AETA Audio Systems‘ ScoopTeam commentary codec has proven itself under some challenging conditions: the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) held last year and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) held this year, both in Cameroon. Paris-based systems integrator Loca Images approached the audio and IP codec specialists to adapt the ScoopTeam for the events. In total, AETA provided 144 ScoopTeam units, which were used in five locations throughout Cameroon during both occasions.
AETA had to fine-tune its flagship product by, among other things, reducing the number of commentator positions from the regular four to just three. It also included a “power-over-Ethernet” feature, which eliminated the need for a main power supply at the stadium.
While ScoopTeam is mainly an audio-over-IP device, the units used the DANTE interface for the internal networks of each stadium and the ISDN interface for the remote links.
But technical connectivity wasn’t one of the biggest challenges; that was the oppressive heat, at times bordering on 50 degrees Celsius in the uncovered commentary booths. Despite the heat and humidity, the rugged ScoopTeam units didn’t even break a sweat.
Imed Ben Ameur, technical director at Loca Images, designed and managed the installation and stayed on-site in Cameroon during both competitions to ensure streamlined operations.
Ben Ameur explained that Loca Images chose AETA’s ScoopTeam based on several parameters, including the unit’s compliance with the defined specifications, versatility and future-proofness. “Beyond the technical respect of the specifications, the ergonomics of the ScoopTeam user interface were decisive in our choice,” said Ben Ameur. “We don’t regret our decision for a split second, especially since, during the various broadcasts, all the local technicians could operate the products with almost no help from us.” He added that AETA’s responsiveness and partnership spirit helped turn the project into a success story.
“We are very proud to have collaborated with Loca Images on this large-scale project, which clearly demonstrates the versatility of our ScoopTeam codecs,” added Yann Vonarburg, AETA general manager.