InfoComm Day 2

Day Two at InfoComm 09 and the emerging theme is becoming clear: telepresense. Depending upon whom you talk to, telepresence is either the logical extension of video conferencing or a completely unique proposition unto itself. What sets it apart is the sense of immersiveness that its purveyors—a growing chunk of companies huddled mainly in the 3000 series of alleyways in the convention center—achieve by use of HD, multichannel audio, and staging the rooms in which telepresence conversations take place in such a way as to give the impression that the participants are in the same room with each other. The main players include Glowpoint, Tandberg, Polycom, LifeSize Communications, Teliris, and Cisco, the IT giant that is promoting its own proprietary approach to the telepresence.
An early stage of sector maturity is marked by number of joint ventures and alliances, the most notable of which was yesterday’s announcement that the year-old merger that has produced AVI-SPL, now the world’s largest systems integrator, is partnering with Glowpoint’s TEN Alliance (Telepresence interExchange Network), making telepresence a service that the integrator will be offering its clients going forward.
It’s not quite “Beam me up, Scotty,” but driven by truncated corporate travel budgets, the HD corporate interface is getting a lot more sophisticated.

New Products

  • EAW‘s new MicroSub stage subwoofer, part of the MicroWedge Series of stage monitor products, is a single-15in. enclosure tuned at 35Hz, operating in the range from 27Hz to 150Hz. It features external DSP with one-way filter. Axial SPL Sensitivity is 92dB (LF – whole space) or 98dB (half space) at 27Hz-150Hz. The unit’s high-pass filter is a 12db/octave Butterworth filter at 28Hz. Able to produce high sound pressure levels, the MicroSub has a calculated SPL Axial Output Limit of 122dB average/128dB peak (LF – whole space) or 128dB average/134dB peak (half space).
  • Xantech‘s new WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller is a stand-alone room controller for networked/web-based control featuring two IR Ports, two serial ports, two contact closure ports, and two digital I/O ports as well as two Ethernet ports (one with POE) for TCP/IP telnet control with less intrusion into facility IP networks. Its two RS-232 ports are configurable for RS-422/485 and RS-232 for control via Xantech or third-party units. Used as a room controller for a presentation system, the Web Intelligent Controller can automatically turn the projector off if left on, check bulb life (and, if low, email the IT or AV specialist responsible), and sense and control IR components, as well as screen drops and projector lifts.
  • AKG announced the release of the DMM 4/2/2 automatic microphone mixer. The DMM 4/2/2 is a processor-controlled digital automatic mixing algorithm with four balanced universal (microphone/line) inputs and two stereo AUX inputs providing a unique and intelligent mixing algorithm with noise sensitive threshold. The DMM 4/2/2 mixing algorithm automatically allocates gain among the system microphones (NOM attenuation) with a special noise detect function and the “Noise Sensitive Threshold” algorithm (NST) that eliminates an accidental switching of the input channels.

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