Weekly Wrap-Up: May 23, 2014

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It’s Friday once again. That means it’s the weekend and also time for the Weekly Wrap-Up. Every week, we give you the top five or so stories from the week that you can’t miss or stories we think deserve a second look. This week’s news includes the Harman acquisition of AMX and a Rants and […]

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Harman Buys AMX

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In a surprise move, today Harman announced that it will acquire control company AMX for $365 million, pending regulatory approvals. AMX was previously owned by The Duchossois Group, a privately held investment firm. HARMAN already owns many well-known AV brands, including JBL, Crown, dbx and others, though most were primarily focused on audio. The purchase […]

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AMX Debuts Two New H.264 Video Encoders

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AMX’s new H.264 Encoders are designed to allow live video from cameras as well as video from PCs, set-top boxes and more to be streamed onto any network. The AMX H.264 Encoder is available in two models — the NMX-ENC-1100 and NMX-ENC-1105. Both feature a multi-format input to support digital video signals, including MPEG-2 TS […]

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Extron Takes On Crestron DMPS and Enova with New DTP CrossPoint 84

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Extron hasn’t had a complete answer to either Crestron’s DMPS-300 Series or AMX’s Enova line — until today! Extron hasn’t officially announced it, but I found the DTP CrossPoint 84 Series on the company’s website and immediately called Casey Hall, Extron’s vice president of sales and marketing. Although the official announcement isn’t until Thursday, it’s real. […]

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Mersive’s Solstice Display Software Integrates with AV Control Systems

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Mersive announced this week the availability of the Solstice Open Control Communication Protocol, which allows integration between Solstice Display Software with in-room AV control panels from vendors such as Crestron and AMX. With this integration interface, users can control their Solstice displays from their room control panel. Introduced in March 2013, Mersive’s Solstice software enables […]

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HDBaseT Interoperability Follies

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Today I’d like to share a moment to discuss everyone’s  favorite transport mechanism, HDBaseT. For those not in the know, the HDBaseT alliance have defined HDBaseT as a technology for transport of video, audio, power, Ethernet and control over standard category cable. As a point-to-point (as opposed to routable) signals, HDBaseT cannot be routed with […]

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More Control System Partners Add Middle Atlantic RackLink Driver Modules

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Add Crestron, Vantage, Savant, AMX and Control4 to the list of control companies who’ve adopted Middle Atlantic’s RackLink power management modules. These and other partners such as RTI, Aurora, URC, Key Digital and ihiji have already chosen RackLink because the system’s open architecture facilitates integration into virtually any control system or management platform. The RackLink […]

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AMX Adds Fiber to Enova Line

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At CEDIA Expo 2013, AMX introduced the new DXLink Fiber components that offer the ability to distribute video content (including HDCP content) up to 10 kilometers (six miles) away. Features include 10 Gbps data rate, field serviceable fiber modules, identical board sets throughout the entire switcher line, built-in Gigabit Ethernet switch and single-mode and multi-mode […]

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Relationships: Should You Be Steady Dating, or Playing the Field?

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If anyone is a regular reader of my columns or blogs, they know that Bates College, where I work, is a Crestron house. This summer I was able to work with some products from AMX. Specifically, we had the DVX-3155HD presentation switcher, along with the Modero MXT-1000 touch panel. I was able to configure these […]

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Automated Space and Mobile Working

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Required disclaimer: This represents the opinion and experience of me personally and does not represent any specific policy, law or official guidance. Why would someone expect to be talking about space automation, mobile working and bring your own device (BYOD) at InfoComm 2013? Most federal agencies are dealing not only serious budgetary challenges; they also […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 105: AMX Finally Responds to the Switcher Shootout Controversy

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rAVe is still the only publication covering the Switcher Shootout controversy between Crestron, Extron and AMX and you can hear all about it on today’s rave radio podcast! Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS, iTunes or the Stitcher mobile App Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Matrox Mura MPX Series Boards Now Compatible with AMX Control Systems

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Matrox Graphics announced today that its flagship Matrox Mura MPX Series video wall controller boards are compatible with NetLinx Integrated Controller systems from automation solutions provider AMX. With the development of a free Mura MPX-specific module for the NetLinx user interface programming language, AV integrators are now able to easily integrate Mura MPX boards with […]

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Control Concepts and SurgeX Partner to Deliver Intuitive Control

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SurgeX is shipping Crestron and AMX control system interface modules designed by Control Concepts. Smart energy management is playing an emergent role in homes and businesses, and the new automation modules will provide intelligent options for power management, measurement and reporting. The partnership makes it easier for integrators and end users to manage their power […]

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AMX Ships 4.3″ Modero Touch Panel

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AMX’s new MXD-430, a 4.3″ vertically oriented flush-mount in-wall touch panel) is shipping. The Modero line is AMX’s new generation of touch panels with edge-to-edge capacitive touch glass with multi-touch capabilities and integrates NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth HD video streaming, is native 480 x 800 resolution (9:16 aspect ratio) and outputs 500cd/m2 brightness. In addition, the […]

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AMX Ships New Modero X

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AMX is now shipping the new Modero X Series Multi Preview Live (MXA-MPL). The MXA-MPL is an accessory that can stream real-time video and preview images to Modero X Series Touch Panels for 10 video sources connected to an Enova DVX All-in-One Presentation Switcheror Enova DGX Digital Media Switcher. AMX also announced the addition of […]

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AMX Builds Playhouse for Abused Kids

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AMX just completed an installation inside the Fort Frontier playhouse – a western-style playhouse that raises funds for Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization of volunteers dedicated to helping abused and neglected children have safe, permanent homes. From reclaimed lumber to a wireless intercom system, this playhouse gives the Old West a new […]

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AMX Ships DXLink Transmitters

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AMX just started shipping its DXLink Multi-Format Transmitters, which send signals to theEnova DGX digital media switchers and Enova DVX presentation switchers. The transmitters add the ability to extend the reach of HDMI and analog AV sources, as well as control, Ethernet and power, carrying the signals up to 100 meters over one twisted pair cable. Both the DXLink Multi-Format Transmitter Module and wall plate designs are […]

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AMX Ships NetLinx Clear Connect Gateway

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AMX has finally started shipping the long-awaited NetLinx Clear Connect Gateway, part of its family of AMX Light Control by Lutron. Based on a proprietary so-called Clear Connect radio frequency (RF) technology from lighting control manufacturer Lutron, the NetLinx Clear Connect Gateway wirelessly connects NetLinx Controllers with Lutron Clear Connect, dimmers, switches, occupancy sensors, switching […]

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AMX DXLink Boards, Transmitters and Receivers Now Shipping

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AMX announced today that it’s started shipping the Enova DGX DXLink twisted pair input and output boards and DXLink HDMI transmitters and receivers. Developed for the Enova DGX digital media switchers and Enova DVX All-In-One presentation switchers, DXLink transports audio, video, control, Ethernet and power over a single twisted pair cable while scaling the output […]

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AMX Launches Rapid Project Maker

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Yesterday AMX announced the launch of the Rapid Project Maker (RPM), a cloud-based application that lets installers configure an AMX system online using a step-by-step wizard-based approach. With no programming required, installers can configure a conference room that includes touch panel user interface pages and system installation instructions. AMX also says an integrated conference room […]

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AMX Ships New DS Software Suite

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AMX has started shipping the enterprise-scale digital-signage software Inspired Composer 5.4. According to AMX, the newest Inspired Composer simplifies two key tasks for digital signage users — monitoring and managing the digital signage network and creating and managing content. The content tracking and reporting feature can retrieve message play data from one or more players […]

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