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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Gary Kayye’s Favorite InfoComm Booth Tours — and His LinkedIn LIVE Show Floor Tour, Too!

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE doing booth tours at trade shows. And, I try to do as many of them as possible at trade shows. I enjoy understanding the design and “flow” of the booth — and, a lot of manufacturers are now theming booths pretty creatively. But, MOST OF ALL, I love seeing all the […]

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Cineworld and Barco’s Cinionic to Install 1,000+ Laser Projectors Worldwide

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Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture, announces an expansion in its relationship with one of the world’s largest theater chains, Cineworld Group. Cinionic will illuminate Cineworld Group operated theaters in the U.S., EU and UK with enhanced services and award-winning portfolio of Barco laser projectors, including the newly launched Barco Series 4. Over the next […]

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Barco Opens Up Its XMS Cloud Management Platform for ClickShare and wePresent

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Barco is launching the XMS Cloud Management Platform for enterprise-grade device management. This cloud-based tool gives administrators the freedom to optimally manage a large fleet of ClickShare and wePresent units throughout the entire company from anywhere. Simultaneous with the launch of two new ClickShare products, Barco is promoting that their portfolio of wireless collaboration solutions […]

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LG Launched More Signage Displays, Including an 86″ In-Cell Touch

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LG Business Solutions’ In-Cell Touch interactive digital boards and ultra-slim-bezel displays for “virtually seamless” video walls headlined the InfoComm 2019 trade show this week. At InfoComm, LG’s debuted a new 86-inch Interactive Digital Board (IDB) with IPS In-Cell Touch technology. In-Cell Touch technology employs an innovative direct bonding process to virtually eliminate the gap between […]

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Barco Debuts ClickShare Desktop App

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Barco will add both a Windows and Mac Desktop App to the ClickShare product line in July. Launching the ClickShare Desktop App for PC and Mac was a logical next step for Barco as now you can use the ClickShare via the Button, the Desktop App or both. The experience of sharing with the virtual […]

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Barco Sells Medialon (Live Control) – Not Overture Though

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7thSense Design has reached an agreement in principle with Barco regarding the intended sale of the Medialon brand and ShowControl activities. The team behind 7thSense Design has led the acquisition to form a new company, Medialon Ltd., which will acquire the Medialon brand and ShowControl activities from Barco. The new company will join the 7thSense […]

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Barco’s E2 Processing Family Gets an Upgrade

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Barco just announced the next generation in the E2 processing family, a new expansion card and its standards-based fiber solution for 4K video transport (this is where Barco is doing AV-over-IP, by the way). This is a 10G AV-over-IP system. The newest addition to the E2 family features all the features of its predecessors such […]

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Draper to Intro AV Mounts and Structures for Leyard, Sony, Barco and DPI at InfoComm

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At InfoComm 2019, Draper is concentrating on AV mounts and structures with several universal solutions for LCD displays and custom structures for LED video walls. The Video Wall Mount is a cost-effective and simple way of building a video wall or mounting several screens in a row. Simply choose as many mounts as you need. […]

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Barco Adds Remote Management and Monitoring to Overture Control

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At InfoComm 2019 next week, Barco will announce that they’ve integrated remote monitoring and automated analytics to their Overture control platform. Adding an RMM solution that allows remote monitoring and control of these devices, will be a key marketing tool they will use to try to get adoption of Overture — mostly aimed at small […]

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AV Industry EOL: Planned Obsolescence (Part One)

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For all of the massive technology improvements and innovations within the AV industry, there is irony in the faster obsolescence of digital equipment compared to the analog age of AV, leaving customers vulnerable to unexpected end-of-life notifications of planned obsolescence at the discretion of the manufacturer and reducing the life-span of digital AV gear. In […]

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Cybersecurity and the Problem with OEMs

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Last year, Crestron was the focus of some cyber activists who found vulnerabilities in Crestron touch controllers that could theoretically allow someone to use touch screens to spy on the person in the same room. This was covered in a class at a hacktivist conference called DEFCON and subsequently was written up in WIRED Magazine. […]

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Barco’s New XT Series Indoor LEDs Are Wall-Mountable, 16:9, Feature Pixel Pitches from 0.9 to 1.99mm

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Barco just launched its newest LED series, dubbed the XT Series. The XT series is aimed at indoor applications including meeting rooms, lobbies and visitor centers, boardrooms, television studios, design centers and control rooms. Each cube is a native 16:9 aspect ratio, which does make it easier to make HD or UHD (4k) screens. It […]

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Barco and Vogel’s Partner to Release Curved Mounting Solution for UniSee

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Barco and mount specialist Vogel’s today announced a curved mounting solution for the Barco UniSee. While upholding the still-expected benefits of the Unisee: perfect alignment, easy servicing and no damage risk, it is now possible to set up and service the bezel-less LCD video wall in a curved way. The mounting system allows a concave […]

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IMAX Switches to Barco Projectors for Laser Upgrades

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Barco and IMAX Corporation announced the expansion of their international partnership to continue providing audiences with the next level of awe-inspiring, immersive cinematic experiences. The companies collaborated to launch IMAX’s new ground-breaking laser experience for commercial multiplexes, IMAX with Laser. IMAX and Barco’s partnership began in 2012 and together the companies have achieved remarkable results […]

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Four New Native 4K Projectors Debut from Barco and Cinionic for the Theater Exhibition Market

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Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture, will launch a native (4096×2160) 4K resolution projector with higher contrast (2300:1) and wider color gamut and uniformity this month. Barco says that more than half of the world’s movie theaters are driven by Cinionic and there are over 85,000 Barco projectors installed globally. Now the Barco Series 4 […]

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Barco Extends Video Wall Portfolio with OverView LVD5521B

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Barco is introducing a new addition to its OverView LCD video-wall series. The OverView LVD5521B is a 55” 500-nit LCD solution that features a 1.8-mm seam, modular structure and the option of operating the (redundant) power supply remotely. It’s designed for control rooms, broadcast studios, corporate lobbies, experience centers, meeting rooms and signage applications. Other […]

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Barco’s Earnings Reveal $1.2 Billion U.S. in 2018 Sales and Double-Digit ClickShare Growth

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Barco’s earnings we released today. EBITDA margin expanded 2 percentage points, on comparable sales, to 12 percent and within the range of Barco’s 2020 goal. A 2.9 percentage point gain in gross profit margin to 40 percent of sales drove the EBITDA margin improvement. Both the Enterprise and the Healthcare division delivered solid EBITDA margin […]

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Barco to Debut Four New UDX Projectors Aimed at Live Events

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Without providing much in the way of details, Barco has told us that it’s planning to launch four more native 4K UDX projectors, two 26K lumen and two 40K lumen units, to complete its offering of live events projection. With its 40,000 lumens, Barco says the UDX-40K is now the brightest projector under 100 kilograms […]

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Barco’s Newest Is FL40 Laser Driving Simulator Projector

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Barco will debut the FL40 series in a compact, interactive driving simulator at ISE 2019. The FL40 projector is a solid-state projector, using the latest in HLD and LED illumination technology. Built on the Barco Pulse software platform, the FL40 has a flexible architecture that allows for up to 4K (3840×2400) resolution and low-latency processing […]

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Gefen and Barco Partner to Sell More Overture Control via Gefen’s AV-over-IP Line

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Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC) today announced a new alignment between Gefen, its signal management brand, and Barco’s enterprise AV control and monitoring software, Overture, which preloads drivers for the entire Gefen AV-over-IP into the Overture platform’s interface. The Gefen AV-over-IP solutions take HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, VGA and audio and put those signals on […]

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Barco Uses Danish Court to Stop Another ClickShare Copy

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The Maritime and Commercial High Court of Copenhagen, Denmark, ruling in summary proceedings, has granted Barco’s leave for a preliminary injunction against the Danish distributor Unit.DK to market and sell Wireless Media. In Barco’s view, this Chinese wireless presentation system is a look-alike of Barco’s ClickShare. The court has found it probable that the product […]

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Barco’s New FL40 Is a 50,000-Hour Projector

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Barco announces the FL40 series of solid-state projectors using HLD and LED illumination technology specified to run in nonstop 24/7 applications. Offered in native WUXGA and WQXGA resolution, the FL40 WQXGA version can be extended up to 4K resolution (3840×2400) via Barco’s Single Step Processing (SSP) technology — a feature of Barco Pulse unified software […]

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Barco Restructures, We Dissect the Announcement

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Barco announced today a restructuring plan to align the organization with changing market demands and growth opportunities while enhancing the company’s long-term profitability. This comprehensive plan addresses specific aspects of Barco’s organizational structure and effectiveness particularly in the areas of product management and commercial and service delivery processes. The plan also includes the re-investment of […]

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Barco Enters Projection Screen Market with RigiFlex Line

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Barco has entered the projection screen market — targeting Stewart, Da-Lite and Draper, with its new RigiFlex line. Branding it as a “powerwall” screen, it’s billed to be both rigid and rollable. As it’s designed to be a rear-screen screen surface, they’ve categorized it as a virtual reality-application screen. Rear-projection is the mainstream projection mode […]

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Barco Announces a SaaS-Based Virtual Classroom Solution with weConnect

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Barco has re-launched its Virtual Classroom (with weConnect) system and, at the same time, announced its first install at the IESE Business School in Barcelona. The newest use case of the weConnect, cloud-based SaaS solution makes remote, higher education more interactive and engaging. Barco says the Virtual Classroom allows Business Schools, Universities and Corporate Learning […]

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Draper Intros SmartTrim for Barco UniSee

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Draper is launching a trim solution for the Barco UniSee video wall system. SmartTrim for Barco UniSee is a patent-pending, design protected solution co-developed with SMS Smart Media Solutions, a Draper subsidiary in Sweden. It provides a simple and elegant trim remedy for a wide range of standard and custom Barco UniSee configurations. Standard kits […]

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Barco Offers New Entrant Into Collaboration Market With Its Ideation Wall

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Barco just a product competitive to the Nureva Wall called the Ideation Wall, which uses a combination of the ClickShare CSE-800 and their UniSee LCD Wall system. The Ideation Wall consists of several building blocks that Barco says are unique on their own, but when combined, they complement each other. By combining a Barco UniSee […]

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Barco Signals Its Future Intentions for Entering AV-Over-IP Market

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Barco quietly launched a new AV-over-IP adapter into medical imaging market today — not even mentioning ProAV. But we found the announcement and, even though it’s aimed at a specialty market not integrated by Pro AV installers, it signals their intent to enter thee AV-over-IP market, eventually, in ProAV. In their case, it appears they […]

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