Riedel advances the intercom platform with Bolero
Bolero has been designed to be an expandable, full-roaming, DECT-based intercom system in the licence-free 1.9GHz frequency range. Fully integrated into Riedel's Artist digital matrix intercom platform, Bolero offers a rich set of features and connectivity that can be applied as a wireless beltpack, a wireless keypanel or a walkie-talkie radio thanks to the integrated mic and speaker. A point-to-point intercom ecosystem is created by operation over a standard AES67 IP network, for which the decentralised antennas connect to AES67 switches and Artist frames equipped with AES67 client cards. The beltpacks take the appearance of Riedel panels, but are in fact wireless.
The Bolero high-clarity voice codec provides enhanced speech intelligibility together with an efficient use of RF spectrum to reportedly support twice the number of beltpacks per antenna for the same audio bandwidth as other DECT-based systems. The codec also offers exceptional latency characteristics, whilst being very efficient with processing power, providing enhanced beltpack battery life that reduces DSP processing power for other functions.
Bolero features Advanced DECT Receiver (ADR) technology, which is specifically designed to reduce sensitivity to multipath RF reflections and allows the system to be used in challenging RF environments. The incorporation of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology into both the beltpack and the active antenna, ensures users only need to touch the beltpack to the antenna in order to complete the registration process.
The beltpacks support Bluetooth 4.1 allowing for either a Bluetooth headset or a smartphone to be connected. When a smartphone is connected, the beltpack acts like a hands free setup so that calls can be received on the phone via the headset. Calls can also be made to connect a person into the intercom matrix, thus eliminating the need for a telephone hybrid.
The hard wearing and ergonomic beltpacks combine high-impact plastics and rubber over-moulds, whilst the display can be inverted so that it can be read in any orientation. The beltpack features six buttons for each of the six intercom channels together with a separate Reply button for promoting a reply to the last channel called.