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AVB Networking Conference To Feature Strong Speakers, Cover Gamut Of Applications

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – The speaker lineup for the 2012 AVB Networking Conference was announced today. It will include technology leaders from a host of disciplines and applications including Bill Murphy, Director of Solutions Marketing, Extreme Networks who will discuss the core AVB technology; Jim Risgin, Vice President Engineering, On Stage Audio, who will present on his pioneering work with AVB in real-world applications; Vikram Kirby, Director of Technical Design, Thinkwell, who will speak from his experience deploying AVB in the field; Sam Berkow, Principal Consultant and Founding Partner, SIA Acoustics, who will be discussing AVB in large performance venue design; Michael Cusick, President, Specialized Audio Video Inc., who will address AVB in hospitality system design and Casey Sherred, Consultant, Acoustic Dimensions, who will be discussing AVB in house of worship design.

The AVB Networking Conference 2012, which will be held coincident with InfoComm 2012 on June 12 at 11:00AM to 4:30PM, is co-sponsored by Avid, Biamp, Extreme Networks, HARMAN, Lab X Technologies, Meyer Sound and Riedel Communications – all of whom have AVB-capable devices on the market today. The applications-based event will provide consultants, integrators and system designers with comprehensive details on how AVB technology can simplify system design and maintenance.

The AVB Networking Conference sold out very fast but complete video of the conference presentations will be uploaded to www.AVBNetworkingConference.com immediately after InfoComm.

Commenting on the speaker line-up, Adam Holladay market manager, HARMAN System Development and Integration Group (SDIG) noted, “That the AVB Networking Conference has completely booked out from the outset is a testament to the quality of the speakers also the market significance of AVB to the future of systems integration.”

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(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). 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 $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

Wowza Media Systems to Discuss Multiscreen Video Delivery Strategies at InfoComm 2012

InfoComm University Session IS101 ‘Implementing a Multiscreen Video Delivery Business Model for AV/IT Managers’ Set for June 15 more

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Electrosonic’s Robert Simpson to Host InfoComm Education Session

Electrosonic Founder Director Robert Simpson will host a session at InfoComm 2012 designed to end confusion about today’s high resolution display options. “Technology Trends in High Resolution Displays” will be held June 14 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The 90-minute course will identify what level of resolution is required for various situations, explain the differing needs of users of high resolution displays, update participants on the current status of the main display technologies and help them understand the scope for further developments. The session will also include news of the latest display developments from the SID symposium in Boston that will have taken place just before InfoComm.

Simpson will also discuss NHK’s 33 million pixel 85-inch LCD, “electronic paper,” current OLED status, the differences between LCD, LCOS and DLP as the basis of projection, and why the presentation of 3D images without glasses is so difficult.

A frequent lecturer on audio-visual and lighting control topics, Simpson opened the 2012 InfoComm Future Trends Summit at the Integrated Systems Europe Exhibition (ISE) in Amsterdam with this presentation. Simpson was the recipient of the InfoComm Distinguished Achievement Award in 2009.

“Training and education are very important components of the continuing development of our trade. It’s a pleasure to participate in this session and contribute to InfoComm’s ongoing activities,” says Simpson.

Electrosonic’s InfoComm exhibit will be situated at booth N1133 in the North Hall. Simpson will be available for further discussion at the booth following the education session.

InfoComm 2012, which runs from June 9-15, will feature more than 925 exhibitors and 300 educational sessions. It is expected that 34,000 AV professionals will attend the most comprehensive AV trade show in the world.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, video conferencing and control rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

Vaddio Supports New Canon, Panasonic and Sony PTZ Cameras

Vaddio, the global leader in robotic PTZ cameras and camera control systems, announces its support of new Canon, Panasonic and Sony PTZ cameras, including the Canon XU-80, Canon XU-80W, Panasonic AW-HE120, Panasonic HE50H, Sony BRC-H900, Sony EVI-D90 and the Sony EVI-D80. All cameras are configured with Vaddio’s cabling systems to deliver high quality video, power and control over standard Cat. 5 cabling.

Canon XU-80, Panasonic HE50, Panasonic HE120 (black), Panasonic HE120 (white), Sony EVI-D90 and D80 (black), Sony EVI-D90 and D80 (white) and Sony BRC-H900.

“Vaddio remains committed to supporting the best available camera technologies by developing our ease of installation Cat. 5 systems and CCU packages built around the top cameras in the industry,” explains Tom Mingo, VP of Sales at Vaddio. “In addition to the support for installation of these cameras, Vaddio supports these new models by integrating their control protocols into our complete line of automated and operator controlled systems.”

The Canon XU-80 is an indoor/outdoor single CMOS camera system, featuring a dustproof and waterproof design, also available with a wiper for permanent outdoor installations. The optional Canon XU-Series CCU Image Controller enables the adjustment of color and shading functions.

The Panasonic AW-HE120, HE50H and Sony BRC-H900 are available as stand-alone cameras, WallVIEW PRO or WallVIEW CCU systems. The WallVIEW PRO systems deliver high quality HD video, power and control over standard Cat. 5 cabling up to 500 feet. The WallVIEW CCU adds the ability to adjust color, gain, and iris functions.

The standard definition Sony EVI-D90 and EVI-D80 cameras are available as stand-alone cameras or WallVIEW systems. The WallVIEW systems include the camera, thin profile wall mount bracket and the Vaddio EZCamera Cabling System. The EZCamera Cabling System delivers power, video and control over two Cat. 5 cables up to 200 feet.

Stop by Booth C8729 at InfoComm to see the new cameras, as well as Vaddio’s complete line of cameras and camera control systems. For free VIP InfoComm passes or to set up an appointment at InfoComm please contact kperkins@vaddio.com or by calling (763) 971-4409.

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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XPAND 3D Appoints Stampede to Distribute YOUniversal 3D Electronic Eyewear and RF Dongle in United States

LOS ANGELES, California – XPAND 3D today announced that Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. (www.stampedeglobal.com), North America’s largest high value added distributor of Pro AV solutions, has been appointed to distribute XPAND’s YOUniversal 3D Glasses and RF dongle in the United States. The appointment of Stampede coincides with the United States market debut of XPAND’s RF dongle, which is required for use with active 3D TVs that use radio frequency to interface with 3D glasses.

“Stampede is the industry-leading distributor of video equipment and services to a wide variety of consumer and commercial resellers, making them the logical choice as first to carry the YOUniversal RF dongle and our XPAND YOUniversal Glasses,” said David Chechelashvili, Vice President, Head of Consumer Division, XPAND 3D.

XPAND’s YOUniversal 3D Glasses optimize the 3D experience for every viewer, by modifying the 3D parameters for each user and for different 3D environments. These top-quality glasses offer unprecedented personal customization, compatibility with all types of 3D TVs and devices, long wearing comfort and appealing style. In combination with the RF dongle, XPAND YOUniversal 3D Glasses are the world’s first and only IR/RF hybrid 3D glasses.

“We look forward to introducing XPAND’s standard-setting 3D solutions to the 10,000 resellers in our dealer network,” Kevin Kelly, Stampede’s President and COO, said today. “The 3D format continues to make significant strides in specific vertical markets, most notably in K12 and higher education, and XPAND is the clear market leader in terms of innovation, performance and value. Our team will work closely with XPAND to create a series of sales and support programs highly customized for each market segment. The ability to customize products to meet individual market applications is one of the key reasons why more than 140 manufacturers rely upon us to be their front-line sales force. We look forward to creating a series of sales productive programs for XPAND.”

Stampede will offer the XPAND YOUniversal 3D Glasses and RF dongle both separately and bundled together.

For more information on XPAND 3D, please visit www.xpand.me

About Stampede:
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

About XPAND 3D:
XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.

HARMAN’s AKG Acoustics Celebrates 65th Company Anniversary

VIENNA, Austria – Holding dear its mission to supply the world’s performers, engineers, producers and fans of music the most trusted and reliable sound, HARMAN’s AKG proudly celebrates its 65th company anniversary in June, 2012. Founded in 1947 by two Viennese, physicist Dr. Rudolf Görike and engineer Ernst Pless, Akustische und Kino-Geräte Gesellschaft mbH, shortened to AKG in 1965, is among the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality headphones, microphones and wireless systems for professional users. Since 1993, AKG has been a part of HARMAN, distributing its premium products in more than 140 countries.

When founded, AKG’s core business was to equip cinemas with loudspeakers, film projectors and light meters. Görike built the loudspeakers and projectors with a team of five employees in a small rented basement. Pless supplied the cinemas with the finished products in exchange, more often than not, for food or cigarettes, rather than currency. In years following, the product range became more tailored to markets in high demand, such as car horns, door intercoms, carbon capsules for telephones, second headsets for phones and cushion speakers. Radio stations, theaters, jazz clubs and cabarets used the first homemade AKG microphones within the first year of the company’s conception.

AKG’s first patents included the moving coil technology and principle of mass loaded membranes, which allowed users to extend frequency ranges, reaching low notes and offering warmth and volume to previously hollow and shrill-sounding mics.

AKG achieved an international breakthrough with the development of its first dynamic microphone, the D12. The mic conquered radio and television stations, setting the standard for voice transmission for the 1950′s and 60′s. AKG’s C12 tube microphone also set a benchmark of quality for professional musicians. The K10 headphones were one of the first headphones from AKG and until recent years, a further development of the K10 was even still in use at the European Parliament!

In 1955, the company established a subsidiary in Germany. At the time, the reputable producers of recording devices, Philips, Grundig, Uher, Loewe, Opta, Nordmende and Telefunken, etc., obtained their microphones from AKG. The majority of AKG’s customers were based in Germany and the supplier in Austria. By the end of the 50′s, AKG had built an international network of distribution partners.

In the late 1960′s, AKG successfully entered the Far East and Latin America markets. As TV was steadily replacing cinema as the source for information and entertainment, AKG decided to fade out cinema devices and concentrate on its strength – the construction of mobile electro-acoustic devices. A new market had been created through AKG’s production of portable reverberators, which proved to be a great success, making AKG the world’s first supplier in the product segment. The 1960′s also introduced to the soon-to-be legendary K141 headphones, which had a high demand through the studio and high-end hi-fi segments.

AKG’s C414 made its debut in the 1960′s, and continues to be the standard mic in the recording industry, decades later.

AKG established the construction of high-quality pickups for record players in the 1970′s, but withdrew from that segment with the introduction of the compact disc and the start of the digital age. Görike and Pless invested a significant amount of time and money in R&D at this time to boost the development of telecommunications pieces, transistor mouthpieces and earphones. The success of this investment became a key source of revenue in the 70′s. In 1974, AKG held 1,000 patents.
During the late 1970′s, digital technology became a large piece of the product portfolio of AKG. The company was able to impressively demonstrate the competence acquired in the digital era when it equipped the 1980 Olympic games in Moscow with the TDU 7000 time-delay unit. The TDU 7000′s interface handled up to eight audio signals, simultaneously running input and output – a groundbreaking innovation long before the introduction of sound cards in PCs.

AKG became a public company, becoming listed on Vienna’s stock exchange in 1984. The move was an important step to further expand AKG into the powerhouse it is today. As a blue chip company, AKG was one of the top traded stocks in Vienna for years. With the IPO, AKG pursued a strategy to become a full-service provider and purchased firms with complementary products.

1989 brought the AKG K1000 headphone system for hi-fi purists and professional applications in the recording studio.

In 1993, HARMAN international Inc. acquired AKG and 76 percent of its shares. The following year, Görike passed away and HARMAN acquired the remaining 24 percent. Alongside AKG, such esteemed brands as Becker, BSS, Crown, dbx, DigiTech, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Revel and Soundcraft are owned by HARMAN. That same year, AKG moved to its current headquarters in Vienna’s 23rd district. For the first time in the company’s history, all of its departments were accommodated under one roof.

To reduce costs and remain competitive in a harsh environment, in subsequent years AKG shifted parts of its productions to locations with lower wage costs. With sights on perfection, the entire product development and the production of sensitive products are today still carried out at the Viennese location in Lemböckgasse.

Along with the systematic expansion of sales and distribution channels and the optimisation of production, the immense spirit of innovation of AKG’s employees remains a key factor. In 2008, AKG was awarded the Austrian export prize for foreign trade.

Cooperation with stars from the music business, such as Quincy Jones, underlines the ambitions of AKG to always present products with the highest sound quality and level of perfection to its customers. In 2010 AKG received the most important award in the firm’s history – the TECHNICAL GRAMMY(r) Award – and is now on a par with companies such as Sony Corp., Apple Computer Inc. or JBL.

In the last financial year, AKG Acoustics GmbH managed to increase its revenues by 30 percent and its profits by 300 percent – its best year-end result in 20 years.

“Over the past decades, AKG has impressively demonstrated that an Austrian company can successfully hold its own on the global market. We owe this not least to the innovativeness of our engineers and the motivation of all our employees. Together we can look towards an interesting future. With such a strong and motivated team we will overcome challenges awaiting us. It fills me with pride to manage AKG and to be permitted, together with all our employees, to actively shape the future of AKG,” Jürgen Bopst, managing director of AKG Acoustics GmbH, is pleased to say.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics.

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(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). 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 $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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Earthworks Installation Series Debuting at InfoComm

Earthwokrs IM3 and IM6

Milford, NH – June 5, 2012 – Earthworks introduces two microphones from the new Installation Series, the IM3 and IM6, designed for permanent installation. The primary applications for the IM3 and IM6 include ceiling mounted teleconferencing, distance learning, surveillance, boardrooms, government facilities, and ambient room miking.

The IM3 and IM6 both feature a 30Hz to 30kHz flat frequency response and patented polar technology, allowing orators to maintain the same high intelligibility throughout the room without a reduction in sound level or a loss of high frequencies. The Installation Series microphones come standard with a cardioid polar pattern, 4.495 inch body, and white finish on exposed sections. The IM3 has a 3 inch gooseneck and the IM6 has a 6 inch gooseneck.

Pricing for the IM3 is $659 and $699 for the IM6. Volume pricing discounts available.

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Gefen’s New 8×8 Matrix for HDMI with FST Currently Shipping

Gefen’s recently announced Gefen ToolBox 8×8 CrossPoint Matrix for HDMI with FST (Fast Switching Technology) is currently shipping. Ideal for digital signage, post-production or home theater applications, this wall-mountable matrix connects any eight high definition sources to any eight HDTV displays. It works with Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, tablets and set-top boxes as well as displays and projectors equipped with HDMI. Users switch 1080p full HD video with digital audio between all eight hi-def sources and displays with support for 3DTV pass-through.

This matrix comes with Gefen’s FST, which vastly improves the time it takes for HDMI to switch different sources to a display. A transition that could typically take up to 10 seconds is now reduced to no delay. This is achieved through an improvement of the HDCP (high-bandwidth digital content protection) handshaking process, which has been implemented into this new 8×8 matrix.

The Gefen ToolBox 8×8 Matrix for HDMI with FST comes in a slender enclosure that can be mounted on any wall. Installation requires the connection of up to eight sources and eight displays to the Matrix’s eight HDMI inputs and outputs. Convenient front-panel control buttons, IR remote, RS-232 and IP control options are all available for system automaton.

“This enhanced 8×8 matrix also offers a lower price point compared to previous, similar product offerings, making it a great buy,” added Hagai Gefen, president and CEO. Gefen.

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StrandVision Digital Signage Enhances PowerPoint Presentation Digital Signage Content Capabilities

Enables easy digital signage display of full-featured PowerPoint presentations with transitions, animations and audio…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – June 5, 2012 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced new, free digital signage capabilities that enable subscribers to display full–motion, animated PowerPoint presentations over their StrandVision digital signage networks.

The new features allow subscribers to efficiently upload multiple PowerPoint presentations at a time, as well as display complete presentations with all slide builds, transitions, animations and embedded audio tracks, as they appear in the original .ppt or .pptx presentation files. This enables StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers to distribute to easily digital signage content such as corporate announcements, management presentations, training programs and business marketing promotional materials as they appear in the original PowerPoint presentations.

New upload features include:
• Batch uploads of multiple .ppt or .pptx files;
• Ability to select fully animated or traditional image conversion types;
• Automatic conversion of uploaded PowerPoint files in minutes for use on the StrandVision Digital Signage network;
• Automatic naming of digital signage content pages using the original file name;
• Automatic addition of the uploaded presentation directly to the subscriber’s digital signage page mix within their Content Management System (CMS) portal;
• The ability for subscribers to customize the conversion email confirmation process for each PowerPoint submitted;
• Easy replacement of previously uploaded PowerPoint presentations by uploading a new or modified file with the same name.

Presentation features include:

• Full .ppt and .pptx capabilities. All builds, transitions and animations in original presentations are preserved and included in the final video file;
• Background music, sound effects and audio narration are retained in the presentation. (Playback requires audio-enabled digital signage capabilities at the display points.)

“Prior to digital signage, PowerPoint was the lingua franca of corporate communications,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “So, extending its full capabilities to StrandVision Digital Signage as fully animated digital signage video opens new doors for our subscribers. StrandVision’s upload and display process is now easier, more efficient and more capable than ever before. Whether it’s for employee communications or training, business marketing or information, subscribers can now use a familiar format, PowerPoint, to create stimulating digital signage content.”

The automatic PowerPoint presentation capabilities are included immediately as a free digital signage capability to StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers with Streaming Video, Gold and Platinum packages. Subscribers can have an unlimited number of PowerPoint slides up to the page limits of their license. Although the resulting conversion is internally handled as a video file, the PowerPoint-converted presentations do not count towards digital signage package video limits. StrandVision Digital Signage Basic Package subscribers continue to be able to display PowerPoint slides over their networks using the traditional PowerPoint-to-image conversion process.

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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BenQ and Mersive Team Up to Bring Striking Image Blending Display Technology to InfoComm 2012

Companies to Demonstrate Powerful Combination of BenQ High-Brightness Projectors With Mersive’s Sol Software in Multiprojector Displays more

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