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Verrex Appoints Alexander as Director of Global Managed Services

AV systems integrator Verrex welcomes Debra Alexander with over 15 years of experience in video managed services as head of its GMS™ teams and offering

Verrex Debra Alexander

Debra Alexander, Verrex GMS Director

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 8 January 2014 / — Verrex, a global design-build integrator and managed services provider of conferencing, collaboration and presentation technologies, announced that Debra Alexander has been appointed as Director of Global Managed Services (GMS). Responsible for the company’s full portfolio of video and AV managed services, Ms. Alexander will drive product development, go-to-market strategies and performance of the GMS brand globally including VNOC, Cloud-based/VaaS, Service & Support, Onsite Staffing and Professional GMS Services including Adoption and Unified Communications (UC) initiatives. She reports directly to Verrex President & CEO, Thomas Berry, Jr.

“The role Verrex plays in meeting clients’ conferencing, communication and collaboration needs has clearly evolved and Debra’s hire is a key part of further strengthening our GMS competency,” said Berry. “With Debra’s expertise in managed services technologies and strategy execution, as well as product management and voice-of-customer programs, she will no doubt ensure Verrex offers the most innovative solutions in the market. We are very pleased to have a strong leader and visionary in this crucial role of building synergy between our managed services and integration lines to deliver significant value to our clients.”

Most recently Alexander was Vice President of Customer Support at York Telecom. Additional career highlights include: Vice President of Customer Experience at York Telecom; Vice President of Managed Services at York Telecom; Global Account Executive at ACT Telecommunications; Global Account Project Specialist at PictureTel, based in Andover, MA; and Accounts Team Leader/Conference Support Engineer at PictureTel based in Slough, UK. She received a HND degree in Travel & Tourism from Cornwall College in the UK and has completed American Management Executive training. Alexander is a Certified Vidyo Engineer and a Toastmasters International member.

“I am honored and excited to join Verrex at such a transformational time,” said Alexander. “Together with the people, investment and renewed focus provides us a wonderful opportunity to grow our existing products and services and to introduce new and unique offerings in the very short term.”

Alexander is based out of Verrex’s Corporate & Global headquarters in Mountainside, New Jersey and can be reached at dalexander@verrex.com.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex designs, integrates, services and supports conferencing and collaboration systems globally that allow companies to communicate and collaborate through video conferencing and other audio visual technologies. Verrex’s approach is driven by a proprietary quality-management process and focus on documentation to deliver consistency and best-in-class standards across an entire enterprise. Led by full-service offices in key corporate hubs, Verrex has built an allied network across 40 countries to share its vision of exceptional integration and support services worldwide. For information, visit verrex.com.

Verrex, the Verrex Logo and GMS are registered trademarks of Verrex Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.
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Media Contact:
Theresa Hahn, Director of Marketing & Business Development
Verrex
Phone: +1 908 664 8391
Email: thahn@verrex.com

Extron XTP DTP 24 Twisted Pair Cable Receives HDBaseT Recommendation

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce that Extron XTP DTP 24 Shielded Twisted Pair Cable has been independently tested in an HDBaseT™ Alliance Recognized Testing Facility and verified to exceed performance requirements for recommendation by the Alliance. The HDBaseT Alliance’s Cable Recommendation Program helps AV installers to select cables that are engineered for optimum signal transmission within a twisted pair infrastructure. Extron XTP DTP 24 cable is specifically engineered to improve performance and signal path reliability with Extron XTP Systems, DTP Systems, and HDBaseT applications. The cable is available in both Plenum and Non-Plenum versions, and is certified to 475 MHz bandwidth at distances up to 330 feet (100 meters).

“When Extron got into the AV cable business many years ago, we quickly determined that off-the-shelf bulk cable didn’t meet our standards for performance, reliability, and durability, so we design all of our cables in-house,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “XTP DTP 24 cable is engineered specifically for digital video applications to provide integrators with absolute confidence in signal integrity throughout the largest distribution systems. While primarily intended for use with Extron XTP Systems and DTP Series products, the XTP DTP 24 cable can be used in any HDBaseT application for an additional measure of performance and reliability.”

Extron XTP DTP 24 cable is performance-optimized, 24 AWG shielded twisted pair cable specifically engineered to Extron’s exacting standards of performance. The cable utilizes an SF/UTP Shielded Foil/Unshielded Twisted Pair design for superior performance in digital video and audio distribution system applications and features 24 AWG solid copper conductors within overall braid and foil shields. Both Non-Plenum and Plenum-rated versions are available in spools of 1,000 feet (305 meters). To ensure end-to-end cable infrastructure performance, a line of matching shielded RJ-45 plugs, punch down jacks, and couplers is also available.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

HPA Tech Retreat Celebrates 20 Years of Inquiry and Illumination

Industry Thought Leaders and Technology Mavens Head Back to Palm Springs for Thoughtful Exploration of an Industry in Transition

(Los Angeles, CA) For the past twenty years, the Hollywood Post Alliance(r) (HPA) Tech Retreat(r) has gathered a veritable who’s who in engineering, technology, creativity, and strategic business together for a structured yet informal meeting of the minds; where top industry leaders engaged in all aspects of production, distribution, post production, film, television, web and related endeavors, gather in an environment conducive to the exchange of knowledge and information. This year’s 20th Anniversary confab promises all of that and more from February 17-21, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells near Palm Springs, CA.

The Tech Retreat offers attendees the chance to explore the opportunities and the complexities facing an industry in transition, and to investigate new solutions and technologies that impact its many constituents.

The HPA Tech Retreat offers lively conference sessions, networking events and technology demonstrations to an engaged audience of participants and panelists that hail from a pool of the top technical, creative, business and hands-on experts. Topics will take the Tech Retreat audience from the nitty gritty to the very precipice.

For a full schedule, visit http://bit.ly/1cwt7B2. On Monday, February 17th, the event opens for early registration and a pre-Retreat course titled Physics, Psychophysics, and Vision for Advanced Motion Imaging from Charles Poynton and John Watkinson. Tuesday launches the HPA Tech Retreat, with the HPA Supersession: The New Normal is Anything But, focusing on the impact of new distribution platforms in production and post. Wednesday through Friday mornings feature breakfast roundtables where any industry relevant topic goes. The HPA Demo Room opens on Tuesday with demos and cocktails and is a hotbed of new products and technologies that feature curated and expert-demos which illustrate the latest developments. Wednesday focuses on the consumer experience and impact, and Thursday production and post. The Tech Retreat concludes Friday morning, with highlights and an emphasis on engineering. The entire event features many opportunities for one-on-one discussion with industry innovators, technology experts, business executives and other top professionals.

Mark Schubin, Multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Fellow has been working in television since 1967, writing about it since 1972, and chairing the HPA Tech Retreat program since 1997, commented on the engaging presentations set for next month. “We are dealing with fundamental changes in the very nature of our industry, from changing methodologies – broadcast, cable, DVD, DVR, for example- to the previously unthinkable, such as giving fans in a stadium access to their own instant replays, letting social media shape programming, and all of those things that lay beyond. This is a challenging but expansive time. For example, at the Tech Retreat, we’ll feature a presentation that may appear to be purely tech-focused and narrow (i.e., new display connections) but it will show how the consumer technology is powerfully driving the professional world. As always, we’ll be digging into important topics that are thought provoking, but are also important in terms of our businesses and careers, including two of the most critical issues in our industry: the change from video-specific technology to commodity information technology, and the question of what comes next on the screen, and what delivers the biggest bang for the buck?” Schubin notes, “Maybe it’s something a lot simpler than “4K.” He concludes, “And, we’re spending a day with a provocative dive into one of the most important topics there is – color.”

Leon Silverman President of the HPA noted, “This year is a significant milestone for the HPA Tech Retreat as we look back over the incredible effect that technology has had on our industry over the past 20 years. As the world of film and television became increasingly impacted by computer and digital technologies, the HPA Tech Retreat served as an important common ground for our industry to experience and drive transformative change together. Now more than ever, the Tech Retreat serves as an important bridge between so many of the rapidly changing aspects of our industry. As I do every year, I look forward to spending time with the most interesting people I know, and ones I hope to know, at the HPA Tech Retreat.”

Early bird registration pricing will end on January 10 and the Tech Retreat demo room still has a few remaining spaces left. For full information and registration visit www.hpaonline.com or call the HPA office at (213) 614-0860 or email Eileen Kramer – ekramer@hpaonline.com.

About the HPA Tech Retreat(r)
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post-production, film, television, video, broadcast, and related technology areas, for the exchange of information.

The HPA Tech Retreat(r) will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members: Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFILM, Encore; Gold Sponsor: Rohde & Schwarz and Brand Sponsor: Cloud Sigma.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

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Media Contact:
Chris Purse, 818.303.8088
ignite strategic communications
chris@ignite.bz or mimi@ignite.bz

Soundsphere® acquired by MSE Audio®

Overland Park, Kansas – MSE Audio, parent company of SoundTube Entertainment, has acquired Soundsphere, a Connecticut-based manufacturer of omnidirectional speakers and speaker systems.

Founded in 1976, Soundsphere is best known for its ceiling-mounted, globe-shaped omnidirectional speakers. These speakers produce a wide, diffuse sound field and are installed in a broad variety of applications including offices, government facilities, warehouses and shopping centers. A wide range of on-ceiling speakers are available along with flush-mount speakers, in-ceiling speakers and speaker systems. All Soundsphere products are made in the USA.

“This acquisition broadens MSE’s commercial speaker solutions, and provides a nice complement to the products offered by SoundTube and MSE’s other lines,” said Duke Ducoff, MSE Audio VP of Sales. “We plan to capitalize on the synergies with these other lines to increase visibility, sales and profitability for Soundsphere.”

The acquisition is effective immediately; former Soundsphere owner Peter Hamilton will remain on-board as a consultant.
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About MSE Audio
MSE Audio companies represent the pinnacle of loudspeaker technology in the premium home theater, audiophile, distributed audio and commercial sound markets. Brands include Induction Dynamics®, SolidDrive®, Phase Technology®, SoundTube Entertainment®, Soundsphere® and Rockustics®; MSE Audio offices are located in Overland Park, Kansas; Park City, Utah; Jacksonville, Florida; Denver, Colorado and Stratford, Connecticut. www.mseaudio.com

PixelFLEX Introduces New FLEXCurve LED Video Screen

PixelFLEX, the leading provider of flexible and lightweight LED video screens, continues to heighten the industry standard by taking LED screens to another price and performance level with the introduction of FLEXCurve, available in 8mm, 9mm and 12mm.

FLEXCurve allows for simplified set up and a unique design while holding to the same standards as the company’s existing LED video curtain panels, which have exceeded expectations for notable musicians like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square.

Featuring a compact, strong and modular design, made with heavy-duty aluminum and with the added benefit of weighing under 40 pounds, FLEXCurve’s screen can be adjusted from -10 to 10 degree curve, allowing both convex and concave curves. Additionally, PixelFLEX’s newest LED video screen has a rig and click installation system, making for a seamless, fluid connection between panels. Strategic handle placements allow for an easy set up by a single person, eliminating the need for multiple hands to prep before and during a show.

As with PixelFLEX’s existing line of LED video screens, FLEXCurve is simple to operate and set up – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection. In addition, the panels can be stored in a single road case to simplify shipping logistics while minimizing transportation costs. These panels ride four to a case and can be stored at any angle within the case.

“Video content is an essential part of live performances,” said Jeremy Byrd, PixelFLEX’s founder and president. “Today, delivering high quality video content is critical to maximizing the audience’s experience. With the introduction of FLEXCurve, we’re changing the conversation about video screens by providing another high-quality product but tweaking it to simplify and satisfy.”

Designed with the touring client in mind, but ideal for permanent installations as well, the slim and sleek cabinet design has fewer cables, reducing failure rate and increasing reliability. FLEXCurve includes a preview mode, permitting RGB preview testing without the need to connect to an external data source. The system allows for front and rear accessibility, enabling single module replacement and improving serviceability, while a hinged backplate provides easy access to the screen’s back panel.

FLEXCurve joins PixelFLEX’s existing line of LED video screen offerings, which range from 6mm to 100mm.

For more information on PixelFLEX’s FLEXCurve, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

Yamaha MTX New Firmware and Software Enables AEC and Dugan MY Card Compatibility

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced Version 1.2 firmware and application software for the MTX Series Matrix Processor, the core product of the Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) product line. MTX v1.2 now makes the processor compatible with the MY4-AEC acoustic echo cancellation card required for distance conferencing and the Dugan-MY16 auto mixing capability card.

The Yamaha CIS Series, launched in 2012, includes the VXC Series Ceiling Speakers, VXS Series Surface Mount Speakers, XMV Series Multi-channel Power Amplifiers, and the MTX Series Matrix Processors specifically designed for the commercial installation solutions market. Now with MTX v1.2, there is an even more comprehensive range of flexibility that will meet the demands of installed applications.

The new software enables compatibility with the two MY cards that was previously only available for use primarily with Yamaha’s DME Series Digital Mixing Engines. The MY4-AEC card eliminates unwanted acoustic echo that is caused by secondary signals of speaker output or reflections from room surfaces that are common in teleconferencing applications. The card is equipped with a noise reduction function that removes steady-state background noise caused by air conditioning components, projector fans, etc. Once the card is installed in the processor, parameter settings can be controlled using the AEC window in the MTX Editor program.

The Dugan-MY16 card, developed by Dan Dugan Sound Design, automatically optimizes the gain distribution of multiple faders simultaneously, allowing sound engineers to focus on their mix rather than keeping track of mic levels. Auto mixing parameters can be set using dedicated software that works in conjunction with the MTX Editor and is available via free download at www.dandugan.com.

“Ever since we launched the Yamaha CIS Series, we have received very strong, positive reactions from the installed sound market regarding its DSP power and the scalability the series provides when configuring a sound solution using amplifiers and speakers,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “MTX v1.2 is based on a number of requests from our customers regarding certain functionality and capabilities that are relevant to their applications. So, by adding compatibility with the MY cards, integrators will be able to address an even wider variety of installed sound applications and offer powerful functionality similar to the DME (Digital Mixing Engine) but at a lower cost to customers using the MTX5-D processor.”

Lopez also said that with the recent addition of the Wireless Digital Controller App for Android available free of charge at the Google Play Store, the MTX Series continues to bring extraordinary value to the Yamaha Commercial installation Solutions product line.

Yamaha MTX v1.2 will be released in mid-January and can be downloaded free of charge by visiting www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

BitWise Controls BC1, BC2, BC4 Automation Controllers and Room Remote now available for purchase by authorized US-based dealers 24/7/365 in the BitWise online dealer store

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO — Dec. 23, 2013 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful, flexible control and automation systems is now offering authorized US-based dealers the ability to purchase online via the BitWise Online Dealer Store. A much-anticipated enhancement to the BitWise Controls offering as well as a great benefit to dealers, the entire suite of BitWise home automation controllers accessories, GUI templates, and programming modules can now be ordered online any time, day or night by authorized US-based BitWise dealers. 

The hub of any home automation system, BitWise controller models include the BC1, a powerful unit capable of handling virtually any automation task; the BC2, with all the processing power of the BC1 in a midsized chassis; the BC4, which caters to single-room systems and expansion projects; and the Room Remote, a hard button tactile remote that can be used as a standalone unit or in conjunction with any other BitWise control unit.

Nearly everything from theaters, lighting, shades, HVAC and more can be accessed from any BitWise controller or user interface on the network. The onboard relays and signal sensing ports allow interaction with mechanical devices as well, and two-way communication with serial and networked devices is supported. BitWise systems can be controlled with the BitWise Touch app for Apple® and Android® devices as well as with the new BitWise Room Remote for the ultimate in ease and accessibility.

Authorized US-based BitWise dealers can purchase BitWise controllers online in the Dealer Store by visiting http://store.bitwisecontrols.com. Those interested in learning more about BitWise automation controllers or about becoming an authorized BitWise dealer should contact the BitWise sales department by emailing sales@bitwisecontrols.com or by calling (866) 932-2292.

About BitWise Controls

Designed and backed by more than 20 years of mission-critical control, monitoring and AV systems integration experience, BitWise Controls provides powerful and flexible control and automation solutions for commercial, industrial, education and residential control applications. BitWise Controls was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering innovative and reliable new products, designed and tested and manufactured in the United States. For more information, go to www.bitwisecontrols.com. Dealership opportunities are available. To learn more, send an email to sales@bitwisecontrols.com or call (866) 932-2292.

BitWise Controls Media Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregorwww.kmbcomm.com/press

Accompanying image: BitWise Automation Controller models BC1, BC2 and BC4

 

Crimson AV Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

Detailed Crimson AV mounting solutions product specifications are now available to current D-Tools System Integrator™ users for immediate use

CONCORD, CA – December 23, 2013 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Crimson AV has joined the MVP Partnership Program, making fully detailed information about the entire line of Crimson products available to D-Tools System Integrator™ users free of charge. Combining improved manufacturing processes with enhanced design and engineering to produce the most safe, secure, smooth-moving and streamlined AV mounting solutions for the consumer and commercial audio video markets, Crimson’s award-winning AV mounting solutions are highly regarded within the AV industry.

“We are excited to become part of the D-Tools MVP program,” Said Vlad Gleyzer, Crimson AV president. “At Crimson, our mission is to provide AV mounting solutions that provide tangible benefits; easy installation, enhanced designs, and far better price points. Having the full line of Crimson products available for specification and use by D-Tools users expands our brand’s reach and allows our dealers to simplify the estimation, design and management of their projects, which is a total win for all involved.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process, making it easier for system integrators to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“Crimson offers a comprehensive assortment of professional-grade AV mounts to address nearly every residential or commercial AV application, regardless of size or scope,” said Adam Stone, President of D-Tools. “Now, through the D-Tools MVP Program, all of the data for Crimson’s robust product line will be made available to integrators worldwide for use in specifying, proposing and installing systems using Crimson products, and we’re thrilled they’re part of the program.”

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Crimson
Crimson manufactures a comprehensive lineup of display mount solutions designed for a wide variety of Residential and Commercial applications, including Digital signage, Education, Hospitality, Corporate, Worship, Venues, Stadiums and Arenas, Restaurants, Bars and Healthcare facilities.

With extensive experience in the design, manufacture and sale of professional-grade display mounting equipment, and by utilizing lean business practices, Crimson has developed a proprietary business model, which provides maximum value with minimal cost. Not only do Crimson customers receive the best value, they also benefit from unparalleled customer service, an easy to use website and uncompromising design and build quality, ensuring each Crimson AV mount will be trouble-free for years to come. Interested parties can learn more about Crimson mounting solutions by visiting www.crimsonav.com, by calling 866-MOUNT-TV, or by writing to info@crimsonav.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contact for both D-Tools and Crimson AV: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com, @katyemcgregor

 

 

 

 

 

Extron Universal XTP Transmitter for Multi-Format Analog Video Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T VGA, a universal XTP transmitter that sends multi-format analog video, audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR control, and Ethernet up to 330 feet (100 m) over a single CATx cable. The transmitter digitizes incoming analog formats, providing signal extension of RGBHV, HD component video, S-video, and composite video signals from remote analog sources for high performance transmission. It supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. To simplify integration, the XTP transmitter provides VGA loop-through for source monitoring and can be powered over the same CATx cable. more

Extron Two Input XTP Wallplate Transmitter for HDMI and VGA Signals Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T UWP 302, a two-input XTP wallplate transmitter that provides the convenience of connecting local source devices at a wall or other locations including a lectern or floor box. This XTP transmitter mounts into a standard three-gang junction box, and sends HDMI or RGBHV video, audio, and control up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single CATx cable. It is HDCP-compliant and supports computer-video to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color and 2K. For simplified integration, the XTP T UWP 302 features automatic switching between inputs with selectable prioritization, and can be powered over the same CATx cable. The XTP T UWP 302 is designed for use in XTP Systems for signal distribution and long-distance transmission between remote endpoints. more

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