ASK Proxima, Inc. (Torrance CA) is re-entering the US market during InfoComm in Orlando FL. It is a US sales and distribution subsidiary of ACTO Digital Video Technology Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, China), which specializes in research, development and manufacturing of digital video technology. Industry professionals will lead the company's research, engineering and development team, including a former president and general manager from major LCD projector companies. The company offers portable LCD and DLP projectors, including ultra short throw models for business, education and church applications. Its factories can produce more than 600,000 units per year; production units will be available in July/August.
ASK Proxima originated in Europe. ASK Norway, established in 1986, later merged with Proxima to enter the US market. Eventually, InFocus acquired this merger. In 2007, ACTO acquired the InFocus Technology Park in China, as well as the ASK Proxima brand. According to Mr. Taira, General Manager, “Today, the company offers the latest expertise and technology utilizing the Sony BrightEra LCD panels. ACTO is now returning to the US market the earlier version of ASK Proxima’s brand of well-respected high performance projectors.”


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ASIS International (ASIS, Alexandria VA) and Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI, Tampa FL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster the growth of the security and information technology systems industries, promote public safety and protect critical infrastructure globally. ASIS, the largest association for security management professionals, represents more than 38,000 security practitioners worldwide. BICSI supports the information technology systems (ITS) industry, serving more than 23,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians.
The primary focus of this agreement is collaboration and information sharing in the areas of research, education, standards and advocacy. Key issues the associations might address include privacy concerns over the use of security and information technology systems technologies; the development of an educated security and information technology systems workforce; voluntary consensus standards; and the availability of federal and state financial resources for the protection of critical infrastructures during a time of fiscal austerity.
“The collective knowledge and expertise within our membership bodies is quite substantial. By focusing on common goals and leveraging our core assets, ASIS and BICSI have a tremendous opportunity to impact and shape the future of homeland security by influencing and driving practice, policy and strategy across the private and public sectors,” said Geoffrey T. Craighead, CPP, President, ASIS.
“There is incredible synergy between these two great associations,” said BICSI President Jerry L. Bowman, RCDD, RTPM, NTS, CISSP, CPP, CDCDP. “I’ve been a member of both for many years, and have watched as the convergence of ITS and physical security enabled a relationship like this to make sense for the stakeholders of both associations.”


The Platt Retail Institute has released results from the first quarter 2013 North American Digital Signage (DS) Index, showing that it increased by 4.54%, from 116.42 in Q4 2012 to 121.71 in the first quarter of 2013. Comparing the first quarter 2013 to the first quarter 2012, the Current DS Index increased by 8.69%. The Near-Term DS Index rose by 9.64%, indicating an increase in sentiment over the next three to six months.
And, according to the “Monthly Worldwide FPD TV Shipment Data Report” from the IHS TV Systems Intelligence Service at information and analytics provider IHS, global flatpanel television shipments rose slightly in Q1, indicating that there will be “marginal growth” in 2013, representing the first year-over-year quarterly growth since Q4 2011. Global LCD and plasma flatpanel shipments were up 0.4%. Jusy Hong, Senior Analyst, Television Research, for IHS, said, “While a less than 1% increase in the first quarter may not seem like much, it’s a major achievement for a TV market that was stuck in the doldrums throughout 2012.” Hong continued, “Just one year earlier, in the first quarter of 2012, shipments fell by 5%, and then continued to decline by 3.5%, 0.3% and 2.4% during the next three quarters….The rise for the entire first quarter sets the stage for the global flatpanel TV market to return to growth this year.” LCD TVs are leading the growth, while plasma sales (down 22% from 3.2 million one year earlier) are dropping, constraining the overall flatpanel market growth.
According to a survey of consumer behavior, “Millennials prefer brick-and-mortar shopping,” which bodes well for the retail market and offers potential for the systems integration segment. Research from the Urban Land Institute shows that Millennials prefer shopping with brands such as JCPenney, Target, Walmart and Kohl's for trendy clothing, and Walmart, Target and Kmart for groceries, according to an article on Key to what systems integrators add to the retail mix: For 70% of women and 50% of men, shopping is entertainment, and they expect continuous, novel options to keep it fresh.


Revolabs Executive HD™ MaxSecure Wireless Microphone System Supports AES-256 Encryption for Maximum Security

Designed to provide the highest level of security for the most sensitive applications, the Revolabs Executive HD™ MaxSecure 8-channel wireless microphone system and compatible microphones support the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256) as defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

This encryption standard is designed for compliance with the security encryption standards AES FIPS 197 and AES FIPS 140-2, established by the United States government and approved by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) for applications requiring advanced privacy protection.

At home in demanding environments such as high-end boardrooms and large auditoriums, the Executive HD MaxSecure offers the same audio quality, versatility, and seamless integration as the 128-bit Executive HD. Each unit provides support for up to eight microphones with exceptional audio quality; multiple units can be linked together to support up to 32 (Americas) or 40 (international) microphones per area. The Executive HD MaxSecure can be integrated with all control systems via RS-232 or Ethernet, making it a seamless, natural extension of any new or existing environment. An intuitive, front-panel LCD display provides simple control and configuration on-location, while management software is available for the convenience of remotely monitoring and controlling the system through its Ethernet connection.

Takuya “Tak” Nakata has been named President and Representative Director of Yamaha Corporation Japan, succeeding Mitsuru “Mick” Umemura, who has been serving in those positions since June 26, 2007, and will become Special Corporate Advisor at the company. According to the company, under his leadership, Yamaha returned to profitability with $42.3 million in net income for its fiscal year ending March 31, with sales up in the musical instrument and AV/IT segments. Both appointments will be finalized at a meeting of the Board of Directors to be held on June 26, 2013, following the 189th Ordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting.
Mr. Nakata, President of Yamaha Corporation of America since April 2010, has overseen a period of growth for the company despite a difficult financial climate in the United States. According to Yamaha, throughout his tenure with the company, Mr. Nakata has been instrumental in all of the evolutions and innovations that have defined the digital/electronics side of Yamaha Musical Instruments. In 1981, he joined Yamaha (former Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd., which officially changed its name to Yamaha Corporation in 1987), responsible for product planning and product development of electrical musical instruments. In 2002, he was appointed Assistant General Manager of the PA-DMI Division and, in 2005, he became General Manager of the division. In 2006, he was named Executive Officer of Yamaha Corporation and was promoted in 2009 to Director/Executive Officer of Yamaha Corporation.


Longwood University Installs PixelFLEX LED Curtain

Frustrated by the limitations of the projection screen in its main auditorium, Longwood University, a liberal arts school in Virginia, recently installed a 15-panel, 18 mm LED Curtain from PixelFLEX to visually enhance performances and presentations while maximizing viewer experience.
PixelFLEX’s LED Curtain offers Longwood University a solution that is easy to set up and operate and can be integrated easily into what the university already uses. For this project, PixelFLEX developed custom-size panels – tailored specifically for the University’s installation. The 18mm Curtain’s flexibility and light weight –was the primary differentiator for the University’s multi-media team when researching replacements for their traditional projection system.
“One of the major benefits of the PixelFLEX video screen is that it’s extremely easy to move, which means we can use video and effects in a variety of environments across campus,” said John Hogge, University multi-media technician. “The PixelFLEX screens provided much higher quality resolution and that flexibility is invaluable.”
Flexible in all directions and exceptionally durable, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures creating untouchable customization. For more information on PixelFLEX and its LED video products, visit Follow PixelFLEX at and @LEDCurtain.

Sharp Electronics Corp. (Mahwah NJ,), which has undergone massive changes in its corporate structure, has “turned the corner,” according to Mike Marusic, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Solutions Group, in exclusive comments to Sound & Communications. Although headlines have highlighted the company’s financial travails and cutbacks, Marusic stated that the commercial division has always been profitable and growing. The company’s restructuring shouldn’t have much impact overall, he stated, adding that the fourth quarter (January-March 2013) was profitable. Most recently, Sharp has been busy expanding its previously very small dealer network, and is working more through the distribution channel so its salespeople can better support the individual dealers.
He added that Sharp is pushing 4k technology, and at InfoComm, will be introducing a product line based around its Indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO), a semiconducting material jointly developed with Semiconductor Energy Laboratories, first in a 32-inch model, to be followed by a 32-inch touch version.

Ensemble Designs


Ensemble Designs is introducing another addition to its award winning line of BrightEye NXT Compact routers at the infoComm show in Orlando, June 12-14 at booth number 2253. The new router, the BrightEye NXT 410 Clean HDMI Router instantaneously and cleanly switches between HDMI sources.
The new BrightEye NXT 410 Clean HDMI Router has built-in clean and quiet frame syncs which allow glitch-free switching even with asynchronous sources, and a front panel LCD display that shows full motion video of the sources being routed, as well as set-up and diagnostic information. The Ethernet port allows access to full switcher operation and set-up functions from virtually any location.
The new BrightEye NXT 410 Clean HDMI Router features four HDMI inputs; one HDMI output; two dedicated SDI inputs; two dedicated SDI outputs; one flexible SDI port that can be either an input or output; and an SFP (small format pluggable) port that can be fiber or mini BNC, and either inputs or outputs.

While we have been reporting recently on the introduction of 4k technology and related products, so soon after HD has been implemented, multiple news outlets have indicated that Japan’s NHK recently completed the first over-the-air broadcast of a 7680x4320 signal using UHF frequencies, employing technologies such as orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO). Low-density parity check coding was also used for error correction. Although this test broadcast covered only 2.7 miles, there apparently were no errors in pushing data at 16 times the pixels (four times the resolution) of a 1920x1080 HD/2k image; researchers spread the signal across a couple of UHF frequencies.
Apparently, Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has a timetable for the switch to 4k and 8k broadcasts, with the Ministry planning to be the world’s first country to broadcast in 4k-resolution in July 2014. That will be followed by a trial run of 8k broadcasts by NHK in 2016, with plans to have 8k in time for the 2020 Olympic Games.




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