Clear-Com has announced the new Arcadia Central Station, its next-generation scalable IP platform that is designed to integrate all wired and wireless partyline systems, including the FreeSpeak family of digital wireless and HelixNet digital partyline intercom systems. It’s suited for a wide variety of applications, in part due to its flexible licensing-based model that allows future expansion.
Arcadia can license up to 96 IP ports in a single RU device, with further licensing add-ons anticipated in the future. This makes it very well suited for a range of applications best served by partyline workflows. Designed with input from Clear-Com’s live sound user base, it combines digital, analog and AoIP intercom technologies into a single integrated system.
Arcadia provides general connectivity to a wide range of Clear-Com endpoints through a mixture of 2-wire and 4-wire audio ports, together with third-party Dante and AES67 AoIP devices. Additionally, it supports the full range of FreeSpeak digital wireless products, encompassing the 1.9 GHz, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands as well as the upcoming integration with HelixNet digital partyline system.
Arcadia is equipped with two large front panel touchscreens, with four rotary encoders to quickly scroll through menus or for use as a 4-way key station. The system is configured and monitored through a new, re-imagined version of Clear-Com’s browser-based CCM software with an interface designed to guide users through all steps of the process. (A demo version of the CCM software is available here.)
“Arcadia Central Station is essentially the universal translator, integrating all our partyline systems together in a single, compact 1RU package. With the flexibility and power of a licensing-based model, functionality will increase over time and eventually this central station will become the ultimate group communications hub,” says Bob Boster, President, Clear-Com. “We see Arcadia leveraging our partyline heritage to deliver a group communications workflow platform that will allow for nearly endless expansion to support the vast majority of live sound applications, as well as many workflows in other markets including broadcast, aerospace, and marine/offshore.”
Arcadia Central Station is now shipping. Go here for more specifics.