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PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS TO HIGHLIGHT LATEST RF SOLUTIONS AND CAPABILITIES AT INFOCOMM 2013

ORLANDO, JUNE 10, 2013—Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, will showcase its range of RF solutions at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 1370), including its GX Series of Combiners, DB Series of Multicouplers, Helical Antennas, Domed Helical Antennas, and various accessories such as splitters, Dual Bias Ts and receive and transmit line amps.

“We look forward to InfoComm, as it’s the perfect arena to meet with professionals from the various sectors of the industry that we work with on a regular basis, including live events, installations, broadcast and more,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “With the increasing importance of RF and wireless, we invite attendees to stop by and see the solutions we have to offer for their unique needs. They can also find out more about how our services stand apart when it comes to ensuring interference-free productions of all sizes.”

At InfoComm 2013, PWS will highlight its GX series of combiners, the GX-4 and GX-8, which offer selectable high and low output settings, as well as above unity gain on output. Helpful for very anemic transmitters, the combiners in the GX series are considered RF limiters because of their proprietary Automatic Level Control (ALC) circuitry. The power level of each frequency at the output of the combiner is a maximum of 250 mW licensed, 50mw if not licensed. This is the FCC’s maximum allowable limit for RF in-ear monitor (IEM) systems in the UHF band. The GX-4 is an RF IEM transmitter combiner/booster, compatible with RF signals from major IEM transmitter manufacturers across the radio band from 470MHz to 698MHz. The system accepts input power levels from 20 to 100 mW, with each input containing its own discreet RF amplifier and ALC circuits. The signals are amplified to the power level needed to produce up to 250 mW of RF at the output antenna port.

PWS will also feature its newly updated DB series of Multicouplers, including the DB8 (8 outputs), DB16 (16 outputs) and DB24 (24 outputs). These diversity systems are designed to distribute antenna signals to multiple receivers without loss and with high isolation between ports. Outputs can be put into ranges, providing the user the ability for low, middle and high as well as custom ranges for frequencies. The systems all come packed with features providing the user with maximum control as well as two power supplies, ensuring that if there is a power failure, backup is available.

Two of PWS’ flagship product lines, Helical Antennas and the new Domed Helical Antennas, will also be onsite. PWS Helical Antennas, which are perfect for long throws and high gain, have become the industry standard for multichannel wireless microphone, in-ear, and intercom systems thanks in part to their unique characteristics, offering users extreme flexibility. The circularly polarized UHF antennas cover a frequency range of 450 MHz to 950 MHz and offer 14dbi gain and 8.5dbi for the Domed Helical. With an inherent boost in gain, greater bandwidth, and dropout-resistant polarization, PWS Helical Antennas outshine the performance of traditional antenna designs. Popular for use with IEM systems, users can employ these antennas with other UHF systems, including wireless microphones and intercom systems.

For venues and installations where site-line appearance is a priority, PWS Domed Helical Antennas, offer a wider angle of coverage perfect for smaller stages and medium gain. Featuring the same circular polarization as the original PWS Helical Antenna, the Domed Helical features a more durable, sealable enclosure and compact profile. Inconspicuous and robust, the PWS Domed Helical Antenna is a great choice when the requirements of aesthetics and function can’t be compromised.

In addition to showcasing its newest line of RF solutions, PWS representatives will be on hand to discuss the company’s ability to provide onsite install services and show support for wireless systems at broadcast, industrial, live entertainment and media events of any size. “The success of today’s in-demand productions depends on invisible, temperamental and easily compromised wireless audio signals. We specialize in frequency coordination that is solid, accurate and constant,” concludes Van Winkle.

For more information, stop by Booth 1370 or visit www.professionalwireless.com.

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MetroEast and Portland Community Media Centers Each Acquire Eight Hitachi HD Cameras for Public Access Production

Diversified Systems Plays Key Role in Both Sales

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, a leading provider of affordable, high performance cameras, today announced that MetroEast Community Media and Portland Community Media—two non-profit public access media centers serving Portland, OR—each installed eight Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV studio/field production cameras.

Brad Fisher at Diversified Systems, a national systems integration firm with an office in Portland recommended this camera based on its price performance. He placed the order with Hitachi Sales Representative David Morris on behalf of the two customers.

While the community media centers are not related, they often coordinate their equipment choices and studio configurations to ensure that their operational workflow will be familiar to all Portland residents who use both facilities. After Portland residents complete the training sessions, they are free to use the broadcast-quality studios to produce and cablecast Public Access, Educational, and Government (PEG) programming on any issue or topic.

“Both of these community media centers do an excellent job keeping their facilities running, and they do it on very limited funds. One way I feel I can help them is by making sure that their dollars are leveraged in the best way possible. I recommended the Hitachi Z-HD5000 camera because I felt it would enable their HD transitions at a very affordable price and give them the quality they deserve,” said Fisher.

Portland Community Media

Portland Community Media, which focuses on Multnomah County, receives 70 percent of its operating budget from the City of Portland. Despite the tight budget, Portland Community Media is nearly finished transitioning its facility to HDTV.

According to Bea Coulter, director of operations for Portland Community Media, they currently downconvert their HD programs to SD for broadcast by local cable systems. However, when these cable systems provide them with HD channels—which is expected within the next four months—they’ll be ready.

Five of the eight Hitachi cameras purchased in the summer of 2012 are situated in Studio A, and three are in Studio B. These 2/3-inch Hitachi Z-HD5000 HD cameras, which replace older 1/3-inch HD cameras, were chosen because they offer higher video quality at an affordable price point.

“We immediately recognized that this camera offers high-end functionality, and the ability to produce high-quality programming. Since the people who use our studio equipment are not video professionals, the user-friendliness of this camera was very appealing,” said Coulter. “These factors made the decision to choose this camera very easy. The training, tech support and service we’ve received from Hitachi has been great, so much more than I expected from an equipment vendor.”

MetroEast Community Center

MetroEast Community Center, which serves East Multnomah County and towns east of Portland, installed four of its eightHitachi Z-HD5000’s in Studio A, which has a green screen for live graphics. The remaining four Hitachi cameras are in a fly-pack in a mobile video unit used for multi-camera remote productions, including town council meetings and high school sporting events.

MetroEast’s operating budget is funded in part by franchise fees collected from Comcast cable and Frontier Fios, two local cable systems that carry the programming. MetroEast also expects to be producing and broadcasting in full HDTV this summer.

According to Jamie Groce, technical manager for MetroEast Community Media in Portland, these Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras are the first step in their transition to HD. “Budget was a big issue for us,” said Groce. “We felt that this camera had all the features we needed at a competitive price. So it came down to bang for the buck on an all-around great product.”

Their cameras are configured for digital fiber optic cabling, which Groce said enables them to have long cable runs fairly inexpensively compared to triax or multicore cabling. The durability of fiber optic cabling is especially important when the cameras are used for field production.

Both Portland Community Media and MetroEast Community Media received cameras outfitted with FUJINON HD lenses as well as Hitachi CU-HD500 camera control units and Hitachi RU-1000VR control panels. The Hitachi Z-HD5000 offers three high-sensitivity, low noise 2/3-inch IT CCDs in a lightweight 2-piece dockable camera body as well as 800 TVL resolution, F10 sensitivity, and 14-bit analog to digital conversion.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) consolidated revenues totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, industrial, transportation and urban development 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.

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Adder showcases new HDMI extender products at InfoComm 2013

AdderLink DV100 HDMI ExtenderAdder Corporation, Boston, June 10, 2013: Adder Corporation, the connectivity solutions experts, will be showing new products for the audio visual markets at InfoComm 2013, taking place at the Orange County Convention Center, Florida on June 8-14.

Exhibiting on booth 4115, Adder is launching its ALDV100 range of HDMI point to point and point to multi-point extenders with a live demonstration. The new technology can intelligently interrogate its own network to determine whether specific content is being displayed on connected screens. This enables advertising networks to offer payment structures based on an accurate proof of display (P.O.D.) basis, as well as save $100s on maintenance as display errors can be inspected remotely over an IP link.

With a 50 meter (150ft) extension distance, rollout using this technology is a wonderfully simple procedure. Being line powered, once the transmitter is connected, no additional power cabling is required at the receiver points. This makes the ALDV100 a perfect choice when upgrading existing systems as it negates the need to install additional power points into your signage environment. The point to point system supports HDCP and full EDID pass through ensuring continuous correct operation. As a professional signage technology, the ALDV100 is designed to work silently and continuously to deliver faultless audio and video 24/7.

The 4-way transmitter unit, ALDV104T also features automatic failover, allowing two digital playout machines to be connected and automatically switched if the video output from one unit should fail. This is vitally important when 100 per cent uptime is required for professional applications.

Also being launched at the show is the Adder XD522 – a dual-head, point to point, DisplayPort extender that can support dual screens or dual link screens up to 100 meters away with an S/FTP CATx cable. It will also support a single 60Hz 1920×1080 screen across 150 meters over a CAT5e cable and provides uncompressed, high resolution video over a high-speed USB.

There will be a live demonstration of the AdderLink Infinity dual VNC, a high-performance keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) server that can be accessed remotely via IP with a VNC viewer and/or simultaneously with an AdderLink Infinity receiver. Its base feature set is the same as the AdderLink Infinity dual, the world’s most advanced KVM matrix.

Tim Conway, VP of Adder Corporation, said: “The AV market, particularly those companies specializing in digital signage, are under continued pressure to make cost efficiencies and differentiate their offer. At Adder, we recognise this and are continually looking to improve connectivity solutions for the AV market. We already offer the AV industry the only real-time IP based KVM Matrix solution on the market, in the AdderLink Infinity. The launch of the XD522 and the HDMI extenders expand the capabilities of the Adder offering and reaffirm our commitment to providing pixel perfect video extension and connectivity.”

About Adder Corporation
Adder Corporation is a leading developer and thought leader in connectivity solutions. Adder’s media networks, extenders and keyboard, video and mouse switch solutions enable the control and distribution of IT systems around the world. The company distributes its products in more than 60 countries through a network of distributors, resellers and OEMs. Adder has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, China and Singapore.

Adder’s user base ranges across markets such as Retail, Financial, Industrial, Medical, Broadcast, Air Traffic Control, Digital Signage, Military and Server Management. Adder manufactures products under its own brand as well as for a number of OEM customers and its products are marketed and supported by a global network of resellers and distributors.

For more information please visit us.adder.com

PR Contact
Leila Hrycyszyn
Whiteoaks for Adder Corporation
leilah@whiteoaks.co.uk
+44 1252 727313 ext 272

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Matrox MuraControl 2.0 for Windows Video Wall Management Software to Debut at InfoComm 2013

Easy-to-use software now includes high-end presentation effects, source touring and scheduling functionality, and remote control of local third-party applications to give integrators even greater control over their video wall installations

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the upcoming release of MuraControl™ 2.0 for Windows® video wall management software for Mura™-based video walls. The new version responds to video wall integrators’ requests for even greater control over Mura MPX-based video wall content and layouts. Key new features include transparency and color-keying effects, the addition of local inputs and control over them, plus source touring and scheduling functionality. The new software will be demonstrated for the first time at InfoComm 2013 in the Matrox booth (4759). It will be available for purchase and as a free 21-day trial download in July.

Matrox MuraControl for Windows video wall management software<
“MuraControl 2.0 for Windows takes advantage of new functionality exposed with the latest Mura MPX driver version 2.03 and accessible through Mura’s network API,” said Helgi Sigurdsson, product manager at Matrox Graphics. “The ability to capture and display local VLC or PowerPoint files on a video wall, modify transparency settings, add color-keying, plus hit ‘play’ or ‘pause’ from a remote location will be welcome news for digital signage and corporate video wall integrators looking to add local files to their source list. Control room integrators will appreciate the added ability to take remote control of desktops using VNC.”

New features in Matrox MuraControl 2.0 for Windows
Transparency and color keying — Blending videos and images with the desktop, a background image, or another video is now possible by setting transparency levels for one or more windows. Source and destination color keying can also be used to enable interesting special effects, such as applying a graphic skin to a logo, or playing a video through it.

Local application control — It is now possible to capture, display and control local VLC® video and RealVNC® sessions, along with Microsoft® Image Viewer, PowerPoint®, and Internet Explorer® files. VLC videos can be set to “play” or “pause”, and PowerPoint presentations can be delivered by pressing “next” or “back”. Keyboard and mouse functionality can be sent to local applications in order to gain remote control over VNC sessions or to browse the Internet on the video wall.

Source touring — Automated cycling through multiple sources is now supported. This feature is useful in video wall environments such as security control rooms monitoring multiple camera feeds on multiple displays, or digital signage applications featuring back-to-back ads, scaled up to fit all or part of the display wall.

Layout scheduling — MuraControl has always allowed clients to create separate layouts showing different sources and window arrangements. With the new layout scheduling feature, those layouts can now be set to switch at specific times of the day so that the video wall can communicate different data at different times.

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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LED Source Announces New Director of Franchise Operations

LED Source, the leading North American LED lighting solutions provider specializing in architectural, entertainment and retrofit applications, is pleased to announce its new director of franchise operations, Brian Gilbert.

Gilbert brings 25 years of franchise experience to his new role, having worked in both franchisee and franchisor environments. For the past 15 years, Gilbert has served at the director level for multiple franchise concepts in the hair care and petroleum sectors. He has been instrumental in helping start-up companies grow to successful organizations. Gilbert also has extensive knowledge in commercial real estate and training and development of corporate programs to enhance support of franchise communities.

“We’re thrilled to have Brian join our growing team here at LED Source,” said president and CEO Marcel Fairbairn. “His extensive experience in the franchise space will be instrumental for our organization as he supports the field and manages franchisee recruitment.”

Gilbert added, “I’m honored to be a part of such an innovative concept in a rapidly growing industry and look forward to contributing to LED Source’s success well into the future.”

Founded in 2005, LED Source is North America’s first and only franchisor of LED lighting. The company supplies LED products to a variety of spaces, and specializes in design, support, development, project management and financing through its Retrofit, Architectural and Entertainment divisions. Applications include commercial office spaces, schools, churches, theaters, art galleries, restaurants and nightclubs, special events, residential, landscape lighting and much more.

Due to increasing demand, LED Source launched a franchise program in 2009 and has since opened 13 offices across the nation. The company is currently developing in states along the Eastern Seaboard and will open its first location outside North America this year in the Caribbean. LED Source expects to add 12-15 franchise locations in 2013 and long term goals plan for a network of 150 franchise offices throughout North America within three years.

For more information about LED Source and franchising opportunities, visit www.ledsource.com.

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Barix Addresses Multicast Routing Between Remote Networks

Unique solution enables customers to bypass ISP policies and preserve network bandwidth for non-critical communications

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, June 10, 2013 — IP audio and control specialist Barix introduces a unique solution helping media companies, businesses and other multi-site network users to route multicast traffic over remote network links, enabling bandwidth-efficient, multicast delivery over the public internet.

Multicast uses special destination addresses to target groups of subscribed devices, and deliver data and streams such as voice (general paging) and audio (background music). In contrast to standard connections where each device needs its own stream, multicast data distribution requires only a single stream to send the same content to any number of receivers on the same network segment, minimizing bandwidth and network usage. Multicast delivery is traditionally limited to private, in-house networks as Internet Service Providers block multicast traffic on normal Internet connections.

Barix has developed a unique multicast routing and tunneling firmware that turns its Barionet IP control devices into flexible, multisite multicast routers — effectively enabling delivery of multicast traffic over the public internet to remote locations. The solution forwards multicast IP blocks to remote receiving devices, re-packed as unicast streams. The receiving devices then re-issue the packets as multicast on the destination network.

“This solution addresses challenging situations for systems integrators and network operators that want to use multicast transport between subnets but have previously been blocked from doing so,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and Founder of Barix AG. “We are effectively bridging multiple multicast groups between multiple sites for general data and our specialty, Audio over IP, preserving network bandwidth and increasing the efficiency of remote communication.”

Using Multicast, system integrators can configure Barix IP Audio systems with more flexibility and less labor as streams are concurrently distributed to many nodes using IP multicast delivery. This minimizes streaming bandwidth requirements and simplifies configuration; it is not necessary to know the IP address of each individual receiver on the network. Instead, subscription protocols are employed so that relevant receivers – such as a Barix Exstreamer IP audio decoder – receive relevant streams, even if they use dynamic, unknown IP addresses.

The Barix multicast routing and tunneling solution can be deployed across a large number of scenarios as functionality is independent of actual protocols. This enables the firmware to be used alongside automation, IP audio, video, VoIP, SIP or RTP streams, for example. Furthermore, the entire operation can be monitored over SNMP to enable a complete bird’s eye view of system efficiency.

Barix: The Voice of Simplicity (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, specializes in the research and development of state-of-the-art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks/Internet, offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industries. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

Host the Backyard Party You’ve Always Dreamt of With a SunBriteTV

THOUSAND OAKS, California, June 7, 2013 – The Summer Solstice this year falls on a Friday, June 21, and there’s no better day to show off your backyard’s new SunBriteTV all-weather television. Enjoy more sun than any other day of the year, all the while entertaining your guests with a modern outdoor entertainment system.

“The Summer Solstice might not be your sole reason for throwing a summer party,” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “But a SunBriteTV will certainly be the reason your guests clamor to know when you’ll be hosting the next one.”

Much more than just a television, SunBriteTV’s transform outdoor areas into outdoor living rooms. Even after the big party is over, a SunBriteTV becomes the center of a moonlit family home theater in idyllic summer heat.

All SunBriteTV models withstand temperatures from -24°F to 122°F and completely resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects. Anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright high-definition images in any outdoor climate, any time of day or night.

Every SunBriteTV includes a two-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and 20 watt built-in speakers.
Optional accessories include a variety of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation solutions, dust covers and FM Radio.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com.

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

Nashville Sounds Go Deep with PixelFLEX LED Video Curtain

Minor league baseball games provide a wonderful opportunity for fans of the game to enjoy the sights and sounds of baseball in a fun, family-friendly environment. From the crack of the bat to the sheer grace of middle infielders easily turning a double play, it’s hard to beat a night at the minor league ballpark on a beautiful spring or summer evening. However, for fans of the Nashville Sounds, AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, the ability to watch video replays and highlights on a state-of-the-art digital scoreboard is missing from an otherwise perfect experience, as Greer Stadium, the team’s 36-year-old ballpark, isn’t equipped with such video technology capabilities.

While talks proceed on moving the team to a new ballpark with current day amenities, including a video scoreboard in the outfield, the Nashville Sounds were able to enhance the fan experience during a recent night game by utilizing lightweight and flexible LED video curtain panels manufactured by PixelFLEX. With more than 3,000 fans in attendance for Music Industry Night, a popular promotional event scheduled several times a season that features a pre-game musical performance, the Sounds kept fans in the action throughout the game by delivering video and player information across the PixelFLEX panels in right-centerfield.

“Our fans are among the best across the country, so we are hopeful in regards to the possibility of a new ballpark with better amenities, including a video scoreboard,” said Brad Tammen, the team’s vice president and general manager. “In the meantime, we’re glad we had an opportunity to test out the PixelFLEX system. I was really impressed with the clarity, sharpness and brightness of the panels.”

Videos and images can be sent to PixelFLEX’s screens using any computer with a DVI-D connection. Each typical screen panel is approximately 8′x4′, but modifications can be made easily to meet specific needs of the consumer – panels can be attached together with PixelFLEX’s proprietary quicklock system. During the Sounds’ game, PixelFLEX provided a 24′ wide by 16′ tall wall of 20mm panels.

“The thing that surprised me most was the ease of set up,” Tammen continued. “All of a sudden, the PixelFLEX video screen appeared out of nowhere, hanging above the right-centerfield wall. We’re planning to use the screen again for our game on July 3rd, which will feature fireworks and probably a much larger audience. We’re looking forward to it.”

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.

Canon U.S.A. Introduces the EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W, Full HD Robotic Remote-Control Pan-Tilt-Zoom Indoor/Outdoor Cameras

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 10, 2013 – Building on the success of its line of cost-effective, remote-control HD pan-tilt-zoom cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced the durable EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W cameras, which provide improved image resolution, color reproduction, and Canon Auto Focus precision over previous models. Compact, fully integrated, and featuring an open control protocol for flexible systemization, the new EVERCAM XU cameras provide high-quality widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) image capture from practically any visual perspective.

The Canon EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) HD cameras are equipped with a 20x Genuine Canon zoom lens (with additional 12x digital zoom), 2.1-Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, genlock input, and an HD-SDI output. Designed with a sturdy water-resistant/dustproof housing for indoor or outdoor use, applications for the new cameras include broadcast TV, houses of worship, sports arenas, schools, government, and performing arts venues. The Canon EVERCAM XU-81 W features a motorized ND filter and a wiper unit for outdoor applications.

“From sports stadiums, to traffic and weather POV cams, and houses of worship, there is an increasing demand for broadcast-quality, cost-effective remote-control HD image capture,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Canon has successfully addressed this market with a series of versatile professional HD pan-tilt-zoom cameras. The latest introductions – the Canon EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W pan-tilt-zoom HD cameras – deliver exceptional full HD resolution video, precise Canon Auto Focus, and great low-light performance ideally suited for most PTZ applications.”

Durable, Quick, and Quiet
The tough, durable housing of the Canon EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W pan-tilt-zoom HD cameras meets the IP-55 enclosure rating for water-resistant and dustproof integrity, enabling it to be installed in environmentally challenging locations. The Canon EVERCAM XU-81 W is optimized for permanent outdoor installation and comes equipped with a wiper unit to maintain lens port clarity and a servo neutral density (ND) filter unit to optimize picture quality (an optional washer unit is also available). Both cameras are equipped with an integral weather-resistant microphone that allows for the capture of sound at the camera location.

Capable of fast, smooth, and highly precise movements while simultaneously panning and tilting at a maximum rate of 60˚/sec., the Canon EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W cameras feature a pan range of ±180˚ and a tilt range of +220˚/-40˚. While quick and nimble, the cameras are also extremely quiet while in motion, with a maximum noise level of NC30. This makes the cameras well-suited for use in quiet environments where noise distractions are not permitted, including during broadcast, performance studios, lecture halls and classrooms, conference rooms, and hospital operating theaters.

Further adding to the versatility of the Canon EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W pan-tilt-zoom HD cameras are their low-light capabilities and super sensitivity mode. When shooting under low-light conditions, the cameras can acquire extra brightness by using a slow-shutter (frame accumulation) function. The camera’s black & white mode, without the Infrared cut filter, will also support shooting in near-darkness. Dynamic Range Compensation allows for shooting in environments with a high contrast of light and shade (such as an office building lobby on a sunny day) by automatically correcting the contrast of the video according to the range of scene illumination. Both camera models have a sensitivity rating of 0.6lux (f/1.6, 1/60, 50IRE, +42dB).

In addition to providing clear, crisp HD video, the 2.1-Megapixel CMOS sensor in the Canon EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W cameras delivers native imaging performance. A locally switchable output/control feature enables users to select either 1080i or 720p HD output (via a convenient HD-SDI connection) with simultaneous SD analog composite (NTSC or PAL) for monitoring. A genlock input on the XU-81 and XU-81 W provides the synchronization signal necessary for TV station use and other broadcast applications.

Remote control of the pan, tilt, and zoom movements of the EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W cameras employs a non-proprietary control protocol that enables users and system integrators to interface the camera with their own control system, or that of a range of third-party providers. Control can be toggled between RS-232 and RS-422, making the cameras extremely adaptable to new and existing multi-camera environments.

Compact and lightweight, the EVERCAM XU-81 camera weighs only 14.5 pounds, and the EVERCAM XU-81 W camera weighs only 15.5 pounds. The cameras include a built-in handle for convenient portability, and can be mounted upright or in an inverted ceiling mount. In either position, the picture image will automatically flip when the tilt angle reaches 90˚.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W pan-tilt-zoom HD cameras are expected to be available in September 2013, for the estimated retail price of $11,000.00 and $13,000.00, respectively.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.

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All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

Availability, prices, and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

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Vaddio Launches WideSHOT High Definition Camera for Conferencing Rooms Requiring a Wide Field-of-View

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (June 10, 2013) – Vaddio introduces the WideSHOT point-of-view camera, designed for conferencing rooms that require professional-quality high definition video images with a wide field-of-view.

“Our WideSHOT camera was designed for our consultants and integrators that need an HD camera for meeting rooms that require a very wide field-of-view to cover all of the participants sitting at a table,” explained Rob Sheeley, President of Vaddio. “We discovered that in smaller conferencing applications, the end users don’t really want to move the camera around as people talk to keep them in the picture. They would rather have everyone in the picture to begin with.”

The WideSHOT Varifocal Multi-Element Glass Wide-Angle Lens provides a wide 82-degree field-of-view that results in an exceptionally wide image and depth of field. A 3x manual optical zoom provides plenty of zoom range for framing the video image. Additional imaging control functions include manual iris for aperture adjustment for room lighting conditions and manual focus.

Built around a 1/3-Type progressive scan image sensor, the WideSHOT performs extremely well in low light conditions down to 0.3 LUX. Powerful DSP provides a Wide Dynamic Range of 110dB, video noise reduction, excellent contrast under varying light conditions, vivid color reproduction and exceptional high-resolution detail. Video output resolutions include 720p 30/59.94/60, 1080i 30/59.94/60. 1080p 30/59.94/60.

Each WideSHOT Camera system comes with an integrated Quick-Connect Cable interface to allow for easy installation with Cat 5 Cabling. Quick-Connect head-end signal output options includes USB, HDMI, Analog Component and Ethernet.

Vaddio’s complementary QuickSET mounting system offers simple installation by just positioning the camera to a required shot and locking it in place. Optional wall and ceiling mounts are available in addition to the standard set-top mount.

For more information on the WideSHOT please visit the Vaddio website at www.vaddio.com

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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