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ATEN Introduces New Expansion Boxes for the ATEN Control System

The ATEN Control System is an all-in-one solution that streamlines hardware management and simplifies operations with a convenient app for any mobile device, allowing users to create the perfect meeting, training program or video conference environment while providing integrated control and system automation.

ATEN continues to provide “control without complication” with The ATEN Control System’s new expansion boxes. Extra port connections can be used to meet the needs of larger and more complex environments, allowing customers to match the exact requirements of any installation. With the advantage of an Ethernet-based connection, the VK224 4-Port Serial Expansion Box, VK236 6-Port IR/Serial Expansion Box, and VK248 8-Channel Relay Expansion Box can easily connect to the VK2100 Control Box via a LAN connection from a variety of locations across a network, offering a flexible expansion of the ATEN Control System.

Featured Products:                                  

ATEN Control System: http://www.aten.com/ext_data/global_en/microsite/ControlSystem/

VK224: http://www.aten.com/us/en/products/professional-audiovideo/control-system/vk224/

VK236: http://www.aten.com/us/en/products/professional-audiovideo/control-system/vk236/

VK248: http://www.aten.com/us/en/products/professional-audiovideo/control-system/vk248/

VK2100 Control Box: http://www.aten.com/us/en/products/professional-audiovideo/control-system/vk2100/


Barco Introduces the ClickShare CSE-800

Say “hello” to the brand new ClickShare CSE-800, a centrally-managed boardroom solution for large enterprises. It’s simple to integrate, easy to use and compatible with any device! The CSE-800 facilitates collaboration on a large scale, offering advanced features especially designed for the enterprise:

  • Enhanced enterprise security
  • Central management and dual network support
  • Whiteboarding and annotation for interactive teamworking
  • Dual HDMI video input and output up to 4K
  • 4 ClickShare Buttons – multiple users can share simultaneously
  • Up to 64 users connected
  • AirPlay, Google Cast, MirrorOp, iOS app, Android app

Click here for info on FREE CSE-800 training and for brochures, spec sheets and more!



Belden REVConnect Wins Top New Technology AwardCommercial Integrator recognizes manufacturers for technological innovation

Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, is proud to announce that it received an innovation award for REVConnect, a new connectivity system. The Top New Technology (TNT) Award was presented by Commercial Integrator in the category of Specialty AV Cables or Connectors. This is REVConnect’s second award, following the Platinum Innovators Award received from Cabling Installation & Maintenance in September 2016.

The TNT Awards annually recognize new and outstanding products and services exhibited at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam. A team of judges select the top products and services across 15 commercial categories and five residential categories. Solutions that stand out for offering technological innovation, benefits to integrators and benefits to end-users are honored.

Released in September 2016, REVConnect is a revolutionary new RJ45 connectivity system unlike any other. Before the launch of REVConnect, RJ45 connections required a lengthy and arduous punch-down or single-wire crimping process. Now, Ethernet cables of all types (Category 5e through Category 6A, shielded and unshielded) can terminate onto a single “core” end that is compatible with eight RJ45 modules, including jacks and plugs. Before REVConnect, an entire bag of tools was needed to support terminations required for each connector type. Now, one REVConnect tool completes the entire process – including cable prep – simplifying termination and reducing installation time.

REVConnect was created to address a critical need: providing integrators with reliable, easy and versatile terminations that support IP convergence over a range of applications, from wired LANs to digital signage, mixing consoles, building automation and LED lighting systems.

Only Belden’s innovative enterprise connectivity solutions take a universal approach to customers’ enterprises, resolving signal transmission needs with IP- and legacy-based solutions that enable a smooth migration to convergence. Belden’s extensive portfolio spans LAN, data centers, building automation and security and access control to keep information running smoothly. Outstanding global service and support capabilities and application-specific warranty programs complete Belden’s unique offering.

For more information about Belden’s REVConnect system, visit info.belden.com/REVConnect.


Draper Price List Time

Draper’s AV price list will be released soon. Be one of the first to see our new innovations among the already impressive book of solutions. One of this year’s biggest changes is how the price list will be delivered.

Instead of mailing physical copies, we will notify Draper dealers that the price list is completed. Then you can request a hard copy; or log in to Draper’s online Pro Portal, and download PDF and spreadsheet copies of the document.

Look for email and postal notifications about our 2017 AV price list soon! Meanwhile, be sure to register for the Pro Portal (using your Draper dealer number) so you’ll be able to access your pricing online as soon as the list releases: draperinc.com/draperpro/portal.aspx.


Direct Connect: Structured panels are the heart of any good wiring installation. Since 1996, DirectConnect® has provided industry solutions that are innovative, flexible, and timesaving for all your wiring and panel needs. We carry panels in 18”, 28”, and 48” sizes. All are UL rated for both fire and security and use a universal mounting system that allows installation of any DirectConnect® module or your choice of most popular brands. Each panel comes standard in white with eight (8) cable and one (1) electrical duplex knock-out and a reversible hinged cover. For extra security, 18” and 28” panels have dual locking mechanisms with latching lock and key and 48” panels employ a traditional lock and key.



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.



Flexon Accessories for SONOS: Solutions for Every SONOS Install

SONOS speakers aren’t the only items that may need special placement and mounting. Other SONOS components like the CONNECT, CONNECT AMP, and BOOST might need custom placement too.

Flexson offers wall mounts for all 3 components that are made from superior-quality steel and are easy-to-install. The unit is held securely against the wall, with optional cable covers on the CONNECT and CONNECT AMP to hide cable routing into the wall. The units can be installed vertically or horizontally, allowing for neat cable positioning. The mounts have a matt white powder-coat finish to match the SONOS components, and offer convenient access to control buttons.

CONNECT Wall Mount: *Comes with optional cable cover, FLXCNWM1012.



CONNECT AMP Wall Mount: *Comes with optional cable cover, FLXBTWB1011.



BOOST Wall Mount: FLXBTWB1011.




CONNECT AMP Multi-Fit Wall Mount: For larger installations;

  • -holds up to 4 CONNECT AMP units,
  • -Can also hold mix of CONNECT AMP, CONNECT, BOOST, and APPLE TV*

*Separate wall mount brackets needed for CONNECT, BOOST, APPLE TV.


19” Rack Shelf:

  • Moulded rubber feet holds units securely
  • Holds up to 6 CONNECTS or 4 CONNECT AMPS
  • Supplied with all necessary fixings
  • Black finish


Love (Seats) Are In the Air!

While traditional theater seats are great, sometimes, you don’t want an armrest coming between you and the person sitting next to you. That’s why they call it a love seat, after all. To get the love seat or sofa effect in your home theater or media room and cuddle a little closer, you have a few different options.

First, you can go with traditional theater seats, but accessorize with the Pocket Arm, one of our best-selling accessories. The Pocket Arm comes down when you need it, but disappears when it’s in the way. Because it’s tailor-made, the underside of the pocket arm blends with the style and shape of the seat for a balanced elegant look whether up or down. Outfit the arm with a FORTRESS Lighted Cup Holder with softly glowing LED lights and refrigeration to keep your drink cool during a romantic movie.



Now you see it, now you don’t. The FORTRESS SEATING Pocket Arm comes down when you need it, disappears when it’s in the way. Because it’s tailor-made, the underside of the pocket arm blends with the style and shape of the seat for a balanced elegant look, whether up or down.


Another option to get a bit cozier is to eschew the traditional theater chair altogether and opt for a big, comfortable sectional that you and all your loved ones can pile onto for an evening of entertainment.

The New Land sectional is a great option, and can be used in any room of the home, not just the theater. The concept for this sectional came about when custom integrator New Land Solutions needed to convert a customer’s living room into a theater, and then back again. The result is a lightweight, elegant, and completely customizable design that works equally well for theater and everyday use.

Whether you opt for a traditional theater look or a more intimate sectional, you’ll want to consider FORTESS’s new Smart Chair technology for any model you choose. This tech seamlessly interacts with home automation and control systems and features several options that allow seats to interact with other smart devices in the room. For example, human occupancy sensors detect when someone exits the chair and automatically perform functions like adjusting overhead and pathway lighting or pausing a Blu-ray player or TV. FORTRESS has also equipped the technology to detect human contact in mechanism pinch points, stopping the motor to reduce risk of accidents and keep your loved ones safe, not to mention comfortably entertained and happy.


Kramer Wins 2017 ISE InAVation Award for New Wireless Presentation Product

VIA GO Turns Any Existing Projector or Display into a State-of-the-Art, BYOD Wireless-Enabled Device

Kramer Electronics, Ltd. proudly announces that the company has received the 2017 InAVation award for “Small Group Presentation (less than 20 people)” for its innovative new wireless presentation product for classrooms and meeting spaces.

VIA GO is an advanced wireless plug-and-present solution that lets meeting participants easily and instantly present from any tablet, phone or laptop. With a built-in Wi-Fi access point, it can turn any existing projector or display into a state-of-the-art, BYOD wireless-enabled device. The solution also includes wired LAN connectivity, making it extremely flexible to install.

“This product brings to market the cutting edge of wireless presentation technology with a simple, straight-forward BYOD solution for both meetings and classrooms,” said Neta Lempert, VP Digital Business Development. “We are honored to have received an InAVation award for one of our newest and most cost-effective VIA products,” he added.

VIA GO offers mirroring for iOS, Android, Chromebook, and Mac and features content streaming with crystal clear mirrored images and stunning video playback. It keeps data secure with industry-leading 1024-bit encryption.

VIA GO is part of Kramer’s VIA product line. The VIA portfolio includes VIA Connect PRO for wireless presentation and collaboration in huddle spaces, VIA Collage for advanced wireless presentation and collaboration in any meeting environment; VIA Campus for advanced wireless presentation and collaboration in any meeting environment, classroom or training room; and coming soon VIAware, an offering that includes all the features of VIA Campus in a software-only solution.

The VIA product line also features VIA Site Management, a software application that lets IT administrators easily view and manage all VIA devices within the same network.


New Product Nuvo P30:

The NEW 7” Android PoE Touch Screen (NV-P30-BK) is a fully functioning seven inch Android tablet that offers convenient, complete, in-wall control of the Player Portfolio system.  The P30 uses the Player Portfolio app for seamless and unified control of the Nuvo Player Portfolio home audio system.


  • Runs the Player Portfolio app for seamless control of your home audio, including streaming services and music stored on networked devices
  • Fully functioning tablet allows access to other apps like Spotify, Pandora, and more
  • Sleek, high contrast seven inch 1024 x 600 IPS capacitive touch screen
  • Connects simply with a single RJ45 802.11af PoE cable

Link: http://www.legrand.us/nuvo/audio-video/wireless-audio-systems/nv-p30-bk.aspx


New Product Nuvo P4300

The NEW P4300 Professional Series Player (NV-P4300-XX) is the latest generation of the Nuvo Player series. Providing 110 Watts of power per zone, this single rack-mount unit delivers high fidelity audio to three independent zones. Featuring a backlit touch screen for configuration, system status, and the ability to show zone names, the P4300 delivers an unparalleled listening experience.

  • Built-in access to streaming services- Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Napster, Deezer and SiriusXM
  • Easily play music from networked computers, and iOS and Android devices.
  • Backlit touch screen supports easy setup with visible system status, zone names, and more
  • A single rack-mount unit delivers high fidelity audio to three independent zones
  • Efficient Class D amplifiers with 110 watts per zone at 8, 6 or 4 Ohms
  • Side mounted heat sinks and no fans for convenient single-space rack mounting
  • 5mm combination analog/TOSLINK jacks for line inputs and outputs

Link: http://www.legrand.us/nuvo/audio-video/wireless-audio-systems/p4300.aspx


Spotify addition for On-Q Digital Audio System

The On-Q Digital Audio System is now streaming Spotify.  The service will be accessed and controlled via Spotify Connect.

To stream music, users will select Spotify in the Digital Audio app. They will be prompted to download the latest Spotify app on their smart phone or tablet. Streaming music is simple, just select a song within Spotify, tap Devices Available and choose the Digital Audio Zone to play.

Link: http://www.legrand.us/onq/digital-audio.aspx


Loxone Introduces New Smart Home App

Have you closed all windows? Get the extra piece of mind.

You’re leaving the house and at the next intersection you wonder yourself if you have closed the window in the bathroom? Are you familiar with this situation? Now Loxone has the perfect solution for you!

With the Loxone Smart Home App you can check the status of your doors and windows at a glance. Without having to check the status of each one individually. Knowing your home is safe and protected will give you that extra piece of mind.

If you have want to know more about the Loxone Door & Window Protection Monitoring, just call us (859) 554-3147 or send us an email to office@loxone.us.



Bid season is here, and Chief, Da-Lite and Vaddio have the latest solutions to support modern classroom technology.


Retrofit the classroom with new interactive displays without having to tear out existing whiteboards or chalkboards.

Read More: https://www.milestone.com/about/newsroom/news_articles/retrofit_mount_for_interactive_flat_panels_launched

Dynamic Height Adjust Mounts: Add accessibility to interactive display technology with height adjustable carts, floor-support or wall mounts.

See how easy it is: https://www.milestone.com/support/education_resources/video?v=Heavy_Lifting_with_Fusion_Dynamic_Height_Adjust_Mounts

SYSAU: Chief’s SYSAU Suspended Ceiling Projector System is designed to cut installation time by one-third with tool-free adjustments and innovative features.

Watch the installation video: https://www.milestone.com/support/education_resources/video?v=SYSAU

IDEA Screens: IDEA Screens provide superior surface uniformity and rigidity for interactive projectors and dry erase use.

Download the white paper on interactive screen selection: https://www.milestone.com/~/media/images/dalite/news/white papers/da-lite-idea-white-paper.pdf


The Modern Classroom with Vaddio: Lecture capture and presenter tracking are available even on a budget with Vaddio solutions for education.

Get started with lecture capture: https://na4.salesforce.com/sfc/p/ – 600000007Dpt/a/600000009AMj/ZQ4opS_vxEyqxnVGVPovJ7ePVz850EHKArcQx2XpJR0

Learn about presenter tracking: https://na4.salesforce.com/sfc/p/ – 600000007Dpt/a/600000009AMt/WtJ3jkIdBJb4FZWamTkgseEXr1PPCOy89giokofJQbw

How to Request a Bid:




RTI Strengthens Powerful Home Automation, Control, and Monitoring Offering With ZW-9 Z-Wave Interface and Line of Z-Wave Lighting Control Products

RTI, a leading control and automation manufacturer for residential and commercial settings, today announced the company is now shipping its all-new Z-Wave®
solutions. The ZW-9 Z-Wave interface enables simple and cost-effective monitoring and control of Z-Wave-enabled systems and devices via an RTI control system. Addressing the need for comprehensive lighting control, the new Z-Wave solutions allow users to easily manage lighting elements both locally and from the
convenience of an RTI user interface.

“The arrival of our Z-Wave products has been highly anticipated,” said Mike Everett, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Americas, RTI. “With these new devices, RTI provides users with a unified control and monitoring experience for a full range of Z-Wave-enabled products such as lights, door locks, shades, and thermostats from the convenience of an RTI device.”

The ZW-9 Z-Wave interface utilizes the Z-Wave wireless protocol to provide the communication link between RTI systems and lighting, door locks, thermostats, and other Z-Wave-enabled devices. Eliminating the need for a different app for each device, the ZW-9 — combined with an RTI XP processor — provides users with unified control and monitoring over all devices directly on their RTI user interface. Through the power of RTI’s Integration Designer® software, programming and installation is simple and affordable. 

Perfect for new construction and retrofit installations, RTI’s new Z-Wave lighting control solutions include light switches, dimmers, a lamp module, and receptacles — with no new or specialized wiring required. For instance, the innovative battery-operated Anyplace switch requires no wiring of any kind, offering incredibly flexible installation possibilities. With a classic, elegant design, the devices blend into any décor, and easily scale to installations of nearly any size. Utilizing Z-Wave RF technology, these lighting control solutions create a wireless network that seamlessly integrates with RTI’s home and commercial automation systems via the ZW-9 Z-Wave interface.  More information is available at www.rticorp.com and www.procontrol.com.



Salamander Designs Introduces Motorized FPS Series Display Stands for Interactive Touchscreens such as Microsoft Surface Hub™

Versatility, convenience and innovation maximize unified communications and collaboration functionality for interactive touchscreen users

Salamander Designs, Ltd., a leader in premium quality residential and commercial audio/video furniture solutions, announces the introduction of the FPS Series display stands for interactive touchscreen products such as the Microsoft Surface Hub and other VESA-compliant displays. The FPS Series is currently available in two versatile form factors; mobile stands for easy portability and a low-profile wall-mounted solution, each providing precise motorized control of screen height. Some models offer the capacity to control tilt angle of the display as well when desired. Salamander FPS models have been engineered to provide optimized, ergonomically correct positions for working, drafting, collaborating or presenting while using an interactive touchscreen. When fully extended, viewing position is optimized for unimpeded visibility to large audiences. FPS Series products are robust, designed to accommodate monitors from 42 to 90-inches in size with a weight capacity up to 300 lbs. Salamander FPS stands are best-in-class products made in USA.

Salamander commercial solutions can be viewed here: www.salamanderdesigns.com/commercial



Savant recently announced the introduction of an ultra-high-performance pixel-perfect 4K video over IP switching platform that will give Savant integrators worldwide a distinct advantage delivering premium distributed A/V content to their residential and commercial clients.

Premium switching has always been a hallmark of Savant’s product lineup, and the new Savant Ultra HD video switching platform leverages the company’s rich history in telecom to deliver the most advanced high-speed scalable switching solution imaginable. The new product line delivers 4K/60 4:4:4 HDR video distribution over IP with zero frame latency. Integration professionals will appreciate the convenience of a centralized 10GbE switch, enabling Ethernet connectivity throughout the project with both fiber and copper options. A transmit chassis for centralized sources and distributed receivers has been designed with ease of installation in mind, reducing the burden and complexity at the rack. Audio down-mixing capabilities and audio breakout options make the new switching platform an ideal match with Savant’s recently released Pro Audio 4 IP-based switch with unlimited audio zone support and access to all popular streaming services via Savant Music.

The video and audio distribution capability of this new switch cost effectively meets the demand for the highest quality experience across any job size, with the added advantage of scalability only limited by the size of the network, allowing installations from 2 – 128 zones or more. Advanced video processing features supported by the new platform include multi-video/video tiling, video wall and multi-switching applications, technologies pioneered by Savant and brought forward into this newest generation of A/V switching solutions.

Savant 4K Ultra HD video over IP switching solution will begin shipping in Q3, 2017.


Séura® Invents TV Technology that Automatically Adjusts Picture Modes as Outdoor Lighting Conditions Change. 

Séura Adaptive Picture Technology™, patent pending, is available exclusively on Séura Storm Ultra Bright™ Outdoor TVs.

Séura announced a new, advanced outdoor TV feature that is exclusive to Séura Storm Ultra Bright outdoor televisions – Séura Adaptive Picture Technology. The patent-pending technology has 110 picture mode variations that adapt as outdoor lighting conditions change throughout the day and night to ensure the best outdoor viewing experience. Adaptive Picture Technology is the first ever solution that automatically adjusts both backlight brightness and picture settings to create the optimal television viewing experience outdoors.

“Consumers naturally expect their outdoor technology to work the same way their indoor technology works – meaning they don’t even need to think about it…it just works,” said Keegan Coulter, Séura Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

One of the biggest differences in outdoor versus indoor TV viewing experiences is the amount of light exposure. An outdoor TV must perform in a much broader range of lighting conditions, operating in direct sunlight, complete darkness and everywhere in between.

Séura engineers invented Adaptive Picture Technology, a feature that automatically adjusts backlight brightness and picture contrast in response to changes in outdoor lighting. This was accomplished by creating picture mode variations made up of 100 brightness settings and 10 LCD picture adjustment settings – something that no other indoor or outdoor TV manufacturer offers. This feature is available exclusively on Séura Storm Ultra Bright outdoor TVs, making it the only outdoor TV with this technology.

“Viewers outside want the best possible picture regardless of what time of day it is. They don’t want to have to constantly adjust picture settings as the sun is changing position or clouds move to still enjoy watching their favorite show,” explained Coulter. “Now consumers can always have the best outdoor viewing experience and enjoy the best version of their television picture without pushing a single button.”

Unlike other TVs, Séura outdoor TVs with Adaptive Picture Technology gradually adapt to ambient lighting with 110 unique picture modes for a smooth transition from bright sunlight to soft moonlight. In the span of a one hour TV show, you may have significantly different outdoor lighting conditions. Séura Adaptive Picture Technology ensures that you will be experiencing the best version of that show at all times.

Séura Storm Ultra Bright outdoor weatherproof TVs are available in 42-inch, 47-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, and 84-inch sizes. For more information about Séura, visit www.seura.com or call (920) 857-9069.


Video Mount Products Announces New EREN-27E1K 19-Inch Equipment Rack Enclosure

Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the security, commercial, residential, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce the launch of the new 27 rack space EREN-27E1K 19-inch Equipment Rack Enclosure. The latest member of VMP’s EREN Series is now shipping.

“The EREN Series has been designed for use with a multitude of security, audio, video, and communication components, and the EREN-27E1K is the newest member of 19-inch equipment rack enclosure family,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of VMP. “The EREN-27E1K has a usable depth of 33 inches and a durable load capacity of 1,300 lbs., making it perfect for just about any and every need.”

The cost-effective, portable, and fully welded EREN family of 19-inch equipment rack enclosures has been designed for installations where protected components are a necessity. The EREN Series, which comes complete with integrated cooling fans and lockable, removable side panels allows for the organization of multiple electronic components, while at the same time protecting them from thermal issues, as well as damage or theft. Additional EREN Series specifications include Welded steel construction; Ships fully assembled; Overall dimensions – 54.8in. H x 23.6in. W x 39.4in. D; Usable depth: 33 inches; Rails threaded with standard 10-32 threading; Pre-installed 4-fan tray; Locking removable side panels; Tempered glass front door; Double swing steel rear door; Adjustable front and rear rails; Vented top and bottom; Top and bottom cable routing knockouts; Reversible hinged front and rear door; Casters and leveling feet; Load capacity 1,300 lbs.; EREN-27E1K MSRP: $1,249.00;  www.videomount.com.