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Atlona® to Host Atlona Academy Webinar on Conference Room AV Installations on May 29

 Atlona® announced that the company will be hosting an Atlona Academy webinar titled “Digital Conference Room” on May 29 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PDT. The one-hour session will explore how to make conference room installations more successful using Atlona products.

Presented by Dan Tye, technical sales support manager for Atlona, “Digital Conference Room” will focus on the applications and philosophies of commercial product development, explore different conference room setups — both small and large, as well as provide tips and tricks for a successful corporate integration.

“As a manufacturer, Atlona has access to the collective experiences of a large dealer base.  Whenever possible, we strive to translate the positive experiences our dealers have had installing Atlona products into quality educational information,” said Tye. “We love to see our partners succeed, and the education that we can provide through the Atlona Academy is the vehicle to deliver this success.”

Atlona Academy is a great way for attendees to learn about the latest digital connectivity advances and gain valuable training, which enables them to save both time and money. Atlona Academy events are free to all Atlona partners and customers.

For more information on how to register for this valuable Atlona Academy webinar training, please visit:


InfoComm13 is where we can collaborate, communicate and connect.

The InfoComm13 Conference is being held June 8-14, with the Exhibits being showcased from June 12-14. Expected to be there are ninety countries, 925 exhibitors and 34,000 attendees. That sounds like quite a party and we sure won’t be missing it! We will have our NEW 20ft x 20ft booth set up for you to see the latest CE labs technology offerings. We will be showing our latest releases in digital signage solutions and pro A/V systems as well as give you a chance to meet our team and discuss future trends and innovative solutions.

I’d also like to invite you to book a time with us prior to the show by simply going to our contact us page and filling out the form. If you would like FREE InfoComm13 Passes then make sure you select that in the drop down options right before click submit.

Exciting times are ahead of us and we are looking forward to seeing everyone at InfoComm13 and showing our latest and greatest from CE labs. See you there!

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FSR InfoComm 2013 Product Introductions to Hit Broad Cross-Section of Applications

New Gear Will Target Installation, Digital Signage, Power, Signal Distribution and Control Requirements for Retail to Classroom to Conference, and Everything In-Between

FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has announced plans to introduce numerous and varied Audio/Video products at InfoComm 2013 that will target a broad cross-section of applications.

Highlights of the new launches include a series of powerful but compact table boxes for conference to classrooms; an iPad table mount to satisfy any digital signage need; a USB Charger for iPad and iPhones, and Digital Ribbon Cables for signal distribution in any AV setting.  The new gear will all be showcased during InfoComm in Booth 2259 in the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, from June 12th  – 14th.


Power Coaster Mini Table Box Series

FSR’s new Power Coaster mini table boxes are ideal for meeting, conference and classroom applications. The decorative covers protect and conceal the connectors below and resemble a high-end coaster when closed. Easy installation is accomplished by simply drilling a round hole in the table. A variety of connector options are available including Universal AC power receptacles and dual USB charging ports. The decorative covers are available with either black or aluminum anodized finishes for durability.

The AC outlets can be ordered in US, International Universal, UK or Australian forms to satisfy most international markets.

iPad Table Mounts

Perfectly suited for retail establishments, tradeshows, conferences, or even residential use, the versatile iPad Table Mounts offer a secure and reliable solution for any application utilizing an iPad or mini iPad as a digital signage tool.  Using mounting holes in the base, the units can be permanently and securely mounted to a desk, tabletop or other surface as an advertising aid or mini billboard. Rotating action allows quick repositioning between portrait and landscape orientation, and a swivel option permits user sharing. Flexible tilt mechanics swiftly adjust the iPad Table Mount into any desired position.

A simple design matches Apple products with black or white finishes.


The patent pending SS-USB-CHRG Charger snap-in module is iPad / iPhone compatible and incorporates the necessary firmware to communicate with USB devices, detect the correct charging wattage, and deliver a full 10 watts of charging power. The snap-in style connector fits a standard keystone mounting form and includes a power supply with screw terminals for easy installation.

Available in white and black.

Digital Ribbon Cables

FSR’s revolutionary Digital Ribbon Cables utilize proprietary composite technology to effectively allow “sparkle free” high-speed high definition HDMI signal transmission over distances of up to 325 ft.  Active circuitry embedded in the connector shells provides all the signal buffering needed and eliminates additional bulky electronics.

The cables deliver a lightning speed 10.2 Gb/sec video bandwidth and can easily handle 1080p, 4kx2k, 3D and most newer hi-res formats.  HDMI and HDCP compatibility is maintained throughout.  With virtually flawless signal transfer, these cables are perfect for audio/video distribution in digital signage, conference room and classroom settings where longer cable runs have been prohibitive in the past.  The cables are UL listed and plenum rated.  The new technology permits tight bends during installation that were never before possible and facilitates easy routing.

The small jacket is a mere 5mm x 2.5mm in size and available in lengths ranging from 50 to 325 ft. (15 to 100 meters) in assorted lengths.


FSR will also launch a host of AV equipment including Floor Boxes and a NEW FLEX System. This amazing self-contained control system offers valuable features, ease of use, and sensible pricing. In addition, the Company will highlight its popular Ceiling Boxes, the only ceiling boxes that offer both agency and plenum ratings; its Pathfinder Line of Matrix Switchers; and the Twister Pro transmitter/receiver system.

All of FSR’s latest products will be on exhibit at InfoComm, June 12 – 14, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Booth 2259.


Video Surveillance Products Leader IC Realtime Joins Verizon Partner Program

Joint national program opens doors for integrators to tap vertical markets by deploying
custom-tailored HD video surveillance systems transmitted via Verizon Wireless;  represents great opportunities for integrators to create recurring monthly revenues

IC Realtime, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions for residential, commercial, industrial, governmental and educational channels, today announced that it has joined the Verizon Partner program.  The move is the first initiative by IC Realtime’s M2M (Machine-to-Machine) Advisors Group, a newly-formed division operating from within its Pompano Beach, Florida headquarters.

Under the program IC Realtime and Verizon Wireless Connected Technologies sales teams will work with qualified IC Realtime integration companies (classified by IC Realtime as its M2M Master Integrators) to develop and deploy custom-tailored HD video surveillance solutions via the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

According to IC Realtime’s M2M Advisor Group President Adam Cohen, the types of applications span residential, commercial and industrial to local, state and federal branches of government.

”The program helps integrators branch-out into emerging vertical markets such as remote autonomous solar-powered systems; video over cellular; cloud-based HD-video and data storage; remote M2M command and control, and internet and video redundancy,” says Cohen.  “These powerful new offerings will allow them to sell services and build recurring monthly revenue streams previously deemed unobtainable or perhaps unforeseen.”

To help integrators seize the wide range of opportunities that exist, IC Realtime will aggregate talent from its consortium of integration companies, training them in Megapixel IP video over cellular networks, command and control over remote locations, autonomous solar systems, and wireless technology.

“Such a network of skilled connected technology experts can assist the business interests of manufacturers, service providers, integrators, and consumers of electronic physical security equipment,” adds Cohen.  “We believe that our pool of M2M Master Integrators will be the catalyst for a global paradigm shift in how security is procured, installed and serviced.”

Useful for the venture will be Video iVAULT™, an M2M cloud-based platform that IC Realtime created to provide live video on demand, without the need for special software or complicated hardware solutions.  This platform allows wireless cameras and recorders to send event video and alerts to the IC Realtime Cloud to be securely stored long-term via wireless networks.  Additionally, this solution further reduces costs by limiting the amount of video storage devices needed to be deployed onsite.

IC Realtime has also created a failover option for its DVR / NVR systems solutions to monitor in real time, grant access, communicate, and secure environments via the Verizon network.  This redundancy feature provides crucial backup when power and internet lines go down.  According to Cohen, the failover option is yet another example of previously untapped revenue source for integrators.

For all IC Realtime media inquiries, please contact Paul Muto at 631.849.4301 or via email at

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Kramer Introduces the VP−28, a 14−Input Multi−Format Presentation Switcher with Stereo Audio

The VP−28 has an up−to−date mix of analog and digital inputs, making it a perfect fit for small to medium−scale installations

Kramer Introduces the VP−28, a 14−Input Multi−Format Presentation Switcher with Stereo Audio
Kramer Electronics is pleased to introduce the most recent member of Kramer’s highly successful line of multi−format switchers, the VP−28.
The VP−28 is a 14−input presentation switcher that handles composite video, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, computer graphics video and stereo audio and microphone signals.
The VP−28 operates as a 3×1 composite video, 3×1 HDMI, 3×1 computer graphics video, 3×1 DVI−I, & 2×1 DisplayPort switcher, each with unbalanced stereo audio. The 3×1 DVI (digital) sections can be used for DVI signals or it can be used for 3 more computer graphics video (analog) signals using special breakout cables that are included with the device.
The VP−28 can operate as a 5×1 video switcher and a 14×1 audio switcher. The unit’s Audio Level Memory remembers and returns to the last audio level setting for each audio input signal during switching.  It has button selectable options for condenser or dynamic microphones and microphone & audio mixing options, including muting of the master audio output when a microphone signal is sensed. The VP−28 is also HDCP compliant and HDTV compatible.
The VP−28 has flexible control options including IR remote, Ethernet, and RS−232 (supplied with PC control software), and two microphone inputs with a mixing facility.
The VP−28 is housed in a 19” 1U rack mountable enclosure, with rack “ears” included.
The VP−28 is currently in stock and available from Kramer Electronics sales companies around the world.


Luxul Webinar

Wireless Bridging How To

June 5, 2013 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

This technical webinar covers the use and setup of a wireless bridge. We will review in detail the what, when, and how of wireless bridging—Including a full discussion of configuration and setup options. This webinar also addresses important business-related issues relevant to network installers, such as how the use of a wireless bridge can improve customer satisfaction while reducing installation costs.

Topics covered include:
• What is a wireless bridge
• How and when to use a wireless bridge
• The configuration and set up process
• Set up and network access options
• How to improve the bottom line with wireless bridging

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Luxul XenMaster™ Smartphone Application Simplifies Luxul Xen™ Network Setup

xenmasterUse your iPhone, iPad or virtually any other smart device to automatically discover and configure Luxul Xen™ networking devices in minutes.  Luxul XenMaster is designed specifically for use by installers of Luxul Xen networking products to simplify the network installation process.




Features include:

  • Auto-discovery of Luxul Xen devices
  •  Intuitive configuration of Luxul Xen devices
  • Firmware upgrade notification
  • Links to network performance tools


The Perfect Match – NEW In-Wall Box for AM100 Ultra-Thin Swingout Mount

The INW-AM100 is a recessed, wall mounted storage box for the AM100 swingout mount. Installed with the AM100, the box provides plenty of storage area for cable and power sources, including domestic and international, with cutouts to provide access to run power and signal cables for a clean and concealed look.

LIST $195.00 Color: Black

  • The INW-AM100 installs with the AM100 ultra-slim swingout mount for recessed storage area for cables, power sources, and other AV or IT equipment
  • Nesting for cable and power sources
  • Cable routing through cutouts
  • Added security with a cover for storage area with lock and key

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SAVANT® Introduces In-wall Wireless Charging Docks for Apple® iOS Devices with Lightning™ Connector Model IDC-100L transforms the iPad mini into a dynamic and easy-to-use in-wall touch panel 

Lightning_dock1 (1)Savant Systems, LLC has announced the introduction of three new iOS  device docks including the IDC-100L in-wall wireless charging dock for the Apple iPad mini with  Lightning™ connector. Savant is the first control and automation company in the CEDIA integration  channel to supply an in-wall dock for the iPad mini. Savant is also now offering the iPad Lightning  dock (IDC-200L) and 5th generation iPod dock (IDC-T00L). These new offerings are the first in a growing family of Lightning-compatible docks that will include desktop and in-wall wired versions for high-security enterprise applications. Savant’s new in-wall dock (IDC-100L) transforms the iPad  mini into a versatile and cost-effective WiFi-connected touch interface option for any Savant  control system. The three new Lightning docks consist of a mounting plate and back-box along with low-profile, magnetically attached bezels that can be ordered to match any decor. The iOS device is powered via the dock, and its touch screen can then be used for wireless navigation and control of  Savant’s residential and commercial automation and control solutions. The new docks have been specifically designed to secure each iOS device in place as a dedicated interface with a locking fastener—the iPad mini, iPad or iPod touch.

Savant IDC-100L dock for iPad mini becomes a fixed docking solution and is not intended to be removed. “The iPad mini has been widely adopted as a powerful user interface solution by Savant’s network of integrators as well as by end users,” explained Jim Carroll, Executive Vice President Corporate Strategy & Business Development at Savant. “Savant is pleased to deliver a docking solution for the iPad mini and other Lightning-compatible iOS devices to serve our customers,” Carroll stated. All three Lightning docks are available now from Savant.

IDC-100L Feature Summary

• In-wall wireless charging dock (iPad mini® not included)
• Transforms an iPad mini into a fixed wireless in-wall touch panel
• Cost-effective solution that is easy to install—ideal for retrofits
• Portrait or landscape installation options
• Scalable and expandable—add multiple in-wall charging docks throughout the installation
• Removable, magnetically attached bezels
• Bezels available in white, black, almond, polished chrome, satin nickel, oil bronze or paintable
primer finish
• Configured and customized using RacePoint Blueprint™


New HDMI Cable Extender: HX102

Tributaries proudly announces the introduction of its
New HDMI Cable Extender: HX102

Tributaries proudly announces a patented, active device to increase the performance of most HDMI cables from Standard to High Speed. The ELEC-HX102, a 12” light-weight dongle/HDMI cable, is designed to be connected at the display end of a long Standard HDMI cable. Engineered with auto-sensing technology, the HX102 can sense the length of a cable and provide the proper amount of equalization required for that length. To accomplish this amazing result, the HX102 electronics has an independent adaptive equalizer in each of its three data channels (red, green & blue). Each equalizer analyzes the incom­ing signal and determines the exact amount of equalization to apply thus resetting the signal to its original condition. The signal then passes through a 10” HDMI cable that plugs into the display. To ensure a secure and tight fit, the HX102’s male HDMI connector is equipped with Tributaries boss elements.

Equipped with 2 LEDs, one red and one green, the HX102 can display incorrect operation. If the clock signal is lost, the RED LED will illuminate. This can occur in the event of a damaged cable, a defective driver, or a lost connection to the equalizer.  The Green LED will illuminate when power is supplied to the HX102. Power can be supplied in either of two ways; using the provided power supply or drawing on the voltage within the HDMI cable.  The HX102 comes supplied with a 5V/1A Power Supply and a cable terminated at one end with a USB “A” connector and a barrel-type DC connector at the other end.  If there is an adequate voltage supply on the HDMI cable, no external power is required. If, however, an external power supply is required, the supplied cable can be connected from the HX102 directly to the display’s USB receptacle. If the display lacks a USB receptacle, the cable can be connected to the included USB to AC adapter which can be plugged into an available AC outlet.

The HX102 is recommended for long HDMI cables. It is not designed to work with HDMI cables with built in electronics. The HX102 can be purchased separately for pre-existing HDMI cables in the wall or it can also be purchased as a kit; the IHEC-X contains one Tributaries new IHEC 12m, 15m, 20m, or 25m cable bundled with the ELEC-HX102 as a special packaged price. This HX102 is not compatible with “Go Technology” or other active or passive HDMI electronics.

The HX102 price is in stock. Look for it on the Tributaries website: or call Tributaries Customer Service at 888-554-2514.


TruAudio Introduces Acoustiscape Landscape Speaker System

A-CP-700 600TruAudio announces the newest addition to their outdoor audio line by pairing up their Acoustiscape landscape speaker with an Atlas Commercial Dual Channel Audio Amplifier in a complete landscape speaker system.

The only dual 70 Volt and 8 Ohm capable landscape speaker on the market, the Acoustiscape gives integrators the flexibility of using a landscape speaker that will work in virtually any install environment, at less cost, while delivering impressive sound.

“TruAudio integrators appreciate a speaker that not only sounds good but is also easy to work with. We designed the Acoustiscape to be a very versatile, all-in-one outdoor speaker,” says Kary Wawrzyniak, Vice President of Technology at TruAudio. “We’ve included everything you need with Acoustiscape and it can be sold into a variety of different installs.”

The new Acoustiscape sports a 4.5″ polypropylene woofer and 3/4″ silk soft dome tweeter housed in a stylish, non-corrosive sealed enclosure. With its unique mounting design, the Acoustiscape has a wide range of motion so integrators can position the sound exactly where they want it to go.

Transfers from 70 volt to 8 ohm with a simple switch on the back, the Acoustiscape also comes complete with 14 inch (355mm) industrial grade, metal ground stake and optional wall mounting bracket.

The Acoustiscape landscape speaker has a gorgeous look, sound and versatility…. but integrators will like its price the best!

Atlas A-CP400

A professional grade audio power amplifier specifically designed for demanding contractor applications, the CP400 features esoteric grade toroidal power supply and output transformers. These transformers were chosen for their outstanding reliability as well as extended frequency response (-3dB @ 30Hz – 16kHz via transformer output).

Now you can have the peace of mind that systems specified with the CP400 will have true transformer output isolation, a feature that previously may have not been affordable due to the cost of quality external transformers.


The new Acoustiscape landscape speaker package with Atlas 70 volt amplifier is available through authorized TruAudio dealers. You can get the AC-PAK400 for small to medium-sized applications or the AC-PAK700 for medium to large-sized applications. To learn more about the Acoustiscape package, for additional technical specifications, order options and accessories, please visit or contact TruAudio toll-free at 1-888-858-1555.

TruAudio designs, creates, and manufactures audio products that are both innovative and installer-focused: The Sound of Innovation. TruAudio sells exclusively through AV integrators and is NEVER sold on the internet or through retail channels. Offering an industry-standard lifetime guarantee on its products, TruAudio prides itself on offering superior customer service and competitive pricing to its exclusive dealers.


Vaddio’s New EasyUSB PRO MIC I/O Allows Any Third-Party Microphone to be a USB Microphone When Paired with an EasyUSB Mixer/Amp

Now Any Professional Microphone Can be Used with Vaddio’s EasyUSB Audio Solutions


Vaddio launched the EasyUSB PRO MIC I/O Interface, designed to integrate any professional microphone with Vaddio’s EasyUSB audio solutions. The PRO MIC I/O Interface incorporates Vaddio’s unique SmartMIC technology into the device, providing distributed multi-channel acoustical echo cancellation and automatic microphone mixing. Additional DSP/Digital Signal Processing technologies include noise reduction, microphone gating, equalization, filtering and AGC for automatically calibrating to the live requirements of the room.

The PRO MIC I/O comes equipped with four independent echo cancellation microphone inputs and one discreet output for interfacing to the Vaddio EasyUSB Mixer/Amp. The system can be expanded to support eight microphones by adding an additional PRO MIC I/O.

“When we launched our EasyUSB MicPODs we heard from a lot of our integrators that while they loved them, they also wanted to have the capability of adding any professional microphone to their system designs,” explained CEO, Rob Sheeley. “So we are responding to their requests with the launch of the PRO MIC I/O. We believe that this is a game changer for consultants and integrators because they can now integrate the world’s best microphones into their Vaddio USB solutions. The audio quality of Microsoft Lync, Cisco WebEx and Skype audio calls will be amazing and with our state of the art DSP signal processing, they sound crystal clear and echo free.”

With Vaddio’s SmartMIC technology, there’s no more complex programming or time-consuming setups. No more having to relearn the room every time a change occurs.

“Plug in the microphone of your choice, adjust the input gain and let the PRO MIC I/O do the rest,” says Sheeley. “Once again Vaddio has given you The Art Of Easy.”

Vaddio Combines Echo Cancellation and Automatic Mixing Into TRIO Microphones with SmartMIC Technology

Three discreet microphones, built-in acoustical echo cancellation and automatic mixing are all combined into just one attractive tabletop or ceiling mounted enclosure

hires-TRIO_MIC_CeilingVaddio announces its revolutionary TRIO audio line with SmartMIC technology. TRIO SmartMIC technology is the industry’s first microphone system to incorporate Digital Signal Processing and echo cancellation directly into the microphone itself. The internal DSP features microphone gating, equalization, AGC and noise cancellation. With SmartMIC technology, internal DSP and echo cancellation can now be integrated into any manufacturer’s audio mixing system.

Each TRIO SmartMIC is equipped with an array of three electret condenser microphones positioned to form a 360-degree pickup pattern. This unique technology is based on the microphone’s ability to actively manage the room’s live audio for gain, gating and echo cancellation. Once detected, the microphone will adjust and mix down to a single output. Because the intelligence is inside the microphone, any mixer can now be used in a live collaboration application for audio conferencing and achieve outstanding results.

“Our TRIO SmartMIC technology was designed to allow our integrators to have a simple and less expensive approach to adding live audio conferencing into their room designs,” explained CEO of Vaddio, Rob Sheeley. “As our industry moves away from designing presentation-only rooms into designing interactive collaborative workspaces, adding clear, echo-free audio has become a major priority. Designing complex and expensive echo cancellation systems for one room just doesn’t work in a world where collaboration is being deployed in EVERY room.”

The TRIO MIC I/O interface device allows the connection of up to four SmartMICs and because each input is effectively running three microphones on three different channels, users can technically run 12 microphones all with independent echo cancellation and internal DSP. For installations requiring more than 12 SmartMICs, just add an additional  TRIO MIC I/O for 12 more channels.

With Vaddio’s new SmartMIC technology, there’s no more complex programming. No more time-consuming setups or outrageous equipment costs. Want to hang the microphone from the ceiling? The same SmartMIC technology in the table microphone is available in a ceiling version as well.