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Intercom Connectivity (ICON) 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, ProGrid, MUX-22-CC, and FIM-S222
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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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ICON 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
> ProGrid
> FIM-S222
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, in 2-wire, 4-wire or 4-wire with GPIO options, LQ can route
audio and call signaling between any industry-standard partyline intercom and 4-wire devices such as
Clear-Com’s Eclipse HX matrix intercom systems, 2-way radios and audio consoles over LAN, WAN or
IP networks. A maximum of six LQ Series interfaces can be linked together to form a unified system.
LQ-2W2 (2-wire)
LQ-4W2 (2-wire)
2- or 4-port IP interfaces for linking
2-wire, 4-wire and 4-wire with GPIO
audio over IP networks. The 2-wire
option is both Clear-Com and RTS
TW compatible.
LQ-4WG2 (4-wire with GPIO)
4- or 8-port IP interfaces for linking
2-wire, 4-wire and 4-wire with GPIO
audio over IP networks. The 2-wire
option is both Clear-Com and RTS
TW compatible.
LQ-R2W4 (2-wire)
LQ-R2W4-4W4 (2-wire, 4-wire)
LQ-R4W8 (4-wire)
LQ-R-2W4-4WG4 (2-wire, 4-wire with GPIO)
LQ-R4WG8 (4-wire with GPIO)
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Partyline Power Supply
The 2-wire LQ Series devices can power
the partyline, allowing the user to
connect a beltpack without the need of
a power supply to locally power the line.
The LQ partyline options can locally
power up to five beltpacks or one
beltpack powered using PoE. The LQ-R
partyline options supply more power
and can support up to 10 beltpacks per
channel (20 per device).
• Two, four or eight ports of audio
Network Friendly CODEC
The LQ devices use the low-latency
OPUS codec. The OPUS adjustable
audio codec meets various data rate,
bandwidth and quality requirements.
• Rugged and light-weight 2-port units
• Compact box devices or professional
19" rackmount devices
• Up to six devices can be
linked together
• Multi-unicast one-to-many routing
• 2-wire powering, termination
and auto-nulling
• Low-latency OPUS codec
• All LQ 2-wire ports are both
Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible
• Browser-based configurator on PC,
Mac and Tablet
owered by the I.V.Core technology
• Power either by 12V DC power
supply or PoE (2 port units only)
• Remote connectivity to Eclipse HX
frame via IVC-32-HX card using
G.722 codec
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
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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Linking Multiple Systems
Connect any combination of two
or more intercom systems with call
signaling or audio over IP networks.
Clear-Com or
third-party Partyline
Linking 2-wire with third-party partyline
Clear-Com or
4-wire devices
Linking 2-wire with 4-wire intercom system
Clear-Com or
third-party GPIO
Linking 2-wire intercom system to GPIO
Clear-Com or
third-party Partyline
Clear-Com or third-party
4-wires and GPIO devices
Linking matrix to GPIO, 2-wire or 4-wire intercom system
Extending an Existing System
Cost-effectively extend an existing
intercom system to a single or multiple
remote locations over IP networks.
To multiple sites
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FIM-S222 Optical Fiber Interface
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.
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.
• 24-bit digital DEMUX
• 48kHz audio sampling rate; flat
frequency response up to 20kHz,
S/N >80dB
• Sends and receives RS-422
control data
• Up to 20km (12 miles) range
with fiber using single mode
• Up to 5km (3 miles) using
multi-mode fiber
• RJ-45 connectors for direct
connection with matrix panels,
frames and interfaces
CAT-5 Cables
• Compatible with FIM-202D
Audio CH 1
Data CH 1
Audio CH 1
Data CH 1
Audio CH 2
Data CH 2
Audio CH 2
Data CH 2
Dual Fiber
Connecting Intercom Panels to a Central Matrix
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
Connecting Interface Modules to a Central Matrix
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ProGrid Signal Transport Solution
Signal Transport Solutions deliver signals from intercom, audio, video equipment—independent of
manufacturer or brand—fast, cost-effective and easy to deploy. 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.
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 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.
Routing Topology and Connection Options
ProGrid Platform Technology
All ProGrid devices are powered
by the OPTOCORE® and SANE
(Synchronous Audio Network +
Ethernet) network technologies.
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.
• Up to 1024 audio input channels
and unlimited number of outputs
• Synchronous data transmission
• Up to 24 ProGrid devices, expandable
to 215 devices using SANE
• 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
* 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 MUX-22-CC.
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ProGrid Analog Audio Converter Devices
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.
16 Ports PG-AUDIO Product Models
Types of Connectivity Options
Network & Digital Connectivity Options
MI-Microphone Inputs
DMPRE-Dual Microphone Inputs
(with 2 independent adjustable gains)
FXS, FXM, and TP connectivity modules are
available with all PG16- and PG8-AUDIO models
LI-Line Level Inputs
LO-Line Level Outputs
8 Ports PG8-AUDIO Product Models
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
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
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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 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.
PG8-INTERCOM Product Models
8-Port Intercom Inputs
Connectivity Options
Network & Digital
Connectivity Options
CC – Clear-Com 4-wire matrix ports with serial control, four 4-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 4-wire intercom ports with serial control, four 4-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
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
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
interface to all microphone preamps
with AES3 outputs, and serves as I/O
to the converter devices to PG-AUDIO
FX devices or via SANE to PG-AUDIO
TP devices. Using ProGrid microphone
preamps, the PG32-AES enables direct
gain control of the preamps from most
digital consoles.
PG32-AES Product Models 4x 8 AES3
channels ports 32 AES3 (64 mono channels)
Connectivity Options
Network & Digital Connectivity Options
AES pairs, switchable as I/O in blocks of 4 pairs
FXS and FXM are available with these models.
FSM=Single mode
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ProGrid Digital MADI Interfaces
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.
PG2-MADI Product Models
2x 64 MADI In + 2x 64 MADI Out
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
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
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
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
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.
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
All ProGrid devices are controlled by the
allows the configuration of and access
to the:
• Complete audio/data network MATRIX
• Naming and gain setting of all inputs
• Configuration of the word clock settings
• Provision of phantom power for
all mic inputs
• Storage and recall of the
configuration setup
• Real time level display of the
individual channels
Input-output, Matrix and Patch
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.
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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
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/3G-SDI coaxial video inputs or
outputs that are converted to and
from single- mode DiViNe optical fiber
links. It is equipped with four video
inputs and four outputs, and four
4-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.
Eclipse HX Matrix
Video Inputs
V-Series Panel
Single Mode Fiber
Video Inputs
Fly Pack
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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.
> Clear-Com Gateway
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
IP Interfacing
Clear-Com Gateway supports standards
based IP interfacing for Voice-over-IP
(VoIP), SIP and RoIP. Each IP module
comes with eight SIP accounts. When
connected to Clear-Com intercom
systems, Clear-Com Gateway provides
a SIP interface that can connect to SIP
servers and IP phone interfaces.
When connected to a 4-wire port on
Clear-Com digital intercom systems,
the Clear-Com Gateway provides
radio bridging, RoIP and custom
radio integrations.
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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Radio Interfacing
PSTN Phone #2
SIP : 200
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.
TRS Wireless #2
SIP : 202
(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 partyline. Clear-Com
Gateway can scale up to 180 bridges
in one platform.
(3) SIP Interfacing – Clear-Com
Gateway supports SIP protocol for
connecting to IP phone systems. SIP
extensions are assigned to 4-wire
intercom ports, providing telephone
and IFB connections.
Gateway #1
Gateway #2
PSTN Phone #1
SIP : 100
Clear-Com gateway provides
integration with 2-way radios and
LMR systems offering the following
(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.
Military Wireless #2
SIP : 201
TRS Wireless #1
SIP : 102
Military Wireless #1
SIP : 101
Radio over IP (RoIP)
Radio 2
Radio 3
Radio Bridging
One 4-wire from Matrix to Gateway
SIP Interfacing
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.
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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]
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Clear-Com logo are registered trademarks of Clear-Com LLC.
Optocore and SANE are registered trademarks of OPTOCORE GmbH.
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