Xilica® Enlivens Hong Kong University Medical School with Networked Audio Architecture

January 6, 2022

Xilica® Solaro QR1 DSP and XTouch control system simplify audio distribution and paging over IP at LKS Faculty of Medicine

Toronto, November 3, 2020 — Xilica®, a global leader in digital signal processing technology for AV and installed sound, is fueling audio distribution and live paging over IP at Hong Kong University’s LKS Faculty of Medicine. The new system is part of a larger renovation in the department’s William MW Mong Block, with Xilica’s Solaro QR1 DSP and XTouch control solutions used to process, manage and deliver all content over a Dante network.

Xilica channel partner Sound Classy supplied all audio and control equipment, with systems integrator Vega Technology handling all installation and commissioning. The Dante-enabled Xilica Solaro QR1 interoperates other networked devices to efficiently route audio feeds around the building. A priority function allows staff to interject with live announcements, using a paging station to provide safety and building information, event updates and security messages.

The Solaro QR1 DSP was selected mainly for its reliability and scalability on Dante networks, and an open-architecture design that simplifies interoperability with all third-party systems in the ecosystem. That includes the ability to manage analog signals on the output using Xilica’s Solaro XC-SLO modules, which will be used for audio recording purposes in an adjacent control room.  All Xilica devices, including an XTouch 80 control touchscreen, are powered over Ethernet to minimize cabling costs and infrastructure.

Justin Fong, Account Manager at Sound Classy, emphasizes that Xilica’s XTouch control solutions bring more tangible value to end users. The IP-based architecture synchronizes control across the XTouch 80 panel, installed in the adjacent control room; and an XTouch app that lives on an iPad in the lobby. The two operate and respond in tandem to ensure a seamless audio experience.

“The open architecture of Xilica allows users to easily route Dante audio signals to the speaker system, and otherwise control volume, mute audio, and generally manage the system settings,” said Fong. “Their software is intuitive and responsive, which makes for a very simple and convenient operation for end users of any skill level. The Solaro QR1 DSP keep everything perfectly timed and sounding intelligible throughout the day.”

About Xilica

Xilica® is an award-winning manufacturer of innovative, next-generation digital signal processing solutions for AV control and command applications including conference, corporate, hospitality and leisure, retail and transportation. From its headquarters in Toronto, Canada, Xilica sells and supports products worldwide in over 75 countries, gaining rapid acknowledgement for its all-modular, ultra-small-format and high-performance product ranges that solve critical business challenges.


CP Communications Launches Red House Streaming Studios and Expands NOC

January 6, 2022

A strategic element of the company’s Red House Streaming brand growth, the new 1200-square-foot space will support at-home productions, product demos and more

St. Petersburg, Florida, November 2, 2020CP Communications, a leader in innovative solutions and services for live event productions, today launches Red House Streaming (RHS) Studios, a professional studio and network operations center (NOC) that represents the cornerstone of the company’s growing in-house production business. The two adjacent 600-square-foot spaces will emphasize technology from Red House Streaming, a CP Communications brand that focuses exclusively on IP, cloud, and bonded cellular solutions.

Located at CP Communications’ headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida, RHS Studios will serve multiple functions. The studio itself will be the central production hub for clients in the broadcast and professional AV space, while the NOC, staffed with RHS technicians, provides the ability to remotely manage all production and content delivery tasks. Current TV and video production clients RHS streaming technologies and the NOC include The Switch and Venn, Verona Productions, CBS Sports Network, B-Live and Carr-Hughes Productions, among others.

“The Red House Streaming Studios concept is to establish an ecosystem that makes it convenient and quick for clients to launch new productions and immediately begin live streaming,” said Kurt Heitmann, CEO, CP Communications. “We have established partnerships and can support at-home productions with professional quality on short notice. We will continue to expand these partnerships to new cities and locations, creating an ecosystem of Red House Streaming solutions in North America and internationally.”

Clients can also book RHS Studios to self-produce projects, and use 5,000 square feet of additional open space for larger shoots. CP Communications and RHS will also leverage the studio for two-way customer demos. This capability offers a visually compelling and direct way to demonstrate product innovations, including the RHS family of CamSTREAM content acquisition and streaming solutions.

“This is a full-service, turnkey streaming and recording studio,” said Heitmann. “In addition to Red House Streaming and other third-party products, our core broadcast solutions from CP Communications, including wireless cameras and microphones, are available for anyproduction. We can support clients with bigger production needs, including creation of a virtual set with a green screen. Red HouseStreaming Studios will support everything from corporate training and education videos, to news and talking head segments, to full broadcast-quality TV productions.”

Heitmann adds that RHS will continue to evolve and expand in other production and business areas. “There is much more on our roadmap,” he said. “Right now, we are focused on helping production companies and content producers do their creative work and deliver their messages without having to travel, without production headaches, and at a cost-effective price point.”

About CP Communications

For more than three decades, CP Communications has provided high-quality, cost-effective live event production solutions to major broadcasters, sports leagues and teams, and event and production companies. Our solutions include access to experienced professionals, state of the art equipment, and innovative technologies and techniques for wireless audio & video content acquisition, transport and delivery. Our culture of innovation, coupled with the highest quality assurance standards and passion for customer service, promote collaboration with our clients to determine the best custom solution for each live event.

InReality Provides Holistic Guidance on Safe Space Strategy

June 24, 2021

New InReality White Paper Provides Holistic Guidance on Safe Space Strategy

“The 6 Ps of Safe Space Strategy” is the latest resource in InReality’s Learning Center to help resellers and their clients navigate the Safe Space landscape.

Atlanta, GA, October 29, 2020 – InReality, LLC, a leading venue analytics software solution company, has launched a white paper to support strategic planning when creating a Safe Space ecosystem of prevention. “The 6 Ps of Safe Space Strategy” takes a holistic view and includes guidance on factors relating to people, process, place, pixels, proof and profit.

Adding To a Robust Safe Space Resource

The white paper is the latest resource in InReality’s recently launched Learning Center. The online article repository fills a knowledge gap and shares learnings that help businesses make informed decisions in a rapidly changing environment. Based on first-hand observations and industry conversations, the Learning Center was created to help educate resellers and limit their risks so that they may do the same for their clients.

“We created this white paper to help businesses create an ecosystem of prevention,” says Laura Davis-Taylor, InReality’s Chief Strategy Officer. “This starts with thinking about how to protect people and businesses, both physically and fiscally. There is a lot of gray area between what a business should do and what they are mandated to do. It’s crucial to take a wide-angle view in order to identify and shore up any areas of potential risk.”

What Are the 6 Ps of Safe Space Strategy?

Taking a holistic view of Safe Space strategy means considering the following factors:

●       People — Customers and employees alike must feel safe within a business.

●       Process — Businesses must account for government mandates along with internal HR and legal policies.

●       Place / Physical — Consider customer experience, comfort level and communication when implementing physical Safe Space procedures.

●       Pixels — New and emerging technology tools can help automate Safe Space processes and manage data.

●       Proof — Public perception and proof of corporate compliance are equally important.

●       Profit — Automating Safe Space processes, tracking the cost of lost business and avoiding lawsuits tie directly into a business’s bottom line.

A Joint Industry Effort

“This white paper and the Learning Center itself is a labor of love,” says Davis-Taylor. “The industry is a very tight knit community and the only way we will solve these new issues is by sharing knowledge. It’s our job to enable the industry by sharing what we’re seeing and learning, and hopefully give others a springboard for their strategic planning.”

InReality has been in the trenches of this new territory with key ecosystem partners, many of whom share their thoughts within the white paper. Industry partners in this pursuit for insight include Legrand | AV, BrightSign and Elo. The industry is encouraged to link to the Learning Center and sign up for updates. Reach out to Laura Davis-Taylor at ldt@inreality.com to suggest topics for consideration as Learning Center content is updated regularly.

Access the white paper at https://info.inreality.com/the-6ps-whitepaper, and visit InReality’s Learning Center at https://info.inreality.com/the-6ps-whitepaper.

About InReality

InReality is a venue analytics platform that transforms any tracking, measurement and influencing technology into the metrics that matter most. They do it by harnessing data from IoT sensors and other measurement and influencing technologies into one simple platform that produces only the most critical KPIs, then enabling predictive or personalized responses. With it, venues can both prove and improve their ‘phygital’ touch points across multiple locations at scale, but without the complexity or limitations of multiple sensors and disparate dashboards. Owners and retailers make their spaces safer and more meaningful for their patrons, and brand advertisers finally get the analytic ammunition they need to optimize their strategies and defend their marketing spend. To learn more or discuss how InReality’s platform can optimize your Safe Space Solutions, go to www.inreality.com or email us at sales@inreality.com.

Atlona Launches New AV Training Certifications for Educational Technologists and Designers

June 24, 2021

New learning pathways combine AV and networking fundamentals with uniquely developed content specific to use cases ineducational environments

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 28, 2020 – As the convergence of AV and IT technologies continues to sweep across higher education and K-12 facilities worldwide, Atlona – a Panduit company – is introducing two new training pathways to strengthen AV understanding for instructional technologists and systems designers within educational institutions. The AV Education Technician certification sets learners up for success when installing modern AV solutions in educational environments, while the AV Education Designer certification delivers similar benefits for those tasked with planning and designing AV systems for educational applications.

“Today’s educational institutions frequently handle their own AV planning, design, and deployment, and require training resources that align with their distinct needs,” said Roger Takacs, Strategic Account Manager at Atlona, who is spearheading the company’s initiatives in the education vertical market. “Our new training certifications for educational technologists and designers combine the relevant core components of our existing, proven courseware with new content specifically developed around the needs of universities, colleges, and K-12 schools.”

The new offerings come as AV over IP solutions blur the lines between AV and IT responsibilities, requiring previouslydistinct staff to expand their skills and knowledge base. “With technology expanding to include both circuit-based solutions and AV over IP systems, there’s much more to know and learn about,” said Ken Eagle, Senior Director of Global Training, Atlona. “IT staff are trying learn more about AV, and vice versa. Our new learning paths provide the foundational understanding they need, then delve deeper into specific solutions and architectures for many educational use cases.”

The AV Education Technician certification combines Atlona’s 100-level Foundational AV, 200-level Circuit-Based Solutions, and 400-level Networking for AV courses. The AV Education Technician certification includes the same material, plus six additional Designing for Education sessions on topics including Classroom as a Studio, Velocity Control Solutions, Touchless Meeting Spaces, Collaboration Solutions, Flipped Classrooms, and Divisible Teaching Spaces. Participants in either program also earn AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) Renewal Unit (RU) credits upon successful completion of the courses.

The new education-focused certifications are available immediately through the Atlona Training Portal(https://atlona.com/training/), which continues to see surging demand for its high-quality AV technology training. “Professionals working from home are taking advantage of their extra time to engage in training programs to further educate themselves and upgrade their skills,” said Eagle. “Daily activity in the portal has more than tripled in recent months. Offering optimal training resources is part of our commitment to supporting our customers through long-term relationships, and we will continue to add new pathways as our product portfolio grows.”

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

MultiDyne Appoints Elevate Broadcast as Master Distributor for Southeast Asia

June 24, 2021

Hauppauge, NY, October 21, 2020MultiDyne Video & Fiber Optic Systems continues to expand its global footprint with the appointment of Elevate Broadcast as its master distributor for Southeast Asia, effective immediately. Elevate Broadcast will leverage its extensive business relationships to grow MultiDyne’s dealer network across 13 countries, strengthening MultiDyne’s market share, visibility and brand awareness.

Based in Singapore, Elevate Broadcast brings a consultative approach and strong engineering background that differs from competitive distribution firms. According to Elevate Broadcast CEO Dennis Breckenridge, the company’s service and support-oriented philosophy has led to long-lasting partnerships with dealers. That philosophy has established a track record of empowering dealers with knowledge that converts end user prospects into buying customers.

“We believe in the power of a robust dealer network, and working closely with companies that support the end customer day in and day out,” said Breckenridge. “This approach is critical in Southeast Asia and the greater Asia-Pacific region, where relying strictly on direct sales is a challenge given the geographical spread and unique business cultures. Our collective broadcast and production experience, long-term relationships, and understanding of regional industry trends will introduce MultiDyne to a much broader customer base throughout Southeast Asia.”

Breckenridge is impressed with MultiDyne’s recent growth, fueled by new product innovations and a strategic acquisition that take the company deeper into the broadcast infrastructure. He also sees an opportunity to bring MultiDyne into more Telco and ProAV projects, noting OTT services and houses of worship as particularly compelling.

“MultiDyne has and continues to be an innovator in fiber transport, and is especially strong with technically challenging applications such as cameraback fiber transport and multiplexing,” said Breckenridge. “They have more recently made aggressive moves into audio and signal monitoring, compression and IP streaming, all of which open MultiDyne to new and exciting business opportunities.”

In addition to Singapore, Elevate Broadcast will serve as MultiDyne’s master distributor in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. Elevate Broadcast’s central location ensures quick service and support for dealers in all 13 countries, as well as the ability to ship products on short notice.

Breckenridge adds that the company’s Elevate Learn subdivision, which offers online training and education initiatives, will accelerate the learning curve for dealers as they grow familiar with MultiDyne’s product line and value proposition.

“The Elevate Broadcast team as led by Dennis Breckenridge has an unparalleled reputation in the Southeast Asia dealer community, representing many of the broadcast and AV industry’s most recognized brands,” said Frank Jachetta, CEO, MultiDyne. “We are thrilled to partner with Elevate Broadcast as we work to bring our message of value and innovation to more customers throughout this important business region.”

About MultiDyne

With over 40 years of experience serving the Broadcasters and video production communities worldwide, MultiDyne Fiber Optic Systems leads the industry in developing pioneering signal conversion and fiber-optic-based transport systems for the broadcast, cable, satellite, production, digital cinema, pro A/V, corporate, retail, surveillance, teleconferencing, judicial arraignment, transportation, government, military, and healthcare markets.

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