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Opéra Royal de Wallonie Chooses L-ACOUSTICS

LIÈGE, Belgium — On the occasion of the restoration of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Royal Opera of Wallonia), a full L-ACOUSTICS system was put in place.

After more than two years of restoration work, the 1875-built Théatre Royal de Liège, home of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (ORW), re-opened its doors to the public at the end of last year in Liège. The whole renovation project, unique in its kind, represented an investment of 31 million euros. more

JVC GY-HM650 2.0 ProHD Mobile New Camera Receives Numerous Industry Accolades at 2013 NAB Show

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its upgraded GY-HM650 2.0 ProHD mobile news camera received numerous industry accolades during the 2013 NAB Show earlier this month, including awards from Broadcast Engineering, TV Technology, and The Digital Journalist. The camera was also showcased by Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam during one of the show’s general sessions.

With JVC’s exclusive dual codec design, as well as built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity, the GY-HM650 2.0 allows live transmission or file transfers in the background as shooters continue to record footage in their normal workflow. When equipped with a Verizon 4G LTE modem, which connects directly to the camera via USB, the GY-HM650 can transmit footage to a broadcast facility in real time – no add-on boxes or backpacks required – while simultaneously recording a full HD file to solid-state memory cards.

In a conversation with NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith, McAdam showed the audience a GY-HM650 2.0 equipped with a Verizon LTE modem. He said the solution addresses the problem broadcasters face when trying to get coverage of a natural disaster or other news event when damage makes it difficult to navigate and setup a news van. “This is an example of I think what we’d call a powerful answer for the broadcasters,” McAdam explained. “What we try to do is make the capabilities of an LTE network … available for our partners, and I view the broadcasters as partners.”

Broadcast Engineering awarded the GY-HM650 2.0 with one of its Pick Hits for the 2013 NAB Show. Pick Hits are determined by a panel of independent judges who tour the show floor and make their selections based on several criteria, including technical and financial improvements the product can potentially make for a facility. Broadcast Engineering is published by Penton Media.

The upgraded GY-HM650 also received the STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award from TV Technology. Designed to honor and showcase outstanding technological innovations for the broadcast industry, the award is chosen by a panel of judges, including magazine editors and columnists, as well as industry experts. Celebrating its 30th year covering the television industry, TV Technology is published by NewBay Media.

“The NAB Show serves as the launching pad for thousands of new products and services for audio and video professionals,” said Tom Butts, editor-in-chief, TV Technology. “The products and services that we select for the STAR Award make the cut, demonstrating their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum.”

The Digital Journalist, a multimedia magazine for photojournalists, recognized the camera with its Platinum Award, its highest honor. “How do you get that live truck capability with just your camera? The answer: the JVC GY-HM650,” wrote Dirck Halstead, editor and publisher. “As PF [Bentley] says, ‘It’s a live truck in your pocket.’”

Designed for mobile news and reality documentary production, the lightweight GY-HM650 features a Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens includes manual focus, servo zoom, and iris rings, plus three ND filters and a removable hood. The camera records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, includingnative XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD, as well as .MXF files that support rich descriptive metadata optimized for asset management. The GY-HM650 also supports live video streaming of 1080i, 720p, and lower Web-friendly resolutions at various bit rates to adapt to network conditions, and in-camera clip trimming reduces file sizes for more efficient video file transfer.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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Radio Stars: CTS Audio Provides Sound for Nashville’s CRS 2013 with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar (CRS) is an annual showcase week for the industry where new artists and music that will be released over the course of the year is presented to top country radio people and industry heavyweights. This year’s CRS took place at the Nashville Convention Center, February 27 through March 1 and wowed the more than 5,000 attendees with live performances by Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, Gary Allan, Kellie Pickler and many more–all heard through HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series line arrays powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

Live sound for the event was provided by Franklin, Tennessee-based CTS Audio, working with event production company DeLux Productions. CTS staff for the event included CTS vice president Mike Taylor, front of house engineer Jon Schwarz, monitor engineer Scott Heyniger and system techs Jeremy Bayne and Joey Eaker.

“We’ve supplied the sound for CRS for nine years and this is the first time we used JBL’s VTX line arrays for the event, so we were stoked to hear what they could do in this room,” Taylor said. CTS flew nine VTX V25 fullsize line array elements and eight VTX S28 subwoofers on each side of the 30×40-foot stage, complemented by four JBL VERTEC® VT4888 midsize line array elements used as delay speakers.

The V25 speakers and S28 subwoofers were driven by 32 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers, with 16 Crown VRACK 12000HD and four VRACK 4X3500HD complete amplifier management rack systems powering the VT4888 delay speakers. Because there wasn’t much room for the delay amp racks, the VRACK’s self-contained design, which houses three I-Tech 12000HD amps, an input panel and power management, proved ideal for the application thanks to its high 27000 watts of total power (into 4 ohms) contained in a smaller-footprint package. CTS used JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software and BSS Soundweb London BLU-80 signal processors for system control and tuning.

CTS Audio has been a JBL VERTEC user for many years and Taylor was impressed by the VTX line arrays. “We got a tremendous amount of headroom using the VTX, and as much as we continue to rely on VERTEC, the improvement in clarity, coverage and power output from these boxes was noticeable,” Taylor said. He also found the Crown amps to be an ideal match with the VTX speakers, thanks to their built-in DSP and HiQnet compatibility that enabled the amps to be easily and precisely tuned to get the most out of the VTX arrays during the event.

“The system performed flawlessly,” Taylor noted. “We didn’t have a single problem with the audio and got a lot of compliments from the other engineers in attendance. Even the front of house engineer at the Grand Ole Opry was raving about how good everything sounded.”

For more information on CTS Audio, please visit www.ctsaudio.com

Photo Credit: Kristen England

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.

Christie Projects Tribute to Barbra Streisand For 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall

A Christie® digital projector was chosen to honor Barbra Streisand at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center on April 22, 2013. Former President Bill Clinton presented the pop culture icon with the prestigious Chaplin Award for her lifetime of achievements and contributions to the art of film. The Christie projection system screened a tribute montage of Streisand’s illustrious career, which includes her Academy Award®-winning performance in “Funny Girl” and her role as director, co-producer, co-writer, and star of the film “Yentl.”

A 40-year tradition, the Chaplin Award Gala is The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s major fundraising event, which helps support the organization’s “ongoing work in education, artist development, and cross-cultural film outreach,” according to the Film Society. Special guests included actors Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Amy Irving, and Kris Kristofferson, with musical performances by Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, and Liza Minnelli.

“We were thrilled that Christie technology was chosen to deliver the visual experience that honored Barbra Streisand with this deserving award at Lincoln Center,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global & Corporate Marketing, Christie. “We recognize that, with a sold-out audience filled with distinguished guests, a visual solution worthy of showcasing Ms. Streisand’s legendary performances was needed. And that we delivered, as our projectors are recognized for delivering the most brilliant, high-definition images in the industry today and with the reliability expected from the Christie brand.”

The Film Society of Lincoln Center chose Digital Media Systems to install a powerful and reliable projection solution for the gala at Avery Fisher Hall, one of Lincoln Center’s largest venues with a capacity of over 2,700 people. Digital Media Systems in turn selected a Christie Roadster HD18K 1080 HD DLP® Projector to light up a 32ft. screen throughout the event, confident that it would deliver an image that was bright and powerful enough to meet the demanding needs of the high-profile evening.

According to Gregg Paliotta, president and owner of Digital Media Systems, “We have done other projects for various Lincoln Center venues and events, and we always ensure that any projection and sound solution we use is world premiere standard. Quality and reliability are paramount. Absolutely nothing can go wrong once the curtains go up, which is why we choose Christie to deliver at these prestigious events. The Christie HD18K projector was the perfect solution for the challenging distance, angle, and space limitations of the projection booth.”

“This is an incredibly important event for us each year, as it helps support our organization through the celebration of those who have advanced the art and culture of film,” said Lesli Klainberg, managing director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center. “For the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala, we really wanted the clips from Barbra Streisand’s career to pop with bright, sharp images. We have worked with Gregg Paliotta of Digital Media Systems in the past, and are always impressed with the quality of the Christie projectors and the exceptional services he provides in setting them up for our most important functions.”

Part of the Christie HD Series, the Christie Roadster HD18K features full 1920 x 1080 resolution, proven 3-chip DLP® technology with Xenon® illumination, high quality optics and 10-bit image processing for the brightest, clearest HD imaging available in the industry today.

About The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize and support new directors, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of film. Among its yearly programming of film festivals, film series and special events, the Film Society presents two film festivals in particular that annually attract global attention: the New York Film Festival which just celebrated its 50th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine and a year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational and transmedia programs and specialty film releases at the famous Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.com.

About Digital Media Systems
Digital Media Systems, Inc. represents the motion picture post production, distribution and exhibition communities for complete projection and sound services. It specializes in equipment and engineering support for world premieres and event screenings. It also provides multiplex and screening room installation service and maintenance. For more information, visit www.dmediainc.com.

HARMAN’s JBL And BSS Audio Featured In New Zealand-Based Auckland Art Gallery Upgrade

NORTHRIDGE, California – New Zealand’s oldest and largest public art gallery, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, recently underwent a massive restoration that transformed the building into a world-class cultural facility that now features a world-class audio system with HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers. The upgrade was designed and installed by two New Zealand-based companies, Jands and Provision, working together to provide a networked audio system as part of the AV upgrade.

Opening in February 1888, the gallery has increasingly become a focal point of Auckland’s art scene, and now lies at the heart of the New Zealand art experience for both the local community and visitors alike. Stephen Ward, project manager and lead designer for the project, commented, “This project was unique, in that two of the buildings we were cabling were Heritage Buildings over 100 years old, and not linked, while demolition and construction continued around us. I was able to draw from my knowledge and experience from working and maintaining similar heritage sites in the UK, such as the Royal Society of Art and Tait Britain to assist with the planning and implementation of this project, allowing me the insight and understanding as to how the client would ideally use the spaces.”

In total, over 250 HARMAN JBL speakers were installed throughout the complex including Control 26CT, Control 24C and JBL Control 52 satellite speakers.

One of the design challenges was to provide an audio network with up to 25 discrete zones and over 100 patchable inputs (four per zone), as well as a separate BGM and paging level control per zone. Each of the 25 zones then needed the flexibility to be virtually patched to any combination of other zones. Fortunately the BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-100 signal processors, featuring a 48-channel digital audio bus, gave the flexibility required to make this work within the tight budget.

Ward continued, “The audio was of high importance due to the changing nature of the open spaces in the art gallery and varying exhibitions and the use of Soundweb London allowed us complete flexibility in its design and linking. This provides the ability to expand the AV systems in a modular way and meet the users ever changing needs.”

Provision went about installing 10 Soundweb London BLU-100 devices between the five AV plant rooms. An audio network was setup between the plant rooms using fiber optic cable, which linked the digital audio bus and Ethernet control.

The mammoth task of mapping the level controls from 10 different Soundweb London DSP devices began.

Logan Bent, programmer for Provision with 15 years’ experience and dozens of existing projects involving BSS Audio went about the task of integrating the whole system. Logan comments, “The actual programming was relatively straight forward once a clear scope of works and client discussions in developing the interface were conducted. The most time consuming component during implementation and commissioning was the grand scale of the project. The greatest challenge with the interface was coming up with a way to overflow any of the inputs to any of the output zones. Along with that a simple way to disable a certain link was needed.”

For more information on ProVision, please visit www.provision.co.nz

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.

San Francisco Ballet Finds Prelite Previsualization Services Invaluable for Complex Lighting Demands of World Premiere of “Borderlands”

The unusual lighting demands of the world premiere of “Borderlands,” a modern dance piece performed by the San Francisco Ballet at the War Memorial Opera House, were facilitated when Maria T. Mendoza took advantage of Prelite Studios’ previsualization services before arriving on stage.

Mendoza, key lighting programmer and Assistant Master Electrician with the San Francisco Ballet, had worked successfully with Prelite on a number of corporate productions. “I was very excited to finally be able to introduce Prelite to the Ballet and apply the process to a more theatrical environment,” she says.

Mendoza set up the full Prelite system in the Ballet’s electrical shop ten days in advance of hitting the stage. “Choreographer Wayne McGregor’s ‘Borderlands’ was an unusual case for us. We usually use our lighting inventory of 600-700 conventional fixtures to which we add movers, HMIs and other lights depending on the designer’s request and production budget,” she explains. “The lighting designer for ‘Borderlands,’ Lucy Carter, came up with a rig consisting of 32 six-foot RGBAW ColorBlaze TRX fixtures that spanned the stage; they were configured eight each on four system pipes about ten feet apart.

“The set featured three large gray canvas frames, about 50×30 feet, that basically created a three-wall boxed set,” Mendoza continues. “Once San Francisco Ballet Master Electrician, Kelly Corter, and I saw the lighting plot and Lucy’s intentions, we immediately thought of Prelite given the limited on-stage time we’d have once the lights and set were physically set up. There was no way my fellow board op Anna McGriff and I could be programming on-stage for ten days with a full crew standing by.”

Prelite was especially helpful in supporting the pixel-mapping feature on ETC’s EOS lighting console. “We used pixel mapping in conjunction with the standard console protocol; cues would use one or the other. This was the first time for the Ballet and myself using the EOS Pixel Mapper, and it was very effective,” Mendoza reports. “I have used various media servers and consoles in this application before, but we decided to stick with the EOS in-house and for the ballet’s eventual tour. There was a bit of a learning curve, but the folks at ETC tech support were incredibly helpful, and Prelite tech Adam Rechner was with us on site at all times so that any issues that might have come up could be addressed immediately. With Prelite we were able to tackle the EOS Pixel Mapper learning curve without using up precious stage tech time.”

Mendoza found many other advantages to using Prelite as well. “Once Lucy arrived on site we spent days recording and creating every imaginable way of loading media, grouping and building effects for hundreds of individual channels. Prelite allowed us to then take all of the content clips, groups and effects and see how they interacted before actual live cueing began.”

She is convinced that “there was absolutely no way that we would have been able to be prepared for a rehearsal one day after install without all the work we did with Prelite. I’d recommend Prelite to anyone who has a time-consuming programming project and very limited on-site time. We would not have had the same outcome without it.”

About Prelite

Prelite was founded in San Francisco February 2000 by Tom Thompson and Norm Schwab as a place for lighting designers and programmers to use technologies to previsualize lighting projects. Its success led to the launch of Prelite NY in June 2001 by Kim Grethen and Rodd McLaughlin. The bicoastal company provides studios where previsualization and creativity take center stage away from the distractions and interruptions of a chaotic work environment and where clients save time and money and minimize stress. Prelite also offers on-site previsualization services for those who prefer the convenience of working at the venue. For more information, visit www.prelite.com or contact Thomas Thompson at 415-883-7727.

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Waves Audio GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plugin Now Available

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, April 25, 2013 — Waves Audio announces the availability of its new GEQ graphic equalizer plugin. Developed primarily for live users (but sure to find a home in the studio as well), Waves GEQ is a full-featured graphic equalizer plugin with both Classic and Modern mono and stereo components, featuring 30 ISO bands plus high and low pass filters, a high precision floating parametric EQ bell filter, and a real-time analyzer.

GEQ Classic components use traditional proportional Q filters inspired by the renowned DN series 1/3 octave equalizers, which narrow the filter width as you increase a band’s gain; GEQ Modern components utilize special Flat-Top filters, which eliminate the artifacts associated with band interaction, and provide perfect plateau and stair-stepped responses. Users can set band gains one-by-one, or draw their curve via touch-screen or mouse. Finally, GEQ’s integrated real-time analyzer lets users compare the difference between two sources.

Features:

30 ISO bands with selectable 6, 12 & 18 dB scales
Independent HPF, LPF and parametric bells per side
Classic component with Proportional Q filters
Modern component with non-interactive Flat-Top filters
Real-time analyzer
Zero latency

Controls:
GRAPHIC EQ SECTION

SCALE controls the maximum range of GEQ faders.
Q functions as a multiplier for the proportional Q algorithm.
ISO FADERS control the gain of selected frequency centers.
DRAG selects the method of setting the band faders.
LINK relatively links left and right channels, including all bands, high and low pass filters, floating Parametric Bell EQ and Master Gain settings.
FLAT snaps all bands to 0 dB.

FLOATING PARAMETRIC EQ SECTION

HP activates the high pass filter.
HP FREQUENCY sets the cutoff frequency of the high pass filter.
LP activates the low pass filter.
LP FREQUENCY sets the cutoff frequency of the low pass filter.
PARAMETRIC BELL activates the floating parametric bell filter.
PARAMETRIC BELL FREQUENCY sets the cutoff frequency of the floating parametric bell filter.
PARAMETRIC BELL GAIN controls the gain of the floating parametric bell filter.
PARAMETRIC BELL Q determines the width of the floating parametric bell filter.
MASTER GAIN controls the output level of the entire plugin.

ANALYZER SECTION

GRAPHIC DISPLAY / ANALYZER show the EQ curve, RTA1 and RTA2 input RMS frequency responses and the Difference between them.
INPUT METER displays input level (peak) in dBFS.
OUTPUT METER displays output level (peak) in dBFS.
RTA1 assigns the first input to the real-time analyzer.
RTA2 assigns the second input to the real-time analyzer.
DIFFERENCE mode turns off the real-time analyzer and displays the difference in frequency response between RTA1 and RTA2.

CALIBRATION MODE

CALIB activates the Calibration mode which calibrates the analyzer.
RTA1 & RTA2 FADERS are used to adjust and match the analyzer input levels.
RTA RESPONSE sets the response time of the analyzer.
RTA1 DELAY sets the alignment of RTA1 to RTA2.

The GEQ Graphic Equalizer Plugin is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $200.00, with a special introductory price of $99.00. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Genelec 1032A Monitors and 7070A Subwoofer Are The Step Up That Studio 22 Was Looking For

— Unique Los Angeles-area facility that combines audio recording with photography and videography to create a one-stop for a wide range of media needs now relies on Genelec monitoring in its main studio —

NATICK, MA, April 25, 2013 — Studio 22 is a four-year-old facility in the L.A. suburb of Sun Valley that serves clients with two audio recording studios with a photography and videography space, and the facility recently experienced an upgrade with the purchase of new monitoring from Genelec, the world’s longstanding pioneer in active monitoring. The facility’s Studio A installed a pair of Genelec 1032A Bi-Amplified Loudspeaker Systems and a Genelec 7070A active subwoofer as part of a facility-wide renovation last year. The system was sold to Studio 22 via Guitar Center Northridge, California.

The reaction from clients has been excellent at the facility, with its private key code entryways, two full-scale recording studios, make-up, wardrobe and shooting areas, theater and conference room. Studio Manager Elba Horne notes, “We get a very wide range of clients in Studio 22, from students to seasoned professionals, and all of them have commented on how good the sound in Studio A is. The speakers we had been using in the studio were very good, but after talking to engineers, record producers and artists, it was becoming clear that Genelecs were widely regarded as the industry standard. We want the absolute best for our clients, and that was pointing us toward Genelec. So when we upgraded other aspects of the studio’s equipment, including the addition of high-end Neumann recording microphones, we decided that we had to have Genelec monitoring, to keep us at the leading edge.”

The move has worked out well, observes Horne, who says clients have been consistently pointing out the cleaner, natural higher-fidelity sound of the Genelec Active monitoring system. “They want the best, they deserve the best, and with the Genelec monitors, that’s what we can give them.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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Calibre UK appoints new distributor for sub-Saharan Africa

Johannesburg-based Prosound adds HQView and FoveaHD ranges of image-processors to impressive brand roster

Calibre UK has extended its global reach still further with the appointment of Prosound as its new distribution partner for sub-Saharan Africa. Based in South Africa, Prosound is a hugely experienced distributor and rental company with several decades of expertise in supplying professional sound and lighting equipment under its belt.

With more and more of its customers also requiring hardware solutions for multi-screen shows and installations, the link with Calibre UK was a natural progression, according to Prosound’s Technical Director, Mark Malherbe:

“Our reputation has been built on using only market-leading products in both our sales and hire departments, so when the opportunity arose to add Calibre to our roster, we jumped at the chance.

“We supply a number of high-end production companies not just in South Africa but in East and West African countries as well. Whether they are putting on a small conference or a 10-screen, multi-input show, we believe we will have a Calibre UK image-processing solution that meets their needs, and which they can trust to be seamless and stable.”

Pauline Brooksbank, Managing Director, Calibre UK, adds: “The market for high-quality image processing in sub-Saharan Africa is growing very fast, and we believe Prosound is perfectly positioned to offer our entire range to this market including the HQView and FoveaHD ranges.

“The synergy between video production, sound and light is growing not just in the rental arena but in fixed installations as well, and we look forward to seeing more of our products being sold into all these sectors through the good auspices of the team at Prosound.”

www.calibreuk.com

Belkin Introduces New Mobile Device Management System for K-12 Education

Store and Charge Station Keeps Tablets, Laptops and eReaders Organized, Available, and Fully Charged for Less Hassle and More Learning in the Classroom  

PLAYA VISTA, CA  – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, announced today its new Store and Charge station for K-12 education environments. Store and Charge offers an elegant, accessible, and affordable mobile device management solution designed to optimize digital learning. With the ability to store and charge up 10 devices simultaneously, the station makes it easy to keep tablets, thin and light laptops, and e-readers organized, available, fully charged, and ready for classroom use. 

The station can store and charge different kinds of devices at the same time, each with its own charging cable or adapter, with an open setup that does not interfere with wireless syncing. Because it is platform agnostic, Store and Charge is suitable for most mobile deployments including all generations of Chromebooks, iPads, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Note, and up to 13-inch laptops. Its small footprint reduces valuable table top space requirements when in use, and when stored, up to three stations can be mounted on a single cart. Other distinguishing attributes include a surge-protected power supply that protects device chargers from voltage spikes, wide device slots to accommodate most tablet cases, and integrated cable management.

“While mobile devices can provide tremendous advantages in today’s increasing digital learning environment, teachers and administrators still struggle with integrating them in a seamless way,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “Our goal was to design a product that would optimize the use of mobile devices in the classroom setting, enabling them to deliver greater value. Store and Charge makes it easy to deploy and support tablets and laptops, which means less hassle for teachers and more learning for students.”

The Belkin Store and Charge makes it easy for teachers and students to distribute, store, and charge mobile devices in the classroom with additional features that include: 

  • Compatibility on standard AV carts for ease of transport from classroom to classroom or tabletop to storage location
  • Easy-to-reach angles for storing and charging up to 10 tablet devices
  • Built-in cable management features that minimize tangles and clutter
  • Labeling space for personalization and identification
  • 10 convenient surge-protected AC outlets that fit most charging adapters
  • Surface mounting features that allow each unit to be securely attached to tables or carts

Availability

The Belkin Store and Charge will be generally available in June 2013.

The Store and Charge is part of a portfolio of education solutions from Belkin designed to enrich educators and students’ experience with technology in the modern classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

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About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 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/us/business/enterprise.

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