PRITZKER GROUP PRIVATE CAPITAL ACQUIRES MILESTONE AV TECHNOLOGIES
Pritzker Group Private Capital (Chicago IL) has acquired Milestone AV Technologies (Eden Prairie MN), a global designer, marketer and distributor of branded AV products for consumer and commercial use, for an undisclosed price from The Duchossois Group (Elmhurst IL). The Duchossois Group will retain a significant interest in the business and continue to have representatives serve on the board of directors. Milestone’s mounting equipment and display solutions are sold principally under the Chief, Da-Lite and Sanus brands. The company serves more than 5000 global customers, including professional AV dealers, regional home theater dealers, consumer electronics retailers, mass merchants and original equipment manufacturers. The company maintains global operations with offices in the US, Europe and China.
“Our acquisition of Milestone demonstrates Pritzker Group Private Capital’s strategy of investing in clear market leaders with excellent management teams. We are well aligned with the Duchossois family in the view that our permanent, proprietary capital base allows our management teams to build great businesses over the long term,” said Tony Pritzker, Managing Partner, Pritzker Group Private Capital. “Together with the Milestone management team, we have a clear path forward that continues the company’s long history of new product innovation, international growth and add-on acquisitions.”
“Our two families have enjoyed both a personal and business relationship for over 40 years,” said Craig Duchossois, CEO of The Duchossois Group. “We look forward to our next generation of partnership. This transaction is representative of the types of opportunities that will be pursued by Duchossois Capital Management, the company we recently formed to manage our family’s strategic investments.”
“Our partnership with Pritzker Group Private Capital and Duchossois will launch Milestone into its next phase of growth, providing resources to help us meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said Scott Gill, Milestone CEO. “The resources and experience of both organizations will drive our continued investment behind the innovative products, exceptional service and operational excellence that make a difference for our customers.”

Sony

AWS-750 Anycast® Touch Live Content Producer: Touch-Screen Interface With Full-Scale A/V Performance

Sony’s new AWS-750 Anycast® Touch live content producer combines the familiar touch-screen interface common in mobile devices with full-scale A/V performance. This affordable, easy-to-use, ultra-portable all-in-one live production system is ideal for live broadcasting or webcasting in applications such as education, corporate, government, houses of worship, sports and more.

The Anycast Touch system combines a video switcher, audio mixer, special effects generator, PTZ camera control, a real-time streaming encoder, image still store, character generator, and scale converter. It uses a sliding, dual touch-screen interface similar to a tablet. A unique tilt-screen function allows the two dual screens to split video and audio controls and conveniently store them in scene folders with settings including titles, logos and effects. Operators can recall the next video source just by touching its thumbnail picture, and content can be easily streamed live over the internet or a dedicated network. The system can produce full HD (1920x1080) content with 10-bit processing to produce extremely clear, highly detailed pictures either in SD, HD or a mix of both.
The Anycast Touch eliminates additional hardware typically required for professional live streaming such as encoders, video recorders, audio mixers, titlers and remote camera controllers.

Visit www.sony.com/anycasttouch for more details.

 

BAKER AUDIO VISUAL REBRANDS, EXPANDS INTO NEW MARKETS
Baker Audio Visual, a 60-year-old AV integration firm previously known as “Baker Audio,” has launched a new corporate brand identity and strategic direction as it announced new locations throughout the US. Headquartered in Atlanta GA, the company now has offices in Charlotte NC, Miami FL, Boston MA and New Orleans LA. Its new logo, website, social media presence and revised name reflect its continued commitment to providing clients with the latest, customized audiovisual technology, the company reported.
Keith Hicks, CEO, said, “Baker Audio Visual has been doing business outside of Atlanta for years. Expanding into new markets is about our continued growth, for sure, but our first priority is to better serve existing clients in those areas.” Baker Audio Visual provides large-scale audiovisual solutions for a broad base of venue types. The new name better reflects its services in audio and visual solutions. It was the first AV company in the Southeast and one of the first in the United States, according to the company.

Contemporary Research

Contemporary Research Introduces Three Next-Gen QMOD-HDTV Modulators

Contemporary Research introduces the QMOD-SDI1.5, QMOD-HDMI1.5 and QMOD-YPB2, the next generation of its QMOD HDTV modulation technology.
Based on totally new architecture, these units have evolved by the power of two. New QMOD1.5 series modulators start at single-channel operation and price, yet can be upgraded to two channels by entering an optional software key, while QMOD 2 series products start out with two channels.
All units feature unique adaptive encoding, the ability to convert non-ATSC and advanced video formats into a QAM cable channel.
The QMOD-SDI1.5 features HD-SDI, Component, and Composite/CC inputs, and supports SDI embedded, digital coax, optical and stereo audio.
Designed for general and digital signage applications, the QMOD-HDMI1.5 includes HDMI (non-HDCP), RGBHV/Component inputs. Dual Composite/CC, stereo and coax audio inputs support single and dual-channel modes of operation. The RGBHV/Component input will support 1080p/720p 60 Hz video from PCs or consumer HD cameras; additional resolutions, scaling and positioning is available with the optional scaling upgrade key.
The QMOD-YPB2 HDTV Modulator delivers cost-effective dual-channel distribution of Component cable and satellite TV sources, supported by dual Component, Composite/CC, stereo and coax audio inputs.

Contact: 888.972.2728 – sales@crwww.comwww.contemporaryresearch.com

OCA EXPANDS, RELEASES OCA 1.2 SPECIFICATION
The Open Control Architecture (OCA) Alliance, the industry collective developing a standardized media networking system control architecture for professional applications, has added Focusrite (El Segundo CA,) and RCF Corp. (Emilia Italy/Edison NJ,) to its roster of members.
The organization also has completed and released OCA Version 1.2 of its base specification, and forwarded it to the Audio Engineering Society (AES) for review as part of the X210 standardization of OCA. OCA V1.2 continues the development roadmap and schedule. It enhances OCA’s ability to work with different media transport technologies, and incorporates significant feedback from early adopters. According to Morten Lave, OCA Alliance Vice Chairman and CEO/Managing Director of TC Applied Technologies Ltd., “2013 has been a very active and productive year for OCA. These new partners will add to our efforts to bring an open control architecture to the industry.”

Samsung

The SMART Signage Platform New Business Experience

The embedded Samsung SMART Signage Platform creates more opportunities for your business. As an easily integrated, open platform, it helps eliminate external hardware, streamlining deployment and helping businesses save money. See how this New Business Experience can open more doors for your business at samsung.com/smartsignage.



KRAMER, CALIBRE UK SIGN GLOBAL AGREEMENT
NElectronics designer, manufacturer and supplier, Kramer Electronics, Ltd.(Jerusalem, Israel/Clinton NJ), and British electronics manufacturer Calibre UK (Bradford, Yorkshire, UK), have signed a global joint sales, supply, development and business cooperation agreement. Calibre’s key models for the commercial AV and broadcast industries are being incorporated into Kramer’s product lineup in Q4/2013. According to the companies, “This strengthens Kramer’s range by the addition of a new line of scalers, including low-latency processing, warping, geometry correction and edge-blending, with models for fixed installation and rental and staging, as well as models targeted at LED videowalls and television broadcast studios.” The two companies have also agreed to work together to accelerate Calibre’s future product developments and have plans to roll out a range of video processing, routing and control products. Kramer Electronics will supply dedicated resources to support and market these new models throughout its worldwide network of more than 20 regional offices.

Revolabs

Revolabs HD™ Line of Wireless Microphones Ensures High Quality Audio for Your Infrastructure

Revolabs HD™ line of wireless microphone systems includes the Single/Dual Channel; the rack-mounted, dual-channel Venue; and the Executive, which can support up to 32 (Americas) or 40 (international) microphones, each with an independent channel to operate together in one area without interference. For the highest audio quality, HD microphones provide the sound fidelity of a wired system and CD-quality frequency response. The systems’ wireless design simplifies setup and eliminates the clutter of cables for a clean look, while allowing the freedom of mobility. For fool-proof operation, Revolabs’ microphones automatically look for and change frequency to avoid interference. In addition, RF Armor™ technology enables the microphones to operate when in direct contact with other wireless devices known to cause audio interference, such as GSM noise from cell phones. All Revolabs wireless microphones are rechargeable, providing up to eight hours of talk time, and offer the security of 128-bit encryption to ensure that no one will be able to listen in on the wireless signal.

With the HD line, Revolabs has you covered with quality audio solutions to make the most of your infrastructure.

CSM, LENCORE ACOUSTICS SETTLE PATENT LITIGATION
Cambridge Sound Management, LLC (CSM, Waltham MA), and Lencore Acoustics Corp. (Woodbury NY) have agreed to settle the patent infringement lawsuit initiated by CSM in 2008 over the sale of multiple products by Lencore that CSM claimed infringed on its US Patent No. 7,194,094 covering direct field sound masking systems using loudspeakers with a low directivity index.
In 2009, Lencore petitioned the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to reexamine the validity of the ’094 Patent. CSM subsequently modified the patent to include systems only employing cone loudspeakers and, after four years of proceedings at the PTO, the Patent examiner ruled, and the PTO Patent Trial and Appeals Board affirmed, that all claims in the ’094 Patent are valid. (The patent was originally assigned to Acentech (Cambridge MA), a multi-disciplinary acoustics, AV systems design and vibration consulting firm. On August 7, 2013, CSM purchased Acentech’s outstanding ownership interest.)

Under the settlement, Lencore agrees that CSM’s ’094 Patent is valid, and CSM agrees that Lencore will be permitted to sell direct field sound masking systems that use cone loudspeakers having an Effective Aperture Diameter of four inches or greater. In addition, CSM has agreed to dismiss its infringement action against Lencore and Lencore has agreed to withdraw its federal court appeal in which it has sought to overturn the PTO’s finding of patent validity.
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