Visix Showcases New Four-Output Digital Signage Media Player at InfoComm 2019

November 21, 2019

ATLANTA, GA – June 4, 2019 – Visix, Inc. will showcase its new digital signage media player in booth 2321 at InfoComm 2019 in Orlando. The small form factor device provides a flexible playback solution with two-, three- or four-output playback.

“This is a fantastic addition to our player lineup”, says Joe Murray, systems engineer for Visix. “This is the smallest, most powerful and most flexible multi-output player that we’ve ever offered. It addresses a wide range of client needs with crucial features like EDID emulation and bezel correction. This is a great option for anyone who wants built-in flexibility for reconfiguration or expansion in their digital signage system.”

The new player combines the convenience of an SFF device with the power and features of a video wall player, allowing display of up to four video streams. The device has 8GB of memory, 120 GB of SSD storage, and is just 8.17 inches wide x 6.01 inches deep by 1.87 inches high, with the power supply integrated into the chassis. Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB 64-bit OS, Vega-based graphics, and optimized performance setttings provide enterprise-class performance without the usual enterprise price tag.

InfoComm 2019 will be held June 8-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Interested parties can learn more about Visix media players by contacting 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.

Qligent Designates MDL Communications its Manufacturer’s Rep and Reseller for Canada

November 21, 2019

Exclusive partnership agreement gives Qligent greater visibility across Canada due to MDL’s extensive sales and marketing relationships  

MELBOURNE, Florida, June 4, 2019Qligent announces a new strategic partnership in Canada with MDL Communications, Inc., a Technical Consultancy and Value-Added Reseller with offices in Toronto and Montreal. The agreement designates MDL as the exclusive Manufacturer’s Representative for Qligent’s award-winning network monitoring and analysis solutions in Canada, substantially boosting the company’s sales presence and brand visibility throughout the country.

In addition to recommending and reselling best-in-class products, MDL also provides varied technical services, including systems design, strategic marketing, project management, engineering and systems integration. MDL differentiates itself from competitors by serving the unique needs of Canada’s broadband, IPTV, and OTT service providers, and enjoys strong relationships with leading Canadian service providers and Broadcasters, such as Bell Canada, Cogeco Cable, Rogers Communications, Shaw, Telus, and all Tier 2 & 3 Operators as well.

As part of the MDL family, Qligent joins an impressive portfolio of suppliers that include Harmonic, anyVIDe, Fortress Solutions, Dataminer, Edgeware, Optimal Methods, DekTec, Sencore, Deltacast, Pebble Broadcast, Steren, Blonder-Tongue, and Skyline Communications. For MDL, the addition of Qligent gives the company a powerful offering to transition service providers to an IP-based platform that will help them centralize network monitoring, strengthen compliance, and reduce customer churn, among other benefits.

“With the onslaught of advances transforming our industry, our customers look to us for advice on the most cost-effective, next-gensolutions for streamlining their operations, solving their networking challenges, and retaining and growing their revenue and subscriber base,” said Stephen Sacks, President and founder of MDL Communications, Inc., based in Ontario, Canada.

“While many of the companies we represent offer some type of systems or product monitoring, none of them offer the big data analytics, AI, and quality of service monitoring that Qligent provides across the enterprise, and out to the last mile,” Sacks explained. “Qligent goes beyond monitoring to empower users with actionable data that they can use to quickly address, resolve, and even prevent emerging network issues before they compromise the subscribers’ quality of experience. Our pitch is that Qligent’s monitoring solutions ensure uptime, reduce churn, and protect the bottom line, and that’s a powerful value proposition.”

Sacks points to the highly scalable Vision Analytics platform as particularly compelling for his customers. Vision Analytics harnesses the power of data mining, machine learning, and predictive data analytics to help preserve brand value, providing MSO’s, MVPDs, telcos, and other network service providers a comprehensive assessment of network performance.

“We’re thrilled that MDL has agreed to represent our media and network delivery assurance solutions—and our innovative use of big data mining and analytics—across Canada,” said Art Leisey, Business Development Officer for Qligent. “We particularly value this partnership because of the strength of MDL’s sales team and customer relationships, and their deep knowledge and understanding of how best to position and promote our technology to this growing Canadian market.”

ABOUT Qligent

Qligent architects complete monitoring, visualization and delivery analytics solutions for broadcasters, content distributors, ad agencies, regulators and network operators. Based in Melbourne, Florida, Qligent’s software-defined approach provides an open, vendor-agnostic platform to monitor performance, integrity and compliance of multiple signals, streams and systems across enterprises of any size. Its solutions provide the same consistent quality of content and service across multiple delivery platforms simultaneously.

CP Communications Brings Systems Integration Expertise and AV Innovation to InfoComm

November 21, 2019

The live event production leader will showcase IP-based, broadcast-quality content acquisition solutions for the AV market

St. Petersburg, Florida, June 4, 2019CP Communications, a leader in innovative solutions and services for live event productions, comes to its first InfoComm show with a strategic systems integration vision for commercial AV that includes a new family of IP-based, broadcast-quality content acquisition and streaming solutions. CP Communications exhibits at Booth 4877 from June 12-14 in the Orange County Convention Center (Orlando, Florida).

“With more than 30 years of expertise, we offer a straightforward message on how to design, engineer, support and maintain the most cost-efficient AV and production solutions for permanent facilities,” said Kurt Heitmann, CEO, CP Communications. “Our AV integration projects with MLB Network Studios, NFL Films Studios at Times Square, and AT&T/Direct TV Studios represent the best of what we do to help our customers make informed decisions for their permanently installed systems.”

Heitmann notes that CP Communications’ leadership in systems design and infrastructure for large, live broadcast events – including many of the world’s largest professional sports productions – differentiates the company from integrators that focus on corporate and education projects, for example.

“We will come to InfoComm with our STREAM line of solutions, which provide an array of IP-based content acquisition options for everything from houses of worship to the largest stadiums,” said Heitmann. “However, we excel in highly technical integration services that cover advanced frequency coordination and intermodulation strategies. We’ll not only wire and install your systems, but we’ll identify the available spectrum at your venue, and make sure your wireless video and audio equipment will work with WiFi, RF radio communications, and bonded cellular networks. We bring a coordinated approach to the table that crosses all AV verticals.”

CP Communications’ STREAM packages will make their AV industry debut at InfoComm. Part of the company’s new Red House Streaming solutions family, the STREAM line allows AV professionals and meeting planners to produce high-impact conferences or events anywhere in North America — and stream them to audiences around the world. Essentially, the STREAM line is a direct response to the changing content creation and distribution requirements in AV and broadcast as IP technology and cellular services grow more reliable and widely available.

The complete range of STREAM solutions, all of which leverage Mobile Viewpoint solutions for multichannel signal encoding, include:

  • CamSTREAM: A single- or dual-camera acquisition system with streaming support over Ethernet, WiFi and bonded cellular service. CamSTREAM is an ideal plug-and-play, broadcast-quality solution for unattended operations including corporate events, distance learning, and worship services, and modest TV studio productions such as those seen in K-12 schools and universities.
  • MultiCam STREAM: A scalable multi-camera acquisition camera system for live-streamed and at-home productions, MultiCam STREAM elevates productions with support for four cameras, 32 audio channels and data (including return tally and four-wire intercom) in the base configuration.
  • Production STREAM: A multi-camera flypack acquisition system for on-site and remote productions with larger I/O signal requirements, with integrated video switching and Dante-enabled audio mixing to support venues and large events.

Heitman adds that the STREAM packages follow CP Communications’ philosophy for cost- and labor-efficient systems integration. All packages eliminate the need for customers to assemble systems across multiple vendors and service providers, are simple to deploy and control, and can be set up in a matter of minutes.

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.

Hitachi Kokusai to Showcase Award-Winning Professional Camera Innovations at InfoComm 2019

November 21, 2019

Feature-rich and future-friendly SK-HD1800 studio and field production camera will make A/V market debut alongside upgraded DK-H200 compact box camera

Woodbury, NY, June 3, 2019Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) is bringing its newest professional camera solutions to next week’s InfoComm 2019 conference and exhibition in Orlando, Florida. Demonstrations in booth 4875 will include the A/V industry trade show debut of the award-winning new SK-HD1800 HDTV studio and field production camera, and the latest enhancements to the DK-H200 multi-format, compact box camera for remote and point-of-view (POV) applications.

The SK-HD1800 combines Hitachi Kokusai’s advanced CMOS imaging technology with a motorized, remote filter wheel to deliver spectacular image quality for mobile and event-based productions even in environments with challenging LED lighting and displays. The camera’s global shutter, progressive-scan sensors enable flawless, flicker-free, high-performance video capture in churches, sporting arenas, concert venues, TV studios 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, outstanding color reproduction and a remarkable 62dB signal-to-noise ratio.

Pairing the SK-HD1800 with a camera control unit (CCU) from Hitachi Kokusai’s CU-HD1300 series forms an exceptionally flexible camera system supporting a wide range of video infrastructures and industry trends, from 4K output over 12G-SDI to IP-based workflows using the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards. Addressing the growing demand for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, the SK-HD1800 supports HDR specifications including HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and HPQ, the latter of which is compatible with the HDR10 open standard for consumer TVs. The SK-HD1800 camera system also offers simultaneous HDR and standard dynamic range (SDR) output in conjunction with the CU-HD1300.

HDR support is also the newest feature in Hitachi Kokusai’s recently-upgraded DK-H200 1080p compact box camera for remote observation and POV acquisition. The DK-H200’s 2.6 million pixel, 2/3-inch MOS sensors deliver sharp, clear images and combine with advanced digital signal processing to provide superior picture quality with low noise, faithful color fidelity and exceptional sensitivity. Like the SK-HD1800, with the latest firmware release, the DK-H200 now supports both HLG and HPQ specifications for HDR. Ideal for robotic camera applications, the DK-H200 will be demonstrated in conjunction with a pan/tilt head from KXWELL International.

“Our new SK-HD1800 camera and updated DK-H200 were both very well-received by broadcasters and content producers when we unveiled them at the NAB Show in April, and we look forward to showcasing their benefits for professional A/V applications to InfoComm attendees,” said Sean Moran, Chief Operating Officer, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. “InfoComm continues to be the premier event for systems integrators and A/V end-users to discover the latest innovations and practical solutions in this rapidly-evolving industry. The SK-HD1800 and DK-H200 are designed to address the hottest topics on their minds, from AV over IP to HDR.”

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.

GatesAir Acquires ONEtastic

October 16, 2019

Investment strengthens transmission portfolio in key market segments, increases innovation capabilities and expands GatesAir’s commitment in growing global markets

CINCINNATI, May 31, 2019 — GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, and a portfolio company of The Gores Group, today announced that it has acquired Onetastic S.r.l (ONEtastic), a leading provider of television and digital radio transmission systems.

Headquartered in Brescia, Italy, ONEtastic provides ingenious and easy to use television, digital radio, and RF systems to clients in the broadcast, telecom, scientific and government verticals. Founded in 2010, ONEtastic has built a reputation as an innovator of reliable, compact, energy efficient transmitters ideally suited for broadcasters, network operators and government applications. ONEtastic’s strength in high-efficiency, low-power TV and DAB radio transmitters complements GatesAir’s broad range of transmission solutions, and will help GatesAir better address the needs of large-scale over-the-air networks worldwide.

The acquisition also strengthens GatesAir’s growing presence and visibility in Europe. GatesAir has aggressively expanded its global sales and business development teams worldwide since late 2018, including several new leadership positions created to serve the European market.

“The acquisition of ONEtastic underscores our commitment to the broadcast market and accelerates the investments we are making in our transmission portfolio,” said Bruce D. Swail, CEO of GatesAir. “The unique, innovative and award-winning products and technologies from ONEtastic add new capabilities to our portfolio and complement our transmission and transport platforms. The addition of an experienced and highly talented research, development and services team from ONEtastic further expands our world-class engineering and support expertise to create new innovations for the broadcast segment and beyond. Their central European Union location strengthens ourInternational footprint and commitment to global growth.”

GatesAir will retain the entire ONEtastic staff and its Brescia facility, which will continue operations as GatesAir S.r.l. Longtime ONEtastic CEO Luca Saleri will remain in a leadership role as General Manager of GatesAir S.r.l.

ONEtastic founder Carlo Bombelli will also be a key contributor to the GatesAir team moving forward. A globally recognized technical leader, Bombelli launched ONEtastic following his years as founder of Screen Service Broadcasting Technologies, a former supplier ofmulti-standard digital broadcasting solutions in Italy. Bombelli has authored several patents through his innovations at ONEtastic, and is the primary force behind the company’s ingenious transmitter designs.

“We have worked closely with GatesAir and their talented sales and engineering teams over the years,” said Bombelli. “Our combined strengths will allow the broader company to provide our customers with the industry’s most reliable, state-of-the-art transmission solutions that is backed by a global service network. We’re very excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.”

“GatesAir is strategically positioned to transform the media and entertainment industry through innovations in wireless content delivery and IP networking,” said Saleri. “We are thrilled to join the GatesAir team in empowering customers to wirelessly deliver content and maximize their spectrum with low total cost of ownership. GatesAir values our established global customer relationships, innovative growth platforms, broad product portfolio, and experienced team. They are committed to supporting our growth and innovation, and we look forward to our future together.”

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 and Europe. 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 partnering with differentiated businesses that can benefit from its extensive industry knowledge, decades long experience and flexible capital base. Over its 30 year history, the firm has developed a deep understanding of and appreciation for building businesses and creating value alongside management. For more information, please visit www.gores.com.

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