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Matrox MuraControl 3.0 for Windows Video Wall Management Software Now Available

Exciting new digital signage functionality for Mura-based video walls to be demonstrated at InfoComm 2014

Matrox MuraControl 3.0 for Windows Video Wall Software

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Matrox MuraControl™3.0 for Windows® video wall management software for Mura™ MPX-based video walls. Top new features include the ability to render HTML5 feeds such as social media, weather and stock market data and the ability to add multi-lingual Unicode text overlays across individual source windows or the entire video wall.

“This update to MuraControl gives video wall integrators and system builders even greater control over Mura MPX-based video wall content and layouts,” said Helgi Sigurdsson, product manager, Matrox Graphics. “The intuitive, feature-rich application lets user create, save and edit layouts offline or in real time so their content appears exactly where and how they want it.”

Matrox Mura MPX Series capture and display boards let integrators easily and cost-effectively build high-density video wall controller systems supporting custom video walls of almost any size. The boards feature highly flexible, universal input channel support for both digital and analog (DVI, RGB/VGA, Component, S-Video & Composite) video signals plus exceptional-quality scaling, switching, and compositing of source content. Compatible Mura MPX analog video capture cards provide additional NTSC/PAL/SECAM input channel support and the Mura MPX-SDI board features two 3G SDI video inputs and two DVI outputs.

Additional new features in MuraControl 3.0 for Windows include support for analog input capture adjustments, options for “signal lost” events that let the user define what appears on an overlay window when the source signal is lost or not connected and options for input auto detect filtering that let the user specify a source type.

MuraControl 3.0 will be demonstrated on Matrox Mura-powered video walls for the first time at InfoComm 2014 (Las Vegas, June 18-20, booth N2247). Mura capabilities will also be showcased through rich transitions and eye-catching effects applied to both recorded and live content using the latest Mura Network API — a platform that software developers and equipment manufacturers can use to build their own powerful video wall control solutions for Mura-based video walls.

Availability
The Matrox MuraControl 3.0 for Windows software license is now available for purchase. The free 21-day trial version of MuraControl 3.0 for Windows is now available for download from the Matrox website. The Mura Network API and the lower level C/C++ style DWC API are now available to developers. For more information, contact Matrox Graphics.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

New From BenQ at InfoComm 2014

Visit BenQ America Corp. at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20 – Las Vegas, Booth C8531

BenQ Products on Display at InfoComm 2014:
Creators of immersive learning spaces, broader boardroom collaboration, and billion-color visual entertainment, BenQ’s InfoComm roster brings together innovations for applications in education, business, home theater, digital signage, and more. Powered by Colorific(TM) technology to deliver accurate, crisp, and long-lasting image quality, BenQ’s newest projectors include professional high-brightness units, interactive devices for more captivating classroom experiences, and a compact portable model for setups on the go. BenQ will also share the benefits of its energy-saving SmartEco(TM) technology, which can increase lamp life up to an amazing 10,000 hours. For digital signage and commercial applications, BenQ is introducing multiple 4K Ultra HD panels, a host of interactive displays with tablet-like navigation, more engaging slim bar displays, and dual-sided signage. Also on display will be BenQ’s first-ever 4K Ultra HD CAD/CAM professional monitor, now featuring BenQ’s RevolutionEyes(TM) technology for exceptional monitor performance.

Changing the Face of Visual Displays: New BenQ Digital Signage Offerings
At InfoComm 2014, BenQ is introducing its first-ever 4K Ultra HD interactive display, the RP840G. The 84-inch, six-touch point, feature-rich display provides multi-PC touch control via USB, EZCast for simple collaboration via WiFi, and an intuitive teaching software bundle for classroom applications. For interactive classrooms, collaborative boardrooms, and intuitive wayfinding solutions, the multitouch technology featured on BenQ’s new 70-inch RP700+ interactive flat-panel display provides responsive feedback with accurate positioning to augment interactivity in any digital signage application. As a result, students, presenters, and information-seekers can simply touch the screen for responsive panning, zooming, and scrolling — just like a tablet. For more comfortable viewing, the RP700+ features advanced anti-glare glass to reduce screen reflection and eliminate visual interference, preventing both eye fatigue and stress. The display supports a low blue light mode for further visual protection and increases convenience via multiplatform compatibility with software such as Chrome OS, and has additional connectivity features such as a front panel input/output for added flexibility.

Designed for open public spaces, BenQ’s public information displays provide advanced innovations that enliven any targeted or round-the-clock signage installation. Slim and lightweight, the DL550F full HD 55-inch dual-side display is perfect for retail stores, transportation areas, or public venues offering users access to information from both sides of the panel. The dual-sided panels are only one-inch thick and light enough to be hung from a ceiling or placed on a stand. BenQ’s new bar displays enable ultra-widescreen signage in either 28-inch (BH280) or 38-inch (BH380) formats for public transit, restaurant menu boards, and more. Featuring 700 nits (28 inch) and 1500 nits (38 inch) of high brightness, 176/176-degree wide viewing angles, in addition to DVI and VGA multiple signal interfaces, the panels can be used in portrait or landscape mode to support kiosk applications. Also on display will be BenQ’s super narrow bezel PH550, designed specifically for building seamless and breathtaking videowalls. The 55-inch display includes BenQ’s Multiple Display Administrator application to control and monitor multiple displays remotely with ease, and the optional Color Calibration solution that automatically unifies the color profile of each videowall display for easy setup and installation.

Billions of Colors for Vibrant, True-to-Life Images: BenQ Colorific(TM) Projectors
Leading BenQ’s Colorific(TM) projector portfolio is the high-brightness PU9730. Designed to bring premium brightness to command and control centers, houses of worship, classrooms, and conference room settings, the all-new WUXGA device delivers an incredibly bright 7,000 Colorific lumens compliant to the Rec. 709 color gamut. Installations are extra easy thanks to powered focus, zoom, and lens shifting; lens memory; mechanical shutter capabilities; and the addition of seven optional lenses for more flexibility. Also new to the high-brightness series is the Colorific 6,000-lumen TH963. Featuring an impressive 11,000:1 contrast ratio and full HD 1080p resolution, the professional large-venue projector includes BenQ’s Colorific image quality and optional lens flexibility for simpler setups.

Shown for the first time in North America, BenQ’s ultra short throw MW853UST projector for the connected education sector brings enhanced interactivity to projection-based classrooms. Using dual screen capabilities, two MW853UST units can easily enlarge the projection area of any learning space allowing up to four participants to simultaneously collaborate on dual wide screens as large as 190 inches. Featuring auto calibration, the device allows teachers and students to interact using up to four PointWrite(TM) pens or via finger-touch technology for simple hands-on collaboration directly on the screen. Easy to set up and install, the MW853UST features a wall mount plate integrated directly onto the projector, 3D PC and Blu-ray readiness, and double 10W speakers, creating a complete multimedia solution that turns classrooms into collaborative and engaging learning spaces.

To augment collaboration within business settings, the multipurpose MH740 projector provides a crisp 11,000:1 contrast ratio, 4,000 Colorific lumens of brightness, and full HD 1080p resolution. For added convenience, the unit is equipped with integrated 10W speakers and the ability to cast 3D content directly from PCs and Blu-ray devices, allowing presenters to enjoy lifelike experiences without sacrificing setup speed. For IT managers, the MH740′s LAN control feature simplifies facility-wide maintenance by allowing easy remote monitoring and control directly from workstations. To lower total cost of ownership, the projector features BenQ’s SmartEco(TM) technology, which automatically adjusts lamp power to deliver up to 3,500 hours of lamp life.

For content everywhere portability, the compact and easy to use Ultra-Lite GP20 projector offers LED projection backed by 700 Colorific lumens, native WXGA resolution, and support for resolutions up to UXGA. With features such as mirroring for devices equipped with Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), the GP20 enables easy notebook PC, cable, console gaming, or smart device connection to transfer small-screen content directly to the projector from any portable device. The GP20 also offers simple wireless streaming from MHL-compatible Roku and Chromecast players, allowing users to enjoy cloud content from popular services such as Netflix, Hulu, Aereo, and more. PC 3D-ready, the GP20 lets users share HD-quality movies, videos, photos, games, and presentations on any wall or video screen, casting up to a 10-foot diagonal image from 10 feet away.

Professional Performance With Increased Visual Comfort: BenQ RevolutionEyes(TM) Monitors
BenQ’s 32-inch 4K Ultra HD BL3201PT wide quad high-definition (WQHD) professional monitor is designed for 3D printing, computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). With an AHVA panel enabling 178-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles, the unit’s 2560×1440 resolution brings 77 percent more working space to users. Displaying graphics at 4K, the eye-care monitor enables higher pixels per inch (ppi) for a sharper, more precise viewing experience. With the monitor’s unique CAD/CAM mode, users obtain a special color map for popular CAD programs, which makes small details in wireframes more visible, while the unit’s Display Pilot software enables users to change color settings automatically based on specific applications. To further simplify design workflows, the unit’s Auto-Pivot function automatically rotates and partitions content when the display is turned from landscape to portrait mode and vice versa. To increase user comfort during long periods of computer use, the BL3201PT also incorporates BenQ’s exclusive ZeroFlicker(TM) technology.

Made specifically for creative professionals such as photographers, graphic designers, color re-touchers, and printers who rely heavily on color accuracy, BenQ’s PG2401PT certified color management monitor provides reliable, printing-certified soft-proofing precision at an incredibly affordable price. To facilitate collaboration between professionals, the self-calibrating PG2401PT monitor also covers 100 percent CMYK, 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color space, and is designed to take advantage of today’s most popular cloud-based color proofing services such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud and PantoneLIVE. To further ensure that on-screen colors visually match off-the-press colors for accurate reproduction, the PG2401PT is FograCert Softproof certified, as well as SWOP & GRACoL certified by the IDEAlliance.

Image Links:
RP840G: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_RP840G.jpg
RP700+: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_RP700+.jpg
DL550F: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_DualSide_Display.jpg
BH280/380: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_BarDisplay.jpg
PH550: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_PH550.jpg
PU9730: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_PU9730.jpg
TH963: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_TH963.jpg
MW853UST: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_MW853UST.jpg
MH740: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_MH740.jpg
GP20: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_Ultra-Lite.jpg
BL3201PT: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_BL3201PT.jpg
PG2401PT: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/BenQ_PG2401PT.jpg

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/BenQ/140512.doc

Company Quote:
“BenQ’s philosophy centers on providing market-first innovations that matter. This vision has made our company one of the fastest growing display brands in North America and has enabled us to develop exciting new solutions that put smart, collaborative, eye-catching products into the hands of students, professionals, and mainstream consumers. It has also allowed us to introduce several key initiatives including our BEST Education and Integrators’ Choice partner programs, further strengthening our support of both the education sector and the professional integration channel. At InfoComm 2014, we look forward to unveiling an unprecedented new lineup of next-gen solutions, including high-brightness Colorific projectors, visually-stunning digital signage panels, interactive technologies, and RevolutionEyes monitors, all delivering a perfect balance of performance, reliability, and design.”
– Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp.

About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the fastest growing projector brand in North America(1), the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand worldwide, and the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of Colorific(TM) projectors, RevolutionEyes(TM) monitors, and flat-panel displays for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlit monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

(1) Based upon Q4’13 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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Sounds And Silence Coexist Peacefully In New York Public Library, Made Possible By Holosonics’ Audio Spotlight Technology

Audio Spotlight Directional Speakers In Action At NYPL Recognizing the interests of neighborhood youth and their affinity for embracing future technologies, Rice+Lipka Associates sought out to provide the New York Public Library (NYPL) with an exciting, modern makeover of its Hamilton Grange Teen Center situated in the heart of New York City. By focusing on integrating fresh technologies to provide unique social experiences, Rice+Lipka were able to transform the aging facility into an open-concept hangout space full of interest, engagement, and community.

As the preservation of quiet is utterly synonymous with public library space, NYPL was faced with the challenge of catering to the increasingly multimedia-centric senses of today’s youth, without adding noise or distraction to the quiet library. Their solution was the unique Audio Spotlight directional speaker systems by Holosonics. A speaker technology unlike any other, the Audio Spotlight provides a narrow sound beam of coverage, with audio levels dropping over 90% only a single step away. Harnessing such directivity, the library could create a tight, well defined listening area, while maintaining quiet for all others outside this zone.

Several of Holosonics’ unique directional speakers were mounted over the circular listening area. Inside the boundary, teens can rock the afternoon away to Garage Band on the Wii, while others study peacefully, and quietly, just outside the isolated Audio Spotlight sound field.

Michael Beach, Project Manager for HB Communications, the AV integrator responsible for the Hamilton Grange install, shares, “The Audio Spotlight is impressively effective at localizing sound.” Beach elaborates, “Libraries are notorious for very closely monitored sound levels, so it’s not every day you see an open air media center with speakers pumping sound out right in the middle of one – the Audio Spotlights make that possible.”

“It’s pretty remarkable to be able to offer the only speaker technology with precise enough coverage to be tolerated in library settings,” states inventor Dr. F. Joseph Pompei, “It’s one of the most demanding environments concerning noise, and this success is a real testament to the Audio Spotlight’s unmatched sound field control.”

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

Calibre brings real-world innovation to InfoComm 2014

Focus on media, events and entertainment applications

Calibre UK, the creator of multiple award-winning scalers and processors for the professional audio visual market will exhibit at InfoComm 2014, 18-20th June, Las Vegas Convention Centre (Booth C7541). The booth will be co-branded Calibre and Kramer Electronics in recognition of the two companies’ strategic partnership launched in 2013.

Immediately adjacent to the main Kramer booth (C7736), Calibre will include an impressive array of real-world applications using the new Kramer Media, Events & Entertainment product range of edge blending, scaling, warping and LED video wall processing equipment – all powered by Calibre’s proprietary scaling technologies. The products include the Kramer VP-791, VP-792, VP-793 and VP-794, which are derived from the Calibre HQView and LEDView scaling and processing model range.

Live at InfoComm 2014: VP-794 events demonstration

Making its Americas debut, the Kramer VP-794 universal live events scalers will be demonstrated in typical live events scenarios. Creating a exceptionally engaging and bright display that’s expected to be seen from all angles of the InfoComm show floor, the VP-794 will drive content for display on to Lighthouse Technologies’ LED video walls.

Complementing this will be a demonstration of the VP-794’s capabilities to edge blend and warp various content onto a curved screen display using ultra-bright large-venue projectors from Digital Projection International.

The demonstrations will highlight to InfoComm visitors how easy it is to manage video content across LED displays and projection video walls in the most rugged and high-demanding environments.

Focus on high-performance image processing

Where image quality, precision and fidelity are key, Calibre will demonstrate the benefits of edge-blending across multiple displays and curved projection screens for simulation and training environments, events, conference room applications.

Highlights include the warping and blending controls of the Kramer VP-793 and VP-792 processors at interactive demo stations located around the booth.

There will also be interactive demo stations showing video processing with geometric correction using the 3G-SDI to DVI-HDMI signal processing capabilities of the Kramer VP-791 processor and an interactive demo of Kramer VP-794 pixel-accurate image resizing for LED videowalls.

In each case visitors can come and try out the products and interact with the controls themselves to see how they work.

“The booth this year will enable visitors to gets hands on and try out the Kramer Media, Events and Entertainment range powered by Calibre so they can plan for their future projects and investments,” said Tim Brooksbank, Chairman at Calibre UK.

“Our proven technologies are in daily use across the world in some impressive and challenging event, media and entertainment production installations and are now available to a much wider market through Kramer’s outstanding Americas and worldwide sales and support network.”

You can see the Kramer Media, Events & Entertainment product range powered by Calibre including the VP-791, VP-792, VP-793 & VP-794 scalers on the Calibre booth at InfoComm 2014, 18-20 June, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth # C7541.

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About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing.

Some useful links:

Twitter: @CalibreProAV

Website: www.calibreuk.com

Christie MicroTiles and Christie Spyder X20 Promote Michigan State University’s Basketball Program

The Michigan State University Spartans are using Christie® MicroTiles® and a Christie Spyder X20 to promote its powerful men’s basketball program to potential recruits as well as current players and fans. Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) and BlueWater Technologies created the magnificent 30-foot wide by 5-foot tall Christie MicroTiles visual display wall in a corridor of the Berkowitz Athletic Complex, home of Spartans basketball.

With athletic recruiting a highly competitive endeavor, the Spartans wanted something extra to bring the best prospects to their program. The plan was to install a video wall – but not just any video wall – into the long, narrow corridor 20 feet above the basketball court leading into the athletic complex. LCD flat panels were the first choice but the school was concerned about the quality of the images that would show on the display – especially when viewed close up.

“There are several trophies at the end of the corridor, including two men’s NCAA championship trophies, but the college wanted to be able customize the experience for visitors. Coach Izzo and his staff are well known and respected and the school wanted a digital display system to highlight that and the successful history of the program. They wanted to show off what Michigan State does and can do for potential recruits,” said Dean Harris CTS, designer technology services, Integrated Design Solutions.

Christie MicroTiles at Michigan State

The school was also concerned about the larger bezels of flat panels interfering with the cohesiveness of the display they wanted. Familiar with Christie MicroTiles, Harris had some MicroTiles’ samples brought in.

“We took the MicroTiles demo out to the coaches, the athletic director and others at MSU,” explained Harris. “They said, ‘if we are going to do this, we have to have the right product so the content will be crystal-clear up close.’ The visuals on the MicroTiles are very sharp even when you stand just a few inches away from them. Everyone’s reaction was ‘Wow!’ We blew them away. It was the tiny seams, the clarity of the images, the fact that they are serviceable from the front – the MicroTiles just looked stunning and did exactly what they wanted – they were the right choice.”

Located two feet off the floor and fitted into the wall, the Christie MicroTiles video wall comprises 110 tiles in a 22-unit wide by 5-units tall array and – using a Christie-designed pedestal – seamlessly blends into the architecture.

“The MicroTiles wall is located in a dark and narrow entry corridor that leads to a brightly lit rotunda. One of our architects explained that ‘this corridor was designed to replicate the feeling of a student athlete walking through the player’s tunnel into an arena. The vivid content on the MicroTiles wall draws your attention as you walk down the corridor that ends at a large trophy display in the rotunda.’ It is rather impressive,” said Harris.

“There is quite a lot of talk around campus about having to go see the new video wall at the Berkowitz complex. We’re also hearing that other MSU departments would like to have one, too.”

Christie Spyder X20 Manages and Controls Content

To complete the project, the school needed a powerful video processor to do full justice to the content – which is where the Christie Spyder X20 came in. The school’s video production department produces a variety of branded content with one highlight being a line of past coaches that includes their history at the touch of a button while game days include satellite feeds and other MSU-branded content.

“Bob Christopher (central regional manager, Christie) recommended the Spyder X20 and we, in-turn, recommended it to the school; it became part of the whole design project. It was the best fit for the MicroTiles wall,” Harris concluded. “Working with Bob, and Christie as a whole, has been great. I would do it again.”

Christie MicroTiles bright, color-rich and flawless images are the perfect digital technology for creating impressive displays in university and college lobbies, auditoriums and athletic facilities. Several higher education institutions – including the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at the North Carolina State University and Texas Tech University – are benefiting from Christie MicroTiles video walls.

Atlona® Continues Participation in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

D-Tools Global System Integrator™ users maintain free access to Atlona® product detail for up-to-date specification in Audio, Video, and IT-based projects

CONCORD, CA, USA – MAY 07, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today that Atlona® has renewed their participation in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Now, D-Tools SIX users will continue to enjoy immediate, free access to the entire database of Atlona’s residential and commercial distribution solutions. Via the D-Tools product database, D-Tools System Integrator™ users are better equipped to specify all Atlona products.

“Atlona is an industry-leading audio video signal distribution solutions provider and their products have historically been both highly sought-after and heavily utilized within the D-Tools platform,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “We’re pleased to have them renew their participation in the D-Tools MVP Program, availing Atlona product specifications to D-Tools users worldwide for use in their electronic system designs, estimates, and proposals.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools Global System Integrator platform. Users of Global System Integrator receive all MVP product data free of charge, along with current stats from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers. This gives integrators updated current pricing and product info in real time, as it happens.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support.

“Atlona is once again excited to participate in the D-Tools MVP program,” says Ken Eagle, Director of Training and Technical Sales, Atlona. “D-Tools continues to help us support our dealers, enabling them to offer better solutions and design even the most complex applications for their clients.”

D-Tools will soon launch its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which will enable integrators and sales people to specify Atlona products (and any other D-Tools MVP partner for that matter) from any jobsite in the world. The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app will be made available for download from the Apple App Store and will carry a monthly subscription fee per user/device.

About Atlona®
Atlona® is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT distribution and connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry. More information about Atlona is available at www.atlona.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. 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.

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, www.kmbcomm.com

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

 

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Extron Now Shipping Two Channel Balanced and Unbalanced Audio Converter with Precision Input Signal Matching

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the BUC 202, a two channel balanced and unbalanced audio converter, and audio line driver. It features two balanced or unbalanced inputs and outputs, both on captive screw connectors. The BUC 202 provides two independent channels of signal matching between unbalanced and balanced audio equipment. Two rotary switches provide precise trim adjustment from -21 to +21 dB in clearly-labeled 3 dB steps. In addition to serving as an interface from consumer products to professional AV systems, the BUC 202 is a high-quality line driver for sending and receiving audio signals up to 1,000 feet (300 m). The unique 1U, quarter rack width enclosure, together with the included patented ZipClip 200 mounting bracket, offers the versatility to install the BUC 202 in a discreet location, such as on a rack rail, beneath a table, or within a lectern. more

Christie Simulation University Offered in Arlington, Virginia and Huntsville, Alabama in May

Growing interest in Christie’s SIM University has meant expanding the company’s free educational forums to new locations in the U.S. As a leader in simulation projection display solutions, Christie® is hosting its sixth SIM University forum for visual system engineers, program managers and technical specialists in the simulation industry, on May 8 in Arlington, Virginia and May 13 in Huntsville, Alabama.

The one-day forum will provide technical sessions for those with entry-level experience as well as those wanting to hone their specification skills in visual display systems for simulation. It will cover topics such as the fundamentals of projection technology, color, brightness and latency, resolution basics, resolution update rates, principles and practice of night vision goggle stimulation, collimated displays, screens and mirrors, prospects for laser and solid state illumination in simulation and visual systems design process from RFP to proposal. For a complete agenda and to register, please visit SIM University.

*Agenda and program subject to change without notice.

About Christie
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan, (JP:6925), designs, sophisticated virtual reality, simulation systems and control room environments including high-resolution power walls, multi-sided immersive environments, curved screen displays, domed simulation and multi-projector arrays. Industries and organizations that rely on Christie range from government agencies to oil and gas, aerospace to entertainment, and manufacturing and design to pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.

Now Available – The Industry’s Most Powerful Configurable Control System Software

Extron is pleased announce the immediate availability of Global Configurator Professional. This dynamic configuration software is ideal for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs. Powerful features, such as conditional logic, variables, and macros provide even greater flexibility for more sophisticated control scenarios. The Controller Groups feature expands AV system design potential for much larger systems requiring multiple IP Link Pro control processors. Global Configurator Professional brings advanced configuration capabilities, enhanced features, and streamlined integration to your next control system design. more

Extron Now Shipping Pro Series Control Systems

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of many exciting Pro Series control systems products, including TouchLink Pro touchpanels, IP Link Pro control processors, Global Configurator Professional, LinkLicense, and several Pro Series accessories. Extron Pro Series takes configurable control to a whole new level with a broad range of tools and breakthrough technologies geared to handle the evolving complexities of today’s AV system designs. In addition to more processing power, greater security, and enhanced overall performance, all Pro Series control systems are designed to make complex systems simpler and simple systems more powerful. As always, these new Pro Series products are backed by the Extron Quality Guarantee and award-winning S3 customer support. more

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