InfoComm 2014 VIDEO: Clear-Com announces FreeSpeak II wireless intercom19 June 2014
Clear-Com has announced the FreeSpeak II wireless intercom system, an enhanced DECT-based offering that operates in multiple licence-free DECT bands (1.897-1.933GHz). FreeSpeak II delivers improved roaming capability for reliable wireless connections, digital ‘Clear-Com Sound’ for clear intelligibility, and innovative features that make it a high-performance wireless option. The system is designed for deployment across large-scale, multi-zone production areas.
FreeSpeak II allows large numbers of wireless beltpack users to simultaneously roam across an expansive area without compromising on performance. Similar to its predecessor, CellCom, the FreeSpeak II can be implemented as a standalone base station wireless system or as an integrated wireless solution within Eclipse HX matrices, known as FreeSpeak II Integra. When using the base station, up to 20 full-duplex wireless beltpacks can be connected; in an integrated matrix set-up, up to 50 full-duplex wireless beltpacks can be used at the same time by strategically placing up to 10 distributed remote antennas to create an expansive coverage zone. These beltpack users are then be able to directly communicate with any other remote or local matrix panel or wired beltpack user who is on the Eclipse HX Matrix System network.
The FreeSpeak II system consists of a 1RU digital base station, a newly designed rugged digital wireless beltpack, a new active antenna, an antenna splitter, and new battery accessories. The FreeSpeak II Integra solution is enabled by the E-Que-HX cellular controller card to provide high quality connection.
FreeSpeak II leverages the existing base station from its predecessor that has been updated to work with the new beltpacks and new active antennas. All-new five-channel, full-duplex FS II-BP wireless beltpack was uniquely designed for the rigorous demands of large-scale operations and continuous communication use. Ergonomically positioned controls, intuitive operation and rugged housing make the beltpack ideal for extended use under harsh conditions. Beltpacks are IP65 rated for water and dust resistance for mobile productions. The Li-Ion battery for the beltpack can last over 18 hours on a full charge. Beltpack operations including battery health, RF status and Antenna link can be monitored in real-time via the base station or Eclipse HX software.
The Active Antenna provides the cellular roaming capability that keeps wireless users connected to the base station or to the Integra solution. Enhancements to the antenna systems now offer a much improved wireless performance, and thereby delivering a reliable wireless connection for mobile intercom users. Locally powered antennas can be positioned up to 3,200ft away, or 800ft away when centrally powered from the base station. The Antenna Splitter extends the base station to create an expansive coverage area with multiple antennas.
FreeSpeak II beltpack users can continue enjoying highly intelligible and digitally clear sound at 7kHz audio bandwidth. This level of sound quality offers excellent audio experience and reduces the strain on the user’s ears after extended usage.
Simon Browne, director of product management, Clear-Com, said, “The introduction of the redesigned FreeSpeakII Beltpack and Antenna provides rugged and ergonomic operation, together with greatly improved radio and audio clarity that will delight our wireless users”.
FreeSpeak II will ship in September.