Clear-Com Year in Review for 2019

Mitzi Dominguez & Bob Boster

Mitzi Dominguez, CEO and Bob Boster, President

A Message from our CEO and President

As we move into 2020, we would like to take a moment to reflect on Clear-Com’s innovations and dedication to meeting our customer’s needs that made for a very fruitful 2019.
Clear-Com hosted and attended a record number of global customer engagement opportunities including tradeshows, seminars, trainings, panels, industry events, field tests and more. We introduced FreeSpeak Edge, a cutting edge innovation of advanced wireless intercom systems for some of the most challenging RF environments, and we rolled-out updates to the Eclipse HX System, making it an AoIP matrix and thereby expanding the most flexible intercom solution on the market.
As a company, we are continuously looking ahead to better anticipate the needs of our customers, and 2019 was no exception. For some time, the industry has had limited ways of establishing reliable communications, but in the last five years, the needs of the industry have grown much more complex. The market has been evolving toward a new, IP-based workflow with increased capabilities and a more customizable digital infrastructure. In 2019, we witnessed this trend in the Theater market, catalyzed by Broadway and Live Productions. Clear-Com products— FreeSpeak II, HelixNet and LQ Series —have played a major role in the technological advances in Theater, and in the transition to IP workflows.
This year we achieved countless customer success stories across a wide variety of applications in very disparate parts of the world. From Andøya Space Center on the cusp of the Arctic Circle, to the first crane barge in Singapore, to a nuclear power plant on the Canada’s Lake Huron coastline—projects that require the most reliable and innovative communications are equipped with Clear-Com. We look forward to continuing these success stories by uncovering new and unique application opportunities for Clear-Com products and by continuing to innovate new technologies in response to an ever-changing marketplace.
 

This year Clear-Com came to IBC with a real swagger,
a confidence and an excitement behind their new releases.

– Dan Muchmore, Director, Tyrell

Story Highlights

Delta Prince Crane Barge

DIAP Relies on Clear-Com on board the Delta Prince Crane Barge
DIAP selected a Clear-Com FreeSpeak II wireless communication solution to keep its crane operators and riggers connected across the vast Singapore-based crane barge ‘Delta Prince’.
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Andøya Space Center

Andøya Space Center Requires Extremely Reliable Communications Across Remote Locations
Clear-Com is pleased to announce what is believed to be its northernmost installation in the world, located 2 degrees north of the Arctic Circle. The installation is based around the HelixNet digital network partyline system with LQ IP interfaces.
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RODEOHOUSTON

RODEOHOUSTON Rides with ProGrid Audio Solution
To ensure audio sources are precisely fed to both front-of-house and the television production facility, Broadcast Technical Services selects Clear-Com ProGrid Audio Network Solution.
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Nagoya Broadcasting Network Upgrades

Nagoya Broadcasting Network Upgrades with Eclipse HX
The Nagoya Broadcasting Network, a broadcasting organization based in Japan, has upgraded its in-house intercom to a system based around Clear-Com Eclipse HX digital matrix frames, taking full advantage of Clear-Com’s IP capabilities.
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FreeSpeak

FreeSpeak II Powers Australia’s Triple Eight Race Engineering
Gearhouse Broadcast Pty Limited and Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia Pty Ltd have entered into a four-year partnership with Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak II Digital Wireless Intercom System providing communications between car controllers and their support staff.
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New Jersey State Theatre

Historic State Theatre New Jersey Mondernizes with HelixNet and FreeSpeak II
With an aggressive calendar that can stage world-class artists night after night, this renovated vaudeville/silent-film house looked to Clear-Com for it’s communications needs.
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ntTV

Award-Winning ntTV Student Television at University of North Texas Upgrades to HelixNet, FreeSpeak II and LQ
Clear-Com provides students with competitive advantage for job market ntTV (North Texas Television), the student-run television station at the University of North Texas, with upgraded communications solutions.
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LIFE church

New Zealand’s LIFE Church Chooses IP Connectivity
LIFE Central Campus goes with Clear-Com’s Eclipse HX-Delta matrix frame, FreeSpeak II, and V-Series Iris intercom panels for it’s 1,800-seat auditorium, 300-seat chapel facility and foyer spaces.
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For over 50 years, Clear-Com’s systems have been the most reliable intercom solutions available,
and are used in the largest and highest-profile events around the world.

– Yoo Jae-hyung, Manager, One-Up Solution

Remembering Peter Giddings
(1940-2019)

The Clear-Com community mourned the passing of Peter Giddings, one of our founding visionaries who did so much to bring us to where we are today. Peter and his wife, Judy, were involved with Clear-Com for over 4 decades, working tirelessly to launch and advance the Clear-Com global brand. Here is our tribute to Peter’s memory as well as his and Judy’s many contributions to the Clear-Com story.
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Peter Giddings

Our customers praise the reliability and sound quality of the Clear-Com intercom system as well as the integration into the overall production. We can now offer our customers an excellent wireless, all IP-based intercom…a perfect complete package that is very well received in the marketplace.

– Patrick Nussbaum, Managing Director, HDwireless

Cheers to a Continued Streak of Wins and Awards!

2019 AME Excellence Award

2019 AME Excellence Award (HME Manufacturing Excellence Award)

Our parent company, HME, won the AME Award for Manufacturing Excellence! What a significant accomplishment for HME and a very prestigious award earned with the hard work and dedication from many employees!
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IABM 2019 Creative Collaboration Award

IABM 2019 Creative Collaboration Award (Sveriges Television, Grass Valley, Net Insight, Arista and Clear-Com)

We are honored to have received the IABM19 Creative Collaboration Award alongside our partners, Grass Valley, SVT, Net Insight and Arista for the worlds largest IP remote/ at home production.
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London Rise Women's National Mentoring Award

London Rise Women’s National Mentoring Award (Nicki Fisher)

Our very own Nicki Fisher the Women’s National Mentoring Award for the Rise Mentoring Scheme. Clear-Com is a key sponsor of the Rise program, along with other broadcasters and suppliers.
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TV Technology Announces NAB Best Of Show Awards

TV Technology Announces NAB Best Of Show Awards (V-Series Iris)

Thank you TV Technology for the NAB Best in Show Award for our V-Series Iris Panel.
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IBC Best of Show presented by PSNE (FreeSpeak EDGE)

IBC Best of Show presented by PSNE (FreeSpeak EDGE)

FreeSpeak Edge made a splash at IBC, winning the Best of Show Award presented by PSNE.

Congratulations to the Honored Recipients of Clear-Com’s Partner Awards

Telmaco SA, Greece

Telmaco SA, Greece

Sales Success

VisionHOUSE, Ukraine

VisionHOUSE, Ukraine

Sales Growth

dB Broadcast, UK

dB Broadcast, UK

System Integrator

4 Audio, Austria

4 Audio, Austria

Outstanding Project Contributions

Kompani digiTV, Serbia

Kompani digiTV, Serbia

Outstanding Project Contributions

Anyone looking at a new intercom system should just do it. It’s the backbone of everything you do… It’s so clean; you don’t know it’s on until someone starts talking to you. It’s like getting a new pair of glasses.

– Willie Weist, Head Audio Engineer, State Theatre New Jersey

A Warm Welcome to the Newest Members of the Clear-Com Family

Michael Franklin

Michael Franklin

Regional Sales Manager
South Central USA

William Elliot

William Elliot

Regional Sales Manager
South Eastern USA & Caribbean

Vic Lombardi

Vic Lombardi

Regional Sales Manager
North Central USA

Brian Chow

Brian Chow

Regional Sales Manager
North Asia (South Korea & Japan)

Patricia Griffin

Patricia Griffin

Director of Government Solutions

Lou Ann Roberts

Lou Ann Roberts

Business Development Manager

A rocket launch is not something we take lightly, and uninterrupted communication with high quality is critical to us during these times. All communications in connection with a launch, including countdown,
now takes place on the Clear-Com system.

– Halgeir Wold, Project Manager Documentation, Andøya Space Center

Most Viewed Videos of 2019


FreeSpeak Edge: It’s Here and It Changes Everything
   

FreeSpeak Edge: It’s Here and It Changes Everything
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Clear-Com's ProGrid Supports 2019 Rodeo Houston
   

Clear-Com’s ProGrid Supports 2019 Rodeo Houston
480 views

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With FreeSpeak II wireless intercom, our quality of life has changed.

– Choi Sung-kook, Director, Incheon Culture & Arts Center

An Exciting and Promising Year for Product Innovations

FreeSpeak Edge

FreeSpeak Edge

5 GHz frequency for high performance in multipath environments and first-class 12kHZ audio quality with ultra-low latency and bandwidth to support over 64 beltpacks and transceivers.

LQ-series: The Power and Versatility of IP

LQ Series: The Power and Versatility of IP

Launching new ways to connect intercom devices together over IP.

Eclipse-HX: IP and More

Eclipse HX: IP and More

The most flexible and dynamic all-IP intercom solution on the market, now supporting SMPTE 2110-30 interoperability.

V-Series Iris Panels

V-Series Iris Panels

Connects to E-IPA card over AES67 Audio-over-IP with new color displays for user configurable labeling.

Celebrating Charlie Butten’s
80th Birthday

We had the honor of celebrating Charlie Butten’s 80th Birthday in October. Charlie’s presence at our headquarters in Alameda, CA is a continued reminder of the passion that goes into our brand and our products. As the developer of the very first distributed amplifier intercom systems, Clear-Com would not be what it is today without his genius and spirit of innovation.
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Charlie Button

Media Coverage

The Winegrowers’ Festival Part 2: The Men of the Shadow

The Winegrowers’ Festival Part 2: The Men of the Shadow   

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Joquebed Colin of Clear-Com: We Will Take Solutions for Remote Production to Peru

Joquebed Colin of Clear-Com: We Will Take Solutions for Remote Production to Peru   

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SVG Sit-Down: Clear-Com’s Vinnie Macri Discusses Intercoms and IP/2110/AES67

SVG Sit-Down: Clear-Com’s Vinnie Macri Discusses Intercoms and IP/SMPTE 2110/AES67   

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Innovations: Clear-Com FreeSpeak II Digital Wireless Intercom System

Innovations: Clear-Com
FreeSpeak II Digital Wireless Intercom System
   

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Global Service & Support

Recent Support Hires

Jason Hao

Jason Hao

Applications Engineer, Beijing
 
 
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Dalton Ong

Dalton Ong

Technical Support Associate, Asia-Pacific
 
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Jason Fernandes

Jason Fernandes

Applications Engineer, UK
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Training Team

Pat Hamp, North American Sales Training Manager

Pat Hamp

North American Sales Training Manager
Provides Sales training to Clear-Com Partners and provides the tools Partners need to sell Clear-Com products.

Pat Hamp, North American Sales Training Manager

Frank Linton

Training Program Manager
Provides technical product training to Clear-Com Partners and End Users in global training locations and on-site.

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