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Clear-Com Partners With The University Of North Texas

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Clear-Com® and the University of North Texas (UNT) recently co-hosted an educational session on the basic principles of wireless intercom technologies and applications, aimed at communications students and technical directors working in stage, live event, news and sports production.

The joint presentation, titled 'The Basics of Intercoms in (Mostly) Modern Times' was led by Martin Dzurenko, UNT’s Media Arts Department Chief Engineer, and Rom Rosenblum, Applications Engineer at Clear-Com. Both focused on delivering a real-world view of system set-up and use to the audience of UNT students and local production professionals.

"Many students in the Media Arts Department will come across Clear-Com products over the course of their careers, so we knew this would be a helpful course. Inviting local industry professionals was a way of getting students excited for opportunities beyond the classroom," said Martin.

The introductory-level educational and demo session covered how to set up and use a range of Clear-Com technologies including the FreeSpeak II® wireless intercom system, HelixNet® all-digital networked partyline intercom system and LQ® Series Interafces (AoIP). The university recently installed the Agent-IC® mobile app—an easy and cost-efficient way to maintain communications needs, remotely, from any iOS or android device—which was also incorporated into the session. After the event, the students were able to network and "rub elbows" with industry professionals to share information and ask questions.

"The goal was for these students to have the most real work experience possible, so we wanted them to be able to interact with the technology, but we also wanted to introduce them to locals in the production business, so they could learn about potential roles, as well as seek out job opportunities," explained Rom. "We even covered free-lancing 101—a 1099 form versus a W2 tax form, professionalism, and rates—things they will be confronted with after graduation."

Workshops like these are indicative of the department’s philosophy of learning by doing, empowering students to explore new skills with the latest intercom technology.
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