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Optocore Appoints Oltbert its Exclusive Distributor in Russia

MUNICH, GERMANY, 15 MAY, 2013 – Optocore, a leading choice for powering professional audio, video and data transmission networks in a variety of markets, including broadcast, post production and AV, is proud to announce that it has named Oltbert, Ltd. its exclusive distributor in Russia. The two companies have been working together since 2012. Moving forward, Oltbert will oversee all sales, service and support of Optocore’s technology in Russia, further strengthening Optocore’s worldwide reputation.

“Optocore’s audio transport systems are smart, cost-effective solutions offering a very good extension of intercom systems, one of our main focuses,” says Alexander Trukhanov, Head of the Broadcast Department, Oltbert. “We came to know the team at Optocore through its relationship with Clear-Com, a major U.S.-based intercom manufacturer that we also represent here in Russia.”

Oltbert will stock all Optocore system components, including BroaMan’s full range of network solutions. Oltbert has been representing Clear-Com in Russia since 2003 and has a long history of developing the business of foreign companies for the Russian market. Some of Oltbert’s high-profile customers include TTC Ostankino, The Bolshoy Theatre, Channel 1 and NTV, all based in Moscow, as well as the Mariinskiy Theatre in Saint-Petersburg, among others.
“We are very excited to be working with Oltbert and are looking forward to a successful and prosperous relationship,” says Tine Helmle, director, Optocore. “The Russian market has always been a high priority for Optocore and Broaman, as we already have quite a few applications in Russian theaters and stadiums to date. Having such a well-known and reliable partner such as Oltbert will certainly help us to further increase the awareness of both brands in Russia.”

About Optocore

Based in Munich, Germany, Optocore is the world market leading provider of scalable, high-bandwidth, low–latency fiber-optic networks for the transmission of audio, video and data. For 20 years, Optocore has been continuously innovating and setting new standards with regards to digital network technology. Optocore builds and develops synchronous optical fiber and CAT5 based network solutions for broadcast professionals, fixed installations and live event applications. Utilizing leading-edge technology and high-quality components Optocore guarantees durability and therefore long-term market and customer satisfaction. Due to the open system architecture, Optocore’s platform offers other manufacturers the option to transfer conventional standard audio, video and data formats used in the pro audio industry, via a fiber and CAT5 network. Technical expertise, QoS and an extensive support structure are guaranteed to all customers, together with the highest level of quality controls. For more information, visit www.optocore.com.

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Extron Fiber Optic RS-232 Inserter Now Shipping

Extron FOX RS 104Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new FOX RS 104, a four port RS-232 inserter for long-haul transmission of control signals to remote source and destination equipment over fiber optic cabling. Each port provides a bidirectional fiber optic connection to an Extron FOX Series transmitter or receiver for the insertion and extraction of control data, while maintaining a continuous pass-through link for video and audio. The FOX RS 104 is ideal for use in applications with a centralized control system that require the long-haul transmission of AV and control signals over fiber optic cabling.

“The FOX RS 104 provides system designers and integrators with a simple way to provide control to remote locations,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “By embedding control data into the fiber optic AV signal, the inserter eliminates the need for separate control system wiring.”

RS-232 data from the Ethernet port is inserted onto one or more of the fiber optic outputs, providing remote monitoring and control. Reclocking on the unit’s buffered fiber optic outputs ensures signal integrity and transmits the fiber optic signal at its original power level. The FOX RS 104 maintains the performance of the optical signal transmission while providing bidirectional control from a control processor, eliminating the need for separate control system wiring to remote devices. Available in multimode and singlemode models, it is compatible with the extensive line of FOX Series extenders, distribution amplifiers, switchers, and matrix switchers.

ELAN g! Makes 269-Year-Old Farmhouse A Media Wonderland

If anyone needed proof that modern technology has a use in every home, a recently renovated colonial-era Pennsylvania farmhouse with iPad-controlled audio and lighting in every room through the ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System puts the issue to rest once and for all. The installation presented a unique opportunity for Pennsylvania-based custom integrator World Wide Stereo, which was able to maintain the historic integrity and rustic charm of the 269-year-old dwelling while transforming the property into a modern media wonderland.

According to homeowner and interior designer Victoria Graves, her and her husband’s relationship with World Wide Stereo stemmed from his love for music, as witnessed by his collection of CDs that numbers in the thousands. When they first moved into the home in 2005 they met with World Wide to install the audio gear they already owned and to help rip their entire CD collection to an Escient music server. Shortly thereafter, Graves and her husband met with World Wide again to discuss a new multi-zone audio system.

As World Wide Stereo owner Bob Cole recalls, “The Graves’ gave us an opportunity to showcase new technology in a extraordinary setting. With Victoria’s guidance on design aspects, we were able to minimize the appearance of electronics through the home with the use of in-ceiling and in-wall speakers. The original ELAN Via system had in-wall touch panels, but with the upgrade to ELAN g!, now even those have been removed in favor of several iPads that can be carried anywhere in the home and provide complete control of every light and speaker.”

The home has seen a lot of renovations and upgrades since being built more than two and a half centuries ago, and according to Graves, this most recent update was never intended to be a start-and-finish project. In fact it’s been an ongoing project for seven years!

“The house is always a work in progress,” she explained, “and the guys at World Wide found that out when they showed up one day and the kitchen was gone! Luckily our renovation afforded us the opportunity to create a crawlspace in the home, which greatly simplified the electrical and wiring and provides easier access for future enhancement and upgrades. We have a home that’s older than America itself, but it comes with music and lights that we control from our iPhones. It’s definitely the best of both worlds.”

In addition to providing 13 zones of audio, with several outdoor zones, the home’s ELAN g! system integrates a Lutron lighting system that allows the Graves to set lighting scenes to match their current location, such as the “Dining” Scene which lowers the kitchen lights and brings up the dining room. It also makes bedtime a lot simpler, enabling them to shut off every light on the property with a single button when it’s time to turn in. The Graves use iPads for daily system control, and have only a single 7-inch in-wall touchscreen remaining in the home, located just outside the office study.

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About ELAN® Home Systems:
Founded in 1990, ELAN® Home Systems is an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning whole-house entertainment and control systems that are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

ELAN is part of the Core® Brands division of Nortek, Inc. 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.

ELAN 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.

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Matrox Maevex Demonstration at InfoComm 2013 to Focus on Video over IP Decoding Quality

Visitors can expect to see superb video quality at low bandwidth as they interactively adjust bandwidth usage from 100Kb/s to 25Mb/s using Matrox PowerStream software

Matrox® Graphics Inc. will feature the new Matrox Maevex™ 5100 Series video distribution over IP encoders and decoders at InfoComm 2013 in booth 4759. The Maevex products extend full-HD-quality 1080p60 video and audio over standard IP networks, with minimal bandwidth consumption, at a fraction of the cost of other solutions.
Matrox Maevex Video Distribution over IP Encoder and Decoder
"The single most-asked question we have encountered is: Can you show me the decode quality?" said Ron Berty, business development manager at Matrox. "At InfoComm, side-by-side views of the source video and decoded video will let our booth visitors compare for themselves."

The Maevex encoder captures video and audio from a host PC or another media source and seamlessly extends the signals to one or more Maevex decoders via standard networking equipment—switches, routers, CATx cabling. The H.264 encode/decode platform delivers excellent-quality video extension over standard LAN connectivity at user-defined low bit rates for minimal network bandwidth consumption. Matrox PowerStream software application is used to remotely discover, manage and adjust the Maevex network and lets administrators conveniently define multiple stream parameters and balance network bandwidth consumption.

Maevex solutions are used to drive dynamic digital signage in such environments as retail, restaurant, transportation, banking and healthcare. They are also used to distribute high-quality video in academic, medical, training, collaborative video wall and control room settings.

Price and availability
Maevex 5100 Series encoders and decoders are available now at the following prices:
- Maevex Encoder – MVX-E5150F
MSRP USD $999
- Maevex Decoder – MVX-D5150F
MSRP USD $549
- Maevex Encoder/Decoder Bundle – MVX-ED5150F
MSRP USD $1299

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

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