Volume 1, Issue 1 — May 27, 2015
|How to Effectively Position Digital Signage to Your Boss|
By Kelly Eisel
Marketing Copywriter, Industry Weapon
You’re reading this blog, so chances are you see digital signage as a potential cure for the internal issues your organization is facing. It can remedy plenty of communication woes, but how can you get your boss to share in the excitement about this solution?
You need to get your facts straight before you ask any higher-up to open the organization’s pocketbook and invest in something new. If your proposed project can make a positive impact on the business, you’re the hero of the hour! If it fails, you have to work twice as hard to save your reputation. Starting to sweat? Take a second to relax while we break it down for you.
A digital signage deployment with a proper content management system and content strategy will reduce your organization’s communication errors, modernize your facility and attract the right audience.
- 47 percent of audiences retain information received on digital signage 30 days after exposure.
- Digital Signage is credited with increasing brand awareness by 47.7 percent, and sales volumes by 31.8 percent.
- Digital displays capture 400 percent more viewers than static displays.
Whatever communication hiccups you are experiencing, there are several ways to mitigate them with digital signage. Both internal and external messaging is brought up to modern-day speed as they streamline digital content to audiences. “But how?” (Your boss will ask.) Luckily, we’ve compiled this simple list to help you with your answer. (We won’t tell!)
Digital signage provides quick messaging that sticks
Dynamic, moving images lure in viewers with the same effect that the television has had for years. The messages on the screen are only a few words long, making them easily by your audience. The repetition of slides re- enforces the messaging, ensuring everyone has understood the communication. Everyone will understand your messages, because everyone will be engaged.
Digital signage optimizes communication with employees and clients
Digital signage software is able to integrate with your organization’s existing social and data platforms to display content on the screens. From important messaging, like safety alerts to entertainment, or social media posts- digital signage has ‘set it and forget it’ applications that automate messages for you.
Digital signage modernizes your organization
Think back to the last time you drove past an old, faded internal or external signage or flyers that were a few years old. You probably thought that it made the area seem run down and out-of-touch, even if it wasn’t. The opposite effect is true, too. A technologically advanced digital sign will have viewers feeling like they are in a relevant, intuitive environment.
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|Don’t Implement Broken Tech|
By Scott Tiner
Last month, I was traveling through Newark and on an early morning flight. I got through the security line a little early, so I decided to sit down for a meal, rather than grab one and run. By chance, I walked into the Vanguard Kitchen. Needless to say, I was fascinated when I realized they had iPads at every table. About a year ago, I wrote a column about AppleBee’s thinking about using digital menus in their stores. Now I was seeing an example live and in person.
The fascination ended very soon. If you don’t have time to read the rest of the column, here is the take away:
DO NOT IMPLEMENT TECHNOLOGY IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT UNLESS IT WORKS!
As you can guess from that take away the technology did not work. Initially, upon sitting down it was not even clear to me that I would use the iPad to order my meal. I thought it may be a convenience feature to check on flight arrivals, departures, news and weather. A waiter came over, pressed the button to start up the ordering process, told me to use it to order and walked away. No problem, I am a techie, I can handle this. I fumbled my way around for a minute, as anyone would using a system for the first time. It did not amaze me as easy to use, but also did not strike me as particularly difficult. My order was done, it told me to swipe my card, I tried, and the app crashed. Oh great. Did I just order that, or did it crash before the order went through? If I go again, then am I going to pay for two meals? My brother, whom I was traveling with had the exact same thing happen to him. We have to wait several minutes and wave down the waiter. He of course, was not attending to us regularly as all interaction was to happen via the iPad.
When the waiter arrived he explained that the app sometimes does that and try again. He stood there as we did. We went through the process again, same result. At this point, we are over 10 minutes into our experience at the restaurant and have not even had coffee yet, because we can not get it ordered through the iPad. The waiter then told us that this happens a lot, and proceeded to try and order our meal (and swipe the card) on two other iPads before he got one to work. Not sure of the exact math here, but something like an 80 percent failure rate. It also left us wondering how many times that charge was going to come through on our accounts. Fortunately, the app had actually crashed before charging the meal, and we only go charged once.
I was really disappointed in this initial experience with digital menus and ordering. To be honest, it just did not work. Beyond the technical problems that I just explained there were other “user” issues. For starters, the iPads were stuck on the table (which is tiny to begin with) between my brother and I. It messed up our ability to have a normal conversation as we had to talk around the iPads. Next time you go to a restaurant, sit your menu upright between you and your guest and see what type of experience that is. A second issue is that each person needs to order their own food and swipe the card. So, if I had been with my family rather than my brother I would have had to swipe the card for four different charges. I can not just put them all on one. Finally, and perhaps the most annoying problem, is that I had to choose a tip when I ordered my food. At this point, the only thing the wait staff has done is sit me down. How am I supposed to determine what type of tip to give BEFORE any service is provided? Additionally, the technology raises questions about what amount of tip should I give. All the wait staff did was sit me and deliver my food. It was by no means your regular dining experience.
In retrospect, I think the entire implementation was deeply flawed. Technically, it was flawed, service wise it was flawed. In my estimation, from a business perspective it was also flawed. In theory, it should provide more efficient and faster service. Yet, if someone goes into a sit down restaurant in an airport, it is probably because they have time to burn between flights. Speed is not going to be the only determining factor. Second, the system may have been less efficient, due to the amount of time the staff spent trying to get the technology to work. This could be part of the roll out, but that needs to be considered, and should have been tested well in advance. From an efficiency and speed perspective, the restaurant could offer a self-order area, much like grocery stores have a self checkout line. People who go in those lines know they may run into problems, but are willing to do it for the convenience. Yet, many people choose to avoid them completely.
I end this column going back to my initial take away. Please, don’t implement technology unless you know it will work, from all perspectives. The iPads read that this was a OTG experience. Now that I have had an OTG experience, I would be happy to never have one again.Leave a Comment
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|BYOD Part 1: Enterprise Strategy and Policy|
By Corey Moss
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) refers to an organization-led program which permits employees to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access privileged company information and applications. It is a known enterprise mobile strategy which has gained acceptance in numerous markets:
• Corporate: BYOD is fast becoming standard practice in the corporate world. More companies are allowing employees to utilize their own personal mobile devices to access the network for communication and collaboration, wireless presenting, file download and share and more. By employing a structured BYOD program, including policy implementation, enterprise companies can maintain enhanced BYOD management. Third party mobile device, application and content management as well as targeted security solutions can further enhance strategy in terms of securing devices, apps as well as critical files and data (especially when lost or misplaced) which are accessed with these personal devices (Note: this will be further defined in part two of this series).
• Healthcare: Mobility is improving patient care and operational efficiency. In hospitals and clinics, along with a provider using their own device, multiple medical professionals can also share the same device as well. Because of the sensitivity of healthcare data, the device must always remain under management with enforced security policies even between users. Requirements in terms of policy enforcement as well as conforming to HIPAA standards are paramount when healthcare professionals utilize their own devices. Device, app and data security are paramount to any healthcare BYOD program.
• Government: In Federal, state and local government, mobile devices are taking an employee’s work and communications on the road with them. Emergency workers can be in touch at any time as well as see information and data anywhere they are. Securing sensitive files and data is critical in this market as well as implementing and enforcing a strong BYOD policy. As in healthcare, device, app and data security become paramount to any BYOD program. BYOD programs have been developing in more of a measured approach in the Federal market, however it is gaining certain popularity in terms of an organization’s mobile strategy.
• Higher Education: The BYOD movement had its start in colleges and universities nearly a decade ago, spurred on by technology-savvy students who requested to use their personal devices on campus and by forward-thinking administrators who recognized that allowing network access using personal devices could improve the educational experience while aiding their recruiting efforts as well. This strategy has grown exponentially in today’s education market with executives and administrators continuously developing and deploying BYOD strategies as well as coinciding policy.
The strategy, as versus utilization of organization-distributed devices as stated permits an employee to bring a personally owned mobile device (laptop, tablet, and smart phone) to their workplace, and to use that device to access certain company privileged information and apps developed by the organization as well. It can be deployed as a measure in certain cases for example to reduce costs, have employees use their own resident applications (i.e. Linkedin, Twitter) resident on their device along with downloaded organizational apps (based on permissions established for each employee). However the program, most importantly, allows for an employees to use their own familiar native devices.
Here is an infographic which shows today’s enterprise market BYOD trends:
A recent ZDNet article Bring-your-own-device gains traction in the U.S. — even if enterprises aren’t ready yet, begins with a summary statement: Gartner says about two-fifths of all U.S. consumers who work for large enterprises use their own device for work. With BYOD gaining further acceptance in enterprise markets, however, come inherent risks as well. If there is little management and control, numerous things can happen to compromise the organization.
However with the implementation of a BYOD program, one important thing that needs to be established (as noted in the market sector descriptions above), is a clear and concise BYOD policy. BYOD program management and enforcement concerning employee usage of and network access with these devices by an organization’s IT department should coincide with an established policy that is signed off by all employees involved in a BYOD program.
The following is a video “Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” (part of a four-part series on the Consumerization of IT).
CIO Steve Phillips of Avnet Inc.,.one of the largest distributors of electronic components, IT solutions and embedded technology, shares his key considerations when developing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in the enterprise, including how Avnet’s own policy is evolving.
The following are some considerations for drafting a strategic BYOD policy:
- Will there be an agreement put in place for employees that wish to bring their own devices?
- What regulations, if any (government, industry, or otherwise), must be adhered to when an employee uses their own device?
- Will you specify which types of devices (brands, OS) that employees can use within the organization?
- Who will pay for the devices and data coverage required — individual, organization or both?
- What privacies will be granted to employees using their own devices?
- What support (software updates, troubleshooting, maintenance, etc) will the organization provide for BYOD users?
- What measures (e.g. software installation, enterprise mobile management) will be taken for securing devices prior to use?
- What methods will be used for securing devices when lost or stolen?
- Are there safeguards in place if a device is compromised?
- Is there a plan for retiring employee devices when they leave the organization?
- What happens if an employee violates BYOD policy agreement
Once a policy has been created, maintaining BYOD management and security depends on an organization’s ability to educate its employees on BYOD best practices, implement effective mobile management and security measures, and enforce the policy. Employees that are not trained on BYOD policy procedures will only increase management and security risks for the organization. An outdated policy can also lead to management issues. Therefore, creating a sound and strategic BYOD program, as well as continuously updating one that is already in place are imperative and must be undertaken in a collaborative and concerted effort between an organization’s employees, IT team and management.
Avoiding BYOD? Why Setting BYOD Policies is Increasingly Critical
RSA Conference 2014, San Francisco – Bring your own device concerns are getting more complex, but most organizations aren’t keeping up with the times, and their outdated policies and procedures prove it, says John Whaley of Moka5.Leave a Comment
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|Bogen to Debut Four New Lines at InfoComm|
Bogen Communications will be introducing several new products at InfoComm 2015 including a line of compact, half-rack width amplifiers; a 500-watt amplifier; a compact line array loudspeaker system; and a digital loudspeaker controller.
The CC4062MBT is the latest model in the CC-Series of amplifiers which are 40-watt compact amplifiers with varying inputs and features. The new CC4062MBT provides seven inputs (three mic/line, one aux, one tel, a built-in Media Player with EQ, as well as Bluetooth source-pairing capability) and an MOH output. In addition, it offers individual phantom power for MIC inputs, volume controls for each input, priority muting, bass and treble controls and a REC output. These amps are housed in half-rack width enclosures. Each amplifier measures 8-1/4” wide by 3-1/2” high by 10-3/8” deep and weighs 11 pounds. They work with 70V, 25V, 4-ohm and 8-ohm speaker systems.
Bogen has also added a 500-watt amplifier to its Gold Seal Series. This new addition, Model GS500, provides the same features as the other five models in the series but with double the power (500 watts). Features include seven inputs (four mic, one mic/tel, one mic/aux, one aux); 10-band graphic equalizer; loudness contour control; audio enhancement; phantom power for each MIC input; variable music muting; remote master volume control; automatic level control; balanced line driver output; low-cut filter for MIC channels; and AUX fade back after TEL page.
The Gold Seal Series works with 4-ohm, 8-ohm, 25V, 25VCT and 70V systems. The GS500 provides several safety features such as thermal and overload protection. Separately sold accessories include a tamper-resistant front cover, rack mounting kit and a remote volume control.
Bogen’s ALA-1 system is a compact line arrays system consisting of four parts:
- The ALA-1 is the main array, which incorporates four metal-alloy woofer cone drivers featuring the pioneering voice-coil guidance system by NEAR, with Ferrofluid in the magnet gap.
- The ALA-1LT Long-Throw module increases the array length by 50 percent, focusing this extra energy to augment and extend the performance of the ALA-1 for longer distances.
- The ALA-1DF Down-fill Module increases vertical coverage below the main array greatly improving articulation in front row near-field listening areas often eliminating the need for stage-based front fill speakers.
- The ALA-1S has a 12” woofer which provides high output and extended bass for music and video productions. In addition, a unique mounting bracket that allows the full ALA array to be suspended and tilted.
Finally, the Apogee Model DLX24 is a two-input by four-output digital loudspeaker controller that they say is designed for both live sound and fixed installations. The DLX24’s software allows custom configuration of any combination of Apogee speaker presets and provides remote volume control and monitoring of the speaker system through a PC USB interface. Users can access up to 8 bands of parametric equalization, up to 910 milliseconds of delay, LP and HP crossover filters, and peak compressor/limiter (per input channel). Output channels offer the same input capabilities and include an additional RMS compressor/limiter. Output channels can be specific protected Apogee speaker presets or non-protected for non-Apogee products.
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|Aurora Intros 4K Tuner|
Aurora’s new V-Tune Pro 4K is spec’d as a high definition worldwide tuning solution for any integrated system that requires IPTV, ATSC, QAM, DVB, NTSC and PAL. The tuner is capable of decoding MPEG2, MPEG4, VC-1, H.264 and H.265 with resolutions up to 4096×2160 @ 60Hz via RF and LAN. There is also an on-board 4K scaler for viewing 1080p HD content on 4K displays.
The V-Tune Pro 4K’s control includes IR, RS-232 and IP control. The user can create their own channels by assigning streaming content to a channel number and the V-Tune Pro 4K then switches between content by simply changing channels (on a 4K TV). Channel and device configuration is “cloneable” for setting up multiple V-Tune Pro 4Ks in a restaurant, hotel or hospital environment.
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|Extron Adds SM 28 Fast Installing, Two-Way Surface Mount Speakers|
Extron has launched the SM 28 SpeedMount Surface Mount Speaker, a two-way speaker with a patent pending, concealed wall mounting system. It features an 8″ (20.3 cm) woofer with dual tuned ports and a 1.1″ (2.8 cm) tweeter. The SM 28 provides a frequency range from 59 Hz to 22 kHz, and a power rating of 90 watts continuous pink noise, 180 watts continuous program capacity. The Extron exclusive mounting system is designed to accommodate division-of-labor installations and save costs. The SM 28 is available as an 8 ohm model, and an SM 28T version which can operate in 8 ohm direct as well as 70 volt and 100 volt modes. The SM 28T features a six-position power tap selector for up to 64 watts, which can conveniently be accessed through the grille from outside the speaker.
For installers, the flexible mounting system includes a 0° mounting plate and a 10° mounting adapter. The 0° mounting plate provides the electrical connections and allows the SM 28 to be oriented vertically or horizontally, flush with the wall. When the versatile 10° mounting adapter is added to the mounting plate, the SM 28 can be positioned with a 10° tilt downward, upward, left, or right.
The SM 28 saves time and installation costs for AV system contractors working with low-voltage contractors in a division-of-labor installation. During rough-in, a low-voltage contractor installs the mounting system on the wall and terminates the speaker cable to the mount’s integrated wiring contacts. Later, the AV system contractor completes the installation by sliding the SM 28 onto the mount.
The SM 28 is sold in pairs and carries a 5 year parts and labor warranty. It is available in a black or white finish and includes a 0° mounting plate and a 10° mounting adapter. Also available is an optional yoke mount kit for the SM 28. It allows for vertical or horizontal speaker mounting on a wall, or on a ceiling, and provides 180° of pivot in 10° detented steps.
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|Zytronic Partners with SpinTouch to Launch Mozayo Touch Table|
Zytronic has partnered with SpinTouch International and Rok Interactive bring to market the Mozayo, a multi-touch table that has the best ergonomic design on a touch table we’ve ever seen here at rAVe.
Available in four different finishes and designs, the Mozayo supports up to 40 simultaneous touch points on a high-definition 46 inch multi-touch display driven by an embedded high performance Windows 8.1 PC. The touch table is built to be rugged and reliable in order to withstand the most demanding indoor environments. The glass edge-to-edge, zero bezel design repels water and minimizes glare from overhead lighting.
Interactive software and hardware developer, SpinTouch, in looking for touch screen technology, sought to utilise Zytronic’s Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT) for its superior performance over other technologies examined. Zytronic’s multi-touch sensors combine unrivaled durability and fast, accurate touch performance with crisp, sleek aesthetics. The Mozayo makes use of Zytronic’s ZXY200 multi-touch controller in conjunction with a 46-inch PCT touch sensor underneath 8-millimeter thermally toughened glass.
The Mozayo can be used with a downloadable custom software package from SpinTouch, ‘My Showcase’ and ‘Dream Touch’ programs offering enhanced presentation and animation features, ideal for promotional or retail applications.
Careful consideration was paid, in designing the Mozayo table, to ensure that this interactive product offered the highest standards of accessibility and functionality. For this reason, it is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and designed from the outset to be wheelchair friendly.
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|Listen Technologies Launches TalkPerfect DX Speech Enhancement System|
Listen Technologies launched the TalkPerfect DX Speech Enhancement System — the newest member of their ListenLoop line of products powered by Ampetronic. At train stations, movie theaters, customer return kiosks, security reception desks, banks/post offices, police stations, prison visitor desks, or in other noisy environments where customers are separated from staff members by a fixed screen for security or logistical reasons, it can be difficult for both parties to hear during transactions.
The full-duplex TalkPerfect system amplifies speech for both customer and staff in these environments while minimizing background noise and actively reducing acoustic feedback. The TalkPerfect DX Speech Enhancement System improves communication and also effectively increases the speed of transactions and boosts efficiency. Additionally, the system easily integrates with assistive listening counter hearing loops.
The system’s full duplex communication allows natural conversation, and the noise canceling microphones offer high rejection to background noise. Both channels feature independent volume controls, providing clear listening for both users. The TalkPerfect DX amplifier is typically installed below the counter in conjunction with a CLD1 induction loop, providing a fully integrated intercom and control module, with a host of features for integration and versatile use.
With four installation configurations, the system comprises a number of components and accessories, including:
- Combi Unit 400mm Gooseneck & LED (TP-CMB400LED)
- POD Loudspeaker (TP-PDS)
- Glass Mount Microphone (TP-GMM)
- PZM Microphone (TP-PZM)
- POD Microphone (TP-PDM)
- Four different installation kit options
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|Extron SMP 351 Integrates with Opencast Media Server to Automate Lecture Capture|
Extron’s SMP 351 now integrates with Opencast Media Server to create end-to-end solutions for recording AV presentations, from scheduling to publishing. Opencast is a free, open-source platform for the management of AV media recorded in training and education environments. The Extron SMP 351 Streaming Media Processor serves the role of a “capture agent” in an Opencast system. It combines a presentation source and camera video of the instructor with a background image into flexible layouts, which deliver the live presentation experience.
Organizations use Opencast to schedule, process, and distribute AV recordings to Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Blackboard, Moodle or Sakai, or Content Management Systems (CMS) such as Kaltura, YouTube or iTunes University. Opencast also provides a video-on-demand server that provides a browser-based player interface to play back recorded media. Recording schedules can be entered and managed directly from Opencast, while the SMP 351 continuously updates schedule data for reliable initiation of recording sessions. The SMP 351 delivers long recordings to Opencast as sequential MP4 files that maintain the complete audio and video program with no gaps, ensuring that events are captured in their entirety.
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|Anchor Audio to Launch Bigfoot Powerful Portable PA System at InfoComm 2015 in OrlandoThe Bigfoot Line Array is being promoted by Anchor Audio as the most powerful battery-operated, portable PA ever built — and it will debut this June at InfoComm 2015. The Bigfoot outputs 130 dB and 400 watts AC/DC of sound through its five 8” neodymium woofers and one high-efficiency tweeter, all powered by three rechargeable batteries. It comes in a durable UV resistant enclosure and two rugged, heavy-duty 8” wheels.
The Bigfoot is the first Anchor Audio portable sound system that offers up to four built-in UHF wireless receivers. Standard inputs and outputs include: two universal microphone inputs, one 1/4” balanced line input, one 3.5 mm AUX balanced line input, and USB charging for portable devices. It also features standard built-in Bluetooth connectivity on all models and an optional built-in CD/MP3 combo player. The Bigfoot includes bass and treble controls for fine-tuning as well as a battery level indicator.
The Bigfoot Line Array is available à la carte as well as in packages with either two or four wireless receivers and microphones. The cost of a base unit starts at $3,350 and the top of the line package, the Bigfoot Quad, includes the system with standard built-in Bluetooth, a built-in CD/MP3 combo player, four wireless receivers and the customer’s choice of four wireless microphones.
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|Extron Ships Room Scheduler|
Extron is now shipping the Extron Room Scheduling application. Extron says it has simplified the room booking experience by pairing standard TouchLink Pro touch panels with Microsoft Exchange to create a complete, easy-to-use solution. While competitive devices rely on additional scheduling software or external processors, TouchLink Pro touch panels only require free Room Agent software and Exchange to deliver a convenient stand-alone room booking solutions for any size facility. Users can reserve rooms from any Exchange-connected device, including their mobile devices, or from the touch panel itself. Since Extron Room Scheduling uses popular 5″ and 7″ TouchLink Pro touch panels, multiple mounting options are available, including on-wall, in-wall, as well as secure mounting to almost any flat surface, including glass or granite with the TLP Pro 520M.
Extron TLP Pro 520M, TLP Pro 720M, and TLP Pro 720T TouchLink Pro touch panels require no programming, as they simply operate as a client of Microsoft Exchange. Booking a room from the touch panel is as easy as tapping the “Reserve” button for the time you want. The intuitive interface clearly displays room availability and a timeline view of the room’s occupancy status for the rest of the day. In addition to the customizable touch panel interface, bright green and red LEDs within the bezel make it easy to see if a room is occupied or available, even from down the hall.
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|Beale Street Audio Reveals Beale Xpress Line, Adds New Distributors|
Beale Street Audio is broadening its product line to include Beale Xpress, a line of amplifiers, subwoofers and speakers designed for integration and featuring its Sonic Vortex Technology. The line includes residential audio solutions, 70/100v speakers for commercial applications and products for the international market.
Initial Beale Xpress speaker offerings will include: 4, 6.5 and 8-inch in-ceiling models, 4 and 6.5-inch in-wall models, angled in-ceiling and dual voice coil models, 6.5 and 8-inch in-ceiling subwoofers, and 70/100v in-ceiling speakers for commercial applications, all powered by Sonic Vortex. The Beale Xpress line also includes single room and multi-room amplifiers, subwoofer amplifiers, IR products, EZBrackets, kits accessories and more. All products mentioned are available now, or will be within 45 days.
Beale Xpress products will also be available in parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa from BMB Electronics B.V., the Netherlands-based distribution company Beale Street Audio recently acquired. BMB will prime Beale Xpress for immediate international expansion by serving as the central European hub for all Beale Street Audio product lines and instantly creating a more efficient and responsive supply chain.
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|EduCOMM Expo 2015 to Debut In Atlanta This Fall|
EduComm Expo (ECE), is a new trade show debuting in Atlanta in September, described by show planners as an “educational conference and tradeshow exclusively focused on the needs of those responsible for implementation, oversight, and management of internal digital campus communication technology initiatives in higher education.” It takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2015.
The two-day educational conference and show floor exhibits will focus on the future of campus communications and education technology, including the way in which technology enables communicating with students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, visitors and fans. Featured will be digital display solutions ranging from kiosks to video walls, communication software, remote and on-campus collaborative learning technologies, as well as mobile, desktop and audio applications that serve colleges and universities — of which there are close to 5,000 in the US alone.
An immersive educational conference will offer seminars and workshops both days that will educate attendees on best practices and the best ways to deploy, utilize and manage these technologies so that those responsible for creating, implementing and maintaining fluid and effective technology solutions will now have one place they can go to acquire these skill sets, examine all the latest technologies first hand, and learn to extract additional value from these investments.
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|VIA Announces VIA Chrome Video Wall DS Series Controllers|
VIA Technologies has announced the VIA Chrome Video Wall DS Series Controllers, featuring a selection of media servers for creating multi-paneled menu boards as well as standard, mosaic and architectural video wall canvasses for delivering dynamic digital signage content.
Leveraging VIA’s advanced Chrome graphics capabilities, VIA Chrome Video Wall DS Series Controllers support playback of Ultra HD (4K) content as well as the simultaneous playback of multiple Full HD videos.
Combined with VIA MagicView — their content management platform for designing, distributing and displaying digital signage content — VIA Chrome Video Wall DS Series Controllers are aimed to provide an all-in-one server design and to make layout design easier.
VIA Chrome Video Wall DS Series Controllers features include:
- Support for up to 16 Full HD outputs
- Multiple Full HD simultaneous video playback and 4K support
- 360° display orientation for architectural and mosaic wall configurations
- Compatible with Flash, PPT, HTML 5, and most other video formats
- VIA MagicView®Content Management Software
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|Barco Hints at New ClickShare and We Know What It Will Be LikeExactly three years ago, Barco announced its wireless presentation and collaboration (BYOD) system called ClickShare. The product has generated a lot of buzz and steady sales growth since it was launched, and it is now the reference for wireless presentation and collaboration. With an exciting product development roadmap ahead, Barco is determined to facilitate collaboration in today’s knowledge economy. Barco said it’s shipped over 80,000 units already.
To design ClickShare, Barco set up an in-house incubator team to develop a wireless presentation system. As the first of its kind, ClickShare quickly became a leading wireless mirroring product. For the past three years, the ClickShare portfolio has grown with the addition of the CSM-1 product, the introduction of the ClickShare management suite, and the addition of new features and functions — including synchronized sound and full mirroring from mobile devices.
ClickShare’s popularity is indeed on the rise. And, many manufacturers have emulated the product and some are even using the same Barco-owned AWIND chip-set. And, Barco has hinted to the market that, in the next few months, we will see more new ClickShare products. The development of the ClickShare product portfolio continues. In the coming months, new products will be launched to serve all segments of the Corporate AV market. “Collaboration is becoming very important in knowledge working environments,” Jan Willem Brands explains. “Users demand flexible, easy-to-use technology that simply facilitates getting their message across. ClickShare provides an excellent answer to these needs.”
Here is what we think we will see over the next year from the ClickShare development team:
- A 4K version: Expect Barco to launch a 4K version with four 1080p outputs — count on it!
- Expect a version that allows for non-compressed video at all resolutions
- Expect a feature that will allow ClickShare to have devices connected as distance-sources
- Watch for an eight-button (eight-source) version
- Watch for Barco to allow multiple ClickShare connectivity and collaboration
- ClickShare will integrate Skype for Business (or something equivalent)
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|Bryston Expands BIT Lineup of AC Power Isolation Devices|
Bryston has launched the new BIT (Bryston Isolation Transformer) models aimed at larger applications. The new 45- and 60-amp models feature a 220/240-volt input with a 120-volt output and are available with or without AVR technology (Automatic Voltage Regulation). In addition to these new models, all BIT products will now be available with standard rack-mount faceplates, making them ideally suited for larger residential and commercial installations.
Bryston says the BIT product lineup was developed to address the need for an AC power device that accomplished three key objectives: power line conditioning, isolation and non-MOV-based protection. Existing models include 5-, 15- and 20-amp versions, now available with either 17-inch standard faceplates or 19-inch rack-mount faceplates.
Bryston’s new BIT products are already shipping and range in list prices from $5,900-$8,900.
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|Pakedge Adds Two New Models to SE-Series Network Switches|
Pakedge Device & Software has announced some new switches — the SE-8P with eight ports of PoE or up to four ports of PoE+, and the gigabit SE-8P4 with up to four ports of PoE or two ports of PoE+ power. These are ideal for powering Wireless Access Points, touch panels, or IP Security cameras. These switches will be replacing the S8Pe and S8P4e switches which have reached end of life. The new SE switches are as well-made as ever, but the new housing has been upgraded for a more unified and polished look.
The new Pakedge SE-Switch series are plug-and-play SE-Switches are ideal for simple networks that don’t require advanced bandwidth management. Like all Pakedge Unmanaged Switches, the SE-Series auto-discovers connected devices and integrates them into the network in seconds. They also auto detect network speeds and communication modes — simplifying configuration for a hassle-free setup.
The SE-Series can be added to larger managed networks for added versatility and extra port space. These unmanaged switches are perfect for the expansion of networks which have a managed switch further upstream. When connected to a network that has a managed switch, the new unmanaged SE switches are ideal for quickly connecting multiple access points, media devices, or other clients on the same VLAN. More and more devices are using Power over Ethernet and the SE-Series switches conveniently enable both PoE and PoE+ from a single source, so installers don’t need to purchase an entirely separate PoE+ switch for only a few devices. Using PoE protects connected devices from power surges and overload — saving on the need for power conditioners, surge protectors, and other expensive electrical equipment.
The SE-Series also includes Pakedge PoE pass-through switches such as the SE-5P2-EP which was released late last year. The first of its kind, the PoE pass-through switch is completely powered by a single PoE+ input and outputs PoE – no AC power or additional downstream PoE required. It’s perfect for areas such as access tunnels, basements, and crawlspaces where wall outlets may be hard to come by. It powers up to two PoE devices and extends data and power by 300 feet without needing new electrical wires enabling flexible setup in even difficult installations without costly and time-consuming rewiring.
The SE-Series switches have rear facing ports providing a clean, sleek look. Pakedge switches are all uniform in style and boast luxury housing designed to pair well with the lustrous, high-end feel of most A/V environments. The SE-Series are the first of the totally revamped Pakedge switches to be released. The managed switches which will include the top tier SX-Series switches and the powerful yet affordable SK switches are expected to be available early in Q2.
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|Extron Adds Audio Embedding to Select DTP Transmitters|
Extron has told rAVe that four of its DTP twisted pair transmitters now feature analog stereo audio embedding. These include the DTP T HWP 232 D and DTP T HWP 332 D two-input, Decora-style transmitters for HDMI, as well as the DTP T UWP 232 D and DTP T UWP 332 D two-input, Decora-style transmitters for HDMI and VGA. The added capability of embedding stereo analog audio onto the digital video output signal for transport over DTP streamlines integration by eliminating the need for a separate audio connection at the receiver. The transmitters support signal extension up to 230 feet (70 meters) or 330 feet (100 meters) over a shielded CATx cable. A free firmware upgrade allows you to take advantage of this new feature in existing DTP Systems deploying these transmitters.
Extron says the DTP Systems product family is the industry’s most comprehensive integration platform for small to medium-sized AV systems. This family includes numerous different extender models in a wide variety of form factors and video formats, plus a broad offering of distribution amplifiers, switchers, and matrix switchers with essential AV signal processing and control features.
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|Pakedge Intros New Access Point in WK-1According to Pakedge, the WK-1 is an enterprise-grade 802.11ac wireless access point with a built-in 2×2 radio (claiming speed three times the speed and throughput of wireless-N access points).
Available in white, making it ideal for most indoor installations, the new wireless-AC access point can also be painted to blend in to almost any architectural environment. It will also be available in black which might be used in auditoriums, theaters, or other dim lit conditions.
Powered by PoE+ and with a high signal-to-noise ratio, it delivers a clear signal from anywhere – making it ideal in hard to reach places. Included brackets allow the WK-1 to quickly and easily be mounted to standard or drop-tile style ceilings and walls. Because it is PoE powered the WK-1 does not need to be plugged into a power outlet, allowing integrators more freedom in deciding where the WAP could be placed.
The new, improved GUI makes set up easy. Redesigned for a more unified look to facilitate a more consist experience across the Pakedge platform, the new WK-1 user interface is what Pakedge says is intuitive and incredibly simple. Integrators can access the GUI, set up preferences, and upload firmware in a matter of minutes.
The WK-1 is the most recent Pakedge product to be enabled for the manufacturer’s Custom Engineering program, which burns integrators’ preferred configurations into the firmware. This means an integrator can still make configuration tweaks on a customized wireless, but can revert back to their preferred customization by hitting the factory default button. This essentially condenses your best system integrator’s knowledge and experience and programs in directly into the devices.
In addition, these customized units are co-branded with Pakedge — the integrator’s logo will be visible from the device interface and on the serial number label. The Pakedge Custom Engineering is intended to help dealers scale their business a little more, extending their market reach to new customers more efficiently and effectively while still gaining a profit.
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|Hypersign Integrates Google and Samsung to Create Digital Signage Offering for Education|
Hypersign today announced the availability of a new digital signage solution for K-12 in collaboration with Google and Samsung Electronics America. The bundled offering enables students and staff to receive a wide range of content on digital signage and desktop PCs such as standard school broadcasts to timely alerts for emergency preparedness.
With the combination of Hypersign’s own software, Google’s Chrome and Samsung’s Smart Signage, information can be accessed and updated in real-time from anywhere. The platform includes:
- Hypersign is a cloud based, easy to use digital signage platform that allows users to create and publish a wide range of content, which can be distributed to digital signs and desktop PCs from anywhere and managed from one central location.
- Google’s Chrome Devices and Management allows school administrators to manage their organization’s Chrome devices, including Chromeboxes, from one central web dashboard that can be accessed from anywhere and any time.
- Samsung Smart Signage Displays are designed to improve student engagement and deliver dynamic, cost effective messages. In addition, Smart Signage provides a simple, easy-to-use interface eliminating complicated set-up and installation.
This partnership is referred to as the “theconnectEDU” and will focus on improving communications between school administration, students and other stakeholders using easy to use tools and best in class products. theconnectEDU package of a Samsung Smart Signage Display, Google Chromebox Device Management and powered by Hypersign Software will be available from over 250 IT and AV resellers in the US. The release of the solution will coincide with a series of live broadcasts through Google’s Hangout on Air to be held May 5th, 6th and 7th. To learn more, go here.Leave a Comment
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|AVF’s T526 RDY2GO Table Is Industry’s Most ‘Huddle-Ready’|
Audio Video Furniture has designed the perfect huddle room. Dubbed the T526 RDY2GO it seats up to 6-people and it features a slim base – which houses PC components, switchers, DAs and even accommodates cable management — and, best of all, it allows for custom cutouts for accommodating your electronics grommets/cubby’s for easy plug in of laptops or USB keys filled with content that you’d send to your display (positioned at one end of the table).
Speaking of the end of the table — where your display fits — that side of the huddle-ready T526 is built with an integrated monitor-mount wall (oh, by the way, they throw in the mount – choose either their single-S, dual-D or single-XL) that can accommodate one (up to 90″) or two displays up to 70″ — dual-display allows for it to be a collaborative Huddle-room or even for videoconferencing.
In the center of the table, there’s an island that can be used to house concealed input/output cables and power supplies and the table, itself, is 48″ wide x 85″ deep. And, you can put two back-to-back and have two huddle-rooms in one pace.
The T526 RDY2GO is viable in eight different laminates including grays, woodgrains and black or white. All the detailed specs are here.Leave a Comment
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|Mackie Upgrades and Expands ProFX Series|
Mackie today announces the launch of ProFXv2 Series Professional Effects Mixers. The redesigned ProFXv2 series features an all-new preamp design and powerful new effects engine, delivering unmatched sonic performance for live sound applications. The series has been expanded with two new models, the four-channel ProFX4v2 and the 30-channel ProFX30v2, opening up the no-compromise ProFX toolkit to a wider range of applications.
To achieve the performance that ProFXv2 claims, Mackie has designed the all-new Vita preamp, designed specifically for the highly-dynamic world of live sound. A huge step up from the original ProFX series, Vita preamps are virtually noiseless, even at high gain levels. The Vita design features a Class-A front end, dual feedback stabilization and bias current optimization for unmatched low-noise performance.
Also contributing ProFXv2’s excellent sonic performance is the all-new ReadyFX effects engine. This new engine employs floating-point DSP, designed for the processing of high-quality audio signals. With more horsepower and all-new algorithms, ReadyFX delivers results that add depth to any mix, with premium sound that elevates live performances. Each ProFXv2 mixer features a choice of 16 reverbs, choruses and delays, each extremely useable for a wide array of sonic applications.
Each ProFXv2 mixer features multi-band GEQ, critical for tuning mains to get the best possible sound in any venue. Onboard GEQs are also great for eliminating nasty feedback from stage monitors. Each model features a flexible mix of I/O and, with six models available, covering applications ranging from 4 to 30 inputs, there is always a ProFXv2 mixer right-sized for your application.
The ProFXv2 Series features a wide range of models, each with their own complement of I/O and features to suit nearly any live sound application. There are three compact models – ProFX4v2, ProFX8v2 and ProFX12v2. These utility workhorses deliver professional live sound features in compact designs perfect for smaller applications. The ProFX16v2, ProFX22v2 and ProFX30v2 not only offer the higher-channel count needed for bands, Houses-of-Worship and more, they include additional features for professional applications. They each feature 4-bus architecture for additional mix management and dedicated inline channel compression on select channels that add life and punch to guitars or bass and increase the presence of any voice.
The ProFXv2 series expands on the models available in the line with the new ProFX4v2 and ProFX30v2. The ProFX4v2 is the most feature-rich ultra-compact mixer on the market. No other mixer of this size and price features the comprehensive toolkit that ProFX4v2 provides. It’s ideal for cafès and other small performance venues. It’s also perfect for vocal-only reinforcement in band rehearsal spaces. The ProFX30v2 extends the line into truly professional applications. It’s ideal for live sound venues looking for a higher-channel count solution without needing excess outboard gear. Bands that bring their own PA to the venue will also appreciate the flexibility and power of the ProFX30v2.
Mackie ProFXv2 series mixers will be available beginning May 2015. The series includes six models that range in list from $169.99 to $1149.99 and all are here.Leave a Comment
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|Screen Innovations Intros Short Throw Screen for Sony’s LSPX-W1S|
Screen Innovations (SI) has launched the Short Throw (ST) projection screen designed exclusively for bottom-throw, ultra short throw projectors. The ST 5 Series screens will be sold to authorized SI dealers and distributors worldwide. SI has also partnered with Sony to distribute the 5 Series Zero Edge ST screens with its new 4K ultra short throw projector for commercial installations and is available in screen sizes: 92-120 inches and aspect rations of 16:9, 17:9 and 16:10. It’s specifically designed for Sony’s LSPX-W1S 4K projector.
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The 5 Series Zero Edge ST screens, starting at $4,199, are made from a proprietary optic screen material that offers a 180 degree viewing angle and what SI says is 700 percent better contrast, eliminating the problem of washed-out images in environments with lots of ambient light.Here are the details.
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|Clockaudio Ships Retractable Motorized Ceiling Microphone CCRM4000|
Clockaudio is now shipping its CCRM4000 Retracta Motorized Ceiling Microphone. Designed for use in boardrooms, conferencing and nearly any audio conferencing application, the CCRM4000 offers an alternative to installations that can’t have any microphones on the table, but still need high quality sound. The unit comes virtually pre-assembled and allows you to bring the microphone closer to the participant, which contributes in getting more direct sound and less of the room. In addition, the retractable unit enables the microphone to completely withdraw back into the ceiling when not in use, leaving the room aesthetically pleasing and ready for other functions.
Clockaudio ships the CCRM4000 master units complete with a ceiling mounted IR sensor, remote control, cardioid microphone with knuckle joint and magnet, ceiling bezel with locking ring and jockey wheel, 18VDC power supply unit, ceiling tile mounting bracket and safety cable. Slave units are also available.
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