CSE Crosscom Named Radio Contractor for Santos Tour Down Under
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Comments

CSE Crosscom, official 2020 radio communications contractor to the Santos Tour Down Under, has enabled continuous race visibility, safety and collaboration for 19 consecutive years.

CSE Crosscom designed, delivered and operated the mobile radio communications system, which follows the riders during the grueling 11-day opening leg of the UCI WorldTour. This is the largest cycling race in the southern hemisphere, attracting more than 140 riders and 800,000 spectators.

“We are proud to have been associated with the Tour for more than two decades,” said Damian Costello, State Manager South Australia – CSE Crosscom. “A huge amount of time, expertise and innovation is required to provide reliable communications for this international event, which is constantly on the move. The challenges of having a rolling race are incredibly complex and unique, with CBD street circuits together with small country towns in regional South Australia, the demands are diverse.

“There are many multilayered aspects to consider when you design a wide-area communications system for such a major event like the Tour Down Under, with bridging communications systems enabling simultaneous talk pathways, hundreds of CSE Crosscom radios used by race officials, emergency services and tour support staff. During the tour, the network needs to facilitate every user and provide reliable communications every second of every day to ensure this large event runs smoothly.”

The ground support team provides support vehicles at the front and rear of the race, and air support team have two interchanging aircraft following overhead. This approach provides dense network coverage across undulating and rugged terrain, and meets the challenge of a rapidly moving peloton that can stretch over many kilometers, not to mention the large more than 100 support vehicles, Costello said.

The process of setting up the communications system begins 12 months in advance of the tour. The planning includes taking into account every possible scenario, as the world is watching live.

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