Cory Schaeffer: A Legacy of Help, A Legacy of Change

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By Dan Ferrisi, Editor in Chief, Commercial Integrator As commercial AV has matured, it has become increasingly clear that ours is an industry not of technology, per se, but of people. At our best, commercial AV professionals are committed to creating experiences that tell compelling stories and leave indelible memories. In that way, the technologies […]

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Kramer Debuts a New Ecosystem of AV-Over-IP Solutions, Including KDS-7 Family

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At ISE, Kramer debuted a new ecosystem of AV-over-IP solutions including the KDS-7 family of encoders and decoders, which send 4K60 4:2:0 video at 1G across a network AV installation. In the booth’s UCC section, this is the first time people can see Kramer’s new collaboration devices including a speakerphones, video cameras and all-in-one collaboration […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2022 Edition

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Welcome to my 22nd annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I can’t believe I have written this article 22 times. I am beyond humbled by how many of you read this; last year, it was viewed by over 90,000 #AVtweeps. #LOVE ❣️ The bottom line is I love writing this article. It keeps me curious and humble. […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1087: Here’s the First Video Interview With Kramer’s CEO and UC Workspace’s Founder Since the Acquisition

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In case you missed the news, Kramer announced it would buy UC Workspace on Feb. 2, 2022. Gary was lucky enough to snag the first video interview with the heads of both companies. Kramer CEO Gilad Yron and UCW Founder and President Angela Hlavka both provide insight into the reasons for joining forces and what […]

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Kramer Electronics Acquires UC Workspace

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Kramer Electronics announced the acquisition of UC Workspace (UCW). UCW is best known for its Quicklaunch software solution that delivers the same UI to all collaboration boards. UCW helps organizations take control of meeting rooms with analytics such as its WEAV content and interaction platform and UCCentral software that provides insight and control of workspaces, […]

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Kramer Launches VIA Connect 2 for the Hybrid BYOM Work and Learning Space

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Kramer just launched the VIA Connect2. It is aimed at hybrid meetings and learning in the Hybrid Generation (“Generation H”) for the enterprise and education markets. VIA Connect2 creates one Unified Communications & Collaboration experience with flexibility for wirelessly sharing, engaging and collaborating anywhere, from any device, with any video conference platform. It also features […]

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Kramer Launches VW-4 Video Wall Driver

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Kramer launched the VW-4, a hardware-based video wall driver for video walls within a closed system. The VW-4 delivers perfectly aligned content onto video wall displays of any size, with plug-and-play wired connectivity that requires no adjustments. Using the VW-4’s one HDMI video input, you can drive up to four HDMI display outputs and support […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0: Digital Signage Day Recap

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Happy LAVNCH WEEK 4.0, AV pros and fans! This is my first time writing (and experiencing) a LAVNCH WEEK, and it’s been exciting, informative and FUN! In Leah’s words, LAVNCH WEEK events are “part digital-event experience, part virtual product-launch stage and part networking hub,” where we take a deep dive into the now and next […]

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Kramer Electronics Unveils Two-Gang Decora Wall Plate

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Kramer Electronics’ WP-EN6 is a two-gang Decora wall plate video encoder that claims streaming of 4K@60Hz (4:2:0), HDCP 2.2, HDMI video, IR, RS-232 and USB signals over an IP network in unicast (one-to-one) or multicast (many-to-many) configurations. The WP-EN6 uses Power over Ethernet (POE) and auto-senses the extension line PoE status and accepts power from […]

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Kramer Releases Two Hybrid Solutions For Education

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Kramer has launched two new hybrid solutions aimed at the education market. The Kramer EDU-Hybrid-ZR is a Zoom Rooms solution that starts lessons with no personal device needed — and the Kramer EDU-Hybrid-1 is a software-agnostic wireless presentation and collaboration solution that can run any Windows-based UCC application including Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Both integrate […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2021 Edition

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Welcome to my 21st annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I love writing this annual predictions article — it’s both humbling and rewarding. It requires me to stop and research anything new, evaluate the potential impact it will have and then articulate it in a way that matters to readers. If you’re a regular reader of my […]

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Kramer Electronics Intros Active Multiformat Male Input to HDMI Male Output Adapter

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Kramer Electronics’ K-SPIDER is an active multiformat male input to HDMI male output adapter that enables you to connect one HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort or USB Type-C source to an HDMI acceptor. K-SPIDER says its multiformat adapter design provides AV/IT professionals with a solution that saves on installation time and costs, replacing the variety of […]

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Kramer Unveils Corona Tag Wearable Device for Contact Tracing

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Kramer has launched Corona Tag, a compact wearable device designed to eliminate the need for sitewide shutdowns in case of a COVID-19 infection in workplaces, schools or any public venues. Corona Tag frees employees, educators and organizers from unnecessarily isolating large crowds by quickly identifying high risk contacts to help maintain business continuity. Corona Tag […]

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Here’s How the Corona Tag Can Get Us Back to Work Safely

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST This year has forced innovation globally. Throughout 2020, much of the creativity has appeared in problem-solving and in the interest of human interactions returning to “normal.” For example, a handful of companies are rapidly developing one of the world’s first totally synthetic vaccines to fight COVID-19. But, the innovation didn’t […]

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Kramer Electronics’ VIA GO² Is Shipping

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Kramer Electronics’ VIA GO² is shipping. The VIA Go² gives iOS, Android, Chromebook, PC and Mac users instant wireless connectivity with 4K and features content streaming with mirrored images and video playback (15 frames per second) while also allowing for iOS mirroring via AirPlay, Windows & Android mirroring via Miracast, as well as Chromebook mirroring. […]

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Kramer Launches New Multi-Input Transmitter and Receiver for Switching and Scaling up to 4K@60Hz

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Kramer launched the KIT-400, a multi-input transmitter and receiver that provides switching and scaling up to 4K@60Hz (4:4:4). Kramer’s KIT-400 includes the ability to store predefined room setups, letting busy teams start meetings instantly, without wasting time, and easily facilitate connections to wireless host devices, such as the Kramer VIA GO2. KIT-400 simplifies meeting room […]

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Kramer Intros New 4K@60HZ 8×8 Matrix Switcher

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Kramer introduced the VS−88H2 Thursday. The VS-88H2 is an 8×8 matrix switcher for 4K@60Hz (4:4:4) HDR signals and digital audio. It reclocks and equalizes the signals and can route any one of 8 HDMI, HDCP 2.2−compliant sources (selectable) to any or all outputs simultaneously. The VS-88H2 features independent audio routing. Any of the eight embedded […]

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Kramer Releases Omnivore KM-2B Microphone Aimed at UCC

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Kramer’s Omnivore KM-2B is a microphone designed for UCC applications. The patent-pending Omnivore KM-2B is a dual boundary microphone that eliminates comb filtering and has three selectable polar patterns, allowing versatility for any installation: Omnidirectional — For use in small/medium meeting spaces Sub-cardioid — Under the display in a huddle space Cardioid — On the […]

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Kramer’s versatile Omnivore KM-2B provides a single mic solution for corporate applications

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Jerusalem, Israel, February 26, 2020 – Seen at ISE2020 for the first time, Kramer’s Omnivore KM-2B is a revolutionary microphone, designed to be the go-to microphone for meeting and conferencing spaces. The patent pending Omnivore KM-2B is a multi-purpose dual boundary microphone that eliminates comb filtering and maximizes acoustic energy, providing unmatched clarity and flexibility. Omnivore KM-2B has […]

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Kramer VIA Campus2 PLUS Offers Document Collaboration in Meetings

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Kramer’s new VIA Campus2 PLUS is a simultaneous wired and wireless presentation and collaboration solution with a 4K60 4:4:4 HDMI input for wired connectivity. With any laptop or mobile device, users can view, edit and comment on a shared document and record sessions. Meeting participants can display or stream full uninterrupted HD video (up to […]

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Kramer Releases New Wireless Sharing Options for UCC and Education Spaces

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Kramer just launched the VIA GO² and VIA Campus² wireless sharing options aimed at meeting and educational spaces. Aimed at classrooms, huddle spaces and small meeting spaces, VIA GO² is a compact wireless sharing device that’s been upgraded to have a 4K HDMI output, 1024-bit encryption, 60-hertz video streaming and native AirPlay, Miracast and Chromebook. […]

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Kramer Launches Two New Collaboration Products at ISE 2020

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Kramer is launching two new collaboration products at ISE 2020; the VIA GO and VIA Campus. Designed for classrooms, huddle spaces and small meeting spaces, the VIA GO² includes wireless presentation functionality in a compact form factor at an entry-level cost. With 4K HDMI output, 1024-bit encryption, 60Hz video streaming and native AirPlay, Miracast and […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 951: Kramer to Enter Microphones Market and Launch New VIA Line at ISE 2020

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We got the scoop on today’s pre-ISE 2020 videocast that — Kramer is entering the microphone market. The first family will be aimed at UCC spaces and will be integrated into Kramer@Work pre-designed meeting spaces. But, that’s not all, on today’s videocast with Kramer Vice President Marketing. David Margolin, he also teases that we’ll see at […]

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Kramer to Intro KIT-400 Switchable 4K HDBaseT Transmitter/Receiver at ISE 2020

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Making its debut at ISE 2020, Kramer will introduce the KIT-400, a new switchable transmitter and receiver that provides 4K power and flexibility to today’s meeting spaces. Kramer says its KIT-400 brings a wealth of benefits to the end user, including connecting to a wireless device and the ability to store pre-defined room setups, letting […]

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Kramer Debuts KDS-10 H.264/H.265 Transceiver for Streaming Video Content

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Kramer just debuted the KDS-10 H.264/H.265 4K60 (4:4:4) transceiver that includes Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture display for streaming video content. The KDS-10 is equipped with H.265 high-efficiency video coding (HEVC), which uses approximately 50% less bandwidth than H.264. This video compression standard enables AV professionals to deliver 4K streaming over IP more efficiently and reliably. It […]

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Easy, Secure, Managed: Kramer’s strategy for AV over IT in 2020

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Jerusalem, Israel, January 30, 2020 – At ISE 2020, Kramer will be sharing its IT-centered Pro AV message – AV over IT – as well as a suite of new AV solutions designed to work seamlessly within IT workflows and IT methodologies. Kramer has been shifting its strategy and investing in IT-friendly Pro AV solutions in recent years. Integrating […]

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Kramer to Debut KDS-10 Transceiver At ISE 2020

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At ISE 2020, Kramer will debut the KDS-10 transceiver that’s 4K@60Hz (4:4:4) for AV-over-IP, and it includes something called Multiview for Picture-in-Picture and Picture-aside-Picture display. KDS-10 uses H.264/H.265 compression. The KDS-10 uses H.265 High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) encoding, which uses approximately 50% less bandwidth than H.264. This bidirectional transceiver supports up to 3840×2160 picture resolution […]

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Kramer Electronics Appoints New CEO

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Kramer Electronics just appointed a new global CEO in Itzhak Bambagi. Bambagi was in executive roles at IBM and DEC/Compaq over the past 18 years and he actually led IBM’s IT transformational experience using cloud technologies and various digital workplace initiatives across EMEA. The appointment heralds an exciting time for both Bambagi and Kramer. “I […]

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Kramer Details VP-551X 10-Port 18G 4K Presentation Scaler/Switcher

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Kramer Electronics’ VP-551X is a scaler/switcher for 4K@60 (4:4:4) HDMI, VGA and composite video signals. The VP-551X scales the video and provides options to use the embedded HDMI audio or breakout audio from one of ten analog audio input signals. After processing and scaling, the embedded AV signal is sent to the HDMI and the […]

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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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Sony Integrates Kramer Control Inside Bravia BZ35F Displays

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Kramer Electronics and Sony Electronics have announced the integration of the Kramer Control BRAINware system into Sony’s BZ35F series of BRAVIA 4KHDR displays. Kramer BRAINware is an software application that you to execute your room control actions straight from a KT-107 family touch panel, VIA Connect PLUS or KC-BRAINware-5/25/50 without installing a physical brain between […]

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