Clear-Com Intros HelixNet Network Linking
Clear-Com (Booth C8008) has unveiled version 1.1 of its HelixNet partyline intercom system. Included in this release is a system-linking capability that extends digital partyline intercom communications over a network among a production’s field users, mobile trucks, and studio headquarters cost-effectively and efficiently, without compromising the audio quality.
The HelixNet partyline intercom system is the industry’s first digital network partyline intercom to combine the simplicity of a traditional analog partyline intercom with the advanced network-management capabilities of a matrix intercom. Using single-pair, shielded cable for supporting all audio channels, program audio, and power for beltpacks, it is suited for broadcast applications that require quick setup and distribution of multiple channels of intercom.
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 partyline intercom systems. HelixNet’s station-to-station networking function makes this possible by defining up to five Main Stations that can be connected via the new HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module. Main Stations can connect directly or through a LAN using standard IT switches. 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. It also allows linking to four other Main Stations in a fiber daisy-chain. The standard connection is Single-Mode with Multi-Mode offered as an option.
Since the HelixNet platform is based on Clear-Com’s I.V.Core, a core set of Intercom-over-IP technologies for providing networking flexibility, this entire system can operate over any LAN infrastructure in studio or remote-production environments, making it easier to create a decentralized, distributed intercom architecture. Stage managers; teleprompter, lighting, and camera operators; audio engineers; and any HelixNet user can remain connected and easily interface with remote mobile-production trucks and/or studios over HelixNet.