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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

Matrox Mura Capture and Display Boards to Drive 36-Screen Curved Video Wall at 2014 NEC Solutions Showcase

Matrox Mura video wall controller boards, Maevex H.264 encoders/decoders and M-Series graphics cards to be featured at London’s AV and digital signage event of the year

At the 2014 NEC Solutions Showcase (May 14–15, The Velodrome, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London), Matrox® Graphics Inc. will collaborate with leading AV-industry suppliers to present integrated digital signage, video display wall and AV-over-IP solutions for a variety of applications.

Matrox Mura™ MPX Series video wall controller boards will capture and display content on PSCo’s impressive curved video wall made up of thirty-six 55-inch NEC X554 displays with ultra-thin bezels. They will also drive a 2×2 control room video wall in the Emergency Services Zone. Mura cards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing AV integrators, system builders and equipment manufacturers to easily and cost-effectively build high-density video wall controller systems supporting custom video walls of almost any size. Exceptional-quality scaling, switching, and compositing of source content including HDCP feeds are easily managed through intuitive control options including Matrox MuraControl™ software, third-party software and simple integration with existing AV control systems.

Matrox Maevex™ H.264 encoders will be used to deliver AV-over-IP content to landscape and portrait digital signage configurations and to the adjacent Mura-driven control room wall in the Emergency Services Zone. Maevex delivers exceptional quality AV streaming at low bandwidth over standard IP networks for display or for storage anywhere on the LAN. Maevex encoders can be combined with Maevex decoders or third-party software decoders to stream up to Full HD digital signage, education and training materials, camera footage, desktop screen capture and other AV content to one or more displays and to collaborative video walls.

Matrox M-Series multi-display graphics cards will be used to drive six displays attached to an ergonomic desk from DAS Business Furniture. M-Series cards render pristine images across up to eight high-resolution monitors at resolutions up to 2560×1600 for an exceptional multi-monitor user experience. For professional environments that require even larger desktop space, M-Series cards support multi-board hybriding, enabling up to 16 displays on a single computer. With up to 2 GB of memory per card and advanced desktop management features such as stretched and independent desktop modes, M-Series drives business, industrial, and government applications with extraordinary performance.

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.

D-Tools Adds Planar and Runco to Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program, Providing Integrators with Detailed Product Specifications for Lauded Commercial and Residential Video Solutions

D-Tools Global System Integrator™ software users now have the entire catalog of Planar and Runco products at their fingertips, giving them the tools they need to specify and integrate some of the most sought-after video products available.

 
CONCORD, CA, USA – APRIL 30, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Planar and Runco, maker of high-end, high-quality video solutions for both the commercial and residential markets, has joined its D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Planar and Runco join the ranks of 150+ other MVP program vendors, in what is now one of the largest and most complete software-based product databases available for the electronics system integrator.

With the addition of Planar and Runco to D-Tools’ MVP program, integrators, installers, sales professionals, and retailers who use D-Tools Global System Integrator™ for electronic system design, proposal, and estimation will have immediate access to detailed information on Planar and Runco’s entire product offering. This includes dozens of projectors, displays, video processors, players, video walls, large-format displays, and monitors. Now, integrators and systems designers can access and specify the most current available specification information on some of the most venerable video products on the market.

“For both the commercial and residential markets, Planar and Runco are among the most respected names in video,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “By adding them to our ever-growing roster of MVP vendor partners, we dramatically boost the number of available video product options that our community of users can access with a simple keystroke.”

Whether it is a sophisticated commercial video wall with all the associated video processing, or a high-performance home theater, Planar and Runco rounds out the D-Tools MVP program’s already robust video product offerings and gives integrators the tools they need to specify cutting-edge systems with ease.

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, along with current data 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 their products. It is also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer service.

D-Tools will soon launch its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which will enable integrators and sales people to specify Planar and Runco 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. Once launched, customers already on D-Tools’ Software Assurance plan will receive a discounted monthly subscription rate of $12.00 per user/device.

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, by calling (866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mailing info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

About Planar and Runco
Founded in 1983, Planar and Runco represents the very best in both commercial and residential video products. Planar is the global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest performance. Runco, which Planar acquired in 2007, has been the leader in the custom home theater industry that is committed to research and development in cultivating the finest products and services in home theater video displays. For more information, visit planar.com and runco.com.
Press 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

Accompanying Images:

Planar and Runco logos

 

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