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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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Kramer Introduces the SID−X2N 4−Input Multi−Format Video over HDBaseT™ Twisted Pair Transmitter

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the SID−X2N, Kramer’s HDBaseT four−in−one twisted pair transmitter − a high−performance, cost−effective, step−in commander from the award winning Digital Step−in Family. The unit includes four input types: computer graphics video, HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort. In addition, the SID−X2N includes an unbalanced stereo audio input and output.
The SID−X2N works as a stand−alone unit together with the HDBaseT receivers, e.g. the TP−580RXR/WP−580RXR, using RS−232 commands over a twisted pair cable. Although this product can be used with any CAT cable, Kramer recommends the use of the Kramer BC−HDKat6a cable, to reach up to 130m (430ft) in normal mode, and up to 180m (590ft) in XTRA (Long Reach) mode (1080p @60Hz @24BPP).

The SID−X2N all−in−one transmitter has several unique features making it the perfect solution for designing your state−of−the−art boardroom: compatible with both analog and digital AV signals, unbalanced stereo audio input and output, a single twisted pair cable carries both data and control, switching between inputs is available when working with anHDBaseT receiver using RS−232 commands.

The Step−In multi−Format Inputs Family includes also the SID−X1N with DGKat output and the SID−X3N with HDMI output. The family’s versatile products support any “Bring−Your−Own−Device” requirements, therefore is the top choice for designing your up−to−the−minute boardroom.

The Step−in™ family won the 2013 Most InAVative Video Distribution Product Award and the 2012 Systems Product of the Year AV Award.

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Kramer Electronics Announces Strategic Investment in WOW Vision

Kramer Electronics, a worldwide supplier of innovative and reliable signal management products, is pleased to announce it has acquired 50% of Singapore based WOW Vision. WOW Vision is a manufacturer of product solutions for corporate and hospitality meeting spaces and educational facilities. Their products enable convenient wireless connection to, and the sharing of, large screen displays from laptops and mobile devices and provide effective, efficient, productive two−way collaboration.
As a result of this new partnership between Kramer and WOW Vision, Kramer will assume responsibility for worldwide branding and distribution of Wow Vision’s products. WOW Vision will continue to conceive and develop industry leading products that make meetings and learning environments more productive and more interactive.
“We have developed the industry’s leading technologies for facilitating the effective wireless connection of meeting participants to a large screen display, and for providing unparalleled meeting collaboration in the corporate and education markets. We pride ourselves on our ability to develop unique technology solutions for this market segment,” stated Dr. Dinesh Tripathi, CEO of WOW Vision. “In this relationship with Kramer, we believe we have found the perfect partner. Kramer has incredibly well developed worldwide distribution channels coupled with a very strong brand name recognized for producing reliable products, and supported by knowledgeable and dedicated employees.”
“We are very excited about adding WOW Vision to the Kramer family because BYOD, collaboration and wireless applications are increasingly critical in today’s converging AV/IT world. WOW Vision offers the best solutions in the market and this partnership allows us to add these products to our already comprehensive line of solutions,” stated Dr. Joseph Kramer, CEO of Kramer Electronics. “Most importantly though, as WOW Vision continues to design and build cutting edge product solutions to make meetings smarter and more productive in business and education environments, we can leverage the strengths of our Kramer brand, our marketing acumen and our worldwide distribution channels to get the products into the hands of our customers.”
Kramer Electronics will be launching its first two products: the Kramer VIA Collage™ and the Kramer VIA Connect™. The products will be introduced at InfoComm 2014 which will be held June 18th through the 20th at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For the burgeoning collaboration market, only the fully featured BYOD oriented Kramer VIA Collage can do all of the following: wirelessly allow up to six participants to show their screens on one display, with the possibility of using two displays and allowing up to twelve participants to be simultaneously displayed; it allows collaboration from any mix of devices – PC’s, Mac’s, tablets, Smartphone’s and more; it enables meeting participants to simultaneously create and edit a common document through their individual devices; it provides the ability for documents to be shared and saved instantaneously by all team participants utilizing the VIA Collage; its interactive whiteboard function offers multiple users the ability to annotate, edit or highlight any image on the screen via their touch enabled devices. In fact, every member of the meeting can participate in brainstorming activities simply by using the keyboard and mouse on their own device.
The compact VIA Connect is a wireless presentation hub which provides quick and easy wireless connection to, and sharing of, a large screen device by several users. Multiple meeting participants can display their images or at any time one individual presenter can easily choose to have their device be the only image displayed. As with the VIA Collage, the VIA Connect can accommodate any PC, Mac, iOS or Android device.
The Kramer VIA Collage and the Kramer VIA Connect will be on display at the InfoComm show in Kramer booth C7736 located in the Central Hall of the Convention Center.

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Kramer Introduces the VM−4HN HDMI Distribution Amplifier

The VM−4HN is a 1:4 HDMI distribution amplifier for HDMI signals. It relocks and equalizes the signal and distributes it to four identical outputs. The VM−4HN, with its maximum data rate of 10.2Gbps (3.4Gbps per graphic channel) distributes signals with resolutions up to Quad HD (38x40x2160), 24hz refresh with 8−bit/10−bit/12−bit color, and 30 Hz refresh with 8−bit color. It also supports WUXGA (1920×1200) up to 12−bit color, and 1080p at all color bit depths.
The VM−4HN supports Deep Colour, x.v.ColorTM, Lip Sync, HDMI Uncompressed Audio Channels, Dolby TrueHD, DTS−HD, and CEC. It is HDCP compliant and features I−EDIDProTM Kramer Intelligent EDID ProcessingTM, an intelligent EDID handling and processing algorithm that ensures Plug and Play operation for HDMI systems. In addition the default, pre−programmed EDID allows the VM−4HN to be connected quickly and without having to connect a display to the output. The VM−4HN passes 3D.
Housed in a compact DigiTOOLS® enclosure, the VM−4HN comes supplied with a 5v power adapter.

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Kramer Electronics’ Educational Partnership with AQAV is off to a Successful Start

In November 2013, Kramer Electronics announced their newly minted educational partnership with the Association for Quality in Audio Visual Technology (AQAV); becoming the first educational partner in this program.

AQAV upholds their motto, “Saving the AV industry … one system at a time,” by offering courses designed to help personnel at Pro AV dealer/integrators, and technology managers who purchase and use AV equipment to improve the quality of every step in the installation and commissioning process. Focusing on quality results in greater profitability for the AV integrators, and effective and trouble free systems that are fully operational from the day they are installed.

Since the establishment of the partnership, Kramer Electronics has held five successful AQAV trainings with many individuals completing the workshop and earning their AQAV certifications. The trainings, which have taken place at the Kramer Electronics US Headquarters in Clinton, New Jersey and at Newcomb & Boyd, a consulting company in Atlanta, Georgia, have all been met with great turnouts and enthusiasm. Those who have successfully earned their AQAV certifications continue to see their work pay off in their projects. Both end users and Pro AV integrators are able to attest to the benefits of AQAV. End user, Elaine Manfredonia, Vice President of JPMorgan explained, “Being AV9000 compliant is a major plus for providers that want to work for us. It eliminates untold costs and aggravation that 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 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 plans to build on the momentum of these first workshops, with three more upcoming AQAV trainings: two in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 14-16, and one in Dallas, Texas on July 29-31.

Examples of companies who are embracing the AQAV standards are Level 3 Audio Visual, Illinois State University, The University of Illinois, Sensory Technologies, Vistacom Audio Video Solutions, Comprehensive Technical Group, Newcomb Boyd, Technical Innovations and Whitlock.

For more information about AQAV, please visit the AQAV section of the Kramer website at www.kramerus.com/academy/aqav.asp or the AQAV web site at www.aqav.org.

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Kramer White Paper Guide to Wireless AV Connectivity

Kramer’s latest White Paper provides a comprehensive look at devices for connecting HD video and audio over high-bandwidth wireless connections, and details the current and pending “white space” spectrum allocations for wireless AV connectivity in North America. The paper also explores the challenges of reliable transmission and reception of high bitrate HDMI and HD-SDI signals over 5 GHz and 60 GHz wireless links, including a discussion of both forward error correction (FEC) and techniques for multipath and echo compensation.

Several wireless systems are compared and contrasted and include 802.11n/a/an/ad Wi-Fi, Wireless High Definition Interface (WHDI), and Wireless High Definition (WiHD). Practical examples of each system are cited, along with their transmitting range and resistance to interference from co-channel and adjacent channel wireless devices. The paper concludes with a general discussion of design and operating parameters for wireless AV systems, including best practices.
Download Kramer’s Guide to Wireless AV Connectivity: http://www.kramerus.com/downloads/white-papers/kramer_wireless_guide.pdf

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Kramer’s Newest ProScale™ Digital Scaler/Switchers Have Built-In Mass Notification & Emergency Communication System

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce that its newest line of ProScale™ digital scaler/switchers, the VP-770, VP-771, VP-773, VP-774, VP-773AMP and VP-774AMP are all equipped with a unique built-in Mass Notification & Emergency Communication (MNEC) feature.

This essential feature provides the ability to have an education facility, corporate campus, or stadium-wide emergency notification immediately displayed on connected projection screens and monitors. When connected to a network, the Kramer ProScale digital scaler/switchers can be set up to automatically display an alert message. Notifications include flexible options such as the inclusion of an audio alert siren, and the choice of displaying either a text crawler or a text window. The system can even have the Kramer ProScale digital scaler/switchers power up displays that are off in order to display these important messages.

Messages with “Extreme” and “Severe” headers appear nearly full screen and cover any other content. Messages with lower levels of severity appear as text crawls along the bottom of the image. The new Kramer line of presentation switchers only requires an ethernet connection to the appropriate campus network.

Emergency alert messages are composed and transmitted using the XML-based Common Alert Protocol (CAP) application. This allows a warning message to be consistently disseminated simultaneously over many warning systems to multiple proprietary applications and devices. These CAP alerts can include specifics about weather (hurricanes, flooding, storms, etc.), safety and security, as well as secondary functions, such as alert tones, horns, buzzers, and sirens.

The system complies with the official national warning system standard in the United States, the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which works in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a number of US national emergency agencies.

For more information about Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video products please visit www.kramerus.com.

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