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FSR Expands Market Reach to ITS/Datacom

BOB FABER JOINS AS DIRECTOR OF SALES, ITS/DATACOM

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, an industry-leading manufacturer of products for the Pro AV market, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Faber in the newly created position of director of sales, Information Technology Systems (ITS)/Datacom. Jan Sandri today announced details from Company headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ, noting that Faber’s appointment is a defining moment for the 32 year-old Company as it significantly broadens its market reach.

“FSR enjoys considerable success in all segments of the traditional AV industry, and has for decades,” explained Sandri. “As technology shifts, however, it’s time to expand our reach and tap new markets, such as ITS/Datacom, that can benefit from our already widely-embraced product ranges. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Bob to the staff, and we’re confident that he will make us as successful in these new areas as we continue to be in AV.”

In his new position, Faber will be responsible for introducing the FSR brand, with special emphasis on table, floor, wall and ceiling boxes; plates; mounts; and installation accessories to potential customers in the ITS/Datacom marketplace, including cabling systems designers and installers, wholesale distributors, architects, engineers, electrical and communications contractors, and all areas of voice and data networking. Faber will also establish a targeted channel network to mirror the Company’s current model of exceptional service and support.

“I’m thrilled to be aligned with a company that is so well-known in the traditional Pro AV market, and whose name resonates with customers,” said Faber. “That recognition and support is invaluable as I help bring the existing product line into new markets.”

Faber brings 31 years of ITS experience to his new position. Prior to joining FSR, he served as business development manager for Snake Tray, a cable management and power distribution supplier based in Bay Shore, NY, where he developed sales channels and managed a manufacturer’s sales representative network. He previously held technical services, training and sales positions at Siemon, a manufacturer of ITS/Datacom network cabling solutions headquartered in Watertown, CT.

Faber’s industry involvement extends to membership in several professional organizations including BICSI, NECA, NEMA and SCTE. In addition to being a member, he has served as chair, vice-chair, secretary and editor of several BICSI committees, and has participated as a technical expert, author and contributor to industry standards groups and associated publications.

Faber can be reached at BFaber@fsrinc.com or 203-598-5071.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

Extron Announces Contact Closure Control Module for Switchers

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the CTR 8, a control module that adds contact closure control to most RS-232 controllable Extron simple or scaling switchers. The CTR 8 accepts up to eight contact closure inputs and converts them to SIS Simple Instruction Set serial commands that select the corresponding input on an Extron switcher. Video can be muted and un-muted by pressing a single switch in sequence, allowing the user to control the viewing of the presentation. Each contact closure input features a +5 VDC output that can be used to light an LED to indicate the active switch. The CTR 8 is ideal for applications in which contact closure control must be added to an Extron switcher. more

Portland Thorns FC Stream Championship Season with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Fans of Portland Thorns FC, a professional women’s soccer team and part of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), were able to watch home games during the team’s 2013 championship season live on the Web via HD streaming video. The coverage was produced through a unique sharing of stadium resources anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 1000 integrated production system.

Both Thorns FC and the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer (MLS) team, owned by Peregrine Sports LLC, play at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. While Thorns FC wanted an online presence for the league’s inaugural season, the club opted not to invest in an entirely new control room.

Instead, built in a space originally designated as an audio booth for the stadium’s main control room, an area was established specifically for streaming Thorns FC matches. Using video output from the existing Granite 1000 production switcher allocated for in-stadium video wall presentations, combined with audio from the radio broadcast, each Web production was managed by a single operator. Dave Spraker of spraker.tv, who served as the integrator for the project, said it was essential to “leverage the existing Broadcast Pix system to do a second show.”

The Web streaming room, built around a 27-inch iMac, receives an output from the Granite 1000 via HD-SDI cable, which is fed into a Magma ExpressBox 3T Thunderbolt PCIe expansion box equipped with a Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad HD capture card. Streaming is handled through Telestream’s Wirecast software. The room also includes dual touchscreens that serve as mirror displays of the main control room’s customized multi-view, which is part of the Granite’s built-in toolset.

In an effort to avoid the expense of an additional control panel, streaming productions are managed using iPixPanel, Broadcast Pix’s iPad-based virtual control interface. Matt Smith, director of broadcasting for the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC, said iPixPanel was a far better solution than keyboard and mouse-based control, especially when trying to TD a soccer match with shared resources. “It was a nice solution to be able to use the iPad,” he added. “That was the way to go.”

The system was installed in February, shortly before the Timbers began preseason and well in advance of Thorns FC’s first home game on April 21. Nine of 11 home games were streamed live to www.portlandthornsfc.com during the season. (The additional home games were televised by Fox Soccer.) The NWSL also partnered with YouTube to provide live and on-demand access to matches online.

Smith thought the Thorns FC streaming video game coverage was among the best in the league. He said Thorns FC had a very successful following on the Web that grew as the season progressed. “We knew there would be great interest in the team,” he recalled, “and we wanted to offer a high definition option for fans who wanted to see Thorns FC games online.”

The simultaneous productions were not entirely different, just tailored to suit the two audiences. The main production, designed for the large video wall in the south end of the stadium, included full-screen graphics, sponsorship messages, and extensive replays. The streaming presentation, however, had much fewer replays, as it was aimed at an online audience solely relying on the video stream to follow the action.

While most of the streaming coverage was simply a line cut of the in-stadium production, the Web director could take any source independently using the iPixPanel and coordinate with the stadium director on headset. For example, the streaming production could take the main game camera during replays or commercials, or switch to a stadium “beauty cam” during halftime. “It worked really well,” Smith said.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Extron Now Shipping Three Input Switcher with Integrated DTP Transmitter

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP T USW 233, a three input switcher for sending HDMI or analog video, audio, and control up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable to an Extron DTP 230 receiver. It is HDCP compliant and provides two HDMI inputs, one RGBHV or component video input, and one DTP 230 twisted pair output. Analog video input signals are digitized to ensure a high quality digital video signal is transmitted to the DTP 230 receiver. The switcher also offers many integrator-friendly features, such as EDID Minder, Key Minder, auto-switching between inputs, audio input assignment, and remote powering. These features, plus the low profile enclosure, make the DTP T USW 233 ideal for discreet placement in lecterns, beneath tables, or in other environments requiring input switching and signal transmission. more

Analog Way announces QuickVu, a Tri-Scaler Mixer / Switcher

November 2013 – Analog Way is pleased to introduce QuickVu, a new Mixer / Seamless Switcher with 3 Scalers. QuickVu is based on Analog Way’s new Midra™ platform, the core of a brand new line of mid-range Mixers / Seamless Switchers. The Midra™ platform consists of 6 products: QuickVu, QuickMatriX, SmartMatriX², Pulse², Saphyr and Eikos².

Based on Midra™, the QuickVu (Ref.QVU150) offers a large variety of connectivity, through 8 seamless inputs and 14 source plugs: 4 x Universal Analog, 4 x DVI-D, 4 x HDMI and 2 x 3G-SDI plugs. Thanks to the CleanCut effect, the QuickVu can operate fast and seamlessly switch between any of its 14 input plugs without fade through black or loss of sync. EDID management is now standard for inputs 1 through 6 for computer sources.
To fit any display resolution, including non-standard formats like LED walls and rear-projection cubes, QuickVu offers custom output format management, with a main layer fully resizable and that can be positioned anywhere.
QuickVu provides the ability to modify the Program in real time without using the Preview.

Thanks to the new “Quick Frame” function, a foreground frame, among 8 available, can quickly hide all other layers when necessary. A simple button push allows return to the previous display. For immediate results, the “Quick Frame” is displayed directly on the Program output, without using the Preview. In addition, QuickVu offers 8 presets from the front panel.
The “Keying/Titling” function will be available through the upcoming RK-350 (Ref.RK-350) Keypad.
The QuickVu can easily embed or de-embed digital audio on HDMI and DVI-D connectors on inputs and outputs, ensuring better processing and quality of the video and audio mix.

QuickVu can be controlled through the RCS², a user-friendly graphic interface designed for the Midra™ platform. As an AIR application, the RCS² is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It offers 3 main sections to setup and control the QuickVu: Setup, Edit and Live.
QuickVu can also be controlled by the RK-350 Keypad (end of 2013) and the Orchestra Remote Console (1st semester 2014).

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Belkin Expands Award-Winning Secure KVM Portfolio with Secure Windowing KVM

New One-of-a-Kind KVM Switch Technology Ends Era of Manual Push-Button Switching Between Channels

PLAYA VISTA, CA Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today announced the expansion of its award-winning secure KVM product line with the first-to-market Belkin Secure Windowing KVM Switch. The new switch delivers superior peripheral security for government and high security agencies by providing true data path isolation between systems and networks—the hallmark of Belkin’s Advanced Secure KVM product family. 

Unlike conventional KVMs, the Belkin Secure Windowing KVM Switch requires no manual push-button switching between channels. The new switch enables simultaneous user interaction with multiple computers connected to networks with different security levels, using one mouse, one keyboard and one or two display monitors.

Traditional secure KVM switches allow users to work on only one channel or computer at a time. The new switch is the only product designed for environments in which the user needs to constantly work at and monitor multiple computers, with different security levels, simultaneously— without quality loss, latency, reduced colors, or dropped frames. Using state-of-the-art video technology, the Belkin Secure Windowing KVM allows users to fit up to four full HD sources on a single HD display.

The Windowing KVM is fully compatible with legacy (using Belkin Smart Cables) and new government systems, and is Common Criteria validated to EAL 4+ to assure the highest level of protection.

Additional security features of Belkin’s Secure Windowing KVM Switch include:

  • Advanced scaling function, allowing users to scale the video source x 1/2 and x 1/4
  • Two additional working modes: tile and scaling
  • Dual-display model, the ideal setup for high-end users
  • Easy customization of channels, colors, cursors, task bar, background, and more 

“The new Secure Windowing KVM Switch brings the era of manual push-button switching between channels to an end, and makes simultaneous interaction with multiple computers a reality,” said Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International. “Like all products in Belkin’s award-winning Secure KVM portfolio, the Windowing KVM exemplifies our continued focus on improving workstation security, which pivots on true data path isolation between systems and networks. We will continue to advance our technology to meet the security requirements of government agencies, financial institutions, and other organizations that handle sensitive or confidential data on separate networks with different levels of security.” 

Belkin’s Secure Windowing KVM Switch is now available through the company’s network of authorized channel partners.

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit:  Belkin Government.

Tweet this:  @belkinbusiness – new #securekvm makes simultaneous interaction with multiple computers a reality; ends manual push button switching

About Belkin Business

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

Tags: secure KVM, government security, cyber security, cyber attack, cyber threat, peripheral security

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CCW 2013: FOR-A to Display a Variety of its Product Offerings

Cypress, CA– At the upcoming Content and Communications World Expo (CCW), FOR-A will display a number of its popular solutions in booth #909. Among the booth highlights will be the company’s 4K super slow motion camera, video production switcher and video stabilizer technology. CCW is an annual convention focused on media and entertainment technology that includes HDWorld, SATCON, and the Production + Post conferences, and will take place November 13-14th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

FOR-A’s FT-ONE 4K camera will be shown on a Shotoku tripod. Employing the “FT1-CMOS” color sensor, the camera records and plays back full 4K and can record up to 900 frames per second (fps). The FT-ONE is ideal for both broadcast and digital cinematography applications. Another camera that FOR-A will display in its booth is the Flovel FZ-B1 ultra high sensitivity HD camera. Ideal for demanding high-resolution applications, the compact camera is equipped with a 2/3-inch CMOS 1.3 megapixel color image sensor and offers an unprecedented low-light sensitivity of only 0.01 lux.

The IVS-710HS HD/SD video stabilizer will also be on hand. The compact solution provides high-performance correction on unwanted camera movement and vibrations while maintaining camera pan and tilt movement.

FOR-A will also show off its video production switchers, including the compact, cost-effective HVS-390HS. The unit offers unique functionality that is an extension of the aux bus system that allows operators to deploy any aux bus transition with cuts, mixes, or wipes, and display a keyer complete with DVE functions. This feature offers powerful tools to create a richer experience in any application with multi-language or multi-screen requirements. Another switcher that will be shown is the new HVS-XT110 portable unit, which comes standard with 12 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs. It also enables nine outputs, including one HDMI output, to be freely assigned.

Another solution that will be exhibited in FOR-A’s booth is the MV-1620HS multi-viewer, a cost-efficient unit that accepts up to 16 channels of mixed HD/SD-SDI or analog composite signals for monitoring on up to two screens.

FOR-A will also show Fujitsu’s IP-920E HD/SD compact video encoder. The solution uses advanced MPEG-4 AVC technology encoding, known as H.264, to perform real-time transmission of HDTV at low bit rates over DVB and broadband IP networks. The IP-920E features robust error correction, a low latency mode, real-time transmission, and high-fidelity HDTV/SDTV video.

Other FOR-A equipment to be displayed at CCW includes the new FA-1010 and FA-9520 signal processors, MBP-100SX MXF video clip server and the VTW-330HS HD/SD character generator.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Belkin Receives EAL 4+ Certification for DVI-I KVM and Secure KM Product Portfolio

Belkin’s Award-Winning KVM Switches Receive Common Criteria Certificate, Providing Government Buyers with Assurance Based on Stringent Computer Security Requirements 

PLAYA VISTA, CA – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today announced that the company has received Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+ certification for its DVI-I KVM and Secure KM products. Designed to meet the strict requirements of government agencies, the keyboard/video/mouse switches feature the award-winning secure technology of true data path isolation between systems and networks, the hallmark of Belkin’s Advanced Secure KVM product family.

Common Criteria lists seven levels, with EAL 1 as the most basic, and EAL 7 the most stringent. Each EAL corresponds to a package of security assurance requirements, which covers the complete development of a product, with a given level of strictness and control. This Common Criteria certification is globally known as the international standard (ISO/IEC 15408) for computer security certification.

In the U.S., the highest level achievable for Secure KVM is EAL 2. However, Belkin was able to receive certification through Canadian protocol, which tests to EAL 4+. Certification was awarded by the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC). 

The CSEC’s Certification Report stated: “The results documented in the Evaluation Technical Report (ETR) for this product provide sufficient evidence that it meets the EAL 4 augmented assurance requirements for the evaluated security functionality.” The report also noted that by awarding a Common Criteria certificate, the Canadian Common Criteria Evaluation and Certification Scheme (CCS) asserts that the evaluated products comply with the security requirements specified in the associated security target. 

“Common Criteria ensures that the process of specification, implementation, and evaluation of a computer security product has been conducted in a rigorous, standard, and repeatable manner,” said Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International. “Receiving EAL 4+ certification assures our government buyers that they can continue to place a high level of confidence in Belkin’s KVM security features based on the quality assurance process.”

Belkin’s DVI-I KVM switches provide true data path isolation for government workstations in a highly secure environment. The switches can be used to securely connect peripheral devices, including audio equipment and large high-resolution displays, and to switch quickly among multiple PCs and networks with a single keyboard, monitor, mouse, and common access card reader. 

The Secure KM Switch portfolio offers users secure switching between isolated networks with simple mouse pointer movement. The switches feature single, unbuffered, dedicated processors for each peripheral port, which allow analysts to work simultaneously on multiple networks at different security levels.

Tweet this: @belkinbusiness KVM switches receive EAL 4+ certification giving government buyers assurance of stringent computer security requirements 

About Belkin Business

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

Tags: secure KVM, government security, cyber security, cyber attack, cyber threat, peripheral security

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FOR-A to Participate at Upcoming New England Broadcast and Cable Expo

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America will be on hand at the 5th annual New England Broadcast and Cable Expo, being held November 7th at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Exhibiting in booth #307, FOR-A will display some of its newest and most popular solutions, including theHVS-XT110 and HVS-390HS video switchers and MV-1620HS HD/SD/Analog mixed high resolution multi-viewer.

“New England is a very important region to FOR-A, and this expo is the premiere event in the area to see production equipment from a variety of suppliers,” said Jay Shinn, Northeast Sales Manager at FOR-A. “New England has a large PEG (Public, Educational, and Government Access Television) station market, and they’re in need of small, efficient production gear. FOR-A offers a number of solutions ideal to fulfill this demand. We’re looking forward to connecting with expo attendees and showing off our gear.”

Introduced earlier this year, the HVS-XT110 portable video switcher features a compact, integrated design. The switcher offers mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE and keyer with chroma key. Two freely assignable Keyers and DSKs channels also come standard, and the switcher has a built-in Web server that allows users to adjust settings from a PC or a tablet terminal. The unit comes standard with 12 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs, and enables nine outputs, including one HDMI output, to be freely assigned.

Also in the booth will be the compact MV-1620HS multi-viewer. The MV-1620HS is cost-efficient and feature rich. It accepts up to 16 channels of mixed HD/SD-SDI or analog composite signals for monitoring on up to two screens and includes a customizable window layout.

FOR-A will also show the HVS-390HS video switcher. Earlier this year, FOR-A introduced new features never before seen in this class of production switcher. The new functionality is an extension of the aux bus system that allows operators to deploy any aux bus transition with cuts, mixes, or wipes, and display a keyer complete with DVE functions. The features comes standard with the HVS-390HS and are ideal for any environment with multi-language or multi-screen requirements.

The New England Broadcast and Cable Expo is held in conjunction with the 16th annual Media Educators of America fall conference. The expo serves as a premiere event in the area to learn, network and see firsthand emerging trends and technology. More information can be found on their website.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Brazilian Video Services Provider Casablanca Online Continues to Rely on FOR-A Technology

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces that Casablanca Online, a leading provider of satellite communications services in Sao Paulo, Brazil, recently purchased a number of its professional video solutions. A long time user of FOR-A technology, the order adds to Casablanca’s arsenal of FOR-A products and includes one HVS-390HS video switcher, three UFM-30FRC frame rate converters, and two MV-1620HS multi viewers, as well as one FA-1010 and five FA-9520 multi purpose signal processors.

“One of the key factors that led us to acquire new FOR-A equipment was our high level of satisfaction with our existing FOR-A units,” said Alexandre Minghini, Marketing Manager of Casablanca. “We’ve been happy with the quality, functionality, and support that we’ve gotten from FOR-A and its technology.”

Casablanca chose the MV-1620HS multi viewer for use in each of its two new HD OB trucks, which were created to meet market demand for major productions of large sporting events. The MV-1620HS is a cost-effective multi viewer that supports mixed signals from HD-SDI, SD-SDI, or analog composite sources for up to 16 channels.

FOR-A’s signal processors were purchased by Casablanca to provide signal transmission, conversion and back-haul of live broadcasts. The video services provider is taking advantage of the FA-9520’s additional functionality as a color corrector, video optimizer, and up/down/cross/aspect converter to meet the demands of its customers, including Fox Sports Latin America. Casablanca specializes in covering live sports events both nationally and internationally.

“FOR-A provides market-leading solutions that are ideal for use in sports production,” said Minghini. “We’re happy to continue our partnership with them, and Casablanca is also looking forward to testing out new FOR-A equipment in the near future, including the FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

About Casablanca Online

Casablanca Online is one of the most complete providers of satellite live transmission services in Brazil. It has been in the market for over 15 years and has been involved with thousands of national and international events. It is a pioneering company in the implementation and integration of the HD and 3D technologies, and has its own industrial division, IBRASAT – a high-technology products research and development center – that enhances and differentiates its operations. It has the largest fleet of DSNG mobile units, reaching many different points within the Brazilian and the South American territory.

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