Alameda, CA (February 3, 2016)—Hell’s Kitchen, Henry Danger, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Pope Francis’s recent U.S. visit are just a few recent productions for which Bexel Global Broadcast Solutions used Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak II as the wireless intercom solution.
FreeSpeak II has been the wireless communications backbone for the last two seasons of FOX TV’s Hell’s Kitchen. “With close to 70 UHF wireless devices being used concurrently in the studio production of Hell’s Kitchen, space in the UHF band is at a premium,” explained Rod Allen, senior project manager at Bexel Global. “We opted to keep the equipment we used for intercom out of the UHF spectrum by moving it to the 1.9 GHz frequency band. The upgrade from CellCom to FreeSpeak II allowed us to give the customer the flexibility for their wireless communications and free up much needed spectrum required for the wireless microphones.” nSystem components such as the transceiver antenna and wireless belt pack in this distributed antenna wireless solution can operate in either the 1.9 or 2.4 GHz band, or can be intelligently mixed to expand the communication system for large-scale productions.
Bexel Global deployed FreeSpeak II in other productions, added Allen. “For instance, we have installed a single base which serves two different stages with different production crews operating simultaneously for Nickelodeon. With FreeSpeak II beltpack’s programming capabilities, we have beltpacks paired to the same base being used by different work groups with complete building coverage.”
Bexel Global has also sold FreeSpeak II as an integrated wireless beltpack solution with Clear-Com’s Eclipse-Median digital matrix frame to CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.