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Fiber Answer to Securing Government Networks

With new acquisitions no longer on the books and fiber optic communications in high demand for securing government networks, prime U.S. government contractor Systems Plus recently began working with leading fiber optic equipment manufacturer FiberPlex Technologies to bolster existing fiber infrastructure for its government and corporate clients.

“New optical fiber multiplexing technology is becoming a critical part of our support strategy for government organizations like NIH, Army base hospitals and other customers that are experiencing larger volumes of data at a time when security is at its highest and budget acquisitions are at their lowest,” commented Chetan Gulati, Corporate Resource Director for Systems Plus, Rockville, Maryland, referring to FiberPlex’s active wave division multiplexers and optical converter products.

FiberPlex’s WDM16, for example, is capable of multiplexing up to 16 channels at 3Gb/s each onto an existing fiber pair. By multiplexing new bandwidth capability onto existing fiber infrastructure using the WDM16, Systems Plus can effectively reduce its clients’ network transport acquisition costs to pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of installing new fiber optic runs with associated labor and conduit expenses to yield the same capacity gain.

In addition to multiplexing onto existing fiber optic build-outs for increasing bandwidth capacity, FiberPlex also offers optical modules for its multiplexer that make it possible for agencies to interface single-mode fiber cable onto existing multi-mode fiber transport links. Such bidirectional coupling of the two fiber formats is especially useful to large corporations and government agencies that acquired multi-mode optical cabling more than a decade ago as part of a government-wide mandate to secure communications, but now want to expand by adding the latest high-performance single-mode optical cable.

Systems Plus is a GSA OASIS SB, Alliant SB, IT and MOBIS contractor with a large portfolio of Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA). The company is also a prime contractor for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its IT and Cyber Communication Division’s integration services span across multiple federal agencies in development and installation of technical solutions for both civilian and Department of Defense (DoD) agencies.

Optical fiber cable has ten times the transference rate of copper cable at the high end and can transmit data error-free over greater distances by a 400:1 ratio. For the medical field especially, bidirectional, high-capacity optical fiber communications is becoming increasingly critical for creating new interactive opportunities between emergency command centers and responders at the state, regional, and global level during a catastrophic event.

In addition, unlike copper cable, optical fiber communications is not susceptible to electromagnetic radiation that can “leak” data. Its electrical isolation characteristics make it virtually immune to data breaches, another reason why optical fiber is preferred over copper cabling by government and private agencies.

“We share the same goal with our partner Systems Plus, which is to provide government agencies with fiber optic links that offer the capacity and security they need now, without having to wait until they have acquisition budgets to pay for entirely new installations,” commented FiberPlex’s Director of Government Relations Mitch Abel.

FiberPlex manufactures a line of fiber optic and network products for securing communications and data. The company has a brand presence that goes back a quarter of a century as a leading global communications company, including an early leadership role in TEMPEST mitigation for the U.S. government.

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ABS Returns to Seattle and Portland for Media Technology Expo 2014

SEATAC, WA — Video professionals in the Pacific Northwest are gearing up for the 3rd Annual Media Technology Expo, which begins Sept. 30 at Fremont Studios in Seattle and concludes at Left Bank Annex in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 2. Presented by professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), both venues will feature a full schedule of educational seminars, plus an exhibit hall showcasing the industry’s latest technologies and services from almost 40 exhibitors. Registration is free and includes lunch.

“Based on the response we’ve received over the past two years, it’s clear that the Pacific Northwest professional video marketplace needs a show like MTE,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “Larger shows like NAB are great and attract people from across the country, but many smaller operations and even some broadcasters can’t afford to attend. MTE provides our regional production community access to new equipment demos and one-on-one time with company reps, so they can research the gear they need to drive their business.”

“MTE helps our company connect with video professionals from two of the largest television markets in the U.S.,” added Sarah Madio, marketing communications manager for Broadcast Pix, which will demo its integrated production switchers at the show. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our product line to schools, government channels and broadcast stations. We’ve been a part of MTE since the beginning and it keeps getting better.”

The conference program will include sessions on audio, lighting techniques, intercoms, virtual sets and 4K production. It will also feature a “Broadcast Roundtable” with local news professionals who will speak about changing business models and emerging technologies. MTE 2014 is being sponsored by the Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (WATOA).

MTE 2014 is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both locations and offers free valet parking for all attendees. Registration includes free food and beverages during the show, but space is limited. For registration, vendor information, and full seminar schedule, visit www.mediatechexpo.com.

About ABS:
Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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D-Tools Launches SI 2015 at CEDIA Expo

Latest version of award-winning productivity solution adds significant new features and functionality such as Mobile Installation management and inventory management through QuickBooks integration

CONCORD, CA, USA – AUGUST 12, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a major new release of its flagship software platform, System Integrator 2015. Being launched at CEDIA Expo 2014 and available in Q4, the new SI 2015 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously maximizing efficiencies and reducing overhead. SI 2015 will be available as an upgrade for existing customers and will be provided at no cost for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

Building upon new functionality within the architecture of the System Integrator platform including a robust D-Tools Cloud infrastructure, SI 2015 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business—estimation, system design, and project management. Moreover, SI 2015 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including inventory, data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful yet easy to use solution that positively effects—and thereby improves—all areas of an integrator’s business.

“This next iteration of the D-Tools System Integrator platform adds critical mobile workflow and installation management capabilities and for the first time, introduces an inventory management component facilitated through the platform’s QuickBooks integration,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We work closely with our customers to consistently refine the D-Tools offering and are excited to be able to add these new features, functionality, and productivity enhancements that will help all our customers succeed in taking their business to the next level.”

D-Tools SI 2015 will be demonstrated at CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo., in booth #526. There, executives will showcase the comprehensive system integration software platform which will include the following new features and enhancements:

·       Mobile Workflow & Installation Management

o   Track status of install tasks from any mobile device (phone & tablet)

o   Assign Mobile resources

o   Adaptive formatting to work on any device

o   Notifications for New, Revised, and Completed Tasks

o   Enter install status, notes, serial numbers and actual install times

o   Take photos

o   Syncs field information back into SI 2015

·       QuickBooks Integration:

o   Track inventory in QuickBooks

o   Track order status in QuickBooks

o   Group by Locations, Systems or Project Phases in QuickBooks Estimates

o   Sync Vendors when creating Items in QuickBooks  

·       Product Catalog:

o   Review and rate products

o   Add Alternates to Catalog Products

o   Enhanced search in Product and Labor Explorer

·       Projects:

o   Improved Project History Tracking

o   Improved Project Editor functionality

·       Drawing enhancements:

o   Speed enhancements for stencil/block updates

o   New filter options for Connected Wire and Disconnected Wire

o   Shape Tree improvements

o   Enhanced Shape and Block settings: multiple shapes and blocks can be selected, changed, and assigned

o   Additional settings to paste shapes and blocks as New, Clone, or Alternate

o   Support for AutoCAD 2015

The SI 2015 release comes on the heels of two product additions; the recently launched Mobile Quote native iOS application—which enables integrators and sales people to generate a quote and get to a budget number from any jobsite in the world and FreeTools PSL™, a new system design companion application that provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view symbols and Visio drawing templates that make it easier to create system designs using universally accepted industry standards. SI 2015, Mobile Quote, FreeTools PSL, and other new enhancements will be shown in D-Tools’ booth #526 during CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo.

Those interested in learning more about D-Tools SI 2015 and other new product developments are encouraged to schedule a web demo in advance of the show or to visit booth #526 while at CEDIA Expo. Editors, writers, bloggers, and others providing journalistic coverage of the event and its exhibitors should request a press kit and other related information from Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, by e-mailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning (406) 446-1283.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc.,  (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

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D-Tools SI 2015 – NEW For CEDIA Expo 2014

 

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Riedel Hires Erik Miehs as Service Engineer for Australia

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Aug. 12, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Erik Miehs has joined the company as service engineer for Australia. In his new role, Miehs will boost Riedel’s ability to support existing customers and equipment rentals while contributing to the company’s continued overall growth in sales and rentals across the region.

“As an end user in his previous position, Erik brings a wealth of operational Riedel knowledge to our team. With his appointment, we’ve instantly expanded our ability to deliver excellent service to our growing client base,” said Cameron O’Neill, general manager, Riedel Australia. “We’ve had an explosion of new installations in the past two years, and keeping those systems in peak condition is one of our core values.”

Miehs has more than ten years of experience working in audio and pro sound. Most recently, he was a communications and broadcast engineer at the Sydney Opera House, where he was responsible for all Riedel Artist, Performer, and Acrobat systems deployed in the Opera House venues and its new recording and broadcast facility. Previously, he served as an A/V technician for corporate functions and events at Revolver Audio, and was an audio technician and FOH engineer for Glass Chain Audio Services.

Miehs is based in the Riedel Sydney office and can be reached at +61 (0) 2 9669 1199 or at erik.miehs@riedel.net.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 350 people at 12 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Visit Riedel Communications at IBC2014, Stand 10.A31

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Photo Caption: Erik Miehs, Service Engineer for Australia, Riedel Communications

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Cardinal O’Hara Gets New Stadium Sound

Philadelphia-Area High School Replaces Outdated Paging Horn System

Cardinal O’Hara, a Catholic High School in Springfield, PA, is known for the excellence of its sports, music and academic programs. As the only Philadelphia Catholic League school with a home football stadium on school premises, Cardinal O’Hara’s Lions Stadium has large home and visitors bleachers, an enclosed press box, an artificial turf field and a modern track.

In 2012 Cardinal O’Hara added outdoor lighting for night games and, recently, they replaced an outdated paging horn system with a new audio system using Community R-Series Loudspeakers.

Designed and installed by Tony Albano of Naamans Creek AV in Avondale, PA, the system uses three Community R.5 loudspeakers and one Community R.25 loudspeaker. Two of the R.5s are installed at the outside corners of the press box to cover the left and right sections of the home bleachers and a third is installed on a lighting pole behind the press box to cover the visitors’ bleachers. The single R.25 covers the center section of the home bleachers from the front of the press box. Albano says he could have installed all three of the R.5s on the lighting pole but he wanted to avoid high SPL levels on top of the press box where the videographers stand. His design covers all of the audience areas well including a standing area in front of the home bleachers.

For electronics, Albano chose a Rolls mixer and a CTS 4-channel amplifier. He installed a push-to-talk mic in the press box, provided a wireless mic for field announcements and installed a 3.5mm input for portable music players. A Community dSPEC DSP provides loudspeaker management and system equalization. Albano added a switch that reprograms the DSP to turn off the R.5 covering the visitor’s bleachers. This minimizes feedback and delay issues during field announcing. The entire electronics system was installed in a portable electronics rack which can be removed between events for security.

Albano says Cardinal O’Hara’s Lions fans love the new audio system. The sound level is very even throughout the audience areas, announcements are clear and music sounds great.

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Platinum Tools® Debuts Maxim 6 Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper at 2014 CEDIA Expo

NEWBURY PARK, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce the debut of the Maxim 6 Self Adjusting Wire Stripper 24-10 AWG (p/n 15310C) during CEDIA Expo 2014, held in Denver from Sept. 11-13 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth #500. The Maxim 6 is now shipping with an MSRP of $72.95.

“For use with round, oval and flat wire cable, the Platinum Tools Maxim 6 is a heavy duty, self-adjusting wire stripping and cutting tool with an ergonomic handle that is designed for comfort and reduces fatigue,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools product manager. “The autoform laminated stripping jaws form around the radius of the cable to ensure no damage to the inner conductor, while the built-in wire stop measures strip length. It has all the form and functionality the installer needs for any job.”

Additional specifications include:
• high leverage built in cutter with safety guard
• made from high grade polymers and carbon steels to ensure long life and reliable performance
• 24-10 AWG stripping range
• 30-10 AWG cutting range
• Manufactured in the UK

For additional pricing and more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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Extron Now Shipping Compact Four Input Scaler with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the IN1604 DTP, an HDCP-compliant scaler with three HDMI inputs, a universal analog video input, and a DTP output, in a compact 1U, half rack enclosure. The IN1604 DTP is ideal for installation beneath conference tables and in lecterns to provide localized switching support for sources such as presenter devices, as well as signal extension up to 330 feet (100 meters) over shielded CATx cable to reach a wall or ceiling-mounted display. The IN1604 DTP provides the convenience of fast and reliable switching, along with a high performance scaling engine for HDMI and analog video sources. The IN1604 DTP also includes a host of audio processing features and many versatile options for control. more

WorldStage Provides 4k Solution for Adobe Connect Now Event at Lincoln Center

As part of its Creative Cloud 2014 event, a collective update of its entire line up of desktop and mobile apps for creative professionals, Adobe staged Adobe Connect Now, which debuted the 4K video capabilities of its Premiere editing software platform. WorldStage provided extensive 4K video and engineering support for the headline-making gathering at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Adobe Connect Now is the latest in a series of Adobe events in which WorldStage has played a key role, including multiple AdobeMAX events and Digital Marketing Summits. PIX PRODUCTIONS, the producer for this event as well as past Adobe events, brought in WorldStage to handle the complex and exacting video display requirements of the show.

“This was the first 4k signal and work flow requirement for an Adobe event and we were delighted that our client PIX PRODUCTIONS called on us for support,” says WorldStage project manager Jack Dussault.

“With industry buzz centered on new, ‘cutting-edge’ 4K video applications, Adobe wanted to do demonstrations with a live audience, as well as have a web-streaming presence,” he explains. “The challenge for us was how to display 4K video, software, video switching and manipulation between several 4K sources for a live audience in a rather intimate theater setting of about 300 people while simultaneously streaming the live feed to an expected online audience of over 60,000.”

Dussault notes that WorldStage has done a lot of 4K – and larger – work in the past with projections up to 20K spanning a city block. “Almost all of our display applications exceed 2k or 4k resolutions,” he says. “But these are typically sourced from multiple HD outputs. Getting 4K out of single source is still relatively unusual.”

For Adobe Connect Now WorldStage “manipulated the four 1920×1080 quadrants of a native 4K signal and switched them via Vista Systems’ Spyder to a true Christie 4K projector,” he says. “Our engineers carefully planned and tested the signal path in our our California office before the event to reassure everyone that the system could manage this much information and behave as planned.”

Christie CP4230 34,000-lumen 4K DLP Digital Cinema Projectors with quad HD-SDI input card were used for the event. New Apple Mac Pro towers provided the 4k source material that was processed through the Vista X20 Spyder system.

The display was a 50-foot screen on stage at Alice Tully Hall where video clips and graphics would showcase how Premiere editing software easily masters 4K content. “One sequence with a snowy owl looked more 3D than 3D,” says Dussault. “The images were stunning, sharp, crisp and life-like.”

WorldStage is known for being in the forefront of emerging technologies, and 4K video is no exception. “3D projection, Pepper’s Ghost applications, wide-screen architectural mapping projections – we take on the cutting edge – and 4k source material will only push us further,” says Dussault.

For Adobe Connect Now, Jeremy Nichols was executive producer, Jamie Cherry was the producer, Jaki Johnsen production designer, John Bettini technical director, Shaun Boyle technical producer, Mark Jepsen camera director, Amy Richards live stage manager, and Lucas Hartog demo technical director.

At WorldStage, Richard Bevan was the account executive; Geof Gibson and Gary Kajikawa were in engineering development; Shane Zinke, Geof Gibson, Oleg Burmenko, Roger Gruchalski and Jeff Gottesfeld were live video engineers; and Paul Bevin, Luis Lojo and Erin Crane live audio engineers.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

For more information on PIX PRODUCTIONS, visit www.pixproductions.com.

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