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Canon U.S.A. Showcases Innovative New Projectors and HD Cameras At InfoComm 2013

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 10, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will exhibit innovative new projection and HD camera products at InfoComm 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center (booth # 3729) from June 12-14, in Orlando, FL. Designed to address the needs of many professional markets and a wide range of end-users, Canon’s new products will include two entirely new projector categories for the Company: the ultra-portable Canon LE-5W Multimedia Projector, and a series of eight new REALiS Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS projectors. On the image-capture side, Canon will introduce the new EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W robotic remote-control HD pan-tilt-zoom cameras with outstanding image quality, color reproduction, and precise Canon Auto Focus performance for many different indoor and outdoor applications.

Canon’s spacious InfoComm 2013 booth exhibit will feature special product-demonstration areas enabling attendees to view many of the Company’s latest advances in imaging and optical technologies. These areas will include a central Touch & Try section in which attendees can see first-hand new Canon DSLR cameras, PIXMA PRO professional inkjet printers, and the outstanding EOS C100 Cinema camera. The Touch & Try section will be flanked by additional areas demonstrating the energy efficiency, consistent light output (relative to zoom position), edge-blending technology, and network multi-projection (LAN-based video streaming) capabilities of Canon’s all-new REALiS Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS projectors.

Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors
Combining the outstanding picture quality of larger installation projectors with the plug-and-play convenience of portable models, Canon’s new series of REALiS Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS projectors are engineered to deliver excellent imaging performance, in a smaller, more affordable design. The Canon REALiS WUX450, REALiS WUX400ST, REALiS WX520, and REALiS WX450ST, all available in both standard and DICOM® Simulation models, will debut during InfoComm 2013. Each feature a trim design under 14 lbs., easy set-up, and sophisticated operational advantages intended for use in environments such as houses of worship, college lecture halls, government monitoring facilities, and corporate boardrooms.

Offering placement flexibility, the new Canon REALiS WUX450 and REALiS WX520 Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS projectors are equipped with a Genuine Canon projection lens that delivers a consistent fixed aperture of f/2.8, helping to ensure virtually no light loss across its entire 1.8x zoom range. This feature will be demonstrated within Canon’s InfoComm 2013 exhibit, in which the outstanding energy efficiency of the new REALiS Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS projectors will also be displayed. In addition, built-in edge blending functionality, which is employed through a newly developed imaging processor, will be showcased within the “Deliver Possibilities” section of the booth. Demonstrations will show how the new Canon REALiS Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS Projectors can be used in multi-projector configurations for the display of large, seamless images with precisely matched edges.

Also to be demonstrated are the short-throw projection capabilities of the new Canon REALiS WUX400ST and REALiS WX450ST Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS projectors. The WUX400ST has a throw ratio of 0.56:1 and the WX450ST has a throw ratio of 0.57:1. The models include a 0-75 percent vertical and ± 10 percent horizontal lens-shift adjustment feature for easy installation in environments where the projector must be located close to the screen or other display surface. These features allow for space reduction without complicated mirror setups and provide cost savings compared to complicated long throw projection setups that generally require expensive long/ultra-long throw lenses.

The new Canon REALiS Pro AV Compact Installation LCOS projectors are also available in “D” versions featuring a DICOM® Simulation mode and superb 21-step grayscale gradation display capabilities designed to effectively project high-quality medical images such as X-rays, CAT scans and MRIs.*

The Ultra-Portable LE-5W Multimedia Projector
Great for both small business and home use, the ultra-portable LE-5W Multimedia Projector weighs just 3.5 lbs. yet delivers 500-lumen native WXGA (1140×912) resolution still or motion images with superb color fidelity and a contrast ratio of 3000:1. Equipped with energy-saving, long-life 3-LED technology, the Canon LE-5W projector includes an HDMI input for display of content from tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices, as well as PCs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, HD streaming players, and digital cameras.

The LE-5W projector is excellent for viewing movies, video games, and still or streamed images. It also includes built-in 2.5-watt stereo speakers. The LE-5W projector can also deliver “PC-less” smart presentations directly from a USB thumb drive, SD card, or its own built-in memory, so it can play multimedia files without peripheral components. Equipped with three LED’s (RGB) that have up to a remarkable 20,000 hour lifespan, the projector is energy-efficient, with an ECO mode that consumes 30 percent less energy than while running in Normal Mode.

New HD PTZ Cameras
Building on the success of its line of cost-effective, remote-control HD pan-tilt-zoom cameras, Canon is also introducing the EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81W pan-tilt-zoom HD cameras at InfoComm 2013. Compact, affordable, and fully integrated, these cameras are designed for houses of worship, concert and performing arts venues, civil service, and many other applications. The new EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81W pan-tilt-zoom HD cameras feature a 20x Genuine Canon zoom lens (with additional 12x digital zoom), and a 2.1-Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor. The EVERCAM XU-81 is designed for indoor use, while the EVERCAM XU-81W features a tough, durable housing that meets the IP-55 enclosure rating for waterproof and dustproof integrity, enabling it to be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. Capable of fast, smooth, highly precise, quiet movements even while simultaneously panning and tilting, the Canon EVERCAM XU-81 and EVERCAM XU-81 W pan-tilt-zoom HD cameras feature an open control protocol for flexible systemization and an integral microphone that allows for the capture of sound at the camera location.

Full HD and Megapixel Network Cameras
Also on display in Canon’s booth at InfoComm 2013 will be the Company’s line of full HD and megapixel network cameras. These include the VB-H41 Full HD PTZ Network Camera, VB-M40 Megapixel PTZ Network Camera, VB-H610VE Vandal Resistant Fixed Dome Network Camera, VB-M600D Megapixel Fixed Dome Network Camera, and the VB-H710F Fixed Network Camera. The full HD models (VB-H41, VB-H610VE, and VB-H710F) feature Genuine Canon optics, a 1/3 2.1-Megapixel CMOS image sensor, Canon DIGIC NET II and DIGIC DV III processors, and simultaneously transmit H.264 and MJPEG at 1920 x 1080 up to 30fps. A built-in Web Viewer allows for remote video viewing by authorized users on any web browser, including smart phone web browsers or leading third-party applications. In addition, the models VB-H610VE and VB-M600D feature a unique Remote Adjustment Function to adjust the pan, tilt, rotation, zoom, and focus settings of these fixed cameras from any Internet-connected PC at any time. All Canon Full HD network cameras include on-board video analytics and ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) Profile S conformance for improved compatibility with other ONVIF-compliant third-party products.

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. 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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†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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

* These models are not cleared or approved for medical diagnosis and should not be used for diagnosis purposes.

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Bexel Supports Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert

Special Live Telecast Raised Money for United Way of Central Oklahoma

Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, contributed broadcast equipment and engineer expertise to the recent telecast of Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Organized by Oklahoma native Blake Shelton, the concert was televised live on NBC. It also aired live and/or delayed on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT.

“Bexel has an outstanding relationship with some of the top tech managers throughout the country, and when the Healing in the Heartland event was conceived, they reached out to us,” says Justin Paulk, fiber business segment manager, Bexel ESS. “Due to our involvement with the NBA, we have documentation showing the infrastructure of the Chesapeake Energy Arena. We provided this information to the tech managers, giving them quick insight into the facility. We also offered available gear and staff, including prebuilt press bridges from our Burbank office.”

Due to the quick nature of this project, the Bexel team drove the necessary equipment and staff to Oklahoma City. Once there, Bexel provided onsite technical support, the press bridge set up, fiber cable, and the fiber electronics to move the additional signals needed around the arena.

“We were honored to be a part of something so special and thrilled that the network of people we work with regularly trusted us to respond,” adds Paulk.

The program, which earned the highest viewer ratings the night of May 29, was executive produced by R.A. Clark (Academy of Country Music Awards, MDA Show of Strength) with supervising producer Rob Paine and director Gregg Gelfand.

In addition to Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker performed.

Blake Shelton performs at the HEALING IN THE HEARTLAND: RELIEF BENEFIT CONCERT. Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC; (c)NBC Universal, Inc.


The event raised funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. The United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the money for recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that recently devastated the area.

For more information about Bexel, visit www.bexel.com, and follow Bexel on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BexelBroadcast) and Twitter (@Bexel).

BenQ Goes Colorific(TM) at InfoComm 2013

Company’s New Initiative Seeks to Educate End Users on the Color Accuracy, Crispness, and Long-Lasting Quality of BenQ’s Next-Generation Projectors

IRVINE, Calif. — June 10, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today announced that the company will be kicking off its new Colorific(TM) initiative at InfoComm 2013. The program is geared towards educating end users on the benefits of the company’s next-generation projectors, which bring more accurate color representation, crisper contrasts, and longer-lasting quality to any application from boardrooms and classrooms to dedicated theaters and living rooms. more

Extron Introduces New Media Presentation Switcher with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the MPS 602, a simple-to-use, six input media presentation switcher for digital and analog sources. It offers digital video switching with three HDCP-compliant HDMI inputs and one DTP 230 twisted pair input, and analog video switching with two RGB inputs that are digitized for distribution to the digital outputs. For increased flexibility, the MPS 602 includes a selectable DTP 230 twisted pair or HDMI output. The DTP 230 input and output extend video, audio, and bidirectional control signals to DTP 230 transmitters and receivers, each over a single CATx cable up to 230 feet (70 meters). The MPS 602 also includes several audio switching and processing features, available power amplification, plus flexible control options for complete switching and distribution with local and remote display support. The MPS 602 is available in three models: a non-amplified version with a variable preamp output, the MPS 602 SA that adds a stereo 4/8 ohm power amplifier, and the MPS 602 MA with a mono 70 volt amplifier.

“The MPS 602 combines simplified AV switching with powerful integration capabilities, including twisted pair signal extension and audio amplification,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “Using the built-in DTP extension, integrators can streamline system designs in a wide variety of environments with local and remote sources and displays.”

The DTP 230 twisted pair input on the MPS 602 can receive signals from a remote DTP 230 transmitter in areas such as a conference table, lectern, or wall for connecting a guest laptop. The DTP 230 twisted pair output can be used to transmit digital AV signals from an MPS 602 in a rack to a DTP 230 receiver behind a flat-panel display on a wall, above a ceiling-mounted projector, or any other remote location. To simplify installation, bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals can be inserted from a control system and transmitted over the single CATx cable together with the video and audio, enabling control of a source or display. The MPS 602 can also remotely power the DTP 230 transmitter and receiver over the same CATx cable, streamlining system design and installation.

The MPS 602 includes six-input analog audio switching, a mic/line input with 48 volt phantom power, HDMI audio embedding and de-embedding, and several audio processing features for mixing and ducking. The Mic Talk Over feature automatically reduces program audio when it detects a microphone signal, replacing the need for a separate, standalone ducking processor. To streamline audio setup, the MPS 602 features front panel mic and program audio output volume controls that allow for independent adjustment of mic volume, program audio volume, and muting. Two MPS 602 models feature integrated power amplifiers. The MPS 602 SA delivers stereo power amplification with 50 watts rms per channel into 4 ohms and 25 watts rms per channel into 8 ohms, while the MPS 602 MA provides mono 70 volt amplification with 100 watts rms output.

To simplify integration of sources and displays, and to help ensure optimal system performance and dependability, the MPS 602 features two Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder® and Key Minder®. EDID Minder manages EDID communication between the display device and input sources to ensure that the correct video formats are displayed reliably. For HDMI signals with protected content, Key Minder authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching.

To view a product video and for more information, please visit www.extron.com/mps602pr.

BrightSign to Partner with Philips Signage Solutions at InfoComm 2013

BrightSign, LLC®, the market leader in digital signage players, today announced that MMD, the name behind Philips Signage Solutions and Philips Monitors worldwide, has chosen BrightSign as a core solution provider of digital signage controllers to power multi-screen applications such as video walls, digital menu boards and other projects that require synchronization across multiple screens. The companies have chosen InfoComm 2013 (June 8-14 in Orlando, FL) as the venue to formally announce their partnership, and to educate show attendees about the very latest techniques to deploy eye-catching, multi-screen digital signage applications in virtually any setting.

“Simple video walls of just a few years ago have given way to a new wave of multi-screen applications that simply weren’t technically feasible until recently,” said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign’s CEO. “Philips signage displays can be tiled together in any configuration – at zero, 45 or 90 degrees – creating near-limitless possibilities for creative installations that engage and attract patrons in restaurants, offices, museums and other public settings.”

Both BrightSign and Philips Signage Solutions will host educational workshops in their respective booths on Wednesday, June 12 through Friday, June 14. At 1:30pm each day, Philips Signage Solutions will host BrightSign workshops in its booth ( #1743) to educate attendees about the many multi-screen applications made possible with the combination of the company’s new Philips VL Series commercial-grade LED displays and BrightSign’s new XD digital signage players (register at http://philipsbrightsignworkshop.eventbrite.com/). BrigthSign will conclude each of these workshops by giving away a BrightSign XD230 digital signage player to a randomly chosen workshop attendee. Additionally, for those InfoComm attendees who want to dive into exactly “how” it’s done, BrightSign will explain the simple steps for creating multi-screen presentations using BrightSign’s digital signage players and its BrightAuthor software in their daily workshops at 11am and 3pm at its booth #4645 (register at http://brightauthorworkshop.eventbrite.com/). Attendees are encouraged to register in advance or drop by these workshops to see for themselves how to easily and affordably deploy multi-screen installations in a variety of applications.

“BrightSign’s players are the perfect engine to drive our new Philips VL displays,” said Craig Rathbun, managing director at MMD, the name behind Philips Signage Solutions worldwide. “The BrightSign XD players are highly capable and can pass-through whatever Full HD content we send their way. In addition, the company’s BrightAuthor software supports portrait, landscape and even 45-degree orientation, allowing us to mount our displays in striking configurations for added visual impact.”

Philips Signage Solutions will display an impressive video wall in its booth at InfoComm 2013, featuring its newly announced Philips VL displays powered by BrightSign’s XD digital signage players. Installers, integrators and other InfoComm attendees are encouraged to visit Philips’ and BrightSign’s booths (#1743 and #4645, respectively) to see for themselves how the companies are redefining what is possible in multi-screen digital signage applications.

Pricing & Availability
BrightSign players are available from the BrightSign store. Models range from $250 – $700. Distributor pricing is available upon request. BrightSign’s BrightAuthor software application runs on all late-model PCs and is included free of charge.

About BrightSign
BrightSign, LLC is the market leader in digital signage players. Based in Los Gatos, California, the company develops products, software and networking solutions for digital signage. BrightSign solid-state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease of use and interactivity. Online information about BrightSign units is available at www.brightsign.biz. For US sales inquiries, please contact sales@brightsign.biz or call +1-408-852-9263. For European sales inquiries, please email Pierre Gillet: pgillet@brightsign.biz or call +44-1223-911842. Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and http://www.facebook.com/BrightSignLLC.

About MMD
Philips Signage Solutions is operated by MMD, a subsidiary of TPV established in 2009 through a brand license agreement with Philips. MMD exclusively markets and sells Philips commercial displays and Philips monitors worldwide. By combining the Philips brand promise with TPV’s manufacturing expertise in displays, MMD uses a fast and focused approach to bringing innovative products to market. MMD operates internationally with its Global headquarters in Taiwan, North American headquarters in Atlanta and its European headquarters in Amsterdam. For more information on MMD, visit www.mmd-p.com or contact us.sales@mmd-p.com

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NanoLumens Selects BrightSign To Power Displays in Company’s Sales Showroom

BrightSign, LLC®, the market leader in digital signage players, today announced that NanoLumens®, the award-winning any size, shape, or curvature, large-format LED display manufacturer has chosen to install BrightSign’s players in the sales showroom at the company’s Atlanta, GA headquarters. This engagement is the latest milestone in the companies’ long-standing collaboration. BrightSign and NanoLumens work closely on a number of fronts, with BrightSign supplying players for all of NanoLumens’ industry trade shows, events and sales demonstrations.

“We enjoy a very close relationship with NanoLumens, and we’re pleased that they’ve entrusted us to power their newly renovated corporate showroom,” said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign’s CEO. “The fact that they’ve chosen to install our players is a testament to the performance and reliability that BrightSign is known for.”

NanoLumens’ 6,000-square-foot showroom is located at the company’s new 32,000-square-foot headquarters in Atlanta, GA. This cutting-edge showroom houses an ever-changing collection of NanoLumens’ displays, ranging in size from six to more than 16 feet across. The showroom currently features 14 of the company’s displays – an impressive collection of flexible, square, rectangular, circular and even specialty-shaped displays that highlight the diversity of NanoLumens’ portfolio. The displays are powered by the XD1230, BrightSign’s newest flagship player that boasts a video engine capable of playing two 1080p60 videos simultaneously, as well as the ability to display live HDTV content. In all, a total of six XD1230 units were installed, plus two of BrightSign’s HD models to power a very unique mannequin display.

“We invite some of our largest and most important customers into our corporate showroom to demonstrate the full potential of our displays; and to do that, we need players that perform flawlessly, without interruption,” said Josh Byrd, director of marketing at NanoLumens. “We need stunning video content to truly demonstrate what our displays are capable of, and BrightSign’s new XD players fit the bill perfectly.”

All of the players are routed through a Gefen switcher and into NanoLumens’ display interfaces, enabling any player to feed content to any of the displays with just the push of a button. This enables the NanoLumens sales team to present compelling demonstrations, and even switch source content spontaneously to customize the sales experience in real time.

BrightSign’s collaboration with NanoLumens extends far beyond the company’s showroom. At this year’s InfoComm tradeshow in Orlando, Florida, BrightSign’s new XD digital signage players will power a half-dozen NanoLumens displays. NanoLumens’ 600-square-foot booth (booth #4981) will feature NanoLumens displays ranging from the NanoFlex 112” to the impressive NanoSlim 181”, as well as a trio of NanoLumens Design Specific displays – each powered by their own BrightSign XD 1230. In addition, BrightSign’s booth (booth #4645) will feature a NanoSlim 114” used to showcase the capabilities of BrightSign’s new XD digital signage players.

Pricing & Availability
BrightSign players are available from the BrightSign store. Models range from $250 – $700. Distributor pricing is available upon request. BrightSign’s BrightAuthor software application runs on all late-model PCs and is included free of charge.

About BrightSign
BrightSign, LLC is the market leader in digital signage players. Based in Los Gatos, California, the company develops products, software and networking solutions for digital signage. BrightSign solid-state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease of use and interactivity. Online information about BrightSign units is available at www.brightsign.biz. For US sales inquiries, please contact sales@brightsign.biz or call +1-408-852-9263. For European sales inquiries, please email Pierre Gillet: pgillet@brightsign.biz or call +44-1223-911842. Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and http://www.facebook.com/BrightSignLLC.

About NanoLumens
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed large-format LED display solutions in any size, shape, or curvature, that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, heat, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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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

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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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