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BTX Technologies at ISE 2012

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BTX Technologies Preview ISE 2012 Jan 31. – Feb. 2 | Amsterdam Stand 2A55

BTX Technologies Inc. 5 Skyline Drive Hawthorne, NY 10532 USA www.btx.com

Agency Contact: Joshua Carlson InGear PR Tel: +1 (408) 892-6771 Email: josh@ingearpr.com Email: kimr@btx.com

BTX Technologies Contact: Kim Robbins Senior Marketing Manager Tel: +1 (914) 592-1800 x350 Email: kimr@btx.com

Company Quote: “At ISE 2012, our MaxBlox(R) solderless termination system and ProBlox-D(R) all-in-one connector system will take center stage. For our European customers, these unique solutions are designed to provide quick and simple installations to save time and money in the field, while offering unmatched reliability for the end user,” said Greg Schwartz, president of BTX Technologies. “If you need custom plates and panels; look no further than BTX. We are recognized worldwide as the leader in connectors and connector design. We stock all of the most popular connectors from manufacturers like Neutrik(R) and Switchcraft(R), plus we also feature our full line of award-winning, solderless BTX connectors — all for easy inclusion in your custom BTX Pro Plate and Panel designs.”

BTX Products on Display at ISE 2012:

MaxBlox(R) Solderless Termination System Manufactured with genuine Phoenix Contact terminal blocks for a truly reliable connection, the MaxBlox(R) solderless termination system features a patented design that is better, faster, and stronger than anything else on the market. MaxBlox dramatically reduces installation time and cost by eliminating the need for soldering or crimping, and the unique sled-type bottom allows these connectors to slide, snap, and lock into the patent-pending MaxBlox CD-MX915H hood for a secure cable-mount connection.

The MaxBlox family includes HD15, DB9, S-Video, and 3.5-mm connectors, and now the new BTX-MXRCA screw-terminating RCA panel-mount connector. The BTX-MXRCA requires only a strip tool and a screwdriver, and when used alongside BTX’s other solderless connectors, labor time is reduced tremendously.

Image Link: www.ingearpr.com/BTX/MaxBlox.zip Image Caption: MaxBlox(R) Solderless Termination System Image Descriptions: Manufactured with genuine Phoenix Contact terminal blocks for a truly reliable connection, connectors in the MaxBlox(R) solderless termination system feature a patented design that is better, faster, and stronger than anything else on the market.

ProBlox-D(R) All-in-One Connector System BTX’s patent-pending ProBlox-D(R) all-in-one connector system is the A/V industry’s first to incorporate multiple data, HD video, audio, and control signals in a single connector. The system contains two Cat 5e connectors along with 16 HD video and 18 audio and control contacts — all field-terminatable. The addition of the Cat 5e components takes advantage of all the signals, including HDMI, DVI, and VGA, that can now effectively be run over one or two Cat 5e cables. The ProBlox-D connector system simplifies setup for A/V applications in classrooms, houses of worship, conference rooms, or any setting where multiple signals of different formats need to be delivered to a single connection point. In addition to saving installers time during setup, ProBlox-D also provides non-technical users, such as teachers or pastors, with the ability to hook up to a podium without the need for technical assistance.

Image Link: www.ingearpr.com/BTX/ProBlox-D.zip Image Caption: ProBlox-D(R) All-in-One Connector System Image Descriptions: The ProBlox-D(R) all-in-one connector system is the A/V industry’s first to incorporate multiple data, HD video, audio, and control signals in a single connector.

BTX Pro Plates and Panels With BTX’s custom plates-and-panels service, installers have quick access to professional-quality plates and panels to meet the needs of many applications.

BTX Pro Plates-and-Panels options and benefits include: – Color-laminated aluminum in white, black, red, green, blue, and yellow – Expert engraving – Logos – Custom sizes – Quick turnaround quotes and production

When you order custom plates and panels from BTX, you’ll not only be guaranteed the highest quality connectors, but you’ll get it done right, on time, every time.

Image Link: www.ingearpr.com/BTX/Pro_Plates_Panels.zip Image Caption: BTX Pro Plates and Panels Image Descriptions: BTX Customized Pro Plates and Panels

About BTX Technologies Inc. BTX Technologies Inc. is the premier manufacturer and value-added distributor of professional-grade products used throughout digital signage, A/V, control, broadcast, and security systems. Celebrating its 44th anniversary, BTX, a CTS Certified company, combines award-winning, cutting-edge solutions with unmatched technical knowledge and customer service to bring innovation and value to its customers. Call 914-592-1800 to request a free catalog or visit BTX at www.btx.com.

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RTI Now Shipping RTiDock iPod(R) Dock

Unique Device Stands Out From the Pack With Powerful Features Such as Synching With iTunes(R) Over the Network and Navigation Through a Video Display

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Dec. 7, 2011 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that the company is now shipping its RTiDock iPod(R) dock. Sporting a host of powerful features not found on other iPod docks — such as the ability to sync with iTunes(R) over the network and full navigation support through a video display device — the RTiDock allows consumers to connect their iPod effortlessly to their local or distributed audio system and conveniently control it through an RTI in-wall or handheld controller.

Simplifying installations with a slim design and the flexibility of rack-mount or desktop options, the RTiDock utilizes Virtual Sync technology to sync with iTunes over the network. For simple, intuitive operation, the device offers an elegant on-screen GUI (graphical user interface) and component video output for intuitive navigation through a video display device. For added reliability and a clean, streamlined design, the unit’s sliding tray provides easy access and discreet storage of the iPod.

The RTiDock offers seamless integration with RTI control devices, providing access to all transport functions of the iPod through full IR support. For more robust control, navigation through artists, songs, albums, and playlists is enabled via bidirectional communication over RS-232 or IP with many RTI handheld and in-wall controllers. The RTiDock’s variety of control options allow it to be used in systems of any complexity.

“There is overwhelming consumer demand for simple and convenient integration of the iPod into audio systems. For integrators, providing this capability is a must,” said Pete Baker, vice president of sales and marketing for RTI. “Dealers will be blown away with the quality and features offered by the RTiDock! It is a first-class device for integrating an iPod into a distributed audio system, with its advanced functionality, sexy design, and extensive feature set providing the ’wow’ factor that consumers seek.”

The RTiDock is available at an MSRP of $599. The unit will be on display at ISE 2012, along with a number of other audio solutions from RTI, in stand 4S60.

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About Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for professionally installed electronic systems. The company’s wide array of award-winning handheld and in-wall universal controllers, central processors, audio distribution systems, and accessories are marketed exclusively through a worldwide network of professional integrators. For complete control and monitoring over electronic systems from virtually anywhere in the world, the power of RTI is available on the iPhone(R), iPod touch(R), and iPad(R) through the company’s RTiPanel application, just as the award-winning RTI Virtual Panel program offers access and control via any PC running Microsoft(R) Windows(R). All RTI solutions are programmed through the company’s world-renowned Integration Designer(R) software, easily allowing dealers to provide a completely customizable user interface for intuitive command over the entire electronics system.

Founded in 1992 with a committed focus on the custom installation market, RTI offers a number of award-winning support and incentive programs to its dealers, including educational opportunities through the Advanced Control University (ACU), and the popular Control Bucks and Dealer Accommodation programs. In addition, through RTI’s Integration Partner Program, the company has reached out to manufacturers across the industry to ensure that RTI products integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of components and systems.

Additional information on RTI and its innovative control solutions is available at www.rticorp.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Mississippi DOT Uses Wowza to Simplify and Improve Live, Multi-Screen Video Streaming From 400 Traffic Cameras

Agency Reaches More People More Cost-Effectively With Video Distribution From Wowza Media Server Software

EVERGREEN, Colo. — Dec. 8, 2011 — Wowza(R) Media Systems, the “Any Screen Done Right(TM)” media server software company, today announced that the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) installed Wowza Media Server(R) software to simplify and improve video streaming from its network of nearly 400 traffic cameras throughout the state. The installation was part of an upgrade to MDOT’s intelligent transportation system (ITS).

Live video flows constantly from MDOT cameras to its traffic portal, http://www.msTraffic.com, so that anyone with an Internet connection can keep an eye on traffic. It also streams internally to the traffic management center, where MDOT workers monitor traffic conditions at their workstations. The upgrade to Wowza Media Server software enables MDOT to stream live content from all of its cameras simultaneously to multiple devices, eliminating the need for specialized, client-specific encoders and servers — which means it can reach more people than with its previous streaming method.

“With our previous workflow, the traffic management center received analog video feeds from roadside cameras to be encoded/decoded and then displayed internally on video screens. From there, video had to be re-encoded to go out to the Internet,” stated Timothy Bean, ITS systems specialist for MDOT. “Wowza Media Server software has made it possible to forego all that extra encoding, decoding, and re-encoding equipment, saving us money and space, as well as cutting way down on energy consumption. We removed about 10 racks worth of equipment and replaced it with a single server that’s running Wowza Media Server software.”

Because MDOT can distribute video to any platform quickly and easily, traffic information is available to many more people, no matter what player they use. Giving the public better access to real-time traffic information allows them to make more informed decisions not only day-to-day, but also during evacuations or other emergencies. In turn, an informed citizenry means improved safety, reduced congestion, and decreased likelihood of secondary incidents for the state.

“Wowza Media Server software’s capability to ingest streams directly from IP cameras and stream it out simultaneously over multiple protocols is ideally suited for traffic monitoring and security applications,” said Alex Dobrushin, CMO of Wowza Media Systems. “MDOT’s deployment exemplifies the value our software offers to transportation departments all over the U.S. and in other countries. It provides them with a future-proof platform for delivery of higher-quality video, more cost-effectively, while reaching a broader base of constituents.”

The multiple award-winning Wowza Media Server software is a single extensible foundation for “Any Screen Done Right” media delivery. It makes streaming to computers, smartphones, tablets, and TV screens simple and cost-effective. Improved economies of scale and reduced encoding, storage, and management expense, enable enterprises — large and small — to stream live and on-demand video with ease while saving money, improving efficiency, and streamlining workflow.

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About Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has a network of nearly 400 cameras throughout the state that provide a constant view of traffic conditions. Live video flows from the cameras to the traffic management center, and from there to various internal points where MDOT workers monitor traffic conditions in a central location and at their workstations. MDOT also sends video out over the Internet so that anyone — from first responders and emergency operations centers to the average driver — can keep an eye on traffic through MDOT’s traffic portal, http://www.msTraffic.com.

About Wowza Media Systems Wowza(R) Media Systems is the “Any Screen Done Right(TM)” media server software company delivering an industrial-strength infrastructure for live video, video-on-demand, live recording, and video chat. Wowza has a singular focus on delivering high-performance media server software to service providers, media properties, enterprises, and other organizations serious about delivering video to any digital screen — computer, mobile phone, or home TV. More than 85,000 global licensees in entertainment, social media, advertising, enterprise, education, government, and Internet commerce have deployed Wowza’s media server software to date. Wowza Media Systems is privately held with headquarters in Evergreen, Colo. More information is available at www.wowza.com.

Wowza and related marks are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Wowza Media Systems Inc. Third-party product names and related marks are either registered trademarks or trademarks of such third parties.

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BenQ Introduces SmartEco(TM) Projector Lamp Technology

Breakthrough Technology Reduces Power Consumption by up to 50 Percent; Provides Enhanced Image Quality and Extends Lamp Life

IRVINE, Calif. — Dec. 5, 2011 — BenQ America Corp., the first DLP(R) brand to incorporate Philips’ ImageCare(TM) technology into its projector lamp system, today announced that it has taken a further leap with the development of its proprietary SmartEco(TM) lamp technology to maximize energy savings. BenQ’s SmartEco technology combines energy efficiency for longer lamp life with optimized image contrast, greatly enhancing imaging performance while reducing projector operating and maintenance costs.

SmartEco technology saves energy and increases lamp life by dynamically adjusting the lamp power to different brightness settings based on the projected content. SmartEco lets the projector compensate for this process with an internal software solution that maintains the ideal color spectrum and also provides an improved contrast ratio. This revolutionary technology produces no more light than absolutely necessary and always adapts to the ideal picture setting.

When the projected content contains dark elements, SmartEco dims the lamp accordingly for those scenes without any loss of visible brightness for the viewer. This provides many benefits to users, including prolonging lamp life by up to 70 percent and reducing energy consumption by up to 50 percent.

“SmartEco is a significant breakthrough in projector technology; a true game changer that doesn’t come around very often,” said Lars Yoder, President at BenQ America Corp. “Particularly for users in the education and corporate market segments, SmartEco significantly lowers costs and enhances picture quality, so that going green does not come at the expense of performance.”

BenQ also provides online tools to help users calculate their yearly energy savings by projector model. By visiting the company’s “SmartEco Savings Calculator” page http://www.benq.com/microsite/projector/smarteco/ and entering information on their current consumption levels, users can find out how much energy and money they can save with SmartEco technology.

Available now, BenQ SmartEco projector models for business and education applications include the MS513, MX514, MW516, MW712, MX813ST, MX850UST, and MW851UST.

Information on the full line of BenQ products is available at http://www.BenQ.com.

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About BenQ America Corp. BenQ America Corp. is a leading-edge digital display technology company supplying superior quality projectors and gaming monitors. BenQ America Corp. offers compelling 3D solutions from big screens to desktops. Today BenQ ranks as the world’s No. 1 selling DLP(R) projector brand as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors.

About BenQ Corporation BenQ Corporation, a leading provider of networked digital lifestyle devices, is a multifaceted company with strengths in product design, visual technology, and mobile technology. BenQ offers an unrivalled breadth and depth of products and integrated technologies across platforms through the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” including digital projectors, LCD monitors, LCD TVs, digital cameras, eBook readers, mobile Internet devices, storage devices, and human interface devices such as mice and keyboards.

About BenQ Group The BenQ Group comprises companies that operate independently while sharing resources and leveraging synergies among them. The BenQ Group companies include BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (in the top three of the world’s manufacturers of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Software Co., BenQ Hospital, BrightView Corp., Cando Co. Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Darwin Precisions, Ltd., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., SiPix Imaging, Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., BenQ Medical Technology Corporation, and Wellypower Corp.

SmartEco is a trademark of BenQ Corp. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Revolabs at ISE 2012

Revolabs
ISE 2012
Stand 12B92

Revolabs, Inc.
144 North Rd, Suite 3250
Sudbury, MA 01776 USA

Revolabs Contact:
Alyson Savelle
Director, Global Channel Marketing
Tel: +1 (978) 610-4010
Email: Asavelle@revolabs.com
Website: www.revolabs.com

Media Contact:
Joshua Carlson
InGear PR
Tel: +1 (408) 892-6771
Email: josh@ingearpr.com

Company Quote:
“At ISE this year, we will showcase the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone, which has recently been introduced to the European market,” said JP Carney, chief operating officer at Revolabs. “Visitors to our booth will be among the first to experience its exceptional audio performance and flexibility for small and mid-sized conference rooms, executive and home offices, and more. Stay tuned for announcements of additional FLX versions, which we expect to introduce at ISE. In addition, we will highlight Revolabs HD(TM) wireless microphone systems.”

Revolabs at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2012:

Revolabs FLX(TM) Wireless Conference Phone
Showing for the first time at ISE, the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone is designed specifically for small and mid-sized conference rooms, executive offices, and SoHo environments. Based on the Revolabs’ wireless audio technology that for years has delivered superior sound quality for audio and video conferencing to large conference rooms and boardrooms, the FLX brings exceptional performance to smaller settings at an affordable price. Combining wireless operation, high-quality wide-band audio, 128-bit encryption, integrated Bluetooth(R), support for analog and IP, and a competitive price point, the FLX redefines the conference speakerphone.

Available with a variety of compatible Revolabs microphones, the FLX includes a lapel microphone worn by one person; an omni-directional tabletop microphone that captures the sound of six to 10 participants; and a directional tabletop microphone that enables audio capture from two to three people. Because the FLX dialer operates like a telephone for handset calls and enables the setup of conference calls, there is no need for a separate desk and conference phone.

The Revolabs FLX can also serve as the audio interface with virtually any major brand of video conferencing equipment, providing the same high audio performance within video calls. Callers without Internet access can have their phone calls bridged into the video session anytime.

Revolabs expects to debut additional versions of the FLX product at ISE. Be sure to visit Revolabs’ stand for the latest in wireless conference phone solutions!

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Revolabs HD(TM) Wireless Microphone Systems
The Revolabs HD(TM) line of wireless microphone systems includes the Single/Dual Channel; the rack-mounted, dual-channel Venue; and the four- and eight-channel Executive HD. The HD systems utilize Revolabs’ “Designed for Speech” technology, which provides wideband frequency to improve the intelligibility and presence of speech. Support for bandwidths of 50-14,000 Hz allows these systems to pick up the entire human voice spectrum.

Ideal for broadcasting applications, the Single/Dual Channel supports one or two HD wireless microphones, while the Executive HD supports up to eight microphones for executive boardrooms and large conference rooms. The Venue provides support for up to two wireless microphones, and offers a rack-mounted design for video conferencing or voice reinforcement applications.

The HD systems can be mixed and matched with a variety of wireless microphones, including a lapel microphone worn by one person; an omni-directional tabletop microphone that captures the sound of six to 10 participants; and a directional tabletop microphone that enables audio capture from two to three people. In addition, the systems can be used with the XLR adaptor for handheld microphones and the Countryman(R) microphone adaptor.

All Revolabs wireless microphones are rechargeable, providing up to eight hours of talk time on a full charge. In addition, RF Armor(TM) technology enables the microphones to operate even when in direct contact with other wireless electronic devices known to cause unwanted audio interference, such as GSM mobile phones and smartphones. Fail-safe security is integrated using 128-bit encryption, preventing people from listening in on conversations.

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of wireless audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s wireless conferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio systems with products such as the new Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone, which provides superior performance for video and audio conference calls, public address systems, and more. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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Panamax/Furman ISE 2012 Show Preview

ISE 2012
Panamax/Furman
Exhibiting in SpeakerCraft Stand 1N80

Panamax/Furman
1690 Corporate Circle
Petaluma, CA 94954
USA

Panamax/Furman Contact:
John Benz
Director of Marketing
+1 (707) 766-2359
Email: johnb@panamax.com
Website: www.panamax.com
Website: www.furmansound.com

Agency Contact:
Josh Carlson
InGear PR
+1 (408) 892-6771
Email: josh@ingearpr.com

Photo Links:
CN-3600S E SmartSequencer(TM): http://bit.ly/uwu8mZ
BlueBOLT(R) Remote Power and Energy Management Platform: http://bit.ly/uHSBhY

NEW for ISE 2012

At ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) 2012 in Amsterdam, Panamax/Furman will be showcasing its full line of commercial and residential products, including the first power management solution for the EMEA market to be compatible with the company’s BlueBOLT(R) hosted remote power and energy management platform: the CN-3600S E SmartSequencer(TM).

The CN-3600S E (220V-240V, 16A capacity) combines AC power distribution, protection, filtration, and sequential system power on/off in a 1-RU rack-mount unit. Featuring Furman’s SmartSequencing(TM) technology, the CN-3600S E allows large and complex A/V systems to be safely powered on and off with a simple press of a button or turn of a key, even by non-technical personnel. SmartSequencing’s bidirectional communications between installed units enables a primary unit to control and sequence multiple secondary units, ensuring multizone electronic systems are powered on and off safely and dependably from a single control point across an entire installation. The CN-3600S E features eight rear-panel IEC C-13 outlets arranged in four adjustable delay-sequence banks, in addition to one front-panel IEC C-13 outlet. The unit ships with a detachable IEC-C19 female-to-Schuko-male power cord, with other cord options available.

Multiple units can be connected via current loop at runs of more than 1,000 feet with full backward compatibility with Furman’s legacy sequencers. The CN-3600S E provides clean, safe power with Furman’s SMP, EVS, and LiFT protection and filtration technologies.

The CN-3600S E is equipped with an RS-232 port and command set for integration with control systems. An optional RS-232-to-Ethernet adaptor (sold separately) allows the unit to be controlled, programmed, and monitored from a smartphone, tablet, PC, or any Web-enabled device via Telnet, direct HTTP connection, or the BlueBOLT platform. Connecting the CN-3600S E to BlueBOLT enables integrators to reboot problem components remotely to address a myriad of common system issues immediately ranging from locked up components to bad communications handshakes. Powerful features for installers include email alerts when power anomalies occur; scheduled commands for power-up, power-down, or power-cycling of outlets; monitoring of incoming voltage in near-real time or over history; and auto-reboot functionality to resolve networking equipment lock-ups automatically. In addition, BlueBOLT provides a future-proof solution as clients become more concerned with energy management. BlueBOLT offers a variety of features designed to monitor energy use closely, eliminate standby power, and enable automated load-shedding.

The CN-3600S E will begin shipping in Q1 2012.

Company Quote:
“Last year we captivated ISE 2011 with a demonstration of BlueBOLT(R), and this year we’re ecstatic to introduce our first power management solution for countries using 220V to 240V to offer connectivity to the platform. The CN-3600S E SmartSequencer(TM) is already an amazing product by combining power distribution, protection, filtration, and sequential system power on/off in one compact unit. Connecting it to BlueBOLT, however, takes its capabilities to an entirely new level; allowing integrators to improve customer service and reduce service calls, while providing their clients with a powerful tool for monitoring and managing their energy consumption. Many of our European customers have been eager to begin incorporating BlueBOLT into their installations, so be sure stop by our booth to see the CN-3600S E in action.”
– Dave Keller, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Panamax/Furman

Company Overview:
Panamax and Furman have been international leaders in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Their power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Together — as part of Panamax LLC — Panamax, Furman, and PFPower (a Panamax/Furman brand) address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and music, broadcasting, audio/video recording, OEM, and office equipment. Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.panamax.com and www.furmansound.com.

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Panamax/Furman’s M4315-PRO BlueBOLT(R)-Enabled Power Conditioner Makes the Grade at Saint Louis University

PETALUMA, Calif. — Nov. 29, 2011 — In today’s college classrooms, A/V technology has become so important to teaching that any equipment downtime can cause a major disruption. To address this issue, Saint Louis University (SLU) is utilizing several Panamax M4315-PRO BlueBOLT(R)-enabled power conditioners as key components in its recently retrofitted classrooms. For the University, the units provide power protection for new equipment, in addition to remote access for fast troubleshooting of components and monitoring of energy consumption to lower operational costs.

SLU is a Catholic, Jesuit university ranked among the top 100 institutions in the United States. Founded in 1818, it is also the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit university in the nation. In 2010, the University made the decision to retrofit 17 of its older classrooms with the latest A/V technology, including new projectors, control systems, audio mixers, video switchers, and even a 5×5 video wall as the centerpiece of one room on its medical campus.

“For SLU, system reliability was a key factor for the upgraded classrooms,” noted Paul Murdick, vice president of AV for integration firm TSI Global. “Not only did new equipment require protection from power anomalies, but the University needed to be able to respond quickly to minimize any potential downtime, all while keeping operational costs at a minimum.”

To provide all of this functionality in one unit, SLU turned to Panamax’s M4315-PRO power conditioner, which combines BlueBOLT power and energy management, catastrophic surge/spike protection, and “pro” level linear noise filtration for enhanced A/V performance. Each of the 17 revamped classrooms features one M4315-PRO, enabling SLU to manage all components on an individual level, while also monitoring how much power is being drawn across the system.

“While Panamax/Furman is renowned for their power protection, what really set the M4315-PRO apart for us is its BlueBOLT capability. With BlueBOLT, we receive notifications in the event of a power issue at one of these high-profile teaching spaces, and have the ability to respond immediately by power cycling equipment remotely from another office,” said Nathan Burge, senior multimedia support analyst at SLU. “In addition, its energy management features allow us to log and monitor overall system energy consumption, helping us to reduce operational costs.”

BlueBOLT allows the M4315-PRO’s individual outlets or outlet banks to be controlled from any Web browser or Web-enabled mobile device, enabling full hard-reboots to immediately address a myriad of common system issues ranging from locked-up components to bad communication handshakes. In addition, auto-reboot outlets can be designed to automatically power-cycle when an Internet connection is lost. The BlueBOLT platform calculates the energy used by connected devices and reports it, historically and in real time, in kilowatt-hours as well as dollars. Energy-saving commands such as scheduled conservation in non-use hours can be set up, in addition to energy budgets with alerts.

“The M4315-PRO was an easy choice for this project with its advanced functionality and Panamax’s reputation for reliability — all at a low cost,” added Burge. “The classrooms have recently been completed and the units have performed flawlessly, with staff reporting that the BlueBOLT interface is extremely simple to use. It’s been such a success that we intend to include an M4315-PRO in each new classroom we build.”

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About Panamax/Furman Panamax and Furman have been international leaders in providing award-winning, innovative power management products for more than 35 years. Their power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance, providing longevity to the components connected while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Together — as part of Panamax LLC — Panamax, Furman, and PFPower (a Panamax/Furman brand) address all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and music, broadcasting, audio/video recording, OEM, and office equipment. Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based power and energy management platform, BlueBOLT(R), sets a new industry standard in ease of installation and use. The company is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.panamax.com and www.furmansound.com.

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Wowza Media Systems Hires Microsoft Streaming Media Veteran Chris Knowlton to Lead Product Management

‘Streaming Media All-Star’ Brings Invaluable Expertise to Help Accelerate Company’s Success

EVERGREEN, Colo. — Dec. 1, 2011 — Wowza(R) Media Systems, the “Any Screen Done Right(TM)” media server software company, today announced the appointment of Chris Knowlton as vice president of product management. Named “2011 Streaming Media All-Star” by Streaming Media Magazine, Knowlton is a recognized expert who recently served as senior technical product manager for the Microsoft(R) Media Platform. Knowlton will drive Wowza’s product roadmap, focused on the continued creation of technologies that advance streaming media for customers worldwide.

“We’re thrilled to have Chris join Wowza,” said Dave Stubenvoll, CEO and co-founder of Wowza Media Systems. “This is an exciting time for us. Our Wowza Media Server 3 platform already offers a strong lineup of features and is widely recognized for its market leadership. We also see endless opportunities for continued innovation to make streaming simpler, better, and more profitable for our customers. Chris’s strong industry experience, coupled with his deep engineering background and customer passion, will be an invaluable asset as we continue to drive our ‘Any Screen Done Right’ vision ahead.”

“In just a few years, Wowza has become a leading media server brand delivering an ever-evolving disruptive product that redefined multi-format streaming across all screens. The company’s measured 99 percent customer satisfaction speaks volumes about Wowza’s product quality and support,” Knowlton said. “There are tremendous opportunities for Wowza to continue delighting customers, especially as adaptive streaming and cloud-based technologies become the de facto media delivery standards. I am excited about the chance to help define and drive the roadmap for those products.”

At Microsoft, Knowlton spent many years planning and executing the company’s media server product roadmaps and founded the IIS Media team that is best known for productizing IIS Smooth Streaming. Knowlton has also led partner and cross-divisional efforts to build a broader Microsoft Media Platform ecosystem. In recognition of his customer passion and contributions to advancing the streaming media industry, Knowlton was named a “2011 Streaming Media All-Star” by Streaming Media Magazine. Knowlton is a frequent speaker at industry events and is a recognized authority on streaming media topics.

Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Knowlton held management positions at NetApp and software engineering roles at several Tier 1 U.S. automotive suppliers.

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About Wowza Media Systems Wowza(R) Media Systems is the “Any Screen Done Right(TM)” media server software company delivering an industrial-strength infrastructure for live video, video-on-demand, live recording, and video chat. Wowza has a singular focus on delivering high-performance media server software to service providers, media properties, enterprises, and other organizations serious about delivering video to any digital screen — computer, mobile phone, or home TV. More than 85,000 global licensees in entertainment, social media, advertising, enterprise, education, government, and Internet commerce have deployed Wowza’s media server software to date. Wowza Media Systems is privately held with headquarters in Evergreen, Colo. More information is available at www.wowza.com.

Wowza and related marks are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Wowza Media Systems Inc. Third-party product names and related marks are either registered trademarks or trademarks of such third parties.

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BenQ Unveils Second-Generation GP2 Projector

Palm-Sized HD LED Projector Features Integrated iPhone(R)/iPod(R) Dock, Optional Battery Pack, and Multiple Connectivity Options for Mobile Presentations and Entertainment

IRVINE, Calif. — Dec. 1, 2011 — BenQ America Corp. today introduced the next generation of its popular mini projector, the BenQ Joybee GP2. Building on the success of its GP1 predecessor, the GP2 Projector features the same elegant black and white housing while adding a number of enhancements including an intuitive user interface, 720p HD-ready video capability, short-throw projection, an integrated iPhone(R)/iPod(R) dock, an optional three-hour battery pack, and a multitude of connectivity options.

Based on high-efficiency 3LED illumination and DLP(R) projection technology, the light and compact 565-gram palm-sized BenQ Joybee GP2 offers unparalleled A/V multimedia on the go. With the projector’s simple plug-and-play operation and 200 ANSI lumen brightness, users can share HD-quality presentations, videos, photos, and games on a brilliant 160-inch cinematic display. Dedicated iPhone/iPod controls on the GP2 Projector’s included remote control make it easy to play audio through the unit’s built-in 2-W speakers or through external speakers via the Audio Out port. Built to travel, the GP2 Projector comes with a new carrying case that features a dedicated pocket for the power adaptor.

The BenQ Joybee GP2 is packed with multimedia connectivity including USB and SD card viewers, a document viewer for Microsoft(R) Office and PDF documents, and mini HDMI for tablets and smartphones. A USB display feature allows users to connect their computers to the mini projector using a USB cable — no driver required — while the USB file transfer function lets them transfer their multimedia files to the unit’s 2GB of on-board memory storage.

The highly efficient GP2 Projector is designed to produce exceptional picture quality, providing users with clearer, brighter, and more vivid images without relying on traditional projection lamps. This allows users to enjoy the mini projector without worrying about issues such as decreasing brightness, color fading, or the expense of lamp replacement.

“By incorporating features and benefits that mobile consumers value, the BenQ Joybee GP2 creates a unique combination of performance and flexibility,” said Lars Yoder, President at BenQ America Corp. “Simply put, for consumers interested in presenting, sharing, and entertaining, the GP2 Projector offers an experience like no other mini projector.”

The BenQ Joybee GP2 is available now at an MSRP of $699 and will be on display at the 2012 International CES at the BenQ Hilton Suite 28-105. More information about the GP2 Projector is available at http://promotions.benq.us/microsite/miniprojector/.

Information on the full line of BenQ products is available at http://www.BenQ.com.

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About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation, a leading provider of networked digital lifestyle devices, is a multifaceted company with strengths in product design, visual technology, and mobile technology. BenQ offers an unrivalled breadth and depth of products and integrated technologies across platforms through the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” including digital projectors, LCD monitors, LCD TVs, digital cameras, eBook readers, mobile Internet devices, storage devices, and human interface devices such as mice and keyboards.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group comprises companies that operate independently while sharing resources and leveraging synergies among them. The BenQ Group companies include BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (in the top three of the world’s manufacturers of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Software Co., BenQ Hospital, BrightView Corp., Cando Co. Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Darwin Precisions, Ltd., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., SiPix Imaging, Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., BenQ Medical Technology Corporation, and Wellypower Corp.

BenQ and Joybee are registered trademarks of BenQ Corp. This material may include corporate names and trademarks of third parties, which are the properties of the third parties respectively. iPhone and iPod are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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Oklahoma PBS Station OETA Outfits its New Tulsa Facility With Utah Scientific Routing Equipment

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov. 30, 2011 — Utah Scientific, the worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers, today announced that the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) has installed Utah Scientific routing equipment to anchor the infrastructure for its new Tulsa studio and office facility. OETA is the regional PBS program provider serving 1.8 million viewers a week across Oklahoma and in surrounding states.

The newly built plant replaces the analog/digital-hybrid Tulsa facility, and represents an upgrade to HD to match the rest of the PBS network. Construction and systems integration for the new facility came together fairly quickly and on time. Planning was a group effort and included systems integration by Digital Resources Inc. out of Dallas.

OETA installed two UTAH-400 routing switchers (one 3G HD video and one audio) to replace its UTAH-300 analog router. The routing switchers are controlled by Utah Scientific’s SC-4 control system. The installation also includes UTAH-100 Series 3 HD (3G), SD, analog video, digital audio, and analog audio distribution amplifiers (DAs); and two TSG-490 sync generators with automatic changeover and GPS synchronization.

“We chose the UTAH-400 routers because our previous Utah router served us so well for so many years,” said Roger Newton, OETA Tulsa chief engineer. “The tight integration between the video and audio routers is also important.”

Newton also cited Utah Scientific’s sales and technical support as reasons for choosing the equipment.

Utah Scientific’s distribution amplifiers enabled OETA to separate master production control from the technical operations center, which occupied the same room in the old building. Now the DAs feed the video signal from the studio cameras to the video production switcher, solving the noise problems that often resulted from the previous setup.

The UTAH-400 is specifically designed to address the growing requirement for large switching systems with its ability to expand seamlessly from 8×8 to 1152×1152 and beyond. The UTAH-400 is based on a revolutionary new matrix architecture that greatly reduces the complexity of large systems, resulting in considerable improvements in rack space and power requirements as well as yielding significant cost reductions.

“OETA fills the need for educational and public television for all of Oklahoma and beyond, and the new Tulsa facility was long overdue for them,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “Now they can more easily and effectively reach their viewers with a rich HD experience, and Utah Scientific will be there to help them do it.”

More information on Utah Scientific routing and master control switching products can be found at www.utahscientific.com.

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About OETA
OETA – the Oklahoma Network is Oklahoma’s statewide public media network, providing Oklahomans across the state with educational and public television programming, outreach initiatives, and online features that collectively encourage lifelong learning. Using 18 transmitters to reach more than three million people in Oklahoma and surrounding states, OETA is the top-rated statewide public media network in the United States. Explore www.oeta.tv to learn more about OETA, including the network’s statewide broadcasting system and production facilities.

About Utah Scientific, Inc.
Throughout more than 30 years in business, Utah Scientific has earned its position as worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers by working with customers to meet their needs for advanced signal distribution and control technology. The company’s confidence in its industry-leading products is exemplified by its renowned no-fee, 10-year warranty, and validated by multiple Frost & Sullivan Customer Service Leadership Awards. Additional information about Utah Scientific and its products can be found at www.utahscientific.com.

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