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StrandVision Digital Signage Introduces Dynamic Electronic Signage Page Sharing

Digital Signage Content Sharing capability allows easy, efficient distribution of dynamic digital sign content across multi-site corporate and franchise electronic signage networks…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Oct. 08, 2014 – StrandVision Digital Signage today introduced a new way for electronic signage administrators to share specific electronic signage content over multiple digital signage players across their network. The feature is especially handy for multiple site installations, corporations and franchises that want to share single or multiple content pages that can optionally be displayed on their local networks.

For instance, a fast food chain that is offering an opt-in price promotion to its franchisees can distribute optional StrandVision Digital Signage promotion pages for local management to use for its in-store advertising; a company with multiple sites can offer a selection of employee benefit, safety, motivational or other employee communication digital signage messaging to its divisions for addition to local digital signage networks at the discretion of local management. Once the page is copied as designed by the sender, it can be further customized to the individual location, as desired.

“StrandVision has long offered the ability for top-level administrators to automatically distribute pages, including videos directly to sub-networks across their corporate and local networks,” explained StrandVision founder and CEO, Mike Strand. “This new level of local control and flexibility provides a quick and easy way for local administrators to optionally add customized corporate content to their digital signage networks with a single click. And it’s not just for what is shown on the digital signage player. The page sharing feature includes all background settings so dynamic information is displayed and scheduled to play exactly as designed on the original.”

Here’s How It Works

Now, when StrandVision Digital Signage administrators create any type of page on the StrandVision Content Management System (CMS) portal a unique URL is automatically created and placed in the ”Share Page Link” field on the page creation form. The administrator simply copies the URL and sends it to recipients in an email, phone message, Tweet or through other social media.

The recipients simply click on the URL. That takes them to the StrandVision cloud server where they log into their account on the StrandVision CMS portal and the new page is automatically copied to the local mix where it can be further edited or reordered, as desired. Shared pages support dynamic visitor or employee communication information such as changing images and scrolling text, and can include RSS feeds, audio, video, animation, Web feeds, Quick Response (QR) codes and other dynamic information sources such as automatic birthday and anniversary people displays and live corporate database access.

The shared page also includes all other metadata, including background media, scheduling (frequency, automatic removal date) and other administrative instructions.

The Share Pages feature is available immediately to all StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers, as well as StrandVision Free Digital Signage Test Drive participants. Learn more by checking out the introductory YouTube video at http://www.strandvision.com/video_digital_signage_content_sharing.html or calling 715-235-7446 or emailing sales at StrandVision.com.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, cloud-based digital signage software content to subscribers’ digital media player displays, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s patented approach distributes customer-created text, graphics, videos and RSS/social media feeds along with pre-packaged worldwide, national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many business marketing applications for waiting rooms (patient and customer information); banks and retailers (video merchandising); education (student, staff and visitor information); business and industry (employee communication and operational/performance information); as well as nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers digital signage support hardware including PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender for long distance multi-screen distribution; Linux digital media players to ease and optimize electronic signage network installation and administration; and several large-format displays including freestanding pedestal displays. StrandVision Digital Signage services, installation and equipment are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – for further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Greg Soucy
Soucy Communications Group
603-682-7162
gsoucy@scg-pr.com

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Zeo Productions Acquires Chauvet MVP-Ta8 Video Wall

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Zeo Productions, in Hatboro, PA. recently added the Chauvet MVP-Ta8 Curve video wall to its in-house video production inventory. The MVP-Ta8 is a modular video panel that, with its 8.33 mm tight pixel pitch and innovative rigging hardware (and unlike a large amount of video wall offerings), allows the ability to be built in straight, concave or convex displays configurations. This makes it ideal for short or long distance viewing. Intensely bright tri-colored SMD (surface mount device) LEDs make this wall perfectly suitable for temporary outdoor applications. In addition, due to its solid construction and flexibility in hanging options it is perfect for extended touring use.

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For information on rental or tour availability, please call:
Kyle Pennypacker or Jason Spatz at 215-9560328
or email @ Kyle.p@zeobrothers.com or Jason.s@zeobrothers.com

For additional specs and photos click below to go to Chauvet’s web site page

http://www.chauvetlighting.com/mvp-ta8-curve.html

New Extron ShareLink 200 Enables Wireless BYOD Presentations

Extron ShareLink 200Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the ShareLink 200 Wireless Collaboration Gateway, which enables anyone to present content from a personal device. Supported devices include Windows® and OS X® computers as well as Apple® and Android® smartphones and tablets. ShareLink technology provides simultaneous display of presentations, images, documents, and other content from up to four different personal devices, eliminating the need to constantly change sources during a session. Content from a single device shows full screen, and content from multiple devices appears simultaneously in four windows on the display. Any user can share content and control the presentation when it is set to collaboration mode. A moderator mode ensures only approved content is displayed. Designed for professional AV applications, this wireless gateway also includes many integrator-friendly features such as an integrated wireless access point, Power over Ethernet – PoE, and antennas mounted on the front panel. The ShareLink 200 Wireless Collaboration Gateway can be used to create a stand-alone wireless collaboration and presentation system or to add wireless presentation capabilities to a variety of wired AV system designs. more

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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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.

ESP/SurgeX Launches IP Power Diagnostic Tool

The Remote Portal enables service providers to troubleshoot power related malfunctions remotely, via web browser.

Knightdale, NC – September 16, 2014 – ESP/SurgeX, the leader in energy intelligence, today announces the Remote Portal, the imaging industry’s first IP enabled power communications diagnostic tool. The remote portal is designed to provide remote access to ESP/SurgeX diagnostic devices from anywhere at any time, via a web browser.

Compatible with new ESP/SurgeX power protection and diagnostic intelligence installations, the Remote Portal enables service teams to access power diagnostics remotely and brings added IP accessibility to the ESP/SurgeX power protection portfolio. As the first IP power diagnostics communications tool in the imaging industry, this innovative device enables technicians to remotely view the history of power quality events, monitor live data, reboot/recycle power, and diagnose power disturbances via a web browser. It allows them to isolate power quality issues chronologically and identify trends which may be causing equipment malfunctions and downtime from any location.

“Power quality issues are a leading cause of business downtime. The ability to remotely monitor and troubleshoot these issues instantaneously represents a significant time and cost savings opportunity for businesses and service teams of any size,” said ESP/SurgeX CEO, President Stephen F. Galloway.  We are proud to be the first to launch this new instrument to the industry.

The Remote Portal is available for order September 22 and is sold as an accessory to compatible ESP/SurgeX power protection products, including: enVision and Next Gen PCS diagnostic power protection products, MultiPak digital signage protection solutions,             Surge + Diagnostic small and medium business IT protection products, and eCommandCenter energy management products.

Available with a one port or five port Gigabit Network Switch configuration, the ESP/SurgeX Remote Portal is the clear choice to remotely diagnose power related problems and maximize uptime, performance, and profitability. For more information and to view a product video, visit www.espei.com.

ABOUT ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products. Our comprehensive product portfolio offers a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning, diagnostic analysis, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with 37 patents/patents pending, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and cause both equipment degradation and downtime. Independent research proves that ESP/SurgeX technology can improve equipment performance, profitability, and ROI. For over 25 years, business leaders worldwide have trusted ESP/SurgeX to protect and improve their electronic systems. For more information visit espei.com and surgex.com.

Press Contact:  Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

Nick Brown nbrown@castercomm.com

For digital images log on to www.castercomm.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

Matrox Unveils Quad and Six-Head PCI Express Graphics Cards

C-Series includes the world’s fastest fanless quad card and a high-performance six-head card with board-to-board framelock

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the first two cards in the eagerly anticipated Matrox C-Series™ —the Matrox C420 quad-output and the Matrox C680 six-output PCI Express® graphics cards—engineered for stability, reliability and advanced multi-display capabilities. Both cards feature 2GB of on-board memory and mini DisplayPort connectivity. They deliver outstanding performance for control room, digital signage, enterprise, industrial, security, A/V, and embedded system applications.

Matrox C-Series Graphics Cards

The low-profile Matrox C420 quad card features passive cooling for increased reliability and silent operation. Its low power consumption makes it a perfect fit for small-form-factor and embedded systems. The single-slot Matrox C680 supports up to six displays or projectors. Compatibility with the latest Ultra-HD and 4K panels makes C680 a versatile solution for multi-screen workstation setups. More displays can be supported by inserting two C680 cards into a system. The board-to-board framelock feature ensures synchronization of all displays to reduce tearing on digital signage and video walls.

Both new video cards work with the robust Matrox PowerDesk™ desktop management software for Windows® that lets users easily configure and manage multi-display setups. PowerDesk gives professionals a comprehensive set of tools to control a variety of display configurations including stretched or independent desktops, clone mode, pivot, bezel management, and edge overlap. Matrox advanced desktop management features also let users determine where and how program windows are displayed on the desktop—a productivity tool designed to enhance multi-display experiences.

“This introduction of C-Series expands our line of multi-display graphics card to offer our customers higher performance, higher display density solutions,” said Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “We will continue to support our professional users with the premium technical assistance, long product life cycles and easy-to-use PowerDesk desktop management software that Matrox is known for.”

Key features of Matrox C-Series
Matrox C-Series PCI Express x16 graphics cards are designed with AMD™ GPUs featuring DirectX® 11.2, OpenGL® 4.4 and OpenCL™ 1.2 compliance. Secure mini DisplayPort connectors prevent loose cabling. The low-profile Matrox C420 supports up to four displays with a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600. Matrox C680 supports up to six displays with a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160. Bundled with Matrox PowerDesk for Windows, Matrox C-Series is compatible with Microsoft® Windows 7, 8.1 and Linux® operating systems.

See Matrox C-Series demonstrated live at Security Essen 2014 (hall 2.0, stand 428) and InfoComm MEA 2014 (stand TA-F35).

Availability
Matrox C-Series cards will be available in Q4 2014. Register at www.matrox.com/c-series/notification to be notified of the latest C-Series updates.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Extron Introduces 3G-SDI to 3G-SDI Scaler with Audio Embedding and De-Embedding

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DSC 3G-3G A, a high performance 3G-SDI scaler that converts between 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, and SDI resolutions and frame rates. It accepts, scales, and outputs SMPTE video resolutions from 480i and 576i up to 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC 3G-3G A features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. The DSC 3G-3G A also provides flexible audio capability with analog audio embedding, de-embedding, and level adjustments. Dual SDI outputs, genlock, and an input loop-through facilitate integration in demanding professional environments, while the compact enclosure simplifies installation. The DSC 3G-3G A is ideal for applications with professional video systems, including video editing and production, rental and staging, medical imaging, and large-scale presentations. more

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