At the upcoming IBC 2014 convention, Clear-Com will announce the launch of the FreeSpeak II wireless intercom system, an enhanced DECT-based offering that operates in multiple license-free DECT bands from 1.897-1.933GHz.
FreeSpeak II delivers improved roaming capability for reliable wireless connections, digital ‘Clear-Com Sound’ for clear intelligibility and audio comfort, and new intercom features. The system is intended for deployment across large-scale, multi-zone production areas typically required in live events, broadcast and sports production.
FreeSpeak II allows large numbers of wireless beltpack users to simultaneously roam across an expansive production area without compromising on performance. Similar to its predecessor, FreeSpeak II can be implemented as a stand-alone 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 setup, as many as 50 full-duplex wireless beltpacks can be used at the same time by strategically placing 10 or more distributed remote antennas to create an expansive coverage zone. These beltpack users are then able to directly communicate with any other remote or local matrix panel or other wireless or wired beltpack user who is on the Eclipse HX Matrix System network.
FreeSpeak II leverages the existing base station from its predecessor that has been updated to work with the new beltpacks and new active antennas.
The all-new, 5-channel, full-duplex FS II-BP wireless beltpack is designed for the demands of large-scale operations and continuous communication use. Ergonomically positioned controls, intuitive operation and rugged housing make the beltpack suited for extended use under harsh conditions.
Beltpacks are IP-65 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 version 7.6 software.
The newly-designed 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 an improved wireless performance and thereby delivering a reliable wireless connection for mobile intercom users.
Locally-powered Antennas can be positioned up to 3,200 feet away, or 800 feet away when centrally powered from the base station. Five-way antenna splitters extend the base station to create an expansive coverage area with up to 10 antennas.
Simon Browne, director of product management for Clear-Com, states, “FreeSpeak is a proven duplex wireless solution for large-scale, multi-zone production areas. The introduction of the redesigned FreeSpeak II beltpack and antenna provides rugged and ergonomic operation, together with greatly improved radio and audio clarity that will delight our wireless users.”
The new FreeSpeak II will be available for demonstration at stand 10.D29 at IBC 2014 in Amsterdam.