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Technomad PowerChiton Amplifiers Revive Stadium Audio at Excelsior Springs High School

Compact, efficient design allows installation team to seamlessly integrate PowerChiton amplifier modules into existing scoreboard

BOSTON, July 30, 2013 — Students rooting for the home team at Excelsior Springs High School in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, can now enjoy vibrant, crystal-clear sound as they take in football games and other events at their school’s outdoor stadium. As part of a long-overdue audio upgrade, the school has installed two Technomad PowerChiton 500 modules at the stadium to drive its loudspeakers, significantly improving sound quality.

Kansas City, Missouri-based systems integrator Harvest Productions, which performed the upgrade, housed the new PowerChiton modules inside the stadium’s scoreboard. The compact PowerChiton design enabled the unusual installation, ensuring they are not visible to spectators. The PowerChiton amplifiers now deliver 1100 watts at four ohms, with excellent sound quality across the stadium.

The weatherproof design also ensures better outdoor protection than the school’s previous amplifiers, which were damaged from years of exposure to the elements. PowerChiton modules are built with an integral IP66-rated, NEMA weatherproof shell, and can be installed anywhere without concern about moisture or dirt.

“The old amplifiers were a mess; we found insects nesting inside the amplifier casings, which were standard electrical boxes without any weather sealing,” said Martin Pilewski, Corporate Business Development Manager at Harvest Productions. “Plus, the casings would cause the amplifiers to overheat. Every time this happened the staff would turn up the volume, which caused the speakers to blow. The PowerChiton was right in line with the school’s need for compact, weatherproof amplifiers. Not only were they ideal for outdoor audio use, but they also fit within their budget.”

The efficient PowerChiton design requires only a passive radiator for cooling, so there is a lower chance that the system will overheat. The amplifier unit is also fuse-protected for maximum operational efficiency.

“We have one of the most sophisticated high school stadiums in the area, and it was embarrassing when our speakers blew out during a football game,” said Roger Siegel, assistant director of activities at Excelsior Springs High School. “We’ve been up and running with the new system for a year now and the sound quality is a monumental improvement. The audio is crisp, clear and perfectly leveled across the stadium. We are absolutely thrilled with our new system.”

The PowerChiton is available in both wireless and Ethernet options. Pilewski chose the Ethernet version as the most cost-effective configuration for Excelsior Springs High School.

“The system was easy to set up and install,” he said. “There were already solid line level feeds in the scoreboard, so there was no need to overhaul anything just to install wireless units. We just screwed the amplifier to a wall, connected the input and output through compression fittings and plugged in the unit. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.”

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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Unified Video Technologies Appoints Senior Marketing Director

Veronica Goldstein Leads Charge on Global Customer-Facing Strategy

Miami, Florida – July 23, 2013Unified Video Technologies (UNIV) has quickly built a global sales and business development staff since its late 2012 inception that has brought together skilled and experienced veterans from the broadcast, cable, telecom and streaming media spaces. The company’s appointment of Veronica Goldstein as Senior Marketing Director now sets the stage for UNIV to define its strategic direction moving forward, and position itself for profitable growth and long-term viability.

Veronica will build on the company’s early focus on developing, integrating and operating high-performance media and broadcast ecosystems by implementing strategic company initiatives, including new product launches that address software-centric workflows. This includes the company’s first notable product launch, uVOD, which enables service providers (cable system operators, telco companies) to deliver branded video-on-demand and linear TV services to multiple consumer screens via over-the-top (OTT) architectures.

Veronica sees the UNIV team’s experience in software integration across broadcast and media systems as a unique differentiator from traditional, hardware-focused systems integrators. She adds that early product launches like uVOD will further help position the company as thought leaders capable of delivering comprehensive, multi-faceted services to its customers.

“I am proud of the progress that UNIV has made over the past several months, and I see a lot of pride and ability to deliver quality products and services to our customers,” said Goldstein. “It is on this foundation that I will continue to build UNIV’s reputation and therefore the company’s future.”

Veronica comes to UNIV following a several-year stint as marketing manager, Americas for KIT digital. She brings her experiences in advertising, graphic design and sales team support to her role at UNIV, with an emphasis on building relationships and empowering profitable company growth.
“Profitability will allow us to pursue some of the many exciting growth opportunities in our core markets,” she said. “To achieve this, we will focus on developing numerous immediate opportunities with new and existing customers, while continuing to provide the products, support and services to which our clients are accustomed.”

Unified Video Technologies (UNIV) provides complete high-performance workflows that seamlessly perform all media processing, delivery and management tasks, from ingest to distribution and rights management. Through close consultation and collaboration with its customers, UNIV empowers enterprises and broadcasters to leverage media to advance their business goals, and applies creativity and know-how to design ideal solutions. The visionary UNIV approach is based on integrating software in the video ecosystem to optimize video quality and performance while minimizing operating costs. UNIV provides a range of software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and on-premise software solutions that enable customers to fully exploit the capabilities of their media and broadcast technology. Visit the company’s website at www.univtec.com

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Bannister Lake Releases BL Alert Tracker — an Emergency Notification and Information Distribution System

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, July 23, 2013Bannister Lake announces the release of BL Alert Tracker — a dynamic emergency notification system that offers an affordable alert management solution for live television broadcasts, second screen displays, digital signage installations, as well as mobile and web platforms.

BL Alert Tracker offers complete control and flexibility over a variety of alerts, including EAS, AMBER alerts, weather, news, and other event and information notifications. The web-based content management interface combines automated data retrieval with manual text insertion and supports the inclusion of images. All alerts automatically expire after a period of time to ensure accurate, timely information distribution.

In an emergency, broadcasters, government offices, schools, and interest groups have only a few minutes to share emergency messaging with the public. “BL Alert Tracker’s simplified interface can group alerts by topic or location,” stated Georg Hentsch, president of Bannister Lake. “The solution is powerful enough to include in-line modification and spell checking tools, smart enough to prevent stale messaging, and streamlined enough to make the alert creation process simple. It’s the perfect set and forget solution.”

About Bannister Lake Software Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for broadcast television, cable, satellite, digital signage and audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions integrate seamlessly with existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display, and improving the productivity of organizations.

Visit Bannister Lake online: www.bannisterlake.com

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TNDV Provides Broadcast Audio and Video Support for Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert

First gig for TNDV’s new audio truck Vibration is to mix and record country music festival for High Five Entertainment

NASHVILLE, July 22, 2013TNDV, a Nashville-based mobile television production company, provided broadcast audio mixing and recording, as well as video gear and expertise, to High Five Entertainment for its HD production of country music Superstar Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert.

The all-day festival—held July 6 at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, OK—featured non-stop performances by a stellar lineup that included Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood, Sammy Hager, Ronnie Dunn and Mel Tillis.

At the request of long-time client High Five Entertainment, an Emmy Award-winning video production company in Nashville, TNDV provided its new audio truck Vibration for audio multi-tracking and music mixing, along with technical management expertise. TNDV donated its talent, time, and equipment to the cause of helping victims of the May 2013 tornadoes that struck the Moore, Oklahoma area.

“It was an honor and pleasure to be associated with this momentous benefit concert,” said Nic Dugger, TNDV’s owner. “This was also the first project of significance for Vibration and it performed exceptionally well under very demanding circumstances. Since the eight-hour concert came together in a relatively short time, our crew had to make swift creative and technical decisions and respond on-the-fly as the fast-paced production unfolded.”

The TNDV crew included Nic Dugger, who served as on-site technical manager; Adam Ellis, TNDV engineer-in-charge of Vibration; and Mills Logan, a freelance audio mixer and recording engineer who has worked closely with Toby Keith on all his records and two movie soundtracks since 2005. The crew devoted four days, including set-up and show days, to support their High Five Entertainment clients. Representing High Five on-site were Executive Producers Edie Lynn Hoback and Martin Fischer; and Production Coordinators Ashlee Locke and Catherine Melvin.

High Five Entertainment captured the performances and excitement of the day—culminating in a spectacular fireworks display—in HD video and surround sound for post-production. Considered one of the largest music concerts in Oklahoma history, High Five documented the event in anticipation of a network TV special and/or DVD distribution deal, to be determined.

Good Vibrations
Designed for audio mixing and recording of broadcast television and digital film productions, Vibration is a 53-foot semi-trailer that houses a Studer Vista 9 digital audio suite, machine room, and comfortable client lounge with custom furnishings and hardwood floors.

While the truck can handle over 256 inputs simultaneously, the concert required mixing 128 inputs delivered via single fiber cable that ran over 1000 feet from stage to truck. Using the video production’s video and timecode reference, audio signals were recorded onto Vibration’s ProTools recorders, with back-up recordings on four Joeco MADI recorders. TNDV’s Ellis and Logan also positioned 10 Audio Technica mics around the stadium—including six shotguns directed towards the upper decks and four condenser mics at the front of the stage—to pick up ambient/crowd sounds to add greater dimension to the audio mix.

While mixing all the sound sources on the Vista 9 console, Mills Logan watched the 1080i HD video program mix—produced by the University of Oklahoma’s in-house production center using 13 manned HD cameras—as well as ProTools Mix Window displays on the truck’s four large Samsung multiviewers. “The Studer Vista 9 console with ProTools recorders was a flawless combination,” said Logan, whose first hands-on experience with the console and truck was on set-up day.

“There was no time to do sound checks and there were only 20 minute breaks between performances. But the audio mixing and recording went very smoothly because the console was very intuitive, with lots of ergonomic, timesaving features, like the ability to pre-configure the board and instantly reset or recall memorized settings,” said Logan. Despite the enormity of the task, Logan said the console was a joy to work on and sounded fantastic.

According to Adam Ellis, who played a significant role in building the truck, “Vibration was designed to put freelancers at ease, even if they’ve never worked on a Studer Vista 9 before,” Ellis said. “Having a simple, streamlined workflow is everything, especially during a live event. The faster audio mixers get acclimated to the workflow, the sooner they can focus on being creative. And that’s what really matters.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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Harris Broadcast Digital Signage Technology Expands ClearVision TV Network to Four Airports

InfoCaster™ solution drives broadcast experience with local advertising content in airport terminals

DENVER, July 22, 2013ClearVision, the in-airport TV network developed by Clear Channel Airports, a division of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO), and connectiVISION Digital Networks, is using Harris Broadcast digital signage technology to deliver an out-of-home broadcast experience to travelers in four airports. Powered by Harris Broadcast InfoCaster™ hardware and software, ClearVision delivers an engaging mix of network entertainment, in-house produced content, regional news and local advertising on uniquely branded channels for each airport.

connectiVISION gathers content from major broadcast and cable networks, produces supplementary media and graphics, and builds dayparting strategies for each channel based on 18-hour broadcast days. Those dayparting strategies incorporate advertising purchased by local businesses, which InfoCaster generates as interstitials, lower thirds and banners.

David Tetreault, chief operating officer at ClearVision/connectiVISION, notes that InfoCaster was the only solution of its kind that could handle the very specific program rotations and targeted content delivery ClearVision needs, along with the network-based scalability to support growth into more airports.

“We are broadcasters in the Away-From-Home arena and wanted to operate a program day that was scheduled hour by hour, minute by minute,” said Tetreault. “We run a program log that is dynamic and always changing. InfoCaster was the only system we evaluated that gave us the ability to plug in 12 minutes of advertising, three minutes of local branding per airport, and 45 minutes of entertainment content on an hourly basis for 18 hours each broadcast day. We can program many unique channels just as a TV station or cable company operates.”

To date, the company has launched broadcast services at major airports in Raleigh, Dallas, New Orleans, and soon Cleveland, with future major market launches in the works. Systems integration firm Keycode Media handles all airport installations, including InfoCaster media players, supporting infrastructure and screens in all terminals. Keycode Media also built ClearVision’s Burbank, California-based network operations center where all content is prepared, scheduled and distributed.

“ClearVision TV is quickly becoming a disruptive force in airport multimedia,” said Toby Sturek, executive vice president, specialty businesses, Clear Channel Outdoor. “Clear Channel Airport’s bold reinvention of the air travel experience through ClearVision is enabling local, regional and national brands to connect with, and entertain, millions of travelers annually in an even more meaningful way.”

Mike Cavanagh, president of Keycode Media, adds that InfoCaster allows ClearVision to clearly differentiate its services from other airport TV networks by creating and distributing unique content that is specific to each airport — as well as track any and all advertising placements across the entire network. “You can imagine how complex it is to track ad placements across multiple airports, all with their own unique broadcast channels,” said Cavanagh. “The InfoCaster software allows ClearVision to do it seamlessly and efficiently while creating an extremely attractive return on investment.”

Cavanagh adds that while airports will share network entertainment and some general content, the InfoCaster Network Manager tool makes it “easy to drag and drop the unique commercials and content for each city.”

Henry Mauriss, chief executive officer at ConnectiVISION, stated he expects the InfoCaster software will bring additional business benefits to the forefront of the operation, providing advertisers with proof of performance and opening last-minute windows into avails for up-to-the-minute ad scheduling. This strategy hammers home the point that ClearVision is a broadcast operation. InfoCaster is in fact part of a large Harris Broadcast family of graphics and channel branding products used by top network broadcasters.

“We looked at several players and chose Harris Broadcast because of its broadcast roots, and the ability of InfoCaster to provide more than the simple looping of content,” said Mauriss. “Between InfoCaster and our fully equipped studio, we have the tools to deliver the right mix of content designed for the way people consume media on the go. We are working to inform, entertain and educate viewers in the airports and beyond.”

About ClearVISION
ClearVISION is a transformative away-from-home television broadcaster delivering a top-tier entertainment, news and sport programming mix to airports throughout the U.S. ClearVISION is a partnership between Clear Channel Airports and ConnectiVISION Digital Networks and is headquartered in Burbank, CA. The company’s television content strategy provides Fortune 500 brands and advertisers with optimal engagement and consumer interaction. Visit www.clearvisiondigitalnetworks.com to learn more.

About Clear Channel Airports
Dedicated to airport advertising for more than 37 years, Clear Channel Airports is the premier innovator of contemporary display concepts. The Company, a division of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO), one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, currently operates more than 275 airport programs across the globe and has a presence in 32 of the top 50 U.S. markets with major airports. More information can be found on Clear Channel Airports and Clear Channel Outdoor by visiting www.clearchannelairports.com and www.clearchanneloutdoor.com.

About Harris Broadcast

Harris Broadcast is an industry leader in delivering the most advanced, content-rich media experiences available for a wide spectrum of radio, television and private media networks around the globe. With more than 25 leading brands including Versio™, Selenio™ and Maxiva™, the company enables media organizations to tap into one of the broadest, integrated product and solution portfolios in the industry. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company is widely recognized for its product quality and reliability, engineering excellence and customer service, and has earned nearly 100 technological firsts and more than 50 awards for technical innovation. For more information, please visit harrisbroadcast.com.
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Muzika InStore Selects Barix as Exclusive IP Audio Playout Vendor

Barix helps Muzika InStore, retailers and other businesses enhance in-store atmosphere and expedite return on investment

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, July 16, 2013 — IP audio specialist Barix is supporting audio streaming and delivery for Muzika InStore, the new Croatia-based in-store audio service that allows customers to manage their own content. Muzika InStore exclusively uses the Barix Exstreamer 100 IP audio device to receive and decode programming at retail stores and businesses, citing exceptional audio quality, reliability, ease of use and low energy consumption.

The Muzika InStore service is a classic “store and forward” operation that includes two in-house developed web applications to support program development and management. The first application, MIT AddSite, gives customers complete freedom to create in-store audio programs that enhance the retail experience or business atmosphere. The second, MIT FTPstats, focuses on network-wide monitoring and troubleshooting. Current clients include KTC d.o.o, a Croatian chain of retail store and restaurants for which Muzika InStore produces 210 weekly promotions and advertisements, and Bluesun hotels and resorts; as well as retail businesses Metro, Emmerzeta, Trgocentar and Trgostil.

Robert Malekovic, CEO of Muzika InStore, says that the Barix devices help to ensure continuous playout of all in-store audio programs, while delivering a quick return on investment for both his company and his in-store clients.

“No operator in the world can guarantee 100 percent availability of the live internet stream, so we developed our ‘forward and play’ operation with Barix so that we do not have to depend on constant connections,” said Malekovic. “Barix devices are extremely reliable for playout and since each device consumes less than 4W of electricity, customers with multiple devices experience a return on investment in less than one year.”

Muzika InStore’s MIT AddSite application assists the creative process, allowing customers to freely and easily add, schedule and delete music, announcements and local advertisements through a central admin section. It also retains all customer information for simple ongoing management, including hours of operation as well as databases, playlists and musical preferences down to specific genres. Users can also generate reports to show proof of play for advertisers.

Once live at a business, the overall system refreshes itself at the same time each day, creates a playlist for the next week and then disconnects from the Internet to save network resources, ensuring that credit card authorization, point of sale systems and other primary retail systems are unaffected.

Malekovic adds that the ease of setup and installation further reduces his cost of investment. Muzika InStore configures the Barix devices for each client, preloading Exstreamers with Barix FTPMP3 firmware and shipping the plug-and-play devices direct to clients. Muzika InStore also preloads USB sticks, which are attached direct to the Exstreamer 100 to provide secondary, local audio source. This is especially helpful upfront to reduce the initial download needs and minimize network congestion. Meanwhile, newly installed devices automatically connect to Muzika InStore’s network.

“We find the new Barix devices on our servers so that the client can immediately start with creation of music programs and management of ads and promos,” said Malekovic. “The devices start and stop playing based on information the client has input within the AddSite application, so there are no manual interactions required by employees of the shop.”

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the professional audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).
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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

Barix Addresses Multicast Routing Between Remote Networks

Unique solution enables customers to bypass ISP policies and preserve network bandwidth for non-critical communications

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, June 10, 2013 — IP audio and control specialist Barix introduces a unique solution helping media companies, businesses and other multi-site network users to route multicast traffic over remote network links, enabling bandwidth-efficient, multicast delivery over the public internet.

Multicast uses special destination addresses to target groups of subscribed devices, and deliver data and streams such as voice (general paging) and audio (background music). In contrast to standard connections where each device needs its own stream, multicast data distribution requires only a single stream to send the same content to any number of receivers on the same network segment, minimizing bandwidth and network usage. Multicast delivery is traditionally limited to private, in-house networks as Internet Service Providers block multicast traffic on normal Internet connections.

Barix has developed a unique multicast routing and tunneling firmware that turns its Barionet IP control devices into flexible, multisite multicast routers — effectively enabling delivery of multicast traffic over the public internet to remote locations. The solution forwards multicast IP blocks to remote receiving devices, re-packed as unicast streams. The receiving devices then re-issue the packets as multicast on the destination network.

“This solution addresses challenging situations for systems integrators and network operators that want to use multicast transport between subnets but have previously been blocked from doing so,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and Founder of Barix AG. “We are effectively bridging multiple multicast groups between multiple sites for general data and our specialty, Audio over IP, preserving network bandwidth and increasing the efficiency of remote communication.”

Using Multicast, system integrators can configure Barix IP Audio systems with more flexibility and less labor as streams are concurrently distributed to many nodes using IP multicast delivery. This minimizes streaming bandwidth requirements and simplifies configuration; it is not necessary to know the IP address of each individual receiver on the network. Instead, subscription protocols are employed so that relevant receivers – such as a Barix Exstreamer IP audio decoder – receive relevant streams, even if they use dynamic, unknown IP addresses.

The Barix multicast routing and tunneling solution can be deployed across a large number of scenarios as functionality is independent of actual protocols. This enables the firmware to be used alongside automation, IP audio, video, VoIP, SIP or RTP streams, for example. Furthermore, the entire operation can be monitored over SNMP to enable a complete bird’s eye view of system efficiency.

Barix: The Voice of Simplicity (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, specializes in the research and development of state-of-the-art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks/Internet, offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industries. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

Barix and DMD2 Develop In-Store Audio Solution for Remodeled Victorinox Retail Stores

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, June 5, 2013 — Leading corporate music provider DMD2 of Switzerland is bringing fresh energy to newly remodeled Victorinox retail stores on two continents using IP-based in-store media solutions from Barix. The Barix devices reliably play out a unique and exciting DMD2-programmed music mix that meets the retail giant’s new branding requirements.

DMD2, which also handles Barix device configuration, service monitoring and music licensing, chose Barix Exstreamer IP audio decoders for playout due to their high audio quality and reliability. DMD2 delivers the program as a single stream across seven stores in Europe and five in Hong Kong.

Habegger AG, a Swiss event and corporate architecture supplier, engaged with DMD2 to develop an in-store music concept that matched the new Victorinox store designs. The channel development phase gave birth to the “Victorinox music mix,” constantly updated with new releases as part of an eclectic music mix from the 70s to the early 2000s.

This was a new concept to the Victorinox stores as many used CD players, FM tuners or iPods to play music. DMD2 considered Barix an ideal partner to transition the stores to IP audio delivery, as many of the tools to support the new stream were well suited for Barix hardware. The music originates from datacenters in Bern, Switzerland and is delivered to Barix Exstreamer devices in each store as 64kb/s mp3 streams, with expectations to add AAC+ streams moving forward.

“We’ll eventually switch to AAC+ 48kbps encoding to increase stream stability for retail stores in the more remote areas,” said Alexander dal Farra, owner and president of DMD2. “The flexibility of Barix devices is a big benefit in this regard, as the Exstreamer offers both MP3 and AAC+ decoding functionality. This makes migration to AAC+ an easy task.”

With stores in such cities as Zurich, Dusseldorf, Hong Kong and Geneva, Victorinox now has a corporate audio solution that gives exceptional control to the brand management department.

“It’s no longer an ‘everybody is a DJ’ approach within the different store locations,” said dal Farra. “This streamlined process has also brought a fair amount of convenience to the store staff as there is no more music editorial work, licensing or normalizing of tracks.”

Dal Farra added that the new solution also provides Victorinox headquarters with the option to introduce real-time advertisements using ad injection software — a potential revenue generator that would quickly monetize the new in-store audio network.

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the professional audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).
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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

Canucks Sports and Entertainment Enhances Fan Experience, Drives Revenue with Harris Broadcast

InfoCaster™ solution drives HD video, graphics and advertising content on more than 450 displays across Rogers Arena

DENVER, June 5, 2013 — Canucks Sports and Entertainment, owner of professional hockey franchise the Vancouver Canucks, has deployed an extensive sports video network throughout the team’s home venue based on Harris Broadcast’s InfoCaster™ digital signage technology.

InfoCaster replaces static, backlit signage displays, and was a key building block in a new focus on connecting with fans at Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks. Canucks Sports and Entertainment, which also owns Rogers Arena, has seen dramatic increases in fan engagement and sales revenues since installing InfoCaster. From the moment fans arrive, they’re captivated by dynamic, cinematic displays of video, photos, and other visual elements to enhance the venue experience — an experience that has quickly translated to bottom line benefits.

“We nearly doubled revenues associated with the digital signage early on, and have since boosted revenues an additional 25 percent,” said David Comuzzi, senior director of corporate partnerships for Canucks Sports and Entertainment. “This has led to a rapid return on investment.”

InfoCaster delivers customized Canucks video presentations to more than 450 digital displays strategically placed throughout Rogers Arena, including entranceways, upper and lower concourses, concession areas and restrooms. Fans can see many concourse banners featuring eye-catching 48:9 cinematic video — such as player profiles — spanning three landscape-oriented HD displays positioned side-by-side at intervals overhead. Displays include welcome screens, digital menu boards, three-screen advertising boards and community boards.

“Our goal was to use environmental branding to create captivating imagery and storytelling that builds excitement for the game, fosters an affinity for our players and team, and builds life-long relationships with our fans,” said Mark Raham, creative director for Canucks Sports and Entertainment. “We also wanted to project a strong, positive brand image, develop partnership revenue, and promote ticket sales and merchandise. This is part of our overall approach to delivering an amazing fan experience, and digital signage is a key touchpoint. In just two years, our fan surveys and market research show greater fan loyalty and enthusiasm for the Canucks.”

Canucks Sports and Entertainment was drawn to InfoCaster because it’s user-friendly, flexible and capable of automating the delivery of different content to targeted, multi-zone displays. For example, content spans the entire three-screen concourse banner prior to the game. During the game, content appears only on the first and third screens while the middle display shows the game. Menus can be changed quickly and accurately on over one hundred concession area displays, and player profiles and fan photos are updated on a regular basis.

“We have a massive library of HD video, stills and animated graphics that we need to schedule and deliver in a precise, synchronized sequence across designated screen sets, and this content is scheduled according to different programming blocks such as pre-game, in-game, intermission and post-game,” said Karl Pedersen, digital media technician with Canucks Sports and Entertainment. “Without such sophisticated, application-specific software integrated with the hardware, it would be very labor-intensive and daunting to deliver such a spectacular digital signage experience.”

The InfoCaster installation at Rogers Arena consists of several powerful components including InfoCaster Creator, which has a wide array of tools and templates for the design, authoring and creation process; and InfoCaster Manager for remote network management and control of numerous InfoCaster Player devices. InfoCaster software manages the scheduling process, automating ad and promotional content placements across groups of displays to target specific audiences.

About Harris Broadcast
Harris Broadcast is an industry leader in delivering the most advanced, content-rich media experiences available for a wide spectrum of radio, television and private media networks around the globe. With more than 25 leading brands including Versio™, Selenio™ and Maxiva™, the company enables media organizations to tap into one of the broadest, integrated product and solution portfolios in the industry. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company is widely recognized for its product quality and reliability, engineering excellence and customer service, and has earned nearly 100 technological firsts and more than 50 awards for technical innovation. For more information, please visit harrisbroadcast.com.

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Technomad Advanced Audio Solution Brings New Energy to Texas School District Athletic Programs

Covenant Communications relies on Technomad’s all-inclusive, outdoor audio solution for batting cages; installation follows several previous sports audio upgrades

BOSTON, May 28, 2013 — Houston-area systems design and integration firm Covenant Communications has gradually transformed sports audio for the Alvin Independent School District in southern Texas in recent years, installing Technomad advanced audio loudspeakers across baseball and softball fields, a large football stadium and other athletic venues to improve quality and coverage.

Covenant Communications extended those audio benefits to the new batting cages at Manvel High School this spring, injecting fresh energy into the arduous drill of batting practice. The Technomad solution here covers all the bases, bringing together two full-range loudspeakers, an outdoor amplifier and a flexible audio control system. All components are completely weatherproof for protection against the heat, humidity and moisture of the harsh coastal-area climate.

“Technomad is the only choice for us in the weatherproof loudspeaker category, but we weren’t sure how to power a system in this situation,” said Shawn Mullins, President, Covenant Communications. “The batting cages are typically designed as a metal structure with a roof, open sides, a chain link fence and nets to catch the balls. We knew whatever we put out there would be exposed to moisture, severe thunderstorms and occasional hurricane-force winds and rains. We wanted to find something we could bolt down, plug in and leave alone.”

Mullins quickly discovered the Technomad PowerChiton, a series of compact, weatherproof amplifier modules that contractors can install outdoors and close to loudspeakers. The series also now includes the PowerChiton BreakoutBox, a similarly designed module offering accessible microphone and media player connections, audio control and device storage. The solution removes the need for a separate equipment rack and power source, with a single cable providing direct connection to the amplifier module.

“The PowerChiton was the only option we found outside the conventional mindset,” said Mullins. “It blends in well with other electrical equipment boxes; most people don’t even realize it’s there. It also completely eliminated the need for a portable PA system. We didn’t want to force coaches to roll in an equipment rack every time students wanted music.”

And the students are certainly getting music. Two Technomad Noho loudspeakers are positioned to the left and right sides, splitting the distance to the center of the cages. The broad dispersion provides even coverage throughout, immersing batters in the auditory experience.

Mullins used Technomad outdoor yoke mounts to hang the Nohos, citing ease of angling as a major benefit. “The yokes allow us to tilt the loudspeakers to whatever point we need, and it also saves us the time of custom fabricating mounting equipment,” he said. “It’s a simple point-blank hang, reinforced with a safety cable.”

Ultimately, the many Technomad installations across the Alvin School District are representative of an organization that takes pride in its sporting programs. Alvin Memorial Stadium is the showcase of these installations, featuring five Technomad Berlin outdoor loudspeakers – the largest in the company’s portfolio – spreading even coverage of intelligible voice and full-range music across the large venue.

“Sporting programs are very prominent in Texas, and this school district has been aggressive with integrating technology into their venues,” said Mullins. “And the Technomads have performed very well. We have had some of their loudspeakers outside in a hostile weather environment for seven or eight years, and we’ve never had any performance issues.”

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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