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The comms are clear for China’s first major international in-person event

Clear-Com's FreeSpeak II and HelixNet systems were used to enable communications between production and operations teams covering the first live in-person event in China

Professional communications specialist Clear-Com has released details of its work on the recent China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), which we believe is the first major international economic and trade event to be held in-person in China since the outbreak of the global pandemic.

The hybrid virtual/in-person event took place in Beijing in early September and included a total of 18,000 enterprises and institutions from 148 countries and regions and about 100,000 attendee registrations. Clear-com said that “the combination of a virtual and a physical audience, as well as the presence of well-respected Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, required a seamless and reliable communications system”.

Beijing-based PDQ, which has been adopting Clear-Com products since 2018, designed the system for CIFTIS’ broadcast and live production communication solutions, using Clear-Com’s HelixNet digital network and FreeSpeak II digital wireless intercom.

“They told us they needed reliable, safe and quality communications and stressed the system must be deployed easily and quickly for all involved groups, so we immediately suggested Clear-Com,” said the PQD project leader assigned to the operation. “The President would be delivering remarks, so it was very important to us that everything went smoothly.”

The FreeSpeak II intercom system was used by the production and operations team for the worldwide broadcast of the Summit Ceremony on the evening of 4th September 4th. “Many workers who used the system commented on how efficient and seamless it was,” the project lead added. “It’s a big stress relief for the technical teams when the comms system disappears, and they just feel like they’re conversing with one another.”

FreeSpeak II and HelixNet were also used in the media room, about 1.2km from the convention centre, to connect multiple zones of communication including the main control room, operation monitor room, satellite vans, public signal and recording room, studio room, and media zone.