Barix Extends Paging to Mobile Recipients with Launch of Paging Cloud

September 24, 2019

Set to debut at InfoComm, new SaaS solution delivers voice pages directly to staff and visitors’ smartphones to ensure the messages are heard

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, May 2, 2019 — Audio over IP leader Barix is highly regarded for the reliability, flexibility and cost-effectiveness of its IP-based paging and intercom solutions. Building on this rich history, the company today announced Paging Cloud, an innovative software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that brings paging into the smartphone-enabled mobile era. Integrating easily with almost all existing paging and public address systems, Paging Cloud records paging messages and sends them directly to registered smartphones, enabling visitors in environments such as schools, museums and airports to hear announcements or emergency information on their own mobile devices.

Barix will debut Paging Cloud in booth 5457 at the upcoming InfoComm 2019 exhibition in Orlando, Florida, taking place June 12-14.

Paging Cloud customers can page directly to mobile phones through their existing in-venue paging solutions, enabling them to reliably reach people who might not clearly hear the announcements over the facility’s public address (PA) system. Paging Cloud is ideal for delivering emergency alerts and event updates to visitors in public spaces; school students and teachers wherever they are on campus; and even volunteer firefighters at their homes. It also provides an easy solution for delivering less-critical pages such as conference session start time reminders, or informing parents at home of school schedule updates caused by weather.

“Particularly in emergency situations, it is critical to make sure that everyone gets the message, but background noise or gaps in speaker coverage can cause people to miss PA announcements,” said Reto Brader, CEO, Barix. “By extending the paging to mobile phones, all subscribed end-users will receive all pages made by local staff as voice recordings on their smartphone wherever they are, and can listen to them as many times as necessary to understand the information.For example, no matter where a visitor is within a sprawling zoo, you can reach him or her with an alert about an escaped animal and instruct them to proceed to the nearest exit.”

Paging Cloud is a complete solution consisting of a hardware device for receiving and sending pages; a pay-for-use cloud service for receipt confirmation logging, system monitoring, and subscriber and device management; and free end-user mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. Integration with existing paging and public address solutions is as simple as connecting audio from the current system to the analog input of the Paging Cloud hardware, allowing customers to extend their pages to mobile phones without changing their workflows, retraining their staff or replacing their equipment. Paging Cloud works seamlessly with both Barix’s and other vendors’ paging and PA solutions.

Ideal for visitor notification, Paging Cloud makes it easy to reach variable recipient groups. An unlimited number of end-users can download the Paging Cloud app from their device’s application store or via QR code, then self-subscribe to the venue’s paging system using another QR code. Operation without the app is also possible using SMS to distribute paging messages.

“Paging Cloud is simple to use for both administrators and recipients,” said Brader. “Combined with its ease of integration and affordability, any venue can ensure its visitors never miss an announcement again.”

For more information, please visit www.paging.cloud.

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)

Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide.  We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide.  Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions.  Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

TNDV: Television Follows Bluegrass Underground to New Venue for Season Nine

September 24, 2019

TNDV will provide live production services for eighth consecutive season

NASHVILLE, May 1, 2019 — TNDV: Television returns as the exclusive mobile production service provider for Bluegrass Underground’s ninth season, as the nationally syndicated PBS program moves to its new venue at the base of Monteagle Mountain. Located 80 miles outside of Nashville, the new venue, known as The Caverns, provides TNDV with a permanent and efficient infrastructure to optimizeproduction capabilities, labor and costs.

For the past six seasons, TNDV has provided all equipment and technical crew to support video and audio production services from Cumberland Caverns, a challenging location that lacked a permanent infrastructure. Like the previous venue, The Caverns is a naturally occurring underground cave structure located well below sea level. The new venue removes the need to set up and tear down for each performance thanks to a fixed infrastructure built to support video, audio and lighting systems. The Caverns also provides a permanent power infrastructure that eliminates generators and expensive fuel costs.

“We have permanently installed single-mode fiber, which eliminates the labor of running nearly 1,000 feet of cable from the underground facility to our truck parked outside the cave for each performance,” said Nic Dugger, President and Owner, TNDV: Television. “And with permanent high-voltage power onsite, we no longer need to bring main and backup generators that burn gallons of diesel fuel. We simply run our heavy-duty power cable to a disconnect box, power up the truck, and we’re ready to shoot.”

TNDV will continue to bring its Aspiration truck to Bluegrass Underground performances, which this season includes Steve Earle, The Devil Makes Three and Keb’ Mo’ among other globally-recognized musicians. The TNDV team will use up to eight Hitachi SK-HD1200 cameras for native 1080p content acquisition, and has upgraded video production capabilities on the truck with a Grass Valley Kayenne 4 M/E switcher. Aja KiPro recorders preserve and protect all video content, which TNDV sends to external post-production services following color correction.

Audio production infrastructure includes a Soundcraft Vi3000 mixer and ProTools multitrack recording, with Sound Devices Pix270 recorders for redundancy – just one of several protective measures TNDV has built into the infrastructure.

“We opted for two fibers to move audio from the stage from the truck, which provides a main and backup transport stream for 64 channels of uncompressed audio,” said Dugger. “We’re using these the same strategy to move video feeds not only to the truck but to other positions around the stage, including the lighting director’s desk and backstage monitors. The overall environment inside The Caverns is far more production-friendly, and provides with a much greater level of freedom and flexibility.”

Season Nine production is currently underway, with TNDV capturing performances well into May. Bluegrass Underground currently airs on more than 300 TV stations in the national PBS system as well as a large number of radio stations, with a flagship weekly broadcast on legendary Nashville station WSM(AM), home of The Grand Ole Opry (the world’s longest running radio program).

ABOUT TNDV: Television

Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of over 26 years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full-time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million-dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation.  Recent projects include the live 4K broadcast of the Final Four Concert Series, the National Christmas Tree Lighting with President Trump in Washington DC, and for the multi-Emmy winning Bluegrass Underground televised nationally on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

Atlona Appoints N & S Marketing as Manufacturer’s Representative for Residential AV

September 24, 2019
Company brings four decades of experience working with residential AV dealers and custom installers throughout the Pacific Northwest

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 30, 2019 – Atlona continues to strengthen its presence in the residential AV market through expansion of its partner network, with N & S Marketing becoming the latest manufacturer’s representative to sign on. Based in Bellevue, Washington, the 41-year-old firm will represent Atlona and its products throughout the Pacific Northwest, covering Alaska, Oregon, Washington and western Idaho.

N & S differentiates itself from competitive firms by working closely with the design and architectural communities, in addition to its full-service approach with dealers and custom installers of all sizes. The company’s highly experienced team will also work closely with Atlona’s sales and technical personnel across sales, marketing, training and education initiatives.

According to Grover Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, N & S Marketing, the addition of Atlona will strengthen its position as a full-service provider for whole-home AV distribution in the residential space. Reed adds that the strength of Atlona’s AV over IP and circuit-based video switching solutions, notably its recently-introduced Omega Series, will also help N & S Marketing increase its value for light commercial projects.

“Atlona’s reputation as a market leader in video switching and an early innovator in AV over IP stands apart, and their solutions were the perfect fit to strengthen our networking and infrastructure portfolio,” said Reed. “In addition to serving residential systems of any size, we believe the flexibility and technical superiority of their solutions will add value to light commercial projects that require huddle rooms, smaller conference spaces, and whole-building AV distribution for restaurants and other small businesses. This is especially important to our growth, as we see residential dealers shifting as much as 40 percent of their business to light commercial projects.”

Reed believe that Atlona’s OmniStream R-Type AV over IP platform will help his customers address increasing requests from end users to streamline the infrastructure in homes and businesses. “Moving everything to the IP network is proving much less expensive and easier to manage from an infrastructure standpoint,” he said. “Atlona has found a way to move and manage high-quality audio and high-resolution video content throughout a home or building without having to install 65 different boxes.”

The N & S Marketing team will complement their sales and support strategy with training and educational initiatives, some of which will take place in cooperation with Atlona.

“N & S Marketing will be instrumental in growing our presence and strengthening our brand in the important Pacific Northwest region,” said Joshua Trujillo, Regional Sales Manager – West, Atlona. “Their team of experts have quickly gotten up to speed in effectively communicating the value proposition of Atlona, and benefits of our technology, for residential and light commercial projects that cross AV over IP, 4K/HDR switching and distribution, and whole-home AV.”

About N & S Marketing

Since its inception in 1978, N & S Marketing has been dedicated to providing our customers outstanding product for Residential Audio Video retailers and custom installers and Mobile Audio Video specialists. Our award-winning team is unwavering in our commitment to offering comprehensive technical and installation training, and unsurpassed dealer support. N & S Marketing is the Pacific Northwest’s best source for the finest Residential and Mobile Audio and Video components, accessories, and more.

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

 

Visix Debuts Touch Room Signs with Most Customizable UI on the Market at InfoComm 2019

September 24, 2019

ATLANTA, GA – April 30, 2019 – Visix, Inc. will debut new user interface designs for both Touch and Connect room signs in booth 2321 at InfoComm 2019. The new Touch UI offers more customization options than any competitive product currently available.

Touch room signs are driven by Visix’s AxisTV Signage Suite software, and support calendar display and bidirectional booking with Exchange and Office 365. Using the platform’s intuitive design tools and CMS scheduler, clients can customize both playback layouts and the on-screen booking interface on the 10-inch touchscreens.

“This is the most evolved room sign on the market today,” says Sean Matthews, president and CEO of Visix. “A lot of people aren’t satisfied with restrictive layouts or pre-formatted templates to show their calendar data. Our clients are creative, so we’ve given them rich, deep features to control what’s displayed on their room signs, how it looks, and how much interactivity they want to offer. No one else offering room signs is offering this level of customization.”

Clients can tailor logos, fonts, colors, backgrounds, interactive buttons, spacing and placement of screen elements, as well as selecting and formatting schedule data. The signs can also be wrapped with custom faceplates to match organizational branding or environmental décor.

Visix will also premiere version 3.0 of their Connect meeting room sign at InfoComm 2019. The interactive display has a new Android UI that has been updated and streamlined for a cleaner, more professional user experience.

“Connect is a great room management solution that doesn’t require our CMS”, says Trey Hicks, chief sales officer for Visix. “That allows for much more flexibility in deploying room signs in all types of organizations, whether or not they’ve invested in digital signage. This new UI will make using our room signs faster, easier and more reliable and secure, for a vastly-improved user experience.”

Connect room signs are a stand-alone room management solution that supports calendar display and bidirectional booking from Microsoft Exchange and Exchange 365, EMS Platform Services, Google Calendars and Delphi by Amadeus Hospitality. The UI allows clients to book, start, extend, end or cancel meetings at the room sign, and has a host of professional space management features like drop-down calendars, room availability search, technology icons and resource reporting, administrative PIN controls and more. The display unit has availability lights on each side, can be poweredvia POE network switch, injector, or DC power supply, and includes VESA wall-mounting accessories.

InfoComm 2019 will be held June 8-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Interested parties can learn more about Visixroom signs by contacting Visix at sales@visix.com.

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.

Cablecast Community Media Amplifies Versatility and Cost Savings with Launch of Next-Generation Video Servers

September 24, 2019

Cablecast VIO series expands native format support and packs more functionality into a single server, increasing flexibility and efficiency while significantly lowering costs

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, APRIL 29, 2019 – Tightrope Media Systems today announced the new Cablecast VIO family, the latest generation of multi-format video servers for the highly-acclaimed Cablecast Community Media platform. First previewed at the 2019 NAB Show earlier this month, the new servers expand on the versatility, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of preceding models by consolidating more of the platform’s rich functionality into a single hardware unit and offering broader live and file-based native format support.

Cablecast VIO provides a powerful and reliable foundation for station automation, playout, branding and multi-platform content distribution. Users can take complete control of content scheduling, publishing and playout from anywhere, on any device, through an intuitive, web-based interface. The Cablecast VIO series amplifies the Cablecast platform’s efficient workflow integration by enabling more of its software options to run together on just one server, significantly lowering hardware costs while minimizing space, power, cooling and maintenance requirements.

Most notably, broadcasters can now operate their community bulletin boards on the same server that powers their scheduling, automation and playout. Each Cablecast VIO server can run multiple instances of Cablecast CG, the broadcast-optimized bulletin board software based on the Carousel digital signage engine.

“While Cablecast has long offered seamless workflow integration between its automation and bulletin board capabilities, customers previously deployed our bulletin board software on separate hardware,” said Steve Israelsky, President, Cablecast Community Media. “With Cablecast VIO, stations can add Cablecast CG software for each channel’s bulletin board directly within their playout and automation server, reducing both equipment and operating costs. Bringing the bulletin board software onto the same system as channel playout and on-air graphics such as live branding and crawls will also enable new software capabilities and efficiencies in the future.”

The Cablecast VIO series further minimizes hardware requirements by delivering increased channel density. The flagship Cablecast VIO 4 Plus model provides six SDI interfaces that can be configured as four outputs with two recording channels, or as three inputs and three outputs. “This is perfect for PEG broadcasters with public, education and government access offerings, as they can run all three channelsand their bulletin boards on one server, significantly reducing the overall system price,” added Israelsky.

Cablecast VIO’s extensive baseband I/O is complemented by support for live, IP-based inputs. Building on the RTP stream input featurefirst introduced on Cablecast Flex servers, Cablecast VIO can ingest live, H.264-encoded RTP, RTMP or HLS streams without needing an external decoder or consuming an SDI interface. Users can bring in live feeds of events such as council meetings and sports from remote sites over an IP network, or pull in sources such as YouTube or Facebook Live streams for integration into their channels.

Cablecast VIO video servers also expand on the Cablecast family’s renowned multi-format playout capabilities, which enable media files encoded in a wide variety of formats to be directly played out without transcoding. New codec compatibility including VP8 and Theoracombines with support for non-broadcast-standard frame rates to enable easy use of Internet-originated content. Cablecast VIO also adds space-efficient H.264 encoding for channel recording, reducing storage consumption to maximize available recording time while maintaining stellar visual quality.

Additional Cablecast VIO models offer optimized configurations for customers with lower channel requirements than the Cablecast VIO 4 Plus. Cablecast VIO Lite includes 8TB of storage and two SDI interfaces, which can be configured as two outputs or one input and one output. The Cablecast VIO 2 features the same I/O capabilities as Cablecast VIO Lite but includes from 10TB to 40TB of storage, while the Cablecast VIO 4 provides four SDI channels that can be flexibly configured as either inputs or outputs. All of the above models include the latest version of the Cablecast Broadcast Automation software, with Cablecast CG available as an option. For users without automation and playout requirements, the specialized Cablecast VIO CG model sports the same hardware as Cablecast Lite for dedicated bulletin board applications.

About Cablecast

For over 20 years, the Cablecast Community Media platform from Tightrope Media Systems has enabled community media organizations and content producers to easily and efficiently engage viewers across expanding consumer platforms including cable channels, websites, mobile devices and OTT delivery. The comprehensive Cablecast product line provides flexible, tightly-integrated solutions ranging from broadcast automation, playout servers, bulletin boards and on-air graphics to Internet VOD, live streaming and OTT distribution. For more information, visit www.cablecast.tv or call (866) 866-4118.

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