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Tightrope Media Systems Scales for Enterprise-Level Digital Signage with Carousel 6.5

New release accelerates rendering times, improves remote diagnostics for out-of-home networks

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, January 15, 2015
Tightrope Media Systems is enhancing its Carousel digital signage system at Digital Signage Expo (March 10-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 2631) with new tools to accelerate content rendering speed across out-of-home networks of any size. The updates, now available in the recent Carousel 6.5 release, improve core processing and memory utilization for increased rendering times—to the tune of 60 times faster.

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The Carousel 6.5 enhancements empower network operators to seamlessly scale networks to an infinite number of screens and locations, without adversely affecting network performance. The faster rendering performance specifically benefits the creation and distribution of weather bulletins, RSS feeds, and other time-sensitive content that requires real-time display. To achieve this, Carousel 6.5 amplifies its server performance to more effectively scale across multiple cores. Tightrope’s Carousel enterprise servers are easily scaled by adding further processing cores as the number of player end points escalates.

At Digital Signage Expo, Tightrope will also introduce Carousel Detective, a network diagnostics tool incorporated within the Carousel server core. The software-defined architecture allows network operators and Tightrope service engineers to access Carousel Detective over IP from any connected device for troubleshooting and general performance monitoring, further enhancing the enterprise-level performance of Carousel 6.5.

“Tightrope continues to invest in improving the user experience,” said Eric Henry, signage solutions leader, Tightrope Media Systems. “With enterprise-level bulletin rendering across large-scale network now taking a matter of seconds, our customers are assured timely distribution of dynamic and time-sensitive content across networks of any size. These improvements, along with extensive diagnostic toolset of Carousel Detective, set the stage for significant strides in next-generation Carousel systems on the horizon—notably a far richer, intuitive and user-friendly GUI on tap for the next major software release later this year.”

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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Extron Introduces New DTP CrossPoint 84 Presentation Matrix Switcher Model

Extron DTP CrossPoint 84 new modelExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP CrossPoint 84, a new model without an integrated control processor or amplifier, adding to the company’s growing family of DTP CrossPoint matrix switchers. The highly versatile, compact 2U DTP CrossPoint 84 delivers all of the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system, including an 8×4 matrix switcher with 4K inputs and outputs, two built-in independent scalers, integrated DTP and XTP transmitters and receivers, and comprehensive audio DSP capabilities unmatched in the industry. more

Barix Introduces IP Audio Players for Fully Integrated SoundScape Solution

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 14, 2015Barix last year introduced SoundScape, a solution to centrally manage and distribute branded audio over IP networks of any size. At ISE 2015, Barix will demonstrate the complete cost-reducing, revenue-generating capabilities of SoundScape as the company brings the fully integrated solution to market – including cloud-based content management and live status monitoring via the SoundScape Portal; and new compact, multi-format Exstreamer SoundScape IP audio players for location-based media playout.

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SoundScape is the only “in-store radio” solution capable of integrated audio distribution, remote device management, dynamic contact scheduling, system-wide reporting and monitoring, and high-quality, multi-format audio playout. Essentially, SoundScape brings together several traditional Barix strengths previously available as separate applications—including dynamic, targeted ad insertion—to simplify, accelerate and monetize deployments for content providers and systems integrators. SoundScape’s cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) design also establishes a centrally hosted model to increase network accessibility and availability, reducing overall operating costs and maintenance. As a result, SoundScape is more than a basic in-store radio solution: It is a fully functioning, revenue-generating music and entertainment system with hierarchical user management for single locations (clubs, supermarkets), large campuses (universities, corporate complexes) and multi-location networks (retail and hotel chains).

The introduction of Exstreamer SoundScape players is significant because it provides a highly reliable platform for remote device management and local playout. The Linux-based players feature the traditional benefits of Barix Exstreamer devices—including a compact form factor, low power consumption, multi-format decoding and broadcast-quality audio—and adds integrated control via a simple built-in, five-button keypad. Users can navigate the menu, skip songs, and change audio settings and network configurations without connecting to the central web-based SoundScape interface. A blue-toned backlit LED display details audio program and player information relevant to the location.

Exstreamer SoundScape players also bring greater efficiency to the playout operation through exceptional internal memory, minimizing network resources required for live streaming. A built-in real-time clock ensures that players continue to stream content locally via internal content storage in the event of network downtime—and pick up exactly where the playlist left off upon return of the network.

Visitors to the Barix stand (Hall 8, M-245 in the Amsterdam RAI, February 10-12) can simulate remote device management using the SoundScape Portal, the solution’s central management interface. In a typical SoundScape deployment, a content provider or network manager can visualize every player on the network using an intuitive, interactive map. Color-coded pins help users quickly determine the operating status of every player in the network, with green indicating normal operation and red indicating that attention is required. SoundScape’s in-depth troubleshooting capabilities enable users to remotely drill down into each player to determine and fix operating issues, while finely-tuned alerting capabilities inform users of problems via automatic e-mails or SMS texts.

The SoundScape demonstration at ISE will also allow visitors to establish connections between the Portal and players—the first step in adding new locations to the SoundScape network—build dynamic playlists featuring music and advertisements, and download audio content to local players. The SoundScape Portal’s rich content management capabilities also allow users to centrally assign and schedule content to unlimited player groups; and group devices by location and language. These flexible parameters further empower SoundScape’s revenue generating benefits by establishing a foundation for highly targeted, localized ad insertion.

“SoundScape is exciting as it truly offers a wide range of users an audio content distribution system for background music and messages across commercial and public spaces,” said Frank Frederiksen, managing director, Barix. “No other IP audio solution on the market offers as rich of an SaaS-enabled content and player management solution that also incorporates targeted advertising, stream tracking and reporting, and live status monitoring. Adding in tried-and-true reliable Barix audio players, SoundScape brings together a complete hardware and software solution to build new revenue streams and reduce total cost of ownership for branded, location-based music and entertainment.”

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

VMP Upgrades PDS-LCM2B Ceiling Mount Adapter to Accept Up to 80-Inch Flat Panels

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Jan. 13, 2015 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the commercial, residential, security, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce that its popular PDS-LCM2B dual large flat panel ceiling mount adapter now accepts flat panels up to 80-inches. Now shipping, the upgraded PDS-LCM2B MSRP remains at $199.95.VMP PDS-LCM2B flat panel dual ceiling mount adapter

“We have redesigned the PDS-LCM2B to accept a wider variety of flat panels…from as small as 37 inches all the way up to 80 inches,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “The redesigned unit will not only accommodate the 200 x 200 hole pattern, but also up to 860mm x 500mm.”

Increased from a maximum of 70-inch flat panels, the PDS-LCM2B adapter now allows the VMP PDS-LCB large flat panel tilt ceiling mount to accommodate two 37- to 80-inch flat panel displays back-to-back with a combined weight of up to 360 lbs. The PDS-LCM2B is the ideal multi-function option for a host of applications, such as in restaurants, bars, health clubs, and arenas.

Additional features of the VMP PDS-LCM2B include:
• Adjustable 0 degree – 15 degree tilt
• Weight: 23.6 lbs.
• Dimensions: 12.1in x 34.8in. x 22in (variable width)
• Black Powder coat finish

“With the PDS-LCM2B, multiple flat panels can be mounted together, combining for both aesthetic and practical purposes,” added Fulmer. “With the connected PDS-LCB’s 360 degree rotation and telescoping mast, the dual ceiling mounted flat panels can be seen from nearly any direction and angle.”

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™-Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries since 1994. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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Extron Introduces iPad Control App for TouchLink and MediaLink

Extron ControlExtron is pleased to introduce Extron Control, a new app that gives users complete access to any Extron control system, directly from their iPad. After a quick initial setup, the iPad connects to the desired room, allowing for a seamless, highly-responsive control experience. The app automatically loads the user interfaces present on any Extron control product without a lengthy setup and customization process. The familiar interfaces emulate the TouchLink touchpanel or MediaLink controllers in your room, as all button presses are kept in sync between the app and your Extron control devices. Extron Control is available for download from the iTunes App Store. Existing users of the TouchLink App will automatically receive Extron Control when they update. Since MediaLink for iPad will be retired, Extron is offering education institutions special pricing on the Control App through the Apple Volume Pricing Program. more

Tightrope Media Systems Bolsters Sales and Service Team with New Appointments

Company strengthens customer-first approach across broadcast, cable and digital signage

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, January 7, 2014
Tightrope Media Systems’ unique identity as a leading solutions provider across the broadcast/cable and digital signage industries has propelled year-on-year business growth since its formation as a standalone company in 2001. Looking to further bolster the company’s sales and service team to support future growth across both businesses, Tightrope recently promoted five-year company veteran Kelli Smith to Director of Broadcast Sales, and hired Richard Turner as Digital Signage Regional Sales Manager.

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Kelli, based in Raleigh, NC, now manages sales for ZEPLAY, Tightrope’s industry-leading choice for cost-efficient, multichannel instant replay servers; and the company’s Cablecast portfolio of server and automation products. Kelli will leverage her experience and relationships from her previous roles as Southeast U.S. sales manager and Carousel digital signage portfolio sales manager (east coast) to drive new business across emerging vertical markets, notably universities and hospitality businesses, including hotels and cruise ships.

“Tightrope is very well known in the digital signage space and in the local PEG broadcast community, and it’s my goal to build that same recognition across a new group of customers in verticals that traditionally haven’t used Tightrope broadcast solutions,” said Smith. “For example, although Tightrope has thousands of servers operating in the field today, ZEPLAY is the only one focused on live production. We’re working to make sure that prospective customers think of ZEPLAY first when it comes to slow motion instant replay servers.”

As Tightrope Media Systems is privately held, Kelli stresses the importance of responding to customer and market needs directly. “I’m looking forward to growing the existing relationships I’ve built, and developing new ones through our customer-first approach,” she added.

Richard Turner, based in Maryland, has more than 30 years in the professional AV, broadcast and IT markets working as an end user, consultant, engineer and content producer. Most recently, he worked in the government sector. This rich and varied experience allows Richard to further elevate the already sterling customer service at Tightrope.

Richard is looking forward to learning the Southeast territory and meeting Tightrope’s strong customer base across the region. “It’s always great to learn how our end users use digital signage to tell their stories,” said Turner. But, he also realizes that it’s a challenge or customers to sort out the differences among the many products on the market.

“My greatest goal is education and ensuring our customers get the most from our resources and products,” adds Turner. “It’s not just about technology; it’s about understanding the stories the customers want and need to tell, and about a team, like Tightrope, that stands behind their products and encourages innovation and creativity.”

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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Extron Now Shipping Two New IP Link Pro Control Processors

Extron IPL groupExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the IPL Pro CR88 and IPL Pro IRS8 control processors. The IPL Pro CR88 features eight contact closure inputs and eight relay ports, while the IPL Pro IRS8 features eight one-way IR/serial ports. These compact, high-performance IP Link Pro control processors are loaded with features inherent to the IP Link Pro family, including more power, speed, and memory, as well as Ethernet control and enhanced security. They are compatible with TouchLink Pro touchpanels and are ideally suited to take advantage of the advanced configuration options within Extron’s Global Configurator Plus and Global Configurator Professional. more

Extron Shipping MediaLink Plus Controller with Ethernet Device Control

Extron MLC Plus 84 D PlusExtron is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MLC Plus 84 D. This easy-to-use, two-gang Ethernet controller is used for controlling common AV functions such as power, input switching, and volume. As part of the new MediaLink Plus Series, it is designed with more powerful features, enhanced security, and Ethernet control. It has eleven backlit soft touch buttons and a variety of ports and inputs, including a remote volume control port for use with select Extron amplifiers. Power over Ethernet – PoE allows the controller to receive power and communications over a single Ethernet cable. It is ideal for use in single display applications or anywhere that centralized, pushbutton AV control is needed. more

Samsung Adds High-Brightness Displays to Smart Signage Lineup

OMD Series delivers brilliant images and clear text in high ambient light environments where making a strong visual impact is important

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Ridgefield Park, NJ – December 17, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced a new lineup of 2,500 nit high-brightness displays in screen sizes from 46- through 75-inches. Designed to deliver consistently brilliant performance, the OMD Series LED-lit LCD displays convey easily readable text and bright graphics in high ambient light environments and outdoor applications, including transportation facilities, banking and retail storefront windows, sports arenas, quick service restaurants and convention centers (outdoor use requires custom-designed weatherproof enclosure).

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“Samsung continues to develop innovative solutions that enable businesses to make smarter signage choices, whether that’s making the transition from a printed poster to dynamic digital signage in a storefront window for increased visibility or upgrading to an all-in-one solution for easier content management,” said Thomas Evans, director of display product marketing at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. “We understand that capturing the attention of consumers today can be challenging and created the OMD Series to offer a simple, smart and visually attractive way for businesses to showcase content, so that no matter the environment their messages will come across clear and bright.”

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Ideal for High Ambient Light Indoor Conditions or Sunlight Readable Outdoor Environments

At 2500 nits, the OMD Series displays deliver ultra-high brightness. The display’s high contrast ratio of 5,000:1 allows consistent, clear and vivid delivery of visual messaging. With an energy-efficient LED backlight, the OMD Series also incorporates an automatic brightness sensor helps reduce power consumption and provides optimal visibility. Additionally, all OMD Series displays are equipped with Samsung’s circular polarizing technology which allows for viewing content on the display while wearing polarized sunglasses.

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Extron FOX USB Extender Plus Now Shipping

Extron FOX USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the FOX USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices extreme distances over fiber optic cabling. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Used in conjunction with an Extron FOX Series DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA extender, the FOX USB Extender Plus is capable of transmitting Keyboard-Video-Mouse – KVM signals very long distances over a fiber optic infrastructure. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the receiver features an integrated four‑port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the FOX USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of professional environments. more

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