Allentown, PA (November 8, 2013)—WFMZ-TV, an independently-owned TV station in Allentown, PA, has implemented a full-scale Clear-Com Eclipse digital matrix intercom system and Concert Software Solution over an IP connection.
WFMZ has deployed Clear-Com’s Eclipse-Median digital matrix intercom and the Concert intercom-over-IP software solution to create an integrated communications infrastructure. Production team members at this station can now collaborate with crew members at the station’s remote reporting bureau several miles away.
The Eclipse-Median frame was installed in the main studio. V-Series key panels at the station’s bureau are connected via IP to the V-Series key panels in the main TV studio at various positions: a control room, an editing suite, the audio room, the studio and other areas of the building. The system can be expanded at any location with the addition of V-Series key panels.
Police scanners at the bureau are linked to a PC running the Concert software, tied to another PC at the main studio that is also running the Concert software over IP. This setup allows the Allentown staff to monitor the scanner and stay on top of potential news story at the news bureau during off hours.
“When it comes to IP connectivity, Clear-Com is far ahead of the competition,” says Brian Dewalt, Director of Engineering for WFMZ-TV. “I felt as though the equipment we were installing was more advanced compared to other solutions out there. Quite honestly, I was blown away by its many capabilities. Since all our staff members are now using the Clear-Com Eclipse-Median and Concert, the news bureau can immediately talk to anyone in the main station as if they were in the same facility.”