Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) has introduced the Wireless Microphone Users Interference Protection Act of 2013, which would create two "safe haven" channels for wireless mics and otherwise attempt to shield them from interference. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is backing the bill that would help protect wireless microphones in an FCC-repacked spectrum world. According to NAB President Gordon Smith, who wrote to Rush, "Without safe haven protections for these operations, broadcasters may not be able to provide on-the-scene coverage of breaking news, emergency information and political events…." He also said available spectrum is likely to become more congested in the future and called Rush's bill an important step toward trying to safeguard licensed mic use.
Shure Inc. President/CEO Sandy LaMantia praised Rep. Rush's efforts in helping to protect wireless microphone users, including houses of worship, government facilities, schools and universities, convention centers, theaters and live entertainment venues, and stadiums, from the loss of available spectrum.
HR 2911 would require that wireless mics have access to the TV band databases the FCC created to try and ensure that unlicensed wireless devices operating in the "white spaces" in broadcast spectrum do not interfere with licensed services, such as TV stations.

BICSI (Tampa, FL), the international association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, has released its latest standard, ANSI/BICSI 005-2013, Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) System Design and Implementation Best Practices. The need for security is almost as old as mankind itself. Today, security systems are converging onto the network and its cabling infrastructure at an increasing rate. As the systems used within security have become more complex, so, too, has the cabling infrastructure to address both communication and security requirements.
BICSI 005 bridges the worlds of security and communications by providing the security professional with the requirements and recommendations of a structured cabling infrastructure needed to support today's security systems while providing the cabling design professional information on different elements within safety and security systems that affect the design. BICSI 005 also provides information about the concept of "direct attach" and how it may be used within many forms of ESS systems.
The BICSI Standards Program is an ANSI-accredited, consensus-based standards development organization. It creates standards and guidelines for use in the design, installation and integration of information technology systems (ITS) and related telecommunications fields. BICSI standards are written to define current practices and drive improvement in quality and performance over the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety and security, project management and audio and video technologies, and encompass optical fiber, copper and wireless-based distribution systems.

Audiovisual systems integrator Conference Technologies, Inc. (St. Louis MO), which offers AV system design, engineering, installation, service, rental and event production, has purchased the assets of United Visual, Inc. (Itasca IL), and hired its key personnel. The move is part of an expansion strategy that has helped the company open five new offices since January 1, including this move into the Chicago area. The company has almost 200 employees in 14 offices. "We see tremendous opportunities for technology companies that are well managed, well-staffed and financially secure," said Conference Technologies President/CEO, John Laughlin. In addition to the geographic expansion, Laughlin has led an effort to hire more IT engineers and technicians, a crucial move as audio and video systems become more closely tied to IP networks. As part of this strategy, Conference Technologies has formed strategic partnerships with Microsoft, LifeSize, Crestron and SMART Technologies.


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British lighting console manufacturer Avolites (London, England), which produces control solutions for all aspects of the professional lighting industry, has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Farmingdale NY-based Group One Professional Audio and Lighting. "This…will enable Avolites to extend its product reach into the US market while being able to service already existing US clients more efficiently," explained Koy Neminathan, Avolites Sales Director. The company's decision to partner with Group One Ltd. was based on the US company's extensive industry experience, as well as the opportunity for Avolites to be part of Group One's growing lighting division. According to Avolites Managing Director Steve Warren, "Avolites has made great strides with the introduction of the Sapphire Touch and Titan Mobile, expanding our popular range of Titan family consoles all powered by the Titan engine. With Titan V7 set for release, the best is yet to come! Hold onto your hats USA and get ready for it!" Group One President Jack Kelly commented, "Avolites is one of the great legacy brands in the lighting industry, and all of us at Group One are looking forward to further developing the US market for a great range of products from a great company."
Brad White, who is heading up Group One's Avolites division as National Sales Manager, has extensive experience with Avolites products. He will focus on development of the Avolites brand in America, working with lighting designers, specifiers, dealers, production companies and facilities.

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Ross Video (Iroquois, Ontario, Canada) has acquired Virginia Beach VA-based Montalto, a research and development company that brings experience, innovation, a broad skill set and deep knowledge of broadcast routing systems to Ross Video, according to the company, adding that, as former Harris/Leitch staff, the team was successful in developing many breakthrough products over the years. The Ross Virginia team will take responsibility for advancing the Ross routing systems line, as well as contributing technology and products to Ross' openGear product portfolio. As a result of this acquisition, Ross has opened a development lab in Virginia Beach as a base of operation for routing systems development, creating a third R&D component in the US, along with existing development labs in Boston and California. Ross Video also has R&D facilities in Ottawa, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; Hilversum, The Netherlands, and Melbourne, Australia.

Amar Gopal Bose, Founder/Chairman of Bose Corp., died in July in Wayland MA, at the age of 83. His death was announced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where Dr. Bose began his acoustics research and was on the faculty for more than 40 years. According to the report, as a student at MIT in the early 1950s, he was appalled at the poor sound quality of an apparently highly rated record player. He became almost obsessively devoted to improving the loudspeakers and to the study of acoustics. He was asked to join the faculty in 1956, where he remained until 2001. Dr. Bose started a research program in physical acoustics and psychoacoustics, leading to the development of patents in acoustics, electronics, nonlinear systems and communication theory. In 2011, Dr. Bose gave MIT the majority of Bose Corp. stock in the form of non-voting shares whose dividends are used to support education and research. MIT does not participate in management or governance of the company.
With several others, Dr. Bose founded his company in 1964. He received many awards and honors, and was an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2008.




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