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Video Equipment Rentals Relies on BeckTV for Design and Build of Immense Flypack for 2014 French Open Coverage

Versatile New Rental Unit Supports up to Four Separate Broadcasts, Reconfigures Quickly to Meet Demands of Virtually Any User and Any Event

AUSTIN, Texas — July 10, 2014 — BeckTV, one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators, today announced that it provided design and integration services for the exceptionally versatile large-scale flypack created by Video Equipment Rentals (VER) to support broadcasters at the 2014 French Open tennis tournament. Providing a four control-room system with a centralized master control, the VER flypack supported simultaneous broadcast coverage by four different networks. The flexible modular design of the flypack and the quality of the systems integration will enable VER to meet the demands of the largest productions, or to split the system in half to support two different productions.

“The knowledge and experience that BeckTV brought to the table were invaluable in assuring smooth integration of equipment within this flypack, identifying all of the required elements, and packaging them in a way that minimizes the time and hassle of packing, shipping, and on-site setup,” said Howard Rosenthal, director of broadcast at Video Equipment Rentals. “With this massive yet agile flypack in our rental inventory, there isn’t a show in the world that we can’t do.”

BeckTV was responsible for nearly every aspect of the flypack, from the outer shell down to each one of the 4,000 cable connections within each of two racks. The company integrated and tested the system at its Austin, Texas, facility and then shipped it to VER’s Glendale, California, facility. There, with ongoing support from BeckTV engineers, VER staff completed the test and build, incorporating custom-built furniture and consoles designed to adapt easily to the way specific production teams prefer to work.

“As soon as we were awarded the French Open contract, we immediately contacted BeckTV,” added Rosenthal. “With their ability to offer so much knowledge about how different systems would play into the design we envisioned, we knew that engineers at BeckTV were the only real choice for this flypack design and build.”

Following its successful use at the 2014 French Open, the VER flypack will be used — whole or in part — for events including Wimbledon and for coverage of the Armed Forces Classic, a matchup of NCAA men’s basketball teams in Puerto Rico.

Further information about BeckTV is available at www.becktv.com.

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About BeckTV
BeckTV (formerly Beck Associates) is one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators. With more than 30 years of experience, BeckTV has designed and built more professional television facilities for more customers than any other systems integrator. In virtually every application from broadcast and cable networks, local TV stations, sports trucks, and stadium venues to educational institutions and houses of worship, BeckTV uses a collaborative approach to assure successful outcomes, on time and on budget. The company maintains full-service offices in Denver, New York, and Austin, Texas. More information about BeckTV is available at www.becktv.com.

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Thierry Gandilhon Joins NETIA as Managing Director

CLARET, France — July 10, 2014 — NETIA today announced that Thierry Gandilhon has joined the company as its managing director. To this new leadership role, Thierry Gandilhon brings more than 25 years of technical experience in the field of software development, as well as a strong record of establishing and building successful technology companies.

“Thierry is an exciting addition to the company, as he has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to lead companies to success through technical excellence,” said Philippe Fort, president of NETIA. “His tremendous experience developing computer software in multicultural environments and his dedication to using complex technologies to create simple yet powerful solutions make him a smart fit for NETIA, and we’re looking forward to achieving further success with the benefit of his guidance.”

Prior to joining NETIA, Thierry Gandilhon co-founded Eptica, where he served as executive vice president and chief technology officer (CTO). Eptica is the leading European provider of multichannel customer interaction software. During Thierry Gandilhon’s tenure, Eptica developed its activities in Europe and Asia and was selected as one of the leaders in its domain by the Gartner Group through its prestigious Magic Quadrant analysis. Thierry Gandilhon earlier served as vice president and CTO at MATRAnet; CTO at Step One/Sharing Technologies; R&D director at Business Objects, where he was one of the first employees; and project manager and research engineer within the BULL artificial intelligence research group.

“I am passionate about building simple solutions that fit the market and customer need using complex technologies. I see this same dedication at NETIA,” said Thierry Gandilhon. “I firmly believe that technology is not an end, but rather a means, and NETIA’s product portfolio has enormous potential. Great things lie ahead for the company, and I am eager to be part of this future.”

Thierry Gandilhon will be based in NETIA’s head office in Claret, France.

More information about NETIA and its product portfolio is available at www.netia.com.

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About NETIA
NETIA, a Globecast company and part of Orange, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of audiovisual content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 15,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides radio automation, media asset, and workflow management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include The Associated Press, ABC News Radio Network, WestwoodOne, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM in Malaysia, SBS and ABC in Australia, MediaCorp Singapore, RAI Italy, RTL France, Radio France, RTBF in Belgium, and France Televisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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Photo Caption: Thierry Gandilhon, Managing Director, NETIA

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Bittree Audio and Video Patching Solutions Used in Major A/V Upgrade for Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Homburg Theatre

Landmark Theatre in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Receives First Major Renovation in Its 50-Year History

GLENDALE, Calif. — July 9, 2014 — Bittree today announced that its high-bandwidth video and programmable audio patchbays were chosen for a major A/V upgrade for the Homburg Theatre, a 1,102 seat performing arts venue in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Bittree’s Canadian reseller, Solotech, provided systems integration and installation for the project, which wrapped up in April. Trizart Alliance were the consultants on the project. more

Riedel and German Broadcaster RTL Celebrate Six-Year Partnership That Brings Formula One to the World

WUPPERTAL, Germany — July 9, 2014 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, announced that Formula One host broadcaster RTL has, for the past six years, leveraged the Riedel RiLink Global Fiber Service to provide bidirectional links between the race circuits and the broadcast station in Cologne, Germany. In addition, Riedel’s Artist and MediorNet platforms are used for communications and signal acquisition and distribution at the various race venues around the world. more

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RTI Releases Two-Way Driver for Sonos(R) Audio Devices

New Driver Allows Intuitive Control of Popular Sonos(R) Streaming Audio Systems Directly From RTI Interfaces

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — July 9, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced the availability of a new two-way driver for use with the Sonos(R) family of wireless music players. Available free of charge to RTI dealers, the driver simplifies the control and feedback of Sonos audio components, providing integrators and end users with an incredibly powerful solution for selecting songs, storing favorites, and adjusting audio settings on up to 16 media players from a single page of an RTI user interface. more

Biamp Systems’ Tesira(R) SERVER-IO Powers Milwaukee’s ‘Listening to Mitchell’ Art Installation

DSP-enabled soundscape brings interactive public exhibit to life

BEAVERTON, Oregon — July 9, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that the company will be donating the use of a Tesira(R) SERVER-IO to support the immersive sound installation for the “Listening to Mitchell” art project co-created by Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr. Arup — an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants, and technical specialists — provided acoustic and audiovisual consulting and design services for the project and produced the 18-channel sound installation. The Tesira SERVER-IO provides the digital signal processing (DSP) behind the acoustically enveloping experience in the storefront sound installation. more

Wohler and VSN Partner to Accelerate and Simplify Media Asset Management and Transformation Workflows

Integration of Wohler RadiantGrid Software-Based Processing Framework Into VSN MAM Makes for Dramatic Efficiency Gains

SAN FRANCISCO — July 8, 2014 — Wohler Technologies today announced that Spain’s VSN, an IT company specializing in high-performance multimedia content management solutions, is using Wohler’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) as the transcoding and media transformation engine for its media asset management (MAM) product. Integration of this Wohler technology into its MAM solution enables VSN to offer end users a turnkey solution for high-performance media management and processing.

“The unique speed with which Wohler’s RadiantGrid technology processes content translates to a significant benefit for customers using our VSN MAM solution,” said Jordi Utiel, CEO at VSN. “By partnering with Wohler, we’ve been able to offer a platform that accelerates media processing workflows and, in turn, enables our customers to realize efficiency gains that are so critical in today’s highly competitive media marketplace.”

With more than 20 years of experience, VSN has developed technology and manufactured solutions to meet the needs of more than 1,000 customers — TV stations, government organizations, universities, and news agencies — in 100 countries. Tailored to the requirements of the broadcast industry, VSN solutions help to ensure comprehensive media management for TV stations as well as independent producers and distributors of audiovisual content.

Wohler’s RadiantGrid applies TrueGrid(TM) file-based processing to manage and accelerate several tasks simultaneously while allowing users to realize true scalability across multiple machines. The result is a media transformation process that is simpler, faster, and dramatically more efficient than alternative solutions. Several installations of the VSN MAM with RadiantGrid technology have already been deployed successfully by customers in Asia-Pacific markets.

“VSN is a proven leader in IT-based solutions for the broadcast industry, and the intuitive interface and smart design of its solutions support straightforward management of media assets,” said Craig Newbury, vice president of sales for the Wohler RadiantGrid business line. “Through our collaborative work, VSN is able to back the highly refined front-end of its MAM user interface with unparalleled processing power and efficiency. For the end user, the result is a simpler workflow that enables faster time to market.”

Further information about the RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform and other RadiantGrid solutions is available at www.wohler.com.

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About VSN
VSN is a global technology company focused on providing innovation and solutions for the broadcast and media sector. It offers a wide range of products based on standard IT infrastructure, solving the needs of creation, distribution, and management of audiovisual content in TV channels, public institutions, universities, and news agencies. The complete suite of VSN solutions has been developed with an open architecture, following industry standards. It allows the user to digitize and manage media contents and to automate and optimize daily operations, perfectly integrating the different areas and third-party applications. With offices in Barcelona (HQ), Dubai, Montevideo, Miami, and Hong Kong, along with a center of technological excellence in Alicante and a widespread network of partners, VSN offers worldwide coverage, always keeping close to its clients. VSN solutions solve the complete workflow of an audiovisual company, improving its efficiency and walking hand in hand with it in its journey towards multiplatform and cloud environments. More information about VSN is available at www.vsn-tv.com.

About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, and it continues today through the company’s development of signal management and monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications. Wohler’s RadiantGrid(TM) platform extends the company’s award-winning product lines to include solutions for efficient file-based content creation and distribution, quality control, accelerated transcoding, and standards conversion. Together, Wohler’s advanced file-based solutions and proven, cost-effective confidence monitoring and content management products ensure high-quality media production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler and RadiantGrid products is available at www.wohler.com.

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SMPTE Announces Launch of New Pittsburgh Section

New Section Will Bring New Resources and Opportunities to SMPTE Members in Increasingly Active Northeast Hub

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — July 8, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced the formation of a new SMPTE Section in Pittsburgh. The new Section will offer existing and potential SMPTE members in the Pittsburgh area valuable educational programs, technical expertise, and networking opportunities. The formation of the group was spearheaded by local SMPTE Fellows George Hoover, CTO at NEP; John Luff, television technology consultant at HD Consulting; and Diversified Systems CTO Karl Paulsen.

“George, John, and Karl did tremendous work to make the SMPTE Pittsburgh Section a reality, and the success of their initiative reflects the Society’s growing momentum and activity in the Pittsburgh area,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “This really was an effort born in the grassroots of SMPTE membership, and it demonstrates our members’ genuine enthusiasm for taking advantage of educational programs and their interest in becoming more involved in creating the standards that shape our industry.”

The launch of the SMPTE Pittsburgh Section brings the total of local Sections to 28 worldwide. Each year, these groups collectively host more than 200 meetings, tutorials, and workshops. While these events give members access to a broad variety of SMPTE resources, they also enable each Section to tailor programming to address the technical and business concerns of particular interest in the region.

“Pittsburgh is a hub of activity for our industry, and it is particularly notable because the growing SMPTE membership in the region extends beyond traditional television and cinema professionals in what’s proving to be a very diverse group that includes new media,” said Paul Stechly, SMPTE membership vice president. “Because the formation of new Sections tends to draw an even larger membership, this announcement signals meaningful, ongoing growth for SMPTE in terms of both the breadth and depth of its membership.”

Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Pexip and Enabling Technologies Partnership Expands Microsoft Lync Functionality for Unified Communications Applications

Collaboration Enables Simple Microsoft Lync Integration Within Traditional Videoconferencing Environments

OSLO, Norway — July 7, 2014 — Pexip(R), a global disrupter in scalable, distributed videoconferencing technology, today announced a partnership with Enabling Technologies Corp. Under the agreement, the companies will enable enterprises to integrate traditional videoconferencing systems seamlessly with Microsoft(R) Lync(R) — increasing flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and deployment simplicity within IT-led collaboration environments.

A three-time Microsoft Worldwide UC Partner of the year, Enabling Technologies Corp. has successfully implemented nearly 1,000 unified communications projects within industries such as education, government, oil and gas, and healthcare. By working with Pexip, the company solves interoperability issues related to customers’ existing infrastructures — enabling Lync users to connect to legacy video conferencing systems simply.

“Using Pexip’s Infinity scalable meeting platform, our customers can now easily integrate Microsoft Lync with any legacy videoconferencing solution, satisfying the need for a straightforward visual collaboration solution that can be seamlessly incorporated into IT infrastructures,” said Bill Vollerthum, President, Enabling Technologies Corp. “As a result, users within sectors such as education, professional services, and the enterprise gain a more comprehensive unified communications solution that effectively leverages existing IT investments.”

“Joining forces with a systems integration innovator such as Enabling Technologies brings the simplicity, scalability, and seamlessness of our meeting platform to an even wider range of users,” said Simen Teigre, CEO and co-founder of Pexip. “With Microsoft Lync being the top choice for unified communications clients, our software simply solves fundamental enterprise communication challenges by bringing visual collaboration solutions together.”

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About Enabling Technologies Corp.
Enabling Technologies www.enablingtechcorp.com is the leading Systems Integrator of Microsoft Unified Communications systems. Enabling has 20 years of messaging and real-time communications experience and over 1,000 deployments of Microsoft Lync, Exchange, and Exchange Unified Messaging as well as Office 365. Enabling’s tried-and-true processes have helped customers minimize risk, maximize investments, and optimize the end-user UC experience. Enabling takes a holistic approach to projects, acing the technical components while also optimizing the people and process side to technology rollouts. If your projects involve integrating Lync or Exchange UM to an existing phone system, count on Enabling’s expertise in integrating to Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Siemens, and small-scale phone systems. Having Enabling design, implement, and proactively monitor your Exchange and Lync systems is the first step to changing the way your workforce thinks about communications, for the better. Once you’ve made the move to Lync UC, we can take you to the next level by providing CEBP solutions to integrate Lync with your back office business applications.

About Pexip(R)
Pexip(R) overthrows conventional thinking by providing an affordable, scalable, and virtualized meeting platform that truly allows anyone to do high-quality video meetings from any device. For Pexip, simplicity for the end user and IT is a guiding principle in the design of Pexip Infinity, the scalable meeting platform. Founded in 2012, Pexip was created by leading innovators from the videoconferencing industry. Pexip is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has global offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.pexip.com.

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