Bob Boster, CEO, Clear-Com, tells Digital Studio about the company’s expanded presence at CABSAT with Trilogy being a part of it in showcasing the latest products and services.
DB: What are your newest products and services?
Bob Boster: Clear-Com will introduce the new Dante interface card for its Eclipse-HX matrices (E-Dante64-HX). The E-Dante64-HX card delivers high audio quality interfacing for Eclipse-HX, routing audio to and from multiple sources over standard network infrastructure. It is typically employed to route IFB feeds to/from a mixing console to provide instruction to on-air talent. For example, a technician on a Clear-Com FreeSpeak II wireless intercom beltpack can simply scroll through the systems IFB’s, monitoring each one in turn. This ability is unique to the Clear-Com Eclipse-HX due to the E-Dante64-HX cards access any network audio and the FreeSpeak II scroll assignment feature which gives operators the ability to select the channels they need at their fingertips.
In addition, Clear-Com will showcase three recently-released new models of LQ devices that had built-in 4-wire audio with GPIO signaling in one connector - which is ideal for linking 2-way radios or audio and trigger signals over an IP network or the internet.
The Networked Control Events feature within LQ devices is a flexible way to move control signals across a single channel over the IP network. Users can connect cue lights together with LQ devices and be triggered at one or multiple positions by an On-Air switch from a different end. A stage manager can select the Announcer Key and initiate a call alert to a set of intercom devices and/or radios that are connected to other LQ devices. These scenarios can be easily achieved using IP-linked LQ devices.
Moreover, LQ devices can also connect directly to the Eclipse HX matrix via the IVC-32-HX IP card, which enables routing of intercom audio and signals across large distances. Industry-standard intercom systems or 2-way radios can be connected to the Eclipse HX matrix across buildings, cities or even countries over an IP infrastructure or the internet. Users can also now move high quality audio signals, such as program feeds from IFBs providing full 20Khz audio bandwidth, between LQ devices.
DB: What are your plans for CABSAT? (new product launches, big announcements etc)?
We have an expanded presence at CABSAT this year. As you know, Trilogy is now part of Clear-Com, and therefore we are pleased to have Clear-Com and Trilogy solutions exhibited and represented by our partners, NMK Electronics Enterprises on Stand E2-20 and Media Group International (MGI) on Stand B3-30, respectively.
DB: What do you hope to achieve by exhibiting at the show?
CABSAT is an invaluable opportunity to engage with our customers and partners about projects and opportunities in the region. We will be showcasing new and existing solutions for the broadcast market and sharing success stories in the region.
DB: How do you see the Middle East market?
There are some key drivers for the Middle East market, one of the main ones being the oil price. With its resurgence back up to $55 from a turbulent 2016 during which it was as low as $30, this has a real ricochet effect. With the recovery, we are seeing previously delayed investments coming to fruition and exciting new projects on the horizon.
Each country in the region is also impacted by political and security threats and it is critical that we are there to help and support customers during these turbulent times. Clear-Com is fortunate to have a strong partnership with NMK Electronics Enterprises in the region, who understand the customer’s requirements and provide an outstanding level of customer support.
DB: What does Clear-Com do, and what’s the big news from the company?
Clear-Com is a trusted global provider of professional real-time communications solutions and services. We innovate market proven technologies that link people together through wired and wireless systems.
Many exciting things happened at Clear-Com just in the past six months. From acquiring Trilogy Communications to announcing an Android-version Agent-IC intercom app on wearable and mobile devices, as well as releasing our very first Dante-enabled interface cards for Eclipse HX just last month, Clear-Com has been keeping busy at various parts of the company.