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Harris Forms New Software Business Unit Harris formed a new Software Systems business unit within its broadcast communications division, combining the
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The Buzz: Industry News

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 PM

Harris Forms New Software Business Unit

Harris formed a new Software Systems business unit within its broadcast communications division, combining the resources of Harris' automation business and Encoda Systems, which Harris acquired in November 2004. The new software systems unit enables Harris to provide modular, standards-based workflow management and service management solutions to customers including call letter broadcasters, cable/MSO and satellite service providers, advertising agencies, media rep firms, and enterprises. John Sorensen, former chief executive officer of Encoda Systems, has been named president of the new unit.

Foundation Continues Support for Teacher of the Year Programs

The SMARTer Kids Foundation of Canada announced that it will continue its support for the U.S. State and National Teacher of the Year programs through 2010. The foundation has sponsored the programs for the past five years through its Teaching Excellence Award program. The sponsorship, worth more than $1 million per year, includes a classroom technology package for each State Teacher of the Year (STOY), technology training and hosting for recipients, and an endowment of $5,000 to the National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) program.

Up to 62 State Teachers of the Year receive an education technology package worth more than $14,000, presented during the NTOY conference in Dallas. Products include hardware and software from SMART Technologies, AlphaSmart, NEC Solutions America, Visual Systems Division, eInstruction, and Immersive Education.

Crestron Opens New Training Facility

Crestron has opened a North American office of the Crestron Training Institute (CTI) in Toronto in order to offer an expanded curriculum. The training facility enables integrators to become Crestron dealers, as well as offering courses for existing Crestron programmers. CTI's Essentials in Programming and Intermediate Crestron Programming will be held onsite in the new facility, conveniently located near Lester B Pearson International Airport.

Crestron also plans to launch a new web-based training initiative later this year.

Tech Data Delivers NSCA Network Integration Center

Global-IT distributor Tech Data will sponsor the all-new Network Integration Center (NIC) at the NSCA Systems Integration Expo in Orlando this March., showcasing system interoperability on TCP/IP networks at the NSCA show and giving attendees the chance to interact with the product as it operates on an enterprise. The 6,400-square-foot NIC will be one of four technology pavilions on the exhibit floor. Other pavilions will cover security/life safety, digital signage, live sound, and network integration.

ICIA, CEDIA Partner on Residential Program at InfoComm05

ICIA and CEDIA will offer CEDIA University courses at the June InfoComm conference in Las Vegas, in response to a strong demand from the residential market for AV products and services.

The program gives professional audiovisual systems integrators, dealers, VARs, and design consultants the opportunity to learn about various aspects of custom residential systems, applications, and business practices. CEDIA will present 10 two-hour seminars including: Data Communications for Residential Systems Contractors, The Art of Managing Home Cinema Projects, Design and Documentation of Large Home Systems, Digital Video in the Analog World of Home Theater, Home Theater in the Real World, Project Management 101: The PMI Model, and Home Networking 101: Introduction to Home Networking for the Custom A/V Installer. Registration for any residential session includes complimentary admission to the InfoComm show floor.

In addition, ICIA is launching a Residential Systems Pavilion to help attendees find products and services for the home market and learn how to become successful in the home integration business.

CAMCO Outfits Products with EtherSound Connectivity

CAMCO will add EtherSound connectivity to its entire range of amplifiers for sound reinforcement and installed sound. EtherSound enables realtime audio networks to be created using standard Ethernet cabling and components. Optional EtherSound modules compatible with the products could be showcased as early as April 2005 at the Prolight+Sound trade show in Frankfurt. AuviTran, an authorized Ethersound implementer, will provide the hardware modules and development services.

It will also be possible to add EtherSound functionalities to a large part of CAMCO's installed product base by upgrading existing amplifiers of the Vortex and Tecton series with the modules.

Electrosonic and Scharff Weisberg Create Electrosonic New York

Electrosonic and Scharff Weisberg Systems Integration have joined forces to create Electrosonic New York, an audio/video systems integration organization operating out of Long Island, N.Y. The new company combines Scharff Weisberg's existing systems installation business with the Northeast division of Electrosonic. In its 40-year history in the audio/video market, Electrosonic has designed and installed complex systems at sites around the world, including recently the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Bremen Space Park in Germany, and the William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock, Ark.

ActiveLight and PWS join forces

ActiveLight, a distributor of advanced displays and dynamic signage solutions has combined products and services with Projector Wholesale Supply (PWS), a distributor of professional projection solutions. The new joint company is operating near Seattle under the ActiveLight brand. Customers will experience no change in service as a result of the consolidation. Employees of both companies will be retained in existing or similar roles in the new operating structure. Brad Gleeson will continue to serve as president of ActiveLight, while Jill Miller, former president of PWS, will serve as executive vice president.

NetStreams' DigiLinX Named Mark of Excellence Award Finalist

NetStreams' DigiLinX networked audio system is a finalist for IP-based Product of the Year in the 2005 Consumer Electronics Association's Mark of Excellence Awards. The awards, presented by CEA's TechHome Division, recognize the best in home automation products, services, and installed technology. The IP-based Product of the Year category is one of 20 categories reviewed by a panel of 15 independent industry experts.

According to the company, DigiLinX is the first IP-based multi-room audio system for the custom market, effectively combining computer-networking technologies with high-fidelity audio.

The Mark of Excellence winners, chosen from the finalists, will be announced on Feb. 25 at a banquet held in Orlando, Fla.

TEC Awards to Honor Audio Achievement

The 21st annual Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the New York Marriott Marquis. The award show will be held on the second night of the 119th AES Convention. The TEC Awards, founded in 1985 by Mix, honor seven categories of Creative Achievement for outstanding audio projects and 16 categories of Technical Achievement for excellence in product design. Two special awards are also presented — the Hall of Fame Award for lifetime achievement and the Les Paul Award for the creative application of audio technology. Past recipients have included George Lucas, Sir George Martin, Quincy Jones, Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, and Sting. Proceeds support programs to educate audio professionals and the general public about hearing health and endow scholarships for the audio arts and sciences.

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