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Clear-Com Speaks Freely

Alameda, CA (May 28, 2009)--Clear-Com has upgraded its FreeSpeak digital wireless beltpack system to Version 2.0. The system is only available outside of North America.

Alameda, CA (May 28, 2009)–Clear-Com has upgraded its FreeSpeak digital wireless beltpack system to Version 2.0. The system is only available outside of North America.

The new version reportedly brings enhanced beltpack capacity, Interrupted Foldback (IFB) functionality and improved group operations between beltpacks, party lines and other external inputs, ensuring staff communications during live performances.

FreeSpeak is a digital wireless intercom system based on a cellular architecture that offers license-free communication and can allow up to 20 beltpacks to roam between remote active antennas.

“In today’s live performance environments, production staffs are expected to support multiple job functions, prompting an increased need for wireless audio connectivity,” says Stephen Sandford, Clear-Com FreeSpeak product manager. “In Version 2.0, we have doubled the number of beltpacks that a base station can support, giving more users the freedom to communicate while on the move and improving the overall production crew’s flexibility and efficiency.”

Among the new features available in FreeSpeak Version 2.0 are three configurable IFBs, allowing the user to assign IFB keys to any number of beltpacks. The beltpacks can then be programmed to act as IFB talent receivers or as the originator of the interrupts.

“This integrated IFB capability gives the user the ability to listen to audio feeds while allowing other users to interrupt that audio feed at any point,” Sandford explains. “This provides true standalone IFB system functionality with program source feeds and beltpack interrupts that are mixed and routed to beltpacks, which act as wireless IFB receivers. The user also has the option of working in conjunction with other IFB systems where the program feed is routed through the base station and the interrupts are generated from the FreeSpeak beltpack keys.”

Other new components include the wireless party-line groups. This feature allows for the mixing of party-line users, external inputs and beltpack users in the

The FreeSpeak 2.0 system is centered on a programmable 1RU base station from which an operator can manage and oversee all communications for up to 20 digital wireless beltpacks. The system can be controlled from both the front-panel display on the base station or remotely via an Ethernet-connected PC that runs the configuration software.

The beltpacks are linked wirelessly to the base station by the remote active antenna that enables users to roam freely throughout a facility while maintaining consistent communication without loss of signal. All transmission takes place in the license-free 1.8-1.9 GHz frequency band, which helps eliminate interference with other wireless products such as PCs, talent microphones, IFB and in-ear monitors.