AMSTERDAM—Clear-Com is showing the latest advancements to the HelixNet Partyline Intercom System at IBC 2013, stand 10.D29. The enables multiple HelixNet systems to link over Ethernet and fiber networks for distributing digital partyline channels, program audio feeds and auxiliary interfaced audio to digital beltpacks users.
HelixNet’s station-to-station networking function is made possible with the HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module. Main stations can connect directly or through a local area network using standard IT switches. The Ethernet module comes standard with two RJ-45 jacks. A new HLI-FBS fiber module is also available for linking over long distances. The fiber module has two fiber ports with small form-factor pluggable modules, for simple exchange of fiber transceivers, and the standard SFP for the fiber module is single-mode with multi-mode offered as an option.
Linking HelixNet main stations together creates a network that pools channel resources of each individual station. Linked main stations can dynamically discover each other, thus giving HelixNet users the capability to share multiple digital partyline channels plus program inputs and any two-wire or four-wire interfaces in a network distributed system.
“It is ideal for broadcast applications that require quick setup and distribution of multiple channels of intercom,” said Clear-Com Director of Product Management Simon Browne. “Stage managers and camera operators, along with teleprompter, lighting and audio engineers, or any other HelixNet user, can remain connected even in disparate locations and over long distances.”