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Extron Introduces One-gang XTP Wallplate Transmitter for HDMI

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T HWP 101, a single-gang Decora®-style transmitter that sends high resolution HDMI with embedded audio up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single shielded CATx cable. It is HDCP-compliant, and supports computer video to 1920×1200, including 1080p/60 Deep Color and 2K resolutions. Designed for use within configurable rooms and other environments that require a compact wallplate transmitter, it provides extension from remote HDMI sources in XTP instalaltions. This one-gang wallplate transmitter is compatible with XTP CrossPoint matrix switchers for large installations as well as with XTP receivers, such as the XTP SR HDMI scaling receiver, for point-to-point content delivery over long distances. The XTP T HWP 101 offers many of the same integrator-friendly features that have made XTP Systems the go-to solution for AV system designers and integrators worldwide. more

STEWART FILMSCREEN ROCKIN’ TO RAISE FUNDS FOR NSCA EDUCATION FOUNDATION BY SPONSORING CHARITY PERFORMANCE BY THE DRUNK UNKLES ON OPENING DAY OF INFOCOMM14

Charity concert slated for Wednesday, June 18, at Hard Rock Hotel Club Vanity

TORRANCE, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – INFOCOMM BOOTH #C6821 – June 16, 2014 – Stewart Filmscreen Corp., the leading international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for commercial and residential applications, is pleased to announce the Company is sponsoring a charity performance by the Drunk Unkles, Wednesday, June 18 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

Dubbed Insanity at Vanity, the party and networking event is included in the lineup for InfoComm14 and is a fundraiser for the NSCA Education Foundation. This annual party draws thousands of A/V industry professionals, including dealers, distributors, manufacturers, integrators, members of the media, and InfoComm exhibitors.

In addition to Stewart Filmscreen, the show’s sponsors include AMX, AV Services, Barco, Biamp, Chief, Christie, FSR, IVCi, Liberty AV Solutions, NEC, Prysm, rp Visual Solutions, Sennheiser, Sharp, SurgeX, Synnex, West Penn Wire, and Whitlock.

The NSCA Education Foundation provides scholarships and training opportunities for both new professionals to the industry as well as veterans looking to expand their business. During the past nine years, the Drunk Unkles and show sponsors have helped to raise more than $500K for the foundation.

Attendees are invited to pick up a ticket to see the exclusive Drunk Unkles show at the Stewart Filmscreen booth #C6821 during InfoComm14. Tickets are also available at other sponsors’ booths as well – see complete listing below.

Those interested in experiencing, delivering, and learning more about the best 4K displays at InfoComm 2014 are encouraged to connect with Stewart Filmscreen in booth #C6821. More information can also be obtained by visiting www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mailing request@stewartfilmscreen.com, calling (800) 762-4999, or following @StewartFilm.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace.Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications | (425) 328-8640 | Katye@KMBComm.com |@katyemcgregor

NSCA Education Foundation media contact: Jodi Jacobs, Marketing Coordinator | NSCA Education Foundation | (631) 609-7183direct | 800-446-6722 (office)

www.drunkunkles.com

www.nscafoundation.org

InfoComm Booth Numbers for Drunk Unkles Insanity at Vanity show sponsors:

AMX #C4908

Audio Incorporated No booth

A-V Services Inc. No booth

BARCO Projection Systems Inc. #C6308

Biamp Systems #C9736

Chief #C6830

Christie Digital Systems #N505 & N719

FSR Inc. #C8721

IVCi LLC No booth

Liberty AV Solutions #C8536

NEC Display Solutions #C7708

Prysm Inc. #N1115

rp Visual Solutions #N619

Sennheiser Electronic Corp #C10908

Sharp Electronics #C7418

Stewart Filmscreen #C6821

SurgeX #C8725

Synnex Corporation #C5425

West Penn Wire #C5434

Whitlock No booth

 

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Audio Spotlight’s Sound Beam Turns Heads At The Smithsonian Future Is Here Festival in Washington, D.C.

Mythbusters’ Kari Byron and Outrageous Acts of Science’s Deborah Berebichez use Holosonics’unique Audio Spotlight directional loudspeaker technology to captivate festival audience, and demonstrate that the future of sound is already here.

Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight speakers sound like the stuff of science fiction: they produce a narrow beam of sound with the same precision as a flashlight. At any point inside the beam sound is clear and present, literally surrounding the listener’s head, while just a single step or two outside the narrow coverage area sonic bleed is nearly inaudible. Harnessing the miniature wavelengths of an ultrasonic carrier, and relying on entirely different physics than traditional loudspeakers, Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight system is literally capable of providing sound where you want it, and preserving the quiet where you don’t.™

The Audio Spotlight technology was a perfect fit for the spirit of The Smithsonian’s Future Is Here Festival, an annual celebration and exploration of science, technology, culture and the arts gathered around the exciting, elastic theme of future technology. Focused on motivating young people in science, guest speakers Deborah Berebichez of Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science and Kari Byron of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters used the Audio Spotlight speaker to pan the audience, giving those in attendance a truly unique listening experience.

As Berebichez explains, "We discussed the physics of sound and demonstrated the futuristic effect of Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight speaker by beaming the popular Pharrell Williams song ‘Happy’ to the audience. Having never experienced anything similar before, people laughed and applauded as the beam of music passed by their heads, and the excitement could be felt in the room."

To help relate the benefits of Holosonics’ directional speakers, Byron and Berebichez referenced Hollywood’s science fiction blockbuster 'Minority Report,' which included scenes where actor Tom Cruise was singularly targeted on a public sidewalk with personalized retail advertising announcements. The futuristic concept was based directly on Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight technology, and adding controlled sound to digital signage or in-store product displays are already two of the more popular applications for their directional speakers.

Kari and Debbie discussed other practical applications where controlled sound is of particular benefit, such as museums, galleries, and trade show exhibits, kiosks, waiting rooms, offices, and healthcare facilities, and even assisted listening for the hard of hearing. As the technology continues to mature and evolve, they expect Holosonics’ speakers could one day be found in every household, allowing families to split-screen TV’s and listen to different programming from opposite sides of the same couch, or to help a slumbering partner sleep more comfortably in peace while their spouse watches TV beside them in bed.

Kari shares, "The Holosonic speaker is a perfect example of how today’s innovations can impact our daily lives for years to come. It was great to demonstrate the power of the Audio Spotlight technology to a science-minded audience."

photo copyright Sharon Farmer, sfphotoworks

About Holosonic Research Labs, Inc.

Holosonic Research Labs, Inc., a pioneer in directional acoustics, develops and manufactures the Audio Spotlight® directional sound system. Founded in 1999 by MIT graduate Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight technology is used in a wide variety of applications including museums, libraries, offices, reception areas, retail displays, trade shows and retail kiosks. The world’s top organizations and companies use the Audio Spotlight directional sound system to beam sound to their listeners… and preserve the quiet.™

Press inquiries: press@holosonics.com

Christie Delivers Visual Display Technologies at InfoComm

Christie® is showcasing the widest range of visual display solutions at InfoComm 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 1820. A trusted market leader celebrating 85 years of experience and an InfoComm Gold Sponsor, Christie is introducing new laser phosphor 1-chip DLP® projectors, new LED tiles and LCD panels, the new Roadie 4K25 and 4K35, and a new Christie LX1750 3LCD projector for fixed installations, rental and staging, education, business, government and industry, sports and entertainment, houses of worship, meetings and events, and hospitality.

Christie products featured at InfoComm 2014

“Christie is a total solutions provider and it’s all about providing customers with the ultimate peace of mind; knowing that calling Christie means ‘problem solved!’” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “Christie solutions offer exceptional performance and reliability. They help customers create the world’s best shared experiences, visually and audibly, using the broadest range of collaborative tools available today.”

At InfoComm, Christie’s all-inclusive solutions will be highlighted in seven distinct zones.

Zone 1
Large, curved Christie® Velvet™ LED display with content managed by the Christie Spyder X20.

Zone 2
Christie 4K zone features blending of two Christie 4K25 3-chip DLP® projectors and two stacked Christie Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP® projectors with content managed by a Christie Spyder X20.

Zone 3
Christie Brio Family of collaboration tools, introducing the new Christie Brio Team. Zone 3 also showcases the new Christie 84-inch Quad HD, Christie FHD651-T touch panels and the Christie Q Series, which will be using the new Christie One Mount.

Zone 4
Control Room display with stacked Christie Entero HB 70-inch HD front access display cubes, Christie Phoenix™, Christie JumpStart and Christie FHD552-X 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel LCD flat panels.

Zone 5
Christie Spyder image processing display solutions and a selection of Christie M Series 3-chip DLP® projectors, the Christie LWU501i and Christie Q Series.

Zone 6
The Projection Mapping zone includes the recently released Book of Transformations showcasing examples from all over the world. The display will be using Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors. The Christie Interactive Design Studio – 3D, interactive projection mapping display will feature Christie G Series projectors and Christie® MicroTiles®.

Zone 7
Interactive/Bulb-Free displays with the new laser-phosphor GS Series, Christie One Mount, Christie MicroTiles using Christie Interactivity Kit, and touch LCD panels.

Zones will include the following new solutions:

Christie GS Series Laser Phosphor Projectors
Christie is expanding its G Series projection family to include solid state illumination in WXGA (DWX555-GS), HD (DHD555-GS) and WUXGA (DWU555-GS) resolutions. Using 1-chip DLP® and a laser phosphor illumination system, the Christie GS Series provides an astonishing 20,000 hours of lamp-less operation and recommended for fixed installations where high resolution applications are required, such as boardrooms, higher education, houses of worship, and smaller entertainment venues.

Christie Velvet
Christie expands its line of tiled displays with the introduction of Christie Velvet high resolution indoor LED tiles that provide high image quality and are seamless to integrate. The new, smart design LED tiles are available in various sizes and can be built-to-order in 1.875 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm and 4 mm pixel pitches. With wide-viewing angles and exceptional image clarity, the tiles are suitable for indoor video wall applications, such as retail, hospitality, corporate lobbies and control rooms. Built for 24/7/365 use and backed by industry-leading warranty and trusted pre/post sales service, the high performance LED tiles can be used with Christie’s image processing and content management software.

Christie FHQ841-T 84-inch UHD LCD Panel

The new 84-inch “plug and play” Christie FHQ841-T multi-touch UHD LCD panel features 3820 x 2160 resolution, anti-glare glass and 10 simultaneous touch points. For customers and integrators who want a single source provider to meet all of its products and service needs, Christie offers a wide selection of displays that can be bundled with options such as Christie Brio integrated collaboration system, enhanced service plans and on-site support.

Christie FHD552-X 55-inch LCD Panel
Christie’s 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel LCD panel features a reduction in tiled space by 35 percent to just 3.5 mm between screens for a minimal loss of content. The Christie FHD552-X tiled display wall has full high-definition resolution, high pixel density and a LED-backlit screen. Images look sharp at any distance, with controlled brightness suitable for a variety of indoor environments. The Christie FHD552-X is compatible with Christie JumpStart and Christie Interactivity Kit for a fully interactive digital experience.

Christie Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 Ruggedized Projectors
The Christie Roadie 4K25 and Christie Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP® projectors are built to withstand the rigors of the road delivering 25,000 and 35,000 lumens respectively. Both are ideal for rental/staging applications and offer 4K 60Hz projection that features industry-leading Christie TruLife™ electronics with 3G-SDI and Display Port as standard inputs and optional HDMI and DVI input modules.

Christie LX1750 3LCD Projector
Following on the heels of the highly successful Christie LX1500 comes the next generation Christie LX1750, offering a powerful 16,000 lumens (17500 center lumens), 4D color technology for superior color reproduction, and professional design. The LX1750 is ideal for houses of worship, large conference rooms, higher education, medium-sized auditoriums, and staging applications. The Christie LX1750 also features a suite of eleven optional, high performance lenses to support virtually any installation or venue, along with a fully motorized lensing system that offers easy setup and configuration.

Christie Brio Team
Christie Brio Team, the newest model in the Christie Brio family of presentation and collaboration systems, is a plug and play unit that makes it easy for individuals to wirelessly stream content onto displays from devices such as PCs, tablets, smartphones. Users can share content, edit in real time, save their work and capture action items for quicker follow-up while in study areas, small meeting rooms and huddle spaces. Brio Team, with its integrated Wi-Fi, AirPlay and WiDi receiver, requires no additional software apps, external dongles or local area network.

Christie Partners With Euromet Deliver Quality Ceiling Mount
Christie is partnering with Euromet to deliver a professional quality ceiling mount capable of supporting more than 20 Christie projectors. Christie One Mount is a modified version of the popular Euromet Arakno mount, but also includes a quick release pin to allow for easy projector serviceability. The Christie One Mount features a white and stainless steel color combination with a white ceiling mounting plate.

Christie Presence throughout InfoComm

Christie will be partnering with vendors throughout InfoComm including Crestron, in meeting room N250, which will be using a Christie D4K2560; Da-Lite, in booth C5408, with a Christie D4K2560, Christie HD10K-M and six Christie HD20K-J 3-chip DLP projectors; Stewart Filmscreen, in booth C6821, using the Christie Mirage 4K25 projector; coolux, in booth N405, with the Christie HD20K-J and Christie WU20K-J projectors; Alcorn McBride in booth N427, using Christie FHD551-X flat panels in landscape mode; the InfoComm Show Management, which is using several Christie projectors including the Christie S+22K-J, the Christie HD20K-J, the Christie HD14K-M in portrait mode, and the Christie Spyder video processor; rp Visual Solutions, booth N619, using 48 Christie® MicroTiles® Christie Interactivity Kit , and both the Christie Roadster HD20K-J and Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors; and InfiTec, booth N662, using Christie WU14K-M projectors.

NSCA Education Foundation Sponsorship

Christie is sponsoring the NSCA Education Foundation’s Drunk Unkles event, dubbed Insanity at Vanity, to be held at Hard Rock Hotel’s Club Vanity in Las Vegas, June 18. The annual event draws thousands of participants from the A/V industry, and media, to help raise money for the NSCA Education Foundation. For more information, visit www.drunkunkles.com.

Extron Now Shipping New Scaling Presentation Switcher with Built-In Control Processor

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the IN1608 IPCP, new models within the IN1608 product family that feature built-in Extron IP Link Pro control processors for complete and powerful AV system control. The IN1608 IPCP is a highly versatile scaling presentation switcher that delivers the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including an HDCP-compliant, multi-format video switcher, an advanced scaling engine, integrated DTP transmitter and receivers for signal extension up to 330 feet (100 meters), a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio processing, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The IN1608 IPCP is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership.

“The IN1608 has been extremely popular with our customers and we are very excited to be shipping the IN1608 IPCP for delivering total system integration,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “This scaling presentation switcher is now available with a built-in IP Link Pro control processor that delivers powerful capabilities for complete, customizable control of an entire AV system.”

The IN1608 IPCP features a built-in IP Link Pro control processor, with the same advanced features, processing power, and breakthrough technologies found in the standalone Extron IPCP Pro control processors. The IN1608 IPCP delivers high-speed processing and abundant control port capacity for complete, customizable control of an entire AV system, including all source devices and displays, plus room functions. Simply connect an Extron TouchLink Pro touchpanel to the built-in Gigabit Ethernet switch to create a complete AV control system.

As with all Extron control systems, the IN1608 IPCP is very intuitive and easy to configure with Global Configurator software. The latest version of Global Configurator includes powerful, advanced features such as conditional logic, local variables, and macros. Global Configurator Professional adds unprecedented scalability with Controller Groups, a unique feature that allows an IN1608 IPCP to be combined with additional IP Link Pro processors to create a large-scale control system. This is ideal for controlling multiple systems, rooms, or even remote locations around the world. IN1608 IPCP systems throughout a facility, building, campus, or offices worldwide can be monitored and managed using Extron GlobalViewer Enterprise server-based software.

With the purchase of an Extron LinkLicense with the IN1608 IPCP, a tablet or laptop can serve as the primary control interface for the AV system. A unique benefit of LinkLicense is the ability to use Extron GUI Designer software to design interfaces for specific user roles in an organization. LinkLicense works seamlessly with Extron’s TouchLink for iPad app, and allows an interface to be duplicated to many additional devices. It simplifies deployment of AV system control for BYOD with a single license purchase per system and no per-user fees, and allows a standardized BYOD strategy for AV control across an organization.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/in1608ipcpnsvideo

For more information on the IN1608 IPCP, please visit: www.extron.com/in1608ipcpnspr

D-Tools Partners with InfoComm AV-iQ to Make AV-iQ Catalog Available within System Integrator™ Software Platform

Integrated InfoComm AV-iQ data provides SI users with access to comprehensive resource for audio visual equipment, service providers, and case studies to simplify research and specification of manufacturer products

CONCORD, CA, USA – JUNE 9, 2014 —D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today it has reached an agreement with InfoComm International to provide D-Tools System Integrator (SI) software users with direct access to the InfoComm AV-iQ Online Resource from within the D-Tools software environment. This partnership will give SI users access to AV-iQ’s comprehensive library of audio-visual manufacturer products, resources and case studies, which will ultimately help further streamline efficiencies for the specification, design, and integration of low voltage electronic systems.

Powered by InfoComm International, AV-iQ provides North American audio-visual integrators with the most comprehensive pro-AV resource available. AV-iQ users are able to explore equipment catalogs by way of a brand-new product data comparison tool and BIM library, and can also access a case study library for cutting-edge installation inspiration. Also provided is the ability to locate nearby service providers with the AV Services Directory and Unified Communications directory, as well as exclusive access to product news, industry updates and tools.

“We’re pleased to integrate our comprehensive industry resource into the D-Tools System Integrator software platform, providing a highly proficient user community of AV integrators greater access to the product specifications that are critical to their success,” said John Fuchs, Senior VP of InfoComm AV-iQ.

The integration of InfoComm AV-iQ data into the D-Tools Data Browser environment will make it easy for SI users to find the right product for the job. As a value-added component of D-Tools SI’s data-driven workflow, AV integrators have a wealth of information available at the critical design and specification phase of the project, greatly reducing research time, and ensuring that they are specifying the best possible solution for their client engagements. With this partnership, the D-Tools software platform is more than just a workflow-enhancing toolset for users; it also provides a window into the audio-visual marketplace at a macro level.

“This relationship gives our users InfoComm AV-iQ’s vast, current, and in-depth product information at the time that they need it most—during the proposal and design part of the job—and as a seamless part of their workflow,” said Tim Bigoness, VP of Sales and Marketing for D-Tools. “We’re excited to provide our users access to this incredible resource directly from the System Integrator software environment as we know it will make a positive impact on their workflow.”

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 platforms. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

About InfoComm iQ
In addition to being the largest, most comprehensive, single source of audio visual equipment, service providers and case studies in the world other benefits incorporated into the AV-iQ solution include common categorization and common data presentation to simplify research, news, videos and a monthly recap of all new products entered into the database sorted by manufacturer’s name and category. InfoComm AV-iQ also serves another very important role in the Audio Visual community. They define one of the core values brought to the market by resellers and integrators; the audio visual equipment that they are authorized and trained to sell and support. While it is true that many products are now available through distribution, just having access to audio visual equipment for inclusion in projects and systems cannot be the only consideration in choosing products and their providers. Critical to the long-term investment is the proper installation, service and maintenance that is available from the provider to ensure maximum up time and full performance.

Media Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

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D-Tools Logos
D-Tools InfoComm AV-iQ Screen Shot

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Tightrope Media Systems Helps Binghamton High School Spread the News Through Digital Signage

Using Tightrope’s Carousel solution, school district communicates news, events and more across multiple platforms to the benefit of students, faculty and parents

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, June 9, 2014
– The Binghamton School District in the central-southern tier of New York State has discovered a way to communicate clearly with high school students, faculty and parents at once, creatively using digital signage technology from Tightrope Media Systems to deliver information inside the school and over the web.

Branded as Patriot TV, the school district rotates morning announcements with regular updated information on school events, weather and more to nearly every space in the Binghamton High School, reaching 1700 students across grades 9-12. Using Tightrope’s Carousel digital signage solution, the IT-centric architecture allows the school to broadcast feeds on classroom SMART Boards and large monitors situated inside the cafeteria and within common areas.

Additionally, Patriot TV feeds are replicated 24/7 on the school’s website, easily accessible from the front page. This has the added benefit of giving parents an easy way to keep up with district news, school closings and other important information.

“We were really looking to simplify how the greater community accessed this information,” said Roxie Oberg, Principal at Binghamton High School. “We wanted to provide a better experience than going to our website and navigating through a bunch of pages. The Tightrope system puts everything in one place, in a visually appealing and easy-to-comprehend manner. The community is learning about a lot of our activities through the Patriot TV web stream.”

This multiplatform approach was the driving influence behind adopting digital signage as opposed to more traditional methods. An initial plan of launching a basic, traditional TV broadcast for morning announcements quickly transitioned to digital signage when its benefits of reaching wider audiences became clear. And of all solutions explored, Lawrence Kassan, Coordinator of Special Events for the Binghamton City School District felt Tightrope offered the best mix for creativity, content management and price point. Though Carousel supports unlimited screen zones, The Patriot TV output consists of four discrete zones and a constant data crawl of the morning announcements.

“The whole school doesn’t go quiet the minute the morning announcements come on, and we realized we could reach students and faculty all day through a rotational digital signage program,” said Kassan. “The Carousel system gives us a very creative template to produce a dynamic output. Integration with SMART Boards means that teachers can easily show Patriot TV feeds in the classroom when they are not using them for instruction. And it has added to the overall school atmosphere as well. The students are constantly looking at the big display screens. There is a noticeable element of excitement.”

Ease of use is another major benefit, according to Kassan. Time-sensitive content is often added on the fly, though a rich scheduling function supports long-term planning. Though Kassan currently handles all Carousel operations, the quick learning curve will allow him to train students and other faculty members heading into the 2014-15 school year. Carousel’s user rights and permissions will help him facilitate the types of bulletins that can be created, screen areas that users can access, and advance content approval.

The opportunity to train other departments to use Carousel is especially pertinent given the school’s reputation as a creative force. In fact, the high school boasts a school of the arts named after Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling, who graduated from the school in 1943.

“The Rod Serling School of Fine Arts produces a tremendous amount of events covering theater, dance, concerts and more,” said Kassan. “Our visual arts department has an excellent graphics arts department. It’s a natural fit to have these faculty members and students contribute to Patriot TV. And the easy learning curve of Carousel makes that a no-brainer.”

Kassan also expects to integrate the athletics department into the Patriot TV rotation, alerting the community about game schedules, results and other interesting sports highlights.

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 HDCP-Compliant Annotator with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Annotator 300, a high performance, hardware-based annotation processor that allows a presenter to draw, point, or type over live presentations using a touch display, graphics tablet, or a keyboard and mouse. The HDCP-compliant Annotator 300 includes HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, a universal analog video input, and three simultaneous outputs including two HDMI and a DTP twisted pair output. It also features advanced Extron video signal processing with a high performance scaling engine and fast, reliable switching. The DTP twisted pair output extends HDMI and bidirectional control signals to a DTP receiver over a single shielded CATx cable up to 330 feet (100 meters). The Annotator 300 offers a wide range of annotation tools and controls, all easily accessible by the presenter using an intuitive on-screen GUI. more

Extron Introduces New Compact Four Input Scaler

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the Extron IN1604 HD, an HDCP-compliant four input scaler that features three HDMI inputs, a universal analog video input, and an HDMI output. It is ideal for installation beneath conference tables and in lecterns to provide localized switching support for sources such as presenter devices. The IN1604 HD provides the convenience of fast and reliable switching, along with a high performance scaling engine for HDMI and analog video sources. Also included are a host of audio processing features and many versatile options for control. The IN1604 HD joins the recently announced IN1604 DTP, which features an Extron DTP twisted pair output. more

Opticomm-EMCORE Announces the New Genesis XD, a Multimedia Matrix for 4K UHD and Beyond

 

Alhambra, CA –June 1, 2014 – Opticomm-EMCORE, a leading provider of end-to-end multimedia distribution equipment for 4K UHD and beyond, is launching their new Genesis XD (“GXD”) at InfoComm 2014, an all-in-one multimedia matrix solution that converts, scales, switches and distributes video, audio and data for small-to-large connectivity applications.  A four-panel video wall will be created using Genesis XD and Genesis-compatible multipoint products, including their new GBOX Series of compact, throw-down boxes, Optiva system cards, and the new Eclipse HD system.

Genesis XD accepts and converts both analog and digital signals, including HDMI 1.4b with HDCP (now known as HEAC – HDMI, Ethernet, Audio, Control), Display Port, DVI, VGA, Component and 3G HD-SDI.  GXD’s massive 40 Gbps backplane accommodates uncompressed 4K UHD resolutions now and 8K resolutions later, allowing it to serve as a staple for Installers that want a flexible and reliable connectivity platform.  Remote locations can be connected via singlemode and multimode Fiber up to 10 kilometers (6 miles), as well as CATx/HDBaseT or IP/Ethernet up to 100 meters (300 feet).

A notable feature of Genesis XD is the ability to break-away and switch audio separately for professional audio editing and processing requirements.  GXD also embeds digital S/PDIF or stereo analog audio inputs into HDMI and 3G HD-SDI signals, as well as, de-embeds audio from those same digital signals.  Supported data formats include 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, RS-232, CEC, USB 2.0 (for keyboard, mouse, storage devices etc.), and IR, which provides IR control of the source equipment from the display end of the link.

Genesis XD is a non-blocking, full cross-point matrix switch that allows any source to seamlessly connect to one or all displays for continuous, trouble-free operation in critical applications.  GXD is a modular system, expandable and scalable from 8×8 to 256×256.  Initially, GXD will be launched in a 32×32, 9RU frame, allowing for 16 cards input and 16 cards output, with two channels per card.  It incorporates “intelli-scale” technology to instantly scale a video source to the native resolution of connected displays in less than one second.

The multi-format Genesis XD platform can be utilized in numerous connectivity applications, including but not limited to:

  •  Corporate: One building can distribute multimedia between floors via copper cabling then send the same signals to a second building via fiber cabling, all output from the same switch. For AV/IT integration applications, GXD can bridge both audio/video and data networks over the same IP/Ethernet infrastructure.
  • Education: GXD can utilize existing copper and IP infrastructure for video conferencing in classrooms, then convert these and other signals for long-distance transport over fiber, for distribution of seminars, surveillance video and broadcast journalism programs throughout a campus or regional district.
  • Government and Military: GXD can support all video, audio and data for multi-display, high-security, Command and Control rooms, as well as distribute ultra-high resolution interactive video for simulation/mission control applications.
  • Hospital Operating Room: GXD can be deployed as the central switch for all connectivity applications, including archiving operating procedures, live video feed of procedures for long-distance teaching applications over fiber and IP/Ethernet, as well as distribution of multimedia to digital signage/video walls throughout the building.
  • Security and Surveillance: High-definition HDMI and 3G HD-SDI video may be routed through GXD from multiple sources to a single output using a quad-multiviewer card.
  • Worship: GXD offers seamless switching between video cameras and computer graphics, providing reliable, high-quality signal distribution to multiple projectors and screens.

 

Genesis XD includes interfaces such as USB 2.0 for remote KVM applications, RS-232 Serial Data and Ethernet for controlling remote devices.  The system can be remotely controlled and monitored through any laptop or tablet to access the web-based GUI.  Other forms of control supported are RS-232 and Ethernet/SNMP commands, allowing third-party control systems to be used. Additionally, it features a front-LCD touch screen for control and to act as a preview screen for any connected video source, eliminating need for a local, dedicated monitor.

For more information visit us at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20, Booth C7716, go to www.emcore.com/opticomm, or call 626-293-3400.

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