Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons is executive editor of rAVe [PUBS] and managing director of THE rAVe Agency. She is also a graduate of the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Reach her at sara@ravepubs.com or on Twitter @SaraAbrons. Pronouns: she/her.

Nortek Intros New Panamax BlueBOLT-Enabled Advanced Power Conditioner

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Nortek Security & Control LLC is introducing the Panamax VT1512-IP Advanced Power Conditioner, a BlueBOLT-enabled, ultra-slim form factor vertical rack power conditioner and power sequencer. Measuring a slim 1.7×1.75×37 inches, the VT1512-IP is a full-featured power conditioner providing protection and filtration for maximum longevity and performance of connected equipment. The Panamax VT1512-IP is BlueBOLT enabled, […]

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Legrand’s Building Control Systems Vantage EasyTouch Glass Keypad Station Ships

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Legrand’s Building Control Systems (BCS) division has announced that the Vantage EasyTouch Glass modular keypad station is now shipping. EasyTouch Glass is a highly reflective, mirrored look with a tactile surface aesthetic. The keypad is available with up to five programmable buttons for different scenes — such as “welcome,” “away” or “party” — allowing users […]

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ClearOne Receives Patent for PoE Method That Eliminates 100-Meter Distance Constraint

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ClearOne announced today that it has been awarded a strategic new patent relating to power transmission for Power over Ethernet (PoE) systems by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Awarded on April 14, 2020, the patent describes a simple method for providing power to multiple devices in a “daisy-chain” series connection using PoE. Use of […]

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Broadcast Pix Debuts StreamingPix Streaming Kit for Schools, Churches, Businesses and More

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Broadcast Pix just debuted StreamingPix, a complete live production and streaming solution. StreamingPix is a kit that uses the same acquisition, production, automation and streaming tools as the company’s professional products, but with simpler control interfaces and a library of graphics and clips to give content a polished and professional look. It’s aimed at corporations, […]

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Verizon to Buy BlueJeans, the Rodney Dangerfield of Videoconferencing Companies

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Today Verizon announced that it will acquire BlueJeans, a cloud-based enterprise videoconferencing and event platform, pending regulatory approval. The transaction will combine BlueJeans’ meeting platform with Verizon’s UCaaS business immediately, according to the news release, and will be deeply integrated with Verizon’s 5G product roadmap. Here’s what rAVe founder Gary Kayye had to say: “The […]

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AtlasIED Intros Four New UL 1480-Certified Speakers for Fire Alarm Systems

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AtlasIED has introduced four new UL 1480-certified speakers, which permits the speakers to be used in code-required fire alarm systems (NFPA 72) for fire alarm and signaling. The certification streamlines the bidding process on jobs that require speakers used for fire alarm signaling purposes for security, AV and IT contractors, exempting contractors from having to […]

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BenQ Releases New Line of Entry-Level BlueCore DLP Laser Projectors

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BenQ has introduced the entry-level BlueCore WUXGA and 1080p 4,000- and 5,000-lumen laser projectors: the LU710, LU930, LH710 and LH930. All use laser lighting, and all models use BenQ’s BlueCore IP5X-certified, dustproof, filter-free laser engine that’s spec’d at 20,000 hours of operation. In addition, the DLP chips are hermetically sealed and resist heat for over […]

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Studio Technologies’ New Party-Line Intercom Solution Can Host 16 Users

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Studio Technologies launched the new Model 5421 Dante Intercom Engine, a Dante Audio-over-IP (AoIP) party-line intercom solution for up to 16 users. It incorporates an intercom-specific Auto Mix algorithm that optimizes party-line audio quality and reduces ambient interference from open mics. The compact half-rack enclosure is intended for use with Studio Technologies’ 370-series of Dante-enabled […]

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CEDIA Calling All Technicians to Participate in Survey

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CEDIA and its recently-launched certification commission are calling on technicians to participate in a survey designed to shape the future of CEDIA Certification and education initiatives. The CEDIA Technician Survey, which is open through April 22, involves feedback from technicians or those who supervise technicians. The commission and information gathering initiative are part of CEDIA’s […]

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Hypersign’s New All-in-One UCC Application Integrates With Zoom and Webex Teams

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Hypersign’s new Huddleup is a new UCC application for its all-in-one Hypersign+ system. It’s a single-tap wrapper that integrates with Zoom, Whereby (formerly appear.in) and Webex Teams. Features include: Interactive whiteboarding: Whiteboarding is built directly into the application, so you don’t need traditional whiteboards in the meeting area. Live TV: Huddleup brings live TV to […]

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AtlasIED Introduces New Line of Portable Indoor/Outdoor Packaged Audio Systems

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AtlasIED introduced its new Temporary Audio Systems (TAS) line of portable indoor/outdoor packaged audio systems. To facilitate quick and easy setup, the TAS systems come packaged with all the necessary components, including all-weather speakers, handheld and desktop microphones, speaker/mic stands, power conditioners, amplifiers, cabling and more. Four different packages are available, designed to serve facilities […]

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Hall Research Releases New Kit for Sending 4K Video Over a UTP Cable

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Hall Research has launched the EX-4KU kit, including a single-gang wall plate HDBaseT transmitter plus receiver. Designed to extend 4K HDMI video and USB data over a single UTP cable, the EX-4KU uses the new HDBaseT 2.0 technology that claims to extend video and USB with zero latency and with no compression. The wall plate […]

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Carousel Digital Signage Is Offering Three Months of Carousel Cloud

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Carousel Digital Signage is offering a free package to help facilities communicate important messages in waiting areas, walkways and other public-facing spaces during COVID-19. Carousel Digital Signage is providing a three-month subscription of Carousel Cloud, a SaaS-cloud-based CMS, along with “Frontline Responder” templates to create and deliver emergency messages unique to each facility. Carousel Digital […]

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Extron Now Offering Free Online Certifications and Extron Institute Classes

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Extron announced this week that it’s waiving the fees for its online certifications. In addition, the company is conducting free live online instructor-led Extron Institute classes to help technology professionals who are working remotely. Extron online training has always been free and AV professionals now have an opportunity to earn their AV Associate or Extron […]

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It’s Official: Marlin Equity Partners Completes Acquisition of AVI-SPL, So Whitlock and AVI-SPL Are Now One

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Marlin Equity Partners has officially completed the acquisition of AVI-SPL and subsequent merger with Whitlock. The two digital workplace services providers will combine under AVI-SPL to offer organizations around the globe end-to-end technology management and support solutions. H.I.G. Capital has partnered with Marlin in the transaction and will hold a minority stake in the combined […]

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Dataton Has a New Update for WATCHOUT Production Software

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The 6.6.1 release of Dataton’s WATCHOUT focuses on playback of live and H.264 video. In 6.6, Dataton added compatibility for NewTek NDI (4.1) and made improvements in audio latency and playback. This update fixes audio timing and adds key enhancements for working with real-time tracking. WATCHOUT is a multi-display production and playback software that orchestrates […]

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New Organization, ACE, Forms to Connect DOOH Industry Members

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ACE, the Advocates for Connected Experiences (ACE), announced its formation Monday. The organization aims to unite and empower all constituents involved in DOOH, retail and venue-based digital experiences around key industry issues. Its membership will include associations and companies involved in creating, selling, delivering and optimizing digitally-connected initiatives that touch the Out-of-Home industry. A commitment […]

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Genelec Releases New Smart Active Monitor for Large Studios

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Genelec unveiled the 1235A Smart Active Monitor this week. The monitor, based on the 1035 main monitor, includes 96 kHz processing and integration with Genelec’s GLM calibration software. The 1235A is a main monitor for large music, film and post-production studios that demand high SPL and neutral, stable imaging that can be optimized for the […]

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AVIXA Cancels InfoComm 2020 in Las Vegas

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AVIXA sent out an announcement this morning announcing that InfoComm 2020, originally planned to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 13-19, 2020, has been canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Show organizers said it had remained optimistic that the show could go on, and was monitoring recommendations from the WHO […]

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Amate Audio Releases New Loudspeaker Management Processor Platform

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The Amate Audio LMS206 is a dual-input/six-output loudspeaker management processor platform using a 64-bit DSP architecture. Fully configurable, each input is assignable to any output, with two crossovers — with selectable Butterworth, Linkwitz-Riley and Bessel filtering — and independent compressor/limiter settings available on each output. With four analog inputs, a two-channel AES/EBU digital input and […]

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Peerless-AV Offers Bundled Solution in Response to COVID-19

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Peerless-AV is offering a bundled solution available immediately to deploy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As hundreds of testing and treatment stations are opening across the country to meet healthcare needs, the locations call for rapid triage and information sharing, often in inhospitable environments. The bundled solution includes a 49”, 55” or 65” UltraView […]

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Digital Signage Expo Rescheduled for September 15-18, Will Remain in Las Vegas at LVCC

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We announced earlier this month that Digital Signage Expo, originally scheduled for March 31-April 3, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, would be postponed to the fall due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and limitations on domestic and international travel. Show organizers announced today that the show has officially been rescheduled for September 15-18, […]

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ATEN Technology Intros ATEN VE8950/VE8900 Control App

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ATEN Technology today introduced the ATEN VE8950/VE8900 Control App, an iOS and Android compatible mobile app that enables mobile control of ATEN’s VE8950 and VE8900 4K HDMI over IP Extenders. The app was designed to help users switch sources/displays and apply and reschedule profiles for their over IP video extenders. ATEN’s Control App provides direct […]

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Epson Shipping World’s First 4K 3LCD 12,000-Lumen Laser Projector

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Epson is now shipping what it says is the world’s first 4K 3LCD 12,000-lumen laser projector. The new Epson Pro L12000QNL is aimed at live events, higher education and corporate environments. The Pro L12000QNL features two removable interface slots to accommodate a wide range of inputs, including 12G SDI and DisplayPort. Designed for demanding environments, […]

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Almo Professional A/V Introduces Three New Service Development Managers

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Almo Professional A/V announced the addition of three service development managers (SDMs) to provide support and expertise to partners using the Almo toolbox of AV Services for Integrators. A newly created position at Almo Professional A/V, the SDMs are subject matter experts on Almo’s complete line of services, which include Almo AVaaS financial solutions, business […]

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FOR-A Corporation Releases HVS-6000 Series of HANABI HD and 4K Production Switchers

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FOR-A Corporation launched the HVS-6000 Series of HANABI HD and 4K production switchers for live production workflows. Built to support 12G-SDI infrastructures, the MFR-6100 provides single-cable transfer of 4K video for less complicated cabling. Users can add up to 16 input and 16 output cards (nine channels per card) to configure a matrix up to […]

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Black Box Releases Emerald PE IP-based KVM Extenders

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Black Box has expanded the Emerald Unified KVM platform with the release of Emerald PE IP-based KVM extenders. Emerald PE transmitters and receivers enable extension and matrix switching of HD DVI video (up to 1920×1200 at 60Hz), transparent USB 2.0 and bidirectional analog audio — over a dedicated or existing IP network. The IP-based KVM […]

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Martin Audio Releases Two New Cardioid Subwoofers

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Martin Audio has announced the release of two new compact cardioid subwoofers, the SXCF118 and the SXC115 — both designed for live sound reinforcement and fixed installations. The SXCF118 is a flyable version of the SXC118 released last year and has been purpose-designed to accompany the WPS optimized line array system, while the ground stack […]

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NoviSign Launches Digital Signage Hand Sanitizer Kiosks

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NoviSign has launched new, specially-designed line of freestanding and wall-mountable digital signage hand sanitizer kiosks that dispense 99.99% germ-killing sanitizer gel. Equipped with an internal auto-dispenser that supports gel, foam or liquid sanitizer, the kiosks feature a metal enclosing and an integrated commercial grade 21.5” digital sign that is managed using NoviSign’s cloud-based digital signage […]

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Matrox Announces New QuadHead2Go Q155 Multi-Monitor Controllers

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Matrox has announced that the Matrox QuadHead2Go Q155 multi-monitor controller appliance is now shipping. With HDMI input support, the units are designed to drive four Full HD displays from a single 4K HDMI source — including HDCP-compliant devices — offering a simple plug-and-play approach to video wall designs. QuadHead2Go Q155 controllers capture a single video […]

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Digital Signage Expo 2020 Postponed to the Fall

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Digital Signage Expo, originally scheduled to be held in Las Vegas March 31 – April 3, 2020, has been postponed until later in the year, likely September, and also still in Las Vegas. This announcement seemed inevitable, perhaps overdue, particularly this week with the WHO declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, the Trump administration announcement […]

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