Barix Multiplies Ultra Low Latency, Audio-to-Mobile Reach with New AudioPoint Pro Server at InfoComm 2019

October 16, 2019

Expanded platform enables in-venue, unicast, low-latency audio streaming over local Wi-Fi to more than 2000 concurrent listeners on their own BYOD devices

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, May 30, 2019 — Streaming to on-site mobile listeners with the lowest possible latency, Barix’s AudioPoint 3.0 audio-to-mobile platform has been deployed in venues around the globe to enhance digital signage and live presentation applications with high-quality, IP-delivered audio. At InfoComm 2019, the company will amplify these benefits with the launch of the companion AudioPoint Pro server, which extends the reach of AudioPoint 3.0 by enabling simultaneous delivery to more than 2000 listeners on their own personal devices. Barix will demonstrate the new capabilities in booth 5457 at the event.

Combining robust encoding hardware with free iOS and Android apps, AudioPoint 3.0 streams audio to smartphones over local Wi-Fi in near-perfect lip synchronization with associated displays and live presentations. The AudioPoint system establishes a unicast connection to each listener to ensure reliable, quality audio experiences over Wi-Finetworks. Meanwhile, its ultra-low latency makes it ideal for live translation and presentation support in corporate, worship and educational settings; as a personal audio delivery system for volume-sensitive environments including libraries and museums; or to enable subscribers to hear audio clearly in noisy locations such as sporting arenas and bars.

While the AudioPoint 3.0 encoder hardware directly supports up to 250 simultaneous listeners depending on software options, the AudioPoint Pro server takes the output from the AudioPoint 3.0 encoder and can distribute it to over 2000 concurrent subscribers. While standard Wi-Fi access points max out at 255 users, professionally-designed mesh Wi-Fi networks with QOS (Quality of Service) management and sufficient capacity can support thousands of subscribers. The Linux-based AudioPoint Pro server connects over Gigabit Ethernet to the mesh Wi-Fi network infrastructure, which in turn delivers the streams to on-site listeners.

“The new AudioPoint Pro server enables AudioPoint 3.0 to do what we believe no other solution can do: deliver high-quality audio to more than 2000 subscribers via unicast for the best Wi-Fi based experience,” said Reto Brader, CEO, Barix. “This extended reach brings the benefits of AudioPoint 3.0 to large events such as sporting matches and festivalswhile maintaining the exceptionally low latency and ease of use that the solution is known for. We are offering evaluation units to potential customers and network infrastructure partners so they can experience it in their own environments, and we invite them to meet with us at InfoComm to learn more about AudioPoint Pro’s benefits.”

The AudioPoint Pro server extends AudioPoint 3.0’s subscriber management capacity while retaining its simplicity for both operators and listeners. Visitors simply connect their mobile devices to the Wi-Fi network used by the AudioPoint system, and the Barix Audio Signage app – available in app stores or via a QR Code displayed on-site – immediately enables the live stream. Listeners can select between available audio channels in the app, letting them choose between multiple languages or alternative audio feeds if offered by the venue.

AudioPoint Pro will be available as a turnkey server or as software for the customer to install on their own host computing hardware. Evaluation units are available immediately, with general availability slated for Q3.

InfoComm 2019 will take place June 12-14 in Orlando, Florida.

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.

Dielectric Ships Adaptive Polarization Technology Panel Antenna Systems for American Tower Repack Projects

October 16, 2019

Stacked UHF and VHF antenna arrays deliver superior performance and optimize coverage for stations in Dallas and Boston

RAYMOND, Maine, May 29, 2019 — Dielectric, the leading manufacturer of broadcast antennas and RF systems for TV and radio, has shipped two stacked antenna arrays to American Tower for repack projects in the Dallas and Boston broadcast markets. The antennas incorporate Adaptive Polarization Technology (APT), allowing individual broadcasters to select their own polarization ratio independent of the other stations operating in the same array. The addition of the vertical component will be beneficial to improving reception for both ATSC 1.0 and future ATSC 3.0 over-the-air broadcasts.

The stacked antenna arrays are anchored by TUM-APT Series UHF panel antennas for American Tower’s master antenna TV station clients, with customized antennas for other TV stations on top of the stack. The Dallas repack project includes a dual-channel, center-fed, elliptically polarized TFU Series UHF array for KUVN-DT and KSTR-DT on top, whereas the Boston repack installation adds a circularly polarized TDM Series VHF array for WGBY-DT above the TUM-APT.

Dielectric’s antenna system design delivers two substantial benefits in both cases. The stacked arrays offer improvedazimuth pattern performance over the more traditional main and sidemount antenna system, which can disrupt the azimuth pattern and cause signal reception issues due to the tower structure. By stacking the antennas, both systems transmit into free space as true top-mounted arrays, allowing for a stronger, interference-free pattern with no tower scattering effects. The TUM-APT is designed to incorporate the transmission line for the top mount inside the mast. This line is traditionally outside the mast, causing the azimuth pattern to become distorted.

Dielectric’s flexible TUM-APT panel antenna designs also allowed station engineers to optimize the polarization ratiopost-installation. Changes are made in the combiner room, with no antenna modification required to incorporate a change in the polarization ratio. As an example, some stations decided to go into the array with horizontal polarization only based on the current customer base, but want the option to use elliptical or circular or polarizationin the future. That becomes important as the broadcast landscape changes, and viewership with mobile devicesincreases.

Both American Tower master antennas have bandwidth and extremely high power handling capacity to accommodate additional stations and their unique polarization needs in the future.

“Most antennas of this nature require that the polarization ratio is defined and locked in upfront,” said Jay Martin, Dielectric’s Vice President of Sales. “The TUM-APT panel antenna offers our customers an enormous advantage by allowing for polarization ratio changes inside the transmitter room. And while these arrays are optimized for ATSC 3.0 broadcasting in the future, they will provide increased power density to improve indoor reception for today’s ATSC 1.0 broadcasts.”

Dielectric’s engineering expertise also ensured that the TUM-APT structure can support the heavier weights of stacking an additional array on top, thanks to specially designed splines that can support both arrays from a single installation point. Martin adds that both antenna systems were designed for helicopter lifts to expedite the installation process.

The antennas are scheduled to go on the air this summer following the installation of transmission line and RF systems.

About Dielectric

Based in Raymond, Maine, Dielectric LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group. Dielectric is a leading provider of innovative broadcast products. Now celebrating its 77th year of operation, the company builds and delivers antennas and RF systems optimized for every TV and FM radio broadcast need since 1942. Dielectric is an innovative, customer-centric organization with a long history of engineering excellence in designing and manufacturing high-quality broadcast solutions. As a trust partner of broadcasters worldwide, Dielectric maintains its legacy of advanced, precision RF solutions while building in features that prepare broadcasters for the future. More information can be accessed at www.dielectric.com

Visix Premieres Wayfinding with Voice User Interface at InfoComm 2019

October 16, 2019

ATLANTA, GA – May 28, 2019 – Visix, Inc. will premiere their new voice-activated wayfinding in booth 2321 at InfoComm 2019. The new offering expands the company’s award-winning digital signage design services to include voice-user interface (VUI) options.

“This is the next step in audience interaction,” says Jill Perardi, creative services manager for Visix. “People have embraced VUI technologies like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant, and are eager for more. The primary advantage of VUI for our clients is that it gives their audiences a hands-free way to interact with screens. That can lead to more interest and engagement – which is the entire point of digital signage communications.”

VUI will be showcased in the booth in a wayfinding project for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A voice-user interface uses speech recognition to understand spoken commands and questions, and visibly return maps and directories upon request. The design also includes traditional touchscreen wayfinding options and ADA controls.

Visix is using VUI to further improve the user experience by offering multi-modal interactions with screens showing any type of content. User-led interactions can increase engagement and eliminate steps in searching information, making the process more convenient and efficient for users. VUI can also help meet ADA guidelines by providing interaction options for the visually impaired, and addresses the transmission of germs, which resonates with healthcare clients.

Visix has won over 90 awards for digital signage and wayfinding designs and offers a full range of consulting and creative services to help their clients communicate better.

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

 

Atlona Expands All-IP AV Distribution Applications at InfoComm

October 16, 2019
New products and demo zones, including a Zero UI (User Interface) Meeting Space, portrait-mode video wall support, and an all-new OmniStream wallplate encoder, provide live use cases for customers

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 28, 2019 – At the forthcoming InfoComm 2019 show, Atlona, a Panduit company, will unleash a series of new innovations that emphasize the benefits and value of IP networking and control in commercial AV. Anchored by key demonstrations featuring Atlona’s latest OmniStream (AV over IP) and Velocity (IP based AV control) solutions, Atlona will show how All-IP AV Distribution strategies empower complete and flexible configurations within meeting spaces, classrooms and other AV environments.

Video Wall Over IP

InfoComm marks the North American debut of OmniStream’s integrated processing functionality to enhance video wall performance. The embedded scaling, video processing and advanced video synchronization mechanisms in OmniStream decoders ensure precise synchronization of content between each decoder and corresponding display tile. The result is a single, cohesive image magnified across all displays.

New for InfoComm, OmniStream’s integrated video processing now supports 90⁰/270⁰ degrees image rotation which enables vertically-stacked video walls and portrait-mode which is common in digital signage applications. The enhancedfunctionality provides users with an easier and affordable solution to feed and manage content in retail, hospitality and campus environments where portrait-mode visuals captivate mobile audiences. Atlona will also unveil a hands-on demonstration where users will experience the drag-and-drop simplicity of using Velocity touch panels for portrait-modeand vertically-stacked video wall configurations.

Zero UI Meeting Space

Atlona continues to evolve its All-IP Meeting Space message with new Zero UI functionality that automates presentationswithout the need for manual switching via a user interface or control screen. The Zero UI Meeting Space utilizes Atlona’s OmniStream encoder grouping strategy to automatically switch between sources in the meeting space or classroom. Upon sensing the presence of a new signal, the system will seamlessly transition to the corresponding encoder, and switch off routing from the previous encoder.

The Zero UI Meeting Space will exhibit how several contributors can collaborate on a single presentation, leveraging BYOD capability or peripherals installed in the space. Atlona will connect three OmniStream single-channel encoders to three source devices (such as cameras or laptops) to demonstrate seamless, automatic ultra-fast switching.

A new wallplate version of Atlona’s OmniStream 111 (AT-OMNI-111) encoder, the AT-OMNI-111-WP, will debut at InfoComm and feature in the demonstration. The AT-OMNI-111-WP brings together the same features and functionality of the AT-OMNI-111 into a compact, US two-gang wallplate, including 4K/UHD @ 60Hz and full HDR support, robust network error resilience, and standard IEEE 802.3af PoE powering. The US two-gang enclosure for Decora®-style wallplate makes the AT-OMNI-111-WP ideal for installation in floor boxes, lecterns, and divisible rooms providing even more signal routing flexibility.

Any-to-Any Routing

Atlona will also evolve its message of speed and flexibility for AV over IP systems design and integration, with an emphasis on quick “any-to-any” routing of multimedia sources in the All-IP Meeting Space. This includes low-latency routing and distribution of video, audio and USB traffic between many sources and distributions, and with seamless interoperabilitydue to Atlona’s rigorous compatibility tests with third-party solutions.

Atlona’s new fast switching feature plays an important role in Atlona’s “any-to-any routing” strategy by substantially accelerates switching time for sources. With switching time reduced to less than 10 milliseconds, Atlona’s fast switching innovation outperforms competitive products for switching speed across packet-based AV systems.

In addition to OmniStream encoders and decoders, the demonstration will include Atlona’s complete range of network-switchable OmniStream USB over IP device adapters (AT-OMNI-311, AT-OMNI-324), and AT-HDVS-CAM USB PTZ camera.

“Our latest OmniStream and Velocity innovations amplify the value proposition of transitioning to an All-over-IP strategy with Atlona thanks to a robust, reliable and feature-rich toolset that supports complete room configurations,” said Gregory Mirsky, Product Manager, Networked AV, Atlona. “We continue to solve problems and simplify design and functionality for our global network of partners, systems integrators and end users as the industry continues its aggressive transition to IP networks and topologies.”

Atlona will exhibit at Booth 3012 at InfoComm 2019, taking place June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

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

 

Cablecast Bringing Easy Online and OTT Video Publishing to AV Users at InfoComm 2019

October 16, 2019

Automated, turnkey solution helps educational, worship, corporate and government media producers efficiently publish VOD libraries and live streams in attractive, branded content portals

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, MAY 23, 2019Cablecast Community Media is heading to InfoComm 2019 with an efficient new solution that lets video producers easily build a library of VOD and live-streaming content, and presents it attractively in controlled, customizable interfaces for online or OTT viewing. Cablecast will demonstrate the automated and intuitive offering in the booth (number 333) of fellow Tightrope Media Systems division Carousel Digital Signage at the event, taking place June 12-14 in Orlando, Florida.

The Cablecast platform’s streamlined, automated publishing workflows enable users in educational institutions, houses of worship, government agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations to easily bring video-on-demand (VOD) programming and live streams to audiences across an expanding array of viewing devices. Users can customize Cablecast’s professionally-styled, pre-built website and OTT app templates with their own logo, color scheme and content categories to quickly launch full-featured, branded content portals on the web, Apple TV® and Roku® devices. A comprehensive API is also available for customers wishing to tightly integrate Cablecast’s video presentation features within their existing website.

Adding new VOD content to the library is exceptionally simple. Authorized contributors can upload video files from anywhere through Cablecast’s web-based interface. Users can associate metadata with each clip during the upload process or after-the-fact, and can select amongst multiple frames from the video or upload a thumbnail image to represent the clip in the library. Cablecast automatically takes care of the rest, transcoding the source file as necessary for streaming and OTT delivery; dynamically updating the categorized libraries based on previously-defined metadata criteria; and publishing the clips to the public-facing website and OTT apps.

Further improving the viewer experience, VOD chapter markers can be added to pre-recorded clips or in real-time during live capture, enabling viewers to jump directly to points of interest – such as agenda topics in government meetings, or scoring plays in sports matches – without scrubbing through the entire video. Supporting documents can also be associated with VOD clips, enabling viewers to read or download related materials such as meeting minutes or lecture notes while watching the video.

Augmenting customers’ VOD offerings, Cablecast’s optional live streaming support enables users to stream programs and events in real time through the same web portal and OTT apps. Live and on-demand OTT content are delivered to viewers via the cloud-based Cablecast Reflect streaming service, while online content can be distributed through Cablecast Reflect to minimize local network bandwidth impact or using the customer’s own hosting infrastructure.

Cablecast’s content presentation environment gives publishers far more control of their viewers’ experience than is available with popularweb-based or social media distribution platforms. Unlike such free services, Cablecast does not insert advertising in front of videos, nor suggest third-party content afterwards. This ensures that customers’ programming is not shown alongside any unrelated, inappropriate, competitive, or – particularly noteworthy for public sector producers – commercial content.

“As the volume of live and on-demand video content being created by educational, government, corporate and worship media producers continues to explode, they need efficient tools to distribute it to viewers’ preferred devices while maintaining control of the presentation around their brand,” said Steve Israelsky, President, Cablecast Community Media. “Cablecast’s turnkey online and OTT templates save customers time and help them create a professional look, while our automated publishing workflows reduce turnaround time and minimize manual effort. Our latest offerings build on our more than two decades of experience in helping community media providers and content producers stay ahead of evolving trends in media consumption, and we’re excited to showcase them to InfoComm attendees.”

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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