Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons

Sara Abrons is editor-in-chief of rAVe [Publications] and 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.

NSCA Launches ProAV Career Site

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The NSCA Education Foundation announced the launch of igniteyourcareer.org – an online portal to attract and retain talent in the communications technology industry. Currently, lack of awareness among up-and-coming students and young professionals means that great jobs in the industry go unfilled. Graduating students aren’t aware of the promising and lucrative careers available in communications […]

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MSE Audio’s Three-Way Landscape Speaker from Rockustics, Cherry Bomb, Ships

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MSE Audio is now shipping the Rockustics Cherry Bomb. The Rockustics’ Cherry Bomb, featuring a patented three-way speaker, is a fully weather-proof, direct-burial speaker designed to blend into outdoor landscaping. The three-way design includes a 5” double-chamber, band-pass subwoofer, a 4” woofer and a 0.75” tweeter all in one compact housing. By including the subwoofer […]

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BenQ Ships Amazon Voice-Enabled LCDs

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BenQ has enhanced its Premium RP Series of interactive flat panels (IFPs) with voice control powered by AWS. Directly integrating AWS with BenQ’s Saffi voice-assistant technology, the RP Series IFPs use a voice-enabled remote that simplifies instruction tasks and introduces more flexibility in the classroom. The voice capability is available as an Amazon skill and […]

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Extron Ships HC 404 Integrated with Zoom Room Control

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Extron told rAVe that it’s already shipping the HC 404 Meeting Space Collaboration System, which extends control capabilities to Zoom Rooms. It provides a one-touch user experience for conferencing, collaboration and AV room control. A single interface on your Extron TouchLink Pro Series touchpanel is all you need to control every conferencing and audiovisual function. […]

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AtlasIED ARCAT BIM Content Libraries Debut for AV Designers and Integrators

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AtlasIED announces that Building Information Modeling (BIM) objects, families and system files for AtlasIED products are now available through ARCAT, an online resource of free building product information. Making it easier for members of the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) community to more accurately specify AtlasIED solutions into projects of any size and scope, the new BIM library can also […]

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B-Tech Buys Mode-AL

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B-Tech AV Mounts has acquired Mode-AL Display Engineering. Founded in 2000, they are a manufacturer of multiple monitor mounting solutions for digital signage, broadcast, the collaborative environment, the retail sector and high-end AV. Typically catering for high-end bespoke products and solutions, these solutions have been installed in a variety of applications from monitor stacks and […]

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NV5 Acquires The Sextant Group

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NV5 Global announced today that it has acquired The Sextant Group. The Sextant Group has 11 locations and project offices throughout the US and is well-known for creating integrated technology solutions for a wide range of public and private sector clients. The Sextant Group’s 80 technology professionals have provided expertise on over 2,000 projects in 46 states. The acquisition was an all-cash transaction […]

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PreSonus Ships FLEX DSP-Powered StudioLive 64S and Series III S Mixers

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PreSonus is now shipping its new StudioLive 64S, with 76 mixing channels, 43 buses and 526 simultaneous effects. Thirty-two individually configurable FlexMixes allow you to create your preferred combination of aux mixes, matrix mixes and subgroups for your application. StudioLive 64S mixers feature an independent main mono/center bus; each channel has a dedicated level control and a center divergence control […]

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Signagelive and NEC Display Solutions Partner to Deliver Real-Time Digital Signage Content and Analytics with NEC Analytics Learning Platform (ALP)

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Signagelive’s deep integration with NEC Display Solutions ALP enables real-time digital signage content playback decisions and analytics, providing network owners with business intelligence. The NEC Analytics Learning Platform (ALP) Pro optimizes message delivery with automated content creation and recommendations for targeted customers using AI-based analytics, enabling retailers to customize their content based on age, gender, events and weather. For retailers, NEC ALP […]

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Almo ProAV Unveils Digital Signage Services as Products at DSE 2019

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Almo ProAV (DSE Booth #DC4) is showing its newest Digital Signage Services during the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) in Las Vegas, March 27-28. These services are now available as products on Almo’s line card, enabling AV integrators to incorporate them at the outset of every installation. The following Almo Digital Signage Services are now available […]

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AOPEN’S New DEV5400 Players Compatible with Quividi Analytics Platform

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AOPEN and Quividi have partnered to offer a Quividi-compatible solution on the newest line of AOPEN products. The AOPEN DEV5400 has been tested by Quividi to ensure the full capabilities of Quividi’s VidiReports software – for measuring a digital signage audience and contextualizing communications for visual retail and DOOH. The DEV5400 is a compact solution […]

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NEC Display Launches ALP Pro for AI Level Analytics of Digital Signage

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NEC Display Solutions of America today announced the evolution of its business intelligence analytics platform for retailers that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver real-time content and data measurement. The NEC Analytics Learning Platform (ALP) Pro optimizes message delivery with automated content creation and recommendations for targeted customers using AI-based analytics, enabling retailers to customize […]

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BrightSign Media Players Work in Freezing and Desert-Like Temps

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BrightSign today announced that its Series 4 players are certified for use in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius. At launch, BrightSign’s Series 4 players were rated for use in temperatures up to 70 C – a feat achieved via BrightSign’s patented, heat-dissipating, anodized aluminum case design. This recent certification for low-temperature use establishes […]

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Chief Expands Impact Series to Include Bolt Down Solutions

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Chief is launching new digital signage enclosures at DSE. The Impact Bolt Down Portrait Floor Standing Kiosks provide an aesthetic solution for enclosing displays in open areas. Designed with no exposed fasteners while maintaining full access and serviceability. Our exclusive design keeps the display mounted to the frame when opened. Keyed locking security keeps displays […]

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Bose Professional Ships ControlSpace Engineered Sound Processors

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Bose Professional is now shipping its four recently introduced ControlSpace engineered sound processors: ESP-880A, ESP-880AD, ESP-1240A and ESP-1240AD (the “A” designation indicates Bose AmpLink connectivity and the “AD” designation indicates both AmpLink and Dante connectivity). These open-architecture DSPs offer enhanced flexibility for a wide variety of applications — from small, self-contained projects to large, networked […]

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BrightSign Unveils Plans for DSE 2019, Will Demo New BSN.cloud Platform for the First Time in the U.S.

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BrightSign LLC today unveiled its plans for Digital Signage Expo 2019 (DSE), which takes place March 27th and 28th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company’s technology will power rich digital experiences in BrightSign’s booth and across the show floor. “To demonstrate the full potential of our hardware and software, there’s nothing more effective […]

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Black Box Active Optical Cables Debut

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Black Box Corporation today introduced its Active Optical Cable product range, which enables transmission of 4K video and audio with resolutions up to 4K at 60 Hz 4:4:4 and DisplayPort signals with resolutions up to 8K @ 60 Hz 4:4:4 for more than 200 meters (7680×4320 at 60 Hz or 32.4 Gbps). In addition, supporting […]

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Roland Releases iPad App and Update for V-02HD Multi-Format Video Mixer

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Roland is introducing the dedicated V-02HD Remote iPad control app for operation. With system software Ver.1.10 and above, V-02HD Remote turns an iPad into a touch interface for the V-02HD. The V-02HD Remote iPad app allows switching function operation, virtual fader audio mixing and quick access to settings and effects parameters. Up to eight custom […]

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BlueJeans and Dolby Partner, Simplify Purchasing with Rooms-as-a-Service

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Blue Jeans Network, Inc. today announced its plan to offer BlueJeans Rooms-as-a-Service featuring Dolby Voice Room in the near future. BlueJeans Rooms-as-a-Service featuring Dolby Voice Room will be a new service-based subscription model for quickly adopting Dolby’s hardware with BlueJeans’ enterprise-grade cloud meetings platform. The Room-as-a-Service model provides IT decision makers with the benefits of […]

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Nectar Intros Next-Generation Monitoring and Reporting Platform for Real-Time Collaboration

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Nectar Services today at Enterprise Connect launched its Nectar 10 solution, the most powerful and easy-to-use performance management, monitoring, diagnostics and reporting platform. The solution is purpose-built for the unique characteristics of voice, video and real-time collaboration applications, and enables enterprise businesses and managed service providers to harness the power of the cloud to streamline […]

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Plantronics and Polycom to Become One Company with New Name: Poly

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Plantronics today announced that the company will transform into a new company called Poly. In explaining the new name, their press release explained that Poly, which means “many,” leverages the legendary audio and video expertise of Plantronics and Polycom and its breadth of smart endpoints that connect across and between unified communications platforms to reduce […]

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Bose Pro PowerShare Amps with Dante Connectivity Ship

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Bose Professional is now shipping the two newest models in its line of PowerShare adaptable power amplifiers: the PS604D (600 watts divisible into four channels) and PS404D (400 watts divisible into four channels) featuring Dante networking capability. Both new amplifiers support four audio input channels from a Dante network, have the ability to mix onboard […]

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Yamaha Unified Communications to Demo First SIP-Compatible Video Sound Bar at Enterprise Connect

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Yamaha Unified Communications has announced that it will show the CS-700 SIP Video Sound Collaboration System at Enterprise Connect. Yamaha says that the CS-700 SIP is the first video sound bar to integrate PBX and UC applications to deliver audio from all communication channels and address video and collaboration requirements from one device. The CS-700 […]

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Extron Debuts Full-Featured AV Control with Integrated Dolby Audio Conference Phone

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Extron today announced it will work with Dolby on enabling the Dolby Conference Phone to operate seamlessly with the Extron Pro Series AV control solutions. This extends Extron control capabilities to the Dolby Conference Phone, providing complete AV and conferencing control for the modern meeting space. When incorporated with an Extron Pro Series control system, […]

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Extron Now Shipping eBUS Partition Sensor Set for Divisible Rooms

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Extron is shipping the ECM S10, a transmitter and receiver partition sensor set for Extron eBUS-enabled control systems and other devices that feature a digital I/O port. The set connects to an IPCP Pro control processor and uses an infrared beam to sense the position of a movable partition wall within divisible rooms. The position […]

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Vaddio Intros Next Generation of Professional PTZ Cameras

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Vaddio recently launched the RoboSHOT Elite Series of professional PTZ cameras, designed for university lecture halls, houses of worship, government chambers, corporate meeting rooms and UCC environments. RoboSHOT Elite Series cameras use a 1/2.5 Type Exmor R generation CMOS image sensor to deliver 8.5 megapixels of 1080p/60 video and more powerful image signal processing. This […]

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Earthworks Ships the IMDL1 Directional Boundary Microphone

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The Earthworks IMDL1 directional boundary microphones, designed for permanent installation, are now shipping. Featuring a new audio and mechanical design, the phantom-powered IMDL1 offers what the company says is exceptional speech intelligibility and unobtrusive appearance for table installations. The IMDL1 comes in a black or stainless steel finish and features the LumiComm Touch Ring, which consists […]

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