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Throwing Signage on the Bus 

Tim Kridel

Faced with budget shortfalls, Chicago has quit plowing side streets to save money. But the snow and cold were made a bit more tolerable for some of the city's public transit passengers, thanks to Kraft Foods, which provided heat at some bus shelters as part of an ad campaign for Stove Top Stuffing....

Attero Tech's Outside-the-Box for CobraNet 

Kimberly R. Griffin

Digital audio is the way of the future. But for some, the future is now, and Attero Tech's Outside-the-Box series of CobraNet audio interface products are designed make the conversion of analog signals to digital easier for AV pros....

Scala 4: Timed Release 

Kimberly R. Griffin

Between 30 and 40 percent of Scala's customers use its digital signage platform in an advertising-based scenario, says Jeff Porter, the company's executive vice president....

Perrin Meyer, Meyer Sound Labs, on DSPs 

Sam Berkow

Acoustic consultant and audio designer Sam Berkow launches a new column exploring audio technology through interviews with product engineers. Here he talks to Perrin Meyer, who works in advanced R&D at Meyer Sound....

Holograms: Virtually Real 

Linda Seid Frembes

technology by cable network CNN. Show anchor Wolf Blitzer told the world it was something that had never been done on TV. Moments later, a seemingly three-dimensional correspondent appeared in the studio....

L.A. Live's Massive AV Install 

Daniel Frankel

Keeping consumers in one place in a competitive entertainment market like Los Angeles, not to mention revitalizing the city's long-neglected downtown area, has required ambition and deep pockets. Over the past 10 years, billionaire developer Philip Anschutz has shown both in his efforts to bring people back to the heart of the city....

What Makes Good Telepresence? 

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Few would argue that tele-presence systems are among the cool new things in today's enterprise. But are they AV installs? IT installs? Anecdotally, AV pros say that unless the client is happy with an out-of-the-box solution, the best telepresence requires their expertise. And new research from the Boston-based Aberdeen Group bears this out....

Q&A with Thomas Wyatt, Cisco Systems 

Brad Grimes

Thomas Wyatt is VP of Cisco Systems' digital media system business. Cisco has pushed into telepresence and digital signage and recently announced new products, including a line of flat-panel displays and the Media Experience 3000 for managing network video....

Everyone's a Broadcaster 

Linda Seid Frembes

In recent years, broadcast technology has evolved so that it's more accessible to non-traditional markets such as houses of worship, museums, corporations, and even government agencies....

Bravado by the Bay: An Upgrade for the Arts 

Kimberly R. Griffin

says Michael Kilgore, vice president of marketing and customer experiences for the center....

Digital Signage Is For Real 

Brad Grimes

Recently I had the honor of judging entries for the 2009 Apex Awards, which will be handed out Feb. 25 at the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas. The Apex Awards recognize excellence in digital signage with a particular focus on two criteria: innovative use of technology and service to the customer (or consumer, as the case may be)....

Dispatch from the Far East 

Pete Putman, CTS, ISF

PRO AV columnist Pete Putman spent several days in Osaka, Japan, as a guest of Sanyo Electric's Digital Systems Co. You probably know them best as the group that manufactures Sanyo LCD (and DLP) projectors, which you've seen, spec'ed, and installed a few times in your career. Bu the projector division is just one of six groups under the Digital Systems banner....

What Does a Digital Signage Setup Really Cost? 

Kris Vollrath, CTS

One of the most difficult things to do is determining how much something will cost when it's beyond one's knowledge base. I'm sure every integrator reading this has been asked by a client to produce a budget estimate for a project where, in many cases, the client probably had no idea what to expect. When it comes to digital signage solutions especially, that's more often the case than not....

Greening Takes Vision 

Thom Mullins, CTS

What a roller coaster ride. The American public's fickle affection for renewable resources, sustainable energy, alternative sources, and so on, wax and wane with the economy. Last summer, with the cost of oil over $140 a barrel and gas prices more than $4 per gallon, folks started to jettison their SUVs and began to ride the bus to work....

Vital Signs: Trends in Digital Signage 

Daniel Frankel

Digital signage has become a must-have AV application. Today, added-value technologies, such as interactive software and wireless networking, are breathing fresh life into new digital signage projects....

AV and IT at a Crossroads 

Dan Tynan

It may be seem like a marriage of inconvenience, but it's for life. As it did to so many others, information technology?and in particular, Internet Protocol networking?has wedded itself to the audiovisual industry. And many professional AV firms are finding it hard getting used to the new living arrangements....

NSCA 2009 Excellence in Business Winners Revealed 

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NSCA announced the winners of its 2009 Excellence in Business Award. Recipients will be honored at the 2009 Business and Leadership Conference sponsored by InfoComm....

Soundcraft Adds Low-Cost Option Si Series 

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Soundcraft added the Si2 to its Si family of digital consoles as a smaller partner to the Si3. The Si2 comes in a smaller footprint than its larger counterpart, and has 48 microphone inputs mapped on 24 faders, while the Si3 has 64 inputs....

C-nario and T-Systems Partner on Signage Projects 

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C-nario, an Israel-based provider of digital signage software products and solutions, entered a service and support agreement with T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom's corporate customer division. Under the terms of a new agreement, T-Systems will support C-nario's digital signage projects worldwide with project design, installation, and network operations services....

Christie Launches Universal Routing Switcher 

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Christie's Vista Systems has unveiled the Christie Vista URS-1608, a universal routing switcher that offers flexibility with a wide variety of input and output formats. Christie official said it eliminates the need for most front-end and back-end boxes, and provides one point of control with a single piece of equipment....

Barix Adds Features to Exstreamer Signage 

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Barix AG has added new features to its Exstreamer-100 and Exstreamer-110 IP audio decoders designed to improve audio quality, reduce bandwidth costs, and implement digital rights management encryption firmware to protect audio content at the store location....

DVIGear Reaches Great Lengths with Gennum Tech 

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DVIGear, a manufacturer of digital connectivity products, debuted a new HDMI coaxial extender based on ActiveConnect technology developed by Gennum. Compatible with HDMI v1.3, the new DVI-7510a Coax Extender supports HDMI v1.3 data rates of up to 10.2 Gbps at distances up to 330 feet without loss of audio or video quality....

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