Aug 25, 2022
Enhanced Support for Fan Engagement, Expanded IPTV for Team Communications, New Systems for League Security Compliance
KMH Integration is continuing its A/V planning and consulting partnership with the New York Giants, with the Brooklyn-based system integrator broadening the scope of services it has provided for the team since 2015.
Throughout the 2022 training camp, KMH helped the Giants increase its level of fan engagement, supporting the team’s efforts to install large screens and stands so the invited public can watch daily scrimmages on the practice fields at the Quest Diagnostics training facility.
The fan engagement initiative also carried over to the team’s Fan Fest Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium. KMH helped extend the Giants’ capabilities to “take the studio to the fans,” said Kevin Henneman, president of KMH Integration.
“We consulted on and integrated the proper technology for ‘externalizing’ their programming and bringing the fans in on the action,” he said. “For the scrimmages at MetLife, that’s an extension of what we’ve been doing for them since the beginning of our relationship: facilitating media ingest, production, post-production and control room capabilities in a fully unified 4K-capable file workflow between the stadium and their headquarters at Quest.”
Henneman noted this is a trend happening more frequently among NFL teams: connecting training facilities with the team’s stadium, often via fiber, so they can easily use both facilities.
In 2020, KMH installed a highly configurable TriplePlay IPTV system allowing the coaching staff to display pre-set content like menus or travel and training schedules on the more than 200 screens throughout the Quest facility. Near the end of last season, the Giants coaching staff began to take more control of the system, managing their own original content through a web interface from their desktop or by using KMH's remote support desktop.
“The coaching staff is fully embracing it to help train and inform the players,” Henneman said. “We worked closely with the Giants to expand the system and add more coach/ player interactivity.”
The IPTV system was also expanded to include MetLife Stadium, so the Giants can distribute internal messages and conduct Town Hall style meetings to the entire organization.
KMH also monitors the Giants’ computerized systems to ensure any new networked or IT technology that is installed fully complies with the NFL’s security regulations, with the latest example being a new Ross XPression real-time motion graphics platform and Tria video server.
KMH is now in the 7th year of its ongoing relationship providing consulting, design and systems integration services to the Giants, playing an ongoing key role in updating each part of the team’s production areas, especially at Quest. The media and production team uses that facility year-round to produce postgame shows, press conferences, training-camp coverage and an array of digital content.
“There are so many moving parts to our operations, as we continually deploy new workflows, meet tight deadlines and fill last-minute programming requests,” said Don Sperling, Vice President & Executive Producer, New York Football Giants. “It’s important to have a technology partner like KMH to help us keep everything running smoothly and ensure that we are moving forward in the direction.”