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Kramer Electronics USA Opens a BYOD/Wireless Lab

Kramer Electronics USA announces the opening of its new BYOD / Wireless Lab at its corporate offices in Clinton, NJ. This new lab will allow Kramer engineers to test and compare the latest in wireless and wired connectivity products for tablets, notebooks, smartphones, and media players in a dynamic, “real world” meeting room environment.

BYOD’s (Bring Your Own Devices) are fast becoming the preferred portable/mobile computing model at home, at work, and at school. Although these devices can be connected through conventional digital interfaces (Mobile High−Definition Link (MHL®), Lightning, micro HDMI), their small size and lightweight design has increased demand for wireless connectivity, using both 802.11−based and proprietary interfaces such as WHDI™.

“Wireless AV connectivity is here, and growing in importance every day. More manufacturers are bringing wireless products to market and the radio spectrum allocated for wireless AV and IT products is becoming more congested,” said Peter Putman, owner of ROAM Consulting, technology consultant for Kramer Electronics and long−time InfoComm instructor. “The purpose of this room is to let us see how all of these wireless products work together – or don’t – so Kramer can better advise consultants, dealers, and integrators on the best ways to integrate wireless AV into their designs and installations,” concluded Putman.

Putman’s annual InfoComm class on wireless AV connectivity is always popular and has featured live simultaneous demonstrations of a wireless Nook HD+ tablet prototype using WHDI, wireless Blu−ray and set−top box connectivity, and wireless notebook computers running PowerPoint’s and videos. Now, those demonstrations are part of a permanent setup in Kramer’s new test lab.

One of the products featured in the lab is Kramer’s new KW−11 wireless kit, which uses WHDI (Wireless High Definition Interface) technology. The KW−11 transmitter can connect notebook computers, DVD and Blu−ray players, set−top boxes, gaming consoles, and cameras to a companion receiver at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080p/60, using HDMI connections at either end.

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Kramer USA Moves to New Headquarters Facility

Kramer Electronics is pleased to announce the opening of their new United States headquarters facility, the new home for the Kramer USA sales, marketing and product development/support teams. The new facility is located in the Township of Union, in Hunterdon County, NJ; about two miles from the company’s previous US headquarters facility.

Tremendous sales growth along with a strong desire and commitment to further promote the professional AV industry through education, were the key factors for the Kramer USA relocation to this 60,000sq ft building. The new headquarters facility boasts a state of the art training center fully equipped with cutting-edge technology, which will allow for an unparalleled training experience.

“Our sales, marketing, and product teams in the US have grown so much due to the continued success our products have in the market. We had to find a new facility, one that would have the capacity necessary to allow for our continued rapid growth,” stated Dave Bright, President of Kramer USA. “We found the perfect facility to move our headquarters operation to in the US. The new building has a state of the art classroom, which is exactly what we needed to continue our mission to educate people in the Pro AV industry about the key technologies and concepts that will allow them to excel at their jobs and increase their company’s bottom line,” added Bright.

The training center in Kramer’s new headquarters facility will allow a more hands-on and interactive learning environment for students. Amongst many things, Kramer will be using the new training facility to provide Kramer Digital Systems Training (KDST) which can lead to certification as a Kramer Certified Digitalist (KCD). This training is an in-depth examination of the technologies and key principles all Pro AV professionals should know in order to best design, sell, and install profitable digital AV systems. It will focus on real-world Best Practices with a concentration on diagnosing and correcting digital signal flow challenges in both the design and installation phases. Accreditation, which includes a certificate and permission to use and display the KCD logo, will be awarded upon passing an open-book examination on the material presented during the training. Attendance at this training also earns the student valuable InfoComm Renewal Units.

“Our expansion to this new facility validates Kramer’s commitment to the Pro AV market. We will continue to develop and sell reliable, high quality signal management and processing products for this market. We will also continue to provide and expand upon our valuable education programs which cover the important technologies and concepts that permeate the market in this new ‘Digital Pro AV age’ we live and work in,” concluded Bright.

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InfoComm Recognizes Malissa Dillman, Kramer Electronics Training & Education Manager, with 2013 InfoComm Educator of the Year Award

InfoComm International®, the leading professional audiovisual trade association, presented its Educator of the Year Award to Kramer Electronics’ Malissa Dillman, CTS-D, CTS-I. The award was presented at InfoComm 2013, the largest professional audiovisual and information communications tradeshow worldwide, held at the Orange County Convention Center in FL. Malissa is the 21st recipient of this prestigious yearly award, and the first woman ever to receive the award.

Malissa is Kramer Electronics USA’s Training and Education Manager. She has worked in the AV industry for over 12 years, during which time she has owned and operated an AV installation company, worked as both a regional sales manager and division sales manager at the dealer level, and served as a regional field sales engineer for a prominent communications company. She has brought this experience to the classroom to help others learn and expand their skill set. This past year, Malissa prepared 212 people to take their Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam, and also trained more than 200 industry professionals on key industry principles.

During the past year, Malissa also developed and perfected a successful Kramer road show program. This program offers regional educational opportunities for AV professionals to spend a full day earning up to 10 CTS renewal units, while gaining the most current and topical technology education available today. Malissa also created a popular webinar Analog Sunset, Digital Sunrise and authored a condensed version of Kramer’s Introduction to Digital Technologies for Today’s Pro AV Professional, which serves as an introductory-level training on today’s complicated transition from analog to digital. Malissa was also a recipient of InfoComm’s Women in AV Award at InfoComm in 2012 and was one of the first four women in the world to achieve both the CTS-D and CTS-I credentials.

“Malissa Dillman has been named InfoComm Educator of the Year because of her strong commitment to bettering the industry through the delivery of quality industry training,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “Her deep commitment to the professional development of her students and her strong support of the industry are evident to everyone who encounters her.”

“We are so proud of Malissa and all her achievements here at Kramer Electronics,” said Clint Hoffman, CTS, VP of Marketing for Kramer Electronics USA. “She is extremely deserving of this award and of all the recognition and accolades that go along with it. Malissa is the best and we are very fortunate to have her as a part of the Kramer family.”

The Educator of the Year Award is nominated by InfoComm’s Professional Education and Training Committee (PETC) and selected by the InfoComm Board of Governors, to honor an individual who works to develop the skills and knowledge of others in the AV industry. Kramer Electronics is so proud and pleased that InfoComm chose Malissa Dillman as this year’s recipient!

Malissa Dillman Wins InfoComm 2013 Educator of the Year Award

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InfoComm Honors Founder and Chairman of Kramer Electronics, Dr. Joseph Kramer, with the 2013 Adele De Berri Pioneer of AV Award

InfoComm International®, the leading professional audiovisual trade association representing the professional audiovisual industry, is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Kramer has been honored with the Adele De Berri Pioneer of AV Award. The award was presented at InfoComm 2013; the world’s largest commercial audiovisual trade show.

Since founding Kramer Electronics more than 30 years ago, Dr. Joseph Kramer has fostered many audiovisual technology innovations that impacted users in various ways. He’s given them the ability to perfect image quality in audiovisual systems to the highest level possible; offered pro-AV solutions that simplify the design and installation of effective audiovisual systems; and offered system designers, installers, and users easy-to-operate, value-oriented and reliable products that conform to the highest specifications available in the market.

Dr. Kramer’s innovations have improved the jobs and lives of designers, installers, and users by giving them simplified installations and greater functionality at lower costs. With a presence in 23 countries worldwide, Kramer Electronics has created innovative products such as video-correction processors, presentation switchers, scaler/switchers, and compact solutions such as the Kramer TOOLS™ line. Such developments generate opportunities for more and newer visual and audio presentation applications. Today, Dr. Kramer is developing and promoting the concepts of wireless signal distribution and IP-based video systems that are expected to fuel the digital signage and overall pro-AV marketplace.

“The innovative spirit of Dr. Joseph Kramer has propelled the industry forward,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director, InfoComm International. “Thanks to his leadership, many AV professionals are able to do their jobs better, faster and more collaboratively, and InfoComm is pleased to recognize his contributions.”

“This award is an important, worldwide recognition of Kramer and the achievements it has reached,” said award winner, Dr. Joseph Kramer. “It is also a personal recognition that makes me look back and appreciate the pile of unique products I have developed throughout the years. I am extremely proud of the human resources at Kramer Electronics. Our accomplishments of over 30 years of activity are products of our employee dedication and wisdom.”

The Adele De Berri Pioneer of AV Award is issued annually by InfoComm International to current or former employees of InfoComm member companies who have made an important contribution to the science of audiovisual technology, whether as an inventor or leader who advanced the development of a new product, segment, or service of the AV industry. The award is sponsored by Sound & Communications.

For more information about Kramer Electronics please visit www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer Introduces the VP-425 Computer Graphics Video & HDTV to HDMI ProScale™ Digital Scaler

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high−performance VP−425 digital scaler for computer graphics video and component HDTV signals. The Kramer VP−425 up− or down−scales the PC or component video input and embeds the stereo audio into the HDMI output.

The VP−425 is HDTV compatible and features a non−HDCP encrypted HDMI or DVI output signal on an HDMI connector. The built−in ProcAmp allows convenient signal adjustment and the On−Screen Display (OSD) makes it easy to set up and adjust. The OSD is accessible via the unit’s front−panel buttons. A freeze button is also included in the unit.

The VP−425 has a maximum resolution of up to WUXGA and 1080p. Its non−volatile memory retains the last settings used. Controlling the VP−425 is done directly via the front panel push buttons and the on−screen display (OSD).

The VP−425 is housed in a compact MegaTOOLS™ enclosure. Two units can be rack mounted side−by−side in a 1U rack space with the optional RK−T2B universal rack adapter.

The VP−425 is ideal for projection systems in conference rooms, boardrooms, hotels and houses of worship, as well as up−scaling home theater and rental and staging applications.

The VP−425 is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

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Kramer Introduces the VP−28, a 14−Input Multi−Format Presentation Switcher with Stereo Audio

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the most recent member of Kramer’s highly successful line of multi−format switchers, the VP−28.
The VP−28 is a 14−input presentation switcher that handles composite video, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, computer graphics video and stereo audio and microphone signals.
The VP−28 operates as a 3×1 composite video, 3×1 HDMI, 3×1 computer graphics video, 3×1 DVI−I, & 2×1 DisplayPort switcher, each with unbalanced stereo audio. The 3×1 DVI (digital) sections can be used for DVI signals or it can be used for 3 more computer graphics video (analog) signals using special breakout cables that are included with the device.
The VP−28 can operate as a 5×1 video switcher and a 14×1 audio switcher. The unit’s Audio Level Memory remembers and returns to the last audio level setting for each audio input signal during switching. It has button selectable options for condenser or dynamic microphones and microphone & audio mixing options, including muting of the master audio output when a microphone signal is sensed. The VP−28 is also HDCP compliant and HDTV compatible.
The VP−28 has flexible control options including IR remote, Ethernet, and RS−232 (supplied with PC control software), and two microphone inputs with a mixing facility.
The VP−28 is housed in a 19” 1U rack mountable enclosure, with rack “ears” included.

The VP−28 is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

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Kramer Introduces the 9−Input VP−690 Analog, HDMI & 3G HD−SDI ProScale™ Presentation Digital Scaler/Switcher

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the VP−690 presentation scaler/switcher for 3G HD−SDI, HDMI, computer graphics, composite video and component video signals up to 2K resolution.
The Kramer VP−690 accepts one of nine input signals from amongst one SD/HD/3G HD−SDI input, two HDMI inputs, two computer graphics inputs on 15−pin HD connectors, two composite video inputs on RCA connectors and two component video inputs on RCA connectors. The unit scales the video, embeds the audio, and outputs the signal simultaneously to an HDMI output, a computer graphics video output and an RGBHV video output together with both a digital audio output and an analog stereo audio output.
The VP−690 automatically detects and selects the audio source for the HDMI input. If HDMI is not detected, then the machine uses the audio from the analog input. The unit is also HDTV compatible and HDCP compliant, which allows copy−protected data on the HDMI input to pass only to the HDMI output.
The VP−690 features Kramer’s extremely high−performance K−Storm™ Scaling Technology with high−quality 3:2 and 2:2 pull down de−interlacing and full up− and down−scaling of computer graphics video input signals.

The VP−690 has 20 output resolutions, a looping 3G HD−SDI input and a non−volatile memory that saves the unit settings.
Controlling the VP−690 can be done directly, via the front panel push buttons, by RS−232 serial commands transmitted by a touch screen system, PC, or other serial controller, via included handheld remote control, or via the built−in Ethernet port.
With its K−Storm™ Scaling technology, 2K output resolution, versatile video inputs and advanced feature set, the VP−690 is a perfect solution for mixing analog and digital formats in presentation applications such as boardrooms, conference rooms, churches and classrooms.
The VP−690 is housed in a 19” 1U rack mountable enclosure, with rack “ears” included.
The VP−690 is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.
For information about all of Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video products please go to www.kramerelectronics.com.

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Kramer Introduces the VS−808TP 8X8 Twisted Pair Matrix Switcher

Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the high−performance VS−808TP 8X8 Twisted Pair Matrix Switcher for analog twisted pair signals.

The VS−808TP features eight inputs and eight outputs for remote connection with compatible TP transmitters and receivers. The switcher is designed to work with the auto−adjusting TP−133/TP−134 transmitter/receiver pair. An additional, switchable VGA, stereo audio and RS−232 local input (built−in transmitter) and output (built−in receiver) allows direct connection of the signals (analog video up to WUXGA, audio and RS−232) with these compatible units. The VS−808TP also includes audio−follow−video or breakaway switching for audio signals and 15 user−programmable presets for quick−change configurations.

The VS−808TP is designed especially for presentation and multimedia installations where a high level of control possibilities are required from extended distances. It utilizes economical TP (Twisted Pair) cabling, which is commonly pre−installed in buildings, schools, hospitals, etc. The unit routes and distributes signals both from a local and/or remote source, at extended ranges of up to 200m (656ft). Kramer recommends using Kramer BC−DGKat524, BC−DGKat623 and BC−DGKat7a23 cables for optimum range and performance.

Using Kramer’s TP−133 and TP−134 transmitter/receiver pair with a standard CAT−5 cable automatically makes the system equalize and de-skew the signal for different cable lengths.

The two−line LCD display of the VS−808TP shows separate routing information of video, audio or RS−232 signals. The unit is controlled via its front panel buttons, RS−232, RS−485 and Ethernet.

The VS−808TP is a standard 1U 19” rack mount size and comes with included rack “ears.”

The VS−808TP is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.

For more information about Kramer Electronics please visit www.kramerus.com.

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Kramer Electronics and Women in AV (WAVE) Unite to Launch Monthly Webinars in 2013

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Kramer Electronics, Inc. a leading global provider in audio and video signal management products is pleased to announce it will sponsor monthly webinars in partnership with the Women in AV (WAVE) organization to educate, support and inspire women in the AV industry. Experts will cover a range of interests for women; including career advancement, mentoring, personal presence, and cutting edge technical topics such as digital to analog conversion and AV/IT convergence.

“The Women in AV (WAVE) are thrilled and honored to partner with Kramer Electronics in delivering a monthly webinar series for the women in our industry,” says founder Jennifer H. Willard. “As females in a male−dominated industry, we can never have enough opportunities to come together in the spirit of learning and helping each other further our careers. This webinar series directly supports our core mission to promote the growth and performance of women by empowering women to feel recognized, respected, productive, and important to the AV industry. With the breadth of Kramer’s experience and expertise in providing industry leading technical training and education, we look forward to delivering relevant and critical content throughout the year.”

Malissa Dillman, Training & Education Manager at Kramer Electronics USA stated, “At Kramer Electronics we believe whole−heartedly in education. We are on a mission to teach to as many people as possible the newest technologies and principles all Pro AV professionals should know in order to best design, sell, and install profitable digital AV systems in today’s market. Partnering with WAVE to help us accomplish this goal is a tremendous privilege. WAVE is one of the most active and most important groups in the AV market today.” Vice President of Marketing at Kramer USA, Clint Hoffman added, “We are so proud of what WAVE is accomplishing, and we also are proud that our Training and Education Manager, Malissa Dillman, is one of InfoComm’s two winners of the 2012 ‘Women in AV award’ and an active member of WAVE.”

The webinars will be held the last Friday of every month from 3−4PM EST and each session will be recorded for on−demand playback. The kick−off webinar will be held Friday, January 25, 2013 and will provide an overview of the series, while seeking input from attendees on the topics and areas women are most interested in receiving expert advice and guidance on in future webinars. Attendees can register for the event at the following link: https://student.gototraining.com/r/8953022266336114176. After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about attending the training.

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Kramer Introduces the C−HM/HM/PRO High−speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet

The C−HM/HM/PRO is the perfect cable for the most demanding HDMI installations

Kramer Electronics is pleased

C-HM/HM/PRO High-speed HDMI Cable

C-HM/HM/PRO High-speed HDMI Cable

to introduce the C−HM/HM/PRO high−speed HDMI cable with Ethernet capability. The Kramer C−HM/HM/PRO cable is designed for advanced equipment that requires high speed cable connections to ensure a high definition experience with the maximum audio and visual impact.
Kramer’s C−HM/HM/PRO is a recently−released high speed HDMI cable from a series of HDMI cables, all supporting the latest−generation HDMI features including HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC), Audio Return Channel, 3DTV, and 4K resolution capability.
The C−HM/HM/PRO features a high data transfer rate of up to 10.2Gbps. It supports resolutions of 720p/1080i/1080p and is ideal for connecting HD devices to HD/full HD plasma/LCD, PSP3, Blu−ray and HD DVD.
The C−HM/HM/PRO supports multi−channel audio stream for external decoding by AV receivers and automatic audio syncing capabilities. It also supports Deep Color, including 24−bit, 30−bit, 36−bit and 48−bit (RGB or YCbCr) color depths. This feature makes the C−HM/HM/PRO ideal for multimedia applications or home cinema and surround systems.
The C−HM/HM/PRO is equipped with Kramer’s unique, flexible jacket that holds the cable tightly in place while simultaneously providing flexibility for challenging installations. The C−HM/HM/PRO also comes with Kramer’s pull resistant connectors which can withstand up to 15 lbs of force. This pull resistant connector design is available on more Kramer cables, such as the C−HM/HM, C−HM/HM/PRO, C−HM/HM/FLAT/ ETH and C−MHM/MHM HDMI . The cables are HDMI compliant and are backwards compatible. The gold−plated connectors resist corrosion and provide the best possible connectivity.
The C−HM/HM/PRO can be ordered pre−terminated in a varied selection of lengths from 0.9m to 15.2m (3, 6, 10, 15, 25, 35 and 50ft). It is the perfect cable for highly demanding installations.
The C−HM/HM/PRO is currently in stock and available for ordering from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.
For more information about Kramer cable solutions as well as Kramer Electronics and Sierra Video’s products, please go to www.kramerelectronics.com.

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