Optoma Aims New 1080p Projectors at Classrooms and Meeting Rooms

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Optoma today introduced two new projectors aimed at classrooms, meeting rooms and training rooms. The Optoma EH412 and EH412ST are spec’d at 4,500 and 4,000 lumens (both are native 1920×1080) and have 4K HDR scaling, claim REC.709 color profiles at a 50,000:1 contrast ratio — the ST version uses a short-throw lens. Optoma EH412 and […]

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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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New DMP 64 Plus Series of Digital Matrix Processors Launches from Extron

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Extron just debuted the DMP 64 Plus series of compact Digital Matrix Processors, featuring six DSP input channels with AEC, which take up only a half rack space. With a mix matrix, a USB audio interface and 6×4 analog connectivity, the DMP 64 Plus provides the ability to easily connect and route signals to accommodate […]

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Why in the Heck Would Biamp Buy Community and Apart Audio? Hint: QSC

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By now, you’ve probably heard the news that Rashid Skaf-led Biamp is buying Audioprof Group International, which is the parent company of Community Loudspeakers (based in Philadelphia) and Apart Audio (based in Antwerp, Belgium) from 3d Investors of Gent, Belgium. Bruce Howze founded the company in 1968, which was first named Community Light and Sound. […]

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Atlona Ships AT-OME-PS62 Matrix Presentation Switcher for 4K/UHD Applications

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Atlona is now shipping the AT-OME-PS62, a 6×2 matrix switcher that’s part of the Omega Series, which was unveiled at InfoComm 2019 last month. The AT-OME-PS62 is a 4K switcher with USB 3.0 and USB-C interfaces, HDBaseT extension, scaling and audio management. Here’s a video we shot of the 4×2 version of it at InfoComm: […]

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Microsoft Teams Rooms and Surface Hub 2 Gets Pexip CVI

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Pexip has announced it will offer free Cloud Video Interop (CVI) services for customers of Microsoft Teams Rooms and Surface Hub 2 systems. The offer is available directly via Pexip and participating partners and is valid for new customers of Microsoft Teams Rooms and Surface Hub 2 solutions. Cloud Video Interop enables third-party video conferencing […]

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FSR Brings ‘Smart’ Solutions to InfoComm 2019

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FSR surprised attendees at the 2019 InfoComm Show with the launch of the Smart-Way On-Floor Raceway System for wire management. The Smart-Way on-floor raceway is intended for offices, conference rooms, collaborative work environments or anywhere wire management is desired. Wire space will never be an issue with the Smart-Way system since the raceway compartments provide […]

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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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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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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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Logitech Adds Salamander Designs to Collaboration Program

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Salamander Designs has joined the Logitech Collaboration Program (LCP) in the program’s complementary solutions track. Customers who purchase Logitech video collaboration products, along with Salamander mobile stands, credenzas and huddle tables from Salamander, now receive a solution that is optimized for groups to collaborate anytime and anywhere. Users can order custom technology furniture that seamlessly […]

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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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TOA Debuts AM-CF-1 Speaker Bar and Mic Array for UCC

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TOA Electronics Europe recently introduced a new digital audio conference dubbed the AM-CF1 — a microphone array and sound bar aimed at small meeting rooms and UCC applications. Combining eight beam-steering microphones with two active two-way speakers in a single device, the AM-CF1 is designed to assist in better web conferencing sound with built-in each-cancellation […]

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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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ProAV Market to Grow to $325 Billion By 2024 — Make Sure to Send Zoom a Thank You Card

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The global professional audiovisual industry will grow to more than $325 billion in 2024, from $247 billion in 2019, according to updated forecasts in the new 2019 AV Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis (IOTA) Global Summary produced by AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association. Overall, the demand for pro-AV products and services is driven […]

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AV Industry EOL: Planned Obsolescence (Part Two)

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See part one of Anthony’s Planned Obsolescence column here. Since planned obsolescence for pro AV gear harms sales, service contracts and product support, the future for the AV industry may be headed toward the “as a service” model borrowed from the software industry. Should there be standards for planned obsolescence? Even the IT industry, with […]

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NEC Adds Two 55″ Monitors with Only 0.44-Millimeter Bezel

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NEC Display today announced the addition of near bezel-less 55″ panels to its UN Series line of displays. The new UN552S and UN552VS have an inactive area (a bezel) of just 0.44 millimeters surrounding an anti-glare, high-haze IPS panel designed for seamless multi-screen configurations, designed for digital signage uses in retail, corporate and broadcast environments. […]

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Conference Space Stakeholders — Trying to Please Everyone

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In my last article, I spoke of the need to design the spaces we deal with not by thinking about the tech stack, but instead from the perspective of an experience. But in order to do this, we need to understand WHOSE experience we are referring to. For the most part, when we design a […]

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MXL Offers Zoom Room Bundle of Camera and Mic

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MXL Microphones Unified Communications Division debuted the ACVC-360-Z Zoom Room Bundle at InfoComm. The ACVC-360-Z is composed of the AC-360-Z microphone, the CV610 HD PTZ camera and an assortment of USB cables and mounting accessories for an easy, out of the box installation. Here’s a product video we shot of the AC-360-Z microphone system at […]

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Sony Grows IP-Based, Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera Lineup and Adds NDI/HX Capability

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At InfoComm 2019, Sony Electronics introduced two new PoE+ cameras to its IP-based, pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera family. The SRG-X400 and SRG-X120 are both new models that offer a 4K upgrade option — a first for PTZ cameras — to make them future-ready. The SRG-X400 and SRG-X120 are designed for corporate, education, healthcare, faith and government […]

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Mimo and Tanvas Partner for Mimo Vue with TanvasTouch, Adding Haptic Touch for UCC and Signage

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Mimo Monitors joined forces with Tanvas and launched Mimo Vue with TanvasTouch at InfoComm 2019; it’s the first commercial touchscreen that brings programmable textures and feelings to flat, physical surfaces. This software-defined technology allows people to feel what they see on screen. Here’s a video we shot of it during InfoComm earlier this month: Leveraging […]

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With NEC at InfoComm 2019, It was All About Partnerships and Analytics

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Every single person from NEC who was at InfoComm was busy. Not only did they have one of the biggest booths at the show but NEC Display products were all over the show floor in signage and collaboration partnerships and a couple of dozen NEC’ers showed up to run the First Annual AVIXA 5K race, […]

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Extron Launches DSP for Dante Systems Dubbed DMP 128 FlexPlus

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Extron just introduced the DMP 128 FlexPlus series of compact Dante Digital Matrix Processors, featuring twelve FlexInput channels with full DSP, including AEC and Dante connectivity, in only a half rack space. With a mix matrix, a USB audio interface and analog compatibility, the DMP 128 FlexPlus provides the ability to easily connect and route […]

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InfoComm 2019 Shuts Up Orlando Haters By Setting an All-Time Attendance Record, Again

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From Friday’s AVIXA Foundation Career Day, welcoming students to the show, to the more than 40 percent of registered attendees under the age of 40, InfoComm 2019, June 8-14 in Orlando, continued to draw the next generation of audiovisual professionals, as well as a broad cross-section of engaged AV customers from higher education, hospitality, retail […]

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Yamaha Adds Power Amplifiers with Dante

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Yamaha introduced new power amplifiers dubbed the PC Series. Adding Dante audio network connectivity, a 20×8 input matrix, with sampling rates of up to 96kHz and a broader range of on-board digital signal processing (DSP)f, the amplifier also includes crossovers, delays, parametric EQs, mutes and limiters. Yamaha currently offers a full line of power amplifiers […]

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Avocor Is Second UC Workspace Platinum Partner

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At Infocomm, Avocor and UC Workspace announced today Platinum Partner status with UC Workspace — Quicklaunch. The Platinum Partnership represents the highest level of strategic relationship that not only optimizes Quicklaunch for the Avocor Displays but provides the opportunity to uniquely expand its capabilities. Here’s a video we recorded at InfoComm 2019 detailing this partnership: […]

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Yamaha VX Series Speaker Line Grows

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Yamaha has introduced the VX Series of loudspeakers, including the latest VXC2F and VXC8S in-ceiling models, and the latest version (3.0) of the Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions Speaker Calculator (CISSCA) system design software. The expanding VX series is divided into three categories: VXC ceiling loudspeakers, VXS surface mount loudspeakers and VXL slimline, column, line array […]

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Crestron Rolls Out New Features to the XiO Cloud

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Crestron has debuted new features in the latest version of Crestron XiO Cloud. Crestron XiO Cloud supports a direct device-to-cloud connection via an Azure IoT Hub, with no additional hardware. You register your devices at the time of purchase and everything needed to manage your devices is available in the cloud portal. Azure services provide […]

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Crestron Adds Microsoft Teams to Flex Line

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Crestron’s Flex platform grew this month, adding the M-Series and B-Series single display kits designed to integrate Microsoft Teams in UCC applications. The new Crestron Flex M-Series MX models combine BYOD connectivity and a native Microsoft Teams experience, providing users with multiple ways to collaborate within their space. They can either access Microsoft Teams with […]

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Atlona Debuts USB-C Omega Series Multi-Format Switcher at InfoComm 2019

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Atlona added a new switcher to the Omega Series, the AT-OME-MS42, which is a 4×2 matrix switcher capable of switching 4K/UHD signals. It’s aimed at meeting rooms, conference rooms and lecture halls. It will also be available as the AT-OME-MS42-KIT with a companion AT-OME-EX-RX HDBaseT receiver. The OME-MS42 and OME-MS-42-KIT includes inputs for switching USB-C, […]

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