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Tightrope Media Systems Amplifies the Carousel Digital Signage Experience

New dynamic bulletin and reporting features, integration with Zeplay instant replay solution boost operational and entertainment options

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, May 30, 2012 – The digital signage universe continues to mature in the public eye, giving businesses, universities and other verticals an increasingly recognized visual platform to engage customers and enliven public spaces.

Tightrope Media Systems comes to InfoComm 2012 (June 13-15, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth N2257) with new developments to its Carousel digital signage system that deliver a richer experience for viewers, and new creative and reporting capabilities for end users. The advances integrate smoothly into the existing Carousel system, retaining its installation- and user-friendly characteristics for systems integrators.

Dynamic Bulletins
The web-centric Carousel solution is renowned for location-based data, delivering weather and other relevant information to local viewers. At InfoComm 2012, Tightrope extends local weather options, supporting multi-day forecast creation (up to seven days) and text-based crawls from WeatherBug. Carousel operators can build forecasts with temperature information and graphics to visualize the sun, clouds, rain and other climate conditions.

Increased multi-lingual support is a significant new Carousel development, with right-to-left text for Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi languages; and Asian-language word-wrapping for Japanese, Korean and simplified/traditional Chinese. Carousel also now displays international date formats by location, supporting EDS and date/time display among others.

Tightrope also addresses social media and digital signage integration at InfoComm 2012 through live Twitter feed support, allowing operators to publish tweets alongside RSS and other data-based feeds in any screen zone.

Built-in location-based services ensure that the correct forecasts, languages and social media feeds are delivered to the right screens across larger networks.

Stadium Excitement
Tightrope will also demonstrate Carousel integration with its ZEPLAY Instant Replay Server for stadium environments. Operators using the integrated solution can trigger instant replays of touchdowns, home runs and other thrilling moment from an iPad interface for immediate translation to Carousel-driven displays.

Digital signage operators in the stadium following the game action can press an icon to launch the iPad application. The application triggers an XML data string, which translates replays from the main stadium display, such as a Jumbotron, to one or more digital signage displays. This is especially ideal for fans that missed the live action, allowing them to view replays of big moments on menu boards at the concession stands, for example.

Emergency Notification
Digital signage gives corporate offices, school campuses and other locations a dynamic informational and entertainment tool — and can bring additional value when used for security and public safety.

Carousel now supports the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) that is being implemented across campuses and organizations nationwide. CAP allows a large university, corporate or other campus to implement simultaneous emergency messaging across a variety of platforms — using the same protocol that triggers alerts via SMS/text, AM radio, cable television EAS and outdoor warning devices for Carousel digital signage systems.

Reporting and Data Management
There is an undeniable creative element to working with digital signage that injects a sense of excitement into the content that ultimately reaches the consumer. However, someone still needs to manage the data and understand how the results affect business and operations.

At InfoComm, Tightrope adds a report publishing module to Carousel to export all bulletin-related metadata. This allows users to intelligently filter information related to status, schedules and impression data — a key benefit for sponsors on advertising-supported networks. Users export CSV reports of each bulletin, and flexibly adjust bulletin filters as needed to include only the information required at that time. Users can select from a list of all active and current bulletins across each screen zone.

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Technomad Expands Integrator and End User Options for PowerChiton Amplifiers

Localized control and connections, streaming audio support offer progressive solutions to enhance outdoor audio installations

BOSTON, May 15, 2012Technomad introduces several new product accessories at InfoComm 2012 to complement its advanced audio solutions range. The innovative tools give systems integrators and end users flexible new options to simplify Technomad installations in stadiums, on college campuses and across other indoor/outdoor facilities.

At InfoComm (June 13-15, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C12033), Technomad introduces a weatherproof breakout box and Apple AirPort Express audio streaming compatibility for its range of PowerChiton amplifier modules. The company will also show a new stainless steel mounting solution for its high-power weatherproof loudspeaker models.

“Technomad is always seeking ways to increase the range of applications for our products, and make life easier for systems integrators by innovating solutions that address installation challenges in the field,” said Rodger von Kries, vice president, Technomad.

PowerChiton Breakout Box
The PowerChiton range of passively-cooled, IP66-rated weatherproof amplifier modules — available in four power levels up to 1600 watts — have grown increasingly popular in outdoor audio projects where installers wish to co-locate amplification with loudspeakers, from athletic field complexes to university campus mass notification systems. The compact and low profile of PowerChiton amplifier modules — along with the rugged, weatherproof design — enables sound contractors to easily install the modules on light poles and other surfaces at any height.

Technomad now introduces a specialized PowerChiton breakout box that enables local audio control at user-friendly locations in the same NEMA-style protective enclosure. Contractors can install the breakout box at eye level, for example, allowing end users to adjust volume and connect a handheld microphone or an iPod on the fly.

The PowerChiton breakout box, which begins shipping July 1, includes mic and line level inputs, a four-channel mixer, an accessory cord and mounting hardware. The breakout box also enables remote installations, such as athletic fields without a press box or other protected location, to benefit from permanently-installed, PowerChiton-based PA systems. A coach or announcer can walk up to the breakout box, open it and be speaking through the PA or playing music within seconds.

“Installers typically only open PowerChiton amplifiers to hard-wire connections and set levels, and then screw the box shut for dependable, permanent installations,” said von Kries. “The PowerChiton breakout box is designed for ongoing user adjustments, with easy and direct access to controls and the capacity to store an audio player and microphone. It also provides a local audio source to make announcements and connect an iPod or other playout device.”

Technomad also now supports AirPlay capability from PowerChiton for Apple AirPort Express users. This allows commercial and residential customers to wirelessly stream iTunes audio files and playlists to an AirPort Express unit within a PowerChiton amplifier or breakout box. Users require only the hardware and a basic network or Wi-Fi connection to wirelessly stream audio from a computer or playout device to the PowerChiton — reducing costs and infrastructure associated with traditional wiring and cabling.

New Wall Mount Solution
Technomad is now shipping a new stainless steel wall mount for its AS Series of weatherproof, advanced audio loudspeakers. The AS Series consists of the largest and most powerful Technomad loudspeakers, including the Noho and all Berlin models (broad and narrow-dispersion).

Unlike older styles, the new Technomad wall mount accessory allows installers to position any AS Series loudspeaker vertically or horizontally. The stainless steel design prevents weather-related erosion over time, and pole-mount adaption simplifies lighting and telephone pole installations.

Technomad will also show a range of existing advanced audio solutions, including its ultra-lightweight DragonFly remote audio system; and its Schedulon audio playback and recording system.

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

BTX Enters Into Distribution Agreement With Telecast Fiber Systems

Effective Immediately, BTX Offers Select Broadcast and Pro A/V Solutions Across the U.S., Providing Unmatched Technical Support and Quick-Turn Inventory

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — April 17, 2012 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc., a Belden (NYSE:BDC) brand. Under the agreement, BTX now promotes, sells, and provides technical support for a select offering of Telecast products across the United States. more

1 Volt Associates Wins Middle Atlantic Security Rep of the Year Award

Photo caption (left to right) Bill Poling and Rob Atkins (Middle Atlantic); Scott Robitzer, Pete Peek and Brian Cain (1 Volt Associates); Dan Tarkoff (Middle Atlantic)

Fairfield, NJ—Middle Atlantic Products presented 1 Volt Associates with the Security Sales Representative of the Year Award at a sales meeting prior to ISC West 2012 in Las Vegas.

Commenting on the award, Middle Atlantic Regional Sales Director Bill Poling said, “1 Volt embraced our ViewPoint™ technical furniture line early on, marketed it aggressively and got the consoles spec’d into a number of jobs over the course of the year where it really made a difference in terms of our sales.”

1 Volt’s sales territory includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

Photo caption (left to right) Bill Poling and Rob Atkins (Middle Atlantic); Scott Robitzer, Pete Peek and Brian Cain (1 Volt Associates); Dan Tarkoff (Middle Atlantic).

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

LYNX Technik to Debut Four yellobrik® 4-Channel CWDM Multiplexers / Demultiplexers at NAB 2012

LYNX Technik AG, provider of modular interfaces is launching four new passive CWDM multiplexers / demultiplexers at NAB 2012 booth N4433. The four new bricks expand the ever-growing yellobrik line of compact signal processor solutions.

The new CWDM multiplexers / demultiplexers are devices that can accept, combine, transmit and receive up to four fiber optic signals over a single link. Therefore, several signals can share a single fiber optic link. A single unit can perform multiplexer as well as demultiplexer functions.

The four models include the OCM 1841, OCM 1842, OCM 1843 and OCM 1844. These four multiplexers support various Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) wavelengths from 1270 nm to 1610 nm. Each model has four channels that are each assigned to a different wavelength.

These new yellobriks use passive optical technology to multiplex or demultiplex a number of optical carrier signals onto a single optical fiber by using different wavelengths of laser light. This technique also facilitates bidirectional communications over a single strand of fiber.

All four yellobriks feature an optical UPG port which facilitates cascading the four modules together for a total of up to 16 channels. The modules can be used standalone or integrated into a 19” rack using a rack tray option, which is ideal for system installations.

These new 4-channel CWDM multiplexers complement the two 9-channel multiplexers that are already available in the yellobrik range.

“We always aim to offer our customers practical choices and options when it comes to our technology,” comments Winfried Deckelmann CEO of LYNX Technik. “Our current 9-channel multiplexer / demultiplexer devices may be too large for small installations therefore we are now offering a range of smaller 4-channel building blocks.”
The new yellobrik CWDM Multiplexers / DeMultiplexers will be on display for the first time at NAB 2012 booth N4433. They are available for ordering now and will ship at the end of April 2012.

LYNX Technik to Debut yellobrik 3G Audio Embedders / De-Embedders At NAB 2012

LYNX Technik AG, provider of modular interfaces is launching its new family of yellobrik multi-channel embedders / de-embedders at NAB 2012 booth N4433. The three new modules expand the ever-growing yellobrik line of compact signal processor solutions.

An 8-channel 3G/HD/SD audio embedder/de-embedder (model: PDM 1284 B/D) is available in two versions; one for AES balanced audio and second version for AES unbalanced audio.

The PDM 1284B – AES audio embedder / de-embedder for unbalanced audio is multi-functional in that it functions either as a four channel AES embedder or de-embedder, or as a two channel AES embedder and de-embedder. Additional channels of audio can be embedded and de-embedded by cascading modules together.

The PDM 1284D – AES audio embedder / de-embedder for balanced audio provides simultaneous embedding and de-embedding for four AES inputs / outputs.

Both the PDM 1284B and PDM 1284D automatically detect the audio format and deactivate the
sample rate converters to preserve encoded bit streams such as DolbyE.

Also new at NAB is the PDM 1382 – analog audio embedder/de-embedder. This unit selectively de-embeds four channels within any audio group of an SDI video signal, to any of the analog outputs. It can also simultaneously embed up to four channels of analog audio replacing the previously de-embedded audio and / or add audio into the SDI output. Additional channels of audio can be embedded and de-embedded by cascading modules together.

These yellobriks have an optional fiber I/O feature, which adds fiber transceiver functionality for embedding and de-embedding directly from a fiber path.

These three new yellobrik’s include a selectable “auto black” mode that uses a black video frame if no SDI input is present. This means that the module embeds audio even when no video source is available.

As with all yellobriks, users control these modules via the front panel rotary switches and indicators. There is also LED indication for SDI input status and audio group presence.

The new yellobrik embedders/de-embedders will be on display at NAB 2012 booth N4433.

LYNX Technik to Debut yellobrik Serial RS232/422/485 Plus GPI Fiber Transceivers at NAB 2012

LYNX Technik AG, provider of modular interfaces is expanding its yellobrik series with the launch of Serial / GPI Fiber Transceivers at NAB 2012 booth N4433. Two models are available; ODT 1510 (up to 10 Km) and ODT 1540 (up to 40 Km).

These multi-functional modules allow both serial data communications and GPI I/O to be extended over the same fiber link. They enable broadcast and production facilities to migrate a variety of signal types onto fiber utilizing a single set of modules. Place a module locally and another one remotely for a transceiver solution that transmits and extends RS232, RS422, and RS485 data signals plus two general purpose interface I/O over fiber.

The yellobrik transceivers support mixing and matching of serial port connectivity; simply set the integrated dip switch on the local and remote modules to your specified incoming and outgoing serial requirements (RS232 or RS422/485).

The ODT 1510 yellobrik extends data transmission up to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), and the ODT 1540 supports transmission distances up to 40 kilometers (24.8 miles). The ODT 1540 model is also CWDM compatible with 18 wavelengths selections for multiplexed fiber installations.

These modules offer significant space and cost savings, provide maximum quality and reliability and help simplify fiber requirements. As with all yellobriks, these modules are plug-and-play, require no software to operate and all instructions and are printed directly on the module.

The yellobrik Serial / GPI Fiber Transceivers will be on display at NAB 2012 booth N4433.

Middle Atlantic Debuts Quiet, Powerful Thermal Management Options

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products is introducing two new quiet, powerful options for effective thermal management of heat-producing equipment and the smaller spaces they occupy.

Built to remove heat from credenzas, lecterns and entertainment centers, the new 50 CFM Cabinet Cooler is the first blower-style option available to the market that provides a free air rating as high as 50 CFM. It incorporates intelligent proportional speed control which runs the blower only when necessary.

Designed to pull hot air up out of a component and direct it where desired, the new 50 CFM Component Cooler removes heat from system components on open shelving or in racks. It is now available in a Stand-Alone version to directly cool a single component, as well as a Platform model that is ideal for cooling multiple stacked components.

Both the Cabinet Cooler and Component Cooler maintain quiet operation, emitting a maximum of 29 decibels, while providing high static pressure to overcome airflow restrictions.

For technical specifications and in-depth information please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Releases Designer™ Version 4.0

Free 3D Design Program Features New Layout Capabilities

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products has updated its Designer™ 3D layout and specification software to include new product groups, enabling more complete room configurations. In addition to consoles and video walls, Designer can now facilitate the placement of MRK Series racks and C5 Series Credenza Racks in room layouts, giving a more fully furnished visualization of a potential installed system.

With over 8,000 users, Designer software has quickly become an ideal solution for specifiers and installers to easily design a 3D room layout. The free program, available for download on Middle Atlantic’s website, produces full color room layouts with guidance for optimal furniture placement via its built-in line of sight tool. Designs can be exported to CAD and include retail price quotes to assist with the system specification process.

“Designer Software was developed to take the guesswork out of room layouts and has been helping security professionals choose the right consoles and video walls for their applications,” said Michael Cukrow, Technical Marketing Manager. “With this new update we’re able to improve on its core functionality by offering racks and credenzas, which are critical components requested by many users.”

For technical specifications and in-depth information please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Debuts New Storage Options for ViewPoint™ Console System

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products is introducing new storage options for its ViewPoint Console furniture system.

Matching the look and style of the ViewPoint system for a consistent appearance, the new ViewPoint Free Standing Storage Cabinet provides additional storage space for supplies and personal items. The cabinet includes two adjustable shelves, smoked glass doors and comes fully assembled for fast, easy installation.

The new ViewPoint Radial Binder Storage Cabinet is designed to store essential reference materials and keep them close at hand. Also matching the system in appearance and style, the cabinet’s compact rounded shape holds binders and books on two shelves, comes fully assembled and easily attaches to ViewPoint consoles for maximum layout flexibility.

An integral part of the Westchester Correctional Facility in Valhalla, New York, Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia, Tropicana Las Vegas, Hendrick Medical Center and other key installations, ViewPoint consoles are seismic certified, UL-listed and feature exceptional strength and reliability to protect equipment in security and surveillance monitoring environments.

The ViewPoint console consists of fully welded Uni-Frame™ workstation bays that simplify installation and can be configured for individual project needs. Its wide array of customization options include wedges, bay extenders for rackmounting deeper equipment, turrets for smaller equipment, work surfaces tailored to each system, side panels, monitor mounts and more. Designed to maximize functionality and installed system reliability, the ViewPoint system incorporates ergonomic factors, equipment cooling and cable management features.

For more information about ViewPoint Console Furniture Systems and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

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