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Strategic acquisition sets unprecedented standard for live production communication

Alameda, California/Cambridge, UK – Clear-Com® Communication Systems, a brand of The Vitec Group, and a leading provider of intercom systems worldwide, today announced the acquisition of the IV-Core technology, which powers groundbreaking voice communication solutions for professional-grade live production communication over standard IP networks. With this acquisition, Clear-Com establishes Clear-Com Research, an R&D facility based in Montreal, Canada, and retains an exceptionally talented team of engineers and business development staff.

Developed by Talkdynamics Technologies Inc., an innovator of IP-based voice technologies, Clear-Com plans to embed IV-Core technologies (Instant Voice Network “IV-N” and Instant Voice Router “IV-Router”) into its traditional and next-generation intercom systems, delivering powerful capabilities such as intelligent signal routing, low-latency IP audio, presence awareness and other advanced features that will radically change the intercom experience in even the most demanding of production workflows.

“Clear-Com has long been a leader in providing mission-critical voice communication solutions for live production,” says Matt Danilowicz, Managing Director of Clear-Com. “The acquisition of this breakthrough technology and the extremely talented engineering and business development team that created it will establish a new standard for flexible, accessible and dynamic intercom communications.”

The product of a four-year research and development effort, the IV-Core suite of technologies is designed to deliver highly secure, low-latency distributed multi-conferencing and group communication capabilities. This unique development achieves ultra-wideband audio quality at low bandwidths. IV-Core also overcomes the performance variation of IP networks (including the Internet) via a bespoke packet-loss recovery algorithm combined with proprietary Instant Voice Routing algorithms. Furthermore, IV-Core technologies provide AES 128-bit encryption for protecting privacy of transmissions — a security level on par with that of online banking transactions.

The development of IV-Core was led by President Stephane Menard of Talkdynamics, who joins Clear-Com as the Director of IP Development, and Business Development Director Patrick Menard of Talkdynamics, who assumes the role of Sales Director of Clear-Com Concert, Clear-Com’s native IP-based intercom software. The extensive IP knowledge and expertise of the Talkdynamics technical team will remain in the Montreal office, now incorporated as Clear-Com Research, a Canadian subsidiary of Clear-Com. Together with Clear-Com’s Cambridge R&D team, Clear-Com Research will focus on advancing Clear-Com’s voice communication solution offerings with the revolutionary IV-Core technology.

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