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12 April, 2006 - 10:06 By Staff Reporter

Clear-Com on the road to Rio

Clear-Com, a Vitec Group Communications brand, based on the Cambridge Research Park, is the global market and technology leader in audio communications solutions for broadcast, studio, public safety, military, government and live event professionals.Clear-Com, a Vitec Group Communications brand, based on the Cambridge Research Park, is the global market and technology leader in audio communications solutions for broadcast, studio, public safety, military, government and live event professionals.

Clear-Com communications systems are used all over the world but one of the key emerging markets for the professional broadcast industry is Latin and South America.

“Our broadcast systems – and also our Air Traffic Control systems under the Drake brand – are already established in the Americas,” explained Chris Exelby, global head of Vitec Group Communications, “and with the vast distances to be covered in the region our reliable, tough and expandable systems are eminently suitable for these difficult applications.”

Both Clear-Com and Drake already have recent successful installations in the region. Drake has installed new Air Traffic Control systems for CORPAC, at the Lima Tower in Peru and ATC Voice Systems for DGAC in Chile at 15 airports throughout the country.

For Clear-Com, a major new installation is now underway for Grupo Televisa SA in Mexico. Grupo Televisa are one of the biggest broadcasters in Latin America and their programmes – including the Mexican version of Big Brother! – reach across a global audience.

The new system is based in the News Centre at Grupo Televisa’s main site, Chapultec, in Mexico City. Here four powerful, highly flexible 4000 Clear-Com digital matrixes have been installed.

Each matrix has 256 ports – this high port density makes the system ideal for studio use – all are networked by E1 links and it also has ISDN interfaces for remote systems and panels.

The whole system has full, fail-safe redundancy back-up.

In future, the system will be connected via fibre networking to three other remote sites – studios at Televisa San Angel and Televisa Santa Fe and to OB truck facilities at the Azteca stadium.

Grupo Televisa has also specified the FreeSpeak® 50 digital wireless intercom system from Clear-Com.

FreeSpeak is the world’s first fully-featured, license-free wireless intercom. It operates using a cellular network of antennae directly connected to the 4000 Clear-Com matrix, so can serve much larger wireless systems with 50 or more broadcast staff able to communicate with the broadcast control room and each other.

Each user has a FreeSpeak digital intelligent beltpack which can be programmed for particular functions including caller privacy.

Stylishly designed and lightweight, the beltpack is also tough enough for outside broadcast conditions with a high impact, weatherproof casing and up to 12 hours battery life.

Chris Exelby believes the digital technology now being installed with Grupo Televisa is the way ahead for the worldwide broadcast industry: “With our latest Clear-Com digital matrix platforms and the FreeSpeak 50 wireless intercom system, Grupo Televisa has chosen the best in digital broadcast technology,” he said.

“While there is still a place for analogue technology – and our Clear-Com Party-Line system is the most popular system of this type in the Americas – we believe digital technology and IP connectivity is the way forward.

“This enables broadcast systems to be linked not only across multiple studio sites, but across cities and even continents. This type of technology is critical for emerging markets such as South America with its disparate population spread over vast often remote areas.”

For further information on the complete range of Clear-Com communications systems, go to www.clearcom.com

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