Orbital Sound installs Clear-Com HelixNet system at Royal Albert Hall

Orbital Sound has installed a Clear-Com HelixNet networked partyline intercom system at the Royal Albert Hall.

The fixed installation is one of the first in the UK to feature the "revolutionary solution," according to Orbital.

A key part of the system design for the Grade 1 listed building was that the existing infrastructure was used.

“Our challenge was to find a way of upgrading what was essentially a very out-of-date system within a competitive budget," said Orbital sales director Tom Byrne. "The old wiring was up to 30 years old in places, complete with enough buzzes and hums to make the communications virtually unintelligible.

"It was clearly not an option to rip out the wiring infrastructure and replace it, so we came up with a different approach that has saved literally thousands of pounds. Clear-Com’s HelixNet represents the ideal solution, providing the Royal Albert Hall with a digital four-channel comms system that runs on single three-pin XLR cables without any compromise on quality.

"The venue now has crystal clear sound on all channels, with the system configured around a HelixNet Base station together with 15 belt packs, and appropriate interface cards. We also supplied a TW47 walkie talkie interface, which integrates their existing Motorola units to HelixNet, enabling full communications between the two systems. This is a great example of how HelixNet can be deployed to use existing or low-budget wiring infrastructure to create a large-scale communications network simply and rapidly.”

Orbital is the sole UK distributor for the Clear-Com range of innovative communications systems. More information can be found here.

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