BenQ Launches New RM Series, Expands Lineup of Interactive Flat Panels

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BenQ has expanded its lineup of interactive flat panels (IFPs) with the launch of new models in its RM Series. Available in 55”, 65” and 75” versions, the RM UHD IFPs are designed for classrooms. The new models leverage BenQ’s Smart Eye-Care features that they say help protect users’ eyes. The new BenQ RM02K Series […]

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SnapAV Introduces Pakedge WA-4200 Wave 2 Indoor Access Point

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SnapAV introduced the Pakedge WA-4200 4×4 Wave 2 Indoor Access Point Thursday. The new WA-4200 is designed for large, high-density residential and commercial projects, and it uses 802.11ac Wave 2 and beamforming technology for 4K and high-definition streaming applications and multiple devices simultaneously. The WA-4200 features a 4×4 MU-MIMO antenna design to deliver a maximum […]

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A Letter to the AV Industry from AVIXA About InfoComm and COVID-19

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AVIXA CEO Dave Labuskes sent the following letter out to the AV industry today. My thoughts are below his letter. A Letter to the AV Industry I , as many of you, continue to watch the news on a moment-by-moment basis. As we are making decisions that affect our travel, business and family, I want […]

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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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It’s Not Often an AV Company Wins an Emmy, But Audinate Did

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Audinate, the developer of Dante, has won a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for its contributions in enabling the production industry’s transition of analog audio and video onto the network. Used in thousands of products from hundreds of manufacturers, Audinate’s Dante is the de-facto standard for modern AV connectivity. Dante has revolutionized the AV industry […]

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L-Acoustics Gets Recognized With Coolest Award Ever!

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I have been reading Fast Company magazine for nearly 20 years. I regard it as one of the few innovative, forward-looking business pubs in the world — behind WIRED. So, when I saw this from L-Acoustics, I wanted to give the company kudos and recognition! L-Acoustics has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list […]

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What’s Holding You Back?

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Whether you’re working on improving yourself personally or professionally, it’s essential to have the ability to be introspective and analytical, in order to identify what you need to work on. That’s also true when you’re coaching others. In that, self-improvement has a lot in common with troubleshooting systems and equipment at work: Diagnose, Analyze, Repair, […]

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BenQ Debuts InstaShow S WDC20 Secure Wireless Presentation System

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BenQ just launched the InstaShow S WDC20. Built from the ground up to eliminate security threats (thus, the “S” in its name) that most wireless presentation systems can introduce. BenQ says that the InstaShow is certified by Onward Security, a leading cybersecurity provider, as having no critical and high-risk vulnerabilities as based on the Common […]

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Enterprise Connect 2020 Postponed to Early August, Moved to San Francisco

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The show organizers of Enterprise Connect, the communications and collaborations show originally scheduled to be held later this month in Orlando, told exhibitors today that the show has been rescheduled for August 3-6, 2020, and will now take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This is due to the travel restrictions and uncertainty […]

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Vaddio Releases New RoboSHOT 12E PTZ Camera with NewTek NDI

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Building on the success of the RoboSHOT 30E NDI Camera, Vaddio recently launched its RoboSHOT 12E PTZ Camera with NewTek NDI, a low latency solution in the NDI ecosystem. The RoboSHOT 12E NDI Camera is a recognizable video source by other NDI-enabled applications and devices connected to a standard local area network. In addition, the […]

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B-Tech AV Mounts Launches BT9910 Mount for Extra Large, Heavy Displays

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B-Tech AV Mounts just announced the launch of the BT9910, which is designed to mount and tilt (positions 0°, 5°, 10°, 15°) extra-large and extra heavy displays of 65″ up to 100″. First unveiled at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam (Feb 11-14), the new XL heavy-duty BT9910 supports screen sizes of between 65″ and 100″ and […]

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Updated: ClearOne Wins Another Patent Judgment Against Shure

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This story has been updated with a statement from Shure. ClearOne has announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) issued a judgment last Friday affirming a January 2019 decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) confirming the patentability […]

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NETGEAR’s M4300 Series Switches Are Crestron Certified for DM NVX

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NETGEAR today announced the M4300 series switches are now officially Crestron certified for the DM NVX AV-over-IP solutions. NETGEAR has purposely configured the M4300 and new M4500 series switches to work out of the box for most AV-over-IP installations – and this is now the case for Crestron DM NVX endpoints as well. NETGEAR says […]

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Lifesize and Serenova Merge, Thanks to the Same Company That Led AVI-SPL and Whitlock Merger Last Month

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Marlin Equity Partners is merging videoconferencing provider Lifesize and Serenova, a contact center-as-a-service (CCaaS) provider. Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm with over $6.7 billion of capital under management, is the financial sponsor of the merger and will continue to invest and support the growth of the combined business to address the $60 billion […]

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FOR-A Announces CG-Portable Compact Character Generator for Broadcast and Digital Signage

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FOR-A Corporation just announced CG-Portable, a compact character generator designed for broadcast and digital signage applications. About the size of a smartphone, CG-Portable features four SDI ports as well as an Ethernet port for network connectivity. Two independent, multi-lingual text overlays support horizontal crawls and vertical rolls, while a timer overlay provides up/down count. Plus, CG-Portable supports more than 70 […]

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Optoma Intros UHD50X DLP HDR10 Home Theater and Gaming Projector

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Optoma yesterday unveiled the UHD50X, a 240Hz 4K (3840×2160) home theater projector using 1-chip DLP technology. Specifed at 3,400 lumens of brightness and a 500,000:1 contrast ratio, along with HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma) compatibility, the Optoma UHD50X also includes an enhanced gaming mode, as well as a latency of only 16ms in 1080p at […]

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A List of AV or Related Events/Trade Shows and Their Event Statuses in Light of COVID-19 Coronavirus

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Updated: April 2, 2020 A lot of industry events in the coming weeks and months have shifted or changed in light of COVID-19. We pulled together a list of AV or related events and trade shows on our radar, and included their event statuses to date. If you are a vendor/show manager and would like […]

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Panasonic Announces New Disney Ride Using 4K Projectors

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Panasonic today announced that Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway — the newest attraction at Walt Disney World Resort has opened inside Hollywood Studios. Using Panasonic 4K projection technology, this is the first ride, believe it or not, that features Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. “As Disney guests enter Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, they enter […]

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Sara Potecha, Author of West Point Woman, to Keynote AVIXA Women’s Council 2020 InfoComm Breakfast

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The AVIXA Women’s Council, a global community for supporting and empowering women in the ProAV industry, will host its annual breakfast event at InfoComm 2020, on Thurs., June 18, with keynote speaker Sara Potecha, author of West Point Woman. “I’m always fascinated by industries where women are not the majority – where they’re going up […]

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Online Versus Storefront: How the HOW Market Was Won

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In several recent columns, I have pointed out the enormous and consistently expanding size of the online sales channel servicing the demand for pro audio, production, management information and numerous other categories of AV gear that the 230,000+ small houses of worship are generating. The best available estimates of the overall sales for the three […]

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Coca-Cola Digital Shelves by SpinetiX

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In a feat to differentiate their product line of drinks on supermarket shelves, Coca-Cola HBC Russia employed innovative digital signage technology from SpinetiX to redefine in-store messaging at a major Moscow supermarket called “Perekryostok”. The results are more than promising. Coca-Cola HBC Russia selected SpinetiX HMP players for their proven track record of uninterrupted 24/7 […]

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Control4 Expands Wireless Lighting Line With New Dimmers and Switches

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Control4 has announced the addition of Essential Lighting, an expansion to the Control4 Wireless Lighting line, to dealers in North America. The new Essential Lighting models include just the essential smart home features, making them an option for even the smallest Control4 project. For customers who typically only budget for smart lighting in primary rooms, […]

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Magewell to Release Its Most Powerful Decoder Ever in April

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Magewell will unveil its most powerful decoder to date in April to support both Newtek’s NDI technology (for production-grade media transport) and the Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol (developed and open-sourced by Haivision). For internet-delivered H.264 and H.265 streams, the Pro Convert for NDI to HDMI 4K transforms IP streams up to 4K@60Hz for baseband […]

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ClearOne Enables Seamless Collaboration in Newly Renovated Farmers Mutual Telephone Company (FMTC) Tech Center

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, February 18, 2020 – When Farmers Mutual Telephone Company, an Iowa-based fiber optic internet, video, and phone services provider, wanted to redesign and reconfigure their main conference room as part of a whole building renovation, they knew that they needed to work with a company that could offer a complete audio […]

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Registration Open for CEDIA Awards & Leadership Conference

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Registration is now open for this year’s CEDIA Awards & Leadership Conference. The gathering will take place July 21-22 at the historic Union League Club of Chicago. The event will provide CEDIA members with opportunities to network, sharpen their leadership skills, and celebrate the very best home technology integration projects. Senior Vice President of Industry Engagement Giles Sutton […]

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Hitachi Adds HDR and SDR Outputs to CU-HD550 Camera Control Unit

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Hitachi Kokusai Electric America just added new features to the CU-HD550 camera control unit (CCU) including both High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) output with independent adjustments and 4K/UHD output over single-link 12Gbps SDI connectivity. The CU-HD550 and its companion CA-HF550 camera adapter collectively are designed to lower the cost of entry for 1080p60 video production. When used […]

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Tonight’s the Night for DiGiCo — The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is a Full House with Three SD7 Consoles and Five SD-Racks

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NEW YORK CITY – March 2020 – Every week for the past seven years, Jimmy Fallon steps onstage in Studio 6B at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan and leads a viewing audience of over 2.4 million through an hour of comedy, talk, and music, always opening and closing the show with “Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey,” […]

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AV Checkpoint Debuts, Designed to Be a Network of AV Industry Experts

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A new company called AV Checkpoint debuted Monday. AV Checkpoint is designed to be a network of AV industry experts providing peer review and cost estimation for in-house AV teams, architects, engineers, construction professionals and AV designers. AV Checkpoint’s third-party peer review service claims that anyone designing AV systems can have his or her work […]

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