Clear-Com announces FreeSpeak Edge is now shipping
Clear-Com has announced that FreeSpeak Edge is now shipping, following extensive field tests and final engineering.
The latest addition to the FreeSpeak family of digital wireless intercom solutions, FreeSpeak Edge is claimed to be the most advanced wireless intercom system, delivering the best audio quality and enhanced performance in some of the most exacting live performance environments. The system gives users more control and configuration options, thanks to advanced frequency coordination capabilities and intuitive design features in the system’s transceivers and beltpacks.
Built from the ground up, FreeSpeak Edge is said to be the result of extensive feedback from existing FreeSpeak II power users and exhaustive field tests across applications including sports stadiums, live events, military installations and broadcast facilities.
FreeSpeak Edge uses audio-over-IP AES67 connectivity, an advanced 5 GHz chipset with a proprietary radio stack development optimised for intercom, and exclusive RF technology from Clear-Com based on OFDM. By investing engineering and development resources in a completely new wireless band, Clear-Com said it has been able to deliver a product that protects the investments of partners and customers.
The 5 GHz band is said to be an ideal choice for large scale communications, as it can be managed with frequency coordination for reduced interference and offers the widest range of RF channels available. During a field test at a professional sports stadium, Clear-Com found that the RF reflections considerably extended the range of the beltpacks. The band’s higher frequencies mean there is more bandwidth for data which allows for finer control, additional audio channels, lower latency and better audio quality. FreeSpeak Edge can be combined with FreeSpeak II 1.9 GHz and 2.4 GHz systems, supporting three wireless bands across a single unified communications system