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Clear-Com Tempest2400 Shipping Worldwide

FOH Staff • New Gear • September 2, 2010

Clear-Com is now shipping its Tempest2400 digital wireless intercom with a new firmware update worldwide. This update introduces two new modes of operation – Shared Mode and Split Mode, each with features that promise to improve workflow efficiency, such as the ability to connect an unlimited number of BeltStations to a Tempest2400 BaseStation.
Building upon Tempest's ability to connect up to 10 BaseStations within the same RF area, the new firmware update gives users the opportunity to combine three different modes of operation to accommodate most production wireless intercom requirements. For example, while the standard Normal Mode allows up to five full duplex BeltStations per BaseStation, the new Shared Mode enables an unlimited number of wireless users on a single base, with any five having the ability to talk at any given time.  In Split Mode, users operate in a combination of Normal and Shared Mode.


In addition to the new firmware enhancements, Tempest, now available in two- and four-channel versions, continues to offer users new access to license-free communications. Utilizing patented Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum radio technology to ensure robust, reliable communications, the Tempest system operates license-free in the 2.4 GHz band worldwide, allowing interference-free communications even in environments heavily populated by other RF devices. 


While Tempest operates in the same unlicensed spectrum as WiFi (802.11b/g), its RF design allows it to utilize the entire available spectrum over time, while using only a very narrow portion of the spectrum at any one moment. This narrow-band hopping technology complements WiFi's wideband RF signature.


Tempest also offers users flexibility, providing the same robust RF performance in all types of production environments, indoors and outdoors.  Proprietary 2xTx redundant audio transmission technology built into the Tempest system also ensures that all information broadcast via the digital wireless intercom system is sent over two different frequencies at two different times.  As the frequencies are separated into two different parts of the 2.4 GHz band, the robust Tempest system ensures that at least one of the signals will pass through an interference-free area of the spectrum.


Tempest also frees up UHF space. Replacing previous intercom systems with Tempest and transferring communications out of the UHF space and into the 2.4 GHz band frees up additional space for wireless devices. Further, unlike older analog UHF systems, Tempest does not require frequency coordination. This allows customers to use the system for live broadcasts in venues all over the world without additional site surveys and intermodulation calculations.


Finally, the Tempest BeltStation's user interface operates similarly to a wired beltpack, allowing even first-time user to quickly understand and operate one.  Users do not require additional RF expertise, so crew members unfamiliar with RF technology can use the system quickly and efficiently.


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