Video from our last event is now posted on our YouTube page.
Meeting Topic: Exploring a Virtual Intercom System
Moderator Name: Jay Dill
Speaker Name: Hal Buttermore, Telos Alliance
Meeting Location: virtual (Zoom webinar)
The Central Indiana Section was joined by the Indianapolis section of the Society of Broadcast Engineers for a discussion of network-based intercom systems with Telos Alliance’s Hal Buttermore. The program began with a discussion about the paradigm shift involved in moving away from an intercom system based on dedicated hardware with a solution based on off-the-shelf computer and network hardware. Such a system feels similar to traditional intercom systems, with a variety of belt pack, desktop, and racked communication stations with typical party-line and talk-group configurations while taking advantage of current network technology, including AES67 integration. This creates a system that is lower in cost, easily scalable, and with greater end-user configurability.
An additional benefit of this system architecture is the ability to use existing VoIP technology for relatively simple interconnection between remote facilities. Telos employs the open standard OPUS codec for network communication between facilities. This wide area network can link remote production crews, separate affiliate studios, or even remote personnel to a central facility utilizing the same group and party lines. Included in this functionality is a “lite” mode for use with even typical residential wireless Internet and cellular modems. This capability was particularly useful through the pandemic, allowing production personnel working from home to share a reliable, dedicated intercom system.
Hal also highlighted the user configurability of such a system. In Telos’s Infinity intercom system, a simple drag-and-drop interface allows users to create party lines, talk groups, and direct connections within the system. A simple user interface allows receivers to be dropped into groups or party lines, or to create interruptible foldback (IFB) channels with near instant routing and availability. Finally, these routed groups, etc. can be dragged onto talk buttons for configuring belt packs, panels, or consoles as each user requires.
Finally, information was presented about Telos’s VIP system, which fully removes the requirement for hardware, replacing it with a single, dedicated intercom server. This Internet-connected server can then accommodate up to 16 virtual control panel/belt pack systems run through typical browsers, allowing operating system-agnostic usability with a simple link and password access system for users. This, combined with optional cloud-hosted servers and licensing based on virtual intercom quantity, allows the system to become scalable as needed while maintaining lower overall cost.
The program concluded with Q&A, moderated by section chair Jay Dill. The complete webinar is available for viewing on the CIS YouTube page: https://youtu.be/TwT2dTBLDh8
The Central Indiana Section of the Audio Engineering Society is pleased to announce the following Executive Board and Committee for 2022 following a very successful election.
Executive Board: Chair – Jay Dill Vice Chair – Nate Sparks Secretary – Brett Leonard Treasurer – Phil Hodson
Committee Members: Matthew Cast Sean Rollins Jeff Gardner Tim Hsu Luke Molloy AJ Fager Barrie Zimmerman
Congratulations to all, and thank you to those who served on the Executive Committee for the past two years. The Section looks forward to serving its members and the audio community in the years to come.
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Members of the Central Indiana Section of the Audio Engineering Society-
After some delay due to the present health crisis, we are once again preparing to hold our biennial section election! This election will include the positions of section chair, vice-chair, secretary, and treasurer, as well as committee members. Candidates for these positions must be AES member in good standing who list Central Indiana as their primary section. To nominate yourself or another member of the Central Indiana Section, please email the name, member number, email address, and short bio & headshot (if available) to the current section secretary, Brett Leonard by Thursday, January 20th, 2022. In addition to section officer elections, the upcoming ballot will also include a proposed change of the Central Indiana Section’s name to the Indiana Section, intended to reflect that our Section activities are open to all throughout the state by removing the reference to the central Indiana geographic area, which often has been misinterpreted as being restrictive. The full text of the relevant changes to the bylaws will be included in the ballot.
Voting will open on Monday, January 24th, 2022 via a secure, anonymous online ballot using your AES member number, and voting will remain open for two weeks. Following voting, election results will be announced at the next section meeting, held virtually on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022 at 7 PM.
We are looking forward to a great year, a variety of new events/meetings, and a happy New Year!