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GUide To
Wireless Intercoms
Sponsored by
Bands on the Run
Wireless intercom makers are
prepared for spectrum changes
By Craig Johnston

The broadcast incentive auctions closed at the end of March Riedel Communications. Two years ago the company began
were predominately covered in the business press, with the working on a new product line, Bolero, to optimize DECT
repurposing 84 MHz of spectrum producing $19.8 billion in performance.
revenue, with more than $7 billion going into the U.S. Treasury. Key to that effort has been use of the BV32 codec, a high-
On the operational end of broadcasting, however, is that as the clarity 7 KHz audio bandwidth with low latency. And where previ-
600MHz auction-winning wireless carriers begin
to utilize the spectrum they’ve bought, broadcast-
ers and other intercom and wireless mic users
who have long used that UHF band will have to
find other solutions.
Fortunately, this hasn’t exactly snuck up
on the intercom system makers. They offer an
array of solutions.

ALL DECT IN
One option has been to work in DECT
(Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications).
Radio Active Designs’ UV-1G
The most common DECT frequencies are intercom uses the VHF band for analog
between 1880–1900 MHz, and the spectrum is wireless communications.
unlicensed and technology exclusive.
“Our plan all along was to remain with the DECT ously “you [could] have four, maybe five beltpacks per antenna…
frequencies,” said Joe Commare, Marketing and Sales at we’re able to get up to 10 beltpacks per antenna.” A second
advantage to use of that new codec is beltpack battery life. “We’re
getting 15, 16 hours to a battery charge as well, a great factor when

Inside:
these things are being used all day on a gig,” Commare said.
Another company that went for the DECT solution as well
as the 2.4GHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific, and Medical) band is
Clear-Com. “We have discontinued our UHF products,” said
Bands on the Run............................................ 2
Craig Frederickson, manager for wireless services for Clear-
Lithuanian National Com. “We saw this coming many years ago.”
Theater Adds AEQ Tech................................. 4 Two advantages the analog UHF systems had were low laten-
Cirque Taps Clear-Com for cy and transmission distance. In attacking the latency issue, the
‘PARAMOUR’ Comms..................................... 6 company’s FreeSpeak II wireless system boasts latency below 60
milliseconds (ms). To mitigate a lower transmission distance, the
Progressive Field Revamps company, “created the first cellular roaming system.
Comms with RAD.......................................... 10 “This allows you to put up antennas like a cellular system,
Hillsong Connects Via Riedel Bolero........... 12 which allows you to create coverages in your buildings,”
Frederickson said.
On the Cover: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘PARAMOUR’ Frederickson pointed to another advantage in its digital
production crew stayed connected via Clear-Com
wireless intercoms. FreeSpeak II system: matrix technology. “I can have up to five
channels on a beltpack now.”

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DON’T FORGET VHF
One company, Radio Active Design,
has targeted the Channels 7–13 on the
VHF band for analog wireless intercom
use.
“VHF survived the auction,” said
James Stoffo, Radio Active Design
CTO. “We’re using amplitude modula-
tion instead of frequency modulation,
and our beltpacks are so narrow band
that we can fit about 200 beltpacks in
pretty much any given city going for-
ward.”
Riedel’s Bolero wireless intercoms uses DECT frequencies. Stoffo explained the advantage of
analog operation for events that require
CHANGING FREQUENCIES
Pliant Technologies is introducing a new wireless intercom
product line, CrewCom, that not only operates on both the
2.4GHz and 900MHz bands, but also has a proprietary archi-
“We have discontinued our
tecture “that will allow us to add additional frequency bands UHF products. We saw this
for the future, as we see appropriate,” said Gary Rosen, global coming many years ago.”
sales manager for Pliant Technologies.
—Craig Frederickson, Clear-Com
“The added frequencies will be in addition and compatible
with the current system. With most traditional RF systems,
when you need to change frequencies you have to toss out
your entire system and start over.” frequency coordination: “All of the other coms that are out
In addition to this architecture, CrewCom also uses frequency there, they’re either spread spectrum or frequency hopping, or
hopping, spread spectrum (FHSS) technology, where “we change DECT, and those are not coordinate-able.” He also noted that
frequencies every 10 ms,” and transmit the full data signal twice those digital systems provide “propagation that’s much less
on two different frequencies. “When you think about interference favorable because the frequencies are so high—at 1.9GHz or
in the RF spectrum, it’s often in one area,” Rosen said. This tech- 2.4GHz—that your range is generally not adequate for a large
nique helps avoid signal loss due to RF interference. sporting event.”
AEQ has attacked the need for wireless intercom operation So as the frequencies that wireless intercom users have
by using Wi-Fi technology to connect its Xplorer beltpacks. long counted are sold off to well-heeled wireless behemoths,
The company’s Xvirtual a software application runs on iOS or intercom designers are offering an array of plans to migrate to
Windows, and operates as a single, fully featured, intercom. new remaining RF bands.
“The owner of the studio controls the Wi-Fi router,” said
Juan Carlos Ortolan, CEO of OM Solutions which works
with AEQ in the U.S. “The router assigns an IP address to
each of the Xplorer beltpacks.” When a Wi-Fi Beltpack leaves
the coverage area of an access point and enters the adjacent,
a roaming process is initiated that is controlled by the Wi-Fi
manager through both access points.
As for working outside the
studio, Ortolan said AEQ has
been researching JVC’s mesh
network, which can be built
into an OB van. “When the
OB van arrives on location,
it would deploy a strong
mesh that would handle
all of the video, com-
munications and so
on,” he said. Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom

TV Technology [3]
Lithuanian National
Theater Adds AEQ Tech
CONEXIA, KROMA gear connect
and monitor comms

The technical management crew at Lithuania’s


National Opera and Ballet Theater recently
deployed intercom andbroadcast monitor
systems from AEQ as part of a renovation of
the theater’s technical infrastructure.
As the main opera theater in Lithuania,
the National Opera and Ballet Theater has
a capacity of up to 1,700 alongside the stalls
and galleries. In addition to standard west-
ern and Russian play repertoire, national
opera pieces are also performed there.
Back in 2016, the theater’s technical man-
agement decided to carry out a complex
and ambitious technical renovation of the
installation. AEQ’s CONEXIA intercom
system was selected to substitute the build-
ing’s main internal intercom system and
The Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater has a capacity of
KROMA by AEQ broadcast monitors up to 1,700.
were chosen to be part of the new central
control room design. cast audio sources into the same matrix, with 48 kHz / 24 bit
Based on a TM8000 intercom master and BC2000D audio sampling and a 100 percent redundant architecture. CONEXIA
matrix, CONEXIA has the capacity for up to 1024x1024 cross- is also compatible with all KROMA intercom terminals, and its
points, with modular card-based architecture, turning a commu- possibilities can be expanded by installing KROMA (telephone,
nications system into a global audio solution. What distinguishes GSM) and AEQ (MADI, fiber optics, IP, etc.) interface cards.
CONEXIA is its ability to integrate both intercom and broad- The system provided includes 53 desktop and rackmount
intercom panels with 24, 16 or 4 keys
(depending on their location), as well as
20 AEQ XPLORER wireless beltpacks
and all the required network infrastruc-
ture such as IP switches, routers, WiFi
access points and enough antennas to
guarantee coverage in such a large build-
ing. The deployment of a large network
with up to 50 access points was required
to provide 100 percent WiFi coverage
and centralized management of all the
beltpacks.

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Cirque Taps Clear-Com
for ‘PARAMOUR’ Comms
HelixNet and FreeSpeak kept
production humming

Cirque du Soleil deployed intercom systems from Clear-Com Designer. “To stay on top of the action, the PARAMOUR
for its Broadway musical “PARAMOUR,” which closed production crew needed a reliable, robust, and flexible inter-
out a year-long run on April 16, 2017. The Montreal-based com system that would keep everyone connected without
performing arts company used Clear-Com’s HelixNet wired any gaps or dropouts. This is why we selected Clear-Com’s
and FreeSpeak II wireless intercoms to provide complete HelixNet wired and FreeSpeak II wireless intercom systems
coverage throughout the 1,932 seat, 24,000 square foot Lyric to do the job.” 
Theater. 
In addition to coordinating the fast scenery, prop, and ath- INTEGRATED SYSTEMS
letic equipment changes in the “Golden Age of Hollywood” Cirque du Soleil rented three HelixNet Digital Partyline
musical, PARAMOUR’s stage crew monitored the real-time Main Stations for PARAMOUR. With the assistance of
safety of Cirque du Soleil’s aerial performers; all of whom were Masque Sound, they integrated the three HelixNet systems into
working without a net. The Clear-Com intercom equipment what may have been the largest intercom system of this type on
was rented by Cirque du Soleil from Masque Sound of East Broadway. The audio design also called for 18 HPB beltpacks
Rutherford, N.J.; which has also supported the systems during and 18 HRM remote stations to connect the stage crew to the
PARAMOUR’s Broadway run.  HelixNet system. 
“PARAMOUR was one of those projects which took “HelixNet is a terrific product and was a no-brainer when
Broadway in a new and different direction: It had a story compared to traditional partyline wired intercom systems,”
and songs like a musical, but also had a strong component said Patridge. “You can operate 24 multiplexed channels over
of Cirque du Soleil acrobatics interspersed throughout the a single XLR cable and power the unit with that same cable.” 
piece,” said David Patridge, PARAMOUR’s Associate Sound For wireless communications, PARAMOUR rented Clear-
Com’s FreeSpeak II 1.9 GHz intercom
system with wireless beltpacks/headsets
for 15 users, plus nine antennas to
extend the reach of the FreeSpeak II
footprint throughout the entire Lyric
Theater. FreeSpeak II is designed to
integrate easily with HelixNet and other
Clear-Com wired intercom platforms. 
“Most Broadway theaters suffer from
some degree of difficulty in achieving
coverage throughout the entire build-
ing,” added Patridge. “At the same time,
the current expectation with wireless
communications is that a person wearing
it could be located anywhere—not just in
Clear-Com HelixNet
the stage house. This is why we deployed
nine FreeSpeak II antennas and a couple

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without reservation that Clear-Com’s HelixNet
and FreeSpeak II performed flawlessly for us,” he
said. “They made sure the show always went on.” 
“Clear-Com is incredibly proud, yet humbled, to have
played such a central role in PARAMOUR’s success-
ful year-long run on Broadway,” said James Schaller,
Clear-Com’s Regional Sales Manager. “When Cirque
du Soleil relies on your intercom systems to keep the
show rolling and their performers safe, the sense of
honor and responsibility are profound.”
Clear-Com FreeSpeak II wireless intercom

of splitters to deliver full coverage. We were able to cover


every inch of the building through the placement of these
“Clear-Com’s HelixNet
antennas; all connected with lightweight CAT5 cabling. This and FreeSpeak II performed
kind of full coverage is simply not achievable with previous flawlessly for us. They made
versions of wireless communications—at least, not without
a lot of expensive coaxial cable, antenna splitter/combiners,
sure the show always went on.”
and RF trial and error.”  —David Patridge, associate sound
As PARAMOUR approached its final curtain, Patridge designer for ‘PARAMOUR’
was very happy with Cirque du Soleil’s intercom choice
for the company’s first-ever Broadway show. “I can state

PARAMOUR combined the traditional musical with Cirque du Soleil acrobatics.

TV Technology [7]
The Role of Wireless Intercom By Simon Browne

Wireless intercom has evolved from a simple extension staff can also can talk to and monitor IFBs or receive IFBs,
of a wired intercom system to an integrated component talk on ISOs, monitor and route audio, and even assign
of production intercom. In some scenarios, wireless has keys to their beltpack.
come to replace fixed key panels
in productions that are more Back in the early days of digital
location-dynamic and has multi- wireless, Clear-Com pioneered
disciplinary staff working both the use of “roles” that allowed
audio and cameras, for example. any user to select any available
beltpack, just turn it on, select their
Here at Clear-Com, we role (sound, studio manager, etc.),
understand beltpack workflow. and off they go. The configuration
From years of experience in is already associated to the role,
supporting broadcast intercom not to the beltpack, thus making
applications around the world the management of the system
with wireless operations, we have extremely versatile. The same role
developed wireless beltpacks that FreeSpeak II Beltpack Roles configuration within Eclipse HX can be selected by many users,
Configuration Software
intuitively mirror the operations of or reserved for the first taker. This
wired beltpacks. For example, we level of abstraction automates the
present simple A and B buttons and “Call” but empower system management, simplifies the technician’s job who
the more sophisticated technical user with configurable needs to manage the beltpacks and headsets, and speeds
functions like point to point, point to multipoint up the key assignment and diagnostics processes.
conferences/partylines, GPO controls and IFB keys. These
embedded central intercom “assets” are available within Digital wireless is further enhanced by giving the
the beltpack as if the user had a key panel on their belt. beltpacks roaming capabilities. This means that users can
This ability to map keys to wireless beltpacks as if they break free from the studio or stage, move down corridors
were wired key panels is what enables wireless intercom to into adjacent spaces, and still stay connected to their
support today’s dynamic production workflows. intercom anywhere inside or outside, from locker room to
field, and from studio to studio. The trick is to maintain
With wireless intercom, everyone on the floor can move seamless point to point communication while the beltpack
about, not just the sound and studio managers. Production user fluidly moves between transceiver antennas that
provide the expansive coverage.

So, what is in store for digital wireless in the


future? The beltpack has already evolved beyond
the simple wireless remote and is the access point
into the central intercom system. How much more
interoperability does the beltpack need across
other systems? What other form factors can the
beltpack take? There are a lot of variables and with
wireless mobility on the rise, in differing and difficult
environments, with more users relying on this tool.
You can rest assured that wireless intercom will
continue to evolve and expect to see more from
Clear-Com as we continue to lead the broadcast
market with pragmatic innovations in wireless
intercom.

One FreeSpeak II base or matrix intercom system supporting a mix of 2.4GHz and
1.9GHz transceiver antennas and wireless beltpacks.

www.clearcom.com

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Progressive Field
Revamps Comms with RAD
System upgrade includes new
UV-1G intercoms

Progressive Field, home to Major League Baseball’s Cleveland


Indians, recently underwent a system upgrade that included
the installation of two Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless
intercom systems.
Michael Ramirez, the stadium’s audio-video engineer, added
two UV-1G base stations and 12 RAD packs to improve com-
munications for game day staff—which includes camera opera-
tors, advance team coordinators, mascot coordinators, on-field
anthem singers, and others involved in game day production.
“We needed a system that didn’t operate in 2.4 GHz—which
was allocated for stadium Wi-Fi—and that would provide the
clarity of an analog signal,” explains Ramirez. “Because RAD is
analog and operates primarily in the VHF band, it seemed like
the obvious choice. After presenting the most consistent results
of all the systems tested, it was an easy decision. Knowing fre- Progressive Field, home to MLB’s Cleveland Indians
quencies would change in the future and that we were adding
Wi-Fi to the building, the UV-1G was our best bet.” system take up minimal RF bandwidth. As luck would have it,
The base stations are rackmounted in the scoreboard rack the UV-1G base station requires less than 30 kHz of the UHF
room located behind home plate, providing exceptional cover- band and the RAD packs operate completely in VHF. This
age in the stadium bowl. When systems are utilized outside of made keeping valuable UHF bandwidth open for other wire-
the park Ramirez deploys an antenna to extend that coverage less devices to operate easier.  As an added benefit, since the
beyond the dense concrete walls of the stadium. VHF band is virtually empty, every comm operator has their
“It’s an older park with lots of cement, so getting any signal own channel, eliminating issues that can occur when forced
outside of the park is impossible,” adds Ramirez. “Fortunately, to “double-up”, which is necessary with some bandwidth-
one antenna does the trick, which makes using the systems challenged UHF systems.
beyond the stadium walls very convenient.” With last year being the first season the UV-1G was in use,
With UHF at a premium, it was important that the intercom Ramirez has nothing but good things to say about the system
at the start of this year’s season.
“We have not had any issues,
beyond normal wear and tear.
The system is solid. The RAD
systems work really well and were
easy to integrate with systems we
already had in place. We have
accomplished exactly what we set
out to and I’m quite pleased with
Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems
the end result.”

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Are You Prepared For The Loss
Of 600 MHz By Year’s End?
Radio Active Designs (RAD) offers television production
and broadcast professionals a wireless intercom system
that addresses the real-world challenges wireless intercom
technicians face every day. The UV-1G was designed by
field operators who regularly work on large, live broadcast
events as RF coordinators and wireless operators, and un-
derstand what’s needed to overcome those challenges.

The developmental goal of the UV-1G system was


simple; design the most spectrally efficient system possible Radio Active Designs UV-1G is 30 times
– a goal that is more important than ever with the recent more spectrally efficient than any UHF FM
system on the market.
UHF auctions and TV channel repack.
Another example is RF coordination. Defined carriers
in licensed spectrum can be coordinated while limiting
access to unlicensed users. Conversely, broadband digital
operations in unlicensed spectrum cannot be coordinated
and must by definition accept interference from any other
co-located device, which of course makes for a less than
reliable system.

Lastly, RAD UV-1G uses a closed locked loop technology,


with no local side tone. When a belt pack user speaks, the
user hears their voice as a rebroadcast from the base sta-
For two years RAD UV-1G wireless
tion, which guarantees that everyone else on the intercom
intercoms have played a key role in system heard them as well. Unfortunately, digital wireless
communications at the Super Bowl. intercom systems have excessive latency and must imple-
With the loss of 600 MHz, “RAD UV-
1G’s are going to be the only ment a local side tone. This means when a person speaks,
system out there that will work on there is no guarantee that others can hear the user.
events of this size in the future,”
explains Jeff Watson, ATK Versacom’s
RF PL Engineer for Super Bowl 51.
Since the RAD UV-1G is a software defined radio,
its feature set has and will continue to evolve with the
growing demands of the industry. The UV-1G belt packs
This goal was achieved by
have presets to communicate with multiple base stations
using analogue amplitude
simultaneously and store up to 20 intercom channels
modulation with an occupied
and 40 talk paths in every belt pack. This scene change
bandwidth of only 30 kHz and
feature enables all belt packs to roam throughout multiple
placing the belt pack transmit-
operational areas with the tap of a button, saving time and
ters in the VHF spectrum. In
energy before, during and after production.
this manner, one may utilize 200 belt packs and 30 base sta-
tions in the same UHF footprint as one single FM system. As a With the conclusion of the 600 MHz auction, the vast
result, RAD is 30 times more spectrally efficient than any UHF majority of legacy FM wireless intercom systems will soon
FM system on the market. Additionally, the system frees up become illegal to use. The UV-1G was designed to be a
valuable UHF space for use by other wireless systems. plug and play replacement for these legacy systems with the
capability to utilize existing wireless intercom coax infrastruc-
Although most of the other new wireless intercom sys-
ture and changing merely the receive antenna(s). Visit our
tems on the market are digital, the designers of the UV-1G
web site at www.RadioActiveRF.com for more information.
chose to utilize analogue technology to provide end users
with the many benefits that come with it. For example, the
RAD split band AM system has a L.O.S. range of over 600
meters. In contrast, higher frequency digital systems imple-
ment very short wavelengths, which do not propagate well
over long distances, limiting their usefulness.

www.RadioActiveRF.com
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Hillsong Connects
Via Riedel Bolero
Annual spiritual gathering marks
product’s largest deployment to date

Riedel Communications’ all-new Bolero wireless intercom COMPREHENSIVE MONITORING


system and MediorNet real-time network played a key role in Hillsong Conference is one of three large annual con-
crew communications for the Hillsong Conference, a spiritual ferences sponsored by the Hillsong Church, a global fam-
gathering of more than 22,000 attendees that took place July ily of Christian congregations. The Riedel engineering team
4-7, 2017 at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. deployed the MediorNet nodes throughout the Qudos Bank
With 55 Bolero belt packs distributed to production team Arena and also integrated MediorNet MultiViewer to provide
members throughout the arena and backstage, the Hillsong comprehensive monitoring.
Conference marked the world’s largest Bolero deployment to Up and running only five hours after the truck doors
date. In addition, 40 MediorNet nodes provided the integrated opened, the MediorNet network transported, routed, and pro-
audio, video, and data communications backbone for all pro- cessed every live and broadcast video signal from cameras to
duction spaces. screens, with routing capacity of more than 1,000 Gbps over
“Bolero has reassured my confidence in wireless comms, 14 multicore fiber cables. The entire backbone was centrally
as no other product on the market has performed to the level monitored and controlled by the Riedel team.
that Bolero did during Hillsong Conference,” said Hillsong For intercom, the team deployed more than 200 Artist
Head of Audio Ricki Cook said. “MediorNet, to put it simply, digital matrix ports for Bolero beltpacks, Riedel 1100 series
made life simple. Deciding to use MediorNet as the abstrac- panels, and SmartPanel control panels. Thanks to Bolero’s
tion layer and backbone interface between all companies proprietary Advanced DECT Receiver (ADR), communica-
and departments involved meant any additions or changes tions for the entire main arena were easily handled from a
to routing between audio, communications, and vision were single antenna location—a feat not achievable with any other
quick and easy.” intercom system on the market according to Riedel.

Hillsong Conference is one of three large annual conferences sponsored by the Hillsong Church, a global family of Christian
congregations.

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The Riedel engineering team
deployed MediorNet nodes throughout
the Qudos Bank Arena and also integrated
MediorNet MultiViewer to provide
comprehensive monitoring.

“The combination of MediorNet,


Artist, and Bolero is really unbeat-
able for complex, large-scale events like
the Hillsong Conference,” said Riedel
“Deciding to use MediorNet as the
Technical Operations Manager Chris abstraction layer and backbone interface
Johnson, leader of the on-site Riedel between all companies and departments
engineering team. “Hillsong Conference
had high production values and a very
involved meant any additions or changes to
tight schedule, which meant we had to routing between audio, communications,
be up and running fast, and be able to and vision were quick and easy.”
react quickly to changes throughout the
—Ricki Cook, head of audio for Hillsong
event.
“With MediorNet as the system
backbone, we were able to make funda-
mental signal distribution changes with a few mouse clicks,” quickly in any place with a MediorNet frame. On top of that,
Johnson added. “Artist and Bolero are fully integrated, which Bolero delivered outstanding RF performance, which made
means we can set up wired or wireless communications high-quality wireless comms in tricky places very easy and
reliable.”
John Bell, general manag-
er, Riedel Australia, added,
“Hillsong Conference is
one of the most technically
advanced live events in the
world, and its highly capa-
ble team seeks excellence
in every aspect of produc-
tion. The Riedel team from
our German headquarters
worked tirelessly to support
the local Sydney team, deliv-
ering Bolero just in time to
help Hillsong produce this
world-class event.”
The MediorNet backbone was centrally monitored and controlled by the Riedel team.

TV Technology [13]
Riedel’s Bolero is the Wireless Intercom
You’ve Always Wanted
Riedel has rewritten the rules for wireless management also allows Bolero to operate at
comms with Bolero, an all-new DECT- twice the spectrum efficiency of other DECT-
based intercom system in the license-free based systems, equating to a category-
1.9GHz frequency range. Fully integrated redefining ten beltpacks per antenna and up
with our Artist digital matrix intercom to 100 antennas per system.
platform, Bolero offers a rich set of features
and connectivity that can be applied three Bolero features Riedel’s exclusive Advanced
ways: as an exceptional wireless beltpack, DECT Receiver (ADR), a multiple-diversity
as a wireless keypanel, and — in an receiver technology specifically designed to
industry first — as a walkie-talkie radio. improve RF robustness by reducing sensitivity
to multipath RF reflections. The unique ADR
Bolero’s decentralized antennas connect to is able to differentiate between multipath
AES67 switches and then to Artist frames reflections in real time, making Bolero
equipped with AES67 client cards, creating useable in challenging RF environments
a point-to-point intercom ecosystem where other systems have difficulty.
Bolero Beltpack
with seamless handover capabilities.
To the system, Bolero beltpacks look like wireless Artist Bolero was designed to make life as easy as possible for
panels, providing the highest levels of interoperability, users. Bolero incorporates Near-Field Communication
programmability, flexibility, and user mobility. (NFC) technology for both the beltpack and the active
Bolero beltpacks feature four primary channel buttons and antennas, so registration is as easy as simply touching the
beltpack to the antenna or to another registered beltpack.

And, speaking of antennas, Bolero antennas have adjustable


RF power levels that can be reduced to enable higher
antenna density or increased to service a wider area. To
increase capacity, users can create “islands” of RF spaces.
With each beltpack capable of “remembering” up to 10
system IDs, beltpacks can move from island to island. finally,
the antennas have redundant power capabilities using PoE
and/or local DC power.

Bolero is fully Artist-Integrated Other features include: an IP-65 environmental rating, a


“Gorilla Glass” sunlight-readable color display that can be
two additional buttons for the 6 intercom channels, plus inverted, Bluetooth 4.1 for pairing of a smartphone to the
a separate “Reply” button for an easy reply to the last beltpack, a removable beltclip, and yes, a bottle opener.
channel that called. Rubber pips on the tripod belt clip allow
the beltpack to be used on a desk as a wireless keypanel. Clients from around the globe including BBC TV Centre in
Uniquely, the beltpack’s integrated mic and speaker enable it London, Hillsong Church, and Sky are already using Bolero
to be used as a two-way radio without requiring a headset. every day. Closer to home, TV-COMS, East Shore Sound,
Notre Dame, NBC, Paramount, and ESPN were amongst
Bolero uses a high-clarity 7KHz voice codec to provide the first to embrace Bolero.
both higher speech intelligibility and more efficient use
of RF spectrum. The codec ensures minimal latency while What are you waiting for?
offering excellent processing efficiency, providing 17+ hours
of beltpack battery life. This highly efficient RF bandwidth Bolero. From Riedel.

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