Annuncicom PS Touch combines robust capabilities of earlier Annuncicom PS16 with touchscreen zone selection interface, PoE support and more
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, September 22, 2020 — IP audio innovator Barix has unveiled the new Annuncicom PS Touch, the company’s newest universal desktop master station for IP intercom, paging, and VoIP applications. The successor to the venerable Annuncicom PS16, the Annuncicom PS Touch is ideal for use in new IP-basedcommunications systems or as a drop-in replacement for the PS16 in existing installations of Barix’s popular Simple Paging and IC Paging solutions.
The Annuncicom PS Touch builds on the proven functionality of the PS16 with new enhancements including a 10.1” touchscreen interface for zone selection; an interchangeable, professional, XLR-connected gooseneck microphone; and powering via PoE (Power over Ethernet) for cabling simplicity. The touchscreen controls are complemented by a dedicated “talk” button, as many customers continue to prefer the tactile feel of a physical button to trigger that functionality. Key features carried over from the PS16 include a built-in five-watt output speaker; flexible codec support including AACplus, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, G.711, G.722 and PCM decoding; and optional flash memory for stored messages and announcements when used with IC Paging.
“We’re thrilled about the release of the Annuncicom PS Touch,” said Reto Brader, CEO of Barix. “The earlier PS16 was wildly popular in environments ranging from schools to public attractions, and the Annuncicom PS Touch delivers the same benefits in a modernized form. Beyond this first release, we are further developing the platform to address new challenges in the intercom, paging, and control market, so I encourage integrators and OEM partners with customrequirements to contact us to discuss their needs.”
Two versions of the Annuncicom PS Touch are now available – one tailored for Barix’s intuitive Simple Paging solution for straightforward paging installations, and another pre-configured for use with Barix’s IC Paging platform for advanced paging and intercom applications. Simple Paging lets users distribute live Public Address announcements from desktop paging stations, tablets, or smartphones with automatic self-configuration of endpoints for unparalleled installation ease. For more sophisticated requirements, IC Paging offers a complete paging and two-way intercom solution with full-featured master-slave functionality. Both solutions run on standard IP network infrastructure and do not require a centralized server, making them cost-effective and reliable while delivering Barix’s signature audio quality.
The Annuncicom PS Touch is available immediately from Barix and its extensive network of authorized channel partners. More information is available on the Barix website at www.barix.com, while integrators and developers with specific requirements are invited to contact email@example.com to arrange an in-depth discussion.
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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 nearly two decades 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.
Dynamic flexibility of ProPresenter 7 live presentation software and PVP3 multi-screen media server prove invaluable as conference quickly pivots from physical to digital form
ALPHARETTA, Georgia, September 21, 2020 —Tennessee-based Q Ideas hosts live events that convene leaders for insightful conversations about current issues at the intersection of faith and culture. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the annual Q 2020 Conference to go virtual, the production companies behind the event leveraged software from Renewed Vision to quickly create an engaging digital experience that far surpassed the reach of the original in-person plan.
The Q 2020 Virtual Summit took place April 22 and 23, providing an interactive online learning experience featuring two days of inspiring talks, audience participation, Q&A with presenters, and educational resources. Georgia-based Velocity Productions and Braintrust Creative had produced Q’s in-person live events for many years, but had just three weeks to plan – and within that, once given the ‘green light’, only two weeks to implement – the pivot from the physical event to virtual.
The virtual summit was streamed live from Church of the City in Franklin, TN. Physically distanced presenters and panel guests on the auditorium’s specially expanded stage were joined live by remote participants via Skype. To maintain the feel of a traditional live event, rather than simply switching back and forth to full-screen Skype feeds in the outgoing stream, each virtual guest appeared on his or her own vertically oriented, on-stage monitor. A jib-mounted camera captured these displays in the full context of the set, helping approximate a live interview with the on-stage host as if the guests were actually present.
Four Renewed Vision ProPresenter systems and a ProVideoPlayer (PVP3) multi-screen media server played critical roles in enabling the virtual event, from screen control and content playout to integrating the remote Skype feeds. Both production companies had used Renewed Vision products on past shows and trusted them to provide the dynamic flexibility the event required.
“PVP3 lets us build up layers of cues, minimizing the amount of content we needed to pre-render and thus saving us literally days of precious time,” said Drew Kimball, owner at Braintrust Creative. “We knew the show would be constantly changing – for example, remote guests might not connect at the expected time – so a timeline-based server wouldn’t have given us the flexibility to adapt in real time that we get with PVP3. Being able to easily shift display targets around once we saw the actual sightlines was also a big plus.”
One ProPresenter 7 system was used to route and manage remote participant feeds, which were brought into the software from Skype via NewTek’s NDI® media-over-IP technology. Another ProPresenter 7 system played back pre-recorded video clips submitted by remote presenters who could not participate in real time, while a ProPresenter 6 system already installed at the church was used to display speaker support materials during live presentations.
Video from these three ProPresenter systems was fed to the PVP3 server, which managed the display of the content across the set’s LED backwall and on-stage monitors. The ProPresenter outputs were also sent to the Blackmagic switcher in the facility’s control room, where they were mixed with the live camera feeds and output to a Haivision encoder for live streaming. A fourth ProPresenter system powered lower thirds and clocks exclusively for the live stream.
The resulting event was a tremendous success, reaching a much larger audience than originally planned. “We would have had 2,000 in-person attendees, but instead reached roughly 12,000 unique users online,” said PJ Culbreth, senior production manager at Velocity Productions. “This success may shape how our clients approach future events even once live gatherings resume.”
Kimball shares Culberth’s pride in what they collectively achieved. “Our goal is to make the biggest impact possible, and we actually increased Q’s reach at a time when other events were having to cancel,” he said. “We consider that a big win. Without the ability for us to pre-build the show through PVP3 and make changes on the fly while we were presenting with ProPresenter, there’s no way we could have pulled this off in just two weeks and kept it running seamlessly.”
“This was really the first time that we were able to demonstrate to Q and other clients what they can do with a virtual experience,” concluded Culbreth. “The live event space is extremely competitive, and everyone is pivoting to virtual conferences. We were able to set a high bar, and Renewed Vision products were a key part of that.”
About Renewed Vision
Founded in 2000, Renewed Vision’s mission is to offer reliable, purpose-built production software that enables organizations—spanning from churches to corporations—to create dynamic media experiences that enhance worship services, meetings and other special events.For more information on our product lines, including ProPresenter, ProVideoPlayer and ProVideoServer, please visit our website at www.renewedvision.com.
Network keeps shoppers informed and engaged with business information, advertising content, and up-to-date COVID-19 information – all managed from a centralized QL software solution
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND, September 17, 2020 – Navori Labs continues to work closely with West Edmonton Mall, North America’s largest shopping center, to scale and update a diverse digital out-of-home network that drives engagement in public and private spaces. Navori’s QL digital signage software is powering retail, hospitality, entertainment and corporate content across a mix of video walls, menu boards and digital signage displays. The multi-phase rollout has extended media presentation and interactive wayfinding to food courts, hotel lobbies, event venues and meeting spaces, as well as along walkways with the heaviest shopper traffic.
Located in the Western Canadian city of Edmonton, West Edmonton Mall is home to more than 800 stores and services, over 100 dining areas, two hotels and twelve world-class attractions. Navori’s strategic rollout has fully centralized content management and delivery, helping West Edmonton Mall improve the customer experience and increase engagement with shoppers, Fantasyland Hotel guests, and visitors to the Ice Palace, which hosts a variety of sports, concerts and fundraising activities.
The centralized content management and delivery strategy has been instrumental to the success of the network, which allows unlimitedusers to contribute media with minimal training. This includes real-time updates such as price changes, promotions and COVID-19guidelines. The network has also provided a quick return on investment for West Edmonton Mall by eliminating printing costs associated with traditional menus, advertisements and meeting space signage.
“Navori Labs has been an integral part of our marketing strategy,” said Tiffany Banh, Digital Marketing Coordinator, West Edmonton Mall. “The QL software fulfills our need for flexibility, scalability an ease of use. The Navori team supported us throughout the whole process and provided an effortless rollout. Our continued partnership with Navori is valuable in helping us achieve business success.”
West Edmonton Mall’s QL digital signage solution architecture includes an on-premise QL Server and a QL software driving each screen. Navori’s seamless integration with third-party data systems and support for a wide range of multimedia formats allows West Edmonton Mallto provide a diverse mix of video, graphics and text to shoppers and guests, while clean integration with West Edmonton Mall’s back-end business systems drive reliable content updates, meeting room occupancy information, and effective wayfinding experiences.
“West Edmonton Mall required a technology provider that could ensure reliable and efficient management of all digital signage content and hardware across the entire property,” said Jerome Moeri, CEO, Navori Labs. “Our QL software is helping West Edmonton Mall meet its daily objectives across a very complex, multifaceted business environment that has helped staff grow more productive, reduced installation and support costs, and provided a foundation for network monetization through dynamic advertising capabilities.”
About West Edmonton Mall
The story of West Edmonton Mall is the story of how a handful of visionaries took an ordinary idea like a shopping center and turned it into a world-class destination. The Mall’s stores, attractions, and services combine to form the most comprehensive retail, hospitality and entertainment complex on Earth. As the prototype for mixed-use entertainment facilities, West Edmonton Mall is a place where people come to shop, play, and stay. At 5.3 million square feet, the Mall is the size of a small city and is accredited as a zoo. West Edmonton Mall is home to more than 800 stores and services including twelve world-class attractions, two hotels, over 100 dining venues, the widest variety of one-of-a-kind retailers, and entertainment for all ages. Average yearly visitation is approximately 30.8 million, making West Edmonton Mall the province’s number-one tourist attraction. Visit https://www.wem.ca/ for more information.
About Navori Labs
Navori Labs is a global software innovator producing technology for digital communication and marketing analytics. Navori Labs is an enterprise committed to providing the most reliable, interoperable and user-friendly software application available in the industry. An exclusive leader in the global digital signage industry with nearly 25 years of experience, Navori has built a reputation as an industry innovator strengthened by a skilled engineering team, and continued investment in research and development initiatives. Navori has also continued to invest in global growth, with local and regional resources available worldwide. Navori’s flagship QL digital signage engine is built with everyone in mind, and has been standardized for use in many of the largest digital signage networks around the world. The company’s engineering approach balances efficient design and operation with exceptional performance for answering integrators and end-users expectations. Visit www.navori.com for more information.
Xilica® Solaro QR1 DSP and XTouch control system at core of AV conferencing system for onsite meetings, presentations and member trainings
Toronto, September 16, 2020 — Xilica®, a global leader in digital signal processing technology for AV and installed sound, is driving clear communications with centralized AV control for a Polish law firm at its new Warsaw location. Xilica’s Solaro QR1 ultra-compact DSP is processing and managing all audio sources within the Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys’ large divisible conference room, while the legal team leverages Xilica’s sleek XTouch glass-to-glass controls to adjust loudspeaker volume, power video sources on and off, and mute/unmute microphones.
The complete AV solution was designed and integrated by SONITUM prior to the law firm’s relocation to its new headquarters. The large conference room provides the Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys with a diverse space to hold its annual board of directors meetings and train new chamber members, in addition to supporting all presentations and lectures.
“The chamber previously rented space in conference centers to hold these meetings, or used the less suitable space in their previous office,” said Michal Klaczkow, President and Charinman of the Board at SONITUM. “They now have a large onsite conference space that can be merged or divided on short notice, with advanced AV technology to serve both small and large meetings.”
The quarter-inch width Xilica Solaro QR1, installed in an adjacent equipment closet, reliably processes all incoming audio signals before routing them to ceiling and wall-mounted loudspeakers. The Solaro QR1’s robust processing power correlates with the exceptional audio quality experienced within the meeting space, while Xilica’s HearClear AEC algorithm eliminates any echo originating through microphones. Xilica’s processing power, exceptional audio quality and reliable performance ensures that all speakers and presenters are clearly heard, and without echo, within the meeting spaces for every event.
SONITUM’s conceptual design included sensors to merge and divide the space on short notice as required. That was one of many reasons that led to choosing the Xilica Solaro QR1.
“Xilica offers four-channel GPIO cards that gave us the flexibility to trigger sensors from the DSP,” said Klaczkow. “These GPIO triggers allow staff to raise and lower screens, turn on projectors and microphones, and even control shades. By integrating these functions into the DSP, we have essentially simplified the overall AV system and reduced both cost and infrastructure. The fact that these GPIO triggers and all other AV sources in the room correlate with XTouch means that Xilica is supporting every AV control function in the conferencing room.”
Klaczkow also points to Xilica’s integrated programming and control capabilities that extend to third-party systems. In addition to volume, muting and on/off control, the XTouch panels allow staff to merge audio zones, multiply video signals, and even fully initiate meetings from the lobby.
“While the conference room mostly relies on circuit-based video switching and analog audio sources, all Solaro-driven control functions are powered over Ethernet and IP,” said Klaczkow. “That ensures that all control functionality moves over the network, while also seamlessly integrating with HDBaseT and HDMI video systems. The powerful programming capabilities within Solaro and Xilica Designer software allowed us to directly map every input and output, and customize the device matrix to best meet the needs of the end user.”
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.
Near-field measurements eliminate special FAA waivers, reduce impact of signal reflections on measurements for broadcasters seeking to verify antenna radiation characteristics
RAYMOND, Maine, September 15, 2020 — Dielectric has launched a new engineering service that enables drone operators to fully and accurately characterize Antenna azimuth and elevation performance without special waivers from the FAA. The service has been successfully beta-tested and is now “in production” at several broadcast tower sites.
The new service is a response to a common dilemma facing drone operators: To fully characterize an antenna’s elevation pattern, the drone flight must be performed in the elevation far-field, approximately several thousand feet from the antenna. Applications for FAA waivers have been stalled for more than 18 months in some cases, preventing the drone operator from completing measurements verifying antenna performance.
The less-attractive alternatives for broadcasters include close-in flights, which are accurate for azimuth only; or the less accurate and time-intensive ground-based techniques. Since the field measurements are reimbursable for “repacked” broadcasters in the USA, the delay in obtaining an FAA waiver can result not only in a repack project dragging on much longer than necessary, but also in the delayed identification of installation problems.
Dielectric engineers recognized that a new approach was needed. Realizing that no special waivers were required from the FAA for drone flights within the tower structure shield, Dielectric devised a method to confirm the antenna’s far-fieldelevation pattern, in addition to the azimuth pattern, from data gathered within that shield. This technique has an added advantage since far-field measurements are subject to signal reflections, multipath and interference, as are the more complicated ground-vehicle measurements.
“FAA rules place several restrictions on flying drones for commercial use. There is a 400-feet altitude restriction on commercial drone flights, unless the operator can fly the drone within a 400-foot radius around a structure, and does not fly higher than 400 feet above the top of that structure,” said John Schadler, Vice President of Engineering, Dielectric. “Unfortunately, waivers for these rules take many months to process, and may never be granted due to other restrictions. Ourtechnique solves the problem of getting a waiver beyond the FAA shield. That means no need to create flight plans and safety simulations, among other requirements that lengthen the approval process.”
Both near-field and far-field measurements allow broadcasters to verify azimuth radiation patterns for their TV antennas, and confirm that they are radiating as predicted and oriented properly on the tower. Dielectric’s approach calculates the near-field elevation pattern characteristics for comparison to the near-field drone measurement data, thus allowing a near-field measurement to accurately reflect elevation far-field performance.
Prior to a drone pilot taking flight, Dielectric engineers construct a full virtual model of the entire antenna, including tower support structure, based on final antenna and tower drawings. Using the company’s sophisticated high-frequency modeling software with the virtual model produces a detailed prediction of azimuth and elevation data at a given distance from the tower – at or within the 400-foot FAA limit. That allows a comparison of the virtual model with the actual near-fieldmeasurement, which is, in fact, an unfocused representation of what the radiation characteristics look like in the far-field.
The drone pilot then collects the data and returns it to Dielectric, where engineers export and plot the data over the virtual model. Once compared and confirmed, a report is provided to the end customer, which is typically a TV station engineer or a consultant representing the broadcaster.
“The ability to compare near-field measurements with the virtual antenna model confirms that measurements in the far field would return the same data but, just to be sure, we carried out far-field drone measurements as well. The results matched,” said Nicole Starrett, Electrical Engineer, Dielectric. “The added benefit is that the antenna characteristics can be quickly transformed to any distance, near or far, for comparison. ”
Starrett adds that Dielectric has the ability to model any antenna for which they have detailed drawings and data, which means the service will most likely be restricted to Dielectric antennas. “Dielectric had more than 80 percent of the repack business in the USA over the past three years,” said Schadler. “That takes our total number of repack antennas shipped to 948, so we expect to be quite busy supporting this new service.”
Starrett will present Near Field Drone Measurements of Broadcast Antennas at 10:45am on Thursday, October 15 at the Wisconsin Broadcasters Fall virtual event, as well as virtually at the Radio Club of America Technical Symposium on Friday November 20th.
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 78th 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
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