CLEAR-COM IBC UPDATES
Eclipse HX Configuration Software 8.0
Clear-Com has launched its latest version of the configuration software for the Eclipse HX digital matric intercom systems, the EHX 8.0. The new version enables standard IP-connected V-Series panels to operate both as fully functional intercom key panels and as multi-channel audio gateways with no requirement for additional hardware or software licenses. The feature extends the Eclipse HX’s existing capability to provide remote matrix intercom connectivity over diverse IP infrastructure at no additional cost, making audio and intercom connectivity for applications such as OBs and live events more cost-effective.
The new software allows V-Series operator panels to become multi-functional, 2-in-1 devices for IP communications, firstly as an intercom panel with a built-in IP interface and secondly as an IP audio gateway, routing two additional audio channels to and from its Eclipse-HX Matrix. It reduces direct equipment costs as a single unit, provides both intercom and audio distribution, and simplifies installation and operation since only one device needs to be set up and configured.
Built-in multi-channel audio and Ethernet/IP interface are supplied as standard and each panel supports up to three audio channels – typically one for intercom with two auxiliary audio channels. All channels are G.722 encoded to provide 7KHz audio bandwidth audio, are fully integrated into the V-Series audio mixer, and provide a full range of intercom functions including VOX detection, VOX gating, I/O level adjustment, IFB and Logic Control. Both auxiliary channels have associated GPIOs for partyline and two-way radio interfacing.
FreeSpeak II DECT-Based Duplex Wireless Intercom
Clear-Com also announced the launch of its FreeSpeak II wireless intercom system at IBC. The enhanced DECT-based offering operates in multiple license-free DECT bands from 1.897-1.933GHz and delivers improved roaming capability for reliable wireless connections, clear intelligibility and features that make it a high performance wireless option. The system is ideal for deployment across large-scale, multi-zone production areas typically required in live events, broadcast and sports production.
FreeSpeak II allows large numbers of wireless beltpack users to simultaneously roam across an expansive production area. Like its predecessor, it can be implemented as a standalone base station wireless system or as an integrated wireless solution within Eclipse HX matrices, (known as FreeSpeak II Integra). When using the base station, up to 20 full-duplex wireless beltpacks can be connected; in an integrated matrix setup, as many as 50 full-duplex wireless beltpacks can be used at the same time by placing 10 or more distributed remote antennas to create an expansive coverage zone. These beltpack users can then communicate directly with any other remote or local matrix panel or other wireless or wired beltpack user on the Eclipse HX Matrix System network.
FreeSpeak’s base station has been updated to work with the new beltpacks and new active antennas, and the new five-channel, full-duplex FS II-BP wireless beltpack has been designed for the demands of large-scale operations and continuous use. Ergonomically positioned controls, intuitive operation and rugged housing make the beltpack ideal for extended use under harsh conditions. Beltpacks are IP65-rated for water and dust resistance for mobile productions. The Li-Ion battery for the beltpack can last over 18 hours on a full charge. Beltpack operations including battery health, RF status and Antenna link can be monitored in real-time via the base station or Eclipse HX version 7.6 software.
The newly-designed Active Antenna provides cellular roaming capability that keeps wireless users connected to the base station or to the Integra Solution and enhancements include improved wireless performance. Locally-powered Antennas can be positioned up to 975 metres (3200ft) away, or 244 metres (800ft) away when centrally powered from the base station. Five way Antenna Splitters extend the base station to create an expansive coverage area with up to 10 antennas.
Source: media release
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