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LAS VEGAS, MArch 19, 2008--Clear-Com Communication Systems introduces Version 5.0 of its Eclipse Digital Matrix high-performance intercom system at NAB 2008 (Booth C5908), taking broadcast communication solutions to the next level. Acting as a central switching unit for communications across a broadcast operation, Eclipse Digital Matrix Version 5.0 links Clear-Com‘s V-Series Panels and CellCom wireless beltpacks and headsets for cost-effective and universal access to communication in the studio or out in the field with more connectivity options than ever.


A leading global provider of professional communication solutions for broadcast, live performance, 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 flexibility in OB truck applications.


Working in concert with an E-FIB card, fiber linking between Eclipse intercom matrixes of the Median and Omega classes enables large, even multi-venue productions to tie 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 broadcasters in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment,” says Matt Danilowicz, Managing Director. “As unforeseen events occur, the intercom system needs to be accessible, dependable and flexible to support the production workflow. With Version 5.0, we are advancing our technology to broaden communication access whether in a broadcast studio or across multiple broadcast stations.”


The system is also outfitted with features that place control at the users‘ fingertips. Highly configurable and intuitive V-Series user panels, including the new V-Series Desktop, can be added or removed in the field 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 typically occurs in OB vans and studio environments.


Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS) provides a visual and intuitive user interface, featuring graphical views of the panels. ECS has the ability to apply labels and control functions to each individual panel button. 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.


ABOUT CLEAR-COM

Clear-Com® 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 of $450 million in 2006 and over 1500 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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