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Symetrix Processing Simplifies Audio at New Willow Creek Care Center

BARRINGTON, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 2014: The Willow Creek Care Center in South Barrington, Illinois is a direct charitable extension of Willow Creek Community Church – the third largest church in the country. What started as an off-site food pantry grew over the years to include other services as well, and the church recently funded construction for a new $10 million building on its main campus. The new building houses a grocery store, a clothing store, dental & eye care, a car repair shop, culinary training, legal & employment consultation facilities, and facilities to teach English as a second language, as well as other classes. A Symetrix Zone Mix 761 fixed architecture processor, with twelve inputs, six outputs, powerful application-specific DSP resources, and flexible user control options, forms the heart of the new building’s music playback and paging system.

Willow Creek Audio Systems Engineer Matthew Wentz designed the new building’s sound system with consultation from A/V equipment provider TC Furlong (Lake Forest, Illinois). “The folks in charge of the care center wanted to be able to play music from CD, iPod, or a music server and to distribute it to the lobby, the grocery store, the clothing store, the dental/eye care center, and the corridor that links the care center to the main church building,” said Wentz. “In addition, they wanted the ability to send pages to all of those locations with automatic music ducking. Because there are predictable times when the center is officially closed but when volunteers are still stocking shelves, they wanted to schedule volume changes that would accommodate those different uses. Finally, they wanted the ability to control the volume in each zone.”

He continued, “I chose the Symetrix Zone Mix 761 because it has all of the features that they were looking for, plus the availability of Symetrix ARC-K1e wall-mounted volume controls that would allow for an easy installation in each location using just a single CAT6 run. Going beyond that, Symetrix’ implementation of the free ARC-WEB interface for use on smartphones was tremendous because I could program certain parameters that they could adjust without having to go to each individual volume control. It also allowed me to create admin-only controls so that I could be in a different part of the building and still control volume, muting, and routing.”

The Zone Mix 761’s well-implemented paging features also proved to be an important part of the overall design. “The paging functionality did exactly what it was supposed to do without a lot of setup and programming,” Wentz said. A Shure paging microphone connects to one of the Zone Mix 761’s line inputs and is programmed to send to all six zones, duck the music appropriately, and bring the music back in smoothly when the page is complete. “Importantly, the page goes out at an appropriate volume no matter what volume each zone is using for music playback,” he said.

The system has been up for six months without a glitch, and the daily users of the system love its simplicity and reliability. The Willow Creek Care Center’s website is www.willowcreekcarecenter.org.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

ASHLY’S PEMA PROCESSOR MATCHES THE UPSCALE AESTHETIC AT SUITSUPPLY STORES WORLDWIDE

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 2014: Based in the Netherlands, Suitsupply is a high-end men’s fashion brand with stores throughout the world, including six locations in the United States and five more that are currently under construction. It would be difficult to overstate the brand’s command of cutting-edge fashion, and everything it touches – from its garments, to its fashion photography, to the aesthetic of its stores – speaks to that command. Nothing is off-message. To ensure that the sonic environment that clients experience when they enter a Suitsupply store also supports the brand, the company hired Tau Audio Solutions of Groningen, Netherlands to design professional music playback systems that would be reliable, high performance, and easy to use. Tau Audio Solutions in turn specified the Ashly Pema (Protea-Equipped Media Amplifier) for use in every new store, delivering sophisticated processing, high-fidelity amplification, and reliable remote-control operation in just two rack spaces. Most of the time, the home office controls Suitsupply music systems around the world from its home office in Amsterdam!

“Originally, Suitsupply worked with standard consumer-grade hi-fi equipment,” explained Ron Vossen, managing director at Tau Audio Solutions. “But they quickly realized they had a higher standard, and they contacted us to give them professional sound that is truly high-fidelity, IP addressable, and foolproof.” Tau Audio Solutions designs the sound reinforcement for each new store and hires a local integrator to install and commission it. “We always find local companies that are familiar with Ashly Audio,” he said.

Unlike most other retailers, each Suitsupply location has its own unique aesthetic, which requires a fresh sound system design from Tau. “Very different ceiling heights are often an issue, as are the demands of the interior designers,” said Vossen. “They are in the fashion business and so is their approach to technical issues. A big part of our job is understanding and translating their questions into solutions.” Inputs to a typical Suitsupply sound system include a Sonos music playback system, a microphone, or an external music source. An Ashly Pema 4250.70 combination 8-in x 8-out Protea™ DSP Matrix Processor and 4-channel 250-Watt amplifier does most of the work, and its four separate outputs allow different processing and volumes in, for example, the fitting rooms or the entrance. SoundTube loudspeakers and subwoofers (“they like a sophisticated punch,” said Vossen) serve as the endpoints of each system.

“The Ashly Pema is a great choice for Suitsupply because it contains high-quality, flexible processing and amplification in just two-rack spaces at a competitive price,” said Vossen. “Almost all of the system control happens from Amsterdam – each store has only limited volume control. It seems to work out well. We give them the settings that we think are best, and they deliver those settings to the Ashy Pemas all around the world via IP addresses.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO
Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

DETROIT AUTO SHOWS BENEFIT FROM DANLEY SOUND LABS SPEAKERS AT THE NEW GRAND RIVERVIEW BALLROOM AT COBO CENTER

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 2014: The roots of the North American International Auto Show, which is held annually in Detroit, Michigan, go back to 1907 when it was strictly a regional venue for America’s nascent auto manufacturers to parade their latest inventions. Flash forward over a century and the event has become one of the largest auto shows in the world, attracting press and enthusiasts from around the globe to the North American auto-making capital, and bringing an approximate $500 million annual boost to the local economy. As attendance numbers continue to grow, Cobo Center, which hosts the event, recently renovated the underused 12,000-seat Cobo Arena to convert it into a ballroom better suited to the show. Danley Sound Labs SM-60F full-range loudspeakers, supported by Danley TH-115 subwoofers, fire down from the new ballroom’s fifty-foot ceilings to support high-energy auto show productions, along with other events that the new space, renamed Grand Riverview Ballroom at Cobo Center, will host throughout the year.

“The old Cobo Arena was not used very often,” explained Tim Hamilton, A/V designer with Acoustics By Design (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and the lead A/V consultant on the Cobo project. “They gutted it completely, down to the structure, and put in a new floor. The upper half is the new Grand Riverview Ballroom, and it is aesthetically gorgeous, a far cry from the rough arena that went so underused. The Grand Riverview Ballroom is a premium spot, and I suspect that all of the manufacturers will be clambering to rent it, rather than being stuck on the concrete floors of the main exhibit hall. I gave the system enough oomph so that they could easily cover any event short of a full-blown concert.”

The inputs to the system include a collection of AKG wireless microphones together with numerous floor boxes and wall panels. All of the inputs feed a Biamp AudiaFlex signal processing system. Touch panels positioned at strategic locations throughout the hall run Biamp’s daVinci control system software, which allows input selection and volume control. Outputs from the processing system feed Biamp amplifiers that power twenty full-range Danley SM-60F loudspeakers and Crown iTech series amplifiers that power the four Danley TH-115 subwoofers. Each loudspeaker and subwoofer has its own amplifier channel. Preset selection allows users to engage all the loudspeakers and subwoofers as one unit for full-floor events, to split the room in half for situations in which a retractable wall is in place, or to mute the loudspeakers at one end of the hall for events where a stage is in place.

“There weren’t a lot of loudspeaker and subwoofer solutions that would meet all of the particular needs of the Grand Riverview Ballroom,” said Hamilton. “First, they would be fifty feet in the air, and most traditional ceiling speakers would be significantly under-gunned. Second, the beautiful, decorative ceiling had only a limited number of rigging points, and yet we still had to satisfy the need to divide or mute speakers according to the presets. Third, we needed great fidelity and power on a budget. The Danley SM-60F had the right 60×60 beam width to hit the floor correctly, and it has the Danley sound and efficiency at a great price point. Moreover, it is a relatively small box, which satisfied the requirements for the rigging points. All in all, we used the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers to cover a large space with a distributed system that focuses sound on the floor and minimizes reflections off the ceiling and walls.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

EMERSON COLLEGE ADDS 32-CHANNEL API 1608 ANALOG CONSOLE WITH AUTOMATION

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 2014: Specializing in preparing students for careers in communications and the arts, Emerson College, through a collaborative initiative between VMA Prof. Pierre Archambault and the TRF Audio Group, recently added a 32-channel API 1608 analog console with full automation to its studio facilities to provide high-end sonics and a transitional work-flow between its other studio facilities. The school is located in Boston, Massachusetts and currently enrolls over 4,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Among schools of its type, Emerson College is unique for its long history – Charles Wesley Emerson founded it as a school of oratory in 1880 – and its recent growth. The new API 1608 will be used to teach courses in Advanced Recording and Introduction to Sound Design.

“We are a school of communications, focusing on Sound for Visual Media Arts,” said Bruno Caruso, Audio Technical Supervisor with Emerson College. “We use our studio facilities to teach Sound Design, Mix to Picture, ADR, Foley, sound for gaming, and voice-over.” Emerson’s studio facility already contains an entry-level room, with an analog console workflow, and a high-end post-production suite with an Avid ICON Digital workflow. The post-production suite already uses a collection of API 512c mic preamps and an API Channel Strip to handle any source recording. “We were certainly very happy with that sound,” said Caruso. “That was a factor that moved us in the direction of API for our console purchase.”

The goal was to add a studio space that bridged the technological gap between the entry-level room and the post-production suite. “Of course the API sound was an important part of our decision to add a 1608, but there was more to it than that,” said Caruso. “It’s an analog board with a great sound that’s very easy to teach. The students can stand around the board while the Faculty demonstrates techniques. Moreover, including automation gave us a pedagogical bridge between the entry-level room and the post-production suite.”

Emerson College purchased its 32-channel API 1608 through nearby Parsons Audio (Wellesley, Massachusetts). “Everyone at Parsons was great,” said Caruso. “They gave us demos of everything we were considering and lots of other support. They were instrumental in pointing us in the right direction for our needs. Through them, Todd Beeten of Sound Construction built us custom furniture and racks for our facilities” Caruso was also impressed by the help he received from API: “As far as I’m concerned, the entire industry should look to API as an ideal model for customer service. Right off the bat, our phone calls were always answered by an actual person and that’s very reassuring. Their lead technical support guy, Radovan Maricic, had the complete answer to any question we had right on the tip of his tongue. He knows API inside and out, outside and in. There’s no ‘I’ll check into that and get back to you.’ He knows exactly what’s going on, and that made it easy to install and commission the board.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

ITV Backs HARMAN’s Studer Vista 1 as New Coronation Street Production Goes Digital

TRAFFORD, United Kingdom – The relocation of the famous ITV Coronation Street lot, from Manchester’s Quay Street Studios to the 7.7-acre studio and production facility on the Trafford side of MediaCityUK, has coincided with a significant streamlining of technology. Set in a fictional town in the north of England, what has become the world’s longest-running television soap opera is a British ‘institution’, having first been broadcast back in December 1960. One of the biggest upgrades in this latest development has been the transition from an analogue mixing environment to a HARMAN Studer digital platform, once ITV had learnt that its familiar analogue surface would no longer be supported.

With AVC Electronics appointed project consultants and TSL tendering successfully for the installation contract, Coronation Street’s head of sound, Alan Monks and Coronation Street technical manager, Stan Robinson, researched the market for suitable options. But it was the show’s senior sound supervisor, Mark Cochran, who suggested investigating Studer Vista 1 all-in-one desk for each of its two new production galleries.

These were duly adopted, along with Compact Stageboxes and a Soundcraft Si Compact 16 mixing desk from Studer’s sister company Soundcraft, to provide resilience. When the order was placed by TSL, the Vista 1 became the first Studer sale to an ITV facility.

Earlier, a site visit had been arranged for the show’s leading technicians, along with AVC’s lead consultant Raz Khan, at Studer’s offices in Potters Bar. Khan recalls, “Initially we evaluated the Vista 5, and had one on demo, so we could evaluate the platform, knowing that the Vista 1 would shortly be in production. From that it was written into the specification.”

Stan Robinson added, “We realised the Vista 1 would offer more or less the same facilities and also that it was compatible with Optocore fibre distribution, which we were running right across the site, linking the five production control areas.”

The 22-fader Studer Vista 1, containing 20 channel strips and two grand master faders, provides Coronation Street with true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control and eight general-purpose control inputs/outputs (GPIO).

But aside from ease of use and intuitive Vistonics™ interface, one of the key reasons for choosing Studer was the superior mic preamp — an observation made after the technical team had carried out comparison tests with their own alternatives.

Stan Robinson admits that the Studer D21m mic input card, transformer balanced to all five stageboxes, had been a key driver, with Studer stageboxes transporting native MADI over an Optocore system.

Noted RazKhan, “This solution meant that the whole rigging set up became a lot simpler, with fibre out to the OB van to transport MADI and a ruggedized case housing the electronics. With DSP onboard, this fitted the bill perfectly for the budget and operational flexibility and redundancy.”

He added, “We didn’t like the multi-layered menu of other desks — this was a lot easier. Also it needed to be intuitive because we have a small core of technical staff and a lot of freelance engineers using the system. It has been extremely well received.” Once a mic is plugged into appropriate input the source immediately appears on the relevant fader in the sound control room.

Speaking of the desk’s attributes, Mark Cochran stated, “You can access everything at the press of a button and EQ all your channel strips — and because the Studer stage box has option cards we were able to buy the highest quality mic amps.”

This digital format has allowed Stan Robinson to introduce a unique fibre transportation system for the signals around the site. Based on the Optocore network structure, the portable stageboxes allow signals from the studios (or anywhere else on the site) to be routed to either gallery.

Each gallery has its own stagebox, which production simply wheels to where shooting is taking place, and plugs in to the SMPTE 311M hybrid camera cable network — with 100 SMPTE sockets distributed around the site that can be patched in. Signals such as microphones, foldback, picture monitoring, video router control and talkback are automatically routed to the Studio Floor and Galleries. “In effect, the whole site becomes our studio floor,” says Stan Robinson.

Summing up he backs Mark Cochran’s endorsement of the Vista 1. “We have all been extremely happy with the decision to back the Studer platform, and it has been extremely well received.”

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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

MTJ Upgrades Indonesia’s Stadium Club Lighting With HARMAN’s Martin Professional Fixtures

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Built in the disco era, Stadium Club is one of the largest and oldest dance clubs in Indonesia. For decades, the venue, located in Jakarta, has entertained hundreds of music and dance fans a night with the newest tracks and brightest lights for the ultimate night out. Stadium Club recently underwent a renovation to improve its facilities, which included the installation of numerous HARMAN Martin Professional lighting fixtures by Monalisa Tunggal Jaya (MTJ).

As the official distributor for Martin products in Jakarta, MTJ delivers Martin fixtures to customers around the area with confidence in the manufacturer’s continued quality and reliability, with the best and brightest outputs in the industry. “The newly installed fixtures significantly improve the environment and ambiance in Stadium Club,” stated Zandy Jong, MTJ. “The lighting performance of Martin in the venue is highly trusted by the club’s staff and continues to engage revelers every night.”

Twenty-two units of Martin MAC 350 Entour Profiles and eight units of RUSH MH3 Beam effects have been installed in Stadium Club.

MTJ also delivered and installed in a large number of Martin lighting fixtures for Stadium Club’s sister venues: Kingcross, with eight MAC 350 Entours and Light Jocky USB DMX Controller; Malioboro, with 12 MAC 350 Entours and Light Jockey USB DMX Controller.

Additional clubs in South Jakarta MTJ updated feature Martin as well: Exodus Club lvl 5, with six MAC 350 Entours, eight RUSH MH-3 beams, two Atomic Strobe 3000’s and one Jem K-1 haze machine; and the Exodus Restaurant lvl 6 & 7, with six MAC 350 Entours, eight RUSH MH-3 beams, one Jem K-1 and Light Jocky USB DMX Controller.

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 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Super Bowl Halftime Show Shines with grandMa2, Clay Paky Sharpys and B-EYEs

The Super Bowl Halftime Show always glitters, and Bruno Mars’s stellar performance at Super Bowl XLVIII was no exception. This year 330 Clay Paky Sharpys and a dozen Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20s were on hand to illuminate the show while a grandMA2 light took command of the media. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and MA Lighting in North America.

Lighting designer Bob Barnhart opted to have “a more rock ‘n roll vibe in the rig than the stylized, choreographed shows that we’ve seen in the past. Bruno wanted this to be more of a live rock show.”

Barnhart was challenged to capture that rock ‘n roll sensibility as well as prepare for winter weather conditions that might envelop the open-air MetLife stadium in New Jersey. “It was a question of what we could design that could survive severe weather,” he says. “Another factor was the limitations of rigging positions in the building and how we could symmetrically lay out the rig. We had to cover as much of the full stadium with the stage pushed back against the audience as we could.”

Barnhart calls the Sharpys “workhorses” and says that, “one of the goals in an outdoor stadium is to maintain an atmosphere to maintain the beam; that’s hard to do with high winds. But Sharpy is a very fast instrument with an extremely tight, bright beam.” He placed Sharpys on the three balcony facias throughout the stadium, on a series of trusses and around the main stage hanging them in clusters of three or six for symmetry.

Lighting director David Grill says the Sharpys “really came in handy at a venue where there were so many power needs. Sharpys are a tremendously brilliant beam of light with no wattage at all; they really saved us money on power and cut the amount of cable and power we needed dramatically. We could get a lot more lights on one cable because of the low wattage, and for a stadium that’s great. Sharpy are worth their weight in gold.”

Barnhart placed six Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 innovative, LED-based moving lights on each side of the stage. “I saw the fixtures at A.C.T in New Jersey and thought they could be really interesting in Bob’s lighting design,” recalls Grill. “So I sent him a link to a video, and Bob loved them. Their horsepower is pretty phenomenal, the speed of the LED is great in terms of changing color, they throw beams very far and they create some cool visuals. At the same time the B-EYES are a relatively low-wattage fixture with no heat issues.”

Barnhart agrees that the B-EYES deliver “a very full fixture. There’s a lot of potential in that light – it can create a lot of cool patterns and effects and do some really fun things. And they’re really reliable.”

Jason Rudolph controlled all the media with a grandMA2 Light; an additional system served as a back up. “I use the grandMA for most of my shows,” he reports. “It performed great, as usual, which is one of the reasons it has become my console of choice.”

Grill gives kudos to A.C.T Lighting’s customer service. “I can’t say enough nice things about them. A.C.T is a company that understands service and support, which is invaluable to a customer. It’s a gem in the industry. Having someone you can call in the middle of the night is tremendous. A.C.T knows that service is paramount.”

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PESA as Part of the Serco Team Awarded Position on $4.1 Billion U.S. Army Communications Multiple Award IDIQ Contract

2/18/2014 – PESA, as part of the Serco team, will participate in the award of a new multiple award ID/IQ contract to provide global communication systems for the U.S. Army. Serco was selected as one of 12 companies to compete for tasks on the Communications and Transmission Systems (CTS) contract. The Serco team will provide design, procurement, installation and testing services in support of delivering global, mission-critical communication systems. The team will utilize its experience in the areas of engineering, Operations & Maintenance (O&M), and lifecycle management services to provide a more secure, operational, and sustainable network communications solutions for the United States’ expeditionary warfighters. PESA intends to provide mission critical Audio/Video hardware and software to include its Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certified Cheetah Video Distribution Systems for use in Army and DoD command and control centers in support of the overall team effort. The contract vehicle has an overall ceiling value of $4.1 billion over a five year period.

“PESA is extremely pleased to be a part of the Serco Team for the Army CTS contract,” says Chuck Tillett, PESA President/COO. “We have supported Serco for C5I applications at several DoD installations and we value our relationship. As the only manufacturer of JITC certified Video Distribution System hardware for use by DoD we look forward to continuing our support to the Army and all services.”

Serco provides communication system solutions to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. Utilizing its Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Collaboration and Intelligence (C5I) expertise, the Company delivers engineering, systems integration, hardware procurement, software development, technical support, installation and testing, operations and maintenance solutions.

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 A/V products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is a U.S. Small Business, located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com.

About Serco Inc.: Serco Inc. is a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services focused on the federal government. We advise, design, integrate, and deliver solutions that transform how clients achieve their missions. Our customer-first approach, robust portfolio of services, and global experience enable us to respond with solutions that achieve outcomes with value. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Serco Inc. has approximately 10,000 employees, annual revenue of $1.2 billion, and is ranked in the Top 40 of the largest Federal Prime Contractors by Washington Technology. Serco Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Group plc, a $7.5 billion international business that helps transform government and public services around the world. More information about Serco Inc. can be found at www.serco-na.com.

Matrox KVM Extenders Now Compatible with EIZO 2Kx2K Air Traffic Control Display

Reliable, fanless design and zero compression, zero latency KVM extension make Matrox Avio and Extio ideal for ATC environments

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced compatibility of Matrox Avio™ F125 and Matrox Extio™ F2408 KVM extenders with the EIZO Raptor SQ2804 2Kx2K primary control monitor for air traffic control. Matrox KVM extenders allow ATC workstations to be located in a different room than the control monitors, simplifying system maintenance and security. They feature reliable, fanless designs and the ability to transmit all signals with zero compression and zero latency on a single duplex LC-LC fiber-optic cable, making them ideal for ATC environments.

Matrox KVM Extenders Now Compatible with EIZO 2Kx2K Air Traffic Control Display

The Raptor SQ2804 monitor features EIZO eBlue LED backlight technology, offering outstanding image quality, low energy consumption, and a long lifetime. Two dual-link digital video signal inputs are included as standard and a DisplayPort™ input is available as an option.

When used with the EIZO display, Matrox Avio F125 fiber-optic KVM transmitter/receiver pairs extend dual-link DVI (2048×2048) video, audio, multiple high-speed USB 2.0 compliant devices, keyboard and mouse from the host computer by up to 400 m (1312 ft) over multimode cable and 10 km (6.25 mi) over single-mode cable.

Matrox Extio F2408 Quad KVM extenders separate keyboard, mouse, audio peripherals and up to four DisplayPort displays from the rest of the computer by up to 1 km (3280 feet) via fiber-optic cable and PCI Express® bus-extension technology.

“We have some cases where our customers in air traffic control need to isolate their computing resources in climate-controlled, secure server rooms,” said Rob Hawksworth, International Business Development Manager for Air Traffic Control, at EIZO. “Matrox Avio and Extio provide the extension performance needed to drive the EIZO Raptor 2Kx2K monitors and other peripherals from a distance.”

“Matrox KVM extenders pair beautifully with the ergonomically-designed EIZO Raptor displays to reduce environmental stress on operators,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “In addition, ATC system integrators can count on the reliability, stability and longevity of the field-proven Matrox products to meet customer needs in these demanding installations.”

Availability
Matrox Avio F125 and Extio F2408 KVM extenders and EIZO Raptor SQ2804 monitors are now available worldwide.

About EIZO
EIZO is a leading global manufacturer of high-end visual display products. The image quality, long-term reliability, and innovative features of EIZO monitors make them the products of choice in many financial trading rooms, back offices, hospitals, air traffic control centers, and design studios throughout the world. Founded in 1968, EIZO is represented in over sixty countries by a network of group companies and exclusive distributors. For more information, visit www.eizo.com/global.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Visual Unity’s vuMobile™ platform Adds Ecwid

Leading OTT platform and multiscreen solution provider, Visual Unity Global is announcing an important extension to its mobile marketing platform vuMobile™, by integrating the popular Ecwid e-commerce platform. vuMobile™ now enables clients to build their own online store in 5 minutes. This feature improvement is offered within the existing price and service package.

Recently announced rebranding and repositioning of vuMobile™ version 4.0 is followed by a further significant platform feature improvement; integration with the revolutionary Ecwid shopping cart. Ecwid is the fastest-growing, global e-commerce platform for small businesses, and used by over 400,000 retailers in 175 countries. The multi-platform Ecwid is also Facebook’s most popular store building app.

With vuMobile™, clients can now build an online store within five minutes. This storefront is fully functional on any device including feature phones, smart phones and even desktops. Through a modern responsive design, clients are able to categorize different types of products (for example consumer electronics or e-products) and choose from more than 40 payment systems. Ecwid has numerous shipping and tax options and enables product feeds to marketplaces and comparison shopping engines. The e-shop is easily integrated with social media networks like Facebook, and the Ecwid storefront is available in 45 languages.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity Global, says. “Thanks to the integration with Ecwid’s online store, our vuMobile™ platform now offers our clients the ability to easily generate additional revenue through mobile channels worldwide.”

“Ecwid is honored to integrate with the Visual Unity platform and work with such an innovative partner,” says Jim O’Hara, president of Ecwid, Inc., adding, “Now Visual Unity’s users can add robust e-commerce functionality directly to their mobile sites in minutes, and also enjoy the flexibility of adding stores to social media and other online venues.”

Gabriel Dusil, Chief Marketing and Corporate Strategy officer at Visual Unity Global adds: “This latest integration with Ecwid shows Visual Unity’s commitment to developing strategic features that bring untapped revenue success to our clients.”

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About Visual Unity Global

Visual Unity Global is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content over the internet. Our clients can measure, analyse and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munich, Nairobi and Los Angeles. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com, info@visualunity.com

About Ecwid: Ecwid is a full-featured, cloud-based e-commerce platform that allows businesses to create professional online stores and embed them into any existing web, mobile, or social site. Ecwid, available directly or through trusted partners, has over 400,000 registered merchants in 175 countries, and is available in 45 languages. A free plan is available. The Ecwid Facebook app is the leading shopping cart application on Facebook, with over 40,000 Facebook stores globally and used by more than 300,000 monthly active users.

For further information, please visit: www.ecwid.com.

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