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Orbital Turns on the Communications at the Royal Albert Hall

Orbital Turns on the Communications at the Royal Albert Hall
Orbital Turns on the Communications at the Royal Albert Hall

Orbital Sound has just installed Clear-Com’s advanced HelixNet networked partyline intercom system at the Royal Albert Hall, representing one of the first UK fixed installations for the revolutionary solution. Orbital is the sole UK distributor for the Clear-Com range of innovative communications systems.

A key feature of Orbital’s system design for the Grade 1 listed building included using the existing infrastructure, as sales director Tom Byrne explains: "Our challenge was to find a way of upgrading what was essentially a very out-of-date system within a competitive budget. The old wiring was up to 30 years old in places, complete with enough buzzes and hums to make the communications virtually unintelligible! It was clearly not an option to rip out the wiring infrastructure and replace it, so we came up with a different approach that has saved literally thousands of pounds. Clear-Com’s HelixNet represents the ideal solution, providing the RAH with digital a four-channel comms system that runs on single 3-pin XLR cables without any compromise on quality. The venue now has crystal clear sound on all channels, with the system configured around a HelixNet Base station together with 15 belt packs, and appropriate interface cards. We also supplied a TW47 walkie talkie interface, which integrates their existing Motorola units to HelixNet, enabling full communications between the two systems. This is a great example of how HelixNet can be deployed to use existing or low-budget wiring infrastructure to create a large-scale communications network simply and rapidly."

In picture: Clear-Com HelixNet and the HelixNet Partyline system

25th July 2013

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