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Public Broadcaster ZDF Selects Clear-Com® Intercom Systems for New Communications Hub

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Eclipse Digital Matrix Employed For New German Facility

Cambridge, UK/Mainz, Germany, September 12, 2008 – Clear-Com® Communication Systems, a brand of The Vitec Group, has been chosen to supply nine Eclipse Digital Matrix intercom systems to ZDF, Germany’s premier public broadcaster. ZDF, with the assistance of systems integrator Studio Hamburg MCI, will install the Eclipse Matrix units in a new multi-studio broadcasting facility to be built over the course of the next 36 months.

The Eclipse Matrix units will be integrated in the facility in seven separate installments. Among the first of these will be the creation of two studios, one of which will feature three Eclipse Matrix units linked over redundant fibre lines, creating a common communications environment whereby all ZDF employees can keep in contact from the same location.

“The Clear-Com Eclipse Matrix is for us the ideal intercom system for the ZDF project,” says Max Below, head of purchase and product sales for Studio Hamburg MCI. “Its large number of ports and relative ease of connectivity with other systems in the studio make the process of creating the type of communications environment sought by ZDF much easier for us, allowing our team to deliver a system offering truly limitless connectivity options.”

“We are proud to be a part of this prestigious and forward-thinking project,” says Graham Ramsey, Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Support, Clear-Com. “ZDF has always been at the forefront of broadcast innovation in Germany. The creation of a central communications hub is yet another example of its efforts to leverage advanced broadcast technology for the ultimate benefit of its viewers. It is an honor to be chosen to assist in ZDF’s mission.”

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