Inglis Riverside Stables
Inglis Riverside Stables bring thoroughbred racing fraternity closer to live auctions with secure Exterity IP video and digital signage
The Australian thoroughbred industry is a world leader: according to the Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA), encompasses 21,500 mares and 700 stallions, a figure that dwarfs other established breeding countries such as the UK, Ireland, Japan and New Zealand, and is second only to the United States.
The scale of production means that thoroughbred breeding makes a huge contribution to the Australian regional economy, supporting thousands of jobs directly, as well as many more in related areas such as horse transport, fencing, fodder and insurance.
However, the business is not dominated by big players with the vast majority of breeders – 76 per cent – having just one or two mares. To cater to this multi-billion-dollar industry was the vision of the recently opened Inglis Riverside Stables venue, which replaces Inglis’ Newmarket site near the Royal Randwick Racecourse.
Opened in early 2018, the A$140 million (£79.2m/€89m) Riverside Stables complex is built on 26 acres of land overlooking Warwick Farm Racecourse in Sydney, Australia. It aims to deliver a world-class experience for the buying and selling of thoroughbred horses, as well as attract new racing audiences through the adjacent luxury hotel. The impressive sale yard features parade areas with three different surfaces, hospitality areas next to each barn and an indoor sale arena. The site also includes 800 stables re-using the magnificent hardwood from the existing Newmarket stables.
AV plays a major part of the project, especially within the Sales Arena, designed as a versatile space with a variety of seating options that can cater to theatre, school, classroom and banquet options. The arena is overlooked by ‘The Gallery’, which features nine VIP suites that can be used as breakout areas or an additional private meeting room including the latest AV equipment, access to three televisions screens and high-speed internet.
To offer live video feeds from the stables to the sales arena, Inglis sought external expertise from highly regarded proAV specialist The P.A. People, one of Australia’s largest suppliers of installed audio, video, performance lighting, control, and production communications systems.
“Exterity is at the heart of the solution and provides us with the quality, reliability and sub 400ms glass to glass latency which is vital for this implementation,”
The P.A People provided a perfect platform for this project, with an Exterity IPTV system at its heart, as Chris Dodds, Managing Director at The P.A. People explains: “One of the key requirements that we needed to deliver was the lowest possible audio and video latency, which is vital for an auctioning activity where timing is critical. The solution also needed to be flexible enough to work with the network infrastructure which uses Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON) across the entire site.”
The project was essentially split into two parts with a traditional hospitality IP video and VoD solution for the onsite hotel, and a more advanced IP video network for the sales arena and wider facility that mixes several different audio and video technologies, including Dante audio over IP audio distribution and AMX Audio Video Control Systems.
With both its own internally generated video channels and external premium TV channels, the entire solution needed to be secure. “In this respect, Exterity was one of the few vendors that has delivered HDCP Pro across its entire portfolio, and this allowed us to seamlessly deliver an encrypted solution that would meet all the requirements of the cable TV provider and its premium content channels.”
The Exterity system provides TV, video and live auction feeds to over 250 displays across the facility. The installation is one of the first that delivers IP video exclusively over GPON and comprise a mix of standard TVs with AvediaPlayer Media Players and LG SmartTVs throughout the hotel, stables, hospitality suites, auction rooms, public areas and paddocks. The system is also used to update the bidding page stats that are displayed in real-time on large screens within the main sales area and within the private suites of the gallery areas.
Although primarily offering video, the flexibility of Exterity’s digital signage solution, ArtioSign, allows the screens to be configured independently and rapidly for the needs of sponsors and corporate hospitality areas. Within the hotel, the immersive visitor experience is extended with in-room guest access to the live auction feeds and TV, movies on-demand and interactive guest services.
In mid-February 2018, the new site opened its doors across four days for the Inglis Classic Yearling. The successful event, which attracted Lots from top breeders and international buyers, was one of the largest in history and saw over A$6M paid for the progeny of Darley-sired yearlings.
“The professionalism shown by The P.A People and the strong technology delivered by Exterity has been warmly welcomed by the staff and guests at the Riverside Stables complex and we look forward to working closely on future projects.”