Connectivity - Clear-Com
Intercom Connectivity Solutions
Signal Transport Solutions
Interoperability Solutions
About Intercom Technology
An intercom (intercommunication system) is a standalone, closed-circuit system for
one-way “simplex” and/or two-way “duplex” communication. The general purpose of a
professional intercom system is to facilitate simple to complex communication setups
for a few to thousands of users who need to be continuously on talk and/or listen
mode. Two-way communication systems can operate in half-duplex or full-duplex. With
half-duplex systems, one party talks while the other party listens. With full-duplex
systems, both parties can talk and listen at the same time as if they are in a natural
conversation in person.
Users, who have different roles in a particular operation, can be in a conference or
partyline together. Or they can be sub-divided into a matrix of independent groups in
any one or many private intercom channels. In addition to establishing communication
points, intercom can also interface with third-party devices such as 2-way radios,
4-wire audios, telephone, TV cameras, AES3 digital audio, relay control (for signal
light activation or door control), etc. Coordinating activities via voice or through
third-party devices such as relay controls require low-latency (delays measured
in milliseconds).
The core technology of an intercom system could be based on one of the following
platforms: 2-wire/analog, 4-wire/digital, wireless, and IP networks. The decision
to deploy one platform over the other will greatly depend on requirements,
environment and budget. These intercom platforms operate independently or
can be integrated to form a larger system in order to address specific unique
communication workflow needs. Moreover, intercom systems can be bridged
together with different communication systems as part of a multi-platform solution.
In certain applications, intercom systems need to be geographically distributed to
support the various communication positions in a given workflow. Therefore, they
can be connected over 2-wire or 4-wire; MADI for close-distance connections such
as floor-to-floor; optical fiber for short to long distances within a building; E1/T1 for
inner-city connections; and IP networks (LAN, WAN, or Internet) for connections
across a wide area, across town, and across the country.
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For decades, Clear-Com intercom solutions have delivered
significant improvements to the way people collaborate in
professional settings. Today, we expand on this legacy with
solutions designed for linking multiple intercom systems
together over IP networks, routing and distributing audio
and video signals over optical fiber networks, and interfacing
communication solutions with SIP protocols and 2-way radios.
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Intercom Connectivity (ICON) Solutions
A collection of connectivity devices specifically for linking local or geographically
distributed intercom systems and end-points together. These devices are able
to link intercom systems over IP networks or optical fiber.
Solutions include: LQ Series, Concert, and FIM-S222
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Signal Transport Solutions
A platform of high performance and resilient devices for transporting, distributing,
and routing audio, intercom, video signals, and control data to critical areas within
facilities or venues over optical fiber and ethernet.
Solutions include: ProGrid and MUX-22-CC
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Interoperability Solutions
Scalable, open platform for linking and bridging disparate communication systems
such as IP networks, telephone networks, radios and intercom systems for highly
coordinated, critical operations.
Solution include: Clear-Com Gateway
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CON is a collection of communications products that
link local or geographically distributed intercom systems
and end-points together. ICON Solutions operate over
Ethernet/IP networks and/or optical fiber links.
> LQ Series
> Clear-Com Concert
> FIM-S222
Partyline Power Supply
The LQ-2W2 can power the partyline,
allowing the user to connect a beltpack
without the need of a power supply to
locally power the line. A total of 5 beltpacks can be locally powered or one
beltpack can be powered using PoE.
• Two, four & eight port of audio
• 2-wire powering, termination
and auto-nulling
• Rugged and light weight 2 port units
• Low-latency OPUS codec
• Professional 19" rack 4 & 8 port units
• Adjustable bandwidth on a per
port basis
Network Technology
LQ™ Series
LQ Series devices provide intercom connectivity for linking multiple intercom systems together and/
or extending the capabilities and intercom channels of a single system to one or more remote locations
over IP networks. LQ eliminates the need for costly audio cable and technically complex cable runs.
With either the two, four or eight-port, two-wire or four-wire option, LQ can route audio and call
signals between any industry-standard partyline intercom and 4-wire devices such as matrix intercom
systems, two-way radio gateways and audio consoles over LAN, WAN or Internet. A maximum of six
LQ Series interfaces can be linked together and multiple LQ systems can operate on a managed network.
LQ-2W2 (2-wire)
The LQ-2W2 interface connects any
industry-standard partyline intercom,
including Clear-com and RTS TW systems.
LQ-4W2 (4-wire)
LQ-4W2 (4-wire)
LQ-2W2 (2 wire)
The LQ-2W2 interface connects any
industry-standard partyline intercom,
including Clear-com and RTS TW systems.
The LQ devices use the low-latency
OPUS codec. The OPUS adjustable
audio codec meets various data rate,
bandwidth and quality requirements.
• Up to 6 devices can be connected
• Multicast 1 to 5 routing
• All LQ two wire ports are both
Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible
• Power either by 12V DC power
supply or PoE (2 port units only)
rowser based configurator on PC,
MAC and Tablet
owered by the I.V.Core technology
Core Configuration Manager
LQ Series devices are configured by
free browser-based Core Configuration
Manager (CCM). Quick setup and
configuration editing can be achieved
in matter of minutes. LQ devices can be
added and removed from the network
by editing the configuration via CCM.
CCM is supported by the latest versions
of all major browsers on the MAC, PC
and tablet platforms.
Port Configuration Screen
Devices Screen
About I.V.Core Technology
4- or 8-port IP interfaces for linking
2-wire and 4-wire intercom and audio
devices over IP networks.
The LQ-R devices have the option of
either eight 4-wire connections, four
2-wire connections, or four 2-wire and
four 4-wire connections in a single unit.
The 2-wire option is both Clear-Com
and RTS TW compatible.
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Clear-Com’s Instant Voice Core
(I.V.Core) is a suite of Internet
Protocol (IP) technologies at the
heart of LQ interfaces. I.V.Core
employs an intelligent decision
engine that routes only the audio
packets containing needed voice
information at low latency. It delivers
superb audio quality through the
use of wideband CODECS, enabled
thanks to a highly optimized design
that eliminates multiple encode/
decode cycles. I.V.Core offers
encryption, noise- reduction, and
error-recovery through proprietary
algorithms optimized for human
voice characteristics.
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FIM-S222 Optical Fiber Interface
Linking Multiple Systems
Connect any combination of two or
more intercoms systems with call
signaling or audio over IP networks:
2-wire partyline with other third-party
partyline system, 2-wire with
4-wire devices, and 4-wire with
4-wire systems.
The FIM-S222 bi-directional optical
fiber interface converts analog audio
and digital data associated with an intercom channel to-and-from an optical
format for transmission over fiber.
Clear-Com or
third-party Partyline
The FIM-S222 optical fiber interface
allows one or two digital matrix intercom
panels, interface modules, or 4-wire
sources to be remotely connected to
Eclipse HX Matrix intercom systems
via optical fiber. A pair of FIM-S222s is
required for each fiber link, one at the
matrix-frame end of the link, and the
other at the matrix-panel end.
CAT-5 Cables
• 48kHz audio sampling rate; flat
frequency response up to 20kHz,
S/N >80dB
• Sends and receives RS-422
control data
• Up to 5km (3 miles) using
multi-mode fiber
Linking 2-wire with third-party partyline
• 24-bit digital DEMUX
• Up to 20km (12 miles) range
with fiber using single mode
• RJ-45 connectors for direct
connection with matrix panels,
frames and interfaces
• Compatible with FIM-202D
Audio CH 1
Data CH 1
Audio CH 1
Data CH 1
Linking 2-wire with 4-wire intercom system
Audio CH 1
Data CH 1
Audio CH 1
Data CH 1
CCI-22 Interface
Connects two 2-wire
partyline circuits
Connects two telephone lines
EF-701M Interface
Connects 2-wire partyline to
matrix or other 4-wire devices
Dual Fiber
Extending an Existing System
Connecting Intercom Panels to a Central Matrix
Cost-effectively extend an existing
intercom system to a single or multiple
remote locations over IP networks.
Connecting Interface Modules to a Central Matrix
Clear-Com Concert Server
The Clear-Com Concert Server is a
1RU Linux-based server that acts as
the central voice engine behind the
IP-based Concert intercom and
conferencing solution. It intelligently
routes calls, conferences and 4-wires,
both local and remote.
The Concert Server comes equipped
with an AudioScience® ASI5640 audio
card and an XLR dongle cable. The
ASI5640 is an audio interface card
that offers 8 duplex ports of balanced
analog audio. An optional RJ-45 cable
can be purchased to connect to 4-wire
audio sources or destinations. The
Server comes pre-loaded with license
key, user configuration, conferences
and channels.
Eclipse HX-Median
Digital Matrix
To multiple sites
Concert Server
Concert Client v2.7
• Multiple Interface Gateway
server support
• AudioScience ASI5640 audio interface card (up to 2 cards per server)
• Supports up to 120 simultaneous
channel connections
• Channel Licensing
• Upgrade to CentOS 6
• Database management through CMI
• Built-in audio hardware check utility
• Firewall enabled installation
V-Series User Panel
Concert Client v2.7
i-Series User Panel
Concert Server
Concert Client v2.7
To single site
Intelligently routing calls, conferences and 4-wires
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Signal Transport Solutions deliver signals from audio,
intercom, video equipment–independent of manufacturer
or brand–fast, cost-effective and easy to deploy.
> ProGrid
The ProGrid family consists of several categories of devices: Analog Audio Converter Devices,
Intercom Interface Devices, Digital MADI Interface Devices, AES/EBU Connectivity Devices,
and Yamaha Interface Cards.
> MUX-22-CC
ProGrid Analog Audio Converter Devices
Based on the open AES3 and AES10 (MADI) standards, ProGrid
is designed for ultra-fast transport, distribution, and routing
of audio, intercom, video signals* and control data over the
OPTOCORE® (Optical Fiber) and SANE (Synchronous Audio
Network + Ethernet) platforms.
ProGrid Platform Technology
All ProGrid devices are powered
by the OPTOCORE® and SANE
(Synchronous Audio Network +
Ethernet) network technologies.
The PG-Audio devices are digital audio
I/O interface devices transporting
analog audio and data signals in a variety
of ways that can be customized to fit
user needs.
ProGrid offers redundancy, robustness and reliability for small
to very large infrastructural requirements. ProGrid is capable
of matrixing up to 1024 channels across short or long distances.
Any incoming signal is capable of being routed to any output
or multiple outputs as a continuous stream of data, without
buffering, packaging or compression.
OPTOCORE (Optical Fiber Network)
transmits MADI, AES/EBU, Ethernet
and Serial data such as DMX, MIDI,
RS485/422 synchronously and seamlessly through the network. Its open
platform cooperates with different
ProAV manufactures of consoles and
pro-audio devices.
Routing Topology and Connection Options
• Up to 1024 audio input channels
and unlimited number of outputs
8 Ports PG8-AUDIO Product Models
• Synchronous data transmission
• Up to 24 ProGrid devices, expandable
to 215 devices using SANE
16 Ports PG-AUDIO Product Models
Types of Connectivity Options
Network & Digital Connectivity Options
MI-Microphone Inputs
FXS, FXM, and TP connectivity modules are
available with all PG16- and PG8-Audio models
DMPRE-Dual Microphone Inputs
(with 2 independent adjustable gains)
LI-Line Level Inputs
LO-Line Level Outputs
Devices include dual power supplies with
automatic switchover.
Every PG-Audio-FX device can add and/or
extract up to 1024 audio channels from the
ProGrid Signal Transport Solution and 64 audio
channels to/from the SANE network
A PG-Audio-TP device can exchange up to 64
audio channels for the SANE Network and two
AES/EBU ports, each capable of 16 channels
• Extremely low latency – System
latency of two samples is at 41.6μs
• Dual redundant ring topology
and auto-reroute providing
maximum resiliency
SANE (Ethernet) streams and transmits
data fully synchronously in real time.
The non-proprietary open standard
transport platform is the perfect medium
for transporting AES/EBU, MADI as
well as Ethernet.
• Up to 64 audio input and
output channels
• Extremely low latency at a lower cost
FX – The Optocore Fiber Network
Module allows the converter to
be used as a part of a 24 device
ProGrid system.
• 4 Serial ports • Sync
• 2 LAN ports
• 2 SANE/LAN ports
FX device can operate on either
Single mode or multi mode fiber
optic cables. Fiber transceivers
ordered separately.
TP – The SANE CAT5 Module
allows the converter to be used as a
stand alone converter or expansion
device for ProGrid FX devices.
• 16 AES3 I/O
• Word Clock I/O
• 1 LAN port
• 2 SANE/LAN ports
* Composite video is available over the Optocore network using the PG2-MADI-FX and PG32-AES-FX units.
HD SDI video is available through the use of the BroaMan MUX-22-CC.
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ProGrid Intercom Interfaces
The PG-INTERCOMs are digital intercom audio and data control I/O interface
devices for seamless integration of
intercom audio and control data from
Clear-Com and RTS/Telex intercom
panels, interfaces and matrices.
The PG4-Intercom devices offer four
RJ45 4-wire intercom ports while the
PG8-Intercom devices offer eight RJ45
4-wire intercom ports. The RJ45 ports
are duplicated with reverse wiring so
that half the ports are wired for
ProGrid Digital MADI Interfaces
connection to intercom panels or
interfaces and half the ports are wired
for connection to the intercom
matrices. The devices can be used
as a generic networked audio line level
input and output converter.
are digital audio I/O interface devices
for transmitting of up to 128 input
and 128 output digital audio channels.
Each MADI port can be adjusted to
handle different formats according
to AES10 standards. It is possible to
control ProGrid microphone preamps
directly from Soundcraft, Studer, Lawo,
SSL or AVID digital console surfaces
using PG2-MADI devices as an interface.
PG8-INTERCOM Product Models
8-Port Intercom Inputs
Connectivity Options
CC – Clear-Com four wire matrix ports with serial control 4 four wire
Clear-Com matrix ports with line level and RS422 serial inputs and outputs
for Clear-Com key panels, matrices and interfaces
FXS and FXM are available
with these models.
485 – RTS four wire intercom ports with serial control 4 four wire RTS matrix
ports with line level and RS485 serial inputs and outputs for RTS key panels,
matrices and interfaces
PG4-INTERCOM Product Models
4-Port Intercom Inputs
Network & Digital
Connectivity Options
444 – Line level inputs and outputs, GPIO and DC output 4 line level inputs
and outputs with optically isolated general purpose inputs and relay switched
general purpose outputs. Auxiliary DC outputs to power external circuits
Devices include dual power supplies with automatic switchover
interface to all microphone pre-amps
with AES3 outputs, and serves as I/O
to the converter devices to PG-Audio
FX devices or via SANE to PG-Audio
Connectivity Options
Network & Digital
Connectivity Options
MADI-F – 2 Optical 64 Channel MADI Ports (duplex SC multi-mode)
MADI-C – 2 Coaxial 64 Channel MADI Ports (BNC connector)
FXS and FXM are available
with these models.
Devices include dual power supplies with automatic switchover
FSM=Single mode
FSM=Single mode
ProGrid AES/EBU Audio Interface
The PG32-AES is a digital audio
interface with AES/EBU ports for the
ProGrid Signal Transport Solution.
The PG32-AES can be used as an
PG2-MADI Product Models
2x 64 MADI In + 2x 64 MADI Out
TP devices. Using ProGrid microphone
pre-amps, the PG32-AES enables direct
gain control of the pre-amps from most
digital consoles.
ProGrid Interface Cards
The ProGrid YG2 Interface Card
allows direct connection of Yamaha
consoles to the fiber links of any
ProGrid Signal Transport Solution.
The YG2 conforms to the Yamaha
Mini-YGDAI standard of 16 IN/16
OUT audio channels through the
Connectivity Options
AES pairs, switchable as I/O in blocks of 4 pairs
daughter boards can be connected via
CAT5 cables using the RJ45 SUB Port
to enlarge the number of audio channels,
up to 64 IN / 64 OUT (32 IN / 32 OUT
at 96kHz). Maximum of 3 YS2 cards
can be installed.
Product Models
PG32-AES Product Models 4x 8 AES3
channels ports 32 AES3 (64 mono channels)
console slot. The front panel offers two
fiber connections, one 10/100MBit
Ethernet transport, RS232/USB for
ProGrid Software and 2x RS422
for transporting of Yamaha Remote
Protocol to Yamaha AD8HR microphone devices. Additional ProGrid YS2
PG-YG2 – 64/64 Yamaha Master Card / PG-YS2 – 16/16 Yamaha Slave Card
The PG-YG2 and PG-YS2 Yamaha cards allow a redundant fiber connection of a Yamaha mixing console
to a 1Gbit ProGrid network. The YG2 card is capable of 64 inputs and outputs and connection to
multiple YS2 slave cards. Also capable of transporting and converting the Yamaha HA remote protocol
and fast Ethernet
Network & Digital Connectivity Options
FXS and FXM are available with these models.
FSM=Single mode
Yamaha General Digital Audio Interface I/O Card for SANE
The PG-Y3R-TP card is capable of 16 inputs and outputs. Multiple cards can be daisy chained from a 64
channel input/ 64 channel output SANE port on a ProGrid FX device or used in a SANE network. Also
capable of transporting and converting the Yamaha HA remote protocol and fast Ethernet
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ProGrid Control Software
Eclipse HX Matrix
All ProGrid devices are controlled by the
allows the configuration of and access
to the:
Video Inputs
V-Series Panel
• Complete audio/data network MATRIX
• Naming and gain setting of all inputs
• Configuration of the word clock settings
Single Mode Fiber
• Provision of phantom power for
all mic inputs
• Storage and recall of the
configuration setup
Video Inputs
• Real time level display of the
individual channels
Input-output, Matrix and Patch
Fly Pack
Any input of the system can be routed
to any output by means of the Matrix tab.
One input can be routed to more than
one output.
Supervising the Network
Working in ON-LINE mode, it is possible
to have the complete network under
control. The software advises the system
manager of every significant event, such
as input clipping, fiber/CAT5 disconnection, RS232/USB/LAN connection
status. A log window will automatically
pop up on event, if desired.
The MUX-22-CC is a video audio
network device for transporting, and
distributing professional video signals
such as SD/HD/3G-SDI over the same
optical fiber. In addition, it can also
transport audio, intercom and control
data on the same platform. The device
can be used as a standalone or operates
with the ProGrid platform devices.
The ProGrid audio and data transport
seamlessly multiplexes with the MUX22-CC. Audio and control data from
Clear-Com user panels or matrices are
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sent transparently through the optical
network. Each intercom channel can
be routed to and from every device on
the network using the OPTOCORE
control software.
MUX-22 units can be used in multiple
different applications, starting from
very simple point-to-point links
between OB trucks and remote
locations. The MUX-22-CC can also
be used with other Broaman units
as part of a larger routing solution.
The MUX-22-CC offers 8 SD/HD/3GSDI coaxial video inputs or outputs
that are converted to and from singlemode DiViNe optical fiber links. It is
equipped with 4 video inputs and 4
outputs, and 4 four-wire RJ45 matrix
ports and with a CWDM (Coarse
Wavelength Division Multiplexing)
module with auxiliary fiber ports to
allow for connection of external fiber
systems, to the CWDM module. Built-in
redundant power supply with an
automatic switchover.
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Radio Interfacing
Interoperability is the ability to communicate across
multiple different systems in order to facilitate coordination
of actions at an event at every level. Clear-Com’s Interoperability Solutions address the communication challenges
with gateway solutions that link and bridge a myriad
of communication systems such as radios, intercoms,
telephones and IP networks in order to deliver advanced
radio bridging, radio interfacing and IP connectivity on
a single platform.
Gateway devices offer advanced radio
interfacing for analog and digital radios
with a suite of programmable features
to meet the most demanding radio and
Land Mobile Radio (LMR) applications.
When connected to Clear-Com intercom
systems, 4-wire port signaling is provided
to activate features and trigger radios.
Clear-Com Gateway is compatible with
Project 25 (P25) and Digital Mobile
Radio (DMR) standards.
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Clear-Com gateway provides
integration with 2-way radios and
LMR systems offering the following
Clear-Com Gateway
The Clear-Com Gateway platform
consists of the compact CG-X1 and
CG-X4 devices for connecting 2-way
radios, intercoms, telephones and IP
networks. The CG-X1 is the 2-port
option for remote sites and singlechannel bridging. The CG-X4 carries
a higher port density of 8 ports in a
small form factor. Up to 16 ports can
be housed in a single, standard 19" 1RU
space with optional rack mount kit.
Radio Bridging
2-Port Option
For remote sites and single-channel bridging
Clear-Com Gateway bridges radio
channels across different radio platforms, port-to-port, port-to-multi-port
and Radio-over-IP (RoIP). The digital
radio module allows analog-to-digital
and digital-to-digital bridging and
conferencing on one platform.
8-Port Option
For larger communication operation
Clear-Com Gateway supports standards
based IP interfacing for Voice-over-IP
(VoIP), RoIP, Unicast, Multicast and
SIP applications for connectivity and
interoperability. Each IP module comes
with eight SIP accounts. When connected
to Clear-Com intercom systems,
Clear-Com Gateway provides a SIP
interface that can emulate a Tel-14.
When connected to a 4-wire port on
Clear-Com digital intercom systems,
the Clear-Com Gateway provides a
COR & PTT interface that can bridge
multiple radios on one port, provide
ROIP, digital radio interfacing, and
custom radio integrations.
(2) Radio Bridging – Bridging different
radio types and radio channels is the
most common application for a radio
gateway. 4-wire ports on the gateway
are connected to each radio and
bridged in a party line. Clear-Com
Gateway can scale up to 180 bridges
in one platform.
PSTN Phone #2
SIP : 200
Military Wireless #2
SIP : 201
TRS Wireless #2
SIP : 202
Gateway #1
Gateway #1
TRS Wireless #1
SIP : 102
PSTN Phone #1
SIP : 100
Military Wireless #1
SIP : 101
Radio over IP (ROIP)
(1) Radio over IP (ROIP) – Connecting
radios via IP networks offers flexibility
when designing a radio system and
allows for SIP interfacing to other
communication systems.
(3) Radio Cross Patching – Clear-Com
Gateway can be programmed to
utilize DTMF and CTCSS tones to
control radios and patch audio to
auxiliary systems.
IP Interfacing
Radio 2
Radio 3
Radio Bridging
One 4-wire from Matrix to Gateway
SIP Telephone Interface
When connected to a 4-wire port on the Eclipse Matrix, or HelixNet, the Clear-Com
Gateway provides a SIP interface that can connect to IP telephone systems.
One 4-wire from Matrix to Gateway
Radio 4
Radio 3
Radio 1
Radio 2
One 4-wire from Matrix to Gateway Four ports 4-wire from Gateway to radios
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Corporate Description
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a trusted global provider of professional
real-time communications solutions and services since 1968. We innovate
market proven technologies that link people together through wired and
wireless systems.
Clear-Com was first to market portable wired and wireless intercom systems
for live performances. Since then, our history of technological advancements
and innovations has delivered significant improvements to the way people
collaborate in professional settings where real-time communication matters.
For the markets we serve – broadcast, live performance, live events, sports,
military, aerospace and government – our communication products have
consistently met the demands for high quality audio, reliability, scalability
and low latency, while addressing communication requirements of varying
size and complexity.
Our reputation in the industry is not only based on our product achievements,
but also on our consistent level of customer engagement and dedication to
delivering the right solutions for specialized applications, with the expertise to
make it work. Around the globe and across markets, Clear-Com’s innovations
and solutions have received numerous awards and recognitions for ingenuity
and impact to customers.
Americas and Asia-Pacific Headquarters
California, United States
Tel: +1.510.337.6600
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Europe, Middle East, and Africa Headquarters
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1223 815000
Email: [email protected]
China Representative Office
Beijing, P.R.China
Sales/Marketing Tel: +86 10 59002608
Service Tel: +86 10 59000198
Email: [email protected]
© 2015. Clear-Com LLC. All rights reserved. ® Clear-Com and the
Clear-Com logo are registered trademarks of HM Electronics, Inc.
Optocore and SANE are registered trademarks of OPTOCORE GmbH.
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