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Technomad Makes Loudspeakers with Heat from the Sun

Sustainable process improves quality while significantly reducing costs and carbon footprint

BOSTON, March 13, 2012Technomad redefines sustainable AV with a new partnership that brings solar technology to its already-green plastic loudspeaker manufacturing process. The move slices production costs up to 30 percent while reducing the company’s carbon footprint — and introduces a revolutionary process to the professional audio and AV space.

Technomad has long been associated with sustainable manufacturing, producing durable, weatherproof MilSpec loudspeakers using recycled plastic. As a result, Technomad loudspeakers are often specified into AV projects with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements.

Technomad recently teamed up with LightManufacturing LLC, which developed a unique-patent-pending method of molding plastic with solar heat. The company’s unique Solar Rotational Molding (SRM™) systems eliminate greenhouse gasses associated with traditional rotational molding while reducing manufacturing costs — an unusual combination in a world that equates ‘green’ with unaffordable.

LightManufacturing now molds most of Technomad’s popular Vienna and Vernal loudspeakers at its California facility, with larger models to follow.

“Technomad is the first company in the professional audio industry to take advantage of solar thermal energy,” said Rodger von Kries, vice president of Technomad. “We’ve always worked on the cutting edge of green manufacturing, being the first company to use 100 percent recycled plastic to make loudspeaker cabinets. The LightManufacturing partnership brings new advantages by reducing our costs while benefitting the environment.”

LightManufacturing’s SRM process uses computer-controlled mirrors to concentrate heat from the sun onto a mold and melt the plastic inside. The sun’s thermal energy is used directly, avoiding the costs of making electricity with photovoltaic panels. The process delivers higher quality parts at a lower cost than traditional rotational molding, with typical savings of 10 to 30 percent. The nearly silent SRM systems use no natural gas or external AC power, and the hardware costs less than traditional rotational molding systems.

“This partnership shows that the solar molding process can deliver high-quality, reduced-cost parts for manufacturers right out of the gate,” said Mark Severy, a consultant at LightManufacturing. “Technomad came to us with a 15 year history of making world-class products. We met their requirements for outstanding quality, lower cost — and zero carbon emissions.”

ABOUT LIGHT MANUFACTURING
LightManufacturing LLC’s unique process re-invents rotational molding and other plastic molding processes through the use of solar thermal energy. The company works with equipment builders, plastic molders, large-scale end-users of plastic components, governments and NGOs to create sustainable and economically-competitive manufacturing solutions. Please call 415-796-6475 or e-mail newclient@lightmanufacturingllc.com for more information.

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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HARMAN Professional Bolsters Tour Sound Training And Support: Appoints Gert Sanner Tour Sound Market Manager, EMEA

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN Professional today announced the appointment of tour sound veteran and front of house stalwart, Gert Sanner, to the newly created position of Tour Sound Market Manager, EMEA. Based out of HARMAN’s Potters Bar R&D, manufacturing and training facility, Sanner will provide customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with certified JBL VTX and Crown VRack training and support and will lead Soundcraft’s acclaimed “Mixing With Professionals” training program. According to Doug Green, HARMAN Professional, Director of Sales, EMEA, Gert Sanner will provide HARMAN tour sound customers throughout the EMEA region with comprehensive training and support and valuable user-perspective experience from a large body of work on Broadway shows and major tours.

“The addition of Gert Sanner to the new role of Tour Sound Market Manager is an important step in the evolution of our EMEA team. Live sound is in Gert’s DNA: his technical and application expertise across the range of HARMAN live sound products, combined with his many years of touring and training experience, guarantee that our customers will receive the highest level of support in the business,” Green noted.

Gert Sanner’s background includes over 20 years in the live sound industry as a system tech and front of house engineer for a variety of tours and events that range from corporate events to large-scale stadium tours, Broadway shows and all of the major UK festivals. His most recent position was as Deep Purple’s front of house engineer.

In his new position, Sanner will provide onsite training for JBL VTX loudspeaker systems. The 2-day training will cover all aspects of VTX applications from system design, use of HARMAN’s JBL HiQnet Performance Manager(tm) system control and configuration software, and actual operation of the system. The training will cover the use and configuration of Crown VRack amplification racks, which are also part of the VTX system. Sanner will also lead the Soundcraft “Mixing with Professionals” program for the EMEA region. This program has proven very successful in demonstrating and promoting the Soundcraft Vi range and will touch all aspects of digital audio in a real-world context.

Commenting on his appointment, Gert Sanner stated, “HARMAN has an unmatched pedigree in live sound. Its brands and technologies have been central to many of the world’s most iconic live events and I am very pleased to join the team. I look forward to hitting the road once more to meet with customers, to learn from them and to provide training for a compelling range of products.”

Gert Sanner may be contacted by email at gert.sanner@harman.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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Cabletime introduces graphical mapping feature for MediaStar Media Manager Software

London, 13 March 2012. Cabletime, developer of the powerful MediaStar range of IPTV distribution solutions is introducing a new feature to its MediaStar Evolution Media Manager software that will map the location, and check the functionality, of all units, including screens and players, within a graphical representation of the system, or the building in which they are sited.

The Media Manager enterprise software gives full drag-and-drop control of all Evolution IPTV system hardware and screens, as well as enabling the configuration and scheduling of all the digital media, video and signage assets for play-out. System managers can take a floor plan or diagram of the building or system layout and from this create multiple ‘work areas’. Images of the specific Evolution units can then be dropped into the correct location in the work area, where they will be represented by an icon. The icon flashes so it can be quickly located and opens to reveal the full configuration and technical details of the unit. Any loss of connectivity will also trigger an alert, allowing the operator to identify the specific unit and its actual location within the building – invaluable in identifying faults and delivering remedies quickly and efficiently.

Nick Bradford, Managing Director at Cabletime, said: “Our objective with Evolution Media Manager is to enable our customers to get full functionality and performance out of their Evolution system. This new feature ensures that the whole system can be checked easily, and any faults or interruptions can be remedied quickly with minimum disruption to the media or video broadcast. It ensures that maintaining the right content at the right place at the right time is a breeze.”

The new graphical mapping feature is available now on all Evolution units.

The MediaStar range, which has a strong, established heritage, includes TV/AV and multimedia delivery products for use over Cat-5/UTP and IP infrastructures, providing solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, music TV, training and digital signage.

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AVnu Alliance Teams with UNH-IOL to Certify AVB Products and Unveils AVnu Certification Timeline

Beaverton, OR, March 7, 2012 – AVnu Alliance has named the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent networking and data communications testing provider, as the first test house for the AVnu Alliance certification program of AVB devices. This agreement is a significant step forward in advancing the IEEE 802.1 AVB standards and bringing certified AVB networking products to the market.

AVnu Alliance has also announced the timeline for the AVnu certification program. Starting August 2012, alliance members can submit AVB-enabled bridges to UNH-IOL to begin certification testing. For professional audio products, the testing process will begin in Q1 of 2013. Products by alliance members Avid, Biamp, Extreme Networks, Harman, Meyer Sound, Riedel Communications, and others are expected to be in the first wave of devices submitted for full AVnu interoperability certification.

The UNH-IOL is a neutral, third-party testing service provider that works with other industry consortia including the Ethernet Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance and IPv6 Forum.

“UNH-IOL welcomes the opportunity to assist the AVnu Alliance in developing a validation program for AVB technologies,” said Bob Noseworthy, UNH-IOL Chief Engineer. “The possibilities AVnu Alliance brings to establishing seamless digital A/V connectivity are compelling. This certification program provides confidence in the compliance and interoperability of early and future implementations.”

AVnu Alliance includes more than 40 companies representing industries across automotive, pro A/V, and consumer electronics. AVnu-certified devices allow professional A/V providers to have one standards-based unified network that handles all voice, video, audio, and data, while reducing the costs and simplifying the optimization of an A/V network.
“We are very pleased to be working with UNH-IOL as a key part of our interoperability and conformance program,” said Kevin Stanton, AVnu Alliance Technical Work Group Chair. “UNH-IOL’s long experience testing networked devices, especially Ethernet, along with the collective expertise drawn from the expanding AVnu Alliance membership, is quickly moving us toward certification of interoperable AVB networking and A/V products.”

About the UNH-IOL

Founded in 1988, the UNH-IOL provides independent, broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies. Combining extensive staff experience, standards bodies participation and a 32,000+ square foot facility, the UNH-IOL helps companies efficiently and cost effectively deliver products to the market. For more information, visit http://www.iol.unh.edu/, or connect with the UNH-IOL on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UNHIOL, on Twitter at @UNH_IOL and on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/unh-interoperability-lab.

About AVnu Alliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked A/V devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming A/V experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional A/V markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance Web site at www.AVnu.org.

Media Contact

Candice Perodeau
Rainier Communications (for AVnu Alliance)
508-475-0025 x112

AVnu and AVnu Alliance are trademarks or registered trademarks of AVnu Alliance.

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WorldStage Lighting Division Names John Healy and Terry Jackson To New Positions

WorldStage, the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications, is pleased to announce the promotions of John Healy to Director of Production/Lighting and Terry Jackson to Director of Rentals/Lighting.

The appointments mark the completion of a restructuring phase in the WorldStage lighting division that has resulted in greatly improved financial performance while continuing to provide value to clients and being competitive in the marketplace

“We have realigned our management staff to foster efficiency and reinforce our well-known customer service,” says Josh Nissim, Vice President of Operations for WorldStage East. “Terry and John have moved up from project managers to their new roles which better reflects their combined 30 plus years of experience in show business and on-going commitment to our clients.”

Through the strategic use of new technology and by carefully choosing the equipment most suited to the individual project needs, Healy has effectively helped clients realize their creative vision while meeting their budgetary guidelines. Healy says, “I’m very excited about my new role and expect it to allow us to expand our philosophy of client support and collaboration to the next level. WorldStage Lighting is dedicated to serving a wide array of productions from Broadway to major corporate events, conventions, broadcast, concert tours and more. We’re known for our flexibility and ability to quickly provide comprehensive lighting solutions for any application..”

Jackson evaluates potential rentals, manages numerous one-off and long term projects and helps guide the office staff and field personnel in the best ways to utilize they company’s in-house inventory while limiting the need to sub-rent outside equipment. He notes that he’s proud to showcase the company’s broad and deep inventory of lighting products. “We’re committed to offering customers the best and most innovative lighting products available today,” he says. “We continue to embrace new technologies and the latest lighting devices and fixtures on the market and in my new role, I look forward to leading our company in that direction.”

WorldStage recently took delivery of more lighting consoles adding two grandMA2 light and two grandMA2 ultra-light control systems and greatly expanding its desk inventory. It also made a significant purchase of Clay Paky Sharpys, the popular compact moving head with a brightness usually found only with much bigger fixtures.

WorldStage also acquired the Martin MAC Aura, the first compact LED moving head wash light with zoom; the VARI*LITE VLX Wash Luminaire, which combines the benefits of LED technology with the best visual performance characteristics of traditional automated fixtures; and Prism Projection’s RevEAL Studio, a solid-state LED alternative to conventional Fresnel-type fixtures that vastly reduces power consumption, heat and maintenance without compromising lighting design.

“With our increased inventory and John and Terry taking on more responsibilities in their new posts, the WorldStage Lighting division is off to a strong start in 2012,” says Nissim. “Customers can look forward to even more of the top-quality products and services they’ve come to expect from us.”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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