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Now Shipping, Platinum Tools® Features Tele-Titan™ Modular Crimp Tool at 2012 InfoComm

The Tele-Titan is the “Little Giant” of Modular Crimp Tools

CAMARILLO, Calif., May 16, 2012 – Platinum Tools (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, is proud to announce it will feature the new Tele-Titan™ modular crimp tool (P/N 12507c) at InfoComm 2012, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from June 13-15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth C5038. Now shipping, the Tele-Titan has an MSRP of $34.95.

“This new, rugged, and very compact tool fits easily in a pocket as well as the hand,” said John Phillips, Platinum Tools product manager. “The straight action termination delivers even pressure on each of the modular plug’s pins ensuring precise termination. Its superior fit and function consistently meets performance requirements…just add scissors and you’re ready to tackle the modular plug crimp jobs for your next data and voice projects.”

Additional features of the Tele-Titan include:
• Compact, balanced and easy to use – fits hand well
• Crimps with minimal hand force
• Crimps RJ45 (8×8) RJ12 (6×6), RJ11 (6×4), standard style modular plugs – solid or stranded
• Uses true parallel vertical crimp force for precise termination
• Precisely seats, or terminates, all pins to industry specified crimp heights
• “Gun safety lock-style” design
• Built-in cable cutter and strippers for round & flat cables
• Easily adjust and control depth of the blade when stripping Cat 5e/6 cables
• Built for professional use & reliability.

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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Christie MicroTiles Welcome Dignitaries to the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs

Thirty-six Christie® MicroTiles® are impressing dignitaries and staff with bright and vibrant images at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. The school is an interdisciplinary academic center focusing on global issues and has hosted prime ministers, cabinet ministers and ambassadors.

Installed in the front wall of the Vivian and David Campbell conference facility, the 6 units wide by 6 units high Christie MicroTiles array displays Blu-ray videos, still images and PowerPoint presentations for foreign and domestic officials who present their research findings at the facility.

“We were upgrading our technology and wanted not only the newest and the best – but also something very functional,” said Sean Willett, IT manager for the school. “We have dignitaries from around the world visit so the technology not only has to be top of the line; it has to look and feel impressive. It made sense to use Christie MicroTiles because they really show off their flexibility and image quality for what we need.”

Willett said the center also wanted an aesthetically pleasing display in the customized architectural space that previously housed an older video wall. Christie MicroTiles complement their environment and are a unique proposition in display technology, offering video and data display building blocks to create presentations of varying size and shape.

“It was an amazing project because we had never worked in a space that is used in so many configurations,” added Bertine Jerry, director of sales, Global Unified Solutions Services, Inc., project integrator. “It worked out incredibly well and the Christie MicroTiles look great.”

Christie MicroTiles Deliver Brilliant Colors in High Ambient Light
“Not only are some of our guests interviewed in front of the MicroTiles under harsh media lights, we have huge windows at the back of the room that sweep around the side and there are also windows right near the MicroTiles wall itself,” explained Willett. “We also have lighting that goes all the way across the top of the room. This, traditionally, makes it very difficult to see the images – but this isn’t the case with the MicroTiles.

“People are stunned by the color, clarity, and vibrancy of the images displayed on the MicroTiles – and how it looks like a seamless wall. Everyone is also very happy with how well the MicroTiles integrated with the stone, wood and paneling of the room. In fact, the Christie MicroTiles are a showpiece.”

Networking Switches and 10GbE Cards from Small Tree are “Sexy and They Know It” for Moment Factory

From creating the imagery for Celine Dion’s three-year residency show at Caesars Palace to developing an enhanced, immersive visual environment around Madonna’s 12-minute, five song performance at Super Bowl XLVI, Moment Factory is a new media and entertainment studio specializing in the conception and production of multimedia environments combining video, lighting, architecture, sound and special effects to create remarkable experiences. As the studio’s business continues to grow causing more pressing demands for the production team’s time, Moment Factory installed two Gigabit Ethernet switches and 10GbE cards from Small Tree to improve workflow.

“We originally installed a Small Tree switch for the Celine Dion project,” said Nicolas Syriannis, IT director at Moment Factory. “We needed something over the network that would be able to deliver and stream the content fast and efficiently to the animators working on the project. We also required a solution that we could use onsite when making adjustments to any of the projections. For that, we put one of the two switches from Small Tree in a road case with a Mac server so the team is able connect to a mobile SAN solution in order to make the necessary corrections immediately.”

When looking for a solution to its workflow issues, Moment Factory didn’t want to revamp its entire infrastructure. What it wanted, according to Syriannis, was technology that would fit its current workflow and deliver content fast enough to an expanding team of editors. The studio worked with HumanIT to implement the Small Tree technology into its existing infrastructure.
HumanIT is a 20 year old multi-platform systems integrator that builds bridges between heterogeneous information technology and mobile platforms and technologies to accelerate enterprise-wide business execution and collaboration, securely.

“Before expanding we had three people maximum on a project, so bandwidth wasn’t much of an issue,” Syriannis continued. “But for the Dion and Madonna projects we had up to eight people hitting the server simultaneously, so it was imperative to have technology that would help us meet our needs. The switches and 10GbE cards helped us cut down on the time needed for the animators to sync or stream content from the server.”

At the Super Bowl, Moment Factory utilized an integrated system of 3D animation and editing programs, linked through a “Hippotizer” playback system, 32 HD projectors hung directly over the field combined to create a seamless interaction between the company’s signature visual projections, the dynamic LED stage, a 140-by-80 feet projection surface and the pre-existing stadium ribbon boards.

Since its opening in 2001, Moment Factory has created multimedia experiences for spectators at more than 300 events across the world, including Jay-Z, Cirque du Soleil, Disney, Microsoft and Nine Inch Nails among others.

For more information on Small Tree switches, 10GbE cards and shared storage solutions, visit www.small-tree.com.

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Mercy Center Streams StrandVision Digital Signage to Residents’ Rooms

DALLAS, Pa. – May 16, 2012 – StrandVision Digital Signage and Mercy Center Nursing Unit, Inc. today announced that StrandVision digital signage is being used to stream information to residents’ rooms over the facility’s cable TV system. Mercy Center, a 140-bed facility, is comprised of a skilled nursing unit and a personal care unit. Owned by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Center offers a caring and compassionate environment for its residents.

The Internet-based system, installed by Guyette Communications Industries Corp. of Plymouth, Pa., carries information programming for Mercy Center’s 140 residents that includes a welcome message, as well as menus, activities, date, time and weather, bingo numbers and special events, such as birthdays and holiday greetings. Residents simply select the in-house channel on their television sets. The channel also is used to broadcast daily Mass.

The digital signage content is delivered by StrandVision over the Internet to a pre-configured Linux digital signage player that is integrated into the existing cable system. Weather, date and time information are updated in real time automatically by StrandVision while resident activities and notices are scheduled and posted by Mercy Center staff using StrandVision’s Internet-based Content Management System.

The system is working well. “Feedback from the residents is that they really like it,” commented Rich Heiser, Mercy Center’s tech who oversees the digital signage, information technology and other systems. “We’d like to add a few monitors in our lobbies on both our personal care and skilled nursing sides. We’re also considering adding another channel of programming in some of the lobby areas.”

“Mercy Center is making creative use of the digital signage system –sending scheduled messages directly to viewers in their rooms,” said Mike Strand StrandVision founder and CEO. “It reaches the residents where they spend the most time, which makes it as convenient as possible. The staff is able to post notices with minimal effort with the knowledge that it’s easily accessible to everyone who wants the information.”

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers’ LCD flat panel screens, as well as computer screens and websites. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – For further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

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Hitachi Introduces New Classroom and Conference Room 3LCD Projectors

CHULA VISTA, California, May 16, 2012 — Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group today announced the next generation of its Classroom and Conference Room 3LCD projectors: the CP-X2015WN, CP-WX2515WN, CP-X2515WN, CP-X3015WN, CP-X4015WN and CP-WX3015WN. These new models offer networking capability, two USB ports and new ImageCare functionality.

The CP-X2015WN, CP-WX2515WN, CP-X2515WN, CP-X3015WN, CP-X4015WN and CP-WX3015WN all provide networking capability, allowing them to be remotely controlled via a LAN network connection. Hitachi’s exclusive PJMan Projector Management software gives users the ability to operate and monitor the projectors from a remote location, and receive diagnostic information (such as remaining lamp life), making these models ideal for installations where multiple projectors are used, such as an entire building or campus.

Two USB Type A inputs make it possible to use the optional USB wireless adapter and the Hitachi Wireless Pen Tablet (TB-1) USB receiver at the same time. In addition, projector settings can be transferred to other projectors via a USB memory stick. This makes it easy to use other projectors without having to take the time to configure the settings.

The CP-X2015WN, CP-WX2515WN, CP-X2515WN, CP-X3015WN, CP-X4015WN and CP-WX3015WN all feature ImageCare, which is a lamp power control function developed by Philips that will lower the total cost of ownership of the projector. ImageCare decreases energy usage, improves contrast ratio and can lengthen lamp life. Using Image Care technology, Intelligent Eco Mode automatically changes the brightness of the lamp according to the brightness level of the image. This feature gives optimal picture performance with maximum energy savings and can increase lamp life.
The Saver mode, based on ImageCare, reduces lamp power by 70 percent compared to the normal mode, resulting in considerable energy savings. Users can set the time for the Saver mode from one to 30 minutes. If the projected image does not change by the set time, the Saver mode is activated, reducing lamp brightness and lowering power consumption.

With Hitachi’s new Multi Projector function, users can project the same image to up to 12 projectors simultaneously, making it idea for presentations in large venues where a single screen would not be sufficient. In addition, Hitachi’s Moderator Control Mode lets users network 50 computers to the projector, with one computer acting as the moderator. This allows an instructor to use the moderator computer to select and project images from the students’ computers.

Each model includes Hitachi’s Campus Notification System and Network Messenger features for sending campus-wide announcements and important messages. Hitachi’s Projector Control (PJCtrl) application allows users to control the functions of their projector via a toolbar on their PC. Since all the functions for controlling the projector are on the PC, PJCtrl can help reduce costs associated with lost remote controls and battery replacement.

Brightness for each model is as follows:
- CP-X2015WN: 2,400 ANSI Lumens (XGA Resolution)
- CP-WX2515WN: 2,700 ANSI Lumens (WXGA Resolution)
- CP-X2515WN: 2,700 ANSI Lumens (XGA Resolution)
- CP-X3015WN: 3,200 ANSI Lumens (XGA Resolution)
- CP-X4015WN: 4,000 ANSI Lumens (XGA Resolution)
- CP-WX3015WN: 3,000 ANSI Lumens (WXGA Resolution)

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

ABOUT HITACHI
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group markets LCD projectors, interactive panels and whiteboards and security and observation system products through value added resellers, system integrators, distributors and OEMs.

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Event Solutions Idea Factory 2012 Showcases Vista Spyder X20 at Spotlight/ICA CATIE Awards Ceremony

BARTKRESA Design, Inc. chose the Vista Spyder X20 1608 video processor to provide blending of multilayered graphic content and sequencing for the Event Solutions magazine Spotlight/ICA CATIE Awards at the recent Event Solutions Idea Factory 2012 Conference in Las Vegas.

Event Solutions magazine, the leader in event industry news and information, held its awards ceremony in the Palace Ballroom of Caesars Palace to honor the top names in the event and catering world. BARTKRESA Design, which specializes in creating large-scale projection environments, provided the Vista Spyder X20 for the gala showcase content for the festivities.

Via pixel mapping, the Palace Ballroom was transformed into a lush red-curtained stage with three large viewing screens and Art Deco detailing. Within this theatrical environment, an emcee interfaced with the projections – helping define the flow and structure of the awards ceremony, including an opening operatic act and the projection of award categories and nominees, and transitional backgrounds.

Feeding the Spyder X20 with background graphics, live camera feeds and computer graphics were eight DVI inputs, and by taking advantage of the Spyder’s 16 inputs, BARTKRESA supported all the primary and backup sources without using an upstream matrix switch.

“Spyder enabled the integration of a multitude of varied graphic elements and animations that the presentation required,” said Bart Kresa, president, BARTKRESA. “That meant pixel mapping for the architectural facades and decorative details that defined the stage. It also meant cityscapes for transitional effects, award categories and nominee listings, and the gilt frames that enclosed graphic backgrounds and animated titling.”

BARTKRESA design deployed the Spyder’s soft edge blending function on the inputs, seamlessly creating an internal blend from the sources across four screens. The company also used alpha stills to give the IMAG windows an elegant picture-frame look.

“Spyder’s performance was just fantastic,” concluded Kresa. “We were completely satisfied with it.”

About Christie(r)
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com.

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