Metra Home Theater Group Intros Helios Smart Power Surge Protector and Conditioner

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Metra Home Theater Group (MHTG) announced the release of its new Helios Smart Power Surge Protector and Conditioner. This product includes a mobile app that allows users to control outlets on the surge protector remotely. App users can turn devices plugged into the surge protector on and off and create schedules for power usage. Additionally, […]

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VuWall Updates TRx Centralized Multi-Video Wall Management System

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VuWall today announced an update to its TRx Centralized Multi-Video Wall Management System, version 2.5. This release includes three new security capabilities that strengthen the VuWall system: Transport Layer Security (TLS) between the TRx GUI and TRx Server, improved user rights management and more KVM modes. VuWall’s TRx Version 2.5 updates include: TLS between TRx […]

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Focusrite Plc. Acquires Martin Audio Ltd.

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Focusrite plc., the holding company for Focusrite, ADAM Audio, Novation and the Ampify Music brands, announced the acquisition of Martin Audio Ltd. Thursday. This acquisition follows on the heels of Berlin-based studio loudspeaker manufacturer ADAM Audio, but has been a consideration for Focusrite Founder and Chairman Phil Dudderidge for years, who said: “I have known […]

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The ITSM Architecture

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This is part three of a four-part series from Christopher Gillespie. Read his introduction here and his piece on the AV bill of materials here. Years ago, maintaining and reporting on the inventory was a matter of many spreadsheets, maybe a home-baked database, perhaps it was some hybrid, or maybe it was Crestron Fusion or […]

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Zigbee Won! Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung, Legrand Form Standards Alliance to Simplify Smart Home Control

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Amazon, Apple, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance, this week, announced a new working group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products, with security as a fundamental design tenet. Zigbee Alliance board member companies such as IKEA, Legrand, NXP Semiconductors, Resideo, Samsung SmartThings, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), Silicon Labs, […]

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Extron Launches XTP II CP 4i HD DMA 4K PLUS Input Board

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Extron announced the launch of its XTP II CP 4i HD DMA 4K PLUS, an XTP input board that provides four HDMI inputs with multi-channel audio downmixing and stereo audio connectivity. It’s HDCP 2.2 compliant and accommodates data rates up to 18 Gbps for support of video resolutions up to 4K/60 at 4:4:4 color sampling. […]

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Nureva Adds QuickShare Features for Groups Using Span Workspace

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Nureva announced that multiple QuickShare groups can now be enabled in Span Workspace, Nureva’s cloud-based digital canvas for visual planning and team collaboration. The QuickShare feature allows all participants in a collaboration session to contribute digital notes and images to a group on the Span canvas from their phone, tablet or laptop by simply scanning a QR code. With […]

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Fred Bargetzi: The Most Consequential Person of the Modern AV Era

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By Scott Walker Principal, Waveguide LLC There it is. I’m putting it out there. I’ve thought about this a lot and from my vantage point, having spent the past 30 years of my life as an AV design consultant, I believe there’s no other single individual who has had a greater impact on the lives […]

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Barco and Culturespaces join forces to change the museum experience globally

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Belgium, Kortrijk, 17 December 2019 – Barco, global leader in the visualization industry, and Culturespaces are renewing and expanding their existing partnership. For the next three years, Barco will remain the exclusive provider of projectors for Culturespaces’ world-wide digital art exhibitions. The agreement reconfirms the ambition of both companies, each thought leaders in their own […]

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Almo Corporation Gives Back to Ronald McDonald House

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To help create a warm, comfortable living space for families with children receiving hospital treatment, especially during the holidays, Almo Corporation (#AlmoGivesBack), a distributor of appliances, consumer electronics, proAV equipment and housewares, has provided a total of 23 major appliances to the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Philadelphia. The appliances are part of a significant […]

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Collaboration in 2020 and Beyond: Predictions for Next Year

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By David Danto Director of UC Strategy and Research, Poly Turning the page into a new decade gives us the opportunity to put our past into perspective and predict where we’re going. In the world of unified communications and collaboration, this exercise reveals a space that is eliminating most of the poor experiences and exploding […]

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Vivitek Previews Its ISE 2020 Plans

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At ISE 2020, Vivitek, a brand of Delta, together with Delta Display Solutions, will exhibit under the banner ‘Beyond Visual Communication’ on its stand in Hall 5-S30. In addition to it showing its NovoConnect Solution ecosystem, Vivitek will also introduce three new additions to its existing visual display and collaboration solutions. Debuting at ISE 2020, […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 922: Have You Registered for the 2020 Digital Signage Expo Yet?

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Gary was joined by Exponation COO, Chris Gibbs, to talk about its Digital Signage Expo (DSE) show – coming March 31-April 3 in Las Vegas. Still the only exclusively signage show, DSE not only includes a trade show floor but also over 100 educational sessions and a digital signage certification, too. Listen to this podcast and, if you still aren’t […]

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Barco Partners With Kaltura to Bring Video Platform to Classrooms

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Barco has parnered with Kaltura in a strategic partnership focused on the education and corporate training sectors. Under the partnership, Barco and Kaltura will focus on delivering Barco’s weConnect with Kaltura’s video platform in classrooms. By opening APIs between the two companies adaptable systems, educational institutes and business schools around the world will now have […]

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Microsoft Teams Now Available for Linux

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Starting today, Microsoft Teams is available for Linux users in public preview, enabling collaboration experiences for the open source community at work and in educational institutions. Users can download the native Linux packages in .deb and .rpm formats here. The Microsoft Teams client is the first Microsoft 365 app that is coming to Linux desktops, […]

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CTOUCH to Launch Leddura 2Share Pro Collaboration Board at ISE 2020

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At ISE, CTOUCH will officially launch a new member of the BRIX family of collaboration boards in the form of the Leddura 2Share Pro. The Leddura 2Share Pro is an interactive whiteboarding (with built-in wireless content sharing) that adds ideation in the form of digital sticky notes and text recognition in addition to the capability […]

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RTI Ships CP-16i Cool Power Audio Amplifier

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RTI has started to ship its CP-16i Cool Power audio amplifier. A 16 -el. There are thermal overload, and OC (over-current) monitor indicators to protect the amplifier from overload. Featuring RTI’s Cool Power technology, the CP-16i uses Class-D amplification ensures efficient heat dissipation and low power consumption and is housed in a 1U rack enclosure. […]

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CEDIA Launches New Awards Website

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CEDIA has launched a design-forward website to showcase CEDIA Award winners’ and finalists’ projects as well as the year’s Best New Product and Product Hall of Fame winners. In addition to the newly launched website — CEDIA Award winners and finalists have all received a personalized case study to utilize when talking with clients and […]

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Leyard and Planar BrightSign 4K Media Player Featured in New York City Showroom

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Leyard and Planar showcased its latest display and video wall innovations across a network of showrooms worldwide. The New York Showroom is located on 11th Avenue in New York City. The New York showroom occupies the entire fifth floor of a beautiful historic building constructed in 1905. The showroom is separated into approximately one dozen […]

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Voilàp Holding Group Joins DPAA

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DPAA announced Tuesday that Voilàp Holding has joined the association. Italy-based Voilàp Holding that helps to accelerate, facilitate and support the development of Smart Cities around the world. The company’s Smart City Gate intelligent street furniture incorporates all the services, connectivity and functionalities required within a Smart City (including 5G, rescue, surveillance and more). Smart […]

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MuxLab Ships AV-Over-IP PoE Transmitter

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MuxLab just started shipping its 1Gbps AV-over-IP PoE Transmitter integrated with Dante conversion (model 500759-TX-Dante), which is specified to deliver HDMI at up to 4K@30Hz (4:4:4) together with Dante audio signals with HDR. It uses JPEG 2000 compression, which is specified to only use up to 5000Mbps. Installation requires a connection to a 1G Ethernet […]

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AVIXA Announces New Categories to Annual Awards Program

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AVIXA announced two new categories to its annual awards program: The Emerging Talent Award and Event Design Professional of the Year Award. The award winners will be recognized during a ceremony at InfoComm 2020 in Las Vegas on June 17, 2020. “The annual AVIXA Awards program honors ProAV professionals making significant impacts in all corners […]

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Whatever Happened to Polycom? And Is Adobe the Next Zoom?

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Remember when Polycom and Cisco were always mentioned in the same sentence? Seems like a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, huh? Do you remember when we were all saying, “Why don’t Polycom and Cisco just make their stuff interoperable?” Well, that was what led to their ultimate demise — in […]

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Comparing Wired and Wireless Lighting Control

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By Andrew Jimenez Vice President of Technology, Anixter The commercial building lighting controls market is experiencing a period of rapid transformation. With commercial lighting technology making the shift from traditional fluorescent to LED lighting fixtures, legacy analog lighting controls are being replaced by more scalable and reliable digital controls that can operate over a wired […]

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SYNNEX Raises Over $2 Million for South Carolina Charities in 2019

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SYNNEX’s Share the Magic fundraiser initiative topped $2,063,680 in 2019 for four South Carolina-based charities, including A Child’s Haven, Clement’s Kindness, Make-A-Wish South Carolina, and Pendleton Place. In the last eight years of holding this fundraiser, Synnex has raised more than $12 million cumulatively. “We are very proud of surpassing the $12 million milestone — an achievement that […]

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At 90 Years Young, Renkus-Heinz Founder Harro Heinz Is Still a Futurist

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Harro Heinz, the co-founder of Renkus-Heinz, celebrated a significant milestone on the weekend: his 90th birthday — an event that sits synchronously within the 40th year of the company that bears his name. Heinz founded the cutting-edge speaker company with Algis Renkus in 1979. A few years later, Heinz bought his partner out of the […]

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A LIVE Demo of Teleportivity Deployed in a UNC Classroom

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM TELEPORTIVITY Last month, I wrote about Teleportivity, a scalable and fully integrated help desk solution. Here is a takeaway from that article from a University campus help-desk perspective: “We need to fix this stat: On university campuses, fewer than 10% of Level 1 support inquiries and service calls are […]

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Extron Adds to PLUS Series of Matrix Switchers

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Extron just added the DXP 42 HD 4K PLUS to the DXP HD 4K PLUS Series of high-end HDMI matrix switchers. This 4×2 model supports data rates up to 18 Gbps and video resolutions up to 4K@60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling. To maintain signal integrity and reliability, it provides automatic cable equalization on each input […]

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Hall Research Releases New 4K@60Hz HDMI Fiber Optic Extender

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Hall Research debuted the FXT-460, an entry-level fiber optic extender for full-bandwidth HDMI 2.0 to 10 kilometers. It uses just one strand of LC-terminated fiber optic cable and supports video resolutions up to 4K@60Hz with multi-channel audio. The system provides capabilities such as embedding and de-embedding analog or digital audio, HDCP 2.2, bidirectional RS232 extension […]

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LG Business Solutions Ships New UltraFine IPS LED Monitors

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LG Business Solutions is shipping two new UltraFine IPS LED monitors aimed at macOS users; one is a 24-inch 4K (3840×160) display and the other is a 27-inch 5K (5120×2880) display. Both are commercial-grade displays specified at 500 nits of brightness. The 24MD4KLB-B LG UltraFine IPS LED monitor is a 23.74-inch 4K (3840×2160) model with […]

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CEDIA Hires Jenn McGuire as Global Member Services Manager

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CEDIA has named Jenn McGuire global member services manager. The promotion elevates McGuire to the head of the global organization’s membership department. She will remain based in the CEDIA EMEA office in the United Kingdom. “Jenn has been with the organization for four-and-a-half years and brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and excitement to the […]

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