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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, JUNE 11, 2008—Clear-Com® Communication Systems, a brand of The Vitec Group, introduces Version 5.0 of its Eclipse Digital Matrix high-performance intercom system to the Pro AV and contractor market at InfoComm 2008 (Booth C3583), taking intercom communication solutions to the next level. Acting as a central switching unit for communications across a facility, Eclipse Digital Matrix Version 5.0 links Clear-Com’s V-Series panels with a CellCom® digital wireless system for cost-effective and universal access to communication in large facilities with greater connectivity options.

A leading global provider of professional communication solutions for live performance, broadcast, government and commercial markets, Clear-Com brings increased connectivity and expandability to Version 5.0 through robust E1/T1 telecom connection, fiber linking with intelligent switchover and now AES Digital Connectivity to V-Series panels for increased control of audio for remote operation.

Working in conjunction with an E-FIB card, fiber linking between Eclipse intercom matrixes of the Median and Omega classes enables large, even multi-venue productions to network their intercom systems together. Multiple Eclipse systems may then act as one non-blocking matrix using redundant high-capacity fiber, resulting in a large, high-quality, full-duplex communications system for mobile production and studio integration.

“Having been in the industry for 40 years, Clear-Com understands the communication needs of the live performance and Pro AV markets,” says Matt Danilowicz, Managing Director. “An effective intercom system needs to be accessible, dependable and flexible to support the production workflow and communication needs throughout a venue. With Version 5.0, we are advancing our technology to broaden access whether in a theater application or across multiple venues where production workers and crew need to be in contact with each other.”

The system is also outfitted with features that place the controls at the users’ fingertips. Highly configurable and intuitive V-Series user panels, including the new V-Series Desktop, can be added or removed as production needs change. An AES-6-RJ interface card allows the user to control remote V-Series panels through AES3 stereo digital audio routers and consoles where the Eclipse intercom is required to talk over audio feeds, as often occurs in busy live performance environments.

Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS) provides a visual and intuitive user interface, featuring graphical views of the V-Series panels. ECS has the ability to apply or modify labels and control functions to each individual panel button in real-time. Based on a stand alone or client/server concept, programming is done from a PC through Ethernet LAN connections. Status and diagnostic messages are available, allowing systems to be maintained remotely. An AES-6-RJ interface card allows the user to control remote V-Series panels through AES3 stereo digital audio routers and consoles where the Eclipse intercom is required to talk over audio feeds, as often occurs in busy live performance environments.

ABOUT CLEAR-COM

Clear-Com®, 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-Com’s signature products such as Encore Party-line, Eclipse Digital Matrix, CellCom®/FreeSpeak® Digital Wireless and IP Communications systems have revolutionized broadcast stations, production trucks, houses of worship and performance venues. Recognizing 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 Group’s activities and the organization is committed to a policy of continuous product development. With revenues (2007) of $546m (£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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