December 27, 2011

Theatre Production Team Transforms Workflow with Flexible Wireless Intercom Systems

With Clear‐Com’s Encore partyline and CellCom wireless intercom system, Alley Theatre strengthens teamwork, streamlines workflow, and takes their already superb productions to an even higher level of excellence.
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The Alley Theatre has earned national and international recognition, including the Tony Award, for its creative and high quality productions. Through its rich offering of fresh new plays and favored classics, the theatre company has never failed to surpass the expectations of their audience – always guaranteed to deeply inspire the heart, wildly entertain the mind, and captivate the soul.


·         Difficulty reaching people and accessing information
·         Slow turnaround for production changes
·         Minimize support requirements

  • 2 RM‐704 Encore Partyline Remote Stations
  • 4 KB‐702 Speaker Stations
  • RS‐501 and RS‐502 Wired Beltpacks
  • CellCom 1.92‐1.93GHz Wireless Base Station
  • 13 CellCom Wireless Beltpacks
  • 8 CEL‐TA Active Transceiver Antennas
  • CellCom Battery Pack and Plug Chargers
  • PS‐704 Power Supplies
  • Improved teamwork and collaboration
  • Flexible systems accelerate issue resolution
  • Create better work environment
  • Complete, future‐proof communications infrastructure
·         Contain costs

December 22, 2011

Intercom 101 for Houses of Worship

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"Setting up an intercom system for the first time in a worship facility can seem overwhelming, even for the most seasoned technical staff member. The advent of digital, wireless and now IP technology for intercoms has flooded the marketplace with a plethora of solutions, making it somewhat challenging to determine which will be the right fit for your space. Making this task easier involves a solid understanding of what intercom is, what makes it the right tool for professional communications and what to consider before installation," says Bob Boster, Vice President of Sales, Clear-Com.

Learn more about what to consider before the installation of intercom systems in your House of Worship in Boster's article, Intercom 101: What to Know Before You Start Your Installation, in Technologies for Worship Magazine (TFWM).

December 19, 2011

Intercom for Sports Production

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Rom Rosenblum, Application Engineer at Clear-Com, discusses the importance of intercom systems for sports production in this TV Bay article: Intercom for Sports Production. Although partyline intercom systems are the traditional voice communication technologies for sports productions, Rosenblum identifies how digital matrix systems are becoming the trend in larger productions and how IP-based intercoms are the latest intercom innovation in the market.

December 13, 2011

The Line On Intercom Is Open

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Intercom systems are found in government, aerospace, and military facilities around the world. From training and simulation to command and control or from military firing ranges to missile defense system facilities, intercom systems play a critical role in coordinating operations with optimal speed, precision and safety. Art Kingdom discusses the evolution and variety of intercom systems used by the government in video production in this Government Video article: The Line On Intercom Is Open.

December 8, 2011

How to Pick the Right Intercom System

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"The process of selecting the right intercom system for a broadcast or post-production facility, as with any major equipment investment, is seemingly daunting. It can seem like there are countless options to consider, making it tough to even figure out what the first step should be," says Ed Fitzgerald, Director of Customer Satisfaction, Clear-Com. "To simplify this process, break it down into three main steps, in this order: Conduct a comprehensive inventory of your facility's needs, read up on the basics of the three main types of intercoms, and then start researching manufacturers."

To learn more about selecting the appropriate intercom system for your facility, read his entire article in Broadcast Engineering: Intercom Systems – Determining Critical Features can Simplify the Search

December 6, 2011

Keeping Connected: Intercom Solutions For Multi-Site House of Worship Facilities

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Megachurches have evolved considerably over the past 60 years to accommodate congregation size and the evolution of technology.More recently, there has been a transition to multiple satellite locations away from the main church campus, because they attract closer knit communities and are more convenient for local worshippers to attend.

Today, there are more than 2,000 multi-site houses of worship across North America. With more church gatherings at separate sites, each location has a unique congregation and cultural environment which calls for specific requirements.Typical obstacles include the manner in which the service is presented as well as how parking, security and ministries are managed. With all the additional hurdles, communication has become increasingly complex as each site requires a specialized intercom solution tailored to its needs.

Even though the multi-site worship services are coordinated by local church staff volunteers, the sermon presented by the senior pastor from the primary church venue is often broadcast as a satellite presentation to the smaller sites. In fact, some of the multi-site worship venues actually simulcast the entire service from the primary church location while others augment the main message with local music and commentary. The increasing shift towards multisite worship facilities necessitates well-organized, quality communication not only within, but also between each site.
Michael Rucker, Clear-Com’s Senior Regional Sales Manager for Central United States, identifies the various intercom solutions for houses of worship depending on production demands, multi-site proximity and the facility’s ownership status in his article for Technologies for Worship: Keeping Connected: Intercom Solutions For Multi-Site Facilities.

December 2, 2011

Friday Fun: Seize The Day!

Did you watch the Thanksgiving Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? Then you probably saw the new musical performance from the stage version of Disney's Newsies. It was recently announced that the show is coming to Broadway on March 15th, 2012!

In case you missed it, click here to see the parade performance!

"SEIZE THE DAY" and become the "KING OF NEW YORK" by solving this sliding puzzle!

December 1, 2011

Wrap-Up of November Tradeshows

New England Broadcast Cable Expo – NEBC (November 2nd)


The 2011 New England Broadcast Cable Expo opened at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Free for attendees, visitors came from all over to find out the latest broadcast technologies and their trends. The Harris Corporation, Panasonic Solutions Company, and SONY Professional Solutions of America were just some of the exhibitors present alongside with Clear-Com (Booth 109). John Kowalski, Director of Broadcast and Network Sales, Clear-Com, demonstrated Clear-Com’s Eclipse-PiCo digital matrix intercom, V-Series user control panels, and Tempest2400 2.4 GHz digital wireless system.

I/ITSEC (November 28th-December 1st

I/ITSEC, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training conference, was held at the West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The event brought in over 8,000 visitors to engage in the nearly 500 exhibits.

Clear-Com, which has been a trusted provider of voice communication solutions for training and simulation, command and control, and test and evaluation, showcased their vast portfolio of Encore partyline, Eclipse digital matrix, wireless (Tempest, CellCom, and HME DX Series) and IP-based Concert intercom systems in Booth 3030.

Additionally, Clear-Com equipment was used to coordinate simulation demonstrations for CAE, a global company focused on modeling, simulation, training and mission rehearsal, at I/ITSEC.

NATEXPO (November 23rd -25th)

The annual NAT Expo, the largest event of its kind in Russia, was well attended by over 13,000 people with over 250 companies exhibiting. Held at the International Exhibition Center, Pavilion 75 in Moscow, Russia, the NAT Expo focused on technologies, professional equipment and services for Television, Radio and New Media Broadcasting, and Cinema production.

Exhibitors displayed broadcast equipment, studio equipment, audio, video editing, lighting and more. Clear-Com (Booth A41) spotlighted their low-latency, high quality advanced intercom solution for producers, directors, camera men, and sound crews to use to coordinate their actions in television studios, OB trucks, and TV control centers.