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Meet Smarter: Kramer introduces the VIA Family of Collaboration Products

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Kramer Electronics is pleased to officially announce the introduction of the new VIA product line, including the award winning VIA Collage™, the VIA Connect PRO™, and the VIA Connect™. These wireless collaboration devices allow people to “Meet Smarter” through connection, collaboration, and engagement by providing them with a shared workspace that makes team collaboration in real time seamless and simple.

“We are very excited about the introduction of the VIA family of products because BYOD, collaboration and wireless applications are increasingly critical in today’s converging AV/IT world. The VIA line of products offer the best solutions in the market and we are pleased to add these products to our already comprehensive line of solutions,” stated Dr. Joseph Kramer, CEO of Kramer Electronics.

The VIA Collage won Best in Show awards at the 2014 InfoComm Show from Government Video Magazine, Sound & Video Contractor Magazine, and AV Technology Magazine. The VIA Collage is Kramer’s most advanced and powerful collaboration hub. This wireless device solves BYOD challenges and allows for the effective integration of PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, allowing users to wirelessly collaborate in any meeting.

With the VIA Collage, files can be shared quickly and easily between participants or with all participants at once. The VIA Collage also allows for full 1080p/60 HD video streaming and the main unit even has an HDMI input to allow the integration of an external video source. Up to 6 presenters’ screens can be dynamically displayed on a single display device and up to 12 can be shown simultaneously when two display devices are used.

The VIA Collage is actually a PC so it also supports third party applications such as Skype®, Go To Meeting®, Lync®, WebEx®, PowerPoint® and much more. VIA Collage also has built−in 1024 bit encryption for information sent between the Collage and the meeting participants as well as a dynamic room code to prevent unauthorized participation in the meeting. The digital canvas created by the VIA Collage allows meeting participants to all work on the same document in real time and save the results to their device.

“VIA Collage works seamlessly in an almost spooky way. Everyone in the room can help create and edit a common document through their individual devices, then share it with others and save it to take with you. The system automatically recognizes attendees and makes connection − and collaboration − easy,” explained Government Video Magazine.

The VIA Connect PRO and VIA Connect are both effective and compact tools that will greatly improve productivity during meetings while offering the best price−performance in the market.

The VIA Connect PRO allows users to share files, chat with other attendees and collaborate together on a shared document using the whiteboard feature from their own devices, in addition to being able to present their screens simultaneously.

The VIA Connect is a value−oriented, wireless presentation hub that can dynamically tile up to four users on a single screen and allows and attendee to step−in as the main presenter. This is the ideal compact solution for simple connectivity and engagement.

The feature benefits of the Kramer VIA family build incrementally throughout the line. All of the features from the VIA Connect are included in the VIA Connect PRO and all of the features of the VIA Connect and VIA Connect PRO can be found in the VIA Collage.

The Kramer VIA product line presents users with “Infinite Ways to Collaborate.”

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Kramer Introduces the WP-577VH Wall Plate Switcher Transmitter

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the WP-577VH, a wall plate CATx switcher transmitter (2-gang Decora), for HDMI, VGA and stereo audio with support for RS-232 data and control. The unit automatically switches to the last connected input and transmits the signals to a compatible DGKat twisted pair receiver (such as the TP-578H). Stereo audio can be either embedded into the signal (HDMI or VGA) or transmitted over blank video.

The WP-577VH is decorative and easy to install. It includes optional remote power over CATx cable (Power Connect Plus). K-Link™ compatibility gives wide flexibility to RS−232 to either, control remote devices, be controlled by Kramer Protocol 3000 or to send data to remote, external RS−232 devices. The DGKat technology allows for easy installation – up to 70m (230ft) at 1080p60 over CATx cables. These automatic switching features make the WP-577VH an ideal solution for a Bring-Your-Own-Device environment such as board-rooms, hotel rooms and hospitality venues.

WP-577VH Features
Max. Data Rate – 4.95Gbps (1.65Gbps per graphic channel)
HDTV Compatible
HDCP Compliant
HDMI Support – x.v. Color™ and 3D
EDID PassThru – Passes EDID/HDCP signals from source to display
Automatic Switching – To the last connected or priority video input
Power Connect Plus™ System – A single connection to the transmitter or the receiver powers both units. Compatible devices: TP−578H K-Link Compatibility
Automatic Analog Audio Detection and Embedding
Automatic Live Input Detection – based on 5V presence
Data Equalization and Reclocking
Protocol 3000 Support
Dimensions – 3.46″ W x 4.65″ D x 4.12” H

For more information on all Kramer products, please visit www.kramerus.com.

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K−Touch 2.0.0 is Here!

Building on the excellent market reception of our K−Touch system, Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the K−Touch 2.0.0, K−Touch Builder version 2.0.0
that adds many new features and apps compatible with these new features. The most important improvement is that now the Android app supports the same features as the iOS app, including improved variables and improved multi−state images. Since the entire system is cloud based, you don’t need to do anything special to enjoy these improvements:
Variables − For K−Touch power−users, variables make building complex controls simpler. Almost any aspect of a remote can be controlled by a variable. Documentation will be available as soon as possible.
Multi−State Images − Buttons and links now have three appearance states: default, pressed, and selected. Make your user interface more interesting and more interactive. Give your user interface more meaning with source selection indication − all in a single Drawer. The graphics in the three main themes have all been updated with “pressed” states, and activity and source buttons also have “selected” states. Put them in groups so they interact with one another, and use variables for even more exciting effects. Templates will be updated so the Handset Wizard can create handsets with two−state buttons.
New Top Drawer − Top Drawers work as ‘pinned’ (static) drawers, since the gesture to open and close a Drawer conflicts with the gesture for iOS’ Notification Center Second Multi−State Deselect Group − Multi−state images now support a second ‘deselect’ group, allowing for two sets of source/activity to interact with one another without using variables to do so. One example is in the default handset templates, where there is a set of activity buttons on the home page, and another in a Drawer. Now, when you press ‘Watch Movie’ in one place, it is selected in both.
URL Widget Refresh − URL widget views now refresh at a user−defined interval. This is particularly useful with static pages with content that changes periodically.
Wake−on−LAN (WoL) Action − WoL is now an Action object. Add the WoL object to a macro on a button or a link or in a panel entrance for much better control of WoL devices.
UPnP Auto−discovery − Automatic discovery of some UPnP devices is now supported.
Rebuilt URL Scheme with Linking − Launch K−Touch and open the remote to a specific Page and Panel using nothing more than a URL. In addition, the ‘Back’ button now supports external applications, so if some other app calls K−Touch, the ‘Back’ button returns the user to the external application.
Builder Handset Full−Resolution Grid − The handset layout grid can now be as fine as you need. Make your grid the same size as the number of pixels in the handset. Position buttons and other elements down to the pixel, then use the new alignment tools to line them up.
Builder Multi−Select − Select multiple objects and edit their attributes, move, or align them − all at once. Drag− or shift−select a series of buttons and set all their widths at the same time, assign labels, or nudge them with the arrow keys.
Gateway IP Tracking − Auto−discovered gateway IP addresses are tracked so they can move and still work.

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Kramer Digital Category Cable Outperforms the Competition

Kramer Electronics is pleased to report that its category cable, designed specifically for carrying digital AV signals, outperformed competitive cable from several high profile industry manufacturers in the Redband Radio and AVNation independent InfoComm 2014 Cable Challenge.
Redband Radio and AVNation teamed up at InfoComm 2014 and invited the manufacturers to test their category cables. The test was to transmit a 4K HDBaseT signal (4k x 2k @ 30Hz with 24bpp color) over 330ft (100m) of cable with the goal of determining how many errors there would be per billion pixels of information as tested over 1,000 frames of video. According to the testers, it is considered acceptable to have 1 error per billion pixels. To accomplish this, the testers acquired a brand new Quantum Data 980 test generator and paired it with a 4K capable HDBaseT transmitter and receiver device. Each cable was tested utilizing the Quantum 980 Pseudo−Random Noise test three times.
The Challenge was designed to prove that the cabling infrastructure in any Pro AV installation (corporate, higher education, HOW or other) utilizing HDBaseT digital video signals could possibly be the most important factor in the system design and operation. The participants were Kramer Electronics, Crestron Electronics, West Penn Wire and Liberty AV. A standard off the shelf unshielded CAT 5 cable, typical of those found in consumer stores such as Home Depot, was tested as a baseline to emphasize how important cabling infrastructure is in professional AV applications. The testers believe there is a misperception in the Pro AV industry that standard unshielded CAT 5 cable is acceptable to use with HDBaseT signals in Pro AV environments.
In the testing, Kramer’s category cable outperformed all the other competitors’ cables. First, the standard off the shelf CAT 5 unshielded cable was tested and in its three tests the results were over 11 million errors per billion. As the testers noted, that’s indicative of an awful lot of noise creeping in. Next up was the Kramer cable and in its three tests it achieved .362 errors per billion, .482 per billion and .362 errors per billion. The next cable was Crestron’s DM 4K cable. The results of the three tests for the Crestron DM 4K cable were .845 errors per billion, 1.086 errors per billion and 1.688 errors per billion. West Penn was the third challenger with their 4246F cable. The results of their three tests were 4.948 per billion, 9.543 per billion and 6.276 per billion. The fourth and final competitor was Liberty AV with their CAT 6 augmented cable. The results for the Liberty cable were 7.482 per billion, 14.468 per billion and 13.034 per billion.
The Kramer cable was the clear victor in this challenge. The Kramer category cable has been in the line for several years and yet it still outperformed the competition. Kramer just introduced a cable specifically designed for HDBaseT installation and 4K use.
Additionally, the HDKat6a was tested and accredited in an Alliance Recognized Testing facility, met the requirements set by HDBaseT Alliance and therefore work perfectly with HDBaseT devices.
Now, Kramer has two high−performance cables to offer the industry for carrying digital video including HDBaseT signals, both with incredible performance. Kramer category cables ensure reliable installations benefitting both dealer/integrators and end−users.
Pro AV professionals can rely on Kramer cables for the very best performance in any Pro AV installation.

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Kramer Introduces BC−HDKat6a Category Cable Optimized for Use with HDBaseT™ Signals


Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the introduction of BC−HDKat6a cable, its newest category cable designed for use in the Pro AV industry. Building on the success of Kramer’s extremely popular, high−performance BC−DGKat623 category cable, the new BC−HDKat6a cable has been built to the same exacting standards and offers virtually identical performance in tests with 4K signals.
Kramer’s BC−DGKat623 cable works flawlessly with Kramer’s unique DGKat twisted pair technology. Similarly, the new BC−HDKat6a cable has been engineered to deliver the same level of high performance when used with HDBaseT signals. HDBaseT has become a very popular method for the long distance transmission of today’s digital AV signals, and now there is a competitively priced cable from Kramer designed specifically for this use.
Kramer Electronics category cable recently outperformed competitive cables from several high−profile industry manufacturers in the Redband Radio and AVNation independent InfoComm 2014 Cable Challenge. In testing 4K signals sent via HDBaseT transmitters and receivers, Kramer’s cable achieved the best performance registering measurements of 0.362, 0.482 and 0.362 errors per billion in three successive tests utilizing a Quantum Data 980 test generator. Utilizing the same set up, competitor’s cables measured from 0.845 to 14.468 errors per billion. Additionally, the HDKat6a was tested and accredited in an Alliance Recognized Testing facility, met the requirements set by HDBaseT Alliance and therefore work perfectly with HDBaseT devices.
With the introduction of the BC−HDKat6a cable, Kramer now offers the industry two outstanding cables for carrying digital video including HDBaseT signals, both with incredible performance. Kramer cables ensure reliable installations that benefit both dealer/integrators and end−users.
Pro AV professionals can rely on Kramer cables for the very best performance in any Pro AV installation.
Kramer’s BC−HDKat6a cable is available in bulk spools of 1000ft (305m). Complete product information for all of Kramer’s products can be found at www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer’s VIA Collage™ Wins Big at InfoComm 2014

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the new Kramer VIA Collage wireless collaboration product won Best in Show Awards from both Government Video Magazine and Sound & Video Contractor Magazine at InfoComm 2014. The Best in Show Awards, presented during the InfoComm show, honored outstanding products exhibited at the show.
The award−winning VIA Collage is a wireless collaboration device that allows people to “Meet Smarter.” The VIA Collage solves BYOD challenges and allows for the effective integration of PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, allowing users to wirelessly collaborate in any meeting. With the VIA Collage, files can be shared quickly and easily between participants or with all participants at once. The VIA Collage also allows for full 1080p/60 HD video streaming and the main unit even has an HDMI input to allow the integration of an external video source. Up to 6 presenters’ screens can be dynamically displayed on a single display device and up to 12 can be shown simultaneously when two display devices are used.
The VIA Collage also supports third party applications such as Skype®, Go To Meeting®, Lync®, WebEx® and more. VIA Collage also has built in 1024 bit Encryption for information sent between the Collage and the meeting participants as well as a dynamic room code to prevent unauthorized participation in the meeting. The digital canvas created by the VIA Collage allows meeting participants to all work on the same document in real time and save the results to their device.
“VIA Collage works seamlessly in an almost spooky way. Everyone in the room can help create and edit a common document through their individual devices, then share it with others and save it to take with you. The system automatically recognizes attendees and makes connection―and collaboration―easy,” explained Government Video Magazine.
Having received two Best in Show Awards, as well as receiving a great deal of positive feedback from show attendees, Kramer is excited about the introduction of the VIA Collage and the “Infinite Ways to Collaborate” the VIA Collage presents for users.

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Kramer Introduces the VS−62H−Ultra HD Meeting Room Automatic Matrix Switcher

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the new VS−62H dual−output fully−automated, 6X2, HDMI matrix switcher. The VS−62H is a 4K router with a total data rate capability of 8.91Gbps (2.97Gbps per channel) supporting Ultra HD (4K) signals.

The VS−62H features a small desktop form−factor with embedded webpage control that allows full configuration of the system, in addition to the traditional Kramer P3000 protocol and front panel controls. The system features three levels of automation per−output (Last Connection, Priority and Manual Override). These simple modes allow for a controller−free operation which make the VS−62H an ideal switcher for environments such as meeting−rooms, classrooms and entertainment venues. The video detection for automation is based on actual video clock signal recognition.

The two independent outputs are geared towards dual−screen or video−conferencing applications with resolutions of up to Ultra HD (4K). As part of the automation support, there is also a display standby feature that automatically turns off an output to which no input is routed. In compliance with the Kramer digital standards, the system fully re−clocks and equalizes the signals, enabling advanced EDID configuration and HDCP support control.

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Kramer US President Dave Bright Appointed to AQAV Board of Directors

Kramer Electronics, the first educational partner with the Association for Quality in Audio Video Technology (AQAV), is pleased to announce that Kramer US President Dave Bright has been appointed to the Board of Directors of AQAV.
“We have made a huge commitment to AQAV. Since the transition from analog to digital, creating standards for quality in AV system design and installation is imperative to the efficiency and success of every participant in the market,” explains Dave Bright. “With that in mind, we have pledged our complete support to the program and the organization, and I am very proud to have been selected to the Board of Directors of AQAV.”

Since the establishment of the partnership, Kramer Electronics has held seven successful AQAV trainings and many individuals have completed the AQAV workshop and earned their certifications. The most recent trainings took place in Las Vegas in June just prior to the InfoComm show. The University of Nevada Las Vegas kindly hosted both CQD (Certified Quality Designer) and CQT (Certified Quality Technician) classes. Those who have successfully earned their AQAV certifications continue to use what they have learned from the class in every day applications to increase profits and ensure flawless system operations.

“Our AQAV motto is − Saving the AV industry … one system at a time,” states Mario Maltese, Executive Director of AQAV. “Kramer Electronics has really stepped up to the plate to help us accomplish that goal. They have committed so many resources to make the goal of quality a reality. They have committed monetary resources, personnel resources and marketing resources to the cause. We can’t imagine a better partner in our quest and therefore it was an easy decision to invite Dave Bright to join our Board of Directors.”

End Users, Consultants and Pro AV Integrators are able to attest to the benefits of AQAV. End user, Elaine Manfredonia, Vice President of JPMorgan Chase explained, “Being AV9000 compliant is a major plus for providers who want to work for us. It eliminates untold costs and aggravation the client won’t, and the integrator shouldn’t, accept. No question the business is trending this way.”

Pro AV integrators, such as Jeremy Elsesser of the Pro AV integrator Level 3 Audio Visual in Mesa, AZ, are also aware of the advantages of being AQAV certified. Jeremy stated, “Since Level 3 Audio Visual has started down the path of AV9000 and began implementing the systems into our daily workflows, we have seen a large increase in team collaboration along with a significant reduction of time spent in the field. Culturally, AV9000 has provided a mechanism to get everyone on the same page and pursuing the highest quality of work we can provide.”

In addition, higher education markets are also reveling in the AQAV benefits. Dan Doolen, Chief Instructional Media Systems Engineer at the University of Illinois, explains how his team has embraced the AQAV standards, “We’ve built AV9000 into our campus facility standards and follow it on all our installations. It has everyone working from the same page and explains the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’. It’s turned into a friendly competition between the installation team and the commissioning team.”

Kramer Electronics currently has three more AQAV trainings planned, one private event in Dallas, Texas on July 29−31, a public CQD class on September 10−12 in Chicago, and a public CQT class at Kramer US HQ in New Jersey on November 18−20. Additional AQAV trainings might also be scheduled in 2014. This will be dictated by demand from the market.

With Kramer US President Dave Bright joining the AQAV Board of Directors, Kramer’s commitment to the AQAV movement continues to grow. Kramer believes AQAV is one of the single most important “tools” available today for participants in the Pro AV market. It is the key to increasing profits by ensuring customer satisfaction and eliminating costly issues before they ever occur.

For more information about AQAV please visit the AQAV section of the Kramer website or theAQAV website.

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Kramer Electronics Becomes Audinate’s 150th Dante Adopter

Kramer Electronics and Audinate proudly announce that Kramer has become the 150th Dante manufacturer to license Audinate’s Dante networking solution.

Kramer Electronics is recognized for developing creative, reliable and value-oriented audio, video and computer signal processing solutions and distributing them worldwide with an uncompromising level of service and support. Over its thirty-year history, Kramer has been at the forefront of inventions and developments in the signal processing industry, including the world’s first combined video/audio processor.

“We see 2014 as an important year for Kramer’s expansion of delivering reliable and value-oriented audio solutions,” stated Ezra Ozer, Kramer’s VP of Marketing. “We evaluated other audio over IP networking technologies and it was obvious with Audinate, we did not need to place a bet, as it is the most requested audio networking technology in the market.”

Dante is the preeminent media networking technology developed by Audinate, and has grown its OEMs by 50% in the past nine months. Dante offers virtually perfect synchronization, ultra-low deterministic latency, and plug and play configuration management. Dante is a complete, commercially supported solution, which is recognized to be easy to integrate, easy to install, and easy to use.

“This is another significant milestone for Audinate as a company. Audinate’s focus on innovation, high interoperability, easy integration, and unsurpassed performance, have all directly influenced our rapid business growth and we look forward to continuing this trend,” commented Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “We share Kramer’s deep philosophical roots in providing unparalleled customer support and outstanding solutions. We expect the market to rapidly embrace Kramer’s Dante networked enabled products.”

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Kramer Manages Bidirectional Ethernet to Serial Conversion

The FC-21ETH, FC-22ETH and FC-24ETH are members of the new Kramer family of high-performance, easy-to-use, bidirectional hardware and software interface systems. The FC-21ETH, FC-22ETH and FC-24ETH can enable control of RS-232 and/or RS-485 controllable machines via an Ethernet LAN. These products give installers the ability to implement simultaneous control over several AV devices (the number depends on exact model) spread throughout an installation by offering bidirectional Ethernet to serial conversion. Each product operates as a network server, which means they accept network connections, but do not initiate them.
All setup and maintenance of the FC devices are managed by built-in web pages, which are accessible through any common web browser. The FC-21ETH, FC-22ETH and FC-24ETH offer 1/2/4 (respectively) serial ports for AV device control with one of them being a RS-232/RS-485 dual-use serial port.

The FC-21ETH, FC-22ETH and FC-24ETH all support network connectivity, which allows users to connect a Kramer (or other) device via its RS-232 or RS-485 port to an Ethernet LAN. These products are also able to control up to three RS-232 devices and one RS-232/RS-485 device/s (FC model dependent) via Ethernet from a PC and can control a device from multiple Ethernet points (up to 40 PCs or remote controllers), via a LAN or the Internet. In addition, these products include Windows® based Virtual Port software for setting up virtual ports on a PC.

The FC-21ETH, FC-22ETH and FC-24ETH also feature easy setup and configuration of the FC devices through their built-in web pages (compatible with most common web browsers), remote firmware upgrades, and 1U rack space with the optional rack adapters.

The FC-21ETH and FC-22ETH are in stock and available at a U.S. list price of $450 and $540 each and the FC-24ETH will be available in the market shortly.

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