A virtual press conference from Sound & Video Contractor

Archive of the Education Category

RF VENUE INTRODUCES RF OPTIX™

ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS – MARCH 2014: Wireless audio manufacturer RF Venue has released the RF Optix™ RF to fiber optic conversion system, a powerful new tool for mainstream wireless microphone users that expands the possibilities of antenna distribution and wireless audio design.

“RF Optix brings technology from the world of broadcast and IT into the reach of church, school, and theater wireless users,” says CEO Chris Regan. “Integrators, tour managers, and church technicians are now able to do things with fiber that would have been way out of budget, or downright impossible, with coaxial cable.”

The RF Optix system leverages the low cost, lossless characteristics of fiber optic cable over the expensive, fragile, lossy characteristics of coaxial cables. Fiber cable runs thousands of feet long are possible with negligible in-line attenuation, so antennas can be remoted in venues far away from racks or equipment rooms located elsewhere in the facility.

“One of the main constraints for distributed antenna systems for wireless audio is the cost and signal loss challenges of coax cables,” says Regan. “This is especially true for plenum installs, where plenum rated coax can exceed the cost of the entire audio system. With inexpensive plenum rated fiber cables, system designers can now rethink their equipment layouts without sacrificing the huge performance benefit of using a remote antenna system for their wireless system.”

The RF Optix system is offered as a single channel for connecting to one antenna or in a dual channel package for diversity antenna systems. The Install Package includes wall or rack mountable flanges and the Live Package includes a hard-shell carrying case. Both options include 10’ BNC to SMA adapter cables for connecting to antennas and wireless rack equipment; 9V screw-on power supplies are also provided. Available accessories include 100m single mode plenum fiber cables and 100m indoor/outdoor reinforced fiber cables. Custom fiber cable lengths are available.

ABOUT RF VENUE RF Venue is a new wireless audio company specializing in remote antennas, RF distribution equipment and RF signal management and monitoring systems for audio/video installations and live sound events.

http://www.rfvenue.com

Contact RF Venue at 800-795-0817 or email orders@RFvenue.com for further details.

Belkin Products Named “Cool Tool” Finalists in EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program

Distinguished Awards Program Recognizes Outstanding Solutions in Education and Technology 

PLAYA VISTA, CA – March 19, 2014 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for classroom, IT infrastructure, office, and mobile environments, announced today that three Belkin products have been named as “Cool Tool” finalists in 2014 EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program. The Tablet Stage and Stage App are Classroom Hardware Solution and Presentation Solution finalists. Belkin’s Store and Charge is a Mobile Device Solution finalist. The Cool Tool awards category recognizes new, emerging and established technology solutions for education.

Tweet this: @BelkinBusiness Presentation Tool for #iPad and Mobile Device Management System Named Finalists in @edtechdigest “Cool Tool” Awards

A distinguished panel of industry influencers and veterans conducted this year’s evaluation proceedings. “There is a lot of talent and quality out there, and we’re excited to recognize these cool tools, leaders and trendsetters in the education technology space,” said Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as Editor in Chief of EdTech Digest. “There are now thousands of startups, apps, and companies working in edtech, more than ever before. Shining a spotlight on the best and brightest, we intend to generate even more activity in this sector to continue pushing forward a slow revolution for the benefit of future generations.”

Belkin Tablet Stage and Stage App

Outfitting individual classrooms with an interactive whiteboard, document camera and computer can add up to several thousand dollars each, and requires extensive training and technical support. Belkin’s Tablet Stage transforms a tablet into an interactive classroom tool at a fraction of this cost. Educators can easily present, conduct a video conference, record a tutorial video, or capture perfect pictures with the mobile device of their choice with the Stage App.

Belkin’s free Stage App for iPad adds interactive capabilities to the Tablet Stage, enabling users to capture live video and overlay text, labels, or highlight key points throughout presentations. Together with Stage App, Stage makes it simple to showcase a lesson or capture content with the iPad. 

Belkin Store and Charge

Store and Charge offers an elegant, accessible, and affordable mobile device management solution designed to optimize digital learning. With the ability to store and charge up 10 devices simultaneously, the station makes it easy to keep tablets, thin and light laptops, and e-readers organized, available, fully charged, and ready for classroom use.

 

The station can store and charge different kinds of devices at the same time, each with its own charging cable or adapter, with an open setup that does not interfere with wireless syncing. Because it is platform agnostic, Store and Charge is suitable for most mobile deployments including all generations of Chromebooks, iPads, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Note, and up to 13-inch laptops. Its small footprint reduces valuable table top space requirements when in use, and when stored, up to three stations can be mounted on a single cart.

“Belkin is committed to understanding the technology challenges faced by teachers and students, as we continue to innovate solutions that enhance today’s dynamic, digital learning environment,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “This recognition by EdTech Digest is a testament to our customer-driven approach to product design and developing the best quality classroom solutions at prices schools can afford.”

For more information about EdTech Digest, visit www.edtechdigest.com

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkinbusiness.com/education.

About the EdTech Digest Awards Program

Recognizing cool tools, trendsetters and leaders in the education and technology sector, the mission of the annual awards program is to get workable technology solutions for education widely known about and well thought of with the purpose of reshaping the education culture and creating a new and better future for students. Over the years, the best products and brightest minds have been featured helping millions of students, teachers, parents, administrators and others in and around education.

About EdTech Digest

EdTech Digest is a leading source of cool tools, in-depth interviews and notable trends in the education and technology space. Featuring movers and shakers in and around education dedicated to making a difference for our future generations, read it online at http://www.edtechdigest.com.

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Follow Belkin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelkinBusiness and FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belkin-Business/528342663855273

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, iPad, Samsung tablet, Samsung tablet keyboard, mobile device management, collaboration, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions

###

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: 3D Presentation, Education, Mobile Apps, News |

Belkin Air Protect™ Case and Air Protect™ Sleeve for Chromebooks Minimize Device Damage Inside and Outside the Classroom

Combined Durability and Usability Make Air Protect for Chromebooks Ideal for Education 

PLAYA VISTA, CA – March 18, 2014 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for classroom, IT infrastructure, office, and mobile environments, today unveiled two new products developed for classroom use, the Air Protect™ Case for Chromebooks and the Air Protect™ Sleeve for Chromebooks. Both are designed for ease of use, as well as active classroom environments, where accidental damage can occur to mobile devices that are not outfitted with some form of external protection. Belkin will showcase both new products, and other education solutions, at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California.

Tweet this: @BelkinBusiness Air Protect Case and Air Protect Sleeve for #Chromebooks Minimize Damage Inside & Outside the Classroom

Air Protect Case for Chromebooks

The Air Protect Case for Chromebooks allows users to work directly from the case without having to remove their Chromebook, laptop or netbook, which minimizes the risk of damage to the device. The case features protective padding and reinforced endoskeleton that absorbs impact, making the Air Protect the ideal case for Chromebook and laptop use in the classroom. Its ballistic nylon exterior protects the case from the wear and tear of constant usage. Innovative micro-gel tabs and screen-attach technology keep the device, even while in use, safely secured while providing a comfortable typing angle and full visibility of the screen.

The anti-slip EVA molded base elevates the device for optimum ventilation to ensure cool operation even after hours of consistent usage. A front pocket accommodates storage for chargers and other classroom accessories. When open, the Belkin Air Protect Case enables direct access to charging ports and other connections on the sides.

Additional Air Protect Case for Chromebooks features:

  • Designed for HP 11, Dell 11, Samsung Series 3, Acer C7 Chromebooks and other supported laptops
    • Simple one-zip auto wake design that allows full access to Chromebook when open
    • Six-sided endoskeleton with shock-absorbing materials to help protect against drops
    • Full screen visibility when open and in use
    • Full tilt-back of screen for all positioning angles
    • Shoulderstrap and retractable carrying handle
    • Seamless and efficient integrated design

Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks

Secure, innovative and lightweight, the Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks allows users to securely travel with and store accessories without the fear of classroom accidents. Perfectly sized for 11” Chromebooks, the durable design with ballistic nylon exterior protects devices from bumps, drops and constant usage, making Air Protect the ideal classroom case. An innovative bottom pocket separated from the laptop compartment safely stores charger and other accessories, minimizing the risk of device screen damage if dropped. 

Additional Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks features:

  • Designed for HP 11, Dell 11, Samsung Series 3, Acer C7 Chromebooks
  • Shock-absorbing endoskeleton and cushioning materials protect against drops
  • Snug fit compartment with six protective barriers
  • Segregated charger compartment insulates the device screen from potential drop damage
  • Integrated hide-away carrying handle
  • ID window with Velcro seal

“Laptops, Chromebooks and tablets are essential supplies in many schools, and they represent a significant investment. Carrying them safely to and from the classroom day after day is a genuine concern,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “Air Protect for Chromebooks offers innovative, practical and affordable solutions for protecting those investments and extending their usability in the classroom.”

Belkin will showcase the Air Protect Case and Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks, and other education products, at booth #648 at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California. CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community. For more information visit http://2014.cue.org/. 

The Belkin Air Protect Case and Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks will be available in April through the company’s global network of distributors and resellers. 

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkinbusiness.com/education.

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Follow Belkin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelkinBusiness and FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belkin-Business/528342663855273

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, iPad, Samsung tablet, Samsung tablet, Chromebook, mobile device management, collaboration, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions, Chromebook accessories

###

 

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: Education, Events, Mobile Apps, New Products |

Belkin Introduces Secure and Charge for K-12 Education

Secure Mobile Device Management Solution Keeps Tablets, Chromebooks and eReaders Organized, Secure, Available, and Fully Charged in the Classroom 

PLAYA VISTA, CA – March 18, 2014 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for classroom, IT infrastructure, office, and mobile environments, today introduced Belkin Secure and Charge, the company’s newest mobile device management solution for classroom use. The Belkin Secure and Charge makes it easy to securely deploy and support tablets and Chromebooks so teachers and students can focus more on the learning experience, and less on the hassles of managing their mobile devices. Belkin will showcase the Secure and Charge and other education products at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California.

Tweet this: @BelkinBusiness Introduces Secure & Charge #MobileDeviceManagement Solution for #Tablets, #Chromebooks & #eReaders

Designed for learning environments, the Secure and Charge stores and charges up to 10 tablets, USB-charging compatible Chromebooks and e-readers at easy-to-reach angles, keeping them organized, available, fully charged, and ready for classroom use. The station can store and charge different kinds of devices at the same time, each with its own charging cable or adapter. An open setup facilitates easy access and seamless wireless syncing.

The Secure and Charge comes with a lockable security enclosure to deter tampering and theft. Because the station is lock type and brand agnostic, users may choose their preferred lockset for easy device management.

Additional Secure and Charge features include:

  • Integrated cable management features that minimize tangles and clutter
  • Labeling space for personalization and identification
  • Compatibility with standard AV carts for ease of transport from classroom to classroom or tabletop to storage location
  • Ability to mount up to three Secure and Charge systems together for the ultimate mobile device charging station
  • Surface mounting features that allow units to be securely attached to tables or carts
  • Stackable design and small footprint makes more efficient use of valuable space

AC Secure and Charge

  • Compatible with all iPad generations, Samsung Galaxy, and e-readers
  • 10 convenient surge-protected AC outlets fit most charging adapters
  • $15,000 Connected Equipment Warranty 

DC Secure and Charge

  • Compatible with all iPad generations, Samsung Galaxy, e-readers and USB-charging cable compatible Chromebooks
  • 10 convenient full-rate (2.4A) USB outlets

“As we’ve continued working with education customers to better understand their technology challenges, it became clear that they required an increased level of mobile device protection, while reducing the hassles of managing these devices,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “With lockable security features, the Secure and Charge offers an elegant, accessible, and affordable mobile device management solution designed to optimize digital learning.”

Belkin will showcase the Secure and Charge and other education products at booth #648 at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California. CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community. For more information visit http://2014.cue.org/. 

The Belkin Secure and Charge will be available in May through the company’s global network of distributors and resellers.

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkinbusiness.com/education. 

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Follow Belkin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelkinBusiness and FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belkin-Business/528342663855273

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, iPad, Samsung tablet, Samsung tablet, Chromebook, mobile device management, collaboration, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions; tablet charging cart; tablet charging rack

 

###

 

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: Education, Events, Mobile Apps, New Products |

Belkin Announces Completion of Apple MFi Certification for Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad

Technology Leader Becomes First Developer to Offer Apple’s Newest MFi certification for Wired iPad Keyboards 

PLAYA VISTA, California – March 18, 2014 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, announced today that it has completed Apple® MFi (Made for iPad) certification for its Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad, designed for classroom and standardized testing environments. Belkin will showcase the wired keyboard, introduced in early February, and other education solutions at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California.

Tweet this: @BelkinBusiness Completes #AppleMFiCertification for Secure #WiredKeyboard for #iPad

The MFi Program is a licensing program that encompasses third party hardware accessories using Apple’s licensed technology to connect electronically to iPhone®, iPad® or iPod®. Companies, organizations, government entities and educational institutions are eligible to apply for MFi certification. MFi licensed technology includes lightning and 30-pin connectors, authentication coprocessors, and iPod Accessory Protocol, among other accessories.

Apple has very strict rules and demanding certification requirements to obtain MFi certification, in order to ensure that Apple’s brand image, quality and taste are consistent with its authorized accessories. Companies passing certification tests are able to display MFi-related logos on their product packaging. 

“MFi Apple-certified accessories—more than any other certification—provide users with quality assurance protection,” said Jon Roepke, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International. “Successfully obtaining the MFi authorization is a sign of confidence in the technology and top quality products. We are pleased to offer the first wired keyboard for iPad certified under Apple’s newest MFI guidelines for this product line.”

Secure, durable, and lightweight, the Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard connects directly and securely to a single iPad or Samsung tablet, and it does not require batteries or recharging, making it an ideal partner for standardized testing. The slender, ergonomic design features well-spaced keys made specifically for the classroom. Its plug and play simplicity enables reliable and easy use. The Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard also includes a “correct connect” diagnostic indicator, allowing teachers, administrators, and students to verify proper connection via one button push. 

Key Features and benefits include:

  • Plug and play
  • Full-size keys
  • “Correct connect” diagnostic indicator to verify proper connection
  • Durable, lightweight design
  • Well-spaced keys for comfortable typing
  • No additional software required
  • No batteries required
  • Made for classrooms
  • Certified to Apple’s latest MFI specifications for wired keyboards.

Belkin will showcase its Secure Wired Keyboard and other education products, at booth #648 at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California. CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community. For more information visit http://2014.cue.org/.

The Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard for the Samsung tablet with the 5-pin micro-USB connector (Part # B2B120) is available now through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers; the 30-pin iPad connector (Part # B2B114) and the Lightning iPad connector (Part # B2B115) will be available April 2014.

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkinbusiness.com/education 

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Follow Belkin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelkinBusiness and FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belkin-Business/528342663855273

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, iPad, Lightning iPad, Samsung tablet, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions

###

 

 

 

 

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY’S KOCH ARENA UPS GAME DAY WITH DANLEY HORNS AND SUBS

WICHITA, KANSAS – MARCH 2014: Originally constructed in 1953 and renovated in 2003, the 10,500-seat Charles Koch Arena is home to the Wichita State University Shockers’ basketball and volleyball teams. The men’s basketball team is a ten-time contender in the NCAA finals, and its home games usually sell out the arena. Recently, Daktronics (Brookings, South Dakota) designed and installed a new center-hung video board in Koch Arena, which prompted a simultaneous renovation of its previously disappointing sound reinforcement system. Now, twenty-four Danley Sound Labs Synergy Horn loudspeakers join four Tapped Horn subwoofers to deliver high-volume, high-fidelity audio to Shockers fans.

“Men’s basketball at Wichita State University attracts large, mostly sold-out, crowds,” said John Olsen, a Daktronics regional sales representative for large sport venue audio. “Because the shape of the building is circular and because the roof is curved, the sound level in Koch Arena can be challenging to overcome when the action on the court heats up. The old system lacked the proper design and performance to cover the entire arena with intelligible speech and impactful music, and there was a definite lack of low-end performance. The school had invested a lot of money in past improvements, but they were ineffective for the whole facility. The new system had to be more inclusive of their immediate in-game needs for all the fans.”

In addition to Olsen, who provided the client contact and communication necessary to understand and meet the university’s expectations, the Daktronics team consisted of Aaron Louwagie, project manager, Dan Eckert, system design engineer, and Doug Dodge, field installation engineer. Decker Electric of Wichita, Kansas provided the high- and low-voltage installation and rigging of the clusters, which required extensive welding to existing roof structures. Larry Lucas of Anthony James Partners (Richmond, Virginia) assisted with system design and commissioning.

Owing to its circular architecture (designed to give everyone a better seat), Koch Arena is known locally as “The Roundhouse.” “It’s a symmetrical room with a highly reflective dome,” said Lucas. “The acoustical challenges that come with that are extreme. The new system would have to have exceptional pattern control so that energy would hit the fans and not the ceiling. Danley Sound Labs’ unique horn-loaded designs offer that kind of precise pattern control. Moreover, they’re very cost-effective, especially when you factor in that each Synergy Horn loudspeaker or Tapped Horn subwoofer requires only one processing and amplifier channel.”

The system is comprised of eight clusters that circle the top ring of the new center-hung video board. Each cluster contains a Danley SH-96, a Danley SH-64, and a Danley SM-80. In addition, four Danley TH-118 subwoofers round out the bottom end. “The tight pattern control of those Synergy Horn boxes worked well within each cluster and between each cluster,” continued Lucas. “When we commissioned the system, one box was inadvertently set 6dB hotter than the rest, and it upset the acoustical balancing act that we had designed for the symmetry of the room. Once we brought it back down, the whole system tightened up nicely.”

A Yamaha LS9-16 manages all of the inputs to the system and in turn feeds a QSC Q-Sys processing system. Twenty QSC PL240 and four QSC CX1102 amplifiers power the Danley boxes, whereas two QSC CX302V and two QSC CX108V 70-volt amplifiers power thirty-six JBL Control 25T wall-mounted speakers that cover seats below a balcony lip that is shaded from the video board.

“On the surface, projects like Koch Arena can sometimes seem straightforward, but in reality they are very complex,” explained Olsen. “The SPL and intelligibility required in a facility like this can be very tricky to obtain. The complexity of equipment and the engineering know-how that is needed to properly design, install, test, tune, and fully commission this kind of system takes experience. At Daktronics, we are fortunate to have a team that includes experienced people who can make a project like this look easy. We are pleased with how the Danley speakers perform. They fit well at Koch Arena and the Wichita State University Athletics Department is pleased with the clarity of music and speech that we have achieved. Their fans immediately noticed the upgrades. With a high-performance audio and video system in place, the production team at Wichita now has a broad palette with which to work. Just like viewing a standard-definition video signal on an HD screen reveals hidden flaws, so too, a modern high-definition sound system reveals details in audio content that could not be heard before!”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

www.danleysoundlabs.com

Now Use a Third-Party Touchscreen with Extron Control Systems

Extron is pleased to introduce the TLI Pro 101 TouchLink Interface, which allows a third party touchscreen display to be used as a point of control within an Extron Pro Series control system. This unique interface includes a scaled HDCP-compliant HDMI input for video preview and the scaled output supports displays from 800×600 to 1920×1200, as well as HDTV 1080p/60. Power over Ethernet – PoE allows the TLI Pro 101 to receive power and communications over a single Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for an additional power supply. The TLI Pro 101 works with any Extron IP Link Pro control processor, enabling third party touchscreen devices to be used for complete, interactive control of a broad range of source devices. more

Tightrope Elevates Instant Replay Capabilities for Georgia Tech Sports

Versatile slo-mo instant replay system instrumental in diversifying content for broadcast and in-venue productions

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, March 12, 2014 – The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets athletic department comprises 17 sports teams competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), with a dedicated legion of fans inside and outside the student/alumni community. The university rewarded its men’s and women’s basketball fans with upgraded game production capabilities prior to last season, delivering a vastly improved live sports experience for fans in the arena and watching the ESPN3 broadcasts.

The production upgrades, first centralized in the Hank McGamish Pavilion’s new control room, have since been extended to other venues on campus via fiber connectivity. The result brings the benefits of a modern digital control room, including slo-mo instant replay courtesy of Tightrope Media Systems, to football and volleyball games – with baseball and other sports soon to follow.

Tightrope’s ZEPLAY slo-mo instant replay system was installed alongside a complement of new cameras, switching and signal processing gear designed to simplify technical operations and improve the fan experience. Georgia Tech Director of Video Operations Andy Blanton believes that they have achieved both with the new control room and remote fiber connections, noting ZEPLAY’s significance in both situations.

“The experience of sitting in the venue is very different from the experience of being at home,” said Blanton. “We’re contracted to provide exclusive and balanced content for the ESPN3 broadcasts while using the same equipment and cast of characters for the in-venue productions. We don’t want to show replays of a visiting team player lighting up the court with dunks and three-pointers to fans in the arena. ZEPLAY gives us the flexibility to highlight exciting Yellow Jackets play for the home fans and cover up some of that action to broadcast audiences.”

From an operational perspective, ZEPLAY has delivered an easy and intuitive platform for control room operators to quickly execute replays, tag content and build tailored highlight packages based on targeted audiences. The built-in multiviewer also helps the ZEPLAY operator understand which angles are best suited for the broadcast and the in-venue production.

Perhaps most important to Blanton is the ability to quickly – and natively – archive and export clips, as the team is tasked with sharing content with multiple sources almost immediately following games. Similarly, much of that archived content is seamlessly imported back into the workflow to show recent highlights in subsequent games.

“We have a system in place to send footage straight from ZEPLAY to the conference office, which they distribute to the opponent we played that night,” said Blanton. “We share that same content, including a melt of highlights, with a multitude of recipients including media, our partners and our coach’s show. We simply hit the archive button and export those clips to the different recipients, with no transcoding required. ZEPLAY natively delivers content to three different editing systems in our case: Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro and Avid. It’s an enormous time-saver for our staff.”

Blanton adds that he’s been able to train operators to use ZEPLAY “within minutes,” including tagging plays with the right information to further accelerate the post-game archive-and-export process. That simple tagging capability also helps his operators keep track which players are hot, as well other developing trends of a game to create home and visitor highlight packages.

Further down the road, Blanton plans to integrate a Tightrope Carousel digital signage solution into the overall workflow to deliver content to display screens Hank McGamish Pavilion. He cites the cost and flexibility of Tightrope solutions as an overall attraction.

“We expect to incorporate Carousel into future marketing efforts, but the price point and feature sets of both products made the purchases an easy decision,” said Blanton. “We initially had another instant replay system in mind. Our consultant, Anthony James Partners, suggested that with just a little more money we could get a far more robust system in ZEPLAY that performs just as well as the high-end, expensive instant replay solutions. That recommendation, along with positive reviews, really swayed our decision to go with Tightrope.”

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.

# # #

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: Case Studies, Education, Large Venue, News |

Bring Your Own Device with Extron LinkLicense

Extron is pleased to introduce LinkLicense, a simple way for people to use their tablet or laptop as the primary control interface in an Extron control system. LinkLicense gives integrators the freedom to choose control interfaces based on their customers’ specific needs, and gives users a much broader choice of control interfaces. All IPCP Pro control processors may be purchased with or without a LinkLicense. more

FSR To Grow Presence In Education Market With New Appointment

GINA SANSIVERO JOINS COMPANY AS DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL SALES

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, an industry-leading manufacturer of products for the Pro AV market, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gina Sansivero as the company’s new director of educational sales. Jan Sandri, company president, today announced details from FSR’s headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ, noting that in her role, Sansivero is charged with strengthening FSR’s reputation and brand recognition even further within the education market.

In her new position, Sansivero will also be responsible for educating the market about new opportunities for interactive and collaborative learning systems offered by FSR, embedding the company as a primary or top-tier manufacturer of installations in higher-education and K-12 buildings and campuses. Working with integrators and consultants to identify key opportunities for FSR to further address the specific needs of the education market, Sansivero will build relationships with educational contacts and uncover ideas and applications for even more comprehensive and cohesive products clearing a path for company growth in the education marketplace.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Gina’s caliber to join the FSR team and help us continue to expand our role as a leading manufacturer within the education market,” said Sandri. “As technology continues to change, along with the needs of those working in a learning environment, it’s imperative that we remain on the cutting edge and continue to supply our customer base with products that specifically address their needs. We are confident that Gina will help us reach our goals.”

Introduced to the audiovisual industry early in 2005, Sansivero has embraced it ever since. She first worked in sales and marketing, and then became a partner at RelampIt in New York. Recognizing an industry need, she combined her passions of environmental responsibility and education to launch Project Green AV (www.projectgreenav.com) in 2008. An industry portal for GreenAV information and dialogue, Project Green AV addresses the changing needs and is a facilitator for Green AV education, news, products, industry highlights and connections. Similarly, Sansivero has helped RelampIt to consistently grow into a well-recognized replacement projection lamp business as a preferred sustainable vendor-partner to AV systems integrators and the vertical markets the AV industry touches. In 2011, Sansivero was awarded the Young AV Professional Award by industry association, InfoComm. Sansivero is also involved with a number of organizations including the Huntington Chamber of Commerce Green and Education committees in New York, Seatuck Sustainability Business Council, the Long Island Volunteer Enterprise (LIVE), and is a regular contributor to rAVe Blog Squad.

“FSR is a recognized, stable and well-respected part of our industry and I am truly excited to have this opportunity to be part of the team,” said Sansivero. “Not only is FSR’s commitment to quality, service and ethical business practices aligned with my own professional values, but I view Jan Sandri as a mentor. This position will allow me the opportunity for continued growth under her ‘coaching,’ while also working in the education market, which I truly love. I welcome the challenges this new position will surely bring and will move ahead with a fresh mind-set to help expand this established company even further into new markets.”

Sansivero can be reached at gsansivero@fsrinc.com or 516-282-5346.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

About

Stay up to date on the latest technology news. Select press representatives post company news several times a day. Check back often to get the latest news on product releases, mergers and acquisitions, and product applications. To be included in this virtual press conference, please contact The Wire.

Calendar

September 2014
M T W T F S S
« Aug    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  

Your Account

Subscribe

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Subscribe to MyYahoo News Feed

Subscribe to Bloglines

Google Syndication