Big Data, Smart AV

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By Midori Connolly Right now, there isn’t much bigger than big data. Big data, data mining and business intelligence (BI) are the hottest terms around, and our industry is poised to capitalize on this trend. In case you’re still a little unsure about these terms, here is my best explanation of the relationship between these terms, […]

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Always Be Closing

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  By Scott Walker   Earlier this month a very important person in our industry asked me a very straightforward question: Have we (the AV/IT industry) proven that there is a market for sustainable technology? In other words, do we believe there is a sizable group of buyers out there willing to pay a little […]

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Sony Launches S-Series LCDs

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Sony introduced this week the new S-series LCD line, which completes the company’s transition from CFL-based backlighting to LED-based backlighting for its LCD displays. The S-series is available in both 42″ (FWD-S42H2) and 46″ models (FWD-S46H2) and utilizes an edge-lit LED. They are specified at 700 cd/m2 brightness and are integrated with DICOM simulated gamma […]

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ANSI Seeks Input for Energy Standard

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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) is soliciting input regarding relevant standards, codes, guidelines and conformance programs that are available or under development, and what perceived gaps in energy efficiency standardization and conformance activities currently exist. The EESCC has set up online forms to make it easy for stakeholders […]

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Sanus Ships PowerBridge In-Wall Power and Cable Management System

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Sanus is now shipping its ELM806 PowerBridge, an in-wall power and cable management system that allows users the ability to hide power, video and other cables discreetly behind the wall and out of plain sight. The ELM806 PowerBridge features: In-wall power connectors ensure simple snap connection without the need for an electrician Perfect for wall […]

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EIKI Enters Switcher Market

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Projector company EIKI has entered the switcher market with its new ProSwitch 400S, aimed at the house of worship, broadcast, education and ProAV markets. The ProSwitch 400S has eight inputs (SDI, two video, s-video, HDMI, VGA, DVI and RGBS) and two outputs (one VGA and one DVI). It’s LAN- or RS232-controllable and includes seamless switching […]

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Extron Adds Three-Input, HDCP-Compliant Scaler

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Enclosed in a half-rack-width enclosure, Extron newest product introduction is the DSC 301 HD an HDCP-compliant video scaler with three inputs — one for HMDI signals, one for VGA and component video signals and one for composite video. It’s all scaled to any resolution up to 1920×1080 and sent out via an HDMI output. Featuring […]

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3M Intros Pico Projector with Roku Stick Player

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3M has launched a uniquely package pico projector with its new 3M Streaming Projector with a built-in Roku video stick. Capable of streaming movies and TV shows via the Roku service, the 4″x4″x2″ projector is a 854×480 resolution, 1-chip DLP that outputs 60 lumens. Using a 2.5 hour battery, the 3M Streaming Projector is capable […]

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Interactive Flat Panel Displays and Whiteboards Sales Up 22 Percent

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For calendar year Q3, sales of interactive whiteboards and interactive flat panel displays in the education and corporate sectors are up 22 percent year-on-year, according to the latest quarterly research from Futuresource Consulting. The following data provides key highlights from the market report. Asia: Best Ever Quarter for Sales Asia has, by far, achieved its […]

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Dear President Obama

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By Scott Walker Dear President Obama, Congratulations on your reelection. In this modern era, presidential elections are brutal slugfests where billions of dollars are spent, hundreds of thousands of miles are flown, and grey hairs multiply like rabbits just to end up right where we started. Now that all that silliness is behind us, you […]

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InfoComm: What You Need to Know About Smart Buildings

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This column was reprinted with permission from InfoComm International and originally appeared here. By Brad Grimes It’s always a good sign when like minds come together and confirm something you’ve long suspected. Like the fact that demand for smart building technology is real and AV professionals are positioned to fill an “expertise void” in its integration […]

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Peerless-AV Introduces SmartMount XT

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This month Peerless-AV introduced the new SmartMount XT series of flat-panel TV mounts in articulating, tilt and flat styles, which the company says mount in a fraction of the time that standard mounts do. The line of pre-assembled, one-piece mounts can be affixed to walls by a single professional installer. They also now provide post-installation […]

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Christie Ships G Series Projectors

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Christie is shipping its new G Series projectors, announced last month. The series includes two one-chip DLP models using a six-segment color wheel and offering a center-mounted lens. The DHD550-G is a native 1080p projector offering 5,000 lumens of brightness, while the DWU550-G is a WUXGA (1920×1200) projector with 5,100 lumens of brightness. Both have a […]

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Back to School

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By Scott Walker Over the past six years I have been striving to find the right balance point between our industry’s response to the global climate change mess we are inheriting/propagating and the present-day needs of our industry to stay viable and add value to our customers amidst a technological sea change that is breathtaking, in […]

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InfoComm Sustainable AV Award Given to Barco and Raymond Kent

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InfoComm International presented its Sustainable AV Technology Award to Barco and to Raymond Kent, CTS, LEED AP, associate principal, director of innovative technology design group, Westlake Reed Leskosky. The awards were presented at the InfoComm 100, a conference designed to bring together top AV industry thought leaders and volunteers. The Sustainable AV Award was created […]

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BenQ Releases All-White, Mac-Compatible Monitors

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BenQ’s new VW30 Series of vertical alignment (VA) LED monitors are designed to match Apple computers. BenQ’s white, asymmetrical VW2230H and VW2430H monitors do have a pretty sleek, simple look and are 21.5-inch and 24-inch displays, respectively. One interesting feature is a so-called Reading Mod where BenQ says the monitors will adjust their settings automatically […]

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Polycom Heads to the Cloud, Adds Skype, Facebook and Google Talk Integration with RealPresence CloudAXIS

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Polycom made several major announcements this week, one of which is new Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite, a cloud-based software suite that allows Polycom customers to add anyone on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk and other business video applications to their video conferences from a browser. RealPresence CloudAXIS is software suite that runs on the Polycom RealPresence […]

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NEC Upgrades LED-Based E Series

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NEC Display debuted a third generation of its commercial-grade E Series monitors this month in the form of new 32-inch (E323), 42-inch (E423), 46-inch (E463) and 55-inch (E553) models. The entire E Series displays is targeted at affordable display options for educational, commercial AV, retail stores, quick-service restaurants, healthcare waiting rooms and fitness centers. Using […]

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Middle Atlantic Unveils Patent-Pending Series Surge Protection

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Middle Atlantic is launching a technology called Series Protection — a new, patent-pending technology that the company says offers instantaneous (zero-delay) protection of AV systems. Series Protection was designed with non-sacrificial circuitry and Middle Atlantic says it ensures noise-free AV systems by protecting connected equipment without contaminating the system ground. Every model in the Series […]

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LG Intros Third Generation Solar Panels for HomeAV Integration

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LG Electronics today announced the MonoX NeoN premium series solar module — the third-generation of its solar energy solutions line-up and among the lightest available on the U.S market. The MonoX NeoN Premium series features the same 60-cell panel design of the MonoX module, however it claims a higher maximum high-efficiency output of 300 watts […]

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Inside The EcoChamber: Interview with Bruce Toman of Perkins+Will

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September’s Inside the EcoChamber interview is with Bruce Toman, AIA, a principal with Perkins+Will and member of InfoComm’s Smart Building Imperative Task Force. Scott Walker: As we in the AV industry play catch-up to the overall A/E/C industry with regard to sustainability, there are lessons we can learn about what it felt like for architects […]

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The Importance of a Green Procurement Policy

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Besides a solid sustainability policy, there is one other policy that anyone interested in Green AV needs to know about. Plus, it is actually an integral part of the sustainability policy. This is a procurement policy, which outlines an organization’s formal procedures and considerations for purchasing goods and services. Companies that implement formal, strategic procurement […]

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Middle Atlantic Combines Power and Cooling in a Single Rackspace

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The PowerCool Series from Middle Atlantic claims to be the industry’s first and only integrated power distribution and thermal management product. A family of single-space (1RU) power and cooling solutions, PowerCool uses Middle Atlantic’s purpose-designed quiet blowers. Each blower unit removes 50 CFM of heated air while providing high static pressure to maintain airflow even […]

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