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PESA as Part of the Serco Team Awarded Position on $4.1 Billion U.S. Army Communications Multiple Award IDIQ Contract

2/18/2014 – PESA, as part of the Serco team, will participate in the award of a new multiple award ID/IQ contract to provide global communication systems for the U.S. Army. Serco was selected as one of 12 companies to compete for tasks on the Communications and Transmission Systems (CTS) contract. The Serco team will provide design, procurement, installation and testing services in support of delivering global, mission-critical communication systems. The team will utilize its experience in the areas of engineering, Operations & Maintenance (O&M), and lifecycle management services to provide a more secure, operational, and sustainable network communications solutions for the United States’ expeditionary warfighters. PESA intends to provide mission critical Audio/Video hardware and software to include its Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certified Cheetah Video Distribution Systems for use in Army and DoD command and control centers in support of the overall team effort. The contract vehicle has an overall ceiling value of $4.1 billion over a five year period.

“PESA is extremely pleased to be a part of the Serco Team for the Army CTS contract,” says Chuck Tillett, PESA President/COO. “We have supported Serco for C5I applications at several DoD installations and we value our relationship. As the only manufacturer of JITC certified Video Distribution System hardware for use by DoD we look forward to continuing our support to the Army and all services.”

Serco provides communication system solutions to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. Utilizing its Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Collaboration and Intelligence (C5I) expertise, the Company delivers engineering, systems integration, hardware procurement, software development, technical support, installation and testing, operations and maintenance solutions.

About PESA: As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of A/V products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is a U.S. Small Business, located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com.

About Serco Inc.: Serco Inc. is a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services focused on the federal government. We advise, design, integrate, and deliver solutions that transform how clients achieve their missions. Our customer-first approach, robust portfolio of services, and global experience enable us to respond with solutions that achieve outcomes with value. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Serco Inc. has approximately 10,000 employees, annual revenue of $1.2 billion, and is ranked in the Top 40 of the largest Federal Prime Contractors by Washington Technology. Serco Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Group plc, a $7.5 billion international business that helps transform government and public services around the world. More information about Serco Inc. can be found at www.serco-na.com.

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Yamaha CL Award IF Product Design Award

BUENA PARK, Calif.–The Yamaha CL Series Digital Mixing Consoles has been awarded an IF Product Design Award at the iF Design Awards 2014 held in Germany it was announced today by Yamaha Corporation Japan. Since 1953, the prestigious, international IF Design Awards have been hosted by the IF Industries Forum Design e.V. in Hannover, Germany and celebrate outstanding industrial product design.

The awards are comprised of four categories: product design, communications design, material design, and packaging design. The IF Product Design Award received by the Yamaha CL Series is awarded not only for creativity and innovation in design but from an overall viewpoint including functional aspects such as ease of use, quality, and environmental friendliness. Over 4,615 products from 55 countries around the world were entered for this year’s IF Design Awards.

“The CL Series has made great strides in sound quality, ease of use, functionality, and reliability meeting the needs of both artists and sound engineers,” states Laurence Italia, Vice President/General Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “We congratulate our design colleagues in Japan and celebrate this award with all of our dedicated CL Series customers.”


ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K Used at Justin Bieber’s Australia Concert

Fremont, CA – Blackmagic Design today announced that ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K was used at one of Justin Bieber’s recent Melbourne, Australia concerts, providing all of the concert’s video switching. Blackmagic Design’s HyperDeck Studio Pro, SmartView Duo and SmartView HD products were also used for the live event and recording of the concert.

The concert, sponsored by Vevo TV, was held for a special fan of Justin’s who had recently been in a car accident and was unable to attend his main concerts held in Australia. The fan, along with fifty of her friends and family, were treated to a private concert, which was also captured for future replay on Vevo TV.

Rapid TV and Power AV, Melbourne, Australia based video production suppliers, handled the live switching facilities for the event with Blackmagic Design equipment provided by New Magic Australia. Peter Morris of Rapid TV was the OB manager for the concert and said the ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K was used with five HD cameras. Feeds from the cameras were switched to a number of large monitors around the stage and then pulled together into a line cut.

“This was a very special night for Justin’s fans, and he wanted to provide the feeling of a full concert but still have a small, intimate setting,” said Peter. “There were 50 fans there and a crew of approximately 30, so it was a very intensive production. It had to be a high quality live broadcast and we had to get high quality concert footage. That is why we chose the ATEM switchers, because it gave us broadcast quality switching that could handle the scope of the event, and they were reliable,” finished Peter.

Grant Villiers from Power AV commented, “We had two fixed, one dolly, one steadi and one crane camera, all being fed into the ATEM. These were all straight shots, without any graphics or effects, and they were sent to several large monitors around the stage, as well as to SmartView HD and SmartView Duo monitors used by the crew. A cut of the show was recorded in a HyperDeck Studio Pro, with a second being used as backup.”

ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K is an advanced Ultra HD live production switcher with 6G-SDI technology that is available for only US$2,495. It includes ten independent 6G-SDI inputs each with frame sync, built in DVE with zoom, scale and rotate, four upstream chroma keyers, three independent aux outputs with front panel control and a large media pool that holds both still frame graphics as well as motion video clips. ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K also features a strong and elegant machined aluminum front design, the ATEM Software Control Panel for complete control of the switcher from a laptop or desktop computer and built in multi view monitoring so customers can view sources on a single SDI monitor or HDMI TV.

“The ATEM was perfect for the event. I was able to work in 25p through the whole workflow and I had all the inputs and outputs I could have wanted. The whole Blackmagic setup worked great,” finished Grant.

Press Photography

Product photos of ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K, SmartView Duo, SmartView HD and HyperDeck Studio Pro are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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LAS VEGAS, NAB BOOTH #N314: At the upcoming 2014 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in April, Samaserve, the exclusive North and South American sales and support company for the Nipros line of camera-agnostic systems and accessories, will show attendees how to get the most out of their 4K digital cinema cameras while simultaneously producing a 4K and full (1920x1080p) high-definition production.

“The Nipros System empowers users to maximize the potential of any camera and, for any type of shooting situation,” said industry veteran Bob Ott, a Samaserve co-founder. “With optical and multi-core camera adapters, viewfinders, camera sleds, mounting plates, shoulder camcorder mounting accessories, and audio mixers, Nipros covers a tremendous range of production needs.”

In Booth N314, Samaserve will spotlight its flagship Nipros LS-750/GT Camera-Mounted Fiber Adapter System, which works with any 4K camera-acquiring and flawlessly passing simultaneous uncompressed 4K and HD signals – The new LS-750/GT camera-mounted fiber adapter system provides users with five 3G SDI downstreams directly out of the camera, as well as one return of 3G/HD-SDI/SD-SDI signals. All types of 4K plus HD, or five separate HD streams, can be transported simultaneously, with the ability to mix the five asynchronous 3G/HD/SD streams independently

The innovative fiber adapter also offers: Active loop-through output for each 3G-SDI input; the ability to transmit complete SDI signal payloads, including embedded audio as well as all ancillary data; Tally (green and red) signal transmission; Time code (TC) Input/Output; two lines of Intercom (PROD & ENG); full two-way camera RCP remote control; LANC remote control; LAN (Ethernet) IP communication link (100Base-TX); HD-SDI/SD-SDI & VBS/HD-Y return video transmission; high capacity power supply capability for the camera plus accessories. The optical fiber conversion system also enables signals to be transported (from camera to OB truck and/or from cameras to studio control room) up to 2 Km (1.2 miles) with 60W power or 200m (more than 650 feet) with 300W power supply over standard SMPTE 311M hybrid optical fiber cable.

“The LS-750/850GT fiber adapter system is designed to be completely flexible with all camera manufacturers,” said Sal Sandoval, another Samaserve co-founder. “Users can produce all types of projects with different cameras and ultimately get a faster return on their investment since they aren’t using a system that only works with one camera model. There is no need to maintain different fiber adapter systems for each camera manufacturer. The system supports five 3G HDSDI signals – that’s full 4K (using up to 4 HDSDI 3G connections) plus an HDSDI connection for live, simultaneous, HD transmission. This (5) 3G SDI capability offers overall simplicity to the system. Additionally, Nipros systems do not require additions like power blocks, power enhancers, etc.

The Nipros HDS 300 Camera Sled:
This is a professional studio build-up rig designed to quickly convert most compact handheld or shoulder type camcorders from Canon, Panasonic, Phantom (Vision Research), JVC, Hitachi, Ikegami and Sony. The sled’s rugged aluminum die-cast chassis is designed to handle daily production tasks with a variety of professional functions that supports a wide range of optional equipment. This takes a non-studio, camera / camcorder and makes it ready for the Broadcast / Professional user.

Also included with the sled are multiple attachment points for accessories, such as the Nipros 7 inch, HDF-700 View Finder, and other essential items

Nipros ES-Series of Multicore Systems:
The Nipros ES-500 (for shoulder mount camera); ES-600 (base station, compatible with both 500 and 300); and ES-300 (for handheld camcorder) will also be on display. ES-series multi-core camera conversion systems provide a cost-effective fully featured HD/SD SDI studio camera conversion solution for all types of handheld or shoulder mount cameras/camcorders. They can be used to transfer two lines of HD or SD SDI signals through a specially developed multi-core cable that incorporates two HD/SD SDI cables within a 26pin multi-core cable assembly.

This means both camera and return signals can be HD/SD SDI. It also supports video component signals, HD-Y return, camera remote control, tally, time code, power, etc., – all of which are transported down the one single multi-core cable. It offers high-quality and cost-effective field and studio production performance and an extendable distance between camera adaptor and base station of more than 50 meters (with a 50W DC power supply).

Nipros Shoulder-Mount Rigs:
The NEW Nipros ST-7S300 shoulder-mount rig is designed to offer an elegant, ergonomically pleasing solution unlike any other rig on the market today.

New HD Viewfinders/Monitors:
Samaserve will exhibit a brand new line of viewfinders and on-camera monitors for all types of live and studio applications. For example, the new Nipros HDFR500 5-inch full HD (1920×1080) unit provides the full color gamut HD image on screen without scaling, and supports 3G SDI inputs as well as HDMI inputs, SDI outputs, and analog inputs.

New Nipros Camera System Accessories:
Samaserve’s NAB Booth (N314) will also feature a full line of Nipros camera accessories, such as a rear lens controller (for zoom and focus demand) and several viewfinder interfaces for manufacturer-specific cameras that provide return video. This includes optional full lens control with the AS-1P for zoom and the FR-P1 for focus/iris.

Note: Samaserve will conduct a live demonstration (TBD) of an end-to-end 4K workflow, in tandem with Canon, whereby a Nipros LS-750/GT camera-mounted fiber adapter tied to a Canon CF500 digital cinema camera will be shown acquiring and sending 4K raw information. The resulting images will be projected on a large screen within the Las Vegas Convention center.


Photo: The fully-configured, camera-agnostic, LS-750/850 Nipros Systemized Camera System includes: a Nipros sled, viewfinder, monitor, and fiber adapter shown here with a Sony F55 4K camera with a Canon PL-mount lens.

Please visit www.samaserve.com for details

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Masque Sound Takes Flight With Peter and the Starcatcher

When PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, the five-time Tony
Award®-winning musical play written by Tony® Award-nominee Rick Elice and directed by Tony® Award-winner Roger Rees and Tony® Award-nominee Alex Timbers, set out on its first U.S. national tour Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was along for the ride with a custom audio equipment package to help bring Designer Darron L West’s Tony® Award-winning sound design alive.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, a grown up’s prequel to Peter Pan, is the innovative and imaginative musical play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.

Both West and Masque Sound have been involved in the play from its original production at NY Theatre Workshop to its successful run on Broadway, as well as its post-Broadway run at New World Stages, so collaborating on the tour together was a natural fit.

“I depend on Masque Sound to provide me with the gear I need for my shows, so when the PETER AND THE STARCATCHER tour became official, there was no doubt that it was going to be the shop I called on to take the show on the road,” says West. “When a problem arises that needs to be solved, there is never a moment that I feel like I can’t call on Masque Sound to provide a solution, equipment recommendations, etc. Scott Kalata at Masque Sound has been great to us since the very beginning.”

West’s goal for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER was to try to create and preserve a simple and minimally invasive design. “We wanted the play to feel like it was an old Victorian show, so we thought a lot about our microphone choices and speaker positions,” he says. “The show features two musicians and ‘musicians towers’ in direct view of the audience, and we designed the system to sound as though the audio was coming from these points, since the musicians are crucial to how the show is received by the audience. We utilized our surround sound capabilities through a story-driven approach, and we really tried to keep the audio as centralized around the sound effects and music that those musicians were creating.”

In order to create the atmosphere that West was looking for on the tour, Masque Sound provided a DiGiCo SD10 digital console. The SD10 is a super-flexible, complete integrated system powered by Stealth Digital Processing and floating point Super FPGA technology. According to West, “There is a lot of really intricate reverb work that happens in the show that is really being driven by the SD10. The SD10 works incredibly well with the theatre software we are using and is crucial to the show’s success.”

Additional equipment provided by Masque Sound includes both Meyer Sound and D&B speaker rigs, as well as wireless gear from Sennheiser.

Putting together a traveling production is not without its challenges and West credits Masque Sound as well as his associate Charles Coes for helping to pull it all together. “We really needed to figure out the amount of gear we needed and how to set it up for 22 different sized venues for a show of this magnitude,” concludes West. “Masque Sound has a great crew at the shop and we really depend on them to bounce ideas off of and to figure out exactly how to put on a production of this size. Between Masque Sound and the Proof crew who built the towers, we couldn’t believe how incredible it worked. Charles did an amazing job in designing the tower and putting it all together.”

Tour dates and additional show information can be found at www.peterandthestarcatcher.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “MAMMA MIA!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Extron Announces Industry-leading 4K Training

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce industry-leading training on 4K technology through the Extron Institute. Coursework for the School of Emerging Technologies now addresses designing with Extron twisted pair, fiber optic, signal processing, streaming, and playback solutions for high-performance 4K signal extension, routing, and distribution systems. Instruction includes increased resolution demands, color bit-depth, frame rates, dynamic range, and the impact these have on the data rate and infrastructure components. more

Front Porch Digital 2014 NAB Show Product Preview

LYNXdr — Disaster Recovery in the Cloud
Downtime can be a problem for just about any business, but losing the data altogether is disastrous. LYNXdr, Front Porch Digital’s private-cloud hosted disaster recovery and business continuity service, ensures file safety and zero downtime. Moving to the cloud can reduce the total cost of ownership of digital asset management for content owners, which in turn increases ROI. As part of an overall media asset management solution, LYNXdr controls costs because users pay only for what they use when they use it. Off-site data backup to virtual machines is much less costly than on-premise physical servers and allows for instant increases in storage capacity with minimal or no effort from the IT team. Also, by consolidating operations, media organizations can cut capital and operating expenses to reduce overhead.

LYNXdr offers a secure off-site backup capability by ingesting and managing content electronically or from datatape to key strategic regional cloud locations. Additionally, there is no cost increase as the technology evolves, which means users can realize even more value from their assets.

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Company Quote:
“The buzz around ‘the cloud’ has prompted us to make sure our cloud offering continues to advance further and further. At the 2014 NAB Show, we’ll demonstrate how our LYNX(SM) cloud content storage management system has evolved to keep up with the ever-changing industry. We will also demonstrate the latest updates across our full product line. Visitors will clearly see how Front Porch Digital can make the cloud work for their operations.”
– Michael Knaisch, President and CEO, Front Porch Digital

Company Overview
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.

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Primestream 2014 NAB Show Preview

It’s Time to Control It All

FORK Production Suite v4.6
At the 2014 NAB Show, Primestream will debut FORK(TM) v4.6, its acclaimed software platform for media asset management and production automation featuring powerful new modules and third-party integrations. FORK v4.6 features Workflow Manager(TM), a new FORK module that allows users to design, control, and automate production processes that span multiple departments and groups within their organizations. This capability improves communication and response time from engineering and support staff, provides a global view of the tasks and processes being worked on, and assigns tasks to specific groups or users while logging every step of the process with information for analytics. FORK v4.6 also includes deep two-way integrations with nonlinear editors like Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro (CS6 and Creative Cloud), Avid(R) Media Composer(R), and Apple(R) Final Cut(R) Pro X. The integrations support edit-while-capture workflows with XDCAM(R), ProRes(R), and AVC-Intra(R) — empowering sports, news, entertainment, and corporate video operations to use industry-leading NLEs — while gaining the benefits of the FORK media asset management and automation platform for I/O, logging, tagging, proxy editing, workflow management, and archiving. FORK also features new archiving workflows with SGL(R), Quantum(R), and Atempo(R) enabling FORK users to navigate/browse, search, and filter through content inside Content Navigator(TM) — even when the hi-res media has been archived and is offline. Other benefits include partial file restore and LTO robotics control. FORK is available for Mac(R) and Windows(R) OS as well as hybrid environments.

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FORK Xchange Suite v3.0
The 2014 NAB Show will see the introduction of FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite 3.0, a major upgrade to the Web and iOS(R) application that provides instant access to content on FORK Production servers. Single and multi-site production operations can now access their media from anywhere to manage, create, and trigger various FORK automations — enabling seamless hybrid cloud/ground workflows to interface all technologies such as archiving and popular NLE craft editors. Xchange 3.0 also features a completely redesigned iPad(R) interface optimized for Apple(R) iOS 7.

Among its many new features are:
–Xchange Uploader: Allows users to submit raw or finished packages directly into the production environment via a Web-based interface
–Xchange Downloader: Allows users to download raw content in order to edit final packages locally, with the ability to choose among multiple qualities to download
–Xchange Load Balancer: Allows for distribution of network traffic across multiple servers for added stability and scalability
–Multiple video resolutions for video playback: Allows users to play back and select among multiple qualities of video in order to cope with various network conditions
–Modular back-end extensions for large-scale deployments: Allows the Xchange back-end to be installed modularly across multiple servers to ensure stability and scalability

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Archive Bridge v1.0
Primestream(R) will also introduce Archive Bridge(TM), a new module for the FORK(TM) Production Suite that provides tight integrations between industry-leading archival solutions and the FORK media asset management platform. With Archive Bridge, administrators can track the status of all archival requests and analyze the performance of the infrastructure. Archive Bridge is a highly configurable client with a Web-based front end and intuitive user interface. Optimized for both Windows(R) and Mac(R) platforms, it integrates multiple production environments with a central archive point to reduce operational costs by centralizing archival infrastructure in one location and allow disaster recovery solutions for offsite Archival workflows. Statistics Reporting empowers administrators to monitor various performance values of the Archive Bridge.

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Photo Caption: FORK(TM) Archive Bridge(TM) v1.0

Company Quote:
“At this year’s show, we’re emphasizing the ways FORK controls all kinds of new and increasingly complex workflows. This translates to more efficient and streamlined ways of creating content which can dramatically benefit the bottom line. We’re seeing massive year-over-year increases in the amount of data FORK is managing at some of the world’s largest enterprises, which is proof positive of the system’s scalability and reliability in complex, dynamic, multisite production operations.”
– Claudio Lisman, Primestream president and CEO

Company Overview:
Primestream(R), a leader in advanced media asset management and broadcast automation software, offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based content, media asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smartphone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The company’s portfolio includes the FORK(TM) suite of applications, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), DIG-IT(TM), and Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestream’s proven solutions are implemented by some of the world’s leading broadcasters, uplink service providers, digital media operations, and production/post-production facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com.

All trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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Planar Showcases the Industry’s Largest Interactive Display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass

LAS VEGAS, February 12, 2014–Today, at the Digital Signage Expo 2014 in Las Vegas, Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage  technology, unveiled the breakthrough 84-inch 4K Planar® UltraRes™  Touch with ERO™ featuring Corning® Gorilla® Glass.

By combining Planar’s exclusive Extended Ruggedness and Optics (ERO) optical glass bonding technology with Gorilla Glass, an industry-leading cover solution, the 84-inch 4K Planar UltraRes Touch is durable and scratch resistant,  making it ideal for digital signage and public venue applications. Planar UltraRes Touch now also supports up to 32 simultaneous touch points, offering the ultimate solution for multi-user applications, including collaboration walls and touch tables.

“The addition of Corning Gorilla Glass to our proprietary ERO optical bonding technology further enhances the durability and visual performance of the Planar UltraRes Touch display,” said Becky Connors, product marketing manager at Planar Systems. “By dramatically increasing the number of touch points, we’ve made it possible for organizations to create highly immersive and engaging experiences.”

For retail stores, museums, hospitality and corporate lobbies, Planar UltraRes Touch offers the durability and flexibility needed for a robust interactive experience.  Planar UltraRes Touch also provides the key features necessary for corporate meeting rooms where touch capability enhances group collaboration. 

Built for Unsurpassed Durability and Performance 

With Planar’s ERO technology, Corning Gorilla Glass is optically bonded to the LCD cell using a proprietary process unique to Planar, providing exceptional durability and performance.  The ERO process keeps out dust and moisture and improves image contrast by eliminating the air gap between the display and the glass. Gorilla Glass is more than four times stronger than tempered soda-lime glass, which enables a substantially-thinner design, and it better resists scratches that can cause the glass to break. Due to the Gorilla Glass’ thinness, parallax and the resulting touch errors are reduced, weight is decreased, while touch sensitivity and display responsiveness are improved.

“We are thrilled for the launch of Planar’s 84-inch UltraRes Touch featuring the world’s largest piece of Gorilla Glass,” said David Loeber, business director for Large Cover Glass at Corning Incorporated. “Planar’s expertise in commercial signage hardware and optical bonding paired with Corning’s expertise in advanced glass solutions yields an innovative product and a great opportunity for collaboration.”

Designed for Style and Function

Planar UltraRes Touch offers a sleek design with an attractive, narrow bezel of just 1.3 inches, providing an elegant backdrop for stunning ultra-high resolution content. It has a mounted depth of only 3.6 inches, making it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for protruding objects in public environments. The display supports both landscape and portrait orientation, and a logo-free bezel makes it equally practical to use the display in either mode.

With a native 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160, Planar UltraRes Touch provides four times the resolution of a full HD display for advanced clarity—even at short viewing distances for touch users. And with optically-clear Gorilla Glass, every detail is displayed with outstanding color rendition, contrast, and resolution.

Planar UltraRes Touch displays come standard with Planar MediaPlex™ software, which allows up to eight directly attached sources to be viewed, four at a time, in 42-inch diagonal full HD quadrants. Upon command, any of the quadrants can be upscaled to fill the entire 4K display area. Available only from Planar, this feature provides a unique way to display both touch and non-touch content on the same display.

Planar UltraRes Touch displays featuring Corning Gorilla Glass and 32 touch points will be available through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers in the second calendar quarter of 2014. Visit Booth #405 at the Digital Signage Expo 2014 to learn more about the Planar UltraRes Touch and to see a demonstration. Additional information is available at http://www.planar.com/ultrares.


About Planar 

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance.  Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com.

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Planar Introduces Two New Simplicity Series Digital Signage Displays at Digital Signage Expo 2014

LAS VEGAS, February 12, 2014– Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage technology, today announced it has added two new sizes to its Planar® Simplicity™ Series line of edge-lit LED displays, offering customers a broad range of choices for deploying simple, sleek and affordable digital signage displays.

The complete Planar Simplicity Series, from 32” to 55”, will be on display at the Digital Signage Expo 2014, February 12-13, in Planar’s booth (#405) at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

With the addition of the 46” and 55” models, customers now have four sizes from which to choose, making the Planar Simplicity Series a highly versatile solution for a wide variety of  commercial applications including retail stores, restaurants, corporate meeting rooms, fitness centers and museums. The Planar Simplicity Series now features four sizes, 32” and 42”, introduced in Fall 2013, and 46” and 55” announced today.

“Planar Simplicity Series displays are a sleek, commercial-quality digital signage display solution that’s both economical and easy to deploy, making it the perfect canvas for commercial content,” said Becky Connors, product marketing manager at Planar Systems. “And with the availability of the 46” and 55” sizes, we’ve now expanded the series, offering our customers a broad range of choices for their digital signage needs.”

The Planar Simplicity Series redefines simple signage, both in terms of functionality and design. With built-in media playing, the cost and complexity of installing third-party media players is eliminated. Planar Simplicity Series displays are easy to install and allow users to create and display content using tools they already have—including videos, photography from cell phone cameras, stock photos and music libraries.

From a single-display installation to a multi-display network, the Planar Simplicity Series was designed to bring simplicity to nearly every digital signage project. The displays are highly versatile, supporting playback of a wide variety of media formats. They also come with a full array of inputs and can be controlled remotely through LAN or RS-232.

In terms of design, the displays feature an elegant, slim profile—less than 1.7” deep— blending naturally into any environment and achieving compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for protruding objects in public spaces. In addition, the bezels contain no distracting logos, keeping the focus on the content itself.

With prices starting at $595, the Planar Simplicity Series extends the benefits of digital signage to a wider range of organizations, including those with limited budgets. Moreover, the displays use LED backlight technology allowing the displays to operate at industry-low levels of power consumption, making them highly energy efficient.

Planar Simplicity Series displays are available through Planar’s network of authorized resellers. Visit Planar’s You Tube channel to watch a video about the Planar Simplicity Series or visit www.planar.com/simplicity for more information.

About Planar 

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance.  Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com.

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