TV TECHNOLOGY: What do you think will be the most important tech trends at NAB 2022?
BOB BOSTER: It is likely that the continued trend towards IP-based operations, as well as cloud and hybrid models for media production will continue to be a driver in new technological developments. What we’ve seen come to market during COVID-19 will be a priority: remote production, hybrid workflows, etc. That being said, I think people will also just think about how to get projects done given the ongoing challenges caused by global supply chain issues. In this context, there will be a lot of thinking about how to achieve a necessary workflow by reconfiguring existing infrastructures, with minimal additions and costs.
TVT: What will be your most important product news?
BOSTER: We’re excited to bring our new Arcadia Central Station to the show, so people have the chance to demonstrate it in person.
Arcadia is a scalable IP intercom platform that integrates wired and digital wireless partyline systems as well as third-party Dante devices into a single rack unit. The system scales to meet different production needs, offering a base level of 32 IP ports, which can be expanded up to 96 IP ports (and beyond in future releases).
Customers have been eagerly awaiting a version of Arcadia with HelixNet integration, and at NAB it will be available for demonstration.
TVT: How is your new product different from what is available on the market?
BOSTER: Arcadia truly offers a unique combination of market leading solutions in a single unit, and it applies to a number of key workflows including smaller scale broadcast, multimedia production, enterprise video production and hybrid live event, broadcast and streaming productions. No other product on the market offers the same range of features.
TVT: How has the pandemic affected your business operations over the past two years and what impact will it have on how you exhibit at this year’s show?
BOSTER: We have been fortunate to remain fully operational over the past two years. COVID-19 increased demand for some of our products that enable remote production workflows, which were already in use in many broadcast facilities, but were needed in larger quantities. We have seen many of our live event partners transition from producing live events to producing virtual events and hybrid events. In many cases, they were able to complement their existing Clear-Com products with an LQ IP interface, app or Agent-IC mobile intercom station. -IC virtual desktop client.
Of course, some of the side effects of COVID-19, like the global supply chain crisis and labor shortages, have affected us, our partners, suppliers, and end users in ways complex and unexpected. At this point, I think we are all looking to meet these challenges and come out of them stronger. We look forward to sharing with all of these bands in person in Las Vegas after what seems like a VERY long time apart.