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TELEVISIÃ" DE CATALUNYA UPGRADES OB VANS WITH CLEAR-COM DIGITAL MATRIX(July 31, 2008)
television broadcaster supported by the government of Catalonia, Spain, has selected
Clear-ComÂ® Communication Systems, a brand of the Vitec Group and leading provider
of communication systems worldwide, to provide a comprehensive intercom network for
its growing outside broadcast (OB) van operation. The broadcaster, based in Sant Joan
DespÃ near Barcelona, has migrated from an aging intercom system to the new and
advanced Eclipse Digital Matrix platform. TVC currently has five OB vans, each one is
now equipped with an Eclipse PiCo frame.
Aicox Soluciones, formerly IbÃ©rica de Componentes (Ibercom), a distributor of broadcast
technology products to the Spanish market, supplied the systems to TVC. This enabled
the broadcaster to upgrade from its existing Drake 4000 Series II system to a
sophisticated Digital Matrix designed to meet its changing needs. TVCs selection of
Eclipse PiCo products was an extension of a longstanding relationship between the
broadcaster, the distributor and the communication systems provider, now Clear-Com.
Designed for small to mid-size production environments including OB vans, Eclipse PiCo
offers 36 full-duplex panel/4-wire ports, including four 4-wire ports, in a one-rack unit
(1RU) chassis. Each Eclipse PiCo has two power supplies for fail-safe redundancy and
eight on-board general purpose inputs and outputs. Each PiCo matrix is connected to
the new V-Series range of panels as well as existing (reburbished) 4000 series panels
from the old Drake system.
"TVC has had a Drake system installed for many years, so the selection of Clear-Com
for its OB operations was a natural progression," says Jose MarÃa Alvarez, director of
the Department of Broadcast Systems for Aicox Sistemas. "Clear-Coms flexible and
reliable linking capabilities, including its ability to connect with OB vans via trunking, are
a plus for our customers. Plus, its new V-Series panel offers unique features that are
important for OB van users, including the ability to replay conversations."
The V-Series Panels "Listen Again" technology employs digital audio memory to replay
the last 30 seconds of received audio from all sources routed to the digital recorder as a
mix, aiding communication in noisy and demanding environments, which is common in
OB vans. Advanced digital signaling processing (DSP) in the V-Series gives the operator
increased control over their panels audio, including routing, mic EQ, mic limiting and
headset sidetone. Panel keys offer personal mix level control, allowing users to set their
own audio levels to suit individual workflows. It also enables intelligent dimming and
"Were pleased that TVC has chosen Clear-Com to address its needs for outside
broadcast operations; it speaks volumes for the relationship that has developed over the
years through their use of Drake systems," says Matt Danilowicz, Managing Director of
Clear-Com. "TVC has grown a great deal over the past few years and its new system is
not only able to handle current operations but flexible and scaleable enough to meet its
TVC was founded in 1983 and has grown from three channels to six stations dedicated
to broadcasting news, entertainment and sports within the Catalan region: TV3, 33, 3/24,
K3, 300i and TVCi.
Clear-ComÂ®, a brand of the Vitec Group plc, is the global leader of professional
communication solutions for broadcast, live performance, military, government and
commercial markets. For more than 40 years, Clear-Coms signature products such as
Encore Party-line, Eclipse Digital Matrix, CellComÂ®/FreeSpeakÂ® Digital Wireless and IP
Communications systems have revolutionised broadcast stations, production trucks,
houses of worship and performance venues. Recognising Clear-Com for its history of
intercom innovation, production teams around the world achieve ubiquitous
communication with products to promote easy interoperability and global connectivity.
More information can be found at www.clearcom.com.
ABOUT THE VITEC GROUP PLC
The Vitec Group plc is acknowledged as a global leader in the supply of equipment and
services to the broadcasting, entertainment and photographic industries and has
established a reputation for technical excellence and superior engineering along with an
astute business strategy which has seen it grow by acquisition. Innovation is a
cornerstone of the Groups activities and the organisation is committed to a policy of
continuous product development. With revenues (2007) of $546m (Â£274m) and over
2200 employees world-wide, its products are distributed in almost 100 countries, through
a strong, fully-resourced distribution network or direct to the end user or corporate
customer. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.
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