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Thinklogical Expands Video & KVM Routing to Address Small to Medium-Sized Computing Environments

Compact, 6.22 Gbps and Protocol Agnostic MX48 Video and KVM Router Will Be Showcased at NAB 2012; Already Shipping to Customers

Milford, CT — Thinklogical today announced that it is expanding its video and KVM routing solution with its new MX48 router. The new router allows for flexible deployment configurations in a variety of small to medium sized computing environments such as regional or local broadcast facilities, smaller post-production facilities, smaller command and control centers, corporate conference rooms and hospital or higher education presentation rooms. The MX48 will be showcased at NAB 2012 (booth SL10424). The new router is already shipping to customers.

The MX48 is a compact, high bandwidth (6.22 Gbps, the highest single thread bandwidth in the industry) and high performance solution for complete, end-to-end routing of video and peripheral signals over multi-mode or single-mode fiber optic cable. The protocol agnostic router supports a variety of formats, including DVI, Dual-link DVI, 3G, HD, SD SDI, Dual-link SDI, USB HID, USB 2.0 (high speed, full 480 Mbps), FireWire 800, serial and bi-directional audio. The router is scalable from 16 ports up to 48 ports, and is compatible with all Thinklogical KVM and video extension systems.

“Thinklogical has a robust history of delivering industry best solutions for KVM and video routing, delivering the highest levels of performance and security, in large and very large, complex computing environments. We are delighted to now bring our unique technologies to customers in small to medium sized computing environments,” said Joe Pajer, chief executive officer of Thinklogical. “With the introduction of the MX48, we are significantly expanding the number of customers who will benefit from Thinklogical solutions.”

The MX48 router is also designed to be easily configured and controlled immediately upon installation. It is engineered with a range of innovative control features designed to simplify operation in visualization computing environments, including a convenient touch panel display with an intuitive user interface. The touch panel can be either integrated into the product (accessible from the front of the router) or be positioned separately in a rack mount format. For customers who prefer to make connections right from their desktop, there is also an option for a small desktop touch panel. For larger configurations Thinklogical’s X4 Configurator, an advanced control management software program is also available, which provides a convenient, browser-based user interface to the router from remote locations. In addition, it is compatible with third party control systems.

“With the MX48, customers with small to medium sized computing environments can now take advantage of premium features and functions from Thinklogical. For instance, one of Thinklogical’s key technologies, which is included in the MX 48, is a unique, pluggable, Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) transceiver design which allows our customers to build an optimized system by mixing electrical SDI, NTSC/PAL, or HDMI/DVI without experiencing video scaling artifacts. Together with 6.22 Gbps of bandwidth per fiber, customers will have an ideal routing solution,” said Kevin Keefe, vice president and co-founder of Thinklogical. “Our customers continue to entrust their infrastructures to Thinklogical’s video and KVM routing solutions because our technology continues to grow and expand with their needs.”

About Thinklogical
Thinklogical is the leading manufacturer and provider of fiber optic KVM, video, audio, and peripheral extension and routing solutions, as well as NATO Information Assurance (Common Criteria, EAL4) accredited fiber matrix routers. Entertainment, government, scientific and industrial customers worldwide rely on Thinklogical’s products and solutions for optimal performance in secure visual computing environments. Thinklogical helps customers reduce overall cost and dramatically enhance workflow dynamics within complex computing, broadcast, post production and AV infrastructures. Thinklogical sells primarily through integrator and VAR channels, and is privately held and headquartered in Milford, Connecticut.
For information about Thinklogical products, please visit www.thinklogical.com

Contact Marketing: Cindy Caserta
Thinklogical
100 Washington Street
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 647-8700
Fax: (203) 783-9949
email: info@thinklogical.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communicatons
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Cobalt Digital Names Jesse Foster Western Region Sales Manager

NAB Booth N 1929

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), a manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, has added Jesse Foster to its growing sales team as western region sales manager. Bob McAlpine, vp of North America sales, announced the appointment today from headquarters in Urbana, IL.

“Jesse joins Cobalt as we expand both our presence and our solutions,” commented McAlpine. “We not only listen to our customers and respond with innovative and practical products, but we are enhancing our support on the local level by adding talented individuals like Jesse. Jesse’s in-depth regional knowledge makes him the perfect candidate to further develop our growing western region.“

Reporting to McAlpine, Foster will manage regional sales operations for Cobalt’s entire product range which includes a full line of loudness processing solutions and a variety of audio and video signal processing 3G/HD/SD-SDI cards for openGear®. Foster will serve the Company’s existing customer-base while working with upper management to identify new opportunities and markets for Cobalt’s growing product line.

“Broadcasters need to make smart technical and financial decisions in today’s environment to keep their operations competitive,” said McAlpine. “Jesse’s technical expertise will help our customers evaluate their options and make the best choices as they navigate the path to CALM compliance, and add advanced signal processing and monitoring technologies to their infrastructures to keep them ahead of the curve.”

Chris Shaw, svp of sales and marketing, remarked, “Jesse strengthens sales activities in an important geographical region and adds yet another step in the continued growth of Cobalt Digital. We welcome him aboard at an important juncture in Cobalt’s expansion.”

Prior to joining Cobalt, Foster served as west coast regional sales manager for Nevion USA where he successfully increased the manufacturer’s visibility in the local broadcast market and contributed to the Company’s revenue growth. Earlier he spent 8 years as senior sales manager at Evertz, and held the position of HD camera system technician for Plus 8 Digital.

Foster is based in the Los Angeles, CA area. He can be reached at 818-903-2225 or Jesse.Foster@cobaltdigital.com

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, VP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

FSR Presents iPad2 Enclosure

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has introduced an easy-to-install WE-IPAD2-SLV iPad® 2 enclosure designed to provide a secure, yet accessible housing for the versatile tablet. Jan Sandri, president of FSR Inc., announced the launch today from headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ.

Convenient single cable Installation is a breeze using the FSR IT-CHRG-P2U PoE to USB charger that derives ample power from a standard PoE network connection, and does not require PoE+. The rear of the tamper resistant casing includes three position horizontal and vertical adjustment holes for mounting in either orientation, as well as a symmetrical hole pattern for rapid mounting to a standard 2-gang box, with no electrical drop needed.

A full view camera port, home button, and speaker port for clear audio are all recessed into a sturdy .090” aluminum case for a sleek look with no visible hardware. Plain face models are also available.

The WE-IPAD2-SLV IPAD enclosure is shipping now. An iPad® 3 enclosure is coming soon!

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: http://www.fsrinc.com.

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • mailto:sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Canada’s The Weather Network Warms-Up With Shotoku Camera Support

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, recently completed the successful installation and commissioning of a state-of-the-art IP-based camera control system for The Weather Network, Canada’s leading provider of weather information services. The announcement was made by Shotoku sales director James Eddershaw from the Company’s European headquarters in Staines, UK.

The five camera package combined legacy with new remote systems, and included Shotoku’s lightweight TG-27 pan tilt heads mounted on TI-11 elevator pedestals. All five systems came under the control of the company’s high performance TR-8B Joystick panel and used Shotoku’s unique DigiPort IP network to replace legacy serial with modern, more flexible IP-based interfaces. The entire upgrade was carried out by The Weather Network staff assisted by a Shotoku engineer, and was installed into a live, working studio without disruption.

“We’ve benefitted from the use of robotic cameras in our operations for many years,” said Kiko Grusecki, The Weather Network’s Director of Broadcast Operation. “But our system needed to expand and adapt to our camera upgrade plans. Shotoku helped us plan a smooth, cost-effective replacement without disrupting our on-air operations.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK.
For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0)1784 224 650 • info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications, Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

ViewZ Taps Larry Enroth as Director of Sales for New Broadcast Monitor Division

Anaheim, CA — ViewZ, a subsidiary of Orion Technology and a leading OEM manufacturer and international supplier to the professional television industry, today revealed the appointment of Larry Enroth to the newly created position of director of sales—broadcast and post-production. His selection coincides with the launch of ViewZ’s broadcast products division, offering a full range of technologically advanced reference display monitors to markets throughout the Americas. The announcement was made by Daniel Hwang, president of ViewZ, from the company’s U.S. headquarters in Anaheim, CA.

Enroth will oversee the sales, distribution and technical support network for ViewZ’s line of professional monitors, including popular sizes of portable and viewfinder displays for production, reference monitors for studio or post-production, and multi-viewers for the control room. All support 3G with ultra-wide dynamic range, feature 12-bit processed backlit LED illumination and come with a two-year factory warranty. Details at www.ViewZUSA.com

“I’m excited at the opportunity to bring these top-notch monitoring solutions to the broadcast and post-production community,” said Enroth. “ViewZ is well positioned to leverage its leadership in many other vertical markets and deliver the same level of quality and value to the professional television user.” A Certified Broadcast Television Engineer, Enroth has served in senior sales management and business development positions for a number of media technology companies. He may be contacted at sales@ViewZUSA.com or 1-888-99-VIEWZ (888-998-4399).

“We are very pleased to have such an experienced industry veteran join our growing company to lead sales and distribution to broadcast and television professionals in the Americas,” said Hwang.

The full range of ViewZ monitor solutions will be on display in NAB Booth C-3940.

About ViewZ
ViewZ, an established OEM manufacturer of professional-grade LCD and LED monitors, is a subsidiary of Orion Technology, a leading Korean manufacturer of image display solutions with operations in Asia, Europe and North America. The company offers a comprehensive range of high quality monitoring products used in transportation, security, medical, educational, industrial, military and other professional applications. ViewZ is committed to technology leadership with affordable cutting-edge designs, advanced features and exceptional reliability. The office in Anaheim, CA manages sales, distribution and technical support to customers in the Americas. For details, please visit: www.ViewZUSA.com
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ViewZ contact: Larry Enroth
+1-714-630-3380 / larry@viewzusa.com

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

FSR Announces a Winning Trifecta of New Representatives

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, appointed three new representative firms to add expert coverage in the Rocky Mountain Region, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana. Jan Sandri, president of FSR Inc., made the announcement today from headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ.

Jack Aragon Marketing and Sales (J.A.M.S.), specializing in professional and commercial audio, brings new support to the broad Rocky Mountain region. J.A.M.S.’s dedication to detail and extensive market knowledge will help customers work smarter and more efficiently through their equipment purchases.

Tech Solutions + Sales has joined the FSR family to serve customers in Indiana and Kentucky. The organization represents manufacturers of audio, video, and security solutions with an emphasis on providing integrators and the consulting community with reliable service, expert support, and ‘best-in-class’ products from select manufacturers.

Highway Marketing, an audio and security manufactures’ representative company with a broad range of sales and technical skills, will use its extensive experience to counsel FSR’s Texas and Louisiana market-base regarding the most appropriate, eco-friendly, and cost-effective solutions, and deliver the highest degree of service available in the area.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome all three organizations to the FSR family,” stated Sandri. “Each company brings its own brand of dedication and experience to its region and we are confident that our customers will benefit from their expertise.”

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: http://www.fsrinc.com.

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FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • mailto:sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Shotoku Enables HD Production Facility For Swiss Radio & Television in Zurich

TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCTION CENTER SWITZERLAND AG (TPC) ADDS SHOTOKU CAMERA
SUPPORT AND REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEMS

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, recently completed the successful installation of robotic camera support and control systems at the technology and production center switzerland ag (tpc) in Zurich, Switzerland. James Eddershaw, Shotoku Ltd.’s sales director, made the announcement from the Company’s European headquarters in Staines, UK.

tpc, a subsidiary of Swiss Radio and Television (SRF), is responsible for technology and production of television, radio and multimedia for the public broadcasting entity. The company selected three TG-18 high performance remote pan and tilt heads with multiple, distributed controls and Shotoku’s full Resilient Network Interface (RNI) option for enhanced system resilience. The configuration also incorporates two Ti-11 I-Height elevator pedestals, a pair of advanced TR-8T Touch Screen control systems, plus a TR-8B basic control panel and its companion TR-HP hot panel.

“The Shotoku systems perform very well,” proclaimed Jens Schulz, tpc ‘s project manager. “They integrate seamlessly with our new multi-studio HD facilities, enabling us to provide our clients with a flexible, high-quality production environment.”

“We are very pleased to be working with tpc in their impressive Zurich production facility,” said James Eddershaw. “By selecting multiple control systems from our range, tpc are able to easily adapt the system’s operation to suit specific production requirements and studio configurations.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK.
For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224 650 • info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Cobalt Digital’s Dual-Channel MPEG Encoder Delivers for IMS Productions

Urbana, IL – IMS Productions, the media and technology partner to the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has taken delivery of Cobalt Digital’s new 9223 dual-channel 3G/HD/SD MPEG-4 encoder to transport multiple feeds to various devices for Verizon IndyCar race coverage. The announcement was made by Chris Shaw, senior vp sales and marketing, from Cobalt’s headquarters in Urbana, IL.

The 9223 will send live signals to Verizon’s IndyCar app for mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets, as well as to car cameras and to race officials’ “race control” panel on the day of the race via a live car position track map generated from timing and scoring data and audio scanner feeds.

“Cobalt’s 9223 met all three of our main criteria: ease of use, form factor, and an appealing cost point,” exclaimed Steve Stiles, IMS Productions director, post-production. “The project requires multiple feeds created on the road in a mobile setting which means rack space is at a premium. A scalable card-based solution is ideal for this situation, and the 9223 dual-channel encoder is giving us just what we need.”

The 9223’s openGear® open architecture platform enables IMS scalable incorporation into their infrastructure and easy to use Dashboard setup and control operator interface. Up to ten 9223 cards can be installed into a single 8321 openGear frame for delivery of up to 20 individual or simulcast channels. Offering the latest advances in video compression for excellent video quality at very low bit rates, the 9223 unique encoding designs allow delivery of multiple HD and SD video services simultaneously. The card has both two ASI outputs and two Ethernet outputs, supporting full-duplex 100Mb/s and IGb/s operation. Full user remote and card-edge monitor/control facilitates full card status and control access locally or across a standard Ethernet network.

IMS Productions supplies a full range of media services from two state-of-the-art HD trucks and a fleet of support vehicles for every major network. “Our customers demand the highest level of quality possible, and that is reflected in the cutting edge technology that we employ,” added Stiles.
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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Shotoku Broadcast’s New SG900 Manual Pan & Tilt Head Offers Vibration-Free Speed in Sturdy Design

Unit to Debt at NAB 2012

Torrance, CA • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, will present its new pan and tilt head developed for applications requiring teleprompters at NAB 2012 in Booth C 8528. The Company will also highlight its well-received TP200 pneumatic pedestal and popular SP tripod series.

NEW
SG900 Pan and Tilt Head
Ideal for outside broadcast, studio and portable cameras with teleprompters, the SG900 supports 198 lbs and features smooth operation, single knob balance adjustment, and robust construction in an ergonomic design. The unit incorporates the VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system to control pan and tilt speed without vibration or shake, and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s center of gravity. The SG900 is suitable for various pedestals including the new TP200 2-stage pneumatic pedestal.

HIGHLIGHTS
TP200 2-Stage Pneumatic Pedestal
Shotoku’s ergonomically designed TP200 2-stage pneumatic pedestal has a maximum payload of over 80kg (177 lbs.) and supports a wide-range of camera configurations. Its perfect balance column and base offer maximum stability and great operational flexibility. One-step foot brake and single-action cable guard enables precise movements and control at all times for fast and easy positioning.

SP Tripod Series
Shotoku’s professional SP tripod series provides easy-to-operate, robust systems that offer smooth and stress-free movement. The economical, streamlined and ergonomically designed models support payloads ranging from 4.4 lbs. (2kg) up to 33lbs. (15kg). The units support professional, ENG, and handheld cameras, and are all lightweight, compact and sturdy and features pan & tilt brake knobs, a bowl clamping knob, and leg locks for firm and quick locking.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.tv

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / Harriet@DesertMoonComm.com

Cobalt Digital Goes Retro At NAB 2012 With A Modular Signal Conversion Line

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, is returning to its roots with the addition of a modular signal conversion line. The series – named Blue Box Group – will debut at NAB 2012 on Cobalt’s booth N 1929 in the North Hall.

Blue Box Group
Cobalt Digital returns to its origins of throw-down modular bricks with the introduction of the Blue Box Group to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment.

Initial product offerings include HDMI to SDI and SDI to HDMI converters, and Analog to Digital, Digital to Analog converter boxes with audio embedding and de-embedding.

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, VP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

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