2017 Innovative Product Awards

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NOVEMBER 2017:Epson BrightLink Pro 147OUI WUXGA 3LCD Interactive Laser Display

The Epson BrightLink Pro 1470Ui interactive display is a solution for corporate meeting enhancement. It is designed for easy set-up, as well as sharing and saving of materials and ideas. With collaborative touch interaction features and working just like a dry-erase board, digitally—turn it on and start writing—Epson’s BrightLink Pro interactive display can be used as a giant tablet, or connected to a video conferencing solution for collaboration. The BrightLink Pro 1470Ui Interactive Display is now equipped with Epson’s laser light engine and 3LCD technology that delivers up to 4,000 lumens of color brightness and 4,000 lumens of white brightness in full HD. Offering full WUXGA HD quality and 100-inch display size for better readability.

NOVEMBER 2017:Crestron Electronics 3-Series 4K DigitalMedia Presentation System 350/DMPS3-4K-350-C

This 3-Series 4K DigitalMedia Presentation System from Crestron provides a complete 4K AV presentation control and signal routing solution for boardrooms and classrooms. It integrates the control system, matrix switcher, video scaler, streaming decoder, mic mixer, audio DSP, amplifier, and DigitalMedia distribution center all into a single 3-space rackmount package. It provides signal routing flexibility and high-performance signal processing without the need for separate components. A built-in .AV Framework enables simplified configuration and control without programming. The DMPS3-4K-350-C includes a built-in AirMedia gateway to enable wireless presentation from computers and mobile devices. This optional feature requires activation and a separate license.

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NOVEMBER 2017:QSC Q-SYS Next-Generation Eenterprise Core 5200

For large installations or for IT customers wishing to deploy audio, video, and control (AV&C) solutions as a building-wide service throughout the enterprise, QSC partnered with Dell to bring combine the processing capabilities of the Q-SYS realtime operating system with the world-class Dell R730 server platform resulting in an IT-grade AV&C solution. The Core 5200 processor combines commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) server technology with the scalability of a purpose built AV&C real-time operating system (RTOS), thereby offering new scalability and IT integration capabilities. It is fully compatible with all existing and future Q-SYS peripheral devices including I/O-Frame, I/O-8 Flex, PTZ-IP conference cameras, I/O-USB Bridge, native Q-SYS touch screen controllers, paging stations, and network amplifiers. It also leverages a wide variety of networking solutions to integrate with a broad range of networked peripherals from third-party manufacturers.

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SEPTEMBER 2017: Shure Axient Digital

The Axient Digital wireless microphone system provides high-performance RF, exceptional audio quality, command and control, and hardware scalability. Axient Digital features two receiver options (dual and quad) that are compatible with its two transmitter offerings, the AD Series and ADX Series. Axient Digital ADX Series transmitters additionally incorporate ShowLink, which provides real-time control of all transmitter parameters along with interference detection and avoidance. The ADX Series also includes the first micro bodypack with an integrated self-tuning antenna, enabling greater concealment and comfort.

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SEPTEMBER 2017: BenQ LK970 4K Laser Projector

The LK970 4K UHD BlueCore laser projector from BenQ at 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and 5,000 ANSI-lumen brightness is designed for large-venue applications, home cinemas, and living rooms with high-ambient lighting conditions. BenQ’s BlueCore Laser technology with TI’s latest DLP chip is complemented by a dual color wheel specifically engineered to project rich, saturated accurate color. For installation flexibility, the LK970 delivers reliable projection from any angle and 20,000 hours of operation. Specialized modes optimize the light source for improved energy use and prolonged projector life that’s ideal for 24/7 applications. Users can choose from three different light source modes to optimize energy use and extend the projector’s life up to 60,000 hours in Eco Mode.

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SEPTEMBER 2017: Biamp TesiraLUX

The TesiraLUX IDH-1 is an AVB/TSN enabled video encoder capable of transmitting video signals up to and including 4K60. The IDH-1 functions as a video server-class device in a Tesira media system and is configured through the Tesira configuration software. Acting as an AVB talker, the IDH-1 fully integrates digital audio and video on a single network, allowing for simplified lip sync management and end-to-end network transit latencies of less than 1.5 frames. Multiple software-based options are available for managing bandwidth, including setting maximum resolution, frame rate floor, and/or a rate of compression. The AVB/TSN streams can be transmitted over 1Gb or 10Gb ports while control signals are managed via a separate 1Gb Ethernet port. The IDH-1 accepts 8 channels of PCM audio for embedding/de-embedding, and includes two mic/line level analog inputs. The TesiraLUX IDH-1 can be used as a standalone device (paired with a TesiraLUX OH-1) or can be combined with other Tesira servers, expanders, endpoints, and controllers.

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SEPTEMBER 2017:Matrox Maevex 6150 Quad 4K Enterprise Encoder Appliance

The Maevex 6150 is a plug-and-play quad 4K encoding appliance, offering system independence and eliminating the need for additional encoding equipment. Maevex 6150 users benefit from up to quad 4K/UHD simultaneous streaming and recording, as well as 4:4:4 sub-sampling support—allowing transmission of numerous streams of video and desktop content over 1Gb networks. Built on the open H.264 standard, Maevex 6150 is compatible with the full Maevex series of products and all third-party devices, computers, and networks.

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AUGUST 2017:Sony Electronics Vision Exchange

A present/share system, PEQ-C130 (Vision Exchange) brings together students, lecturers, and presenters in a workgroup-based collaborative environment. Cost-effective, easy to configure and intuitive, this total active learning solution is ideal for colleges and higher education institutions as well as corporate conference rooms. PEQ-C130 (Vision Exchange) lets teams and presenters brainstorm and work collaboratively by sharing each individual’s multimedia content together, even bringing in other participants at remote locations to join the discussion as required and share more seamlessly/effectively. Students or teams can work collaboratively in small independent workgroups or clusters connecting wirelessly to the platform via their own laptops (PC/Mac), tablets or smartphone devices. Information created by workgroups using on-screen annotation tools or whiteboard with digital tags can then be saved as snapshots and downloaded to their connecting device.

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AUGUST 2017:Meyer Sound Ashby-8C Ceiling Loudspeaker

The Ashby dual-driver concentric configuration offers accuracy and fidelity over a full range—capturing clear speech as well as a full dynamic range of music. The self-powered Ashby reproduces sound accurately and consistently with minimal distortion even at high levels, with a level of linearity that’s unique for a ceiling speaker. The Ashby’s innovative concentric speaker design offers a smooth, even 100-degree pattern— meaning you can distribute high-fidelity sound over a wider listening area, using fewer speakers. Ashby integrates completely with Meyer’s Constellation Acoustic System, which lets you transform any listening space with a finger tap.

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JUNE 2017:Draper TecVision CH1200X ALR

TecVision CH1200X ALR is an ambient light-rejecting grey surface. This formulation has an ALR rating of 20, which means 80 percent of ambient light—light not being produced by the projector— is being rejected. CH1200X ALR works best in situations where there is high ambient light and controlled viewing angles. It’s a high-contrast surface with excellent black retention. Since ALR can eat up projector light, the higher 1.2 gain will help brighten the image. CH1200X ALR is 8K ready and ISF certified for color accuracy. It’s also available optically seamless up to 67 feet wide, and as a nanoperfed acoustically transparent solution.

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JUNE 2017: Crestron Electronics Single-Channel Modular Power Amplifiers/AMP1200-70

Crestron modular amplifiers are offered in a range of output power levels, with single and dual-channel models available, and with options to address either Lo-Z (4/8 Ω) or Hi-Z (70 or 100 Volt) speaker types. (AMP-1200 models support Hi-Z only.) Each model is housed in either a quarter- or half-width rack-mountable form factor that can be installed individually or ganged together in a single rack space. (AMP-1200 models are half-width.) Every model ships complete with all the hardware required for installation of the unit by itself or in combination with any other unit(s). Rack and surface mount kits are included, so there are no other mounting accessories or rack shelves to purchase.

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JUNE 2017:Comprehensive Pro AV/IT Commercial Grade Certified 18G- 4K HDMI Cables

Comprehensive Connectivity Company offers the these cables for demanding commercial environments. HD18G series cables feature heavy duty, all commercial construction, Comprehensive’s exclusive ProGrip connector, and SureLength indicators right on the connector head. The 18Gbps 4K (End to End) HDMI cables have full 18G performance and come equipped with all the latest HDMI features including Ultra HD 4K@60Hz 4:4:4 chroma sampling, transmission of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, up to 32 audio channels with ARC, and support for wide angle theatrical 21:9 aspect ratio support providing the full 4K experience as it was meant to be. Longer lengths utilize state-of-the-art active chip technology to deliver a full 4K 18Gb signal with 4:4:4 Color Space signal.

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JUNE 2017:InFocus ConX Cloud

Customizable to almost any video wall size, the InFocus ConX Wall enables users to display data sources and HD video conferencing feeds on up to 96 screens. It supports up to 108 video streams, HD video conferencing for up to 20 participants, most IP cameras and encoders, and desktop PC streams. Supports up to 54 DVI-I progressive scan component HD, or analog RGB direct inputs and up to 216 S-Video or Composite video direct inputs. ConX Cloud supports ConX endpoints including ConX Wall.

JUNE 2017: LynTec NPAC

LynTec’s Networkable Power Automation Control (NPAC) rack-mounted system is a complete, ready-to-install power management solution delivering power control and audio sequencing in a single 2RU unit that can manage up to 80 amps. It sequences on/off complex digital audio systems in easy-to-program extended step rates that provide proper component boot-up automatically. As the latest addition to LynTec’s range of electrical power control solutions, the NPAC series is the company’s first rack mount form factor that’s pre-terminated for easy installation and provides critical protection and control for a range of applications. For large venues or equipment spread across a facility, the master/remote architecture enables control for up to 10 NPAC units on a single network.

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JUNE 2017: EliteProAV Saker Tab-Tension ALR

EliteProAV’s Saker Tab-Tension ALR is 1.5 gain ambient light rejecting (ALR) projector screen that comes in Elite’s Saker electric “roll-up” configuration. ALR projection screens enhance picture quality with brighter imagery and more defined contrast levels. However, its greatest value comes from its ability to counter the “wash out” effect of ambient light. The material is also ISF certified for its ability to achieve D65 color neutrality, superb contrast and dynamic range. A complete integration kit along with full IR/RF control package is included as well as a 5-12v trigger to coordinate the screen’s drop and rise with the projector’s power cycle. All this is included in a stylish arcuate-profiled aluminum casing with white enamel coating and flush-wall floating brackets.

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JULY 2017:FSR Wire Marshall

FSR’s WM-CMPT “Wire Marshall” is a complete solution for tying the company’s table boxes to its full line of floor box and poke-thru solutions. The WM-CMPT system consists of the WM-UTC Under Table Channel for dressing cables horizontally along the table underside, and the WM-CP Cable Pathway, a solution for handling multiple low-voltage AV/data and AC cables from the table’s underside to the floor. The WM-LC Leg Channel is also available for dressing cables along the backside of a round table leg. The Wire Marshall system provides for clean and elegant cable management in table designs that lack a pedestal for hiding cables and power as they transition from the table boxes to the floor.

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MAY 2017:Yamaha NEXO GEO Line Array

This efficient large array system is designed to provide directivity control in all frequencies. The GEO D System is the accomplishment of research and development for GEO systems by NEXO over the last 20 years. GEO D10’s 10° vertical dispersion allows a configuration with as little as three cabinets per side, offering excellent cost-effective performance to GEO technology. It also achieves a powerful low-frequency reproduction by combining up to 16 flown or ground-stacked GEO SUB cabinets. Even if it is flown, GEO SUB can control the directivity of LF and VLF (Very Low Frequency) at 38Hz to 300Hz (±3dB).

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APRIL 2017:Crestron Electronics Mercury Tabletop Conference System/CCS-UC-1

Crestron’s Mercury Tabletop Conference System integrates room scheduling and corporate directory access to help maximize efficiency, providing room usage data as part of a complete managed enterprise. Mercury enables users to instantly and securely present content wirelessly on the room display from a laptop, smartphone, or tablet using built-in Crestron AirMedia. Mercury is a full-featured VoIP conferencing speakerphone that’s fully compatible with major SIP-compliant phone systems. Corporate directory access (LDAP) enables one-touch dialing from the customer’s centrally managed directory. Mercury behaves like any USB Audio device, enabling use as a speaker and/or microphone for all types of multimedia applications running on a laptop computer. Mercury integrates directly with Microsoft Exchange Server or Crestron Fusion Cloud, allowing room scheduling and automation for any number of Mercury-equipped rooms. It welcomes attendees to the room with a customizable on-screen confirmation of the scheduled meeting, and provides gentle notifications as the meeting progresses to show the time left and what’s scheduled next for the room.

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APRIL 2017:Canon REALiS 4K600STZ 4K Laser LCOS Projector

This is a powerful yet compact 4K projector with a laser light source. It utilizes LCOS technology with Canon’s advanced AISYS optical system and powerful dual image processors to produce a detailed native 4K resolution of 4096 x 2400. All this, combined with a high brightness of 6000 lumens and dynamic contrast ratio of up to 10,000:1 creates an outstanding, close-to-life image. High performance and advanced features, such as Marginal Focus for projection onto domed surfaces, are united with the practical benefits of virtually maintenance-free operation and a compact, lightweight design.

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APRIL 2017:P.I. Engineering X-Keys XKE-124 T-BAR

The XKE-124 T-Bar USB Keyboard from X-keys provides 124 programmable keys and a smooth, solid T-bar in order to create a control panel for any application. Each of the keys has blue and red backlighting as well as relegendable keycaps. You can also add optional large keys and key blockers to adjust it to your preference. The XKE also comes with free software development kits, available for download on the website, to assist with further commands and data collection. It features clear, removable key caps for applying and changing legends and programming software for Windows and Mac

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APRIL 2017:D-Tools’ System Integrator 2017 (SI 2017)

The SI 2017 ties estimation, system design, and project management into a singular, datadriven, connected process designed to reduce time, eliminate errors, and produce bottom line results. Building new functionality on the architecture of the System Integrator platform as well as expanding on D-Tools’ Cloud infrastructure, SI 2017 adds business intelligence and visual reporting to enable business owners and management to understand and better perform key functions such as estimation, system design, and project management. SI 2017 has the capability to report critical project and product information across multiple projects. In addition to pre-configured BI reports, SI 2017 makes it easy to create custom visual reports and dashboards to understand important elements of an integrator’s business. The D-Tools Business Intelligence engine enables deep analysis of business activity such as sales activity, personnel performance assessment, vendor engagement, product usage, and profit analysis.

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MARCH 2017:Luxul Epic Series Routers

The AC3100 dual-band gigabit router has a host of built-in features to bring reliable and cost-effective multi-access point roaming to small commercial networks. To support a superior Wi-Fi experience, the Epic 3 integrates Luxul’s wireless controller with Roam Assist, remote network monitoring and management from Domotz, and cloud-based content management and parental controls from Router Limits. With the Epic 3, installers can now create a roaming Wi-Fi experience for their clients and service their networks remotely. With Domotz remote network monitoring built in, installers receive alerts when issues arise on their clients’ networks, allowing them to fix problems before customers even realize they exist. The Epic 3 router is compatible with Luxul’s access points (APs), allowing installers to add APs to maximize the performance and budget of each project.

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NOVEMBER 2016:Peerless-AV SmartMount Video Wall Mounting Systems For Direct View LED Displays

The SmartMount Video Wall Mounting Systems offer slim, space-saving, and aesthetically appealing designs that can be adapted to support various LED display sizes and brands. With features such as cable management, easy-hang hardware, and a pop-out mechanism, installation and maintenance are simple to free integrators to prioritize communicating a digital message. With an aluminum wall frame and lightweight design, it is easier to install and minimizes the wall load. Adaptors adjust on the X, Y, and Z axis— allowing the installer to overcome uneven walls while simplifying the display and adaptor alignment.

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NOVEMBER 2016:Peerless-AV All-In-One Kiosk Powered By BrightSign

Powered by a BrightSign Built-In Digital Signage Module, the All-in-One Kiosk delivers Full HD 1080p60 single video decoding, HTML support, networked content playback, as well as an abundant set of features, including interactivity via the GPIO port, remote snapshot, live text, media feeds, and multi-zone. With an integrated 55-inch commercial LCD display offering six points of IR touch, the All-in-One Kiosk is ideal for a variety of uses, such as wayfinding, entertainment, and digital merchandising. Top features of the All-in-One Kiosk include an ultra-slim design for rugged protection in any indoor application environment and the ability to easily update messaging and interact with the kiosk via Ethernet, WiFi or the BrightSign App.

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NOVEMBER 2016:Middle Atlantic Products Series PDU With RackLink

The RackLink Power Management System provides integrators with real-time visibility and control over the power distribution and status of any installation from anywhere in the world. It is designed to ensure system reliability and uptime through the use of intuitive setup and operation, pre-emptive problem notification, and automatic problem resolution. IP-enabled controls are accessible locally, over the web and through mobile devices (via apps). The system monitors and logs key power variables including temperature; executes automatic notification of events outside of defined parameters; respond and control using mobile apps. Automatic actions can be defined for specific people for specific issues; easy setup does not require programming. 

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