Sharp Ships Commercial 8K 80″ Display

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The new Sharp 80″ 8M-B80AX1U 8K UHD display, what Sharp says is the only commercially-available 7680×4320 resolution monitor, is now shipping. Aimed at design studios and TV broadcasters, it’s specified with 800 cd/m2 (or up to 4,000 cd/m2 peak level), includes HDR (high dynamic range) technology, has a 10-bit extended color range that literally delivers […]

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Torus PowerBlock PB 10 Is Aimed at Mid-Sized AV Systems

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Torus Power’s latest addition to the company’s PowerBlock Series, the PB 10 toroidal isolation transformer, is shipping now and will be demonstrated at CEDIA Expo Sept. 10-14 in booth 2533. Featuring a compact footprint and rugged construction, the PB 10 is designed for mid-power AV systems, and uses two toroidal transformers to isolate digital and […]

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The BEST of InfoComm 2019 Awards

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Welcome to the 2019 Best of InfoComm Awards! Unlike ANY other awards program at InfoComm, manufacturers can’t pay to enter — in fact, they can’t even nominate their own products. We are NOT pay-for-play. What do we mean? Well, EVERY OTHER product award program in and around InfoComm are what are known as pay-for-play. Pay-for-play […]

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Broadsign and Place Exchange Combine Creative Assets for Integrated DOOH

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Broadsign and Place Exchange announced an integration to enable digital buyers to transact DOOH programmatically as a simple add-on to existing digital media buys. The combined platforms enable DOOH media owners and advertisers, to utilize a single set of digital creative assets that can be easily adapted to suit a variety of digital, mobile and […]

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AxisTV Signage Suite v.1.23 Drops from Visix

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Visix has released version 1.23 of its AxisTV Signage Suite enterprise digital signage platform. The release includes five new widgets, 64-bit OS support, enhanced workflows, improved interactive functionality, personal UI customization options, heightened sort and filter intelligence, expanded organizational tools and security policies, as well as the ability to customize every visual property for the […]

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Indoor vs. Outdoor – A Guide To Doing LEDs Right

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM PRISMVIEW Prismview, a provider of indoor and outdoor digital signage solutions, deep dives into the indoor vs. outdoor conversation in its white paper, “Indoor vs. Outdoor LED Displays: Overcome the Challenges and Expand Your Expertise.” In the white paper, you’ll learn why the expertise of your manufacturer partners is […]

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LG Ships 130” Pre-Packaged LED Screen

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At InfoComm 2019, LG launched a 130-inch LED screen with integrated audio, HDMI inputs and no bezel – think of it as a 130-LCD panel only it’s LED. The LG DVLED LAA Series Signage is aimed at conference room installs as well as digital signage applications – here’s a video we shot of it at […]

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Cybersecurity Advice (for the AV Industry) from Robert Mueller

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By Paul Konikowski On June 24, 2019, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller III testified before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee about his team’s Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. Throughout most of the day, Mueller kept his answers brief and referenced the report. Oftentimes, he […]

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Epson Delivers 9K Lumen Pro L Laser Projector

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Epson announced today it is already shipping its 9,000-lumen Pro L laser projectors aimed at conference rooms, auditoriums and Rental applications. The new white Epson Pro L1490U and black Epson Pro L1495U join the Pro L large-venue laser projector lineup offering every possible input (including 3G-SDI, HDBaseT, HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, 5-BNC and stereo mini 10), […]

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Extron Ships DTP2 R 211, an HDCP 2.2-Compliant 4K 4:4:4 Receiver

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Extron is shipping the DTP2 R 211, a twisted pair HDMI receiver that accepts the transmission of HDMI and multichannel audio, as well as bidirectional RS232 and IR signals up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a shielded CATx cable. This HDCP 2.2-compliant product accommodates the full 18 Gbps data rate of HDMI 2.0b and […]

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Peerless-AV Partners with BrightSign Again for Touch-Based Indoor Kiosk

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Peerless-AV is shipping the second-generation of its all-in-one kiosk powered by BrightSign XT1144 expanded I/O player (KIPICT2555) for indoor applications. This is designed for hospitality, retail, corporate, transportation, entertainment, education and general-purpose applications. The updated kiosk delivers 1080p60 single video decoding, HTML support, networked content playback, as well as an abundant set of features, including […]

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Does Certification Matter?

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As a manager, I’m often faced with the question of what requirements we should put into a job description when we are ready to hire a person. Experience is always the easiest one to figure out. You think about how senior the position is and then you base years of experience or type of experiences […]

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Philips Details GoBright Partnership for Room Management

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Philips Professional Display Solutions has announced a partnership with meeting room management platform provider GoBright BV. The agreement between the two Amsterdam-based companies sees the Philips 10BDL3051T multi-touch 10″ T-Line display become fully certified and fully compatible with the GoBright platform for the first time. More Philips models are to be added shortly. The GoBright […]

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Three New Interactive 4K LCDs Arrive from Sharp

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Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has launched three new 4K Ultra HD resolution large-format AQUOS BOARD interactive display systems with built-in wireless and whiteboard functionality utilizing its embedded SoC (system-on-chip) controller. We shot a video of these at InfoComm last month, which you can view here: […]

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Leyard and Planar VM Series LCD Video Wall Line Adds Four New Displays

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Today, Leyard and Planar introduced four new offerings to the company’s Planar VM Series line of LCD video wall displays. Featuring the industry’s smallest bezels and a new 49-inch size, the new models broaden the Planar VM Series offering and add state-of-the-art tiled bezel performance. The expanded Planar VM Series product line offers customers looking […]

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Signagelive Now Works on Amazon Fire TV Sticks and Players

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Signagelive is now available on Amazon Fire TV devices and displays. For the first time, digital signage customers can experience enterprise digital signage features and functionality on Amazon Fire TV devices and not be restricted to using basic, entry-level digital signage software that falls short of their requirements. Amazon Fire TV Stick as a great […]

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DSS Europe Was Awesome – We Shot Videos There, Too!

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Integrated Systems Events today announced the successful return of the Digital Signage Summit Europe (DSS Europe) to the Hilton Munich Airport hotel. DSS Europe, which took place this year 3-4 July, is Europe’s leading strategy conference for the digital signage and digital-out-of-home (DooH) industry. In a packed two-day, two track conference programme nearly 500 attendees […]

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Friction, SB-327 and Zoom’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Week

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Last week was an eventful one for Zoom. In less than twenty-four hours, we had: The revelation of multiple security vulnerabilities in the popular Zoom conferencing software A [now updated] defensive statement by Zoom, dismissing concerns related to same Public outcry A reversal of course and introduction of an immediate patch for one vulnerability and […]

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Cybersecurity Lessons Learned from Zoom, Logitech and Draper

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By Paul Konikowski, CTS-D Last week was a big week for cybersecurity news pertaining to the audiovisual industry. Vulnerabilities in Zoom’s Mac desktop client were disclosed, hijacking flaws in Logitech’s Unifying USB dongles hit the mainstream and Draper, Inc. announced that its computer systems and communications networks were being held hostage by ransomware. Let’s take […]

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Is It a Standard if Nobody Uses it?

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The AV/IT industry has a problem, one of its own making and one that is getting worse by the micro-second. There are just too many conflicting and confusing “standards” and best practices. Between those created by trade groups, those developed by technical associations or technology consortia (worse yet as these tend to be proprietary) and […]

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Imminent Disaster  —  The Looming AV Threat

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I want you to imagine a 46″ flat panel display. This display is in a staff cafeteria on the 30th floor of an office building. Wall-mounted. It is not an extravagant display, probably 1080p… not even smart (gasp!). You’ve seen one just like it, looping special events and other corporate propaganda. Now I want you […]

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PixelFLEX VisionPro HD Is Pre-Packaged LED Wall (on Wheels)

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PixelFLEX LED just launched VisionPro HD, a giant LED-based Smart TV of sorts. VisionPro HD is constructed with a reflection-free surface, to reduce any room or light interference, is bezel-less, since it’s LED and is available in four models; a 110-inch display at 1.2mm pixel pitch, a 138-inch display at 1.5mm pixel pitch, a 165-inch […]

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Modulo Player V5.2 from Modulo Pi Is Newest Media Server Update

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Modulo Pi just announced that it’s shipping the Modulo Player v5.2, as well as a new version of its embedded live mixer which now includes full integration of Stream Deck control pads. The company has also announced the official and immediate release of Modulo Player v5.2. Modulo Pi says the Modulo Player is a cost-effective […]

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Panasonic Adds New 4K Displays Designed for UCC and and Business Applications

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Panasonic Business has completed the expansion of its 4K display range, originally launched at ISE 2019, with the CQ1 series featuring six new models for use in collaborative spaces. Available from 43 to 86 inches, the series is all native 4K resolution (3840×2160) and support 4K/60p signals and are spec’d to deliver 400 cd/m2 brightness […]

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VESA Details New DisplayPort 2.0 Spec – Aimed at 8K Video and Beyond

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The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced last week that it has released version 2.0 of the DisplayPort (DP) audio/video standard. DP 2.0 is the first major update to the DisplayPort standard since March 2016 and provides up to a 3x increase in data bandwidth performance compared to the previous version of DisplayPort (DP 1.4a), […]

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The Themes of InfoComm 2019

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Over the years I’ve been in this industry (this was my 33rd InfoComm — 34th annual show with InfoComm/AVIXA though as my first, back in 1987, the show was called COMTEC — before the name was changed to InfoComm in 1988), the show has evolved from a technology-based show to a product-based show and, more […]

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Gary Kayye’s Favorite InfoComm Booth Tours — and His LinkedIn LIVE Show Floor Tour, Too!

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE doing booth tours at trade shows. And, I try to do as many of them as possible at trade shows. I enjoy understanding the design and “flow” of the booth — and, a lot of manufacturers are now theming booths pretty creatively. But, MOST OF ALL, I love seeing all the […]

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The Ultimate InfoComm 2019 Wrap-Up Video – Three Days of Awesomeness & Music

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Every year, we produce a video-story that shows the spectacle that is the InfoComm event. Our InfoComm wrap-up video has become one of the most popular things we do each year and, in the lead-up to today’s release, we teased it via social media and the teaser-videos alone garnered over 6,200 views. Again, that’s just […]

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Almo ProAV Turned 10 Year at InfoComm 2019

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Earlier this month at the AVIXA 2019 InfoComm Show, Almo Professional A/V celebrated its decade-long milestone of providing value-added distribution services to the AV industry with an in-booth celebration, an epic anniversary cake featuring life-like AV equipment, and a donation check for the AVIXA Michael Vergauwen Scholarship program. During InfoComm, Almo Professional A/V was named […]

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ComQi OnSite Allows Site-Based Content Updates for Signage Networks

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A new ComQi toolset called OnSite lets digital signage network operators empower local offices and shops to update their own on-screen messaging, while still maintaining tight central office controls on approvals, scheduling and design. Designed and developed from ground up to optimize the latest capabilities of cloud-based web services and HTML5-based presentations, ComQi’s OnSite enables […]

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Five Questions Every Integrator Should Be Asking

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For those of you who don’t know me well, I am pretty active in networking with other AV professionals, technology managers, designers, content producers, etc  If there is one thing most of them agree on, it’s that doing a proper needs analysis is the only way to assure that our systems meet all of our […]

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