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New Christie Brio Team Turns Meeting Space into Collaboration Zones

With the introduction of Christie® Brio Team at InfoComm 2014, Christie continues to expand its Brio family of presentation and collaboration solutions. Designed for smaller meeting spaces in corporate, academic and government facilities, Christie Brio Team allows users to wirelessly connect up to five computers, smart phones and tablets to share information securely on a larger display while streaming audio through a meeting room’s sound system.

A meeting using Christie Brio Team presentation tool

Brio Team doesn’t require LAN access and the unit works effortlessly using software interfaces already integrated into standard PC, Mac or Android laptops, tablets and smartphone devices, with no additional software apps or external dongles.

“Brio Team makes it easy for individuals in smaller meeting spaces to gather and share information using their own devices,” said Christian Merrill, product manager at Christie. “With the addition of Brio Team to the Christie Brio line of solutions, we now have affordable collaboration technology for small internal teams to engage and share knowledge in corporate, academic and research facilities.”

Benefits of Christie Brio Team:

-Simultaneous connection for up to five computers, smart phones or tablets

-Accessible from most Wi-Fi enabled devices with no need to connect to wires or dongles

-Integrated Wi-Fi, Airplay and WiDi (wireless display) for greater installation flexibility and easy connectivity

-Intuitive “Meeting Manager” is accessible from any browser or directly from the meeting space touchscreen display to controls source layouts, audio, and other Brio Team functions

-Annotate over live content or use the touchscreen as a whiteboard and save the results for future reference

-Multiple level password security to ensure content and control of the meeting are shared only with authorized individuals

-No specialized training or IT support required

Christie Brio Team ships in late 2014.

HARMAN’s BSS Audio Introduces Soundweb Contrio Control And Media Server: Provides Advanced Control Capabilities for Professional Audio Networking

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Raising the performance threshold of large-scale professional audio networking in stadiums, arenas and large fixed installations, HARMAN’s BSS Audio today debuted its Soundweb Contrio system control server at InfoComm 2014. Now, integration professionals have the ability to design network architectures that place advanced system control, system management and media server functionality at a central point of the network and, in doing so, build systems that are more efficient, more practical and better performing. At just 1U rack space, the Soundweb Contrio server is a headless system controller device fully configurable with HiQnet Audio Architect™ software as part of the HARMAN Architectural Media Systems solution. Backwards-compatible with BSS Audio’s Soundweb London family, the Soundweb Contrio server is the first product within the new Soundweb Contrio family that will ultimately provide enhanced processing capability and greater flexibility for a variety of applications.

Advanced system control

The Soundweb Contrio server enables comprehensive system control logic configuration, both with a similar ‘wiring’ design environment as exposed in Audio Architect for existing Soundweb London devices, and a new open scripted Lua environment. The overall system is made even more efficient by running a logic system separate from the audio devices, which frees up processing capability and reduces the amount of hardware required.

System-wide presets can be configured at the parameter level, enabling a very precise level of detail in the creation of system reset functionality.

An event scheduler enables comprehensive preset recall – whether at a system level, a device level or at a parameter level.

The Soundweb Contrio server also provides a single network clock to provide an accurate synchronization of all HiQnet devices on the network.

System management

The server includes a system self-healing functionality. By monitoring the Ethernet switch and ports to which all devices are connected, a day-to-day operator need only replace a device on the same switch port and the server will automatically remotely configure all the addressing and configuration of the new device to match the old. In this way, it is not necessary to launch a software application to add replacement devices to the system.

The Soundweb Contrio server monitors all HiQnet devices and logs all warning or error conditions. The event logs of individual devices are also aggregated to provide a centralized monitoring location for the full system.

The server can send email information regarding the logged events, the degree of severity configurable within Audio Architect.

Media server

The Soundweb Contrio server supports both HARMAN BLU link and Audinate Dante™ audio transports in order that it can fit appropriately with a variety of system configurations.

In addition to its ability to recall system-wide presets, the event scheduler enables message playback over the audio network.

As with the Soundweb London series of products, the Soundweb Contrio server is configured within HiQnet Audio Architect – HARMAN’s common control software application for all devices in a sound system, from microphone to speaker. To facilitate system setup, HiQnet Audio Architect is unique in its graphical representation of the installed sound venue as the system design environment.

The Soundweb Contrio server runs an embedded version of HiQnet Audio Architect and is therefore immediately capable of providing integrators and end-users comprehensive management of all system presets, backup, storage of specific venue setup modes, event aggregation and scheduling.

“The Soundweb Contrio server provides audio professionals, systems integrators and end users with the best of both worlds,” said Iain Gregory, Market Manager, BSS Audio. “It provides enterprise-grade architecture and performance functionality coupled with a simple, intuitive user ecosystem comprising headless devices and wall controllers. The Soundweb Contrio server is the critical first step in enabling systems designers and their customers with exactly the right tools when they each need them.”

“By leveraging the power of HARMAN Audio Architect, and the vast number of devices from microphone to loudspeaker it now controls, we are providing the strongest possible foundation for the Soundweb Contrio server and delivering the most comprehensive audio system management platform available to date,” stated Adam Holladay, Market Manager, System Development and Integration Group, HARMAN Professional.

The Soundweb Contrio server is the first of the next generation of backward-compatible BSS Audio products and is designed to work in conjunction with BSS Audio’s new series of Soundweb Contrio wall controllers. The controllers are available in white or black and provide visual feedback for end-users to easily manage and adjust audio operation in a specific environment.

The headless appliance is just 1U rack space high and features a 500GB solid-state drive.

The Soundweb Contrio server will be available in September 2014.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

WorldStage Returns to Annual Cisco Partner Summit with Six Screens and 9,322 Pixels

WorldStage marked its tenth year supporting the annual Cisco Partner Summit by providing its AV expertise and equipment to the general sessions of the 2014 conference in the Venetian Hotel ballroom in Las Vegas.

Hired by InVision Communications, WorldStage executed a very complex design for the summit, which was staged for Cisco’s channel network. The ballroom was dominated by a ribbon of six projection screens, all of them angled in a forced perspective set design. They boasted a 9322×1254 pixel map for speaker support, demos and entertainment by the Magnetic Poets, Android Jones, Mason Bates and the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra.

Two of the screens doubled as scrims so performers behind the screens could be lit and seen clearly by the audience. Three other screens were muslin, and the center screen utilized a zero-gain Da-Lite fabric.

WorldStage also furnished a compliment of Christie S+ 16K and HD 20K projectors, a 14-channel Pandora graphics/playback engine to feed three screens directly and a Vista Systems Spyder 3 Series image processor to feed the other three screens, including the widescreen. Projection mapping was performed within Pandora for a fluid and borderless screen look.

“Last year, the summit was in a very large convention space with 60-foot ceilings,” says WorldStage account executive Richard Bevan. “This year they were in a ballroom where the rigging points were more limited. Getting the right spot and making sure the projection cones were clear of the stage areas took a lot of coordination.” The rapid install was achieved in a remarkable 18 hours – load in, rigging, cabling, screen building.

WorldStage also provided a distributed audio system suitable for screens that reached almost to the ceiling, productions comms, and mics and monitors for entertainment support. The audio team juggled over 90 audio sources while managing the wireless frequency coordination in a venue shared by four other meetings and numerous simultaneous breakouts.

“Like many projects these days, the set up time was aggressive but the entire team showed up well and outperformed expectations .” says WorldStage project manager James Sarro. “Our client, his client, the production staff and all involved were very happy with how the show went.”

At InVision Communications Rick Voigt was executive producer, John O’Brien main tent producer, Aaron Hiester producer for the Americas portion, Tony Castrignio designer and Danny Champ technical director.

Obscura Digital was the content creator for the multi screen images and videos.

At WorldStage Florian Mosleh was media consultant and Pandora programmer, Luke Frey and Charlotte Ibarra projectionists and Kenny Stanford freelance video director.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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DPA Microphones is Newest Member of the Jersey Boys Big-Screen Quartet

Company’s d:vote™ 4099 and d:screet™ 4061 played a key role in the audio quality for Clint Eastwood’s Film Adaptation of the Broadway production

LOS ANGELES, JUNE 17, 2014 – When production started on the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, set to hit the big screen this Friday, June 20, crew members knew they would need to capture all audio, music and vocals live without any pre-recordings. As instrument miking was not available during the 1950s to 1970s era of the film, the production team also needed to conceal the musicians’ mics on set. To address these unique challenges, they turned to DPA Microphones.

Tim Boot, production music mixer for Jersey Boys, relied primarily on DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:screet™ 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones to capture the live instruments on set. Easy to conceal during filming, these mics provided a very natural sound quality and proved to be the perfect complement to the era of the film. Further keeping with the film’s theme, the crew used vintage instruments, such as Fender guitars and Ludwig drums, to maintain a classic sound, while the mics allowed them to record discreetly.

“You always have to be prepared when you have live music on set,” says Boot. “DPA was my hero when it came to miking the drums. I couldn’t use prop mics, so I bought myself a kit of DPA d:vote 4099 and d:screet 4061 mics. Depending on the setup, we buried five to 12 microphones on the drum kit. You don’t see the mics on camera, but each element of the kit was individually miked, just as you would do in the studio.”

Boot achieved the studio-recording results by placing the d:screet 4061 under the cymbals and in other areas that were more challenging to conceal. He relied on the d:vote for the snare and kick drums. “When you’re looking to hide a microphone, you need a lot of options,” he continues. “The d:vote’s ability to handle the kick and snare drums is absolutely amazing. It has no distortion and is very natural. The type of sound we were looking for is not a produced rock sound; it’s a natural sound. We were trying to capture the sound of the instrument, not over-produce it. The d:vote achieves that.”

In one of the film’s biggest musical numbers, featuring Frankie Valli (played by John Lloyd Young) and The Four Seasons, the audio crew faced their biggest miking challenge. The performance employed a live guitar, bass, drums and a keyboard, accompanied by a big band of five saxophones, trumpets and trombones, an acrylic drum set, a grand piano and an upright bass, which were revealed behind the curtain on stage where the group was performing.

“The whole reveal was done live and everybody was miked,” continues Boot. “If you look at performances from the 1970s, there were only a few mics on stage and they were usually for the vocalists. It’s only been in the last 20 years or so that we’ve been able to mic everything individually. This production was such a stickler for accuracy that we couldn’t violate that.”

To achieve the big stage number, Boot placed a d:screet 4061 on the stand of every sax, trombone and reed instrument. The drum set, which for this scene had a transparent body, posed an even bigger challenge for masking the mics, which again included a combination of d:votes and d:screets. The scene was recorded with a total of 47 inputs, each of which was concealed.

“We pushed the limits of hiding the mics,” explains Boot. “It just goes back to the d:vote and d:screet being such tiny mics with even tinier capsules and just being so amazingly musical sounding. You just don’t get that with other brands. No one else can do it. I’ve used DPA for years and I think the d:screet 4061 is especially the most musical lavalier microphone ever made. I think it’s the only lav mic I would ever feel comfortable putting on an instrument to get a musical sound. It was a no-brainer to put it on the musical instruments that required masked microphones.”

In addition to using the d:screets for the main band members during the big band number, Boot also relied on the mics to complement the flute for that scene. “We had a flautist playing live and, even though it looked liked it was miked through a vocal mic, we used the d:screet, which made it much more musical.”

In addition to Boot, production sound mixer Walt Martin and music playback mixer Mark Agostino played vital roles in the audio production of the film. “Between the three of us, we created this totally new way of doing music,” says Boot. “It was amazing to be on the set of Jersey Boys, because even great session players perform a little bit differently every time. Even though the guitarist may have been off camera at times, it felt as if he was right there. They were all in the space playing together, and that’s the way this music was recorded back in the 1950s, so it was really cool.”

Tim Boot has recorded and edited music for film for over 20 years. Additionally, he has recorded and mixed live music in some of the world’s greatest venues with world-renowned artists. He also operates a consulting firm at which he designs high-end audio and video systems for performing arts venues around the world.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, Jersey Boys is based on the true-life story of The Four Seasons, comprised of Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen), Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) and Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda). The group rose to fame in the 1960s, known for hit songs including “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” Young previously earned a Tony Award for his depiction of Valli on Broadway. Christopher Walken also stars in the film as Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo, a mobster and friend of Frank Sinatra, who played a big role in helping The Four Seasons achieve fame.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Christie 4K Cinema Projector Screens Opening Film at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival

The 17th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) kicked off on a high note with Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema projection, deploying its 4K digital cinema projector to screen the opening film of this prestigious event on June 14, 2014. Christie is also the exclusive digital projection partner for the SIFF for the sixth consecutive year.

The 17th SIFF, which takes place from June 14 –22, 2014, is China’s only non-specialized competitive international film festival accredited by the Paris-based Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF). The festival will open in style with the screening of the classic Chinese film Stage Sisters, which has been fully restored using 4K full-color technology. Directed by the late Chinese director Xie Jin and first released in 1964, the 50-year-old film is now widely regarded as Xie’s masterpiece. Stage Sisters is also the first full color feature film to be restored in 4K by the SIFF using the latest restoration technologies at Italy’s L’Immagine Ritrovata film restoration laboratory. The screening of this film at SIFF also marks its worldwide debut in full 4K glory.

The results of the 4K restoration are obvious when the film is played on the big screen using the Christie Solaria CP4230 DLP® Digital Cinema Projector. Not only can the audience enjoy significantly improved images, they can also appreciate finer details which were not visible previously. Simply put, the film looks absolutely stunning after the meticulous restoration process by L’Immagine Ritrovata.

Shanghai International Film Festival 2014

The Christie Solaria Series is the only 4K DLP solution able to provide the world’s most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie’s extensive cinema experience, the Christie Solaria Series is ready for the next evolution of digital cinema; capable of displaying premium 4K content or 2D/3D 2K High Frame Rate (HFR) feature films and alternative content in its original format.

In conjunction with this spectacular opening, Christie officially launched the world’s first commercial laser projection system at the Shanghai Film Art Center on June 13. On this occasion, Christie demonstrated the advantage of laser projection vis-à-vis conventional projection systems, and conducted a special screening of the Hollywood film, Godzilla. SIFF’s designated cinemas such as Shanghai Cineplex and Da Guang Ming Cineplex also featured the festival’s movie line-up using Christie’s Solaria series of 2K and 4K digital cinema projectors.

A stellar lineup of international movie celebrities is expected to attend this year’s SIFF red carpet ceremonies. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Hayden Christensen, Rain, Song Seung Heon and Park Shin Hye will grace the red carpet at the opening ceremony on June 14, while the closing ceremony red carpet will be equally as star-studded with Natalie Portman and Son Tae-Yeong, among others, on parade.

“The organizers of this year’s SIFF have chosen Stage Sisters as its opening film to reflect the cultural, historical and technological elements of this truly international film event,” said Ming Zhang, marketing director, Shanghai International Film Festival Limited. “The screening of restored film masterpieces demonstrates the pioneering effort by the SIFF to support and breathe new life to classic Chinese films which are part of our enduring film history.”

“This opening of this year’s SIFF coincides with the annual Cultural Heritage Day and we hope that through the screening of Stage Sisters as the opening film, it will create awareness of the need to protect our film and cultural heritage. We are glad to have Christie as our exclusive digital projection partner once again to continue the creative process for the past six years. And we certainly look forward to more fruitful years of collaboration with digital cinema projection leaders such as Christie.”

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, said, “As the hub of Chinese film art, Shanghai is the place where many dreams become reality on the screen. As the barometer of China’s movie industry, the SIFF gathers the best film professionals around the world for this annual event. Christie, as a world leader in digital cinema projectors, is honored to be associated with the festival. We’re very happy and honored that the Christie Solaria CP4230 digital cinema projector is deployed to screen the fully restored version of the late Chinese director Xie Jin’s masterpiece Stage Sisters in its 4K glory.”

D-TOOLS TO DEMONSTRATE WORKFLOW-ENHANCING MOBILE QUOTE APP AT INFOCOMM 2014

Now available, companion app to SIX 2013 enables systems integrators to remotely generate bids and later import them into D-Tools SIX 2013 for full project design and management

CONCORD, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 17, 2014 — InfoComm 2014 Booth #C8318— D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced that the Company will demonstrate its new iOS-based iPad® companion app for its flagship product, SIX 2013 at the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas (D-Tools booth #C8318). This new release adds mobile quoting capabilities that enable Commercial electronic system integrators to generate quotes natively on an iPad and then import the quotes 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 ever-expanding commercial 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 InfoComm 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 is now available for download and will be demonstrated during the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in D-Tools’ booth #C8318. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com or Email info@d-tools.com for more information.

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 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, by calling (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mailing info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

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

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

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

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional at ULTRA Music Festival: Creating a Show in an Urban Core (Part 2/3)

MIAMI, Florida — At this year’s ULTRA Music Festival, HARMAN’s Martin Professional lit the night with an array of lighting fixtures, including the RUSH 5×5 Strobe, RUSH MH2, RUSH PAR1, MAC III Profile, MAC Viper, MAC 101, MAC Aura, M-1 Control and M2go Console.

In preparing for a massive scale production such as ULTRA Music Festival, an epic battle takes place between the passion and dedication of the team and the challenges posed by the environment and the conditions under which the ULTRA Music Festival engine operates.

For the Miami shows, the location in downtown Miami represents one major challenge, as the festival grounds and the stage are shoehorned in between a busy street and a retaining wall. Lighting fixtures and all other technical elements of the festival and stage design are also being put to the test in this extreme environment, where excessive heat, high levels of humidity and endless amounts of dirt compete to compromise the performance of the fixtures.

Seemingly at the mercy of the environment, the performance of the fixtures ultimately depend on the skillfulness of the guys behind the scenes at ULTRA Music Festival headed by Stephen Lieberman – one of the world’s most innovative Lighting Designers. Creative forces come into play, as the hard work of these guys determines the success or failure of the shows. They face any obstacle with equal measures of skill, passion and dedication.

Being pushed to the limit motivates the team to each year strive for bigger, better, crazier. This is how the ULTRA Music Festival team continues to set the standard for innovation in stage design and why the industry looks to ULTRA Music Festival for inspiration and new ideas.

One of the things that help keep the team focused is the awareness of whom they’re doing it for. The ULTRA Music Festival crowd comprises all subcultures of electronic dance music (EDM) brought together for the ultimate celebration of the genre.

In this second video from behind the scenes at ULTRA Music Festival, we let you in on what it really takes to fire up the ULTRA Music Festival Engine and how much you gotta love your job to stay in the game.

Watch part 2: Creating a Show in an Urban Core: http://youtu.be/68qW7wkMPkA

If you missed part 1, you can watch it here: http://youtu.be/mxtRd52Oi28

Also, don’t forget to keep an eye out for part 3 of the ULTRA Music Festival Series, where you will get a chance to see how ULTRA Music Festival sets the standard for the ultimate festival experience.

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 a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Crimson AV Showcasing New DSA Series Spring-Loaded Monitor Arms During InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18-20

Heavy-duty single and dual-arm monitor arms feature locking tilt and rotation and provide numerous innovative monitor mounting solutions for restaurants, bars, healthcare facilities and other high-use, heavy use areas

GLENVIEW, IL and LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 17, 2014 (InfoComm – Booth #C5430) – Crimson AV, LLC today announced that the Company will showcase its DSA Series Spring-loaded Monitor Stands alongside several new audio video mounting solutions engineered specifically for challenging commercial applications. Expanding on the Company’s mission to deliver professional-grade solutions that are simple to specify, order, install and properly align, Crimson will showcase at InfoComm 2014 a host of new mounting solutions designed for hospitality, entertainment, retail, education, healthcare facilities, houses of worship, venues, and more. Crimson AV has a unique value proposition and fills a much-needed niche. The Company not only provides a comprehensive TV and projector mount lineup of off-the-shelf solutions, it also specializes in custom-configured solutions designed to specification and suitable for virtually every type of audio-visual installation.

New DSA Spring-loaded monitor arms
The new DSA Series articulating monitor arms are a sleek and stylish solution that deliver perfect landscape- or portrait-oriented monitor positioning while freeing up valuable workspace. These elegant yet heavy-duty spring-loaded, full motion mounts accommodate monitors and associated accessories weighing up to 30 lb. Once set in the chosen position, tilt and rotation mechanisms can be locked in place—a feature unique to Crimson and especially useful for high-use environments such as POS, restaurants, bars, warehouses and healthcare facilities. Connected monitors will remain in the selected position until physically unlocked and moved to a new position. DSA accommodate a total weight of up to 30lbs, feature ultra smooth tilt and screen leveling features for easy viewing, and are VESA compatible up to 100x100mm.

Four distinctly different models will be shown:

DSA11 is a single monitor, single link mount for monitors sized from 10-32”.

DSA12 is a single monitor, dual link mount for monitors sized from 10-32”.

DSA21 is a dual monitor, single link mount for monitors sized from 10-32”.

DSA22 is a dual monitor, dual link mount for monitors sized from 10-32”.

 

All models in the DSA Series feature heavy-duty spring mechanisms to accommodate a wide range of monitors and attached accessories. Highly versatile in their use and application, DSA Series arms are available with a variety of attachment points for easy integration, including Edge clip, Flat base, Through-hole, and Vertical pipe-mounted adapter styles.

Crimson’s industry-leading 10-year warranty and 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee ensures that integrators and systems designers are provided much-needed peace of mind that they have chosen the right mounts for the job, and allows them to focus on the more technical aspects of the installation.

“The Crimson AV mount line exists to solve a wide variety of installation challenges and is designed to deliver a superior result for any type of installation,” says Crimson President, Vlad Gleyzer. “Our new DSA Spring Loaded Articulating Monitor Stands are no exception. They provide an elegant yet fully functional solution that can be used in a wide variety of commercial environments. Integrators should have at least one DSA available either in the office or on every truck to fulfill upsell opportunities that can easily occur any time they’re onsite with a customer.”

Every product in Crimson’s comprehensive assortment is manufactured to rigorous standards, designed for maximum install efficiency, and sold for a fraction of the price of competitive solutions, making the line making the lineup a “must see” at trade shows and regional events. Interested parties are invited to connect with Crimson at booth #C5430 at InfoComm 2014, or by visiting www.crimsonav.com, calling 866-MOUNT-TV, or writing to info@crimsonav.com.

About Crimson
Based in Glenview, IL, Crimson AV manufactures a comprehensive yet uniquely differentiated lineup of display mounting solutions designed for Commercial, Pro, and Residential audio-visual applications. Combining enhanced product design techniques, extensive manufacturing expertise, and lean business practices, Crimson has developed a proprietary business model that delivers superior products for maximum value. Customers benefit from professional-grade products that are backed by unparalleled service and technical support. Uncompromising design and build quality requirements and an industry-leading 10-year warranty ensure each Crimson AV mount will be trouble-free for years to come. Interested parties can learn more about Crimson mounting solutions by visiting www.crimsonav.com, by calling 866-MOUNT-TV, by writing to info@crimsonav.com and by following @CrimsonAV on Twitter.

Media inquiries should be directed to: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, Katye@KMBComm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press and @katyemcgregor.

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DSA Series product images

 

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ihiji Introduces Powerful New Real-Time Remote Network Management Tools for Commercial Integrators at InfoComm 2014

ihiji ConnectNinja, Auto-Discovery, and Speed Test features make commercial market debut

AUSTIN, TX and LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 17, 2014ihiji, a global leader in remote network management for both commercial and residential technology integrators, will introduce its network management solution to the commercial market at the upcoming InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas, June 14-20, 2014 (ihiji booth #N567a). The Company’s powerful demonstration will include an overview of the award-winning ihiji invision network management solution, as well as the new ConnectNinja, Auto-Discovery, and Speed Test features. Together, these features help integrators remotely monitor, service, and maintain all aspects of a client’s network and connected devices more efficiently and securely.

ConnectNinja Feature
ConnectNinja makes the ihiji invision zero-maintenance cloud-based network management solution even more powerful by giving authorized users secure remote access for troubleshooting and configuring devices and networks. One of ConnectNinja’s key benefits is that it eliminates the need for unsecure port forwarding and VPNs for everyday remote access. In addition, ConnectNinja offers simple and secure remote access from directly within ihiji invision’s cloud-based web portal by tunneling connections into the client device through ihiji’s servers. This feature allows technicians to resolve complex issues easily, saving time and money by virtually eliminating the need for truck rolls and multiple site visits.

“ConnectNinja is a powerful feature for the commercial market, especially when you consider high maintenance applications like digital signage or the management of a large number of IP-based devices,” said ihiji Vice President of Technology and Co-founder, Mike Maniscalco. “We’ve done the hard work for commercial integrators by forming a secure connection to devices through our cloud servers. ConnectNinja significantly reduces both time and money spent on troubleshooting or deploying technicians, and with this enhancement, ihiji invision is an even more valuable asset for technology integrators focusing on efficient and proactive customer service.”

ihiji’s ConnectNinja joins other NetNinja features; PowerNinja, which remotely reboots IP-addressable power units; SwitchNinja, which remotely power cycles PoE ports; and StealthNinja, which provides direct soft-reboots of devices.
ConnectNinja is included as a part of the ihiji invision solution at no additional cost. Additionally, ihiji’s zero-maintenance cloud-based architecture means that the feature will be available with no additional patches or upgrades needed by the integrator.

Cloud-Based Remote IP Scan and Auto-Discovery Feature
ihiji invision is introducing one of its most requested features from the commercial market, a new cloud-based remote IP network Scan and Auto-Discovery feature. This new enhancement collects data about all of the IP devices on a given network and provides detailed reporting that includes IP address, manufacturer, mac address, and last-seen/first-seen instances. This powerful new feature can also convert devices that are already in use into ihiji-managed devices, further simplifying the configuration process for technicians and IT managers.

Internet Speed Test
ihiji’s cloud-based Internet Speed Test, an essential tool for testing network latency and Internet connection quality, enables integrators and network managers to check and confirm network functionality as well as relative upload/download speeds at each of their client sites. In addition to taking a snapshot of Internet quality, this test also logs and charts connection quality over time, providing clients and service providers with a long-range profile of Internet quality that includes latency, upload speed, download speed, and network jitter information. These reports let the integrator identify trends to fine-tune the system and improve performance, while also allowing them to demonstrate the improvement in system uptime and availability before and after monitoring was implemented. ihiji’s Online ISP Speed Test will benefit clients and service providers as a critical component of their Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

“Adding cloud-based network scanning and an Internet speed test is not only a natural evolution of the ihiji invision system, it is a necessity,” stated Maniscalco. “We continue to aggressively add more robust network management features that better serve the specialized needs of both commercial technology integrators and IT professionals.”

ihiji executives and technical staff will be on hand to demonstrate these features, as well as many other ihiji innovations during the InfoComm 2014 conference, in booth #N567a.

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. Subsequently, ihiji’s customers become more proactive and efficient, eliminating up to 50% of service calls while simultaneously increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solutions provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or follow ihiji on twitter @ihiji.

ihiji Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, Katye@kmbcomm.com

Accompanying images to use with publication
ihiji logo & network management dashboard with APP-500 network appliance shown

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Stewart Filmscreen’s ‘Stewart Large’ Category Boasts Seamless, Larger-than-Life Screens Up to 90 Feet Wide!

Stewart divides screen sizes into three categories, crystallizing its position as the only manufacturer that can build seamless screens at extra-large sizes

TORRANCE, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – InfoComm Booth #C6821 – JUNE 17, 2014 – Stewart Filmscreen—world leader in built-to-order, high-performance, extra-large, projection screens for the commercial and residential markets—is proud to announce the formalization of three screen-size categoriesStandard, Large, and Stewart Large. By solidifying these three size categories, Stewart is further entrenched as the only company that can produce seamless projection screens at extra-large sizes for any commercial venue, including Hospitality, House of Worship, Education, Entertainment, Restaurants, Corporate, Government, Military, and more.

“We’ve been making extra-large screens for decades. In fact, no other manufacturer can make seamless fixed projection screens at the sizes we do. That’s why we are calling our largest screens ‘Stewart Large’. We are excited to finally formalize our size offerings so that everyone knows exactly what we are capable of, and can easily select size categories based on their needs,” says Douglas Brashear, president of Stewart Filmscreen.

Stewart’s three new size categories are Standard, which includes screens that offer images up to 12 feet wide; Large, which includes screens that have an image width of up to 24 feet; and Stewart Large, which boasts screens up to 90 feet wide and 40 feet high.

When the venue calls for a jumbo, behemoth of a screen, and image quality is a top priority, only Stewart can deliver,” says Brashear. “We’ve been manufacturing screens for more than 65 years for some of the most high-profile venues and events in the world, which, frankly, we don’t brag enough about, but probably should.”

Stewart Filmscreen, known for its material science; custom, built-to-order screens; design and engineering; sales support, and customer service, is committed to client satisfaction. For Typical screen solutions website users will be able to immediately produce a design-ready drawing. For custom solutions, those submitting design requests will be contacted within 24 hours to review and refine the design proposal.

Some of Stewart Filmscreen’s high-profile large-format screen projects include the Academy Awards®, the View®, CNN®, National political conventions, Flight and mine safety simulators, and much more.

Those interested in experiencing, delivering, and learning more about the best 4K displays at InfoComm14 are encouraged to connect with Stewart Filmscreen in booth #C6821. More information can also be obtained by visiting www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mailing request@stewartfilmscreen.com, calling (800) 762-4999, and by following @StewartFilm.

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

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

 

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