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Manzano High School Turns to StrandVision Digital Signage for Student Communication


Uses existing television cable network and a surplus MacBook computer to drive the digital signage system…

Albuquerque, N.M. – March 12, 2013 – Manzano High School has installed a digital signage system using StrandVision Digital Signage software. The system reaches students in six public areas and is also available in several classrooms across the campus.

Like many schools, Manzano had a cable television network that was underutilized. Staff recognized the potential of the cable system to augment daily announcements, posters and other communications in order to let students know about upcoming events and build school spirit by recognizing student clubs, activities and achievements.

The electronic signage system also brings another dimension to student communications. Since it is a visual medium, it offers the opportunity to feature pictures of students at social and sporting events. It is also being used to promote signups for advanced placement classes and other electives such as photography, anthropology, art history and DECA, to name a few.

Explained Ken Tuley, assistant principal and system administrator, “If kids don’t have a class at the time of the daily announcements or they’re not paying attention, they could miss the audio announcements. With digital signage the news is on the screens throughout the day, including lunch, so they have the opportunity to see them several times throughout the day.”

Something Old – Something New

Using the existing cable system and a combination of old televisions and newer flat screens several public areas including lobbies, the snack bar and offices have digital signage displays. Teachers in classrooms are encouraged to turn on their televisions to display the digital signage between classes and during breaks.

The system connects to StrandVision Digital Signage cloud servers over the Internet to display the announcements and to access additional services, such as local weather. The Internet-based signage system eliminates the need for costly onsite servers and networking gear. Contributors, including the activities director and other administrators, log on to the StrandVision website to add daily announcements and to post pictures. The new announcements are sent to the MacBook within minutes to update all of the electronic signs.

“Manzano is an example of using old infrastructure to bring the latest technology to its students,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “They took existing assets, the cable network, televisions and an old MacBook, and coupled it with the latest in cloud-based digital signage technology to deliver a new student communication medium at minimal cost. Manzano is a very cost-effective model for other schools to emulate in communicating with students and parents during these tight budget times.”

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’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. 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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Morris Light & Sound Takes Delivery of First NEXO STM System in North America

BUENA PARK, Calif.—An early adopter of NEXO loudspeaker systems, Nashville-based Morris Light & Sound is the first in North America to take delivery of the new, flagship NEXO STM loudspeaker system, it was announced today by the Company and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS).

The 200+-box STM system includes 68 STM M46, 80 STM B112 bass, 48 STM S118 subs, 22 NUAR Racks, 12 PS10R2 speakers, 18 RS18 Ray Subs, and 16 GEO S12 loudspeakers. Two Yamaha DME64N Digital Mix Engines have also been purchased to run 16 channels of Lake Mesa EQ for zone control when required. The company also owns 24 NEXO 45-N12 line monitors.

Morris Light and Sound is a full service production and integration company with more than 25 years experience in the entertainment industry providing professional audio, video, and lighting services for live events, tours and the fixed installation marketplace throughout North America.

We are extremely pleased to be collaborating with Morris Light & Sound on the new STM system and excited to introduce them as our first NEXO STM associate in North America,” states Paul Furtkamp, National Sales Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “Involved with STM since its early stages, Morris L & S has provided very valuable input to NEXO on its development. Both NEXO and YCAS are very proud to be aligned with a company like Morris Light & Sound that truly define what it means to be on the cutting edge of a new technology like NEXO STM. We look forward to a very long and productive relationship between our two companies.”

The NEXO STM Series (Scale Through Modularity) loudspeaker cabinets are the first of its kind on the market. Ideal for touring, festivals, and sound company rental, the new system combines the best of Alpha functionality with the technical innovation of NEXO’s patented Hyperbolic Reflector and venting design in which all radiating surfaces are in phase, delivering a powerful, flexible, and easy to use system. STM enables line array systems to scale up or down depending on event audience size, from 1,000 to 100,000 people.

The STM system can be configured from three discrete loudspeaker elements: M46 main, B112 bass, S118 sub-bass modules with plans to release addition STM components in the near future. System configurations can comprise arrays of main cabinets only, main plus bass, or bass plus main plus bass. STM is unique in that it is the first vertical array system to offer scalable LF, making it easy to add extra bass cabinets for increased power and headroom, without introducing unwanted phase anomalies makes STM unique, as it is the first vertical array system to offer scalable LF. Deploying the dedicated subbass cabinets, either in the arrays or as ground-stacks, further increases the system’s options. The ‘Omni’ fill speakers complete the coverage pattern, whatever the scale of the system. STM also features a very innovative “one-man” rigging system that allows quick and safe construction of STM configurations. PistonRigTM allows pre-setting of inter-cabinet angle values. REDLockTM handle locks front rigging points from rear of cabinet. All adjustments made from one position at rear of cluster.

“From our first trip to NEXO headquarters over a year ago, we immediately embraced the concept of STM,” states David Haskell, President, Morris Light & Sound. “The ability to scale the system for audiences from 1,000 to 100,000 got our attention. And, after working closely with the NEXO team, I can proudly say they have delivered the most flexible and best sounding system I have heard in many years. We are proud to be a developmental partner with NEXO and YCAS in bringing this wonderful new product to the market and look forward to a lasting relationship.”

For more information on Morris Light & Sound, visit www.morrislightandsound.com.

For more information on the NEXO STM system, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: L to R: Morris L&S V.P, John Mills; Paul Furtkamp, YCAS National Sales Manager; David Haskell, President, Morris L&S

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.

Tecom New TCD-100 Projector Control Device at Integrated Systems Europe 2013 exhibition

The TCD-100 is a compact and easy to use projector control system – it will allow the teacher or presenter in a classroom environment to control the projector or other display devices easily with colorful and readable push buttons.
The TCD-100 has a built-in IR learner for easy setup and learning IR commands process.

TCD-100 Features:
• Intuitive control for projectors and other display devices
• 5 Buttons display device controller
• Easy IR learning with built-in IR learner
• MACRO function capability
• Compact design to fit single-gang boxes
• Simple and easy to use
• Cost effective

Click on the link to see TCD-100 video from ISE 2013

www.tecpodium.com

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