GatesAir Expands CALA Team with Sales and Business Development Leader

September 24, 2019

Arturo Yarahuan will work with the greater CALA team to raise GatesAir’s visibility and market share throughout the region

CINCINNATI, May 15, 2019GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, has appointed Arturo Yarahuan as Sales Director, North for the Caribbean and Latin American (CALA) region. Reporting to Felipe Luna, Managing Director, CALA region, Yarahuan will focus on sales and business development across Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and upper South America. He will also work closely with GatesAir’s regional partner network to increase GatesAir’s market share and brand visibility throughout his territory.

Yarahuan brings nearly 25 years of technology-focused sales experience to his role, having held positions of increasing responsibility in the broadcast, broadband and telecommunications markets, among other industries. He spent 10 years managing large telecom accounts withHarris Corporation (the company from which GatesAir was born) and Alcatel Lucent earlier in his career, and later held similar leadership roles with Honeywell, NEC De Mexico, and Thales Mexico.

Over the course of his career, Yarahuan has developed strong relationships with many of the region’s leading over-the-air broadcasters, including Televisa and TV Azteca – relationships he looks forward to further strengthening as broadcasters continue their digital TV and radio transitions.

“The broadcast workflow has increasingly converged with IT infrastructure, and this creates an excellent opportunity to work with many broadcasters in the region that I already have relationships with on the telecommunications side,” said Yarahuan. “There remains tremendous opportunity in CALA to help broadcasters find the most operationally efficient path to digital TV and radio, while also increasing over-the-air performance and creating new revenue generating opportunities for their content. GatesAir’s market-leading innovations in high-efficiency transmission and Audio over IP networking, as well as support for all digital standards, strongly position the company for success in CALA for years to come.”

Yarahuan adds that GatesAir’s reputation for strong customer service, both within the company and throughout its extensive in-country partner network, further elevates GatesAir’s value proposition as a reliable, full-service supplier.

“GatesAir continues to invest in professional resources worldwide to drive global business growth and prepare for the next generation of digital and IP transition opportunities in each region,” said Rich Redmond, President and Managing Director, International for GatesAir. “We are proud to welcome Arturo to the GatesAir family, where he will work closely with Felipe Luna and our the rest of the CALA team to guide our customers through challenging transitions with problem-solving, next-generation TV and radio solutions.”

About GatesAir  

GatesAir, Inc., a portfolio company of The Gores Group, provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content.  With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership with all products designed and assembled in the USA. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gatesair, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

About The Gores Group

The Gores Group, founded in 1987 by Alec Gores, is a global investment firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm’s operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. Over its 30-year history, The Gores Group has become a leading investor having demonstrated a reliable track record of creating value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Gores Group maintains offices in Boulder, CO, and London. For more information, please visit http://www.gores.com.

Hitachi Kokusai Wins Best of Show Award from TV Technology for SK-HD1800 Studio and Mobile Production Camera at NAB 2019

September 24, 2019

New camera system combines superior quality, extensive feature set and flexible support for evolving industry trends at cost-effective pricin

Woodbury, NY, May 14, 2019 — The new SK-HD1800 HDTV studio and field production camera from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) was honored at the 2019 NAB Show with a Best of Show Award from Future plc publication TV Technology. The feature-packed SK-HD1800 combines the advanced CMOS imaging technology first implemented in Hitachi Kokusai’s popular Z-HD5500 camera – itself a previous Best of Show Award winner – with a motorized, remote filter wheel to deliver impeccable image quality for mobile and event-based productions even in venues with challenging LED lighting and displays.

Future’s TV Technology Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. The winners will be featured in TV Technology, the digital television authority serving the broadcast, cable, production, post production, business and new media markets. TV Technology is read in print and online by thousands of industry professionals in the United States and around the world.

“We are thrilled that TV Technology has selected the SK-HD1800 as a Best of Show Award winner,” said John J. Humphrey, Vice President of Business Development, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. “Our goal with the SK-HD1800 was to incorporate all of the features that customers are looking for in a broadcast-class HDTV camera today, and combine them with future-friendly flexibility at an easily-accessible price point. Recognition with this award is sign that we’ve succeeded in meeting these objectives and delivering what today’s broadcasters and production professionals need.”

The SK-HD1800’s global shutter, progressive-scan, CMOS imagers adapt easily to a wide range of LED lighting conditions, enabling flawless, high-performance video capture in TV studios, churches, sporting arenas, concert venues and other facilities where LED lights or large LED displays are used. The advanced 1080p sensors combine with Hitachi Kokusai’s renowned digital signal processing to deliver pristine visual quality with superior sensitivity, excellent color fidelity and a remarkable 62dB signal-to-noise ratio. The SK-HD1800 supports High Dynamic Range specifications including HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and HPQ, which is compatible with the HDR10 open standard for consumer TVs.

Pairing the HDR-capable SK-HD1800 with a CCU from Hitachi Kokusai’s CU-HD1300 series forms an exceptionally flexible camera system supporting a wide range of production infrastructures and industry trends, from 4K output over 12G-SDI to IP-based workflows using the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards.

“The Future Best of Show Awards at NAB are in their sixth year,” said Paul McLane, Future managing director, content. “The program focuses attention on superb innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show. The list of 2019 winners and nominees shows where media technology businesses are headed.”

About Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a company that manufactures broadcasting systems, security and surveillance systems, wireless communications and information systems. Fiscal 2017(ended March 31, 2018) sales totaled 171,791 million Yen. For more information on Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc., please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi-kokusai.co.jp/global/en/index.html.

 

Visix to Unveil Powerful New Version of Enterprise-Class AxisTV Signage Suite CMS at InfoComm 2019

September 24, 2019

Digital signage innovator will also launch its new AxisTV Signage Suite cloud solution at the show

ATLANTA, GA – May 14, 2019 – Visix, Inc. will launch the latest release of their AxisTV Signage Suite digital signage software in booth 2321 at InfoComm 2019. The company will demonstrate its new cloud offering, along with version 1.21 of the AxisTV Signage Suite content management system (CMS). The powerful new CMS adds improved UI customization options, sort and filter functionality, organizational tools and security policies.

AxisTV Signage Suite is an enterprise-class digital signage platform and is available as a bundled or software-only solution. The new release includes personal profile settings that allow individual users to customize the UI with their preferences. Clients can choose what is displayed in various areas of the CMS, such as viewing details or thumbnails under different playlists, for a personalized user experience.

Version 1.21 refines CMS administrative tools with expanded hierarchy policies for user accounts and permissions. Administrators can now limit the message types assigned to individuals to streamline workflows and ensure design integrity. They can also create new user accounts through a copy function either manually or using Active Directory workflows. New security policy options include password rules, intrusion rules and auto-logout settings.

The new release also includes heightened sort and filter intelligence for more refined data mapping to external sources, such as calendars, XML or JSON, and easier configuration of data-triggered content using conditional logic.

“This release really reinforces the enterprise nature of our solution,” says Sean Matthews, president and CEO of Visix. “Today’s digital signage managers need intuitive CMS tools to support organizational awareness. At the same time, CMS users want a more personalized experience when interacting with the software. This release addresses both of those needs and fine-tunes the backend so our clients can concentrate on creating compelling content to communicating better.”

AxisTV Signage Suite Cloud
Visix will also launch their AxisTV Signage Suite Cloud offering at InfoComm 2019. The enterprise-class solution for cloud-based digital signage provides clients with all the features of the company’s premise-based solution, with the additional benefits of a smaller initial purchase and less maintenance responsibilities.

The cloud solution gives clients 24/7 access to a hosted content management server running the AxisTV Signage Suite CMS. Subscription fees include all Signage Suite software updates on the content management server and media players, CMS monitoring and backups, server maintenance and access to priority software support. Cloud clients also get free updates for the platform’s desktop design application.

“Cloud is one of the hottest topics in digital signage today”, says Trey Hicks, chief sales officer for Visix. “It makes sense for organizations who don’t have the budget or staff to support a one-time deployment or multiple expansions. It also takes the burden off signage managers and IT staff, because they don’t have to worry about CMS updates and maintenance, which can be an added cost in labor-hours.”

AxisTV Signage Suite Cloud is available for all clients choosing the Workgroup, Enterprise or Campus editions. Software subscription fees depend on licensing, and Visix has financing options available to help offset hardware costs and maintenance.

InfoComm 2019 will be held June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Interested parties can learn more about AxisTV Signage Suite by contacting Visix at sales@visix.com.

About InfoComm

InfoComm is the largest technology exhibition and conference in North America focused on the pro-AV industry. The Trade Show News Network (TSNN) ranked InfoComm the number 30 top U.S. trade show in 2017. The show was also honored in Trade Show Executive’s Global 100. InfoComm is part of a global alliance of trade shows, produced by AVIXA and its partners, including Integrated Systems Europe, Beijing InfoComm China, Chengdu InfoComm China, InfoComm India, InfoComm Southeast Asia, TecnoMultimidia InfoComm Brasil, TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Colombia, TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico, Integrated Systems Russia, and Integrate. Learn more at www.infocommshow.org.

About Visix

Visix, Inc. offers a robust suite of digital signage software, content designs and meeting room signs for any organization wanting to engage, excite, and inform their audiences. Our products work separately or together, are competitively priced and scalable, and have powerful interactivity and data integration features for a unified, enterprise signage solution. Our award-winning service and support teams consistently rank the highest in customer satisfaction for fast, professional responses and solutions. Learn more about Visix digital signage products and services at www.visix.com.

Carousel Digital Signage Elevates Corporate AV Strategy with Mersive Integration

September 24, 2019

Carousel will introduce support for Mersive Solstice at InfoComm to power digital signage content in meeting spaces

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, May 13, 2019 – Carousel Digital Signage has added media player support for Mersive Solstice, allowingusers to simplify the management of digital signage content in meeting spaces and other corporate AV environments. To be introduced at InfoComm 2019, this new integration brings the award-winning Carousel CMS to the Mersive platform, and amplifies the presence of digital signage within collaborative environments.

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Carousel provides Solstice users a reliable toolset to output HTML-based signage content to Solstice-enabled displays in huddle rooms, conference rooms, lecture halls and even larger, divisible meeting spaces. Solstice users can efficiently manage displays and end points by leveraging screen-sharing capabilities to seamlessly switch between Carousel signage and other visual materials. This allows presenters to quickly incorporate company values, business wins, customer testimonials, and mission statements into important presentations.

The solution also enables huddle rooms and other meeting spaces to present compelling visual communications when displays are not inuse. This eliminates the “black rectangle” problem of idle displays, and creates a consistent user experience throughout the enterprise.

Carousel for Mersive Solstice bears similarities to Carousel Digital Signage’s highly successful K-12 application for Apple TV, which integrates their back-end CMS and front-end user app to control educational signage content in classrooms.

“While many collaboration applications offer built-in digital signage software, the features and capabilities are very basic,” said JJ Parker, CEO, Carousel Digital Signage. “Using a full-featured CMS like Carousel helps organizations more effectively and efficiently communicate with their audience. Solstice is an ideal platform to bring digital signage into places where people are best able to absorb the content.”

The back-end CMS is driven through Carousel Cloud, which the company will demonstrate at InfoComm following its official unveiling at the Digital Signage Expo in March. Carousel Cloud is the digital signage pioneer’s new subscription-based SaaS platform for organizationsseeking hosted digital signage service with limitless scalability. At InfoComm, Carousel Digital Signage will demonstrate Carousel Cloud’s expanded media player support across Mersive, BrightSign and Apple iPads – all of which are new for the show.

InfoComm takes place June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Carousel Digital Signage exhibits at Booth 333.

About Carousel Digital Signage

Carousel is Digital Signage Content Management Software that is easy to use, scalable, and reliable. With a deep feature set and strong technology partnerships Carousel gives you the most value in digital signage. Carousel Digital Signage is a division of Tightrope Media Systems. You can reach the Carousel team at (866) 866-4118, or visit www.carouselsignage.com.

Atlona Appoints CET & Associates as Residential AV Manufacturer’s Representative for Rocky Mountains Territory

September 24, 2019

Focus on strong relationships with custom installers, design engineers and others working in the trenches ensures that itsvendors are selected early in the design process

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 9, 2019 – Atlona expands its impressive partner network in the residential AV market with the designation of Denver-based CET & Associates as its manufacturer’s representative for the expansive Rocky Mountains sales territory. Effective immediately, CET & Associates will represent Atlona’s best-in-class products and solutions for residential and light commercial projects, including its OmniStream™ R-Type AV over IP platform, and Opus™ Series of matrix switchers and receivers.

CET & Associates is a large company with divisions that serve the residential, commercial, and industrial construction markets. For Atlona, CET & Associates will provide a dedicated team of sales and marketing resources focused on winning high-end, luxury residential AV projects across Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.

CET & Associates distinguishes itself from competitive firms through a team of sales engineers that bring valuable previous experience as dealers, installers, and other roles requiring hands-on, field-based expertise. Since they’re not commissioned salespeople, they are committed to providing exceptional customer service, expertise and training, rather than simplymoving boxes.

“Our goal at CET & Associates is to engage key influencers—such as custom installers, design engineers, architects, interior designers, and even homeowners—early in the design process to show how certain products meet or exceed the unique specifications and requirements of their projects,” said Doug Cuneo, Principal, CET & Associates. “This ensures that key decisionmakers have plenty of time to continue to explore our broader vendor portfolio, and build truly innovative systems that meet their needs for many years to come.”

CET seeks to build strong, trusted relationships with its customers by offering extensive advice, training, and seminars that position their team as knowledgeable partners dedicated to meeting shared objectives. And, in keeping with their company’s “You Before Us” slogan, CET sales reps recommend products—such as Atlona’s—that are ideally-suited to delivering the features and capabilities specified by a particular installation.

“We’re pleased to represent Atlona because the company makes exceptional-quality AV/IT distribution products and then stands behind them, and that’s important to us,” Cuneo said. “Atlona’s solutions are a great complement to residential and light commercial installations that call for user-selectable audio/video signal routing to multiple displays, automated lighting and shades control, and an environment that’s free of unsightly cords, black boxes, and remotes.”

“We continue to build out our domestic residential AV partner network with highly qualified and respected firms that demonstrate broad skillsets and proven track records. CET & Associates very clearly falls under this umbrella,” said Joshua Trujillo, Regional Sales Manager – West, Atlona. “Their expertise in working closely with those in the trenches will undoubtedly raise awareness of Atlona’s innovate solutions across AV over IP, 4K/HDR switching and distribution, and whole-home AV for residential and light commercial projects.”

About Atlona

Atlona, a Panduit company, is a leading global manufacturer of AV over IP distribution, connectivity, and control solutions. The company designs and engineers innovative, award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets. Backed by an award-winning 10-year warranty, Atlona’s products are developed to enable our customers’ ability to connect and collaborate with simplicity. More information about Atlona is available at atlona.com.

About Panduit

Global connectivity leader Panduit Corp. creates innovative electrical and network infrastructure solutions for applications across the enterprise. Headquartered in Tinley Park, Ill. and operating in 112 worldwide locations, Panduit’s technology leadership and robust ecosystem help support, sustain, and empower business growth in a connected world. panduit.com

 

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