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From Star Trek to Today’s Tech
From Star Trek to Today’s Tech

Star Trek is one of THE MOST iconic franchises of the Sci-Fi genre to ever consistently excite the zeitgeist over the span of several decades. From the kitschy TV show of the 1960s, to “The Next Generation” series, to feature films, to the current “Star Trek Discovery” TV show – Star Trek has remained in the forefront of American pop culture for almost 60 years. It has often been said that the Star Trek phenom was uncanny in its ability to predict the technology of the future. So, how many of those wonderful Trekkie-Techie devices born from the uber-creative mind of original Star Trek series creator Gene Rodenberry, are around in 2019? Let’s explore… Ambient Microphones: Did you ever see Captain Kirk lean-in to a microphone to give an order? Not a chance! He just spoke them out-loud, & whoever needed to hear him got the message. This is very much the same type of technology as ceiling array microphones used by today’s AV industry, that fulfill current video conferencing requirements. Audio products from Shure & Biamp are truly modern tools that would even impress Captain Kirk. (shure.com & biamp.com) The Bridge Viewscreen: The large, wide screen located on the bridge, was used to view images of the “outside world” & fellow space-travelers. It obviously took a talented AV integration team like Captus Systems to design & build the Audio-Visual set-ups used on any of Starfleet’s bridges! Much like the video display monitors of today, the Viewscreen had an aspect ratio of 16:9 – which was nothing like the 4:3 ratio of 1960’s TV sets. Captain Kirk & his crew would have been dazzled by the clarity & brilliance of any of today’s large-format displays & enormous video walls. Companies like LG & Planar would have been a great choice for making the NCC 1701’s Viewscreen as vibrant & realistic as possible! (lg.com & planar.com) Tablet Computer: Often seen used in Star Trek’s “Next Generation” series, Captain Jean-Luc Picard loved his handy-dandy tablet. (Just as we adore our iPads & android tablets!) These convenient, sleek, & light personal computing devices are used in many different types of businesses today, in lieu of old-school notepads & pens. Halodeck: This was the staging environment in the “Next Generation” series, in which participants could engage with whatever environment they could imagine. Present-day versions…Virtual Reality goggles, headsets, & helmets - which allow one to escape to virtually anywhere one’s heart desires. VR is the ultimate “destination” in the world of immersive entertainment & experiences. Communicator: Used as a hand-held voice communication device, this must-have gear could also be used as an emergency signaling beacon. In the real world, Nextel introduced its breakthrough nationwide “Direct Connect” technology in the late 1990s. Just as the Communicators used by Star Trek’s crew back in the day, this small appliance allowed for immediate one-to-one connectivity with the Nextel party on the other end. Nextel’s “communicators” seized to exist after 2010, but more recently, Motorola has introduced its version of a “push-to-talk” gadget, called the Wave TLK 100. (motorola.com) Personal Communicator Pin: Worn directly on one’s uniform – leaving both hands free to do the daily work of a Starfleet Officer – this smaller version of the aforementioned communicator was used by the crew of NCC 1701-D in the “Next Generation” series. The Orion company offers the “Onyx” – the contemporary real-life version of this particularly swell communication utensil, which also clips-on to clothing, & is activated by the simple push of a button. A popular device among first responders, hospital staff, & other workers who need the use of both hands while on the job - this network gear syncs with Blue Tooth LE 4.0+ enabled smart phones, & is a real a game-changer! (orionlabs.io) Universal Translator: Simply put, this device could translate any spoken-word into any language used in the Universe – be it Human or Klingon. Now we can do that anywhere & at any time - on any smartphone, computer, tablet, or smart home device. Vocal Computer Commands: This is exactly what it sounds like – the Star Trek crew was able to just speak commands into computers, & voila…information found! Sound familiar? Here in 2019, we have our trusty A.I. smartphone assistants like Apple’s Siri, & our home-based, live-in “reference librarians” like the Amazon Echo & Alexa, & the Google Home smart devices. No more bulky encyclopedias, phone books, printed maps, dictionaries, or cookbooks needed! Medical Tricorder: A hand-held scanner that was used to quickly gather data on a patient, and instantly deliver a diagnosis. Although we don’t yet have anything quite as portable as a Tricorder, today’s CAT Scans & MRIs come pretty darned close as far as medical scanners go. There are even smart phone apps which aid in the detection of various health-related data. An example of this is the use of smartphones to pass-over Continuous Glucose Monitors worn by people with Type 1 Diabetes, to get accurate blood sugar readings (rather than having to prick a finger for blood samples). Phaser: Available in a variety of sizes, Phasers had a multitude of uses…zappers, heaters, slicers, etc. Although we don’t know the actual tech used in those Phasers, we do have fiber-optic cable, & with it, we can send huge amounts of data using light. We can’t say whether or not this technology will someday be applied to make “Phasers,” but if using light to send exponentially more data doesn’t sound like something out of Star trek - we can’t imagine what does! Of course, not every gizmo from the Star Trek franchise has come to be…YET! Wish-list items like Hypospray, Tractor Beams, Warp Drive, Food Replicators, & of course – Teleporters, are definitely on the drawing boards of many a scientist/inventor. And while some of these thingamabobs are getting closer to reality than others, we’re not quite there. Psssst – here’s a little-known secret: Captus Systems is already on deck with plans to design & build the AV for the very first Starfleet Starship! Doesn’t YOUR “enterprise” deserve the very best in AV Integration? Give us a call or shoot us an e-mail: 212-400-1616 or [email protected], & we’ll transport one of our crew members directly to you, to tell you about the most modern collaboration frontiers that we can travel to together! Thank you!


Our Captus Systems’ Team…Meet Ross Grantner
Our Captus Systems’ Team…Meet Ross Grantner

Captus Systems welcomes Team Member - Ross Grantner. Ross joins us as a talented Field Engineer, & we are truly fortunate to have him on board! Ross comes to Captus Systems with years of experience behind him. Starting-off his career as a contractor - installing phone, internet, & cable service - he made the decision early-on to migrate to a more technical role. To that end, Ross joined a small AV company - & after mainly working in the residential sector in the Hamptons for some time - he felt the itch to move upward & onward again. After several years in the AV field, Ross is happy to have landed here at Captus Systems. “What excites me about Captus Systems - which is different from my past experiences - is the potential for growth and opportunity. I see a lot of potential to make a name for myself here…, “ said Ross, adding – “I’ve had the privilege of maintaining a continued relationship with several of the key individuals responsible for bringing Captus Systems to life. I believe we see eye to eye on both a personal and professional level, & it is my goal to ensure that I do what I can in order to help maintain what these individuals have brought to fruition - as well as enjoy the vision of future growth and success.” When asked how & when he became interested in the Audio-Visual industry, Ross explained that since he was a child, he was always the one around the house responsible for taking care of all-things technical: Trouble-shooting slow-running computers & dealing with all the various tech dilemmas that popped-up. Over time, Ross found himself becoming more & more involved with all levels of technology on a regular basis, & so the cast was set! Ross decided to seek formal training & turn his natural talents into a technical career. When he’s not building & testing racks, & comissioning systems - Ross enjoys playing the piano, taking photos, spending time with his dog, & even has a few good card tricks up his sleeve. (Ross that is – not the dog!) And now that he’s just moved-in to a new home, there are plenty of domestic projects that will keep Ross busy for a long time! Captus Systems is excited to roll-out the red carpet for Ross. We are so pleased to be working with him, as he brings both his great talent & affable disposition to our organization. Once again – WELCOME ROSS!!!


April 2019 Audio Visual Show List
April 2019 Audio Visual Show List

Captus Systems is dedicated to disseminating the most current AV news & information available, to our readers. To that end - please enjoy our updated list of the 2019 Audio-Visual Conferences & Trade Shows that are coming-up over the next 4 months. See for yourself - the newest, most advanced, ear & eye-popping AV technology of the year! (Moving forward, we’ll continue to post information about upcoming AV conferences at least once-a-month.) NAB Show: Las Vegas, NV (April 6 – 11): nabshow.com Crestron Masters US: Uncasville, CT (April 9-11): crestron.com/Events HTSA Spring Conference: Chandler, AZ (April 15 – 18): htsa.com/events/ CEDIA Tech Summit, Woodland Hills, CA (April 23): cedia.net/events/tech-summits CEDIA Tech Summit, Los Angeles, CA (April 25): cedia.net/events/tech-summits ProSource Spring Meeting, San Antonio, TX (April 29 – May 3): avindustrycalendar.com/event/prosource-spring-meeting-4/ CQD, Mineola, NY (May 14 – 16 ): avindustrycalendar.com/event/cqd-may-2019/ OneSight Summit: Boston, MA (May 28 – 30): 1nsightsummit.com Infocomm: Orlando, FL (June 8 – 14): infocommshow.org SUNY Technology Conference: Lake Placid, NY (June 17 – 20): stc.suny.edu Cisco Live: San Diego, CA (June 9 – 13): ciscolive.cisco.com/us/ Pro Audio-Visual Expo: Jakarta, Indonesia (July 18 – 20): tsnn.com/events/pro-audio-visual-expo-2019 We hope that you’ll be able to get to an AV Trade Show/Conference so you can see for yourself, the amazing products that are out there today in the Audio-Visual universe. Check-out the goods, kick the tires, & take your favorites for a spin. Then, give us a call at Captus Systems & we’ll help to outfit your enterprise with the most modern technology the industry has to offer! You can contact us at 212-400-1616 - or shoot us an e-mail at [email protected] Thank you!


I'll Take AV is IT for $1,000
I'll Take AV is IT for $1,000

On March 30, 1964, a clever little quiz show called “Jeopardy” made its debut on NBC, & has been beamed into our living rooms ever since. The concept – pitched by creator Merv Griffin – was actually developed by his wife, Julann. It was she who came-up with the unusual format of giving contestants the Answers first – to which they had to respond with the appropriate Questions. As much as television & viewing habits have changed over the years, the game of “Jeopardy” has remained basically the same throughout – except for a swap of the hosts (from Art Fleming to Alex Trebec in 1984), the show’s overall appearance, & the technology used on the set. A favorite among TV viewers who enjoy watching a more “challenging” game show, “Jeopardy” can be both educational & entertaining. With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to post our own Captus Systems/Audio-Visual game with our readers every few weeks - so let’s see how you do with this first installment. Get those buzzers ready! QUESTION (ANSWER): DANTE ANSWER (QUESTION): What is “Digital Audio Network Through Ethernet”? If this is your answer, then you are CORRECT: Digital Audio Network Through Ethernet (DANTE) is a combination of software, hardware, and network protocols that deliver uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio via standard Ethernet networks - with near-zero latency. A breakthrough AV-over-IP Networking solution, DANTE was introduced by the Sydney-based Audinate Company in 2006. DANTE is a complete media networking solution, & the premier standard for digital media networking. Adopted by more AV manufacturers today than any other networking technology, DANTE gives AV integrators like Captus Systems the choice to install any of hundreds of DANTE-enabled products, available from the world’s leading manufacturers. (Audinate.com) Let’s try another… QUESTION (ANSWER): CUCME ANSWER (QUESTION): What is “Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express”? If you answered “Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express,” then you are CORRECT! CUCME (formerly known as “Cisco Unified Call Manager Express”) is a call-processing application in Cisco IOS Software that enables Cisco routers to deliver key-system or hybrid PBX functionality for enterprise branch offices or small businesses. This feature-rich IP telephony system is integrated directly into Cisco IOS Software & allows small business customers to deploy voice, data, & IP telephony on a single platform – thereby streamlining operations & lowering network costs. CUCME is ideal for users who have data connectivity requirements & the need for a telephony solution in the same office, & is an extremely flexible single-converged solution. (Cisco.com) At Captus Systems, not only do we know & understand all of today’s most pertinent AV terms, systems, & processes - but we also put it all into play. We also make sure that our clients are familiarized with the latest in AV technology so they can make THE MOST informed decisions regarding their AV/Collaboration Spaces. We have the expertise & the skills necessary to make everyone’s AV dreams come true! Give us a call at 212-400-1616, or drop us a line at [email protected] Thank you for playing


Spring Has Sprung!
Spring Has Sprung!

It’s finally here! With Spring officially arriving on March 20th - & now, with April 1st upon us - it’s time again to look at what’s new in the AV World. Let’s dust-off the cobwebs of old-man Winter & dive into all things shiny & new. For this April Edition of “What’s New in AV”, we are referencing the Sound & Communications article posted on February 28th, 2019. In this story, the NSCA announced its winners of the 5th annual “Excellence in Product Innovation Awards.” FYI - to be eligible to receive this honor, manufacturers must produce low-voltage products for installation by integrators in commercial spaces. Other judging criteria includes end-user experience - taking into consideration scalability, versatility, deployment cost, ease of use, ROI, ADA compliance, energy efficiency, etc. This year’s panel of judges included Mike Abernathy - NSCA’s Director of Business Resources, the Editor of Commercial Integrator, & a panel of AV Integrators from around the U.S. And now - the envelope please… The “New Revenue Potential” Award: Crestron’s Flex (crestron.com) delivers native software for Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, & Zoom Rooms which allows for a more seamless experience between organizations & their customers. The Flex is available in four models, allowing you to choose which will best suit your needs. Interested in this product? We can help! The “Overall Grand Prize Winner”: Digital Projection’s INSIGHT Laser 8K (digitalprojection.com) – with 8K resolution & 25,000 lumens of laser illumination, this projector gives the viewer the ultimate visual experience. Providing 7680 x 4320 pixels of unbelievable clarity & color, the INSIGHT Projector is especially perfect for the most elaborate presentations – such as given by medical & scientific organizations. Both the color & black level accuracy is unrivaled. Interested in this product? We can help! The “Retrofit/InstallerFriendly” Award: Biamp’s TCM1 Beamtracking Microphone (biamp.com) – comprised of a pendent microphone & plenum box, each unit includes Beamtracking Technology with 120-degree zones, providing full 360-degree meeting space coverage. Interested in this product? We can help! The “Ease of Customization” Award: Shure’s Designer System Configuration Software (shure.com) – was developed with integrators & system designers in mind, to better visualize & implement installations using multiple MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphones. Using this software cutsdown dramatically on time spent on this type of design – bringing a whole new level of convenience to AV integrators & designers alike. Interested in this product? We can help! The “Technology Platform” Award: QSC’s QSYS Control (qsc.com) – uniquely leverages the power of Intel processing, reliability of a Linux operating system, & the interoperability of IEEE networking standards. This approach allows QSC to easily migrate the Q-SYS Platform to other Intel Platforms, & will also make it highly expandable for future IT functions & platforms. Interested in this product? We can help! The “Recurring Revenue Potential” Award: VisibilityOne’s Video Monitoring (visibility.one) – this seamless integration with 3rd party solutions provides details of the room, user experience, & participant performance. This allows users to efficiently manage conference & huddle rooms across multiple cloud platforms. Interested in this product? We can help! The “Trailblazing Innovation” Award: Listen Everywhere App (listentech.com) – this highly customizable free app is available for both Android & Apple smartphones & tablets. It allows users to stream audio to the largest number of customers, & can be fully branded for any organization also offering numerous messaging features. According to Mike Abernathy - Director of Business Resources for NSCA - more entries were received this year than ever before - & each product reviewed brought something unique & different to the Commercial Audio-Visual integration industry! Would you like YOUR AV space to be both modern & unique? Look no further than Captus Systems. Our talented team excels at both design & installation, & we’d love to help make your Audio-Visual dreams come true! Give us a call at 212-400-1616, or e-mail us at [email protected] Thank you!


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