PBX Engineering Ltd., with project partners Cobra Electric South Coast Ltd. and Valid Manufacturing Ltd., were commissioned to design, construct and commission two sets of LED-based colour changing Olympic Rings for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, BC. The first set was installed at the entrance to the Vancouver Airport. The second set, this one using a double-sided design to allow for viewing of the lights from both sides, was installed on a floating barge located in Coal Harbour. Standing at 14m tall, both sets of rings contained over 1,000 individually controllable colour-changing low-power LED nodes strung together using the world’s largest CANBUS data communication network. Due to the lack of local Hydro-based power for the barge-installed rings, power was obtained through a mixed network of batteries and charger/inverters, Hydrogen fuel cells and back-up diesel generators. Control and monitoring of each of the Olympic Ring installations was completed through the use of a custom software package developed by PBX Engineering, which allowed for the production of custom colours and animated light shows.
The Olympic Rings project was one of the most visible projects completed by PBX Engineering; the team received a Deputy Minister’s Award for successful completion of this assignment.