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ATEN Control System & Modular Matrix Solution Power Huge Video Walls in Artear’s State-of-the-art Newsroom

Seamless switching and centralized control for one of Latin America’s biggest broadcasters

Artear, headquartered in Buenos Aires, is one of Argentina’s longest-running and most prolific television networks. They decided to build a state-of-the-art newsroom to keep setting the pace for regional news broadcasting and creative, high-quality content, cooperating with partner, ProShow to complete the project. Artear was extremely satisfied with the solutions and service, which met their long-distance transmission and seamless switching requirements within their budget.  Artear’s top priority for their new 5×5 and 10×6 video wall installation was flexibility. The challenges included: 

  • Customizable solution with minimal lag when switching
  • Easy video wall layout control
  • Reliable power redundancy
  • Multiple video inputs & outputs control
  • Long distance transmission

ATEN provided six VM1600 units, incorporating the VM7404 3G-SDI input boards, VM8804 HDMI output boards and VM8514 HDBaseT output boards. In addition, sixteen VS146 splitters with two VK2100 control boxes and twenty-five VE805R HDMI HDBaseT–Lite receivers were provided to fulfill the requirements. The solution bundle provides: 

  • Customized flexibility and video wall configuration options: ATEN’s Modular Matrix Switches integrate different video input/output interfaces and encodes the various formats.
  • Seamless switching and reliable, continuous video streams: ATEN’s Seamless Switch™ technology delivers stable and reliable continuous video streams and instant real-time source switching without delays.
  • Centralized video wall control from multiple devices: ATEN’s Control System connects all the hardware devices in the news room to provide centralized control directly and effortlessly via a PC, notebook or any mobile device.
  • Reliable power redundancy design: Two power slots on the VM1600 that can connect to two different power supplies provide reliable power redundancy that is critical for the 24-7 operations of a newsroom.
  • Long distance video transmission: The support for extended HDBaseT transmission over a single Cat 6/6a cable ensures that the solution is easily adaptable to the physical architecture of the newsroom while providing seamless switching and video wall functionality.

To learn more, visit: http://www.aten.com/us/en/aten-info/media-center/press-release/3101/

Since 1996, DirectConnect® has provided innovative solutions that make the installer’s job easier and more profitable. One of their most outstanding achievements has been in Rack Equipment Systems. Available in sizes 12U, 18U, 27U, 38U, and 42U, these racks are versatile enough for almost any job application. Sizes 18U and up are delivered pre-assembled with a glass door, 2 cooling fans, 2U vented shelves, 2U vented blanks, and 4 non-marking casters with stabilizing feet.  The 12U is a compact, wall-mountable, fully customizable system. 

Size Model Number Features
12U DCRMW12U Fully Assembled, Glass Door, Wall Mountable
18U DCRM18U Fully Assembled, Glass Door, 2 cooling fans, 3 2U vented blanks, 3 2U Vented shelves
27U DCRM27U Fully Assembled, Glass Door, 2 cooling fans, 5 2U vented blanks, 5 2U Vented shelves
38U DCRM38U Fully Assembled, Glass Door, 2 cooling fans, 7 2U vented blanks, 7 2U Vented shelves
42U DCRM42U Fully Assembled, Glass Door, 2 cooling fans, 9 2U vented blanks, 92U Vented shelves, Removable side panels


For more information on these or any of DirectConnect®’s outstanding product line, please visit their website: www.DirectConnectHome.com or call 1-800-531-3224.

CEDIA is our first opportunity to show off our corporate rebranding in the residential channel. We’re excited to share!

When you visit Draper in CEDIA booth #4429, make sure you get scanned. We’re giving away an Amazon Echo, but you can only win if you have your badge scanned.

Why are we giving away an Amazon Echo?  Because you can use it to control our FlexShade Recharge battery shade! No wiring is necessary and the rechargeable batteries last longer and are more powerful than other systems.

We’ll also show you how it looks when a projection screen rejects 80% of ambient light. TecVision CH1200X ALR received two Best of awards at InfoComm 2017. It’s ideal for environments with high ambient lighting.

To see these great products, and for a chance to win an Amazon Echo, be sure to stop by booth 4229 at CEDIA 2017, September 7-9 in San Diego.

FORTRESS Metro Chair Delivers Clean, Contemporary Look, Premium Features

Featuring sophisticated styling, Luxtan black leather, motorized recline, and a polished steel sled base, the FORTRESS Metro Chair remains a favorite with integrators, designers, and homeowners alike. With sleek lines and subtle simplicity, Metro is well suited for a wide variety of residential environments, not limited to dedicated home theater or media room applications.

FORTRESS  – Specializing in completely customized seating solutions that transcend the traditional.

A design-oriented manufacturer with near-endless customization capabilities, FORTRESS has been providing home theater, lifestyle, and corporate seating since the late 1990s, stressing comfort, design, and quality. Sensing a void in the custom seating market, the company drew upon the experience it gained building commercial seating, giving customers the strongest theater and media room seating options available.








The IC720’s proprietary double lens design means that it has no blind spots.

Perfect vision? This is what the future of surveillance looks like.

Chief, Da-Lite and Vaddio introduce new products:


New Products from Chief – Now Available!


New Universal Side Covers

Cover the sides of single or multiple display configurations for a more aesthetic installation that also provides tamper-resistant coverage. A universal version and a solution that works well with ConnexSys™ channel strut are now available!

Steel Stud Adapters  

The TASMS, TAMMS and KRAMS are easy and aesthetic accessories for attaching Kontour™ and small to medium Thinstall swing arm mounts to steel stud walls.



 New Solutions from Da-Lite – Coming Soon!

It’s About Aesthetics

Da-Lite’s FullVision and Wireline Advantage solutions got plenty of notice for their ability to provide incredible projection surfaces without detracting from existing room design or architecture. Senior Marketing Manager, Melissa Rone, covers it all on video. Watch video.


New Products from Vaddio – Coming Soon!

OneLINK Bridge AV Interface

The OneLINK Bridge AV Interface from Vaddio combines a camera extension system with an audio mixer, creating a USB bridge that connects professional AV sources to PCs – all in a single device. It allows end users to convert an audio/video source from any PTZ camera or compatible HDBaseT™ AV switcher into a USB 3.0 media stream, and easily use applications like Skype for Business, Google Hangouts, WebEx and Zoom. Learn more

QuickCAT Universal Suspended Ceiling Camera Mount

Vaddio has launched the new QuickCAT™ Universal Suspended Ceiling Camera Mount. It’s easy to install and compatible with most invertible pro AV cameras. Packages are available with a customized OneLINK™ extension system to extend power, video and control over a single Cat-5e/6 cable for up to 100 meters. Learn more.




Rediscover Monitor Audio


Monitor Audio is excited for CEDIA 2017, as we are refreshing our line of custom models and will be announcing our entry into a whole new category of custom products, which will complement our award-winning speakers. We will be displaying these products in a brand-new booth which illustrates Monitor Audio’s new direction and our continued commitment to innovation, fidelity and excellence.

Join us at CEDIA, Booth #1120, and rediscover Monitor Audio, and learn more about our wide breath of cutting edge, customs products, superior service and competitive programs.


Séura Expands Indoor Waterproof TV Line with Design-forward Finishes

Séura Indoor Waterproof TVs bring entertainment throughout the home in fully recessed, moisture impervious and sleek designs that now come standard in Brushed Gold and Polished Chrome metallic finishes. This completes the standard product offering for the 19 and 27 inch displays that are also available in a Stainless Steel metallic finish, as well as Pearl White and Black Onyx glass finishes. Séura also offers custom finishes with unlimited color options available.

Séura Indoor Waterproof TVs are designed for wet environments such as the shower, bathtub, and kitchen. The TVs are splash and water resistant, and are completely sealed to protect internal electronics.  The tempered glass screen acts as a defogger, so steam and humidity will not cloud the picture.

“At Séura, we create beautiful televisions that add to the décor of a space,” said Keegan Coulter, Séura Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Offering a wider selection of standard finishes makes it easier for consumers to find a display that completes their design, whether it’s matching other appliances in the room, blending in with a tile scheme, or making a statement with a bold color.”

The fully recessed, non-obtrusive Séura Indoor Waterproof TVs install flush on the wall for a smooth, well-integrated appearance. Visit www.seura.com/products/indoor-waterproof-tvs/  to learn more.

Séura Outdoor TVs Automatically Adapt to Changing Lighting Conditions

Séura Adaptive Picture Technology™ is an advanced outdoor TV feature exclusive to Séura Outdoor TVs. The patent-pending technology has 110 picture mode variations that autonomously adapt as outdoor lighting conditions change throughout the day and night to ensure the best outdoor viewing experience. This is the first ever solution that automatically adjusts both backlight brightness and picture settings to create the optimal television viewing experience outdoors.

“Consumers demand just as much from outdoor technology as they do from indoor technology – they expect it to work flawlessly at all times,” said Tim Gilbertson, Séura COO and Co-Founder. “With Adaptive Picture Technology, consumers can always enjoy the best outdoor viewing experience in any lighting condition. Their television picture will automatically adjust to their surroundings. They don’t have to lift a finger.”

Unlike other TVs, Séura outdoor TVs with Adaptive Picture Technology gradually adapt to ambient lighting for a smooth transition from bright sunlight to complete darkness. In the span of a single TV show, you may have significantly different outdoor lighting conditions and Séura Adaptive Picture Technology ensures that you will be experiencing the best version of that show at all times.



SnapAV Completes Dragonfly™ Ultra Fixed Projection Screen Line

4K-Optimized Ultra Black Ambient Screens Use New Technology

Over the past few months, SnapAV® has completely revamped their projection screen line; they’ve introduced a variety of new models made with premium materials—including a 4K Ambient Light Rejection screen.

“We’ve been getting requests to expand the category for a long time,” said Emily Heichel, Product Manager of Dragonfly Screens. “And the feedback that I heard, time and time again, was that guys in the field wanted premium-quality products with a variety of mounting options—all coupled with Snap’s competitive pricing, great customer service, and convenient shipping policies.”

Their new Ultra line series features three new material types: Ultra White, a smooth screen that offers brighter whites and better colors; Ultra AcoustiWeave™, which is acoustically-transparent, and the new Ultra Black ALR, which absorbs and rejects ambient light. All Ultra screens are optimized for 4K installations.

Additionally, Heichel and her team worked hard to bring motorized screens and the long-awaited recessed screens to market. Said Heichel, “Now we’ve got a line that can fit almost anywhere. We’ve made it easy for guys in the field to mount, install, and adjust them as seamlessly as possible.”

Take Dragonfly’s new Ultra Black ALR. Structured using precision-engineered Black Lenticular Lens Technology; the screen focuses and rejects excess natural light in rooms with high ambient light. Its high-quality craftsmanship means installers won’t have to worry about shimmer and hotspots, plus, the screen’s wide viewing angle delivers a sharper picture during off-axis viewing, at up to 160°.

Because it’s optimized for 4K Ultra HD, their ALR screen can easily be paired with BenQ’s HT9050 LED DLP projector for a cinema-quality projection experience—or it can be used for high-definition 1080p systems.

Overall, Heichel believes the Ultra line will enable integrators to deliver premium viewing experiences at a competitive price.

“In my opinion,” Heichel offered, “these screens give you the best of both worlds.”

You can learn more about Dragonfly at snapav.com/dragonfly.

TRENDnet’s AC Dual Band Wireless Controller Kit, model TEW-821DAP2KAC, designed as a seamless roaming solution for your busy office or home.

The wireless controller kit features TRENDnet’s new wireless hardware controller. In addition to simplified management and setup processes, the controller introduces next-generation technology to deliver seamless roaming capabilities for users moving from access point to access point on the same network.

To provide the best seamless WiFi roaming conditions, TRENDnet’s hardware controller utilizes intelligent radio resource management (802.11k), providing a more efficient WiFi roaming environment by intelligently managing neighboring APs and passing mobile clients to the next best AP. For a faster and seamless transition, fast BSS transition or fast roaming (802.11r) and Opportunistic Key Caching (OKC) pre-authenticates WiFi clients with neighboring APs.

In addition to the TEW-821DAP2KAC kit, TRENDnet will also offer the N300 Wireless Controller Kit, model TEW-755AP2KAC; the Wireless LAN Controller, model TEW-WLC100, will also be available separately. Later this year, TRENDnet will introduce an AC1750 indoor access point also compatible with the new controller.

Each controller kit includes the Wireless LAN Controller, and two indoor access points with PoE injectors. Centralized AP management allows you to easily configure, manage, monitor network status connections, and perform firmware upgrades on up to 128 APs. Upload floor plans using WAP Maps™ for a visual overview of each access point’s location.

VMP ERVR Series of Vertical Equipment Racks

The new Video Mount Products ERVR Series of Vertical Equipment Racks, which are available Sept. 1 and available in 1U, 2U, and 4U configurations, is based on the popularity of VMP’s floor and wall enclosures and from the many requests received for space saving solutions for rack mountable components. With an innovative compact solution that provides plenty of versatility, the ERVR series of vertical equipment racks is a logical progression to expand VMP’s product offering for installation applications that lack the space for conventional floor or wall cabinets. The ER-VR4U accommodates rack equipment of any depth; equipment can be wall mounted vertically or under a desk horizontally; overall dimensions – 5in. H x 19.2in. W x 7.5in. D; standard 10-32 threading; fold-out design reduces packaging and shipping; steel construction, has a load capacity of 150 lbs., has a black finish and an MSRP of  $77.95. The ER-VR2U (MSRP $66.95) has the same description as above except 2U and overall depth of four inches. The ER-VR1U (MSRP $55.95) also has the same description as above except 1U and overall depth of 2.25 inches.

“Rack mountable equipment, of any depth, can be installed vertically or horizontally to best accommodate your workplace,” said Keith Fulmer, VMP president. “The versatile ERVR series gives you a flexible, reliable and affordable solution for all of your limited space installations requiring up to a 150 lb. weight capacity. Simple in design but rugged in construction, it’s tough enough for even your most challenging applications.”

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™-Finder at www.chooseamount.com.