Mark Hallinger /
London Calling: Clear-Com Supplies Venue Intercoms
HelixNet beltpacks being pre tested
before being sent to the venues
Sometimes it’s called comms.
Sometimes intercoms. In London, it’s talkback.
you call it, instant, reliable communication is key for the smooth operation of
a sports venue.
Or 42 sports venues, located across
Great Britain. And varying from simple, small stadiums to mountain bike or
equestrian courses spread across thousands of metres. And each venue required a
communications design tailored to the specifications demanded by an
international sports federation.
It’s a massive task,
but preparation and thoughtful integration, coupled with a modern, flexible
communications equipment infrastructure, can tame an “impossible job” such as
handling the venue communications at the London Games.
was the venue intercom supplier in London, providing event communications at
all 42 venues. All of the vital communications to make the production of a
sporting event run smoothly were included in this brief — the intercoms used by
the event production team, PA announcers, sport statisticians, referees and
more. An interface also connected the stadium event managers to the host
broadcaster OB van.
Microphone live panel as part of
venue announcer matrix panels
At every venue Clear-Com’s new
Eclipse Matrix was the central system. V-Series control keypanels, HelixNet
digital partyline wired beltpacks and headsets, and Optocore intercom
interfaces and VoICE2 panels rounded out the equipment.
it’s a task bigger than any one vendor, and Clear-Com was one spoke in a wheel
that started rolling some two years ago when LOCOG began the tendering process.
The job required the right mix of vendor support, big event experience and
multiple subcontractors with a healthy mix of local and international experience.