Simon Browne 2018-05-30T10:54:59+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.

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Clear-Com

Check out our new Clear-Com 50th Anniversary video: bit.ly/ClearCom50thVideo-2

Sit down with some of our prominent faces as they talk about their experiences with Clear-Com, where we came from, and where we are headed!
#clearcom50 #futureSome of our past and current senior level executives, the founder of HM Electronics, Harry Miyahira, co-founder, Bob Cohen, and other faces from our Clear-Co...
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2 days ago

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We're here at #AES2018, booth #828 & #NABNY2018, booth #N145, come see us this week!
Join us at our booth at #AES for a chance to win a #prize!
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4 days ago

Clear-Com

‘Elevate your AV’ with our partner, NMK Electronics Enterprises, in #Dubai was a success, entertaining #consultants in the Middle East region!

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‘Elevate your AV’ with our partner, NMK Electronics Enterprises, in #Dubai was a success, entertaining #consultants in the Middle East region!

#clearcom50 #NMK #AVImage attachmentImage attachment

4 days ago

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#AES2018 and #NABNY both kick off in two days! Will you be attending the shows this year? If so, come by our booth at #AES for a chance to #win! #clearcom50 ... See MoreSee Less

#AES2018 and #NABNY both kick off in two days! Will you be attending the shows this year? If so, come by our booth at #AES for a chance to #win! #clearcom50

7 days ago

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Make sure you're following us on our LinkedIn page, we've shared our first #InnovationTeam post, head over there to see what we're talking about this week.

#clearcom50 #intercom #LinkedIn #new

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Make sure youre following us on our LinkedIn page, weve shared our first #InnovationTeam post, head over there to see what were talking about this week. 

#clearcom50 #intercom #LinkedIn #new 

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1 week ago

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Join us and our #Nigerian partner, Mega Cyber Plus Ltd., at Africast 2018! The show opens October 23rd until October 25, at the Sheraton Hotel: Abuja, Nigera.
For more information visit their website: www.nbc.gov.ng/pages/africast
Looking forward to seeing you there and talking #innovation!

#Africast2018 #clearcom50 #megacyberplus
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Join us and our #Nigerian partner, Mega Cyber Plus Ltd., at Africast 2018! The show opens October 23rd until October 25, at the Sheraton Hotel: Abuja, Nigera.
For more information visit their website: www.nbc.gov.ng/pages/africast
Looking forward to seeing you there and talking #innovation!

#Africast2018 #clearcom50 #megacyberplus

1 week ago

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Full house for #NEP student open Day in Bracknell UK using #HelixNet! #clearcom50 #future #bbc #production ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

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@therealgorillacreative using #FreeSpeakII to produce a #live #webcast. #clearcom50 #global #meeting #produce #production #Repost @therealgorillacreative with @get_repost
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It’s hard to beat the adrenaline rush of producing a live webcast for a tech companies global all hands meeting! 5 cameras, 4 graphic sources, Playback Pro, lower thirds, bugs, 6 records, 2 streams, 3 DSMs, in-room content displays, and IMAG. Sure! Ain’t no thing! Thanks to our awesome crew for bringing their A game and making this another awesome show, and thanks to our friends at @avista_av_rentals for producing another amazing event and inviting us to be a part of it!
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@Sonyprousa #setlife @sachtlersystems @flandersscientific #allhands #robocam @clearcom #clearcom @blackmagicdesign_news #blackmagicdesign #atem #blackmagicatem #live #videovillage #inlivewetrust #bts #behindthescenes #multicameraproduction #multicamera #webcast #livestream #livestreaming #ursabroadcast @fujinonlenses #freespeakii #fsii #allhandsmeeting #brcx1000 #eventprofs #eventproduction #corporatevideo #siliconvalleylife @blackmagicnewsofficial @blackmagicdesign_news
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@therealgorillacreative using #FreeSpeakII to produce a #live #webcast. #clearcom50 #global #meeting #produce #production #Repost @therealgorillacreative with @get_repost
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It’s hard to beat the adrenaline rush of producing a live webcast for a tech companies global all hands meeting! 5 cameras, 4 graphic sources, Playback Pro, lower thirds, bugs, 6 records, 2 streams, 3 DSMs, in-room content displays, and IMAG. Sure! Ain’t no thing! Thanks to our awesome crew for bringing their A game and making this another awesome show, and thanks to our friends at @avista_av_rentals for producing another amazing event and inviting us to be a part of it!
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@Sonyprousa #setlife @sachtlersystems @flandersscientific #allhands #robocam @clearcom #clearcom @blackmagicdesign_news #blackmagicdesign #atem #blackmagicatem #live #videovillage #inlivewetrust #bts #behindthescenes  #multicameraproduction #multicamera #webcast #livestream #livestreaming #ursabroadcast @fujinonlenses #freespeakii #fsii #allhandsmeeting #brcx1000 #eventprofs #eventproduction #corporatevideo #siliconvalleylife @blackmagicnewsofficial @blackmagicdesign_newsImage attachmentImage attachment

1 week ago

Clear-Com

Take a listen as our president, Bob Boster, sits down with Larry Jordan, the host of Buzz, produced by Digital Production. They talk about the latest announcements, #products, the shifts to #IP based #communications, expanding your #network and more!

Listen now: bit.ly/ccDigitalProductionsBobB

Do we have any independent media users out there!? If so, leave us a quick note in the comments, we'd love to #connect with you!
#independentmediausers

#IBC #Buzz #new #clearcom50 #DigitalProduction #Iris #EIPA #AgentIC #EHX #LQSeries #intercom
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Take a listen as our president, Bob Boster, sits down with Larry Jordan, the host of Buzz, produced by Digital Production. They talk about the latest announcements, #products, the shifts to #IP based #communications, expanding your #network and more!

Listen now: bit.ly/ccDigitalProductionsBobB

Do we have any independent media users out there!? If so, leave us a quick note in the comments, wed love to #connect with you! 
#independentmediausers 

#IBC #Buzz #new #clearcom50 #DigitalProduction #Iris #EIPA #AgentIC #EHX #LQSeries #intercom
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We're here at #AES2018, booth #828 & #NABNY2018, booth #N145, come see us this week!
Join us at our booth at #AES for a chance to win a #prize!
#clearcom50 #NABNY #win

Come visit our booth today in #Wichita @DoubleTreeICT for the @ksbroadcasters annual convention & see the latest in #Wireless #Intercoms from @clearcomsystem #ClearCom50 #ClearCom #FreeSpeakII #NAB @NABShow #Broadcasters

Can’t make it to next weeks @NABShow #NABShowNY? Not to worry, stop by our booth at next weeks @ksbroadcasters annual convention and we will show you the latest in #Wired & #Wireless #Intercoms from @clearcomsystem #ClearCom50 #WeAreBroadcasters #AVTweeps #AV

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