The importance of thermal management

Why is thermostatic control important?

  • Extends equipment life
  • Minimizes noise
  • Reduces service calls

Currently one of the biggest omissions from an AV installation design is the lack of thermal management. I have noticed this in both the corporate and residential markets whereby equipment is installed with no ventilation or extraction present. The end result is that the equipment operates above the recommend manufacturers specification and starts overheating and failing.

Thermal management solutions from manufacturers like Middle Atlantic have been designed and engineered to integrate aesthetically into any environment with little to no impact on the end user.

Intelligent technology such as thermostatic fan control ensures that the electronics system will run optimally by monitoring system temperature and signaling fans to run automatically when necessary, benefiting the client as well as the installer.

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COMP-COOL Component Cooler

Middle Atlantic Comp CoolerRemove heat right at the source. Optimised for components on open shelving, this quiet cooler turns on automatically when satellite/cable boxes, receivers and other heater generating components get too hot. Place the component cooler directly on top of equipment vents. The COMP-COOL-3 is available for systems that require multiple components to be cooled.

The low-profile unit produces minimal noise and fits beneath most equipment. Rubber discs are included to raise the height of stacked equipment if necessary.

New, more powerful 50 CFM models now available in stand-alone or platform versions which are ideal for stacked components.

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Middle Atlantic Comp Cool50

Middle Atlantic Compcool50

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CAB-COOL Cabinet Cooler

Middle Atlantic Cabinet Cooler Remove heat generated by components located in smaller cabinets and entertainment centers. Operating only when needed to minimize dust, this quiet cooling device features an aesthetically designed vent that can be painted to match its environment.

The quiet, internal fan activates automatically when temperatures generated by hot-running equipment reach damaging levels.

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CLS-COOL Closet Cooler

Middle Atlantic Closet CoolerCloset cooler removes heat from closets where small rack systems are located. Two solid oak vents will be visible and can be stained or painted to match any room’s décor.

This cooling solution runs only when needed, mounts to closet doors and is available with an active exhaust and passive intake for closets with gaps, or an active exhaust and active intake for tightly sealed closets.

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DUCT COOL Long Pull Vent System

Middle Atlantic Duct CoolDuct Cool™ is a long pull vent system that allows you to manage the heat in closets quietly and effectively. At the heart of the system is a powerful state-of-the-art mixed flow fan capable of pulling heated air from up to 25 ft. away.

Duct Cool™ features a temperature probe that allows the unit to run only when needed, turning on automatically at 88° and turning off at 85°, further reducing noise. An optional thermostat is offered to provide more control.

The system can be installed easily to exhaust to an attic or crawlspace. Duct Cool™ ships as a complete system and includes all of the hardware necessary for a successful installation.

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Includes:

Middle Atlantic Duct Cool2

    • Air intake
    • High powered mixed-flow fan with 9 ft. power cord
    • Mounting plate
    • 25 ft. of flexible insulated duct
    • 30 ft. temperature probe
    • Mounting hardware

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All you need to take control of your classroom

Recently launched QuickPacks presentation bundles by Crestron is specifically designed for the education market with the aim of simplifying installation as well as usability in an auditorium environment.   Each bundle is shipped with all necessary components eliminating the need for complicated programming or training.

The QuickPacks consist of a room controller, audio amplifier, speakers, input wall plates, cables and mounting hardware and projector mount. Simply add your choice of video projector, screen and AV sources, enter them into the QuickPacks software wizard, and you’re done. With simple, labeled button presses, instructors can power on the projector, choose the video or computer source and adjust volume.

RoomView Connected™ DLP projectors make setup even easier, with Crestron integrated plug-and-play support.

Network communication between QuickPacks and Crestron RoomView® software is safe and secure. With RoomView, teachers can request live AV help desk support, and AV managers can remotely troubleshoot and take control of projectors and other classroom devices.

Built-in broadcast messaging enables single-click display of daily announcements or emergency alerts on any projector on the school network.

It’s never been easier or more affordable to bring intelligent technology to the classroom.

Packages

QP-200 Classroom AV System Package

Provides connectivity for a laptop and a video source

  • Simple projector controlCrestron Quickpak 200 Comp
  • Select computer or video source, and adjust volume
  • Instant messaging with tech support
  • Network management and control of room resources

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QP-300 Classroom AV System Package

Provides connectivity for two computer sources, such as room PC and laptop, and a video source

  • Simple projector controlCrestron Quickpak 300 Comp
  • Select computer or video source, and adjust volume
  • Instant messaging with tech support
  • Network management and control of room resources

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QP-400 Classroom AV System Package

Provides connectivity for two computer sources, such as room PC and laptop, and two video sources, such as a DVD player and document camera

  • Simple projector controlCrestron Quickpak 400 Comp
  • Select computer or video source, and adjust volume
  • Instant messaging with tech support
  • Network management and control of room resources

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Video conferencing furniture

Video conferencing is quickly becoming the standard mode of communication within the commercial environment. Bracket manufacturers such as Vogel’s is capitalizing on this trend with their recently released range of VC specific furniture.  The furniture caters for all necessary equipment and cabling and is ideally suitable for the modern techniques of video conferencing. The Vogel’s video conferencing furniture provides stylish integration of video conferencing equipment in almost all environments. Integrated wheels ensure ease of movement.

Vogels PFA 9110 Video Conference Trolley

Display mounting

In order to mount one or two displays, one can choose the Vogel’s Connect-it interface bar and strips to create the perfect solution.  A special holder (PFA 9110) can be used in order to mount a video conferencing camera or loudspeaker. The aluminium panel on the front can easily be removed, allowing access to the interior of the cabinet where a codec and other peripheral equipment can be stored. In addition to video conferencing, this furniture is also ideal for use as a kiosk.

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PFF 5100 with display speaker camera PFF 5100 with display portrait  PFF 5100 open front  PFF 5100 detail bottom PFF 5100 detail side

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The largest 4K2K, 3D plasma screen on the market today

This is a Massive Panasonic 152-inch Screen

The screen is equivalent to nine 50-inch screens and immerses the viewer in lifelike images. It lets you show even large products with life-size views that are so real that you will feel like you’re looking at the actual product.

4K2K Resolution

Detailed, High-Quality Images with Rich Textures

This is world’s first development for a self-illuminating display. Ultrahigh-speed drive technology featuring super-high efficiency technology, witch was made possible by the self-illuminating plasma displays, produces approximately 4 times the amount of information (4,096 × 2,160 pixels) of a full-HD panel (1,920 ×1,080 pixels).

 Aspect Ratio 17:9

The TH-152UX1 has an aspect ratio of 17:9, which complies with the DCI standard for digital cinema. The wide screen is suitable not only for digital signage but also in various other display applications.

The 4K2K display faithfully express bright, highly detailed content that fills the entire screen with lifelike images, even when watchedfrom a relatively close viewing distance of 1.5 times the screen height.When viewing 3D images, you should watch from a distance that is at least three times the screen’s height. (Recommended viewing distance: 5.4 meters or more)

FULL HD Signals for Each Eye — Frame Sequential Technology

The technology in which the left-eye and right-eye 3D images are sent to the viewer is the key to 3D image quality. For this, FULL HD 3D uses something called the Frame Sequential technology. The left and right images are alternately displayed at high speed (60 frames per second for each eye x 2 = 120 frames per second*). When viewed with special glasses that open and close shutters in sync with the displayed frames, the brain creates the sensation of depth from the visual disparity to form 3D images.

Compatible with Various 3D Imaging Methods

In addition to the Frame Sequential method, Panasonic professional FULL HD 3D plasma displays are compatible with both the Side-by-Side and Top-and-Bottom methods.

*The frame rate varies depending on the 3D image signal being reproduced. For example, 3D images are reproduced at 120 fps (frames per second) for a 60 Hz input signal, and 100 fps for a 50 Hz input signal.

•An optional 3D IR Transmitter and 3D Eyewear is required for viewing 3D images.
•Someone in authority should responsibly convey the precautions for use of the 3D Eyewear to the user.
•In the event that you experience dizziness, nausea, or other discomfort while viewing 3D images discontinue use and rest your eyes.
•Parents/guardians should monitor children’s viewing habits to avoid their prolonged use without rest periods.

Ultra-High-Speed Drive Technology Achieves Clear 3D with Minimal Double Image

3D images require a display speed of 120 frames per second (fps), which is twice the ordinary speed. A panel with slow response simply cannot keep up with the necessary image processing. As a result, a double image will appear when the images for the left and right eyes overlap on the screen (also called crosstalk). In addition to new short-decay-time phosphors that reduce the afterglow time to 1/3, and a new luminous control, high-precision Motion Vector Prediction function on the VX200 Series helps to achieve highly precise illumination. Ultra-high speed drive technology, which shortens the luminous time to 1/4 compared to previous models, also minimizes double image even on large screens to produce clear and detailed 3D images.

Newly Developed Fast-Decay Phosphors are Used for the Red and Green Phosphors

This reduces the afterimage time to 1/3 that of conventional phosphors while simultaneously expanding the scope of color reproduction. As a result, brighter, sharper images are produced for 3D content.

High-Speed Illumination Achieved with High-Precision Motion Vector Prediction

The VX200 Series features the world’s first* high-precision Motion Vector Prediction function. Its precise luminous control predicts front/back movement as well as left/right and diagonal movement to increase the drive speed and produce clear 3D images even on a large screen.

*According to a Panasonic survey, as of June 9, 2010, for a FULL HD 3D-compatible flat-panel display.

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Save energy with unparalleled total home control.

The new HomeWorks® QS system from Lutron is a great new lighting control system for homes that enables the integration of all the lights, hot water cylinders, blinds, curtains and various other electrical services into one simplified solution. The system can also integrate with other manufacturers for audio-visual and HVAC control, as well, for broader control of your home environment. And it does all of that while saving energy. So you’re not only choosing a system that will redefine your way of living, you’re also investing in a system which can pay for itself over the life of your home.

Convenience

Create “scenes” with HomeWorks QS — preset light and shade levels that you can recall at the touch of a button. For example, press the “Entertain” button on the keypad in your foyer and lights and shades will adjust throughout your home to create just the right light.

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Integration

HomeWorks QS easily integrates with 3rd party manufacturers.

Control lights, shades, audio-visual equipment, and temperature controls from a single keypad.

Security

HomeWorks QS integrates with home security systems. In the event of an alarm, interior lights turn    on, illuminating a safe exit, while exterior lights flash to attract attention. HomeWorks QS also makes a home safer by automatically turning landscape and security lighting on and off each night.

 iPad, iPhone and iPod touch are registered trademarks of Apple®, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

†† Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions.
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Improve your Wi-Fi network today!

High Performance, 802.11n Mid-Range Smart Wi-Fi Access Points with Dynamic Beamforming

Wi-Fi CertifiedNow cost-minded enterprises have a sleek and low-profile purpose-built AP for delivering high-performance and reliable 802.11n wireless networking at the industry’s most affordable price point.

The ZoneFlex 7300 series includes both single-band (7343) and dual band (7363) products. Maximum 802.11n capacity of 300Mbps (single band) or 600Mbps (dual band), makes the ZoneFlex 7300 the industry’s lowest cost, highest performing line of 802.11n mid-range access points available. The aesthetically-pleasing design is ideal for a variety of enterprise and hotspot environments including hotels, schools, retail outlets, branch offices and public venues.

Best-in-class mid-range performance and cost effective

  • Concurrent dual-band (5GHz/2.4GHz) support
  • 600 Mbps of theoretical maximum speed
  • Dynamic beamforming
  • Advanced RF management

Dynamic beamforming and Automatic interference mitigation (AIM)

  • 2 to 4 times extended range and coverage
  • Automatic interference avoidance, optimized for high-density environments
  • Integrated smart antenna array with over 300 unique patterns for high reliability
  • Up to 4 dB signal gain and -10dB interference rejection

Concurrent support for video, VoIP and data

  • Four queues per client station
  • Delivers 20 concurrent voice calls, 100 simultaneous data users per radio
  • Automatic prioritization of VoIP and video traffic

Smart meshing increases flexibility, reduces costs

  • Smart Mesh Networking
  • Admission control/load balancing

Differentiated services with multiple SSIDs

  • 8 BSSIDs per radio with unique QoS and security policies
  • WEP, WPA-PSK (AES), 802.1X support
  • Zero-IT and Dynamic PSK
  • Captive portal and guest accounts
  • RADIUS and Active Directory support

For more information contact our sales team at sales@4ward-design.com

Control4® Intercom Door Station

Control4® recently released their new Control4® Door Station that will deliver a full-motion video intercom with a wide-band audio intercom for crystal-clear communications and video security throughout a home or business.

The Door Station comes in 3 stylish colors—Satin Nickel, Satin Black and Venetian Bronze—and provides audio and video intercom communications with the Control4 7” In-Wall Touch Screen with Camera and the new Control4 7” Portable Touch Screen with Camera. It is also capable of audio-only intercom communications with Control4 5” and 7” In-Wall Touch Screens (C4-TSWMC5-EG-XX and C4-TSWMC7-EG-XX). To enable video and/or audio intercom functionality you must purchase an optional Control4 Intercom License (C4-Intercom-E) which activates the intercom functionality on any intercom-capable devices.

The Door Station will be available in Q2 2012, but Door Station Back Boxes and Antenna Kits can be ordered now for pre-installation.

For more Control4® home automation information contact our sales team at sales@4ward-design.com.

Touch-Screen Simplicity Now in the Conference Room

LifeSize® Phone™ Second Generation

The second generation of LifeSize Phone has arrived! LifeSize Phone puts the power to control both HD video and audio collaboration at your fingertips. The phone features an intuitive touch-screen interface so simple that anyone can use it. And when making a video call is as easy and fun as it is with LifeSize Phone, everyone will want to use it. Users can share content, control cameras, change layouts and add callers with ease. A separate remote control is no longer needed for HD video collaboration from the conference room.

Currently available exclusively with LifeSize Room 220, our premier endpoint, LifeSize Phone is unlike any other conference phone available on the market today:

Key Features

Simple to use – The intuitive touch-screen interface is so simple that anyone can use it

Optimized for video communication– The first touch-screen conference phone to enable both video and audio management from one device

Simplified operation – Context-sensitive UI reduces on-screen clutter

Flexible setup – Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled and requires only one cord for setup

Greater voice pickup and clarity – Four low-noise microphones in a 360-degree array with advanced beam-forming technology provide total room coverage

Best frequency response – 90 Hz to 16 kHz delivers natural voice reproduction

Touch-screen simplicity:

  • Compelling high resolution touch screen removes complexity and makes it easier than ever to manage both video and audio
  • Share content, control cameras, change layouts and add callers with ease

Best-in-class audio quality

  • Greater voice pickup and reduced room noise through advanced beam-forming microphone technology
  • Acoustic echo cancellation and microphone background noise suppression provide superior vocal clarity

Is LifeSize Phone Right for You?

The LifeSize Phone is ideal for organizations that want to:

  • Deploy a total conference room solution. Available exclusively with LifeSize Room 220, the solution includes the codec, LifeSize® Camera 10x™ and the new LifeSize Phone.
  • Streamline the video communication purchase and eliminate incremental expense by buying fewer devices, such as a separate touch-screen panel.
  • Greatly reduce or eliminate training and IT help desk calls by providing users with the simplest-to-use video conference phone.
  • Elevate their video communication experience with the enhanced industry-leading audio available from the new LifeSize Phone.

The Result

Touch-Screen Simplicity

Almost anyone can walk into a conference room and initiate a conference immediately. LifeSize Phone reduces the amount of training and IT support needed to support calls from the conference room. And when it’s this easy to make a conference call, more people will want to collaborate over video and maximize the video conferencing investment.

High Definition Audio Conferencing to Hear Everyone Clearly

LifeSize Phone enables people to communicate effectively, whether working from a large conference room or a small office setting. For weekly executive and sales conference calls and regular project team meetings, audio conferencing needs to be productive.

Better Input—Complete Room Coverage

Because LifeSize Phone is powered by four high performance microphones with advanced beam-forming technology, it provides a seamless and immersive video conferencing experience. With improved room coverage over existing devices, LifeSize Phone is far more robust than existing systems that typically use directional, gated microphones with only one microphone active at a time.

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Pioneer SC-LX85 Powerhouse AV Receiver Now Available

Defy the limits of home cinema.

The SC-LX85 has it all, including selected audiophile enhancements, and you can use the included RF Remote to control all functions, even without the receiver being in your line-of-sight.

Besides a state-of-the-art class D amplifier that provides 9.2 surround sound in HD, a digital connection with your iPod, iPhone or iPad without dock, you get easy-to-operate worldwide internet radio (vTuner) and network streaming via DLNA (Windows 7 compatible) or Apple Airplay when you connect via LAN. LPCM, WAV, FLAC and other lossless formats are supported.

Compatible (free) smartphone/tablet apps include the advanced remote control app iControlAV2 and Air Jam, a Bluetooth-based social app.

Main specifications:

  • Output Power per Channel:190 W
  • Number of Channels: 9
  • Input Connections:

• 7 x HDMI (1080p upscaling)
• 1 x USB host
• 1 x iPod/iPhone Digital via USB (cable included)
• 1 x Ethernet
• 1 x Bluetooth adapter port for AS-BT200

  • AM/FM Tuner with RDS: Yes
  • Plays LPCM, MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, FLAC (192 kHz/24-bit) (FLAC via LAN only)
  • HD Audio Formats: Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution
  • Audio Return Channel: Yes
  • Stand-by Pass Through: Yes
  • Control with HDMI (+): Yes
  • HDMI Repeater: Yes
  • On-Screen Display (GUI)Easy-to-use GUI, available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and Russian
  • Firmware updates: Yes (via Internet or USB)
  • AVNavigator: Yes
  • Internet Radio: Yes
  • vTuner: Yes
  • DLNA Certified: Yes (v1.5)
  • Windows 7 Certified: Yes
  • Remote Control Illuminated RF remote control with OLED screen
  • RF Remote: Yes (included)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D)435 x 185 x 442 mm

The LX range from Pioneer is the companies premium offering providing high end audio and video performance. The range comprises AV receivers and Blu Ray players.

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Where ideas flow, problems are solved, and productivity soars

Polycom® Open Telepresence Experience™ (OTX™)

  • Experience the most stunning HD quality for up to 50% less bandwidth with industry-leading H.264 High Profile support
  • Transform team collaboration with a unique design and hidden technology for a variety of room uses and “true to life” telepresence meetings
  • Introduce your organization to real investment protection from standards-based interoperability; connect your teams, your customers, and your partners
  • Extend the power, performance, and simplicity of native integration with industry-leading UC environments as part of the Polycom Open Collaboration Network strategy

Features and Benefits

  • Lowest total cost of ownership and accelerated return on investment through breakthrough bandwidth management. Industry-leading support of the standards-based H.264 High Profile can save up to 50% of ongoing bandwidth consumption and cost
  • A range of models for different room sizes and number of participants. Choose from one or three-screen systems which seat up to 6 participants on video, and either a complete package in pre-set configurations, or models which allow you to select your own furniture and content monitor options for a customizable room
  • Greatest flexibility for Polycom OTX room usage. Unique multi-functional design is optimized for exceptional, across-the-table multimedia experiences whether meeting face-to-face or live over video
  • Most effective collaboration across distances is ensured by a superior immersive telepresence quality of experience, including the benefits of conversational stereo, full 1080p video and HD content on motorized monitors that rise on demand—all protected with Polycom Lost Packet Recovery™ technology
  • Widest investment protection through interoperability and seamless connectivity with millions of standards-based telepresence and video conferencing endpoints
  • Deepest native integration with leading unified communications (UC) platforms enabling greater flexibility and deployment options as part of the Polycom Open Collaboration Network strategy
  • Broadest international design appeal with global service, support, and availability

Why Polycom Immersive Telepresence?

Because Polycom delivers:

  • The broadest telepresence portfolio with solutions that support every application, seat up to 28 participants, and allow you to use the rooms for traditional meetings
  • Breakthrough High Profile H.264 video compression technology reduces your bandwidth costs up to 50%
  • The first and only fully immersive telepresence solution for the most natural and productive meetings whether you are seated, standing, or walking around the room
  • The ultimate flexibility for launching conferences, whether you prefer a user-initiated, self-service model or fully managed VNOC call scheduling and management
  • Easy-to-use, acoustically tuned, meeting environments that improve collaboration with customers, partners, and employees around the globe
  • Standards-based interoperability and integration with leading unified communications solutions delivering investment protection and multiple deployment options

Solutions

Polycom immersive telepresence suites offer a variety of set-up options for multiparty calls from fully managed to self-service models.

For organizations that prefer to fully outsource the management and operations of their immersive telepresence rooms, Polycom VNOC services offer conference scheduling and management along with other support services.

Organisations that prefer to partially or completely self manage can enjoy multiparty conferences from Polycom RPX suites at the touch of a button using Polycom Single Touch™ capabilities. They can also select meeting attendees from a directory and dial them dynamically with Polycom Meeting Composer™, or easily connect to meetings that were scheduled using Polycom Conferencing for Microsoft® Outlook. The Polycom RMX® and Multipoint Layout Application technology automatically create an optimized multiparty view of all other rooms whether the room has 1, 2, 3 or 4 screens.

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