June 29, 2012

Invitation to HBO's "The Newsroom" set!

On June 24th, HBO debuted a new series by Aaron Sorkin. Not only was Clear-Com used for the production of the show, but it's actually used on the set! Tune in to HBO's new series, The Newsroom, and keep an eye out for Clear-Com gear!

Watch this awesome "Invitation to the Set" video!

June 22, 2012

Where in the World is...

Where in the world can you find Clear-Com staff? We are a global company with employees scattered across the globe. Below are some images of those locations. Can you guess the spots? The answers are listed on the bottom.

Image 1. Photo Credit: City-data.com

Image 2. Photo Credit: tourist-destinations.com

Image 3. Photo Credit: citypictures.org

Image 4. Photo Credit: Fivb.org

Image 5. Photo Credit: tripadvisor.com
Image 6. Photo Credit: destination360.com

Image 1 - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Image 2 - Scotland
Image 3 - Germany
Image 4 - Montreal, Canada
Image 5 - Washington D.C.
Image 6 - Beijing, China

June 20, 2012

Exciting Announcement: Headset Winners from InfoComm!

Below are the winners of Clear-Com’s free headset giveaway at InfoComm! After getting an exciting demo of one of our new products and filling out a short entry form, participants were automatically entered to win. One lucky winner was drawn every hour from the first day of the show to the very last. We also announced these winners on our Clear-Com Twitter page @clearcomsystem

Thank you to all who entered!

Here are the lucky winners of Clear-Com’s CC-27 headset:

Adam Budge
Anthony Vigil
Art Mansir
Art Rautenberg
Curtis Sobolik
David Kronberg
David Mansir
Dennis Brown
Eric McFall
Ian Hunter
James Barnes
Joe Simpich
Luisa Davila
Rick Ciurej
Robert Cantu
Rudy Grimaldo
Stephen Arnold
Tammy Mansir
Tom Baclawski
William Lynn

June 18, 2012

Application Notes: Aircraft Project

Photo Credit: bidlink.net
APPLICATION: Individuals in the main venue needed to communicate with those inside a large aircraft and those inside the lab, where people are performing tests.

PRODUCT MUST:  The testing and evaluation team wanted intercom systems that would allow for remote connectivity on the ground and air.
SOLUTION: Clear-Com’s Eclipse digital matrix and intercom-over-IP solutions, Concert and VoICE 2.0, were utilized to interconnect all the different areas including the aircraft which had an IP connection via satellite. 

Photo Credit: armybase.us
Eclipse-PiCo Digital Matrix can support up to 36-ports in a 1RU frame with the same features and flexibility as our other larger matrix frames.

VoICE 2 IP communications interfaces support a variety of quality of service options over LAN, WAN or internet.

Clear-Com Concert enables collaborative workgroups to instantly and reliably intercommunicate, over LAN, WAN and Internet. An intuitive, point-and-click user interface and ultra-low latency audio experience make Concert ideal for many communication applications.
Download Visio/PDF: Application Diagram for Aircraft Project

June 15, 2012

The King Biscuit is Born (Podcast)

In this podcast, Charlie Butten shares about how the King Biscuit came into being and how it was first used at our Clear-Com facility.

It all started with Bob Cohen telling Charlie, "I've got a surprise for you." He pulled out a speaker station and showed it to Charlie. Bob continued, "I call it the King Biscuit." He even had the station labeled King Biscuit 100. It was around that time that Charlie discovered the principle of anti-sidetone as well.

During that period when Clear-Com was still at 759 Harrison St. in San Francisco, the King Biscuit 100 was set up on a wall on the first floor of the facility. When people came through the building, our staff would ask who was there and talk to them before they came up the stairs.

June 8, 2012

Friday Fun: Intercom-ics!

Here are some funny comics related to intercom systems that we found. Hope you have some good laughs this Friday!

Photo Credit: Seniorlivingrecruiters.com

Photo Credit: kickinthehead.org
Photo Credit: lifeandtimespace.com
Photo Credit: jasonlove.com

For more intercom comics, check out a previous post: Laughter is the Best Medicine (Funny Comics Related to Intercoms)

June 6, 2012

Clear-Com’s China Partner Meeting

Clear-Com just had our first China Partner Meeting! Over twenty key distributors from all across the country met with our Clear-Com team in China from May 28th-June 1st to receive product training, hear company updates and discuss future opportunities.  We were able to share our successful experiences in various markets and support our Partners with resources and relevant information. Check out some of our photos from that gathering!

June 5, 2012

How'd You Do on that Test and Evaluation?

Vehicles, equipment, personnel and weapons are continuously tested and evaluated under rigorous conditions and in demanding environments to ensure that they have the best capabilities to meet pivotal mission needs for the military, aerospace and government. Here's a sample showing how intercoms are used during test and evaluation:
APPLICATION: Three individuals in the control room must direct three staff members in the mezzanine on certain test and evaluation operations. 

PRODUCT MUST: Wireless intercom is not an option because of security reasons. They needed a low-cost and reliable wired partyline solution that would enable them to stay mobile.  
SOLUTION: Clear-Com's Encore Partyline Intercom allowed all the individuals to coordinate effectively with each other in the two different areas.
Clear-Com Encore Partyline Systems offer unsurpassed 2-wire group communication capabilities. This platform offers an intuitive plug-and-play design and superior audio clarity with the embedded "Clear-Com Sound".

Download Visio/PDF: Application Diagram for Test & Evaluation

June 1, 2012

I Spy Clear-Com (Part II)

Where has Clear-Com been installed around the world? Check out some of our installations from 2008. Here are some of my favorite:

The Portland Opera produces opera that will knock your socks off. Murder, mayhem, and madness make for a great night out! Clear-Com is helping the Portland Opera’s busy staff streamline its production workflow across its multi-venue facility. Crew members use Clear-Com’s CellCom® at its three performance venues, the 2,992-seat Keller Auditorium, the 880-seat Newmark Theatre and the 178-seat Studio Theatre at the company’s headquarters.

Read the full story: Portland Opera Hits a High Note with Clear-Com's CellCom

In 2000, ProSiebenSat. 1 Produktion was founded as the largest television company in Germany. With 29 TV stations and a television audience of over 62 million households, it is one of the leading media groups in Europe.  They have installed five Eclipse matrices and Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak®.

Read the full story: Clear-Com® Intercoms Take Command at Prosiebensat.1

Photo Credit: beijing-tours.cn

CCTV in China has the largest intercom installation of all media organizations in the world!They have four Eclipse digital matrix intercom system frames, 146 V-Series user control panels, a FreeSpeak® digital wireless intercom with 25 beltpacks, a variety of Encore partyline systems and more.

Read the full story: CCTV Bases Communications Backbone on Clear-Com

Photo Credit: accuweather.com

Did you know AccuWeather created a unified value known as "The AccuWeather Exclusive RealFeel Temperature." The formula for calculating this value incorporates the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation and elevation on the human body. AccuWeather is using Clear-Com's Eclipse and CellCom for communication during its operations.

Read the full story: Clear-Com® Eclipse Reports for AccuWeather.com®

Learn more about former Clear-Com installations: I Spy Clear-Com (Part I)