Clear-Com Lets 2016 Great Wall Marathon Crew Stay Connected Via iPhone

The 2016 Great Wall Marathon relay race in October was covered live (and streamed globally) by Chinese media company Sina, as thousands of participants ran 28.1 miles (45.195 kilometers) of the world-famous landmark.

To help cover this unique sporting event, Clear-Com was chosen as a Communications Technology Supporter and supplied an Eclipse HX digital intercom matrix to connect the production team. The veteran communications company’s smartphone technology was employed to allow the on site crew to use their Apple iPhones to stay connected. This included multiple Agent-IC app for iOS devices, installed inside a Clear-Com IVC-32-HX frame card. The Agent-IC app turns an iOS device into a two-way duplex intercom, connecting them into the main intercom system and with other users on the IP-based Clear-Com V-Series control panels.

The IP-based system connected the Eclipse HX at the Beijing production facility to 20 personnel with Agent-IC loaded smartphones at the marathon’s starting line (the Jiugukuo Great Wall) and at the finish line (Mutianyu Great Wall). The system even connected motorcycle-mounted camera operators back to the production center in Beijing.

The Agent-IC app turned the crew’s iOS phones into a two-way duplex intercom, connecting them into the main intercom system and with other users on the IP-based Clear-Com V-Series control panels.

The Agent-IC app turned the crew’s iOS phones into a two-way duplex intercom, connecting them into the main intercom system and with other users on the IP-based Clear-Com V-Series control panels.

“Broadcasting for long distance outdoor events generally use simple intercom systems,” said Yang Xiang, production director for Longway, one of the technical support companies for this year’s Great Wall Marathon televised race that was responsible for provisioning and managing the Clear-Com intercom equipment. “Such wired systems typically offer limited functionality and range, which is very inconvenient for the director who is organizing and controlling the broadcast event.

“In contrast, the IP-enabled Eclipse HX system and Agent-IC app provided us with the kind of secure, reliable duplex intercom service normally only found inside a studio,” he added.

The Beijing Longway Broadcast Technology Company Longway is one of the premiere broadcasting companies for big outdoor sports events in China, supporting dozens of Marathon and bicycle races every year. It will be using Clear-Com systems to cover all of the big outdoor events they will undertake in 2017, such as the TDQL cycling race, a 14-day race that is considered the largest cycling event in Asia, running through the Chinese provinces of Qinghai, Gansu, and Ningxia.

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