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FOR-A to Exhibit at Upcoming Government Video Expo

Cypress, CA – FOR-A will demo several products at next month’s Government Video Expo, which takes place December 3-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The company will exhibit in booth #807 and show switcher, multi-viewer, video stabilizer and video clip server
technology.

“Government Video Expo is a premiere event that brings video production and broadcast equipment suppliers together with key decision makers in government technology,” said Jay Shinn, Northeast Account Manager at FOR-A. “FOR-A offers several solutions that are ideal for government applications, and the show is a good opportunity to showcase our technology specifically to this market.”

FOR-A will demonstrate its popular video production switchers, including the
HVS-XT110 HD/SD portable video switcher. The latest in the company’s popular line of HVS Series switchers, the HVS-XT110 features a compact, integrated design and comes standard with 12 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs, and enables nine outputs, including one HDMI output, to be freely assigned.

Another production switcher in FOR-A’s booth will be the compact, cost-effective HVS-390HS. The switcher comes standard with 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs, eight outputs plus an HDMI output. With the addition of optional input/output boards, the system expands to 24 inputs and 13 outputs. FOR-A recently introduced new switcher features that take mix effects (M/E) technology to the next level and upgrade the AUX bus system to perform with powerful M/E functionality.

FOR-A will also have the IVS-710HS HD/SD video stabilizer on hand. The high-performance, compact video processing solution corrects unwanted camera movement and vibrations while maintaining camera pan and tilt movement.

Additionally, FOR-A will show its MV-1620HS HD/SD high resolution multi-viewer. The cost-effective unit features PC-based software that enables users to easily create screen layout, embedded audio level display for up to 16 channels per input, and title display of up to 16 characters per input. The layout memory of the MV-1620HS is capable of saving up to 16 layout patterns in the main unit, which can be selected directly from the front panel.

The MBP-100SX video clip server will also be showcased at Government Video Expo. The reliable solution records and plays MXF files and can be used in a variety of applications, including ingest, playback, and even program playout using a playout system.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Riedel Shifts Key Australia Roles to Address Rapid Growth in Both Sales and Rental Business

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Nov. 20, 2013 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced key role shifts that will enable the company’s Australia business to continue its rapid growth. The move builds on the opening of a new Riedel Australia office and warehouse, strategically located near other production rental companies and broadcast/OB facilities in Sydney, earlier this year.

Cameron O’Neill, a long-time solutions manager with Riedel Australia with key relationships in theaters, convention centers, and broadcast centers, will take on the role of general manager. Peter Cochrane will take on the role of rental operations manager, where he will be primarily responsible for expanding the rental business in Australia that has experienced significant growth during his tenure as general manager. He will also assist other APAC offices in expanding and optimizing their rental operations.

“Being fueled by the growth of the market and the success of our worldwide rental operations, both of these appointments will better enable Riedel Australia to capitalize on the strengths and experience of two valuable team members,” said Jens Miedek, director of international sales at Riedel Communications. “Australia is home to Riedel’s second-largest rental division, which has staged events all over Australia, New Zealand, India, and the UAE, and Peter’s deep involvement in this business makes him a natural pick to lead this rapidly growing division of Riedel Australia. Cam has established great standing in this market and built strong relationships between Riedel and key media and entertainment companies in Australia, so he is very well-qualified to step into the general manager role.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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SMPTE Announces New Officers and Governors Elected to Serve in 2014 and 2015

Key SMPTE Leadership Posts Reflect Growth of Society Worldwide

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Nov. 19, 2013 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the organization has elected new officers and governors, who will take office on Jan. 1, 2014.

“The SMPTE officers and governors, both new and returning, whose terms of service begin in 2014, reflect our ongoing commitment to membership, standards, and education, as well as our dedication to building a diverse global engineering workforce fit to address the demands and opportunities presented by the rapid evolution of digital media technology and business models,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “Many of these SMPTE members already have contributed a great deal to the society’s growth, and all bring the organization valuable knowledge, experience, and energy that will fuel further achievement and even greater advances for the motion-imaging industry.”

Elected as officers for the two-year 2014-2015 term, Alan Lambshead will serve as the society’s standards vice president; Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of TV compression technology at Ericsson, will again serve as finance vice president; and Paul Stechly, president at Applied Electronics, will continue his service as membership vice president.

Nine governors were elected to serve in SMPTE posts around the world. KL Lam, who was vice president of broadcasting and engineering operations at Hong Kong Cable TV until 2011, will serve again for a one-year term (2014) as the Asia-Australia region governor, and John Philip Maizels, a consultant at Entropy Enterprises and Productions, has been elected to serve a two-year term (2014-2015) as governor of the same region. Richard Welsh, chief executive officer at Sundog Media Toolkit, will again serve as the governor for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America.

Newly elected to two-year terms are Randy Conrod, product manager for digital products at Harris Broadcast, who will serve as a Canadian region governor; Karl Joseph Kuhn, senior applications engineer at Tektronix, who will serve as the Eastern region governor; John Ferder, director of studio and postproduction engineering at CBS, who will serve as a New York region governor; and Dan Burnett, senior director of sales at Ericsson Television, who will serve as a Southern region governor. Mark Narveson, patent attorney at Patterson & Sheridan, will continue in his role as a Western region governor, and Paul R. Chapman, senior vice president of technology at FotoKem Industries, Inc., likewise will remain a governor for the Hollywood region.

The officers and governors elected for the 2014-2015 term will serve on the SMPTE Board of Governors along with other board officers, regional governors, and directors of specific areas, including standards, education, and membership.

Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Matrox and 3M Collaborate to Deliver Interactive Multi-Touch, Multi-Display Solutions

Multi-touch support across stretched multi-monitor desktops under Windows 7 simplifies interactive display wall implementation

Matrox® Graphics Inc. and 3M™ Touch Systems (subsidiary of the 3M Electronic Solutions Division) announced that both companies have validated a new 3M touch driver that will support multi-touch functionality across two, three or more 3M Multi-touch Displays powered by a variety of Matrox multi-monitor products. Integrators can now pair Matrox products with 3M Multi-touch Displays to create attention-grabbing, interactive digital signage and collaborative video walls that span multiple displays, without the need for touch overlays or licensing fees. Applications include interactive kiosks, way finding, retail and exhibit display walls, as well as collaborative multi-panel classroom, boardroom, and command & control installations.

Matrox and 3M Collaborate to Deliver Interactive Multi-Touch, Multi-Display Solutions

“With our Mura MPX, DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go products, multiple displays are seen as one large stretched desktop, and standard off-the-shelf touch displays typically have had difficulty supporting this stretched-desktop mode,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “3M’s new driver overcomes this limitation and provides a simple way for integrators to add engaging interactivity to their multi-screen digital signage setups.”

“Many of our customers in retail, exhibit, and digital signage markets are seeking to create high-impact and memorable interactive user experiences for their customers by expanding the touch interface beyond a single display,” said Ian Kimball, Americas Marketing Manager, Touch Systems, 3M Electronic Solutions Division. “This newly-enabled functionality lets customers easily optimize multi-touch performance across multiple screens, which is ideal for multi-user collaborative applications.”

Availability
The 3M MT7.14.0 driver for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft® Windows® 7 is available now as a free download driver from the 3M website.

The following 3M Multi-Touch Display products are supported:
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display C4667PW (46″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display C3266PW (32″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display C2167PW (21.5″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display C2256PW (22″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display M2767PW (27″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display M2467PW (24″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display M2167PW (21.5″)
• 3M™ Multi-Touch Display M1866PW (18.5″)

The following Matrox multi-display products are supported:
• Matrox DualHead2Go external multi-monitor adapters
• Matrox TripleHead2Go external multi-monitor adapters
• Matrox M-Series™ add-in graphics cards
• Matrox Mura™ MPX video wall controller boards
• Matrox Extio™ KVM extenders

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.

About 3M Electronics Division and 3M Touch Systems Inc.
The 3M Electronic Solutions Division offers innovative solutions to the global electronics market, such as touch systems and multi-touch displays; static control products; copper interconnect systems; cables and cable assemblies; carrier and cover tapes and trays; flexible circuits; embedded capacitor materials, and Textool brand test and burn-in sockets. Information about 3M electronics offerings is available at www.3M.com/electronics.

3M Touch Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 3M Electronic Solutions Division, provides innovative touchscreen systems and display solutions to customers worldwide under the 3M and MicroTouch brands. 3M touch products are commonly used for single-touch and multi-touch applications that include casino gaming, foodservice, hospitality, industrial, interactive digital signage, healthcare, retail point of sale and self-service. Information about 3M touch solutions is available at www.3M.com/touch. Information about 3M Company is available at www.3M.com/about.

Kramer Electronics and Calibre UK Join Forces to Deliver Premium Pro−AV Products

Electronics designer, manufacturer and supplier, Kramer Electronics, Ltd., and Calibre UK, British electronics manufacturer, announce their global joint sales, supply, development and business co−operation agreement.
Integrated products focused on innovation

Calibre’s key models for the Pro−AV & Broadcast industries are to be incorporated into Kramer’s product line−up in Q4 this year. This strengthens Kramer’s range by the addition of a new line of premium scalers including powerful low−latency processing, warping, geometry correction and edge blending with models for fixed installation and rental and staging, as well as models targeted at LED video walls and television broadcast studios.

With obvious customer benefits, the two companies have also agreed to work together to accelerate Calibre’s future product developments and have ambitious plans to roll out a comprehensive range of market−leading premium video processing, routing and control products.

Think local, act global

To support customers and the implementation of new product introductions, Kramer Electronics will supply dedicated resources to support and market these new models throughout Kramer Electronics’ worldwide network of more than 20 regional offices.

Tim Brooksbank, Chairman at Calibre, will head up this effort within Kramer as well as maintaining his Calibre role: “Having just passed our 25−year anniversary at Calibre, this cooperation with Kramer marks an exciting start to our next quarter century. We will continue independently with our OEM and own−label business activities, but with Calibre−branded products being progressively merged into the Kramer range. This opens up access to a far wider market for our products and helps Kramer strengthen its presence in its premium markets. I’m really enthusiastic about being able to work so closely with the people at Kramer. Our planned future product developments are particularly interesting and will greatly expand both companies’ capabilities and market.”

“This strategic co−operation with Calibre is of great benefit to both companies and to our customers alike”, says Dr. Joseph Kramer, Founder, President & Chairman of Kramer Electronics and recent recipient of the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award. “Kramer and Calibre together offer market−leading technologies with outstanding performance and customer support from a truly international, professional AV organisation. Together we will move forwards developing a comprehensive range of powerful premium video processing and control products for the live events, rental, staging and fixed install markets with a focus on class−leading visual and functional performance. There are exciting times ahead.”
For more information about Kramer Electronics please go to www.kramerelectronics.com
For more information about Calibre please go to www.calibreuk.com

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Mongolian National Broadcaster Selects NETIA Radio-Assist Audio Automation Software

CLARET, France — Nov. 19, 2013 — NETIA today announced that Mongolian National Broadcaster (MNB), the official, state-funded broadcaster in Mongolia, has placed an order for NETIA’s Radio-Assist(TM) audio automation suite. The digital audio automation software will be deployed for MNB Radio with the support of NETIA’s local partner, systems integrator Career Mart, to improve radio production processes.

“Equipped with tools that simplify and streamline operations, NETIA’s automation software will provide MNB Radio with a straightforward and scalable solution for file-based production,” said Daria Globus, NETIA sales representative for Eastern Europe, Russia, and CIS countries. “By enabling a high degree of efficiency across the broadcast workflow, Radio-Assist also will give MNB Radio greater flexibility in providing listeners with quality radio programming.”

NETIA’s Radio-Assist software suites address each part of the production and broadcast workflow, allowing users to record, edit, or prepare a playlist. In addition to browsing and publishing tools for full multimedia functionality, the software features tools for acquisition, archiving, audio editing, commercial and music production, newsroom systems, scheduling, broadcasting, and administration.

More information about NETIA and its product portfolio is available at www.netia.com.

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About NETIA
NETIA, a Globecast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices. NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include SBS and ABC in Australia, RAI Italy, RTBF in Belgium, MediaCorp Singapore, RTL France, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM Malaysia, Radio France, the Associated Press and Cumulus Radio, France Télévisions, and Canal+. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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Core Brands Supports Gary Sinise Foundation’s “R.I.S.E Outreach Program” Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment

Core Brands, a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK), today announced that it is supporting the Gary Sinise Foundation by providing a range of audio, control, and power management solutions to be installed in five homes being built in 2014 for returning wounded military service members. According to Core Brands Vice President of Products & Marketing Joe Roberts, the commitment to provide solutions to each home stems from the company’s desire to support returning American military personnel who have made extreme sacrifices for their country.

“All of us who enjoy the benefits of freedom have an obligation to give back to those who have sacrificed so much to preserve those freedoms,” Roberts said today. “We think the work being done by the Gary Sinise Foundation to help wounded heroes live independently in the communities they call home is nothing short of extraordinary. We are honored to help in any way we can.”

Joel Berrettini of IT and Media Solutions, an Elite level dealer of ELAN Home Systems, initiated the relationship between Core Brands and the Gary Sinise Foundation.  His involvement with the Foundation began on September 11, 2012, when he saw Megyn Kelly on Fox News run a story on a Smart Home built by the Gary Sinise Foundation. “Here was a way that I could give back and have a direct impact on the quality of life for our Veterans,” said Berrettini. “There is a desire to give back and with the lifetime of skill sets acquired, I was all in.  I called Core Brands and they didn’t hesitate and gave me their commitment. As a result, five veterans are going to be able to live independently in their new smart homes.”

“Home is more than a house. It’s literally where we take comfort from the world,” said Judy Otter, Executive Director of the Gary Sinise Foundation. “When Joel Berrettini first contacted us, it was clear that he had a heart for our military.  He was extremely motivated to assist us, in any way that he could, and has been extremely generous with his time and resources.  The contribution being made by Core Brands will help to put 21st century smart home technology at the fingertips of some of the bravest Americans to have ever answered the nation’s call to serve.”

The experiences of war leave an indelible impact on servicemen and servicewomen. Upon their return to civilian life, the physical, emotional and psychological challenges they and their families face are often very difficult. As citizens, supporting our defenders is a responsibility each of us must carry – and the Gary Sinise Foundation is committed to ensuring that the sacrifices of our brave men and women are never forgotten.

About the Gary Sinise Foundation                                                                           

The Foundation serves the nation by honoring its defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities.  These include its R.I.S.E. Outreach (Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment), whose flagship initiative is a custom Smart Home building project for severely wounded veterans.  Each home is customized to ease their daily challenges and help restore independence with features like retractable cook tops, cabinets and shelving, elevators and more, all accessible via an iPad. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Serving Heroes and Arts & Entertainment Outreach. The Foundation has also partnered with GE on their Get Skills to Work program to help veterans translate military skills into advanced manufacturing jobs while empowering employers with tools to recruit, onboard and mentor veterans. For more information, please visit GarySiniseFoundation.org .

About Core Brands, LLC and Nortek, Inc.

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Core Brands, LLC is a company within the Technology Solutions Segment of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of twelve iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Emphasys®, Furman®, Korus®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands. Core Brands has more than 190 years of combined experience in the residential, commercial and professional markets and over 4,300 direct customer accounts in multiple distribution channels in the United States and around the world.

Nortek, Inc., (NASDAQ: NTK) is 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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Event Safety Alliance To Debut Industry’s First Event Safety Guide For Live Event Professionals

After nearly two years of development and the input of hundreds of industry, regulatory and safety professionals, the Event Safety Alliance (ESA) today announced the forthcoming release of the Event Safety Guide — the live event industry’s first comprehensive reference guide of established industry best practices.

According to Jim Digby, Executive Director of the Event Safety Alliance, Version 1.0 of the Guide will be available at the LDI 2013 Conference andTradeshow in Las Vegas (November 21-24) at Booth #2363.

“The official release of the Event Safety Guide is an historic milestone in the

standardization of safety practices within our industry,” Digby said today. “With the first edition of the guide complete, we now move our focus to efforts helping professionals apply its contents in the planning and safe execution of their events.  Among the many developing resources on the horizon by the ESA – safety leadership training for event professionals.”

According to Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of multi-platinum rock band LINKIN PARK,  “I’m extremely proud of you, Jim, and the immense amount of work you and your colleagues have put into this historic moment.  I’d like to express for the entire music community, both professional and nonprofessional, our gratitude to the ESA for considering our safety, the audiences safety and the well-being of all by insuring that every possible consideration for venue and operational safety and security have been assessed by the industries’ top professionals.   The tragedies that will be prevented by your unwavering dedication to all of our safety means that the work of the ESA will — in the greatest way — go unnoticed as we go home each night without incident.”

Printed editions of the guide will be available for purchase on the Event Safety Alliance website next month. Additionally, eBook versions of the Event Safety Guide will be available for download at several online retailers including Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble. Both formats of the guide will be sold for $49.95, with proceeds from all purchases helping the ESA develop additional resources and further the message of “life safety first.”

“From the very beginning, our goal has been to have the Event Safety Alliance become the industry’s preeminent safety advocacy trade association,” continued Digby. “By making the guide available at a cost below most publications of this type, we believe we can continue to grow the ESA while making sure this critical information is user friendly and gets into as many hands as possible.”

Developed in response to a series of accidents within the live event industry, the Event Safety Guide is a collection of best practices culled from the experience and insight of top professionals within the event industry, as well as relevant life safety standards currently applicable by groups such as OSHA, NFPA, ICC and PLASA. Prior to the Event Safety guide, no such comprehensive collection of guidance existed that industry professionals could refer to covering many of the unique hazards the industry faces. Modeled after the U.K.’s “Purple Guide”, the Event Safety Guide is intended to serve as a one-stop reference to help users ask the right questions while planning for and managing events. It addresses a broad range of topics relevant to most events including emergency planning, weather preparedness and personal protective equipment, as well as technical issues such as temporary staging, rigging and special effects. The guide has been intentionally designed for field use, written in straightforward language with contents organized topically to aid in quick access to information.

About the Event Safety Alliance (ESA)

Formed in January 2012, the Event Safety Alliance (ESA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the concept of “life safety first” during all phases of event production. Through the dissemination of information and the development of planning resources, the ESA strives to eliminate the knowledge barrier that often contributes to unsafe conditions and behaviors.  In just under two years time and due in part to it’s all inclusive mantra: “you are the event safety alliance”, the ESA has grown in both scope and influence. The group now boasts a registration list of over 2700 individuals from a variety of disciplines, including event producers, engineers, riggers, equipment lessors, tour managers, roadies, and safety specialists. For more information, please visit www.eventsafetyalliance.org.

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BTX Custom Plates Connect Brooklyn’s BRIC Art Media House

User-Friendly Software Facilitates Plates and Panel Design for Renovated Cultural Landmark

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. – Nov. 19, 2013 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that the company’s user-friendly Pro Plates and Panels software has been applied to a new flexible performance space at Brooklyn’s BRIC Arts Media House. Using drag-and-drop technology, integrator North American Theatrix Ltd. was able to easily specify and order custom bulkhead plates and rack panels for the installation, enabling the BRIC to have a fully functional system in time for the center’s opening date.

A vital element to the growth of Brooklyn’s artistic community since 1979, BRIC presents some of the city’s most widely renowned and beloved arts and media programs. In order to keep the center’s facilities aligned with the needs of the community, the City of New York and BRIC began renovations on its facility — a 40,000 square foot multidisciplinary arts space — and created a new contemporary arts gallery, a media facility, and a flexible performance space (240 seated and 400 standing) for patrons. To allow signal routing to the new spaces and throughout the entire venue, North American Theatrix turned to BTX’s custom plate products. Set up across the facility, the plates are the main interface for input/output connections of the center’s audio, video, control, and networking needs.

“Since the project’s technological requirements had changed between the design and installation phase, we needed a connection solution that was easy to design, configure, and specify,” said Pat Nelson, chief operating officer, North American Theatrix. “By using BTX’s Pro Plates and Panel software, we were able to fully customize 135 bulkhead plates and rack panels, ensuring that we adhered to the project’s tight timeline and deliverables. Considering BTX’s unmatched track record for quality and support, the company’s custom plates were the obvious choice for this impressive installation.”

Using BTX Pro Plate and Panel software, configuration and ordering are simplified for users ranging from integrators to engineers to project administrators. With a process that takes mere minutes to complete, customers simply drag wall plates or rack panels from BTX’s extensive product library to begin designing and configuring the products. Connector options appear in an easy-to-navigate menu, including popular connectors from manufacturers such as Neutrik(R) and Switchcraft(R), in addition to BTX’s own award-winning connectors. Users then drag-and-drop their choices to the desired spot on the plate or panel and can either request quotes or order directly from the software. For the BRIC installation, North American Theatrix further tailored the plates via the software’s customized engraving option.

“Our Pro Plate and Panel Designer software was designed to be the most user-friendly plate customization process on the market,” said Greg Schwartz, president of BTX Technologies. “Since most orders are delivered within just three to five days, the solution is also perfectly suited for projects with tight turnarounds. We are delighted that our custom plates were able to satisfy the needs of BRIC and look forward to participating in similar installation projects in the future.”

More information about BTX is available at www.btx.com.

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About BTX Technologies, Inc.
BTX manufactures and distributes the industry’s finest interface and integration products for audio, video, security, digital signage, and many other applications. Providing its customers with value-added “Beyond Distribution” services, the company backs every product it sells with a rigorous in-house testing program and highly trained customer support team. The company has been certified as an InfoComm International(R) Sapphire Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider(TM) (CAVSP(TM)) since 2007. In business since 1967, the company’s products are available online at www.btx.com, by calling 800-666-0996, and from a selection of international distributors listed on the company’s website.

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on Introduces New SoundField Wide Coverage Two-Way Ceiling Speakers

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the SoundField SF 26X, a two-way ceiling speaker featuring an open back and coaxial dual driver design for use in non-plenum airspace environments. The driver complement includes a 6.5″ (16.5 cm) woofer coupled to a 3/4″ (1.9 cm) ferrofluid-cooled dome tweeter. The SF 26X provides a frequency range of 50 Hz to 20 kHz for accurate voice and detailed music reproduction. This speaker offers a nominal impedance of 8 ohms, and is engineered with a wide, uniform 110° conical coverage and uncolored off-axis response. The SF 26X features a thin-edged bezel for a refined appearance on the ceiling, and a magnetically attached grille. more

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