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CLEAR-COM’S HELIXNET™ PARTYLINE INTERCOM SYSTEM WINS ‘BEST OF SHOW’ AWARD AT INFOCOMM 2014

At this year’s InfoComm convention, the latest version of Clear-Com’s HelixNet™ HKB-2X Speaker Station with S-Mount digital networked Partyline Intercom System was recognized by NewBay Media’s Sound & Video Contractor magazine and Pro Audio Group (ProSoundNews & Pro Audio Review) with two coveted “Best of Show” awards. The awards come just months after the HelixNet system was honored with TV Technology magazine’s ‘Best of Show” award at NAB.

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.

The HKB-2X Speaker Station has four channels of intercom communications simultaneously over a single cable, and is able to monitor all four and communicate on any two of those channels at any given time. The S-Mount unit is an attractive yet durable mount that enables the Speaker Station to be used in portable applications. It includes a DC Power connector and XLR-3M and XLR-3F Powerline Intercom Ports for easy connection; additionally it has the capability to be locally powered via an external power supply or use Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection.

These two units, along with the new HRM-4X Remote Station, HMS-4X Main Station, and HBP-2X Digital Beltpack, round out the HelixNet digital partyline family and will continue to provide numerous user benefits that have not been delivered by any digital partyline system before. HelixNet is designed to meet the workflow demands in live event corporate production, as well as arena and stadia and performing arts center fixed installations.

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CLEAR-COM BRINGS NEW PROGRID AUDIO DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM TO INFOCOMM 2014

At InfoComm 2014 Clear-Com® will present ProGrid™, the synchronous, optical fiber transport system specially designed to meet the requirements of the professional live audio, broadcast, corporate and commercial installation and video industries. The ProGrid system offers the unique yet flexible and scalable transport and distribute of audio, intercom, video and control data.

ProGrid is based on the open AES3 and AES10 (MADI) standards, providing fiber-based transport, routing and format conversion with full management and diagnostic capabilities using the Optocore® and SANE technology. A versatile, modular approach offers AV system users flexibility to size the system to match the demands of a specific production or installation budget, and to manage future expansion. The product portfolio includes a range of fiber interconnected audio, intercom and video real-time distribution products that include different I/O options such as Mic inputs, Line I/O, AES, MADI, Four-Wire intercom, Sync, Serial and Ethernet (47 combinations to be exact!).

Clear-Com also introduces the BroaMan MUX-22 video, audio and intercom I/O product, which further broadens the company’s capabilities to provide scalable, protocol independent transport of up to eight 3G/HD/SD-SDI video signals (with built-in CWDM multiplexer). The MUX-22 can operate with full ProGrid integration with SANE ports, Ethernet, RS485/ 422 ; Intercom boards for 4 x Clear-Com/ 4x RTS/ 4 x AES based intercom systems/ 4 x analog intercom with GPIO or 4 x optical MADI ports; Fiber tunnel for third-party devices.

Simon Browne, Head of Product Management, Clear-Com, said, “ProGrid enables us to be a full system solution company, able to offer not just our world-class communication systems but also a reliable and robust distribution infrastructure for any kind of fiber-based workflow, from commercial installations to live event broadcasts. It also comes with the additional benefit of the unrivalled global support network for which Clear-Com is renowned.”

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CLEAR-COM INTRODUCES KEY NEW PRODUCTS FOR HELIXNET™ PARTYLINE INTERCOM SYSTEM

Clear-Com® will present three new product additions that add significant flexibility and functionality to the HelixNet™ digital networked Partyline Intercom System at InfoComm 2014. The new units – HRM-4X Remote Station, HKB-2X Speaker Station and S-Mount – extend the digital product range to satisfy those workflow demands in live event corporate
production as well as arena and stadia and performing arts center fixed installations. Furthermore, HelixNet can be found in command and control business-related applications.

HelixNet is the industry’s first digital network partyline intercom system. It was designed as a digital version of Clear-Com’s industry-standard analog partyline system, bringing simplicity, efficiency and a powerful set of intelligent features to those users who require a cost-effective digital communication solution. Up to now the HelixNet line has consisted of the HMS-4X Main Station, the HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpack and several interface
modules. The newly launched units are:

  • HRM-4X Remote Station – provides the intercom functionality of the Main Station but without powering the system or housing interfaces, and is therefore
    a more compact unit. The Remote Station provides access to four simultaneous
    channels of intercom communication, plus program audio. It receives audio
    data, control data, and DC power via the same cable, and additionally has the
    capability to be locally powered via an external power supply or use
    Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection.
  • HKB-2X Speaker Station – receives four channels of intercom
    communications simultaneously over a single cable, and is able to monitor all
    four and communicate on any two of those channels at any given time. The user
    can also receive and monitor a separate level-controllable program feed. It can
    be mounted in a 4-gang wall box or be used with the optional S-Mount enclosure.
  • S-Mount - an attractive yet durable mount that enables the Speaker Station to be used in portable applications. It can be surface mounted or set as a desktop, enclosed
    and secure. The mount and display can be easily adjusted to different angles to
    better suit the user’s requirement. It includes a DC Power connector and XLR-3M
    and XLR-3F Powerline Intercom Ports for easy connection; additionally it has the capability to be locally powered via an external power supply or use Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection.

Simon Browne, Head of Product Management, Clear-Com, said, “Our analog partyline system, Encore, has been providing critical production communication capabilities for over 45 years. While the functionality of HelixNet is quite similar to Encore, it is however much more dynamic and flexible, plugs and plays elegantly with most existing cable infrastructure, and allows more intercom channels and users to be on a single system or to be networked than ever before. HelixNet has proved immensely popular with AV consultants, integrators and rental companies that require a simple yet effective digital communication system. These new additions to the HelixNet line round out our digital partyline offering and will continue to provide numerous user benefits that have not been delivered by any digital partyline system before.”

The HelixNet family of products, together with a wide range of other Clear-Com solutions,
will be available for demonstration on Stand C9140 at InfoComm 2014.

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