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Clear-Com Intros Eclipse Digital Matrix 5.0

Clear-Com Communication Systems plans to introduce version 5.0 of its Eclipse Digital Matrix high-performance intercom system at InfoComm 08.

Clear-Com Communication Systems plans to introduce version 5.0 of its Eclipse Digital Matrix high-performance intercom system at InfoComm 08 (booth C3583). Acting as a central switching unit for communications across a facility, Eclipse Digital Matrix Version 5.0 links Clear-Com's V-Series panels with a CellCom digital wireless system for cost-effective and universal access to communication in large facilities with greater connectivity options, said company officials.

According to Clear-Com, version 5.0 adds more connectivity and expandability through robust E1/T1 telecom connections, fiber linking with intelligent switchover, and AES Digital Connectivity to V-Series panels for increased control of audio for remote operation. Working with an E-FIB card, fiber linking between Eclipse intercom matrixes of the Median and Omega classes enables large and multivenue productions to network their intercom systems together. Multiple Eclipse systems can then act as one non-blocking matrix using redundant high-capacity fiber, creating a large, full-duplex communications system for mobile production and studio integration.

"An effective intercom system needs to be accessible, dependable and flexible to support the production workflow and communication needs throughout a venue," said Matt Danilowicz, Clear-Com managing director, in a statement. "With Version 5.0, we are advancing our technology to broaden access whether in a theater application or across multiple venues where production workers and crew need to be in contact with each other."

The system is also outfitted with features for better user control. Configurable, intuitive V-Series user panels, including the new V-Series Desktop, can be added or removed as production needs change. An AES-6-RJ interface card allows the user to control remote V-Series panels through AES3 stereo digital audio routers and consoles where the Eclipse intercom is required to talk over audio feeds, which often occurs in busy live performance environments.

Company officials said the Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS) has a visual and intuitive user interface, featuring graphical views of the V-Series panels. ECS can apply or modify labels and control functions for each individual panel button in real-time. Programming is done from a PC through Ethernet LAN connections. Status and diagnostic messages allow systems to be maintained remotely.



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