Clear-Com, a provider of voice communications systems, unveiled version 1.1 of the HelixNet Partyline Intercom System that provides a linking system which extends digital party-line intercom communications over a field users’ production network.
Version 1.1 of the HelixNet Partyline “cost-effectively and efficiently extends” digita
l party-line intercom communications over mobile trucks and studio headquarters without compromising the audio quality, Clear-Com says.
The HelixNet Partyline Intercom System is the industry’s first digital-network party-line intercom that combines a traditional, analog party-line intercom with the capabilities of an advanced matrix intercom, Clear-Com says. The system uses a single-pair, shielded cable for supporting all audio channels, program audio and power for beltpacks, making it desirable for broadcast applications that require quick setup and distribution of multiple channels of intercom, the company says.
Expanded functionality under version 1.1 includes the ability to link up to five HMS-4X Main Stations and up to 100 HBP-2X Digital Beltpacks via Ethernet to build larger and more sophisticated party-line intercom systems, Clear-Com says.
HelixNet’s station-to-station networking function makes that possible by defining up to five Main Stations that can be connected via the new HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module, Clear-Com says. Main stations can connect directly or through a local area network using standard IT switches, the company adds.
A new HLI-FBS Fiber Module is also available for linking stations over long distances. The fiber module has two fiber ports using SFP modules for simple exchange of fiber transceivers, the firm says. The system also allows linking to four other main stations in a fiber “daisy chain,” it adds.
“HelixNet Partyline’s first release provided broadcast users with a revolutionary design that offered much functionality, power and simplicity for a cost-effective digital partyline communication solution,” says Simon Browne, Clear-Com’s director of product management. “Now broadcasters have a network extended solution with HelixNet Partyline 1.1 to distribute more channels without compromising the exceptional digital audio clarity or the ease of setup and maintenance, with the efficiency of simplified cabling,” he says.
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