Clear-Com supports communications for underwater team in search of sound produced by the Earth

HDwireless is a German-based wireless cameras and comms specialist. The company has chosen Clear-Com intercom solution in a project called “The Sound of the Earth”. They have provided these solutions during a submarine expedition to the bottom of the deepest lake in Austria. The purpose of the submarine’s voyage was to retrieve a hydrophone previously sunk to the bottom of the lake, which, along with other recording devices, picked up sounds emitted by the Earth.

This expedition required 12-hour days, so communication technology was essential. HDwireless decided to use Clear-Com’s due to the wide range of possible applications and its audio quality, according to Patrick Nußbaum, Managing Director at HDwireless. “We were not only responsible for the communication within the submarine and to the crew ashore, but we also used the FreeSpeak Edge system for the entire broadcast sound of the television transmission.”

The submarine was manned by four people: a pilot, a co-pilot, a presenter for the TV show, and a guest, all of whom were equipped with FreeSpeak Edge beltpacks. All crew members on the submarine could communicate with each other and send their feeds to the TV production’s OB van on land, which was equipped with an Eclipse HX Digital Matrix System and V-Series Iris Keypanels. The crew on the land and pontoon boat were also able to communicate via the Agent-IC mobile app.

“When you’re planning challenging projects like this, when there are sudden changes or problems, or when you need additional equipment at very short notice, outstanding support is crucial,” affirmed Patrick Nußbaum.

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