MUSIC Group, the corporate parent of pro audio brand Behringer has appointed Chesterton IN-based Starin Marketing. as its exclusive Fulfiller for all 50 US states and protectorates. Starin had previously represented Behringer in selected territories, with the rest of the country served by Shoreview Distribution. David O’Kelly, Vice President of Global Sales for MUSIC Group, stated, “Starin has proven to be an exceptional partner, delivering service levels that are earning praise from our dealers across America. I want to thank Shoreview for their loyal support but it became clear to us that a single source for Behringer products was in the best interest of our dealers and in turn our end users.”
Starin already distributed MUSIC Group brands Midas, Klark Teknik and Turbosound across the US exclusively. Founder/Principal Jim Starin offered, “We have a greatly expanded stock of goods that will vastly improve availability as well as national Freight and MAP programs that will greatly enhance profitability for our dealers.”

ClearOne (Salt Lake City UT) previously reported in its periodic filings that it expected resolution by the end of 2012 of two pending arbitration matters concerning auction rate securities sold to ClearOne by Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., and UBS Financial Services, Inc. ClearOne has determined the outcome of both matters, involving substantially identical claims against two different parties, effective January 14, 2013. Regarding the Morgan Stanley arbitration, the arbitration panel denied ClearOne’s claims in their entirety.
Regarding the UBS arbitration under a different panel, ClearOne has settled its dispute for $45 million, effective December 10, 2012. The settlement agreement was subject to confidentiality pending resolution of the related Morgan Stanley arbitration matter. The settlement award is subject to a 15% contingency legal fee payable to ClearOne’s litigation counsel.
“We are pleased the litigation surrounding auction rate securities has been settled in favor of ClearOne,” said Zee Hakimoglu, President/CEO/Chairman. “We will carefully evaluate over time, opportunities available to us and use the cash for selective infusions of technology, sales and marketing, infrastructure, and other investments to fuel our growth, as well as acquisitions that may strategically fit our business and are accretive to our performance.”

Matrox Avio fiber-optic dual-DVI KVM extender

Matrox Avio fiber-optic dual-DVI KVM extender allows you to separate your workstation from the user environment and secure it up to 2 km away in a machine room.

Avio extends uncompressed data over a single fiber-optic cable and doesn't introduce any latency. Users experience the same system performance—fast 3D graphics and smooth HD, 2K and 4K video, without any cursor/mouse lag or dropped frames.

Compared to CAT5 type copper extenders, a fiber-optic solution supports longer distances and delivers better overall performance as it provides larger bandwidth to extend multiple HD video streams.

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Mood Media (Concord, ON, Canada) is rebranding to integrate its portfolio companies (Muzak, DMX and Mood Media) into a single global brand, Mood. During the past several years, Mood experienced growth through strategic acquisitions. [The company acquired Technomedia Solutions and GoConvergence recently; see NEWSLETTER, January 2013.] Mood provides music, digital signage, messaging, social/mobile applications, location-based services, scent marketing, and AV systems design and implementation to retail stores, hotels, restaurants and businesses.
According to Lorne Abony, Chairman/CEO, Mood, “Integrating each of our component companies under the Mood brand reaffirms our steadfast commitment to deliver services driven by creative purpose and designed with intent to help clients differentiate and grow their business.” Notably, Mood’s rebranding effort marks the end of an American brand and pop culture reference: Muzak. Its integration into the Mood brand, along with DMX, unifies the company’s offerings that include mobile, wireless and location-based interactive solutions.

Unified Video Technologies’ Broadcast subsidiary (UNIV, Miami FL), specialists in developing, integrating and operating complete high-performance media and broadcast ecosystems for broadcasters and enterprises, has acquired KIT Digital’s Broadcast System Integration Unit for the Americas (New York NY). KIT Digital divested the Unit as part of its restructuring process. According to the company, UNIV will enhance the system integration services that had been provided by KIT Digital through its consultative approach, which focuses on understanding and addressing the needs of customers in media-rich environments by developing and implementing high-performance workflows, providing media processing and introducing managed services.
“UNIV recognizes that enterprises in almost every field, including broadcasters, must quickly find solutions for effectively managing their video assets,” said Pablo Goldstein, UNIV CEO. “With media becoming essential for corporate functions, such as marketing, product development, in-house training, sales, product documentation, investor relations and more, video management solutions are a must for every company that has a growing library of video assets, as well as for companies in the media and entertainment industry. UNIV is committed to creating easy-to-use workflows that empower each enterprise to get the most out of its media assets, with the least hassle and expense.”
UNIV is headquartered in the former KIT Digital Broadcast System Integration Unit facilities and staffed by Unit professionals to ensure service continuity.

Revolabs Executive HD™ MaxSecure Wireless Microphone System Supports AES-256 Encryption for Maximum Security

Designed to provide the highest level of security for the most sensitive applications, the Revolabs Executive HD™ MaxSecure 8-channel wireless microphone system and compatible microphones support the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256) as defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

This encryption standard is designed for compliance with the security encryption standards AES FIPS 197 and AES FIPS 140-2, established by the United States government and approved by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) for applications requiring advanced privacy protection.

At home in demanding environments such as high-end boardrooms and large auditoriums, the Executive HD MaxSecure offers the same audio quality, versatility, and seamless integration as the 128-bit Executive HD. Each unit provides support for up to eight microphones with exceptional audio quality; multiple units can be linked together to support up to 32 (Americas) or 40 (international) microphones per area. The Executive HD MaxSecure can be integrated with all control systems via RS-232 or Ethernet, making it a seamless, natural extension of any new or existing environment. An intuitive, front-panel LCD display provides simple control and configuration on-location, while management software is available for the convenience of remotely monitoring and controlling the system through its Ethernet connection.

Diversified Systems (Kenilworth NJ) has acquired Snader & Associates (San Rafael CA). Diversified Systems provides design, consulting, project management and turnkey integration services to major media and entertainment companies, sport venues, universities and houses of worship throughout the US. According to the company, the Snader team will continue to serve its customers in the western US. The combined company will offer full spectrum of services backed up by one of the largest engineering design and consulting teams focused on media and AV solutions, with more than 200 employees in eight offices. "We have partnered with Snader on numerous successful projects and we know the culture of our organizations complement each other,” said Fred D'Alessandro, Diversified Systems President.

Boitnott Visual Communications, (BVC, Richmond VA) has sold its sales and integration division to company employees, headed by Patrick Hearring and Peter Norman. The new company, Code 3 AV, Inc., will continue to work from the BVC complex in Richmond.
Founded in 1969 by Harrell Boitnott, BVC specializes in audiovisual equipment rental, rental staging, sales, installation and support to clients on the East Coast. The rental department caters to corporate clients and event production support. BVC will continue to provide all rental services and contracted onsite audiovisual support personnel for its clients. These remaining BVC divisions will be managed by Keith Boitnott, President.
Code 3 AV will specialize in the integration, installation and support of boardrooms, videoconference systems, presentation systems, network operation centers, classrooms, digital signage and houses of worship. Code 3 AV will also provide maintenance and support contracts with full testing and preventative maintenance visits for its systems. In addition to Hearring, nine other BVC employees will join the new company.

Kramer Electronics (Hampton NJ; Jerusalem, Israel), manufacturer of analog and digital audio, video and computer signal management products for the commercial AV industry, has entered into a license agreement with ComQi (New York NY), a digital in-venue media management company formed from the merger of Minicom Digital Signage and EnQii. The agreement provides Kramer with exclusive manufacturing, sales and marketing rights for ComQi’s (Minicom Digital Signage) Media Distribution products and will allow Kramer to provide an end-to-end Digital Media solution encompassing media distribution, network management, content management and proof-of-performance, on digital signage platforms, such as mobile web, and computer screens. In addition, ComQi will market Kramer’s entire product suite to its customer base.

Confiance IP Solutions, Inc., is operating as Onepath Systems (Atlanta GA), effective January 1. In February 2012, Onepath Systems, LLC, acquired the company, which has provided consulting services that help its customers incorporate advanced technologies into their core business for the past five years. Their work has been recognized as the 2010 Cisco US and Canada South Region Services Partner of the Year, the 2010 Cisco Carolinas Select Enterprise Partner of the Year and the 2011 Triad Business Journal’s Fast 50 Award as one of the fastest growing companies in the region. The merger with Onepath Systems has allowed them to reach a broader audience, offering their network and system infrastructure monitoring service, Guardian Support Services. “We are already reaping the benefits of our expanded geographic presence in the Southeast, as well as adding Onepath’s intelligent building technology solutions and services capabilities,” said Mike Cotrone, Executive Vice President of Onepath Systems, and Confiance cofounder.
Created by professionals with more than 100 years of combined experience, Onepath Systems’ services and products include consulting, design, implementation and maintenance of audiovisual, IT, fire and life safety, security, structured cabling, access control and distributed antenna systems for Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions and state and local government agencies. It was #2 on the 2011 Georgia Fast 40 in the Small-Middle Market category, as well as #12 on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Top Workplaces for 2011.



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