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2019 AV Collaborations:  Lightware, Cisco, & LG
2019 AV Collaborations: Lightware, Cisco, & LG

On January 22, 2019, Lightware held a Technology Summit in New York City to introduce a collaboration between Cisco, Lightware, & LG. First, a little background: Lightware – the “Visual Engineering” company which specializes in High Fidelity Signal Management - had humble beginnings in 1998. Starting with just two electrical engineers who maintained, serviced, & then rented-out projectors – Lightware has grown into the industry pioneer that we know today. In 2006, Lightware introduced the first-ever DVI Matrix at ISE/Brussels…& they’ve been gaining (ground/industry share) momentum ever since. Back to the present: During the January 22, 2019 Summit, LG announced a new partnership project with Cisco. Together, they are bringing user-friendly systems & automatic integration to its customers. LG Professional Displays automatically adapt to Cisco Room Kits, & the Cisco API-based Touch 10 Interface allows for adding custom graphics, buttons, sliders, widgets, & control. Along with Lightware, this alliance creates a whole new level of integration. Lightware’s role in this project is to expand the collaboration, with the addition of signal management & environmental control based on its open API - with devices that have both built-in room control, and analytics & diagnostics tools – which will allow for ease of installation & operation. An excellent example of this is illustrated by Jason Tirado, President of Lightware, North America: “The Lightware NYC Summit Event featured the success story of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. MSKCC used Lightware plus the standard issue Cisco Touch 10, as a control interface beyond the Cisco environment. They used the Lightware plus Cisco to expand the sources and displays available to the Doctors for evaluation and collaboration. MSKCC now has an alternative to the heavyweight control systems. When your job is curing cancer, you need the highest level of quality and reliability available; that’s Lightware plus Cisco. “ LG’s Senior Engineer, John Fisher, presented about this exciting, new venture. In addition to the formal presentation, all attendees were invited to engage in a hands-on demonstration of these tools. Captus System’s CEO, Gerald Abualy, attended the event, & had this to say: “The combination of Lightware & Cisco provides state of the art technology that is ready to deliver at the highest level in the commercial video collaboration market.” In the end, the Summit’s participants all came-away from the afternoon excited about what this collaboration will mean for the future of the AV Industry. As is declared in Lightware’s Mission Statement: “We listen to the voices of people who are the engines of the AV Industry – engineers, system designers, installers, AV rental experts, etc. - & we come to conclusions which help us to design & create new products.” It certainly looks as though Lightware – along with LG & Cisco – definitely did just that! For information on how Captus Systems can help you to reach your ultimate AV/Collaboration goals, please call us at 212-400-1616. Thank you!

George, Abe, & Sviatovid – Innovators & Innovation
George, Abe, & Sviatovid – Innovators & Innovation

Just as George Washington & Abraham Lincoln were among the most brilliant thinkers & innovators of their time, so too are the talented men & women who are the inventors, conceivers, creators, & designers of today. At this particular moment in history - the newest, fastest, brightest, & most dazzling technology known to mankind comes at us at the speed of light - & the Audio-Visual sector is no exception. Regarding this very topic, the 2019 ISE has now come & gone…& with it, came introductions to the AV Industry’s most exciting new technology to date. With more than 81,000 AV enthusiasts in attendance - this year’s Audio-Visual extravaganza set records - including attracting more than 27,000 newcomers to the annual techie event. With all that “tech-tivity” & buzz happening in one place, you can imagine the voluminous tally of new technology that was presented at this year’s show! Following is just a small sampling of some of the hot-off-the-press Audio-Visual tools introduced at ISE2019: (Not in any particular order of greatness!) Samsung’s QLED 8K Digital Signage – The first of its kind from Samsung, this product is expected to have quite an impact on the commercial digital signage industry! With it’s 8K display, “…businesses can deliver impeccable picture quality to their audiences in a way that was previously not possible,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive VP of Samsung Electronics’ Visual Display Business. Using its “Q Contrast” capabilities, the QLED 8K delivers depth & picture detail never seen before – no matter what the surrounding ambient lighting may be. NEC75” Ultra High Definition Commercial Display – And speaking of breakthroughs in the display arena - this new one from NEC has amazing features, including its modern, polished design, 350 cd/m2 brightness, a SpectraView engine, & future-proof modular expansion…among others. Along with real-time temperature sensors & integrated cooling fans to help maintain the quality necessary for commercial environments – NEC once again proves itself an industry leader in this product category. Navori IPR (Insane Performance Rendering) Digital Signage Platform – The 8K digital signage software from Navori debuted at ISE2019. This platform makes it possible to drive 8K video walls of four clusters of 4K digital signage from a single media player. Based on the company’s 64-bit player software & optimized PC hardware, the performance rendering capabilities are unparalleled! Oblong’s Mezzanine Series – This brand-new series of in-room connectivity appliances is being touted as one of the industry’s “most ground-breaking & directional meeting room solutions,” &, “…the most revolutionary product seen in the AV Industry for a very long time,” (- Robin van Meeuwenm CEO of T.I.G.), As was announced at the 2019 ISE - the Mezzanine Series of solutions is now available in multiple form factors - from their 200 Series (for 2 screens), up to their 600 series (for 6 screens). Offering features that include 1x gigabit network ports, 2x Bluetooth LE receivers, 120 GB solid-state drives, & Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating systems - Oblong’s Mezzanine Series is sure to be a game-changer for collaborations everywhere. Shure Systems’ Designer 3.1 Software – Surely a feather in their cap, this new Shure Systems Designer Software is proud to have been named the 2019 TNT Award-Winner for Project Management & Design/Web Software at this year’s show. Promising to make conferencing workflow effortless, Designer 3.1 brings your people together - no matter where they are. The short & the sweet of it…this software prize-winner makes for a more intuitive collaboration experience over-all. Atlas IED’s SHS (Strategically Hidden Speaker) – A true standout in the audio field, what these speakers do best is hide in plain sight! Architects will love to use the IED SHS for their projects because of its chameleon-esque qualities. The speakers themselves look like a sprinkler head, & can also be 3D-printed to match any ceiling, graphic image or photograph, or any Pantone color. You’ll love NOT seeing Atlas’ stealthy new device! Kramer Electronics’ Kramer Kronos – Also introduced at ISE2019, is Kramer’s new secure, enterprise-class cloud-based room booking & scheduling platform. This product automates & streamlines the management side of booking spaces - & when used with Kramer Control, people can use the space’s availability as a trigger for automatically controlling room elements. Most importantly, the Kramer Kronos system is completely secure, utilizing 802.1x & TLS encryption throughout the system’s communication channels. Simply put – you book your meeting, & when you arrive at the room – everything is already set…just the way you like it! Bart Kreska’s Sviatovid Sculpture – This example is on the more fun & artsy side of the AV tech spectrum, & its presence at the ISE was not only a mesmerizing showpiece, but it also showcased the newest in video mapping projection capabilities onto 3D objects. The debut of this sculpture set a new benchmark in Audio-Visual art-making, which is becoming a growing discipline among creatives. Sviatovid was illuminated using 4 Panasonic PT-RQ32 4K, 30,000lm laser projectors, & as you can see from the photo above - Kreska’s sculpture was truly a vision to behold! Standing at approximately 15’ high - & strategically placed at the entrance of the 2019ISE conference center – what a bright, bold, & powerful statement it made! All developed by the incredibly talented pioneers & trailblazers of our industry - the items listed above are just the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to the innovative contributions that were lauded at this year’s ISE. What an exciting time for all-things Audio Visual! We at Captus Systems, are dedicated to informing our readers throughout the year about the most up-to-date information regarding new developments in the AV Industry. But above all else – we are dedicated to delivering THE BEST designs & solutions that will make your AV dreams & goals come true. We like to call it “AV 2.0.” Give us a call - & let’s start a conversation about what we can do for you! 212-400-1616 Thank you!

Connecting Over AV Adoration

Hollywood has rolled-out its 2019 Red Carpet to showcase its best & brightest, & the Audio-Visual Industry is doing the same as this year’s Trade Shows go into full-swing - & continue throughout the year. These gatherings bring together the industry’s most talented engineers, designers, & integrators - alongside 2019’s leading state-of-the-art technology. For your convenience, following is a list of many of the 2019 AV trade shows, conferences, & conventions. It’s time to roll-out the Audio-Visual Red Carpet & take note! AATSXpo: Henrietta, NY February 15 VidTrans19: Los Angeles, CA February 26 - 28 Technology & Business Summits: Ft. Lauderdale, FL–March 14; Irvine, CA–April 25; Houston, TX–May 21; Dallas, TX–May 23; Atlanta, GA–October 15; Hyattsville, MD–November 5; Toronto, CANADA-May 9 Enterprise Connect: Orlando, FL March 18 – 21 AES Convention: Dublin, IRELAND March 20 - 23 NFMT: Baltimore, MD March 26 – 28 DSE (Digital Sign Expo): Las Vegas, NV March 26 - 29 NAB Show: Las Vegas, NV April 6 – 11 Crestron Masters US: Uncasville, CT April 9-11 HTSA Spring Conference: Chandler, AZ April 15 – 18 OneSight Summit: Boston, MA May 28 - 30 Infocomm: Orlando, FL June 8 – 14 SUNY Technology Conference: Lake Placid, NY June 17 - 20 Cisco Live: San Diego, CA June 9 - 13 Pro Audio-Visual Expo: Jakarta, INDONESIA July 18 - 20 NYNJ Technology & Business Summit: Long Island, NY–October 1; Newark, NJ–October 3 L.A. Tech Summit: Costa Mesa, CA October 10 AES Convention: New York, NY October 16 - 19 HTSA Fall Conference: Dallas, TX October 22 – 24 Avixa AVEC: New Orleans, LA November 5 - 7 For information on how Captus Systems can help you to reach your ultimate AV/Collaboration goals, please call us at 212-400-1616. Thank you!

2019 Mergers, Acquisitions, & Collaborations:  Love is In The Air!
2019 Mergers, Acquisitions, & Collaborations: Love is In The Air!

February is the perfect month to talk about collaborations…especially in the Audio-Visual Industry, which brings-about some love-connections of our own. Here are just a few… Biamp & Cambridge Sound Management (CSM): CSM – a leader in direct & in-plenum sound-masking solutions - with 50-percent market share in this sector - has been acquired by audio & video giant, Biamp. In a story about this transaction in rAVe Pubs - Biamp’s President, CEO, & co-Chairman, Rashid Skaf said “The acquisition of CSM unites two great brands… Together, we offer customers better access to industry leading solutions that manage sound & video to address a wide array of modern communications & collaboration challenges.” The marriage of these two leaders in sound technology offers clients the opportunity to get both of their capabilities in a single integrated platform - & that’s music to everybody’s ears! Egan Visual & Exact Furniture, Ltd.: Following its recent acquisition of acoustical panel manufacturer, Workin Walls, Egan has now also acquired Exact Furniture, Ltd. Egan – known for its whiteboards & glassboards, can now offer Exact Furniture’s line of professional furniture products, most of which are designed & customized for technology integration. Exact Furniture’s line of merchandise includes lecterns, tables, desks, & credenzas – furniture that’s manufactured for use in both educational & professional settings. The nationwide network of Pro AV Integrators whom Exact Furniture has served for the past 15 years, will benefit from Egan’s production, sales support, & industrial design capabilities as well. RGB Communications & Legrand AV: These two organizations have partnered in order to make it possible for more expedited delivery of Middle Atlantic racks to European markets. Up to now, stock that wasn’t immediately available had to be shipped or flown-in from the United Stated, which made for long wait-times. Now with this new partnership formed, the longest wait for any popular item should be only up to seven days. Be on the lookout for future announcements from RGB, regarding the distribution of other Legrand brands - including Chief, Vaddio, Projecta, & DaLite. Midwich AV Distribution & Prase Engineering: These organizations have proven to be leaders in the AV Distribution sector in Europe, & with this newly formed partnership, Midwich can now become a strong presence in the Italian market. Both of these companies are past winners of InAVation Awards for “Distributors of the Year” – so this will surely prove to be a match made in heaven! (They are both current nominees for the same award this year as well.) Managing Director of the Midwich Group, Stephen Fenby, is quoted in an article in InAVate saying “We are delighted to welcome…the Prase team to the Midwich Group. The company has a very strong reputation – not only in Italy, but also in the European AV market as a whole. Prase has an excellent portfolio of vendor partners…with an extensive range of value-added support.” ISE’s 2019 Show in Amsterdam: This week – from February 5th through the 8th, the AV industry’s preeminent European love-fest will be underway. Manufacturers, integrators, & everyone in-between in the AV/Collaboration world will come-together to share the newest, hottest, & best state-of-the-art trends, tools, & technology in the industry today. With all of that Audio-Visual love in one-room, maybe even more AV “Connections” will be made! With Valentine’s Day looming, love & mergers are in the air! For information on how Captus Systems can help you make great collaborations of your own, please call us at 212-400-1616. Thank you!