InfoComm Connections – The Experience (Part 2)

Here is InfoComm Connections – The Experience (Part 1) if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

Education sessions and workshops continued on Day 2:

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Chuck Espinoza CTS-D, CTS-I, CQT, PMP, ISF-C, Staff Instructor, InfoComm International moderator for the Project Management for Live Events workshop discusses how to utilize construction/fixed installation project management techniques in a live event and rental/staging environment.

More manufacturers who displayed at the show:

Kramer Electronics: Kramer Electronics is a manufacturer committed to developing creative, reliable and value-oriented audio, video and computer signal processing solutions and distributing them worldwide with an uncompromising level of service and support. Kramer unveiled their new wireless education solution Via Campus at InfoComm Connections bringing advanced collaboration features to education and training environments.

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With any laptop or mobile device, students can connect and present instantly to the main display, view the main display on their screen, edit documents together in real time and use the main display as a digital whiteboard. Both teachers and students can share any size file and stream smooth full−frame HD video.

The solution’s e−polling and e−exam features help teachers easily and instantly measure how much students are actually learning. With e−exams, teachers can give interactive, multi−media tests and get immediate feedback. e−Polling lets teachers conduct instant surveys of student knowledge and opinion to help stimulate relevant and lively discussion and debate. This BYOD solution also features full on−screen collaboration, seamless Mac/PC and iOS/Android mirroring, and 3rd−party apps for remote learning and collaboration.

Mediasite (by Sonic Foundry): Sonic Foundry has announced new features to enhance Mediasite Video Platform, the most complete and automated platform for creating, publishing, searching and managing enterprise video.

Mediasite Join is a cloud-based videoconference capture solution that automatically transforms video calls and meetings into engaging, searchable on-demand video. Users simply add Mediasite Join as a participant to their videoconferences, and the service automatically records everything said and shown. It then transcodes, indexes and publishes recorded videoconferences to Mediasite alongside all their other video assets. Mediasite Join supports Cisco, Polycom, TANDBERG, Lifesize, Vidyo and Zoom and expands the capabilities of existing videoconference systems with interactive, dual-stream content, intelligent publishing, video search and navigation and powerful analytics.

MediasiteMediasite MultiView offers best-in-class holistic capture, giving users the ability to automatically capture, synchronize and stream up to four simultaneous live HD sources, including three 1080p videos. All videos are displayed in a responsive player that elegantly adjusts to any screen size, providing an immersive view of the environment while eliminating the need for switching various camera angles. Paired with the Mediasite MultiView-enabled RLHD Recorders, Mediasite meets the needs of recording and streaming complex video environments, offering the most efficient and effective way to capture and live-stream multiple angles of communications, procedures, simulations or training.

Media Vision: Media Vision is known in the industry as a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for multipurpose meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. They showed the following:

Media Vision 1Retractable Microphone Array: The HCS-4851 is a flush-mount conference microphone with a retractable line array microphone. A cover plate hides all electronics when the microphone is fully retracted. When taken out for usage, the TAIDEN HCS-4851 microphone array has a total length of 20cm (7.9 inches) with a 30-degree lean angle; the microphone placement offers proximity to the sound source while using the advanced physical characteristics of a microphone array ensuring excellent pick-up of the human voice and rejecting ambient noise from above and below the microphone. This retractable solution by TAIDEN preserves all concerns for audio quality while responding to new trends in meeting environments and common concerns for aesthetics. TAIDEN solutions are Dante-enabled.

Multimedia Conference Terminal with E Ink Nameplate: With a sleek tablet-like design, the HCS-8338 Series by TAIDEN is a new generation paperless multimedia conference system that is packed with enhanced capabilities, heightened performance and promises to deliver an outstanding user experience. As a conference system, the unit also offers superior audio intelligibility and numerous optional features: electronic voting, security identification via contactless IC card or fingerprint reader, digital audio recording, language interpretation, dual channel selectors, and more.

Middle Atlantic Products: Middle Atlantic Products is part of the Commercial AV division of Legrand, North America, and as many in the industry know manufacture support and protection products to mount integrated AV systems in Residential, Commercial, Broadcast, and Security applications.

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Middle Atlantic has over 350 power products engineered and designed to specifically meet the needs of safe, reliable systems to properly power and protect equipment. The portfolio ranges from intelligently designed products that provide battery backup, surge, spike & undervoltage protection, and monitoring & control capabilities to modular or custom power components ideal for a system’s individual power requirements.

Hub, one of their latest offerings, is a technology-ready, all-in-one furniture solution for collaboration spaces that is designed to maximize equipment and cable storage.  Simple to order with a wide range of finishes, Hub is designed for easy integration and is ideal for smaller collaboration spaces in corporate environments and active learning classrooms. See Middle Atlantic Unveils Hub on rAVe

Planar: Planar showed their LookThru OLED transparent display which allows users to view video content, digital images and text on a virtually frameless glass display while enabling designers to overlay this content onto real objects or scenes that sit behind the glass.

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Since OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) is self-emissive, the displays do not require a backlight the way LCD panels do. This means that an OLED transparent display offers better picture quality, higher contrast and wider viewing angles, in addition to essentially being “more transparent” — Planar says this new OLED display offers 45 percent light transmissivity, compared to transparent LCD displays that typically offer 5 to 17 percent light transmissivity.

For more information see Planar Brings Transparent OLED Display to Market, LookThru Now Available for Pre-Orders.

Revolabs: Revolabs Inc. is a premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Their FLX UC 1500 system, another one of my top 10 picks at InfoComm, provides ultra-wideband frequency response to bring spectacular-sounding audio to conference calls, desktop audio, or PC communication tools whether on premise or in the cloud. Revolabs-FX-UC-1500Designed to integrate easily with any third-party application, the device also features a convenient dialer with a 3.5-inch color display and USB support, which allows users to easily connect the unit to any PC, Mac, or Chromebook for use with communication applications such as Skype, Microsoft Lync, Vidyo, WebEx.

Among their numerous wired and wireless product offerings, Revolabs also displayed their Executive Elite wearable mic which merges best-in-class audio with an eye-catching design. These innovative wireless microphones feature advanced technologies and extended capabilities that ensure superior audio pickup and sound quality, improved signal-to-noise ratio, enhanced digital signal communication over wireless links, and a user-friendly interface.

Revolabs’ James Fairweather, Executive VP – Global Sales, participated as a panelist in the The Merger of AV and IT Part 1 — How Has the Conference Room Changed? education session moderated by Dr. S. Ann Earon (both are with the IMCCA). I attended this session where the participants gave excellent insights on the subject, and more to come about this here on rAVe.

StarLeaf: StarLeaf brings people together through the power of video conferencing and calling. With the StarLeaf Cloud, video conferencing services and their tightly integrated range of video endpoints, one can gain all of the cost saving benefits of video with none of the hardships associated with owning, managing and maintaining it.

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The company appeared at InfoComm Connections showcasing their cloud video conferencing and calling solutions as well as participating in an IMCCA panel discussion. During the show, StarLeaf was able to demonstrate how they are able to help integrators and end users alike solve visual collaboration business challenges.

The company demonstrated their end-to-end StarLeaf Cloud offering as well as their dedicated  Skype for Business meeting room system, and most importantly showed attendees how StarLeaf enables seamless direct video calling across all environments.

SiliconCore: SiliconCore Technology is an innovator and manufacturer of cutting edge LED Displays, and laser diode controls. At InfoComm Connections the company presented three of their LED walls:

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The first is the The Lavender, a 1.2mm that is capable of full HD at 110”. With a close proximity viewing distance of less than one meter, LED display technology can now operate in the same application space as the more traditional display technologies, such as LCD panels.

The next is the 1.5mm Magnolia which is widely considered a standard for medical and financial institutions. The display ensures high power efficiency, excellent uniformity, extremely wide viewing angle and low heat generation, enabling completely silent fan-less operation. Third is the Peony 2.6mm for longer viewing applications and the product for several headquarters and flagship stores. This display is available in either a fixed installation or fast rigging 500mm x 500mm cabinet solution.

wePresent: wePresent manufactures wireless presentation devices used by K-12, higher ed, corporate, and government, allowing multiple users (up-to 64) to wirelessly mirror from their device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) to a tv or projector. Up to 1080pHD, 30 fps, quad screen, annotation, media player, whiteboard, touchscreen, POE, virtual daisy chain, and can be a wireless access point (WAP/Router). With wePresent, BYOD meets wireless projection. 

The all new wePresent WiPG-2000s unit adds more features to the company’s solutions offerings:

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  • Supports full iOS mirroring with Apple® AirPlay®
  • Supports 5GHz/2.4GHz dual-band Wi-Fi offering less interference in most environments
  • Enhanced security of mirroring data with AES-128 bit encryption
  • Enhanced security of web browsing data with HTTPS encryption
  • Save annotated presentations directly to a USB drive inserted into the WiPG-2000s
  •  Auto-detection of output display resolution through HDMI
  •  Quick manual connect icon for faster connection from users on different subnets
  • Updated Plug&Show+ USB for faster connection by guests without installing software
  • Streamlined and improved startup screen to assist 1st-time users in connecting
  • Updated and streamlined desktop controller for Windows® and Mac®

wePresent was awarded one of rAVe’s Best of InfoComm 2015 awards: Best New Wireless Product: wePresent WiPG-2000S

There were more exhibitors who appeared – here is the full listing.

It certainly was a great two days in New York – next stop for InfoComm Connections:

And one last one:

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Yes he certainly is…

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If you attended InfoComm Connections (and even if you were not able to), I certainly welcome your comments about it below.