Communication breakthrough: Clear-Com celebrates 50 years of business
Provider of real time communications solutions and service, Clear-Com, is celebrating five decades in business. This anniversary marks an important milestone for the company as it looks back on its heritage of communications breakthroughs and the people who contributed to its success.
“Over the past 50 years, Clear-Com has grown to become one of the most recognized and highly sought-after communications brands in the pro-audio industry,” said Mitzi Dominguez, CEO at Clear-Com. “While our brand has become synonymous with various intercom products which allow professionals to work together at critical times, ultimately Clear-Com’s journey is a story about people who were pivotal within this business, visionary leaders of the past and present, alumni and current staff, committed partners, loyal users and industry influencers. This year we will look back on milestone moments of innovation and ingenuity, as well as looking forward to future possibilities for better communication.”
Founded on 18 April 1968, Clear-Com traces its humble beginning to a two-person team in San Francisco, California, US, where the music scene flourished and ear-deafening music became the norm. It was at this time in history where Bob Cohen and Charlie Button met and worked together to create the very first production intercom, known as the RS-100 distributed amplifier analogue beltpack system. The RS-100 was an instant success, used for production communication by legendary San Francisco rock bands and artists such as Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead.
Since then, Clear-Com has stayed true to its roots with analogue-based intercom systems for the live performance market, while the company also expanded into broadcast, military, aerospace and government, sports operations, houses of worship, theme park and offshore marine markets. This diverse range of markets is now served by a mixed communications and connectivity portfolio comprised of IP, digital, wireless, fibre and mobile applications for group and point-to-point communications on multiple private channels. Every day, Clear-Com systems are used in some part of the world, be it for a live performance, a news production for local or global broadcasting, in a special governmental operation affecting millions of lives, and on shipping vessels out at sea enabling teams of people to perform intricate tasks.
“We have accomplished a lot along the way and throughout this celebration you will see that this is more than just a trip down memory lane; the Clear-Com of 2018 is in many ways unrecognisable to the company that started in the crucible of the Summer of Love in San Francisco,” said Bob Boster, president at Clear-Com. “Our technology platforms, our global scope, our diverse range of markets and applications are all way beyond the imaginations of Clear-Com’s founders.”