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Vizrt integrates with OpenStreetMap to provide global street maps for broadcasters

Vizrt announced today that it has upgraded the map and geographical animations tool, Viz World, to integrate with OpenStreetMap (OSM). With the new integration, Viz World users can access OSM community data from within the Viz World interface, effectively allowing Vizrt’s customers access to vector street data for most of the world.

OpenStreetMap is an open source online map database accessible at www.openstreetmaps.org. It provides a free, editable map of the world through the efforts of many contributors around the world.

For Vizrt customers, OSM street data is converted to shape files by an OSM approved 3rd party. The shape files are then converted to a format that is optimized for use in Vizrt’s rendering engine. The conversion makes it faster to render the vectors and search the database. Using a downloader interface, broadcasters load the data for their region or anywhere in the world where the data is needed. The data is then searched by street, address, intersection or point of interest.

Vizrt will update the extensive street data provided by the OpenStreetMap community to its servers twice a year to provide the latest street mapping information to its customers.

To recognize OSM for its pioneering work providing this global street map database, Vizrt is requiring customers who use OSM data to place an attribution on the screen with the simple text attribution of “OpenStreetMap.”

“OpenStreetMap has created an invaluable and high-quality geographic database.” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, CTO of Vizrt. “We hope this attribution gives the community the recognition it deserves, while serving our customers the highest quality maps so they can accurately report on world events.”

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

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Lightware U.S.A. Releases Lightware Plus Line of DVI Matrix Switchers with Built-in Power Supplies

Lightware U.S.A., the US distributor of Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering productions, is pleased to announce that its latest DVI matrix switchers, the Lightware Plus line, will begin shipping in December. The new MX9x9DVI-Plus, MX12x12DVI-Plus and MX16x16DVI-Plus feature a built-in power supply for the first time.

“With built-in power supplies, the Lightware Plus matrix switchers offer an all-in-one solution to customers who don’t have space for rack-mounted power supplies. That means added convenience for rental and staging markets as well as permanent installations,” says Blake Dudash in sales and marketing.

Lightware Plus was developed in response to customer requests for such a feature, he reports. “The new Lightware Plus line provides more options to help them meet their needs,” Dudash notes.

Routing up to 16×16 DVI 1.0 signals, the matrix switchers have a 7-inch depth, 4 RU-high body and low fan noise, which make them idea for many space- and noise-sensitive applications. The frames incorporate Lightware’s Advanced EDID Management function, which enables users to emulate any EDID on the switcher’s inputs independently, read out and store any attached monitor’s EDID in 100 internal memory locations, and upload and download EDID files using Remote Control software. The crosspoint switcher can be controlled through a 9-pole D-sub connector via RS-232 or RS-422 protocol and IP-based Ethernet connection, including web access through a Neutrik EtherCON connection ensuring a robust connection at all times.

With 1920×1200 or 2048×1080 maximal resolution, the Lightware Plus matrix switchers offer no switching latency (zero frame delay) and can route HDMI 1.3 signals (with embedded audio) without HDCP. They feature gold-plated PCB boards and connectors, front panel buttons control, a built-in website and Vista Spyder and Barco Encore compatibility.

“We’re very excited about Lightware Plus and are eager to see customer reactions to it,” says Dudash. The new matrix switchers are ideal for multi-room video control, professional AV systems, conference rooms and critical avionics and military applications.

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit www.lightwareUSA.com.

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