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AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS -- Clear-Com Communication Systems, a Vitec Group brand, will exhibit its Hybrid Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) Matrix/IP Server Network at IBC 2009 (Stand 9.D28a). Already purchased by large broadcasters in France, Germany and Hungary, the Hybrid Network is a solution formed by combining the reliability of traditional TDM-based intercom systems with the flexibility and affordability of IP solutions. Designed to extend the reach of intercom capabilities to more users without the need for costly infrastructure, the Hybrid Network will be demonstrated live with several newly introduced Clear-Com products at the show.

At the heart of the Hybrid Network is Clear-Com's Eclipse Version 5.1 digital matrix intercom system, which powers all the user control panels and beltpacks. A new 32-channel high-density IP connection card, IVC-32, is slotted into the Eclipse Median and Omega system frames to link users of the IP-enabled V-Series control panels and Clear-Com Concert(tm) 2.0 with traditional control panel and wireless beltpack users.

With the Hybrid Network, broadcasters can now achieve new, highly efficient production workflows and implement cost-effective intercom expansion in their facilities. For example, remote crews producing sports events or breaking news no longer need to transport intercom hardware to the scene. Instead they can simply dial into the main studio intercom, powered by the Eclipse, using laptop computers with the Concert 2.0 software. At the same time, by utilizing the IP link between the V-Series and Eclipse, hardware panels can easily plug and play via Ethernet, making it possible to extend them to locations that previously were inaccessible for intercoms due to cost or geographic factors. This allows greater coordination among all staff members, leading to tighter, more smoothly run productions.

"Up until now, IP has held much promise for intercom communications, but wasn't able to deliver the audio quality and reliability required by broadcast productions," says Jake Dodson, Vice President, Product Management, Clear-Com Communications. "With our I.V.Core technology, a low-latency and highly intelligent audio routing engine makes it possible for broadcasters to take advantage of the cost advantages and flexibility of Intercom-over-IP solutions. Combine this with the inherent strengths of TDM, you have a Hybrid Intercom Network that truly defines the future of intercom."

I.V.Core is Clear-Com's revolutionary set of building blocks and engines enabling real-time, dynamic and non-blocking intercom capabilities over a standard IP network, making new and traditional intercom systems IP-compatible. I.V.Core's intelligent decision engine routes only the audio actually needed, rather than all IP streams, optimizing the use of bandwidth. Allowing wideband codecs to be used where they would previously be limited by bandwidth constraints, I.V.Core enables a given Internet connection to support much higher quality audio. With the addition of noise reduction and proprietary error-recovery algorithms, the I.V.Core achieves breakthrough audio quality over standard IP networks, with all the flexibility inherent to IP.

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 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

The Vitec Group plc is a global leader in the supply of equipment and services to the broadcast, electronic media, photographic and live events industries, and is rapidly extending its reach into related areas such as government, security and defence. Vitec's many industry-leading product brands have established a formidable reputation for innovation, technical excellence, and superior service and support. The diverse range of brands are united by a common Vitec Group commitment to delivering a world-class customer experience, and a visionary approach to the future. This befits an enterprise which has grown both organically and by acquisition to incorporate over 2000 employees worldwide and achieve a 2008 turnover of almost half a billion dollars. Vitec Group products are distributed in almost 100 countries, through both direct sales and by means of a strong, fully-resourced distribution network. The Vitec Group comprises:

The Broadcast Systems Division, which develops, manufactures and distributes high quality manual and robotic camera supports, location lighting, camera and equipment bags, portable power solutions, prompting products, wireless camera links and communication systems used principally by broadcast and live entertainment professionals. Brands include Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Clear-Com, Litepanels, MSC, Nucomm, OConnor, Petrol, RF Central, Sachtler, TCS (The Camera Store), Vinten and Vinten Radamec. www.vitecgroupbroadcast.com

The Imaging & Staging Division, which designs, manufactures and distributes photographic and video-camera support; lighting, trusses and suspension systems for the professional photography, video, cinematography and live event markets. Brands include Manfrotto, Gitzo, Kata, Avenger, Litec, IFF, Bogen Imaging, Tomcat and Brilliant Stages. www.vitecgroup.it

The Broadcast Services Division, a leading provider of professional video and audio rental equipment, and engineering support for major event productions. Brands include ASG and Bexel. www.bexel.com.

More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com

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