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New Extron Under-Table Mount System for Full Rack Width Products Now Shipping

Extron UTM 100Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new UTM 100 Series, a unique, self-supporting under-table mount system for 1U and 2U full rack width products. The UTM 100 Series brackets feature EIA standard rack-mount spacing and are ideal for use in environments where a traditional equipment rack or cabinet cannot be located beneath a table top or other furniture surface. The UTM 100 Primary Bracket mounts directly to the undersurface of the table top, providing a small gap for optimum airflow and cooling of top-vented enclosures. For additional capacity, one or more UTM 150 Secondary Brackets can be attached to the UTM 100, up to the total supported weight of 30 lbs. (13.6 kg). more

Tightrope Media Systems Drives Interactive Digital Signage at Choice Hotels Headquarters

Systems integration specialist Human Circuit, Inc. networks Tightrope Carousel system across two locations, and multiple conference rooms and common areas

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, September 22, 2014
Choice Hotels, the corporate parent of several well-known hotel chains in the United States, recently relocated its Maryland headquarters to the northern Washington, DC suburb of Rockville. The company occupies six floors of a newly built 10-story building, with a second corporate location in Phoenix, Arizona. With various conference spaces and thoroughfares to communicate across, Choice Hotels turned to systems integrator Human Circuit, Inc. to design a complete professional AV system with a dynamic and interactive digital signage network from Tightrope Media Systems.

Tightrope’s Carousel solution was selected for its interactive capabilities and ease of use, allowing Choice Hotels to customize outputs depending on the nature of the message for each location. The network serves three main corporate communication purposes: interactive wayfinding, historical education, and general information for visitors and personnel. The open nature of Carousel has also made it easy to incorporate business operations, such as Outlook integration for real-time schedule of meetings and events.

“We work with a number of signage companies and representatives for many different manufacturers,” said Kevin Filano, systems design engineer, Human Circuit, Inc. “Tightrope was an ideal choice for this project because Carousel is highly customizable, which was important given the targeted content across different locations. Their layouts are non-cluttered and elegantly designed, which works great for a corporate environment. Tightrope makes sure the end user can display the right amount of information without making it look too busy, while retaining a smooth and professional look.”

The main business operation is centered on the fourth floor, and is naturally the most visible part of the network. The main conference center and several reconfigurable meeting rooms rotate a variety of engaging content, but the interactive elements of the network are spread throughout the building. The wayfinding displays are found at elevator lobbies and stairwells along a staircase spanning all six floors. Visitors can view a floor map, daily schedule and page through an alphabetical staff directory to pinpoint floor, room and other pertinent information. The historical education displays also incorporate interactive elements, engaging both visitors and staff.

“Choice Hotels added an interactive museum area to play out video clips that educate on the history of the company,” said Filano. “A lot of thought went into the layout, color scheme and playout of these interactive elements for both the historical and wayfinding displays. We worked very closely with Tightrope to achieve that. Their programming services were instrumental in bringing everything together on time.”

According to Filano, the installation process was unusual as his team was working in tandem with general contractors and architects as the building was raised. This had the benefit of cleanly integrating the entire technology infrastructure, including the digital signage, into the overall architecture. However, there was no downtime to create punch lists and program systems, which made Tightrope’s professional services that much more critical to the signage network’s success.

“Normally, the contractor completes 90 percent of the job before we even come on site, but we were pulling cables and hanging displays while they were raising walls,” said Filano. “We had enough to manage on the AV installation side, so we took advantage of their services to enable the custom functionality of the various outputs, and assist with signage network configuration.”

The overall Carousel architecture for Choice Hotels is clean and network-friendly, using a virtual server cluster with intelligent software to drive content instead of a central computer. The robust network now extends to the Phoenix corporate location, with similar content created, managed and driven from the Rockville headquarters, where Carousel’s remote capabilities also enable network-wide troubleshooting from a central location. The scalable Carousel backbone ensures that Choice Hotels can expand to additional displays at the Phoenix location without significantly driving up costs, labor or operational complexity.

“One of the biggest benefits of Carousel is ease of use and learning curve, which is important as the network scales,” said Filano. “Choice Hotels has already had a handful of people move around in the company that were previously operating Carousel. With a number of different operators taking over the system, they have had no issues with those transitions.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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TC Furlong Hosts Digital Console Expo

LAKE FOREST, Ill.—TC Furlong, Inc. will host a Digital Console Expo on Tuesday, October 21 between 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Manufacturers include Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Avid, Midas, DigiCo, SSL Live, Soundcraft, Allen & Heath, Mackie, PreSonus, QSC, and several more. The companies will exhibit their latest digital consoles, and manufacturer staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The event is free of charge and will be held at the Moody Church, 1635 N LaSalle Street, Room 107, in Chicago. Food and beverages will be provided along with a raffle for prizes as well as giveaways.

Registration is required as space is limited. To register, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce.

The Moody Church is easily accessible by public transportation, and there are several pay lots as well as limited street parking in the area.

This is the third Digital Console Expo presented by TC Furlong Inc. TC Furlong is a Chicago-area live sound rental and sales company that has been in business for 41 years.

For more information, visit www.tcfurlong.com/dce or call 888-823-8756.

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Extron Introduces TeamWork “Show Me” Cable Retraction Modules for HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce Retractor SM “Show Me” cable retraction modules for the company’s popular TeamWork Collaboration System. The new Retractor SM modules provide the user interface for HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, or VGA sources. Operation is simple and intuitive. Extend the “Show Me” cable, connect it to your source device, and press the “Share” button to share your content on the main presentation display. At the end of the collaboration session, cables retract with the press of a button, ready for use by the next collaboration team. Retractor SM modules are designed to work with Extron Cable Cubby 1200 and Cable Cubby 1400 next-generation cable access enclosures, as well as the TMK 120 R Table Mount Kit for under-table applications. more

DVIGear’s HDBaseT Extenders among the Products of the Year

Recognized as Two of the Best New Products of 2014SCN Product of the Year 2014

Marietta, Georgia    September 17, 2014  –  DVIGear, a leading manufacturer of digital connectivity products, was recently recognized by NewBay Media’s Systems Contractor News magazine.  The new HDMI HDBaseT Extenders were named among the Products of the Year in the September edition of SCN.  This award can also be viewed online.

SCN Products of the Year 2014

The DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 HDMI HDBaseT Extenders were recognized for their wide range of features, exceptional interoperability, and break-through value.  They provide simple and cost-effective solutions to extend uncompressed HDMI or DVI, embedded audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR, and Ethernet (DVI-7525 only) using a single twisted-pair CAT-X cable.   Unlike other products, these extenders support the full range of HDBaseT features, including: 5 play, support for 4K / 30p (UHD) resolution, bidirectional IR, POH and long range operation.  The new DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 are among the first extenders on the market to offer a fully compliant implementation of “Power over HDBaseT” (POH), a key component of the HDBaseT standard.  To maintain system stability and compatibility, POH uses standardized 48 VDC power as well as a sophisticated handshake feature that prevents power exchange with incompatible devices.

“We are truly honored our new HDBaseT Extenders have been recognized for their innovative features and value,” stated Steven Barlow, President of DVIGear.  “We always strive to provide our customers with absolutely bullet-proof products that deliver every pixel perfectly from source to destination.  The new DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 HDBaseT Extenders are no exception.”

DVI-7520 and DVI-7525:  HDMI HDBaseT Extenders

The DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 deliver a powerful combination of advanced features and sterling performance at very attractive price points, which make them a true break-through in value for professional AV system integrators.  This makes them ideally suited for a wide range of digital display applications including rental & staging events, conference and training rooms, boardrooms, auditoriums, hotels, churches and other demanding environments.  The Product of the Year 2014 Award article appears in the September edition of SCN.  The award can also be viewed online.

About DVIGear

Founded in 1999, DVIGear (www.dvigear.com) is a leading supplier of Digital Connectivity Solutions for a wide range of professional display applications.  Located in Marietta, Georgia, DVIGear offers an extensive portfolio of high performance digital video distribution products including:  Digital Matrix Routing Switchers, Splitters, Extenders, Converters, Scalers, as well as long-length copper and optical cables.

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Contact: Joseph Barbier  /  770.421.6699  /  joseph@dvigear.com
High Resolution Product Photo:  DVI-7520 and DVI-7525
Award Logo: SCN Product of the Year 2014

HDBaseT™ and the HDBaseT Alliance logo are trademarks of the HDBaseT Alliance.

New Biamp Systems White Paper Finds Communication Technologies Fall Short of Current Collaboration Demands

Research reveals improved bottom line and a reduction in business travel as key benefits of increased investment in collaboration technologies

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Sept. 16, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, has published a new white paper looking at the crucial role collaboration technologies play in today’s businesses. Titled “Clear Communications: Placing the End User at the Heart of Collaboration,” it highlights problems organizations reported as they expand working relationships over increasingly larger distances. With more than 37 percent of respondents stating that time is regularly wasted on conference calls due to unsuccessful attempts to connect and poor sound quality, businesses must address these issues or they may find themselves falling behind more efficient and productive competitors.

The report emphasizes the need for organizations to evolve their internal processes in order to cope with a workforce that continues to include numerous international locations. With 43 percent of respondent businesses having opened one or more offices over the past three years, and another 16 percent either planning or considering expansion into a new location, IT departments are under increasing pressure to ensure that teams are able to communicate effectively, despite being separated by continents, time zones, or cultures.

Investing funds solely in IT is not enough. The whitepaper recommends that IT and AV departments must work together closely in order to develop an appropriate solution. IT decision makers agreed — with 62 percent of respondents stating that AV systems that are networked into the existing IT infrastructure would increase productivity at their companies. 52 percent added that such AV systems could improve their company’s bottom line.

“Clear communication is the primary facilitator of good business relationships. With workforces becoming increasingly distributed around the globe, businesses cannot afford to be let down by the technology they use to enable collaboration,” said Graeme Harrison, Executive Vice President of Marketing at Biamp. “High quality conferencing exists, but the introduction of desktop conferencing solutions requires companies to invest thoughtfully so they gain all the benefits from this technology. Ensuring that clear, intelligible audio is included with the other capabilities is critical. Coordination between the IT department and the AV expert will enable effective collaboration.”

The white paper is now available for free download by visiting http://bit.ly/1y8Dkkz.

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About the Research
Interviews were carried out February – March 2014 by Censuswide on behalf of Biamp Systems. Overall, 250 IT decision makers from the U.K. were questioned.

About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, with additional engineering operations in Rochester, New York, USA, and Brisbane, Australia. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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NUAGE Demo Hosted By CTS Audio

BUENA PARK, Calif.—A Yamaha NUAGE Demo will be held by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems and hosted by CTS Audio on Monday, October 13 between 7:00 – 9:00 pm at 7108 Crossroads Blvd, Suite 308, Brentwood, TN. The event is free of charge.

A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, the NUAGE Advanced Production System is the brainchild of workflow efficient hardware and Nuendo 6 software operating together in perfect harmony. Offering unprecedented productivity and flexibility as well as premium audio quality in an innovative design, NUAGE is making waves across the world.

David Lees and Chris Hinson from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. will be on hand to demonstrate the new Yamaha NUAGE production system and discuss the latest news, tips and tricks of Nuendo recording software.

For more information and to register, email rsvp@ctsaudio.com.

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Extron Now Shipping Compact HDMI to HDMI Scaler

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DSC HD-HD, a compact high performance, HDCP-compliant scaler that converts between HDMI resolutions and frame rates. It accepts video from 480i up to 1920×1200, 1080p, and 2K, and offers high performance upscaling and downscaling with multiple output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC HD-HD features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. It includes many integrator-friendly features such as on-screen display, test patterns, and EDID Minder. The DSC HD-HD is ideal for applications that require scaling HDMI video to match the different capabilities and requirements of sources, displays, videoconferencing codecs, and other equipment. The compact form factor allows simple integration at a source, destination, or in a distribution system. more

Wisconsin Realtors Association Upgrades to Transparent Teleconferencing via a Symetrix SymNet Radius AEC Dante Network Audio DSP

Wisconsin_Realtors_AssociationMADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 2014: Headquartered in Madison, the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA) is 13,000 members strong and one of the largest trade organizations in the Badger State. Among the many services that it offers its members, continuing education is perhaps the most prominent. Throughout most of its hundred-plus year history, members traveled to the WRA headquarters to keep current with seminars, workshops, and conferences, and its building contains flexible training and conference rooms to deliver those services. With the advent of modern telecommuting technologies, the WRA has sought to bring its continuing education to its members. However, the staff’s early experimentation with free web-based software and homespun A/V technology proved frustrating on both ends due to poor audio and video quality. WRA hired Peak Systems Group of Reedsburg, Wisconsin to update their rooms with modern remote conferencing technology, and the A/V integrator obliged with a new system centered on the uniquely functional Symetrix SymNet Radius AEC Dante network audio DSP.

“They were trying to adapt their existing technology for use with free web-based remote conferencing software,” said Jason Keagy, president of Peak Systems Group. “They set up a camera on a tripod and brought in a portable audio mixer, but making that all work correctly was not easy for someone without an A/V background. They had a lot of failures and poor audio quality led to a lot of frustration. Folks were struggling to understand the presentations, and they weren’t free to participate. On the video end, the staff tried to zoom the camera in on the screen, with predictable results.”

In addition to the entire pedigreed collection of audio processing modules that Symetrix has perfected, the SymNet Radius AEC includes connectivity and specialized processing to make remote conferencing transparent and pleasurable. The 1U rack unit contains eight mic/line wideband echo cancellers, eight line outputs, and four auxiliary line inputs. Each individual channel has AEC processed and direct outputs plus dedicated reference and auxiliary inputs, allowing any source connected over Dante to take advantage of the onboard processing. “They needed better audio for web feeds, as well as phone-in technology,” said Keagy. “The Radius AEC was the perfect choice. We used its expansion slot for a Symetrix 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface Card. The Radius AEC’s native Dante networking capability assured us that future system expansion, if needed, would be easy and cost-effective. But perhaps most importantly, our past experiences with Symetrix have always been predictable and trouble-free. Symetrix equipment just works – and it works well.”

Most of the system components are used in the training room, but the Radius AEC has enough inputs, outputs, processing power, and flexibility that it’s handling audio for the conference room as well. A Crestron digital media system delivers transparent A/V system control via a Crestron touch screen and coordinates video I/O and routing with the audio I/O and routing of the Radius AEC. For fine-scale control of audio processing, Peak Systems Group gave the WRA staff Symetrix ARC-WEB internet-based control, which they can access via their smartphones or via the training or conference room computers.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

New Configurator Aims to Redefine Middle Atlantic Customer Experience


Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products is unveiling a new web-based configuration tool that enables customers to easily select, configure, quote and purchase the precise infrastructure system to fit their project needs. Based on extensive research and feedback from the company’s integration partners, the platform was developed to improve nearly every facet of the customer experience.

Available in October, this new tool will allow users to create a personalized design with the right products and accessories for any type of system along with a priced materials list. Further enhancing the company’s website, which was redesigned earlier this year, this new configuration tool will be accessible from anywhere in the world with internet access, on any browser-enabled device.

Designed for anyone from beginner to expert, users can be guided through the configuration process or they can choose to build a system at their own pace.
With built-in intelligence to ensure that only components that fit can be selected and smart recommendations along the way, the Configurator helps users build the most effective and reliable system.

Commenting on the new configuration tool, Middle Atlantic VP of Sales Dan Tarkoff said, “We wanted to build a solution that would radically improve the ease with which customers do business with us. We have the broadest range of products in the industry and wanted a way to simplify the process of finding the right fit for every project. The Configurator gives them the freedom to design configure, customize and order reliable systems whenever they want.”

The Configurator enables users to export CAD and other design documents to be easily integrated into their standard design process. It enables 24/7 access to a stored history of user projects, the ability to create new projects, and convenient direct online ordering.

Users interested in being the first to be notified when the tool goes live can sign up at http://www.middleatlantic.com/config.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

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