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FSR To Grow Presence In Education Market With New Appointment

GINA SANSIVERO JOINS COMPANY AS DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL SALES

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, an industry-leading manufacturer of products for the Pro AV market, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gina Sansivero as the company’s new director of educational sales. Jan Sandri, company president, today announced details from FSR’s headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ, noting that in her role, Sansivero is charged with strengthening FSR’s reputation and brand recognition even further within the education market.

In her new position, Sansivero will also be responsible for educating the market about new opportunities for interactive and collaborative learning systems offered by FSR, embedding the company as a primary or top-tier manufacturer of installations in higher-education and K-12 buildings and campuses. Working with integrators and consultants to identify key opportunities for FSR to further address the specific needs of the education market, Sansivero will build relationships with educational contacts and uncover ideas and applications for even more comprehensive and cohesive products clearing a path for company growth in the education marketplace.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Gina’s caliber to join the FSR team and help us continue to expand our role as a leading manufacturer within the education market,” said Sandri. “As technology continues to change, along with the needs of those working in a learning environment, it’s imperative that we remain on the cutting edge and continue to supply our customer base with products that specifically address their needs. We are confident that Gina will help us reach our goals.”

Introduced to the audiovisual industry early in 2005, Sansivero has embraced it ever since. She first worked in sales and marketing, and then became a partner at RelampIt in New York. Recognizing an industry need, she combined her passions of environmental responsibility and education to launch Project Green AV (www.projectgreenav.com) in 2008. An industry portal for GreenAV information and dialogue, Project Green AV addresses the changing needs and is a facilitator for Green AV education, news, products, industry highlights and connections. Similarly, Sansivero has helped RelampIt to consistently grow into a well-recognized replacement projection lamp business as a preferred sustainable vendor-partner to AV systems integrators and the vertical markets the AV industry touches. In 2011, Sansivero was awarded the Young AV Professional Award by industry association, InfoComm. Sansivero is also involved with a number of organizations including the Huntington Chamber of Commerce Green and Education committees in New York, Seatuck Sustainability Business Council, the Long Island Volunteer Enterprise (LIVE), and is a regular contributor to rAVe Blog Squad.

“FSR is a recognized, stable and well-respected part of our industry and I am truly excited to have this opportunity to be part of the team,” said Sansivero. “Not only is FSR’s commitment to quality, service and ethical business practices aligned with my own professional values, but I view Jan Sandri as a mentor. This position will allow me the opportunity for continued growth under her ‘coaching,’ while also working in the education market, which I truly love. I welcome the challenges this new position will surely bring and will move ahead with a fresh mind-set to help expand this established company even further into new markets.”

Sansivero can be reached at gsansivero@fsrinc.com or 516-282-5346.

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: www.fsrinc.com.

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

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

Shotoku Expands Presence In Spain With New Partnership

DATOS MEDIA BRINGS EXPERT KNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT TO GROWING SHOTOKU CUSTOMER BASE
Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced robotic camera systems, has announced its partnership with Datos Media Technologies S.A. to continue its growth and better serve its customer base in Spain. Part of Dan Technologies A/S, a globally recognised broadcast systems integration company, Datos Media provides technology, consultancy, integration, training and support to the broadcast and multimedia production industries. Shotoku Sales Director James Eddershaw announced this important new partnership from the Company’s European headquarters in Staines, UK.

“Shotoku is extremely pleased to announce its new partnership with Datos Media,” said Eddershaw. “Like Shotoku, Datos Media is a dynamic young company driven by experienced industry professionals. Tomas Nielsen (Managing Director) and David Martinez (Operations Director) both have over twenty years’ experience working in the Spanish broadcast market. Our companies share a common approach to the market based on flexibility, customer service and innovative technical solutions. We look forward to expanding our customer reach in this key part of the world.”

Nielsen said, “We are very pleased to add Shotoku to our family of products and solutions for the Spanish market. We are confident that customers across Spain will appreciate the quality and performance of Shotoku remote camera systems and the commitment to customer support that both Shotoku and Datos Media provide.

Shotoku is recognised worldwide as a leading provider of advanced remote camera systems for news, sports and current affairs programming as well as national governments and legislative bodies. Key partnerships with companies such as Datos Media Technologies help strengthen Shotoku’s global presence and ensure first-class support of their systems around the world.

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

About Datos Media Technologies S.A.
Based in Ciudad de la Imagen in Madrid, Spain, Datos Media Technologies S.A. serves the broadcast and multimedia industry with technology, integration and expertise in broadcast implementation and projects on a turnkey basis. The company is a joint venture between Dan Techologies A/S, a globally active supplier of broadcast and communications equipments, systems and services, and two experienced professionals in the Spanish Market: Tomas Nielsen (Managing Director) and David Martínez (Operations Director). For further information: www.datosmedia.es

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

Datos Media contact: Tomas Nielsen
+34 91 001 89 08 tomas.nielsen@datosmedia.es

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

ISE Line-up To Feature Presentation by FSR’s Jon Melchin

Melchin to Share Expert Insight on Benefits of Building Information Modeling

Woodland Park, NJ – Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the world’s best attended tradeshow for the professional AV and electronic systems industry, will feature a comprehensive educational agenda including a presentation by Jon Melchin, FSR Inc.’s Director of Architectural Development. Melchin will offer an expert look into the benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM) – a 3D design, modeling and simulation technology that has changed the way that architecture is practiced. The presentation is scheduled for 11:30 – 12:30 on Wednesday, 5 February – day 2 of ISE, in Room D204 of the RAI. ISE, a joint venture between InfoComm International and CEDIA, will take place from 4 – 6 February at the RAI in Amsterdam.

Based on extensive experience in the architectural industry, Melchin will impart knowledge and share his views that BIM eclipses the 3D representation of the physical products and functional characteristics of a structure to provide a shared knowledge resource for everyone involved in the design process. The session’s appeal extends to architects as well as interior designers, engineers, contractors, facility owners, AV consultants and system integrators. Discussions will illustrate the opportunity for AV professionals to become involved on the ground level of a project, and explore an actual project highlighting benefits of BIM.

“The ‘I’ in BIM should stand for ‘Involvement’,” said Melchin. “This presentation will invite the members of the audience to participate in a discussion regarding all the advantages of BIM and all the people that can benefit from its implementation. I am delighted to bring my experience to a diverse group of international professionals at ISE!”

Melchin, an accomplished speaker and a Passport Provider with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA-CES), works nationally with the architectural and design community to facilitate the specification of FSR products. Melchin has authored numerous articles that have been published in international trade publications targeting the construction and audiovisual industries, and has over 12 years of experience in the AV business.

FSR will exhibit at ISE in Hall 1, Stand N3. Further information regarding all FSR products can be found at: www.fsrinc.com.

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.

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: www.fsrinc.com.

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

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener • 845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

FSR’s George V. Fournier Jr. Brings Joy To Kids Affected By Sandy

“Santa” Arrived Via Helicopter to Raise Spirits in Storm Ravaged Seaside Heights

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR’s elves were at it again during the 2013 holiday season. This time, George V. Fournier Jr., FSR senior sales engineer, donned red robes, boarded a helicopter and brought joy to hundreds of kids still suffering the effects of Superstorm Sandy on December 21st as part of the “Christmas on the Island” initiative in Seaside Heights, NJ.

Fournier, a volunteer firefighter in Pequannock NJ is a member of Santa’s Rooftop Response, an organization that provides Christmas gifts to the children of Ortley Beach, Toms River, Lavallette, and the Seaside areas of the Jersey Shore who were displaced by Superstorm Sandy. In 2012, with the help of local churches, Boy’s and Girl’s Scouts, senior and social associations, local Police and Fire Departments and businesses, the group arranged clothing and toy drives, and set-up donation boxes throughout North and Central New Jersey to bring Christmas to over 700 children.

In 2013 Santa’s Rooftop Response and Pequannock Fire Department’s Engine Company 2 teamed up with “Christmas on the Island”, an event started by Courtney Chibbaro, a local resident forced from her home after Sandy, to bring a free fun-filled day to the residents of Ocean County including a Christmas Parade, gifts, and a visit with Santa. Staffed by volunteers and supported with donated food, gifts and even transportation, “Christmas on the Island”- in its second year, honors the people who have struggled and sacrificed since the storm damaged or destroyed much of the New Jersey Shore over 14 months ago.

“For some of these kids this was the only celebration they have had since Sandy hit last year,” said Fournier. “With tears in his eyes, one 6-year old expressed concern that Santa wouldn’t be able to land on his (still) damaged roof. Following intense negotiations, it was decided the sleigh could park on the street with Rudolf directing traffic. My heart melted when he hugged me, relieved and grateful that Santa would indeed visit him on Christmas Eve.”

Santa arrived at the Seaside Heights Fire Department courtesy of a MONOC helicopter to reassure more than 800 kids that he knew where they were. “It’s not just the gifts. So many still aren’t home, I wanted to give them a moment,” said Fournier. “Smiles, even in dark times, are what it’s all about.”

Happy New Year from all at FSR.


Photo captions:
FSR’s George “Santa” V. Fournier Jr. and Susan “Mrs. Claus” Popolo-Becker prepare to meet children displaced by Superstorm Sandy. Photo courtesy of Meredith Miller.
MUNOC pilot Keith Dunbar and FSR’s George “Santa” V. Fournier Jr. arrive at the Seaside Heights Fire Department.

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: www.fsrinc.com.

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

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

FSR’s GV Expo / GovComm13 Exhibition Plans Offer Something for Everyone

Government Attendees Get First-Hand Look at Company’s Rugged Lines of HDMI Cables, Fire Resistant Boxes, Installation Tools and a Multi-User Collaboration System

Washington, DC – FSR, leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, will command an audience at this year’s co-located Government Video Expo / GovComm13 shows in Washington, DC (Booth 522). This year, attendees in the government and military fields will get a first-hand look at the company’s new Digital Ribbon mega-bandwidth HDMI cables, FRK Fire-Resistant Floor Box System, DR-Sock Cable Pulling Tool and HuddleVU multi-user collaboration system.

“We are excited to bring our newly expanded and varied lines of products to the government and military market at this year’s GV Expo / GovComm13 co-located shows,” said FSR president Jan Sandri. “Our industry award-winning products, such as our Digital Ribbon Cables that were singled-out earlier this year at InfoComm 2013, and our other product families are must-haves for these professionals working in the broadcast, Pro AV and installation markets. We look forward to showcasing our reliable and diverse lines and new technology solutions to this important and ever growing market.”

Based upon a proprietary composite technology, FSR’s Digital Ribbon Cables offer users the capacity to carry 1080p and 4k x 2k HDMI signals up to 325 feet, nearly twice that of other “extended” solutions, with crystal clear accuracy. The product’s ultra-simple, fast installation (just pull and plug), and money-saving ability to operate without transmitters or receivers add to its appeal.

The company’s new FRK Fire-Resistant Floor Box System expands the versatility of its floor box line by providing enhanced, fire-resistant versions of its existing products. FRK kits are UL listed and comply with UL 263 Fire Resistance Ratings. Systems are available in a number of configurations, available online at the company’s website.

FSR’s new DR-SOCK is a handy and affordable cable-pulling tool designed to simplify and accelerate every installation requiring cables and connectors. Intended for every installer’s toolbox, DR-SOCK is pre-assembled, easily accessible in frustration-proof packaging, and re-useable. It protects cables and connectors from being damaged by taking the stress off the connection points while pulling through a conduit. The design opens up to 1.25 inches, and features brightly colored sleeve tips to enable easy identification, and a steel ring to allow quick and positive attachment of a pull snake. DR-SOCK can be used to safely pull FSR’s new Digital Ribbon Cables as well as others with connector shells.

The HuddleVU collaboration system allows for multiple users to share and view their laptops, tablets, and smart phone screens on a main display. Unlike conventional presentation systems, anyone participating can be a presenter or an audience member at any given time at the push of a button. LED’s indicate which user is currently live and when the system is busy.

As always, all FSR products are made of durable materials in the USA.

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.

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: www.fsrinc.com.

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

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

Cobalt Digital Takes Command at GV Expo 2013

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital, manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, will offer customers an array of superior quality, price competitive, signal conversion options, along with fast and intuitive color correction solutions at this year’s Government Video Expo 2013 (Booth 721).

The company will be highlighting its new and ever-expanding fiber units in its popular Blue Box Group™ family of throw-down modular bricks, designed to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment. The product line continues to grow with its new range of fiber units, including Transceiver, Regenerator, Transmitters and Receivers. The units, pathologically compatible with OG fiber cards, allow for analog audio embed and de-embed and provide 3G (1080p59.94/50) support for HDMI models. The compact, rugged, and portable converter boxes are extremely easy to use and support SMPTE 425, 292M, and 259M as well as DVB, ASI, and MADI audio on two independent coax-to-fiber paths. Up to six modules can be installed in a single 1RU rack.

Cobalt will also be showing the enhanced features of its 9084 COMPASS® HD/SD-SDI RGB Color Correction Card, offering customers a fast and intuitive color correction option with real-time adjustment features which can easily be made from the company’s award-winning OGCP-9000/CC Remote Control Panel. The panel, intended for FUSION3G® 9900 series and COMPASS 9000 series signal processing cards, was designed with a special emphasis for the COMPASS 9064 and 9084 Color Correctorß cards, and the FUSION3G series +COLOR option.

The 9084 offers RGB-space color correction with YCbCr proc features and frame sync for HD/SD-SDI video streams. The RGB processing controls provide full offset, gain and gamma adjustments. The YCbCr proc controls provide lift, gain, saturation, phase, white clip (hard and soft), black clip, and color saturation clip – all with user memory. Parameter updates are smooth and responsive, providing real-time adjustments ideal for use during live events. Even though the card provides extensive control of the signal from the RGB perspective, it will continue to pass those signals that fall outside of the RGB gamut. Pluge and YCbCr limit ramp signals pass without modification. When the CbCr saturation clip is activated, the saturation limiting operation will not affect the color phase.

“We are always happy to return to the Government Video Expo and meet with government and military leaders to demonstrate how our solutions, which always include new and enhanced products, meet their diverse and unique requirements – no matter the application,” says Bob McAlpine, SVP of Sales – North America, Cobalt Digital. “From professionals working in more traditional broadcast spaces to those in pro video and AV installations, Cobalt certainly has an array of solutions that will meet with conversion and color correction needs. We always make it our goal to keep our customers in military and government on the cutting edge of technology by providing them with reliable, cost effective gear.”

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI 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, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

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

FSR Expands Market Reach to ITS/Datacom

BOB FABER JOINS AS DIRECTOR OF SALES, ITS/DATACOM

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, an industry-leading manufacturer of products for the Pro AV market, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Faber in the newly created position of director of sales, Information Technology Systems (ITS)/Datacom. Jan Sandri today announced details from Company headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ, noting that Faber’s appointment is a defining moment for the 32 year-old Company as it significantly broadens its market reach.

“FSR enjoys considerable success in all segments of the traditional AV industry, and has for decades,” explained Sandri. “As technology shifts, however, it’s time to expand our reach and tap new markets, such as ITS/Datacom, that can benefit from our already widely-embraced product ranges. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Bob to the staff, and we’re confident that he will make us as successful in these new areas as we continue to be in AV.”

In his new position, Faber will be responsible for introducing the FSR brand, with special emphasis on table, floor, wall and ceiling boxes; plates; mounts; and installation accessories to potential customers in the ITS/Datacom marketplace, including cabling systems designers and installers, wholesale distributors, architects, engineers, electrical and communications contractors, and all areas of voice and data networking. Faber will also establish a targeted channel network to mirror the Company’s current model of exceptional service and support.

“I’m thrilled to be aligned with a company that is so well-known in the traditional Pro AV market, and whose name resonates with customers,” said Faber. “That recognition and support is invaluable as I help bring the existing product line into new markets.”

Faber brings 31 years of ITS experience to his new position. Prior to joining FSR, he served as business development manager for Snake Tray, a cable management and power distribution supplier based in Bay Shore, NY, where he developed sales channels and managed a manufacturer’s sales representative network. He previously held technical services, training and sales positions at Siemon, a manufacturer of ITS/Datacom network cabling solutions headquartered in Watertown, CT.

Faber’s industry involvement extends to membership in several professional organizations including BICSI, NECA, NEMA and SCTE. In addition to being a member, he has served as chair, vice-chair, secretary and editor of several BICSI committees, and has participated as a technical expert, author and contributor to industry standards groups and associated publications.

Faber can be reached at BFaber@fsrinc.com or 203-598-5071.

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: www.fsrinc.com.

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

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

FSR Continues Tradition of Helping Local Kids Gear Up for Class

Manufacturer Offers Much-Needed Support for United Way’s “Backpacks 4 Kids”
School Supply Program

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, a Passaic County-based manufacturer of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, continues its support of the local community by once again partnering with United Way of Passaic County for its highly successful “Backpacks 4 Kids” program, the largest of its kind in the region. By donating essential school supplies, such as 50 backpacks filled with notebooks, erasers, pens, pencils, erasers and crayons, along with 50 lunch boxes, FSR joins other local businesses and the United Way of Passaic County in their efforts to help more than 900 local students in the region with the essential school supplies they need for the school year ahead.

Part of a larger United Way initiative and a combined effort between area businesses, the “Backpacks 4 Kids” mission is to send students back to school in the Fall equipped with the tools they need to succeed.

“We are honored to participate in this outstanding program that helps properly prepare our local kids for the next school year,” said Jan Sandri, FSR’s president. “As an active member of the Passaic County community, FSR continues to support the United Way’s mission and steadfast principle that every child, no matter their background, can thrive if they have the proper tools to support their educational goals.”

“Education is key in order for our children to reach their life’s goals and objectives and create for themselves successful careers,” said Yvonne Zuidema, CEO/President of the United Way of Passaic County. “With the contributions and generous support of our local residents and businesses, such as Jan Sandri and her team at FSR, we are able to help develop the community leaders of tomorrow.”

FSR manufactures audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, from its headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ.

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

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

Cobalt Digital Returns to CCW With Expanded Card-Based & Modular Signal Processing Options and Latest CALM Compliance Monitoring Solution

CCW Booth 1136

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, is returning to Content and Communications World (CCW) with a line-up of card-based and modular solutions that further extends the company’s position as a leader in signal processing. Cobalt will highlight its new OBSIDIAN3G™ range of cards that represents the latest in converter technology, and new fiber units from the popular Blue Box Group™ family of throw-down modules. The Company will also demonstrate the extended capabilities of its widely embraced SPOTCHECK® compliance monitoring and recorded data logging system. CCW runs from November 13-14 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

“CCW provides us with the ability to showcase our latest innovations to the very vital northeastern market, but we also benefit from the opportunity to learn what’s important to some of the best and brightest engineering minds in the industry,” says Chris Shaw, EVP Sales and Marketing, Cobalt Digital. “Cobalt’s successful range of solutions has been a direct result of listening to customer requests, and responding with practical, affordable, reliable solutions.”

CCW Highlights
OBSIDIAN3G – a new series of terminal gear cards offers the highest quality performance and improved frame density with pricing sensibility to accommodate all types and sizes of broadcast facilities. The continuously expanding feature-rich OBSIDIAN3G downconverter series, developed using the latest chip technology, combines low power with a high-density design and the potential to pack up to 20 cards per frame. Features include 3G/HD/SD-SDI input, frame sync, SDI reclocking, SD-SDI and analog video/audio outputs. The 9501-DCDA auto-detects and down converts SMPTE 425/292/259M formats, performs aspect ratio conversion and can pan & zoom. Other models include: OBSIDIAN3G 9501-DCDA-3G, OBSIDIAN3G 9501-DCDA-HD, and OBSIDIAN3G 9502-DCDA-3G.

Blue Box Group – a range of throw-down modular bricks designed to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment, continues to grow with its new range of fiber units, including Transceiver, Regenerator, Transmitters and Receivers. The units, pathologically compatible with OG fiber cards, allow for analog audio embed and de-embed and provide 3G (1080p59.94/50) support for HDMI models. The compact, rugged, and portable converter boxes are super-easy to use and support SMPTE 425, 292M, and 259M as well as DVB, ASI, and MADI audio on two independent coax-to-fiber paths. Up to six modules can be installed in a single 1RU rack.

SPOTCHECK – Cobalt’s audio loudness measurement and recorded data logging system, now offers enhanced compliance monitoring and logging capabilities. With up to 16 video channels containing up to 32 audio channels, the newest version monitors, meters and logs loudness compliance over extended time-periods and now supports codecs H.264, MPEG2, MP1L2, DD, AAC. Enhancements include Live Audio Meters, Thumbnails, Transport Stream Manager and ASI Gateway. SPOTCHECK also features newly added video monitoring capabilities in the form of notification of Frozen Frame/Audio Dropout, SNMP Alarm Trap and Unit Status and Local Ad Insertion (SCTE35 and DTMB Tones).
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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI 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, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

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

FSR’s T6 FLEX Control Named Winner in 2013 WFX New Product Facility Awards

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR is proud to announce that its T6 FLEX control unit, ideally suited for churches with congregations of varying sizes, has been named “Most Innovative Green Product” in the 2013 WFX New Product Facility Awards. Winners were revealed earlier this month in Dallas during the Worship Facilities Conferences & Expo (WFX).

FSR’s small, powerful, affordable T6 FLEX merges a simple touch screen control system with an elegant table box for fingertip room control. The fully-featured unit controls a full-range of AV equipment from an attractive, convenient housing making it perfect for classrooms, children’s ministry areas and other rooms in worship facilities.

“FSR is honored that our T6 FLEX has received this prestigious WFX Award from Worship Facilities Magazine, Worship Facilities Designer Magazine and Church Production Magazine. FSR wanted to design a compact unit that would deliver outstanding performance and yet also meet the needs of facilities that may be facing budget constraints. We are truly pleased that the very community in which we designed this product has recognized our efforts,” explained Jan Sandri, FSR president.

Encased in an elegant and convenient housing at an appealing price point, the T6 FLEX allows Houses of Worship control over a variety of AV equipment, including projectors, displays and playback devices as well as screens and shades without the aid of an IR remote. It can serve larger installations as an auxiliary controller for the seamless switcher, the control point for remote pan / tilt / zoom cameras and much more. The system’s vast number of features and its ability to control a full-range of AV gear also makes it ideal for classrooms, student, young adult and children’s ministry areas, family viewing rooms and other AV equipped worship and meeting facilities.

The control system’s touch screen is housed in the hinged top of a T6 Series table box. When closed, the T6 FLEX presents an elegant and stylish appearance and the control system is out of sight. When open, the touch screen is easily accessible as are the interior compartments that can be populated with a variety of AC, audio, video and data connector plates available from FSR.

Non-technical volunteers can operate the T6 FLEX’s user-friendly touch screen with confidence and ease. Should they need assistance, AV personnel can remotely control the system using Flex Remote, a software application available for Windows®, Windows8®; Window RT®; Windows Phone®; Android® tablets and phone; iPad® and iPhone®.

The T6 FLEX installations throughout the campus can be centrally monitored using Flex Manager, a Windows based application that tracks the current status of each T6 FLEX and provides usage information, projector lamp life monitoring, remote control and advanced scheduling that saves energy by making sure that equipment is off when not in use.

The T6 FLEX features four serial ports, four IR ports (each able to control up to four devices), four GPIO ports, an IP port, built-in clock/calendar with scheduler, multi command scripting, conditionality and Power over Ethernet.

The 2013 WFX Awards are presented by Worship Facilities Magazine, Worship Facilities Designer Magazine and Church Production Magazine and are the leading annual national awards program recognizing innovative new facility products for the church market, church building design and management and innovative new technology products for the church market. WFX Award Winners were determined by Church Production Magazine, Worship Facilities Magazine and Worship Facilities Designer Magazine editors, distinguished members of the WFX Advisory Board, and WFX.

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.

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: www.fsrinc.com.

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

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

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