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Advanced Designs And Installs Pioneering Mobile Collaborative Classroom For Sheridan College

When the administration at Sheridan College decided to build a new wing of flexible classrooms in its Brampton Campus, they turned to Advanced, Canada’s premier AV and IT integrator, to install new “classrooms of the future”. The AV experts at Advanced implemented 20 classrooms with new computers, wireless microphones, document cameras, movable podiums, and up to six commercial-grade projectors in each room. And because technology is only as good as the people using it, they made sure that every room has identical controls and can be used with very little training.

“We’ve been working with Sheridan College for over 12 years now, so they knew that we were capable of turning their new wing of classrooms into interactive classrooms of the future,” said Mark McPherson, Vice President at Advanced. “Sheridan wanted to create a flex classroom environment that would provide students and professors the ability to interact and lecture in various ways, and we integrated AV solutions that let them do just that. We installed complete video and audio solutions that provide students with the chance to learn in a uniquely-designed, state-of-the-art classroom.”

Sheridan came to Advanced with a flexible classroom design that differs from the traditional, podium-in-front-of-class layout, and allows professors and students ultimate mobility and access to technology when presenting.

“We knew we had a design that was different from anything else being done in college classrooms, so we needed an AV integrator that could take our idea and make it a reality,” said Trevor Hanekamp, ICT Architect at Sheridan College. “That’s where Advanced came in. They presented us with a proposal that offered an innovative and budget-conscious AV solution for our flex classrooms. In the end, they turned each of these classrooms into hi-tech multimedia facilities, and the professors and students couldn’t be happier with the new easy-to-use flex classrooms.”

For the initial project, Advanced partnered with Just Add Power to install AV equipment in a total of 20 classrooms, including 19 flex classrooms and one room designated the college “Co-Lab”. The flex classrooms include up to six NEC commercial grade projectors, and every upgraded classroom features Dell computers and AverMedia 350+ Doc Cameras. Audio components include Extron DMP 44 LC Digital Matrix Processors, Extron Power Amplifiers and Shure wireless gooseneck microphones. Because every room uses an identical control panel, educators can easily teach a class in any of the rooms, making scheduling much simpler.

Each flex classroom is designed to accommodate network-connected mobile podiums, allowing educators to present their lessons from any area of the room. Sheridan also wanted to eliminate traditional bulky equipment racks from the classrooms, so Advanced designed and installed an innovative equipment racking system mounted to the ceiling, taking up no more space than one ceiling tile. The state of the art in-ceiling rack houses the wireless microphone receivers and digital sound processor for each classroom, eliminating stray wiring while ensuring that the valuable equipment is secured at all times.

The Co-Lab is a six-projector room that consists of the same video and audio components as the flex classrooms and features a podium that allows educators to control four video sources simultaneously. The Co-Lab is equipped with two modes — classroom and team — that allow for different methods of presentation. Classroom mode lets educators present their lessons on the main projector screen, while team mode allows for projected content to be distributed to six separate areas of the classroom, perfect for group work.

“This really is a one-of-a-kind AV setup,” said Wayne Derby, Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services at Advanced. “Very few educational facilities in North America have deployed AV solutions that provide both professors and students such accessible, mobile and easy-to-use equipment. Sheridan put a lot of thought into what they wanted for their new wing of rooms, and they decided that they needed a top-of-the-line template that they wouldn’t have to change every semester, and would be very simple to use. Typically, when you integrate this kind of equipment, you have to devote a lot of time to system training. With this project, minimal training was required, as their system is so innovative. In the end, they couldn’t have been happier with the result.”

Sheridan is so pleased with the work done by Advanced that they are standardizing the design for every new classroom that is built throughout the three campuses. Since the initial project, Advanced has installed 5 more flex classrooms in other areas of the college. The college is hopeful that the latest technology utilized in the new classrooms will better facilitate remote learning capabilities for students who cannot attend classes in person.

Photo #1 – The projectors in the Co-Lab can be used by the entire class or by individual groups.
Photo #2 – The mobile podium allows professors to move around the room as they lecture.
Photo #3 – The in-ceiling rack houses the wireless microphone receivers and digital sound processor for each classroom.

About Sheridan College
Founded in 1967, Sheridan College is one of Canada’s premier polytechnic institutes and is dedicated to exceptional applied learning and graduate success. Sheridan is a leader in providing skills-based educational programming that integrates theory with application, preparing students for careers in visual and performing arts, business, community services and technical fields. Sheridan serves close to 17,000 full-time students annually at its campuses in Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga, Ontario.

About Advanced
Advanced is a leading audiovisual and collaborative communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond. Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs. The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, visual collaboration systems, rental and staging services, repair, maintenance, and value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Toronto, Ottawa, London and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com.

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Hitachi Rated Top Professional Projector Brand In 2012 PMA Dealer Survey

CHULA VISTA, California, February 5, 2013 — Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group today announced that Hitachi has been named the top-rated projector brand for dealers serving the professional market in a survey conducted by Pacific Media Associates (PMA). Hitachi earned the number-one ranking based on its overall composite rating in the 15th survey of North American projector dealers conducted by PMA, the worldwide market information experts on front projectors.

The survey took place in November and December 2012 and asked dealers to rate 21 aspects of marketing support, product attributes and after-sale support. Quality and reliability were rated to be the most important factors for dealers when choosing a projector manufacturer.

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized as the top projector brand in the professional market by PMA’s survey,” said Darla Achey, Marketing Manager, Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group. “It’s especially important to us because the rating reflects the opinion of dealers who have hands-on experience with every brand of projector in the field and know how they perform in the real world where the rubber meets the road.”

In addition to receiving the top overall composite manufacturer rating, Hitachi earned the number-one scores in the top five sub-composite rankings for Marketing Support, Products and After-Sale Support and the number-one score in the Top Five Rankings for Leading Overall Attributes in the Return/Repair Programs category.

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

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About Hitachi America, Ltd.
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.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2011 (ended March 31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion yen ($117.8 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.

Little Theatre, Big Sound: Ridgewood H.S. Upgrades Performance Venue

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, New Jersey is a unique institution in that it has a long reputation of fine service to students providing many opportunities to further their performing arts interests. Founded in 1892, the school recently upgraded the audio system in its 250-seat intimate Little Theatre. Boulevard Professional (Ridgefield Park, NJ) was hired to design and install the new system that includes two NEXO GEO S1210 line arrays, one GEO S1230 for downfill, a NEXO 4×1 NXAMP, and a Yamaha LS9-32 digital audio console.

“Boulevard was contacted by Tim Whiting, a local resident and volunteer consultant to the New Players Company (NPC) Association, to review a system upgrade specification,” states James Cioffi, co-owner, Boulevard Pro. “After our first meeting, we were given the go ahead to design a solution for their space. Our goal was to provide a turnkey system upgrade that could cover the varied events held in the theatre.”

The new system was funded primarily through the tireless efforts of the NPC Association, the non-profit support arm of the New Players Company. NPC is dedicated to offering students the highest caliber of all aspects of theatre education, providing a wide range of experiences to students during their high school years. In continuous production for eleven months out of the year, New Players exposes students to plays and musicals of all genres and styles with a repertoire comprised of contemporary and classical that include challenging, complex works by artists ranging from Shakespeare to Sondheim.

Boulevard project manager, Bob Potanka, provided the NEXO system’s custom hanging solution and cable runs, interfacing with existing audio hardware. The company added eight 8-channel Shure SLX124/58 combo wireless mic systems for a total of sixteen Shure wireless units, and recycled the original line array as stage monitors flown left/right above the stage. “We used NEXO NS-1 software to model the sound system with assistance from Joe Rimstidt at Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems. The system was installed as predicted through the NS-1 software and sounds fantastic,” says Cioffi. In addition to the NEXO system and Yamaha LS9-32, a Middle Atlantic DWR 12-17 hanging wall rack was also installed.

At the completion of the installation, Boulevard conducted system training for staff and students. “The New Players Company at Ridgewood High School has already been enjoying sold-out shows, and response to the new sound system has been overwhelmingly positive,” notes Cioffi.

“Upgrading the sound system was one of a number of major improvements funded through the generous community support of our Capital Campaign,” added Meg Schaefer, Artistic Director of The New Players Company Association. “Both Boulevard and Yamaha did a phenomenal job to dramatically improve our venue.”

For more information on Boulevard Professional, visit www.blvdpro.com.

For more information on Yamaha and NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

A.C.T Lighting Receives Clay Paky Achievement Award for the All- Time Highest Sales Volume in the World

A.C.T Lighting, the exclusive distributor for Clay Paky products in the US and Canada, has reached the all-time world-wide sales record in Clay Paky history. Clay Paky honored A.C.T with an achievement award to mark the milestone.

“In less than three years A.C.T Lighting has been able to almost triple our sales in the US,” says Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky area manager for North and Latin America, Spain, Japan and Korea.  “A.C.T’s sales represent a wide range of our products, as well, not just the popular Sharpy.”

According to Romagnoli, the US market comprises 16-17 percent of Clay Paky’s worldwide sales. “That’s a big increase from previous years,” he says. “It’s a testament to how well our sales and technical teams at A.C.T in the US and Clay Paky in Italy work together. Our goals, ideas and intentions are all in line. There’s great collaboration between us and, for the first time in many years, we feel that we’re all on the same page.”

Bob Gordon, president and CEO of A.C.T Lighting, points out that his company’s sales records in North America have propelled them to the position of number-one Clay Paky distributor in the world.  “We were proud to have been named exclusive distributor and now to have achieved this sales record for the second year in a row,” he says.

A.C.T Lighting, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Canada, was founded in 1993 with the mission to identify leading high-technology products, gain exclusivity, and stock, support and
service those products as if they were their own.

Italy-based Clay Paky has been producing lighting systems since 1976 for theater, television, live events, clubs, trade shows, theme parks, conferences, corporate presentations and architecture. The company is renowned for its moving-body and moving-mirror projectors, color changers, followspots, and projectors for architectural lighting and lighting effects.

“With this solid foundation built by A.C.T Lighting we look forward to continued success in North America,” Romagnoli declares.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Extron Introduces USB Power Plates for Charging Mobile Devices

USB PowerPlate 200 Series

USB PowerPlate 200 Series

Anaheim, California (January 31, 2013) – Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the USB PowerPlate 200 Series, a new line of architectural-mount, two-outlet USB chargers for powering mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Available in Decora-style, and Extron AAP and MAAP Architectural Adapter Plate form factors, the USB PowerPlate 200 provides two 5 VDC USB power outlets and 2.1 A / 10.5 watts of total power. Its unique design can deliver full power to either USB outlet when only one device is connected, ideal for use with high current-demand tablets.

“The proliferation of mobile devices has created a nearly constant search for a place to plug in a USB charger, not to mention the frustration when that charger is forgotten or lost and batteries are running low,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “We designed the USB PowerPlate 200 for easy integration in conference rooms, libraries, student lounges, coffee houses, and other areas where mobile devices are typically used and available AC outlets are at a premium.”

All versions of the USB PowerPlate 200 include an energy-efficient, external universal power supply, rated at one million hours MTBF, for worldwide power compatibility.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

HARMAN’s AKG Discussion System CS3 Combines Reliability and Ruggedness For Smaller Room Settings

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Underscoring its reputation for quality and reliability in all aspects of sound, HARMAN’s AKG introduces the Discussion System CS3 – the modern, elegant, modular system offers a wide variety of different gooseneck microphone options that can be expanded up to 120 units. With a demand for a more simple solution stemming from AKG’s high-end CS5, CS3 provides users with a plug-and-play, easy-to-use professional system.

The CS3 BU is a 19-inch 2HE transmitting interface device, which controls up to 60 delegate stations. The base station can “work alone” or be remotely controlled by a PC (a feature that will be implemented later in 2013). Multiple working modes enable free or controlled speech as needed during a conference. The base unit is equipped with an extension plug to double the system size with an additional CS3 BU.

CS3 CU (chairman unit) is the system’s microphone station, with options to mute all other delegates and activate the “next in line” feature. The station has a detachable condenser cardioid microphone, available in two lengths – CS321 at 30cm and CS521 at 50cm. The station provides a built-in speaker and two 3.5mm stereo jacks for headphones.

The Delegate units, CS3DU 30 and CS3DU 50 have the same basic features, without the priority and next in line function.

“Over the years, we’ve had phenomenal success in CS5 installations across the globe,” stated Thomas Giczy, Business Development Manager, Tour Sound, AKG. “The CS3 system provides the smaller venues with an affordable and reliable conferencing system, with the promise of quality and robust audio ability. CS3 has been tested with great attention to detail and will surely be a focus point as smaller companies revamp their conferencing needs.”

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®, 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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

HARMAN Professional Provides ALA with Advanced Audio Solution at Groundbreaking €53M UCLan Campus in Cyprus

The 310-seat lecture hall at the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus features a 5.1 surround sound system of JBL SRX712M and SRX718S loudspeakers, powered by Crown CTs amplifiers.

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — For the past two months the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) has been welcoming English speaking students to a new, €53 million campus, offering not only premium British higher education but also a technological breakthrough in the way in which they can engage with the digital teaching methods. A complete HARMAN audio system is at the center of the new facility with components from BSS Audio, Crown, JBL and Soundcraft.

Situated on a 40-acre site in Pyla near Larnaka, the integrated AV infrastructure borders on the miraculous, not only for the implementation of an advanced Learning Information Systems (LIS) network but the speed with which local AV specialist (and HARMAN Professional distributor) ALA Equipment Co. Ltd. was able to redesign the original topology to provide a more future proof solution, after being brought in at the last minute.

In fact, ALA carried out full turnkey planning and delivery of the €700,000 AV contract on the 8,000-square-meter campus in just the final three weeks of a fast track build time that was itself accomplished in only 180 days.

The scope of work included equipping 15 single and double facing classrooms (in the first phase) with cutting-edge AV, as a precursor to a further 30 that will follow. The other major challenge was to fit out a 310-seat lecture theater that had to double as a 5.1 cinema; it was here that ALA proposed a theater-spec technical solution, including JBL SRX712M and SRX718S which provides the 5.1 surround sound, powered by Crown CTs amplifiers. At front of house, a Soundcraft Vi1 digital mixing console has been specified to provide advanced, but easy-to-navigate mixing for the technical staff.

Management of the theater I/O’s is via four BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-160 processors using BLU link, BSS Audio’s proprietary network transport. Based on Gigabit Ethernet technology, BLU link carries 256 channels of fault-tolerant, low-latency audio at 48kHz/24bit, or 128 channels at 96kHz/24bit across a standard CAT5e connection—and thus provides an elegant and economical cabling solution. The whole network is on a Gigabit backbone, accessed via an HP Procurve network switch (100Mb 8 Port).

At the same time, ALA’s generous tie line provision (along with SDI/3G video networked feeds) ensures that OB trucks can operate at the venue.

Elsewhere in the foyer, where a sophisticated media display provides looped promotional footage while doubling as a relay screen from the lecture theater, sound reinforcement is provided by four JBL CBT 50LA column speakers, powered by Crown CTs amplifiers and controlled by dbx DriveRack 260 processors. These receive feeds directly from the Soundweb London processors, as does a large induction loop system.

Meanwhile, in each of the first 15 classrooms to be equipped, the motorized front projection screen is accompanied by four JBL Control 24 ceiling speakers, powered by Crown XLS amps—allowing eight stereo inputs.

Andy Belcher, UCLan’s own AV technician, responsible for providing teaching support, was delighted with the fulfillment. “We knew how we wanted the installation—but this is far different and a lot more advanced than our original design. I have been impressed with the speed of delivery, the quality of ALA’s work and the professional way in which they supported the contract.” At the same time Floros Voniatis, Founding Partner from UCLan Cyprus’ senior management team, described the integration as “one of the most advanced and fastest constructions ever to be built in Cyprus.”

In fact, thanks to this advanced deployment, there is now the possibility of distance learning and lecture capture whereby lectures conducted 3,600 kilometers (2,237 miles) away in Preston, UK are transmitted to Pyla.

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 year ended June 30, 2012.

Shotoku Broadcast to Highlight Manual Camera Support Range at BVE 2013

BVE Stand # L13

Staines, UK • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, today confirmed plans to exhibit at BVE – 26 to 28 February 2013 – to be held at EXCEL London. The Company will demonstrate its globally renowned product line in Stand L13 and be available for customer consultations and meetings with potential distribution partners.

BVE is the largest gathering of production, post and content delivery professionals in the UK with attendance numbers expected to exceed 16,000. Shotoku will join over 300 exhibitors who will showcase products, services and technologies, ranging from camera accessories to workflow solutions.

Shotoku will highlight the manual side of its high quality and innovative camera support systems, including pan and tilt heads, pedestals, tripods and virtual reality systems. “BVE offers an excellent opportunity to network with industry professionals and promote our rapidly growing product ranges to operators and key decision makers,” said David Shepherd EMEA Sales Manager, Manual Products.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoonComm.com

Cobalt Digital Adds Darren Fordham as Director of Sports Business Development & Southeast Sales Manager

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), a manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, has added Darren Fordham to the team in the newly created position of director of sports development and southeast sales manager. Bob McAlpine, senior vice president of North America sales, announced Fordham’s appointment today from headquarters in Urbana, IL.

Reporting to McAlpine, Fordham will concentrate on Cobalt’s current sports-oriented customer-base while continuing to build that business segment through targeted products, including its award-winning card-based solution for MADI embedding/de-embedding and signal distribution. His responsibilities also include managing sales operations in the southeastern region; a territory encompassing nine states.

Fordham joins Cobalt with three decades of broadcast experience, predominantly in the sports arena. He most recently served as director of sports business development and southeast area account manager for Telecast Fiber where he managed product development for the sports-based market, as well as sales functions in the southeast region. Fordham’s career in broadcasting began behind the scenes at WBRC-TV as senior director and technical director of the news division. He subsequently served in specialist positions at industry leading companies such as Sony, Tektronix/Grass Valley Group, and QuStream (formerly PESA switching systems), and spent several years at Cross Creek Television Productions where he built and operated mobile television trucks, and engineered live sporting events for all the major networks.

“We just couldn’t ask for a more appropriate professional to drive our activities in this growing industry segment,” exclaimed McAlpine. “Engineering quality sporting events, from all aspects, has been at the core of Darren’s entire career. I’ve personally worked with Darren for many years and know what a tremendous customer resource he is. The entire Cobalt staff is delighted to welcome him”

“Chris Shaw, evp of sales and marketing, echoed McAlpine’s enthusiasm, “The importance of sports in broadcasting is a thriving and growing segment of the industry. We’re proud of our leadership position in that marketplace. We’ve been very successfully reacting to our customers’ requests with targeted products, and are happy to strengthen our support further by committing Darren as a resource.”

Fordham is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and the Sports Video Group (SVG). Based in Huntsville, Alabama, he can be reached at205.907.2865 or Darren.Fordham@cobaltdigital.com

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Cobalt Digital Supports European Expansion With Presence at BVE 2013

BVE 2013 (Digi-Box.co.uk) Stand F12

FULL COMPLEMENT OF PRODUCTS WILL BE DEMONSTRATED ON DIGI-BOX.CO.UK STAND

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital’s (www.CobaltDigital.com) European expansion is on the fast-track as the manufacturer reveals plans to demonstrate its extensive range of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear at BVE 2013 in London on 26-28 February. Chris Shaw, executive vice president of sales & marketing, announced that the Company will have its latest loudness processing innovations alongside their new line of throw down boxes, established terminal gear, and control panels in Stand F12, a space shared with Digi-Box.co.uk, a well known and established UK-based master distributor.

“With the recent appointment of Digi-Box as Cobalt Digital’s master distributor for the UK and Southern Ireland, it is vital that we support their efforts in this region,” stated Shaw. “BVE provides an ideal launching pad for this new partnership and offers the opportunity to demonstrate the latest additions to our product line.”

Cobalt’s timely loudness processing solutions will take center stage at BVE. Using LINEAR ACOUSTIC® Aeromax™ technology, the multi-award-winning LMNTS™ (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams), represents a quantum leap in multi-stream loudness processing by offering an economic, consistent solution that’s easy to integrate. LMNTS performs automatic loudness processing across many transport streams making it ideal for MVPDs and MSOs where a large number of diverse programming sources must be simultaneously controlled.

Cobalt’s SpotCheck™, their audio loudness measurement and recorded data logging system, takes the guesswork out of loudness measurement and logging, and facilitates EBU R128 and CALM compliance. SpotCheck monitors an IP, ASI, or a transmitted over-the-air MPEG stream at the transmit (emission) encode point, and provides easy-to-use, convenient, long-term access to loudness records for all programming initiated from a broadcasting facility.

Also new is Cobalt’s Blue Box Group, a series of throw down boxes providing HDMI to SDI, SDI to HDMI, analogue to digital, and digital to analogue conversion with audio embedding/de-embedding.

Cobalt will additionally feature its widely-popular FUSION3G® line of terminal gear that offers extensive signal processing options including up/down/cross conversion, loudness processing, up-mixing, and Dolby® transcoding; the COMPASS® colour correction card with OGCP-9000/CC remote control panel; the 9223 MPEG-4 Encoder card; OGCP-9000 and WinOGCP remote control panels for control and monitoring of FUSION3G and COMPASS cards with loudness metering and monitoring options; and much more!!!

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

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Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

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