October 31, 2014

Vote for Clear-Com's HelixNet Partyline!

Vote for Clear-Com's HelixNet Partyline to win the 2014 Sound & Video Contractor Most Innovative Product Award!

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Here's why we think HelixNet Partyline should win:

HelixNet® Partyline is a revolutionary digital network partyline system that delivers an unprecedented level of performance. The product family comprises the main station and user devices—including the digital beltpack—new remote station and new speaker station with S-mount. With the addition of these two new devices, users have greater flexibility to build an intercom infrastructure that fits their workflow. HelixNet also offers interface and linking modules to network main stations and connect it to two-wire and four-wire audio systems.   

HelixNet enhances collaboration by providing extended connectivity, many system users, and high channel density. Up to three HelixNet main stations can be networked for wide collaboration. Designed with award-winning I.V. Core™ technology, the systems can be intelligently linked over LAN infrastructure using an Ethernet module. This creates a decentralized, distributed intercom architecture. A fiber module is available as well to connect systems over long distances.

In addition, main stations can be networked to allow more users. When three systems are connected, up to 60 HelixNet devices can be used. It also integrates with analog partyline systems, matrix intercoms and other audio devices via two-wire and four-wire interface modules, extending communication even further.

Three linked main stations provide 12 shared intercom channels. Channels can be customized to make information more manageable. Each beltpack can be assigned any two of the 12 channels at once. From the main station, remote station, and speaker station, users can select any four of the shared channels. Channels can be changed instantly from the user device or main station without added cable runs.

Furthermore, HelixNet reduces cables, time, and labor spent on setup and configuration, enabling huge cost-savings. Each user device receives shared audio channels, program audio feeds, and power over a single shielded twisted-pair cable. Moreover, since microphone cables and CAT5 are ubiquitous, they are more economical and straightforward to use. HelixNet can also leverage an existing cable infrastructure.

System configuration, maintenance, and operation are as easy as setup. User devices can be powered in multipe ways: via Powerline modem, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), or a universal AC wall adapter. After the system is powered, hardware auto-discovery permits connected HelixNet devices to be immediately recognized by the main station for rapid startup. The waterfall menu structure supports quick access to setting for effortless configuration. Channels are distinguished by labels on high-resolution, 10-character OLED displays. Buttons and volume knobs are also positioned to be quickly located and controlled.

HelixNet is the optimal intercom for all types of applications because of its durability, superb sound, and reliability. Fabricated from lightweight cast aluminum, the rugged system is tough enough for demanding indoor and outdoor use.  Designed with high quality “Clear-Com Sound”, the system enables clear communcation. In addition, program volume levels are adjustable to aid concentration in the noisy areas.  Another differentiator is that the system is unaffected by electromagnetic interference and ground loops, eliminating hums and buzzes.

All in all, users that have taken advantage of HelixNet have been able to improve collaboration, reduce costs, and boost efficiency.

Vote for Clear-Com's FreeSpeak II!

Vote for Clear-Com's FreeSpeak II Wireless Intercom to win the 2014 Sound & Video Contractor Most Innovative Product Award! 

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Here's why we think FreeSpeak II should win: 

FreeSpeak II™‘s ground-breaking design and technology makes it the highest performing wireless intercom option. It can be tailored for applications of any magnitude and complexity, and within varying environments. The wireless solution also delivers unmatched quality audio, innovative features and beneficial capabilities that increase productivity.

FreeSpeak II enables users to collaborate effectively despite challenging work conditions, such as RF interference and poor weather. In spaces saturated with 2.4 GHz consumer devices, many wireless intercoms suffer from audio fading and connection loss since they are competing for the same frequency spectrum. FreeSpeak II operates in multiple license-free DECT bands from 1.897-1.933GHz. Thus, it enables continuous, clear communication even in RF hostile settings and eliminates the need for frequency coordination.

FreeSpeak II’s new active antennas and wireless beltpacks are built with state-of-the-art technology that enhances reliable wireless connections. Active antennas utilize separate data and audio channels in DECT6 to create a dependable link between beltpacks and the base station or Eclipse HX matrices. Beltpacks possess cellular auto-roaming technology as well, allowing them to constantly scan and automatically select the optimal wireless signal.

The system can also withstand frequent usage in harsh weather conditions and environments. The beltpack is IP-65 rated, which means that it is water and dust resistance for demanding outdoor and indoor use. The beltpack’s rugged, exterior housing is also constructed with polycarbonate plastic and thermoplastic elastomer overmold, making it highly durable.

In addition, FreeSpeak II is scalable for applications of different sizes and sophistication. With FreeSpeak II, people can easily add more beltpack users as their team and workload grows. They can also extend communication across large work spaces. As a standalone base station, the system can support 20 full-duplex wireless beltpacks. This is the preferred option for smaller applications requiring a few mobile users. It can also be scaled for mid-to-large installations. By implementing it as an integrated wireless solution within Eclipse HX matrices, known as FreeSpeak II Integra, up to 50 full-duplex wireless beltpack can be used simultaneously.

Moreover, the system’s wireless coverage can be expanded with locally-powered active antennas. Antennas can be positioned up to 3,200 ft away, or 800 ft away when centrally powered from the base station. Five way antenna splitters and up to 10 antennas can be installed to create an exceptionally wide coverage zone for beltpack users to roam.

Users are also able to benefit from FreeSpeak II’s high quality audio, ease-of-use and advanced features. The system delivers superior digital ‘Clear-Com Sound’ for clear intelligibility and ultimate audio comfort. The intuitive design of the beltpack makes it incredibly simple for users to navigate the interface and customize their own settings. Beltpacks offer five intercom channels to enable efficient management of workflows. And innovations such as “Listen Again” message replay as well as battery health, RF status and antenna link monitoring add to the convenience of the system. By providing flexibility, simplicity and high performance, FreeSpeak II gives users a remarkable communication experience and empowers them to accomplish more.

October 30, 2014

Creative Force Installs Clear-Com at GEMS Schools

Dubai-based audio designers, Creative Force, has installed Clear-Com analogue Encore Partyline intercom systems into a number of GEMS international schools in Dubai. The units were sold through local distributor NMK Electronics Ent. - See more at: http://www.proaudio-central.com/articles/middle-east/Creative-Force-installs-Clear-Com-at-GEMS-schools#sthash.udefpjC3.dpuf
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Dubai-based audio designers, Creative Force, has installed Clear-Com's Encore analogue partyline intercom systems into a number of GEMS international schools in Dubai. The units were sold through the local distributor, NMK Electronics Ent. 

Read the full story here: Creative Force Installs Clear-Com at GEMS Schools

October 28, 2014

Formula E Gets Off To Electric Start

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Formula E is a new FIA single-seater championship and the world's first fully-electric racing series. Commencing in September 2014 through June 2015, the championship will compete in the heart of 10 of the world's leading cities, including London, Beijing and Miami. Clear-Com's intercom systems have been selected for its broadcast productions and are also used for race coordination.

Read the full story on Formula E's production systems: Formula E Gets Off To Electric Start

October 21, 2014

One America News Network Installs Clear-Com Communication System

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Based on a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art production facility in San Diego, California, One America News Network (OANN) was launched in 2013 by Herring Networks as 24/7 source for credible news. To ensure that OANN's studio production goes without a hitch, Herring Networks selected Clear-Com’s Eclipse HX-PiCo digital matrix intercom as its communication system.

Read the full story on how Clear-Com has made a difference for OANN: One America News Network Installs Clear-Com Communication System

October 16, 2014

Product Review: RS-701 Analog Partyline Beltpack

"Clear-Com is on the short list of world-class coms manufacturers, and there’s a reason for it. They offer sturdy products that deliver quality audio, and the RS-701 beltpack is no exception. It’s worth a look if you’re in the market," says John McJunkin, the Principal of Avalon Podcasting.

Want to find out more about the RS-701 analog partyline beltpack? Read John McJunkin's full product review here: RS-701 Analog Partyline Beltpack

October 14, 2014

Boosting Broadcast Audio at the Chinese Grammy's

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Organizers of the 25th Golden Melody Awards enlisted the expertise of Larry Estrin, the Director of the Clear-Com Global Rental Group, to make the Chinese Grammy Awards as engaging as its American equivalent. Mr. Estrin helped improve the audio by reconfiguring the way the sound and communication systems were installed and used. 

Read the full story here: Boosting Broadcast Audio at the Chinese Grammy's

October 9, 2014

Designing Government for the People

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The Wylie Civic Center in Dallas is a 45,000-square-foot city hall and city council meeting chamber  augmented with a 44,000-square-foot recreation center and a 47,000-square-foot library. Inside, newly fit and well-read constituents can listen to and interact with their city council and mayor via AV systems. 

Read the full story on the installation of its new systems, which include Clear-Com: Designing Government for the People

October 7, 2014

Art Deco Theater’s Digital Makeover

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The 350- to 900-seat Suffolk Theater is a unique art deco movie theater located on Main Street in historic downtown Riverhead. The landmark movie house has transformed itself from celluloid film on reels to digital projection, as well as adding live stage events to the multi-use venue.

Read the full story on its audiovisual and lighting updates, including the installation of Clear-Com: Art Deco Theater’s Digital Makeover

October 2, 2014

Hub Of The High School

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The expansive Richardson Independent School District (RISD) in metropolitan Dallas comprises 55 campuses serving more than 38,000 students. Lake Highlands High School and Richardson High School, two of the district’s four campuses serving upper classmen, recently modernized their facilities to include the latest AV technologies and Clear-Com intercoms in their auditoriums.

Read the full story in Sound and Communications here: Hub Of The High School