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Revolabs Executive HD Wireless Microphone System Brings Flexible Recording to Humberside Police Force

Partnership With Weston Digital Technologies Provides Wireless Recording, 128-Bit Encryption, and HD Audio Capabilities to Mission-Critical Police Installation

SUDBURY, Mass. — May 28, 2014 — Revolabs today announced that the company’s Executive HD(TM) wireless microphone system is now integrated with Weston Digital Technologies’ Symphony Ambient Recording solution to provide wireless recording capabilities to the U.K.’s Humberside Police Force. Delivering exceptional audio quality, fail-safe security, and unparalleled versatility, the wireless ambient recording solution allows Humberside police to manage large-scale incidents from multiple control rooms while maintaining meticulous quality and compliance standards.

Covering a population of over 1.14 million citizens within the districts of North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire, and the urban area of Kingston upon Hull, Humberside Police required a mission-critical recording solution for its highly demanding, fast-paced, and dynamic environment. By pairing Weston Digital Technologies’ Symphony Ambient Recording solution with Revolabs’ wireless, wearable microphone system, Humberside Police officers gain the flexibility and performance needed for managing serious incidents without compromising the force’s best practice requirements.

“In police command and control facilities such as the Humberside Police Force, mission-critical incident management discussions require the ability to operate within multiroom environments,” said Mike Partridge, commercial director at Weston Digital Technologies. “As a result, Weston needed to select a wireless microphone solution that could deliver a combination of exceptional audio quality, total versatility, and fail-safe security. The combination of Revolabs’ Executive HD and our Symphony Ambient Recording solution provides users with a flexible, safe, high-end feature set that is also incredibly easy to use. The ability to replay ambient audio synchronized with the call recordings and radio communications is invaluable for incident reconstruction.”

Fully integrated within the Symphony Ambient Recording solution, Revolabs’ Executive HD system provides unrivalled flexibility, quality, and security for demanding environments such as the Humberside Police. Supporting up to eight wireless microphones, multiple units can be linked together to support up to 32 microphones per area while integrating with all control systems via RS-232 or Ethernet — making the system a seamless, natural extension of any new or existing environment. An intuitive, front-panel LCD display provides simple control and configuration on-location, while management software is available for the convenience of remotely monitoring and controlling the system via Ethernet connection.

“Our new wireless solution allows senior officers to focus on managing incidents without worrying about audio recording elements, ensuring that best practices are followed at all times,” said Dave Christison, senior infrastructure engineer at Humberside Police. “With Revolabs microphones attaching directly to clothing or lanyards, officers are also able to move freely between control rooms without dropping communication recordings while 128-bit encryption ensures that all our communications remain fully secure, providing crucial protection for our transmissions.”

“As critical communication environments such as courtrooms and police stations turn to wireless technologies for their audio capture requirements, sound quality, design intuitiveness, and robust security become central elements to their installations’ reliability and success,” said Marc Cremer, COO at Revolabs. “Our Executive HD 4- and 8-channel wireless microphone system was engineered with these precise requirements in mind, allowing users such as the Humberside Police Force to perform their duties with the reassurance that audio capture remains clear, safe, and extremely flexible. We are thrilled to pair our system with Weston’s Symphony Ambient Recording solution and look forward to similar collaborations in the future.”

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About Weston Digital Technologies:
Weston Digital Technologies is the developer of the Symphony suite of synchronous communications recording, replay, and analysis applications. Their products are trusted by many of the world’s leading companies to record critical business communications including TDM, VoIP, and Mobile Call Recording along with Screen Data, Ambient Audio, and CCTV, whilst Symphony’s analytic capabilities help organisations to meet regulatory requirements, optimise their workforce and better understand their customers. Symphony can be found at work in a diverse range of environments including financial institutions, Blue-Light Services and contact centres. The company is headquartered in Sussex, U.K. and can be reached at +44 (0)1403-783-344 or www.westondigital.com.

About Revolabs:
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of 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 teleconferencing 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 and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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MultiDyne 2014 Cine Gear Expo Exhibitor News

Visit MultiDyne(R) at the 2014 Cine Gear Expo — Booth 301

At the 2014 Cine Gear Expo, MultiDyne(R) will showcase a broad range of innovative, fiber-optic-based video and audio transport solutions designed specifically for pro A/V and broadcast applications.

A key highlight at the booth will be additions to the MultiDyne SilverBACK(TM) family of fiber transport solutions. Responding to consumer demand, MultiDyne has added the option for Ethernet transport and DC power taps to the SilverBACK family.

Key Product and Technology Demonstrations

The Dingo(TM) Fiber Transport Card Line
At the 2014 Cine Gear Expo, MultiDyne(R) will introduce The Dingo(TM), a new fiber transport card set. Featuring a flexible, elegant design, The Dingo supports a wide range of camera signals — 3G HD-SDI, composite video, analog or digital audio with cross-conversion, intercom, serial data, and Gigabit Ethernet — over a single fiber-optic cable. Available in three interoperable formats, The Dingo brings unprecedented flexibility to all aspects of fiber transport.

The Dingo is available as an openGear(R) compatible card that offers SNMP management and power redundancy in a single hot-swappable card; as a portable, black box that makes a great addition to MultiDyne’s LightBrix line; or as a smaller personality card for The BullDog(TM), LiGHTBoX(R), and LiGHTCuBE(R) product lines — all from MultiDyne. All three formats are interoperable, enabling seamless communication between openGear cards and other fiber transport equipment in the field.

The Dingo supports a variety of applications including broadcast, A/V, sports, OB, ENG, POV, and multicamera shoots, making it the ideal solution for professional camera operators as well as field and facility infrastructures.

As part of The Dingo Line, MultiDyne will release an individual card for each signal transport, as well as various signal combinations, creating over two dozen individual cards in order to fit each and every fiber transport application — all available as cards, a black box, or as personality cards for The BullDog, LiGHTBoX and LiGHTCuBE.

The BullDog(TM) Field Fiber Transport System and The BullDog Big Brothers
MultiDyne(R) is now shipping The BullDog(TM), an innovative field fiber transport system that packs endless functionality into a compact, rugged package. Using The BullDog, professional camera operators can significantly extend the transmission distance of multiple camera signals, including HD-SDI video, audio, intercom, control data, Ethernet, GPIOs, tally, and power. In addition to transporting any camera signal over a single fiber cable, The BullDog can efficiently transport up to eight HD-SDI signals in any direction. Designed to withstand the harsh environments of sports and ENG applications, the cost-effective and scalable system can be easily configured to support a wide range of existing and next-generation signals.

Already operating on a lightweight battery pack, The BullDog gives users the option of adding the MultiDyne JUICE power supply. In addition to transmitting signals to and from the camera with a hybrid optical cable, users can send power to The BullDog and the camera. With the Juice option, there is no need for a battery or local power, which is particularly useful at golf courses and venues without a power infrastructure.

In addition to its standard compact version of The BullDog, MultiDyne will highlight The BullDog Big Brothers, two larger-sized units that pack even more functionality into a still rugged and compact form factor.

SilverBACK-4K(TM) Will Have Significant New Features Including Ethernet and Power Taps
Also on display at the 2014 Cine Gear Expo will be the MultiDyne(R) SilverBACK-4K(TM), a powerful camera-mounted fiber transport solution that supports 4K (Ultra HD) digital television. Utilizing SilverBACK-4K, users can seamlessly transmit any camera signal, including Ultra HD video, HD-SDI video, audio, intercom, control data, GPIOs, tally, and power, over a single hybrid copper and fiber cable.

The SilverBACK-4K is available in two versions: a feature-rich model with a video option for viewfinder or monitor viewing in the field; and a low-cost model without the viewfinder/monitor viewing option. Ultra HD support can be added to any existing SilverBACK-4K system through a simple upgrade, enabling MultiDyne customers to deliver a state-of-the-art 4K television experience cost-effectively.

The award-winning MultiDyne SilverBACK-4K transport system features an elegant, compact case, measuring just over one inch thick, with a simple, intuitive user interface. Ideal for digital cinema, sports, ENG, D-SNG and multicamera studio applications, SilverBACK-4K can transport SDI video up to 4K uncompressed, with embedded or separate program audio. A JUICE power supply can be added to support camera distances of up to 500 meters.

SilverBACK-II(TM) With JUICE Camera-Mounted Fiber Transport Solution
The MultiDyne(R) signature SilverBACK-II(TM) with JUICE is a cost-effective, camera-mounted fiber transport solution capable of transmitting any camera signal, including HD-SDI video, audio, control data, GPIOs, tally, and power, over a single hybrid fiber and copper cable without relying on local power or batteries. Featuring an elegant, compact case measuring just over one inch thick, the SilverBACK-II with JUICE eliminates operator fatigue in the field by providing users with a lightweight, remote powering system that can be seamlessly integrated onto any camera. Ideally suited for news, sports, ENG, D-SNG, OB, and multicamera studio applications, the SilverBACK-II with JUICE can transport SDI video up to 3G HD-SDI uncompressed, with embedded or separate program audio. A return video option also supports up to 3G HD-SDI video for viewfinder or monitor viewing, providing a high-quality viewing experience for users in the field. In addition, the unit enables operators to achieve camera control/RCP paint functions through one of the three available data channels. An additional back channel is available for camera sync or genlock. Several options are available for optical connectivity including STs, Neutrik(R) opticalCon, Fibreco Mini MX expanded beam, and Lemo(R) 304M. The SilverBACK-II with JUICE is now available with Ethernet and DC power taps as well.

Company Overview:

For more than 30 years, MultiDyne(R) has been a leading provider of innovative video and fiber-optic-based transport systems for the broadcast, cable, satellite, production, digital cinema, pro A/V, corporate, retail, surveillance, teleconferencing, judicial arraignment, transportation, government, military, and healthcare markets. MultiDyne’s fiber-optic transport systems for video, SDI, 3G HD, DVB/ASI, VGA, DVI, HDMI, audio, AES, Ethernet, data, and CATV, as well as the company’s other broadcast accessories, are used worldwide by such industry leaders as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, RAI, BBC, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. MultiDyne provides a seven-year warranty on its core product line. For more information, call MultiDyne at 1-877-MULTIDYNE or 1-516-671-7278, visit the company’s website at www.multidyne.com, or send an email to sales@multidyne.com.

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Artel Video Systems to Showcase DigiLink Media Transport Platform at AHECTA 2014

DigiLink Provides Educational Institutions With a Single, Flexible Media Transport Platform for Delivering Broadcast-Quality Video and Data

WESTFORD, Mass. — May 27, 2014 — Artel Video Systems, a leading global provider of broadcast-quality video transport solutions, today announced that it will showcase its DigiLink media transport platform at AHECTA 2014, the education industry’s premier conference for campus communication, cable, and video services. During the show, June 25-27 in Denver, the company will highlight DigiLink’s rich feature set and functionality including transporting video over direct fiber, IP networks, optical backbones, JPEG2000 compression, and integrated routing, all designed to address the challenges educational institutions face when delivering broadcast-quality video and data in interactive and global learning environments.

“Today, higher education is rapidly expanding beyond the classroom walls and campus. As institutions look to provide increased opportunities for distance learning, on and off campus, the need for broadcast-quality media transport is essential,” says Richard Dellacanonica, president at Artel Video Systems. “In addition to being flexible, reliable, and cost-effective, DigiLink is easy to configure and use, making it the ideal solution for educational institutions that want to deliver high-quality, low-latency video and data across IP, direct fiber, and optical networks.”

DigiLink’s unique architecture features internal signal routing capabilities, virtually eliminating the need for external cross connects, video routers, or Ethernet switches. Designed to operate in any operating environment while being compact and power efficient, DigiLink dramatically lowers educational institute capital and operational expenses.

More information about the company’s products is available at www.artel.com.

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About Artel Video Systems (www.artel.com)
Artel Video Systems is a leading global provider of broadcast-quality media transport solutions for IP, direct fiber, and managed optical networks. A pioneer in the industry, Artel developed the first commercially available video-over-fiber video transport platform. In recent years Artel has provided solutions based on DigiLink media platform providing the most reliable and easiest to configure and support solutions. With thousands of deployments DigiLink is relied upon everyday by the world’s largest broadcasters, telecommunication companies, and CATV operators for mission critical video and data feeds to support the world’s most watched sports, news, and entertainment events.

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Joseph Electronics Now Representing ABonAir Wireless Microwave Link Products in North America

NILES, Ill. — May 21, 2014 – Joseph Electronics (JE), the premier one-stop shop for the broadcast industry and provider of copper and fiber terminations and custom fiber solutions through Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS), today announced that it has become an authorized North American distributor and service center for Israel’s ABonAir. ABonAir designs and markets wireless video link systems for professional camera and production teams worldwide, enabling them to transmit video content directly from cameras to media centers, director-monitors, or outside broadcast (OB) vans over the air using microwave technology. JE will represent ABonAir’s wireless microwave link products to the OB truck, ENG, and TV station markets.

“ABonAir designs solid, license-free, top-of-the-line wireless HD link systems at a great price point, which makes them a welcome addition to our product portfolio and a great fit for our customers,” said Yohay Hahamy, president and CEO of Joseph Electronics. “We demonstrated the system live at NAB this year, where the transmitter was outside in the production truck exhibit area and the receiver was in our booth in the central hall. The signal was clear even though there was no direct line of sight and a concrete wall between us — a result that got the attention of several of our customers.”

The only North American ABonAir distributor that is not a system integrator, JE will work with ABonAir on specific improvements — such as remote antennas via fiber and unique packaging options — that will make the systems even better-suited to remote production.

“It was a natural choice for ABonAir to partner with Joseph Electronics due to its technology leadership, nationwide exposure, and vast experience,” said ABonAir CEO Eran Igler. “Joseph Electronics’ leadership, professionalism, reputation, and top-tier customer base fit perfectly with ABonAir’s high-end, robust line of wireless broadcast transmission systems. This agreement gives ABonAir access to a larger number of broadcasters and production companies in North America.”

ABonAir’s AB Series of professional wireless HD links use a robust orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) radio that assures reliable links under even the most difficult conditions. When combined with OFDM technology, ABonAir’s proprietary air protocol enables the systems to stream HD video at the highest quality with consistent bit rates to meet broadcast standards. ABonAir’s OFDM-based systems allow video transmission up to 8,200 feet while consuming only 10 watts of power.

Further information about Joseph Electronics and the company’s products and services is available at www.josephelectronics.com.

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About Joseph Electronics
Joseph Electronics (JE) is an authorized stocking distributor for more than 100 premier broadcast and pro A/V brands with stocking locations in both Illinois and California. Its full-service fiber division, Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS), designs and supplies innovative custom fiber solutions — such as the Caddie Series, DFT Series, and 4K Studio Caddie — for broadcasters and system integrators alike. Equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber lab staffed with fully certified professionals, JFS can fabricate, terminate, or repair any connector, assembly, panel, breakout, or interface in use today. JE has served the broadcast industry for more than 65 years and has representatives in California, New York, London, and Zurich. More information about Joseph Electronics can be found at www.josephelectronics.com.

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Revolabs Connects With Business Breakthrough Paris 2014

SUDBURY, Mass. — May 22, 2014 — Revolabs today announced that it will exhibit its next-generation Executive Elite wireless microphone system and audio-enhancing FLX UC 500 USB conference phone at the Business Breakthrough Event Paris 2014 on June 3 at The Espaces CAP 15. This is the second Business Breakthrough Event to be held in Europe this year and offers attendees up-to-date information on evolving unified communications (UC) and collaboration solutions and workflow integration. more

Biamp Systems Showcases TesiraFORTÉ at the Business Breakthrough Event 2014 in London

Biamp’s DSP-based audio processors provide incredible flexibility for everyday and enterprise-grade applications

BEAVERTON, Oregon — May 22, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced its participation in the Business Breakthrough Event 2014 in London on May 29. The premier event will provide attendees with information, discussion platforms, and solution updates within the rapidly evolving unified communications space. As a gold-level sponsor of the event, Biamp(R) will showcase its newly launched TesiraFORTÉ digital signal processors and host an educational presentation titled “It’s Amazing What Happens When People Hear What You Say — Delivering Audio That Works.” more

NUGEN Audio’s VisLM Now Supports 7.1 Surround Audio

Latest Version Supports Compliance Needs of Game Audio Producers as They Launch Production of 7.1 Titles

LEEDS, U.K. — May 21, 2014 — To meet the evolving loudness requirements of the games industry, NUGEN Audio today announced that its industry-leading VisLM loudness metering plug-in now includes support for 7.1 surround audio for the Xbox(R) One console and the Audio Standards Working Group (ASWG) standard for PlayStation development.

VisLM provides an easy-to-use, standard-compliant way to measure, compare, and contrast loudness during production, broadcast, post-production, and quality assurance, on the fly or after the fact for entire sections of audio. With detailed, objective loudness measurement, history, and logging facilities, VisLM supports ITU, ATSC, EBU, and Game Audio standards to ensure loudness compliance for titles to be distributed virtually anywhere in the world. In addition to supporting channels recorded in 7.1 format, the latest version of VisLM now offers support for the VST3 plug-in format, improved routing in the stand-alone mode, and a new analyze/render option.

“The latest version of VisLM is a direct response to our Game Audio customers, who need high-quality audio tools as they begin to adopt 7.1 as a standard format for titles for the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles,” said Jon Schorah, creative director, NUGEN Audio. “Just as with broadcasting, these customers need the ability to distribute their products in every market whilst ensuring loudness compliance. At the same time, they want to ensure appropriate loudness in order to give users the most immersive, exciting audio experience possible. VisLM provides a highly visual and easy-to-use way of meeting both goals.”

The latest version of VisLM with 7.1 support is available as a free upgrade for current VisLM users. More information about the entire NUGEN Audio product family is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio provides the broadcast and post-production industry’s most advanced solutions for end-to-end loudness management, metering, and correction from content acquisition through to playout. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the NUGEN Audio design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver high-quality, compliant audio while saving time, reducing costs, and preserving the creative process. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, post-production, and music production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

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Riedel Solution Supports Red Bull-Sponsored Wings for Life World Run Staged Across 34 Countries

Dedicated to Funding Spinal Cord Injury Research, Run Organizers Leverage Riedel Systems in One of the Largest SIP VoIP Installations Ever Implemented for a Live Global Event

WUPPERTAL, Germany — May 21, 2014 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that it provided the global communications backbone for the Wings for Life World Run, sponsored by Red Bull and supporting research to cure spinal cord injuries. An extensive installation of Riedel’s Artist digital matrix intercom system and MediorNet real-time media network supported race-day communications worldwide, as well as production of a television broadcast and a live streaming broadcast with updates from all 34 participating countries. RecordLab TV & Media GmbH was responsible for providing the broadcast infrastructure for the event.

“The flexibility and reliability of Riedel solutions make them an ideal fit for complex large-scale global events, such as the Wings for Life World Run,” said Boris Kantzow, senior project engineer at Riedel. “Building on the Artist intercom system and MediorNet network, we were able to pull off a truly remarkable event that raised an amazing 3 million euros for spinal cord research.”

On May 4 at 10 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time, more than 35,000 runners began the race simultaneously in 34 countries on six continents. Half an hour later, two “catcher cars” at each site began pursuit at 16 kmph (approximately 10 mph), using sensors to mark the time each athlete was caught and passed. The last woman and man to be “caught” earned the title of Wings for Life World Run Champion. The global winner was Lemawork Ketema of Ethiopia, who covered 78.58 kilometers (48.83 miles).

Because the race format spanned 13 times zones and lacked any fixed finish lines, coordination presented an enormous logistical challenge for the 110 timekeepers and organizers. The timekeeping and satellite news gathering (SNG) operations, with some 200 cameras feeding live images of the racing action, were based at the Red Bull Ring F1 circuit in Spielberg, Austria.

The Riedel solution implemented by Red Bull included five Artist nodes deployed in a dual redundant fiber ring to provide 448 ports in a nonblocking system. Eighty control panels were spread across global race control, the outside broadcast (OB) truck, and all editing areas, with some panels connected via Riedel’s MediorNet real-time media network to the SNG compound and other broadcast and social media facilities. All video and audio signals were distributed on Riedel’s MediorNet system, and Riedel’s CCP-1116 commentary units supported the main commentary position, as well as the radio program.

Each race site was connected to the system by two session initiation protocol (SIP) VoIP lines, one technical coordination circuit, and one production coordination circuit in what was likely the largest SIP VoIP installation ever implemented for such a global event. SIP VoIP cards in the Artist nodes were connected directly to a local VoIP private automatic branch exchange. To enable mobile communications, Riedel’s RiFace universal radio interface systems connected Motorola radios on eight UHF radio channels.

“The exciting thing about the Wings of Life World Run was the ability to have high quality and reliable global intercom communications despite having virtually no opportunity for a proper facilities test leading up to the event, said Christoph Winter, freelance communications engineer. “For a smooth connection between 34 countries, each with two coordination circuits, it was important that all involved parties be able to interact perfectly. Other key elements were a high degree of professionalism, optimum coordination, a faultless IT infrastructure to enable the connection to the SIP provider, and the excellent cooperation of OB van supplier RecordLab, who supplied the MediorNet real time network and Artist systems.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Jiou-Pahn Lee Named Director of R&D at Riedel Communications

WUPPERTAL, Germany — May 20, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Jiou-Pahn Lee has been appointed to serve as director of R&D for Riedel Communications. In this role, Lee will be responsible for exploring and developing new technologies and evaluating their impact on achieving business goals. With a clear vision of the industry, he strengthens Riedel’s existing competencies on several fronts and across all of the current product families including MediorNet real-time media networks, RockNet digital audio networks, and Artist intercom systems. As director of R&D, Lee will be a member of the Management Board.

“With experience leading product development at well-known technology companies, Jiou-Pahn comes to Riedel with extensive knowledge of designing world-class products for the television broadcasting and production industry,” said Thomas Riedel, president of Riedel Communications. “We expect that his guidance and contributions will be tremendously valuable as we continue to enhance and extend our product portfolio to provide innovative communications and media transport solutions.”

Lee’s global experience in product development includes 17 years in the United States and nine years in the United Kingdom, working in areas ranging from the exploration of technologies through product development to deployment. He most recently served as vice president of engineering and technical director at Clear-Com, where he was in charge of a culturally diverse product development organization with multiple sites located in the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada. A native Mandarin Chinese speaker, he personally oversaw key customer accounts in China and set up the company’s sales office in Beijing.

He earlier was director of server engineering at Thomson Grass Valley and director of engineering at Videotele.com. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan, and a master’s degree in computer science from Utah State University.

Information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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SMPTE and SCIEN Continue to Drive Groundbreaking Discourse With 2014 ETIA Conference Program

‘Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age’ Will Draw Hollywood and Silicon Valley Together to Examine Key Issues in Internet-Based Media Delivery

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — May 19, 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, and the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering (SCIEN) have released details on the second annual “Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age” (ETIA) conference, beginning June 18 at Stanford University’s Palo Alto, California, campus.

The two-day event, co-produced by SMPTE and SCIEN, will explain the complex synergies created by the industry’s volatile mix of creativity, advancing IP/IT technologies, and business drivers. ETIA also will give attendees an unparalleled opportunity to network and engage with executives from both traditional and new media industry sectors.

“As advances in media technology and greater bandwidth availability have lowered barriers to content creation and Internet-based distribution, media consumers have moved in significant numbers from pay-TV services to Web-based services, many relying solely on the Internet for entertainment content,” said Patrick Griffis, SMPTE education vice president and ETIA conference co-chair. “These dramatic and ongoing trends demand that we examine both the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ in the context of the technology requirements for delivering a compelling entertainment experience over the Internet, and that’s exactly what this year’s conference will do.”

During the conference, technology and creative experts will explore the convergence of traditional and Web-based media, focusing on key attributes of each and predicting future technical trends. Through engaging panel discussions and presentations, with abundant opportunity for audience participation and networking, the ETIA conference will examine topics including content creation, distribution, and monetization, as well as the technical tools and solutions that shape the user experience.

“No other industry event allows delegates to get so close to this rich mix of technology leaders — the individuals who will shape the industry’s future,” said Joyce Farrell, executive director of SCIEN and ETIA conference co-chair. “The first ETIA conference brought nearly 300 executives, academics, and creative professionals from both Silicon Valley and the Hollywood community together for a unique and important series of conversations on Internet-delivered entertainment, and we expect this year’s event to build on that success, facilitating further discourse on critical issues in entertainment technology.”

Program highlights include a keynote presentation, titled “Evolving Web Business Models for Entertainment,” by Vubitquity CEO Darcy Antonellis, who will offer insight into the new monetization opportunities and models in the multiplatform entertainment environment. With panelists from Sinclair Broadcast Group and CEA, “Is the Big Stick TV Antenna Dead?” will consider the future (dim or rosy?) of traditional over-the-air broadcasting and the impact of evolving transmission technologies on the use of the broadcast spectrum.

ETIA attendees also will have the chance to hear the latest on net neutrality from FCC Wireline Deputy Bureau Chief Matthew DelNero. The FCC insider will offer his perspective on the new rules and on hot issues such as the possibility of paid “fast lanes” and the potential for ISP behavior that harms consumers.

Other 2014 ETIA sessions continue the blending of traditional and Web-based media perspectives, addressing topics including the suitability of Web delivery for high-quality video and audio, the impact of mobility on online media consumption, the race for over-the-top leadership, and evolving business models for Internet-based content delivery. Experts working in the field will discuss the translation of traditional content for multiplatform distribution, the challenges of presenting live sports events, the art of transmedia storytelling, the pairing of data and technology to engage consumers across devices, the preservation of artistic intent through Internet-based delivery, and disruptive innovation in filmmaking, sports, and games.

A reception within the Interactive Exploration Zone, which will feature kiosks showcasing the technologies driving the evolution of entertainment, will give attendees a firsthand look at how concepts that once seemed an impossibility — such as the Holodeck in the “Star Trek” series –are becoming a reality. In the subsequent evening session titled “The Holodeck: Entertainment for the Next Generation,” Bing Gordon will describe the power of such immersive technologies to complement and enhance entertainment experiences.

Conference registration and further details about the ETIA conference program are available at smpte.org/etia2014.

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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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Photo Caption: Panel from 2013 ETIA Conference

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