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Clear-Com Celebrates 50 Years

By Clive Young. Even as it spends some of 2018 looking back, Clear-Com has its eyes on the future.

Alameda, CA (May 22, 2018)—Clear-Com has spent much of this year celebrating as it marks its 50th year in business. Since its founding in 1968, the company has grown with the times and technologies to become a global provider of professional real-time communications solutions and services.

Despite the passing of half a century, Clear-Com can trace its history back to the beginning not merely through its products, but its personnel as well. Chatting on the NAB Show floor in April, Bob Boster, president of Clear-Com, pointed out, “Charlie Button was our founding technologist and he’s still working for us as an engineer; he works on our products every day! The person who invented the belt pack as we know it in the industry—which is just one of his claims to fame—is still part of our business 50 years later.”

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Boster noted that Clear-Com’s links to its heritage don’t end there. “The business is still thriving under the same brand name, serving the marketplace in the same kind of way, albeit we’ve expanded into new market areas and new opportunities,” he said. Likewise, how it conducts business hasn’t changed much either: “Our user community and our partners who address the marketplace, they’re part of that 50-year story; we sell through partners and we always have.”

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While anniversaries provide an opportunity to look back, Boster and Clear-Com are focused on moving with—and maybe even a little ahead of—the times. “For the last five years, we’ve released an average of 12 new products a year,” he shared. “We always have a lot of things going on. We’re continuing to invest in development, focusing on bringing new things to market that solve problems for people in ways that best meet their requirements. Our customers are interested in IP; new frequency areas for wireless; how artificial intelligence can be involved in intercom operation; 3D and other immersive environments; and standards and standards adoption within the audio business—and all of those things are on our radar.”

It sounds like mapping out the next 50 years has already begun.

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