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Encompass Digital Media Chooses DigitalGlue for Middleware Solution to Enhance Media Server

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — Nov. 18, 2014 — Encompass Digital Media (Encompass), a global provider of mission-critical media capture, management, and distribution services, has chosen DigitalGlue to provide a custom software solution for its deployment of the Harmonic Spectrum ChannelPort(TM) integrated channel playout system at Encompass’ Stamford, Connecticut, facility. ChannelPort speeds the cost-effective deployment of new SD and HD television channels by integrating branding and master control switching with clip playback. The DigitalGlue solution creates port profiles that reduce operational errors and increase reliability for broadcast clients.

“It’s critical for us, as a major service provider, to minimize risk and maximize the reliability of our service-level agreements with our clients. The new software layer for Spectrum is a perfect example of how DigitalGlue can assist in the continued improvement of our operations and our customers’ experience,” said Steve Saville, vice president of engineering, Encompass. “DigitalGlue was the ideal partner for this project due to its unique relationship with Harmonic and knowledge of the company’s products, as well as its established track record of creating intelligent, easy-to-use, and intuitive software.”

The new DigitalGlue solution provides a custom software layer between the Spectrum ChannelPort playout system and the Harmonic NMX(TM) digital service manager, which manages the Spectrum ports for Encompass. The software creates operator and port profiles to automate the process of limiting the number of users that have change-level access to the Service Manager. In this manner, the solution helps Encompass substantially reduce risk and errors that can affect the on-air product for its clients.

“The Encompass solution is only the latest example of our commitment to helping our clients improve operations and reduce downtime so that they can delight their own clients and improve revenues,” said Sean Busby, president and co-founder of DigitalGlue. “Our motto is ‘It Can Be Done,’ and we pride ourselves on tackling solutions that our competitors shy away from and on our ability to create intelligent, easy-to-use software solutions for better workflows and more reliable operations.”

More information about DigitalGlue and its services can be found at www.digitalglue.com.

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About Encompass Digital Media
Encompass, a leader in content services, owns and operates state-of-the-art broadcast facilities throughout the United States, Latin America, United Kingdom and Asia. The company’s mission-critical media services provide broadcasters, cable networks, corporations and government entities with customized solutions for the management and distribution of content. With global access to large satellite and fiber footprints, Encompass has 24/7/365 Teleport facilities and technical personnel in Atlanta; Buenos Aires; Burbank, Calif.; Lino Lakes and Minneapolis, Minn.; London; Los Angeles; New York; Singapore; and Stamford, Conn. Please visit www.encompass.tv.

About DigitalGlue
DigitalGlue is an industry-leading systems integrator for all things digital video — contribution, postproduction, distribution, broadcast, cable, and streaming. Decades of experience coupled with in-house, expert software development capabilities equip the company to turn any concept into reality. Long-standing relationships with top-of-the-line manufacturers dedicated to open standards and a team of highly skilled engineers enable DigitalGlue to create custom solutions with today’s technology with an eye on the future. More information is available at www.digitalglue.com.

Product and company names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Sonnet and Audinate Partner to Certify PCIe Sound Cards for Sonnet Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe Expansion Systems

Audinate’s Dante PCIe-R, Focusrite’s RedNet PCIe Card, and Yamaha’s Dante Accelerator PCIe-R Soundcard Now Work Seamlessly With Sonnet’s Echo Express, xMac mini Server, and xMac Pro Server Solutions

IRVINE, Calif. — Nov. 18, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today announced a collaboration with Audinate, inventor of the Dante(TM) family of digital media networking solutions, to certify compatibility of the Dante PCIe-R, a PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) sound card, with Sonnet’s full range of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe card expansion chassis. The Dante PCIe-R, also available as the Focusrite(R) RedNet(R) PCIe Card, and Yamaha’s Dante Accelerator PCIe-R Soundcard, is now seamlessly compatible with Sonnet’s full range of Echo(TM) Express products (excluding the Echo Express SEL due to size limits), as well as the Sonnet xMac(TM) mini Server and xMac Pro Server solutions.

“As cost-effective solutions for high-performance recording and audio processing workflows, Audinate’s Dante PCIe-R and Focusrite’s RedNet PCIe Card are very popular with our customers. As a result, they have been anxiously waiting for these cards to be certified as compatible with our Echo Express and xMac product lines,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “Now, customers can build highly versatile and cost-effective audio workstations that enable the cards to be connected directly to any Mac computer with a Thunderbolt port - including the new Mac mini and the new Mac Pro.”

The Sonnet Echo Express product line enables any Mac(R) computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with high-performance PCIe cards such as the Dante PCIe-R and Focusrite RedNet or the Yamaha Dante Accelerator PCIe-R Soundcard. The Echo Express family includes the Echo Express SE II two-slot desktop chassis and the Echo Express III-D (desktop) and III-R (rackmount) three-slot solutions. The xMac mini Server extends Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion to a Mac mini with a Thunderbolt port and provides a 1U rackmount enclosure for the computer. In similar fashion, the xMac Pro Server provides a 4U rackmount enclosure to securely mount a Mac Pro computer and connect three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2.

Dante PCIe-R and Focusrite RedNet sound cards are designed to meet the needs of the most demanding audio professionals by enabling a simple, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network over standard IP and Ethernet networks at Gigabit speeds. The cards provide 256 channels of uncompressed digital audio with near-zero latency and glitch-free redundancy.

“Our partnership with Sonnet is an important link in our strategy to make the Dante PCIe-R available to sound professionals in the complete range of on-location as well as studio workflows,” said Gary Southwell, Audinate’s vice president of product management. “With Sonnet’s Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems, our customers will be able to take advantage of Thunderbolt’s lightning-fast connectivity by connecting the high-performance Dante PCIe-R to any computer lacking expansion slots.”

“Certification of Sonnet’s wide array of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems with our RedNet PCIe Card means our customers now have more ways than ever to easily integrate RedNet Ethernet audio interfaces into their workflows,” said Ted White, Focusrite RedNet product specialist. “With Sonnet’s rackmount and desktop expansion solutions at users’ disposal, the lack of internal expansion card slots in a computer no longer matters. Users can use any modern computer with a Thunderbolt port instead.”

More information on Sonnet and its products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s Dante(TM) media networking technology has been adopted by the leading OEM manufacturers and has become the standard and dominant networking technology in the professional AV industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

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

About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe(R) card expansion systems, pro media readers, RAID storage systems, and storage, network, and other interface cards for pro users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with Thunderbolt technology-enabled computers. For nearly 30 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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NEG EARTH’s Lighting Crew Speaks of Life on the Road and Working With HARMAN’s Martin Professional

robbie_backstageTwo weeks into Robbie Williams’, Swings Both Ways Tour, some of the lighting crew members from NEG EARTH talked about their jobs, their lives and their experience of touring and working behind the scenes on a major production with HARMAN’s Martin Professional.

Lighting Electrician, Peter ‘Kiss’ Horne and Lighting Technicians, Davide Palumbi, Mike Maslen and Alessandro Schillaci gave some insight on the behind the scenes. Different circumstances got them to where they are today. Davide had done a bit of lighting in his native Italy, fell in love with a Brit and came over to the UK and applied to work for NEG EARTH. Kiss was originally supposed to study civil engineering, but got involved with the stage crew at his university. Alessandro, also an Italian, and Australian Mike both worked with local crews in their home countries and both aspired to eventually work for NEG EARTH, as NEG EARTH is known for working with the very best equipment.

To see people enjoying themselves and to have a show that runs without any problems is a nice bonus, but to the crew a good day is when nothing goes wrong and no one gets hurt. “That being said, NEG EARTH is one of the best companies in the business and we always do our best to ensure optimal safety and performance,” Schillaci added.

As opposed to a lighting designer, this crew’s primary concern is not the brightness, output or color-mixing of a fixture. They are more preoccupied with the physical characteristics of a fixture. “When I’m faced with a new fixture, initially I’m interested in two things,” said Kiss. “How much does it weigh and will I be able to lift it? I’ll grab the handles and if I’m able to pick it up easily, I like it.”

Another crucial point for the crew is the reliability of a fixture. When they have finished loading, they don’t want to be spending all afternoon fixing broken fixtures. “There’s very rarely any issues with the MAC Quantum,” explained Maslen. “When we do have to make repairs, they are easy to fix, easy to get to, easy to service and easy to replace. Basically, Martin fixtures and particularly the MAC Quantum Wash makes our lives simpler.”

Although the quality of light is not the crew’s priority, they are able to appreciate the MAC Quantum for it’s sublime lighting qualities. Compared to older LED fixtures, where the individual RGBs were visible, the front of the Quantum looks nice with its converged light source.

Also, when asked what lighting added to a performance, all were in agreement that lighting played a huge role in major productions such as the Robbie Williams tour. “Without lighting, it’s just a performance. Add lighting to the equation and then it becomes a show,” Kiss stated.

Life on the road is not for the faint-hearted. It can be tough to be away from family and loved ones for long periods of time. “To thrive in this job, it is very important to have good people around you; to feel part of a family,” said Schillaci. There isn’t much privacy with 12-16 people on a tour bus, and so it is imperative with mutual respect and an understanding of each other’s boundaries and that there’s room for individuality and personal quirks and traits.

There’s a real sense of team spirit among the crew and most of them go way back. The lighting crew and half the video crew have been working together since 2009 when they were on tour with Muse, then with Take That, then with Muse again and now with Robbie Williams. So when started it didn’t take long before everything was running like a well-oiled machine, before everyone had found their place and work routines were fully optimized.

When asked what the crew’s best piece of advice would be to people wanting to get into the industry, their answers were unanimous: get a degree first, so you have something to fall back on. As they explained it, chances are that touring life won’t suit a person forever. But then again, some people can’t stay away from it once they’ve had a taste. Some people even swear that they would jump at the chance to stop touring but at the end of the day, touring becomes a way of life. “I must say that none of us think of ourselves as stars – we’re just the crew behind the backdrop,” concluded Kiss.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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ATC Labs Integrates Digigram Sound Cards Into Attractively Priced High-Performance Audio Processors and IP Codecs

Digigram Cards Provide Robust Feature Set, Help to Ensure Excellent Sound Quality in Radio Broadcast and Streaming Applications

MONTBONNOT, France — Nov. 18, 2014 — Digigram today announced a new partnership through which audio technology company ATC Labs will integrate Digigram sound cards into the company’s Perceptual SoundMax(TM) line of audio processors and ALCO Blue(TM) IP codec, engineered for the radio broadcast and streaming market. The Digigram cards provide high-quality analog and digital interfaces that help ATC Labs ensure that its products offer the highest levels of quality and most robust feature set.

“The combination of quality and features offered by Digigram’s sound cards is exceptional, making the components an ideal fit for the high-end products that we offer,” said Dr. Deepen Sinha, CEO at ATC Labs. “The Digigram cards, when optimally combined with the company’s core expertise in audio processing and compression, enable us to supply emerging and expanding markets, such as the exploding radio broadcast market in India and the rapidly growing community and college broadcast market here in the United States, with robust yet affordable products that enable users to do more with less. In short, we can provide a level of audio quality and functionality that is difficult or impossible to find in the same, or even a much higher price range.”

ATC Labs will use Digigram sound interfaces across a broad line of audio processing and IP codec products and will also recommend Digigram products to its customers. The Digigram VX222e, UAX220v2, and VX222HR cards will be incorporated into the company’s Perceptual SoundMax audio processors, which provide unmatched signal processing functionality for broadcast or audio streaming, thus allowing users to move ahead of the competition in sound quality and implementation efficiency. The Digigram cards will also be built into ATC Labs’ ALCO Blue rackmount IP codecs and used in conjunction with its ALCO Professional line of integrated IP audio SoftCodec solutions designed specifically to meet the demands of the professional audio and broadcast industry. These products provide outstanding audio quality, low latency, and high connectivity through public and private networks, even through firewalls.

Among the benefits of working with integrated solutions from ATC Labs is the ability to perform concurrent on-air and Internet streaming. Whether from one of the thousands of new stations emerging in India or a community or college radio broadcaster in the United States, users can very easily and cost-effectively reach audiences on multiple platforms while ensuring excellent aural quality.

“ATC Labs offers a compelling array of highly competitive products, and we are pleased to be working with the company as it makes high-performance audio solutions available to a much broader marketplace,” said Christelle Nay, EMEA and Americas sales manager at Digigram.

Further information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

Further information about ATC Labs and the company’s products is available at www.atc-labs.com or via email at support@atc-labs.com.

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production, and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

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PESA Showcases Streaming Solutions, JITC-Certified Distribution Gear at GV Expo

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, will showcase its PESA Xstream family of streaming appliances, PESA Live app for iOS and Android smart devices, U.S. Department of Defense approved Video Distribution System (VDS) components, Cheetah 4K routers and field upgrade kits, and live production programmable remote control panels at Government Video Expo, which runs Dec. 3-4, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Booth 429).

For the first time at GV Expo, PESA will show its new PESA Xstream C22 compact streaming system, which can be part of a larger hybrid broadcast system or standalone streaming appliance. An ideal solution for government, security, CCW- product group photoeducational, medical, and broadcast applications, the C22 allows CCW- product group photoAV professionals to compress, stream, and share high-quality content between locations, as well as enable streaming in existing video distribution. It can be configured as a two-port video encoder or two-port decoder, or can include one of each. Two units can be paired to allow bi-directional live interaction between sites.

The C22 offers a variety of video inputs, its built-in genlock allows video signals to be locked to an external source for glitch-free video switching, and two external audio sources can be synchronized to either or both video streams. An HDMI out allows for local preview, while an integrated Web server provides full remote control, so no personnel are required on site for streaming content to another facility.

Working in conjunction with the PESA Xstream C58 streaming appliance, PESA Live delivers a high-quality, multi-channel video stream with synchronized audio that users can customize during conferences or other live events. With its intuitive interface, the chat-enabled app also allows real-time social media interaction via Twitter without missing any of the audio or video presentation. Content producers can add logos and other branding, as well as advertising, for targeted messaging. Content distribution options include local Wi-Fi or publishing to a content distribution network (CDN).

Earlier this year, the DoD approved upgrades to PESA’s VDS, including several products in its Cheetah large-scale digital router product line. In 2013, PESA was the first company to achieve listing as a VDS on the Department of Defense Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL), which is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The upgraded products received Interoperability Certification (IOC) and Information Assurance (IA) accreditation from DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), which is responsible for certifying joint and combined interoperability of all DoD information technology and national security systems.

The most significant upgrade is PESA’s series of Vidblox 2K DVI dual link extenders, which transport video resolutions up to 2560×1600@60Hz over coax and/or fiber. “Vidblox 2K provides an inexpensive multi-path solution for distributing ultra high-resolution graphics over long distances,” explained Col. John T. Wright (U.S. Army, Retired), PESA senior vice president, sales and business development. “Our Cheetah routers are already used by the U.S. military, NASA, and other federal agencies. JITC certification is very important because it ensures that DoD officials can rely on our products to deliver high-quality imagery for C4ISR between distinct video chains.”

New PESA Cheetah routers are now available in multiple configurations to manage the expanded bandwidth requirements of 4K signals. Both UHDTV (3840×2160) and DCI (4096×2160) are supported, and the router can mix and match between 4K CWDM and traditional copper or fiber I/O in the frame. For current 3G-SDI Cheetah routers, retrofit kits provide a simple plug-and-play upgrade solution. Any size Cheetah 3G-SDI routing switcher can be retrofitted with the new Cheetah 4K I/O card system by replacing any existing 16-channel I/O card set and reconfiguring the software to accept the new 4K cards. Once configured for 4K, the router can run both 4K and 3G-SDI signals in parallel.

PESA will also showcase its two advanced remote control panels for live production. The Smart32 features 32 dynamically reprogrammable LCD buttons arranged in a 2×16 configuration, while the Touch72 LCD features 72 programmable LCD push button switches, along with a color touch-screen display. Buttons can be customized by color with text and icon graphics through Cattrax, PESA’s management control software, and any switch can be configured as a source, destination, level, salvo, or control.

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About PESA
As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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Red TX Standardises HARMAN Studer Consoles in OB Vans for 96kHz Format

Studer_RedTXLONDON, United Kingdom – A little over three years after commissioning its second mobile recording unit, with 3D and 7.1 surround sound, premier location recording company, Red TX has upgraded its original Red 1 OB to give it 96kHz capability. Both Red I and Red II are equipped with HARMAN Studer Vista 8 consoles, with 96 mic amp capacity as standard; but by streamlining their original recording truck, with a new Studer SCore Live engine and faster computer, the Beaconsfield-based facility is able to maintain its high profile live event, film and television recording facilities at the cutting edge.

Chief engineer, Ollie Nesham says the move was largely driven by customer demand and that both vehicles — while slightly different in wheelbase — are similarly configured and are now virtually interchangeable. “We were getting more call for projects in 96K,” he admits. “Every few years there is a call for a greater number of inputs. Ten years ago we could get everything, including audience mics, into 56 tracks; today there can be 100 mic amps and considerations such as 5.1 stems, Studer VistaMix etc, — and the desk couldn’t handle it, so we decided to act.”

He contacted Studer Technical Sales Manager, Europe, Simon Roome. “Although we are largely self-sufficient Studer are brilliant at support — they upgraded the computer in the desk and provided a new Core.”

Other than the overdub area (fitted on Red II) the two trucks are now operationally identical. “To have this flexibility and be able to build up 96K configs for both trucks is important to reflect changes in the industry.

“At festivals we are taking MADI and analogue of over 100 inputs in some cases, along with audience mics and comms; so having six MADI cards in each truck allows us to have three stage boxes on each truck, and record 192 tracks.”

With all microphone inputs now 24bit/96kHz with full DSP on every channel Red TX has already carried out a number of projects since the fit-out of its original vehicle, including Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Red Bull Culture Clash and MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow.

For more information on Red TX, please visit www.red-tx.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Planar Systems and BrightSign Team to Create World’s Tallest Planar Mosaic Video Wall

Four-story Architectural Video Wall Greets Guests at High-end Miami Hotel

Planar Systems Mosaic-Video-Wall-6PORTLAND, Ore. & LOS GATOS, Cal., November 20, 2014 – Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR), a global leader in display and digital signage technology, and BrightSign, LLC®, the global market leader in digital signage media players, today announced their recent collaboration to create the world’s tallest Planar® Mosaic™ Architectural Video Wall. The installation was unveiled in early November at a high-end Miami-area hotel as part of its grand opening festivities. This new hotel is situated in Surfside, Florida, nestled between Miami Beach and Bal Harbour.

To create stunning visual impact for guests as they arrive, Florida-based CMA was commissioned to install a towering four-story video wall in the reception area. CMA surveyed vendors across the entire digital signage spectrum and ultimately decided to feature BrightSign digital signage media players and Planar Systems displays.

“With a high-profile installation like this, it’s important that the deployment be artistically breathtaking with perfect synchronization and 24/7 reliability – that’s why we chose BrightSign and Planar,” said Cesar Cifuentes, founder and president of CMA. “The beautiful Planar Mosaic displays work seamlessly with BrightSign’s players to create a finished product that perfectly complements the look of the hotel.”

Adding to the allure, the hotel’s glass walls make the video wall visible from the street as well as the lobby. This impressive video wall brings landmark status to the hotel, helping it stand out among its peers in this stylish stretch of Florida coastline.

The Planar Mosaic architectural video wall solution allows the ultra-thin LCD display tiles to be mounted in any position relative to one another. This makes possible the towering video wall in which the twenty 55” displays are placed at a 90-degree angle to one another, creating a beautiful herringbone pattern. The displays’ unencumbered positioning flexibility, off-board power supplies and sophisticated imaging software enabled CMA to design and install the video wall in such a way that simply would not have been possible using displays from any other manufacturer.

“Our vision for architectural video walls is well demonstrated in this impressive hospitality installation,” said Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing at Planar Systems. “By consulting with the client in the first stages of the design process, CMA’s installation has become a focal point visible from the street, and is destined to be an iconic, instantly-recognizable fixture in the model Miami architectural landscape.”

Planar Mosaic video walls coupled with BrightSign’s media players give designers endless possibilities for creative expression. The installation is a stunning example of what is achievable when a cutting-edge integrator teams with a digital signage market leader.

Learn about Planar Mosaic architectural video wall solutions at www.planar.com/mosaic. And visit www.brightsign.biz for information about the company’s complete portfolio of digital signage media players.

About Planar

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providingpremier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance.  Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com .

About BrightSign

BrightSign, LLC is the global market leader in digital signage players, as named by IHS in its most recent 2013 Global Market for Digital Signage study which reported market share of all media players, STBs and PC-based signage solutions combined. Based in Los Gatos, California, the company develops products, software and networking solutions for digital signage. BrightSign solid-state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease-of use-and interactivity. For general company and product information, visit www.brightsign.biz. For US sales inquiries, please contact sales@brightsign.biz or call +1-408-852-9263. For European sales inquiries, please email Pierre Gillet: pgillet@brightsign.biz or call +44-1223-911842. Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and http://www.facebook.com/BrightSignLLC.

About CMA

CMA is a leading digital signage integrator, providing software, hardware and content development, as well as installation services across the United States and Canada. CMA solutions include video walls, digital menu boards, digital wayfinding, interactive touch applications, automation systems and more offerings across several verticals. Established in 1997, CMA is headquartered in Miami, Florida. For general company information and sales inquiries, please visit http://cmadigital.com.

 

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Matrox Maevex Streams Full HD Camera Footage from Hong Kong International Airport to Off-Site Aviation Gallery

Maevex H.264 encoders and decoders selected to distribute high-quality, low-bandwidth video over the existing network infrastructure—simplifying integration and reducing project costs

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) has successfully installed Matrox Maevex™ H.264 encoders and decoders to stream live, low-bandwidth, 1080p60 ATC tower camera footage to its HKCAD Education Path aviation gallery 2 km (1.2 mi) away. Selected for its ability to distribute high-quality video at low, user-definable bit rates (100 Kbps to 25 Mbps), the Maevex AV-over-IP platform lets HKCAD present a dynamic air traffic control exhibit to the gallery’s visitors.

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After evaluating several third-party AV-over-IP options, HKCAD brought in local IT solutions provider Amara International Ltd. Amara recommended the cost-effective Maevex encoder/decoder system. Amara demonstrated how the bundled Matrox PowerStream™ software can be used to easily customize the bit-rate limit to the existing infrastructure’s available 8Mbps. As a result, HKCAD was able to stream smooth and uninterrupted traffic footage from a 1080p60 HD camera in Hong Kong International Airport’s ATC tower to the off-site Epson® HD projector, giving gallery visitors a highly engaging air traffic controller experience.

“Pristine image quality, low-bandwidth consumption, high stability…these are the qualities that make Matrox Maevex a unique AV-over-IP solution,” said Miss Michelle Siu, Project Officer at the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. “Matrox Maevex was instrumental in helping us stream video over our existing IP network and we are very satisfied with the equipment’s performance so far.”

To read the complete story and view pictures, visit Matrox Maevex Streams Live Airport Traffic Footage to Off-Site Aviation Gallery.

See Matrox Maevex demonstrated live at ISE 2015 (Amsterdam RAI, NL, February 10-12, stand #11-F68).

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.

All India Radio Takes New NETIA Radio-Assist Software Live at New Delhi Headquarters and 48 Stations Across India

CLARET, France — Nov. 18, 2014 — NETIA today announced that All India Radio (AIR), the national radio broadcaster of India and a division of Prasar Bharati group, has taken its new Radio-Assist(TM) digital audio software suite live on more than 1,300 workstations to support its national broadcast facility and 48 local stations. Through this installation, coordinated by Delhi-based systems integrator Progressive Infotech, NETIA software has effectively been deployed in every major city across India, enabling AIR to tailor and deliver informative, educational, and entertaining programming to listeners throughout the country.

“The work performed by Progressive Infotech and NETIA ensured that the Radio-Assist deployment met the demanding requirements of geographically distributed operations, as well as the challenges of providing content that engages AIR listeners across a large and diverse audience,” said Gulshan Kharbanda, chief technology officer at Progressive Infotech. “We believe this project represented a significant improvement in AIR’s production and broadcast capabilities, and we are confident that they can build on these capabilities to enrich the on-air product for their many listeners.”

AIR, the sister service to national television broadcaster Doordarshan, is one of the world’s largest radio networks with respect to the number of broadcast languages it offers and the socio-economic and cultural diversity of its audience. The broadcaster’s home service comprises 277 stations located across the country, reaching nearly 92 percent of the country’s area and 99 percent of the total population. At AIR headquarters in New Delhi, the NETIA Radio-Assist deployment streamlines the broadcaster production and customization of services to address the language and culture of each listening area.

Radio-Assist covers each part of the production and broadcast workflow, allowing users across AIR stations to record, edit, or prepare a playlist. In addition to browse and publishing tools for full multimedia functionality, the software features tools for acquisition, archiving, audio editing, commercial and music production, newsroom systems, scheduling, broadcasting, and administration. Thanks to its Unicode compatibility, the NETIA software makes it easier for AIR to broadcast its programming in over 20 different languages and numerous dialects.

NETIA worked closely with Progressive Infotech throughout the project, providing training and support, as well as on-the-ground assistance at critical sites in Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata.

“The size of this Radio-Assist implementation is truly remarkable, and it demonstrates the extent to which NETIA software can scale in supporting highly efficient radio production and broadcasting, despite the challenges of multilingual broadcasting across a massive geographic area,” said Benjamin Schvent, head of Asia-Pacific operations at NETIA. “The system running live now at AIR is an excellent model of the modern large-scale radio broadcasting operation.”

More information about NETIA and its product portfolio is available at www.netia.com.

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About NETIA
NETIA, a Globecast company and part of Orange, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of audiovisual content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 15,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides radio automation, media asset, and workflow management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include The Associated Press, ABC News Radio Network, WestwoodOne, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM in Malaysia, SBS and ABC in Australia, MediaCorp Singapore, RAI Italy, RTL France, Radio France, RTBF in Belgium, and France Televisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, Moscow, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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Photo Caption: NETIA Radio-Assist(TM) 8.2 Music Scheduling

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