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InfoComm International, SCHOMS start joint membership and training initiative

InfoComm International, the leading trade association serving the professional audiovisual communications industry worldwide, has agreed to extend membership and free and discounted training to members of the Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services (SCHOMS).

InfoComm and SCHOMS share a joint vision to promote professionalism amongst the senior level higher education technology manager community in the United Kingdom. To accomplish their common goals, all SCHOMS U.K. Institutions will become members of InfoComm International, and will receive select free online training, including CTS Prep, along with access to discounted advanced training.

David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International

“InfoComm is delighted to enter into our first official agreement with SCHOMS,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “We have worked together over the years to advance the AV profession at universities and provide networking for senior managers at higher education institutions throughout the U.K., and hope this effort will lead to more joint initiatives in the future.”

“With technology rapidly changing the way that Learning, Teaching and Assessment practice is created and delivered, all members of SCHOMS are increasing being expected to meet the challenges of innovating with and supporting a range of Audio Visual and Learning Technologies. The agreement with InfoComm delivers a consistent and recognised approach to developing and professionalising our staff to meet the needs of our learners and exceed their growing expectations”, said Simon Birkett, SCHOMS Chair.

The groups estimate that InfoComm International will gain 75 new members as this relationship gets underway.

About InfoComm International
Now in our 75th year, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

About SCHOMS

The Standing Conference for Heads of Media Services (SCHOMS) is the professional body for Senior Managers working within UK Higher Education. SCHOMS members lead and manage a diverse set of educational, technology, media and institutional support services. They give strategic direction to support and promote excellence in teaching and learning practice through the deployment of classroom technology, AV equipment and innovation in the design of learning spaces. The group promotes continuing professional development amongst its membership, offering leadership and management development, with opportunities for accredited technical training for a range of roles and grades. Additional information is available at www.schoms.ac.uk

American Airlines Center Upgrades Routing Infrastructure with PESA

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced the American Airlines Center in Dallas, home of the NBA Dallas Mavericks and NHL Dallas Stars as well as one of the top ticket-selling concert venues in the country, recently upgraded its routing infrastructure with a variety of PESA products. Installed last summer, the new system is built around a PESA Cheetah 288×288 digital video routing switcher and includes PESA’s new Touch72 LCD router control panel.

On any given game day, there are close to 100 technical employees on site, including broadcast personnel, at the 20,000-seat venue. Beyond its live in-house video presentations, the AAC has a number of video-related responsibilities, including providing live feeds of game coverage to NBA and NHL officials via high-speed fiber networks.

While the AAC has access to multiple cameras from the broadcast feed, it tends to use footage from its own six-camera setup for in-house video presentations. Inside the venue, four HD cameras capture the action, including one handheld on each end of the basketball court or hockey rink and two cameras with 72x lenses operated from the stands. There are also two handheld SD cameras (upconverted to HD) outside in AT&T Plaza to cover concerts and other pre-game activities.

Three control rooms housed in the American Airlines Center produce its in-house video presentations. The primary control room handles all cameras and live video for the arena, including game action shown on 72×30-foot screens on either side of the arena and four HD video screens hung in the center. The secondary control room manages all live switching to the AT&T Plaza, an area outside the arena that features large HD video screens and often hosts pre-game concerts. Located in the press area, the third control room is tasked with graphics for the main screens and other displays throughout the facility.

According to Randy Breedlove, manager of broadcast services, the American Airlines Center had been relying on multiple routing platforms to service the entire facility. “It became obvious to us that we needed to get all of this consolidated,” he recalled, “and we needed to get into the embedded digital audio realm.”

The Cheetah 288×288 frame is currently populated at about 128×128. Half of the connections are equipped with embedded audio, which is important to the AAC because of its integration with broadcasters during basketball and hockey games. Beyond the main stereo announce audio for the facility, embedded audio provides access to additional audio sources – including the television broadcast, English and Spanish radio coverage, and effects feeds – through the same coax connection.

Breedlove said the embedded audio is a feature that has improved the arena’s video workflow. “It’s very useful to have any audio feeds associated with the broadcast in addition to the arena feeds,” he added.

While the facility will “definitely grow” into the Cheetah router, Breedlove said his engineers were initially drawn to PESA because of its PERC3000 router control solution with Cattrax software for system setup, maintenance, and monitoring. “The software is powerful but not complicated,” Breedlove said. “It’s very user friendly. That was a huge part of our decision.”

The new routing system was also an opportunity to upgrade to LCD router control panels with PESA’s Touch72 LCD, which features 72 programmable LCD push button switches in an 2 RU configuration, along with a color touch-screen display. Each push button can be configured as a source, destination, level, or salvo. Up to 16 characters and individual background colors can be used to identify each switch, and names are dynamically updated on each affected LCD switch as the system configuration is changed.

The AAC has already installed one Touch72 LCD, and Breedlove said three more will be installed in early 2014. “We are very happy. It’s so intuitive,” he added. “It really has changed how you can control routers now. You can take full advantage of all the sources in a plant. PESA definitely delivered there.”

For Breedlove, the most important feature for the new router was reliability. “That’s one of the things that attracted us to PESA,” he recalled. “The router is the heart of your plant. You take for granted it’s going to work. We were sure PESA built a device that was rock solid. It was a very easy decision to go with PESA.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

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Matrox Mura Network API Brings Exciting New Digital Signage Functionality to Mura-based Video Walls

Attention-grabbing digital signage effects and fast HTML5 renderer to be demonstrated at ISE and DSE 2014

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the immediate availability of a new version of Matrox Mura™ Network API for Mura MPX video wall controller boards. The updated API lets ISVs add eye-catching transitions and effects to their video wall software. It also provides a high-performance HTML5 renderer that enables integration of social media, weather information, animations and other online data feeds into digital signage.

Matrox Mura Network API enables new transitions and effects such as window rotation.

The latest presentation effects will be demonstrated on Matrox Mura-powered video walls at upcoming tradeshows including Integrated Systems Europe 2014 (Amsterdam RAI, Feb. 4-6, stand 11-M66) and Digital Signage Expo 2014 (Las Vegas, Feb. 12-13, booth 348). Content from baseband sources, streaming network sources, local media players and live HTML feeds will be captured, moved, scaled, switched, rotated, zoomed, faded, alpha blended and color keyed with stunning visual quality. Multiple transitions will be combined to create an endless variety of complex, striking effects.

“AV integrators around the world have long relied on Mura-based video walls in control room installations,” said Helgi Sigurdsson, product manager, Matrox Graphics. “Now with the new functionality enabled by the Mura Network API in applications from our partners, digital signage integrators will be able to use the same high quality, robust hardware to create cost-effective and engaging signage and presentation video walls in corporate, government, retail, restaurant, sports, museum, casino and house of worship environments.”

Availability
The Mura Network API and the lower level C/C++ style DWC API are available to developers now. Several ISVs will be adding the new Mura functionality to their applications so that digital signage integrators will soon be able to easily create layouts and transitions limited only by their imaginations. Matrox partner announcements are expected in Q1, 2014. For more information, contact Matrox Graphics.

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.

MuxLab Inc. Launches New Line of HD CCTV Baluns at Intersec Dubai 2014

INTERSEC DUBAI, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Booth # S1-135C – MuxLab Inc. is excited to announce at Intersec the launch of a new line of HD CCTV baluns. The HD CCTV Pass-Thru Balun (500720), HD CCTV Pass-Thru Balun with Cable Lead (500720-CL), and the Active HD CCTV Receiver Balun (500721) are all part of the new line which focuses on the SD, HD & 3G environments.

The baluns are ideal for permanent set-ups which require high quality connectivity parts such as campuses, highways, airports, hotels, casinos, and commercial complexes.

“The HD CCTV market is on the rise and these baluns offer HD-SDI video, power and PTZ over one Cat5e/6 making installations simpler and affordable” states Lori Abramovitch, MuxLab’s Marketing Manager.

The Active HD CCTV Receiver Balun provides extended distance between an HD-SDI CCTV camera and an HD-SDI DVR via Cat5e/6 cable. The 500721 supports up to 150 feet (45m) @ HD-SDI (720p, 1080i).

The baluns work in pairs and can be interchangeable between them. The 500721 features LED diagnostics and supports MuxLab mounting accessories (models 500720 and 500721).

For more information on these products.

About MuxLab

MuxLab is a leading designer and manufacturer of connectivity solutions that allow CCTV and Audio-Video equipment to be connected via cost-efficient Cat5e/6 copper twisted pair in the structured cabling environment. For almost 30 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab solutions streamline cabling by reducing material, space and installation costs. Even after installation, MuxLab products help save time and money by facilitating moves, adds, and changes.

 

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For more information;

www.muxlab.com

videoease@muxlab.com

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Barix Audio Signage Solutions Give Screens a Voice

Multichannel audio streaming solution engages consumers on mobile devices in retail environments

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 22, 2014Barix comes to ISE 2014 and the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) with a unique retail solution that enhances the shopping experience for consumers and adds value for retailers through mobile connectivity and synchronized promotional content.

The unique solution aims to give the screen a voice, engaging consumers at shopping windows and inside stores through visual content and associated audio streams. A free Barix smartphone app called Barix Audio Point, to be available in traditional App Stores, prompts consumers to scan a QR Code for stream access, which provides relevant and captivating audio content in synchronization with on-screen video. The combination brings higher awareness to promotions, store branding and other messaging through deeper engagement with shoppers – and addresses the retailer’s goal of increasing basket size.

At ISE 2014 (February 4-6, RAI Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam, Stand 8-E275) and DSE (February 12-13, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 1716) Barix will demonstrate a complete audio signage solution with screenFOOD, a dynamic in-store merchandising company whose content management system automates video delivery. The Barix solution can work with any Digital Signage player to achieve this multi-sensorial approach, with Barix encoding and streaming high-quality audio through access points near each screen. Those access points enable the Wi-Fi connection that delivers audio to mobile devices in perfect harmony with video playing out on screens.

The complete solution gives systems integrators and end users an all-in-one package that is quick to deploy, with ongoing reliability. Multichannel audio capacity additionally supports multiple streams, allowing retailers to provide audio signage content in several languages.

Barix CEO Ronni Guggenheim believes the bring-your-own-device trend in retail makes audio signage a natural step in advancing the customer journey, from redeeming special coupons delivered alongside mobile streams to receiving information about online shopping after stores have closed.

“The act of seeing and listening together raises the grade of perception, and through this solution retailers can give their customers a more complete experience that raises the potential to drive purchases,” said Guggenheim. “Barix excels at moving audio over IP networks with very minimal delay, and our audio signage solutions feature content management systems from screenFOOD and other suppliers to help retailers deliver an enjoyable in-store audio visual experience to consumers.”

screenFOOD CEO Pierre Farine believes that this concept advances communication at retail touchpoints to a new level, moving past solitary audio or visual to bring greater context to the shopping environment.

“Good sounding audio helps to focus customer attention and extend their journeys into the mobile universe while on premises,” said Farine. “Overall, this solution breathes new life into visual screen content. Barix also shares our philosophy of high-quality, reasonably priced technology and customer-centric solutions, and we see this as a unique opportunity to bring an innovative and exciting retail solution to market.”

Systems integrators can add more value by using the same network architecture to separately deliver Barix in-store radio solutions with dynamic ad insertion; and live paging and intercom. Retailers can deploy the latter at help points alongside display screens to expand customer service channels.

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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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

DPA Microphones Debuts Shiny Facelift for d:facto™ Vocal Mic at the 2014 NAMM Show

ANAHEIM, JANUARY 22, 2014 – DPA Microphones is unveiling new grids with gold and nickel finish for the d:facto™ Vocal Microphone at the 2014 NAMM Show (Booth 7119). The new grids are available as accessories to existing systems and can be purchased as metal grids only or as total solutions with foam and pop screen. Additionally, the nickel option matches the finish available on the Sennheiser 2000, 5200 and 9000 wireless mic systems and comes complete with corresponding adapters.

“We are very excited to present the new gold and nickel d:facto grids for the first time ever here at the NAMM Show,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “We saw a demand in the market to attain the d:facto sound with more than just the traditional black adapter systems, and now we have just the solution with the d:facto, which follows DPA’s continued commitment to providing the best vocal microphone on the market.”

With a true studio sound for the live stage, the d:facto line offers an extraordinarily natural sound with high separation and extreme SPL handling, giving users unlimited possibilities for their performances. In addition to use with the wired DPA handle, the d:facto II provides singers and engineers with the added benefit of a state-of-the-art adapter system, which allow for seamless integration with many professional wireless systems. With these latest color options are sure to make the d:facto even more popular among live sound engineers.

With its superb linearity in frequency and phase, both on- and off-axis, the d:facto offers impressive definition and accuracy in reproducing a singer’s voice effortlessly, improving audio performance. Its simple plug-and-play features allow it to reproduce an extraordinarily natural sound, capable of achieving the extreme sound level handling of 160 dB. As with all DPA mics, the d:facto provides superior gain before feedback and a robust three-stage pop protection grid built into the microphone to remove unwanted noise. It also boasts exceptional isolation from handling noise as well as the ability to accommodate extreme sound levels.

The new gold and nickel grids will be available starting February 2014.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Furman at NAMM 2014

Furman(R) M-8S Power Conditioner and Sequencer (120V Regions)
The newest member of the Furman(R) value-priced Merit Series, the 15 Amp M-8S power conditioner and sequencer, protects audio systems from a wide range of power problems. Featuring nine NEMA 5-15R outlets (six sequenced on rear panel, six sequenced on rear panel, two unswitched on rear panel, and one unswitched on front panel) in a sturdy 1-RU chassis, the M-8S provides peace of mind with Furman’s standard level surge protection and filtering. With three-stage power sequencing (three banks of two outlets each), users can manage the power-up and power-down sequence of their system, avoiding problems such as circuit breaker trips, voltage sags and speaker pops. The device’s sequencing can also be controlled by a momentary or maintained switch via a rear panel block.

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Furman(R) PS-8R E III Power Conditioner and Sequencer (220V-240V Regions)
An upgrade to the popular Furman(R) PS-8R E II power sequencer, the PS-8R E III provides power protection, filtering and sequencing for audio systems in 220V-240V regions. Furman Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP) technology provides professional-grade protection from surges and spikes while Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS) safeguards against dangerous voltage conditions. Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT) reduces line noise in the audio/video bandwidth to ensure maximum equipment performance. The unit provides nine IEC C13 outlets (six sequenced on rear panel, two switched on rear panel, and one switched on front panel) at 10 Amp capacity in a sturdy 1-RU chassis. With three-stage power sequencing (three banks of two outlets each), users can manage the power-up and power-down sequence of their system, avoiding problems such as circuit breaker trips, voltage sags and speaker pops. The device’s sequencing can also be controlled by a momentary or maintained switch via a rear panel block; while the unit’s BNC connector conveniently allows the attachment of an optional 12VDC gooseneck lamp for rear illumination. Improvements from the PS-8R E II include externally adjustable delay and remote interface configuration settings as well as a more compact chassis design.

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Image Caption: Furman(R) PS-8R E III front panel
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Image Caption: Furman(R) PS-8R E III rear panel

Furman(R) P-8 PRO C Classic Series Power Conditioner
The newest addition to the Furman(R) Classic Series for audio/video professionals, the P-8 PRO C delivers the same trusted protection and filtering as the Furman PL-PRO DMC, with a minimalistic front panel design ideal for use in applications where front panel metering and illumination are not required. Features include a 20 Amp rating and renowned Furman Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP), which virtually eliminates service calls, thanks to the technology’s ability to safely absorb, clamp and dissipate transient voltages. Ensuring optimal performance, the nine-outlet device is also equipped with Linear Filtering Technology (LiFT) to protect against digital data loss and damage from extreme voltage spikes and excessive AC noise, while removing the need to reboot digital presets. With Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS), the P-8 PRO C safeguards gear from sustained over-voltage conditions by constantly monitoring incoming voltage. In the event of a voltage over 137VAC, the unit and all connected equipment are immediately shut down.

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Image Caption: Furman(R) P-8 PRO C front panel
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Image Caption: Furman(R) P-8 PRO C rear panel

Company Quote:
“NAMM 2014 is a very special show for Furman as it kicks-off the brand’s 40th anniversary,” said John Benz, director of power and accessories at Core Brands. “We are very proud to celebrate this significant milestone with our loyal customers at the show. We will be displaying some new products which expand upon our more popular offerings, such as the M-8S power sequencer which adds power sequencing capabilities to our value-priced Merit Series. Also on hand will be our new 20 Amp P-8 PRO C classic power conditioner for advanced power management settings and our innovative PS-8R E III power conditioner and sequencer for 220V-240V regions. We are very enthusiastic to be part of this event and look forward to celebrating our anniversary in Anaheim.”

Company Overview:

About Furman(R)
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Furman(R) is an international leader in developing award-winning, innovative power management products. The company’s power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Furman addresses all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and video, the music industry, broadcasting, audio/video recording and office equipment. Furman is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.furmansound.com.

Follow Furman:
Twitter: www.furmansound.com/twitter
Facebook: www.furmansound.com/facebook
YouTube: www.furmansound.com/youtube

Furman is part of Core Brands(R), LLC, a Nortek company. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON(R), BlueBOLT(R), ELAN(R), Furman(R), Korus(TM), Niles(R), Panamax(R), Proficient(R), SpeakerCraft(R), Sunfire(R) and Xantech(R).

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.

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

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SSL Appoints ‘Bary Sales AS’ as Live Console Partner in Norway

“SSL has a very strong trademark in the world of music production and this reputation is also widely recognized in the live industry”

OSLO, NORWAY Solid State Logic has appointed Bary Sales AS as its Live console distributor in Norway. Bary, which has long been a leader in the rental market, is setting up a new sales division with the SSL Live as its centrepiece product offering.

“As a brand new sales company, Bary Sales couldn’t ask for a better brand than Solid State Logic to kick start the new division,” says Marius Ryen, co-owner of Bary AS. “SSL immediately puts a high-quality stamp on our young organization, and sets the benchmark for our work and distributions. SSL has a very strong trademark in the world of music production, and this reputation is also widely recognized in the live industry. To be trusted to represent the innovation and legacy of the SSL brand in the Live market is a thrilling task.” more

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