A 1km fibre link connected the disguise servers on the island to the servers on the shore. According to Dave Voyce “Working around the tides was a unique experience – with no opportunity to test the viability and integrity of the fibre link in advance we needed a totally robust solution to withstand the undertow. We made as much use of the causeway as possible, drilling multiple fixings for secure anchorage, and then running the cable up the harbour wall and along the quayside to the second control position on the roof of the Yacht Club. Overall we laid 5km of fibre multi-core cabling to link all the projectors with signal and control.”
“We chose the very best technology for each aspect of the job – the extraordinary long throw Panasonic lenses enabled us to hit enough of the fort from long range at sufficiently high resolution, and the versatility and ruggedness of the Christies were ideal to weather the elements in the exposed conditions on the island,” said Dan Gray.
The AV control comprised of two 4×4pro and four 4u v2.5 media servers, two Lightware FR-33 32×32 DVI matrix switchers and two QED/ThinkLogical 15-channel fibre systems, with on-board output monitoring on all channels provided by two Harris Predator II 16-input DVI multi-viewers. Gigabit fibre control enabled the projector line-ups to be done remotely from all positions around the island and on the shore. Working in team shifts the installation took six days and nights to complete with travel between the shore and the island mainly only being possible by boat for most of the working hours.