BVE 2012: Clear-Com exhibits Concert for Newsroom

Voice communication systems specialist Clear-Com is currently showcasing Concert for Newsroom for the very first time at BVE 2012.

The new solution is designed for integration with newsroom applications such as Associated Press’ ENPS (Essential News Production System) and allows AP’s newsroom members using ENPS news applications to communicate with other newsroom members who also have access to Concert for Newsroom.

Particularly ideal for SNG applications, Concert for Newsroom is aimed at assisting reporters in the field to get in touch with their editors, producers and other production team members instantly with the click of a mouse. To start a chat with Concert, ENPS users only need to scroll through their contacts to start a call and/or chat, simultaneously.

When multiple members need to hold a conference, the user can drag-and-drop a multiple contacts into a conference, or members can double-click on a session link and join the call whilst working within ENPS stories. Users can also see immediately the availability of other ENPS participants for a call or text message.

“Concert has truly defined Intercom-over-IP with its ability to seamlessly integrate with traditional intercom systems and external audio interfaces over standard IP networks, making it ideal for newsrooms and SNG trucks around the world,” said Patrick Menard, product manager of Concert at Clear-Com. “With the incorporation of the application into ENPS, users have even more options with which to communicate, helping them focus on the story and not technology. Time is often an enemy to those working in the field. A low cell battery or being out of cell range can often cause issues when gathering info for a time-sensitive story. With Concert, this concern is taken out of the equation as you are communicating through ENPS.”

Compatible with Windows 7 and XP, Concert for Newsroom is able to interface with external audio systems, including partyline systems, paging systems, programme feeds and other matrix systems using a four-wire interface over a standard IP network. Those working within ENPS can also benefit from additional features, including the ability to initiate simultaneous call or chat sessions without disconnecting the current session and receive audio programme feeds from the newsroom and/or other users. Programme feeds can be interrupted by important communications from news directors or producers speaking over intercom, ensuring that all critical communications come through to the intended recipients.