Some Personal Observations of ISE 2020, Professional Observations to Follow Later

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While the coronavirus certainly decimated attendance at Integrated Systems Europe 2020 — coming in right at around 52,000 attendees — exhibitors were thrilled with those who showed. NOT ONE exhibitor complained to me. Quantity was down, but the quality was up. Way up. This actually could have been the best thing ever to happen to […]

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Yorktel Buys Video Corporation of America’s Assets

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AV integrators Yorktel announced today that it will be acquiring the business assets of Video Corporation of America (VCA), a New Jersey-based provider of audio video integration, digital signage and unified communications solutions and services. “With very little overlap in our respective customer portfolios, the team at VCA brings extensive experience in audio and video […]

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BenQ Launches EW800ST Education Projector

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BenQ has launched the EW800ST, an education projector with Google cloud account integration, screen-mirroring and wired as well as wireless connectivity for K-12 classrooms. Using its Dust Guard technology and Lamp Save mode, the short-throw projector also includes X-Sign Broadcast, a centralized messaging and display-scheduling system. The 1280×800 resolution 1-chip DLP EW800ST’s user interface is […]

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Here’s a Glimpse Into How the ProAV Market is Doing

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On the third day of ISE last week, with little fanfare, Barco announced its 2019 earnings report while also commenting on how they think 2020 will play out. As we have very few publicly traded companies of this magnitude in the commercial AV space, I always appreciate Barco’s earnings report as it’s become a bellwether […]

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Silex Insight Debuts Product Using Gary Kayye’s Digital Canvas Concept Using AV-Over-IP

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Silex Insight announced that its AV-over-IP board (called VIPER) now offers 4K multiview supporting up to 12 simultaneous streams of 4K@60Hz (4:4:4) resolution, with ultra-low latency. You can place all 12 video windows on one screen, tile them, layer them or spread them anywhere across a 4K image. The True 4K Multiview solution from Silex […]

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SpinetiX Partners With Simply NUC to Put SpinetiX ARYA and DSOS on the Intel NUC

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SpinetiX announced a partnership with Simply NUC to offer SpinetiX ARYA cloud service and DSOS operating system on the Intel NUC. As a result, the Intel NUC running SpinetiX ARYA and DSOS will be offered to Simply NUC customers in North America and Europe. Commercial-grade Intel NUCs are combined with the SpinetiX DSOS operating system […]

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StarLeaf Launches Three New UCC Offerings at ISE 2020

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StarLeaf launched some new products into the UCC space at ISE last week: StarLeaf Huddle, StarLeaf MultiJoin and StarLeaf for Teams. StarLeaf Huddle is an all-in-one video meeting room solution designed for video meetings in smaller spaces. StarLeaf Huddle claims to be easy to install and it includes a microphone, wide-angle camera, touch screen and […]

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Extron Introduces Interactive Wayfinding Interface

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Extron just introduced the TLSI 201, an interactive wayfinding interface that provides real-time meeting space availability, status and location information using a centralized display. Designed to connect directly with Extron Room Scheduling panels, the interactive wayfinding interface enables users to easily locate and book meeting spaces and make ad hoc meeting reservations. Simply configure the […]

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How Dante Could Disrupt the AV-Over-IP Market

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By Aviad Cohen Founder, Comeet I’ve been a fan of AV-over-IP ever since I first worked with the technology — but the number of vendors and different solutions out in the market make it very hard for customers to choose. How could an AV investment be protected if there is no standard? You can be […]

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DTEN Introduces New Zoom-Room Collaboration Products at ISE 2020

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DTEN introduced two new Zoom Room-based collaboration products at ISE 2020 Tuesday. The DTEN GO with DTEN Mate turns any existing display panel (even a consumer TV) into a Zoom Rooms for Touch. The video bar with an accompanying wireless controller that enables content annotation and interactive whiteboarding on a monitor that’s not touch-enabled. DTEN […]

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An AV-Over-IP Update

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By Adam Cox Senior Analyst, Futuresource Consulting Low-latency AV-over-IP solutions are on the rise across a range of key verticals, presenting clear advantages over competing technologies. Yet, technology continues to struggle to achieve mass-market acceptance. Adam Cox, senior analyst at Futuresource Consulting, explores some of the challenges and takes us through the detail. AV-over-IP has […]

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Sony Will Release a New Beamforming Microphone for Hands-Free Applications in Spring 2020

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Sony Electronics announced the details Tuesday of a new beamforming microphone, the MAS-A100, designed for “hands-free” lectures and presentations. The ceiling-mount microphone is designed for both speech reinforcement and recording using both beamforming technology and an Intelligent Feedback Reducer function. The microphone has a dual-channel output for simultaneous recording that captures the speaker and student’s/participants’ […]

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NEC Display Solutions Europe Extends Platinum Partnership with UC Workspace

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NEC Display Solutions Europe and UC Workspace just announced an extension of NEC Display Solutions’ Platinum Partnership. NEC will release a customized version of Quicklaunch in the second quarter this year and will preview it at ISE 2020 on Feb 11-14. NEC is also previewing the NEC Room Management Service, powered by UC Workspace, at […]

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Sennheiser Debuts New Version of MobileConnect Streaming Solution

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At this year’s ISE, Sennheiser debuted a new version of its MobileConnect streaming solution, offering students an individual assistive listening capability through the convenience of their own smartphone. The system provides operators the ability to implement complex architectures and to manage them from a central location. The Wi-Fi-based MobileConnect system delivers high audio quality with […]

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UC Workspace Extends Partnership with Avocor

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UC Workspace has announced an extension of Avocor’s Platinum Partnership. Avocor will release an exclusive, purpose-built version of UC Workspace’s flagship product, Quicklaunch, in Q2 2020 and has previewed it at ISE. Additionally, Avocor will also preview UC Workspace’s UC Central and WEAV on the company’s stand 13-C110 at ISE in Amsterdam, Feb. 11-14. The […]

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Sennheiser Launches SpeechLine Multi-Channel Receiver

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Sennheiser is launching the SpeechLine Multi-Channel Receiver. The IT-friendly receiver will be available from Q2 2020 as a two-channel or four-channel version. The new multichannel microphone receiver for Sennheiser’s SpeechLine Digital Wireless series uses the license-free 1.9 GHz technology and can be centrally software controlled through Sennheiser Control Cockpit. The RF-based SpeechLine Digital Wireless devices […]

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Sony Expands Laser Projector Line, Introduces Six New Models

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Sony has expanded its laser projector lineup with the introduction of six new models, ranging from a 13,000-lumen high brightness model to 5,000-lumen mid-range compact models. Three are WUXGA models: VPL-FHZ131L (13,000lm), VPL-FHZ101L (10,000 lumen) and VPL-FHZ91L (9,000lm) and two are 5,000-lumen: the VPL-PHZ12 (WUXGA), which has a 0.76-inch LCD panel and the VPL-CWZ10 (WXGA) […]

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Residio, Owners of ADI and Honeywell Home, Just Entered the Commercial AV Market By Buying Herman ProAV

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Resideo Technologies (the $4.8 billion owners of ADI and Honeywell Home) announced Tuesday it has acquired privately-held Herman ProAV, based in Miramar, Florida. Herman ProAV is a distributor of ProAV gear but also offers procurement services and labor resources to AV systems integrators in the commercial AV industry. Herman ProAV serves customers across the United States and will be part […]

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Crestron Announces DMPS Lite for Smaller Spaces

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Crestron just announced something it’s calling new DMPS Lite, which is aimed at smaller spaces such as classrooms and huddle spaces. DMPS Lite products include a 4K video scaler, a standalone web configuration with auto-routing and display control and audio amplification. Additionally, the Crestron XiO Cloud service provides integrators with the ability to remotely provision, […]

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L-Acoustics Launches First Install-Specific Amplified Controller at ISE 2020

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L-Acoustics launches its first install-specific amplifier controller at ISE. Primarily designed to power compact L-Acoustics loudspeakers, the bridgeable 4×4-channel LA2Xi offers anywhere from one to four outputs, allowing it to also drive medium and large format loudspeakers, in full or reduced SPL, for various types of applications. LA2Xi can power background music in leisure installations, […]

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Bose and Sennheiser Partner to Launch UCC-Based Audio Solution for Meeting Rooms

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Bose Professional and Sennheiser have teamed up to provide an in-ceiling unified communications solution and announced a new UCC-based ceiling mic system called the ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution aimed at conference rooms. Consisting of three Bose products: the ControlSpace EX-440C conferencing signal processor, the EdgeMax EM180 in-ceiling loudspeaker, the PowerSpace P2600A amplifier and the Sennheiser TeamConnect […]

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Leyard Planar Enters microLED Market With 0.6-mm 8K Display

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At ISE 2020, Leyard Planar has introduced an ultra-fine pitch LED display with a 0.6-millimeter video wall featuring microLED, which was previously previewed at CES 2020. The display measures 216 inches and features 8K resolution.In addition to the 0.6-millimeter technology demonstration, Leyard Planar showed other fine pitch LED innovations, including the next-generation DirectLight X LED […]

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Barco Partners With Logitech to Combine ClickShare Conference

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Barco today announced its partnership with Logitech to combine ClickShare Conference with Logitech Video Collaboration products. ClickShare Conference is the latest product range in Barco’s highly appreciated ClickShare family. ClickShare Conference is all about wireless conferencing and BYOM (Bring Your Own Meeting), as it allows you to join any type of video conference from your […]

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AVI-SPL Intros Symphony Adapter Marketplace at ISE 2020

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AVI-SPL will introduce its Symphony Adapter Marketplace at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020 today. The marketplace will enable additional audiovisual (AV) and unified communication (UC) devices within an organization’s collaboration technology estate to be proactively monitored and controlled through Symphony. AVI-SPL’s Symphony Adapter Marketplace will expand accessibility to the catalog of Symphony certified devices, combining […]

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TASCAM Shows Line-Up at ISE 2020, Issues New System Design Guide

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Tascam showed a line-up of install products at ISE 2020 this month and has issued a new System Design Guide (Tascam booth X226 in Hall 7). Alongside the brand new Model 12, an all-in-one audio mixer, interface, recorder and controller, Tascam will be showing its live video streamers, a range of Dante/AES67-equipped products such as […]

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ZeeVee Shows Set Top Box Decoder With PoE and 4K Scaling

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ZeeVee is at ISE 2020 (booth 10-N197) showing what they claim to be the industry’s first set top box decoder, with Power over Ethernet (PoE) and 4K video scaler — in one. The new STBi3 set top box is designed for bulk video distribution or IPTV type applications and simplifies AV over IP streaming. It […]

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rAVe Scoop: Biamp to Acquire Wireless Sharing Company HRT

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Oregon-based Biamp will announce at ISE 2020 here in Amsterdam, that it has purchased Huddle Room Technology (HRT). In case you haven’t heard of HRT, it makes a wireless sharing and collaboration product (think Barco ClickShare) but its version includes wireless USB, as well (think Barco ClickShare Conference). However, the HRT HuddleHub has one wireless sharing […]

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Comprehensive Intros Two New Qi Certified Wireless Fast Chargers

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Comprehensive just introduced two new Qi Certified wireless fast chargers. Comprehensive’s Qi Certified Wireless Fast Chargers are designed for commercial spaces like offices, meeting spaces, cubicles and more, where staying charged and productive is important. These new chargers were built with advanced Qi wireless charging technology and provide high speed charging to all Qi-compatible iPhone […]

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Kramer Launches Two New Collaboration Products at ISE 2020

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Kramer is launching two new collaboration products at ISE 2020; the VIA GO and VIA Campus. Designed for classrooms, huddle spaces and small meeting spaces, the VIA GO² includes wireless presentation functionality in a compact form factor at an entry-level cost. With 4K HDMI output, 1024-bit encryption, 60Hz video streaming and native AirPlay, Miracast and […]

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SurgeX Intros Squid Power Management Device

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SurgeX has introduced the new Squid power management device at ISE (SurgeX booth 1-F60). Squid includes networked control and analytics of AC and DC, front-end protection with SurgeX’s patented Multi-Stage surge suppression technology as well as monitoring and management capabilities. Squid includes two 5-volt USB ports for charging and network troubleshooting, eight outputs, four of […]

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Vaddio Enters AV-Over-IP Market with EasyIP

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Vaddio’s EasyIP Ecosystem is a 1Gbps 1080p-based AV-over-IP conferencing system that Vaddio is launching. With EasyIP you can connect multiple cameras in your conference room and easily switch camera views via the network — both cameras and video are on the same IP infrastructure. And, you can share a camera with multiple PCs too. de […]

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The Industry’s First Official Open AV-Over-IP Standard Is Launched, IPMX, Based on SMPTE 2110

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At ISE 2020 in Amsterdam in stand 15-B250, the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) ProAV Working Group introduced Internet Protocol Media Experience (IPMX), a set of open standards and specifications designed to enable carriage of compressed and uncompressed video, audio and data over IP networks. IPMX addresses the ProAV industry’s need for a single […]

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