InfoComm Day Two/Part 1 – Digging Deeper

Digital audio networks are a hot product category this year. As the number of new network protocols has proliferated, so have products and services around them. Aviom, maker of the A-Net, Pro 16, and Pro 64 network solution, debuted the company’s new Design Services initiative. Headed by worldwide consultant liaison and design services manager, Jeff Lange, the three-member department is taking an ad hoc service the company had offered and formalizing it. Members of the design consulting team will review perspective and current customers’ design proposals, offer suggestions for ways to improve efficiency or performance and help develop design approaches. The announcement comes simultaneously with the introduction of new contractor hardware – the Wall Frame 6 line of modular digital wall boxes with 6-slot cards that accept up to 4 channels of I/O in various configurations. “All this is growing out of the network trend,â€? says Lange, who says they units can put a digital I/O directly in the wall, eliminating cabling and using power-over-Cat-5.

sennheiser_adn_ke10.jpgAnother new network, Sennheiser’s new Audio Distribution Network (ADN), is a wired digital conferencing system. ADN was designed as a premium entry-level solution for the conference market. The wired, digital discussion system is comprised of an easy-to-use central unit and two conference terminal options; one for the conference manager and the other for the participants. The system’s front end starts with microphones using Sennheiser’s KE 10 supercardioid capsule and integrated twin loudspeakers in each terminal. DSP includes digital limiting. The central unit includes an integrated PC with pre-installed conference software that can deliver a graphic overview of the conference room enabling control of the microphone distribution and the conference settings.

Getting To Know You – M&A are sooo 2009. Partnering and JVs were the m.o. at InfoComm 2010.
Harman Professional announced a partnership with information display and paging specialist Com-Net Software to launch a series of new communication technologies starting with the co-branded IDX Information Delivery Systems. The IDX System couples Harman’s Crown CTs, BSS London and HiQnet technologies on the back end with Com-Net Software ECLIPSX Flight Information Display System or ECLIPSX Transit Information Display System at the front end. The combined results are audio networks with application-engineered interface and control in a versatile, cost-efficient package.

Similarly, on the telepresence front, global managed video services provider Glowpoint announced a partnership program with Tata Communications to extend connectivity to their respective customer communities. The program provides extended global connectivity and improved interoperability across a wide range of endpoints to customers utilizing Glowpoint’s managed service offerings and Telepresence interExchange Network (TEN) and Tata Communications’ Global Meeting Exchange. Under the terms of the agreement, Glowpoint will extend its service offerings to include Tata Communications’ Managed Cisco TelePresence and Global Meeting Exchange business-to business-services. Tata Communications will work with Glowpoint to deliver enhanced interoperability between Cisco and other video devices, and to offer managed services across a wide range of video conferencing endpoints.

AV mounting solutions Chief announced a partnership with SurgeX, a leading supplier of professional AC power conditioning and surge elimination products. Authorized Chief dealers will be able to purchase Chief’s new line of Raxxess Series racks protected with SurgeX technology, as a bundled solution. “The SurgeX products will be a great addition to Chief’s new line of Racks, said Shannon Townley, SurgeX’s senior VP of sales. “By offering a fully integrated solution to the marketplace we expect customers to save valuable installation time, and enjoy the benefits of the best-bundled power and surge elimination rack solution that’s available today.�

Some interesting integrator hook-up news shortly…

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