Kakogawa, Japan (May 30, 2012)—Japanese cable TV operator BAN-BAN TV has updated its OB van with a Clear-Com Eclipse-PiCo digital matrix intercom and V-series control panels.
When the company sought to update its OB van to HD, it also wanted a new intercom system. With the Eclipse-PiCo, provided by MTC, Clear-Com's distributor in Japan, BAN-BAN TV now has a system that has tailored communication paths to allow a quick response when issues occur, especially since only one person is assigned to each position.
"Before installing Clear-Com, the crew members would have to discern their cues from a plethora of simultaneous conversations, which was often difficult and confusing," explains Mr. Hiroshi Fukuda, manager of the organization/production department at BAN-BAN TV. "Clear-Com's Eclipse-PiCo has made the configuration easier, communication clearer and production process smoother. In addition, Clear-Com products are already used by the many sound and lighting companies that handle the government events we cover. Since we work with these companies, it is nice to have a system that easily integrates with their systems, allowing us to communicate during joint productions."
The setup of the Eclipse-PiCo system changes depending upon the production, but all the staff communicate via the V-series panels. The channel configuration is based on two partyline groups. One channel is assigned to the cameraman group, which deals with issues related to engineering work, and another is dedicated to the floor director group, which is primarily occupied with production work, allowing each group to communicate on a separate channel or with one another.