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Archive of the Houses of Worship Category

Additional Danley Speakers Handle Seating Expansion at Life Pentecostal Church

LifeChurch_RockRun_Interior_1JOLIET, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 2015: Life Church of Rock Run is a Pentecostal church in Joliet, Illinois with an unabashed flair for engaging, contemporary services. Outfit with drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and plenty of spirit, Life Church rocks its message every Sunday. Knowledgeable in technical matters, the church had acquired a high-performance Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system but for budgetary reasons had omitted low-end from the system. Understandably, the church was keen to shore up that omission, and it timed subwoofer installation to correspond with the addition of new seating that would require additional system coverage. The church hired Chicago-based Advanced Systems & Technologies (AST) to design and install the additional coverage and to overhaul the existing system. To Life Church’s existing Danley SH-60 and SH-DFA, AST added two Danley SH-mini loudspeakers for fill, four Danley SM-100M loudspeakers for on-stage monitors, and two thundering Danley TH-115 subwoofers.

“With the new added seating, Life Church can now accommodate approximately four hundred,” said Terry McCarthy, partner and systems specialist with AST. “The church knew they had good speakers but the installation was greatly lacking in proper coverage and tuning. In addition, there was no low end. For our part, we knew we’d be able to get the existing Danley speakers tuned up nicely – the bigger issue was extending coverage and frequency response. Based on their exceptional fidelity and pattern control, it made sense to stick with Danley boxes for the new fills and subwoofers.”

LifeChurch_RockRun_Interior_2The original system is comprised of a single Danley SH-60 for main coverage with a Danley SH-DFA for down-fill, both flown from the main beam of the sanctuary’s A-Frame architecture. In addition to the new coverage the church’s sound system had been pieced together over the years and was in great need of a professional up fit. AST removed all the inadequate cable and outdated components, installed proper wiring, new amplification and several new Danley boxes. Two Danley SH-mini loudspeakers were installed stage left and right. This gives great coverage to the new seating, as well as to areas that were lacking proper coverage from the original install. Two new Danley TH-115 subwoofers were also added providing Life Church with the low-end, fidelity and thump that it was missing. Four new Danley SM-100M loudspeakers give the Pastor, vocalists and musicians the same transcendent experience that was formerly reserved for the house.

AST installed QSC PLX-series amplifiers to provide clean, reliable power. They also installed a Juice Goose power sequencing system to protect the loudspeakers and minimize unnecessary hands turning things on and off. AST also re-tasked an existing Symetrix Jupiter 8×8 DSP and tuned the system to perfection.

“Once all the new gear was installed and tuned we worked closely with the Pastor and worship team to dial everything in. This is a critical element to make an installation complete,” explains McCarthy. “It allows us to see how the system is being used, provide essential training, and it adds an element of personal service that we’ve become known for. The final tuning is done “Live.” This way we can make discreet adjustments during a normal Sunday morning experience. The church leaders, worship team and church members alike all expressed how excellent the system sounds. It was a total win!”

Pastor, Brent A Brosam added, “Life Church of Rock Run purchased our current facility five years ago. After moving in we struggled with some major challenges with our sound. The existing church building was built in the 1960s and not conducive for good sound. After failed attempts to fix the problems, we contacted Terry McCarthy of AST – Advanced Systems & Technologies, to install a Danley system, and I am so glad that we did. With the help provided by the folks at AST & Danley Sound Labs they were able to detect and find proper applications to meet our unique sound challenges. Finally our sound is exactly what we have been looking for to enhance our weekly services. The sound is incredible now. Problems solved!”

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

RH Consulting Whitepaper Predicts “The Death of Analogue and The Rise of Audio Networking”

Portland, OR – February 17, 2015 – RH Consulting has released a new whitepaper examining the current state of the audio networking market and trends among the various audio networking solutions. The independent report, titled “The Death of Analogue and The Rise of Audio Networking,” was commissioned by Audinate and takes a detailed look at the number of audio networking products presently available, the growth rate for various protocols, and the market forces affecting their adoption.

“This whitepaper is the most comprehensive analysis of the audio networking market to date,” states Roland Hemming, principal audio consultant for RH Consulting. “Rather than just focus on technical differences, our goal was to provide a deep dive from the overall market perspective. We analyzed the products that are really shipping and the factors that are driving the growth, or lack thereof, of the various protocols.”

Key takeaways from the whitepaper include:

• Audinate’s Dante audio networking solution has had significant growth in licensees over the last 24 months, nearly 4 times the next largest protocol.
• Over 700 networked audio products are currently available, with the number of Dante-enabled products introduced in the last 12 month significantly outpacing all other networking protocols.
• The number of Dante-enabled products is forecasted to grow by 75% in 2015, and 130% by 2016.

In addition to looking at the total available networked products on the market, RH Consulting examined the factors contributing to the rapid growth of Dante and where audio networking sits on the technology adoption curve.

“Audio networking is following the same pattern as most new technology,” adds Hemming. “The success of Dante is consistent with easy-to-use, end-to-end solutions driving the market when technology is in the early growth phase.” He continues, “Overtime networking has become less about specifying a protocol and more about specifying products that work together.”

The report indicates that the uptake of Dante and audio networking in general is an indication that the market is undergoing a dramatic shift. “History has shown us that when a digital technology comes within 20% of the price of its analogue equivalent, the latter dies,” according to Hemming. “While audio networking is not to that point yet, the rapid growth we are seeing now would indicate that analogue’s days are numbered.”

To download the full whitepaper, visit: www.audinate.com/rise-of-audio-networking

About Roland Hemming
Roland Hemming is a principal audio consultant at RH Consulting, an independent audio consultancy offering system design, compliance, product development and project management services. In his 28-year career he has managed the two largest audio projects in Europe. He has presented papers to the Audio Engineering Society and has been an advisor to InfoComm. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences, a judge for many industry awards and regular author of articles for industry magazines. Roland is a member the AES and ISCE and he sits on the British and European committees for voice alarm systems including EN54 and the IET committee for Connected Systems Integration in Buildings.

About Audinate

forecasted Growth of Dante Enabled Products

forecasted Growth of Dante Enabled Products


Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading manufacturers and has become the de facto standard networking technology in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

Renkus-Heinz IC2 a Hidden Gem at University Chapel

 Newport News, VA – February 2015… Christopher Newport University recently took the wraps off its newest addition, the non-denominational Pope Chapel. The 10,000-square-foot building stands at the entrance to the University and includes state-of-the-art audio, video, lighting, and media systems, including a powerful and versatile audio system centered on the digitally steerable IC2 (IC Squared) array from Renkus-Heinz.

Tom Beaudry, Owner and Senior Designer of Chesapeake-based design/build specialists Onyx AudioVisual, worked together with Erik “Ketch” Kelly, audio engineer for CNU’s Ferguson Center for the Arts to design the systems. As Kelly explains, versatility was a key requirement for the new venue’s sound system.

“The chapel is used for meetings and services by various campus religious groups, but also hosts weddings and musical programs, so the system needed to be versatile enough to deliver a wide range of program material,” explains Kelly.

The 350-seat chapel’s stunning Neo-Georgian architecture is beautiful to behold, but notoriously reverberant, making spoken word intelligibility a critical issue, and making it an ideal candidate for a digitally steered array. As Beaudry observes, the IC2 delivered the best of both worlds.

“We needed a high performance, high fidelity, system that could deliver intelligible speech in a highly reverberant space,” explains Beaudry. “The IC2 system gave us the pattern control of a digitally steered array, but with the full range musicality and output power of a point-source array.”

 Just two self-powered IC2-FR cabinets cover the entire room, each hidden behind scrims in two small soffits above and on either side of the stage area. “We basically needed a compact, invisible sound system that was robust and flexible enough to be used for anything, even an occasional rock band,” says Kelly.

In fact, the IC2 system delivered more than enough power, says Beaudry. “We had originally specified two boxes per side, and were a bit apprehensive when we learned that there was only room for one. But we have more than enough volume from just a pair of IC2 cabinets.”

A big test for the system came when the university decided to add a pipe organ to the room. “That was not part of the original design concept for the chapel, and we were a little concerned because of the wide frequency spread of the instrument,” says Kelly. But as Beaudry notes, “the IC2 easily handles the full range and impact of the organ. It really confirmed that we had made the right choice for the room.”

Beaudry concludes, “for a space like Pope Chapel, we had to design a system that delivered great intelligibility as well as the power and performance for a wide range of source material. And it had to have a footprint that was virtually invisible. The Renkus-Heinz IC2 does exactly that – even when you can’t see it.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Willow Creek Community Church Relies On Clear-Com’s HelixNet For Critical Communications

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Willow Creek Community Church has purchased a Clear-Com(r)
HelixNet Digital Partyline system as part of a major upgrade of AV equipment at its main campus in South Barrington, IL. The HelixNet solution replaces a legacy Clear-Com analog partyline system that the church has relied upon for over 20 years.

Founded in 1975 by Bill Hybels, Willow Creek began holding services in a movie theater. Today it serves over 20,000 worshippers each weekend from six regional campuses around the Chicagoland area.

The main church campus at South Barrington was built in 1980 (Lakeside Auditorium); the Activity Center in 1990 and the Main Auditorium was opened in 2004. From the start, video, audio and a reliable communication system have played a key part in the services.

“Communication is highly important because we have so many people in the mix and have to coordinate between front-of-house, stage, video and lighting teams. A good communication system keeps tensions to a minimum and maintains a good working environment,” explains Matthew Wentz, Audio Systems Engineer at Willow Creek Community Church.

“Before we had one, we appeared to be yelling at each other when we were really just trying to communicate,” adds Wentz. “We have always used Clear-Com systems in our venues. At South Barrington our main auditorium is still on an Eclipse-Median matrix while our Lakeside Auditorium uses V-Series stations that tie back to the Eclipse-Median, and until recently, our Activity Center was running on a legacy analog Clear-Com partyline system. As we didn’t need multiple digital party lines or forced groups, we didn’t see the need to expand the system further by tying in the HelixNet to the Eclipse-Median. That made the upgrade extremely cost-effective.”

The previous system at the main campus performed extremely well over the years, but advances in technology and workflow meant that the time was right to upgrade to a digital system.

“When we decided to make the switch, we chose to remain with Clear-Com because of our current relationship, and the fact that the HelixNet is reliable, and really easy to setup and get going,” continues Wentz. “With the new system, our infrastructure
is so much cleaner because we can get all our channels down to run on one cable instead of planning for four different sources and working out where they need to go to. It enables us to provide clear, calm, and consistent communication between audio, video, lighting and stage teams, producers and system engineers.”

“Willow Creek Community Church is just one of the hundreds of Clear-Com analog users that continue their relationship with us when it comes time to upgrade to digital,” said Mike Rucker, Director of Sales for North and South America at Clear-Com. “Year after year, we see old customers become new customers again as houses of worship, theaters, broadcasters and other organizations realize the benefits of a digital intercom
system like HelixNet, and the reliability of Clear-Com.”

HelixNet is the industry’s first digital network partyline intercom system. It was designed as a digital version of Clear-Com’s industry-standard analog partyline system, bringing simplicity, efficiency and a powerful set of intelligent features to those users who require a cost-effective digital communication solution.

“Our interaction with Clear-Com was fantastic. They had great design ideas, helped look at what we’d come up with, made suggestions for the best gear to do the project, and even helped with some custom cabling for what we needed,” concludes Wentz.

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ihiji Launches New Features, Delivers UK’s Most Complete Remote Network Management Solution

New remote network management features from ihiji enable European integrators and technology professionals to remotely detect, diagnose, and resolve network issues without rolling a truck 

 

AUSTIN, TX, USA (ISE 2015 stand #10-N114) – FEB. 10, 2015 -  ihiji, a global leader in remote network management solutions, is excited to introduce the addition of new features and UK-compatible appliances to its award-winning network management solution at the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe 2015 (ISE), being held February 10-12 at the RAI in Amsterdam, NL. The new enhancements are designed to make implementing the ihiji invision platform IHI-APP-500-UK_4more convenient, efficient, and powerful than ever.

 

A longstanding leader in the category and the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based system on the market, ihiji invision is the industry’s most complete solution for remotely monitoring, servicing, and maintaining client networks and connected devices—effectively and securely—24/7/365. Simple and cost-effective to deploy, ihiji’s remote network management solutions are designed for the Custom Install, Audio-Visual, and Information Technology markets.

 

“Over the years, ihiji dealers have helped develop the product into what it is today; the industry’s most capable, effective and efficient remote network management solution,” says Stuart Rench, CEO. “By incorporating insight and advice from the field we are constantly improving the solution to best fit the needs of the global integration community, bringing needed functionality to market in a fraction of the time it would normally take.”

 

During ISE, ihiji will showcase its unrivaled ihiji invision remote network management solution and demonstrate the benefits of incorporating remote network management into integrated systems, citing real-world examples of successful implementations. ihiji will also introduce two new remote network management appliances specifically designed for the UK and compatible markets—the INV-APP-500-UK and INV-APP-1100-UK—and announce its new UK distribution partnership with Habitech, which provides regional training, shipments, and support for dealers in the UK.

 

At ISE, ihiji will also be highlighting three of its newest features, including:

 

Notification Zen – Time Based Buffering for Notifications

ihiji invision’s new Notification Zen reduces redundant communication by minimizing the number of email messages sent to contacts when devices report as down, but quickly recover. Events that occur during the set Notification Zen window are always captured for reporting purposes.

 

Network Scan Monitoring Device Tracking 

ihiji recently added Network Scan capability to invision’s repertoire, and now, it’s easier than ever to covert a newly discovered device found during a network scan process into an actively managed device. A simple change, but gives the technology professional an easy way to manage what was added.

 

Scheduled Actions

ihiji’s new Scheduled Actions feature provides the ability to run commands at a specified time. For example, a technician can schedule the system to power cycle a Wireless Access Point every Friday at 3 a.m. or reset a cable modem every month. The schedule can be configured to execute daily, weekly, monthly or annually, and is especially useful for devices that regularly lock up and require a reboot.

 

Co-exhibiting with Control4 in stand #10-N114, ihiji will showcase the new ihiji invision appliances along with other new advancements while demonstrating the benefits of incorporating remote network management into integrated systems. New distribution partner Habitech will also offer ihiji invision training Tuesday & Wednesday during ISE 2015, from 12:45 – 1:45 in Elicium Hall 12, with lunch included for those in attendance

 

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ihiji at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 (ISE) at the Amsterdam RAI, NL in stand #10-N114. Alternatively, more information or a demonstration of the award winning ihiji invision solution can be requested by calling +1-512-538-0520 or emailing info@ihiji.com.

 

About ihiji

ihiji is the only zero-maintenance cloud-based remote network management solution for IT Professionals and Technology Integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. ihiji’s customers become more efficient and proactive, eliminate up to 90% of service calls, and become more valuable to their clients, while increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solution provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or on twitter @ihiji.

 

ihiji Media contact

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. | +1(406) 446-1283 | Katye@kmbcomm.com | www.kmbcomm.com/press | @katyemcgregor

 

 

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Torus Power Showcasing Premier Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioning Products at Integrated Systems Europe 2015

Integration professionals and end users observe significant AV system performance improvements when implementing Torus Power products 

 

TORONTO, ON, CANADA (ISE 2015 Stand #5-R128) – FEB. 10, 2015 – Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing and maker of uncompromising, clean, toroidal isolation power conditioning components, will showcase its lineup for international audiences at Integrated Systems Europe 2015. Torus Power’s toroidal isolation power conditioners are used in high-performance residential and commercial applications and have been found to significantly improve the quality and performance of electronic systems installations large and small. Providing a proprietary and highly compelling offering TorusAVR2CE-300dpiwith a collective feature set available only in the TorusPower lineup, Integrators touring ISE should take time to view the Torus Power products on display in the AV EMEA stand 5-R128.

 

Components connected to the Torus Power products are protected from damaging electrical events, and are fed a consistent supply of isolated, clean, and robust power, which enables optimal performance. Torus Power products are available with International outlets for use in Continental Europe, UK, Asia, and Australia and can be configured with North American outlets. The lineup meets both IEC and Neutrik standards, and shelf, rack and wall mount configurations are available throughout the line for added versatility and most models can be custom specified to perfectly suit nearly any application.

 

Torus Power products to be featured at ISE 2015 include:

 

The TOT Series

The Torus Power TOT Series—offered in two configurations, the TOT Mini (3 Amp and 7 Amp models available) and the TOT Max (15 Amp model available)—expands the Torus Power lineup to include value-driven models that deliver highly effective power conditioning in a compact chassis. Employing parent-company Plitron’s toroidal isolation transformers and NBT noise filtering technology, the TOT Series restores incoming power to a clean state and protects valuable systems from surges. TOT also provides very low source impedance to connected devices, enabling high current delivery—up to the rated current limit—on an instantaneous basis; ensuring dynamic components are consistently delivered the power the need to perform at the highest possible level. TOT Mini is suitable for providing Torus isolated power to components such as projectors, flat panels, powered speakers, media or source players, processors, and network devices. TOT Max features a larger capacity toroidal transformer and can be used with most audio systems and mid-power amplifiers.

 

The AVR2 Series

Utilizing Plitron’s toroidal isolation transformers to provide high instantaneous power and protect connected equipment from electrical fluctuations and surges, Torus Power’s AVR2 power conditioning series is designed for large-scale custom installations such as studios, home theatres, critical listening environments, and other high performance applications. The AVR2 Series boasts isolation from the main electrical grid, two levels of surge suppression, and features enhanced Ethernet (IP) control and monitoring functionality in addition to automatic voltage regulation and remote reboots, automated scheduling options, and individually addressable outlet zones (up to 5 individual zones in 15 Amp and 20 Amp models, and up to 8 individual zones in 60 and 100 Amp models). Wall mounted versions allow for greater flexibility in projects with dedicated wiring.

 

The RM Series

The RM Series is Torus Power’s original line of toroidal isolation power conditioners have been delivering clean, isolated power to residential and commercial installations for years. Highly versatile, the RM Series is designed for applications ranging from simple front-end systems to complex custom installations. Available in 5 Amp to 100 Amp configurations for use around the world, models within the line can be ordered with either 220V or 240V Input and Output Voltage; with five or eight outlets; and as 3U to 4U chassis sizes to accommodate shelf, rack or wall mount applications. RM20 has been consistently top-rated by leading audiophile magazines. Smaller RM10 or RM15 models are often selected for mid-size systems, while RM5 can be dedicated to front-end components, media servers, and more. Larger models—rated 60 Amp and 100 Amp—provide ample, isolated power to accommodate high-end, high performance systems.

 

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and also a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com, and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

 

Attendees of ISE 2015 are encouraged to visit Torus Power in the AV EMEA stand #5-R128 to learn more about the company’s performance-enhancing product lineup. Media tours can be scheduled through Torus Power’s PR firm KMB Communications, by emailing katye@kmbcomm.com or calling (406) 446-1283.

 

About Torus Power

Toroidal isolation power conditioners by Torus Power are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Dramatically increasing performance levels of connected AV components from video displays to speakers, Torus Power Conditioners utilize Plitron Manufacturing’s patented NBT technologies and toroidal isolation transformers to eliminate virtually all power-line noise artifacts and protect equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, while increasing system reliability and extending product life, by establishing clean incoming power from which connected components can draw upon and use. Thereby providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components—such as high performance amplifiers—are never starved for power.

 

Plitron Manufacturing precision-engineered products are a sought-after supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for leading AV amplifier brands—as well as medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and more. Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO 9001 medical-level quality-control system in Toronto, Canada. Learn more by visiting www.toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on Twitter.

 

Torus Power media contact 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. |+1 (425) 328-8640 | katye@kmbcomm.com | @katyemcgregor | www.kmbcomm.com/press

 

 

 

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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.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

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

Link to SI 2015 logo

Link to Industry Standard Shapes images

Link to New Data Library images

Link to Mobile Quote iPad App images 

 

 

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