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.

1 day ago

Clear-Com

Audio-Technica Europe, Clear-Com's German Partner, has created an exciting #new video case study about how LQ combined with Eclipse created a powerful IP infastructure to support a huge worship leadership event spanning 3 days which was #broadcast live and streamed across 6 sites in Germany.

Watch the video here: bit.ly/WillowCreekCC

Read the full story here: bit.ly/ccWillowCreekLeadershipSummit

#clearcom50 #GRG #Kolnton #Germany #WillowCreekChurch #WillowCreekLeadershipSummit #IP #LQ #FSII #wireless #AgentIC #Eclipse #EHX #live #casestudy #HouseofWorshipAudio-Technica, Clear-Com's German Partner, has created an exciting new video case study about how LQ combined with Eclipse created a powerful IP infastructu...
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3 days ago

Clear-Com

Think, Host, Innovate, Network, and Knowledge-share, come by and join us for a training at our new #THINK Academy at our Carlsbad facility.
Learn more here: bit.ly/ThinkAcademy
Register for Clear-Com #product #training here: bit.ly/ccTraining2018

#clearcom50 #learn #innovation
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Any chance of webinars for those can’t make the trip out there?

1 week ago

Clear-Com

NEW UPDATE: #FreeSpeakII has added even more functionality.
-CCM management software
-Text messaging
-Cleaner User interface
-Audio Enhancements
&More!
Learn more here: bit.ly/FSIIfirmwareUpdate

#clearcom50 #FSII #NEW #UPDATE #functionality #management #userinterface #audio #firmware
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NEW UPDATE: #FreeSpeakII has added even more functionality. 
-CCM management software
-Text messaging
-Cleaner User interface
-Audio Enhancements 
&More!
Learn more here: bit.ly/FSIIfirmwareUpdate

#clearcom50 #FSII #NEW #UPDATE #functionality #management #userinterface  #audio #firmware

 

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Brandon Lawryshyn

Looks like a wonderful versatile product. Would love to meet the ME who launched the product

curiously)

Clément Cx

Does anybody really care about text messages on these devices? Wonder how it works..

Tom Hawker

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2 weeks ago

Clear-Com

Last month some of our team got to tour #BTV in #Beijing and got to take a look at the studio for Crossover Singer, standardized on #Eclipse HX throughout their entire #operation. This show aims to break through the inherent #entertainment boundaries and bring together the most important popular stars in the field of #film and #television entertainment.
#clearcom50 #EHX @ Beijing
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Last month some of our team got to tour #BTV in #Beijing and got to take a look at the studio for Crossover Singer, standardized on #Eclipse HX throughout their entire #operation. This show aims to break through the inherent #entertainment boundaries and bring together the most important popular stars in the field of #film and #television entertainment.
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2 weeks ago

Clear-Com

Congratulations @brownnotes for winning the #contest for the month of July and sharing this awesome post! Do you want a chance to win!? Start submitting your pictures/videos now and tag us at #clearcom50 to be entered to win for the month of August! #goodluck #AgentIC #LQSeries #HelixNet ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations @brownnotes for winning the #contest for the month of July and sharing this awesome post! Do you want a chance to win!? Start submitting your pictures/videos now and tag us at #clearcom50 to be entered to win for the month of August! #goodluck #AgentIC #LQSeries #HelixNet

2 weeks ago

Clear-Com

This is a very special photo to us here at Clear-Com. Our partner Yasuhiro from MTC Japan alongside our beloved Emil. He made such a great impact on all of us and definitely left his mark here at Clear-Com.
#tbt #clearcom50 #throwbackthursday #MTCJapan
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This is a very special photo to us here at Clear-Com. Our partner Yasuhiro from MTC Japan alongside our beloved Emil. He made such a great impact on all of us and definitely left his mark here at Clear-Com. 
#tbt #clearcom50 #throwbackthursday #MTCJapan

2 weeks ago

Clear-Com

Frank L. conducting #FreeSpeakII and #HelixNet training at Mastermind Production Group.

#training #clearcom50

Want to attend our next open training session? Sign up here, bit.ly/ccTraining2018
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Frank L. conducting #FreeSpeakII and #HelixNet training at Mastermind Production Group.

#training #clearcom50 

Want to attend our next open training session? Sign up here, http://bit.ly/ccTraining2018

3 weeks ago

Clear-Com

Back in the Clear-Com days with our very own Ed! #throwbackthursday Don't worry, there's more from where that came from! #tbt #clearcom50 ... See MoreSee Less

Back in the Clear-Com days with our very own Ed! #throwbackthursday Dont worry, theres more from where that came from! #tbt #clearcom50

3 weeks ago

Clear-Com

#Repost @f1 with @get_repost
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I spy #HelixNet beltpack being used at #formula1! #digitalpartyline #beltpack #partyline #f1 #clearcom50 #intercom
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#Repost @f1 with @get_repost
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I spy #HelixNet beltpack being used at #formula1! #digitalpartyline #beltpack #partyline #f1 #clearcom50 #intercom
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