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Attention Music Lovers and Content Creators: Sennheiser Announces Spring Rebate on Select Headphones, Microphones and Wireless Systems

From Now Until April 30th, Customers Can Attain Bonus Savings of Up to $100 On Select Wireless Systems and Up to $50 on Select Headphones and Microphones

Old Lyme, CT, March 10, 2014: Just in time for spring, audio specialist Sennheiser announced a new rebate promotion in which consumers get up to $100 cash back on select wireless systems and $50 cash back on select microphones and headphones purchased at an authorized Sennheiser dealer. Customers can learn more and take advantage of the promotion by visiting http://en-us.sennheiser.com/rebate.

Rebates are valid on select Sennheiser HD series headphones; evolution, MD and MK series microphones; and XSW and EW series wireless systems purchased from an authorized U.S. Sennheiser dealer between now and April 30th, 2014. Following are rebate values for the various products that are included:

Headphones:

• HD 280 PRO: $10
• HD 380 PRO: $20
• HD6 MIX: $30
• HD7 DJ: $30
• HD8 DJ: $40
• HD 600: $40
• HD 650: $50

Microphones:

• e 604: $10
• e 609: $10
• e 835: $10
• e 602-II: $20
• e 614: $20
• e 935: $20
• THREE PACK e 835: $20
• THREE PACK e 604: $30
• MK 4: $30
• MD 421-II: $40
• e 914: $40
• e 965: $50

Wireless Systems:

• XSW 12: $40
• XSW 35: $40
• XSW 72: $40
• EW 112P G3: $50
• EW 122P G3: $50
• EW 135P G3: $50
• EW 100 ENG: $75
• EW 300 IEM: $75
• EW 300-2 IEM: $100

To receive a rebate on eligible products, customers will need to mail the following to Sennheiser following their purchase (postmarked no later than May 31, 2014):

• A completed rebate form, which can be downloaded from the Sennheiser website at: http://en-us.sennheiser.com/rebate.
• The original UPC and EAN code, cut from the box (no photocopies will be accepted)
• A copy of the sales receipt, dated between March 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014, from an authorized Sennheiser dealer for a product listed above.

All rebates must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Attention Music Lovers and Content Creators: Sennheiser Announces Spring Rebate on Select Headphones, Microphones and Wireless Systems

From Now Until April 30th, Customers Can Attain Bonus Savings of Up to $100 On Select Wireless Systems and Up to $50 on Select Headphones and Microphones

Old Lyme, CT, March 10, 2014: Just in time for spring, audio specialist Sennheiser announced a new rebate promotion in which consumers get up to $100 cash back on select wireless systems and $50 cash back on select microphones and headphones purchased at an authorized Sennheiser dealer. Customers can learn more and take advantage of the promotion by visiting http://en-us.sennheiser.com/rebate.

Rebates are valid on select Sennheiser HD series headphones; evolution, MD and MK series microphones; and XSW and EW series wireless systems purchased from an authorized U.S. Sennheiser dealer between now and April 30th, 2014. Following are rebate values for the various products that are included:

Headphones:

• HD 280 PRO: $10
• HD 380 PRO: $20
• HD6 MIX: $30
• HD7 DJ: $30
• HD8 DJ: $40
• HD 600: $40
• HD 650: $50

Microphones:

• e 604: $10
• e 609: $10
• e 835: $10
• e 602-II: $20
• e 614: $20
• e 935: $20
• THREE PACK e 835: $20
• THREE PACK e 604: $30
• MK 4: $30
• MD 421-II: $40
• e 914: $40
• e 965: $50

Wireless Systems:

• XSW 12: $40
• XSW 35: $40
• XSW 72: $40
• EW 112P G3: $50
• EW 122P G3: $50
• EW 135P G3: $50
• EW 100 ENG: $75
• EW 300 IEM: $75
• EW 300-2 IEM: $100

To receive a rebate on eligible products, customers will need to mail the following to Sennheiser following their purchase (postmarked no later than May 31, 2014):

• A completed rebate form, which can be downloaded from the Sennheiser website at: http://en-us.sennheiser.com/rebate.
• The original UPC and EAN code, cut from the box (no photocopies will be accepted)
• A copy of the sales receipt, dated between March 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014, from an authorized Sennheiser dealer for a product listed above.

All rebates must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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South Carolina Installs Two Broadcast Pix Mica Systems for HD Video Coverage of State House

Billerica, Massachusetts – While South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) produces a variety of original television programming and provides video production services for other state agencies, one of its primary responsibilities is coverage of the state’s House of Representatives and Senate proceedings. When the operation was upgraded to HD production in late 2013, SCETV installed two Broadcast Pix™ Mica™ integrated production switchers to handle switching, graphics, and more.

SCETV is a statewide network of PBS member stations based in Columbia.Established in the 1950s for distance learning, it has 11 call letter stations across the state, as well as eight radio stations. State House coverage is broadcast on ETV World, one of the network’s multicast channels, and streamed live to www.scstatehouse.gov.

According to Ben Wilson, SCETV project manager of engineering, the move to HD for coverage of the House and Senate was prompted by the clerks of the House and Senate, who wanted to improve the quality of the video. “It was time to replace the cameras,” Wilson added. “Almost none of the equipment had ongoing support from the manufacturers because it was so old.”

The control room is housed in a small room next to the visitor’s entrance to the South Carolina State House, with the two chambers located on opposite ends of the building. In 2009, SCETV purchased Broadcast Pix Slate™ integrated production systems to replace analog Grass Valley production switchers and Chyron Maxine CGs, which had been in use since the control room was built in 1998. When the decision was made to update operations to native HD, Wilson chose to upgrade from Slate to Mica systems. (The Slate systems are now used to downconvert the HD feeds to SD for distribution on ETV World, which is an SD channel.)

Video production for each chamber is handled by one operator, who switches and positions the cameras, monitors audio, and inserts name keys and full-screen graphics using Mica’s built-in Inscriber CG. An ETV bug is inserted in the upper right-hand corner of each feed using the built-in still store. Both the House and Senate are in session simultaneously much of the time, so the TDs sit side-by-side in the control room wearing headphones. SCETV relies on two primary TDs, but has several operators who are called in when sessions run long.

In an effort to save counter space for other equipment, Wilson opted to install touchscreens instead of traditional control panels. Each operator has two 23-inch touchscreens, one populated with a PixPad and SoftPanel to easily call up graphics, while the second acts as a monitor wall, displaying preview, program, and sources.

When the legislative sessions ended last July, Wilson and his team began the HD upgrade, which included installation of both Broadcast Pix systems, an upgraded Utah Scientific hybrid router, new Panasonic PTZ cameras in both chambers, and a complete rebuild of the distribution infrastructure. HD LCD monitors in the Main Lobby and Joint Legislative Conference Room (Library) were also installed and are fed through the Mica systems. “The legislative session started the second week of January, so we had to have them operational by then,” Wilson recalled.

Each chamber originally had three cameras, but a fourth was added during the upgrade. The Senate now has one camera in the rear of the chamber, two on the sides, and a fourth behind the rostrum for gallery coverage. The House has two rear cameras, one of which provides coverage of the voting boards on the wall, and two side cameras at the front of the chamber to shoot the gallery.

With several weeks of productions complete, the TDs like the new Broadcast Pix systems, and reactions to the upgraded productions have been positive. “I think it’s great, and we’ve been getting a lot of compliments,” Wilson said.

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, FX 3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Mica and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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Almo Professional A/V Launches Content Creatio Services Program

Almo Professional A/V Launches Content Creation Services Program

Includes Content Creation Services for Digital Signage, Interactive and Video Production; Content Creation Course Offered Next Week at E4 Dallas

PHILADELPHIA — March 10, 2014 — As another way to provide revenue opportunities for its partners, Almo Professional A/V today launched a new Content Creation Services Program for digital signage, interactive and video production. The new services allow Almo partners to offer content creation as part of the initial installation and the ongoing maintenance package to include in a sale. Almo is showcasing its content creation services and offering a Content Creation for Digital Signage session during its E4 AV Tour, which stops in Dallas on March 11.
“Our integrators have a wealth of experience installing displays, distributing signals and controlling digital signage solutions, however, one area that has been underdeveloped is the ability to provide content creation services to round out their offerings,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “As the first distributor to offer our own private label content creation services, we are enabling our integrators to provide a true end-to-end digital signage solution for their customers and enjoy increased margins from the services revenue.”
To listen to a podcast interview about Almo’s content creation services with Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Pro A/V, click here.
Whether the client is in need of a single asset or full-scale custom content project, Almo’s content creation team has the experience and expertise to design it. Some of the specific offerings include:
• Digital Menu Boards. Allows the flexibility of changing pricing, menu items and features. This package is suitable for smaller chain restaurants ranging from upscale casual dining to quick serve.

• Live TV with L-Bar. Offers the best of both worlds — live TV broadcasting of news or sporting events while a smaller portion of the display focuses on the client’s business. Bars and restaurants can feature drink specials or seasonal menu items, while the healthcare professional’s waiting room might display new clinical offerings and services.

• Lobby Welcome Sign. Help the client make a lasting impression with lobby welcome signs. Customized to include the company’s branding, the lobby sign facilitates directional needs or can be used for internal communications.

• Ultra HD 4K Video Clips. Choose from hundreds of stock 4K video clips that provide stunning content. The library includes everything from outdoor scenery, sports, lifestyle and everything else in between. Almo also offers custom editing as well as sound design and audio mixing to the clips to make them perfect for a specific installation project.

• Custom Content Offerings. If it can be imagined, the content team can create it. Some custom options include video walls, way finding and directory screens, interactive kiosks, waiting room signs and more.
To learn more about Almo’s Content Creation Services or to get started, contact the Almo Content Creation Services Team by calling 888-420-2566, ext. 6546 or send an email to contentcreation@almo.com.
Content Creation for Digital Signage Session at E4 Dallas
Everyone knows that the digital signage market has had exponential growth over the past 10 years. Many AV, IT and even traditional signage companies have hooked at least part of their wagon onto this market by selling displays, media players and all the hardware essentials. But what about the content? Not much has been put into take advantage of the residual revenue from content creation, not to mention the value-add that can be brought by providing this service. This session will take attendees through the different options of how to offer these services to a client. Real-world installations and case studies will be shown as examples of how to implement content creation into a business model.

E4 Dallas E4 Dallas is on March 11, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is an entirely free event, including parking, for Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com. The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates.

About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 888-420-2566 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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SONNOX – FIRST 3RD PARTY DEVELOPER WITH AVID S3L CONSOLE- QUALIFIED AAX DSP PLUG-INS

OXFORD, UK: Sonnox is the first third party developer of AAX DSP plug-ins
to qualify for Avid’s S3L live console. Already providing high-end processing for Avid VENUE consoles for years, Sonnox have become ‘go-to’ plug-ins of choice for such FOH engineers as Rick Camp (J-Lo), Richard Nicholson (The Script), Snake Newton (Duran Duran, Jessie J), and Ben Findlay (Peter Gabriel). With Sonnox’s new AAX DSP plug-ins, the EQ, Dynamics, Inflator, TransMod, Reverb and Limiter have been designed and tested to perform with maximum efficiency with the S3L console.

Avid Principal Product Manager, Live Systems & Consoles Al McKinna comments, “Avid is excited that Sonnox plug-ins are now available for use with the Avid S3L live sound system, significantly expanding the creative tools available to our customers. Sonnox plug-ins are the perfect addition to Avid S3L, running directly on its HDX-powered processing engine to deliver the tightest integration and lowest latency possible. Sonnox Plug-Ins are held in high regard by the live sound industry, both for their sonic quality and their intuitive operation. We look forward to hearing them in use by our customers.”

Photo: The Oxford Reverb at work on the Avid S3L console.

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For detailed information on Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins please visit: www.sonnox.com

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft to Host “Mixing with Professionals” Sessions at Prolight & Sound 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany – HARMAN’s Soundcraft is hosting its popular “Mixing with Professionals” (MwP) training sessions at Prolight & Sound 2014 in Frankfurt. The sessions will offer formal training and demonstrations on Soundcraft’s Si Expression range and the groundbreaking new Vi3000 digital live sound console.

“We trained around 2,000 engineers over the past year on the Expression range as well as Vi and know the Vi3000 especially will draw lots of interest at the show,” said Keith Watson, Marketing Director, Soundcraft Studer & AKG, HARMAN Professional. “The MwP sessions offer a great opportunity to get hands-on experience with industry experienced engineers on hand to help and provide tips of the trade, everyone is welcome to join a session.”

The ‘all-in-one-box’ Soundcraft Vi3000 digital live sound console offers a host of state-of-the-art features, a new industrial design, 96 channels to mix, and onboard Dante. The Vi3000 uses the new internal Soundcraft® SpiderCore DSP based on sister company Studer’s Vista 1 engine, with Soundcraft’s Vi Version 4.8 operating software offering the new ‘3D’ Vistonics™ user interface, while adding a fourth 24-channel fader layer to improve access to the console’s 96 input channels. The surface operation and layout is similar to other Vi Series consoles, providing a familiar feel while offering expanded functionality. The Vi3000 also features upgraded microphone preamps and 40-bit Floating Point DSP processing for superlative sound quality.

The MwP sessions will be held on all four days of the show (March 12-15) in both German and English languages at the Harman booth F32 in Hall 8. More details are available at www.soundcraft.com/mwp/events.aspx.

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.

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

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the VP−773 and the VP-774 ProScale™ digital presentation scaler/switchers. The VP−773 has 8 inputs and the VP-774 has 9 inputs, including four HDMI inputs, one DisplayPort (DP) input, one composite video input and two computer graphics video inputs. The VP-774 also includes a 3G HD-SDI input. These models scale the video, embed the audio where applicable, and output the scaled video signal simultaneously to two HDMI outputs and one HDBaseT (Twisted Pair) output. The VP-774 also includes a 3G HD-SDI output. The audio output is simultaneously available on digital and unbalanced analog stereo outputs.
The VP-773 and VP-774 support multiple output resolutions, up to 2K and including 1080p. The units feature Kramer’s PixPerfect™ Scaling Technology – Kramer’s precision pixel mapping and high-quality scaling technology which results in superior image quality. They also incorporate Kramer’s FTB™ (Fade-Through-Black) switching technology that ensures ultra-fast, glitch−free switching.

The VP-773 and VP-774 are HDTV compatible, HDCP compliant and support HDMI Deep Color. They also feature advanced input and output EDID Management and the ability to set a user-selectable EDID for each input on the unit. This is a significant advancement in scaler/switcher design and results in improved integration into AV systems and a significantly enhanced user experience.

These scaler/switchers have a built-in ProcAmp that allows for individually setting color, sharpness, contrast, brightness and gamma for each input. They also include a built-in time base corrector to stabilize video sources.

The VP-773 and VP-774 advanced feature sets also include:

Mass Notification Emergency Communication System – a unique and 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 either a text crawler or a text window. The system uses the industry standard Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) to ensure compatibility with existing systems.
Full Web Page Management – an easy-to-use, built-in web server activates when connected through Ethernet, to provide simplified setup and switching, windows customization, scaling and deinterlacing functions, and more.
Kramer’s K-IIT XL™ Picture-in-Picture Image Insertion technology – the image from any video source can be inserted into or positioned next to a computer graphics video source image 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.
The VP-773 and VP-774 also include 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 units offer flexible control options through their 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-773 and VP-774 are housed in a standard 19″ 1U rack-mountable enclosure, with rack “ears” included. The VP-773 and VP-774 are currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

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Belkin Unveils Secure Web Camera Adapter

Only Solution Available that Enables the Secure Use of Web Cameras in Computing Environments where Classified or Sensitive Information is Exchanged

PLAYA VISTA, CA – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today unveiled the Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter, the only solution available that enables the use of standard USB web cameras in computing environments where classified or sensitive information is presented. The new Secure Web Camera Adapter includes a host of security features, including anti-tampering mechanism in the outside packaging, one-time programmable (OTP) protected firmware, and complete isolation of the USB circuit from the computer.

Using web cameras in a secure environment may cause a security breach if not properly protected. Intruders can exploit computers that are non-secure as a result of web cameras that can view and eavesdrop on conversations, without users being aware that the camera is on and active. 

To avoid these potential breaches, Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International, said that the Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is the only product of its kind in the market, enabling the use of web cameras in environments where security or confidentiality are critical. “Belkin’s Secure Web Camera Adapter is the perfect security solution for environments where computers are present and video calls are used to exchange confidential information,” said Artiz. “It is well-suited for boardrooms, offices, defense, the military, and other areas where sensitive conversations take place.”

The Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is designed to connect and disconnect a web camera and other USB audio devices at the press of a button. Unlike other adapters, the Belkin web camera adapter makes it very clear to the user when the web camera is active and provides warning before deactivating through a lighting and flashing system. If desired, the user is then able to extend the web camera’s activation period through a simple push of a button.

The Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is easy and  intuitive to operate, and should be used whenever web  cameras are used in boardrooms, offices, and other  areas where sensitive conversations take place.

Key features of the Secure Web Camera Adapter include:

  • Automatic Timer Mechanism – The timer functionality combined with intuitive LED lights indicate when the camera is active and when the user must press a button to extend the video call if desired; a disconnect button allows the user to immediately disconnect the camera when necessary.
  • Easy Integration and Operation – the adapter operates with two simple buttons, with clear visual indicators of operation and approaching cut-off; it is easily connected with a standard USB port, including the supplied cable.
  • Advanced Security Features – the isolated independent microcontroller cannot be hacked, reprogrammed or tampered with, and all firmware is stored on a non-programmable ROM.
  • Anti-Tamper Protection – Secure and rugged housing, an active anti-tamper mechanism, non-programmable firmware, and tamper-evident packaging and label ensure that the adapter remains secure in transit at all times.
  • Increased Reliability – the adapter’s simple hardened design, and low self-discharge anti-tamper battery, provide years of reliable usage.
  • Interoperability and Operating System Independent – supports all USB web cameras, requiring only the web camera driver software on the connected computer, and all Windows, iOS, LInux ad Chrome operating systems that support the web camera software.

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit: Belkin Government. 

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About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

Tags: government security, cyber security, cyber attack, cyber threat, peripheral security, web camera security, webcam security, audio security, network security

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Belkin Releases Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch

New USB Peripheral Switch Delivers Security, Convenience and Control among Multiple Computers with Different Networks at Different Security Levels 

PLAYA VISTA, CA –  Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today introduced the Belkin Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch that uniquely enables users to securely share any USB device on up to four different computers with different networks at different security levels. The new switch was designed and tested to support the widest variety of USB devices, including smart card readers, cameras, thumb drives, USB controllers and more. In tandem with Belkin’s patent-pending desktop controller unit, the USB Switch improves usability, situational awareness, and security.

Belkin’s Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch is configurable through an easy-to-use and password-protected application, ensuring that only authorized IT personnel have access to defined settings. It enables IT departments to assign a specific USB device access to only some of the computers connected to it, allowing a more exact and secure USB device policy. The switch is able to filter USB devices based on a detailed scheme with rules that allow or block USB devices based on specific, user-defined parameters without using software.

The switch is equipped with a designated port supporting the Belkin Advanced Secure Desktop Controller Unit (DCU). With an easy and intuitive user interface, the secure DCU enables browsing through available networks and a clear indication of selected channels through numbers, as well as programmable text and colors. In order to ensure the highest level of protection, the Advanced Secure Peripheral Switch is equipped with an end-to-end tamper-proof packaging system that prevents physical tampering, as well as color chips and name labels to reduce user-switching errors by providing clear identification. 

Key features of the Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch include:

  • USB Device Filtering - The USB device filtering is based on a detailed scheme with the ability to create up to 32 rules that allow or block USB devices based on class, subclass, protocol, serial number, VID and PID.
  • No Shared Resources – The switch is designed to securely operate even when peripheral devices are vulnerable to signaling attacks. The switch does not allow computer access to any shared resource and does not share controllable power sources.
  • Assign USB Devices to Specific Computers – The switch enables users to assign a specific or type of USB device only to some of the computers connected to it – or block others – allowing a more exact and secure USB device policy.
  • Wide Variety of USB Support – The switch was designed and tested to support the widest variety of USB devices.
  • Hot Swap USB Devices – The switch allows hot swapping of USB devices while still connected to the target computers. This enables organizations to create multiple USB device rules, allowing the users to share different devices in a single configuration.
  • Easy-to-Use, Password-Protected Configuration Application – The switch is configurable through an easy-to-use application that can be password-protected, ensuring that only authorized IT personnel can configure the device.
  • DCU (Desktop Controller Unit) Support – The switch supports the patented Belkin Advanced Secure DCU to enable easy and intuitive KVM operation, remotely at the user’s desk. Channel names may be programmed into the DCU display to improve usability, situational awareness and security.
  • Increased Reliability – Using a new, advanced, 25-year anti-tampering battery with an extremely low self-discharge rate, the life expectancy of the switch has been increased dramatically making it the most reliable Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch on the market today.

“Until now, USB device access was controlled by software running on the computer which meant it could be hacked or modified. A USB device not issued by an agency can infect the computer system and network which can be used to inject malicious software, for example,” said Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International. “Now with the new USB Peripheral Switch and Belkin DCU, end users can access authorized USB peripherals on their desktops while ensuring network security. And for government agencies and financial institutions, where security is paramount, deploying a hardware-based solution is critical.”

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit: Belkin Government.

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About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

Tags: government security, cyber security, cyber attack, cyber threat, peripheral security, USB security, network security

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ASK Proxima Partners With Stampede For Its Projection Products

ASK Proxima, manufacturer of high-performance LCD and DLP® projection displays, today announced the appointment of Stampede Presentation Products, Inc., North America’s oldest and largest distributor of high value added ProAV solutions, to sell ASK Proxima’s full line of projectors to its customer base of 11,500 dealers.

ASK Proxima brings a wide range of presentation and display solutions to the installation, business and ProAV markets. From short- and ultra-short throw projectors to large venue and standard business projection products, ASK Proxima has a variety of feature-rich and network solution-ready projectors to fit just about any need. Stampede will enhance ASK Promixa’s aggressive new approach to the display industry, with competitive pricing, warranties and support.

“Stampede is an excellent fit and partner for our line of projectors,” said Sam Malik, vice president and general manager of Sales and Marketing for ASK Proxima. “We’re very pleased to have partnered with them. Stampede has an excellent reputation with the IT and ProAV communities, and their strategically located warehouse across the U.S. and Canada will help dealers get quick access to ASK Proxima products when needed. Their people are very knowledgeable and ready to help their customers. With our line of projectors, it will be even easier to help select the right model for their needs.”

“We’re honored to be appointed by ASK Proxima to represent their entire product line in the U.S.,” said Stampede president and COO Kevin Kelly. “Our 11,500 dealers pride themselves on being able to offer their customers the very best presentation solutions for use in corporate, education, fixed installation, and increasingly, digital signage applications, and ASK Proxima offers superior performing solutions for each of these critically important, and growing, market segments. We look forward to helping the ASK Proxima team exceed all of their sales objectives.”

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