Volume 9, Issue 1 — January 19, 2018
|Ice Crystal Ball for 2018: Predictions in ICT and Sustainability|
By Raymond Kent
Director of the Innovative Technology Design Group, DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky
As we enter 2018 in the grips of a bomb-cyclone dumping frigid temperatures, snow, ice and floods up and down the eastern seaboard, it can be difficult to consider global warming particularly since global warming has nothing to do with weather and everything to do with climate change. Here is a good explanation of the two.
That said, it is a perfect time while you are hunkered down under your electric blanket in a winter parka that would make Nanuk of the North jealous to contemplate what might happen in 2018 in the information communications technology industries related to combating climate change by reducing carbon footprints and increasing sustainability efforts. 2017 brought about several key events that have thrown the trajectory of these initiatives into a whole new direction.
Combating Climate Change: With the United States federal government pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017 others have had to step in. This includes state and local governments, grass roots efforts of individuals and non-profits, universities, but most importantly the corporate world. The end of 2017 showed a strong momentum by these groups into an economy powered by clean energy with corporations leading the charge. Last September in San Francisco (Global Climate Action Summit) and again in Poland in December (COP24), the commitment by businesses and other groups devoting themselves to science based targets and 100 percent renewable energy usage exceeded all expectations. 2018 is looking as though these numbers will keep rising. A major by-product of this is the strengthen of commitments by global national governments to exceed goals set for 2020 despite the US pull out. Germany and China in particular have stepped up to assume the leadership role that was left in the wake of the U.S. departure. These commitments are accelerating IoT and energy storage technology development and implementation at a frantic pace never before expected. This is further fueled by an increase in public opinion on the importance of fact-based, science founded data on the implications of climate change as seen in increased extreme weather events such as the hurricanes this past summer and the deep freeze we are in right now in the eastern U.S. The ICT industry is the glue that connects all of these initiatives together to be able to generate, organize, understand and act upon all of the data points available and beyond.
Collaboration: 2017 started the movement for better ways to collaborate in person and over distance. 2018 is poised to put collaboration center stage. A key indicator of this is the creation of a new c-suite position in many major companies – the chief collaboration officer. This is understood to be one of the fastest growing emerging corporate positions, is critical to managing local and global projects and influence and is a critical component to implementation of sustainability goals for all players. Additionally collaboration technology helps to offset carbon footprints by reducing travel without sacrificing communication in ways that have never before been experienced. This also includes the use of augmented/virtual reality collaboration tools which are allowing for greater depth in the collaborative process beyond screen shares and PowerPoint.
Financial Decisions: The Task Force on Climate-Related Finance Disclosure provided the roadmap for companies to look for ways to be more resilient in their business strategies. Corporations have embraced these recommendations and surpassed them by looking to include things that were not considered financial decisions previously. These decisions are allowing companies to keep the doors open in times of catastrophe and disruption such as what we saw what multiple major hurricanes pounded Texas and Florida in 2017. Investors started demanding the transparency and answers as to how companies survive climate driven disaster. ICT solutions are a key driver to help a company reach these solutions by maintaining flexibility in operations and movement of data and personnel.
Actions: The biggest change in 2018 will be more action by more individuals, companies and organizations that will drive policy and process even when Government is acting in contradiction to commitments and other initiatives that move the ball forward related to climate change. The massive global shift that embraces sustainability will continue to shape the world economy providing opportunity in the ICT industry to leverage technologies and strategies that will be necessary to achieve the desired goals. This will shape things for years and decades ahead as an avalanche has been unleashed even if we are frozen to the ground at the moment.Leave a Comment
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|THE BIGGEST Trend in AV in 2018 Will Be… Kayye’s Krystal Ball Is Back!|
By Gary Kayye
The year 2018 could turn out to be full of giant changes. The market is certainly poised for it as you have a number of technological advancements that have emerged simultaneously — each of them have a lot of potential. First, let’s review all the latest in emerging AV technology and then and I’ll tell you what I think will be the biggest one of them all in 2018, and why.
SSD Lighting: In the world of projection, both laser and LED lighting will hit the big-time in 2018. Although Christie Digital’s public pronouncement last month that 91 percent of the projectors they sold in 2016 were still lamp-based, it has — along with nearly every other projector company — retooled its production lines for laser-based projection. If a company hasn’t done that, it’s most likely decided on the other leading SSD (solid-state device) lighting source, LED. SSD lighting will change everything in AV in 2018. And, I am not just talking about third-party relamping companies going out of business. I am saying that colorimetry will be revolutionary. Any — I mean ANY — side-by-side you do with a traditional lamp-based projector compared to a laser-based projector will win you the project for the replacement every single time (unless, of course, the customer doesn’t have the budget — and, in that case, why do the demo?). When given a reference to what the color reproduction from the original source is on lamp vs. laser, laser wins 100 percent of the time. With LED (vs lamp), it’s easily 90 percent of the time.
But, SSD isn’t all about color — tt’s about lifetimes too. Most laser- and LED-based projectors, no matter the brand, are being spec’d at 20,000+ hours of operation — and some are even reaching the 30K hour mark. This simply blows away any lamp-based projection model. Everyone will want to upgrade.
But not everyone will be able to afford it. And, although SSD lighting will be the largest trend in projection, it won’t be the biggest thing in AV for 2018 — so keep reading.
Direct-View LEDs: It drives me — and about about 85,000 other AV professionals — crazy when I see ads on TV or even in our own trade publications touting the new generation LCD displays as LEDs. They aren’t LEDs. There’s a big difference between LED-lit LCDs and actual LED displays. Sure, LED-lit LCDs are awesome and way, way better than CFL-lit LCDs — who would’t buy an LED-based LCD monitor or TV today? LEDs last longer, have way, way less uniformity issues and much better colorimetry than any other backlighting technology for LCD monitors. But, they aren’t LEDs. LEDs will be big in 2018 and we need to stop the confusing the customer with our nomenclature as since they are, in fact, very different from LED-lit LCDs.
The big thing for LCDs in 2018 will be how they continue to get thinner, cheaper and lighter while also getting brighter. We’ll see brightness go up 30 percent in 2018, we’ll see prices reduced nearly 50 percent from mid-2017 pricing and we’ll see a plethora of 75″+ displays hit the market by mid-year — all at half what they cost now. But this won’t be the biggest thing to happen to AV in 2018. So keep reading.
LEDs: If I were starting new business in the market right now, I’d start an advertising agency that specializes in content for LED displays — this is the next big thing in advertising. The entire digital signage space will be revolutionized by LED and much of it will start to happen in 2018. In places where we were putting LCDs before (e.g., menu boards, drive-thrus, transportation signage and retail video walls)m LEDs will swallow up the market. I mean, LEDs will dominate nearly every direct-view display conversation and will certainly own 60 percent recent of the video wall market by the end of 2018. And because they are SSD, they too will have colorimetry that’s significantly better than LCD. In many cases we’re actually having to run the LED panels at 40-60 percent of their potential brightness because they’re too bright — so really will last forever. Yet, even with all that happening in 2018, LEDs will still not be the biggest thing to effect the AV market in 2018. So keep reading.
OLED: So far, LG is kicking butt with OLED. LG’s Wallpaper display is the one everyone wants for direct-view installs, but it’s still very expensive. But if the client wants perfect colorimetry throughout their signage network or in conference room, there’s only one choice in direct-view and that’s OLED. No one sees it and doesn’t think so — even LG’s competitors. However, issues like so-called burn-in, 24/7/365 operation limitations and cost will relegate OLED to the very high-end of display technologies. Companies like LG and Sony will be perfectly fine with that as they improve from generation to generation. OLED will accomplish 24/7/365 operation in 2018 without burn-in and pricing will fall. But even with all that happening, it’s not the biggest overall trend of 2018. What is? Keep reading — and no peeking ahead.
4K to 8K: Every single friend I have — whether they are in the AV market or not, wants a 4K TV. I live in a liberal arts college town full of non-techie types that see me as their only tech outlet and I get asked, all the time, about 4K TVs. Heck, even my parents went out over the holidays and purchased a 4K TV from Samsung — the QLED Q7 series. It looks amazing — even with old-timey 1080p coming from their AppleTV. But, all this talk in our market about 4K will diminish when Sharp debuts an entire line of 8K displays at CES next month. This introduction will garner much of the CES attention worldwide and will help put Sharp right back on the big-time monitor-map as an alternative for more than just their collaboration systems, dubbed AQUOS BOARDS. 8K will be big for Sharp.
However, just because you can display it, doesn’t mean you can use it yet. 8K will mostly be relegated to demo-land and wow-factor applications. So, although you will see it garner a lot of attention in 2018, routing signals will be difficult (in fact, currently, the Extron XTP II CrossPoint Series is the only switching system able to route 8K without compressing it because of its 50 Gbps digital backplane). 8K will impress, no doubt, but it won’t be the biggest trend in AV for 2018. So again, keep reading.
BYOD & Collaboration: Thanks to Barco and its ClickShare systems that debuted in 2012, a new market was spawned for wireless transmission systems — heck, Barco even bought one of them: WePresent. 2018 saw the launch of the first 4K BYOD system in the Barco CSE-800 and a few others have followed as well. Barco will continue to own the largest market share for stand-alone BYOD systems in 2018 and watch for them to launch a more cloud-friendly version this year (more on that later).
But, 2017 spawned an even bigger segment for AV than BYOD that will get even bigger in 2018. Dubbed the collaboration board by this very author when the segment found its way to the mainstream market, these are mostly direct-view LCDs that include white boarding, annotation and wireless sharing. They are integrated with cloud-based video- and audio-conferencing (without a PC), most have a USB camera and all of them include multi-touch interfaces. Infocus and Sharp didn’t totally invent the category a few years ago with respective launches of the Mondopad and the AQUOS BOARD, but they certainly set the bar for what was to come. And, 2017 saw nearly 15 new companies enter the market with collaboration boards — now everyone from Google to Sony has one. Name any display company and they have one. The biggest surprise here wasn’t a flat-panel manufacturer but projector manufacturer EPSON. The company’s BrightLink Pro, once aimed only at the higher-ed market, grew exponentially in 2017 because of two factors: They launched a corporate version and they added laser-projection models.
You can also expect to see digital canvas pioneers Nureva launch laser and higher resolution models this year as well. This market will explode in 2018. Everyone will be talking about collaboration, again, this year and the number of companies and products won’t contract one bit — you will see more, in fact. This will, no doubt, be the largest growth segment of the AV market for 2018 but it’s the second largest big-trend of the year. So read on.
AV-over-IP: Network-based AV, AVIT, AVN — whatever you want to call it, AV-over-IP is coming and coming fast — maybe faster than we all thought? In all honesty here, there are segments of the AV market that are all-in when it comes to an AV-over-IP future (like higher-education) and there are segments that are still in the “not yet” stage (like the corporate AV market). The adoption of AV-over-IP might even be outpacing supply as there are very few alternatives. The SDVoE (Software Defined Video Over Ethernet) protocol based on the Aptovision chip reference design is the leading technology out there due, in part, to their 25+ partners building (including companies like Sony, Christie, DVIGear, iMAGsystems, Aurora and Belden) and also, in my opinion, to their savvy hiring of industry-leader Justin Kennington. Justin has set a great vision and organizational system in motion over at the SDVoE Alliance and they are the system that will likely emerge at the end of 2018 as the leading sales of AV-over-IP systems — passing industry leader SVSi.
That said, the AV-over-IP market will literally explode and change the landscape WHEN Extron and Crestron BOTH have a family of AV-over-IP offerings. In fact, they will likely help validate the market shift towards IP. Crestron has one line, so far, in the NVX series using JPEG 2000 over a 1Gig network, but expect to see more in 2018. Certainly AV-over-IP won’t come close to 10 percent of the signal routing market by the end of 2018, but we could see one or two clear leading systems or direction site market is going — setting up for 2019 or 2020 to be the big-shift to move it all to the network.
The VTC Cloud: Desktop videoconferencing has been around for years, but 2017 was the year it truly became mainstream with, mostly, Zoom Video Communicaitons and Skype for Business, dominating the discussion — so much so that both Cisco and Polycom partnered with them. And, Zoom was savvy enough to have even worked deals with companies like Creston — who integrated Zoom into their Mercury huddle room system as well as Logitech, box and Slack. Although Cisco is still the market leader in videoconferencing, Zoom isn’t far behind them — along with Skype (aka Microsoft), BlueJeans and newbie (at least in this segment) Google. What this all means is that the video call is going in the cloud. Zoom just needs a PC (or something like it that can connect it to the Internet) and a USB camera — that can be a 720p, 1080p our even a 4K USB camera. You can even make 4K calls! The days of the hardware-based solution is numbered and 2018 will put most of the proverbial nails in that coffin.
And, speaking of the 4K call, a tiny unknown company called Altia Systems — you’ve probably never heard of them but probably heard of their product, the Panacast USB camera — took advantage of the concept of the 4K video call and created a 180-degree field-of-view USB camera that allows everyone in a room to be seen on a video call — even when sitting right up next to the screen. This, along with the new Logitech 4K Brio and MeetUp USB cameras, turn Skype, Zoom and BlueJeans into the “this is more than good enough” videoconferencing system for more than 90 percent of the users.
2018 will see more USB cameras, a new, giant company enter the so-called soft-codec (cloud-based conferencing) market and a nearly total shift away from hardware-based codecs. This is still not the biggest of all new trends of 2018. But what’s next is!
AVaaS: AV as a Service. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. But you will. And you’ll start doing it in 2018. The future of everything we do is in services and customers love this concept. It takes the confusion, complexity and caution out of buying AV gear from them. It simplifies your AV lines (as you can build all your AV systems with just a few lines rather than having to carry hundreds of brands), allows you to always specify what you want (and what you can best control and maintain) and sets you up to OWN the client relationship. Basically, to simplify it — your customer would be leasing each system from you rather than buying it. And, as long as it did what they wanted, was simple to use and worked when they need it, they won’t care what you use. So, you are in control of it all.
Look, AVaaS requires much more than a few paragraphs in a future-looking product round-up, and I will write about it a lot in 2018 as it emerges, but, here’s the basic concept:
AVaaS is where all the AV hardware, software, programming and integration services are paid on a recurring basis — maybe annually, quarterly or even monthly. The customer will like this as it removes the risk of owning a depreciating asset that is generally locally managed. And, you will like this as, since you are the owner, technically, of the AV gear, you become their in-house AV company — their go-to for all AV needs. Most of your clients have been using this model in some capacity for years for both IT and furniture. But, in the AV space, until now, we’ve pretty much only applied it to services — selling recurring service or maintenance contracts — and sometimes proactive monitoring, too. But why not everything?
The obvious response right now, from the integrator who may be reading and pondering this is that they can’t afford to finance the AV gear — you can’t afford to buy it all and lease it, in a sense, to the customer. But, you can. Basically, you form a relationship with a leasing company, you slightly mark-up their service and then resell it to the client. But, you also get to roll-up the programming, software licenses and integration fees (and maintenance, if you want) into one recurring fee. The advantages are huge — the obvious ones are, as I said, you own the relationship with the client. Since you’re managing and charging them regularly for the training rooms, why not use you for their meeting rooms too? And, and this is the biggie, you get to ALWAYS pick the the right AV gear for them. This will significantly reduce your overhead, eventually, as you can basically standardize on a set of AV gear you always use for every system. OK, maybe not all of it — but certainly 90+ percent of it. This means you will know that set of gear inside out: how it works, what its idiosyncrasies are, what its tolerances are, etc. — you’ll know those systems so well you’ll know before something happens what’s likely to happen. Servicing identical systems becomes easier and more profitable — especially if you’re good at selling services and/or proactive maintenance plans. Ssimplifying your systems means you’re carrying fewer brands, have fewer SKUs, spend less time finding a product that does something unique for the client and spend less time differentiating each system. In an AVaaS model, leasing programming becomes, legally and technically possible — and very profitable. There’s no question who owns the code.
AVaaS will be HUGE. The clients will start to demand it, eventually. So, consider adopting it now — be a pioneer and, if you don’t know how to do it, ask! AVaaS will be THE BIG THING everyone starts to talk about in 2018 and it’s my pick for the biggest new trend for the new year.
An Honorable Mention – Digital Content Management: Back in October of 2017, Barco issued a press release on a new version of its higher-ed focused WeConnect system. In that press release was a barely-mentioned “Digital Engagement Platform.” But, that mention didn’t go unnoticed by us. This is foreshadowing the direction Barco believes the future of the AV market is heading — content management. The press release describes the Digital Engagement Platform as a digital collaborative portal allowing clients to manage their WeConnect subscriptions over the internet. Translation: Barco has set up an online system to manage content that doesn’t require a locally-hosted network AND they’re even setting up WeConnect as an AVaaS product that has a sort of a seat-license to use it.
Maybe this was intentional or maybe it wasn’t. But you can be sure that every major AV manufacturer who currently does signal routing and management did notice — or at the very least, is looking at integrating such a platform themselves. This is all part of the future, forthcoming AVaaS model and this would even stack on content management — the holy grail (think AppleTV for the corporation) — the AppleTV is his the device and all the content management is the secret sauce. Or, put another way, the Amazon Dot or Echo is only the cheap interface to the intellectual-property-rich Alexa platform. The value of the Digital Engagement Platform is, in fact, intellectual property!
That’s it! I hope you enjoy this and will share it on social. Please also post it in your cubical or office and track it for accuracy. I’m curious what you think too! So comment below and let us know your thoughts.Leave a Comment
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|What Keeps an AV Professional Awake at Night|
By Leonard Suskin
Pixel and Ink-Stained Wretch
I still remember my first concerns about user engagement with the technology we provide. It was over a decade ago; we were fitting out four conference rooms per floor over about a dozen floors. Video teleconferencing in two, local presentation in the other. Pack up, head for the elevator, repeat. It was one of my first commercial jobs and an eye-opener.
What concerned me? I had cause to wander back through a completed space to verify punchlist items. The rooms were in use and what I saw haunted me. In each presentation room, a paper easel stood with a set of markers. In all of the spaces – including those with integrated video teleconferencing – a speakerphone sat atop the conference table. It made me step back and wonder what we were doing. Why spend tens of thousands of dollars on integrated microphones, loudspeakers and audio processing only to have actual users engage with low-tech and low-cost solutions such as speakerphones or whiteboards?
It was a real question and one that lead me to my thought processes today: The first questions aren’t about resolution and screen size and videoconferencing. The first questions need to be about workflow and culture. We need to make the most common and most frequent actions as easy to accomplish as possible and as seamless. That – much more than technology – is the heart of what AV design is.
It’s pervasive. Until recently, adoption of technology by regular users has been a major challenge in the industry. Today the challenge has finally shifted. Smartphones have not only brought video chat to all of us, they’ve brought icon-based touchscreen interfaces to everyone’s pocket. Now the Crestron or AMX or Extron touch panel is no longer a scary mystery – it’s familiar. I’ve heard more than one user refer to the “iPad” on a conference table while pointing at the Crestron touch panel. All that said, it STILL isn’t as familiar a tool for making a phone call as the humble and traditional conference phone.
Enter last year’s biggest product – the Crestron Mercury. And with it a whole new set of challenges.
I sometimes think of the Mercury as an “if you can’t beat them, join them” product. After all these years, we still can’t break users of the habit of using that speakerphone in the middle of the table. In 2017, the team at Crestron finally hit on the obvious solution – we’ll give them a speakerphone, complete with the added functionality that the commercial AV industry is known for. Not only that, but it will serve as a gateway to the Crestron ecosystem, with the kind of remote monitoring and control features which are very attractive to IT support teams and completely invisible to users. It’s easy to adopt, easy to use and a big moment of change for the industry.
Why is this a scary moment for us? Because with devices like the Mercury, we can deliver at least a tolerable experience in small meeting spaces without the technical wizardry at which so many of us have become adept. To integrate a traditional video teleconference space, one would need to install and configure a codec appliance, install microphones, write a configuration file for a DSP and create a control system program to link everything together. To install a Huddle space with a Mercury? You need ten minutes with the web interface and not much else. We finally have systems which will be easily, widely, universally adopted — which will be the first choice on entering a space and which people feel they can use intuitively. And you barely need our specialized skillset to make them work.
That’s what should keep us up at night – that now the more mainstream video collaboration becomes, the easier it is to create. We now see an ecosystem with all-in-one solutions like the Microsoft SurfaceHub or Cisco Sparkboard. Simple soft-codec interfaces like the Mercury or Phoenix Condor.
What does this mean for us going forward?
It means that the days are numbered for those of us with nothing more to offer than technical wizardry, no matter how adept we are at it. Technical wizardry is becoming both easier and less relevant.
It also means that a bright future remains for those of us who can focus on building relationships, on serving as partners in providing collaboration as a service and creating long-term roadmaps. It’s what we’ve always done at our best and what needs to be our focus.
What keeps us up at night is the question of whether or not we as an industry can make that change or if we’ll cling to shrinking margins on increasingly commodified hardware.Leave a Comment
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|New Extron HDMI Matrix Switchers Offer 18 Gbps Performance for 4K/60 SignalsExtron’s new DXP HD 4K PLUS Series supports signals up to 4K/60 with 4:4:4 chroma sampling. They support HDMI 2.0b specifications, including data rates up to 18 Gbps, HDR, Deep Color up to 12-bit, 3D and HD lossless audio formats. These HDCP 2.2 compliant matrix switchers incorporate Extron technologies such as SpeedSwitch, EDID Minder, and Key Minder as well as HDMI input equalization and output regeneration to ensure reliable system operation. Digital audio can be de-embedded from any input and assigned to digital or analog stereo outputs for ease of integration. Available in 4×4, 8×4 and 8×8 sizes, the DXP HD 4K PLUS Series is ideal for applications that require reliable, high performance matrix switching of 4K/60 HDMI signals.
The DXP HD 4K PLUS Series matrix switchers are designed for use with computers equipped with 4K graphics cards, media players, and similar signal sources, as well as 4K native resolution displays. With a maximum data rate of 18 Gbps, they support computer and video resolutions up to 4096×2160 at 60 Hz with eight-bit color in 4:4:4 color space. In addition, these matrix switchers fully support 1080p/60 with 12-bit Deep Color. To maintain signal integrity, they feature automatic cable equalization on inputs and output reclocking to reshape and restore timing of the video signal at each HDMI output. These features combined with Extron Pro Series High Speed HDMI Cables allow longer 4K signal runs, reducing the need for additional signal conditioning equipment by compensating for weak source signals or signal loss on long cable runs. Additionally, +5 VDC, 200 mA is available on each output for powering peripheral devices.
The DXP HD 4K PLUS Series is here.Leave a Comment
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|Extron’s Collaboration Spaces Ships|
Extron has just shipped the HC 404 AV system for collaboration spaces. The system features built-in control capabilities and integration with occupancy sensors to automate display power and source switching for an intuitive, effortless user experience. The low-profile HC 404 components can be discreetly mounted beneath a table or behind a display. HC 404 systems connect to GlobalViewer Enterprise, providing an AV system management solution to monitor and support all of your collaboration spaces throughout the enterprise.
The HC 404 switching transmitter and scaling receiver work together to extend video, audio, and power up to 230 feet over a single CATx cable for maximum performance and reliability. It features two HDMI inputs and one VGA input at the transmitter and one HDMI input at the receiver. Advanced Extron scaling technology in the receiver ensures excellent image quality with maximum detail and color accuracy. Add an Extron ShareLink wireless collaboration gateway to support BYOD – Bring Your Own Device environments, where users can share content from a wide variety of personal mobile devices for effective collaboration.
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|Atlona Ships New BYOD Solution in AT-UHD-SW-510W Switcher|
Atlona is now shipping the AT-UHD-SW-510W 5×1 universal switcher with wireless presentation capabilities. Aimed at the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement in corporate, educational and other commercial AV environments, the SW-510W claims to simplify system design, integration, and operation by supporting both wired and wireless AV connectivity in a single, compact unit. For local wired sources, the new switcher features one DisplayPort and two HDMI inputs alongside a USB-C input.
For wireless presentations, the SW-510W interfaces natively with iOS, Android, Mac, Chromebook and Windows devices over built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, and offers screen mirroring without requiring the installation of an app. The SW-510U can automatically switch between input sources based on the connection or disconnection of a wired or wireless AV device, providing exceptional ease of use.
On the output side, simultaneous HDMI and HDBaseT interfaces enable multi-destination presentation architectures such as concurrent primary audience and confidence displays, while the HDBaseT output can be paired with Atlona’s AT-UHD-EX-100CE-RX-PSE receiver to extend video, audio, control and Ethernet up to 100 meters. The SW-510W supports wired video signals up to 4K/UHD@60 Hz, plus support for 4K/60 4:4:4 and HDR (8-bit color at 60 Hz) formats on local ports (HDMI, USB-C and DisplayPort) and wireless video up to 1080p/30 (up to 1080p/60 with Miracast). The switcher is HDCP 2.2 compliant for compatibility with protected content.
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|Extron Now in the Custom Control Market With Debut of Global Scripter Using PythonAccording to CodeEval in 2016 (the last year data is available), the world’s most popular programming language is Python – with nearly 27 percent of the market. Java is number two with a 22 percent share and C++ is third with 10 percent. That’s not just AV control system programming — we mean all programming languages for all things.
This was the impetus for Extron using Python as its core language platform for their fully-programmable AV control system products. Called Global Scripter, Extron’s Integrated Development Environment harnesses the dynamic and intuitive nature of the Python programming language — an object-oriented language that enables programmers to reuse code and save development time. Since Python is the most popular programming language being taught to both high school and college kids, Extron believes there’s a path for both entry into AV as well as one that allows AV-based Python programmers to expand value outside of just programming AV products.
Extron already has hundreds of certified EQIPs — Extron Qualified Independent Programmers — as the company quietly debuted Global Scripter and a customizable ecosystem of AV control products and software in late 2015. Extron has spent the last two years making it “easier and better.” For now, the customizable Extron control system products include the eBUS line, the TouchLink Pro line and its IP Link Pro line. But Extron says more is coming.
Global Scripter works with its ControlScript Python library and uses familiar AV terms, which Extron says makes it easier for integrator-programmers to program AV control system projects. When combined with Extron Pro Series control hardware, Global Scripter and ControlScript make a system fully custom programmable.
We learned today that the new Atlanta Braves stadium, SunTrust Park, is integrated with Extron’s new custom control system running everything AV — and since it’s Python, which is the same language all the other services in the park use too, it’s connected to the system running nearly everything in the stadium.
As mentioned above, Python is an object-oriented programming language that’s known, by programmers, to be easily readable, and editable, making it a very popular scripting language. Python allows programmers to leverage libraries, modules and functions without the need to learn syntax. With ample documentation available in print and on the Internet, there are numerous programming resources for novices and experts alike.You don’t have to learn a custom programming language.
Access to Global Scripter and ControlScript is available to certified Extron Authorized Programmers. Additional programming support is available with our well-established EQIP program, which provides resources to customers deploying Pro Series control systems. Extron Qualified Independent Programming companies are carefully screened and selected to provide expert support for Extron control system projects.
Here’s a video that explains Extron’s philosophy in using Python as well as how it works.
Here’s a site that explains Extron’s Global Scripter.Leave a Comment
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|Symetrix Composer 6.0 Adds Dante EnhancementsSymetrix has released the latest version of its Composer programming software for Edge, Radius, Prism and Solus NX DSPs. In addition to DSP design, Composer v6.0 for Windows natively configures the setup and routing of Symetrix Dante I/O expanders, along with select third-party Dante devices. With Composer, integrators can program a complete end-to-end DSP signal path using just one application.
Composer 6.0 adds many new Dante-related workflow enhancements and other features for Symetrix DSPs. Previously, Composer was always in control of Dante configuration and routing, so changes made outside of Composer would not be preserved. With version 6.0, programming devices’ Dante interface in the Site File is now optional, accommodating users who rely on Dante Controller or another external means of network audio routing during daily operation.
In addition, Composer now optionally synchronizes changes made to the system in Dante Controller with the Site File for archiving or for use as a new baseline configuration. The system also can now be programmed to not restore the default Dante configuration and routing, preserving changes made in Dante Controller through system power cycles. Users can configure and route with Composer, with Dante Controller or with a hybrid of the two, as system design and use cases dictate.
If it speaks Dante, it can be added to your Site File with Composer 6.0. Composer can obtain information about channel counts, channel names, device name, manufacturer and model directly from the device over the network. Symetrix or third-party manufacturers can distribute XML databases of known units for import into Composer, and users can manually define a unit. Some XML databases of third-party products are included.
Dante firmware version 4.x poises Symetrix for the upcoming support of Audinate’s Dante Domain Manager. In addition, Symetrix DSP units can now receive and transmit AES67 network audio empowering users with an unparalleled level of compatibility and interoperability to leverage Symetrix DSPs with greater flexibility and fewer restrictions. Composer 6.0 also detects and displays the lock status of a Dante device.
Network audio Transmit and Receive objects in Composer are no longer tied directly to a set of Dante channels. Their use has been virtualized, expanded and made more generic. Flow management is now handled automatically, without user interaction or management. Buses now accommodate more than one network audio technology.
Other new features and enhancements include:
- Users can place network audio Tx and Rx objects having up to 64-channels, greatly simplifying schematic layout and wiring when busing large amounts of network audio.
- Users no longer must remove old, and replace new, Network Rx objects in order to change sources used in a design, making system changes or service quicker and easier by reducing editing steps and chances for wiring errors.
- Third-party Dante-enabled products have been fully integrated into Composer, allowing for their configuration, management and control (as applicable) without Dante Controller or third-party software.
- Dante diagnostic information is now available in the Composer diagnostics module and web interface for all Dante-enabled DSPs, providing multiple ways to quickly and easily keep tabs on the Dante interfaces.
- Composer 6.0 greatly streamlines methods for assigning and managing controller numbers, offering an easier way to both organize and troubleshoot control assignments.
- To help avoid unintentional control assignments or parameter linking, Composer 6.0 provides additional tools and methods to manage both linked and individual control assignments and will prevent duplicate control assignments in cases where control numbers are automatically generated.
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|New Wireless Discussion Microphones Bring Are Digital InfraredSmaller than your average smartphone, the new digital infrared wireless discussion system by TAIDEN is a low-profile microphone designed for boardrooms and videoconference spaces. The HCS-5335 product series, with gooseneck or boundary microphone options, is officially being introduced at the February ISE Show in Amsterdam in booth 3-C105.
The solution is ultra-portable, with no equipment rack pieces. The infrared transmitter and central processor are combined in one small tabletop unit that can be placed at the center of the table with a wide coverage radius of 8 meters (26 ft.). A PoE Dante-enabled solution ensures simple, scalable installations with simplified wiring. Key conference management capabilities – audio settings adjustments, battery charge monitoring, microphone activation and camera tracking – can be achieved through web control, from any browser-enabled device.
The HCS-5335 series is using the company’s digital infrared audio processing and transmitting technology with a wide frequency response of 20Hz to 20 kHz.
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|New Extron 7″ Wall Mount Touch Panel Blends Performance and Style|
Extron just introduced the TLP Pro 725M 7″ wall mount TouchLink Pro touch panel. Extron redesigned this latest TouchLink Pro touch panel inside and out with a new quad-core processor and eight times more memory. The display is a higher resolution 1024×600 capacitive touchscreen built with scratch- and smudge-resistant, edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass. The TLP Pro 725M also features the convenience of PoE (Power over Ethernet), which allows it to receive power and communication over a single Ethernet cable. It is ideal in any environment requiring a stylish, wall-mountable touch panel with a fully-customizable interface.
The TLP Pro 725M is built for today with an eye on the future. With its improved graphics engine, quad-core processor and increased RAM, you’ll see faster background graphic loads and crisper page flips. These performance enhancements offer an enhanced user experience now, while providing ample memory and processing power to support exciting new features and capabilities in the future via firmware updates. A variety of mounting kits are available, providing a clean installation on a wall, glass, podium or other surface. All TouchLink Pro touch panels can be customized using Extron GUI Designer software. This powerful interface design software offers ready-to-use templates for a wide variety of rooms and presentation environments.
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|Altia Systems Launches PanaCast 2s, the First Panoramic-5K 180º Real-Time Intelligent Vision PlatformAltia Systems today launched PanaCast 2s, the first software-defined Panoramic-5K (5120×1440 pixels per frame) video camera system that produces 78 percent higher resolution than Panoramic-4K video. PanaCast 2s is a software-scalable intelligent vision end-point platform designed for use in medium to large conference rooms, compatible with any video collaboration service.
PanaCast 2s complements PanaCast 2 and extends the range of the PanaCast family of products to address all collaboration spaces.
PanaCast 2s, recognized as a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree, implements the PanaCast video processor as a PanaCast Computer Vision Engine (PCVE), an industry first, software-scalable implementation with an OpenCL pipeline, which uses CPU and GPU processing to achieve high performance, low latency video. It delivers four-times lossless digital zoom up to 16 feet at 720p and 30 frames per second.
The platform enables easy integration of artificial intelligence technologies such as machine vision using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) for video collaboration and distance learning applications.
The 180º field of view combined with intelligent vision capabilities such as ‘people counting’ and ‘facial recognition’ improve the range and accuracy of object recognition and tracking. The low latency flow-through software architecture delivers an immersive experience in applications such as video collaboration, education, telemedicine and virtual/augmented reality.
PanaCast 2s is recommended to be used with an Intel Core i7 processor based NUC mini PC. With Intel’s initial guidance on the OpenCL pipeline, Altia Systems developed the PCVE software for PanaCast 2s on Intel Core i7 processor based NUC.
The PanaCast 2s intelligent vision platform supports Altia Systems’ software products, including Intelligent Zoom and PanaCast Vivid. In the near future it will support PanaCast Whiteboard, people recognition and API for artificial intelligence and machine learning based applications.
The PanaCast 2s intelligent vision platform is available as a bundled offering through the company’s Authorized Intelligent Vision Providers (AIVP), including Synnex Corporation, Starin Marketing Inc., NEC Networks & System Integration Corporation (NESIC).
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|Vaddio Launches DocCAM 20 HDBT In-Ceiling Document Camera|
Vaddio has launched the DocCAM 20 HDBT Camera, a new high definition, recessed in-ceiling overhead document camera which features 20x optical zoom and high-definition 1080p/60fps resolution.
Equipped with a OneLINK HDBaseT port, the DocCAM easily connects to Vaddio’s OneLINK extension systems or other HDBaseT-compatible devices to simplify cabling installation and extend video, power, control and network up to 328 ft (100 m). DocCAM 20 HDBT features a 59.5° horizontal field of view to capture more of the tabletop in the camera view. Its laser dot alignment feature frames the subject matter quickly and easily with a remote control.
With its USB 3.0 output, end-users can send uncompressed, high resolution video over USB by pairing with the OneLINK AV Bridge AV Interface. It’s capable of 1080p/60fps for the smoothest video available. DocCAM 20 HDBT has an intuitive web-based user interface for remote configuration, management, and control.
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|TASCAM Expands Dante-Enabled Lineup With New Multichannel Interfaces|
TASCAM has unveiled two new additions to its line of Dante-enabled offerings. Designed to provide flexible connectivity between analog and digital components, the TASCAM ML-32D and ML-16D are multichannel Line Level to Dante and Dante to Line Level interfaces.Leave a Comment
With Dante-enabled devices becoming increasingly ubiquitous in professional AV systems, TASCAM’s ML-32D and ML-16D allow audio engineers and systems integrators to connect 32 or 16 channels of audio between the analog domain and Dante-enabled digital components, including the TASCAM DA-6400, SS-R250N and SS-CDR250 multichannel audio recorders.
The ML-32D and ML-16D deliver Dante connectivity, without mid-level microphone preamps, MADI and S/PDIF interfaces, and other functions that add cost and complexity. Supporting Digital Audio at up to 24bit/96kHz, both units feature analog line level I/O via D-Sub connectors (eight on ML-32D and four on ML-16D) and feature front panel LED meters to display both signal level and overload for each active channel.
The TASCAM ML-32D and ML-16D will list for $2,299.99 and $1,599.99, respectively, and are scheduled to begin shipping in early 2018. Here are the details.
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|Key Digital’s New KD-AMP220 Digital Audio Amplifier Designed for Small Rooms|
Key Digital’s KD-AMP220 compact digital audio amplifier’s input connections accommodate microphone, line level balanced and line level 3.5-millimeter stereo analog audio inputs. The output is a mix of audio from the microphone input and the selected audio input. Each input has variable volume level set — perfect for presentation spaces as KD-AMP220’s internal pre-amp accepts direct microphone plugin and can provide 48V phantom power.
Speaker level output may be set to bridge, stereo or mono mode. Integrators may sum left and right channels to a single speaker in bridge mode. For stereo applications, KD-AMP220 may be configured to send left and right channels to separate speakers. Mono mode can be useful in speech and voice enforcement applications.
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|VESA Readies 8K Resolution Ecosystem With DP8K Certified DisplayPort Cables Certification|
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA)
today announced that DP8K Certified DisplayPort cables — native DisplayPort cables that are guaranteed to support DisplayPort High Bit Rate 3 (HBR3) — are now available in the marketplace. HBR3 is the highest bit rate (8.1 Gbps per lane) supported by DisplayPort standard version 1.4 and provides the speed required to drive 8K video resolution at 60 frames per second (fps) using a single cable, as well as multiple 4K displays. Key applications supported by HBR3 include high-performance gaming, augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) and television broadcasting. With HBR3 already available in a wide array of consumer products, including GPUs and monitors, the availability of cables that have been certified by VESA to support HBR3 provides a crucial final link to the ecosystem. DP8K Certified DisplayPort cables are guaranteed to support HBR3, the highest bit rate supported by DisplayPort version 1.4.
VESA is also currently engaged with its members in the development of the next DisplayPort standard generation, with plans to increase the data rate enabled by DisplayPort by two-fold and beyond. VESA plans to publish this update within the next 18 months.
With DP8K-certified cables, devices with native DisplayPort connectors can reliably support 5K or 8K monitors, as well as high-performance 4K monitors. For USB Type-C (USB-C) to USB-C connections, this same level of performance is available with “SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps” cables, which support the HBR3 data rate for DisplayPort Alt Mode. A complete list of vendors offering DP8K Certified DisplayPort can be found here
With the wide field of view offered by AR/VR displays combined with motion, the virtual world is putting more demands on resolution, refresh rate and color depth. In addition, two displays are needed for AR/VR applications, one for each eye, which doubles the data rate demand. Higher data rates will also be needed to support increases in HDR performance and resolutions beyond 8K for traditional displays. VESA is continuing to work on DisplayPort to increase data-rates by two-fold and beyond to enable the higher performance requirements demanded by these applications.
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In addition to pure display interfaces, VESA is also working to address the future needs of the mixed data-plus-video world of DisplayPort Alt Mode on the USB-C connector. USB-C now allows a single connector for USB data, video data and power, but for simultaneous support of SuperSpeed USB data (now running at 5 or 10 Gbps) and video, the USB-C signals need to be shared, which cuts the DisplayPort bit rate in half. Today, USB-C can support 4K at 60Hz performance utilizing the two lanes of USB-C in this configuration or 4K HDR or 8K at 30Hz by adding compression. Increasing the DisplayPort data rates in the future will also expand video display capability of a single USB-C connector.
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|Polycom to Acquire Obihai TechnologyToday, Polycom announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Obihai Technology, Inc., a San Jose-based innovator in VoIP audio solutions.
Obihai Technology develops software and hardware for VoIP endpoints. The strategic addition of its software and development team allows Polycom to compete more effectively in the global voice market and broadens Polycom’s portfolio to include complementary technologies for the service providers and customers of all sizes.
After completion of the deal, Polycom expects to add more cloud-based capabilities and analog terminal adapter solutions to its solutions portfolio.
The deal is expected to close early in first quarter of this year.
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|Optoma’s Newest Projector Aimed at Both Corporate and House of Worship Installs|
Optoma today announced two new ProScene projectors – the WU615T and EH615T are WUXGA (1920×1200) and 1080p, respectively, fixed lens projectors that are specifically aimed at both the corporate and houses of worship markets.
These new Optoma ProScene projectors both have 1.8x zoom (throw Ratio: 1.2 – 2.16:1), 360-degree and portrait mode operation, four corner geometric correction, vertical and horizontal lens shifts and keystone correction. Optoma tells rAVe they are designed for image stacking and uneven surfaces and offer usability from any angle. Connectivity includes two HDMI ports, HDBaseT and MHL and both projectors also feature Eco+ lamp power management mode.
The Optoma ProScene WU615T is native 1920×1200 WUXGA resolution and is spec’d at 6,500 ANSI lumens for $2,999 and the ProScene EH615T is 1920×1080 at 6,200 ANSI lumens for $2,799. Both projectors are also spec’d with a contrast ratio of 10,000:1.
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|InFocus Introduces IN3140 Series Projectors Aimed at Classrooms and Meeting Rooms|
InFocus Corporation just announced the IN3140 Series projectors — a less than seven pound line of 5,000 lumen (4,000 lumens in Eco Mode) projectors including the native resolution 1080p (IN3148HD), WXGA (IN3146) and XGA (IN3144).
The projectors offer 1.5x optical zoom and supports aspect ratios of 2.35:1, 4:3, 16:9, and 16:10 with a contrast ratio of 11000:1. Inputs include two HDMI v1.4 (one with MHL compatibility), two VGA, composite, s-video, as well as 3.5-millimeter and RCA L/R audio ports.
The IN3140 Series supports multiple forms of 3D content, including Blu-Ray, 3D broadcasting, video games, and PC connectivity. For easy network management, the IN3140 Series projectors also feature RS232 and RJ45 connections.
The IN3148HD, IN3146 and IN3144 are priced at $1,361, $1075 and $1,037 respectively. Here are the detailed specs.\Leave a Comment
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|Sharp Debuts the 70″ PN-L705H 4K Resolution AQUOS BOARD|
Sharp has introduced its first 4K Ultra-HD resolution (3840×2160) AQUOS BOARD interactive display system. The 70″ PN-L705H interactive display offers Sharp’s Pen-on-Paper user experience that they says makes writing comfort close to using an actual pen on paper. The PN-L705H interactive display is especially designed for architecture, design, corporate collaboration, museums and libraries because of it’s ability to be mounted in various configurations (including flat).
The LCD panel in the new AQUOS BOARD is native 3840×2160-pixel and is bonded directly to the protective glass layer, thereby eliminating the air gap between them, for a consistent and natural feel when writing. It uses capacitive touch technology and has an expansion slot compatible with the Intel Mini OPS system including a optional wireless board (PN-ZB03W), an HDBaseT receiver board (PN-ZB03H) or media player (PN-ZB03AO).
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|TechLogix Expands Its 18G Over Twisted Pair Range|
TechLogix Networx is expanding its 18G over twisted pair product portfolio with the launch of the TL-TP100-HDC2, a compact extender set which transmits HDMI, bi-directional control and Ethernet up to 100 meters over standard twisted pair cabling. The TL-TP100-HDC2 supports 18G 4K@60 4:4:4 HDMI, HDR, HDCP 2.2 and multi-channel audio.
The TL-TP100-HDC2 leverages VLC processing to extend full 18G 4K@60 4:4:4 HDMI up to 100 meters (330 feet). This unique technology senses signals over 10G and automatically compresses the color space for transport over lower bandwidth cables, such as Cat5 and Cat6. After transmission, the color space is then decompressed back to the original, full bandwidth.
Additional features include built-in audio return channel (ARC), analog and digital audio embedding, analog and digital audio de-embedding and flexible power at either the transmitter or receiver.
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|Samsung Flip Is New Digital Flipchart|
Samsung Electronics just unveiled its new Samsung Flip digital flip chart display. Introduced at the company’s First Look event, the Samsung Flip 4K resolution WM55H allows for sharing, annotation, movement and even searching via a portrait-based, 55” LCD touch-screen. Additionally, the Flip’s portable, wheel-based stand transforms any location into a huddle room, meaning added flexibility to businesses with limited conference space.
Through simultaneous multi-user engagement, the Samsung Flip allows up to four different participants to content or annotate directly on screen at the same time using either their fingers or a dual-sided pen. It’s all mounted on a cart with integrated wheels.
For added interactivity, the Samsung Flip display also offers device compatibility through both wireless connectivity and USB, PC and mobile ports. An integrated screen-sharing functionality makes Flip content available on connected PCs, smartphones and tablets without interruption or reduced visual quality. Likewise, users also can import personally-stored content onto the Flip display’s screen and introduce fresh ideas to the discussion.
The Samsung Flip display delivers collaboration efficiency by condensing the multiple tools and processes required for a traditional meeting into an all-in-one design. Participants do not need a specialized touch pen to interact with the screen, and can erase notes through a quick palm swipe. Flip users also can access up to 20 pages of writing space, with embedded search functionalities available to instantly direct participants to specific content. This continuous, rolling stream avoids the lost time and interruptions that often result as participants have to search through multiple sheets of paper or lines of notes to locate a specific detail.
Each Flip display is customizable and can configure to portrait or landscape orientations to suit unique meeting needs. When coupled with its height-adjustable stand, the Flip also maximizes available writing space at users’ preferred positions. Should a meeting require more centralized, roundtable-style discussion, users can remove and connect the Flip display to a compatible wall mount.
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|New Crestron DM XiO Director Network Appliance Simplifies Deployment of DM NVX Network AV Systems|
Crestron announced today that it is now shipping DM XiO Director. An enterprise-grade network appliance, natively running simple yet powerful software, the DM XiO Director centrally configures, manages, and controls DM NVX network AV systems. The DM XiO Director is available in three models, depending on the number of DM NVX endpoints. The software tool enables device discovery, domain configuration, endpoint mapping, multi-casting management and status monitoring. DM NVX Series is the industry’s only secure solution that delivers 4K60, 4:4:4 and HDR video over standard 1Gb Ethernet.
The DM XiO Director virtually emulates the functionality of a traditional hardware-based DigitalMedia matrix switcher, routing 4K60 streaming AV signals throughout a room, building or campus. Three models are offered which support 80 (DM-XIO-DIR-80), 160 (DM-XIO-DIR-160) or unlimited (DM-XIO-DIR-ENT) endpoint devices. DM XiO Director can handle even the largest corporate enterprise, university, governmental, military, medical, transportation, sports, entertainment, hospitality, gaming or retail application.
The DM XiO Director automatically discovers each DM NVX endpoint on the network, and allows each one to be assigned to a “domain” using a simple UI. A domain is simply a logical grouping of endpoints that operate together as a single switching entity, allowing individual rooms and other subsystems to be arranged and controlled independently. The DM XiO Director effectively eliminates the need for physical switchers in every room, replacing them with the virtual equivalent running on the AV network.
The DM XiO Director provides an intuitive web-based user interface to facilitate system configuration, signal routing, and comprehensive diagnostics of the complete AV network. Each domain and endpoint can be designated with a user-friendly name. Navigating the entire system is easy using the search box to quickly find domains, endpoints, inputs and outputs by name or address. A system overview screen is also provided, showing the video and audio signal status for every input and output in a graphical layout that’s easy to view and navigate.
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|Sound Control Technologies to Debut New RemoteCam Solutions at ISE|
Sound Control Technologies (SCT) will be using ISE 2018 (Stand 11-F160) to unveil four new solutions in the RemoteCam product portfolio for digital PTZ cameras. The new RemoteCam6 (RC6-CST) has been designed to deliver a reliable, cost effective link between the Cisco SX80 and SpeakerTrack 60. It will enable Dual HDMI, Ethernet control and power to the SpeakerTrack 60 over a single CAT6 cable.
Also showing from SCT will be the new RemoteCam7 (RC7-PD2) which has been designed to support Polycom Group Series codecs and the EagleEye Director II. This product enables HDCI video, analog audio, RS232 control, IR control and power to the Director II over a single Cat5e or Cat6 cable.
In addition, the latest in SCT’s RemoteCam5 product line, the RC5-RKP will be launched. It supports the Cisco Quad Camera and Codec Plus or SX80 codecs. Like the rest of the RemoteCam5 products, this enables HDMI and Ethernet control plus power to the Quad Camera over a single Cat5e or Cat6 cable.
All three new RemoteCam solutions deliver power up to a distance of 300’ feet over a single Cat5e or Cat6 cable and integrators visiting ISE will appreciate that all Sound Control kits are complete solutions with necessary cables required to connect to the camera and codecs, accommodating the custom nature of the manufacturer’s connectors implemented on these cameras and codecs.
Also showing from SCT are the RCS and RCT Series Ceiling Mounts. The RCS Series solutions are sheetrock ceiling mounts designed for the Cisco Precision 60, PHD 12x, Precision 40 and Polycom EagleEye IV cameras. These three-piece, all-metal solutions come with a common back box and mounting plate, and they become camera-specific with a custom cradle to securely hold the base of the camera.
The RCT Series’ acoustic tile ceiling mounts are designed for the Cisco Precision 60, PHD 12x, Precision 40 and Polycom EagleEye IV cameras. These three-piece, all-metal solutions come with a tile bar, plenum box and become camera-specific with a custom cradle to securely hold the base of the camera.
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