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Clear-Com FreeSpeak Edge now shipping

The digital wireless intercom is built to harness the full capabilities of 5 GHz and IP for the most demanding communications needs

Clear-Com has started shipping its new FreeSpeak Edge wireless intercom solution, following an extensive period of field testing.

The latest addition to the FreeSpeak range of digital wireless intercom solutions, FreeSpeak Edge is Clear-Com’s most advanced wireless intercom system, designed to deliver optimum audio quality and enhanced performance in the most challenging live performance environments. It has been built to offer users more control and configuration options by way of advanced frequency coordination capabilities and intuitive design features in the system’s transceivers and beltpacks.

FreeSpeak Edge is the result of substantial feedback from existing FreeSpeak II power users and exhaustive field tests across applications including sports stadiums, live events, military installations and broadcast facilities. Final testing efforts resulted in an IP54 rating for the beltpack, ensuring that it could withstand harsh production environments.

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The product utilises state-of-the-art audio-over-IP AES67 connectivity, an advanced 5 GHz chipset with a proprietary radio stack development optimized for intercom, and exclusive RF technology from Clear-Com based on OFDM. By investing engineering and development resources in a completely new wireless band, Clear-Com says it has been able to deliver a future-proof product that protects the investments of partners and customers.

The 5 GHz band is suited to large scale communications, as it can be managed with frequency coordination for reduced interference and offers the widest range of RF channels available. During a field test at a professional sports stadium, it was found that the RF reflections considerably extended the range of the beltpacks. The band’s higher frequencies mean there is more bandwidth for data, which allows for finer control, additional audio channels, lower latency and better audio quality. FreeSpeak Edge can be combined seamlessly with FreeSpeak II 1.9 GHz and 2.4 GHz systems, supporting three wireless bands across a single unified communications system.