Clear-Com® Communication Systems, a Vitec Group brand, will debut its enhanced firmware update for its breakthrough Tempest®2400 digital wireless intercom system at NAB 2010 (Booth C6025). Tempest2400's new firmware offers users three different modes of operation normal mode, shared mode and split mode each with exciting new feature sets, including the ability to connect unlimited numbers of BeltStations to one Tempest2400 base station.
Building upon Tempest's ability to stack up to 10 base stations, the new firmware update gives users the opportunity to combine three different modes of operation to improve workflow efficiency, regardless of production size. For example, while the standard normal mode allows up to five full duplex BeltStations per base station, 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, the Tempest2400 system now in two- and four-channel versions continues to offer users unprecedented access to license-free communications even in the most crowded RF environments. Utilizing patented Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum radio technology to ensure robust, reliable communications, the Tempest2400 system operates license-free in the 2.4 GHz band worldwide, allowing interference-free communications even in areas heavily populated with other RF devices. While Tempest operates in the same unlicensed spectrum as WiFi (802.11b/g), its unique RF design gives Tempest the ability 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. With today's professional broadcast studios and arenas inherently packed with WiFi devices including video controllers commonly found in any broadcast facility Tempest's superior technology allows the system to coexist comfortably with WiFi, providing greater range and performance for customers than competing products.