GLOBAL CACHÉ SIGNS NEW CTO, ACQUIRES STARDRAW CONTROL'S TECHNOLOGY
Global Caché (Jacksonville OR), which provides IP and WiFi-enabling products for homes and businesses, has has appointed David Snipp as Chief Technology Officer. Snipp founded and acted as CEO for Stardraw.com (Surrey, England), developer of software applications, including Stardraw Design 7 and Stardraw Control. The company also acquired intellectual property from Stardraw.com consisting of Stardraw Control's technology.
Snipp, who also worked as Development Manager at Microsoft, and senior software engineer and architect of major components of Windows NT, said, "I'm especially experienced in managing development teams and pushing forward exciting new products. I've enjoyed working with Global Caché as a corporate partner over the last several years. I've always admired and appreciated their innovation, proven product reliability, and significant global client base."
Walt Keller, Global Caché CEO, added, "Having David join us, and the acquisition of important web services from Stardraw, is really an important event for our company as it allows us to expand our current end-point hardware offerings to our software and system partners. This positions us well to better address new emerging vertical markets due to the availability of control apps on smartphones and tablets."
At the same time, software developer Stardraw.com announced major changes to its company structure and operation. Rob Robinson, formerly marketing director, is now CEO, with David Snipp remaining a major shareholder and assuming a role of non-executive board director.
The new structure will see Stardraw.com focusing on its core business of software tools and services for system design and documentation, and the development of custom (OEM) software solutions for corporate clients. The company will continue to support its existing Stardraw Control products and customers, including the addition of new drivers as a free service for registered users.

Canon

Canon's REALiS Pro AV Projectors Display Incredible Detail, Color and Brightness.

Canon's REALiS Installation LCOS Projectors feature high brightness, intricate image detail, accurate color, and a range of operational advantages. Fourth-generation AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical technology maximizes display capabilities and helps to deliver superb video and still images in long-throw venues and brightly-lit auditoriums.Benefits and advantages also include: Rich seamless image quality, higher-than-HD resolution (1920x1200 in select models, choice of Genuine Canon Lenses, motorized Lens Shift for installation convenience and advanced color adjustment. DICOM® simulation mode models are also available. Learn more about Canon's REALiS Projectors at: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/projectors

VERREX RESTRUCTURES
Verrex(Mountainside NJ), the 65-year-old design-build integrator and managed services provider of conferencing, collaboration and presentation technologies, is restructuring, moving to a more visible global alliance model, the company reported. This network of AV systems integrators and service providers has been in place for the past several years, led by Verrex and includes more than 200 firms worldwide serving 300-plus metropolitan areas across 37 countries. In preparation, Verrex will restructure its own UK and Asia Pacific presence by year's end. US regions have been realigned to support the restructured organization.
"We have had significant success with our network of allied firms in helping to serve our clients globally for the past 10 years," said Thomas Berry Jr., President/CEO. "Their local resources, coupled with Verrex's proprietary quality management process, our global expertise and full service offerings is the ideal model. Verrex's core competency remains global deployment. We look forward to our allied firms leveraging this experience while we in turn leverage their local proficiencies."
Verrex will continue to centralize global systems and service deployments from its full-service offices in the US. This includes the company's service desk, where the global allied network is managed and deployed.

Samsung

NORTEK LAUNCHES 'CORE BRANDS' GROUP
Nortek, Inc. (Providence RI), a global diversified company offering technology-driven products and solutions for residential and commercial applications, has formed Core Brands, combining the product and marketing strengths of 10 of the company's formerly independent audio, power management and control brands operating within its Technology Solutions segment. Including Nortek's Aton, BlueBOLT, Elan, Furman, Niles, Panamax, Proficient, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire and Xantech brands, Core Brands has more than 190 years of combined experience in the residential, commercial and professional markets and more than 4300 direct customer accounts in multiple distribution channels in the US and worldwide.
Core Brands will be based in Petaluma CA, with offices in Carlsbad and Riverside CA, and Marblehead MA. Bill Pollock, who has served as Panamax President, will lead Core Brands. Dave Keller, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Panamax/Furman, will handle worldwide sales. Keith Marshall, President of SpeakerCraft/Proficient, will be in charge of channel management, and Paul Starkey, President of Elan, will lead marketing for all brands.
"The formation of Core Brands reflects the strategic refocusing currently taking place as we pursue new markets and new opportunities to serve our dealers, channel partners and end users," said Nortek President/CEO Michael J. Clarke. "We expect that combining the unique capabilities of each of these 10 formidable brands will deliver new and powerful benefits they can only achieve as a group."
"Operating as Core Brands will enable us to leverage economies of scale while strengthening our ability to invest in launching innovative technologies and a range of new marketing programs designed to increase the value, clarity and acceptance of each brand," said Sean Burke, Group President of Nortek's Technology Solutions segment. "In addition, combining these market-leading brands will allow us to deliver more localized and responsive factory training and product support expertise. These initiatives should position the brands not only to improve their business performance, but also to increase their penetration of unserved and underserved market segments during a period of generally improving business conditions in their respective distribution channels."


Emsemble Designs

HERMAN LAUNCHES INTEGRATION SERVICES DIVISION
Herman (Miami FL), provider of connectivity and infrastructure products and services to the commercial AV and broadcast industries, has launched Herman Integration Services, providing technical staffing for systems integrators, along with a new website, www.herman-is.com. According to the company, Herman Integration Services' nationwide network enables AV integrators to gain efficiency and offload the burden of outsourced labor resource management with talent ranging from project managers to AV installation labor, field engineering and service technicians, through a staff of certified professionals and its contractor network.
"We are offering a first-of-its-kind model, which helps systems integrator clients complement their own technical AV staff as needed, on a long-term or project-by-project basis," said Chris Bianchet, President of Herman Integration Services. "This enables them to staff according to demand, without hiring employees. We coordinate all the details, so they can focus on their business."


Revolabs

Revolabs HD™ Line of Wireless Microphones Ensures High Quality Audio for Your Infrastructure

Revolabs HD™ line of wireless microphone systems includes the Single/Dual Channel; the rack-mounted, dual-channel Venue; and the Executive, which can support up to 32 (Americas) or 40 (international) microphones, each with an independent channel to operate together in one area without interference.

For the highest audio quality, HD microphones provide the sound fidelity of a wired system and CD-quality frequency response. The systems' wireless design simplifies setup and eliminates the clutter of cables for a clean look, while allowing the freedom of mobility. For fool-proof operation, Revolabs' microphones automatically look for and change frequency to avoid interference. In addition, RF Armor™ technology enables the microphones to operate when in direct contact with other wireless devices known to cause audio interference, such as GSM noise from cell phones. All Revolabs wireless microphones are rechargeable, providing up to eight hours of talk time, and offer the security of 128-bit encryption to ensure that no one will be able to listen in on the wireless signal.

With the HD line, Revolabs has you covered with quality audio solutions to make the most of your infrastructure.

NSCA, INFOCOMM END PARTNERSHIP
The partnership between NSCA and InfoComm International has officially ended, with the five-year contract the organizations signed back in 2007 expiring this year. NSCA communicated with InfoComm that it did not want to extend the contract, confirming its non-renewal in June 2011, which InfoComm accepted following this year's show in June. "We said, when we got the letter, that we would continue to talk and see if we could make it work, and we weren't able to make it work; but I would still call it a friendly split," said Randy A. Lemke, PhD, Executive Director/CEO of InfoComm. According to InfoComm, NSCA will not take part in next year's show, per its request.
"It just didn't seem to make sense for us to have that big of a presence at the show and to do that many courses," NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson told Sound & Communications during an exclusive interview. "So we're going to submit a new proposal [to InfoComm] and see where that takes us." NSCA President Ingolf de Jong told Sound & Communications, "We want to make sure that we are providing products and services to the integrator community that help better businesses–and that's singularly what we want to focus on." NSCA is concentrating its focus on North America. With mutual members and similar educational programs, both organizations are building their interests separately.
NSCA added later, "While the NSCA and InfoComm contract under its current arrangement has expired, NSCA is committed to continuing its support of the InfoComm show moving forward. NSCA will be present on both the show floor and in hosting the NSCA Education Foundation Industry Charity Concert featuring the Drunk Unkles in 2013." Lemke responded, "To date, InfoComm has received no further proposals from NSCA to participate in InfoComm 2013 or beyond, and InfoComm is not in receipt of any ratified contracts from NSCA. It is InfoComm's position that, as of today's media publication [August 29], and in spite of NSCA's subsequent statement...NSCA is not a participant in InfoComm 2013, by NSCA's own request."


Magenta Research

The Leader in Pro A/V Signal Extension & Switching

Whether an application calls for digital or analog video, the medium is fiber or copper, or distance requirements range from a handful of feet to thousands, Magenta Research offers a wide range of solutions designed to make any signal routing installation-and you (or your firm)-look great.

The key is product interoperability, which both the
MultiView video-over-Cat5 and Voyager video-over-fiber product lines boast in abundance. This interoperability, which includes daisy-chain receivers and multiple output transmitters, ensures adaptability to just about any installation footprint.

MultiView supports the transmission of DVI and analog video, plus audio and serial, to distances of 2,000 feet, while Voyager supports multi-format video (including HDMI with HDCP), along with audio and serial, to distances of 30KM.
Additionally, switching solutions for both product families are expandable; the venerable Mondo Matrix, designed to be used in conjunction with MultiView, powers thousands and thousands of casino screens around the world and is easily expandable from 16x16 to 256x512. Voyager switching solutions range from 8-640 ports and feature Magenta's "Flex I/O" technology, which eliminates a dependence on "square" matrix switches, allowing each port to be configured as an input or an output.

PLASA MOVES DATES FOR 2013 SHOW
PLASA will have a new location and dates for its show in 2013. It will take place at ExCeL London, October 6-9. The event is moving from Earls Court & Olympia where it had been held for 21 years. "We are moving to an area transformed by significant investment in preparation for the London Olympic Games," said PLASA CEO Matthew Griffiths. It is located in the heart of London's Royal Docks.
The new timeline removes the event from the closing weeks of the busy summer festival and touring season, and also avoids the perennial clash with the IBC exhibition in Amsterdam, a change that will be particularly welcomed by audio exhibitors.

 

Canon

INFOCOMM SETS SHOW DATES THROUGH 2019
InfoComm International (Fairfax VA) has announced its future rotation plans for the annual InfoComm exposition and conference. Next year's event will be held in the Orlando Orange County Convention Center's West Building, June 12 to 14, and InfoComm 2014 will be held in the Las Vegas Convention Center's North and Central Halls, June 18 to 20. InfoComm has signed lease agreements with both facilities for these rotating events. According to Jason McGraw, CTS, CAE, Senior Vice President, Expositions, InfoComm International, "Our show has experienced phenomenal growth over the past several years based in large part on the well-run convention centers, large hotel selection and premium entertainment options offered by both of these destinations."
Here are the dates: 2013: Show 6/12-6/14, Conference 6/8-6/14, Orlando; 2014: Show 6/18-6/20, Conference 6/14-6/20, Las Vegas; 2015 Show 6/17-6/19, Conference 6/13-6/19, Orlando; 2016 Show 6/8-6/10, Conference 6/4-6/10, Las Vegas; 2017 Show 6/14-6/16, Conference 6/10-6/16, Orlando; 2018 Show 6/6-6/8, Conference 6/2-6/8, Las Vegas; 2019: Show 6/12-6/14, Conference 6/8-6/14, Orlando.

 

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