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August 28, 2019, 9:53 am
Systems’ Simple Interface and RF Range Prove to be Reliable for CP Communications
28, 2019 — CP Communications, a leading provider
of live event production solutions, recently turned to Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom wireless intercom system to provide
proven wireless communication for the recent MLB All-Star Game and
surrounding live events, including the Home Run Derby and pre/post-game
ceremonies. Providing RF coverage throughout the stadium as well as additional
on-site production locations, Pliant’s CrewCom provided a dependable intercom
solution for the weekend-long event.
of utmost importance for CP Communications to provide the MLB with an
easy-to-use system that had virtually no end user learning curve. “Something
that has always stood out to me about Pliant’s CrewCom system is that it doesn’t
require much effort on the user end. You can pick it up and it just works,” says
Michael Mason, president of CP Communications. “CrewCom is lightweight,
ergonomic, feels comfortable, and the battery lasts as long as I need it to. I
couldn’t ask for more when it comes to a coms system.”
The coverage area needed for the MLB All Star game was fairly
large. With its Control Unit (CU) housed in the production truck located across
the street, approximately 1000 feet from the house I/O, the system needed to
span the distance to the stadium and then also cover several areas within the
facility including in the bowl, in the hallways behind the dugouts, the
production offices and the service hallway. CrewCom’s new Fiber Hub provided
the perfect solution.
multiple CrewCom four-volume Radio Packs and ten Radio Transceivers (RTs), the
MLB commissioner’s office was able to be assigned to their own production intercom
channels while also having a direct line for communications to the television
trucks – ESPN for the Home Run Derby and FOX for the All-Star Game. This setup
allowed the MLB to seamlessly communicate with directors and producers in the network
trucks to ensure a smooth production.
regards to the system set up, CP Communications depends on the ease of
deployment with CrewCom. Additionally, Mason finds CrewCom to be a solid option
in the 900MHz spectrum range – helping to avoid overcrowded frequencies. For a
given event, CP Communications can use up to 36 Radio
Packs with two Control Units. The system can easily be expanded for additional
users. Since CrewCom was first released, CP Communications has relied on
the wireless intercom system for dozens of live productions, including multiple
WWE events including WrestleMania, and the past two seasons of college football
with The Big Ten Network, as well as the MLB All-Star Game for the past two
the ability to connect the remote antennas directly off of the Fiber Hub
increases the usability of the system. You can walk into a facility that is wired
with single mode fiber, grab strands and go – there is no need to run
additional copper or fiber,” adds Mason. “At CP Communications, we understand
how crucial it is to implement reliable communications solutions for live
events. We look for the right tool to fit the needs of the client, and Pliant’s
CrewCom solves those needs.”
information about Pliant Technologies is available at www.plianttechnologies.com.
About CP Communications
Founded in 1985, CP Communications is a
solution-based company, providing a range of customized audio, video and
communications equipment to the premium sports, entertainment, corporate, news,
and other live events production markets. Its clients range from major
broadcasters, sports leagues and teams, to event and production companies.
About Pliant Technologies
is a leading provider of professional wireless intercom solutions ranging from
simple out-of-the-box configurations to large-scale designs for industries such
as broadcast, live sound, theatre, and many more. As the professional
division of CoachComm, Pliant is best known for the revolutionary Tempest®
wireless intercom system, which is used daily in more than 40 countries. Pliant
is part of an extensive company history of providing intercom solutions to
sports and professional markets, and consists of a team of industry
professionals dedicated to the company’s tradition of innovation and service. Developing
communication technologies that are dependable, durable, and easy-to-use has
made CoachComm the worldwide leader in critical communication solutions.
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