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Dataton to usher in a new era of innovation at ISE 2013

New headquarters, 40th-anniversary celebrations and much, much more!

Dataton, the world-renowned manufacturer and developer of presentation and show-control products, ushers in a new era of innovation and creativity at the 2013 edition of Integrated Systems Europe. The company’s latest products, marketed as additions to the WATCHOUT suite of multi-display production and presentation software, will be showcased on Dataton’s biggest ISE stand so far.

While the exact nature of the products to be showcased at ISE remains a closely guarded secret until the show opens its doors on January 29, Fredrik Svahnberg, Dataton’s marketing director, comments: “We have continued to update WATCHOUT this year with new features such as 3D stereoscopic playback, live video streaming, interactivity, and multiple languages. What we are going to show at ISE marks the start of a major move forward.”

On the first day of ISE 2013, Dataton will host a booth party at 17:00 on stand 7-K175 to celebrate its 40th year in business and the Swedish-based company is promising plenty of Scandinavian hospitality.

Maintaining its support for education programmes in the pro-AV space, Dataton will also present an InfoComm University™ session in ISE’s Education Zone. Titled ‘Multi-Image Projection Techniques’, the session will be delivered by Svahnberg and will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, 30 January. Like all InfoComm University content, thesession will be vendor-neutral and free of sales pitches.

Finally, ISE 2013 will be the first major AV tradeshow that Dataton has planned from its new corporate headquarters at Mjärdevi Science Park in Linköping, Sweden. Construction of the purpose-built HQ, designed by award-winning architect Petra Gipp, commenced in the summer of 2012.

Dataton will exhibit on Stand 7-K175 at Integrated Systems Europe at the Amsterdam RAI from 29-31 January 2013.

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SunBriteTV Heats up Canada’s Outdoor TV Market at CES 2013

SunBriteTV, leader in all-weather outdoor televisions and digital signage for residential and commercial markets across North America, announced plans to launch aggressive dealer sales and co-marketing programs to expand the Canadian market for outdoor televisions with its existing range of Pro, Signature and the direct sunlight-readable Marquee Series all-weather televisions. This new program, targeting key Canadian AV and custom installation dealers, will be launched during the 2013 International CES, Las Vegas, Jan 8 – 11.

“Our goal in 2013 is to take the Canadian market by storm. At this year’s CES we will be offering compelling programs and co-marketing deals that will bring exponential sales growth and healthy margins to Canadian retailers and custom installers.” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing for SunBriteTV. We invite Canadian dealers to visit our booth (#15037) in Central Hall at CES for more details.”

Made specifically to endure the harsh climatic conditions often found in Canada, SunBriteTV’s televisions are designed, engineered and manufactured in the US to resist the effects of snow, rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects. Equipped with internal heaters, the Marquee and Pro Series can operate in temperatures as low as -40° C, while the Signature Series can operate from a low of -31° C. The entire range of SunBriteTVs also boasts a specially designed airflow cooling system enabling operation in ambient temperatures of up to 50° C. Every SunBriteTV includes a weatherproof remote control and features a powerful speaker system that delivers better sound quality than most indoor TVs.

Three Series Line-up:
Marquee Series (Direct Sunlight-Readable 700 NIT LCD, Extended Solar Tolerance, -40° C to +50° C)
47” (Portrait and Landscape models), 55” (Portrait and Landscape models)
Pro Series (Operational temperature: -40° C to +50° C)
22”, 32”, 46”, 55”
Signature Series (Primarily suited to residential applications; operational temperatures: -31° C to +50° C)
32”, 46”, 55”, 65”

SunBriteTV will be located at booth #15037 in Central Hall, LVCC.

For more information about SunBriteTV and its range of all-weather outdoor televisions, please visit www.sunbritetv.com.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Resellers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Reseller, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Reseller Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Extron Introduces Long Distance HDMI Twisted Pair Extender

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP HDMI 330, a transmitter and receiver set for long distance transmission of HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR control signals up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single CATx cable. The HDCP-compliant extender provides an effective means for extending HDMI with embedded multi-channel audio from HDMI-equipped devices. In addition, the DTP HDMI 330 accepts analog stereo audio signals and digitizes them for simultaneous transmission over the same twisted pair cable. The compact enclosure sizes and remote power capability make the DTP HDMI 330 ideal for extending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional control in space-challenged environments. more

Belkin Advanced Secure DVI-I KVM Switch Named a 2012 Product of the Year by UBM Channel’s CRN

4th Annual List Recognizes Products that Raised the Bar for Technical Excellence In 2012

Belkin, a trusted leader of customer-driven computing solutions for office, IT infrastructure and mobile environments, announced today that its Advanced Secure DVI-I KVM switch has received a 2012 Product of the Year award from CRN in the Security category. Products on this 4th annual list were selected based on their ability to offer technological innovation, opportunity, and profitability to solution providers over the 2012 calendar year.

CRN’s distinguished “Products of the Year” list recognizes the most impressive new products of 2012. To determine this year’s list, CRN editors collaborated with the CRN Test Center to evaluate the latest products to enter the market. Judges reviewed hundreds of innovative new products and pared the list down to those products that that added significant value to the end user community while making an immediate impact on the solution provider community. This year’s list featured solutions across all technologies including CPU, Server, Laptop, Desktop, Retail Appliance, Virtualization, Data Center, Smartphone and Tablet.

Belkin’s Secure DVI-I KVM switch enables secure data access for government agencies that require users to switch between networks. One of the only KVM switches on the market that meets NIAP’s EAL 2+ Common Criteria certification, the solution suite is also the first of its kind to utilize optical data diode technology to prevent peripheral vulnerabilities, further supporting the government’s cyber security initiatives.

“Choosing a vendor partner can be challenging for today’s IT solution providers,” said Kelley Damore, vice president and editorial director for UBM Channel. “They want to be sure they’re offering the best products possible to their customers before forming any major partnerships. This year’s Products of the Year list helps our audience filter through all the new products flooding the market and focus on new the best of the best technologies that offer new and exciting opportunities. We congratulate this year’s winners and applaud them for their positive contribution the IT industry.”

“We are honored to receive CRN’s Product of the Year award,” said Luis Artiz, director of product management, Belkin. “We strive to deliver innovative, quality products to our valued reseller partners. Belkin’s Secure DVI-I KVM switch was designed for government agencies with the highest security standards. This award is a testament to Belkin’s industry-driven approach to development our partners rely on to meet their customers’ technology requirements.”

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers commercial computing solutions for office, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 25 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.Belkin.com.

About UBM Channel: (www.ubmchannel.com)

UBM Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. UBM Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about UBM Channel, visit us at www.ubmchannel.com.

UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries is organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to www.ubm.com

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DiaQuest ProductionLink Now Available at ASSIMILATE Online Store

Software Plug-In Earns Positive Feedback from SCRATCH Customers

EMERYVILLE, CALIF.– DiaQuest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, today announced that ProductionLink for ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, a plug-in that adds Avid® Interplay to the SCRATCH® list of available render formats, is now available at the ASSIMILATE online store. The new plug-in received positive responses when demonstrated at the ASSIMILATE SCRATCH User Group NYC meeting in October in New York, as well as the ASSIMILATE User Group LA last month in Los Angeles.

SCRATCH is integral to some of the most demanding post-production and dailies DI workflows for motion pictures, independent features, and episodic television. ProductionLink provides a reliable, seamless connection that allows content to be published directly to the Avid Interplay production asset management (PAM) system. Once installed, ProductionLink features appear within the SCRATCH user interface.

“SCRATCH has earned its reputation as one of the most flexible DI products in the industry because of its seamless extensibility via industry standard plug-ins,” said Steve Bannerman, vice president of marketing at ASSIMILATE. ”The new ProductionLink for ASSIMILATE SCRATCH plug-in is a perfect example. ProductionLink streamlines what used to be a tiresome process of transferring files into Avid Interplay. It’s a great plug-in that handles everything automatically through the SCRATCH user interface, so artists love its simplicity and elegance. We’ve received very positive feedback from customers around the world, because artists immediately see how ProductionLink improves their workflow.”

ProductionLink adds the file organization and metadata capabilities of Interplay to established SCRATCH workflows automatically. The plug-in exports Avid Mediafiles DNxHD® MXF OP-atom video files and individual PCM MXF OP-atom audio channel files that are fully compliant with Avid file formatting and folder organization, so saved files can be used immediately in Media Composer™ and other Avid applications.

DiaQuest also offers ProductionLink for Adobe Creative Suite. Both products are available for Mac and Windows systems and are also available through DiaQuest Direct, the company’s online store, as well as select system integrators and Adobe and Avid resellers. ProductionLink for Adobe Creative Suite is also available through Adobe Exchange, which is accessed through the Creative Suite 6 application. For more information, contact DiaQuest at (510) 547-4544 or visit www.diaquest.com.

About DiaQuest:

Based in Emeryville, Calif., DiaQuest Products LLC has been developing mission critical software for the video, film, and broadcast industries since 1982. The company develops software as an OEM for several manufacturers, as well as custom software tools for a variety of clients. In addition to software development, DiaQuest provides professional-level support of related software and hardware products. Find out more at www.diaquest.com or call (510) 547-4544.

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Dedicated Interfaces Remain Vital For Today’s Control Systems

Custom integrators who allow their clients to think that an iPhone, iPad or Android device is the first — and last word — in home control are doing them, and the industry they serve, a disservice, according to Joe Lautner, Control Group Director at CORE® Brands, which manufactures and markets the industry-leading ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System. “Let’s not put the cart in front of the horse,” Lautner stressed today. “The phenomenal popularity of Apple and Android interfaces has had an incredibly strong and positive impact on our industry, but their control features are limited when compared to the capabilities of dedicated interfaces.”

According to Lautner, every integrator knows there are a lot of things that are simply easier, faster and more convenient to do on a dedicated wand-style remote or hard-wired in-wall touch screen. Special features such as always-on intercoms, hard buttons for commonly used functions and deeper accessibility into security, energy management and media controls make these interfaces a necessary element to deliver the full functionality of a robust home control system. “And as homeowners add more wireless devices that can congest their Wi-Fi networks, hard-wired control interfaces ensure reliable access to the system.”

Lautner stressed that advanced technology is now a part of everyday life, and cable companies have begun promising cheap home automation from a smartphone. Because of this, he explained, it’s easy for consumers to lose sight of the value of more expensive touch screens and remotes that industry professionals consider must-haves.

“Increasingly, integrators are working with clients who assume that their smartphone is the only device they need to control their home. It’s up to us to educate the consumer,“ Lautner stressed.

While it’s convenient to be able to log while away from home, it’s also true that when in the home, using a smartphone may add four or five steps to simply change the volume or pause the TV. Wand-style remotes are still the best solution for home theater and home audio control.

In-wall touch screens also have several advantages that are obvious to integrators but may be more elusive to their clients. Lautner continued, “You always know where it is, you can’t drop it, you never have to charge it, you and your kids can’t break it, toddlers can’t reach it, it won’t slow down because you have 1,000 Instagram updates, you can set different home screens and accessibility options for different users, it’s always on, it’s available for other family members to use when you aren’t home, and some models can double as TVs, making them perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.

“Using a smartphone for home control is like using an air mattress,” Lautner concluded. “It’s extremely useful when you’re out of the house, and can be valuable in a pinch when you’re home, but it doesn’t provide the same level of functionality as a real mattress designed specifically for everyday use. Smartphones are great for remote accessibility, but once you’re inside the house there are much better ways to manage your home control system.”

About CORE® Brands:
CORE® Brands is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc., a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information. CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

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HARMAN Signs Agreement to Acquire Entertainment Lighting Company Martin Professional

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HARMAN, the global premium audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), said today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Martin Professional A/S of Denmark, a world leading provider of lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, for EUR 110 million. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, and is expected to close early in 2013.

“Our intelligent lighting solutions for touring, events, theatre and installations are a natural and perfect complement to Harman’s pro audio business. Our customers expect increasingly advanced and integrated solutions and HARMAN’s rich portfolio of technologies will enable us to drive new business opportunities.”

“We look forward to welcoming the talented employees and dynamic innovations of Martin Professional to the HARMAN organization,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO. “This acquisition will be an excellent complement to our professional business serving all our global markets including the fast-growing BRIC nations. With the acquisition of Martin Professional, our strategy to provide system solutions to our customers will be further enhanced as we will be able to offer a full audio and lighting electronics solution for the live stage and events as well as permanent avenues and installations. We look forward to unlocking this new business potential.”

“We are excited at the prospect of a strong integrated solution incorporating Martin Professional’s products with HARMAN’s professional audio brands and technologies,” said Martin President Christian Engsted. “Our intelligent lighting solutions for touring, events, theatre and installations are a natural and perfect complement to Harman’s pro audio business. Our customers expect increasingly advanced and integrated solutions and HARMAN’s rich portfolio of technologies will enable us to drive new business opportunities.”

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin lighting solutions are industry standard on top tours and events, grace prestigious theatres, energize nightclubs, and decorate major television studios around the globe. Recent Martin lighting installations include concerts by Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, and Linkin Park; special events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games; venues such as Wembley Arena in London; television productions such as X Factor and the MTV Music Awards, as well as numerous cinema, retail and infrastructure facilities.

About Martin

Martin Professional is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aktieselskabet Schouw & Co., a holding company traded on the Nasdaq Copenhagen Stock Exchange. Martin reported revenues of approximately US$150 million in fiscal 2011 and employs over 450 people across its operations, including state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Denmark and the United Kingdom. Martin operates the specialty lighting industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries.

About HARMAN

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 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the year ended June 30, 2012. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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© 2012 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.

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PixelFLEX Moves to Nashville to Meet Growing Industry Demands

PixelFLEX, designer of the leading lightweight and flexible LED video curtain, announced today the relocation of its business operations from Memphis to Nashville. The move, to 700 Cowan Street in Nashville, was made to better service the music industry and church market.

“Commonly referred to as ‘Music City,’ Nashville is the center of the music industry,” said Jeremy Byrd, president of PixelFLEX. “In addition to its ties to music, Nashville also is well known for its strong religious roots. Our LED curtains are an ideal solution for both musical acts and faith-based organizations looking to enhance live performances with rich and engaging video images. As such, it seemed logical that we would move our base of operations across the state.”

After the successful launch of its initial 20mm video screen in 2011, PixelFLEX expanded its product offerings in 2012 to include 18mm, 30mm, 50mm and 100mm screens – presenting a variety of video display solutions to meet any and all live event needs. PixelFLEX screens have provided support to notable musical acts including Meatloaf, Toby Mac and Skillet, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts, as well as respected ministry leaders such as Joel Osteen. Additionally, the company’s innovative product is also ideal in fixed theatre installations – the company’s screen is currently in use at the University of Iowa and Longwood University.

Easy to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8′x4′, but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs – panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX’s proprietary quicklock system.

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display effect and can be stored in a single road case to simplify shipping. This flexibility, in combination with the product’s extraordinary light weight – PixelFLEX screens range from 4.5 lbs. to 19.9 lbs. per square meter, which is 60 to 90 percent less than most other LED video screens – provides substantial savings on transportation costs.

“Able to fit in a single five-foot trunk and requiring minimal time to set up and tear down, our LED curtains are extremely popular with one-truck tours where space and manpower are an issue,” Byrd continued. “The move to Nashville will facilitate our company’s continued growth as we introduce new products and provide support to leading acts and ministries.”

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

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