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Clear-Com’s Helixnet 3.0 makes US debut at NAB 2016

Clear-Com HelixNet Version 3.0, a software-only update to the HelixNet digital network partyline platform, will make its US debut at 2016 NAB Show. It expands the system channel …


Clear-Com HelixNet Version 3.0, a software-only update to the HelixNet digital network partyline platform, will make its US debut at 2016 NAB Show. It expands the system channel capacity of a single Main Station to 12 PL channels as an out-of-the-box standard configuration. For productions needing more communication links and customization, HelixNet can be expanded to a 24 PL channel system by purchasing a firmware license.

Coming to customization, with Version 3.0, every user device can be assigned a role, which is simply a label for a pre-defined configuration including channel assignment and audio parameters for a particular workflow. The number of roles is virtually unlimited, and a role could be used by many devices in a workgroup, or a unique role could be assigned to an individual. Roles can be bypassed for independent device programming if desired.

An added feature is the ability to stack and/or expand Main Stations with Remote Stations or Remote Stations with Remote Stations, allowing these stations to act as one user position when it comes to addressing all channels. A single headset or microphone could command an entire multiple-device HelixNet system.  It also allows the Remote Mic Kill feature to affect all channels, not just the selected ones, as in previous versions.

HelixNet 3.0 comes with a free browser-based software tool called Core Configuration Manager (CCM). This tool can be easily setup and can be configured to all HelixNet devices online using the latest and popular browsers running on Mac, PC and tablet platforms. The CCM displays and controls all connected devices, network settings and audio parameter functions on the screen, while the save/restore function allows quick duplication of systems.

“With this software upgrade, we are helping HelixNet users to do much, much more with less hardware,” said John Wyckoff, Product Manager at Clear-Com. “HelixNet 3.0 offers the advantages of an IP-based platform for easy linking and management of HelixNet, without losing the simplicity and familiarity of partyline functions.”

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