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  • FALL 2010AV I - S P LCONCEPT CATALOGInnoVAtIVe AudIo VIdeo communIcAtIonS mAde SImPLe Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 1
  • AVI-SPL’s promise is simple: All the support and solutions you need, from one reputable, reliable source.2 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • AbOuT AVI-SPL 06 | About Us 08 | Solutions 10 | Qualifications 11 | Locations MArkET fOCuS 13 | Corporate APi Group Project Focus: 19 | Unified Control: Where AV Meets It, by AMX 21 | Expanding Your Vision, by Mitsubishi 24 | the Rise of Digital Advertising, by nEC 26 | Creating Contrast for a Stellar View, by Da-Lite 29 | Project Focus: University of South Florida Marshall Center Education 35 | Advance Your Collaborative Experience, by SMARt technologies 36 | Breaking Classroom Sound Barriers, by Chief Manufacturing 38 | An Affordable Alternative to Interactive Whiteboards, by InFocus 41 | Project Focus: IRSC Treasure Coast Public Safety Complex Government 47 | An Introduction to VoIP, by Biamp 49 | How Difficult Can It Be? It’s ‘Just’ Audio! by Polycom 51 | A Strong Connection, by Comprehensive 53 | Birth of the AISYS optical System, by Canon 55 | Project Focus: Dave & Busters Hospitality CONTENTS 61 | the Realities of the Analog Sunset, by Crestron 64 | Let there Be Light, by Christie Digital 66 | the Brilliance of 3LCD, by Epson 69 | Project Focus: Resurrection Life Church House of Worship 74 | Cable Management tips for optimal Performance, by Middle Atlantic 76 | QMoD Integration and Display Control, by Contemporary Research 78 | A Superior Performance of Sound, by tannoy MArkETPLACE 82 | Product Information 93 | Partial Manufacturer ListEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 3 View slide
  • Unified Communications Designed With You in Mind… AVI-SPL invites you to experience the evolutionary world of Caméléon Telepresence. Caméléon offers the versatility of Telepresence, high definition (HD) video conferencing, audio conferencing and multimedia presentation displays in one turnkey system that is quick, flexible and affordable for your needs.  An adaptable multi-function conferencing solution  A true-to-life visual experience  Finely-tuned audio integrates within sleekly-styled conferencing furnishings  Flexible communications at the simple touch of a button, with an intuitive interface that anyone can use Now available with Polycom, LifeSize and TANDBERG technology! Contact us today! 866.559.8197 www.avispl.com/cameleon4 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197 View slide
  • COrPOrATE hEAdquArTErS: 6301 Benjamin Road Suite 101 Tampa, FL 33634 Sales: 866.559.8197 Fax: 800.244.8630 Website: www.avispl.com Follow AVI-SPL: AVI-SPL is taking important steps toward reducing our environmental impact. this catalog was printed by an FSC certified printer with soy-based inks on paper stock containing 10% post-consumer recycled content. PrOduCEd bIANNuALLy by AVI-SPL: Candace Clarke Communications Editor Peggy Loiseau CONTACT Senior graphic Designer Please direct all media inquiries to: Michelle Oswald Vice President of Marketing Communications Jessica Spicer PR Specialist Krystle Czajkowski PR Specialist Copyright © 2010 by AVI-SPL, Inc. All rights reserved. no part of this publication may be duplicated without the permission of AVI-SPL. the views expressed in the Concept Catalog are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy, position or opinions of AVI-SPL.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 5
  • AVI-SPL A b Ou T uS the impact of advanced videoconferencing, telepresence systems and more, we can expertly customize a company-wide Unified Communications solution – perfectly tailored for your distinct initiatives. o industry-leading services include: our • Managed Managed Conferencing Services for video conferencing and telepresence • Digital Digital signage integration and digital media services • Complete design and installation of all AV systems • Operation center design and installation • Ongoing support services and project management Innovative Audio Video Communications • On-site personnel and supplemental staffing In a challenging global economy and changing industry landscape, AV industry leader AVI-SPL is firmly committed to meeting the • Complete post-sale and installation support services unique needs of customers across all markets, including corporate, • 24/7 HelpDesk support education and government environments. our core value lies in • Meeting and event support a depth of well-blended expertise, with a genuine passion for • Sales, rental and repair of all AV equipment working with the industrys most advanced technologies. our goal is making complex, innovative audio video communications AVI-SPL’s unmatched level of expertise includes a partnership solutions easy to use and effective for our clients. with more than 700 of the industry’s top manufacturers, more certified technicians than any other AV company, and the reliability how We Can help you Succeed of comprehensive support, both on-site and off-site. We’ve As an AVI-SPL customer, you can expect extensive services in end- steadfastly collaborated with architects, designers and end to-end communications, with consultative support to encompass users, leading to the completion of more than 25,000 installations your organization’s equipment and communications network. With worldwide. through a global network of nearly 40 offices - including6 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • international locations in Mexico and Dubai - and more than, 1,400 “Our clients can rely on the integrationemployees, AVI-SPL’s strong tradition of collaboration continues. of advanced communication solutionsWorking Towards a Greener future that are customized to meet their budget -AVI-SPL leads the industry with sustainability initiatives that include without sacrificing the quality and impactvideo conferencing solutions, equipment recycling programs and of their presentations.”LEED accredited professionals. In keeping with our drive towardsenvironmental sustainability, AVI-SPL is proud to be an active John Zettel, Chief Executive Officer of AVI-SPLmember of the U.S. green Building Council (USgBC).We care about environmental sustainability, and we consistently “In order to implement the best presentationcollaborate with our manufacturers, consultants and associations communications, you need the expertise ofto ensure that our customers benefit from our efforts. our those who are motivated to stay current withmanufacturers include companies who have done comprehensiveresearch in this area and provide environmentally-friendly products products, technologies and services.”that are aimed at reduced carbon impact. Martin Schaffel, Executive Chairman of AVI-SPLEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 7
  • AVI-SPL S OL uTIO N S ConferencePoint conferencePoint Communicate From multipoint video conferencing to extensive performance • Full complement of multipoint video conferencing reporting, our exclusive service offering delivers flexible options • Bridging and streaming for both traditional video and telepresence environments. • Inbound reservations and comprehensive support now you have the power to see and talk to virtually anyone, AV Systems design and Installation anywhere around the world – regardless of network, technology or As the largest trained and certified team in the industry, AVI-SPL device. through the advantage of AVI-SPL’s managed conferencing strongly values our ability to meet the unique AV needs of our clients. services program, you can easily extend your network’s reach Whether providing state-of-the-art technology for a classroom or and increase productivity, quickly connecting with individual boardroom, healthcare facility, performance venue or government telepresence rooms, HD video endpoints, telecommuters or your agency, AVI-SPL delivers a complete range of audio video technology, entire video communications network. our suite of services is fully collaboration and presentation solutions. customized with three flexible levels, allowing you to “Connect,” “Control” and “Communicate” with ease. We will collaborate with you through the architectural design, equipment evaluation and procurement process, streamlining your conferencePoint Connect AV project from concept to completion. We ensure that our clients • Quality of Service (QoS) connectivity have the ability to communicate their message and make an impact • Dialing plans -- quickly and effectively. As the global leader in the audio video • Easy-to-use features industry, AVI-SPL is dedicated to our clients’ success. • Support for successful HD and SD video conferencing Product Sales and Service conferencePoint Control AVI-SPL offers more than 700 different product lines. As the leading • Comprehensive monitoring and room management authorized audiovisual product provider, we are experts in this • Call launching industry and are consistently keeping track of emerging technology • 24/7 HelpDesk and products. By partnering with AVI-SPL, you are assured that • Extensive performance reporting any question, need or request will be answered by individual who8 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • knows you and your organization on a first-hand basis. our service your needs, and powerfully drive your messaging.technicians are factory-trained and certified to ensure the promptrepair of all the products we sell, as well as provide repair for AVI-SPL offers a full range of equipment rental and stagingproducts sold to our clients by other companies. services, with on-site teams at more than 50 popular resort and convention center destinations throughout north America. WithCustomer Care PLuS+ rental equipment available from several office locations for yourCustomer Care PLUS+ encompasses AVI-SPL’s industry-leading convenience, we can even deliver our unique Meeting In A BoxtMservice capabilities. this is a complete solution featuring extensive or gig A Box® packages directly to your next meeting.maintenance programs and our highly-knowledgeable supporttechnicians. With Customer Care PLUS+, you’ll receive the creative Show Servicesoption of customized service levels to accommodate your unique • Creative concept development business environment, from video conferencing and telepresence • Set design development technologies to projection systems. • Venue coordination • Speaker support presentations Benefits include AVI-SPL’s 24/7 HelpDesk, discounts on parts, a • Video recording and editing guaranteed 48-hour response time on service calls, free shipping • Animation and graphics for any equipment or parts under warranty, and scheduled • Set renderingpreventative maintenance visits. As an added benefit, we also offerthe option to purchase an extended warranty on your equipment. Hotel and Rental Services • AV and IT equipment rentals Event Services • Complete show and meeting staging Creative Show Services, or CS2, is AVI-SPL’s “script-to-screen” • Lighting and sound division. Featuring a dynamic range of AV technology and a talented • Theme development team of experts, CS2 specializes in high-end graphics, animation • Creative services and interactive segments. From sales conferences to award galas, • Digital signage and exhibitsour collaborative technologies are perfectly customized to serveEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 9
  • AVI-SPL q u AL IfIC AT IONS Associations and Certifications Comprehensive Expertise Designing custom solutions for a variety of applications, we work with virtually all types of customers and environments; supporting small and medium business needs as well as Fortune 100/500 and Global 1000 customers, including: corporate Government education • Manufacturing & Distribution • Department of Defense • K-12 • Financial Services • Federal/Agency • Higher Education • IT/Technology • State/Local/Municipal • Corporate Education Healthcare Hospitality Houses of Worship • Hospitals • Stadiums and Arenas • Churches • Operating Rooms • Theme Parks • Synagogues • Telemedicine • Hotels and Convention Centers • Temples10 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • AVI-SPL O f f ICE L O CATIO NS ALAbAmA mInneSotA Birmingham St. Paul Huntsville neVAdA cALIFoRnIA Las Vegas Los Angeles San Francisco neW yoRk new York City coLoRAdo Denver noRtH cARoLInA Charlotte dIStRIct oF coLumbIA greensboro Washington, D.C. oHIo FLoRIdA Cleveland Ft. Lauderdale Dayton Jacksonville orlando tampa PennSyLVAnIA tallahassee Philadelphia Pittsburgh GeoRGIA Atlanta texAS Dallas LOCATIONS Houston ILLInoIS Chicago utAH Salt Lake City LouISIAnA new orleans VIRGInIA newport news mARyLAnd Sterling Columbia WASHInGton mASSAcHuSettS Seattle Boston mIcHIGAn InteRnAtIonAL Detroit Cancun, Mexico grand Haven Dubai, United Arab EmiratesEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 11
  • From the moment visitors step into the lobby, they’re greeted with Panasonic’s 58-inch, 16:9 Lcd monitor, which is showcased as a touch monitor for APi’s corporate website.12 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • “We wanted to incorporate cutting- edge technology reflective of the headquarters’ high-end look and feel, blended with simplicity and ease-of-use for standardization.” --Tim Thornburgh, Account Executive, AVI-SPL PrOJECT fOCuS Corporate: Corporate environments have varying collaboration needs, from internal uses such as board meetings, executive communications and training, to external uses like sales, marketing and digital signage targeting potential clients. AVI-SPL understands these requirements and can develop a custom solution to accommodate any business culture or architectural vision.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 13
  • Integrating unified communications became a primary initiative behind the advance of APi’s communications. APi group, Inc. serves as a holding company for nearly 40 video conferencing technology was key to achieving this goal. In independently managed companies with more than 150 locations. addition, APi is thoroughly committed to green-friendly practices Headquartered in new Brighton, Minn., APi focuses on servicing to minimize our impact on the environment. therefore it was very the industrial sector, including specialty construction, fire systems, important to build technology that fit these criteria.” fabrication and distribution. “Integrating Unified Communications became a primary initiative At three stories and 50,000 square feet, APi’s LEED gold-certified behind our efforts to advance APi’s communications,” adds headquarters includes a limestone exterior and an emphasis on AVI-SPL Account Executive tim thornburgh. “We wanted to natural light and expansive windows. “the APi group needed a incorporate cutting-edge technology reflective of the headquarters’ better way to effectively communicate with our geographically high-end look and feel, blended with simplicity and ease-of-use for disperse companies and with our many vendors and suppliers,” standardization,” he adds. today, the structure’s innovative appeal says Network Manager Brian Erickson. “Having superb audio/ is seamlessly matched by audiovisual technologies in the lobby,14 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • equipped with seating for up to 46 participants, the boardroom table is integrated with seven of Sharp’s 46-inch Hd 1080p Lcd flat panel displays. APi Group b u I L d I N G A M O r E u N I f I E d W O r L d O f C O M M u N I C AT I O N Sexecutive boardroom, conference rooms, training room, fitness table. Panasonic’s 50-inch HD plasma displays complete thearea and more. presentation environment. In each of the four standard conference rooms, meetings are enhanced through the use of Polycom’sFrom the moment visitors step into the lobby, they’re greeted with SoundStation2 conference phones, as well as two additional 50-Panasonic’s 58-inch, 16:9 LCD monitor, which is showcased as inch HD plasmas.a touch screen monitor for APi’s corporate website. they caneasily “surf” around the site with the simple touch of their finger. “We have been able to take advantage of more productiveAs another highlight of the integration, APi’s audio conferencing meetings by having the superior audio and video conferencingroom features Polycom’s HDX 9002 high-definition (HD) codec. technology built into our facility,” says Erickson. “the comfortableAdditional audio support is provided in the form of four Atlas meeting spaces, audio/video technology and acoustically-friendly Sound ceiling speakers, as well as eight Sennheiser gooseneck spaces (i.e. no echo) help keep the participants focused and doesmicrophones evenly dispersed throughout the conference room not detract from the meeting itself.”Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 15
  • In a further drive towards improved communications, an extensive integration occurred in the APi boardroom -- considered one of the headquarters’ most critical presentation environments. “Prior to the installation of video conferencing technology, APi executives could only arrange to meet quarterly,” says thornburgh. “today, they’re able to have more meetings throughout the organization, with a lot less coordination efforts and expense required,” he adds. At every level, APi board members will find that the new AV system is designed to provide maximum versatility, including networking capabilities. “the most impressive technology is incorporated into this boardroom,” adds Erickson. “the sheer scale of the main video monitor as well as all the video screens and audio technology helps make this room the centerpiece of our corporate headquarters.” As one of the integration team’s largest boardroom installs, displays include a customized 165-inch HD 1080p Da-Lite rear projection “We have been able to take advantage of screen, with images powered by an 8,000 lumens high-resolution more productive meetings by having the Barco projector. Equipped with seating for up to 46 participants, the boardroom table is integrated with seven of Sharp’s 46-inch superior audio and video conferencing HD 1080p LCD flat panel displays. technology built into our facility.” “this display design offers optimum visibility for all members that --brian Erickson, Network Manager, APi Group are present,” notes thornburgh. “three of the seven flat panels are equipped with Chief’s automated swing arms; they can easily be16 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • A stereo audio line array is used for the reinforcement of speech, program sources, and a satellite Hd television tuner to ensure even and full dispersal of all audio sources.positioned to maximize viewing angles. In addition, the boardroom effective control system for this project,” says Thornburgh. Control table is engineered for several cable management systems, and manageability of audio, video, shade and lighting systemsallowing network, power, and VgA computer connection to the are easily met through the use of two wireless 8.5-inch interactivescreen.” touch panels from AMX.A stereo audio line array is used for the reinforcement of speech, Each touch panel includes an in-wall docking station for chargingprogram sources, and a satellite HD television tuner to ensure even and storage of the respective panel. Upon activation of the touchand full dispersal of all audio sources. Additionally, the podium is panel, the room starts the necessary equipment. By simply exitingequipped with a DVD player and HD television tuner to serve as the touch panel system, any meeting participant can automaticallyvideo sources. power down all active AV devices.Each seating space has its own audio reinforcement speakersystem. In addition to the line array speakers, two of the boardroom t to read more project success stories, sign up for AVI-SPLs FReeseats are equipped with microphones and local audio reinforcement monthly e-newsletter, sAVvy online, by visiting www.avispl.com.speakers. Microphones are equipped with easily accessible muteswitches and LED status lights. this customized audio supporttechnology allows the leading presenter to override all active micsin order to maintain control. Sound systems are enhanced by localspeakers, effectively providing audio reinforcement of the other SIMPLIFY WItH AMXmicrophones in the room, as well as program source audio. Amx offers simplicity, efficiency and productivity. With cost- effective integrated automation and control solutions forBased on a natural light setting, it was essential that boardroom today’s technology-rich presentation facilities, Amx providespresentations were able to be viewed clearly and the technology the solutions needed for world-class education. For morecould adjust accordingly. “In consideration of APi’s focus on LEED information visit www.avispl.com or call (866) 559-8197.standards, special considerations were made when deciding on anEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 17
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  • unified Control: Where AV Meets ITBY AMXWhat is your “Unified Control” strategy? If it sounds like something sophomoric at first: Do more with less, reduce our carbon footprint,you should know about but can’t put your finger on, you’re not grow market share exponentially, or produce more per head, peralone, but you may already be exploring it. Unified Control is a hour, per transaction, etc. Much of what we do today addressesstrategy for integrating the control and monitoring of previously these priorities, but we don’t always see the direct linkage.disparate building systems to enhance operations, reduceexpenses, improve energy efficiency and achieve a variety of other The Enabler: IT/AV Convergencebenefits. the convergence of It and AV still sounds conceptual to many in our industry with no bearing on our day-to-day work. When youFor many, Unified Control is the answer to the biggest and start to explore the notion of IT/AV convergence as something that toughest questions commonly asked in our day-to-day work. can address those pesky strategic priorities, it starts to make morethose questions almost always involve some variation of: “How sense. When you look at recent technology history for clues, itdo we leverage technology to deliver on the strategic priorities makes a lot more sense.our leadership has laid out for us?” the strategic priorities sound history repeats Itself: IT/Telecom Convergence (aka “unified Communications”) In the 1990s, people in the relatively young data networking industry and more mature telecom industry began navigating the notion of convergence between their seemingly disparate technologies. It did not take long for the fuzzy concept to adopt a name, “Unified Communications,” or for questions to shift from hypothetical to very pointed. Imagine the first time a telecom Manager or It Director was queried by their CIo: “What is our Unified Communications Strategy?” For some, the response would lead to exhaustive research, vendor evaluations and complex project deployments. For others, it would lead to career changes. It didn’t happen overnight, but the communications endpoints serviced by the new Unified Communications technologies eventually began to outnumber those serviced by traditional or “legacy” technologies. the widespread adoption of Unified Communications strategies led to significant innovation involving solutions such as Voice-over-IP, video conferencing, integrated voicemail/e-mail/instant messaging applications, virtual call Unified Control integrates monitoring and controlacross disparate building systems. centers and more.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 19
  • The benefits of unified Control the benefits of unifying the control of these intelligent building systems comes from a variety of efficiencies that are created in the management of systems, operating costs, asset utilization, energy management and other factors. the potential benefits identified for a particular enterprise will correlate easily with their organization’s strategic priorities such as generating more revenue per A Unified Control strategy yields both economic and environmental benefits. head or taking cost out of business processes. In some cases, regulatory requirements or sustainability standards The Compelling Argument: unified Control picks will be key drivers for a holistic Unified Control strategy. up where unified Communications left off the widely embraced CIo priority of Unified Communications unified Control requirements was a transformational strategy. this leveraged innovative Similar to the Unified Communications phenomenon, a successful technologies to optimize and coordinate the access and efficiency Unified Control strategy starts with a high-level champion of communications. A plethora of devices and an exceedingly within the organization who identifies the business processes geographically-distributed workforce became increasingly critical and systems that can be improved by unifying the control of factors. technologies that support them. A thorough analysis of their technology ecosystem will reveal two to three areas that will yield the reason this history points so naturally to a repeat performance the biggest or most immediate benefits. A strong partnership with involving IT/AV convergence is because the notion of Unified an integrator, solutions provider or manufacturer will enable them Control picks up exactly where Unified Communications leaves to address those key areas as results-oriented projects. From off. Even the most comprehensive Unified Communications a manufacturing standpoint, helping customers adapt a Unified strategies will have focused on people and the countless devices Control strategy requires standards-based technologies and or data sources they may access in the course of business-critical consistent, It-based architectures. It also requires a willingness to communications. innovate in a way that favors completely integrated, open solutions over product silos or proprietary components that ignore customer Unified Control shifts the focus from “knowledge workers” to needs. Another requirement is addressing virtualization trends that “intelligent building systems” that share information across separate users from the physical space and requires the capability previously disparate systems to operate efficiently in a manner to access and manage building controls over the Web or via a that addresses organizational priorities. the applications or systems PDA device. Finally, any business strategy that relies heavily on that can benefit from a Unified Control strategy include audio/ network technologies must be mindful of the inevitable security videoconferencing, intercoms, lighting, thermostat and other factors that may arise. HVAC system components, security/access systems, sprinkler and other plumbing systems, safety/alert systems, asset tracking, Author Brion Hanlon works with the Marketing – Channel Programs and a whole host of AV or electronics systems. the technologies division of AMX. that support these disparate systems were not intended to work together, but advances in networking and other innovations are to learn more about how AVI-SPL and Amx can help meet making it easier than ever to integrate them seamlessly under a your control system needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call holistic “Unified Control” approach to building management. 866.559.8197.20 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • Expanding your Visionby MITSubIShIProjection technology has come a long way since Mitsubishi Series with dual lamps—offering continuous projection with lamp-entered the marketplace more than a decade ago. At the time, relay technology. Users have the option to configure these modelsjust the ability to digitally project an image on a wall was something to operate in dual or single lamp modes. they can also operateto behold. A few hundred lumens used to be considered “bright” 24/7, with continuous projection day and night. and VgA seemed to look “sharp.” With this technology, the 8000 Series is perfectly suited for largerFast forward to present day and the landscape has changed digital signage or systems management applications, whensignificantly. High-resolution, high-brightness projectors are monitors simply won’t do the job. With both lamps projecting commonplace, and Mitsubishi has taken notice. For the new 8000 Mitsubishi achieved a high-brightness level of 7000 AnSI lumens,Series, Mitsubishi engineers have gone back to the drawing board enabling large-scale projection in auditoriums and conference halls, and created a line of highly reliable, feature-packed, installation where ambient light will no longer be a concern. Mitsubishi willprojectors. also be offering five optional lenses, from short-throw to ultra-long throw -- enabling clear projection in virtually any environment.Mitsubishi built this line-up to revolutionize the marketplace. In themove towards non-stop projection, Mitsubishi outfitted the 8000 the 8000 Series consists of four models. the XD8000U andEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 21
  • XD8100U both offer native XgA resolution. For widescreen Side-by-side, stacked projectors can be combined to create large, applications, the WXgA WD8200U will fit the bill. For ultra high- tiled displays -- producing giant images. resolution needs, Mitsubishi is proud to offer their first WUXgA model, the UD8400U, with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200. Dependability is always a key concern when designing any Mitsubishi projector. With the 8000 Series, Mitsubishi employed not only is the 8000 Series designed to be reliable, it’s extremely a unique heat-pipe cooling system. Compared to liquid-cooling adaptable as well. Sometimes you may be projecting a full motion systems, the heat-pipe cooling system has a simpler structure and video, where color accuracy is paramount. Another day you might does not require a power supply, enabling cost reductions along need to show a presentation in a well-lit conference hall where with a compact design. not only is it highly reliable, it also provides brightness is most important. With this in mind, Mitsubishi has exceptional energy savings and quiet operation as well. Also, the designed these projectors to accept an optional interchangeable automated and self-cleaning filter is reusable -- and even reminds color wheel that can easily be installed by the user (not available you when it needs cleaning (not available on XD8000U). on the XD8000U). As with any Mitsubishi projector, this latest series was engineered Another new feature of the highly, adaptable 8000 Series has the to be adaptable, reliable, and dependable. the 8000 Series is ability to project images over a full 360 degrees range along the Mitsubishi’s premier line of data projectors. We’ve built this vertical axis, from floor to ceiling. Ceiling and floor projection has flagship series to handle the most demanding installations. Will become commonplace in many nightclubs, museums and retail yours be next? spaces taking digital projection beyond the walls. The 8000 Series won’t be confined to flat walls with its built-in geometric correction Author Brian Grotz works for the Product Marketing - Presentations for use on curved surfaces. this advanced feature is practical Products Division of Mitsubishi. for unique applications such as projecting onto pillars at special events, or curved ceilings at schools or museums. to learn how AVI-SPL and mitsubishi can help meet your projection needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197. Realizing that one projector sometimes isn’t enough display area to work with, the 8000 Series also features integrated edge-blending technology. Edge-blending creates a seamless image by adjusting the brightness at adjoining edges when using multiple projectors. “The highly, adaptable 8000 Series has the ability to project images over a full 360° range along the vertical axis, from floor to ceiling.”22 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
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  • The rise of digital Advertising by NEC nowadays, even people who do not watch television watch placement decisions. the information they require includes not television. It is hard not to when video display screens are only availability and rates, but also details about the venue, the increasingly present in airports, banks, universities, fast-food amount of foot traffic around the screens, the demographics of restaurants—even the checkout line at the corner grocery. But, viewers, whether the viewing data is independently audited for for the most part, these display screens are not used to show accuracy, and so on. traditional television programming. Instead, they stream news and local weather, offer information about the venues in which they are located, or provide instructions in the event of an emergency. Increasingly, these screens are being used to display advertising, which is referred to in the industry as “digital place-based advertising.” The Traditional Process the screens themselves may offer the latest technology, but the tools used to load the display content generally do not. that process can begin with advertisers or their agencies calling hundreds of venues or networks to gather the information they need to make24 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • “VukuNET ad-serving locate and sort networks that meet their audience, timeframe and budget requirements. the media planners can then create an offerplatform represents a that goes out directly to networks, stating what they want and what they are willing to pay. or the planners, more typically, usetwo-year, multi-million dollar a Request for Proposal (RFP) to multiple networks, asking what Cost per thousand ad rate (better known as CPM) the networkseffort to help speed the will accept to get the buy.maturing of the digital Available to any network operator, the full VUKUNET content management system (CMS) is a robust software as a serviceout-of-home marketplace...” (SaaS) solution that is fully hosted, managed and supported by nEC Display Solutions for free. It meets or exceeds the capabilities of dozens of commercial SaaS digital signage solutions, but hasthe It department at each venue (or the store manager or other none of the startup or substantial monthly subscription fees thatadministrator, if the venue is not large enough to support an It keep many networks from profitability.department) generally has to load the digital advertising content tothe content management system that feeds the screens. once the VUKUNET CMS brings many benefits to network operators, ads have run, the venue must prepare and send a “proof-of-play” including:report to inform advertisers exactly where and when their ads ran. • Fully free central hosting, storage, control and playback that report often takes up to two weeks to arrive. solutions • An easy widget-based, drag-and-drop user interface from a given the labor-intensive nature of that process, it may not be Web browsersurprising that digital place-based advertising accounts for just • Broad multimedia and high definition (HD) video capabilityone percent of total advertising expenditures in the United States. • Dozens of pre-configured content and messaging templatesWhat may be surprising, however, is that during the difficult • Free Reuters weather, sports, stock, news and entertainment economic climate of the “great Recession,” it has been one of content feedsonly two advertising media—the Internet is the other—that has • Tight and secure permission-based user controlsjumped in revenue. • Seamless, built-in integration to VUKUNET’s opt-in ad serving solutionIntroducing VukuNET • An emergency management systems (EMS)NEC Display Solutions’ VUKUNET ad-serving platform represents a two-year, multi-million dollar effort to help speed the maturing of In order to run VUKUNET, the digital signage network must meet the digital out-of-home marketplace and make many more digital some system requirements, including a Microsoft Windows-basedsignage networks viable and successful. this universal, Web-based operating system, Port 80 open to the Internet and several players.advertising platform connects digital out-of-home networks with VUKUNET supports a variety of file formats, such as MPG, WMV, ad agencies to streamline and simplify the advertising process, JPEg and MoV.driving increased revenues to network operators. The above contains excerpts from Microsoft’s 2010 case study onthe advertising transaction process is simple. network operators VUKUNET.register on VUKUNET to profile their network and availability for third-party advertising. Media planning companies register on to learn how AVI-SPL and nec can help meet your digital signageADVUKU, the sister site to VUKUNET, and use its services to needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 25
  • Creating Contrast for a Stellar View BY DA-LItE the relationship between light and dark which permits us to aspect of vision in total, beyond the fairly simple contexts already glimpse the enormity and splendor of the universe also, though mentioned and, naturally, that includes displays of all kinds. perhaps not as impressively, makes it possible to read the words in this document. the dark letters surrounded by the significantly ratio and relativity lighter paper creates good contrast, which allows for effortless For displays, we often talk about contrast as a ratio between differentiation between the shape of the text and the medium the brightest and darkest elements the display is capable of on which it appears. Should we attempt to use white text on a representing, ideally, at the same time. Expressed as a figure light gray background or black text on dark gray, we would such as 2,000:1, the ratio indicates how many times brighter the diminish the contrast, causing the text to all but disappear into the brightest area of the picture surrounding space. will be compared to the darkest area. Brightness, in this context, refers to the measure of light energy taken in lumens, nits, foot lamberts, or other appropriate units for luminance or illuminance. (Figure 1) the darkest area, often Figure 1 illustrates this point. the fact that the difference between called the black level, is light and dark allows objects to clearly appear distinct from one also measured by one another is, essentially, why contrast is so important. It is a critical of the same units of26 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • brightness, with the ultimate goal being to have the reading be as the second option is to use a gray material instead of pure whiteclose to zero as possible. to absorb some of the ambient light and bring the blacks down to a more acceptable level.Clearly, black level is a vitally important factor for good contrast.However, it is not always necessary to demand that it approach A gray screen can also be useful in a darkened environment whenzero. As the final example in Figure 2 shows, an increased black paired with a projector that is overly bright, “leaking” light or is level can actually leave the overall ratio unchanged, so long as in some way washing out what should be black. Such a screenthe peak white value increases at an appropriate rate. In other can help alleviate the problem of poor black levels, particularly inwords, the relatively flexible ratio is generally more important images that do not have the needed peak brightness to keep thethan the exact measurements taken for white and black as far as viewers from noticing how light the black actually is.establishing good contrast is concerned.Making it Work “Even the visibility of the nightWhile bright environments and bright displays can make it easierto forgive inefficient black levels, they also nearly always raise sky can be threatened by nothe level of black further by spilling ambient light where no lightshould be. more than a streetlight.”Just as the contrast ratio can be improved by even a slight For similar reasons, it is a good idea to keep a little bit of controlleddecrease in black level, the ratio can be injured by a small increase light on in the viewing environment rather than committing toand perfectly devastated by a large one. A screen is said to be complete darkness. this way, even if the image is dark, the light in“washed out” when the black level has reached a point where it is the room will set a limit to how much the viewers’ eyes will naturallytoo bright to be seen as black. the white text on a gray background adjust, making it easier to keep black relatively dark.in Figure 1 is a good example of how a thoroughly washed outscreen may appear. the idea of light helping make black appear darker may seem counterintuitive in the context of projection screens where ambient Although it would be theoretically possible to increase the light is so often seen as its undeniable enemy. Even the visibility ofbrightness of the display in order to outshine the ambience and the night sky can be threatened by no more than a streetlight, aftermaintain a decent ratio, there is an upper limit to this approach. At all. So long as the radiance from these “bias lights” are neithersome point the brightness would become unreasonable or even falling on the screen nor shining into the viewers’ eyes directly, thedangerous to produce or view. benefits to the perceived black level will outpace the theoretical detriment they would pose.When absolute brightness can no longer reasonably increase,the remaining option for improving contrast would be to lower there is much more to say about bias lighting beyond theirthe black level. this can be achieved by either controlling the contribution to contrast and, unfortunately, beyond the scope of thisproblematic ambient light directly or through the use of a display article. For our current purposes, they, along with the specifics ofthat is able to do so indirectly. For its part, a projection screen has the display and the viewing environment they occupy all contributethe ability to contribute to improving contrast in two ways. the to keeping blacks dark and whites bright. this difference is, afterfirst is by using increased gain. this not only makes the display all, crucial to stellar viewing.appear brighter but also has the potential to redirect a portion ofambient light. Any light that is directed away from the viewers will to learn how AVI-SPL and da-Lite can help meet your projectionhave its detrimental impact on black levels reduced accordingly. needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 27
  • From the senate chambers to the sports bar, uSF’s new AV system features a wide range of flexibility with easy-to-use controls.28 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • “The changes implemented have provided that ‘wow’ factor, which is what today’s generation of students expect in a facility of this nature.” --Jennifer hernandez, Assistant director of Operations, AVI-SPL PrOJECT fOCuS eDUCatIoN: Higher education and K-12 classrooms and training facilities in the public and private sectors require special attention to the needs of both the instructors and the students. AVI-SPL integrates todays technologies to expand teaching options through distance learning, visual presentation and audience feedback, increasing learning and retention.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 29
  • there’s a night and day difference in comparison to uSF’s previous audiovisual systems -- a setup that relied on AV carts to transport presentation technologies. tampa-based University of South Florida (USF) has grown digital signage display – in the midst of a 57-foot atrium - pulsates tremendously since the construction of the original student center with its multimedia collage of advertising and event highlights. in 1960. With a recent surge in enrollment and an ever increasing As you continue your tour, you’ll find that audiovisual systems list of campus activities, new accommodations were desperately deliver dramatic presentation capabilities throughout the 1,100- needed. In 2003, students supported a fee increase to finance a seat ballroom, formal conference rooms, meeting rooms, 700-seat new student union. auditorium, senate chambers and sports bar. In addition, an RF distribution system provides cable routing throughout the facility. Awarded a formal dedication ceremony on April 15, 2009, the new Marshall Student Center is a stunning 233,000 square foot, four- “the changes implemented have provided that ‘wow’ factor, which story facility, an impressive showcase for USF’s drive towards is what today’s generation of students expect in a facility of this innovation. As soon as you enter the building, an eye-catching nature,” says Jennifer Hernandez, assistant director of operations.30 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • university of South florida (uSf)Marshall Student CenterAt t H E C E n t E R o F I t A L L“our old student union was limited to using AV carts to transport perfect setting for fundraising dinners, conferences and specialpresentation technologies. In comparison to these new systems, guest lecturers. At approximately 10,200 square feet, the spacethere’s a night and day difference in our service level capabilities.” is easily divisible into three areas, and features systems that can work independently and simultaneously, or as one large space.“Although AVI-SPL won the bid late in the development process,we received a great amount of collaborative support from Beck “the large ballroom offers the flexibility of a divisible meetingconstruction, TLC Engineering and USF,” says Project Engineer facility, with lighting control, a high performance audio system,Jan Knapik. “This in turn eased the integration process.” and engaging projection capabilities,” says Knapik. Da-Lite’s 108- inch by 192-inch electric screens, complemented by Projection one room noted for breathtaking spaciousness and an elegant Design’s 1080p projectors, easily heighten any presentation’s design is the Marshall Center’s ballroom, which provides the visual appeal. With the addition of 36 Atlas ceiling speakers, QSCEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 31
  • When it comes to the beef o’brady’s sports bar, high definition plasma displays give patrons an exciting view of the latest sports action.32 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • line array speakers and EAW floor monitor speakers, presenters capable of hosting different types of functions. the use of a controlcan rest assured that their message is dynamically delivered. system offers ease of use and enables the room to be preset in various configurations, perfect for the weekly formal meetings“this is a very presenter-friendly set up,” notes Hernandez. “From of the student government university leaders. In addition, 10dimming the lights to starting the projector, you can operate small conference rooms and four large conference rooms featureeverything from the podium. Connectivity is also provided for your standard projection and audio playback of video/data programs.laptop, easily allowing you the ability to run your own presentationfrom the podium.” through the use of a Visix content system and an assortment of 32-, 42- and 46-inch LCDs, digital signage is showcased throughout theAs an alternative, USF’s own AV technicians can manage large- facility, including the elevators on each floor. “this quickly allowsscale presentations -- including controlling wireless microphone various advertising messages and upcoming event information tolevels, program audio levels, selecting sources and lighting presets be highlighted, as well as meeting updates,” says Hernandez.-- by working with a Crestron tPMX-8X control panel in the rackroom, which is located directly behind the ballroom. this control “the atrium’s 4-feet by 14-feet LED billboard creates a fun andpanel can also be undocked and used wirelessly to manage the creative display area,” adds Knapik. “In developing this element, system from the ballroom itself. we collaborated with the California-based team at Multimedia LED. they were a pleasure to work with, and were able to provideBiamp Audia hardware and software provided a diverse range of a stunning and effective display, despite limited time constraints.”audio configurations in not only the ballroom, but the MarshallCenter’s auditorium as well. “the ability to combine a room’s When it comes to the Beef o’Brady’s sports bar, high definitionaudio, separate a room, add controls for microphones and expand plasma displays give patrons an exciting view of the latest sportsother capabilities was very powerful,” says Knapik. “This system action. At select seats, they can also tune into one of eight differentsimplifies manageability because all of the audio configuration is audio sources via “Sound Dog” wireless tabletop speaker systems.done through software, with just a few clicks of the mouse or a few commands from the control system.” “With AVI-SPL’s upgrades, everything is easy to use, with cutting- edge technology available at the simple touch of a button,”The “wow” factor expands to the auditorium’s projection notes Hernandez. All control systems (Crestron) are tied intocapabilities. A Christie 8000 lumen, 1080p projector provides an USF’s network, giving our on-site staff quick and easy access forultimate level of power and image quality. Whether delivering lecture monitoring and management capabilities.”material or the latest movie night, visuals are crisply projected onto Da-Lite’s Cinevision fixed screen (14 feet by 26 feet). “With t to read more project success stories, sign up for AVI-SPLs FReemore than 20 individual speaker enclosures mounted all around monthly e-newsletter, sAVvy online, by visiting www.avispl.com.the room, each location had its challenges,” says Knapik. The system includes left and right main speakers over the front of the HIgHER LEARnIng WItH SMARtstage and under the balcony, left and right subwoofers, overhead Having technology in the classroom can bring great benefitscenter channel speakers above the screen, as well as main delay/ to learners of all ages. With SmARt technologiestm full linefill speakers. of interactive educational products and solutions, you can create the perfect learning environment in your classroom or training room. For more information visit www.avispl.com orLocated on the fourth floor, the Senate Chambers offers a call (866) 559-8197.sophisticated setting, and is designed as a tiered-style roomEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 33
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  • Advance yourCollaborative ExperienceBY SMARt tECHnoLogIESAt SMARt, we know that collaboration isn’t about technology. It’s before. Interactive meetings enable improved teamwork and greaterabout people, knowledge and the ability to bring them together in productivity, because everyone is engaged and contributing ideas.a meaningful way. With SMARt business solutions, collaborationsessions become visual, interactive experiences where keeping Collaboration with No Limitsrecords of meetings is effortless. teamwork produces valuable Drive business results by adding seamless connectivity to yourresults, whether you’re working with your colleagues in person or meeting environments. our interactive whiteboard systems provideacross distances. an engaging way to share digital information within a room, from meeting room to meeting room or from meeting room to desktop.An Engaging Way to Share and Interact Bring a new perspective to collaborative sessions that connectAccelerate decision making and problem solving by introducing local and remote participants to save time and reduce travel.efficiency and flexibility to your collaborative work sessions. Simplyturn on your SMARt Board™ interactive whiteboard and you can With SMARt business solutions, your teams can write, share andimmediately access your resources and easily interact with your capture digital notes, review and edit documents, and interactmeeting’s participants. You can access your files, run applications directly with other meeting room and remote participants. Yourand browse the Internet with a touch of your finger. You can easily colleagues can not only see everything you are doing on yourcapture everything into a single file that you can instantly e-mail interactive display or desktop, but they can take control of theto your team. meeting remotely and write their own digital notes on the screen. And more than one participant can write at the same time, allowingSMARts business solutions inspire productive collaboration by your team to interact and share digital information easily.adding interactivity to your meetings. the interactive whiteboardprovides an engaging way to interact with digital information SMARt business solutions consist of integrated, touch-enablednaturally. Write notes in digital ink, insert screen captures and save interactive whiteboards, displays and systems, and speciallymarked-up pages as a single PDF or PPt file. You can also write designed software solutions. Move beyond flipcharts and dry-in digital ink in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and in erase boards into more engaging workspaces, where teams easilyAutoCAD and Adobe Acrobat files. then, save your work in the access, review and interact with information.native format. See how SMARt business solutions can help you decreaseSMARt’s industry-leading large interactive display systems costs, reduce travel, realize efficiencies, improve communication,create a focal point for your discussions, ensuring that meeting condense project timelines and improve resource productivity.participants stay engaged. Unleash your team’s potential bysharing digital material, analyzing data, brainstorming, solving t to learn how AVI-SPL and SmARt technologies can help with your tproblems and documenting decisions more efficiently than ever next project, please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 35
  • breaking Classroom Sound barriers BY CHIEF MAnUFACtURIng Sometimes when you start a project, you need to begin with the teacher’s voice or other program audio is heard clearly above end in mind. If you’re helping to revamp an existing classroom’s background noise in the room. Here’s what one system – the sound system or looking at plans for entirely new classrooms, CoPilot AV Room System – offers. making sure students have a positive learning experience is of utmost importance. A fundamental, yet sometimes overlooked, Control System requirement is giving students the ability to hear the message from You need to be able to access and control your entire system in an the instructor clearly and easily. After all, if students can’t hear easy manner. the easier it is to use, the quicker teachers will adapt what is being said, they aren’t going to have the opportunity to to it. one central system controls the power, inputs and audio, reach their full potential. so teachers can make adjustments as needed, depending on the amount of ambient noise in the classroom. Classrooms can be turbulent places. Lively students, external noises from Audio System auto traffic, birds, airplanes, loud High-performance speakers that HVAC systems, computer noises, a are plenum-rated for the classroom soft-spoken teacher and students are an essential part of your sound with hearing or learning problems system. Plenum ratings ensure all contribute to environments that that no elements in open-air return aren’t always the most conducive to ceilings will cause a fire to spread learning. from one section of the building to another. one way to capture student attention is by having AV room systems that Microphones improve sound amplification and A teacher microphone that is on a integrate technology in classrooms. lanyard is far more comfortable than a headset. Assisted listening ear buds are another component of What an AV Solution brings to the Table a good AV room system. these are particularly helpful for children With a complete AV room system, students and teachers ultimately with hearing losses or special needs. experience a more optimal learning environment. the teacher’s voice is amplified by a microphone and transmitted to a receiver. translation to a second language is also a helpful component of this sends the sound to speakers strategically located throughout a complete room system like CoPilot. this is most beneficial for the classroom. students whose second language is English. typical components include a control system, audio system and rf Wireless Module microphones. the purpose of the system is to make sure the Your system should have an RF wireless module that offers36 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • networking via control and video components. typically, there are better focus and help relieve vocal – and other – stress for teachers.two types of wireless transmission used in sound amplification.Radio frequency (RF) employs electromagnetic radio waves to When it’s time to make a selection for an AV room system, youcarry a signal. Most classroom systems currently use IR (infrared) not only have to look at the technology, but also at the needs oftechnology for their AV room systems. CoPilot uses RF, which your students. After all, what you’re trying to accomplish involvesoffers many benefits in a classroom setting: making the educational environment as conducive to learning as possible.• Teachers have ease of use, as line of site between the microphone and base unit is not necessary. Before you buy, take a look at several different AV room solutions,• RF is faster than IR, with RF products able to receive and keeping in mind simple operation for users with all levels of process hundreds of responses per second. technical ability. the intuitive nature of the product should give• RF range is greater than IR. The CoPilot RF system has a 40- teachers a centralized source for operating the system. With the foot plus open field range from the microphones to the base unit. right system, students are better able to hear what is being taught,• You can have up to 25 units in an overlapping space without thereby improving achievement and satisfaction with the learning any signal problems. environment.• IR signals are prone to interference with fluorescent lights and natural light, which most classrooms have. RF has no problem t to learn how AVI-SPL and chief can help with your next project with either. Your sound system should also be easy to use and please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197. support an infinite number of classroom installations on the same campus.Great ConnectionsA complete AV solution such as the CoPilot system will give youthe flexibility to connect:• A projector screen to a system that automatically raises and lowers, based on whether the projector is turned on or off• Up to two computers• A DVD player or VCR• An external auxiliary audio input, such as an iPod, for background music• The fire alarm, security system and lockdown systemAdequately amplifying the sound from the teacher to the studentin classrooms can improve student achievement, get students toEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 37
  • An Affordable Alternative to Interactive Whiteboards BY InFoCUS Creating highly-compelling visual solution. When InFocus recommended its new line of presentations with live, interactive affordable, interactive projectors, he was skeptical. That affordable, interactive projectors, he was skeptical. That content is the “holy grail” for both business is, until he tried one out. people and educators. Critics have long rallied, “death to PowerPoint,” but outside of an expensive, agency-produced Introduced by InFocus in the early fall of 2009, the In3900 series animated piece, most presenters have traditionally been limited of short throw, interactive projectors allows presenters to engage by basic office software programs for producing content. they’ve and collaborate effectively, while using interactive digital content also been hampered by static equipment for projecting it. While through the projector itself. The wireless LiteBoard Wand can interactive whiteboards have been well-received in classroom turn any surface into a fully-accessible collaborative workspace environments, they’re often cost prohibitive for today’s budget- -- like an interactive whiteboard without the board. According to strapped school districts. Peterson, “the great thing about this product is its ease of use. I can just open up the package, put the projector on the table, plug the benefits of interactive whiteboards are well-documented: 1) by in the laptop, and it’s ready to go. I’ve got audio and the wand and touching the board, presenters can enhance materials on-screen I’m ready to teach.” through the use of software that allows them to draw or write; 2) when connected to the network, they can display and interact with all types of Internet content; and 3) they can engage audience members with the materials by inviting them up to the board to interact with content. Ben Peterson, a high school mathematics teacher from Portland, ore., was very familiar with interactive whiteboards. He desperately wanted one for his classroom, but his local school district didn’t have the funds. Believing his only option was to project from his laptop, Peterson turned to InFocus for a low-cost projection touch Away38 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • “The IN3900 series of short throw, interactive projectors allowspresenters to engage and collaborate effectively, while usinginteractive digital content through the projector itself.”According to Loren Shaw, product line manager at InFocus, “the Another key feature Peterson discovered is the “Moderator.” Shawkey piece in our interactivity is obviously the wand -- that’s the explains, “This allows up to 32 laptops to connect to the projector, tool we use to interact with any and from there they can usesoftware that’s projected. The the projector as an access second generation wand was point to the network and thenbased on a great deal of input to the Internet. Additionally thefrom teachers and students. In ‘Moderator’ allows the teacher toparticular, two or three features choose which laptop they wouldwere added -- one of which was like to display for the rest of thethe scroll wheel. Most teachers class to see. If they like, theyuse a lot of online content, and can display up to four differentwant to be able to scroll through laptops at the same time, onethat easily when walking in each quadrant of the image.throughout the room. the wand By having a short throw lens,includes an interactive nib on the you’re able to get the projector front of it, allowing instructors to closer, thus reducing shadowspress it against the surface and when the person speaking isinteract with the image. We also interacting at the front of thehave a left and right click button that you can use away from the room.” Peterson adds, “It’s really great because I don’t have toimage. this allows teachers to move to the back of the classroom design my classroom around the projector anymore.”and interact, hand off the wand, and let the child interact, or letthem go back up to the front.” Peterson’s quick adoption of interactive projection has transformed the way he now teaches his math classes. He concludes,Peterson agrees, adding, “the wonderful thing about the wand “Technology is a part of education now, and we can’t just keep is its usability; instead of moving a mouse around you just point avoiding it – we have to be part of it. I have 50 minutes to try towhere you want it to go. the “undo” button is really handy to have, get these kids to learn. This projector is a great way for me to use because you can always get rid of any mistakes you might make. technology, and get involved with the students in the classroom.”It untethers me from the board, and I can actually be out thereworking with the students instead of worrying about interacting to learn how AVI-SPL and InFocus can help meet your projectionwith the content. You can just give it to somebody and they needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197.automatically know how to use it, and have a feel for it.”Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 39
  • From the effective presentation of classroom technology to complex emergency operation management, the IRSc now features a range of flexible, user-friendly AV systems.40 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • “I’m fully impressed with the versatility of our systems, and the amount of sources we can select and channel.” --Craig Persek, director of AV services, IrSC PrOJECT fOCuS GoVerNMeNt: As a gSA contractor, AVI-SPL delivers extensive expertise in support of local, state and national operations. From secure videoconferencing and highly-advanced control centers, to comprehensive presentation technology for commission chambers and courtrooms, you can count on the trusted expertise of AVI-SPL.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 41
  • using a custom-built lectern with gooseneck microphone and SmARt Sympodium pen display, presenters can effortlessly navigate through their materials, all the while holding their audience’s attention with interactive content.42 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • IrSC Treasure Coast Public Safety Complex COMPLEx TrAINING frOM ThE GrOuNd uPWith its main campus located in Ft. Pierce, Fla., Indian River State to manage for our multifaceted teaching environment,” he adds.College (IRSC) serves host to the treasure Coast Public Safety today, advanced audiovisual systems are integrated throughoutComplex, a vital training ground for Homeland Security, criminal several unique environments, including outside practice fields, ajustice, fire science and forensics personnel. Opened in the Spring large-scale auditorium, an Emergency operations Center (EoC),of 2009, the $40 million facility covers more than 50 acres and eight mock courtroom and 19 standard classrooms.buildings, delivering intensive training and ongoing professionaldevelopment for approximately 500 emergency officials on a daily As one of the largest hosting areas on campus, IRSC’s auditoriumbasis. features a number of events and seminars, including those for law enforcement and overseas humanitarian relief efforts. Using“We needed a wide range of AV systems, from standard a custom built lectern with gooseneck microphone and SMARtclassrooms to a complex level of full-scale systems for emergency Sympodium pen display, presenters can effortlessly navigateoperations,” says Craig Persek, director of AV services, IRSC. “We through their materials, all the while holding their audience’swere also looking for systems that were user friendly and easy attention with interactive content. A customized Draper CinescreenEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 43
  • rear projection screen (approximately 90 inches by 160 inches) with a 40-inch flat panel LCD screen,” says Sales Engineer Martin provides the perfect backdrop. In conjunction with Panasonic’s Lois, AVI-SPL. “It’s especially adept at adjusting the display to WXGA 5000 ANSI lumen projector, an Extron Multi Window various viewing angles using hydraulic lifts, allowing a great degree processor is used to highlight multiple, simultaneous imagery. of flexibility when it comes to presentation capabilities.” offering an energized perspective on presentations and lecture materials, Auxiliary displays include four recessed-ceiling Draper screens the console functions as a SMARt interactive whiteboard as well, (79 inches by 140 inches) spread throughout the space, allowing offering compatibility with SMARt notebook software. the multi- the audience to view presentations with ease, no matter their purpose display also functions as the room’s control panel, and is location. Clarity and quality of sound are ensured by the room’s powered by Creston’s high-definition digital video processor. digital 5.1 surround sound system, which includes three Clearone audio DSP processors, Denon Surround Sound Processor, Renkus “Working with this environment provided the unique ability to Heinz speakers and JBL Speakers. Flexibility is key, as the space blend a teaching environment into what would traditionally be a is divisible into two areas that can be operated independently. government sector system,” says Lois. As a primary example of operators can work with Crestron’s eight-button keypad, in this, the EoC’s 2x3 Planar video wall features 50-inch diagonal addition to the manufacturer’s 12-inch Isys touch panel, to provide cubes, integrated to form a display area that reaches 60 feet by control and management of the audiovisual systems. 120 feet. Jupiter’s video processor can configure the entire video wall and outdoor cameras for pan/tilt/zoom features, with select The EOC is an innovative highlight of this project, offering an array sources for different displays. the camera systems’ coverage of of advanced capabilities that directly met the goals of the facility. the parade and burn fields, smoke tower and traffic intersection “In developing the EoC’s system, we modified a Spectrum console can be routed to the EoC for mock disaster drills. In addition,44 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • outdoor cameras are mounted on each of the buildings, with control station towards the back of the space, with three high-signals that feed into an AV closet on campus. definition point/tilt/zoom cameras. Two flat panel LCDs allow for view presentations or camera feeds. Standard classrooms“With the type of intensive training that takes place at the complex, feature Panasonic Projectors, SMART Boards and Extron MLC instructors wanted to be able to review and demonstrate a mock controllers.emergency event, and the type of measures that should be taken,”notes Lois. “the camera system allows students inside to carefully “I’m fully impressed with the versatility of our systems, and theexamine every scenario, as well as dispatch resources to deal with amount of sources we can select and channel,” says Persek. “Alleach emergency event while having a visual,” he adds. of the agencies that have been very impressed as well, including when we trained Homeland Security for President obama’s“In conjunction with our outdoor camera system, we use vBrick inauguration, as well as security team training for the 2010video technology to stream and record outside training sessions,” Super Bowl,” he adds. “With AVI-SPL’s systems, the number ofsays Persek. “We stage a variety of real life events, including police troubleshooting issues has been very minimal. Instructors havechases and shoot outs, in order to help prepare our students as been able to conduct and use systems with ease.”much as possible. Instructors can then easily turn around andreview this footage with their students.” t to learn how AVI-SPL and bIAmP can help with your next project please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197.Another key area for real world preparation is the mock courtroom,which delivers a structured setting in which students can practicetestimonial procedures. High-tech features include a video BIAMP PRoFESSIonAL AUDIo biamp products offer high-definition audio and performance to any setting. biamp not only delivers high quality, innovative professional audio electronics but designs products for a wide range of applications to meet your unique audio requirements. For more information visit www.avispl.com or call (866) 559-8197.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 45
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  • An Introduction to VoIPBY BIAMPInternet Protocol (IP) is the way you candigitally access and send information froma network. You communicate using IP everytime you access the Internet. now you canleverage that in new and cost-effectiveways. From audio to control to video, IP-enabled products are the future backbonefor AV systems. Lower costs, greater flexibilityand better management are all advantages ofleveraging existing It infrastructures.With the introduction of the VoIP-2 card, a SIPcompliant two-channel Voice over Internet Protocol(VoIP) interface, Biamp Systems follows our tradition of innovatingto better serve our customers.the VoIP-2 Card allows AudiaFLEX to connect directly to IP-basedphone systems. Used in conjunction with AEC-2HD Acoustic Echo Cancellation Cards and tI-2 telephone Interface Cards, the VoIP-2 A World of Acronyms and MoreCard makes AudiaFLEX the most powerful, flexible and affordable Protocol: Similar to how a language enables communicationtelephone conferencing product available. Up to six VoIP-2 Cards between people, a protocol defines a set of rules used to controlcan be installed into a single AudiaFLEX unit. connection, communication and data traffic between different network devices.VoIP basicsBefore diving into technical details, the following is a good start to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP): Protocol specifically designedsummarize steps involved in a VoIP call: for voice transmission over networks (LAN/WAN). 1) the voice signal is first encoded into a known compressed audio codec: It refers to the software algorithm used to encode the voiceformat, packetized in a real-time protocol and then transmitted signal into a compressed data format optimized for transmissionover the network. over IP. on the receiving side, signal is decoded back to analog2) A VoIP protocol takes care of managing the communication session. audio. Codec quality obviously affects audio performance.3) on the receiving side, data is extracted from packets and thesignal is decoded back to analog audio. Success of this process is Session Initiation Protocol (SIP): SIP is a widely used peer-to-obviously sensitive to delay and packet loss. peer protocol that allows the set up, modification and tear down ofEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 47
  • “Internet Protocol (IP) is the once the VoIP call session is initialized by SIP, RtP is the protocol used to transmit the voice data. way you can digitally access Quality of Service (QoS): this mechanism is used to prioritize and send information from a applications, users and data flow by guaranteeing a certain level of performance. QoS is very important in the case of RtP network. you communicate applications, such as VoIP, where it is used to ensure quality of the audio signal. using IP every time you access domain name System (dnS): DnS procedures provide translation the Internet.” from human-friendly host names into IP addresses. the SIP session mainly uses DnS to allow a client to resolve a SIP Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) into the IP address, port and transport protocol. a VoIP communication session. Peers of a SIP session are the User Agent Client (initiating the call) and User Agent Server (answering SIP call flow process: During the registration process, SIP devices the call). note that SIP does not handle voice transmission, it only register their SIP address to a registrar server. the network is manages the communication. then aware of the location of a device upon request. When a user initiates a call, the SIP discovery process starts by sending a SIP servers: these include the Proxy, Redirect and Registrar request to a SIP server (proxy or redirect server). the challenge for Servers. their purpose is to provide name resolution, user location the proxy server is to obtain the IP address of the device so that and pass on messages to other servers in the network. voice data can be routed between them. negotiating a compatible data format (sample rate, codec, etc.) is the next step before voice SIP addresses: Users in a SIP network are identified by unique SIP data can be transmitted between parties. SIP terminates the call addresses. A SIP address is similar to an e-mail address and may session with a BYE message at the end of the call. be of two types: a user name (sip:support@biamp.com) or an E.164 address (5036417287). VoIP-2 card only supports E.164 address. to learn how AVI-SPL and biamp can help meet your videoconferencing needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call Real-time transport Protocol (RtP): this is an IP packet format 866.559.8197. that is used for delivering real time audio/video over the LAN/WAN. 48 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • how difficult Can It be?It’s ‘Just’ Audio!BY PoLYCoMIn a given room, one of the last things people tend to consider is It’s all about the ease of paying attention. So let’s address a fewthe audio performance. they will put a conventional speaker phone specific concerns and the required solutions.on a pedestal in the middle of the room and expect that they cannow fill the room with people eager to participate in an interactive “When I watch tV, all the people are audible and understandable.”discussion. or they will place a dedicated speaker phone on one Right! there is a production staff behind the scenes that manageswing of a U-shaped table and have similar expectations. or in the all the details of the audio interactions. Every person on the aircase of videoconferencing, one microphone will be used to try to that is visible and expected to contribute dialog is wearing acapture the intimacy of a 40-person meeting.The major problem is that the laws of physics keep getting in the way of desired effects. We all have to abide by those laws.In audio, we are always fighting distracting noises, inappropriateroom construction and the general lack of acoustic consideration.Don and Carolyn Davis (founders of Synergistic Audio Concepts)published a research paper years ago called “Designing forIntelligibility.” this paper declared the fundamental rules forcreating an audio conferencing environment that allowed theparticipants ease of understanding. Some of those rules addressbackground noise, some address the “sound” of the room itselfand some address the sound character of the overall system.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 49
  • or eliminate the reflected sounds. “not everyone can be heard in the room when they talk!” Are they intending to be heard? this is a really important consideration. People must be willing to talk as if they intend to be heard by others, so that they might be heard by others. Make sure that there is a microphone close to the person of interest. now, if the intent is to capture all manner of talking without special consideration of intent, then another problem arises. In an active room with inappropriately high microphone gain settings, there is no longer any such thing as a “side conversation.” Everyone in the far-end room might now be able to hear the verbal meanderings of the “class clown,” thereby causing embarrassment or job discontinuities. Be careful what you ask for! “People can have a meeting “but during the demo, the person walked around the entire room and we heard her perfectly!” Ah, yes… the fallacy of the single without live video, but it’s microphone demo. If the room is completely quiet and there is just one person there, it is relatively easy to adjust the electronics really difficult without usable to maintain the sound level and clarity. the problem is, when we put 30 other impatient potential talkers into that same room, they audio.” can’t keep quiet enough for that single microphone to “hear” what is important to the far-end. the basic rule-of-thumb is to have one microphone element for every one to two participants. microphone. the production staff is highly skilled at hiding such things. It may not be obvious, but it’s there. there is also a backup notice the importance of proper microphone placement as a microphone on a pole held by a person off screen. this ensures running theme? Remember in the introduction the mention of that even if the primary microphone fails, there is some audio Don and Carolyn Davis? they had determined that it required a available. Make sure all participants are close to a microphone 10:1 difference between the sound of interest and the sound of and there are no obstructions between the microphone and the distractions for people to be able to pay attention easily. that person talking (like open laptop computers). ability to easily pay attention determines the participant’s value of the conference and their perception of quality. People can “the people often sound like they’re in a barrel!” OK, sure… have a meeting without live video, but it’s really difficult without this is an artifact of room interaction. Conference rooms typically usable audio. good quality audio ALWAYS makes the pictures have hard walls and those hard walls tend to reflect sound. the look better! microphones used in conferencing to pick up the speech have no method of discriminating desired sound from undesired sound, so Author Jim Smith (CTS, CVE) serves as a technical channel its all sent along. the mixture of direct and reflected sound causes manager for Polycom. this “barrel” effect, so one must minimize the reflected sounds as heard by the room microphones. the easiest way to do this is to to learn how AVI-SPL and Polycom can help meet your get the microphones close to the people talking. otherwise, the videoconferencing needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call room must be treated mechanically (acoustic absorber) to reduce 866.559.8197.50 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • A Strong ConnectionBY CoMPREHEnSIVEFiber optic cables have been around since the mid 1800s. thistype of cabling allows the transmission of many signals overlong distances. Some of the advantages of fiber over copperare increased bandwidth, longer runs and no electromagneticinterference (EMI).Why don’t we switch to fiber? one reason is cost. Fiber cablesare made up of either glass or plastic center conductors, makingit more expensive to manufacture. What scares most people is thetermination and splicing, which requires more skill than standard conduct electricity, making it safer for high-end components pronecrimp or compression splices. to damage from electrical shock or surge. Fiber is also effective for sensors (i.e. the presence of power, temperature and pressure).the two most common types of fiber cables are single mode and Where is that useful? How about if one engine on your two enginemulti mode. Single mode fiber is used for long transmission of one airplane is starting to overheat; wouldnt you like to know that?signal, usually containing smaller center conductors for runs longerthan1,800 feet. Multi mode fiber contains larger center conductors, Fiber cannot be tricked by outside electrical signals, avoiding falsewhich is good for high powered signals with shorter runs. readings. the speed in which the signal travels is the greatest testimonial for fiber. A signal over copper cannot move quite asApplications fast as when it’s sent over fiber, which allows for speedy transferAV, It and telecommunications are where fiber is commonly with minimal signal degradation.used for audio, video or data transmission. these cables don’tnecessarily carry a data signal. For example, they can be used for Terminationsa miniature camera. It’s easier to take a look at something through Fiber cables are terminated by a multitude of connector types. thea 2-inch wide hole, 600 feet down, than to start digging a crater. two most commonly used are:Single fiber carries more data than a standard CAT-5E/CAT-6 cable, Subscriber connectors (Sc): These are a general purpose push/making fiber the only choice when space is limited. Fiber does not pull style connector, used to support send/receive channels. Found Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 51
  • in network It systems, these connectors are used for single mode, termination, this is the process a cable manufacturer uses to splice duplex and multi mode. SC connectors are easy to align with the fiber cable. ceramic ferrule, and have a single latch, usually in a molded housing. Because this machinery’s availability to the general public is still Lucent connectors (Lc): these connectors offer good performance very limited, mechanical splicing is more commonly used. However, and are preferred for single mode fiber cables. the cable still needs to be cut in a process called cleaving. the glass or plastic fiber is first nicked, typically using a cleaving tool With fiber, you can lose an entire signal if not properly terminated. with a diamond blade. the cut must be smooth and clear of any the basic construction of a fiber optic connector is a solid barrel imperfections. once the cable is nicked, any tension on the glass surrounded by a sleeve holding the barrel in the socket. Installation or plastic fiber should break apart leaving a clean separation. the is done by stripping the jacket from the fiber conductor and tools designed for this process already put enough tension on the inserting it into the rear of the connector body. Unlike typical crimp cable to separate it once its been nicked. Joining the two ends or compression, fiber connectors are held in place with adhesive. together to make a splice requires the ends to be polished. next, the connector typically comes with strain relief secured to the rear. the connection for splicing -- known as a sleeve -- lines up the Before the cables can be joined, the ends need to be cleaned and ends of the fiber. polished. Copper does have its advantages over fiber, such as turn radius. When fiber became more mainstream for the AV/IT markets around A standard copper cable can be tied into a knot and the signal will 1994, termination was very labor intensive with many parts for still travel, Fiber does not have that flexibility. typically, light does each connector. Fiber polishing tools were sometimes needed, not turn 90 degrees. If your fiber signal was a flashlight pointed as well as small ovens or heat guns with special attachments to down a hallway, the hallway would be flooded with light because securing the epoxy. Currently, the manufacturer does most of the light travels in a straight line, but none of the rooms off the hallway work. Connectors are already polished with glue or gel inside to would get the same amount of light. Although the cladding provides secure the cable. the cable still needs to be cut or “cleaved.” a reflective surface, a cable run with three-90 degree turns can potentially lose a large portion or the entire signal. Although the Splicing methods fiber cable is extremely flexible, it still can be damaged from over there are two splicing methods: arc fusion and mechanical bending. If you’re able to make a turn with an arc bigger than 90 splicing. Arc fusion splicing requires two fiber cables to be melted degrees, then those problems are greatly reduced. together using an electrical current. Although not practical for field there are a multitude of applications for fiber. If a signal needs to be sent with virtually no loss over long distances, fiber is the correct choice. Author Martin Fensterstock serves as a sales and product marketing manager for Comprehensive. to learn how AVI-SPL and comprehensive can help meet your cabling needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197.52 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • birth of the AISyS Optical SystemBY CAnonAround the world, Canon products are synonymous with optical the realization of compact liquid crystal projectors capable of excellence, advanced image processing and superb performance. delivering bright images with high levels of contrast and excellentCanon projectors are no exception. The family of Canon projectors gradation characteristics.includes the REALiS line of bright, high resolution, ultra-portableand affordable projectors. REALiS projectors combine the Evolution of AISySbrilliance and sharpness of innovative LCoS (Liquid Crystal on In 2006, Canon developed the second-generation of AISYS,Silicon) technology with Canons proprietary Aspectual Illumination which targeted improved illumination efficiency and high-gradeSystem (AISYS) light engine technology. the result is a unique set image brightness. this succeeded in achieving both high levels ofof advanced projectors that deliver exceptional image quality. brightness and contrast while also realizing illumination uniformity. Canon engineers took the cylindrical lens array, which had beenThe heart of the Line used only for the horizontal direction of light illuminating theIn 2004, Canon introduced a new optical technology for its liquid LCoS in first-generation system, and also applied it to the verticalcrystal projectors. At the time, many conventional projectors used direction. they streamlined optical elements by vertically arrangingtransmissive liquid crystal panels, which produced a lattice-like the prisms of the color separation/synthesis system to enhance grid pattern due to the drive circuits between the pixels. In line with brightness, and by using a hybrid beam combiner (HBC) approachits emphasis on image quality, Canon made use of LCoS reflective that has both dichroic functionality and a PBS.liquid crystal panels supporting high resolutions, which seamlesslyblend individual pixels together to produce an image. Instead of two pairs of cylindrical lens arrays (vertical and horizontal), the third generation of AISYS developed in 2008Although LCoS panels are ideal for displaying high-resolution featured a pair of asymmetric fly-eye lens arrays immediatelyimages, because they must be used with a polarization beam after the light source lamp that integrated horizontal and verticalsplitter (PBS), achieving brightness in a compact body design cylindrical lenses. this enabled a significant reduction in the totalmeant sacrificing contrast. Canon thus took on the challenge of number of individual lenses required for the system, maintainingachieving both brightness and contrast. this led to the creation high contrast and enhancing brightness, while reducing size andof the unique AISYS optical system, which makes independent cost. In addition, by adopting a lamp with superior color-renderinguse of the vertical and horizontal directions of light from the light performance and taking the sensory characteristics of the humansource used to illuminate the LCoS panel. eye into account during design, Canon was able to realize an even more faithful color-reproduction performance.Following exhaustive trial and error in fundamentally reconfiguringthe relationship between polarized light and optical behavior, the the third generation of AISYS technology also marked thefirst-generation AISYS independently controls light from the light beginning of Canons in-house development of LCoS panels. Assource when converging the vertical and horizontal directions. a result, Canon now develops all key projector parts, including Light converges at a larger angle in the vertical direction to enhance AISYS, projection lenses, LCOS panels and driver ICs. brightness, and at a smaller angle in the horizontal direction toprevent light leakage in the PBS and LCoS panel, resulting in high- to learn how AVI-SPL and canon can help meet your projectioncontrast performance. At the same time, new color separation/ needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197.synthesis and projection lenses were developed, making possible Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 53
  • With features that include several bars, billards, special event showrooms and more, dave & buster’s interactive complex offered several unique AV challenges.54 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • “Our objectives were simply to provide the best in sports viewing for our guests, integrated into the environment in a manner that is consistent with dave & busters high quality standards and wide range of things to do.” --Mike Plunkett, Senior Vice President, dave & buster’s PrOJECT fOCuS HoSpItaLItY: Hospitality and entertainment venues often require that audiovisual technology is virtually invisible within the environment. AVI-SPL has worked with a number of organizations within this market, including casinos, museums, theaters, hotels and convention centers, to seamlessly integrate the necessary components while maintaining the integrity of the space.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 55
  • dave & busters A tRUE CRoWD PLEASER The Dave & Buster’s story grew from a tale of side-by-side arcade games, Dave & Buster’s offers old-school entertainment at businesses, one a restaurant and one an entertainment-focused a high-tech level, with a well-focused theme of “Eat. Drink. Play.” game venue. In the late ‘70s, Little Rock, Ark. business owners, Dave and Buster respectively, realized that their crowds were Emphasis, of course, is placed on that last bit of the motto, intermingling. And that’s where the idea for Dave & Buster’s was complete with well-engineered AV systems that allow for fun and born: Why not mix the entertainment of fun and games with a good entertainment with video games. offering its patrons the latest in eatery as well? entertainment, exciting visual displays and top-notch audio are a must at the warehouse-sized venue. AVI-SPL’s integration of the Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Dave & Tempe, Ariz.-based Dave & Buster’s includes 65,000 square feet Busters, Inc. owns and operates a number of large-venue, high- of playing room. volume restaurant/entertainment complexes throughout the United States. Today, there are more than 50 Dave & Buster’s across the Featuring a Million-Dollar Midway full of the latest technology, country. From shooting hoops to skeeball to an array of video showrooms for parties and special events, world-class pocket56 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • dave & busters offers its patrons the latest in entertainment, exciting visual displays and top-notch audio.billiards and championship-style shuffleboard, their interactive “our team also designed a more cost-effective method, withcomplex offered several unique AV challenges. better quality, to distribute the video signals over Cat5e cables.” A comprehensive paging and intercom system solution, combined“Our objectives were simply to provide the best in sports viewing with zoned audio, help to enhance the Bose sound system.for our guests, integrated into the environment in a manner that isconsistent with Dave & Busters high quality standards and wide Advanced integration techniques include applications of the videorange of things to do,” says Mike Plunkett, senior vice president system for the ViewPoint Bar, billiards and executive billiardsfor Dave & Buster’s. rooms, as well as the Roof top Bar. “We were working around a unique, aesthetically-designed ceiling and height limitations in the“this upgrade provides consistency and ease-of-use,” says ViewPoint Bar area, using double-stacked plasma displays,” notesAccount Executive Jeremy Blanton, AVI-SPL. “Previous rooms Blanton. “As the primary locale for sports viewing, the ViewPointwere a mix of control systems from several different manufacturers, Bar is now equipped with a custom ceiling-mount structure forincluding both push-button and touch panel systems,” he adds. twelve 42-inch Samsung plasmas, in addition to four of theirEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 57
  • 50-inch plasma displays. We also provided custom accent LED “The advancements made in touch screens lighting above the bar area.” and system controls allow our managers to put Another standout of this installation spotlights the video system the games our guests want to see on the right for Dave & Buster’s signature centerpiece, the Midway Bar. displays at the right time, quickly and easily.” Features include two Christie 3LCD XGA projectors, capable of dynamically displaying images on separate 10-foot Holo Screens --Mike Plunkett, Senior Vice President, dave & buster’s from Da-Lite. the technology provides advanced holographic film that displays images rear projected from 18-35 degrees. The result is a remarkably bright and clear image – even in brightly lit In the front of the house, patrons are invited into Dave & Buster’s environments. “this feature has been very well received,” notes with display greeting messages, as well as meeting updates from Plunkett. “our guests love it as they are able to keep up with a the special events coordinator. game from many different parts of the Midway while they continue to enjoy their favorite arcade games.” the special event rooms are all designed for private party rentals. Whether accommodating 50 or 150, systems are designed to Digital signage features highlight the entrances to special meet the needs of the patrons, and assist the management and event rooms (including two party rooms, a showroom and two staff. While the boardrooms feature Samsung’s 1024x768 plasma boardrooms), restrooms and the main entrance/reception area. displays, each party room features one 10-foot projection screen, Mounted LCD displays are integrated into custom-fit enclosures. delivering multiple video input capabilities for its patrons.58 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • Advanced integration techniques include applications of the video system for the ViewPoint bar, billiards and executive billiards rooms, as well as the Roof top bar.newly integrated technology includes a Crestron control systemwith multiple touch panels. this is the heart of the system, withtwo locations of control (one in the main AV room, and another atthe bridge). this set up gives the operator the ability to previewand select DIRECtV channels on all 10 DIRECtV receivers, as wellas view the security TV system and route the Dave & Buster’s TV music video server. other hard-wired, wall-mounted touch panelsor controllers are used in each of the special events rooms.“the advancements made in touch screens and system controlsallow our managers to put the games our guests want to see onthe right displays at the right time, quickly and easily. It’s also abig advantage to be able to power all the sets on and off from a CREStRon toUCH PAnELScentral location. this not only saves time, it also conserves a lot of Whether you are displaying evidence in a courtroom or voting in aenergy,” Plunkett adds. council chamber, crestron streamlines the technology you use to make your job easier. crestron makes monitoring and controllingtto read more project success stories, sign up for AVI-SPLs FRee all systems from your LAn as simple as pressing a button. Formonthly e-newsletter, sAVvy online, by visiting our website at more information visit www.avispl.com or call (866) 559-8197.www.avispl.com.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 59
  • AVI-SPL_8G-Aug-2010_Layout 1 7/14/10 10:48 AM Page 1 CEDIABooth 1410 / SR 160 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog The fastest, most Crestron DigitalMedia™ (DM) is the first 8 gigabit transport technology, carrying all digital HD and multimedia analog signals on a single copper wire or fiber strand. DM 8G has the bandwidth to transport any combination of media along with Ethernet, powerful AV network control and USB up to 1,000 feet via DM cable to DM receivers at the displays. DM 8G is the fastest, most reliable digital AV distribution solution available, delivering All signals and data over one wire optimal performance for today’s HD systems. ™ DigitalMedia 8G crestron.com/digitalmedia CRESTRON DIGITALMEDIAFor additional information, call (866) 559-8197 2010 Crestron Electronics, Inc. All rights reserved
  • The realities of the Analog SunsetBY CREStRonthe days of relying on component video distribution systems to their HD Sky Satellite receivers. In May of this year, the Federalhandle high-definition (HD) are truly numbered. In the world of Communications Commission (FCC) loosened regulations andtechnology, change is inevitable and exponential. We all need to began allowing Hollywood studios to block the output of analogbe properly informed and prepared. video signals on cable and satellite set-top boxes for new movie releases. As a result, those who own tVs with a single HDMI outputthe AACS (Advanced Access Content System) is the licensing and use it to connect their Blu-ray will have to unplug the player toauthority that defines the content protection scheme for Blu-ray, watch a new VoD movie.part of which is its “Analog Sunset.” Following December 31st,2010, the AACS Analog Sunset provisions will ensure that all this latest FCC ruling further empowers the Hollywood community.new Blu-ray content is transmitted via HDMI with HDCP content the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has beenprotection between sources and displays. trying to “plug the analog hole” for years. to prevent piracy, HDMI with HDCP content protection is the widely-accepted industryA New Era standard, blocking any HD digital movie signal from traveling overWhen 2011 begins, all new, licensed Blu-ray players must limit unprotected analog outputs.analog video outputs. All unprotected AACS content will be down-converted to the 480i resolution of standard-definition. on the lastday of 2013, analog outputs will be banned on Blu-ray players. “The days of relying onFurthermore, each Blu-ray disc will have a built-in Image Constrainttoken (ICt). this will disable all disc players from transmitting HD component video distributionover component. Legacy players using the component output willbe restricted to standard-definition playback only. systems to handle high-going forward, it doesn’t make sense to tell users that the only way definition (hd) are trulythey can experience a Blu-ray movie in full HD is to watch discsproduced before the ICt was embedded -- and that the only players numbered.”compatible with those discs must be built before December 31st,2010. the latest laptops, computers, servers, videoconferencing HDMI packages multiple types of digital signals and communicationsystems and mobile devices are all digital. the Analog Sunset is protocols in one data stream. this collection of data includes HDCPjust part of an avalanche of change that has already begun. content protection, EDID resolution reporting and CEC device control, all of which must be constantly managed for a digitalAs far back as April 2008, Sky (the only UK satellite TV supplier) system to work properly. Incremental at first, problems associatedabruptly dropped the component outputs off the back of all with this embedded data will occur more frequently over time.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 61
  • (Figure 1) (Figure 2) Maybe certain Blu-ray discs won’t play in HD; then communication to testing sources, displays, cables and other devices. the result between players and displays will fail. Eventually entire systems was Crestron DigitalMedia™ (DM), the only solution in the industry will just stop working. that is designed and proven to manage both analog and digital as well as features in the new HDMI 1.4 specification, including Every HDMI source has a limited number of HDCP keys available Ethernet and 3D. A flexible, scalable, and truly future proof system, to support downstream devices, but those numbers are rarely DM is a solution that you can rely on for many years. specified by manufacturers or service providers. When connected to too many displays or processors, the source will simply stop the AV industry has a responsibility to ensure that installed systems outputting a signal (Figure 1). on older HDtVs especially, not every will work -- not sometimes, but all the time. to that end, Crestron HDMI port is HDCP compliant. If your source is seeking an HDCP drew from its extensive lab work and experience gained in more key that the display can’t provide, every connected tV will go to than 4,500 DM installations to establish the HD Digital transport black (Figure 2). turning off one Blu-ray player can trigger other and Distribution System (HD-DtDS) specification. It clearly defines connected devices to shut down too (Figure 3). the critical aspects of system design and installation that must be followed to assure reliable system performance. A New digital Media Platform Certainly, legacy analog devices aren’t going to just go away; Crestron offers a DM Certification program, featuring DMC-D we are in the transition period right now. Six years ago, Crestron (DM Certified Designer) and DMC-E (DM Certified Engineer) anticipated the pending digital age, and recognized that the designations. this ensures that AV professionals are fully educated unique characteristics of digital would change the AV industry and adhere to the HD-DtDS standard, giving clients the confidence forever. Forty-three engineers and millions of dollars were devoted that our industry can deliver reliable digital solutions.62 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • (Figure 3)A Promising future Digital systems are much more difficult to troubleshoot andIt’s important to understand that there are no “band aid” digital commission than analog. It is critical to be able to run diagnosticsolutions on the market today that can guarantee consistent tests, such as HDCP and data rate checks. Crestron DM toolsperformance. Crestron research and testing has shown that software enables installers to quickly view every component andsources, devices and cables from multiple manufacturers cable, verify signal integrity and identify any bottlenecks or pointsfrequently don’t work together, and that digital requires a complete of error throughout the system (Figure 4).ecosystem, including diagnostic software, to ensure successfulimplementation. Clients are rapidly becoming educated about the benefits of DigitalMedia. Consultants are widely adopting the HD-DtDS specification and earning DMC-D certification. DMC-D and DMC-E qualifications ensure peace of mind and the Crestron guarantee of proper design, installation and optimal performance. Author Jeffrey Singer serves as marketing communications director for Crestron. to learn how AVI-SPL and crestron can help meet your digital system needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197.(Figure 4)Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 63
  • Let There be Light BY CHRIStIE DIgItAL A quick glance at the datasheet of almost any projector will A higher light output will support a larger image and will tolerate typically show that the first two specifications listed are light more ambient light. output and contrast ratio. of all the parameters that define the performance of a projected image, these two are widely considered The light output from a front-screen projector is usually specified in the most important. lumens, the international unit of luminous flux. this number does not directly define the brightness of an on-screen image because there’s a good reason for that – roughly 70% of our perception of the brightness also depends on the screen’s size; for a given a full-color image is actually due to the luminance or brightness number of lumens, a larger screen results in a dimmer picture. information it contains. A projector’s light output and contrast ratio both greatly affect the way that brightness information is For digital projectors, the industry standard measurement method conveyed and in particular the image’s impact and clarity under currently used is defined in IEC 61947-1 from the International conditions of less than perfect ambient illumination. But while Electrotechnical Commission. this standard specifies that light these specifications may seem simple, there is more to them than readings be taken at nine points on the screen surface; precisely meets the eye. defined to be in the centers of nine rectangles formed by dividing the image into three points vertically and three parts horizontally Light Output (Figure 2). the nine readings are then averaged. Light output is an important specification because it determines both the largest size of screen that a projector can support for a When measured in this way, the units of light output for a frontscreen desired image brightness and the amount of ambient light that the projector are universally called “ANSI lumens,” named after an image can tolerate before it is perceived as being “washed out.” older standard from the American national Standards Institute that was superseded by IEC 61947-1 several years ago. they are not different units – a lumen is a lumen – they are simply measured in a specific way. the AnSI (now IEC) method is very commonly used, but unfortunately not by every projector manufacturer. If there is no “AnSI” qualifier on a light output number, it was most likely measured at a single point – directly in the center of the screen. Because of the properties of projection optics the center of the image is typically its brightest point, with the light falling off toward the edges and corners. Hence, a center-only number will always be considerably higher than the AnSI number, which takes the fall- off into account. Since the eye judges display brightness averaged over the screen’s surface, the AnSI number more accurately Figure 2 - Nine points for ANSI lumens reflects what the eye perceives.64 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • Contrast ratioContrast ratio is the second most importantspecification of a projector because it affects both the clarity of the image and its impact.there are actually two types of contrast ratio(CR) measurements. the first is known assequential, full-field or “full on/off.” It is a measure of the total range of light the displaycan usably output – the brightness of thehighest white it can produce divided by thebrightness of its lowest black. Figure 6. - Dynamic contrastthe second type of contrast ratio specification, also defined in of a display’s light source with image content. In the case of athe IEC standard, is known as “AnSI CR.” the intent of the AnSI digital projector employing a high-intensity discharge lamp (Xenon CR specification is to quantify a display’s contrast performance or Mercury-vapor) it is realized using a motorized iris inside thewhen showing a typical data image that contains a large number projector that “throttles” down the light from the lamp before itof bright pixels (e.g., from a computer). Scattering of light rays in reaches the micro-display(s). See Figure 6.the projector’s optical system will cause a small fraction of the light from those bright pixels to be diverted to other parts of the screen. Dynamic contrast takes advantage of the fact that images don’tPixels that should be entirely black, for example, will become dark always contain the full range of pixel intensities from full black to fullgray. this reduces the contrast in the image. white. In the case of video images in particular, it is also common to have considerably more dark pixels than bright pixels in the image.For this reason the AnSI CR measurement is usually considerably When there are no (or few) bright pixels, a deeper black level islower than the full-field number for a given projector. However, it achieved by automatically closing the iris to reduce the projector’s is the true measure of the quality and contrast performance of the light output. the light output is automatically increased for scenesprojector’s entire optical system. containing more bright pixels in proportion to their number and relative brightness. When done well, dynamic contrast can yielddynamic Contrast a very significant increase in the perceived contrast performanceAnother contrast ratio number is now commonly quoted on of a display for sources with changing image content, particularlyprojector datasheets. Known as “dynamic contrast ratio” the motion video.number is typically much higher than the full-field CR (which inturn is higher than the AnSI CR). to learn how AVI-SPL and christie digital can help meet your projection needs, please visit www.avispl.com or callSimply put, dynamic contrast is a feature that varies the intensity 866.559.8197.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 65
  • The brilliance of 3LCd BY EPSon Since the year 2000, over 10 million projectors have been sold in each pixel of the display are tiny liquid crystal molecules. these the United States. The majority of these used 3LCD technology. molecules work together to act like a window blind: white is How do 3LCD projectors work, and what are the primary achieved when the blind is opened and light can pass through. advantages over the competition? LCD projectors, like their direct Black is achieved when the blind is closed to limit light passing view LCD counterparts in televisions and monitors, use liquid through. gradations of color are created when the blind is tilted crystal technology to create the image on the screen. Unlike LCD anywhere between open and closed. televisions, LCD projectors use three separate, tiny liquid crystal displays, hence the name 3LCD. the three monochrome images are combined using a prism to form the displayed image consisting of millions of amazing colors. The vibrant, colorful image passes through a lens and is projected onto a screen. Technology comparison to understand the advantages of 3LCD, it helps to review how competing projectors work. The primary competition to 3LCD uses a single-imaging chip, utilizing many tiny mirrors to form the image. the heart of most single-chip systems is the color wheel. the color wheel is a mechanical device that spins very fast, as high as 10,000 rpm, and breaks the white light coming from the lamp into short bursts of RgB. other colors include white, cyan, magenta and yellow. What’s created from the single-chip projector is actually a Above is a diagram of a 3LCD projector. Special optics split the white rapidly-displayed, sequential series of images in different colors. light from the lamp into three beams: red, green and blue (RgB), Your brain assembles this into a composite image. the primary colors of light. these beams are directed towards the dedicated LCD chips, which then create a monochrome image for Each pie-shaped segment of the each of the primary colors. color wheel allows only one color of light to pass through to the bringing it all together imaging chip at a time. the rest Just how do these small LCD chips create the image? Within of the colors are reflected back66 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • towards the lamp, and lost within the system. For example, when about the brightness of color. CLo measures the light output atthe red segment is in front of the lamp, only red light is allowed the screen. Instead of just measuring white light, this new metric through at that instant, and all of the green and blue light is rejected also calls RGB measurements. Projector buyers can then make by the color wheel. this is an inefficient use of that lamp light. better purchasing decisions by providing information about color brightness, not just white light.the inefficient color wheel forces single-chip manufacturers tomake certain trade-offs in their color wheel designs. For example, Another way single-chip makers get around the inefficiency of thea color wheel with just RGB will create the best colors possible color wheel is to use higher wattage lamps. Higher wattage lampswithin a single-chip system. However, it will also create very low translate to more energy consumed. As noted in Peter Putnam’sbrightness. With this, many home “3LCD: Projection Technology for theater single-chip projectors have the 21st Century” whitepaper,good color, but are stuck at about “A new metric, called Color it was shown that on average1,000 lumens. In order to create 3LCD projectors used 25% less the 2,000 or more lumens required Light Output (CLO), will give power than single-chip systems.by educators and business buyers, that difference translates into realsingle-chip makers will typically add a buyers critical information electricity costs, especially whenwhite segment to the color wheel. you multiply these energy costs about the brightness of color.” across multiple classrooms orA white segment is a portion of the conference rooms.color wheel that is clear and allowsthe light to pour through the system. When the white segment is in 3LCD projectors have been around for more than 20 years. Over front of the lamp, white light floods the screen. this allows single- that time, 3LCD makers have shipped over 60 million chips. nextchip makers to specify high-lumens ratings (lumens or brightness time you are selling a projector, look for the 3LCD logo; with 3LCD is just a measurement of white light). However, adding a white your customer is buying an energy efficient projector with a rich, segment actually reduces color performance. bright, colorful image.Since 3LCD projectors use three imaging devices instead of one, Author Michael Cho (CTS) serves as a project engineer for Epson.and because 3LCD doesn’t use a Color Wheel, 3LCD projectors are famous for bright, rich colorful images. A new metric, called to learn how AVI-SPL and epson can help meet your projectionColor Light output (CLo), will give buyers critical information needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 67
  • With seating for nearly 2,800, First baptist oviedo’s main sanctuary combines high-resolution projection, advanced audio capabilities and complex lighting effects for a dynamic worship experience.68 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • “We wanted to enhance the overall worship experience by bringing an exceptional clarity of sound for both music and the spoken word, and upgrade the video and lighting experiences for the congregation.” --Joe Allen, Technology Committee Chairman, first baptist Oviedo PrOJECT fOCuS HoUSe of worSHIp: Many churches, synagogues and other houses of worship are making use of rich AV technology to automate functions such as multimedia presentations and display, audio and lighting. because of AVI-SPLs specialized knowledge in this market, we have the ability to design and install the components needed to create dynamic, effective communications to reach your audience.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 69
  • first baptist Oviedo SIgnALIng tHE SIgHtS AnD SoUnDS oF PRogRESS Led by Pastor Dwayne Mercer, the members of First Baptist oviedo chairman of the church’s technology committee. In addition, we (Fla.) take a fresh approach to community outreach. Founded in needed user-friendly technology that could easily be operated by 1870, this “mega church” today serves nearly 4,000 members. a large volunteer staff, and also fit into our budget.” they’ve steadily increased their appeal with a traditional choir and orchestra, complimented by a contemporary rock band that’s Featuring seating for nearly 2,800, the main sanctuary is a large popular for drawing in the under-50 crowd. capacity area that requires a pitch-perfect sound system. “With designs from Waveguide Consulting in Atlanta, one of the primary to match their progressive use of technology for communications, functions of the AV systems in this facility is to support First church leaders recently began to explore ways in which they Baptist’s live services on Sunday morning,” says Senior Design could make an even greater impact. “We wanted to enhance the Engineer Ed Sullivan, AVI-SPL. “this includes sound reinforcement overall worship experience by bringing an exceptional clarity of for the 150-person choir and 35-piece traditional orchestra at sound for both music and the spoken word, and upgrade the video 9:30 a.m., as well as the contemporary band at 11 a.m. three live and lighting experiences for the congregation,” says Joe Allen, cameras and two graphics computers easily display close-ups of70 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • to provide audio sources throughout, the main sanctuary’s installation area features more than 20 input panels, including floor boxes and wall plates.the pastor and the soloists, as well as lyrics and other information cable for floor monitors. As an additional benefit, the setup allowsimportant to the services.” for the adaptability of the fiber optic networking behind Sony’s nIPRoS system, with custom SMPtE 311 to opticalCon cablesVideo systems are used primarily for video playback, IMAg (image (manufactured by Joseph Electronics in Chicago).magnification) and presentation support. geared towards the mainsanctuary’s needs, rear projection rooms include dual Christie By using fiber studio cabling, the church gains the benefits ofM-series 10,000 lumen projectors with customized screens (13 high-definition production quality - at an affordable price. “thisfeet by 23 feet) from Stewart Filmscreen. technology is something we’re starting to see more of, but is still somewhat unique in the market,” notes Sullivan.to provide audio sources throughout, the main sanctuary’sinstallation area features more than 20 input panels, including floor Acoustic innovations also advance the dynamics of theboxes and wall plates. Most include microphone inputs, audio production, lighting and sound booths. Challenges with integratingand video tie lines, intercom, in-ear monitor feeds and speaker this environment largely lay in incorporating all the necessaryEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 71
  • equipment, from mixing consoles to racks and seating, into a very limited amount of space. For the needs of the church, including live streaming and the distribution of pre-recorded sermons, key equipment in the sound “The church’s switch-over from traditional booth includes a DigiDesign digital mixing console and wireless rack (16 channels with antenna distribution), a wireless router for orchestra to contemporary band must Crestron control and an intercom remote station. happen in less than 30 minutes (sometimes 10 minutes), so a digital console with scene the Digidesign Venue console allows the audio to be routed through software and provides digital audio transfer to both the recall was a must.” production audio console and the interface, compatible with a Pro-tools-equipped computer. “the church’s switch-over from --Ed Sullivan, Senior design Engineer, AVI-SPL traditional orchestra to contemporary band must happen in less than 30 minutes (sometimes 10 minutes), so a digital console with72 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • scene recall was a must,” notes Sullivan. “In addition, the console and intercoms, and a custom horn-loaded loudspeaker system –allows the operator to easily record the audio from any live services proven for their high output and low distortion performance. “Forand smoothly transfer it to the production facility.” this particular aspect of the installation, the speaker rigging was completed by Rod Hargraves and crew from RPM in Atlanta,” saysIn addition, the lighting/image booth contains a user-friendly and Sullivan.fully-functional lighting console from EtC, HD-SDI video switcher,DVD, Blu-ray and PC playback, and an intercom remote station. “the overall response from the congregation has been wonderful,“Sony’s PMW-EX3 camcorders are supplemented by the Sony and the staff is extremely pleased with the final product,” says Allen.nIPRoS studio package, which allows the HD-SDI video to be “When our first concert with a major Christian artist, David Phelps, transmitted over fiber optic cables,” Sullivan adds. was held, the audio and video systems delivered a beautiful sound and crystal clear video for IMAg viewing.”For added convenience, two rehearsal rooms featureinterconnected systems with video projection and AV feeds from t to read more project success stories, sign up for AVI-SPLs FReethe main production room. to support productions from top to monthly e-newsletter, sAVvy online, by visiting our website atbottom, the catwalk features additional AV input plates with tie lines www.avispl.com.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 73
  • Cable Management Tips for Optimal Performance BY MIDDLE AtLAntIC today’s electronic systems wiring includes voice, data, video, the installation of cabling systems during building construction audio, security and control. the facilities and wiring systems must or renovation is significantly less expensive and less disruptive be planned in an integrated manner because all of these different than after the building is occupied. the small cost associated with wires make their way into racks of equipment. Managing these running extra wires for future expansion will save money down the cables creates some interesting challenges, as wire bend radius road. According to the nEC (national Electrical Code), abandoned and fastening must meet industry standards. With video going over cables must be removed or tagged “For Future Use.” twisted pair and digital audio transmitted through CAT-5e / CAT-6, it’s important for technology managers and AV integrators to be Areas of Cable Management familiar with the associated standards. Additionally, more devices Issues related to cable management in commercial spaces can be are being controlled and monitored via Ethernet nodes. broken down into these five distinct areas: 1. Horizontal cabling runs from each workstation outlet to the The TIA/EIA (Telecommunications Industries Association & telecommunication closet. Electronic Industries Alliance) building telecommunication wiring 2. Backbone cabling runs up through the floors of the building standards are used to ensure optimal performance. these (risers) or across a campus and provides the interconnection standards provide guidelines that reduce long-term building for equipment rooms and telecommunication closets. operation costs, lead to better infrastructure and are adaptable to 3. telecommunications rooms contain the connection equipment changes. for workstations in the immediate area and a cross-connection to an equipment room. Major standards include: 4. Equipment rooms provide a termination point for backbone • TIA/EIA-568A is for commercial buildings cabling, and cabling that is connected to one or more telecommunication specifies a generic cabling system that will support a closets. the design aspects of the equipment room are multi-product, multi-vendor environment. Anybody working specified in the EIA/TIA 569 standard. Equipment rooms with these wiring systems in commercial installations should usually house equipment of higher complexity than obtain and adhere to the procedures set forth. telecommunication closets. • TIA/EIA-569 relates to commercial building standards for 5. Equipment racks in IDF closets or rooms house the individual telecommunication pathways and spaces. pieces of electronic equipment. • TIA/EIA-570 covers residential and light commercial wiring standards. Cable damage *These important documents can be ordered at global.ihs.com. Most types of cabling are generally rugged, durable and will last74 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • many years. However, longevity can be significantly reduced and “It’s important for technologysignal transmission severely compromised under certain types ofconditions. often, these conditions are difficult to recognize unless managers and AV integrators toyou know what to look for. be familiar with the associated cable twists: Even a slight twist can be enough to stretch the jacket and conductors standards.” to the point where signal transmission is affected. Staples: Staple guns should never be used Pull force: More than 25 pounds of pull-force on a cable can to secure cables. An obvious flattening of stretch or break conductors. the jacket indicates likely damage. note: All twisted pair cable is manufactured as “loose-fill," meaning cable ties: over-tight cable ties can be there has to be a slight air space inside the sheathing. this reduces identified by a flattening of the jacket, mutual capacitance, which reduces data packet error rates. nEXt and can cause increased data errors. loss (near-end crosstalk) is also a problem, and is eliminated with Also, when cable ties are placed at even proper terminating procedures. the twist in a pair must remain increments in a high definition installation right up to the connector; too often people un-twist the cable forusing coax, it can cause standing waves, degrading or distorting an inch to aid in termination, and that violates the standards.signal transmission. nEXt is tested and measured with a swept frequency through a Small bend radii: A bend radius that’s too “disturbing pair.” optical fiber cabling standards are increasingly small can stretch the jacket and conductors. becoming a factor as more and more data are passed through fiber the minimum bend radius depends on in buildings and racks. the cable type (and may also vary bymanufacturer), and is usually specified as a multiple of the cable’s to learn how AVI-SPL and middle Atlantic can help meet yourouter dimension diameter (o.D.). For CAt-5e, it’s usually between cable management needs, please visit www.avispl.com or calleight and ten times the o.D. 866.559.8197.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 75
  • qMOd Integration and display Control BY ContEMPoRARY RESEARCH In today’s technologically-advanced environment, designers tend Center (San Antonio Spurs), Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners) as well to think IP and Cat5 cable when they want to extend high-definition as many schools, corporate campuses and worship centers. It’s (HD) video. Contemporary Research’s QMoD© HDtV technology a control architecture that’s easy to design, integrate, program, adds a third pathway for HD transmission – RF broadband. maintain and extend, and is far simpler than conventional control now that the cost for generating HDtV channels has become systems. reasonable, integrators are finding new applications for delivering digital signage and HD media using a low-cost pathway: new or Inserting qMOd Channels existing RF cable systems. When integrators think control, they usually think Ethernet or proprietary system control networks. However, the same RF cable that carries HD channels can carry control signals as well. It’s new to AV integrators – but isnt a new concept. How do content An RF cable system can carry up to 135 channels, each “stacked” providers like DIRECtV, Dish network and cable providers control above one another and separated by frequency, just like radio what channels you can access and when you can download new channels. the difference is that in radio, the display shows the software? over the RF – and yes, satellite channel delivery is RF actual frequency, such as 91.5 MHz, while a tV receiver shows broadband as well, just in a different format than digital cable. channel number 6, not 83.25 MHz. For more than 10 years, Contemporary Research has been Each channel, either analog or digital, is 6 MHz wide. In QMoD controlling tV and displays over RF in large venues such as the applications, you can swap channels, such as removing cable channel Louisiana Superdome, Wachovia Center (Philadelphia 76ers), AT&T 6, then inserting a new channel 6 driven by the QMoD modulator.76 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • the channels’ HQ can economically broadcast the live feed from Unlike typical control programming, our protocol is generic andthe studio throughout the facility’s RF system. Executives and reusable – power on is power on, channel is always channel – thestaffers alike can now tune into the broadcast at any time, from smart controllers at the displays have the model-specific codesanywhere in the building. Many people are changing to LCD PC inside. Another difference from typical systems is that eachdisplays with tuners so they can listen at their desks. controller can respond to a command addressed to an individual, group, or all units, simplifying programming and network traffic.Inserting a display Express Control ChannelInserting control uses the same principle. In Contemporary Taking ControlResearch’s Display Express systems, control channel is inserted At each display, a smallin a natural gap between channels 4 and 5 (illustrated above). this controller picks off thegap exists in all types of cable systems. this is combined with control channel, andother cable and QMoD channels at the RF Head End. sends the rest to the display’s tuner. Available in RS-232 and IR control formats, eachthe ICC-HE or ICE-HE Head End is a component that receives RS- unit has the unique codes and “personality” stored inside. IR232 or IP telnet commands and translates them to a modulated control types can be switched from the central control software,data channel. As the channel is combined and amplified with all and RS-232 controllers can be updated for different codes overthe other channels, the signal is available instantly to all displays in the RF. Installation is a matter of 1) setting the controller address;the system from a few to thousands of sets. 2) checking the flashing LED that confirms control communication; 3) connecting to the display; and 4) moving on.Originating Control Commandsoften integrators use our Display Express software, which uses Emergence and ConvergenceWeb-based pages to define the system, set up control presets the emergence of low-cost QMoD HDtV origination is openingactivated by clicking Web buttons or scheduling. new markets and opportunities. this comes at a good time, as cable companies aggressively begin to scramble formerly “open” channels. Corporations prefer to originate their own in-house channels from a variety of sources, rather than lock themselves into exclusive cable contracts and cable boxes at every display. At the same time, digital signage and display control are converging into the same RF distribution matrix, lowering distribution and management costs. to learn how AVI-SPL and contemporary Research can help meet your Hd needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197.Email sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 77
  • the potential of the product. they’re now touted as one of the most capable and modular high SPL sound reinforcement loudspeaker systems available. The driver the VQ products utilize a unique driver technology to radiate a coherent single point source for superior dispersion control when coupled to our single horn. this advanced design aligns the acoustical centers of the transducers, providing a single coherent wavefront. the driver uses two concentric annular ring diaphragms. the A Superior larger of the two has a 3.5” voice coil and reproduces frequencies from 400Hz to 7 kHz. Another major advantage is that there is no crossover anywhere near the vocal region, ensuring the most Performance natural and phase coherent reproduction at this critical area. the 2-inch HF diaphragm takes over at 7kHz to 22kHz by way of a passive or an active crossover. the external casting features of Sound extensive heat-sinking ensuring good heat transfer for high power handling and very low power compression. BY tAnnoY The horn the use of a dual concentric compression driver results in a wavefront at the throat of the horn being perfectly coherent across tannoy’s VQ Series is a range of revolutionary loudspeakers its frequency range. The MF/HF transducer loads into a large and designed for any application where precise directional control, proprietary-designed common horn. there is a huge advantage in outstanding sonic performance, and high sound pressure levels comparison to acoustic sources used with horns, which consists of (SPLs) are critical issues. this includes large corporate AV systems, an HF compression driver and a separate midrange compression stadiums, large dance clubs, live concert halls, theatres, houses of driver, each with its own horn. worship and open-air venues. Invariably there is interference between the midrange and high Utilizing precision engineering and design, the VQ series can frequency at the crossover. this results in uneven off-axis produce enough power and clarity to be used individually, performance, even if the HF horn is mounted in front of the MF maintaining your buildings aesthetics, unlike line array solutions. horn. this artefact is compounded even further if the sources are Several new devices have been added to the series, maximizing displaced on the front baffle – no exceptions.78 | AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog For additional information, call (866) 559-8197
  • “Vq’s very high sensitivity ensures exceptional SPLlevels can be achieved with a very modest amountof amplifier power.”We found that superior sonic performance of the horn was VNET™ Active, dSP,achievable by using medium-density fiberboard (MDF) instead of Networked.fabricating in fiberglass. this was due to the inert nature of the Each VQ nEt loudspeaker isstructure providing rigidity. the particular nature of the material is fully VnEt™ compliant and isalso acoustically absorbent and not susceptible to resonance. fully calibrated at the factory, avoiding the need to input theEfficiency. Power. Clarity. correct speaker managementVQ’s very high sensitivity ensures exceptional SPL levels can be settings or dynamics at theachieved with a very modest amount of amplifier power. As a point of install. this frees thebenchmark example, a single VQ 60 enclosure will produce 115dB installer to concentrate insteadfor 1 watt; and a sustained 138dB (144dB peak) for only 200 watts on room measurement and systemof amplifier power - with a tightly controlled 60 degree dispersion optimization.pattern above 800Hz. these factors help to deliver exceptionallyeven coverage and excellent clarity. VnEt™ supports free network topology so that the loudspeakers can be arranged in a daisy chain, linked in a star configuration or inFeatures include: any combination of both. Implementation of the network between• Patented Point Source Waveguide (PSW™) for perfect time nodes is via high-quality rugged neutrik Ethercon connectors, alignment and phase coherence which are compatible with standard RJ45 plugs, and Cat5 cable.• Exceptional transient response Each speaker has a unique address for auto-location on the• Compact dimensions network. System commissioning and ongoing network control,• Class-leading directivity characteristics incorporating real time diagnostics of electronics and drive unit,• Extremely high sensitivity, for high SPL’s with a very modest are all managed by the exclusive VnEt™ software package. amount of amplifier power• Highly efficient, low power requirement t to learn how AVI-SPL and tannoy can help meet your audio t• Modular enclosure design needs, please visit www.avispl.com or call 866.559.8197.• Available in passive and VNET (powered, DSP, networkable) versions• Weatherproof/weather resistant versions availableEmail sales@avispl.com for additional information AVI-SPL ConCEPt CAtALog | 79
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