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FUX PRODUCTIONS TAKES METRIC HALO PLUG-INS AND INTERFACE THROUGHOUT THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE

LYON, FRANCE – APRIL 2014: Still remarkably early in his career, Julien Collier wears many hats as a musician and sound engineer. He is a multi-instrumentalist, a composer, and an arranger; he is a sound designer, a producer, and a director; he is a recording engineer, a mix engineer, and a mastering engineer; and he is a live tech, a FOH engineer, and a monitor engineer. On the side, he works as a music coach and artist developer! Collier borrowed his alias, Fux, for the production house he established in Lyon, France. Fux Productions contains a recording studio, a composing studio, and a rehearsal room, along with Collier’s extensive industry connections. Clients have access to professional musicians of all stripes, composers, sound engineers, producers, videographers, and more. Across all those wide and varied activities, Collier relies on his Metric Halo 2882 interface and Metric Halo plug-ins for almost everything. They are his pro audio equivalent of a Swiss Army knife!

Collier’s list of clients includes many French independent labels, as well as majors such as Sony, Universal, and Warner. A few of his most recent studio projects include work with Romain Ughetto, Chasing After Time, 99 Ways to Die, and Green Money. For all of those projects, he served as producer, tracking engineer, mix engineer, and mastering engineer, and on many of them he also helped with composition and performance. “A lot of important decisions are made during the tracking,” he said. “It is critical to get the recording into the computer in the best way possible because once it becomes digital, it stays digital. I use my Metric Halo 2882 for everything. It has excellent preamps and flexible input and output routing. It’s just as useful in the studio as it is on stage, where I often use the 2882 to mix in-ear monitors. The software and hardware is very stable, and I am comfortable using it live without a problem.”

Collier’s appreciation for the 2882 made him curious about Metric Halo’s other products and inspired him to get the company’s Production Bundle, which is a complete collection of Metric Halo plug-ins. “Like the 2882, the Production Bundle is now completely integrated into my workflow,” he said. “I use Metric Halo plug-ins on everything and in every situation. They are very flexible and allow me to handle everything from subtle track correction to creative coloration and effects. I use ChannelStrip 3 to clean up my tracks with equalization, compression, and filtering. I love that the plug-in has a great deal of precision – when I adjust a parameter, I really feel it directly. The Character plug-in models different signal paths and gives me a great sound that I use all the time. I use two variants of HaloVerb on most of my productions, which combine together nicely without using a lot of DSP resources. I use the Precision DeEsser on all my vocals and on other shrill instruments, like keyboards or hi-hat. Finally, I use the Transient Control on all of my percussion and drum tracks which gives me fine-grain control of dynamics, attack, and power. It’s also often useful on acoustic and electric guitars and is a lot more reactive than other plug-ins of its type.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

D-TOOLS TO DEMONSTRATE WORKFLOW-ENHANCING MOBILE QUOTE APP at ISC WEST 2014

Companion app to SIX 2013 enables security systems integrators to remotely generate bids and later import them into D-Tools SIX 2013 for full project design and management.

D-Tools Mobile Quote is a Companion App to D-Tools System Integrator that extended the user's workflow to a mobile environment for onsite consultations.

CONCORD, CA (ISC West 2014 booth #26135) MARCH 26, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will demonstrate its new iOS-based iPad® companion app for its flagship product, SIX 2013 at ISC West April 2-4, 2014 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas (D-Tools booth #26135). Available now for D-Tools partners worldwide, the new release adds mobile quoting capabilities that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to generate quotes natively on an iPad, then import them into the full D-Tools SIX 2013 software platform for further project design and management. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamline product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, this new companion app will immediately extend the highly functional D-Tools workflow to mobile sales and specification teams.

A native iOS application, the D-Tools Mobile Quote app leverages D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer product library by enabling integrators to access and integrate product category and package data from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the iPad app, then walk prospective customers through available installation scenarios in order to create a quote for approval. Once complete, the resulting quote can then be imported into SIX 2013 for additional design work and synchronization.

The Mobile Quote app uses many of D-Tools’ workflow concepts, including the specification of locations and systems, which allows integrators to provide packages or pre-configured systems for inclusion in the quote. Labor and general pricing will be calculated to give the customer an accurate proposal, which can then be signed off for approval on the spot.

“Delivering features that enable our users to create quotes in the field is a natural evolution for us. The D-Tools Mobile Quote app is an important component that ensures our platform continues to meet the growing needs of our expanding security customer base,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “The Mobile Quote app release is just the beginning. In fact, we are already working on additional mobile capabilities that significantly enhance our product roadmap. As we have demonstrated since the release of SIX last year, our new platform enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles, which will ultimately provide our customers a clear path for sustained growth. We think ISC West attendees will be excited by the capabilities of this powerful new app. ”

More than 4,500 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems.

The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad® app will be demonstrated during ISC West April 2-4, 2014 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, D-Tools booth # 26135. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com or Email info@d-tools.com for more information. Additionally, the all-new D-Tools SIX Wiki can be accessed here: www.d-tools.mindtouch.us and “Getting Started with SIX” videos can be accessed here: http://d-tools.mindtouch.us/SIX_Guide/004_Getting_Started.

iPad® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,500 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award, as well as National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press 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, www.kmbcomm.com/press

Link to accompanying images: D-Tools Six 2013 R2 Mobile Quote app

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

Distinguished Awards Program Recognizes Outstanding Solutions in Education and Technology 

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

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

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

Belkin Tablet Stage and Stage App

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

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

Belkin Store and Charge

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

 

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

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

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

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

About the EdTech Digest Awards Program

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

About EdTech Digest

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

About Belkin Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Air Protect Case for Chromebooks

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

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

Additional Air Protect Case for Chromebooks features:

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

Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks

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

Additional Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks features:

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

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

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

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

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

About Belkin Business

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

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

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

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Belkin Introduces Secure and Charge for K-12 Education

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Secure and Charge features include:

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

AC Secure and Charge

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

DC Secure and Charge

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

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

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

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

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

About Belkin Business

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key Features and benefits include:

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

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

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

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

About Belkin Business

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

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

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

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Autoscript Launches WinPlus Remote

Unique, mobile teleprompting system brings speed and accuracy to field operations

TWICKENHAM, UK
Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, has announced the launch of WinPlus Remote, an iOS-based teleprompting system that delivers up-to-date scripts to users in the field, anywhere in the world. The technology is also suited to remote news bureaus and smaller newsroom operations.

When WinPlus Remote is installed on a networked PC in the production facility, the latest version of the script can be seen by journalists on location, as well as in the studio. The software enables the script to be automatically uploaded to an FTP site where it can be downloaded onto an iPad by talent in the field and kept constantly updated. WinPlus Remote, developed by market leader Autoscript, works in conjunction with an iOS app, picoPrompt, and is supplied with a hand control.

“There have been iPad prompting apps on the market for some time,” says Robin Brown, product manager, Autoscript. “However, the link to the newsroom has been missing, which effectively means that there is no access to live, updated scripts on location. Now, with WinPlus Remote, field talent can quickly and easily download the latest script from the FTP site by simply connecting their iPads to the network.

“This brings both speed and efficiency to remote staff, as well as increased accuracy. Instead of having the director conveying the script changes via an ear piece and a journalist having to manually make the changes, this system allows them to refresh the script with the click of a button. In this way they will always have the latest version of the script on their iPad, allowing them to focus on the task at hand, such as reporting on breaking news.”

The WinPlus Remote system is ideal for use in applications where news is being updated constantly, such as sports reporting. It is also suited for use in locations where a prompting system with full camera unit and software products isn’t available or practical. In addition, WinPlus Remote can be used as an add-on in facilities where other prompting software systems already exist.

“You don’t need to be a current WinPlus user to benefit from WinPlus Remote,” adds Brown. “If a newsroom is running other prompting software, WinPlus Remote can be used in parallel. It effectively runs in the background and enables technicians to take the same script as their current prompting solution and upload it to the FTP site where the field talent can access it.”

The system is therefore also ideal for smaller news operations with limited budgets as it is a cost-effective alternative to a full software system.

WinPlus Remote is being officially launched at NAB in April and will be available from Autoscript. picoPrompt can be downloaded via the Apple App Store.

About Autoscript
Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry, providing professional teleprompting equipment to broadcasters across the globe. Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the UK and the US, Autoscript designs and builds innovative hardware, PC cards and software to meet real world needs and continually enhance the production process. A prime example of this is Autoscript’s latest product, the E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting Information Centre), an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment, reduces power consumption and enables easier location prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group.

For more information visit www.autoscript.tv

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera. Follow Vitec Videocom on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

U.S. Press contact:
ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
jared@ignite.bz

PAcalculate: Offline pro-audio and lighting calculators for mobile phones and tablets

PAcalculate calculator iOS IconBrusi Acoustics, a consulting firm based in Valencia (Spain), has announced the availability of PAcalculate, a free multi-lingual multi-platform mobile app with calculators and other information and utilities for pro-audio and lighting professionals. PAcalculate can be installed on iOS (Apple), Android, Windows-Phone 8 and Blackberry devices from their respective app stores. The application uses responsive design developed to work on screens that range from a classic Blackberry to a large tablet. Both metric and English units are supported.

PA related calculators include SPL, SPL addition, ceiling speaker coverage, air absorption, time to distance (and vice versa), frequency to wavelength (and vice versa) with full and half lambda options for arrays, Q factor to bandwidth conversion, dBu-dBV-Volts and speaker cable losses (low and high impedance). For lighting, a DMX calculator as well and RGBW and CMY LED emulations are provided. Calculators provide comprehensive options as well as built-in help. Other calculators are not directly related to the industry, but will nonetheless be useful: Ohm’s / Joule’s Law, KVA, BPM to time and conversion of weighs and measures.

PAcalculate spaker cable loss calculation

PAcalculate spaker cable loss calculation

In addition to calculators, pin assignment information is provided for some of the most common audio and lighting connectors. Lastly, an inclinometer utility rounds up the feature set.

At the time of writing this, PAcalculate came with English, Spanish, Portuguese and Simplified Chinese language sets. The developers are seeking collaborative translations to other major languages; translators will be listed on the credits. They estimate the app, which can be used without an Internet connection, will be installable in 94% of smart phones.

“We tried to pack an extensive bunch of tools that could be useful for sound reinforcement professionals doing live or fixed install work, plus some lighting ones too. While there is no rocket science involved in the calculations, some can get cumbersome, specially in the field, and others can get very complicated very easily (such as calculating time delays taking into account the effect of temperature, which can be critical for delay synchronization). Others, like KVA calculations or unit conversions are not specific to our industry, but will nevertheless be useful to have under the same roof, without the need to exit the application. We’ll be listening carefully in the future and adding new tools and contents based on users’ feedback”, comments Senior Consultant José Brusi.

Links to the app for the different platforms as well as a full list of features can be found at http://www.brusi.com/downloads.shtml#PAC

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Belkin Introduces Meeting Room Power Center for Extended Mobile Device Battery Power

New Tabletop Power Solution Eliminates the Hassles of Losing Battery Power and Inconvenience of Floor Power Units

  

BICSI WINTER CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION – Orlando, FL. –  Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today announced its release of the new Belkin Meeting Room Power Center, which provides easy, tabletop access to surge-protected AC power outlets and USB charging ports. The new power solution eliminates the inconvenience of plugging into a floor power strip and the disruption of losing battery power during collaborative situations. Belkin will demonstrate the new power solution and other products designed for mobile and business use at the BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition 2014, February 2-6 in Orlando, Florida. 

Tweet this: @belkinbusiness introduces Meeting Room Power Center for #mobiledevices, eliminating hassles of losing #batterypower at @BICSI.

Today’s mobile professionals depend on mobile devices for instant access to information and resources. Such access is particularly important in meeting environments such as the conference room, where people come together to share ideas and make informed decisions – not an ideal place for battery power to run out.

The Belkin Meeting Room Power Center offers surge-protected electrical outlets and USB charging ports to keep business-critical devices powered up for as long as needed. Four surge outlets and eight USB charging ports supply simultaneous power to multiple computing devices and peripherals, from tablets and smartphones to laptops and projectors. 

Key Features and Benefits of the Belkin Meeting Room Power Center:

  • Convenient tabletop access to four AC power outlets and eight USB charging ports
  • Fast charging station for mobile devices (2.1A for USB ports)
  • Heavy base keeps the hub stable on the conference room table
  • 1080-Joule energy rating provides superior power protection for sensitive mobile devices
  • Four standard AC power outlets for conventional power cords
  • Eight USB fast-charging ports, compatible with all USB-powered devices
  • $25,000 connected equipment warranty

“Ongoing power supply for mobile devices remains one of the longstanding challenges for mobile professionals and anyone who expects to stay connected wherever they may be,” said Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International. “True to our philosophy of designing products that are engineered to address real challenges and make computing a better experience for users, the new Meeting Room Power Center does just that – it eliminates the hassles of running out of battery power and down time, and the inconvenience of connecting with floor power units. And with a $25,000 connected equipment warranty, users can be confident that Belkin stands by its products to deliver the best quality and longevity available.”

The Belkin Meeting Room Power Center (PN: B2E025-06-BLK) is available through the company’s network of authorized channel partners. 

Belkin will showcase the new Meeting Room Power Center and other Belkin products designed for mobile and business use at the BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition 2014, February 2-6 in Orlando, Florida in booth #606. To arrange a meeting, contact Denise Nelson at dnelson@theventanagroup.com or (925) 858-5198.

Belkin delivers products and customer-driven solutions to support the technology needs of business and mobile computing, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of business use. For more information visit: Belkin Business.

About Belkin Business

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

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Tags: battery power, smartphone battery, smartphone power, tablet battery, tablet power, connectivity, meeting room power, conference room power, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions

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Belkin Introduces Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad and Secure Wired Keyboard for Samsung Tablets

Technology Leader Will Showcase New Wired Keyboards Designed for Student-Friendly Use and Standardized Testing at TCEA 2014

TCEA 2014 –  AUSTIN, Texas – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, introduced today its new Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad, Lightning iPad and Samsung tablets, designed for classroom and standardized testing environments. Belkin will demonstrate the new wired keyboard and other products designed for education at TCEA 2014 February 3-7 in Austin, Texas, where teachers, campus and district leaders will gather to share best practices for creating engaging classrooms that facilitate active and inspired learning.

Tweet this: @belkinbusiness Introduces Secure #WiredKeyboard for #iPad and #Samsungtablet Use in the Classroom at #TCEA14

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

“Bluetooth wireless keyboards are not always permitted in school testing environments, and battery-powered or rechargeable keyboards can run out of power at unfortunate moments, with unfair consequences,” said Jon Roepke, director of product management, Belkin International. “The Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard addresses this concern with durable construction, a child-friendly configuration, and ‘no batteries required’ approach to ensure reliable use at any grade level in the classroom.”

The new keyboard features integrated multimedia controls that support advanced learning needs. A row of function keys offers convenient one-touch access to a variety of functions, including volume, play/pause, fast-forward and rewind, screen lock, screen capture, and more. Full-size arrow keys allow users to navigate easily through documents and websites.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Plug and play
  • Full-size keys
  • “Correct connect” diagnostic indicator to verify proper connection
  • Durable, lightweight design Multimedia function keys included
  • Well-spaced keys for comfortable typing
  • No additional software required
  • No batteries required
  • Made for classrooms

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

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. Belkin will showcase the new Secure Wired Keyboard and other Belkin products designed for education at TCEA 2014 in Austin, Texas, February 3-7, booth #415. To arrange a meeting, contact Denise Nelson at dnelson@theventanagroup.com or (925) 858-5198. 

About Belkin Business

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

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

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, iPad, Lightning iPad, Samsung tablet, TCEA 2014, #TCEA14, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions

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