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Press Releases For : December 9, 2014

Discover Video Introduces Next-Gen Video Delivery Platform – DEVOS 4

Discover Video today announced DEVOS 4, the next generation enterprise and Internet delivery platform. Building on the success of hundreds of existing corporate, government, and education customers, DEVOS 4 gives customers unparalleled organizational control in a comprehensive video delivery platform.

DEVOS 4 is a complete live and on-demand streaming server and media management portal that supports desktops, cell phones, tablets, Roku players, and smart-TVs.

“The market really appreciates our proposition,” said Rich Mavrogeanes, Discover Video CEO, “and our rapid growth illustrates it. With built-in live encoders for PCs, Macs, iPhones, and iPads, complete Digital Video Signage, Priority Alert, and with a world-class customizable user interface, we are very proud to be making a difference in our industry.”

DEVOS 4 allows content owners to organize their live and VoD content as they wish. With graphical drag-and-drop features, content can be instantly and easily organized into trees and branches, and every point on a tree has its own customizable landing page. Rights and privileges can be assigned to any user or content.

DEVOS supports a new line of HD software encoders, called Streamsie®. The ultra-easy Streamsie encoders support multiple video inputs as well as screen capture, and provide both video recording and live streaming. The video recording supports a much-desired “pause” function where a live recording can be paused and resumed, for example to skip a presentation break without having to later edit the video file.

Streamsie is available for Windows PC, Apple Mac, and for iPhone and iPad. DEVOS provisions Streamsie with credentials so that customers may install Streamsie without license worries or complexity on all computers and DEVOS controls simultaneous use. This breakthrough approach makes it possible for every student, employee, teacher, or even customer to have live and VoD production capabilities on multiple computers.

Genelec 8010 Active Monitor Nominated for Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Award

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— Award winners will be announced Saturday, January 24, 2015, at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California —

NATICK, MA – Genelec, the world’s pioneer in active monitoring, is proud to announce that its 8010 Bi-Amplified Monitor System, the smallest member of the acclaimed 8000 product range, has been nominated for a Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the Studio Monitor category. The 27th annual TEC Awards will be presented Saturday, January 24, 2015, at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

“It is a tremendous honor that our 8010 has been nominated by industry professionals for outstanding technical achievement,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec Inc. Marketing Director. “It is great to be recognized by our peers for our hard work, dedication and innovation, and all at Genelec Oy in Finland and here in the U.S. are very excited to see the results in Anaheim.”

Founded in 1985, the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Presented annually by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media. TEC Awards nominations are made by a panel of industry professionals and voted upon by members of various professional organizations and audio industry websites.

The 8010 Active Monitor is the smallest member of the acclaimed 8000 product range. The 8000 Series is widely used in the high-end professional audio, mastering, post-production and broadcast market sectors around the world. Its professional heritage is reflected in the compact-sized 8010. Suitable for professional work in small studios, it offers accurate monitoring capability with ease of installation. The outstanding sound quality makes the 8010 ideal for small editorial studios and OB vans, and a perfect companion for portable recording devices and other mobile production work. Featuring a balanced XLR input, 3-inch bass driver, 3/4-inch tweeter and efficient Class D power amplifiers – one for each driver – the 8010 produces more sound pressure level than might be expected from a monitor of this size. Thanks to its exceptional sound quality, small size and universal power supply, 8010 is the perfect monitor companion for music production professionals on the move.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com.

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Press Releases For : December 8, 2014

Token Creek Sees ‘Marked Improvement’ in Image Quality with Addition of Three FUJINON Wide-Angles and Four Zooms

Wayne, N.J. – Madison, WI-based Token Creek Mobile Television has added three XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field production lenses and four HA18x5.5 HD zooms to complement Grass Valley LDX80 cameras on its Sioux truck. The lenses have already been used for coverage of the Minnesota Vikings National Football League (NFL) home games, National Basketball Association (NBA) play and PAC12 college football.

“Since making the switch recently to the new FUJINON lenses, we’ve noticed a marked improvement in the quality of the images coming from our cameras,” said company president Token Creek FUJINON 99 lensJohn Salzwedel. “The 99x gives our customers that unique combination of the distance and width they need. And the HA18x zoom covers the entire frame so beautifully. Thanks to these new Token Creek FUJINON 99 lenslenses, what we’re offering our clientele has advanced significantly. They’re thrilled, and so are we.”

The Sioux truck is scheduled for coverage of upcoming professional NBA and college NCAA basketball games.

The XA99x8.4 combines high-performance imaging, a long zoom reach, and an ultra-wide angle. It offers a zoom range of 99x, a focal length of 8.4 to 832mm, and MOD of 2.9m. It features a newly developed patented image stabilization technology for rock-steady performance, which is especially critical for long-distance HD shots. High-resolution 16-bit encoders are standard, making it suitable to virtual, robotic, and digital signage, among other applications. FUJINON’s exclusive GO-Technology improves image resolution and chromatic aberrations at all focal lengths.

This 2/3-inch telephoto field lens employs the latest High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC) resulting in richer colors and greatly improved blue response and transmittance. HT-EBC coupled with FUJINON’s exclusive Aspheric Technology reduce ghost and flare and increase light transmission. A proprietary anti-fogging design minimizes lens fogging and reduces downtime due to moisture—a critical concern when shooting in all types of weather conditions.

FUJINON’s Premier Series HA18x5.5 offers 18x zoom from 5.5mm at the wide angle to 100mm on the telephoto end to capture images for a versatile range of scenes. It features high-precision large-diameter aspheric elements, designed with Fujifilm’s proprietary cutting-edge optical simulation technology, achieving sharpness at the center as well as all corners to deliver edge-to-edge premium image quality. Like the XA99x, the HA18x employs the HT-EBC coatings, as well as Aspheric Technology, making these the highest performing 2/3” lenses in the market today.

In addition to the new XA99x’s and HA18x’s, Token Creek’s FUJINON lens equipment arsenal, includes: two FUJINON XA101x8.9 BESM-T26C and six FUJINON XA88x8.8 BESM-T26D telephoto field lenses, and six FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERD wide angle lenses.

About Token Creek Mobile Television

Since 1992, Token Creek Mobile Television, Inc. has served the mobile broadcast production needs for network, regional and local sports broadcasters, as well as the entertainment industry, educators and Fortune 500 corporations. With state-of-the-art mobile production units and a prime Midwest location near Madison, Wisconsin, Token Creek Mobile Television Inc. has provided mobile production units to sports clients like ESPN ,PAC12, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports,NFL Network, Alliance Productions, NBA Entertainment and NFL Network; corporate clients such as EPIC Systems, Harley-Davidson and Georgia-Pacific; and local stations WLEX in Lexington, KY, KVLY in Fargo, WCIU/Chicago and KSTP/KSTC in Minneapolis.

With an unparalleled record of high-quality production services, a team with years of broadcast production experience and a fleet of mobile units with premier technology, Token Creek Mobile Television, Inc. provides production solutions to clients, regardless of the production’s price range.

Visit www.tokencreek.com for more information.

About Fujifilm

FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.9 billion, at an exchange rate of 102 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

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Professional Wireless Systems’ RF Communications Package Delivers Rock-Solid Results For Univision’s Latin Grammy Awards Broadcast

PWS_Helical AntennaLAS VEGAS, NV, DECEMBER 8, 2014 — When the 15th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® were broadcast live on Univision from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) once again supported Univision’s system with a custom RF communications package for the network’s green carpet pre-show and star-studded main event.

The Latin GRAMMY Awards, presented by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. Unlike the regular Grammy® Awards, which primarily honors music produced in the United States, the Latin Grammys recognize music recorded in either Spanish or Portuguese, produced anywhere in the world.

During the festivities, the PWS team, led by lead RF coordinator James Stoffo, was onsite to monitor the RF spectrum and ensure that the show ran smoothly, with any potential interference issues quickly resolved. Brooks Schroeder was the lead coordinator on the green carpet, coordinating and managing all pre-show frequencies and working alongside Stoffo to ensure that there was no interference leading up to the main broadcast. In total for the evening, PWS coordinated and managed more than 200 frequencies.

PWS Preparing for the Latin GRAMMY AwardsThis marks the first year that the event was held at the MGM Grand, which presented some new challenges for the PWS team. “The MGM facility is not shielded, so we were being bombarded with a significant amount of television frequencies inside the venue, which we hadn’t experienced in prior years,” says Stoffo. “We also had to coordinate frequencies with KÀ, the neighboring Cirque de Soleil show, which in itself uses 100s of frequencies within the spectrum. It was a big undertaking but one that we were able to manage as a team through constant communication.”

For the pre-show green carpet activities, PWS supplied six Telex BTR-800s, as well as multiple Lectrosonic IFB systems and Shure UHF-Rs. For the live broadcast, PWS supplied four Telex BTR-800s, along with four PWS Domed Antennas and four PWS Helical Antennas. PWS also utilized a RAD UV-1G Enhanced Narrow Band™ wireless intercom system for the main event, which provided PWS with the ability to use frequencies that would not interfere with the more than 200 existing frequencies already in use for the live broadcast.

Aside managing the abundance of active wireless devices during this event, PWS was also faced with a challenge in terms of the layout of the hardware on stage. “The PWS antennas were all at concourse level, positioned behind video walls,” says Stoffo. “The video walls not only radiated RF interference but also blocked the antennas from picking up the microphones on stage by obstructing the clear line of sight. We were able to resolve the issue through the use of highly filtered wireless microphone systems and our helical antennas, as the circular motion of the RF field emitted by the helical antennas reduces the risk of drop-outs and guarantees the strongest possible signal.”

With PWS’ support, the Latin GRAMMY Awards’ live broadcast remained free from interference for a successful event. “Doing a live broadcast from the Las Vegas Strip always presents a unique set of challenges from a wireless coordination standpoint,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “It was great to be able to work alongside the talented professionals at ATK Audiotek, which supplied the show’s PA and monitor systems, as well as the wonderful team at Univision, once again. With our experience and expertise, the services and equipment we provided helped to ensure that the show once again went off without any hitches.”

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Clear-Com Ships New LQ Series

Clear-Com® announced today that it is now shipping the LQ series, a new family of connectivity devices for linking intercom and audio systems over LAN, WAN or IP networks. Based on Clear-Com’s patented I.V.-Core technology, LQ (formerly known as LINQ) provides the industry with the next step in intercom/audio linking technology.

New product family underlines Clear-Com’s continuing leadership in linking technology for connecting audio and communications systems over IP networks

As part of building a communications link, LQ utilizes the low latency audio CODEC OPUS, which features a range of different settings to provide high quality audio on the network bandwidth available. This means that the LQ Series can be used for intercom conversation, networked music performances and for audio signals that need to betransported between different facilities. The compact LQ throw-down devices enable connections of 2-wire partyline with call signaling and 4-wire audio over LAN, WAN or Internet IP infrastructures. The LQ Series has a 2-wire (LQ-2W2) or 4-wire (LQ-4W2) option. The LQ-2W2 is both Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible. A maximum of six LQ IP interfaces can be linked together in any 2- or 4-wire combination.1_LQ

Stephen Sandford, Product Manager, Clear-Com, said, “Since its introduction at IBC 2014 the LQ series has generated a great deal of interest from users that want to expand their remote communications quickly and easily. Clear-Com’s long-standing development of IP-based solutions gives our users the advantage of tried and trusted technology in this important area.”

VMP Launches FP-MLPAB Medium Low Profile Flat Panel Articulating Wall Mount

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Dec. 8, 2014 — Video Mount Products (www.videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the commercial, residential, security, education, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce the launch of the new FP-MLPAB medium low profile articulating wall mount with tilt and list adjustment capabilities. Now shipping with an MSRP of $169.95, the FP-MLPAB holds most 27- to 42-inch flat panels up to 55 lbs.Video Mount Products FP-MLPAB medium flat panel mount - HR

“The rugged FP-MLPAB has been designed for both functionality as well as easy installation to a single stud,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “With a closed depth of just 1.6 inches and a fully opened extension of 16.4 inches along with a fully adjustable 10 degree tilt, 3 degrees list adjustment and ± 45 degrees of rotation, the FP-MLPAB is the ideal choice for customers and installers, whether in commercial, residential, pro, education, house of worship, or other applications.”

Additional features include:
• integrated cable management system & level
• mounting rails accept padlocks for peace-of-mind
• maximum flat panel hole pattern – 400mm x 400mm
• black powder coat finish

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™-Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries since 1994. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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Moody Gardens and D3D Cinema Celebrate Opening of First Institutional 6P Laser Theater Featuring Christie

D3D Cinema and Moody Gardens have announced the grand opening of the MG3D Laser Theater at Moody Gardens, the first institution in the world to feature a giant screen 6-Primary (6P) laser projection system. Audiences will now experience films on a world-class 60 by 80-foot white screen – the largest in Texas – at nearly three and a half times brighter than the current industry standard, with vibrant colors and new 3D glasses technology. The 6P laser-illuminated 4K-resolution 3D dual projector system is manufactured by Christie®, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual displays. The 6P eyewear is designed and manufactured by Infitec GmbH. The 1.4 gain premium white screen was provided by MDI.

Christie 4K 6P Laser Digital Projection System

Christie 4K 6P Laser Digital Projection System

“This installation marks a great step forward for giant screen projection technology – and Moody Gardens has once again taken a pioneering step with D3D to create a truly great theater experience for their audience,” said Don Kempf, president of D3D Cinema. “Their continuing willingness to forge ahead with new cinema technology and branding will help push the museum cinema market forward into a new era of cinema clarity, brightness and profitability. This industry has been waiting for lasers for a long time.”

“There is a bit of nervous excitement with being the first institutional theater in the world to implement laser technology,” added John Zendt, President and CEO of Moody Gardens. “But, when I walked into the theater and saw my screen light up like never before, I was thrilled! And that first impression was only at 75 percent of our brightness capability. I can now happily invite my giant screen colleagues to come and see firsthand what D3D, Christie and Infitec are capable of delivering on an 80 foot screen. To be first to market is very exciting. But the results themselves are amazing and it is an experience our guests will certainly appreciate.”

Christie’s laser system provides unparalleled image quality using a pair of state-of-the-art 4K laser projection heads, a 6P modular laser light farm with fiber-optic delivery, and Christie 4K 3D high-bitrate IMBs.

“We can confidently say that Christie’s 6P laser design is a real breakthrough for the industry,” said Don Shaw, senior director of product management, Christie. “Our non-flashing 6P architecture is without question the most light-efficient 3D technology on the market, providing four times the 3D brightness versus the competition, and enhanced color gamut and a remarkable contrast ratio as well. On a speckle-free premium white screen, Moody Gardens has achieved a peerless cinematic presentation.”

Infitec’s new 6P glasses deliver a startling 90 percent efficiency – unsurpassed in the industry. It’s the perfect complement to the 80 foot wide screen in the MG3D Theater, which is now capable of light levels over 16 foot-lamberts in 3D (measured through Infitec’s glasses). This is many times brighter than the theater’s previous 3D 70mm system and far exceeds any “ultra-bright” industry standards.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this project,” said Markus Fritz, COO of INFITEC GmbH. “We had to move a few mountains to make this happen but the results are incredibly gratifying. INFITEC is now uniquely positioned to provide 6P eyewear technology as giant screen venues turn to laser 3D in the coming years. Moody Gardens is now a flagship theater for us, and we will continue to improve on efficiency capabilities and giant screen eyewear designs in 2015.”

“I’m so happy with the final result, the brightness and clarity is amazing,” added Ronald La Faver, President of INFITEC Inc. “The vision of INFITEC on a pure laser based system came true.”

This latest collaboration between D3D and Moody Gardens builds on a longstanding partnership. In January 2011, D3D and Moody co-hosted the first annual Digital Cinema Symposium, showcasing 4K projection technology on a giant screen for the first time, including the first 4K versus 70mm split screen shootout. The following year, at the 2012 Digital Cinema Symposium, D3D showcased the first 4K 3D, 11.1 3D audio, high frame rate demonstration as well as a prototype laser on a giant screen, all industry firsts. The 2012 event was a milestone, marking the first time that industry professionals overwhelmingly acknowledged that a digital presentation exceeded the quality of a 70mm film in a side-by-side comparison. A case study was recently published by D3D and Moody Gardens, illustrating the financial benefits and qualitative success of digital presentation and rebranding.

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EngageClick Integrates Artificial Intelligence with Advertising to Offer True Personalized Consumer Experience

Big Data, Machine Learning, and Cognitive Science Technologies Help Major Brands Personalize Mobile, Online, and Smart TV Ads on the Fly

EngageClick, the technology integrator that makes advertising personal, today announced a new consumer personalization platform that improves the effectiveness of advertising engagement across multiple screens by learning engagement behavior patterns of consumers and by delivering predictive and personalized ads. The EngageClick Consumer Personalization Platform uses data driven technologies such machine learning and cognitive science to track customer data in real-time across mobile devices, tablets, desktops, and smart TVs.

Applying Artificial Intelligence (machine learning) that affects the advertising message is a completely new marketing technique. Just as machine learning might be used to identify hand written zip codes on envelopes so they can be sorted into the appropriate geographic region, customer data and behaviors are learned and sorted enabling personalized advertising messages. By learning consumer engagement signals, the EngageClick Consumer Personalization Platform identifies persona (groups of people who demonstrate similar taste of ads) at any point in time across multiple screens. Once a consumer persona is identified, the EngageClick platform delivers personalized ads targeted to the respective persona resulting in higher consumer engagement and deeper metrics. rel image

EngageClick is also a major boon for performance marketers focused on measuring and improving performance. The platform allows marketing professionals to improve measurement and maximize ROI. Performance marketers uses various elements of personalization technologies provided by platform such as machine learning enabled personalized ads, re-engagement (advanced re-targeting technologies), creative personalization (consumer engagement behavior based auto segmentation and optimization) to help them achieve greater conversion successes along with understand the overall insights of conversation path. The insights tell them “why” and “how” they’re seeing better conversion – a story that was untold to them before. It’s the most advanced and unique cross-screen and cross-channel solutions for performance marketer needs.

The platform is currently being tested with major global CPG, Auto, Retail, Finance, Media, Entertainment, Travel brands and already delivering increased digital ad engagement by more than an of average of 50%. These major campaigns have enabled EngageClick to collect data samples in the millions, identifying key pattern in devise use, location behaviors, interaction styles, engagement preferences, buying behaviors, and regional trends.

“The ability to apply machine learning to creative, can change the whole dynamic of how brands can appeal to their customers,” said Brandon Berger, worldwide chief digital officer for Ogilvy & Mather. “Using big data to predict the most effective message to serve at the right time, will allows us to be programmatic on both sides of the creative and media equation. It will bring performance and brand much close to together.”

EngageClick constantly learns about the individual customer and delivers what works best for each consumer. Machine learning looks for patterns and creates groups then matches group patterns to find which work best with particular elements of an ad. EngageClick groups patterns together based on engagement behaviors and build ads in real-time (where there is flexibility to make ads more adaptive) to deliver to the right person or select the best ones out of existing branding ads (where there is a high creative control). The algorithm works for every creative situation of the customers. Consumer information is collected from devices and systems as a group level action so it also enables the platform to be effective in cookie-less or identifier-less environment.

“Imagine walking past a garden center and receiving a mobile ad for $1 off hummingbird nectar for the feeder you bought recently,” notes Shekhar Deo, co-founder of EngageClick. “We know something you need, and are approaching one of our clients store fronts. That’s where marketing is going. It’s getting much more personal and more connected.”

EngageClick seamlessly integrates with existing Demand Side Platforms (DSPs), Real-Time Bidding (RTB), trading desks, large publishers, and other major servers. Agencies and Brands can easily leverage EngageClick’s technology that supports Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) unit guidelines with existing media buys through other platforms. EngageClick also has partnered with several media companies to help agencies and brands to deliver full-service campaigns.

Conceived in the halls of MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Berkley, EngageClick was founded on the ideas that consumers can be delivered the products, services, ideas, and images that they care about. EngageClick created the first multi-screen ad engagement platform that uses machine-learning technologies to create, manage, optimize, and deliver personalized and dynamic interactive ads across mobile, tablet, desktop, digital out-of-home, and smart TVs. EngageClick’s technology utilizes predictive segmentation of high value audiences to make ads perform smarter across display and video. EngageClick has offices in Palo Alto, midtown Manhattan and Bangalore. For more information, visit www.engageclick.com.

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Extron Now Shipping TeamWork “Show Me” Cable Retraction Modules

Extron Retractor SMExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Retractor SM “Show Me” cable retraction modules for the company’s popular TeamWork Collaboration System. Available Retractor SM modules provide the user interface for HDMI, DisplayPort, or VGA sources. Operation is simple and intuitive. Extend the “Show Me” cable, connect it to your source device, and press the “Share” button to share your content on the main presentation display. At the end of the collaboration session, cables retract with the press of a button, ready for use by the next collaboration team. Retractor SM modules can be installed into most Extron Cable Cubby Series/2 cable access enclosures using our expanded line of mounting kits. (more…)

Tightrope Media Systems and University of Massachusetts Bring Interactive Digital Signage to Campus

Touchscreen-enabled kiosk at new Football Performance Center engages visitors with 130 years of historical data about the UMass Minutemen football program

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, December 8, 2014
– The University of Massachusetts in Amherst recently opened its Football Performance Center, a 55,000 square foot facility representing the UMass Minutemen football program. Visitors are greeted by a hall of fame showcasing the university’s 130-year football program as they enter the facility, located at the north end of Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. As part of the experience, the university sought an interactive kiosk to compile and present detailed information about the football program. A Carousel digital signage solution from Tightrope Media Systems was selected to address the challenge, featuring custom software-defined programming to bring decades of historical and current data together.

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The interactive kiosk catalogues an impressive array of details and statistics related to the storied football program, showcasing players, teams, coaches, seasons and accomplishments. The system reaches beyond the realm of football action, generating information about the bands, mascots and other entries supporting the teams over the years. In casting a wide net, it’s assured that every visitor engaged with the kiosk will discover something of interest while controlling the touchscreen.

“We wanted a searchable system that delivered an interactive experience for current players, students, alumni, fans and visitors,” said John Sinnett, assistant athletic director, University of Massachusetts. “We faced the significant challenge of finding a system that could centralize 130 years of information, make it interactive, and intelligently display a large amount of content in a sortable manner on demand. This is a homegrown system and we’re not aware of another university that offers anything similar. There’s no question that this was a steep hill to climb.”

Sinnett and his team soon engaged with Tightrope to generate a custom program for pulling historical and recent content from various online sources. Driven by intelligent, automated software-defined triggers and a central content management system, the Carousel solution manages a giant block of XML data, extensively programmed to ensure the right information correlates with the right targets.

However, Carousel’s trademark ease of use also provides staff with an intuitive interface to manually upload content, ensuring that missing details from player numbers and headshots to game stats and team descriptions can be effortlessly edited or added on the fly.

Most importantly, the varied and dynamically updating information gives everyone something to enjoy, increasing dwell times and generating a deeper connection between the user and the football program. Current Minutemen players and their families can follow seasonal statistics, while visiting alumni can look back at past achievements. Sinnett also views the interactive kiosk as an intriguing recruitment tool, allowing prospective players to search which Minutemen have made NFL rosters, and which teams have made collegiate football history over the years.

“The touchscreen is emblematic of the overall mission of the Football Performance Center,” said Sinnett. “This venue ties in a large part of the program’s history into a modern home that will be a future cornerstone of the program. Carousel is efficiently driving and disseminating information about the historical past and success of the program, while keeping visitors up to the date on the latest activities. Tightrope is helping us push that history forward, drawing in anyone with interest in our football program.”

The system is based on a scalable architecture powered by a single Carousel 330 server, capable of supporting 15 channels should the university choose to add more kiosks or displays in the future.

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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