was issued today by Riedel Communications.

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1. Riedel's New Artist-1024 Node Redefines Communications Connectivity With Higher Port Density and Native IP Support
2. Shaping the Future of Broadcast – Riedel and tpc Collaborate on Innovative Full-IP Broadcast Facility

3. Riedel's Artist and Bolero Enable Seamless Comms Across Four-Venue Passion 2019 Conference
4. Riedel and TechSound Partner to Deliver Advanced, VoIP-Based Comms Solutions to Chinese Esports Market

PRESS RELEASE #1

Riedel's New Artist-1024 Node Redefines Communications Connectivity With Higher Port Density and Native IP Support

WUPPERTAL, Germany — April 8, 2019 — At the 2019 NAB Show, Riedel Communications will unveil the new Artist-1024 node, a powerful expansion to the Artist intercom ecosystem. In what could easily be described as "the next piece of the puzzle," this communications node will provide the features and advanced capabilities that clients have asked for. With higher port densities and full SMPTE 2110-30/31 (AES67) compliance, Artist-1024 is the next evolutionary step in the continuous development of the Artist intercom ecosystem.

The Artist-1024 node boasts 1024 non-blocking ports in just 2 RU, significantly reducing rack space requirements. This latest addition to the Artist ecosystem introduces a range of technical innovations centered on software-definable Universal Interface Cards (UIC). This entirely new type of interface card combines networking, mixing, and management, and can be configured to act as an AES67 or MADI subscriber card, or as an Artist fiber/router/processor card. Changing the connectivity type is as easy as reconfiguring the UIC with the click of a button in the Director configuration software.

The frame provides ten bays for UICs, with two being reserved solely for routing and networking UICs. The remaining eight bays can be equipped with UICs of various configurations to provide subscriber connectivity. The integral mixer on each subscriber card can be scaled from 8 to 128 ports per card and can access all 1,024 ports of the Artist backbone. In addition, four expansion slots are available for various GPIO or synchronization applications.

Artist-1024 also introduces a new customer-friendly, flexible licensing scheme with frame-level licensing instead of connectivity-type licensing. Each node starts with a Virtual Artist Matrix (VAM) license, which includes a defined number of ports (16 to 1,024) that can be freely distributed across the node's subscriber cards. Besides these node-locked licenses, there are also flexible licenses that allow for a fast reconfiguration of the system by simply moving capacities between nodes.

Riedel's newest Artist node has been designed with redundancy at its core. By supporting multiple redundancy schemes, including N+1, NIC, and SMPTE 2022-7, it can provide an unprecedented degree of robustness and reliability. All control logic and data links within the frame are redundant, and additional security is provided by two load-sharing PSUs and a fan module with redundant fan units. The sum of these measures equals the most comprehensive comms safety net available on the market.

"System compatibility and the sustainability of client investments are of the utmost importance to us," said Thomas Riedel, President and CEO of Riedel Communications. "The Artist-1024 node will suit new clients looking to have a comprehensive and future-ready system today as well as those clients who have supported us for years and are now ready to take the step to IP infrastructures."

Further information about Riedel and the company's products is available at www.riedel.net.

Link to Word Doc: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/190408Riedel-Artist1024.docx

Link to Photos:www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-Artist1024.zip
Photo Caption: The new Riedel Artist-1024 is equipped with higher port density and native IP support.

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PRESS RELEASE #2

Shaping the Future of Broadcast – Riedel and tpc Collaborate on Innovative Full-IP Broadcast Facility

WUPPERTAL, Germany, and ZURICH — April 8, 2019 — Riedel Communications and tpc, an SRG subsidiary and Swiss broadcast technology leader, today announced their collaboration in the development of Project Metechno, Switzerland's first full-IP broadcast facility. Located in the Leutschenbach district of Zurich, the new campus for the Swiss public broadcasters SRG, SRF, and tpc is set to open in autumn 2019. The IP technology beacon project will include several studios, postproduction facilities, a new MCR, and a centralized playout center — all based on a full-IP infrastructure that unites intercom, audio, and video.

As the production and technology partner of SRG, tpc took on the task of designing the technical framework for the new sports, news, and technology center. One of the cornerstones of their concept was to maximize multifunctionality and flexibility, thus the technical infrastructure of the facility will continuously evolve and grow with industry developments and production demands. In order to keep their communications up to date with the latest technical innovations, tpc has entered a strategic, long-term partnership with Riedel.

"With this new intercom contract, we have taken our long-standing partnership with the Swiss public broadcasting association to the next level. SRG and Riedel are united in their commitment to push the borders of innovation and have one shared vision: to help shape the IP broadcast world of tomorrow," said Thomas Riedel, CEO, Riedel Communications. "With this exciting project, we want to realize this vision together."

In an intense collaborative effort, engineers and system consultants from tpc and Riedel began to conceptualize the intercom system of the future as early as 2017. They devised a fully AES67-compliant communications infrastructure based on Riedel's Artist decentralized intercom network that will seamlessly integrate with the IP workflows in use throughout the facility. The scalable infrastructure will easily adapt to future developments in IP broadcasting and will be one of the first installations worldwide to incorporate Riedel's new, full-IP Artist-1024 node.

"With its wide range of connectivity options and extensive IP capabilities, the Artist ecosystem is the perfect communications backbone for our facility. Riedel's intercom network will provide us with a reliable, futureproof foundation for our networked live productions," said Andreas Lattmann, CTO at tpc.

The Riedel installation in Zurich represents the first milestone in a comprehensive modernization of SRG's intercom network across all of the Swiss broadcaster's studios in Bern, Geneva, Chur, and Lugano.

"Through this partnership with SRG, the largest player in the Swiss market is now a Riedel intercom customer. This framework contract is the result of long and intensive cooperation based on both mutual trust and nearly a decade of experience working with our MediorNet products," said Roger Hess, General Manager, Riedel Communications Switzerland. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support SRG and tpc with sustainable solutions and the know-how needed to transform their vision into reality, and to accompany them on their exciting journey towards full-IP broadcast infrastructures."

About tpc
tpc switzerland ag is responsible for production and technology for television, radio and multimedia for SRF (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen). It is a subsidiary of SRG SSR and is Switzerland's leading broadcast service provider, with extensive expertise in planning, creating and managing audiovisual projects, also for external clients. With a staff of 900, tpc has its own state-of-the-art studios, workshops, and mobile resources that provide the foundation for quality solutions that combine innovation with the best in technology.

Link to Word Doc: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/190408Riedel-Metechno.docx

Link to Photos:www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-TPC.jpg
Description of Photos: From left to right: Detlef Sold, CEO at tpc; Roger Hess, General Manager at Riedel Switzerland; Martin Berger, CSO at Riedel; Andreas Lattmann, CTO at tpc; Thomas Riedel, founder and CEO of Riedel.

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PRESS RELEASE #3

Riedel's Artist and Bolero Enable Seamless Comms Across Four-Venue Passion 2019 Conference

BURBANK, Calif. April 8, 2019 — For the fourth consecutive year, Riedel Communications supplied the communications backbone for Passion Conference — an annual Christian gathering of tens of thousands of students and young adults that took place in early January. Riedel's Artist digital matrix intercom system and Bolero wireless intercom enabled tight choreography and seamless delivery of coordinated sessions, speakers, and worship music across four venues: State Farm Arena and Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, The Anthem in Washington, D.C., and The Theatre at Grand Prairie near Dallas.

As in previous years, the goal for Passion 2019 was to give attendees across the venues a seamless experience and help them forget they were separated by hundreds of miles. Over the course of the three-day event, Louie Giglio, Pastor of Passion City Church and Founder of Passion Conferences, and several bands and worship leaders moved from one location to the next. As they shifted between sites, they needed the ability to interact with one another remotely to ensure they could provide the same experience for every attendee, regardless of the venue. The addition of a fourth venue this year added further complexity to the communications challenge, requiring technology that could work flawlessly and fade into the background.

"With the added venue, this year's Passion was a big scale-up from previous years. Our trunking requirements increased exponentially; in fact, over the three days of the show, there were more than 167,000 individual trunk calls generated from one site to another," said Jeremy Lommori, Lead Communications Engineer, Passion Conferences. "There's no way we could have accomplished this without the VoIP stability, integrated trunking flexibility, and easy deployment of Artist."

Working with U.K.-based logistics and event management company Black and White Live, the Riedel team deployed the Artist intercom with Trunk Navigator software to link TNDV mobile production trucks and enable communications across an 800-mile fiber network. Riedel's Trunk Navigator system, along with Riedel Artist 64 systems deployed across the four sites, established temporary VoIP trunk lines between each venue and dynamically connected key panels across all venues. The trunked Artist system allowed for point-to-point communications between the venues and from any one panel to another, which in turn facilitated the detailed and complex communication needed to execute a coordinated event at four venues simultaneously.

For the second year, Riedel's Bolero wireless intercom provided clear and reliable communications for production managers, production assistants, and other technical managers working the show. In all, there were more than 150 Bolero beltpacks spread over the four venues. In order to support the additional venue, the Riedel/Black and White Live team added a master control room at the State Farm Arena. This gave Passion 2019 executive producers the ability to talk directly to every panel, Bolero, IFB, and radio at every venue.

Lommori added, "The ability to replace many of the wired intercom panels with Bolero beltpacks made on-site deployment, with very tight load-in timelines, a reality. At most of the sites, we had only one day to be up and operating with this complex system."

Deploying Bolero at all sites allowed the few individuals who needed to travel between sites to keep using the same beltpacks, since Bolero can automatically re-register with the local antennas when they arrive at a new site. The lead production manager had the same Bolero beltpack with him at all venues, so no matter where he was, he could talk to the same people.

"Hosting an event that happens in four venues simultaneously requires an unbelievable amount of coordination. That coordination was only made possible by Riedel Communications," said Taylor Charboneau, Production Manager for Passion Conferences. "The flexibility Riedel gives each user — wired and wireless — is unmatched and what made Passion 2019 work!"

Further information about Riedel and the company's products is available at www.riedel.net.

About Riedel Communications North America
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. Riedel is locally headquartered in Burbank, CA with its global headquarters in Wuppertal, Germany. Riedel employs over 500 people in 20 locations throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Americas.

Link to Word Doc: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/190408Riedel-Passion.docx

Link to Photos:www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-Passion.zip
Photo Caption: Riedel's Artist and Bolero enable seamless comms across four-venue Passion 2019 Conference.

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PRESS RELEASE #4

Riedel and TechSound Partner to Deliver Advanced, VoIP-Based Comms Solutions to Chinese Esports Market

WUPPERTAL, Germany — April 8, 2019 — Riedel Communications today announced its support of TechSound, a Shanghai-based company specializing in audio for international esports teams. TechSound designs and operates advanced player communications systems for China esports clients based on Riedel's Artist digital matrix intercom system, Performer partyline system, and MAX headsets. Enabling a cost-saving voice-over-IP (VoIP) remote production workflow for esports events across China, the Riedel gear ensures clear communications not only between players, but also between the remote production staff and on-site referees.

Founded in 2017, TechSound is a rapidly growing consultancy and systems engineering company serving the expanding Chinese esports and live event markets. Inspired by the specific demands and requirements of esports, the company takes a fresh, IP-centered approach to intercom and remote production. TechSound has relied on Riedel solutions from the beginning to provide bespoke communications solutions for music, corporate, exhibition, and traditional sporting events alike.

"TechSound is one of the few companies in China using VoIP systems for remote production of esports competitions. As such, it's the perfect partner for us to expand our presence in the dynamic Asian esports arena. TechSound and its clients can testify to the value of our Artist-based system for delivering the seamless communications critical to running a smooth international event," said Gao Jian, General Manager at Riedel China. "The evolving technical requirements of esports have become a key driver of China's comms industry, and we're pleased to be supporting TechSound in addressing these requirements and achieving an agile and efficient production workflow for esports competitions across multiple geographic sites."

The Riedel Artist system integrates easily with audio routers and consoles in any type of remote broadcast production workflow, and its modular architecture provides a wide range of connectivity options. Participants and the production team can reliably use communications systems from various manufacturers without the need for human interfacing.

For a recent international esports event held in northern China, the Riedel solution enabled TechSound team members to seamlessly integrate intercom, wireless, and walkie-talkie systems from different rental vendors and manufacturers into one communications system. TechSound also manages semipermanently installed season systems, connecting stage referees and players across six Chinese cities back to a centralized production studio.

"With the Riedel solution, our producers can sit in Shanghai and call shows in other cities," said Patrick McGowan, Director at TechSound. "Direct communication with on-stage referees at different venues allows for a remote workflow that saves on hotel and flight costs. Because the solution integrates so well with other production tools, we can easily and cost-effectively add further studios or sites to the production."

Further information about Riedel and the company's products is available at www.riedel.net.

Link to Word Doc: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/190408Riedel-TechSound.docx

Link to Photos:www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-TechSound.jpg
Photo Caption: Jian Gao, General Manager at Riedel China; Patrick McGowan, Director at TechSound; Cameron O'Neill, Director, Asia Pacific, at Riedel; Raymond Wang, Group Operations Director at TechSound

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Riedel is headquartered in Wuppertal, Germany, and employs over 500 people in 20 locations throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, and the Americas.

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