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InfoComm 2013: Clear-Com launches enhanced HelixNet Partyline intercom system

The newHelixNet Partyline intercom system includes a multi-system linking capability for accessing up to 20 digital partyline channels, five programme audio feeds and 100 digital beltpacks.

Clear-Com is launching the enhanced HelixNet Partyline intercom system at InfoComm 2013. The new version includes a multi-system linking capability to deliver a cost-effective intercom solution for accessing up to 20 digital partyline channels, five programme audio feeds and 100 digital beltpacks. Enabling this capability are two new modules: the HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module, for Main Station-to-Main Station networking over fibre or a LAN, and the HLI-FBS Fiber Module, for daisy-chaining fibre interfaces to link main stations over long distances.

The expanded functionality of HelixNet Partyline permits a more sophisticated and cost-effective digital partyline intercom network for large stadiums or multi-campus venues. In these applications, a high volume of intercom users in disparate locations are often required to stay connected over long distances. HelixNet Partyline’s new system linking capability supports these complex workflows by granting access to 100 HBP-2X Digital Beltpacks through the connection of up to five HMS-4X Main Stations over fiber or a LAN. The entire HelixNet network needs only a single, shield twisted-pair cable as its power source – saving cost and resources for set-up and configuration. The new version of HelixNet easily integrates with other wireless or two-wire systems to create a complete intercom set-up.

“Linking up to five four-channel stations gives HelixNet users the capability to share up to 20 digital partyline channels plus five program inputs in a network distributed system,” said Simon Browne, Clear-Com’s director of product management. “This means that any of the possible 100 HelixNet Beltpack users can access any two of the 20 available partyline channels by simply selecting the desired channels on their beltpack. Since all these channels are running off a single, shielded twisted-pair cable, users no longer need to physically relocate multiple cables for new configurations, utilise expensive source-assign equipment or rely on multiple power supply units.”

One of the modules supporting the system linking function is the new HelixNet Partyline HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module for Main Station-to-Main Station networking. Built to fit directly into one of the HMS-4X option module bays at the back of the Main Station, the HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module can connect up to five Main Stations directly over fibre or through a LAN using standard IT switches.

A new HLI-FBS Fiber Module is also available for linking Main Stations over long distances. The Fiber Module has two fiber ports using SFP modules for simple exchange of fibre transceivers. It also allows linking to four other Main Stations in a fibre daisychain. The standard connection is single-mode, with multi-mode offered as an option.