Clear-Com Adds New Functionalities to Tempest2400 Intercom
Clear-Com is now shipping its Tempest2400 digital wireless intercom with a new firmware update. This update introduces two new modes of operation — Shared Mode and Split Mode — each with new feature such as the ability to connect an unlimited number of BeltStations to a Tempest2400 BaseStation.
Tempest already has the ability to connect up to 10 BaseStations within the same RF area, and 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.
“We are thrilled to begin shipment of this enhanced version of Tempest,” says Stephen Sanford, product manager at Clear-Com. “The Tempest system is known for its superior range and performance, even in the face of significant interference, and now we are able to open up the roadmap to the future for our customers, giving them an unprecedented amount of increased capacity on this system. And by doing so, we’re also improving the efficiency of their workflows.”
Tempest is now available in two- and four-channel versions and offers users extensive access to license-free communications. Utilizing patented Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum radio technology to ensure robust communications, the Tempest system operates license-free in the 2.4 GHz band worldwide, thereby avoiding interference 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. Tempest can coexist with WiFi and complements WiFi’s wideband RF signature.
Proprietary 2xTx redundant audio transmission technology built into the Tempest system 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 Tempest system ensures that at least one of the signals will pass through an interference-free area of the spectrum.
Tempest also frees up much needed 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. Unlike analog UHF systems, Tempest does not require frequency coordination. It can be used for live broadcasts in venues all over the world without the need for site surveys and intermodulation calculations.
Finally, the Tempest BeltStation’s user interface operates similarly to a wired beltpack, novice crew members unfamiliar with RF technology to use the system quickly and efficiently.