Rugby Australia calls up Gravity Media’s SportsCom solution to help improve match officiating and player welfare

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Video replay tool and comms systems used for TMO, HIA and medical applications.

The customer

Rugby Australia is the national governing body for the sport of rugby union in Australia. It has relied on Gravity Media – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast – for the past few years to provide production facilities across national and elite levels of rugby within Australia.

The project

As part of a programme to improve both player welfare and officiating standards within the game, Rugby Australia required a mission critical referee communications, judicial replay (TMO) and head injury assessment (HIA) solution. It wanted an easy-to-use and quick-to-deploy system that could be rolled out for international test matches, Super Rugby fixtures and other select games held throughout Australia. 

The approach

Gravity Media deployed its specialist SportsCom solution. This includes SimplyLive’s Ref&Box multi-channel official review tool, as well as an RF-based comms system for on-field officials and links between the television match official (TMO) and referee, and the TMO and OB truck. Additional comms panels are also installed pitchside at the HIA location and in the medical room inside the stadium so that further information, repeat camera feeds or clips can be easily and quickly requested and proposed actions discussed.

For each match, a server is placed within the TV compound and connected to the camera feeds from the OB truck. Up to 16 feeds are then distributed via Ethernet to the two main SimplyLive Ref&Box systems that are used by the TMO and the HIA assessor, while a mirrored system is also set-up in the medical room.

the Outcome

With Gravity Media’s SportsCom solution, the TMO can quickly review an incident that may have been missed, or require immediate action. Using an intuitive touchscreen interface, they can independently look at replays from multiple camera angles, vary the playback speed to provide the clearest possible view, and if necessary, clip and archive incidents for use later.

The HIA assessor, typically an independent medical professional, is now able to instantly recall video replays to better understand how an injury occurred, if a head was involved, and whether the player needs to be assessed for concussion to determine if they’re fit to continue. What they see through the Ref&Box is mirrored so that team medical staff can also learn more about the injury in real-time and decide how best to treat the player.

Gravity Media’s solution has enabled Rugby Australia to achieve its objectives of providing greater support to match officials, medical personnel and players. And through Gravity Media’s innovative solution and choice of technology, non-specialist users are able to operate the systems easily and intuitively with minimal training, while set-up times, equipment footprint and operational costs are all kept to a minimum.

GEARHOUSE BROADCAST HAS BECOME GRAVITY MEDIA

On 31 October 2019, the four leading broadcast and production houses Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment owned by Gravity Media Group started trading under the brand name of ‘Gravity Media’. All Gravity Media companies around the world are making this transition and will now go to market as a single brand with a bold new look and purpose.

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Gravity Media is a leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors. We use the collective pull of our people and resources to capture, craft and create world-class content that inspires and excites.

We are driven by client service excellence, and we never stand still. We’re always looking and listening, keeping up with the latest broadcast innovations – or pioneering them. Above all, we channel our energy into maintaining our reputation for flawless execution, deep technical expertise, and efficient delivery.

Gravity Media is a brand-new company with a 30-year pedigree, a force to be reckoned with formed by the coming together of Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment. Our 500 people serve clients across the sport, media, news and entertainment industries from bases in the UK, Australia, USA, France, Germany and Qatar.

At the centre of Gravity Media lie three broad categories of expertise: media services & facilitiesproduction & content; and equipment rental & sales.


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