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Royal Credit Union Puts StrandVision Digital Signage at the Center of its Member Communications

Early adopter of StrandVision’s new Linux Digital Media Player…

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Feb. 4, 2014 – Royal Credit Union is further expanding its already extensive StrandVision Digital Signage network with additional branch and drive-up locations. It will be using StrandVision’s recently introduced R360 Linux digital media player to drive new digital signage installations.

RCU, a StrandVision customer since 2004, has StrandVision electronic signage in 15 of its lobbies and has integrated it directly into drive-up teller operations at eight locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. It will add eight more lobbies and additional drive-ups in 2014.

RCU is continuing to expand its relationship with StrandVision based on its positive experience over the years. “The StrandVision Digital Signage system works well,” commented Bruce Lubinski, RCU network administrator and server engineer. “It’s very stable and quite frankly, it just works. New installations will come right up and it has a nice client interface that makes it easy. We’ve also been quite happy with Mike Strand and his company. He’ll chat with you and is willing to consult for free.”

RCU’s lobby displays generally include a single 50” monitor per lobby and speakers that are placed to cover the waiting customer queue without disrupting staff or teller conversations. The lobby programming includes StrandVision-provided content like weather, plus personalized text and graphics pages, along with RCU’s televisions ads.

The branch locations with drive-up teller services have a separate, non-audio StrandVision Digital Signage network to serve customers. The drive-up signage includes all of the same content except TV ads that require audio. The signage is directly integrated into RCU’s Hamilton Air drive-up kiosks and is displayed on the drive-up’s teller communication monitor. The system screen shows the teller whenever he/she activates the audio/video channel, and displays the digital signage pages while the transaction is being completed and when the drive-up is idle between transactions.

StrandVision Provides a New Approach

The new installations being rolled out in 2014 will be the first to take advantage of StrandVision’s new R360 Linux point-of-display digital media players. This upgrade will simplify installation and administration by eliminating Windows update issues and enabling closer integration with StrandVision’s cloud servers to virtually eliminate maintenance issues.

During installation the StrandVision point-of-display digital media players automatically connect to a StrandVision digital signage host server in the cloud, log in using the preset username and password, initialize the connection and begin transmitting RCU’s digital signage content in seconds.

During operation the StrandVision media player reduces bandwidth usage and improves stability by self-correcting most issues and automatically sending system performance updates and alerts to StrandVision and RCU’s digital signage system administrators. The Linux digital media players can also operate in standalone mode using cached digital signage content pages if there is a prolonged break in Internet communications.

“We’re pleased that RCU continues to expand and to take full advantage of StrandVision’s ever-improving, easy-to-implement, easy-to-use cloud-based digital signage network,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “We’ve worked together over the past ten years to expand and upgrade their StrandVision Digital Signage System and we’re honored to be such an important part of their member communication program for all these years.”

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented cloud-based approach that delivers content to subscribers’ flat screen televisions, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising and operations information display systems); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and PC-2-TV.net are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – for further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Sandy McLaughlin
Soucy Communications Group
781-898-7305
smclaughlin@scg-pr.com

Vicki Hoehn
RCU (Royal Credit Union)
Vice President – Marketing
715-833-8246
VickiH@rcu.org

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional M6: More Than Just a Lighting Console

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — Martin Professional’s new M6 is a state-of-the-art lighting console that functions as a highly advanced visual control surface. Designed to control everything from conventional and moving lights to the most advanced media server, the M6 has been designed for today’s demanding multimedia shows and tomorrow’s challenges.

Incorporating the latest available technologies with an industrial multi-core processor, solid-state drives and custom-designed high-brightness touch screens, the M6 is capable of delivering up to 64 DMX universes directly from the console’s network ports without using costly external processors. 



With advanced features like a LiveBlender™ T-Bar, FastDial™ rotary encoders, Paired Playback buttons and BriteTouch™ display, the M6 is Martin’s most advanced console design ever. It offers a total of 44 playbacks, including dual Main Go sections, 10 motorized faders and 12 additional faders, as well as a total of 17 encoders for parameter access. 



Based on the mature and well-proven M-Series software platform, the M6 provides users the ultimate control surface for fast programming and extensive playback control all from one console. 



See the Martin M6 product video for more information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OTk-2Ktn6Q

Key features: 

2 x Positionable BriteTouch™ widescreens (sunlight readable, multi-touch) 

2 x External DisplayPort touchscreens up to 1920×1080 per output 

2 x FastTouch™ 3.5” touchscreens 

1 x LiveBlender™ split T-Bar with
8 x FastBlend™ RGB buttons 

4 x FastTrack™ linear encoders 

12 x FastDial™ rotary encoders 

1 x Dedicated dimmer wheel 

10 x Motorized playbacks with LCD displays and 4 customizable buttons 

10 x PlayPairs™ buttons with LCD displays 

12 x Sub Playback faders and
12 x Sub Playback buttons 

2 x Main Go sections 

12 x F-Keys and 5 x FastKeys™ 

Low profile housing with adaptable module layout 

Show-ready boot up in under a minute 

Up to 64 DMX universes directly from the console network ports

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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Kramer Introduces the Newest Addition to its Award Winning ProScale™ Presentation Scaler/Switcher Line


Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the VP−773AMP. The VP−773AMP has eight inputs, including four HDMI inputs, one DisplayPort (DP) input, one composite video input and two computer graphics video inputs. The VP−773AMP scales the input signal, embeds the audio where applicable, and outputs the video signal simultaneously to two HDMI outputs and one HDBaseT Twisted Pair output. The audio output is simultaneously available on digital, unbalanced analog stereo and two 10 watt amplified speaker outputs.

The VP−773AMP supports multiple output resolutions, up to 2K and including 1080p. The unit features Kramer’s PixPerfect™ Scaling Technology − Kramer’s precision pixel mapping and high−quality scaling technology which results in superior image quality.
The VP−773AMP has a built−in ProcAmp, with which color, sharpness, contrast, brightness and gamma can be set individually for each input. The unit also has a built−in time base corrector to stabilize any unstable video sources. The VP−773AMP is exactly the same as Kramer’s standard VP−773 but with the addition of a built−in power amplifier.

The VP−773AMP advanced feature set also includes:
• Kramer’s K−IIT XL™ Picture−in−Picture Image Insertion technology − any video source can be inserted into or positioned next to a computer graphics video source or vice versa. Using this technology, both images can be sized in any manner and positioned anywhere on the screen.
• Luma Keying technology − an easy−to−use method of compositing two video sources into a single image. By setting up a “key” image or clip on a black background, this image can be merged onto the primary video.
• Emergency Alert Notification − an incredibly unique and extremely important feature that provides the ability to have a national or campus−wide notification immediately displayed when an emergency situation develops. Notifications include flexible options such as the inclusion of an audio alert siren, and the choice of displaying via either a text crawler or a text window and the system utilizes the industry standard Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) to ensure compatibility into existing systems.
• Full Web page Management − an easy−to−use, built−in web server, which is activated when connected through Ethernet, allowing simplified setup and
switching, windows customization, scaling and deinterlacing functions, and more.

The VP−773AMP also includes powerful audio DSP functions, and a microphone input that supports mix and talk−over features, as well as 0−90msec adjustable delay to prevent feedback. The unit offers flexible control options through its front panel buttons with OSD (on−screen display), contact closure capability, IR remote interface and the included Control Application software, which is available for use via the unit’s Ethernet and RS−232 control ports.

The VP-773AMP is housed in a standard 19″ 1U rack-mountable enclosure, with rack “ears” included. The VP−773AMP scaler/switcher is ideal for homes, boardrooms, hotels, churches, lecture theatres and training rooms, as well as more complex installations.

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HRS Control’s UDC Pro ECS-Raptor Makes Holiday Debut at Detroit’s Campus Martius Park’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Christmas was especially dazzling in Detroit’s Campus Martius Park where High Resolution Systems’ UDC Pro ECS-Raptor, a UDC Pro Embedded Control Server for permanent AV installs, played in a key role in the holiday festivities. Raptor was a new addition to a systems upgrade to the park performed by Advanced Lighting & Sound.

Campus Martius Park is a 2.5-acre public square and year-round entertainment venue at the crossroads of downtown Detroit. This Christmas the park was significantly brighter than in past holidays with more than 19,000 multicolored LED lights on the city’s official Christmas tree and 142,000 more LED twinkle lights on 80 trees throughout the park.

The “Light Up the Season” ceremony marked the tenth anniversary of Christmas tree lighting in the park and the kick off to Detroit’s holiday season. The 60-foot Norway spruce sat atop the park’s beautiful fountain; live music and skating performances on the rink adjacent to the tree entertained the festive crowd. The Ikea D-Light! Presentation was a five-minute, show-stopping track of legendary Detroit artists performing classic holiday songs synchronized to the Christmas tree’s blinking, dancing and sparkling LEDs; it played at scheduled times throughout the holiday season.

Troy, Michigan-based Advanced Lighting & Sound performed the initial AV install in the park in 2005 and returned to upgrade the space last year as the park expanded into the adjacent Cadillac Square. “The original control system utilized Flash as the programming language and ran fine in a PC environment but didn’t play well with iOS devices,” explains Bob Sullivan at Advanced Lighting & Sound. “With the park expansion we needed to add more control functionality. Since we were going to completely reprogram the system we decided to find a controller that would play nice with all the devices and be easily updatable as things changed in the park.”

The client expected a seamless transition to the new control system, too, Sullivan notes. “They wanted to see basically the same control screens because all of the staff had become very familiar with it. They wanted to be able to use a variety of devices to control the system and have the flexibility to add control points as needed. So we installed a Raptor control processor along with a variety of Global Cache devices to interface with the other equipment in place.”

A Linux-embedded server that significantly lowers costs to users over full-blown Windows servers, High Resolution Systems’ popular Raptor comes with an Ethernet connection to the device network, has a built in web server and natively supports a wide variety of AV equipment and advanced control system functions. It occupies 1RU in height and one-half of a rack in width and ships with an optional rack shelf for space-saving rack mounting. Raptor supports the same user interface designs as UDC software: iPad touch control with the HRS Control Pro iOS app available in Apple’s App Store; the HRS Control Pro app for any Windows tablet; in-wall mount touchscreen and button solutions; Android tablets; and web servers. Any device with a browser can act as a controller.

“Raptor is the heart of the park,” Sullivan declares. “The folks from High Resolution Systems were able to add an Astronomical Clock function to their unit that automatically drives a variety of events in the park based around sunrise and sunset. Their ability to make these changes in the software in days instead of weeks or months made the change possible.”

Sullivan says he’s using an array of contact closures to control a Square D lighting panel controlling the park’s lights. “We also control a few cable boxes through IR, which allows for music playback and channel selection for a pair of flat-screen TVs in the restaurant window. All video control falls under a Kramer serial router.”

The main audio processing system, which was also upgraded, is managed by a Biamp AudiaFLEX system. “Raptor recalls presets and adjusts volumes for all the sources and speakers through serial control,” Sullivan explains. “Raptor serial control is also used for the lighting system controlled by Martin LightJockey software.”

He reports that Raptor meets all the current needs of the Campus Martius Park and allows easy growth and changes. “With the old system you had to be knowledgeable in Flash programming, and that’s not easy nor in wide demand today,” Sullivan notes. “We wanted to choose a new system with a simple user interface that allowed us to make changes if needed. After just 30 minutes on the software I was able to create new pages and functions, which is huge.”

The Raptor has been “working great” since its Christmas debut, and “the feedback from the operations staff and owner has been very positive,” says Sullivan. “Everything looks familiar to them and functions as they wanted.”

The Campus Martius Park installation is Advanced Lighting & Sound’s first project with High Resolution Systems. “It’s been nice working with another Michigan-based company – we’re located about 10 miles from each other,” Sullivan notes. “Their attention to even this small project was great, and we look forward to other applications for their products and services.”

About HRS Control

High Resolution Systems known as HRS Control is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.HRScontrol.com.

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TecPodium Presenter – Now, an All-In-One Solution in HD

The all-new TecPodium Presenter lectern is a fully ADA compliant podium, equipped with electronically controlled lift.

The new and stylish design features a large 24” monitor with multi-touch capabilities and a complete, integrated stereo sound system.
With an updated Tecom HD switching and scaling system and Projector Control System as standard, our new Presenter is a true All-In-One presentation solution.

Interfacing easily with any projector or projection system, its compact design easily accommodates classrooms, conference centers, lecture halls and boardrooms.

The new TecPodium Presenter lectern will be launched at the ISE 2014 show (The 11th edition of Integrated Systems Europe) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from the 4th – 6th of February 2014.
Tecom will be in Booth 2-E60.

www.tecpodium.com

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YCD to Launch New Digital Signage Player for In-Store Marketing at ISE Europe

New York, February 3, 2014 – YCD Multimedia, a leading global provider of smart digital signage solutions, today announced that it will launch a new player aimed at in-store marketing at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), to be held February 4-6, 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. YCD|LivePlayer allows retailers to deploy in-store digital signage by leveraging the latest Android-based players and tablets and smart displays.

YCD|LivePlayer 1.0 will be available in two editions – an Android application available on the Google Play store, and as a downloadable player for Samsung Displays with SMART Signage Platform (SSP), the latter operating on the display’s built-in SSP engine without the need for any player hardware.

Both editions are managed by YCD|RAMP – YCD’s browser-based Retail Advertising and Merchandising Platform – which uses smart templates to create effective call-for-action content with unsurpassed simplicity, and in a rapid time-to-market. With Point of Sale (POS) integration, retailers can have their displays (such as menu boards) reflect real-time inventory changes and display complementary items during checkout to help cashiers upsell high-margin products.

YCD|LivePlayer channels managed by YCD|RAMP offer many features normally associated with higher-cost products, such as real-time status and player health monitoring, remote control, real-time remote screen snapshots, playback information, and more.

“YCD|LivePlayer plays an extremely important role for YCD, reflecting our focus on retail verticals. It allows our customers to promote products and provide shoppers with targeted information, assisting retail processes such as traffic, wayfinding and igniting the purchase process, buying decision assistance, seller assistance, and strengthening brand loyalty,” said Eran Sharon, VP of Product Management, YCD Multimedia. “With Samsung’s excellent SSP, which offers player-less digital signage, and the ever-increasing availability of commercial grade Android devices, users can choose from a variety of devices for a true BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”) approach. This release is just the beginning of what will surely be a game changer for us, our partners, and their users.”

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications for retailand other industries. YCD’s platforms help businesses attract clients, assist their buying decisions, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s offering combines expert consulting, professional services and software solutions. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Ferrari, Cartier, and others. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel, and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

Contact:

David Kanaan
Kanaan Public Relations
Tel.: +972-54-4255307
e-mail: David@KanaanPR.com

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Symetrix Partners with Attero Tech & Stewart Audio to Deliver Dante Ease

AMSTERDAM (NL) / ISE 2014 — (February 4 2014): In a significant development for users of Audinate’s Dante media networking technology, Symetrix has announced that the latest version of its popular SymNet Composer software will enable complete configuration of select Dante-enabled Symetrix, Attero Tech and Stewart Audio products.
 
Settings affecting I/O levels, routing and more will be defined with SymNet Composer 2.0, which gives customers the ability to consolidate operations on a single platform where three or more were previously required.
 
“As a result of the release, integrators will no longer need separate software packages for each manufacturer’s product as well as Dante Controller,” comments Trent Wagner, Senior Product Manager at Symetrix. “Supported Dante-enabled products will appear side-by-side with Symetrix SymNet products in the Composer software and can be managed or configured identically to Symetrix products. Professionals who have used our Composer before will have no learning curve.”
 
Stewart Audio has long pursued a focus on making networked AV affordable and practical, and its current range includes innovative Dante end-points. “Our customers desire solutions that prove to be both compatible and complete in addressing their audio challenges. The collaboration between Stewart Audio, Symetrix and Attero Tech represents a major step in that direction,” says Stewart Audio’s Chief Marketing Officer, Brian McCormick.
 
He continues: “By collaborating on solutions we can create the right outcomes for our customers. With all the difficulties consultants and integrators face daily, presenting them with a comprehensive answer to an application is what this partnership is really about.”
 
Mike Sims, Director of Marketing and Sales at Attero Tech – which produces a trio of Dante interfaces – welcomes the partnership as “the next logical step” in the interoperability of Dante networked audio systems. “Our goal has been to make deployment of these systems as seamless as possible, while allowing consultants and integrators to choose best-of-class products from a variety of manufacturers. This is the future of interoperability,” he declares.
 
The initial response from the integrator community is also encouraging. Chuck Mitchell is owner of California-based Technology of the Arts and recently undertook a Dante-centric installation involving Symetrix and Attero Tech products. “Dante is rapidly becoming a default choice for all manner of projects in the installed environment,” he says. “The partnership between Symetrix, Attero Tech and Stewart Audio around the use of Dante-based systems is to be warmly welcomed as it helps to bring every installer’s dream of blanket interoperability that little bit closer to being realised.”

www.symetrix.co

www.atterotech.com

www.stewartaudio.com

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