Clear-Com® will be launching the latest advancements to the HelixNet™ Partyline Intercom System at IBC 2013 (Hall 10, Stand D29). The new capability allows multiple HelixNet systems to link over Ethernet and Fiber networks for distributing many digital partyline channels, program audio feeds and auxiliary interfaced audio to digital beltpacks users.
HelixNet’s station-to-station networking function is made possible with the new HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module. Main Stations can connect directly or through a LAN using standard IT switches. The Ethernet Module comes standard with two RJ-45 jacks. A new HLI-FBS Fiber Module is also available for linking stations over long distances. The Fiber Module has two fiber ports with small form-factor pluggable (SFP) modules, for simple exchange of fiber transceivers. The standard SFP for the Fiber Module is Single-Mode with Multi-Mode offered as an option.
Linking HelixNet Main Stations together creates a network that pools channel resources of each individual station. Linked main stations can dynamically discover each other thus giving HelixNet users the capability to share multiple digital partyline channels plus program inputs and any 2-wire or 4-wire interfaces in a network distributed system.
“This new capability for HelixNet means that any of the possible dozens of HelixNet beltpack users can access any two of the available network partyline channels by simply selecting the desired channels on their beltpack. Since all these channels are running off a single, shielded twisted-pair cable, users no longer need to physically relocate multiple cables for new configurations, utilize expensive source-assign equipment or rely on multiple power supply units,” says Simon Browne, Clear-Com’s Director of Product Management.
Browne continues: “The networking functionality of HelixNet Partyline permits a more sophisticated and cost-effective digital partyline intercom network. It is ideal for broadcast applications that require quick setup and distribution of multiple channels of intercom. Stage managers, camera operators, along with teleprompter, lighting and audio engineers or any HelixNet user can remain connected even in disparate locations and over long distances.”