For utmost dependability, wired intercom systems are the most common type of systems deployed across facilities. Wired systems are made up of a central system with end points connected over varying types of cable. Depending on the system, 2-wire, 4-wire, Optical fiber and Category 5 or 6 cables can be used to tie components of a system together and to link multiple systems. Wired systems can securely connect to other Clear-Com or third-party communications system located anywhere in the world over standard IP networks.
The selection criteria of a wired system are often based on a combination of decision considerations; system requirements, workflow, location of users, number of user end points, number of separate talk channels, and budget.
Clear-Com offers a wide range of wired communication options that can be classified into two groups – Unmanaged Systems and Managed Systems.
Managed Systems are ideal for slightly larger deployments that require a high degree of flexibility and programmability for controlling complex audio flow within the system. All setup for the connected systems and end-point devices such as audio routes, user member grouping, volume levels, user labeling, etc. are managed in the configuration software that comes with the system.
Eclipse HX Digital Matrix
The Eclipse HX digital matrix is both flexible and scalable in supporting numerous types of communication for hundreds of users on hundreds of channels. The system can provide partyline, fixed group and point-to-point connections with all the advantages of a wired system – security, high quality, and low latency, all which surpass typical “government” communications systems. With improved intelligibility and performance, users are able to increase operational speed, accuracy and security even with larger systems.
The Clear-Com digital matrix systems distribute all signals, whether those are from wired intercom panels and beltpacks or other sources/destinations such as two-way radios, phone lines, paging systems or IP links. Redundancies in the main frame and connection endpoints via copper, fiber or IP create reliable secure systems. Multiple frames can be wired at one location or at multiple distant locations.
Best use case scenarios include Command & Control (both large and small), Flight Test, Training & Simulation, and Test & Evaluation.
Trilogy Mercury Interface Unit (MIU)
The Mercury Interface Unit is a multi-purpose device that provides multi-channel real-time voice communication, radio interoperability, conventional and VoIP telephony, and other capabilities over terrestrial and/or satellite networks. It can be used as a single-site or standalone intercom system of up to 32 users in close proximity (up to 1500 ft). The MIU acts as a versatile audio processing unit and IP gateway allowing a wide range of external devices to be connected to the intercom network.
Best use case scenarios include Ground Control Stations, Cross Domain Solutions, Radio Interfacing and Bridging, and Test & Evaluation.
Trilogy Mercury Communicator Unit (MCU)
The Mercury Communicator Unit is a high performance peer-to-peer multi-operator station designed for critical communication in small to large-scale operations. The matrix-less architecture facilitates virtually unlimited scalability with each unite being able to simultaneously communicate with up to 64 endpoints and host up to 32 virtual panel applications.
The MCU’s primary function is to provide support for single operator connectivity, but can also seamlessly interface with other Mercury products, like the Mercury Interface Unit (MIU). The resilience of the Mercury system coupled with the ability to integrate with the certified Mercury Cross Domain Solutions enables the MCU to operate in any mission critical environment where security is paramount.
Best use case scenarios include Cross Domain Solutions and critical mission control environments.
HelixNet Digital Partyline
HelixNet is a wired digital “partyline” system. A central station provides control and typically power to the other user stations. As with analog partyline, digital partyline allows everyone on a given channel to hear and talk to everyone else on the channel. Common digital partyline systems provide 2 or 4 channels of intercom, HelixNet provides 12 full duplex channels with an expansion to 24 channels.
For stationary positions, HelixNet can offer users cabled beltpacks with either CAT5 or 2-wire powerline and access to two channels. Additionally, desktop boxes or wall mounted 4-channel speaker stations are also available. A rack-mounted main station provides access to all channels as well as power. Rear-mounted interfaces allow HelixNet to operate over any standard shielded twisted-pair cable (XLR or CAT5/6). All audio channels, program audio and distributed Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) can run on a facility’s standard IT network infrastructure.
Best use case scenarios are Test & Evaluation and separated building applications.
An unmanaged system is a basic plug-and-play system whereby end-point devices are hardwired to the central system. Those connections determine users access levels in the system. No configuration software is available or needed with an unmanaged system.
Encore Analog Partyline
Encore is a very reliable, easy-to-implement, easy-to-use unmanaged wired system. This full-duplex platform allows users on the same channel to carry out bi-directional, conversational-style communication, without concerns of quality or connection. With a consistent audio level that does not fluctuate, users in the field are sure to hear specific or strategic details while using the system.
The beltpacks feature microphone preamp with a dynamic range of 130 db enables intelligible voice communication for every volume level. Desk or wall mounted speaker stations are also available for environments where a loudspeaker is necessary.
Best use case scenarios are Training & Simulation small flight test, clean-rooms, software and hardware testing, etc.