GHGav — Volume 8, Issue 6 — 20, 2017

Volume 8, Issue 6 — 20, 2017

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But We Will Always Have Paris…

By Raymond Kent
Director of the Innovative Technology Design Group, DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky

June 1st, 2017 will be one for the history books. This was the day that the administration of the United States announced the withdraw from the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement for purely political purpose and partisanship. This move does not position the USA at the back of the line but removes us from the room all together which will have major economic and environmental implications for decades to come. All of this was based on mis-information, skewed data and blatant lies to appease a political base without taking into consideration that many of those in that base will be hardest hit by environmental disasters such as pollution and rising sea levels all on the promise of creating jobs in industries that will never recover in this country including coal.

One of the most short-sighted follies is the statement that the Paris Agreement on climate change was disastrous for U.S. businesses and that it will shutter many factories and create massive job loss. Why this is so inaccurate is every major economic think tank in the U.S. and the Congressional Budget Office disagree with these statements. I know we know live in a world of Alternative Facts with a platform for many politicians to tell bald-faced lies to the public.

Here are some claims by the president and what is in the agreement:

DT: We will pull out of the agreement and then re-negotiate a “better deal” to get back in.
Fact: There is no re-entry and no renegotiating.

DT: The Paris Agreement would cause massive job losses, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminish economic production.
Fact: Renewable Technology sector is currently growing 12x faster than any other manufacturing sector in the US. The number of shuttered factories that have re-opened and re-tooled to accommodate green tech has seen some major leaps and bounds as companies are re-patriating manufacturing back to the US due to wages and costs increasing overseas. Additionally, many states are offering tax breaks and other incentives to companies for re-tooling efforts geared towards clean energy production.

DT: China is allowed to build new coal-fired plants but the U.S. is not.
Fact: Every nation in the Paris Agreement determines their own energy mix so long as the total reduction does not increase temperatures 2⁰C below pre-industrial levels. Nothing prohibits the U.S. from building new coal power plants and there are even new ones coming on-line this year with new emissions reducing technology built by the green tech sector here in the US. China is indeed moving forward with some coal plants but is also massively offsetting these with billions in solar, hydro-electric, and wind farms which, by 2030, will reduce its carbon emissions 60-65 percent below 2005 levels and increase its share of renewable energy usage to 20 percent of production or better.

DT: Implementation of the Paris Agreement will only reduce the temperature by 0.2 percent — far below the stated target.
Fact: The Paris Agreement does not start from nothing but instead builds on the other past agreements such as the 2009 Copenhagen Accord to reach the total aggregate of 2⁰C below pre-industrial levels. Additionally, it strengthens components of those past agreements and renews others that were set to expire.

DT: At 1 percent economic growth as we have seen in the past decade renewables may work. But with economic growth at 3-4 percent we need all options for energy on the table not just clean power.
Fact: The previous administration very clearly had an all the above policy when it came to energy production including gas, oil and coal. In fact, oil production and exports have far exceeded any level in the history of this country rather than us importing from the Middle East or South America. This has created a massive glut in the market providing for market-demand lower prices for oil, gas and coal yet renewables are still far less expensive and second and third generation technology with increased scalability and efficiency coupled with advanced storage technology have made it the option of choice by consumers furthering the glut on the market of other non-clean sources. This has slowed production of gas and coal. However, the major energy producers including Exxon, British Petroleum, and others, have invested over a trillion dollars in being energy companies that include massive amounts of renewables. It has been great for their bottom line and for their brand for social welfare initiatives.

So what does all of this mean for the ICT industry? Well for starters, we are already leaders in the production of solutions that work within the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) industry which is a major player in clean tech for the built environment. Previous articles I have written outlined how these innovations are driven by an increased demand by American and foreign consumers and to improve operating costs increasing profitability for corporations and manufacturers alike.

We have already seen moves by states like California, New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Ohio and others who are pushing back on the Administration’s decision and increasing their commitments to the Paris Agreement targets California is probably the most important as it is a third of the US economy and has the toughest environmental laws on the books in the country. It has the fastest job growth in the all sectors but especially clean tech, has one of the lowest unemployment rates, and has the healthiest state economy of any in the Union. They are a model in the U.S. of how beneficial this is to the economy as a whole.

Other European allies are way ahead of the US even prior to this decision such as Germany, Denmark, Sweden and others. This decision will see these countries step into the leadership role that we had assumed under the last administration and the result will be the US being left behind with little change to regain our footing should the next administration change direction. Even the new president of France and the prime minister of Canada have offered American companies the opportunity to move to to their countries and operate there in a clean energy economy.
Now the potential safety valve is that we can’t just stop being in the agreement overnight. There is a four-year mortarium of withdraw as part of the agreement and depending on many other factors in this administration may result in new leadership sooner rather than later but we can’t wait for that. It is up to the states, corporations, and individuals to continue down the Paris Agreement path even if the federal government fails us. Other countries have now publicly rebuked this administration for this decision and have doubled down on their commitments. It is up to us to do the same because one the water is gone, the animals have died and the trees are all wither you will soon see that you can’t eat money.

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rAVe NOW’s InfoComm Coverage is Next Best Thing to Being There

There’s no substitute for going to InfoComm – it’s a must-attend trade show if you are in the commercial AV industry. But, not everyone is allowed to attend.

If you weren’t one of the lucky 44,077 people that were in Orlando for InfoComm 2017, then we have a solution for you.

We actually brought over 25 reporters to the show. So, we have way, way, way more coverage than anyone else. And, we covered more than you could have had you attended yourself.

How? Well, we went to every single booth on the show floor and shot videos (1650+ of them) of all the new products launched at InfoComm this year. And, we recorded podcasts (45+), we video live-streamed daily each day using Facebook LIVE, we wrote blogs 20+), we published 300+ news stories and we shot in excess of 3500 photos from the show floor!

And, it’s all in one, searchable, dedicated website – a website we built just for infoComm 2017. Check it out here.

InfoComm 2018 is in Las Vegas so you should put it on your calendar now – June 6-8, 2018!

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QSC Announces Next-Generation Q-SYS Enterprise Core Processors

QSC has added new products to the Q-SYS Enterprise Core category. Running exclusively on Dell server hardware, these industry-first solutions combine the processing capabilities of the Q-SYS realtime operating system with the Dell R730XL hardware platform. The result is the only IT-grade solution available on the market that brings audio, video and control (AV&C) processing into the datacenter.

These new Q-SYS Enterprise Core processors represent the first fully integrated AV&C solution demonstrating the future of the industry and its shift towards standards-based IT platforms. The use of standard, mainstream hardware reflects a typical enterprise IT environment and provides several benefits, particularly for corporate clients and global enterprises, including:

  • Centralized Shared Resource: Enterprises can take advantage of the corporate infrastructure and place Q-SYS Core processors alongside other building-wide IT services such as VoIP, UC&C, as well as security and access control servers. Both the Q-SYS Core 2200 and Core 5200 processors provide up to 512×512 network audio channels while offering an abundance of raw processing power. The Q-SYS Core 2200 offers 128 built-in, fully routable acoustic echo cancelation (AEC) processors while the Q-SYS Core 5200 offers 256 AEC processors.
  • Flexibility: Provides the ability to serve all meeting, conferencing, presentation and lobby spaces from a single platform designed from the outset to provide full AV&C requirements for AV/IT environments.
  • Simplicity and Familiarity: Utilizes common hardware familiar to IT managers worldwide with integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) for simple integration with existing IT asset management and monitoring tools.
  • Reliability: World-renowned robust engineering found in the Dell R730XL server platform provides IT users with peace of mind that its AV&C solution is built on industry-leading hardware, designed to last, with standard features such as dual redundant networking and hot swappable power supplies and fans.

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Peerless-AV Launches ADA-Compliant Vertical Lift Carts for Education and Corporate Markets

Peerless-AV has a new line of vertical lift carts (SR584VL2, SR584VL3) aimed at corporate and education settings – and all are ADA-compliant, UL rated carts that adjust the height of interactive displays with one-finger touch.

Meeting the ADA Standards for Accessible Design, Section 308, Peerless-AV’s new vertical lift carts create a mobile solution that is used in numerous classrooms and conference rooms. The carts’ mobile solution uses 4″ lockable casters, corner bumpers to prevent damage to walls and doors, integrated handles to help maneuver the cart and an extension cord wrap for fast deployment.

Key features include:
  • Height adjustment up to 15.75″ (400mm) with the touch of a finger
  • Intuitive and zero maintenance design
  • Lockable rear enclosure for storage of a PC, power supply, and cabling
  • Capacity to add an external Wi-Fi antenna
  • Compliance with ADA Standards for Accessible Design, Section 308
  • Accommodation for displays ranging from 90.2 to 209 pounds
  • UL rating for safety assurance, passing tip, load and drag testing
Both are shipping now and here are the specs.

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WolfVision Launches New Cynap 365

WolfVision has a new addition to the Cynap portfolio with the new vSolution Cynap 365 — marketed as the first and only collaboration device to offer full wired and wireless 4K AV connectivity with an intuitive Office 365 and Skype for business endpoint for a more robust, open VC solution. It is designed for collaborative meeting rooms, huddle spaces, and interactive learning rooms. Cynap 365 is optimized for environments that want maximum display and sharing options with the ability to conference in outside contacts for greater collaboration as well as easier sharing and accessing content.

Cynap 365 offers access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files, whether stored locally or on the cloud, and grants users the ability to share , collaborate, modify and save content in an open, cooperative environment that is easy to use and simple to access.

Other features include a built-in media player which enables content materials of all types from cloud or network drives, recording, streaming and comprehensive BYOD.  Cynap 365 offers the most powerful set of features for any collaboration solution on the market. For presenters and lecturers, Cynap Core offers the convenience of utilizing content materials downloaded from the cloud or simply stored on a USB drive, eliminating the need for a laptop or computer. A digital whiteboard is also available for sharing notes on-screen and users can annotate over any open window, enabling spontaneous collaboration in any environment.

With built-in Skype4Business connectivity, as well as wireless screen mirroring for all iOS, Android, Windows and Mac devices, Cynap 365 adds one-click telepresence for your conferencing environments and support for AirPlay, Chromecast, and Miracast protocols means that no software, apps or dongles are needed when sharing content by utilizing wireless technology that’s already built into every mobile device.

Here are all the specs.

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Logitech Intros Logitech MeetUp Conference Camera Aimed at Huddle Rooms

Logitech just announced a USB-based conference camera called the Logitech MeetUp. Designed specifically for small conference rooms and huddle rooms, MeetUp’s 120-degree field of view makes every seat at the table clearly visible during a meeting. With acoustics custom-tuned for huddle rooms and a compact all-in-one design, MeetUp is USB and connected to any USB-conferencing hub or computer.

Logitech MeetUp is designed to work with virtually any video conferencing software application and cloud service, including Skype for Business, Cisco collaboration applications and all Logitech Collaboration Program partners such as BlueJeans, BroadSoft, Vidyo and Zoom.

MeetUp captures a very-wide 120-degree field of view with the option to pan an additional 25 degrees to the left and right. A new low-distortion lens, UltraHD 4K optics, and three camera presets make it a perfect option for a quick, high-quality camera in a small meeting room or Huddle space. MeetUp has integrated audio optimized for huddle room spaces in that three sound-isolating mics and a voice-optimized speaker help ensure everyone is heard as clearly as they are seen. MeetUp is Microsoft Cortana certified for voice commands with any Windows 10 system. For larger rooms, where meeting participants are more than eight feet from the microphone, customers may also purchase the Logitech Expansion Mic for MeetUp.

Logitech also introduced its ConferenceCam Soft Remote, an app that easily turns a smartphone or tablet into a remote control for Logitech MeetUp. ConferenceCam Soft Remote features all the controls available on the Logitech remote. It is compatible with both Android and iOS devices and will be available in July for free from the Google Play or Apple App stores.

Gary Kayye got the detailed scoop on the MeetUp camera this week via a rAVe RADIO pre-InfoComm Videocast, which you can watch here. Logitech will demo this in its booth (#2681) next week.

Logitech MeetUp will be available in July 2017 and will list for $899 in the U.S, €1,099 in Europe and £999 in the U.K. Here are all the detailed specs.

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QSC Intros Eight-Channel CXD-Q Series Network Processing Amplifiers for the Q-SYS Platform

QSC has introduced the CXD-Q and CXD-Qn eight-channel network processing amplifiers. Designed specifically for integration with the Q-SYS Platform, these amplifiers can take advantage of a “whole system” design philosophy where they can be configured and managed like all other elements of a Q-SYS system. The CXD-Q Series also features its Flexible Amplifier Summing Technology (FAST), which enables the ability to combine up to four channels for higher output power.

These models are capable of providing up to 8,000-watt peak and 5,000-watt continuous with low-Z, 70-volt or 100-volt direct drive available on all channels. The “Q” models offer eight channels mic/line input directly on the back of the amplifiers acting as a Q-SYS on-ramp for additional amplification. By contrast, the analog inputs have been removed on the “Qn” models, which help reduce system cost when a purely networked amplifier is needed. Both models include eight bi-directional GPIO connections that can be used for analog or digital inputs or outputs to/from the Q-SYS Platform.

Housed in a 2U rack-mount configuration, the eight-channel CXD-Q Series models replace equipment taking up nearly three times the rack space. Here are all the details.

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wePresent Intros New WiCS-2100

wePresent re-announced the launch of their newest model, the WiCS-2100. First shown at Integrated Systems Europe in February, the WiCS-2100 is the first in the new line of wireless collaboration systems.

The WiCS-2100 is a wireless presentation and collaboration solution that allows presentation, interaction and collaboration between users with any kind of device. WiCS-2100 supports Windows or Mac computers, smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks for wireless connectivity.

WiCS-2100 offers complete integration with Chromecast and Airplay devices, including audio and video support. This allows users of both mirroring solutions to collaborate simultaneously and take advantage of the full range of on-board interaction and collaboration tools available, such as on screen annotation and interactive whiteboard capabilities.

WiCS-2100 is the first wePresent model to offer an “eco” standby mode which allows for reduced power consumption. Eco standby mode utilizes discreet power to maintain functionality while conserving energy use. For environments where moderator control is crucial, WiCS-2100 offers the conference controller an on-screen user preview for all connected users.

Here are all the detailed specs.

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Altia Systems to Debut PanaCast Whiteboard at InfoComm

Altia Systems, creators of PanaCast 2 — the world’s first Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video camera system, has worked with Intel to launch PanaCast Whiteboard, a computer software that detects content on an existing whiteboard and displays it as an individual screen within a video conference. The software automatically improves image quality and corrects distortion to produce a clear whiteboard image, enhancing the video collaboration experience for remote participants in various business and education settings.

This is one of the 10 best new products launching at InfoComm so we’ve added it to our InfoComm 2017 Top-10 Tour. You can also see my podcast interview, which includes a video demo, with the founder of Altia here.

Stemmed from computer vision and imaging science algorithms initially developed by Intel and Altia Systems, PanaCast Whiteboard alleviates reflections, shadows and glare to produce a crisp, clear image. Whiteboard is compatible with a wide variety of video conferencing platforms such as Google Hangouts, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Skype and Zoom, for a competitive annual license fee of $199 per PanaCast 2 camera.

Users can access Whiteboard via the free PanaCast Vision app, which gives users the capability to adjust a camera’s field of view. PanaCast Vision delivers the full 180° Panoramic-4K camera view while simultaneously sharing whiteboard content as a virtual webcam stream or content-shared window, giving remote participants a virtual seat at the table and creating a natural viewing experience.

PanaCast Whiteboard is currently compatible with PCs running quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and above, and can be viewed by participants on any video collaboration app via laptop, tablet or phone. In addition to PanaCast 2 and PanaCast Whiteboard, Altia Systems is also the developer of PanaCast 2s, the first software-defined 7.4 Megapixel 180° camera system, Intelligent Zoom and other industry-first products.

Here are all the details.

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ClearOne Introduces UNITE 150 Professional PTZ USB Camera

ClearOne introduces the ClearOne UNITE 150 PTZ, a full high-definition, USB camera that designed for all room types and sizes. The UNITE 150 is compatible with PC-based applications in meeting rooms, such as Cisco Jabber and WebEx, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Skype for Business, ClearOne’s Spontania and more. The camera rounds out the UNITE line, providing the balance of high-end PTZ features with an economical USB-only interface for PC-based conferencing applications.

Compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, the UNITE 150 features 1080p video resolution but also has SNR and 2D & 3D noise reduction. The 12x optical zoom provides close-ups of incredible clarity, while the 73° wide-angle view enables UNITE 150 to capture all participants in a meeting room for both small and large meeting spaces.

The new UNITE 150 PTZ is available and shipping now for a list of $1,199. Here are the derails.

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Canon Debuts Short Throw REALiS LCOS Projectors With Optical Lens Shift

Canon introduces two new LCOS Projector models to the REALiS lineup – the REALiS WUX500ST Pro AV LCOS Projector and the REALiS WUX500ST D Pro AV LCOS Projector. These new additions, which include a short throw ratio of 0.56:1 and optical vertical lens shift of 0-75 percent feature:

  • These short throw projectors feature a 0.56:1 throw ratio which allow for 100-inch diagonal projection from less than 4 feet away from the projection surface.
  • The REALiS WUX500ST and WUX500ST D Pro AV LCOS short throw projectors are spec’d at 5,000 lumens, native WUXGA high resolution (1920 x 1200), and use Canon’s LCOS technology with AISYS-enhancement and advanced color management.
  • Inputs include HDMI and DVI-I, and also offer an HDBaseT receiver which allows uncompressed HD video, audio and control signals to be transmitted over one single LAN cable up to a maximum distance of 328 feet (100m).

For those in the medical education and training fields, the REALiS WUX500ST D Pro AV Installation LCOS Projector is available with all of the same features of the REALiS WUX500ST projector, plus a special DICOM Simulation Mode for displaying monochrome digital X-rays, CAT scans, and MRIs with superb grayscale gradation. This mode, which offers both clear and blue base color temperature presets, simulates the results of devices compliant with the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) Part 14 standard. This mode can also be utilized in other specialized applications like black and white photography where an expanded range of gamma adjustment is required.

The Canon REALiS WUX500T LCOS Projector lists for $8,249 and the Canon REALiS WUX500ST D LCOS Projector lists for $8,849 and both will ship by the end of June 2017. Here are more detailed specs.

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Oblong Adds More Sub-$50K Mezzanine Systems

Oblong Industries today announced an expanded product range and series naming convention for its flagship immersive visual collaboration solution, Mezzanine. Along with hardware and software innovations that drive the entry price point for a full Mezzanine solution below $50,000, Oblong is adding seamless integrations with popular enterprise utilities including calendaring and Skype for Business.

Mezzanine is now offered in three new, smaller configurations all at the sub-$50,000 price category.

Mezzanine 200 Series: This dual screen configuration for small to medium sized teaming rooms that delivers collaboration concurrently with up to 10 shared devices, gestural interaction and real-time control by multiple participants are now available in a familiar form factor.

Mezzanine 300 Series: While many conferencing systems provide only one content channel, Mezzanine 300 uses a three-screen configuration. The Mezzanine 300’s shared workspace matches that of their flagship Series 600 and 650 solutions, allowing customers to extend the immersive Mezzanine experience to satellite offices at a lower cost. Mezzanine 300 is fully upgradeable to Mezzanine 600 Series. The 300 Series will be added here after InfoComm.

Mezzanine 600 Series: Beyond the practical benefits of the three-screen primary workspace shared across locations, and the three-screen secondary workspace for those in the room, the “wow” factor of the large multi-dimensional workspace makes a strong impression during presentations. This six-screen Mezzanine configuration features new spatial tracking technology that requires no room remediation; new in-room server options reduce cost and installation complexity. The 600 Series is here.

Oblong is here.

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Aveo Systems Launches Mira Connect for Room Management and Control

Aveo Systems has released a tabletop control appliance, Mira Connect, and a cloud management platform, Mira Portal. Mira Connect’s touch screen interface is designed as a UC (unified collaboration) interface for in-room VC and control including features like dialing calls, adjust audio settings, manage projectors and displays and control the room, without the cost and complexity of custom programming.

Mira Connect is a room-based user interface and controller of collaboration equipment and is the only control system required in a room. The Mira Connect touchscreen interface can initiate audio and video calls by selecting participants from a directory, dialing directly, or, with Microsoft Office 365 integration, dialing scheduled meetings with one touch of a calendar invite. Custom graphics can be used with the touchscreen, incorporating a client’s logo, background image and custom colors.

Mira Portal is a cloud-based management platform that is used with Mira Connect to set up and manage individual rooms, sites, and organizations. With Mira Portal, as collaboration devices are added to the room, a list of the control points can be automatically created for the integrator to choose from during setup. Once the desired control points are selected, Mira Connect automatically generates the user interface for the room, further saving time and money. Changes to equipment or settings are easily managed via Mira Portal and updates are immediately reflected in the user interface, reducing maintenance costs over the system’s life cycle. Mira Portal’s dashboard allows remote management and configuration of the system and can generate SMS/text alerts to room managers if equipment problems arise. Using Mira Portal, an authorized user can securely control the room remotely via a browser, allowing IT teams or system integrators to remotely dial calls and control the room.

Here are the details.

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TechLogix Debuts TLXpress AV-Over-IP System

The TechLogix TLXpress system combines AV-over-IP encoders and decoders with a software-based control system, of sorts. 
 
The TLXpress system uses Aptovision technology to transmit 4K@60 4:4:4 HDMI up to 300 meter (1,000 feet) over fiber optic cabling using a 10G network. Multiple encoders and decoders can be blended into an any-input-to-any-output system using TechLogix TLXpress software.
 
Setup is interesting as you place an encoder at each source, place a decoder at each display, and place a single TLXpress control box somewhere on the network. TechLogix says the control box automatically identifies all of the TechLogix components and the TLXpress software profiles them to the sources and destinations for preset creation. Integrators don’t do any programming — but, it also means you make no money with control programming (thus, it’s not very customizable).
 
The TLXpress platform is drag-and-drop architecturally based, allowing hundreds of encoders and decoders to be identified and programmed in minutes, including preset routing which can be triggered by a third-party control system.
 
Additional system features include seamless switching among sources, embedded bi-directional IR and RS232 control, built-in 1G Ethernet pass-through, built-in video wall processing, audio embedding and de-embedding, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs with autoswitching on the encoders and HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 compliancy.
 
All the details are here.

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ClearOne Adds Two New DSP Mixers to Its CONVERGE Pro 2 Lineup

ClearOne launches two new and affordable CONVERGE Pro 2 DSP mixers, joining the already impressive lineup. The new CONVERGE Pro 2 48V provides four mic/line inputs with ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technology, eight mic/line outputs and a VoIP interface with two default phone lines — and three more available through a software upgrade.

The 48V shares an important distinction with its two VoIP counterparts, the 128V and the 128VD, being Cisco and Avaya certified with a native interface for Skype for Business; the free software upgrade is coming in Q3.

The new CONVERGE Pro 2 012 is a 12-mic-line outputs-only DSP mixer providing the option of increased outputs when required. It creates a neat, economical solution to what might otherwise require a more expensive design.

Here are all the specs.

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New Crestron DM XiO Director Is for Enterprise Provisioning and Management of AV-over-IP

Crestron will debut the DM XiO Director, an enterprise-grade network appliance that serves as a centralized “virtual switcher,” for configuration, control and management of large-scale DM NVX Series AV networks. DM NVX Series is the their AV-over-IP system for sending 4K60, 4:4:4, and HDR video over standard 1Gb Ethernet.

The DM XiO Director emulates the functionality of a traditional hardware-based DigitalMedia matrix switcher, routing 4K60 streaming AV signals throughout a room, building, or campus. Three models are offered which support 80 (DM-XIO-DIR-80), 160 (DM-XIO-DIR-160) or unlimited (DM-XIO-DIR-ENT) endpoint devices. DM XiO Director can handle even the largest corporate enterprise, university, governmental, military, medical, transportation, sports, entertainment, hospitality, gaming or retail application.

Crestron says the DM XiO Director automatically discovers each DM NVX endpoint on the network, and allows each one to be assigned to a “domain” using a simple UI. A domain is simply a logical grouping of endpoints that operate together as a single switching entity, allowing individual rooms and other subsystems to be arranged and controlled independently. The DM XiO Director effectively eliminates the need for physical switchers in every room, replacing them with the virtual equivalent running on the AV network.

The DM XiO Director provides a web-based user interface to facilitate system configuration, signal routing and diagnostics of the AV network. Each domain and endpoint can be designated with a common name.

Here are all the details.

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Earthworks Debuts CTF Tabletop Gooseneck Microphones

Earthworks has introduced the CTF tabletop gooseneck microphones with integrated base designed for conferencing and speech applications. This integrated solution provides the flexibility of temporarily placing the microphone on a table for ad-hoc meeting spaces or permanently affixing it to a surface.

Spec’d at a flat frequency response and near-perfect cardioid polar pattern, the CTF microphones deliver speech intelligibility and reliable coverage for speakers. And, RF shielding is incorporated into the microphone’s electronic design to prevent interference from cell phones and other electronic devices.

The low profile base measures just 4.1 inches in diameter and comes with a 10 feet (3.04-meters) cable with XLR-3M attached, which is designed to exit from the side or bottom of the microphone base. Mounting holes are included on the microphone base to make it possible to permanently affix the microphone to a flat surface. The XLR can be removed, allowing the cable to run through a small hole in the table surface for permanent installation, providing a low profile and elegant miking solution. Available with 10 or 12 inch rigid center goosenecks and a black finish, the primary applications for the CTF10 and CTF12 include conference rooms, boardrooms, classrooms, lecterns and houses of worship.

The will ship in August and here are the specs.

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New USB Microphone Now Available from beyerdynamic

beyerdynamic, Inc. has announced that the Classis BM 53 USB microphone is now available. The plug and play USB solution is designed to use for recording or transmitting sound using a laptop or PC. This USB boundary microphone is also perfect for teleconferences, video conferences, Skype conferences and teaching purposes.

The microphone can be simply attached to a laptop or a PC using the included 9-foot USB cable, and recording can begin. When using a boundary microphone with a half-spherical polar pattern, the direction of speaking is immaterial. To record meetings, the microphone can simply be placed in the middle of the conference table.

The Classis BM 53 USB has a silent film button with braille. Depending on the application, you can choose between the operating modes ON/OFF, Push-To-Talk (PTT) and Push-To-Mute (PTM). In order to reduce low-frequency noise, the frequency response can be adjusted with a bass roll off switch of 150 Hz. The switchable gain of -10 dB, 0 dB and +10 dB is to compensate loud or quiet speakers and small or large distances between microphone and speaker. An LED indicator shows the ready-to-talk status. The rugged housing with a high-quality design is covered with a very exclusive, dust repellent black fabric.

Here are all the specs.

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Barco Debuts New Overture AV Control System Aimed at Meeting Rooms at InfoComm

 

Barco will provide an opportunity for visitors at InfoComm to test drive the new Overture solution. The new version of Overture will be available to ship by Aug. 31, 2017. This new system is an attempt for Barco to take a position in the control system market — competing with CrestronExtronAMXUtelogy, etc.

Overture is an enterprise-wide AV control software solution. It controls and monitors all AV and other networked devices in multiple locations via an interactive user interface. Running on commercial off-the-shelf hardware, Overture features a low total cost of ownership while helping to reduce other operating costs in the office environment.
The latest version of Overture emphasizes automation. Overture “behaviors” enable the automatic creation of tasks for specific rooms. For example, an administrator can set a task to automatically switch on or off all the devices in a single room — without any programming. The system can seamlessly integrate with presentation tools such as Barco ClickShare, allowing a presenter to set-up the room in seconds — from switching on the main display to adjusting the lighting — with the touch of a ClickShare button.
The Scheduler capability now allows users to set certain actions at pre-defined moments in time, such as turning off all devices at night to save electricity. With the addition of the Behaviors and Scheduling functions, a facility or IT manager can easily configure the system to enable the entire enterprise to be controlled with the click of a button, or even execute tasks automatically for specific times.

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Kramer Claims Industry’s First Digital Sound Processor (DSP) over IP at InfoComm

Kramer just announced the KN-DSP100 Kramer Sound Server, claiming to be the industry’s first ever digital sound processor (DSP) over IP networks. KN-DSP100 enables simultaneous processing of 64 input channels and distribution of over 1000 outputs. The product is compatible with any Dante audio signal and provides auto-detection of all Kramer devices and their functionality.

This new single-box, plug-and-play hardware- and software-based IT-oriented solution is designed for large-scale DSP deployments such as airports, hotels, courtrooms and hospitals. KN-DSP100 seamlessly integrates with standard IT infrastructures and simplifies the IT manager’s user experience with a single point of contact for both management and support of all audio devices.

KN-DSP100’s processing capability is powered by Waves Audio. Here are the details.

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SoundTube Adds Pendant Dante Speakers to Line

SoundTube is adding three pendant speakers to its Dante-enabled line of installed speaker products.

The first pendants in the industry with Dante capability, the IPD-RS62-EZ and IPD-RS82-EZ use SoundTube’s BroadBeam Ring high-frequency dispersion technology for clear, understandable messaging and music over a wide area, even off-axis from the speakers. The high-power IPD-HP82-EZ uses a BroadBeam HP compression driver with waveguide for use in rooms with extra high ceilings. Applications for IPD pendants include any facility with high or open ceilings, such as houses of worship, schools, hotels and meeting spaces, bars, and restaurants. All three speakers will be available in a black or white (paintable) finish. Hanging hardware is included.

With digital signals plus power sent directly to the speakers via standard category cable, SoundTube’s Dante speakers do not require amplifiers or D/A converters, and they are interoperable with a host of other products operating on the Dante platform worldwide. They may be used with SoundTube’s ST-Net Switch, offering up to 40 watts PoE to each speaker, or with standard PoE or PoE+ switches.

Availability is planned for Q4 and here are all the specs.

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ClearOne Introduces Two New Expander Solutions for CONVERGE Pro 2 DSP Mixers

ClearOne is introducing a duo of compact yet powerful interface expanders — the CONVERGE Pro 2 USB and the CONVERGE Pro 2 GPIO — that increase the number of ports available for conferencing connectivity and room control for all CONVERGE Pro 2 DS mixers.

The USB expander acts primarily as a USB audio interface, connecting a laptop directly to the room’s audio with familiar PC-based video conferencing applications, including ClearOne Spontania, Google Hangouts, Skype for Business, WebEx or any other cloud-based applications. It also can be used to share the DSP mixer resources across multiple rooms.

The GPIO Expander provides a dozen input and output pins to control in-room devices such as microphones, cameras, window coverings and lights. As many as three USB expanders and three GPIO expanders can be daisy-chained per CONVERGE Pro 2 mixer to further increase USB connectivity and room-control options.

The new CONVERGE Pro 2 Expanders are shipping at the end of August 2017. Here are all the details.

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Biamp Systems Launches TesiraFORTÉ for Small-Room Applications

Biamp Systems announced the expansion of its TesiraFORTÉ family of digital audio processors. The TesiraFORTÉ family was engineered to reduce design, programming, and commissioning time while offering increased flexibility. The new TesiraFORTÉ VT provides both VoIP and POTS options within the same chassis; TesiraFORTÉ VT4 delivers the same flexibility designed specifically for small conference rooms.

The TesiraFORTÉ VT includes stand-alone, AVB, and Dante versions, and provides all the features of the original TesiraFORTÉ family. The TesiraFORTÉ VT4 includes AVB and Dante versions, while providing the same flexibility for small conference rooms with four analog inputs and four analog outputs.

The new models include:

  • TesiraFORTÉ VT
  • TesiraFORTÉ AVB VT and TesiraFORTÉ AVB VT4
  • TesiraFORTÉ DAN VT and TesiraFORTÉ DAN VT4

The TesiraFORTÉ VT and VT4 solutions are equipped with Biamp’s AEC technology to eliminate acoustic echoes and feedback, networked audio via AVB or Dante, and USB audio to interface directly with soft-codec conferencing technologies. Other features include Ethernet control, VoIP and POTS input, RS232, a general-purpose input/output, as well as an OLED display that comes standard on all TesiraFORTÉ models.

The TesiraFORTÉ VT and TesiraFORTÉ VT4 will be available in October 2017. The product details are here.

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Casio Intros New WXGA Short Throw Projector

Casio America announced today that it has expanded its LampFree line of projectors with the introduction of the XJ-UT311WN Ultra Short Throw Projector. 

Designed for displaying images at close range, the XJ-UT311WN has a built-in 0.28:1 fixed lens and a mirror system that projects an 80” image from just 1.5 feet away (up to 110” diagonal). The XJ-UT311WN is 3,100 lumens of brightness and native WXGA (1280×800) resolution and has a 20,000:1 contrast ratio.

In addition to projecting at close range, the XJ-UT311WN is equipped with Casio’s unique cool-running Laser and LED Hybrid Light Engine that lasts for up to 20,000 hours without ever needing to replace costly lamps or filters and requires minimal maintenance. This technology combines a laser and LED light source to create a high-brightness, mercury-free tool that uses up to half the amount of power per unit than other lamp-based projectors. 

All the tech details are here.

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DVIGear Launches DisplayNet DN-200 Series at InfoComm 

The new DVIGear DisplayNet DN-200 Series, an extension of the DisplayNet AV-over-IP product line.  It leverages the latest SDVoE technology to distribute uncompressed AV signals with resolutions up to 4K /60p over a 10GbE Ethernet network. The DN-200 Series adds support for HDMI 2.0 with up to 12-bit color, HDCP 2.2, DisplayPort 1.2, and high speed USB 2.0. A high-performance scaler in both the Transmitter (Tx) and Receiver (Rx) units enables very fast switching, multi-viewer and enhanced video wall processing. The DN-200 Series supports twisted pair (CAT6a or CAT7) media up to 328 ft. (100 meters), or Fiber Optic media using an industry standard SFP+ module supporting extension distances up to 18 miles (30 km).

The DN-200 Series consists of four different versions: DN-210, DN-210U, DN-220 and DN-220U. The DN-210 units include a copper network port for the 10GbE link, whereas the DN-220 units employ an optical 10GbE port. The DN-210U and DN-220U include High Speed USB 2.0 connectivity. Each version has an available Transmitter (Tx) and Receiver (Rx). All these models will available for shipping in September 2017.

DVIGear will also exhibit the DisplayNet Server system control and management platform at the show. DisplayNet Server provides a central interface between the control equipment/software and the DisplayNet endpoint devices; therefore, it should be included with every DisplayNet system. This server supports web browser-based DisplayNet Manager software that provides a host of powerful control features, as well as tools to facilitate the use of third party controllers that enable DisplayNet to be easily integrated into a wide range of professional AV applications. DisplayNet Server and DisplayNet Manager make the system integration process easier, faster and more efficient.

Here are the tech details.

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Avocor and Nureva Partner for Avocor Note

Avocor Note by Nureva is a brand-new update to the Avocor Note, partnering with the experienced software development team at Nureva to create a powerful whiteboarding software tool that allows anyone to create fast and professional looking content.

The software has been specifically designed with collaboration in mind and takes full advantage of the Windows Share charm, allowing users to easily export sessions into other Windows 10 applications. The software also fully integrates with Nureva’s Cloud based Span solution, enabling users to start whiteboarding sessions in Avocor Note by Nureva and then easily move content into the Span ideation solution therefore creating a complete end-to-end collaboration solution for multi-group collaboration.

Avocor Note by Nureva fully supports multiple image formats, allowing end users to bring in their own backgrounds, image objects and vector icons and creating stunning visual content. In addition, Avocor Note by Nureva will also ship with a wealth of professionally created content to allow impactful whiteboarding sessions quickly.

The software integrates with the revolutionary Avocor Intelligent Touch using InGlass technology, which, via object recognition, differentiates between pen, finger and palm, and can also be used on 3rd party touch screen devices. In addition, because Avocor Note by Nureva has been specifically designed from the ground up for Windows 10, it does not suffer from lagging issues unlike other existing or legacy whiteboard applications may.

Avocor Note by Nureva will be available for download through the Windows Store and will also come included as standard with all Avocor interactive displays from June 1st 2017. Here are the details.

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Draper Unveils New Video Conferencing Camera Lift

Draper’s redesigned solution for hiding videoconferencing cameras above the ceiling will be on display at InfoComm 2017, June 14 – 16 in Orlando.

The redesigned Video Conferencing Camera Lift – Ceiling can now lower the camera up to 10 feet below the ceiling, and the camera remains centered. The “down” position of the camera also is more easily adjusted over a wide range to accommodate jobsite conditions or future changes in the screen.

The new VCCL design can accommodate larger cameras. It is also being offered at a much lower price, making it a more affordable option for customers and an additional profit center for integrators. Draper also can optionally attach HDMI, CAT6 and other cables to the lift to save time during installation.

When it’s on their website, it will be here.

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ClearOne Debuts PC-Based Kit Aimed at Huddle Spaces and Small Rooms

ClearOne launched the ClearOne COLLABORATE Versa 150, PC-based video and web conferencing applications in huddle spaces and conference rooms.

Versa 150 includes:

• CHAT 150 speakerphone (HDConference audio processing with Distributed Echo Cancellation)
• UNITE 150 PTZ camera (1080p@30fps 12x optical zoom, 73° wide angle)
• Central Versa hub — Features single USB 3.0 connectivity to connect a laptop to a meeting room’s LAN network

COLLABORATE Versa 150 also includes a subscription — free for 25 participants for one year — to the ClearOne Spontania Pro, a cloud-based video and web conferencing and collaboration solution.

The new COLLABORATE Versa 150 is available and shipping for $1,999 and here are all the specs.

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Christie’s New AV-over-IP Line Aims for AMX, Crestron & Everyone Else

Today, Christie announced Christie Terra, a line-up of new products that use the Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE) Alliance standard for AV-over-IP system. Comprising of a line-up of transmitters, receivers and control hardware and software, Christie Terra solutions are designed for small, mediums-sized and ever large systems and capable of sending up to 4K video, audio and control over Ethernet.

Built on standardized SDVoE technology, Christie Terra can send 4K at 60Hz (10-bit color) audio and control uncompressed over a 10G Ethernet system. Christie is officially debuting Terra during InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Fla. June 14 – 16.

As part of a Terra solution, the Christie Terra Transmitter​ processes AV sources and control signals and transports uncompressed, zero-frame latency, content over 10G Ethernet networks. The Christie Terra Receiver accepts the AV and control from the 10G Ethernet network and supplies it to displays or other AV devices. The Christie Terra Controller​ provides complete operational control and management for the streamlined installation, configuration, programming and upgrading of Christie Terra systems.

A Christie rep told rAVe today that Christie WOULD be integrating an AV-over-IP input on all their displays eventually.

Christie Terra features:

  • A spec of zero-frame latency
  • Uncompressed AV processing: 4:4:4 chroma sub-sampling (up to 10-bit color) maintained from source to display
  • Up to 4K@60Hz resolutions (3840×2160 and 4096×2160)
  • Complete AV and control connectivity: Support includes video, audio, RS-232, IR control, Gigabit Ethernet and USB
  • System scalability: Using off-the-shelf 10G Ethernet components
  • Built-in video scaling to convert all signals to 4K
  • EDID and HDCP signal management

Here are the detailed specs.

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