CLEAR-COM® SHOWCASES NEW FREESPEAK VERSION 2.0 AT IBC 2008
New Features and Added Connectivity Highlighted in Wireless System
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, JULY 28, 2008—Clear-Com® Communication Systems, a The
Vitec Group brand, is taking another step in the evolution of its unique FreeSpeak digital wireless beltpack
system with the newly enhanced FreeSpeak® (formerly FreeSpeak10) Version 2.0. The popular wireless
intercommunication system will be featured at this year's IBC 2008, (Booth C40a). The new version brings
enhanced beltpack capacity, Interrupted Feedback (IFB) functionality and improved group operations between
beltpacks, party-lines and other external inputs.
Supporting Clear-Com's® strategy of providing ubiquitous communication, FreeSpeak is a digital wireless
intercom system based on a cellular architecture that offers license free communication and can allow up to 20
beltpacks to roam seamlessly between remote active antennas.
"In today's busy broadcast environment, production staff are expected to support multiple job functions,
creating an increased need for wireless connectivity," says Stephen Sandford, Clear-Com® FreeSpeak Product
Manager. "In Version 2.0, we have doubled the number of beltpacks that a basestation can support, giving more
users the freedom to communicate while on the move and improving the crew's flexibility and efficiency."
Additional new features available in FreeSpeak Version 2.0 include three configurable IFBs, allowing the user
to assign IFB keys to any number of beltpacks. The beltpacks can then be programmed to act as IFB talent
receivers or as the originator of the interrupts.
"This integrated IFB capability gives the user the ability to listen to audio feeds while allowing other users to
interrupt that audio feed at any point," Sandford says. "For example, a director using a beltpack has the ability
to interrupt the broadcast feed to the deliver instructions to a camera operator listening to the broadcast via an
IFB key. This provides