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Extron Introduces Three Input Switcher with Integrated DTP Transmitter

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP T USW 233, a three input switcher for sending HDMI or analog video, audio, and control up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable to an Extron DTP 230 receiver. It is HDCP compliant and provides two HDMI inputs, one RGBHV or component video input, and one DTP 230 twisted pair output. The analog signals are digitized to ensure a high quality digital video signal is transmitted to the DTP 230 receiver. The switcher also offers many integrator-friendly features, such as EDID Minder, auto-switching between inputs, audio input assignment, and remote powering. These features plus the low profile enclosure make the DTP T USW 233 ideal for discreet placement in lecterns, beneath tables, or in other locations.

“Integrators and consultants are often challenged to find the ideal products that meet the connectivity requirements at the conference table or lectern,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The DTP T USW 233 combines digital and analog AV switching with twisted pair extension into one compact product that simplifies the installation and design of most installations.”

The DTP T USW 233 provides reliable switching and transmission of HDMI signals, supporting Deep Color up to 12-bit and embedded HD lossless audio formats. For simplified operation, the DTP T USW 233 can automatically switch between the digital and analog sources. In addition, the analog audio input can be assigned to any of the three video inputs, or it can be set to follow the input switch. To simplify integration of sources and displays, the switcher features two Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder and Key Minder. EDID Minder manages EDID communication between the display device and input sources to ensure that the correct video formats are displayed reliably. For HDMI signals with protected content, Key Minder authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching.

The switcher includes an RS-232 and IR insertion port, enabling simultaneous transmission of bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals from a control system using the same twisted pair cable that transmits video and audio. For added installation flexibility, a single external power supply can be used to remotely power the DTP T USW 233 transmitter or a DTP 230 receiver over the twisted pair cable. The DTP T USW 233 offers convenient control options, including front panel control, RS-232, and contact closure with tally output for easy integration into a variety of environments.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/dtptusw233video

For more information on the DTP T USW 233, please visit: www.extron.com/dtptusw233pr

Markertek Announces Neutrik opticalCON Certification

SAUGERTIES, NY – July 30, 2013Markertek, (a division of Tower Products) has announced that they have been designated by Neutrik as a certified opticalCON cable assembler (COCA). Markertek joins a select few companies worldwide in achieving this designation. As such, Markertek is now authorized to assemble opticalCON DUO and QUAD cable assemblies and to sell the entire Neutrik opticalCON product range, including powerMONITOR inline monitoring products, opticalCON couplers, and related opticalCON accessories.Markertek Neutrik opticalCON Certification

“Markertek has been a tremendous Neutrik distributor partner for many years,” according to Pete Milbery, President of Neutrik USA. “We were impressed by the company’s state-of-the-art fiber lab and high-quality personnel enough to offer the company our COCA training and certification. We expect that Markertek’s opticalCON assembly, sales and distribution operation will positively benefit our U.S. customer base and contribute to the ongoing acceptance of opticalCON as the standard in rugged fiber optic AV connectivity.”

“We have been seeing more and more products designed around the innovative Neutrik opticalCON fiber optic connectors,” said Chris Fisher, VP of Manufacturing at Markertek. “The opticalCON system provides a rugged option for anyone running fiber in outside broadcast or similar harsh environments. Broadcast video and audio professionals have always relied on the Markertek cable shop to deliver their critical AV signals for the past 25 years. The addition of our state of the art fiber lab and opticalCON certification carries our customers far into the future.”

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About Markertek
Markertek is a highly specialized broadcast and pro-audio supply house serving the technical side of the media industry with over 60,000 unique solutions at reasonable prices – supported with dependable advice from actual pro-audio and broadcast video professionals. The Markertek catalog has achieved cult-like status among digital media professionals as the ultimate design tool for creating the electronic infrastructure required to produce the majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits, as well as all other areas in the audio and video industry.

Markertek is the #1 “Go-To” source in the industry for everything fiber optic including SMPTE Hybrid camera cables, 2-12 channel tactical fiber snakes, fiber rack mount solutions, fiber reels, fiber consumables, specialized tooling and fiber repairs.

Visit www.markertek.com for more information.

About Neutrik USA
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Neutrik USA, a subsidiary of Neutrik AG, is the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions. Neutrik manufactures a wide array of XLR connectors and receptacles, jacks and plugs, fiber optic connector systems, and accessories for a broad range of customers ranging from rock bands to lighting design and industrial equipment to broadcast studios. For more information, please visit Neutrik USA online at www.neutrik.com, www.experience-neutrik.com, and become a part of its social network family at www.facebook.com/Neutrik.

Extron Introduces Convenient, Energy-Saving Power Controller

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the PC 101 . This one input, one output AC power controller is designed to provide remote power management for AV devices. When paired with a controller or control processor equipped with relays, such as the MediaLink MLC 226 IP or IP Link IPL 250, the PC 101 can be configured to turn a device ON or OFF at scheduled times for security and energy savings purposes. It features a contact closure control input and tally output, which can be used for visual feedback. The slim, compact form factor and IEC connectors on pigtails enable convenient in-line use with other devices and discrete mounting behind displays or other equipment. The PC 101 has a power rating of 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, allowing for worldwide compatibility.

“The PC 101 adds convenience and power savings potential to a wide variety of AV devices,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “With its compact design, flexible mounting options, and worldwide power compatibility, the PC 101 is designed for easy integration into any new or existing AV system.”

In addition to the new PC 101, Extron offers a full line of AC power and device controllers that offer flexible, centralized, Web-based power and device management. For more information on Extron power and device controllers, please contact your Extron Customer Support Representative.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

Markertek is Now a Certified Assembler and Distributor of LEMO’s Well Established 3K.93C HDTV Cable Assemblies (SMPTE)

SAUGERTIES, NY – July 24, 2013Markertek, (a division of Tower Products) has announced that they have been officially certified by LEMO to build and repair SMPTE 311M fiber optic cable assemblies with the LEMO 3K connectors. The LEMO 3K.93C hybrid connector has a compact design with two single-mode fiber contacts, two power contacts and two signal contacts for HD camera interconnection systems. The LEMO 3K.93C is fully ANSI/SMPTE (USA), ARIB (Japan) and EBU (Europe) compliant. Markertek has achieved the highest level of technical excellence in attaining LEMO Certified SMPTE cable assembler status.SMPTE Hybrid Cables

“We are pleased to include Markertek as a LEMO certified distributor/supplier of our HDTV/SMPTE Cable Assembly products”, said Dean Pohwala, LEMO USA General Manager. “LEMO offers high quality in all of our products and we expect a continuation of this quality through the commitment of Markertek.”

“Our SMPTE cables were certified on the first attempt after vigorous testing in multiple environments,” said Chris Fisher, Markertek VP of Manufacturing. “This speaks volumes about our fiber lab and its commitment to quality craftsmanship. Our shop boasts the very latest in fiber optic termination and testing equipment. We are proud to be among a very select group to achieve LEMO SMPTE cable assembler certification.”

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About Markertek
Markertek is a highly specialized broadcast and pro-audio supply house serving the technical side of the media industry with over 60,000 unique solutions at reasonable prices – supported with dependable advice from actual pro-audio and broadcast video professionals. The Markertek catalog has achieved cult-like status among digital media professionals as the ultimate design tool for creating the electronic infrastructure required to produce the majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits, as well as all other areas in the audio and video industry.

Markertek is the #1 “Go-To” source in the industry for everything fiber optic including SMPTE Hybrid camera cables, 2-12 channel tactical fiber snakes, fiber rack mount solutions, fiber reels, fiber consumables, specialized tooling and fiber repairs.

Visit www.markertek.com for more information.

About LEMO
LEMO (www.lemo.com) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of precision custom connection solutions. Our high quality push-pull connectors are found in a variety of challenging application environments including medical, industrial control, test and measurement, audio-video, and telecommunications. LEMO has a wide variety of electrical and fiber optic connectors for studio (indoor), harsh field environments (outdoor), audio connectors for microphones and headsets, and power / signal communication connectors for booms and 3D rigging systems.

Shotoku’s Pedestal/Head Systems Elevate Newscasts for Communications Corporation of America Stations

Torrance, CA • KETK-TV, a Communications Corporation of America station and the East Texas NBC affiliate located in Tyler, recently replaced a set of aging and obsolete pedestals with three Shotoku Broadcast Systems TP200/SX300 systems. Naoki Ebimoto President announced the installation from US headquarters in Torrance, CA.

On the air since 1987, KETK-TV provides news for Tyler, Longview, Waco, Shreveport and Baton Rouge sister stations from its Tyler facility. Communications Corporation of America is a leading medium-market broadcast and digital media company with outlets throughout Louisiana, Texas and Indiana.

“KETK selected the Shotoku systems following a fairly extensive research process,” explained Dan Trent, chief engineer at KETK-TV. “Price is always a driver, and Shotoku gives ‘more bang for the buck’”.

Trent continued, “We produce 12 hours of news per day for 5 stations from our Tyler facility, so Shotoku’s TP200/S300 pedestal/head system gets a lot of use. Our former equipment wasn’t capable of up and down movement, and that limited production creativity. The new units change elevation easily, giving operators the freedom to capture a variety of shots and adjust to our different sets. ”

Shotoku’s elegant and ergonomically designed TP200/SX300 Pedestal System is a state-of-the-art configuration ideal for news and production studios. The 2-stage pneumatic pedestal has a maximum payload of over 80kg (177 lbs.) and supports a wide-range of camera configurations. Its perfect balance column and base offer maximum stability and great operational flexibility. One-step foot brake and single-action cable guard enables precise movements and control at all times for fast and easy positioning.

The companion SX300 pan & tilt fluid head offers top class performance with 40kg (88 lbs.) payload and perfect counterbalance/smooth pan & tilt drag to maximize image flexibility.

Added Trent, “The systems have been performing flawlessly; we’ve already experienced a significant improvement over the previous equipment. The operators are very happy.”

The TP200/SX300 systems have been in constant use since their installation.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: Naoki Ebmioto
1-866-Shotoku • mailto:info@shotoku.tv

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications, Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

Extron Ships HDCP-Compliant WindoWall Pro Series

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the WindoWall® Pro System, a powerful and versatile, yet user-friendly approach for multi-display videowall systems. It features a highly scalable architecture that delivers optimum performance and reliability. Full HDCP compliance at all HDMI inputs and outputs assures worry-free presentation of protected content. WindoWall Console software is the user interface to the system, facilitating intuitive, straightforward control and configuration of videowall systems, and the creation of presentations with multiple, independent windows for displaying graphics, HDTV, and video. The WindoWall Pro System is an ideal choice for applications that require highly reliable, multi-window videowall systems.

“WindoWall Pro features HDMI input and output capability for simple incorporation of HDCP-encrypted video sources into videowalls,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “WindoWall Pro switches HDCP-encrypted content quickly and reliably, providing uncompromised video performance for mission-critical systems.”

Each WindoWall Pro processor allows for the display of up to four windows and employs proven Extron video processing technologies to deliver a fully optimized, high quality real-time video output. Because a discrete processor is dedicated to each display unit in the videowall, WindoWall Pro is fully scalable, supporting a wide variety of display layouts from 1×2 to 2×3 and larger. The HDMI inputs, outputs, and universal analog video inputs support signal rates up to 1920×1200 and HDTV 1080p/60, plus 2K on the HDMI connections. Each WindoWall Pro processor features an HDMI background input, which allows a full motion, high resolution computer-video or HDTV signal to be used as a background image to any presentation.

To enhance and simplify integration of sources and displays, WindoWall Pro features Key Minder, an Extron-exclusive technology. For HDMI signals with protected content, Key Minder authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input and output devices to ensure quick and reliable switching.

For more information on the WindoWall Pro Series, please visit: www.extron.com/windowallpropr

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Christie Introduces New Matrix WU7K-J 3-Chip DLP® Projector That Delivers Power and Performance For Real World Simulation

Christie® today introduced its new Christie Matrix WU7K-J 3-chip DLP® projector delivering real world simulation to handle the most challenging of today’s display requirements. Featuring 6,300 ANSI lumens, the projector offers exceptional image quality and is packed with standard features that include full scalability, built-in geometric warping and edge blending, and high performance, image processing with 120Hz capability. The new Xenon-based projector joins the popular Christie Matrix Series family which includes the award-winning 1-chip DLP® LED-based Matrix StIM™ and Matrix SIM, as well as the Matrix StIM™ WQ and Matrix SIM WQ.

“The Christie Matrix WU7K-J is built upon one of the industry’s most innovative technologies, and provides customers with the highest level of system performance and capability available today,” said Dave Kanahele, director of simulation, Christie. “This new projector represents a continued evolution of DLP® technology combined with high brightness Xenon lamp illumination, superior image quality and stability, integrated with our unique Christie Matrix features to meet the most demanding requirements of our simulation customers.”

The Christie Matrix J Series models come standard with Christie AccuFrame™. Specifically designed to address the needs of the simulation market, this feature allows the user adjustable reduction of perceptible image smearing. It supports various frame rates and environments, ensuring the accurate display of high speed simulation content for the most true-to-life displays. Built-in image warping and advanced edge blending is provided by Christie Twist™.

“The most important aspect of this Christie Matrix WU7K-J projector is peace of mind,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president, Christie Visual Environments. “It’s compact, highly reliable and powerful, and includes standard in-demand features to help the virtual training world mirror the challenges of the real world.”

The Christie Matrix WU7K-J is suited to many simulation applications and is ideal for simulation and training applications requiring high brightness and system capability. It offers RGB color matching, full control of gamma curves and grayscale tracking and minimum processing latency.

Belkin Builds on Cyber Security Strategy with the Introduction of New Secure DisplayPort KVM Switch for Federal and Defense Agencies

New KVM Switch Helps Create a More Unified, Intuitive and Secure Work Environment for Organizations Handling Confidential Data on Separate Networks 

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. – July 16, 2013 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for cyber security and government agencies, today announced the expansion of its award-winning secure product line with the addition of the Belkin DisplayPort KVM Switch. The new switch offers the ideal solution for federal and defense users who handle sensitive or confidential information and need a seamless, coherent environment working on multiple networks with different security levels.

DisplayPort is increasingly popular with the government sector because it offers high graphics resolution in a non-consumer HDMI format. Unlike HDMI, DisplayPort cables are securely fastened which minimizes down time that results when a loose cable is dislodged. In addition, no licensing fees are required, as with HDMI, and DisplayPort is significantly thinner and smaller than DVI.

While DisplayPort adoption is on the rise, there are security concerns involved with the transfer of information beyond display signals, making data vulnerable and security a challenge. Belkin is the first and only vendor to develop a Secure KVM Switch with support for DisplayPort technology. The switch, which is Common Criteria validated to EAL 4+, includes security mechanisms to protect DisplayPort channels and prevent leakage of information between connected computers and displays. These mechanisms provide isolation even if two connected computers are infected with malicious code attempting to target the KVM.

In addition, users today face a greater demand to monitor a growing amount of data and perform multiple tasks at the same time. Belkin addresses this by making the Secure DisplayPort KVM Switch the first to support up to four monitors on one system. As a result, users can more effectively keep an eye on more data simultaneously for improved intelligence and decision making. 

As with all Belkin Secure KVM products, the DisplayPort KVM Switch is designed to thwart cyber-attacks by reinforcing user desktop security with the most advanced and secure commercially available KVM technology available. Additional Secure DisplayPort KVM Switch features include:

  • Protected DisplayPort channel switching – Security mechanisms protect DisplayPort channels, preventing leakage of information between connected computers and peripherals
  • Full support of all DisplayPort 1.2 resolutions up to 3840×2160
  • Dedicated processors with emulators for every port – Isolated port paths for video, audio, peripherals, and smart card readers prevent data leaks between computers
  • Unidirectional data paths – Optical data diodes prevent peripherals from being used to breach systems
  • Display security – Protected display interface prevents data leakage via the monitor
  • Peripheral management – USB device detection prevents unauthorized peripheral usage
  • Anti-tampering – Internal electrical sensors render unit inoperable if opened

“Belkin works side by side with government users to understand the real challenges associated with cyber security. These insights are factored into the design of the Secure DisplayPort KVM and our strategy to expand on Belkin’s secure product line,” said Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International Belkin. “We’re committed to investing in innovative solutions that secure the user computing environment and look forward to continuing to unveil new solutions that address cyber security concerns.” 

Belkin’s DisplayPort KVM Switch will be available August 1, 2013 through the company’s network of authorized channel partners.

Datasheet and images are available at http://www.belkinbusiness.com/newsroom?tab=2. 

Belkin Government

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit Belkin Government.

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 is 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. 

Tags: secure KVM, government security, cyber security, cyber attack, cyber threat, peripheral security 

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Extron Introduces H.264 Streaming Media Decoder for Pro AV Applications

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the SMD 101, a compact, high performance H.264 streaming media decoder used with Extron SME 100 encoders to provide complete end-to-end AV streaming systems. The SMD 101 is designed specifically for use in professional AV streaming applications to decode live AV streaming content from SME 100 encoders or to play back AV media files available from network shares. It accepts streaming resolutions up to 1080p/60 and outputs a variety of resolutions, from 640×480 up to 1920×1200. Fill/Follow/Fit aspect ratio management provides choices for managing streaming content that does not match the display. This compact, energy-efficient decoder is an ideal counterpart to the SME 100 encoder to deploy in simple overflow and monitoring applications or multi-channel streaming systems and high resolution signage systems.

“The SMD 101 distinguishes itself from other decoders with its advanced AV signal processing and integration-friendly control options,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “These features provide simple solutions to the many challenges encountered when integrating streaming into AV systems, and make the SMD 101 compatible with a wide range of AV streaming applications.”

The SMD 101 is adaptable to different network conditions and streaming requirements offering both push and pull streaming configurations. Audio output signals are available as HDMI embedded audio as well as analog stereo audio, making it directly compatible with embedded display speakers or existing audio systems. The SMD 101 offers integration-friendly control capabilities including an optional handheld IR remote, wired IR, RS-232, or Ethernet. And an easy-to-navigate Web interface provides simple, flexible control and management. The advanced AV signal processing and control features plus the range of available networking and streaming protocols make the SMD 101 suitable for a variety of streaming applications in corporate, government, or educational environments.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/smd101video

For more information on the SMD 101, please visit: www.extron.com/smd101pr

Many IC Realtime Surveillance DVRs Now Natively Integrate with Key Digital Compass Control System

Pure bi-directional drivers provide full DVR control and feedback; incorporation into design software increases efficiency for integrators

Pompano Beach, FL – July 15, 2013 – IC Realtime’s Flex, Elite, NVR700N and NVR700S2P series video surveillance recorders now natively integrate into Key Digital’s Compass Control® system. As a Compass Alliance™ Partner, IC Realtime worked closely with Key Digital to develop pure bi-directional drivers that provide full DVR control, as well as feedback from the IC Realtime device.

Compass Control is a fully-integrated major control system designed around Apple’s iOS devices (iPad®, iPad mini®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®). The system provides installers with bi-directional IR, two-way RS-232 with feedback, and two-way TCP/IP control. The new drivers are part of the design software.

“Resulting from cooperative efforts between Key Digital and IC Realtime, the integration of IC Realtime’s DVRs within the Compass Control environment represents a powerful and user-friendly comprehensive solution delivering iOS-based control and entertainment functionality,” stated Key Digital’s Vice-President of Sales, Michael Lakhter.

“The Compass Alliance™ Partners have come together to create a system that has full driver integration already completed, increasing efficiency for integrators,” Lakhter concluded.

For all IC Realtime media inquiries, please contact Paul Muto at 631.849.4301 or via email at paul@mutocomm.com.

About IC Realtime
IC Realtime is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions – founded by experts with a combined 35 years of experience in the development, marketing, sales, installation and support of security and alarm equipment. The company offers a wide variety of analog and IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, software Apps and accessories. www.icrealtime.com.

About Key Digital®
Key Digital is a CES award-winning developer and manufacturer of leading-edge technology for HDTV applications, delivering total video systems solutions. The company manufactures a wide range of digital video processing and video signal distribution solutions marketed broadly to the HDTV community, such as digital video and audio processors, switchers, distribution amplifiers, cables, adapters, and more. For more information, visit www.keydigital.com.

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