ESA Members Develop Electronic Security Guidelines for Schools


The Electronic Security Association (ESA) recently completed the ESA Electronic Security Guidelines for Schools, a resource for school officials that are considering adding electronic security systems to a new or existing school security program. The Guidelines are now available for free public download on These guidelines provide an in-depth look at the various components […]

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Middle Atlantic Intros New Lectern Line


At InfoComm, Middle Atlantic debuted its new Reference Series Lectern line that’s aimed at AV integrators and helping them speed up integration and reduces the effects of transit damage by shipping the outer wood surfaces separately from the internal rack structure. Each lectern features a fully customizable Presenter’s Panel that can be designed with cutouts […]

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Leon Speakers Intros Horizon Interactive Series for Telepresence, Videoconferencing


Leon’s Horizon Interactive Series, intended for telepresence and videoconferencing systems in corporate environments, are optimized for vocal clarity and a wide sound stage, giving the sense of different people in different places. The Horizon Interactive Personal Unit speakers (for single displays) and Multi-Display speakers (for any number of panels) combine sound and HD video all […]

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Panasonic Intros New 50″, 65″, 85″ and 103″ Interactive Displays


Panasonic has launched a new line of plasma-based interactive displays that integrate whiteboard-style collaborative functions with pen-touch capabilities via an Electronic Pen System that detects and displays the input device’s position from the light emitted from the display. The system allows up to four pens to be used simultaneously for actions such as written annotation, […]

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Panasonic Debuts Brightest Single-Chip DLP WUXGA Projector Ever


Panasonic’s newest single-chip DLPs are all part of the PT-DZ870U Series. The line includes the 8,500-lumen PT-DZ870UK, spec’d to be the industry’s brightest WUXGA (1920×1200) 1-Chip DLP projector; the 8500-lumen, WXGA (1280×768) resolution PT-DW830U; and the 10,000-lumen, XGA (1024×768) resolution PT-DX100U. The entire PT-DZ870 Series uses a new 420-watt, dual-lamp system. All models are specified […]

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Panasonic Debuts Ruggedized, Outdoor Displays


Panasonic’s newest LCD display, the LFX6, is designed for outdoor digital signage applications. The 47-inch TH-47LFX6U is spec’d at 1,000 cd/m2  of brightness — even in direct sunlight — and is rated at IP44-level dust and water resistance. The LFX6 is designed to operate in harsh environmental conditions such as heat, humidity, extreme cold and […]

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ViewSonic Quells Rumors of a Projector Divestment with New 6K Lumen Projector


ViewSonic Corp launched the Pro10100 projector at InfoComm aiming it at theaters, museums, auditoriums, lecture halls and houses of worship. Offering 6,000 lumens, XGA (1024×768) resolution 3-chip DLP projector features interchangeable lens options, motorized zoom and focus with powered vertical and horizontal lens-shift functions, network management capability and supports 24/7 continuous use. Optional features include […]

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Texas Instruments Demos DLP-Based Multi-Touch Prototype


At last week’s InfoComm, Texas Instruments unveiled new technology advancements that will make seamless interactivity a reality for projection and display. DLP’s multitouch technology prototype claims to let customers turn any surface into a fully interactive touch screen for multiple users. “It’s no longer enough to be able to simply view content, consumers expect to […]

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Panasonic Debuts Five New Short Throw Projectors


Panasonic’s new PT-CW330 Series of ultra short-throw projectors includes the PT-CW330U, PT-CW240U, PT-CX300U as well as two interactive models that have dual pen capabilities, the PT-CW331RU and PT-CX301RU. All of these projectors are well suited for a host of applications where space is limited and high image quality is critical, including classroom lectures, corporate presentations, […]

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Crestron AirMedia Offers Wireless Presentation Solution


At InfoComm, Crestron launched something called AirMedia, a wireless presentation solution for small meeting rooms. AirMedia is designed to allow for presentation, collaboration and content sharing capabilities to small conference rooms, huddle rooms and offices that aren’t wired for an AV system. Crestron says that AirMedia enables anyone to walk into a room, connect to […]

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Crestron Edge-to-Edge Glass Touch Panel Line Debuts at InfoComm


Crestron’s new TSW family of touch screens use capacitive touch screen technology and are integrated with H.264 streaming video, edge-to-edge glass, (like the Modero line from AMX) and are connected via a single-wire PoE. The TSW-1050 ten-inch touch screen is designed for video conferencing applications, while the seven-inch TSW-750 and five-inch TSW-550 are general-purpose panels. […]

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New Acer K520 Hybrid Laser-LED Projector


Acer America has announced the Acer K520 hybrid laser-LED projector that’s spec’d at a brightness of 2,000 ANSI lumens in standard and 1,600 ANSI lumens in ECO mode. Using a native XGA resolution 1024×768 DLP chip (4:3 aspect ratio), it claims a 100,000:1 contrast ratio. The K520 offers inputs including analog RGB/component video, composite, S-video, […]

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RCF Intros New Two-Way Sound Design in TT+ Series


At InfoComm, RCF showed two-way sound design with the new TT+ Series 10”, 12” and 15” two-way active loudspeakers. The design philosophy for the new TT+ Series is based upon offering the sound engineer solutions and tools that are ready to use. The new products are RDNet ready, providing total control and monitoring of each […]

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Extron Ships Eight-Input Scaling Presentation Switchers with DTP Extension


Extron is now shipping the IN1608, an eight-input, HDCP-compliant scaling presentation switcher with four HDMI inputs, two universal analog video inputs and dual HDMI outputs. It also features two Extron DTP 230 twisted pair inputs and a DTP 230 output for extending HDMI, audio and bidirectional control signals to DTP 230 transmitters and receivers, each […]

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Documentation! …And I Don’t Mean System Documentation


We’ve all read about how important it is for us as integrators to provide good thorough documentation packages for clients on our integration projects. After all, we’re creating something custom and unique for them, and they need to know how it works. I’ve seen various document packages from several integrators, and they’re getting better and […]

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Atlas Debuts 4″ Black Ceiling Speaker


Atlas Sound’s FAP40T-B four-inch in-ceiling speaker system is part of the Strategy II Series in-ceiling speakers. Designed to provide high performance in a very compact footprint, the FAP40T-B is meant for high-intelligibility voice, music, and signal reproduction in commercial, industrial and institutional applications. A patent-pending tap selector switch design allows for easy system tuning. A […]

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dnp Debuts Short Throw Screen


The dnp Supernova STS is a unique front projection screen with a built-in Fresnel lens structure — an optical technology that is used to focus projected light — and is aimed at applications using ultra-short-throw-projectors. The STS Screen is optimized for Ultra-Short-Throw-Projectors with a lens-throw between 0.21 and 0.27:1. Compared to traditional white front projection […]

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Anchor Audio Go Getter Portable Sound System Introduced


Anchor Audio announced the arrival of its newest portable sound system, the Go Getter. This battery powered system comes with standard options that make it ideal for school assemblies, sporting events, corporate and military training, outdoor theaters and houses of worship. Anchor Audio will be introducing the Go Getter Portable Sound System and its package […]

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Panasonic Has Best InfoComm Introduction Ever


Panasonic’s InfoComm introductions included interactive plasma displays, an interactive ultra-short throw projector, as well as the industry’s brightest WUXGA single chip DLP projector and a new outdoor-ready ultra-bright LCD display. Projectors Panasonic showed both new projectors and the new ET-MWP100G Multi window processor at InfoComm. PT-RZ475U: The PT-RZ475U is an expansion of the lamp-free projection […]

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Williams Sound Digi-Loop DSP Induction Loop Amplifier with Network Control Introduced


The new Williams Sound Digi·Loop induction loop amplifier includes DSP audio processing, software control of mixing, equalization, compression and loop phase shift. Williams Sound says Class D pulse-width amplifiers maximize efficiency while reducing size and weight. Network control capability provides seamless, remote system set-up, operation and monitoring via laptop, tablet or other portable devices. The […]

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Tightrope Introduces New Compact, Multiformat HD Video Server for Small-Scale Broadcast Operations at $14,995


Tightrope Media Systems announced at InfoComm the Cablecast SXHD LE video server, a new multi-format HD and SD video server that joins Tightrope’s Cablecast family of all-in-one broadcast automation systems. SXHD LE is a single-box, 1 RU solution for video playout that includes 4 TB of storage and built-in branding functions. It’s meant for small-scale […]

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Not Polite to Pointer!


Required disclaimer: This represents the opinion and experience of me personally and does not represent any specific policy, law or official guidance. We teach our kids it’s not polite to point, but what if they have to annotate? Boeckeler Instruments, Inc booth (3513) developed a video overlay system that allows presenters to draw and point […]

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Williams Sound Debuts Personal PA with Network Control


The Williams Sound PPA T45Net transmitter offers control or monitoring capability from any remote location, multiple digital audio input options and an OLED high-resolution screen. It features three microprocessors; offers the ability to select between three modes for DSP: voice, music, or hearing assistance in the application preset menu; and quickly configures itself. With a […]

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IED Adds New Power Amplifiers


Innovative Electronic Designs’ (IED) new IED1581NA-C/IED1581NA-D and IED1542NA-C/IED1542NA-D are single and dual channel power amplifiers designed for use in smaller applications that require full-bandwidth audio and where low power and low cost are considerations. The IED1581 amplifiers have a single channel output that offers 8 watts of power at either 4Ω or 8Ω. Model IED1581C […]

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Atlas Sound Intros New Live Surface Mount Sound Speakers


Atlas Sound’s new series of powered and passive surface mount speakers are aimed at cafeterias, classrooms, restaurants/bars, DJs and other applications where sound reinforcement of live or recorded music or vocals are required. The SMA-12 and SMA-15 are two-way powered speakers that include a single woofer, 12″ or 15″, and a high frequency, horn style […]

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Gary Kayye Interviews NEC President Pierre Richer About NEC’s New Gear


NEC is famous for doing things big at InfoComm. Most recently, it’s had a flash mob, started a Best of InfoComm Award and even had a giant booth with nearly no products at all in it. This year’s show featured famous NFL quarterback Joe Theismann doing an ESPN-style sports broadcast with NEC’s President Pierre Richer […]

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Revolabs Announces Updated Executive Elite Wireless Conferencing Solution


Revolabs Inc. announced at InfoComm 2013 its next-generation Executive Elite four- and eight-channel wireless microphone systems, the company’s new flagship product and latest addition to its family of unified communications solutions for boardrooms and conference rooms. The system’s features include a new distributed architecture, increased density, enhanced integration with room control systems and cloud-based management […]

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