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ASHLY AUDIO CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF BUILDING GREAT-SOUNDING, COST-EFFECTIVE, AND RELIABLE PRO AUDIO SOLUTIONS

WEBSTER, NEW YORK: Founded by Billy Thompson in 1974 on the wings of a successful live sound company, Ashly Audio has been pioneering innovative products for the pro audio industry for forty years. Although much has changed, such as Ashly’s steady pivot from analog solutions for live sound to digital solutions for installed sound, much has also not changed, and it is this constancy that underlies Ashly success and longevity. Ashly has always delivered great-sounding gear that is highly reliable, easy-to-use, and fairly priced, which is a combination that never goes out of style. Moreover, Ashly has always resolutely stood behind its products and offered its full support to its customers. Ashly continues in this tradition as it builds the next generation of networkable amplifiers, DSPs, and user interfaces.

“Ashly has always had a relatively slow but steady growth trajectory,” explained Mark Wentling, president of Ashly Audio. “Many similar companies started out around the same time as Ashly Audio but have since closed their doors or been absorbed into other companies to become just another ‘brand.’ People have moved on and factories have been shuttered or moved overseas. Our approach has always been to remain steady, dependable, and maybe a little conservative, and that contributed to the forty strong years that we’re now celebrating. Indeed, the Ashly philosophy reflects back on our employees… many of the people still on the payroll in engineering, administration, and manufacturing were there when the company was just starting up!”

Those were the days when Billy Thompson was still playing the role of mad scientist at a lab bench overrun with oscilloscopes, custom-made real-time analyzers, and voltmeters. The smell of solder hung thick in the air. Among many other gems, Thompson used that charismatic setup to design Ashly’s 1970s-era SC-Series of rack-mounted processors, which included classic compressors, equalizers, crossovers, line mixers, mic preamps, and all of the other goodies that today reside inside Ashly’s Protea™ Digital Signal Processing platform. The live sound industry flocked to these and other Ashly products because, for a fair price, they effectively solved real problems and were well-known to reliably endure the stresses of life on the road.

In the 1980s, Thompson pioneered Ashly’s now-legendary MOS-FET amplifiers, which revolutionized the amplifier market by dramatically increasing amplifier power and reliability while minimizing size and cost. Ashly’s MOS-FET amplifiers were among the first to be certified for meeting Lucas-films’ stringent THX movie theater sound systems. Today, Ashly continues in that tradition by delivering high-power, high-fidelity amplifiers in small-footprint, multi-channel configurations that maintain Ashly’s hallmark reliability and value.

“Our relatively small size allows us to be quite nimble and responsive to our customers, whom we deeply value,” said Wentling. “Ashly Audio still operates a full factory in Webster, New York, just outside of Rochester, where we design and manufacture all of our networkable products, including high-power Class-D amplifiers, DSP Matrix processors, and some legacy handmade analog mixers, like the MX-508. In addition, we have responded to market forces by opening Asia-based manufacturing for our KLR-Series amplifiers and some legacy analog products. However, this is just a component of our U.S.-based operations. Indeed, we expanded our U.S. manufacturing plant last year and grew the R&D team. We continue to add to our product line-up in the area of high-performance Class-D amplification, as well as DSP matrix & system processors.”

A development Thompson couldn’t have anticipated without Steve Jobs-like prescience is how quickly the pro audio industry has adopted network technology from the IT industry. Ashly’s nimble in-house engineering team has ensured that the company stays at the leading edge of this development, giving A/V integrators cost-effective options for building Ashly systems and tying them elegantly into the larger lighting and video infrastructures. Ashly’s network-ready amplifiers and processors play nicely on a TCP/IP network right out of the box, and integrators can network digital audio via CobraNet or Dante® (“and AVB when the time is right,” promises Wentling). In addition to networkable hardware user controllers, Ashly offers a popular Ashly Remote iPad app for custom control of its products and will look towards the eventual release of iPhone and Android variants as well. Beyond simply offering these technologies, Ashly’s dedication to customer support ensures that Ashly users are a phone call away from answers and solutions to the myriad questions and challenges that can crop up in complicated networked systems.

“There is an incredible history here,” says Anthony Errigo, director of marketing communications. “People at Ashly are dedicated and have great stories to share. Our employees are proud of this company and brand that they have built together.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

And to take an historical look at Ashly, visit: www.ashly.com/40

BE SURE TO STOP BY AND SEE US AT INFOCOMM BOOTH #C11308

PHOTO CAPTION: Billy’s bench, circa 1979, with his RTA (Real-Time Analyzer).

Extron Introduces One-gang XTP Wallplate Transmitter for HDMI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.drunkunkles.com

www.nscafoundation.org

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

AMX #C4908

Audio Incorporated No booth

A-V Services Inc. No booth

BARCO Projection Systems Inc. #C6308

Biamp Systems #C9736

Chief #C6830

Christie Digital Systems #N505 & N719

FSR Inc. #C8721

IVCi LLC No booth

Liberty AV Solutions #C8536

NEC Display Solutions #C7708

Prysm Inc. #N1115

rp Visual Solutions #N619

Sennheiser Electronic Corp #C10908

Sharp Electronics #C7418

Stewart Filmscreen #C6821

SurgeX #C8725

Synnex Corporation #C5425

West Penn Wire #C5434

Whitlock No booth

 

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DANLEY SOUND LABS AT INFOCOMM 2014: COME HEAR THE DIFFERENCE!

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 2014: Danley Sound Labs, manufacturer of innovative loudspeakers and subwoofers that cleverly sidestep the trade-offs and constraints of conventional designs, will have its newest cutting-edge products on display (Booth C11711) and powered up (Demo Room N108) at InfoComm 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada from June 14 to June 20. Included will be:

• Danley’s SBH (Skinny Big Horn) Series of ultra-compact, column-shaped loudspeakers, which has been expanded to include several dispersal patterns and frequency ranges.
• Danley’s OS Series of fully-weatherized outdoor loudspeakers, which has been expanded to include a new wider beamwidth model and a new subwoofer model.
• Danley’s BC218 subwoofer, which marks an “all-time low” for the company (25Hz!).
• A LARES electronic sound enhancement system composed of Danley Nano loudspeakers, with special demonstrations by company president Mike Hedden on the trumpet.
• A range of Danley’s speakers from the mighty Jericho horns to the Compact Mini’s. Danley encourages all lovers of big sound – curious, converts, and skeptics alike – to come enjoy the Danley difference!

Unlike conventional designs, Danley’s SBH column loudspeakers are acoustically coupled to create a single large horn with an effective path length of over 25 feet. As a result, listeners enjoy an uncompromised frequency response at any listening position, and the output is free of troublesome lobes. Danley will have the SBH-10 (10-deg vertical), SBH-20 (20-deg vertical), and SBH-20LF (integrated subwoofer section for 40Hz performance) on hand. Hear for yourself.

Although most Danley products can be optionally weatherized, Danley’s OS Series is designed to endure unrelenting inclement conditions without compromising fidelity and performance – right out of the box. In addition to the original OS-80, Danley has added the OS-100, which has a 100-deg conical pattern and a smaller footprint than the OS-80, along with the OS-115LF, which delivers Danley’s famous low-frequency output. Show up and spill your drink on one.

In addition, Danley will demo its BC-218 subwoofer, which uses Tom Danley’s pioneering “Boundary Coherent” technology to deliver smooth, undistorted low end down to 25Hz (those in the EDM world take special note!).

And finally, lucky attendees will get to enjoy Mike Hedden’s sonorous trumpeting as amplified and spatialized through a LARES system composed of Danley’s diminutive (in stature, not in sound) Nano loudspeakers. Like most of what goes on at Danley Sound Labs, it has to be heard to be believed!

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

MAKE SURE YOU STOP BY AND SEE (AND HEAR) US AT INFOCOMM 2014 BOOTH #C11711 AND DEMO ROOM #N108 (DEMOS EVERY EVEN HOUR DURING SHOW)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

photo copyright Sharon Farmer, sfphotoworks

About Holosonic Research Labs, Inc.

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

Press inquiries: press@holosonics.com

Extron Introduces Two Certification Programs for Pro Series Control Systems

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce ECS – Extron Control Specialist and ECP – Extron Control Professional. ECS is designed to prepare individuals to successfully deploy and maintain customized AV control systems that are built using Extron Pro Series control products and Extron Global Configurator Plus software. ECP is geared toward advanced users or those with a programming background who wish to take full advantage of the features within Global Configurator Professional software. Both certifications feature instructor-led, hands-on training and will prepare individuals to manage customized Pro Series configurable control systems. more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platforms. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Tightrope Media Systems

Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Extron Now Shipping HDCP-Compliant Annotator with DTP Extension

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

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