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AVnu Alliance Welcomes First Home Automation Company as Member

Control and automation systems leader, Crestron joins Alliance dedicated to the promotion and certification of AVB

Beaverton, Ore. – January 2, 2013AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, proudly welcomes Crestron, a leading provider of control and automation systems, as its latest member. The membership addition of Crestron marks the first AVnu Alliance member to create solutions for smart home and commercial buildings, and furthers the progression of AVB in professional audio/video and residential markets.

Standing at 65 global members, AVnu Alliance is seeing accelerated momentum for AVB across a breadth of markets including professional A/V, automotive, and residential with member companies working together to drive AVnu-certified devices as the highest performance, most reliable, more flexible, and more affordable market solutions. The growth in members over 2013 speaks to the commitment that leading manufacturers across industries have made to the promotion of AVB open standards and products.

“Our commitment to standards makes us the perfect candidate to join the AVnu Alliance to ensure interoperability among networked AV devices and provide the highest quality streaming AV experience,” said John Pavlik, Crestron Director of Architecture & Design. “We’re excited to collaborate with fellow AVnu Alliance members and utilize our expertise to promote the adoption of AVB standards to provide a better end-user AV experience.”

“It is extremely motivating to have Crestron join our membership ranks. Crestron understands the importance of having pieces of a complex system work together and as a leader in residential and commercial automation systems, they will lend incredible knowledge and value to the Alliance, while extending our commitment to the AVB ecosystem”  Rick Kreifeldt, AVnu Alliance president.  “The AVnu Alliance is fostering a new networking ecosystem of interoperable devices by working with industry leading members such as Crestron.”

AVnu Alliance is seeing growing momentum in all market segments. The AVnu Alliance is testing AVB-enabled networking devices at its appointed testing house, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and has many products in the certification process. AVnu Certification is available to alliance member companies.

About AVnu Alliance
The AVnu Alliance is dedicated to the advancement of streaming audio video by promoting the adoption of IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over the network infrastructure. The organization strives to create an open path to AVB standards, define AVB compliance test procedures, and an AVnu certification program that ensures AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices to provide the highest quality streaming experience in professional A/V, automotive, and consumer applications to deliver a compelling end user experience.

Press Contact
Caster Communications, Inc. 401-792-7080
Kimberly Lancaster klancaster@castercomm.com
Alex Crabb alex@castercomm.com cell: +1-401-318-3339

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Kramer’s Range Extenders, TP−580R/T, TP−580RXR/TXR, WP−580R/T and WP−580RXR/TXR Officially Certified by the HDBaseT Alliance

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce that its line of HDBaseT range extenders has been officially certified by the HDBaseT Alliance. Kramer Electronics will be showcasing the officially−certified HDBaseT range extender family at the coming ISE 2014 show.

Kramer’s TP−580RXR/TXR standalone and WP−580RXR/TXR wallplate HDBaseT range extenders can send an HDMI signal up to 436 ft. (130m) when using Kramer’s BC−DGKat623 DGKat™ cable, compared to 328ft (100m) when using any other standard industry cable. In addition, low cost HDBaseT certified range extenders, the TP−580R/T and WP−580R/T are also available and can send an HDMI signal up to 230 ft. (70m).

For demanding applications, Kramer offers a special XTRA (Long Reach) Mode, supported on the TP−580TXR/RXR and WP−580TXR/RXR models, allowing 1080p 60Hz HDMI signals with 8−bit color to reach all the way to 590 ft. (180m) when using Kramer’s DGKat623 DGKat cable.

The TP−582T & TP−581T transmitters send the HDMI input signal, along with the Ethernet 100BaseT, RS−232 and IR input signals as an integrated HDBaseT signal to a distance of 430 ft. (130m) when using Kramer’s BC−DGKat623 DGKat cables. The TP−582R receiver converts the twisted pair signal back to Ethernet 100BaseT, RS−232, IR and HDMI outputs, and de−embeds the audio (in certain models) to S/PDIF and TOSLINK® audio outputs.

“The certification of Kramer’s lines of HDBaseT range extenders ensures interoperability between various devices using HDBaseT technology, and reflects our quest, as a manufacturer, to ensure that installers and users alike will be able to achieve seamless AV integration,” stated Ezra Ozer, Kramer Electronics’ VP of Marketing.

“By successfully completing the HDBaseT certification process and applying the HDBaseT logo, Kramer is sending a clear message to its customers, that it understands the need to guarantee interoperability with all current and future HDBaseT products,” said Micha Risling, Marketing Chair of the HDBaseT Alliance. “As the HDBaseT product ecosystem continues to grow, the HDBaseT certification process provides all alliance members with a formal framework that ensures cross vendor interoperability and standard compliance.”

All of Kramer’s Range Extenders are currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world. For more information on all Kramer & Sierra Video products, please visit www.kramerus.com.

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Prelite Studios and New Sketchfab Tool Help Boston Scientific Previsualize Show at Moscone Convention Center

When Boston Scientific held a corporate event with entertainment as part of a recent trade show at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center, lighting designer Jeff Johnson opted to use Prelite Studios’ previsualization services to make the most of very limited time on site.

Johnson, a longtime Prelite customer, worked on the project for the Chicago office of Lightswitch. BI Worldwide was the event production company with Amy Oriani producer. “Our biggest issue was that we had to load in at 9 pm Monday, there were rehearsals at 10 am on Tuesday and the show was slated for 6 pm that night. There was no time for any programming at the Moscone. Thanks to Prelite we were able to come in on Tuesday, update the focus positions of about 120 moving lights and away we went!”

Prior to the show Adam Rechner set up the Prelite system at San Francisco lighting company Island Creative Management where he sat down with Johnson and local IA programmer Dave Juarez to build the show.

Even before everyone assembled for the Prelite session Johnson took advantage of Sketchfab, a new tool in the Prelite toolbox. Sketchfab publishes and shares 3D models, enables files to be displayed in the WebGL browser and permits the user to interactively view files and adjust renderings with a multi-material editor.

“The set was one giant screen about 80 feet wide,” Johnson recalls. “One of our concerns was that all of the fixtures were out of the way of the projectors. By using Sketchfab we could make sure that the lights were out of the projection cone when we moved in. Prelite told us Sketchfab would be quick and easy, and it was. They emailed me a LINK, I opened it, flew around the lights to identify any potential problems then sent the file to the technical director, Walter Ahlbrand, to check out. It was cool for all of us to see the same thing online.”

Johnson notes that the two-hour Boston Scientific show included several hundred cues and play ons and play offs for an array of performers, including an opera singer and a string quartet, whose acts were punctuated by panel discussions.

“Using Prelite ultimately gave the client and production company a better looking show,” he says. “They were very happy with the results. They liked the fact that when they walked in Tuesday morning we were ready for rehearsal. No time wasted.”

About Prelite

Prelite was founded in San Francisco February 2000 by Tom Thompson and Norm Schwab as a place for lighting designers and programmers to use technologies to previsualize lighting projects. Its success led to the launch of Prelite NY in June 2001 by Kim Grethen and Rodd McLaughlin. The bicoastal company provides studios where previsualization and creativity take center stage away from the distractions and interruptions of a chaotic work environment and where clients save time and money and minimize stress. Prelite also offers on-site previsualization services for those who prefer the convenience of working at the venue. For more information, visit www.prelite.com or contact Thomas Thompson at 415-883-7727.

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