Clear-Com enhances V-Series Panels with IP Connection

Clear-Com is broadening the access
of its Eclipse Digital Matrix Intercom System with IP-enabled V-Series user
control panels. In line with the company’s strategy towards ubiquitous
communication, the new IP connectivity will allow users to connect their
Eclipse V-Series user control panels to the Eclipse Matrix frame over their
existing WAN or LAN Ethernet cabling infrastructure. Harnessing the power of IP
technology, this new application significantly expands the range and mobility
of the Eclipse system, both in-house and remotely. Clear-Com’s new V-Series IP
will be previewed at IBC 2008 in Stand 9.C40a.

Using a new matrix IP card, E-Que
IP users can easily and directly integrate their individual V-Series panels by
establishing an IP link back to the Eclipse Matrix frame. As IP connectivity is
enabled by the existing WAN or LAN network, all that is needed to ensure
connection on the Eclipse Matrix side is an Ethernet switch or router linked to
the IT network. No other devices are needed to secure the connection, making it
very economical to deliver intercom access into local or remote locations. The
E-Que IP card supports up to 32 V-Series IP panels.

“The IP-enabled V-Series panel is
a powerful way to deliver intercom functions to new areas of the broadcast
facility and beyond,” says Simon Browne, Senior Product Manager of Clear-Com
Communication Systems. “By integrating this capability into the E-Que IP
card, users can take advantage of the inherent audio quality and reliability of
the Eclipse Matrix no matter where the location, be it the editing suite
upstairs or the satellite office in another country.”

Some of the applications for which
the V-Series-IP link to the Eclipse Matrix are ideal are for reporting from
remote news bureaux in which a journalist can connect back to the main station
on the V-Series panel; communications between those in executive offices and
workers in the studio regarding important programming and airtime issues; and
inter-area communication within editing suites or control rooms. Reporters
working on stories in newsrooms, where intercoms are typically not available,
can now use V-Series to talk with the studio regarding last-minute story
changes and other items requiring a rapid response.

All panels in the V-Series line
feature Clear-Com’s “Listen Again” technology that employs digital audio memory
to allow the user to replay 30 seconds of received incoming calls, aiding
communication in noisy and demanding environments, as is common in broadcast

Advanced digital signal processing
(DSP) gives operators increased control over their panel’s audio, including
routing, EQ, mic limiting, headset sidetone, as well as intelligent dimming
and local Interrupted Feedback (IFB). Each panel’s 10-character display key can
support international characters such as Chinese, Japanese and Cyrillic. Each
of its 12 or 24 talk-down/listen-up keys, including one dedicated for
answer-reply, has individual mix level control, allowing users to set personal
audio levels to suit individual workflows. It has been designed to provide
producer/commentator dual operation with stereo monitoring, binaural headset
listening, cough switching and local intelligent IFB control/loudspeaker
dimming, giving users enhanced control over their audio environments.

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