RTS has introduced the DBP (Digital Beltpack), the latest addition to the company’s portfolio of OMNEO IP intercom solutions and a key member of RTS Digital Partyline product range.
DBP is a four-channel/four-button wired beltpack that runs on PoE+ (Power over Ethernet 802.3af and 802.3at) and connects using OMNEO IP technology. Its hybrid design supports both digital partyline and matrix keypanel modes: for use as a digital partyline device, DBP connects to an OMS; for use as a portable keypanel, including functionality like point-to-point communication, DBP can be connected to any RTS digital/IP matrix product using OMNEO – including OMI cards in ADAM/ADAM-M frames or OMNEO ports on ODIN frames. DBP automatically selects the correct mode of operation (digital partyline/OMS or keypanel/matrix) when connected and switched on.
DBP’s PoE-driven design offers scalability and makes it easy to add new users. In and Out PoE ports (two EtherCon locking RJ45 connectors) allow up to six DBP devices to be daisy-chained together from the same PoE switch port when used in partyline mode. Up to 40 DBPs can be connected to an OMS, allowing for the creation of an extensive digital partyline system – all in addition to the other wired and wireless devices OMS supports. Depending on the matrix model/configuration, up to 64 DBPs can be connected to an OMI card for ADAM matrices, and up to 128 DBPs can be connected to one ODIN.
“DBP is one device that can cover it all, whether the application is simple or sophisticated,” according to Angelo Piga, RTS product manager. “It’s ideal for new users or current partyline users looking to grow from analogue systems into the superior sound quality and flexible connectivity of digital/IP communications, such as theatres, houses of worship, educational facilities, mobile applications and AV rental. Because it offers both digital partyline and matrix keypanel modes, DBP also offers excellent ROI for customers with existing RTS matrix intercom equipment. For example, users such as broadcast networks and industrial facilities can expand their comms inventory cost-effectively with digital partyline – all while continuing to leverage the scalability of their matrix equipment.”
Though lightweight and compact, the unit is also said to be robust enough to cope with the toughest working environments. DBP’s over-molded ergonomic volume knobs and rubber enclosure detailing provide extra grip and drop resistance, and it is IP53 rated for protection against dust and water spray.
DBP features an intuitive icon-based menu navigation system presented via a full-colour, sunlight-readable TFT display with anti-reflective lens. Talk and Listen capability for up to four simultaneously active partylines (i.e. access to a pool of up to 16 partylines) is controlled via four large backlit channel buttons, which can also be assigned for dedicated resources such as relay control.
DBP’s digital audio technology provides increased fidelity and a lower noise floor in comparison to analogue. Both 3.5mm TRRS and XLR connectors are provided for connecting headsets, with three different XLR options available: 4-pin female, 4-pin male and 5-pin female (supporting stereo audio for different feeds on the left and right headphones). Incoming Call notifications are via audible alerts or haptic vibration.
DBP also supports Bluetooth audio connectivity to a headset, mobile phone or streaming device (via the recommended third-party dongles), making it easy to bring other kinds of devices into the system, and allowing the beltpack to serve as a compact base station on a desk while the user moves freely around the workplace.