• Clear-Com unveils FreeSpeak Edge wireless intercom

    Clear-Com announces FreeSpeak Edge, the latest addition to the FreeSpeak family of digital wireless intercom solutions.

    FreeSpeak Edge gives the user more control and customization options, thanks to advanced frequency coordination capabilities and intuitive design features in the system’s transceivers and beltpacks, according to Clear-Com.

    FreeSpeak Edge buildon the FreeSpeak II system, incorporating advances leading to an -new 5GHz chipset that features a radio stack development which has been optimized for intercom. FreeSpeak Edge also utilizes AES67 connections between the transceivers and the host intercom frame for flexibility in deployment.

    “FreeSpeak Edge is the future of advanced wireless communication,” says Bob Boster, president, Clear-Com. “While some manufacturers are trying to improve incrementally on existing solutions, we have leapfrogged right to the edge of what is possible with wireless intercom technology today, in readiness for tomorrow’s increasingly demanding requirements. We often hear talk of so-called game-changers, but FreeSpeak Edge is the real deal.”

    The 5GHz band is an ideal choice for large scale communications, says the company, as it can be managed with frequency coordination for reduced interference and offers the widest range of RF channels available.

    The system takes advantage of Clear-Com’s RF technology which uses OFDM to provide a robust transport layer that is reportedly immune to most forms of interference. FreeSpeak Edge delivers clear 12kHz audio quality with low latency and is scalable with the technology and bandwidth to support over 100 beltpacks and 64 transceivers. It can be combined with FreeSpeak II 1.9GHz and 2.4GHz systems, providing three bandwidths across a single unified communications system.

    FreeSpeak Edge transceivers and beltpacks offer extensive customization. The beltpack’s ergonomic design includes asymmetrical concave/convex top buttons for identification at a glance and touch operation; eight programmable buttons; rotary controls on both sides; and a master volume control and flashlight on the bottom. It also features a mic and speaker for headset-free or desktop operation. Each ruggedized transceiver supports 10 beltpacks and includes attenuation and external antennas for custom RF zones as well as wall and mic stand mounting options.

    FreeSpeak Edge is scheduled to ship in January 2020.