Beijing, China (March 11, 2008)–CCTV, China’s national broadcaster, has selected Clear-Com Communication Systems to provide an intercom network for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The network will eventually be expanded to span CCTV’s entire operation.
“After rigorous comparison testing, it was evident that Clear-Com’s products have the advanced technology and innovative solutions that are required for a broadcast as complex and as important to our country as the Olympic Games,” says Ding Wen-Hua, chief engineer at CCTV. “We were particularly impressed with the completely automatic and seamless switchover from fiber to the backup high density, low latency VoIP link, which is unique to Clear-Com. We found that under the same conditions, other systems require a reboot, which can take over 60 seconds or involve a manual intervention like rerouting communication lines, and that can mean precious time during a broadcast.”
The Clear-Com network will link the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC), the hub of all broadcasting activities for the Olympic Games, with CCTV’s new Television Culture Centre (TVCC), which will house administration along with news, broadcasting, studios and program production. The buildings, more than 20 km apart, will be networked using Clear-Com’s fiber link technology with a redundant VoIP connection as an automatic failover backup.
Two Eclipse Omega systems with 120 ports in total will form the heart of the network at the IBC and TVCC. An integrated digital wireless card, E-Que, will enable connectivity between FreeSpeak user beltpacks and headsets within the Eclipse matrix system. An additional six Eclipse PiCo units, each providing up to 36 full duplex/4-wireless ports, will be deployed throughout the arenas for electronic field production. Furthermore, Clear-Com system’s 12- and 24-key Eclipse V-Series user panels will be installed into various production rooms.
In addition to CCTV, 13 regional broadcasters have selected the Clear-Com Eclipse products for use in 14 OB trucks, including two belonging to China Beijing TV (BTV).