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Harman Professional Issues HiQnet System Architect™ Version 2.3: Improves Performance, Workflow Efficiency And Hardware Integration

Underscoring its unique commitment to providing the systems integration community with the most advanced, intuitive and current systems configuration and control toolsets, Harman Professional Systems Development and Integration Group (SDIG) introduces HiQnet System Architect™ Version 2.3. In doing so, SDIG significantly improves the performance, functionality and user interface of System Architect, which, according to Adam Holladay, senior market manager, Harman Professional Systems Development and Integration Group, makes System Architect more useful, more effective and more efficient.

“SDIG is singularly committed to improving HiQnet System Architect on every criteria at every opportunity,? Holladay said today. “We regularly examine the user experience, the performance engine and hardware integration and we religiously seek out new ways to improve each. With version 2.3, our base of 30,000 registered HiQnet users will see advances in the look and feel of the software, the speed and efficiency of the software and operational functionality.?

HiQnet System Architect version 2.3 includes an improved Custom Panel Designer and as a result, makes it easier for integration professionals to create customized control interfaces that reflect system functionality and usage requirements in system setup and operation. Improvements to the underlying design engine mean that System Architect version 2.3 doesn’t just look better – it’s also faster. Performance for meter controls is also improved so panel designers have greater versatility to monitor larger numbers of devices simultaneously.

Also new in version 2.3 is a simplified access control configuration interface. This tool makes it easier to set up multiple user rights by providing a more immediate focus on the users, rather than the devices in the system. The redesigned interface will particularly enhance the setup for when System Architect is used as the day-to-day operator’s audio system control application with the Kiosk Mode feature launched previously in September of this year.

On hardware integration, the SDIG team has been working closely with engineering teams from Crown and Lexicon to advance HiQnet System Architect’s support of their offerings. A case in point is System Architect’s support of momentary preset recall function for Crown amplifiers. For the application of recalling amplifier presets from a contact closure, for example, the systems integration professional can now set each amplifier to return the state it was in prior to recalling the preset once the contact closure input is reset.

Lexicon’s PCM Series processors are widely deployed in live sound and studio applications and now can be easily integrated, programmed and controlled using HiQnet System Architect.

“When HiQnet was introduced it was truly revolutionary,? Holladay continued. “But today we seek to ensure it’s evolutionary in the sense that considers and incorporates developments in the network world, the software domain, the AV hardware manufacturing sector— within Harman and increasingly with non-Harman entities — and, of course, the systems integration community. We’re satisfied that HiQnet System Architect version 2.3 is comprehensive, cutting-edge and very useful.

Along with 2.3, HiQnet also launched a new look-and-feel website, including additional online training resources.

HiQnet System Architect version 2.3 can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.hiqnet.harmanpro.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.2 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

For additional information, contact:
Daniel O’Connell
Definition Branding & Marketing
Daniel.oconnell@definitionbam.com
(212) 660 2555-Ext. 12

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