Alameda, CA (June 15, 2016)–In the political arena, it seems there’s little that the two major political parties of the United States can agree on, but when it comes to audio production for the upcoming Democratic National Convention (July 25-28 in Philadelphia, PA) and Republican National Convention (July 18-21 in Cleveland, OH), they actually have quite a bit in common.
For instance, at both political events, ATK Versacom, the communications/intercom rental, sales, and installation division of the global production services company ATK, will be on hand, and it will deploy Clear-Com FreeSpeak II wireless intercoms for coordinating the video productions each time.
“Being able to deploy the FreeSpeak II in the 1.9 GHz band means that we can avoid all the Wi-Fi clutter that occurs in the 2.4 GHz band; especially at major events like the national conventions where so many people will be on their smartphones, and there will be much more than the normal amount of press in attendance using Wi-Fi services on phones and laptops,” said Jim Fay, general manager at ATK Versacom.
ATK Versacom was first drawn to FreeSpeak II due to issues with the UHF band. “The FCC has been selling off sections of this spectrum, leaving less for our UHF intercoms to work with,” said Fay. “The connection issues were becoming enough of a concern that we knew we had to try something different. FreeSpeak II [was] a compelling option.”
Fay expects to deploy 20 x 1.9 GHz FreeSpeak II beltpacks at the Republican National Convention. “Since the Democratic Convention is projected to need 30 wireless beltpacks, we will add 2.4 GHz units in addition to the 25 x 1.9 GHz beltpacks,” he said. “Either way, we know that we can count on our FreeSpeak II systems to keep the video production people reliably connected, at all times.”