NDR commences communications upgrade with Clear-Com

North German public radio and television broadcaster, NDR, has begun a comprehensive upgrade of its communications system at its Hamburg headquarters using a number of fibre-linked intercom matrices and wireless intercom systems from Clear-Com.

The systems are being supplied and installed by Clear-Com’s German broadcast channel partner, MCI.

NDR has been using Clear-Com systems for ten years, and turned to the company again when the decision was made to upgrade.

The first phase of the upgrade saw Clear-Com install 150 V-Series Rotary panels, preparing the system for the upgrade to Eclipse HX matrices which will be completed in October. The next phase will include wireless integration to the system, including 40x integrated FreeSpeak II wireless beltpacks in 1.9GHz, eight FreeSpeak II Fibre Splitters and multiple transceiver antenna modules, providing users with 7kHz audio quality and expansive studio to MCR coverage. There are also opportunities for new technology to be integrated in the future, such as the MADI, IP and Dante cards.

Due to the size of the system, extensive commissioning was necessary for a successful upgrade, followed by Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) to ensure all aspects of the integrated system exceeded expectations under live conditions.

“Clear-Com is proud to have been at the heart of NDR’s communications solution for the past decade, and we are pleased that NDR’s new setup will make use of Clear-Com’s latest set of intercom solutions for a more flexible, efficient and effective broadcast production process in the future,” said Nicki Fisher, sales director EMEA at Clear-Com. “This complex installation underlines our ability to support large-scale broadcasters that demand and deliver high quality productions.”

FreeSpeak II and the Eclipse HX digital matrix system, together with a range of Clear-Com’s other communications systems, are currently being demonstrated at IBC 2017 on booth #10.D29.