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DVEO Takes Over Sales and Tech Support for RealNetworks Helix Broadcaster Products

San Diego, California — February 9, 2015 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), has announced an agreement with RealNetworks Inc. to take over sales and technical support for RealNetworks’ discontinued Helix Broadcaster line of streaming encoder appliances. Former RealNetworks customers can purchase DVEO’s comparable products — the MultiStreamer, MPEG Gearbox, and Brutus families of real time encoders, streamers, and transcoders. These products map 100% to the RealNetworks Helix Broadcaster product line.

“IPTV operators, telcos, mobile operators, broadcasters, and Over The Top (OTT) video providers who had chosen RealNetworks will be happy to know that we offer encoders and transcoders in all major video formats, and in several different system configurations,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “Plus, we will add some very useful new upgrades in the coming months.”

DVEO will also take over tech support for Helix Broadcaster. Existing RealNetworks customers will continue to receive support services through the term of their contracts.

“DVEO is absolutely the best qualified company to manage tech support for the Helix Broadcaster product family,” said Philip Rutledge, Philip Rutledge, VP-Helix, RealNetworks. “This agreement represents a win-win for our customers. They can still purchase similar systems, plus they receive expert assistance for the Helix Broadcaster products they already own.”

For customers seeking an alternative to RealNetworks’ discontinued Helix Universal Server, DVEO recommends their new multichannel live and VOD media distribution server – the Atlas Media Server.

The system ingests MPEG-2, H.264, and/or H.265/HEVC live streams over IP, then “grooms” the streams by adding wrappers such as MPEG-DASH, HLS, or RTMP, plus subtitles for closed captions or multiple languages. It outputs the live streams and simultaneously stores the streams as VOD files. The Atlas Media Server is available in three different sizes.

Atlas Media Server, Brutus, DVEO, MPEG Gearbox, and MultiStreamer are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

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Suggested Retail Prices:
Atlas Media Server — Small, 1RU: $6,595 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Medium, 1RU: $9,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Large, 3RU: $19,995 U.S.
Brutus V IP/IP Telco: $33,995 U.S.
MPEG Gearbox II IP/IP: $16,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer DIG/IP: $3,995 U.S.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

About RealNetworks
RealNetworks creates innovative applications and services that make it easy to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category in 1995 and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type and social network.

For more information visit: www.realnetworks.com/about-us.

Matrox C420 Video Card for Multi-display Digital Signage and Control Rooms Now Shipping

Low-profile, fanless, quad-head PCI-Express card provides the professional-grade performance and reliability systems integrators need in multi-screen applications

 
Matrox® Graphics today announced that Matrox C420 low-profile, quad-output PCI Express® graphics cards are now available worldwide. Engineered for stability, reliability and advanced multi-display capabilities, C420 delivers the features systems integrators require when designing small-form-factor (SFF) systems and digital signage player PCs for applications such as public information displays, video walls and multi-display operator workstations in process control, transportation and security control rooms. Matrox C-Series™, which also includes the six-output C680 card, is currently being validated by control room and digital signage solution providers worldwide including Scala.

 
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“Scala is very excited to be working with the new C-series graphics cards from Matrox. Initial test results are very good, and we expect these cards to pass full testing. These cards enable high performance multi-output displays. Matrox C680 can drive six displays per card, and using framelock we can use two cards to obtain twelve full-HD displays fully synchronized,” said Harry Horn, Vice President Marketing, Global at Scala. “Matrox’s dedication to professional markets means our customers benefit from features such as EDID management, secure Mini DisplayPort connectors, and easy bezel compensation. Scala has been working with Matrox successfully for many years we and look forward to joint high quality multi-screen projects that will surely follow.”

 
C420 is fanless for enhanced reliability and silent operation. Its low-profile design and low power consumption make it the perfect fit for SFF, desktops and embedded systems. It drives up to four displays or projectors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 per output and two C420 cards together can drive eight displays from a single system. Secure Mini DisplayPort connectivity prevents loose cabling and 2GB of on-board memory ensures smooth video playback and graphics performance. C420 is compatible with Microsoft® Windows® 7, 8.1 and Linux® operating systems and offers DirectX® 11.2, OpenGL® 4.4 compliance. The cards come bundled with Matrox PowerDesk™ for Windows desktop management software.

 
Matrox PowerDesk lets users easily configure and manage multi-display setups giving professionals a comprehensive set of tools to control a variety of display configurations including stretched or independent desktops, clone mode, pivot, bezel management, and edge overlap. Matrox advanced desktop management features also let users determine where and how program windows are displayed on the desktop — a productivity tool designed to enhance multi-display experiences.

 
“Matrox is renowned for giving professional users and systems integrators the premium technical assistance, long product life cycles and easy-to-use PowerDesk desktop management software they need to maximize ROI,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager at Matrox Graphics Inc. “C-Series builds on that tradition while offering our customers higher performance and higher display density solutions.”

 
Matrox C420 quad-output cards and the C680 single-slot, six-output cards are available worldwide. C-Series can be seen in action at upcoming tradeshows including ISE (Amsterdam, Feb. 10–12, Matrox stand 11-F68 and Scala stand 8-F195) and DSE (Las Vegas, Mar.11–12, booth 1645). For more information contact Matrox Graphics.

 
About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Severtson Screens Names Rita Catuzzi Production Manager

Mesa, Arizona, Feb. 9, 2015 – Severtson Screens (www.severtsonscreens.com), a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens for the cinema, commercial, pro AV, and home theater markets, has announced that it has named Rita Catuzzi as facilities production manager, effective immediately.Severtson Screens - Rita Catuzzi production manager

“As we continued to grow in both the cinema and home theater markets, we needed a production manager that could handle the task,” explained Toby Severtson, president and CEO of Severtson Corp. “Rita is responsible for all projection screen production, including our new and immensely popular folded SēVision 3D GX line of cinema projection screens and our new TAT-4K Titanium Acoustically-Transparent line of home theater screens. She’ll manage the production staff and everything associated with that duty, including inventory, process control, optimization, and organization. Rita has a great resume in the world of manufacturing management, so we’re glad to have her on board.”

For the past 35 years, Catuzzi has worked on assembly lines as well as in production management. “Organization, attention to detail, and on-time delivery are my main focuses,” said Catuzzi. “Severtson is a great place to work and builds a great product. I’m excited to be a part of the team.”

Approaching its 30th anniversary in 2016, Severtson Corporation continues to be a global leader in innovation and quality. During the company’s nearly three decades in business, the Severtson family has accrued extensive experience manufacturing countless small home theater screens and large cinema screens. Severtson Corporation has the expertise to meet the needs of the professional and consumer AV markets for both indoor and outdoor applications. With its three Arizona-based production facilities and its state-of-the-art robotic application system, Severtson has significant production capabilities and an unusually wide array of screens. The large number of screen sizes available can accommodate massive movie theaters, comfortable home theaters, and everything in between.

For more information, please visit www.severtsonscreens.com, call 480-610-5155, or email sales@severtsonscreens.com.

About Severtson Screens
Mesa, Ariz.-based Severtson Screens, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets. Its low rejection rate coupled with the high quality of all its products has made Severtson Corporation the industry standard for quality and customer service worldwide. From its unlikely origins in the family kitchen to today’s three modern production facilities, Severtson Corporation has remained committed to the principles of innovation and uncompromising quality that have made them who they are today.

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D-Tools Announces Exciting New Products, Partnerships, and Updates at ISE 2015, Enhancing its Powerful Productivity-Boosting Software and Making Domestic and International Integrators More Efficient

D-Tools debuts SI 2015 to international market; demos time-saving iPad Mobile Quote app; and announces a host of new strategic partnerships, all of which combine to give D-Tools users more tools and resources than ever before 

 

CONCORD, CA, USA (ISE 2015 Stand #1-P58) – Feb. 9, 2015 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, is thrilled to bring the international market some of its latest innovations, including its newest version of the award-winning System Integrator™ Software, SI 2015; live demos of its iPad Mobile Quote app; and exciting new partnership announcements recently announced with SpringDeckSupplyStream, and others. All these combine to make the D-Tools software platform even more useful to integrators, allowing them to in turn be more productive and efficient, thus enhancing their bottom DTools_ Logo_Stackedlines.

 

“We encourage both D-Tools users and non-users alike to come by our stand at ISE, learn about our recent innovations, and see firsthand how they can automate business practices, eliminate redundancies, and become more streamlined with our offerings,” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “To see SI 2015 and our Mobile Quote app in action is to understand the incredible functionality and the tools that the integrator has at his or her fingertips. It really can make a huge difference to the way an integrator does business as well as the profits they realize as a result.” 

 

D-Tools SI 2015 Software Platform Launches Internationally 

ISE attendees will have the opportunity to see the latest advancements to D-Tools award-winning System Integrator™ Software Platform—SI 2015—which was previewed in September for the US market during CEDIA EXPO. The latest iteration of the platform (available in February) features several new updates, including integration with QuickBooks and other accounting software, which allows integrators to track inventory and order status, sync vendors, and more. SI 2015’s new Mobile Workflow and Installation Management capabilities are also brand-new, letting users track the status of install tasks from a smartphone or tablet and send/receive device-level notifications. Users can schedule installs and make updates to a centralized calendar, then broadcast those appointments and changes out to their team in real-time, while changes automatically synchronize back with the SI 2015 platform. Highly effective AutoCAD (including AutoCAD 2015) and Visio-based drawings provide clearer and more concise communications between team members and consultants for more effective project management. In all, SI 2015 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business from estimation to system design to project management.

 

D-Tools Mobile Quote App Now Available 

D-Tools’ Mobile Quote iOS app has been acclaimed as one of the most compelling new features of the D-Tools’ System Integrator platform. Now, that same functionality is available through SI 2015. A workflow-enhancing application, Mobile Quote represents a fantastic opportunity for systems integrators to work with clients in the field to secure an accurate and immediately deliverable system design quote­­—before the client has time to second guess the decision or find alternative resources. That same quote can then be emailed to the client and imported back into the full desktop version of D-Tools for integration into the project. D-Tools Mobile Quote seamlessly extends the workflow from the office to the field and back, maximizing efficiencies and enhancing the customer experience.

 

D-Tools’ Strategic Partnerships Deliver 360-View into Sales Pipeline, Provide Robust Analytics to Partners, and Support Business Process Automation

SpringDeck, an innovative new app-based sales-presentation tool, and D-Tools have strategically partnered to offer manufacturers and dealers the unprecedented ability to seamlessly move through the entire sales process—from initial sales presentation to final installation—with unprecedented visibility into pipeline activity and success rates. Users of both systems will reap the added benefit of robust analytics that will ultimately illustrate how, what, where, and why products are being presented, specified, and installed.

 

This complementary new partnership helps those in the electronic systems integration community—systems integrators, designers, consultants, tech managers, and manufacturers—streamline operations, standardize processes, and reduce redundancies. By coupling SpringDeck’s comprehensive app-based connection tool that brings together products, sales teams, and potential clients with D-Tools’ data-driven software platform, users of both systems will be able to seamlessly execute the entire sales process from the initial sales presentation via SpringDeck, to the estimation, design, project and installation management via D-Tools.

 

SupplyStream Partnership Streamlines Product Data Management
SupplyStream, the leading web-based product catalog and industry purchasing platform also formed a strategic partnership with D-Tools that will establish new standards for product specification gathering, categorization, management, and publishing to help streamline data management for manufacturers, distributors, and integrators of audio video systems. One of the primary goals for the D-Tools and SupplyStream partnership is to establish a set of standards that can be used by both industry manufacturers and the dealers and integrators who ultimately utilize this information to specify, purchase, and resell products to their clients. It’s a win-win for D-Tools users and the manufacturers they are specifying.

Enhanced Data Library
Finally, as part of a new website structure, users of D-Tools now have access to a New Data Library that provides valuable integrated analytics and communication systems for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the D-Tools System Integrator software environment. Enabling more timely manufacturer pricing updates, special offers, and other relevant information, the library was designed to create branding opportunities for D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program partners, making their information more visible through the DTConnect feature. Not only does this attract authorized users to MVP brands, it also facilitates additional sales and outreach opportunities for manufacturers participating in the MVP program.

 

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

 

Press Contacts  
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com@KMB_Comm

 

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

 

Images

Accompanying images for use in publication can be downloaded from these links:

Link to D-Tools logos

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Link to Industry Standard Shapes images

Link to New Data Library images

Link to Mobile Quote iPad App images 

 

 

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Integrated Systems Europe 2015 Abounds with Stewart Filmscreen® High Performance Projection Screens: Attendees Invited to Visit These Stands for Some of the Best Images and Acoustics on the Show Floor

With screens sprinkled across the show floor in stands like Barco, Vivitek, Christie, Steinway Lyngdorf, ISF and THX, Stewart Filmscreen® is used ubiquitously for top-notch image quality to demonstrate products to the best of their capabilities 

 

TORRANCE, CA, USA (ISE 2015 Stand #1-F50) – Feb. 9, 2015 — Stewart Filmscreen®—Academy Award® winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings—will showcase a slew of high-performance, 4K+ screen materials at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 in its own stand, and is being used to optimize image quality from top projector manufacturers plus speaker and audio engineering companies, proving that when the job calls for the best possible image quality and/or acoustic transparency, Stewart Filmscreen is the partner of choice. modern interior

 

“We are honored to be consistently selected as the screen of choice for demonstrations, trainings, and product showcases by many best-in-class brands from across the AV industry,” says Grant Stewart, President and CEO of Stewart Filmscreen. “At ISE 2015, THX, for example, will be using two of our brand new Stewart Tela 80 acoustically transparent woven fabric screens for its trainings, while ISF will use a StudioTek 130 screen for its trainings. This illustrates Stewart’s status as the industry standard for both acoustics and video quality, and we feel like that is something to brag about.”

 

The exciting new screen systems and materials on display at Stewart’s own booth include the company’s new LuminEsse™ ‘edgeless’ fixed frame front projection screen system, AeroView 70 rear projection screen showing edge-blending capabilities, and the new Iten fixed height, variable width masking system that incorporates Stewart’s first woven screen material—Tela™ 80. These three displays will be paired with state-of-the-art projectors from Digital Projection, Christie, and Sony respectively. Stewart has also partnered with DigiLED to present its new Para Hi Trans 300, an LED diffusion screen technology that creates film-like images from direct LED video wall modules.

 

In addition to these top-notch displays at the Stewart Filmscreen booth, ISE show attendees can find breathtaking displays featuring Stewart screens at the following locations:

 

  • Christie Digital (stand 1-H50) — StarGlas 60 Rear Projection Screen – image size 2054 x 3654 mm
  • Vivitek (stand 4-R65) — SnoMatte 100 Front-Projection Screen – image size 1700 x 7000 mm
  • Barco Residential (stand 11-H75) — Two SnoMatte 100 Front Projection Screens – image sizes 1689 x 3010 mm and 1000 x 4333 mm
  • THX (Training Room) — Two New Tela 80 Woven Acoustically Transparent Front Projection Screens – image size 1143 x 2032 mm
  • ISF (Training Room) — StudioTek 130 Front Projection Screen – image size 1118 x 1994 mm
  • Steinway Lyngdorf (stand 10-P11) — New Tela 80 Woven Acoustically Transparent Front Projection Screen – image size 2248 x 4000 mm

Attendees are invited to view Stewart Filmscreen’s complete lineup of high performance projection screen solutions on display in stand #1-F50, and are encouraged to visit the booths of these Stewart Filmscreen industry partners to see the perfect pairing of screen and projector for nearly any application.

Media tours can be arranged through Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc., by emailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning +1 (425) 328-8640.

 

About Stewart Filmscreen

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

 

All products, product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Stewart Filmscreen Media contact

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. | (425) 328-8640 | katye@kmbcomm.com | www.kmbcomm.com

 

Images

Images for use in publication can be downloaded from this link using the following caption: Stewart Filmscreen projection screens will be featured in some of ISE’s most prominent displays, including Barco, Christie, Vivitek, and Steinway Lyngdorf, and will be used in THX and ISF training rooms.

 

 

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Fulcrum Acoustic Covers WCSU’s New High-Tech PAC

 Danbury, CT – January 2015… Opened in September 2014, Western Connecticut State University’s new Visual and Performing Arts Center is a stunning achievement in both architecture and technology. Several years in the making, the 130,000 square foot facility comprises three wings – Theatre Arts, Music, and Visual Arts – and houses a multitude of spaces including a Concert Hall, Studio Theatre, Recording Studio, rehearsal rooms, as well as an Art Gallery, Painting and Sculpture Studios, and numerous other creative spaces.

“It’s definitely an adventurous architectural space,” observes Ben Bausher, Senior Consultant at Norwalk, CT-based Jaffe Holden, and designer of the Center’s state-of-the-art audio and video systems. As Bausher explains, the project presented a number of challenges, not the least of which was the unconventional architectural design of the venues themselves.

The 350-seat Veronica Hagman Concert Hall is a case in point. One of the Center’s more interesting spaces, the hall features stunning, unconventional architecture with tri-level, in-the-round seating, variable acoustics, and an audio system featuring Fulcrum Acoustic TQ Series loudspeakers. “It’s a fairly well-behaved space, acoustically speaking,” says Bausher. “But the unique seating pattern called for a considerable number of distributed fill speakers to provide uniform coverage across the entire space.”

 Six Fulcrum CX1565 12-inch coaxial systems comprise the main arrays, with ten RX599 compact 5.25–inch cabinets providing front fill. A second fill ring of 14 RX599 boxes and a third fill ring of eight more RX599s completes coverage, with four SUB215 subwoofers stacked onstage in cardioid pattern to reduce low frequency buildup. A DiGiCo SD9 console handles FOH duties.

The 350-seat MainStage Theatre, a somewhat more conventional proscenium-style venue, is outfitted with left and right arrays, each with two Fulcrum GX1295 and two GX1265 12-inch coaxial systems, along with a center array of two CX1265 cabinets. A pair of SUB215 subs covers low end punch. Front fill and under balcony fill are both handled by RX599 boxes A DiGiCo SD10-24 covers the live mix.

The installation was performed by New Jersey-based Masque Sound. All rooms are connected via MADI over Opticore to the recording studio, which is outfitted with an SSL Duality console. A pair of portable recording racks with remote-control microphone preamps can be positioned in any of the halls or rehearsal rooms as needed, connecting directly with the studio’s Pro Tools system to capture performances in any room in the house.

Bausher points to Fulcrum’s unique coaxial design as a critical factor in the systems’ design. “To achieve the performance of Fulcrum’s 12-inch, two-way cabinets in a non-coaxial design would require a box around 30 inches tall,” he observes. “Plus, it runs on a single amplifier channel and only needs a single processing output. It’s smaller, needs less power and processing, and that ultimately means a lower budget. It was the perfect fit.”

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About Fulcrum Acoustic - Founded in 2008, Fulcrum Acoustic is a professional loudspeaker manufacturer known for its unique approach to loudspeaker design. Employing the research of company co-founder David Gunness, Fulcrum Acoustic combines proprietary coaxial design and Temporal EqualizationTM processing power to create the most powerful and versatile line of loudspeakers available.  

 

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‘To Use Christie Brio is to Love It’ Says University of West Florida’s Innovation Institute

The University of West Florida’s Innovation Institute loves Christie® Brio and is using it in more ways than anticipated. Located in Pensacola, Fla., the Institute provides open space for teams in collaborative environments to nurture ideas for solving challenges in education, government, industry, science and the arts using advanced technology.

Choosing and using Christie Brio to maximize team efficiency

Christie Brio used for team presentation

Christie Brio used for team presentation


To accomplish its goals, the Institute needed to connect team members remotely without concerns about connectivity, cables, wires, or losing dongles. With valuable insight provided by Atlanta-based Technical Innovation, the Institute compared multimedia collaboration solutions and, according to Susan Caine, Project Development, Technical Innovation, a non-traditional, easy-to-use wireless solution was needed.

“People from all walks of life use the facility and the Institute wanted them to walk in and work with a tablet, smartphone or their computer and start communicating without having to think about the technology or having to worry about dongles,” said Caine. “It had to be simple and easy to use  that is why we selected Christie Brio. Also, the way the room is set up may be different in six months so the traditional AV system where you uninstall one system and install a new one with all the cables and wires wasn’t the best solution. That is another reason we selected the Christie Brio: we could put in a video wall or different display without worrying about redesigning or rerunning cables.”

Dr. Dave Dawson, research scientist at the Innovation Institute, agreed. “We needed team members to come in with whatever device they’re comfortable using and connect and collaborate with that device, without having to wade through a maze of cables or having to rely on tech support to help them. Christie Brio provided us with the flexibility and ease of interaction that was critical for us. To use Christie Brio is to love it.”

Christie Brio surpasses customer expectations
“Once we had the system integrated into our network and were able to use it, we were wildly pleased with the performance. We’ve been able to improve the efficiency and efficacy of what we do – we’re able to compare information easily and make better decisions,” added Dawson. “Brio has done everything that we’ve asked it to do. In fact, we have been able to do some things we hadn’t anticipated being able to do because of the capabilities of Brio. ” Those benefits include remotely switching among multiple sources of content and managing that content from any mobile device. Content can also be given a dominant position on the display with participants – no matter where they are located – able to control the audio.

“It’s the user experience that is the key here. As we listened to Dr. Dawson and his team and learned what they needed, we realized Christie Brio was the right choice. Brio provides that user experience and think tank environment for the Innovation Institute. It’s easy to use, flexible, and met the Institute’s criteria of a self-contained solution,” added Lisa Matthews, director of marketing, Technical Innovation.

“The Innovation Institute is like a think tank and that is what they are supposed to do: go in, come up with ideas and not worry about what button to push and wonder if it will work,” said Caine. “With Brio, they just walked in and the system worked and they get right to work. The Institute is growing so fast and it’s working out so well for them.”

Christie Brio allows users to virtually meet, share information and collaborate effortlessly, overcome geographical distances, and eliminates the challenge of single and multi-site workplace meetings. Easy to install and use, Christie Brio uses wired or wireless connections to automatically coordinate and display up to five simultaneous video and audio presentations on one or two meeting room screens.

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Extron Introduces Five MediaLink Plus Controllers with Ethernet Device Control and PoE

Extron MLC Plus SeriesExtron is pleased to introduce several new, easy-to-use MediaLink Plus controllers. The MLC Plus 50, 100, and 200 are sleek, fully configurable Ethernet controllers with beveled edges, rounded corners, and backlit buttons. While the MLC Plus 50 features backlit Up and Down volume buttons, the 100 and 200 models feature a multi-function volume knob for smooth, precise control of select Extron amplifiers, ProDSP-equipped Extron products, and a wide range of audio devices. As part of the MediaLink Plus Series, all of these controllers are loaded with features and enhanced security, making them ideal for handling common AV functions such as display on/off, input switching, volume, and Ethernet control of AV devices. Magnetically-attached faceplates hide the mounting screws giving the controllers a refined, uncluttered appearance. Power over Ethernet allows the controllers to receive power and communications over one Ethernet cable. The MLC Plus 100 and 200 are also available in AAP versions; providing openings for up to four, single space Architectural Adapter Plates for numerous connectivity possibilities. more

Hitachi CP-TW2503 Interactive Projectors Bring Excitement to Nauset Public Schools

Hitachi NausetNauset, Massachusetts, February 6, 2015 – Looking to keep up with rapidly evolving educational technology, Nauset Public Schools in Nauset, Massachusetts chose Hitachi CP-TW2503 interactive projectors to bridge the gap from old to new. With the installation of the Hitachi interactive projectors, the children at the Nauset Public Schools have become far more engaged and excited about learning.

Nauset Public Schools is comprised of five school districts. There are seven schools in all: a high school, middle school, and five elementary schools. The total student population is 2,500 with a faculty of 315. Nauset High School is ranked as one of the top 100 schools in the country.

“During the last three years we have made a tremendous push to update our technology,” explained Barbara Lavoine, Director of Technology for Nauset Public Schools. “We wanted to make sure our students were technologically prepared beyond K12 and that they were ‘21st century’ students.”

A variety of interactive projectors and whiteboards have been installed in the Nauset Public Schools over the past three years. More than 50 Hitachi CP-TW2503 interactive projectors were installed in the summer of 2014.

Student feedback on the new technology has been very positive. “The kids love it. They are always excited to use the interactive projectors,” explained Mrs. Lavoine. “In fact, we have found that the students often want to keep using the interactive projectors over playing outside.”

The teachers have also had a positive response to the interactive projectors. “The faculty continually asks, ‘When can I get an interactive projector?’ We have been working hard and most of our schools are pretty well-equipped with this technology,” Mrs. Lavoine concluded.

For more information on Nauset Public Schools, visit http://nausetschools.org

For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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BenQ Unveils Latest Classroom IQ Solutions at TCEA 2015

Colorific(TM) Projectors and Interactive Flat-Panel Displays Bring Increased Connectivity, Collaboration, and Energy Savings to Enable Schools to Teach With Flying Colors

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Feb. 4, 2015 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions, today announced that the company is kicking off its participation at TCEA being held in Austin, Texas, from Feb. 4-6, by unveiling its newest Colorific(TM) projectors, interactive flat-panel (IFP) displays, and other collaborative classroom applications. Under its “Do It All With Flying Colors” theme, BenQ joins education leaders and technology experts at TCEA with a renewed commitment to education by offering a wide range of dedicated sales and support initiatives via the BenQ Education Solutions in Technology (BEST) program. more

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