For Panasonic, Tokyo 2020 is the latest stage in its nearly 30-year-long history as an official provider of broadcasting equipment for the Olympic Games. Yet, despite this familiar relationship, Panasonic isn’t resting on its laurels: it has always innovated to improve the quality of its broadcasting technology, and this time will prove no exception. Here are some steps that Panasonic has taken to make sure you’re getting the best-quality broadcast possible this summer.
The Eight Samurai
Overseeing the planning and management fell to a team of eight in Panasonic’s Broadcast Systems Division. “As the world grapples with the coronavirus crisis, we have been taking care every day to keep the virus at bay and safely bring this project to completion,” recounts the team leader. Tight deadlines have meant that a single employee infection had the potential to derail the team’s work entirely, but thanks to strict anti-infection measures, weekly testing, and a robust system of backups, the team has gotten this far without incident.
Thankfully, the high stakes and pressure forged a strong camaraderie between the eight, like a band of samurai. “As we do our part to help bring about the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we understand keenly that failure is not an option,” the team leader adds. “The burden of responsibility is heavy, but we’ve been given a chance to work with new technologies and take on challenges together on the world’s biggest stage, and we’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish.” The Panasonic team hopes that the technological advances made for the Olympics will mark a step forward for the field of broadcasting, and that the next generation can revel in the passion and excitement of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.
Helping Create the Most Immersive Olympic and Paralympic Broadcast to Date
Panasonic hopes that its technology can deliver more immersive and realistic footage, fulfilling its goal of “sharing the passion” of the Games with the world. The role of the broadcasting team, of course, is to run quietly in the background, offering smooth and seamless simultaneous transmission. If all of Panasonic’s innovations, all of the team’s elbow grease, and all of the machines whirring in the IBC escape attention throughout the Games, then that will be the sign of a project well executed. All you will notice, as you cheer on your favorite athletes along with your friends and family, is a crystal-clear image and sound quality that will keep you riveted to your seat.