Winter Olympic Games uses Clear-Com Hybrid Network

The Clear-Com® Communication Systems Hybrid Network – (Hybrid Time-Division Multiplexing [TDM] Matrix/IP Server Intercom Network) was chosen as the intercom solution for the opening and closing ceremonies and other events of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The P.A. People, a premier AV supplier and integrator managing the ceremonies’ entire communications setup, selected the Hybrid Network for the unique level of flexibility it offers: a critical factor in meeting the high demands of this event.

Clear-Com’s Hybrid Network was deployed at B.C. Place, the primary venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games Ceremonies, the arena next to B.C. Place where the athletes were staged and queued, the IBC (International Broadcast Centre) located slightly further away and the Whistler Celebration Plaza venue.

Powering the solution was the Eclipse Omega digital matrix intercom system with 192 panel and 4-wire ports, and two IVC-32 high-density IP connection cards providing an additional 64 channels of high-quality IP connections.  A total of 80 V-Series matrix intercom panels, both standard and IP-enabled in both 12- and 24-lever varieties, were deployed for directors, producers, show callers, stage managers and other key users.  Eighty party-line beltpacks were connected to the Hybrid Network for use at key positions at the venue.  Finally, Clear-Com’s Concert intercom software system, accessible on a PC with Internet connection, was deployed at remote locations to provide additional intercom access points and communication backup.

Utilising the Hybrid Network has provided the production crew working the Olympics convenience, flexibility and ease-of-use. Because the IP intercom panels are connected over the same Ethernet/IP backbone as the other communications systems, relocating panels on the same port to different parts of the venue or to another venue entirely is extremely effortless over an IP network. Adding a new panel at a moment’s notice is also easily achieved. With the robust 10-character-key label display on each V-Series panel, users are able to quickly identify audio destinations with a minimal amount of training. The sound quality of IP-enabled intercom panels maintains as high a level of clarity as the traditional panels.

“We are absolutely thrilled that our Hybrid Network is playing such an active, integral role during the production of the 2010 Winter Olympics.The P.A. People choice of this system is a testament not only to the confidence it places in Clear-Com systems to support the communication demands of large size, live events, but also a visible demonstration of the necessity for a forward-thinking, highly flexible intercom product such as the Hybrid Network in the marketplace.” Matt Danilowicz, Managing Director, Clear-Com® Communication Systems