Simon Browne 2018-04-03T10:31:40+00:00

Project Description

Simon Browne
Vice President of Product Management

My first encounter with Clear-Com was in 1991 when at Drake Electronics we heard about a new digital matrix in the US borne out of the needs of live performance. With my background in Broadcast, not just my previous career, but in detailing intercom for worldwide TV I suppose I was amused and perplexed by the focus on partyline within the matrix abilities. Well that was an early lesson learnt when in 2000 Vitec added Drake to its already acquired Clear-Com, and as the Drake Matrix PM I started to visit Hollis Street, Emeryville to understand how our internal rival brand Clear-Com used matrix intercom. It was so different; outboard interfaces, everything live working, 4-wire connectivity with 2-wire systems, heavy focus on IFBs over telephone lines, panels over twisted pair and limited requirement for networking. Ed Fitzgerald, Terry Skelton and John Sheridan, at that time, helped me understand the US market requirements a lot more than my previous flirtations pushing Drake 4000 into a few stations in Florida and West Virginia had done hitherto.

Clear-Com at that time in 2001 were struggling to fulfil larger system sales due to requirements outside the Matrix Plus3 specification and we looked to employ the Drake 4000 trunking system but we rapidly moved to “starting again” with the birth of the Eclipse project. I was strategically disconnected from the PM decisions on early Eclipse until a year or so later when Vitec married Clear-Com and Drake together and then branded Clear-Com as the Broadcast and Live Performance Intercom provider leaving the Drake brand to furnish the Air Traffic and EU Aerospace markets. So in 2002 I became fully connected to Clear-Com as the PM for Eclipse and 4000.

My first challenge with my new Clear-Com hat was to fulfil a development obligation with MMC in Cologne Germany to replace Matrix +3 systems and provide the newly link capable Eclipse systems so that they share audio from several delegated studio assets. Clear-Com Senior Engineer Erik Devane and I spent many fraught visits with the customer as we built the new abilities in the early Eclipse. The heat was then increased still further as we positioned Eclipse to replace a large network of 4000 frames in NDR Germany so that we could focus support on one platform. This was a complex external and internal positioning message to migrate from the mature European 4000 to the nascent global Eclipse that we had strategically picked its technology as our only future platform. These were difficult times for Clear-Com and many felt uncomfortable with the direction at first but slowly we started to build customers and with the release of Cellcom and then IP V-Series panels within the new Eclipse matrix system we saw a brighter future and left the anchor of 4000 behind.

By the end of 2007 we had a fully functioning system and Sales teams from EMEA and the US had joined together selling a single compatible solution under one company in Clear-Com, and the Drake history line had reached its inevitable conclusion carrying its DNA forward into new intercom products.

7 hours ago

Clear-Com

If you didn't have a chance to join us at #NAB2018, look no futher! Here is a quick video presented by The IABM with our very own Nicki F. and John S. Join them as they discuss what we #launched at the show.
Watch here: bit.ly/IABMccNAB18
Get ready to see all of these #new products that will be showcased at the upcoming #InfoComm2018 show, June 6th - June 8th Las Vegas Convention Center, see you there!

#Clearcom50 #IP #MentorRG #EIPA #IPT #FSII #innovation #PTP #trilogy #service #support #IPnetworks #update #IABM
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If you didnt have a chance to join us at #NAB2018, look no futher! Here is a quick video presented by The IABM with our very own Nicki F. and John S. Join them as they discuss what we #launched at the show. 
Watch here: bit.ly/IABMccNAB18
Get ready to see all of these #new products that will be showcased at the upcoming #InfoComm2018 show, June 6th - June 8th Las Vegas Convention Center, see you there!  #Clearcom50 #IP #MentorRG #EIPA #IPT #FSII #innovation #PTP #trilogy #service #support #IPnetworks #update #IABM

4 days ago

Clear-Com

Tell us about your experience using Clear-Com gear! Submit your videos, pictures and stories, tag us and use our hashtag #clearcom50 to successfully enter the contest for a chance to win a CC-300 #headset!

#contest #giveaway #clearcom
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Tell us about your experience using Clear-Com gear! Submit your videos, pictures and stories, tag us and use our hashtag #clearcom50 to successfully enter the contest for a chance to win a CC-300 #headset!  #contest #giveaway #clearcom

 

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4 days ago

Clear-Com

We're here at the Ariston BTS, Open Two-day Technology! Come by and see the latest additions to the #Eclipse Matrix family along with the #new LQ series products for connecting to #IP.

#technology #openhouse #clearcom50 #LQSeries #matrix
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5 days ago

Clear-Com

Today's Clear-Com Voice #spotlight is none other than Mike Rucker, the Director of Sales for North & South America. He has been with the company for 16 years, where he first joined the team managing a #sales region to now leading the entire America sales team!
When asked what he liked most about working for Clear-Com his response was, "This is an amazing company with a passion for what we do that is unmatched in our industry. We do not have customers, we have friends who need comms. This builds lasting relationships with friends who can depend on us to fill their communication needs."

Read more about Mike's journey with Clear-Com here: bit.ly/cc50MikeR

#clearcom50 #comms #intercom #clearcomvoice #customersupport
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Todays Clear-Com Voice #spotlight is none other than Mike Rucker, the Director of Sales for North & South America. He has been with the company for 16 years, where he first joined the team managing a #sales region to now leading the entire America sales team! 
When asked what he liked most about working for Clear-Com his response was, This is an amazing company with a passion for what we do that is unmatched in our industry. We do not have customers, we have friends who need comms. This builds lasting relationships with friends who can depend on us to fill their communication needs.  Read more about Mikes journey with Clear-Com here: bit.ly/cc50MikeR  #clearcom50 #comms #intercom #clearcomvoice #customersupport

6 days ago

Clear-Com

"In project planning, we discuss everything with customers to convince them towards different product solutions. The only product we always agree on? Using Clear-Com.” Learn more about our partner Basari Yayincilik based in Turkey, bit.ly/cc50BasariYayincilik

#clearcom50 #reflectionwednesday #solutions
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In project planning, we discuss everything with customers to convince them towards different product solutions. The only product we always agree on? Using Clear-Com.” Learn more about our partner Basari Yayincilik based in Turkey, bit.ly/cc50BasariYayincilik  #clearcom50 #reflectionwednesday #solutions

1 week ago

Clear-Com

Kick off your #Friday with our special video taking you on a trip down memory lane of our founding roots and how we came to be! #clearcom50 #intercom #memories #youtube #theavalon
Watch here: bit.ly/cc50videos
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Kick off your #Friday with our special video taking you on a trip down memory lane of our founding roots and how we came to be! #clearcom50 #intercom #memories #youtube #theavalon
Watch here: bit.ly/cc50videos

2 weeks ago

Clear-Com

"The training and continued support we enjoy from Clear-Com instills confidence in our team to lead with stable and reliable Clear-Com solutions that our customers depend on.” Tower Products - Markertek has been in the industry since '86 supplying to TV stations, recording studios, duplicators and more, read more about our long time partner here: bit.ly/cc50Markertek

#recordingstudios #TV #reflectionwednesday #clearcom50
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The training and continued support we enjoy from Clear-Com instills confidence in our team to lead with stable and reliable Clear-Com solutions that our customers depend on.”  Tower Products - Markertek has been in the industry since 86 supplying to TV stations, recording studios, duplicators and more, read more about our long time partner here: bit.ly/cc50Markertek  #recordingstudios #TV #reflectionwednesday #clearcom50

2 weeks ago

Clear-Com

#iSpyClearCom being used on board @symphonyoftheseas1 cruise ship! #symphonyoftheseas #cruise #clearcom50 #FreeSpeakII ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Clear-Com

Attending InfoComm 2018 next month? We will be hosting a training session on LQ Connectivity on Tuesday, June 5th starting at 10:30am - 12:00pm - bonus: earn #CTS credits with this training course!

Register today!
registration.experientevent.com/SHOWINF181/FLOW/ATTENDEE/?UP=505d6662-47c9-4eaf-a918-cc244fe8798e...

#infocomm2018 #ctscredits #LQ #connectivity #training #ctscourse #Infocomm #clearcom50 #intercom #installers #IP
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Attending InfoComm 2018 next month? We will be hosting a  training session on LQ Connectivity on Tuesday, June 5th starting at 10:30am - 12:00pm - bonus: earn #CTS credits with this training course!  Register today! 
https://registration.experientevent.com/SHOWINF181/FLOW/ATTENDEE/?UP=505d6662-47c9-4eaf-a918-cc244fe8798e#/registrant//ShowItemGE/  #infocomm2018 #ctscredits #LQ #connectivity #training #ctscourse #Infocomm #clearcom50 #intercom #installers #IP
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RT @southwest_av: Great turn out today in our booth @OklaAssocBroad annual convention @TulsasCasino, special thanks to the factory reps from @clearcomsystem & @MarshallUSA #NAB #Broadcasters @NewTekInc #TriCaster #NDI #Oklahoma #AVTweeps #ClearCom50 #Mar…

Celebrating 50 years in business in the #Broadcasting & #ProAudio industry, & just from last weeks @NABShow, @clearcomsystem had factory reps in our booth @OklaAssocBroad annual meeting showing the ultimate in #Wireless #Intercoms, the #FreeSpeak2 #ClearCom50

Great turn out today in our booth @OklaAssocBroad annual convention @TulsasCasino, special thanks to the factory reps from @clearcomsystem & @MarshallUSA #NAB #Broadcasters @NewTekInc #TriCaster #NDI #Oklahoma #AVTweeps #ClearCom50 #MarshallElectronics

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