Las Vegas, NV (April 11, 2011)--At NAB, Clear-Com is debuting Concert for Newsroom, which integrates with the Associated Press Essential News Production System.
Version 2.6 of Clear-Com's Concert Intercom-over-IP Communications Solution integrates with Associated Press' ENPS to communicate with other newsroom members who also have access to the system.
Designed for ENG applications, Concert for Newsroom will assist reporters chasing stories in the field to get in touch with their editors, producers and other production team members with the click of a mouse. To start a chat with Concert, ENPS users scroll through their contacts and click the appropriate name or icon to initiate a call and/or chat, simultaneously. In cases where multiple members need to have a conference about a story, the user can drag-and-drop multiple contacts into a conference, or members can double-click on a session link and join the call-all while working within ENPS stories. Users can see immediately the availability of any other ENPS participants for a call or text message, saving time when deadlines are fast approaching.
"Concert has truly defined Intercom-over-IP with its ability to seamlessly integrate with traditional intercom systems and external audio interfaces over standard IP networks," says Patrick Menard, product manager of Concert at Clear-Com. "Now with the incorporation of the application into ENPS, users have even more options with which to communicate, helping them focus on the story and not technology. Time is often an enemy to those working in the field. A low cell battery or being out of cell range can often cause issues when gathering info for a time-sensitive story. With Concert, this concern is taken out of the equation as you are communicating through ENPS."
Concert can interface with external audio systems, including partyline systems, paging systems, program feeds and other matrix systems using a four-wire interface over a standard IP network.