Ships Electronic Services Ltd (SES Ltd) has supplied Clear-Com FreeSpeak II digital wireless communication systems to the UK Ministry of Defence for three of its naval vessels, with more in the pipeline. SES Ltd, working with SeaKing Group Ltd, based in the North West of England was tasked with delivering strong, efficient and continuous wireless communication links throughout the vessels.
“The MoD required clear communications for its engineers working in engine rooms and machinery spaces,” said Jeff Dixon, Sales Manager at SES Ltd. “This is a challenge faced by many vessel operators who traditionally use magnetic loop, conventional radio or infra-red solutions. But these all come with limitations.”
After evaluating many potential options SES carried out a series of high-level technical trials using the Clear-Com FreeSpeak II. “We found it had the ability to maintain a reliable wireless connection across particularly challenging radio frequency terrain – for example, the engine rooms, which essentially large metal boxes are packed with machinery,” Dixon explains. “The system delivered crystal-clear digital audio no matter where we tried it, from bottom plates to the funnel space. We then arranged long-term customer trials to put the technology through rigorous examination under normal working conditions. The communication system again excelled and following positive feedback we completed a full installation.”
FreeSpeak II is a high-performance wireless intercom system that operates in multiple worldwide frequency bands and is designed for extensive communication across large-scale operations. FreeSpeak II can operate as a standalone system, with up to 20 full-duplex wireless beltpacks connected to one base station. As an integrated solution, where beltpacks are connected to a Matrix frame, up to 50 user connections can be achieved. Active antennas provide a beltpack to base station distance range of up to 1,000 metres.
“FreeSpeak II’s ability to maintain a strong wireless connection across an expansive coverage area makes it an ideal roaming solution for applications within the maritime sector,” said Damien Egan, Regional Sales Manager, Clear-Com.
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a trusted global provider of professional real-time communications solutions and services since 1968. We innovate market proven technologies that link people together through wired and wireless systems.
Clear-Com was first to market portable wired and wireless intercom systems for live performances. Since then, our history of technological advancements and innovations has delivered significant improvements to the way people collaborate in professional settings where real-time communication3 matters. For the markets we serve — broadcast, live performance, live events, sports, military, aerospace and government– our communication products have consistently met the demands for high-quality audio, reliability, scalability and low latency while addressing communication requirements of varying size and complexity. Our reputation in the industry is not only based on our product achievements, but also on our consistent level of customer engagement and dedication to delivering the right solutions for specialized applications, with the expertise to make it work. Around the globe and across markets, Clear-Com’s innovations and solutions have received numerous awards and recognitions for ingenuity and impact to customers.
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