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Kramer Welcomes Michael Baker as Collaborative Solutions Consultant

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce Michael Baker has been appointed as a consultant for Kramer’s Collaborative Solutions Group, headed by Michael DiBella, Director of Collaborative Solutions. Baker will help provide strategic insight and direction for Kramer’s new VIA family of wireless collaboration products.

Baker will be instrumental in the promotion of VIA products by offering his knowledge and previous collaborative products experience within the ProAV and IT industries. Specifically, Baker will be key in developing brand awareness for VIA within vertical markets including corporate and education segments, with both end−users and integrators.

“We believe that Michael Baker is going to help us position our VIA products as the state−of−the−art offerings in all of our targeted vertical markets,” stated Dave Bright, President of Kramer Electronics USA. “The skill sets and previous experience he brings to this position is unparalleled. Michael is known as a pioneer in the wireless and collaboration fields, and he will be a valuable asset to the Group.”

Baker comes to Kramer Electronics USA with a proven track record in AV, IT, and Video Conferencing markets. His most recent experience was as Executive Vice President of WOW Vision, where he created numerous successful opportunities and partnerships within the Education, Healthcare, and Corporate sectors. Kramer has since purchased 50% interest in the ten−year old wireless and collaboration company, WOW Vision.

Baker has vast experience in executive positions, such as strategic market development, sales, product development, and business development both domestically and globally. He has worked at companies such as Polycom, ParkerVision, Sony, and Vaddio. “I am extremely happy to be working with Kramer and the Collaborative Solutions Group,” Baker stated. “The VIA family is one of the most innovative product lines I’ve seen in our ProAV world. There are a myriad of opportunities for VIA to thrive within all vertical markets, and in particular in the higher education and corporate markets, and I am eager to begin pursuing them.”

Baker resides in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife Shari. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for Technology to the President of Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Baker is Past President and Chair Emeritus of the United States Distance Learning Association and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

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Kramer Welcomes Michael DiBella as Director of Collaborative Solutions

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Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce industry veteran Michael DiBella has been appointed to the position of Director of Collaborative Solutions. In this role, Michael will be responsible for targeted business development to grow and support the VIA wireless collaboration product line.

Michael will work closely with senior management to promote VIA products by highlighting their unique value proposition for the meeting spaces marketplace. He will be creating and leveraging a mix of sales and marketing tools targeted to Kramer’s dealer/integrator channel, while also creating end−user awareness which will drive sales potential through the dealer/integrator channel; positioning Kramer’s wireless & streaming solutions in untapped and competitive market verticals, including Corporate and Education segments.

DiBella comes to Kramer Electronics USA with an extensive background and track record of success in sales and marketing strategies. Along with a B.A. in Communications from Curry College, DiBella has over 20 years of experience in strategy, execution and analytics. Over these past 20 years, DiBella has acquired an extensive background in identifying trends and defining go−to market strategies.

“We are extremely pleased and also very excited to announce the addition of Michael DiBella to the Kramer Team,” stated Dave Bright, President of Kramer U.S. “Michael brings a wealth of firsthand experience and knowledge to the position, and he is already well−known and highly respected in the Pro AV world. VIA is one of Kramer’s most important product launches and Michael will be leading the effort in the U.S.”
DiBella brings a great deal of experience to this position. Prior to joining Kramer, DiBella previously conceptualized, developed and implemented the marketing and release of wireless connectivity devices to the Pro AV market for Crestron Electronics.

“I am very excited about joining the team at Kramer,” DiBella stated. “The VIA product is the current evolution of technology that has been proven in the marketplace since 2004 and the opportunity for this product at this time, especially when huddle spaces are such a hot trend in both educational and corporate markets, is very exciting.”

DiBella currently resides in White Plains, New York with his wife Beth Ann and son Dominic.

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Kramer VIA Collage™ Wins Sound & Video Contractor Magazine Innovative Products Award

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce that VIA Collage was voted a Sound & Video Contractor 2014 Innovative Products Award winner. The award honors electronic and mechanical innovations in pro AV. Winners were chosen exclusively by Sound & Video Contractor’s readers.
This is VIA Collage’s fourth major award this year. The product won Best in Show from Government Video Magazine, AV Technology Magazine and Sound & Video Contractor Magazine at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas.

Kramer VIA Collage is a wireless presentation and collaboration solution that lets people easily get actual work done during meetings. Users can collaborate on and finalize projects in real time and save the results. With VIA Collage, meeting participants can view, edit, comment on, and share files between individuals or with all participants simultaneously.

VIA Collage’s proprietary technology stands out in the market with full HD resolution (1080p60) wirelessvideo streaming. Most other products do not allow full frame rate, causing videos to be choppy and difficult to watch. VIA Collage also features an HDMI input for external video sources such as a camera and DVD or Blu−Ray™ players.

“We are getting more demand for BYOD and the VIA Collage fits that niche nicely,” said John Delmont, technical sales, VMI. “Many of the collaborative conference rooms we do for folks like Disney and Quiksilver are asking for wireless functionality. The VIA Collage lets them display laptops as well as iPads, iPhones and Droid devices. The security of the encrypted signal is also a plus,” added Delmont.
VIA Collage removes common meeting annoyances such as searching for adapters or passing a cable to someone else and waiting for them to configure their laptop to display an image. When users connect to VIA Collage, in one click, their screen (on any PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device) instantly appears on the main display.

Up to six user screens can be shown dynamically on a single main display. Up to 12 screens can be shown simultaneously on two displays. Users can also put the main display on their screen with the View Main Display option. This feature is especially useful for participants sitting far away from the main display.

VIA Collage supports third−party applications such as Skype®, Go To Meeting®, Lync®, WebEx®, Microsoft Office(r), and more. The VIA Collage White Board lets users annotate over any file or video frame using their device’s keyboard, mouse or touch panel.
Whether users are in the room, down the street or halfway around the world, VIA Collage lets meeting participants instantly connect and collaborate in real time.

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Kramer VS-211HA: More Efficient, Reliable Auto Switching

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Kramer Electronics announced today the release of the VS-211HA, an auto switcher that allows flexible, active switching based on real signal detection.

VS-211HA can switch inputs while keeping the output active and HDMI links alive, making it more efficient and reliable than a standard standby switcher. Users can easily select between auto switching (last-connected or priority) and manual switching modes (manual and manual override), offering use-case flexibility.

VS-211HA detects real HDMI signals instead of just 5V presence, allowing auto switching only to sources actually in use. HDMI 5V output turns off when no inputs are connected to enable cascaded setups and to let displays go into sleep mode.

The Kramer VS-211HA offers full signal re-clocking and parallel analog audio and HDMI switching. VS-211HA also features HEC, ARC and 3D pass-through and supports full HD video up to 6.75Gbps (2.25Gbps per graphic channel).
For more information on all of Kramer’s products, please visit www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer Expands its Array of End−to−End Audio Solutions

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In response to our clients’ rapidly changing needs, Kramer Electronics has expanded its end−to−end audio solutions with four new families of speakers. Galil, Yarden, Tavor and Dolev, recently introduced at InfoComm 2014, complement Kramer’s growing range of high−quality audio products and reinforce the company’s position as a major global player in the audio arena.

Galil Family
Kramer’s Galil family is a classic fits−all speaker solution designed for transportation centers, hotels, educational facilities, small and large boardrooms, shopping centers, and other large venues. Galil is supported by constant voltage amplifiers and Lo−Z to Hi−Z audio transformers.
The Galil line offers an affordable range of 4”/6.5”/8” open and closed (UL) in−ceiling round speakers and an affordable full line of 4”/5.25”/6.5” on−wall speakers. All speakers include tapping transformers (70V/100V/8Ω).

Yarden Family
The Yarden family is Kramer’s new performance−based line designed for executive boardrooms, high−end hotels, banks, embassies, government facilities and music halls. Offering exceptional and unprecedented sound quality, Yarden includes 4”/6.5”/8” in−ceiling round speakers and 4”/5.25”/6.5” on−wall speakers with multiple tweeters that provide varying degrees of dispersion for a variety of purposes.
Yarden features stereo or stereo/mono speakers, a music/speech switch to enhance intelligibility, Kevlar(R) woofers, titanium pivoting tweeters such as ceiling−tile speakers, round in−ceiling high−power speakers, on−wall speakers, and more.

Tavor Family
The new Tavor family of powered speakers offers all−in−one solutions where time and space saving installations are important. Tavor includes ceiling−tile speakers, on−wall and subwoofers. The Tavor line is designed for transportation centers, hotels, educational facilities, small and large boardrooms, shopping centers, and other large venues.

Dolev Family
Dolev is a new family of high−quality bi−amplified studio−grade speakers that deliver clear and balanced flat response with low THD even at high volume. Dolev speakers are designed for control rooms, editing studios, sports bars, music clubs, high−end facilities, and home entertainment.
Dolev offers three different models: 5.25” with a 50W amplifier, 6.5” with 75W amplifier and 8” with 100W amplifier.

“Just as we’ve been committed for over three decades to providing the best signal solutions, our four new speaker families offer our customers the highest quality audio solutions,” said Dr. Joseph Kramer, Founder, President and Chairman of Kramer Electronics and recent winner of the Adele De Berri Pioneer of AV Award presented at InfoComm 2013. “I am confident that Kramer’s wide range of new offerings will fulfill our customers’ desire for great and affordable sound.”

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Kramer VP-427 Receiver/Scaler Reduces Complexity, Increases Reliability

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Kramer Electronics announced today the release of the VP−427 Receiver/Scaler, a cost−effective two−in−one HDBaseT™ receiver solution with a built−in scaler.
The compact Kramer VP−427 reduces complexity while increasing reliability. The solution also offers a significantly lower price point than standard two−unit solutions. The VP−427 can scale input video to the native resolution of the HDMI receiver or any other resolution (up to 1080p). The unit also supports bidirectional IR and bidirectional RS−232.

The Kramer VP−427 Receiver/Scaler receives an HDBaseT signal through an HDBaseT twisted pair cable and converts it back to HDMI, IR and RS−232. A bidirectional RS−232 port lets users embed and de−embed control commands in the HDBaseT data stream. Infrared input and output ports let users control devices over the HDBaseT data stream. The unit includes embedded audio support.

The Kramer VP−427 up− or down−scales the picture to match the precise resolution of the HDMI monitor. The VP−427 offers ProcAmp control for contrast, brightness and R, G, B level/gain. Setup and adjustment is easy with an on−screen display, accessible via front−panel buttons.
For information about all of Kramer Electronics, Sierra Video, Minicom Digital Signage and Kramer Powered by Calibre products please visit www.kramerus.com.

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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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