Clear-Com Announces Update To Arcadia Center Station Intercom

Latest update introduces I.V. Direct IP interfacing connectivity that supports distributed workflows, along with an increase in capacity for up to 285 connections.
Front and back panel views of the Clear-Com Arcadia Central Station intercom system.

Clear-Com has announced an update for the Arcadia Central Station intercom system with the addition of I.V. Direct, a new IP interfacing feature that connects Arcadia and the LQ Series of IP interfaces, Eclipse HX digital matrix system (via E-IPA card) and other Arcadia systems over LAN, WAN, or Internet.

The update also provides an increase in capacity for FreeSpeak beltpacks, transceivers, and HelixNet endpoints, with Arcadia now capable of supporting 285 input/output connections on a single system. The I.V. Direct connections will allow intercom audio, logic controls, and call signals to be passed between separately managed Clear-Com systems and assigned to channels, groups, and keys in the individual systems. This can be done with straightforward setup for various levels of network quality of service and internet-friendly security features.

Interfacing with LQ will allow Arcadia users to expand their analog connections using 2-wire, 4-wire and GPIO ports and support Clear-Com’s Agent-IC and Station-IC virtual clients, two-way radios, and SIP telephony, without the need for multiple audio and control cables allowing for integration of all team members who need to communicate.

In addition to local Dante-based connection capabilities, I.V. Direct connections will allow Arcadia’s network interfacing to extend globally, making it well suiteed for large, multi-site live events, remote broadcasting, and multi-country productions where professionals are concurrently operating multiple systems and requiring audio communication over large distances. Arcadia will support up to 16 I.V. Direct connections.

This latest update also delivers an increase in capacity, with support for up to 32 IP transceivers, 64 wireless FreeSpeak beltpacks, and 128 HelixNet endpoints.

Simon Browne, vice president of product management, says, “More than ever our users require distributed workflows and this integration with LQ and Eclipse opens a world of possibilities, allowing Arcadia users to scale their existing systems appropriately and collaborate on large, multifaceted productions – even from opposites sides of the world.” Simon continues, “This update showcases the potential of this platform and positions Arcadia as the most powerful and flexible intercom system available in such a compact form factor.”

The new features will be available for Arcadia starting in Q4, 2023.