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Oct-Nov2019

[COVER] The 'First (of His Kind) Guru'


STORY
Mapped in Technology
SystemsIntegrationAsiaVol.19Issue1~October-November2019

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CONTENTS
Vol.19Issue1~Oct-Nov2019

Immersive Experience
for a Technologically
Futuristic Town 76

04 FIRST WORDS 54 FEATURE 70 INSTALLATIONS

06 NEWS

70 INDIA: COVER STORY Adiyogi - The 'First


The Future of Meeting Rooms
(of His Kind) Guru' Mapped in Technology
56 TECH TALK 76 CHINA: Immersive Experience for a
Technologically Futuristic Town
20 SOLUTIONS UPDATE
78 UAE: CT Installs 'A Palace in Motion'
at Qasr Al Watan
80 INDIA: The Piano Man Jazz Club, Gurgaon
'TAP' into the New Meeting Room Solution
82 INDIA: Vesta Tech Collaboration Centre
58 TRADESHOW PREVIEW Finds New Vistas of AV
26 SONY ADVERTORIAL

86 NIXT!

ISE MD Mike Blackman on the Show's


Navigating Archived Assets with Sony
Widening Appeal

28 EVENT REVIEW 60 INTERVIEW


BOSCH: The Three Layers of Smart
Building Solution

88 VOICE BOX

SI India Awards - Launching Indian AV


60 Niclas Brattberg, Biamp: Mapping Market
on to A New Horizon
Strategy with Aggression
34 TRADESHOW REVIEW
62 Blake Augsburger: LEA Brings A Differentiated
Value Proposition The Changing Landscape of AV

64 Swadesh Khetawat, Green Sources: Value-Adding


the Client Service Audio-Visually 90 ON OUR WEB
34 Integrate 2019: Interviews from the 66 Paul Fouracre: avt Charts its Course with its
Show Floor Eyes on the Future
42 IFI 2019: From Excellent to Exceptional
68 Nvincy: Customizing AV Applications, Experience
4
FIRST WORDS

The third edition of Systems Integration India Awards (SIIA)


was definitely larger in scale in a few aspects than our previous
editions. To
accommodate the
nearly 350 guests, we
took up all the halls
of the Grande Hall.
We are also pleased
that more brands
joined our efforts
as we expanded
this year from our
original six partners
to 11 partners. A total
of 12 Awards were
presented from as
many as 36 submissions from 22 systems integration companies.
DANIEL NGIAM
SIIA has also gone annual from this year and we look forward to MEDIA Rep for Spinworkz Pte Ltd ART / LAYOUT
an even more grander 2020 edition. Tel: +65 84410258 Shankar Venugopal
first_dm@hotmail.com
CREATIVE CULT
InfoComm India continues to exceed expectations. There was a
17% increase in visitors and according to the organisers nearly
50% of the visitors were end-users. There certainly was a large OUR COLLABORATORS
contingent from the Higher Education segment comprising India’s
Elissa Nadine PV Anthony
top 35 Universities. Where solutions were concerned as many as Server and IT Security Guru
Web Content and Social Media Specialist
86 ‘new-to-market’ products or technology solutions stretching
the whole big spectrum of AV-ICT, and allied industries were Rosalind Tan Halim, TrueDesignLab.com
Website Management Wizard HTML Design and Coding Maestro
showcased amongst the 200 or so exhibitors.

This issue seems to be inundated with interviews - we were just


eager to hear from so many of the movers and shakers in the
industry. We hope you will enjoy reading the thought process of
our interviewees.
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6
NEWS

AVIXA Announces 2019 India Award Winners


dnp Supernova at the
Belt and Road ASEAN
Big Data Laboratory

CHINA: The Belt and Road ASEAN Big


Data Laboratory researches cooperative
development and innovation in politics,
economy, national defence and diplomacy
in the China-ASEAN context. Regarded as
a reference for future conference rooms,
their new lab is designed with flexible
podium and research spaces. And it
follows the principle that users should be
unaware of the technology supporting
INDIA: AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated of the AVIXA India Awards inspire their peers
them. The rostrum area is used for big
Experience Association, has announced and represent examples of how this region
data visualization, decision-making and
the winners of its first India Awards, which continues to grow fast thanks to individual
reporting. Its scale demands a very large,
recognise outstanding AV professionals for commitment and achievement.”
very high-resolution screen, which is why
their achievements and commitments to
Wincomn recommended and installed a
the AV industry in India. The winners in the
The 2019 AVIXA India Award winners are: massive dnp Supernova Infinity Screen. At
six categories were named and celebrated
12.6 m x 3.6 m and with 8K resolution, this
during the awards ceremony held in the • India Volunteer of the Year
modular front-projection screen delivers
evening of the first show day, Sept. 18, at Award – Rakesh Kumar, CTS-D, CTS-I
crisp and vivid high-contrast images
InfoComm India in Mumbai, in partnership • India Young AV Professional unaffected by the bright ambient light.
with the System Integrations Awards, which Award – Nitin Manjunath
honoured projects of the year. The research spaces have multiple zones,
• India Women in AV each with an ultra-short throw projection
A dedicated awards committee selected the Award – Sonali Singh, CTS dnp Supernova STS 100” 16:9 Screen.
winners for the following categories, after • India CTS Holder of the Year Optimized for standard viewing angles,
reviewing nominations from across the AV Award – Leo Thomas, CTS-D, CTS-I these cost-effective screens offer high
industry: India Young AV Professional of contrast and image quality for demanding
the Year, India CTS Holder of the Year, India
• India Educator of the Year user environments - ideal for collecting,
Award – TS Gopalakrishnan, editing and publishing big data. The dnp
Women in AV, India Educator of the Year and
CTS-D, CTS-I Supernova Screen offers LED-like saturated
India Distinguished Achievement awards. The
winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award • India Distinguished Achievement colours while avoiding the eye fatigue
was selected by AVIXA staff. Award – Manmohan Gupta caused by long-term exposure to bright
active LEDs. It is also fully in line with the
“The winners of our first awards program in www.avixa.org institution’s objectives for saving energy
India are accomplished AV professionals who and protecting the environment.
have each made significant contributions to www.dnp-screens.com
help grow the industry,” says Jonathan Seller,
Senior Director of Development, Asia-Pacific,
AVIXA. “Behind each nominee and award
winner lies an inspiring story of passion,
determination and leadership. The winners S I A

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8
NEWS

Absen Delivers ACE Training in New Delhi Leyard and Planar


Named No. 1 Global
Leader in Narrow Pixel
Pitch LED Video Wall
Market
GLOBAL: Leyard
and Planar,
global leaders
in visualization
products,
announced
the company was named the No.1 market
share leader in the $2.6 billion narrow pixel
pitch LED video wall market according to the
2019 Video Wall Display Solutions Report by
Futuresource Consulting.
INDIA: Absen held the 93rd ACE (Absen well as SI market. We plan to have at least The highly anticipated annual Video Wall
Certified Engineers) training session in 3-4 training sessions every year for the next Display Solutions Report by Futuresource
New Delhi from Aug 28-30, India with 20+ three years so that we can help improve the Consulting was published in July 2019. As
technicians and engineers representing their knowledge level in the service industry. This a result of recent industry innovation, the
different customers attending the training. is a start Absen will certainly benefit from.” report defines narrow pixel pitch LED as a
As a free-value added program for Absen As a trusted LED display supplier, Absen display with a pixel pitch of 2.5 millimeters
customers, the training covers the basics of has a proven track record globally, and has or less, a decrease from 3 millimeters in
LED displays and expands to include more occupied the position of leading Chinese previous years.
advanced technical knowledge and know- exporter of LED displays for ten consecutive In 2018, the narrow pixel pitch LED
how. Participating engineers and technicians years. Absen has a 12 years’ history of market, pioneered by Leyard and Planar,
had the opportunity to learn and master exploring Indian market and also a close demonstrated a 33 percent growth on the
advanced LED display technologies, with relationship with all their partners. According previous year. “Earning these market leading
hands-on experience troubleshooting real-life to Brian Cao, the sales director of Absen’s positions in LED is a true testament to our
scenarios. Only the participants who passed APAC market, “After years of innovation extensive portfolio of video wall products
both the written and hands-on exams were and development, Absen leads the way in available today,” said Zach Zhang, CEO of
recognized as qualified Absen Certified LED display standards. We not only provide Leyard International. “Being named the
Engineers (ACE). our partners and customers products of No. 1 global leader in narrow pixel pitch
solid quality, but also service. We value the LED for three years in a row, reinforces our
Absen provides not only high-quality
ecosystem of this industry and maximize commitment to introducing industry-leading
products but also excellent service
customers’ value by providing professional display innovations that deliver the best
support, demonstrating its committed to
and prompt service to our customers when visual performance, reliability and customer
providing maximum value for its customers.
collaborating on a project. Absen’s ACE service, while setting a path for others to
ACE training is a critical aspect of this
training is part of the service systems, we follow.”
commitment to service and support, as it
also provide door-to-door maintenance
ensures the human capital necessary to The report by Futuresource Consulting
service all across India.”
resource after-sales service in India and follows major LED video wall product
across the world. To this end, Absen has To know more about Absen’s ACE training announcements from the company, including
held 93 ACE training sessions that have schedule, follow @Absenled on Facebook the introduction of the new Leyard TVF
produced more than 1300 certified engineers platform. Complete, a family of LED video wall solutions
worldwide. www.absen.com optimized for Full HD and 4K resolutions and
According to Rajesh Patkar, Absen’s sales available in 109-inch, 137-inch, 164-inch and
director of Indian market, “The first training 219-inch diagonal sizes.
session by Absen in India has been a success. www.leyard.com
It was attended by our partners in rental as S I A

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10
NEWS

Vega Indonesia Celebrates 3rd Anniversary enough to create a vibrant atmosphere.


It was the first time we had heard about
Ayrton, but soon realised that these were the
fixtures to go for in the space that we had.
They are used during moments of worship
and are also used to create 3D-like lighting
for our camera crew, so that they can capture
what is on and off stage with ease.

“We have four MagicBlade-FXs rigged up on


our flybars in a V-shape, so that we can fan
them out to create some eye candy effects,
or close them in for that extra breath-taking
INDONESIA: PT Vega Technology Indonesia Shure, and Epson. Kramer Electronics, ECS
moment when there are solo performances.
celebrated its 3rd Anniversary at Wyl’s Indo Jaya, and Samsung also expressed their
Two Mistrals are situated on the floor on top
Kitchen, Veranda Hotel – Pakubuwono with support for the event.
of boxes at our stage lip. These help to colour
the theme Vega for Indonesia.
A total of 75 people consisting of Vega and project patterns to the roof and side
In its brief three years of being in the AV Indonesia employees, loyal customers, and walls. Another two are hung out on our side
scene in Indonesia, the team has already partners, as well as distributors, attended the bars to give the audience some colour.”
conferred several milestones proven by its 3rd Anniversary Dinner of Vega Indonesia.
Chiam was delighted with some of the
track record of delivered projects for both
www.vega-global.com special features and ease of use of the
local and multinational companies in the
Ayrton fixtures. “One of the moments where
region.
S I A these lights stand out is when you can blend
In his speech at the Anniversary Dinner, two gobos together to create some sort of
Melvin Halpito, Vega Indonesia’s Country texture, without it looking like a messy array
Manager, thanked all the employees, Ayrton Chosen for that distracts the congregation. Instead, each
partners, and clients for the joint effort that gobo is blended with another in different
lead to Vega’s success in Indonesia. Staying Church of Our Saviour rotations to create a certain type of mood
true to its slogan “Communications made that makes it special and unique. The prism
SINGAPORE: Ayrton MagicBlade-FX and
easy”, Melvin hopes to elevate further the and gobos work well in the Mistral, and the
Mistral spot luminaires were recently
level of solutions and services that they MagicBlade FX’s tightness of beam and the
supplied to the Church of Our Saviour
provide for their clients. ability to have different colours on each pixel
in Singapore by Ayrton’s exclusive local
The Anniversary Dinner was supported by distributor, Total Solution Marketing Pte Ltd. is great.
Vega’s partners lead by AMX by Harman, “These fixtures are straightforward and easy
The Ayrton fixtures were chosen for this
very special space for a number of reasons, to use so my volunteers got the hang of them
as technical director, Ron Chiam, explains: in less than an hour and, using an MA Dot 2
“Because we only have a small space, lighting desk, they were able to programme
we needed fixtures that were small and the most creative and alluring displays.”
compact, but at the same time powerful www.ayrton.eu

Ayrton MagicBlade-FX and Mistral add colour to the Church of Our Saviour in Singapore.

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12
NEWS

BAP Technology Consultants Holds Successful Showcase Event

HONG KONG: Occupying 7500+ sq. ft and Targeted at end-users, designers, architects Panasonic zero offset lens range; Poly G7500
featuring the latest AV solutions from 12 and contractors, guests were not only content and video conferencing solution;
leading manufacturers, BAP’s showcase event treated to the solutions showcase but could Reach Bee3 Plus lecture capture solution;
held on 15 and 16 August 2019 in the Crystal participate in focus group discussions and Sony REA-C1000 artificial intelligence-based
Grand Ballroom in Holiday Inn Golden Mile, seminars which were hosted by industry video analytics solution and TeamMate
Tsim Sha Tsui was a great success. professional who possess a wide variety motorized height adjustable lectern.
of expertise, knowledge, and practical
12 exhibition booths showcased a wide www.bap.com.hk
experiences.
range of latest Audiovisual and lighting
solutions, including laser projector, LED wall, On showcase was Absen CR Series narrow
conference system, 4K signal processor, AI pixel LED; Aoto Mini LED;
video content, streaming and recording, and
Bosch DICENTIS wireless conference system;
collaboration furniture. The international
Epson’s new BrightLink EB-1485Fi interactive
brands represented included Absen, Aoto,
ultra short-throw, ultra-wide laser projector;
Bosch, Epson, Extron, Lutron, NEC, Panasonic,
Extron NAV Pro AV over IP solution; Lutron
Poly, Reach, Sony & TeamMate.
– myRoom guestroom control system; NEC
– new 65 inch professional 4K UHD Display;

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14
NEWS

Clair Brothers Provides Unconventional Sound PT. ENE Indonesia Moves


System Upgrade At Sokcho Art Center To New Building To
system as two line arrays in one cluster.”
Support Growth
The main P.A. is made up of nine Clair
Brothers C8 line arrays per side; four flown
CS118 subs; two stacked CS218 subs; three
CAT115s as center fill; two kiT15s for stage
fill; four 1AM stage monitors; and four 8CXs
under the balcony – all powered by Clair
Brothers/Lab.gruppen amplifiers. For this
600-seat room, considerations were made
with regard to the quantity of speakers in
SOUTH KOREA: Located in the far northeast each array as part of a determined speaker
of South Korea, Sokcho City (population: cluster’s location and height, and the
84,000) is part of the Gangwon-do Province, system’s ability to fit within a set budget. An
which lies north of the 38th parallel only Allen & Heath dLive S5000 mixing console
an hour south from the DMZ. In fact, until was also installed.
INDONESIA: Electronics & Engineering Pte
1945 and the end of the Korean War, the city
How did it come to be that Clair Brothers was Ltd (E&E) is pleased to announce the recent
belonged to North Korea. This fact is one that
specified for this install? Seong Keun Ahn, relocation of their Indonesian branch PT. ENE
makes the presence of an educational center
chief engineer, Clair Brothers Korea explains: Indonesia office in Jakarta. The
for art and culture all the more important
in the region; and why Clair Brothers takes “In 2018, we did a C8 line array demo for a
new 4-storey office space provides ample
special pride in playing a role here, with its selected group of audio engineers in Korea.
capacity and brings together customer
multiple loudspeaker sound reinforcement They were impressed and praised the quality
support, sales, engineering, and a showroom
system key to the delivery of music and of the sound and the high SPL out of a such
to showcase products to potential and
cultural education in a part of the world a compact box. Especially noteworthy in the
existing clients.
where such things were once denied. C8 speaker design is the ‘integrated passive
crossover network’ that can reduce the amp ‘’We were fortunate to find such a well-
Sokcho Art Center recently underwent a channel count required while functioning served space. Our new location and enhanced
major renovation in its main hall/auditorium as a bi-amped three-way speaker. We must operations efficiencies will help us continue
that involved interior upgrades to lighting, give a great deal of credit to Josh Sadd, Clair to grow and develop to keep pace with our
seats, acoustic wall treatment and the Brothers chief design engineer, for designing clients’ needs,’’ commented Mr. Ronald Goh,
installation of an entirely new Clair Brothers technology that saves client budgets without Managing Director, Electronics & Engineering
sound system. Interestingly, the sound system compromising sound quality. Here in Sokcho, Group of Companies.
is designed in a very specific manner that we held a competitive system demo right PT. ENE Indonesia is now located at Jl.
would be unexpected in most other markets, in the art center – Clair Brothers versus two Gunung Sahari Raya No. 1, Mangga Dua
with the subs deployed in the middle of the other top brands. The demo took place in Square Blok A No. 9, Jakarta Utara 14420 and
main P.A. line array. J.J. Song, VP of sales, front of Sokcho Art Center officials. Of course, can also be reached via email at: eneindo@
Clair Brothers Korea, explains that, “While they chose Clair Brothers!” eneindonesia.com
this configuration is used on a case by case
basis, it exists because of the size of our Hyo-Seong Song, technical director and chief www.enepl.com.sg
buildings and the available amount of land sound engineer at Sokcho, elaborates, “Our
they sit on, especially in the center of the Clair Brothers system is like an extremely
city, where to handle the necessary amount well-built car. It drives as you drive without
of people the rooms are designed to be taller compromising quality.” This is saying a lot
and shallower than typical theaters. In these given the dynamic range of performances
cases, the subs in the middle of the line array taking place in the auditorium, everything
usually face toward the edge of the balcony from city conferences and dramas for kids,
and divide the top section of the array from to classical music, Korean traditional music,
the bottom. The key with this set-up is to K-Pop performances, and even heavy metal
have the ability to control and process the bands. “We are enjoying every bit of it!”
S I A
www.clairbrothers.com

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16
NEWS

Tripleplay and ONELAN Unite to Create Digital Signage and IPTV Powerhouse
expansion and service plans. products; specifically, in the stadium, large
enterprise, and banking verticals.
With ever-increasing demands to deliver
live TV and video as part of a digital signage The combined Tripleplay and ONELAN
solution across key verticals, combining the organisation will be led by Steve Rickless,
respective strengths of the two organisations Tripleplay’s CEO, with the support of the
ensures customers can confidently access Tripleplay and ONELAN executive teams.
the best-in-class IPTV and digital signage Tripleplay and ONELAN will continue to
as a complete solution from a single global operate from their respective offices with
organisation to meet their customers’ specific their current team members.

Steve Rickless with Jeff Hiscox, Uniguest CEO


requirements. “This acquisition is a game changer
UNITED KINGDOM: Tripleplay, a leading The newly formed group of Tripleplay and for Tripleplay and will bring significant
developer of IPTV, digital signage, and video ONELAN shares a common customer-centric advantages to our valued customers and
streaming solutions has been acquired by approach, are culturally complementary, and partners,” Rickless said. “Our market-leading
Uniguest; following its acquisition of ONELAN will be able to exploit the significant levels solutions combined with the ONELAN
in June 2018. Merging Tripleplay into the of technical skills, sales, research, marketing, product set will be one of the most powerful
Uniguest portfolio provides mutual access and product sets from both organisations, combinations available in today’s market,
to technology, expertise, and partners as the thereby benefiting clients and partners and the partnership will allow us to deliver
digital signage industry continues to undergo globally. innovation and enhanced service. Backed
a period of consolidation amongst providers. by the strength of Uniguest, this gives us
The acquisition presents the strategic
the opportunity to deliver our aggressive
As part of Uniguest, this new division will be opportunity for Uniguest to market
strategic vision for the business.”
a key component of a global organisation Tripleplay’s award-winning IPTV and
that enables Tripleplay and ONELAN to interactive portal to its own hospitality and www.tripleplay.tv
leverage the group’s financial and support senior living clients, while extending its reach S I A
infrastructure to drive significant global with a complementary partner base for

HARMAN Professional Solutions Raises the Curtain at the National Academy of


Performing Arts
console to ensure professional mixes and dbx
processors to further refine the sound.

“At NAPA, we host a wide range of world-


class performances throughout the year by
artists from around the globe,” said Ashad
Mehmood, Engineer, NAPA. “We required
a high-end audio system that delivers
impeccable sound without the aid of a rental
company. KYAF suggested a comprehensive
HARMAN audio solution to meet our diverse
requirements and we have been very
impressed with the results.”
PAKISTAN: Pakistan’s National Academy of The team powered the speakers with Crown “It’s been our pleasure to collaborate
Performing Arts (NAPA) recently partnered XTi Series amplifiers. To ensure clarity with NAPA and bring engaging audio-
with KYAF Corporation (KYAF) to upgrade and balance throughout the venue, KYAF visual experiences to the forefront of their
the performing arts studio experience with Corporation supplied a wide range of AKG program,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP
world-class HARMAN Professional Solutions microphones, including WMS420 wireless & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions,
audio systems. microphones, D5 vocal microphones, P4 APAC. “We thank KYAF for their unwavering
instrument microphones, HM1000 hanging confidence in HARMAN products, delivering
KYAF Corporation equipped the studio with
stage microphones and a Drum Set Session 1 quality sound during engaging lectures and
JBL Professional speaker systems, including
drum microphone set. KYAF Corporation also immersive performances.”
VRX932LA line array systems, PRX818XLF
provided a Soundcraft Si Impact digital mixing
subwoofers and EON 612 portable speakers. www.harman.com
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18
NEWS

India’s First Integrated Control & Command Centre Goes Live Xtreme Media, BOE Join
Hands on Digital Signage

Sanket Rambhia, Managing Director, receiving


the Certificate of Strategic Partnership from Guo
Chao, VP-Global Sales Platform, BOE
INDIA: India’s hard rolling Smart City Mission
INDIA: Leading Indian LED display solutions
received a major boost as the central Indian
provider Xtreme Media, and Chinese
State of Madhya Pradesh recently launched intelligent interfacing solutions major BOE
the country’s first Integrated Control and Technology Group have entered into a
Command Centre (ICCC) for all seven Smart strategic alliance towards forging a new
Cities to be developed in the State. Madhya formidable digital signage solutions business.
Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Xtreme Media has a legacy in LED displays
and Union Minister for Housing and Urban and digital signage solution with many
Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated the prestigious projects and noteworthy client
ICCC at a glittering programme recently. portfolio. This partnership with BOE will not
public safety besides the weather situation,
only expand the product portfolio of Xtreme
The ICCC – set up at the Bhopal Smart City and generates on-the-spot data. The
Media but will also help them provide a
Development Corporation Limited (BSCDCL) authorities, therefore, can remotely monitor,
turnkey solution to its clients.
edifice at Barkheda area of the State capital manage and control various citizen services
via the single dashboard. Xtreme Media is known for its web-based
Bhopal – essentially runs on a cloud-based
software which is currently powering over
Universal Internet of Things (UIoT) platform The authorities, therefore, can take pro- 20,000 displays worldwide while BOE is
developed by IT giant Hewlett Packard active measures and informed decisions globally recognised for its innovative display
Enterprise (HPE) who custom devised the towards a smart administration. design and manufactures professional panels
end-to-end solution comprising industry of 4K resolution with ADS technology. For
Commending the authorities for the
leading servers, Edge compute systems, HPE any large-scale project, the smooth execution
prestigious ICCC commissioning, Hardeep
PointNext services and a broad ecosystem of with reliable service and support is as
Puri said the ICCC would keep an eye on civic important as the product itself. This is where
partners.
amenities in the chosen Smart City areas Xtreme Media’s versatile experience play an
The UIoT platform functions by virtue of a like the National Aeronautics and Space important role.
multitude of discrete GPS sensors installed Administration (NASA).
“Xtreme Media and BOE partnership
in all public utility services and vantage
It may be reckoned that Bhopal, Indore, brings together best of both worlds,” said
points, across the seven cities’ locations
Ujjain, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Satna, and Sagar Sanket Rambhia, Managing Director of
and networked to the dashboard of ICCC. It
have been selected for development of Smart Xtreme Media. “Revolutionary ADSDS
thereby effectively captures the real-time display technology meets the powerful
Cities under Mission in Madhya Pradesh.
data from across those locations in diverse XtremeSignage software,” he said. “This
These seven cities are part of the 99 cities
areas such as traffic management, transport expands Xtreme Media display portfolio to
approved by the Government of India at a
management, waste management, water LCD displays and standalone displays such as
budgetary outlay of approx. US$ 30 billion,
management parking, street lighting, and kiosks.”
as part of the country’s most ambitious
development programme ever. Xtreme Media with BOE will be able to
execute turnkey projects with an end to
Launched in 2015, the Government of India end responsibility of designing, supplying,
has already approved as much as ₹98,000 installing, commissioning and maintenance
crore (approx. US$ 14 billion) for the 50:50 of professional displays providing world class
Centre-State partnership programme. About solutions.
1,300 projects are said to be underway. www.xtreme-media.in
www.boe.com
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SOLUTIONS UPDATE

Lightware Introduces Three New VINX Models B-Tech Unveils New


and Improved Screen
Mounting Interfaces for
their System X Range

VINX 110AP-HDMI-DEC

Lightware VINX series devices are popular VINX-120AP-HDMI-ENC features a local HDMI
products ideal for gigabit networks. They output port for monitoring.
can also run in point-to-point configuration B-Tech AV Mounts, has announced a series
One of the most popular of unique features
and have diverse application possibilities, of performance enhancing updates to its
of VINX is the Video Wall setup, reducing
especially recommended for applications System X VESA 400 interface arms with micro-
the time needed to install a video wall to
where scalability, flexibility and rapid adjustment (both the standard and pop-out
a fraction of the time needed with other
deployment are in focus. They are simple to variations).
systems. The feature options include gap and
install and to operate, and have numerous
bezel adjustment, which can be performed Ideal for assembling videowalls, menu boards
built-in services. The open API of the VINX
in batch. and other multi-screen applications, the
devices allow easy integration with third
party systems. The efficient design of all VINX models range provides customers with a clean and
allows passive, fanless cooling that ensures uncomplicated solution for mounting any
The three new models are the VINX-110AP- medium to large size screen (up to 50kg) to
noiseless operation, fitting even the most
HDMI-DEC, VINX-120AP-HDMI-ENC and the B-Tech’s System X horizontal mounting rails.
silent application environments.
VINX-210AP-HDMI-ENC. The operation of
the models can be expanded from a simple VINX series also features crosspoint view: With universal compatibility, tool-less micro
point-to-point application to unlimited available in both the free Lightware Device adjustments for perfect alignment of displays
endpoints for the ultimate in virtual Controller (LDC) management software and (in either landscape or portrait orientation)
matrix switching, digital signage and signal the built-in web in the devices, the crosspoint - coupled with its simple ‘hook-on’ design
extension. The extenders include Advanced view shows the available input and output for a quick and easy installation, the System
EDID Management system and the decoders ports of all connected encoder and decoder X range has become the go-to choice for
are capable of scaling the video signal up to units, and allows switching the signals across integrators.
the maximum supported resolution of 4K them. The signal can also be switched to a Developed further by B-Tech’s leading design
UHD @ 30 Hz. RS-232 and IR control channels video wall output assembled from several team using invaluable feedback from the
are supported. The built-in USB ports support VINX units and acting as a single display sink. market, the company has recently added
KVM function and can also handle USB 2.0 A special keyboard combination can be linked some significant enhancement to its standard
mass storage. The units are HDCP compliant. with various sources to switch signals. (BT8390-VESA400MAF) and pop-out (BT8390-
These models feature options for fiber optical The built-in, selectable Video and Graphic VESA400MAP) interface arms.
transmission in the form of an SFP port, audio Modes optimize streaming and compression Updates to both models, which are now in
embedding and de-embedding, and also to match the transferred media. The stock and available, include increased height
return audio features. These VINX devices Variable Bitrate feature provides an even and depth adjustments using thumbwheels
can be powered by PoE remote powering. more accurate adjustment option for smart with directional guides to assist with the
Contrary to common belief, PoE systems, like bandwidth management, adjustable between micro-adjustment, a more compact design
VINX, can run on much less power than PoE+ 10 Mbps and 800 Mbps. allowing for a closer to the wall installation
devices, contributing to carbon footprint
lightware.com and improved lateral movement of the screen
reduction and energy saving. Nevertheless,
once mounted. Screen size compatibility has
VINX devices can also receive power from
been expanded and the interface arms now
PoE+ sources as well. While VINX-210AP-
feature two rows of interface holes for a more
HDMI-ENC has a direct VGA input port, S I A
user-friendly attachment to screens.

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SOLUTIONS UPDATE

Canon Unveils Three New LCD Panel Projectors with Long-Life Lamps
use — from corporate meetings and other light, resulting in bright and vivid image
professional occasions, to classroom projection. All three projectors are also
lectures and workshop demonstrations. equipped with an Auto- Keystone function
These projectors are also commonly used in that automatically corrects distortions in
digital signages for retail outlets, to meet a projected images.
wider and more diverse range of customer
With improvements to the drive system, in
requirements.
addition to the long-life lamps in the three
New microlenses 1 on the RGB LCD panels new LCD models offering 20,000 hours in Eco
of both the LV-WU360 WUXGA and the Mode, the projectors also provide 10,000
Canon raises the bar of high-performance LV-WX370 WXGA models enable the use of hours of lamp hours in normal operation
projection by adding three new models with a 3-primary-colour LCD shutter projection mode, meaning lamp replacements will be
LCD panels to its LV Projector series. Each of method that results in improved light-use less frequent, saving on maintenance costs
the three new LCD models — efficiency and greater brightness. In terms for users.
of brightness, the LV-WU360 WUXGA (1920
the LV-WU360 WUXGA, LV-WX370 WXGA On top of overall projection efficiency, the
x 1200 pixel resolution) achieves 3,600lm,
and LV-X350 XGA — features a newly three new projectors are also highly portable
while the LV-WX370 WXGA (1280 x 800)
designed, long-life lamp with a lifespan of and lightweight, with dimensions of 345
achieves
approximately 20,000 hours in Eco Mode mm (W) x 99 mm (H) x 261 mm (D). The
operation, twice the capacity of other 3,700lm and the LV-X350 XGA (1024 x 768) LV-X350 XGA and the LV-WX370 WXGA weigh
comparable projectors. achieves 3,500lm. approximately 3.2kg, while the LV-WU360
WUXGA weighs approximately 3.3kg.
These new LCD projectors are amongst The new LCD projectors also come equipped
the most in-demand machines for daily with improved colour balance of projected www.canon.com.sg

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Christie Announces World’s First True HDR 4K RGB user interfaces, ensuring Tripleplay’s platform
remains at the pinnacle of the enterprise
Pure Laser Projector for the Pro-AV market video industry and continues to deliver a
quality experience for clients across the
and can connect directly to a Christie Terra
globe. The platform is optimised for use as a
SDVoE system.
video communications and training tool for
Christie Eclipse also supports Christie use by day-to-day employees, not technical
Mystique an automated, camera-based experts. This redesign allows Tripleplay to
warping and blending tool that simplifies deliver a solution more akin to what the
the deployment and maintenance of multi- end user expects, with an experience that is
projector arrays. simple and intuitive and an interface that is
www.christiedigital.com modern, eye-catching and professional.

Tripleplay’s new Enterprise Portal is available


Christie continues to push the boundaries
S I A on Samsung, LG and Philips Android Smart
of projection technology with the launch of
TV, Amino STB and BrightSign Media Players,
Christie Eclipse, a 4K RGB pure laser projector
Tripleplay Launches on Windows, Mac and Citrix for desktop
featuring Christie RealLaser illumination, true
HDR and an unparalleled colour gamut for Trio of Brand-new UIs delivery and on Android and iOS for mobile.

the Pro-AV market. for all IPTV and Video www.tripleplay.tv

Christie Eclipse is capable of a degree of Streaming Solutions S I A


detail and depth of colour that has never
been possible with any Pro-AV projection
system. With true HDR, Christie Eclipse can Audio-Technica New
process and reproduce HDR content on Low-Profile ATW-A410P
screen, in 4K resolution, at both high and low
brightness levels. The result is a contrast ratio
UHF Powered Wideband
of up to 20,000,000:1, which ensures that Antenna
the finest details are visible, even in extreme
black and white ranges.

With an expansive colour gamut approaching


the full Rec.2020 and Rec.2100 colour space, Tripleplay has announced a major revamp
Christie Eclipse produces highly saturated and relaunch of its IPTV and video streaming
colours for truly immersive experiences and solution, with full redesign of front-end
exceeds the Rec. 2100 200,000:1 contrast user interfaces with a focus on enhancing
ratio specification by 100 times. With user experience and creating a unified,
RealLaser illumination, 4K resolution and professional platform for delivery of
high frame rate capability of up to 120fps, enterprise video.
Christie Eclipse can deliver smooth, dynamic
The revamp brings a brand-new interface for
content without distracting blur, which is
the Tripleplay Enterprise IPTV Portal, Mobile Audio-Technica’s ATW-A410P UHF Powered
critical for planetariums, giant screens and
Media App (MMA) and Media Portal for its Wideband Antenna, is a low-profile UHF
themed attractions such as dark rides and
MVP desktop app; a trio of solutions that (470-990 MHz) antenna that mounts to
flying theaters.
when aligned with Tripleplay’s TripleSign a wall or ceiling. It features a 4-position
Christie Eclipse offers the flexibility to Digital Signage creates a full, end-to-end switchable amplifier (-10 dB/0 dB/+6 dB/+12
customize the brightness level to suit the enterprise video platform. dB) to compensate for cable loss, along with
environment, from 2000 lumens up to
Tripleplay’s enterprise video solutions allow an LED indicator to display the current gain
30,000, features Christie TruLife electronics
businesses and organisations to deliver setting. To accommodate various installation
for 4K at 120Hz performance, and Christie
video everywhere its needed, across an IP environments, the antenna’s BNC cable can
Twist software for warping and blending
network, wherever and whenever on the be configured to exit from the top, side or
capabilities. An optional Christie Terra input
device or display its needed. rear of the antenna. Mounting bracket and
card is available, which offers more efficient
screws are included.
AV integration and connectivity solutions for Working with expert UI and UX
Christie projectors with TruLife Electronics designers,Tripleplay has created three new www.audio-technica.com

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23

Symetrix Composer 7.2 Adds Email Notification, Amp Monitoring, and More
to-text gateways, SMS text messages may In-place copy transfers all processing, control
also be sent. assignments, and SymVue control screens
that are not connected to physical device
Amplifier monitoring and control has
I/O. This makes every design file a viable
been added for the Powersoft Duecanali,
template.
Quattrocanali, Ottocanali, X4, and X8
amplifiers, and for Panasonic WP-DM9XX Composer 7.2 adds a host of other features.
amps. This enables Powersoft amplifiers to The new UpDown fader type changes any
communicate current, alarms, thermal, and fader images to create user-friendly touch
Symetrix, has released Composer 7.2 for
impedance stats directly to the DSP for real- controls for incrementing or decrementing
Windows, the latest version of its powerful,
time display on portable and fixed devices. a parameter. You can edit text in place for
yet intuitive programming software for buttons, label, and text objects, which is
The number of simultaneous TCP/IP
Edge, Radius NX, Prism, and Solus NX DSPs. faster and more intuitive than using the
connections Control Server can host has
Composer enables integrators to program a Properties pane. A hot key enables changing
been dramatically increased from 6 to 1,000,
complete end-to-end DSP signal path using font size when designing control screens.
allowing far more simultaneous users and
just one application. A reorganized Toolkit in Site View lines up
control interfaces.
audio, network, and control tools logically by
Version 7.2 adds several important features.
A new right click Change Unit Type option has type. In matrix selectors, the display of the
The new Emailer Module enables sending
been added that transforms a site file DSP selected input now shows the input name
email notification directly from the DSP
into any other Symetrix DSP hardware type, instead of the channel number.
hardware, triggered by any event in the DSP
making it easy to convert a design from, for
design. By using commonly available email- www.symetrix.co/products/composer-
example, a Radius 12x8 EX to a Radius NX.
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Sony Releases NextGen NUCLeUS, Smart Imaging Platform for Hospitals

• Workflow enhancement through


NUCLeUS smart applications such as
rotation correction.

IT-oriented features:

• Fully scalable solution which can be


easily extended to other rooms or
hospital buildings at any time.

• Provides IT managers with a secure and


encrypted way of remote and preventive
solution maintenance, including self-
monitoring capabilities.
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Sony has released a new, more user-friendly processing and new AI technologies bring
workflow version of its vendor-neutral OR integration and real-time data processing
medical imaging platform, NUCLeUS. in hospitals to a completely new level of Just Add Power
The next generation will offer hospitals a workflow efficiency in healthcare. Introduces New Instant
streamlined digital imaging workflow and
create valuable efficiency improvements. It
NUCLeUS showcases the continued Sony Install Application
investment in providing a flexible and future-
can also easily deliver key information, such
proof software-based environment for the
as video and audio wherever and whenever it
healthcare industry. It introduces a new
is needed across the whole hospital campus.
suite of NUCLeUS smart applications and is
NUCLeUS offers hospitals a host of new designed to utilise existing hospital network
revolutionary benefits. From enhanced infrastructures as much as possible ensuring
Just Add Power (J+P), a leader in Ultra HD
training and education tools to cost- a fast return of investment.
over IP video distribution has expanded its
effective networked medical image content
The new additions and improvements Just OS firmware ecosystem with the addition
management. It can boost the performance
available in the next generation of NUCLeUS of the Instant Install application.
of all imaging applications and service
include:
offerings in interventional suites, operating With the Instant Install app, installers can
and examination rooms. It also Workflow-orientated features for clinicians easily incorporate any gigabit switch that
include: supports jumbo frames — managed or not
provides users with a real-time transmission
— into their J+P matrix. They simply connect
function, which helps clinicians and • Ability to handle multi-format, multi-
their devices anywhere on the switch and
management teams make more informed standard and any resolution up to 4K.
click a single button, and their devices are
decisions. • Enhanced streaming and recording of found and configured, and a driver is built —
A new world of smart medical applications high-quality audio and video, powered all in less than two minutes.
is emerging, and Sony is committed to by advanced video switching and routing
In addition to the Instant Install app, the
helping healthcare organisations streamline capabilities.
Just OS ecosystem comprises J+P’s Plug-
their imaging workflows, so clinical staff • Improved image routing and viewing Play-Present logic control for intuitive and
can provide the best professional offerings. options, enabling smoother imaging reliable connection and switching of sources;
NUCLeUS aims to be the ‘operating workflows through all phases of a the Switch Please web application for matrix
system’ for medical imaging in hospitals by surgical intervention, from the planning switching of any J+P device from any web
contributing to operational efficiency, safety stage to post-operative patient reviews. browser; and the Every Switch Supported
and quality improvements and providing
• Updated education and teaching firmware, which allows integrators to build
tools for better informed clinical decisions.
broadcasting capabilities by using any size 4K matrix on an existing network
The secure and ultra-fast connectivity to
real-time communication tools such as without having to change switches.
an almost unlimited on or off-premise
computing power, a toolbox for signal smarter annotation features. www.justaddpower.com

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Navigating Archived Assets with Sony


With the explosion of data, the importance of timeless data • Efficently manages assets, using metadata extracted and
management is crucial where assets are managed effectively, stored recorded in a database that displays a list of archived files,
safely and utilized along with older assets effortlessly. Choosing the thumbnail images, and proxy video for preview
right archive workflow is the only way to protect and extend the life
• Advanced powerful searches is possible using speech-to-text
of your valuable assets.
and/or face recognition
Being well prepared in advance is the best data management policy.
• Retrieves archived files on cartridges to a computer
As an industry standard concept, the 3-2-1 backup rule ensures that
data survives any likely harzards. It requires users to have at least • Manages a range of offline features such as printing of cartridge
three copies of the data, with two copies stored on different media labels
and the last copy located offsite. The multiple copies required by the • Supports Checksum Archive functions
rule provides a safety net for users from losing primary data together
with backup copies – mutiple locations ensure that there is no single
point of failure.

Content Manager allows users to effortlessly manages their assets


Applicable to most industries, the 3-2-1 backup rule is a way to
A list of supported format for creating metadata is set out below:
protect valuable assets from loss or corruption. A good example of
media would be the Optical Disc Archive (ODA) solution from Sony.
A tapeless high capacity digital archive system suitable for both File Format
nearline and deep archive application, Inter-generational compatible XAVC MXF
and scalable, ODA from Sony ensures data are stored securely with
MPEG HD 422 MXF
its future-proof technology and reliability. With a low total cost
of ownership, the solution involves the use of multiple bare discs MPEG HD 420 MXF
contained within a very robust cartridge, and a dedicated disc drive MPEG HD MP4
unit with an associated software. Setting the benchmark with its ACVHD MTS, M2TS
speed and dependable access, ODA ensures business continuity for
MPEG IMX MXF
now and in the future.
HDV M2T (Windows), MOV (MAC)
Archive application software features
DV AVI (Windows), MOV (MAC)
Apart from the hardware aspects, operating the system is equally
ProRes MOV
effortless with a variety of content management software applications
from Sony. The Optical Disc Archive Software is a basic tool that allows DNxHD MOV
users to copy and paste files from a computer connected to disc drive
unit. Retrieving archived assets through the Content Manager is definitely
With the Content Manager, users are equipped with the necessary a breeze, where users can rely on the information such as text, dates,
tool to streamline the storage, retrieval and management of data and people as search criteria.
content with a simple to navigate user interface. Complimentary with Quicker than tape and more reliable that hard drives, ODA solution
every purchase of the drive unit, the software offers a wide array of offers user super-fast access to archived content whenever it is
features including: needed. With the 100-year rated media life and no special storage
• Perform quick, easy browsing, search and retrieve of content for requirements, assets are always secure with the future-proof and
both shelf-managed cartridges (offline) and cartridges inserted in scalable archive solution that can be easily integrated into existing
drives (online) workflow, thanks to its open-platform and vendor-neutral nature. For
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EVENT REVIEW

SI India Awards Going Places, Scaling New Highs


Launching Indian AV on to A New Horizon
SIIA – India’s one and only Professional AV systems integration awards programme – is arguably going places, scaling new
highs of excellence and value adds to the industry. The 2019 edition – the event’s just third outing – which was organized at
the Grande Hall of Bombay Exhibition Centre on 18 September evening was a veritable show piece in terms of its size and
scale. Larger space, larger stage, larger setting, and larger stakes. An SIA snapshot by Ram Bhavanashi:

THE WINNING SMILES: Winners of Systems Integration India Awards 2019


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EVENT REVIEW

‘Make it large,’ – the otherwise popular phrase among a section of the programming even as he characteristically maintained the
people – came in for a full larger view last evening at the Bombay momentum of winning excitement, it had a matching verve of musical
Exhibition Centre’s Grande Hall where the third edition of Systems performance of The Family Band whose stunningly young exuberance
Integration India Awards (SIIA) was organized last evening, amidst a enthralled the professionals of AV to the hilt.
high degree of excitement and elation.
The young Dhruvi Singh, accompanied by her team, simply pulsated
The larger spectrum of the prestigious awards initiative came the audiences with some refreshingly new verve. They practically
resplendent in: enlivened those few hours with a scintillating performance.

• The event’s occupying the full venue space of three halls- A, B, & Much in line with the tradition, Thomas Richard, Managing Director
C of the Grande Hall of Spinworkz Pte Ltd, presented a perspective of the Awards
• The event’s AV fraternity audience being a nearly 350-plus 2019 initiative- the numbers, combinations, judges, the company
strong gathering methodology etc.
• A single largest contingent coming from Higher Education
Ram Bhavanashi, Spinworkz’s Editor for India & Middle East Region,
Segment comprising 35 top Universities of the country
and Director of Shyamindira Media Networks, which is a new start-up,
• The event having as many as 11 Partners, apart from the
and Co-Organizer of SIIA 2019 felicitated the event’s Partners before
industry’s association AVIXA joining as its Awards Partner, with
the Awards presentation took off.
its own unique set of Awards
• Larger number of Nominees, and Awardees as well Judges for this third edition included Owen Ellis, Chairman, AV Users
• As many as 12 Awards were presented to winners from as many Group; Richard Morrision, ANZ Information and Communication
as 36 submissions from 22 integration companies Technology Practice Lead, AECOM; Paul Cullum, Director, Asia-Pacific,
• One integration firm creating a ‘hat-trick’ of Awards in under Vertex; and Chadi El KFoury, Founder-Director of Kuwait-based Smart
Government Segment Entity Telecommunication System & Material Co.,WLL.

The third edition of SIIA set an ‘Indian’ tone to the grand setting with The 90-plus-minutes of SII Awards presentation – simply put – was a
the traditional lamp lighting, and the Invocation rendition of Ganesha journey through Celebration of AV Excellence. It was a very pleasant
Stotram by the charismatic MC Mihir Joshi. and reassuring combination of some big-ticket winners, as well as
new fresh flavours, together offering the diversity that the Indian AV
This, followed by presentations of two sets of Awards – Awards
industry symbolizes.
of Individual brilliance from Avixa, and Awards of Institutional
Excellence from SIIA – truly presented a ‘larger’ perspective of Indian David Labuskes, CEO of AVIXA in his Closing Remarks to the event,
audio-visual industry. observed that it was a true celebration of AV excellence for its
expanse and spirit of participation. While congratulating the winners,
The presentation of the Awards – shown on a grand, 55-feet stage,
he exhorted the participating SIs to get inspired for tuning in for their
featuring 19 x 9 feet large LED screen, and in front of 350-strong
turn in the next, or near future editions.
industry fraternity, spread over the combined space of Grande Halls
of A, B, and C appeared truly big. “Every one of you (here) should feel proud of what AV is doing
to change the way people experience the world. That’s what we
One of the many hallmarks of this, third edition of SIIA is its single-
celebrate tonight; that’s what we celebrate when we come together
largest contingent of higher education segment – comprising top
as an industry, as a community,” Dave said. “Looking forward,
Universities of India – presented the immensity of opportunities that
somebody in this room will win an award next year; or five or 10 years
the segment offers to AV industry.
in time; they would be looking at you, and the work you have done as
While Mihir’s seasoned hosting skills ensured a smooth flow of an inspiration for them,” he said. “An inspiration to drive our industry

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EVENT REVIEW

SYSTEMS INTEGRATION INDIA 2019 AWARDS


AWARD CATEGORY SEGMENT WINNER PROJECT
₹ 1 Crore to 5 Crore Government Lux & Decibels Son et Lumiere at Sri Varasiddihi
Vinayaka Swamy Varit Temple at Kanipakam
₹ 5 Crore to 10 Crore Government Bharat Radio Centre SITC of Audio Video System for UP Vidhan Parishad,
Lucknow
₹ 10 Crore & Above Government AV Science &
Technologies Pvt Ltd NASC, ICAR, Pusa, New Delhi
₹ 1 Crore to 5 Crore Education Collaboration & AV Design and Build for Global Indian
Communication Pvt Ltd International School
LESS THAN ₹ 1 Crore Corporate Actis Technologies Pvt Ltd Covestro – Navi Mumbai
₹ 5 Crore to 10 Crore Corporate Online Instruments
(India) Pvt Ltd Amazon HYD13 Multipurpose Hall – Cafeteria
₹ 10 Crore & Above Corporate AV Integration
Distribution (India) Pvt Ltd Large Global Institute
₹ 1 Crore to 5 Crore Entertainment Guardian Media & Multimedia Laser and Fountain Show – Swadesh
Entertainment Pvt Ltd Darshan Project
₹ 10 Crore & Above Entertainment Pyramid Technologies 3D Projection Mapping and Laser Show at
Statue of Unity, Gujarat

forward; an inspiration (to perhaps take a chance they wouldn’t Another record for this year’s Awards was the Education Segment, as
have taken), to track talent…We at AVIXA – having joined Thomas & it scored its first Award with the ESCO Group concern and Mumbai-
Ram for this prestigious platform – share the obligation to help the based Collaboration and Communication Technologies (COLCOM)
industry move forward.” making a winning entry in the budget range between ₹1 crore and ₹5
crore.
THE SIIA 2019 AWARDS:
Brian Cao, Absen Holdings (Hong Kong)’s Director of Sales for Asia-
As if taking the right cue from the auspicious Ganesha Vandana in the
Pacific did the honours of Award presentation to COLCOM’s Vice-
beginning of the event, the first Award of SIIA 2019 evening was won
President Soheb Siddiqui for their AV design& build project at Global
by a project of grand AV weaving around the sacred Kaanipakkam
Indian International School.
Vara Siddhi Vinayaka temple in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
Next in line was the Entertainment Segment that had competition in
The Government Segment project with the budget range between ₹1
two segments. In the budget category ranging between ₹1 crore and
crore and ₹ 5 crore was a design-build credential of Chennai-based SI
₹5 crore, the Award was won by Guardian Media and Entertainment
firm Lux and Decibels. The Award was announced and presented by
Pvt Ltd for their stunning multimedia and laser show at India’s first
Richard Yang, General Manager at AOTO Display Business Group, to
saline water multimedia laser show at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.
Shiva Pillai, Managing Director of Lux and Decibels.
The honours of presenting this Award was taken by Logitech
Second Award of the evening too was a record of sorts- with the
Electronics India’s Country Head & Director-Video Collaboration
Lucknow-based Bharat Radio Centre making a hat-trick of Awards
V Srinivas Rao, while the Award was received by K Eeshwar of
with its prestigious AV deployment at Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Parishad
Rhino Engineers who had done the AV design consultancy for the
in Lucknow winning the Best Application of AV in Government
project. The firm’s Managing Director Narendra Naidu received the
Segment with a budget range ₹ 5 crore - ₹ 10 crore.
Consultant’s Award from Ram Bhavanashi, Shyamindira’s Director and
Amidst wide cheers of applause, Epson India General Manager for SIIA’s Co-Organizer.
Visual Products Harish A K presented the Award to Vikram Sabharwal
The premium category Award of ₹10 crore and above in
of BRC.
Entertainment Segment was one by the big-ticket project of Statue
The Best Application of AV in Government Segment with Premium of Unity at Sardar Sarowar dam executed by Pyramid Technologies.
Range of ₹ 10 crore and above has been won by the New Delhi-based Christie Digital India’s National Sales Manager Rishubh Nayar had the
AV Science Technologies for their excellence of AV deployment at the honours of presenting the Award to Pyramid’s first couple- Ajay and
National Agricultural Science Complex of Indian Council of Agricultural Aarti Parwanay.
Research in New Delhi.
The Corporate Segment had a stiff competition in three segments.
The Award was presented to Gopiram Malik, Managing Director of The starting budget category of less than ₹ 1 crore project Award was
AVST by Yual Kramer, Director-Audio from Kramer Electronics. While won by Actis Technologies for their integration expertise at polymer
this project had its AV design done by the Bengaluru-based 3CDN major Convestro India’s Navi Mumbai establishment.
Workplace Tech Private Limited its Managing Director Mradul Sharma
The Award was presented to Sachin Prabhudesai and Sukrut Parb
could not make it to the event. (It was later handed over to him in his
of Actis by Shivanand Mahashetti, MD of Online Instruments, the
office in Bengaluru.)
Promoting Company of Logic Displays.
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Consultant Awards
AWARD CATEGORY SEGMENT WINNER PROJECT
₹ 1 Crore to 5 Crore ENTERTAINMENT RHINO ENGINEERS PVT Multimedia Laser and Fountain Show – Swadesh
LIMITED Darshan Project
₹ 10 Crore & Above GOVERNENT HEWSHOTT INTERNATIONAL Large Global Institute
₹ 10 Crore & Above CORPORATE 3CDN WORKPLACE 3D Projection Mapping and Laser Show at
TECH PVT LTD Statue of Unity, Gujarat
This segment did have an entry with a budget range between ₹1 Sr. Director for India & Sri Lanka.
crore and ₹ 5 crore, however, the principle of average percentage
The project had the design consultancy rendered by Hewshott
points weren’t enough to win the Award for the SI. The next level
International, and the Award was presented by Green Sources
project under the same segment was one by Benglauru-based SI
Managing Director Swadesh Khetawat to AVID itself, on behalf of
Online Instruments (India) Pvt Ltd, while the Award was presented to
Hewshott, as the Consultant could not make it to the event.
Shivanand Mahashetti by beyerdynamic CEO Edgar van Velzen.
The third edition SII Awards, has therefore, launched the excellence of
The Premium range (₹ 10 crore) project Award in this segment
Indian AV onto a new horizon of celebration.
was won by Bengaluru-based AV Integration Distribution (AVID);
the Award for the same was presented to AVID’s Director Mahua Watch out for SIIA 2020.
Mukhopadyay by Harman International (India)’s Prashant Govindan, www.siindiaawards.com

Rhino Engineers Lux&Decibels AV Science Technologies

JUDGES COMMENT

“It is gratifying to see in India a vibrant and


active AV industry which produces such
excellent and diverse projects. I could see
that all contestants had exerted all efforts
to provide successful customer-oriented
solutions overcoming many challenges.
Without doubt every contestant deserved
Pyramid Tech to be selected for competing for honors in Bharat Radio Centre
this prestigious award programme”.

“Judging performances and efforts from


a remote vantage point is never an easy
task. I am certain that the true nature of
the work process with all its contribution
components to reach a successful handover
to an appreciative customer can never be
captured in such detail that would be more
deserved”.
Guardian Media COLCOM

AVID Online Instruments Actis Tech

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Integrate 2019: Interviews from the Show Floor

There was a 7% increase in visitorship to Integrate 2019 held in Melbourne compared to when it was held in the same city in 2017. A total
of 6,764 visitors attended the three day exhibition with almost half of them visiting the exhibition for the first time. Impressively 40% of the
attendees were end-users. Needless to say exhibitors were satisfied with the outcome. SI Asia walked the show floor and spoke to some of
the key exhibitors.

avt Creates a HARMAN Experience Conceptualised by avt, the JBL


Sound Experience room had
Centre at Integrate 40 different JBL loudspeakers,
powered by 40 Crown DCi
and CDi amplifier channels,
controlled with BSS Digital
System Processors running Dante
and Harman BLU-Link for digital
audio distribution, programmed
and operated using Harman
Audio Architect with a wireless touch screen user interface.

Also on display were the latest releases from AKG including the
DMS 2.4GHz Digital Wireless Microphones and CBL conferencing
microphones with user selected pickup patterns; from BSS the 555
four room Conferencing Processor, and JBL Blue-tooth connected
commercial amplifiers.
It might sound dramatised but the HARMAN room on the top floor of
the Melbourne Convention centre was every bit more an Experience
Centre than a demo space.

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Benjamin Page, Brand Ambassador,


Harman Professional Audio for avt
Exterity Confident of Continued Growth
comments, “The idea behind the SI Asia had a brief chat with Jamie Hind, Regional Director, Asia
room is to get the end-user around Pacific for Exterity on the Integrate show floor about the ANZ market
the product in a way that they would and its strategies.
be doing that themselves in their
“The Australia and
own space. So instead of us say
New Zealand market
sending a product to them to have
for Exterity is now
a play within their own back room,
fairly robust and
we are inviting them to come in here
resilient. It’s one that
and play with all of them, pick a track
we’ve been in for a
and have a listen to it. Feel it and be
while now and we see
organic around it. They can even see
consistent year-on-
how the speakers are mounted to the
year growth. I think
wall and how it all comes together to
that’s due to our high-
make the system work. We have a huge range of speakers in the room
quality products and
and they are all wired. Every speaker in the room is connected so you
also our relationships
can select any loudspeaker and compare it to the other loudspeaker
with the system
or decide on different combinations of either full range boxes with
integration teams
subwoofers or for comparison between each individual subwoofer.
we work with. We’ve
We’ve selected a lot of products that are relative to daily use case
also invested heavily
scenarios. So in everyday scenarios of boardrooms or function spaces
in local pre and post-
or small performance spaces or even stadia, there’s a representation
sales support.
of all those boxes in this room and also all the amplification that you
would use in each application and all the control processing as well. We’ve very much
gone with the idea of investing in service. So, we not only want to
We also got the EASE software on demonstration. This is to highlight
innovate by product, but also innovate by service and make sure
that if a client comes to us and they’re looking at a particular project
that the service we deliver to our partners is second to none. We see
or particular design, we can help them on the journey of their
manufacturers in the same disciplines as us as reducing the number
modelling design.
of local staff or not having any direct presence in the market at all;
Our microphone segment in this room allows visitors to choose a we’re actually investing in people to make sure we deliver the service
microphone and listen through the headphones. All this is quite a bit expected of us. It’s important for people to know that there is local
of work. This is the first time we have done this at Integrate. It took expertise to help them if they need it. There are six of us managing
three of us 36 hours and about a kilometre of loudspeaker cables on the ANZ market.
top of other network cabling to create this Experience room.
From an HQ perspective, innovation is constant, and the roadmap
Visitors to the room could walk around with a programmed touch is growing all the time. As examples, our solutions now integrate
panel to select any speaker to listen to. It is truly meant to help the with meeting room booking systems and offer support for built-in
visitor experience the speakers in its totality.” Chromecast with Sony and now Philips. We are also working on
www.avt.tech point-of-sale system integration. Overall, we are in a strong position
to deliver digital signage and IPTV into many vertical markets across
the region. We are already seeing our solutions penetrating more
in military, government, corporate and stadiums. We’re deploying
systems to casinos now too and that’s helping us grow in Asia. The
cost-effective ‘high availability’ features that we’ve included to enable
resilient and redundant system architectures have also contributed to
our growth.

From a regional perspective, different markets are at different stages


of their IP and other technology adoption, so we’re spending a lot of
time and effort in educating those markets by meeting with end users,
consultants and system integrators. The remit for the team is to spend
time and ensure that, when we do installations, everybody is happy.

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That is an important part of what we do. You can’t sell a solution The award-winning Christie MicroTiles LED, launched early this year to
and then walk away; we need to make sure that we are around and critical acclaim actually makes its Asia Pacific debut at Integrate 2019.
supporting people technically and commercially in the long term.” The MicroTiles LED with Christie’s proprietary QuickMount system
www.exterity.com eliminates alignment challenges typically associated with installing
LED by using precisely-machined mounting sheets and wall anchors
that can be easily installed onto nearly any surface. Proprietary
Christie Continues to Shows its Strength cabinet-free Click-n-Go LED tiles can be arranged in near-limitless
ways that let users build their display in virtually any shape or size.
with its Latest Solutions
Smaller, brighter, more powerful, and more flexible, MicroTiles
Michael Bosworth, Executive
LED delivers P3 colour space, fully compliant HDR-10 and patented
Director, Head of Enterprise,
software that keeps the wall calibrated at 97 percent or greater
Asia Pacific, Christie Digital
uniformity. As a direct view LED, it is easily viewable from different
gives a brief run-down of
angles. As a modular system, the modules are hot swappable. If
Christie’s business in Australia
one fails, you just pull it out and replace it. The modules always lock
and what was shown at the
exactly to the same place every time. Once clicked on, the module
show floor.
finds its own IP address, turns itself on, recolours and adjusts to be in
“We have been consistent sync with the rest of the modules.
in our strengths of providing
www.christiedigital.com
products and platforms that
are used in the public spaces
such as projection mapping,
museums and those kind
Gearing up to Taking Barco Ecosystem to
of projects. I think we can a Wider Audience
probably accurately say that
we’ve got the lion’s share of
the market for the Conference Centers in Australia. We have to thank
the Melbourne Convention Center for once again investing in our
platforms as well as the Brisbane Convention Center and the Adelaide
Convention Centre who have also trusted the Christie projection
platform.

We’re also seeing more emphasis on ways people are manipulating


images. So our Pandora Box sales have started to increase along
with the video processing products. In relation to our three-chip
projectors, Christie’s demonstrates its expertise in the way that
we can bend, blend or stretch and fit projective images to actually
fit whatever application requires, this is illustrated on the many
projection mapping events that our projection and image processing Newly minted Managing Director for Australia, Claudio Cardile, was
products are used on. An example of this would be Christie has been only 8 weeks into his appointment at Integrate when SI Asia spoke
selected as the projection partner for the 2020 Expo in Dubai where to him to share his thoughts and plans relating to Barco’s Australian
they’ve ordered 250 of our latest product the D4K40-RGB which is our operation.
single chassis pure laser product. We are obviously very proud of that
My appointment to the Australian operation is to support the new
particular achievement. It shows our strengths and what the company
direction and journey that Barco’s embarking on. For us, the business
is known for – high brightness with very good colour saturation.
is evolving in terms of not just our solutions to customer’s but also
At Integrate we of course have the D4K40-RGB which is our flagship our go-to market strategies and our business models. We are still
laser projector and the MicroTiles LED featuring the P3 colour gamut heavily involved in the traditional spaces such as the control room
that offers high contrast and colour saturation. Complementing the market, rental and staging but for us now the solutions that are
projectors and LED are our image processing Pandora Box software being created, can essentially be called the Barco ecosystem that
and Terra video distribution signal that allows us to send video signals really resonates into the fixed install market. Barco has commenced
through the internet. We are also showing our second-generation engagement with end customers including education, government,
single chip which is a laser phosphor product. and key enterprise customers. Equally important are the associated

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stakeholders or influencers such as the consulting community DeWitt is really driving commercial initiatives about shaping and
and system integrators. We have traditionally played in specific morphing our business. So for me personally, he is amplifying what
markets but we’re evolving in terms of having solutions across many we want to achieve globally as a company and really have Barco as a
applications within the market, addressing system integrator channels standout from the perspective of us as a technology company and a
and creating that network to facilitate not only the sales component, partner that you can trust. We provide solutions to support, and we
but the commissioning and ongoing support. are responsive to market insights and market feedback.

With regards to the approach from a structural perspective Barco Tell us a bit more about the Australia operations.
has created regional business units. We have the region of North
Barco Australia is a long-standing organization here in Australia and
America, Europe and we are in Asia-Pacific. We’ve got a structure
what they have here are innovated in terms of what they’re delivered
now with Olivier Croly who is our senior VP for Asia Pacific in regional
to market, which has actually received some accolades from our
headquarters that provides product group leaders support, marketing,
overseas offices and our head office. The business has been quite
engineers and then extending out within each country. So we’re still
consistent. I looked at the last five years and it’s been consistent over
investing in each country resources.
certainly what we’ve seen as market opportunities for growth and if
We want to have the support in terms of administration, service, you look at some of the solutions, if we look at collaboration space,
which is really critical and we are bolstering our support programs we’re still innovating with new solutions to Market.
here. It’s expanding on what we’ve already achieved in the mission
Our focus of addressing pain points - that is our strength. So receiving
critical customer base. We’ve got the control room customers,
the feedback and delivering. It’s one of our core strategies in focusing
we’ve got the staging and events customers where obviously it is
on the solution outcomes.
mission critical because it’s a show, it’s a live event and now taking
that and having the structure that we have and expanding on the The main office is in Melbourne where we have part of the sales
fixed install market. That’s certainly a much wider audience that we team, sales engineers, administration and warehousing service. We
need to address, and we are targeting specific verticals, in general also have a Sydney office which has both sales and service service
the enterprise market, but certainly we’re looking at education, capability as well. We certainly have an aspiration to grow and we
government and then specifically in particular verticals such as certainly have some some ambitious targets over the next two years
banking and finance. So very much gearing up to taking the Barco and with that we look to invest in the operation and growing sales
ecosystem to a wider audience. support service.

We are still very much customer-centric, but then looking at the We of course will continue with our engagement process by hosting
supply chain from the perspective of influencers, the Consultants, the specialists in particular vertical segments, as well as AV consultants
system integrators and getting their support in terms of advocating and of course the channels. Getting our message across and what we
Barco and why Barco. offer as part of the Barco ecosystem.

Our mission statement is still the same in terms of us enabling www.barco.com


broader outcomes from that perspective. Our strategy is still core to
what we do, based on region, based on operation, and individuals.
We lead by Innovation and we drive performance, look at delivering
outcomes and solutions and the big piece to our organization is
sustainability as well. So that’s people and that’s environment. We
also have a corporate social responsibility. We have some ambitious
targets in terms of carbon footprint and so forth from a sustainable
system. We’ve got our values which resonates with what the staff do
regardless of sales, service and installation.

Is there a personal goal for yourself?

As you know I have been with the organisation less than 8 weeks
but I can say that for me it is really to amplify the brand Barco and
what’s our value that we bring to market. What are the pain points
that we address in the marketplace, you know in meeting rooms, in
collaboration and active learning and Barco whilst at the heart is an
engineering company, it has certainly transformed over the last two
or three years. We have a leadership team, our global CEO, Young

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IFI 2019: Integrating Technolgy Experience


From Excellent Thing to Exceptional Zing by Ram Bhavanashi

YES. InfoComm India 2019 – the seventh edition of India’s largest professional audio-visual industry platform – sought to push the
envelope up. The game changing proposition it had made in the preceding edition has apparently evolved to an elevated proposition
that integrates technology experiences further up- the way people experience the world around through technology.

Organized at its regular venue of Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai from 18-20 September, the event – with its growing numbers
– sought to prove a point or two in that direction. An SIA perspective:

‘This exhibition is always fascinating; it never fails to capture the top 35 Universities.
imagination of their subjects.’
Look at the array of offerings that the show presented:
That was a passing remark of two seemingly seasoned visitors walking
• An AV Forum technology session – for the first time – as prelude
through the aisles of the event. That, perhaps, reflected the mood of
to the convention
the visitors that generically appeared ranting the air at the InfoComm
India 2019 exhibition. • As many as 86 ‘new-to-market’ products or technology solutions
stretching the whole big spectrum of AV-ICT, and allied industries
Seventh in the row, the three-day convention and exhibition –
organized at the Bombay Exhibition Centre from 18-20 September • Some of those being global launches reflected the growing stakes
– primarily lived upto its reputation of bettering its preceding edition, of Indian AV on global stage
and then sought to push the envelope further up. Admittedly, the • While Bart Kresa’s now-signature 3D sculpture Sviatovid created
show had most of the things an exhibitor or a visitor could ask for, a new experience, the experience is given altogether new,
as it had the numbers and time for both of them. For, it had for the elevated and Indiazined expression by AVijit Samajdar’s 3D
visitors what appeared a nicely balanced mix of technology solutions genius on Incredible Threads of India
from both audio and video domains, dished out by as many as 200
exhibitors coming from over 20 countries, besides those technology- • More incredible products like pocket-sized PCs
simplified seminar sessions while for the exhibitors, the Organizers • Over a dozen new exhibitors including Absen, Adtechno, AOTO,
ensured the show floor has some serious sizeable footfalls, including a AWAN India, BOE, ClearOne, d&b audiotechnik, Genelec, Globus
largest contingent from Higher Education segment comprising India’s
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Infocom, Leyard, Liberty, had a very good experience with the crowd,” said Wasat Hussain, the
Peerless AV, Taiden, Vivitek Product Manager – VP at Epson India Pvt Ltd.
etc. from mainstream ProAV,
Integrating (Technology) Experiences
and

• ACT Power, Bluestream,


Eyeviz, Hyundai-IT-VDS,
Jabra, Kripa Electronics,
NVincy, Newline Interactive,
Partilink, PlayAV, Vivaldi, Williams AV from allied industry
streams

• New business deals- meaning new technology pathways into


Indian AV While experiencing technology has been the common attribute for
• A good 17 per cent increase in visitor numbers that included the show, it appeared to take the proposition further up to create
a single largest contingent from Higher Education segment ‘integrated experiences.’ This is arguably best exemplified by two
comprising India’s top 35 Universities, 3D projection mapping creations: one- at the Modern Stage Service
booth- done by noted 3D projectionist Bart Kresa with his Sviatovid
• AND more… human head sculpture; and the other at the Epson booth- done by
It was pleasantly notable to find the visitor composition at the show Avijit Samajdar of AXIS 3D Studio, who technologically wove the
this time comprised a wide spectrum of end-user verticals, besides grand Indian textile heritage with 3D projection. (Read separate box:
AV and IT channel representatives. According to InfoComm Asia Pte ‘Incredible (Technology) Theards’ Woven on InfoComm India Show
Ltd, the Organizers of the Show, as much as 50 per cent of the visitor Floor)
footfalls comprised those from End User communities. While these two
A case in a point is provided by Public Works Department (PWD) of appeared to hog a larger
Government of Madhya Pradesh who came searching for LED wall limelight, there have
solutions for their Command and Control Centres being created as been other equally
part of their Smart City initiatives. The State Government – having significant demos as well-
recently become the first Indian State to commission what it called justifying the integrated
Integrated Command and Control Centre to connect and monitor experiences. Swedish
all its seven Smart Cities (in the State) – is apparently scouting media technology
the technology landscape for its Smart City solutions. (Read this solutions major Dataton
separately in the NEWS couumn, P.18) – stepping onto the IFI
show floor directly for the
“What also impressed me was the Smart Classrooms featuring
first time – demonstrated,
interactive video conference that allow teachers to teach in remote
amongst other exhibits,
locations where accessibility is an issue and there is a lack of good
the sensational Adiyogi project which is a first-of-its-kind projection
teachers available,” Chandra Prakash Agrawal, the Chief Technical
mapping install in India, if not beyond.
Examiner of MPPWD, said. “Such technology can also be used in the
medical field and allow better access for doctors to diagnose and That’s not all. The IFI show floor did have a notable number of exciting
treat patients remotely. I am very impressed by the show and the things, some of which were global launches- signifying the growing
exhibitor’s showcase,” he commended. “I saw many new technologies stakes of Indian AV in global fare. Some of those include:

for the first time.” • Aurora Multimedia launched their


InfoComm India 2019 in Numbers
newest, next-generation huddle
Ashok GD Datta, AGM of Security at • No. of Exhibitors: >200
room solution AirShare-100, that
the Bank of India observed: “InfoComm • No. of Countries represented: >20
boasts many industry firsts
India has allowed us to link-up with • No. of New-to-Market solutions: >80
manufacturers and attain relevant • No. New Exhibitors: >25 • ProAudio giant Yamaha launched
quotations.” • No. of total Visitors: 11532 (17% up) their latest all-in-one portable PA

“There was a lot of interest in the use • No. Technical Sessions: 74 system Stagepas IK for the first time

of projection mapping in education and • No. of Sessions Attendees: 2512 to an exhibition on a global scale

people were HIGHLIGHTS: 3D Projection mapping; NextGen LEDs; • ProAudio major Bose Professional
Digital Signage, Meeting Room Solutions; Microphone launched, probably, the widest
asking us how to use projection
Arrays; Steerable Microphones; 8K-ready Switcher & basket of speaker solutions ever in
mapping in real-life applications. We
more… one single go

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• Indian LED solutions enterprise Logic Displays launched a new ever launch of product outside of USA, and Europe.” According to
fascinating solution- Estilo intelligent LED him, the AS-100 is practically an integration of a bundle of superlative
experiences.
More, there was a particular Indian-global connect on the show floor
to see. Yamaha Corporation had its own share
of honour in this area at IFI this time,
• Emerging Indian AV technology solutions enterprise NVincy
with its first exhibition outing of the
launched its latest CMS solution, besides bringing MultiBrackets’
STAGEPAS 1K- an all-in-one portable
motorised ceiling mount
PA system that allows users to quickly
• Leading Indian LED solutions provider Xtreme Media made a big and easily transform any location into
splash with its collaboration with Chinese intelligent interfacing a stage. Delivering professional level
solutions leader BOE Technology audio performance with a setup so
• Another fast-growing Indian ProAV solutions provider EIS simple it enables aspiring artists to
TechInfra Solutions broke new ground with its collaboration with focus on their music and get the most
French high-end ProAV gear manufacturer Analog Way, besides out of their performances.
many others According to Yamaha’s Manager
Besides these, there has been a host of exciting solutions brought in PreSales Harisha G N, the STAGEPAS 1K
by global majors, following their launches primarily at ISE/InfoComm surpasses other portable PAs with the
Orlando, or commercial roll outs before IFI. Notable among those highest standard of sound quality and sound pressure, lightweight
were: cabinet design, professional mixing functions, and simple operability.
By adopting a concert-quality mixer and speaker, they have defined a
• Absen ICON C-138 LED video wall new standard for portable PA by utilizing Yamaha’s unique experience
• AOTO curved LED video wall and know-how developed over decades of producing innovative,
professional audio equipment.
• Peerless AV Indoor Portrait Kiosk
Bose Professional too sought to make a record of sort when it
• Genelec Smart IP platform
launched a whole big new range of DesignMax loudspeakers that offer
• Elite Group’s pocket-size PC the flexibility and style to deliver outstanding audio and aesthetics
for commercial spaces. With ten loudspeakers and two subwoofers
• Audio-Technica hanging microphone
to choose from – including ceiling-mounted, surface-mounted,
• ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array ceiling tile and outdoor-rated options – it’s easy to create tailored DesignMax
systems for any application, large or small.
• Sennheiser’s TeamConnect Ceiling 2, AND more…
DesignMax loudspeakers range from 2-inch low-profile models to
Aurora Multimedia India scored a very prideful point in that it
8-inch high-SPL compression-driver loudspeakers. All models deliver
got their AirShare-100 Huddle Room solution almost straight from
Aurora’s R&D lab in the USA, even before it was to be readied for a
planned promo. While it is said to be the world’s first Huddle Room
solution that is PoE-powered, thereby staying free of all external
power supplies, it is an ensemble of many industry firsts. For, it
packages four-each wired, wireless, and built-in mini control systems,
besides a combination of VGA
Input for legacy devices on
instantly impressive sound, with no EQ or DSP required. Enabling
one hand, and 4K scaled HDMI
Bose EQ voicings on select Bose digital sound processors and smart
Output for 4K60 4:4:4. The
amplifiers provides even better sound. SmartBass processing can
system allows user to choose
also be enabled to deliver enhanced sound at any listening level.
and switch between wired
Elegant form factor surface enclosures, sleek, minimum-bezel grilles,
and wireless ports seamlessly
removable logos, and attractive styling allow DesignMax loudspeakers
creating tremendous
to blend with any décor.
flexibility.
“We have been very aggressive in ProAudio space; now we want
Says Nataraju Upputuri,
to get aggressive in ProAV,” affirms Vibhor Khanna, Nantional Sales
Director at Aurora Multimedia
Manager. “The DesignMax can integrate unique experiences, in tune
India: “we, as Aurora
with the space and décor.”
Multimedia India team, are
super excited with our first

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‘Incredible (Technology) Threads’ Woven on InfoComm India Show Floor


The expression of Integrating square blocks,
Experiences at the InfoComm India flanked by two
2019, perhaps, found one of its best mannequins of
interpretations at two places: At the women, and the
Modern Stage Service (MSS World) set-up is faced by
booth – which brought the noted three 8000-lumen
3D projection mapping exponent 3-LCD projectors by
Bart Kresa’s Sviatovid human head EPSON.
sculpture – and EPSON India booth
The map of India, with clear demarcation of each State, is
– where Indian 3D projection genius
programmed on to the central curvature screen. Each of the
Avijit Samajdar (AXIX 3D Studio)
States keep on popping out regularly, and every time a State pops
wowed the visitors with his weaving
up, the textile tradition of the respective State wraps around the
of ‘Incredible Threads of India.’ An
(female) mannequins on either side. This is done by means of UV
incredible match indeed!
programming (Unwrapped Vertices).
The Sviatovid – as the 3600 projection mapping glitz of human
“There are two important things here,” says Avijit. “One- we
scalp is named – first greeted the AV industry at ISE early this
wanted to highlight the richness of Indian heritage, and its
year, and travelled through the Polish city of Lubin, followed by
continued relevance with the contemporary world; two- highlight
InfoComm Orlando, and New York, before coming to InfoComm
the immensity of the possibilities in 3D projection mapping,”
India – was not exactly 3600; it was a 2700 mapping, but with a
he explains. “And what better way than the grand Indian textile
difference. The difference is that one quarter of Sviatovid stood
tradition to showcase this blend?”
atop a stage flanked by many mirrors in a new 2700 projection
mapping. For the first time, in its journey of seven months and According to him, Indian textiles are as grand and ethnic as
five cities, the Sviatovid made the visitors an involuntary part contemporary they are keeping in pace with the vogue. This,
of the creation- as the dazzle of the mirror multitude reflected when highlighted by means of technological brilliance, the
the visitors into itself- there by creating an incredibly fanciful experience is simply wowing- as had been the case with most
experience. visitors to the booth.

Bart continued to use Panasonic DLP projectors for his work. “We drive home the message of immensity,” says Avijit, “both
in terms of Indian heritage and immersive experience with
The Incredible Thread of India 3D projection – on the other
technology.”
hand – had very distinctively Indian emotion to it. With a view
to ‘projecting three-dimensional visual of India’s rich cultural Interestingly, the software component for both these creations
heritage, Avijit chose the grand Indian textile tradition as matrix is by Dataton WatchOut/WatchPax media servers. Says
of his subject matter. Ashok Sharma, Regional Director-SAARC for Dataton: “These
creations prove the immensity of experiences technology can
The hardware component of the 3D showcase here comprised
weave around people. We pride being part of such integrating
a central concave curvature screen, with protruding miniature
experiences.”

Logic Displays – the LED solution brand of Online Instruments –


launched a brand new product Estilo that promises to combine the
best of interactivity and efficiency to offer a much more live and
involving experiences to customers. Said to be a blend of powerful
vision and intelligence the super large display comes with a cinematic
viewing angle, and can be used in conference rooms, lecture halls,
multipurpose halls, multimedia rooms and studios.

The beauty of the display is that it is capable of integrating with video


conferencing and collaborating; the smart flat panel is compatible
with Android, MacOS/Ios and Windows, making the presentations
simple and impressive. It can be switched from one screen to multiple aspects of a presentation while seamlessly combining it and making
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screen brightness from 600nits to 800nits according to the ambient (PoE), the Genelec technology platform includes a proprietary internal
lighting. power supply that delivers much higher SPLs than was previously
possible via any conventional PoE- a world’s first feature.
Bengaluru-based AVIT solutions developer/distributor NVincy
Solutions debuting at the show, showcased Signage Web digital Mounting solutions major Peerless AV was another pleasantly exciting
content management system (CMS) it developed in collaboration with proposition at the IFI. The British company essentially highlighted
a European company. Say the NVincy Director duo of Mohammed two exhibits among its offerings: the award-winning mounting
Haaris and Saugato Siddhanta “the Signage Web CMS is developed to solutions alongside the KIPC2555-EUK Indoor Portrait Kiosk, and
provide users with simple and straightforward tools to build complex, the SmartMount Supreme full-service video wall mount with quick
dynamic and powerful content without the need for expensive release.
custom development.”
The KIPC2555-EUK kiosk features
an aesthetically pleasing curved
design and is fully customisable for
indoor self-service, advertising and
wayfinding applications in corporate,
retail, QSR, transportation, hospitality
settings, and beyond. It also supports
the latest ultra-thin displays and
touchscreen panels ranging from 40”-
55” and measuring less than 101mm
(4”) deep.

The DS-VW775-QR SmartMount, on


the other hand, is designed with the
Powered by three essential components of Control Panel, Sever, and
needs of integrators and end users
Palyers, the Singage Web is said to differ from others by its drag-and-
in mind. It offers innovative, time-
drop Content Editor, animation of Elements, easy-to-connect Live Data
saving installation features, including
Integration, interactive content without HTML coding, and API tool
tool-less micro adjustment, easy hang
for custom application, besides compatibility with Android, Windows,
wall plate for an effortless one-person
BrightSign, LG, and Samsung displays.
install, quick release mechanism and
“This is our global launch,” prided the NVincy Directors, “it integrates reusable spacers for both portrait and landscape applications.
many things into one.” According to them, Indian AV market today has
Hot, Hotter, Hottest…
global connects; the launching here makes for a strong launchpad for
scaling international markets. For some time now, the global markets have been witnessing some
intense, somewhat intriguing, technology bouts- particularly in
NVincy also launched new motorized ceiling mount 32”-55” from
the arenas of LEDs, hanging microphones with steerable picku-up,
MutliBrackets, an ideal mount for TV installations in homes, offices,
beamforming microphone array ceiling tile, not to speak of the
schools or stores. With a flexibility to fold screens down or up -75°- 0°,
1G-10G. InfoComm India was no exception to this.
this under the cabinet/ ceiling mount includes a locking system to
keep the screen in position. As many as six LED players – with as many as five new entrants –
took to the IFI show floor. Absen Holdings (Hong Kong) Company
That aside, Finnish audio giant Genelec launched in Indian market its
highlighted its debut at the show with its iCon C-138 all-in-one
unique open IP networking technology platform. Aimed specifically at
FinePitch 4k/UltraHD LED display that is ideal for conference rooms,
installation market, the open-IP solution promises to deliver power,
reception areas and auditoria where multiple screens can be shared
audio, scalable loudspeaker system configuration, supervision and
via WiFi or Bluetooth while Shenzhen AOTO Electronics – with a fairly
calibration features via a single standard CAT5 cable.
large booth space – highlighted what it called the world’s only curved
According to Arun Kumar, LED video wall solution.
Genelec’s India Sales
“The other curved video walls on the market are LCDs, not LEDs”
Manager, this technology
remarked the AOTO representative on the booth. “Only AOTO makes
will be rolled out over
curved LED video walls.”
a range of Genelec’s
installed loudspeakers, Leyard Hong Kong International Co. Ltd. highlighted its product
commencing in Q4 of demos with what it called the world’s only tamper-free, impact-
this year. Based on IP resistant high contrast LED solution TWA 1.2 ERO-LED, as also the
and Power-over-Ethernet world’s only 100-inch 4K LCD display.

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Xtreme Media – collaborated with Chinese intelligent interfacing


solutions leader BOE Technology Group – to launch a new array of IFI Plays Place for True ‘Liberty’
LED solutions, besides its existing staple of LED video walls and kiosk
solutions.

Steerable pick-up, hanging microphones is another hot area. After


Clock Audio, ClearOne, and Biamp, it’s the turn of Audio-Techinca to
pitch its own version of hanging microphone solution- the ES954. The
four-capsule microphone promises to steer 360-degree to capture
voice from every person in the given environment, with the only
limitation being the capacity of the mixer and DSP in action.

Similar is the situation with Beamforming microphone array ceiling


tile. Even as the marketplace continues to be steamed with the
debate over ClearOne-Shure BMA-CT solutions, Sennheiser brought
into the game its TeamConnect Ceiling 2 solution for apparently
similar environment and applications. It was a big draw of enthusiasts
too on the show floor.

Big, Defining Deals


Two important business deals are among the defining developments
at the InfoComm India 2019: InfoComm India 2019 show, besides being the best of all
• One- Xtreme Media’s strategic alliance with BOE its preceding editions, apparently notched up a prideful
achievement. Liberty AV Solutions – the WESCO Distribution
• Two- EIS TechInfra Solutions signing on Analog Way LLC owned American AV gear OEM – debuted at the
While Xtreme Media created a big market buzz with a grand InfoComm India this year, and is too happy to be ‘in the
programme on the second morning of IFI, EIS TechInfra made the happening place’ for a very special reason.
big move rather soft and silent. Given the strong positioning Analog While the company had been shipping-supplying all its
Way enjoys in the image processing solutions domain, and also given products from its USA factories all the while, it’s been facing
the fast growing and sizeably big Rental & Staging market in India, what it called a ‘counterfeit’ product problem from an Indian
besides the ProAV, EIS opened a new vista for Indian ProAV as well as company. Now, its’ coming to the InfoComm show, it was able
Rental&Staging markets. to figure this out, and tried its best to prove it is the ‘original’
Liberty.

“It’s both pain and pleasure,” says Suresh Arumugam Pillai,


the company representative on the booth. “Practically every
second/third visitor to our booth asked me if we are the
same Indian company; that’s a pain,” he said. “I have been
explaining them what are we, and how the Indian company
is creating illusion in the market with similar products and
similar-looking LOGO. People seem to be now convinced, and
that’s a pleasure.”

EIS TechInfra Director Prakash DV with Tat Nam Yee, Analog Way AsiaPac
According to him, the Liberty AV Solutions sport a sprinter
Business Development Manager
logo, which has been cleverly morphed a bit by the
‘counterfeit’ company (SIA withheld the name) and selling
“Analog Way is a world-leading designer and manufacturer products as if they were the real Liberty material. He is both
of innovative equipment dedicated to the professional audio- piqued and delighted for two contrasting situations.
visual industry; associating with them will bring us those unique
competencies which are otherwise difficult to acquire,” said D V “Coming to InfoComm India show did help me dispel the false
Prakash, Director of EIS TechnInfra. “They engineer a wide range impression,” said Arumugam.
of cutting-edge image processing solutions; they have developed Interestingly, even as Arumugam was explaining his pain, SIA
unique expertise in delivering uncompromising video presentation noticed at least two visitors coming to him asking “are you
experiences to high-end customers not just for the Rental & Staging the same company? I thought it is you, we buy many Liberty
segment but also Corporate, Broadcast, Institutional, Higher things.”
Education and House of Worship markets,” he explained. “Having

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consolidated ourselves in the ProAV domain, we had been trying to boundary layer microphone; Kramer highlighted its 8K-ready 34-port
foray into Rental & Staging domain; our partnership with Analog Way VS34FD Matrix Switcher, besides their own version of Enterprise
will largely augment that initiative.” Room Booking Solution, and upgrades to the VIA platform.

Other Attractions… On the Green Sources booth, Liberty AV Solutions appeared to take
some good attention, alongside the Audio-Technica’s ES954 steerable
InfoComm India 2019 had a sizable number of new entrant attractions
microphone.
from exhibitors such as Digital Projection, Eyevis, Globus Infocom,
Logitech Electronics, and Newline. QSC showcased their QSC-Ecosystem solution while SunInfonet
showed Meyer Sound’s Ultra-X40 speakers, and Shure’s MXA-910
Globus Infocom attracted significant eye-balls essentially with what
ceiling microphone array.
was one of the largest booths on the show floor that was adorned by
its new launches such as 3D Science Lab, Digital Language Lab, and
Virtual Classroom, besides their innovative software solution Digital
Token System designed for banks, hospitals and rail stations.

Logitech Electronics highlighted its booth exhibits with its fancied TAP
solution aimed at Huddle Room video-conferencing environments.
The made-easy, installer-friendly and all-encompassing solution
comprises the Logitech Tap touch controller, a small form factor
computer, a room-optimized video conferencing software from
Google, Microsoft or Zoom, and a Logitech conference Cam.

The small room AV bundle includes Logitech MeetUp; the medium


room AV bundle includes Logitech Rally and Rally Mounting Kit; and
the large room AV bundle includes Logitech Rally Plus, Rally Mic Pod Integrated Experiences…
Hub, and Rally Mounting Kit.
The InfoComm India show did appear to be one, as there were one
“Traditional AV controllers are expensive, and often require custom too many technology experiences that were integrated to create
programming by an AV specialist. While tablets are used in meeting newer solutions, aimed at creating newer experiential environments.
rooms because they’re affordable and can be installed by an IT
Says Richard Tan, Executive Director of InfoCommAsia: “in tandem
generalist, they have their own set of challenges,” says V Srinivas
with the growth of India as one of the most exciting emerging
Rao, Director-video collaboration at Logitech India and SW Asia. “We
economies in the world, InfoComm India has soared in seven years.
wanted to simplify all this. Video conferencing in virtually any sized
We are now well-known in India as the platform of choice amongst
room; hence theTap.”
exhibitors who want to tap into the promising Indian market, and
The Regulars…. amongst business and organizations which want to plug into the latest
The regular IFI majors such as beyerdynamic, Christie, Delta, Green experiential technologies from the best companies in the world.”
Sources, Harman, Kramer, Panasonic, QSC, and Sun Infonet- all A rightful assumption indeed!
continued from their respective previous show outings.
InfoComm India returns in 2020, on 2-4 September to the same
Beyerdynamic highlighted the Phonum, Christie projected its venue.
40,000-lumen RealLaser, Harman launched for India its AKG CBL

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TPV Technology Showcases New Enterprise Philips


Professional Display Models at InfoComm India 2019

Visitors to InfoComm India witnessed five new Q-Line Philips


Professional Display models, targeted at the Enterprise segment. and exclusively markets and sells Philips professional displays in
The screen sizes included the 32-inch, 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch and India. Philips professional display solutions was established in
65-inch. 2009 through a brand license agreement between TPV subsidiaries
(MMD & TP Vision) and Philips. Subsidiaries of TPV exclusively
The five new models will intensify the signage experience with round market and sell Philips professional displays and Philips monitors
the clock priceless performance. They deliver startlingly clear images worldwide. By combining the Philips brand promise with TPV’s
with optimized 4K Ultra HD display. These displays are an innovative manufacturing expertise in displays, TPV uses a fast and focused
solution for any signage application along with also being eco-friendly. approach to bringing innovative products to market. In India, TPV
Using the android feature, customers can run their own app or choose India Pvt. Ltd., is headquartered in Gurugram.
their favourite app to run. The CMS application lets the customer
take control of the displays and they can schedule what they want What is TPV India’s business model for the Professional Display
and when they want with SmartPlayer. The SmartPower feature adds segment?
an energy saving factor to the product line-up that enhances the We have regional distributors to cover all corners of India. For
business functionality of the products. very big projects we deal with the system integrators directly.
Commenting on the participation and the new launches, Atul Jasra, The reason being there will be better cost efficiency. Generally
Business Head (India) - Philips branded Professional Display Solutions, distributors carry 49-inch screens and below. System Integrators
said, “The immense value proposition India holds in terms of business require screens that are 89-inch and larger. Thus we have this
for signage solutions is growing at a steady pace. In addition to flexible business model.
this, government initiatives such as Digital India have contributed Having said that, I would like to highlight that 70% of the Pro
significantly to the industry. InfoComm India is a valuable opportunity Display Market in India integrates displays that are below the
for us to engage with our existing customers and establish new 50-inch size with the 32-inch and 43-inch sizes being the most
relationships by showcasing technologically advanced product range prevalent.
and its impact on the sector. At TPV, our aim is to constantly provide
How has TPV performed in terms of growth relating to
our customers with best-in-class products and we’re happy to be
Professional displays?
present here.”
I am pleased to say that we have seen continued growth of
Q&A with Atul Jasra, Business Head (India) between 10 to 15 percent. In terms of revenue we have been
growing 100% year-on-year between 2016-2017 and 2018 and
Briefly who is TPV Technology India? expect to finish off 2019 in the same manner. We currently hold
TPV is the world’s leading monitor, LED and LCD TV the number three position as far as the professional display market
manufacturer headquartered in Taipei. share is concerned.

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What is fuelling this growth?

One is the major digital push by the government. Complementing


that is the more stable power supply that is enabling growth in the
second and third tier cities. Data has also become more affordable
with better speeds. Consumers are also more technologically savvy.

Another key factor is the abundance of software suppliers in India.


These enables us to work with them to create a total solution for
customers. We are able to give the customers what they want be it
analytics, verification or interactive touch points.

When these elements come together, digital signage and


interactive displays play a more prominent role.

A perfect example of this is our supplying of displays to 3,500+ a central display and is controlled at the Vakrangee head office in
Nextgen Vakrangee Kendra outlets. With the customised software Mumbai. This is implemented through technology-driven real-time
embedded on our displays, information is controlled centrally with connectivity and intensifying the integration of BFSI Services.
our seamless cloud solution with real-time data being displayed
instantly. Speaking about the association, Atul Jasra, Business Head (India)
- Philips branded Professional Display Solutions commented, “We
How does TPV intend to keep up its growth momentum? are happy that the Vakrangee management has trusted us for this
We offer various sizes, brightness and connectivity ports to meet partnership for their pilot project. At TPV, we are always looking
any requirement. More importantly we offer after sales service at driving innovation and providing the best in class technology to
effectively should it be needed. But what will help us with our our consumers. Through this collaboration, we are not only giving
momentum is more about the relationships that we have built. We technology solutions to millions of Indians but also helping the
ensure that we deliver on time with minimum fuss and that has country leapfrog into an inclusive growth by providing the masses
built confidence in our solutions. with basic services which will help expand financial services to
the entire country. We look to the next phase of expansion with
In addition to continue to stay relevant we have released the
Vakrangee, further supporting them to the best of our ability.”
3110 Q Series, which is an entry level, all features display that has
been specifically tailor-made for the Indian market. Being a large Commenting on the same, Anil Khanna, Managing Director & Group
manufacturer offers us the ability to customise displays at a more CEO at Vakrangee, stated “We are moving beyond the 2020 horizon
competitive cost and we are confident that these displays will and expanding our canvas, exploring new opportunities for growth
further our growth. and value creation. Firstly, our objective is to significantly deepen
our physical presence on a larger scale. Our primary aim is to ensure
TPV Partners with Vakrangee to Provide Philips that there is a Vakrangee Kendra outlet within walking distance of
each citizen, no matter where he or she lives. This will be made
Professional Displays across rural India possible with the support from our partners such as Philips. With the
Philips Professional Displays have been installed at 3,500+ Nextgen installation of Philips Professional Displays’s in the Kendras, it has
Vakrangee Kendra outlets spread across 19 states, 366 districts and helped us to enhance the interaction between Customers and Service
2,186 postal codes. More than 68% outlets are from Tier 5 and tier 6 Partners through the digital marketing and awareness campaigns for
cities. all our services “

In an effort to offer banking, financial and other Retail services to A technology driven company, Vakrangee’s main focus is on creating
India’s unserved and underserved population, TPV has partnered India’s largest network of last-mile retail point-of-sale. They have
with Vakrangee to provide Philips professional displays across 3,500 unparalleled execution capabilities, to potentially enable every Indian
Next-gen Vakrangee Kendra outlets in India. The aim of the project to seamlessly benefit from financial, digital and social inclusion and
is to create a technology intensive distribution platform for last Government programs.
mile retail touch points delivering services across Banking & ATM’s,
The extensive product and services offering at Vakrangee
Insurance, e-Governance, e-Commerce, Financial services and
encompasses across BFSI services, G2C services, B2C services,
Logistic services on a real-time basis.
governance, and strategic projects.
Running successfully and enabling digital content to reach the www.tpv-tech.com
deepest pockets of rural India, the Philips professional display
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The Future of Meeting Rooms by Reid Rasmussen

Yesterday’s corporate meeting rooms are evolving into tomorrow’s


collaboration rooms

You do not need a crystal ball to understand what the typical Screen sharing is an important element of the collaboration taking
meeting room in Asia will look like in five or seven years. Instead, place in meeting rooms. Futuresource Consulting conducted an
just look at meeting room trends in North America. The US has end-user survey of executives as part of its recent Global Video
proved to be a global trendsetter in meeting rooms, helped by US- Conferencing Report 2019. The most common type of sessions
based multinationals having offices around the world that respondents connect to on a regular basis from their
and promoting US office trends beyond US organization’s meeting rooms or meeting spaces were
borders. Huddle rooms are a good example. audio with screen sharing, followed by audio and
They started as a uniquely American
The plethora of video. While screen sharing is a key part of the
phenomenon. US-based multinationals cloud- and software- collaboration process, video is definitely on
began rolling them out to their offices
based collaboration, the rise. 84% of the organizations surveyed
around the globe, and huddle rooms in North America and Western Europe
have gained widespread popularity conferencing and screen are promoting a greater use of video for
with local companies outside North sharing solutions and services, communication, with half of those ‘very
America, especially in India. The strongly’ promoting it.
interest in India is driven by the
with new ones constantly
effectiveness of huddle rooms for call being introduced, provide The plethora of cloud- and software-based
collaboration, conferencing and screen
centers. innovative ways to sharing solutions and services, with new
Looking at the meeting room trends in collaborate remotely. ones constantly being introduced, provide
the USA, as well as Western Europe, expect innovative ways to collaborate remotely. Examples
to see corporate meeting rooms in Asia that include TeamViewer, SharePoint, join.me, BlueJeans,
are more collaborative, smaller, more flexible, and RingCentral, Zoom and Amazon Chime. These services are
more aesthetically pleasing. attractive because they require little or no capital investment and
are easy to use.
Meeting rooms are becoming venues for greater collaboration, with
more remote participants, more screen sharing and a greater use of Not only are there more services enabling collaboration, but it is
video. becoming easier to connect to those services. In particular, wireless

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rooms. A large assortment of AV solutions, such as room control,


interactive whiteboarding, digital audio processing, LED displays,
wireless presentation, screen sharing and video conferencing are
providing greater levels of flexibility and efficiency for meeting
rooms. These solutions are all experiencing good growth, and are
increasingly found in meeting rooms in Asia as well as North America.
These solutions make it easier to share and collaborate, whether the
attendees are in the same room or in another continent.

This is good news for AV consultants and systems integrators who


have the expertise corporations need to implement and integrate a
wide range of AV products and solutions into meeting rooms.

Meeting rooms are becoming aesthetically more pleasing, including


a greater use of nature and colour. AV suppliers and channels
presentation technology is an increasingly popular way to enable
worldwide report that interior designers are more involved in the
meeting attendees to easily share and collaborate.
design of meeting rooms, seeking to make them inspiring centres
The survey of executives conducted as part of the Global Video of creativity. Interior designers are looking to better blend AV
Conferencing report also found that audio quality was the most products into the room’s design. For example, a key factor driving
frequently mentioned ‘main problem’ respondents the strong growth of beamforming ceiling microphones
faced when joining a remote conferencing is interior designers specifying beamforming ceiling
session. There is a growing appreciation of the The survey of microphones over gooseneck or boundary
importance of good audio for conferencing, executives conducted microphones. The result is less obtrusive
and a growing frustration with poor
as part of the Global Video microphones and clutter-free tables.
quality audio. As a result, businesses are
not only buying better microphones Conferencing report also found Room design and the ability to blend
for meeting rooms but also buying that audio quality was the most AV technology into a meeting room’s
more of them to make sure people frequently mentioned ‘main problem’ decor will have a growing impact on all
AV products used in meeting rooms.
can be heard. respondents faced when joining a For example, interior designers are
The increased use of VoIP and the remote conferencing session. There also looking for amps and DSPs with a
greater bandwidth as compared to is a growing appreciation of the smaller form factor that can be more easily
landlines and Plain Old Telephone
importance of good audio for installed, and hidden, in small spaces.
Services (POTS) is also encouraging
companies to purchase better microphones conferencing. When it comes to meeting rooms, Asia is
following North American trends, although
to take advantage of that bandwidth. VoIP can
some are further behind in adapting to the trends
handle higher frequency bands and resolution than
than others. Regardless, expect Asian meeting rooms in the
POTS and this has led to increased content-driven demand
future to be more collaborative, smaller, more flexible, and more
for higher specifications.
aesthetically pleasing.
Meeting rooms are getting smaller. A Futuresource report produced
last year, “Corporate Meeting Room: End-User Perspectives Western
Europe & US,” found that most companies in the US and Western
About the Author
Europe expect to see an increase in the number of meeting rooms
they operate over the next three years with only a small percentage Reid Rasmussen, is part of the pro-audio
expecting to see a decline. The growth is strongest with smaller analysis team at market forecasters
meeting rooms, helped by the popularity of huddle rooms. Mid-size Futuresource Consulting. Based in
rooms are largely staying the same and large rooms are decreasing in Singapore, Mr. Rasmussen has over 30
size as they are being re-purposed and made more flexible. years of experience as an AV market
researcher and market analyst covering
Meeting rooms are becoming more flexible. This is happening in
global markets.
two ways. First, there is the increased flexibility of room design. For
example, meeting rooms designed with removable wall dividers, so
one large conference room can be broken up into smaller meeting
areas or several spaces can be merged together to fit a big group.

Second, technology is helping to provide greater flexibility in meeting

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‘TAP’ into the New Meeting Room Solution

Video Conferencing and Collaboration are the two big things


that have been characterising AV requirements and deployments
at most business establishments world over. There have been a
plethora of solutions from a host of developers and providers,
and most look more or less same with minor variations. Against
this oft-said notion, here is one seemingly distinct solution that
promises to redefine the market dynamic. The TAP, from Logitech.
Announced at ISE and, shown at InfoComm USA, the 10.1-inch
touchscreen tablet device working in tandem other HW & SW, has
already spread fast to dominate the collaboration domain.
SIA interacts with Sumanta Datta, Managing Director and Cluster
Head- India, Indonesia and SW Asia, to know more about it. TAP
into it.

SI Asia: What made Logitech come out with a solution like the TAP with IT and AV-friendly features like multiple mounting options, up to
programme? 25m of in-wall rated cabling, and robust cable retention mechanisms.
Logitech Tap is a USB-connected touch controller designed for the
SUMANTA DATTA: Tech challenges in meeting rooms have continued
workplace. With multiple mounting options, long and strong cabling,
to plague workers, with meetings taking an average of eight minutes
Logitech Tap integrates beautifully into almost any interior location.
to start. The remote controls that are used in these rooms usually
DisplayLink technology offers plug-and-play connectivity as an
have too many buttons and are not intuitive to use. Meeting control
additional display and opens the door to new applications and user
also often varies from room to room. Traditional AV controllers are
experiences
expensive, and often require custom programming by an AV specialist.
And while tablets are used in meeting rooms because they’re SI Asia: What is Logitech’s core competence and contribution to the
affordable and can be installed by an IT generalist, they have their whole solution?
own set of challenges. Hence, to cater to these challenges Logitech
SUMANTA DATTA: Over the years Logitech has continued to innovate
decided to simplify the deployment and use of video conferencing in
and have served an incredible number of global customers. With the
virtually any sized room, and came up with the idea of Tap.
launch of Tap, we aim to democratise teamwork in meeting rooms. As
Logitech Tap delivers the best of both worlds for both AV and IT an integral component of Logitech Room Solutions, Tap couples the
professionals. It enables the team to easily collaborate through purpose-built utility and robust quality of a meeting room. It is simple
features such as pre-configured room solutions for major touch control panel which is as affordable and flexible as a tablet.
collaboration platform such as Google Hangouts Meet Hardware, Tap delivers one-touch video calling and simplicity for users in an IT-
Microsoft Teams Rooms (formerly Skype Room Systems), and Zoom friendly design ideal for deployment at scale.
Rooms.
SI Asia: While hardware part is apparent, what exactly is at its core?
SI Asia: What specific reasons inspired the development of TAP
SUMANTA DATTA: Logitech Room Solutions with Tap include all
solution?
necessary components in one package: the Logitech Tap touch
SUMANTA DATTA: A recent report by Frost & Sullivan quoted that controller, a small form factor computer, room-optimized video
meetings today are far less effective than they could and while conferencing software from Google, Microsoft or Zoom, and a
business professionals spend 40% of their time in meetings only 50% Logitech conference Cam. The small room AV bundle includes
of that time is productive. A major reason for this less productivity Logitech MeetUp; the medium room AV bundle includes Logitech
is because only 3.6% of meeting rooms have video conferencing Rally and Rally Mounting Kit; and the large room AV bundle includes
technology. Logitech Rally Plus, Rally Mic Pod Hub, and Rally Mounting Kit.

We, at Logitech, are committed to modernizing the meeting room. SI Asia: Can you elaborate on your partnership with your Cloud
With the inclusion of Tap, Logitech Room Solutions simplifies the Video Partners?
deployment of video conferencing to virtually any sized room at a
SUMANTA DATTA: Cloud software applications are expanding
global scale. Designed from the ground-up as a touch controller for
collaboration to every office, room, and workspace. Liberating
the workplace, Logitech Tap combines one-touch simplicity for users
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for the forecast period

At the segment level, revenues from huddle room systems for CY


2018 was around ₹161.20 crore and this segment is expected to be
the fastest growing with an estimated CAGR of 27.8% until 2023 The
IT and ITeS companies continue to remain the biggest consumers of
video conferencing endpoint solutions. These businesses prefer board
room kind of setup for their main offices and at the same time have
also been adopting huddle rooms for their main offices and other
locations.

These large enterprises continue to remain the biggest revenue


contributing segment to the overall video conferencing market in
video conferencing systems, our cloud video providers offer software
India and contributes around 77% of the overall video conferencing
solutions that work beautifully with Logitech ConferenceCams,
endpoint revenue as of May 2019.
webcams, and audio products. Logitech works closely with its cloud
video partners to enhance usability and design product roadmaps to SI Asia: With 4K and 8ks on one side, and IOT and Cloud or AV/IT
meet your changing needs. over IP on the other, how do you see the collaboration segment
shaping up currently?
Logitech is strategically partnered with Google, Microsoft & Zoom. We
are compatible with Blue Jeans, Vidyo, Cisco, Pexip, Fuze, TruConf and SUMANTA DATTA: The Video collaboration segment is being used
more. to a very large extent in large and small places to overcome the
geographical gaps and to avoid the hassle of long and tiring business
SI Asia: What market verticals and segments is the TAP aimed at?
travels. Cloud technology being one of the biggest drivers in the
SUMANTA DATTA: Logitech Tap provides a consistent Teams video collaboration segment has made it much easier for enterprises.
experience and are core to helping organizations get the most out of Logitech’s vision is to see video conferencing in every meeting
Teams meetings. Tap is not designed for a specific vertical market - it room. With cloud-based video and solutions like ours coming at an
addresses the needs of small, medium and large organizations across affordable price point and are easy to use, we are moving towards
a broad range of industries. It delivers reliable convenience from making this vision into reality.
boardroom meeting to even classroom. It makes collaboration rooms
At the same time, AI and computer vision are helping deliver a
easy to deploy and use, with pre-configured room solutions for major
seamless video experience so people can focus on the meeting,
collaboration platform providers such as Google Hangouts Meet
not the technology. And while 4K and 8K have yet to take off in the
Hardware, Microsoft Teams Rooms (formerly Skype Room Systems),
video conferencing space due to bandwidth requirements, Logitech’s
and Zoom Rooms. With Logitech Tap it’s lot easier than ever before
newest conference cam are future-proofed with support for 4K video.
to deliver functions like one-touch start, calendaring, and seamless
content sharing. SI Asia: Where does the TAP can tap into the current dynamic?

SI Asia: Is it available in Asia Pacific region? SUMANTA DATTA: As mentioned earlier that Logitech Tap delivers
the best of both worlds for both AV and IT professionals. It delivers a
SUMANTA DATTA: Logitech Tap is available globally through
high-quality, beautifully designed, universal controller at a reasonable
distributors as part of pre-configured room solutions for Google
price. It provides a sleek form factor with high-performance cabling,
Hangouts Meet hardware, Microsoft Teams Rooms (formerly Skype
secure mounting, ease of use, versatility, and global appeal.
Room Systems), Zoom Rooms and other leading collaboration
platforms. For India, it will be available from October onwards. The Logitech Tap delivers reliable convenience in the meeting room. It
major markets of Asia such as Japan, Singapore, Australia, Hong makes team collaboration rooms easy to deploy and use, with pre-
Kong, etc will also be getting it shortly. USA & Europe Markets has configured room solutions for major collaboration platform providers
availability since the past couple of months. such as Google Hangouts Meet Hardware, Microsoft Teams Rooms
(formerly Skype Room Systems), and Zoom Rooms. And coupled
SI Asia: How do you look at the collaboration solutions market in the
with intuitive products from leading collaboration service providers,
APAC, and in particular India?
it’s easier than ever before to
SUMANTA DATTA: If we look deliver functions like one-touch
Video Conferencing domain is still faced with
at the India market, the overall start, calendaring, and seamless
a slew of challenges. Logitech decided address
Video Conferencing Endpoints content sharing.
all that, and simplify the deployment and use
Market CY 2018 was ₹505.54
of video conferencing in virtually any size room. www.logitech.com
crore and is expected to reach
Hence the idea of Tap.
₹1071.90 Crore by the end of CY
2023 growing at a CAGR of 16.2%
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ISE MD Mike Blackman on the Show’s Widening Appeal

Mike Blackman, Managing Director of Integrated Systems Events, talks about ISE 2020, and why the show has
become the ‘must attend’ event for users of AV technology as well as for AV industry professionals.

ISE has enjoyed year-on-year growth since it began. Will ISE 2020 be What’s new in the way of conferences and professional
the biggest and best yet? development?

Unquestionably. At the last ISE, we had over 81,000 visitors – and All the conferences held at ISE 2019 will be back in 2020 – covering
we expect more in 2020. In 2019, we had 56,100 sqm of net exhibit smart buildings, XR, digital signage, digital cinema, hospitality,
space, and that will increase in 2020 by over 800 sqm. visitor attractions, stadiums and pro audio, plus AVIXA’s two What’s
Next... conferences, focusing on enterprise and higher education. In
Two important changes for this year are that the Hall 5 extension has addition, we have a couple of new ones – the Control Rooms Summit
been made larger and permanent, while Hall 14 will be the home and the CEDIA Design & Build Conference. Like in 2019, many of the
of a new Innovation Zone – a specially designed area for companies conferences will be held at the Hotel Okura, near the RAI, which
that are new to ISE to showcase their technology. The ISE Main Stage proved very popular with our attendees.
theatre will relocate to Hall 14, and will offer a full programme of
free-to-attend thought leadership and best practice sessions from ISE, As well as its conferences, AVIXA is running 20-minute FlashTrack
AVIXA, CEDIA and AV Magazine. sessions on its stand. CEDIA has a four-day programme of training
sessions, beginning on the Monday with a workshop on cybersecurity,
Following the success of our spectacular projection mapping on the as well as hosting free CEDIA Talks on its stand.
nhow Hotel during ISE 2019, there will be another exciting projection
showcase on another part of the RAI complex. And we have a dynamic What are the challenges presented by the event having become so
and thought-provoking Opening Address lined up; we will announce large?
the speaker when registration opens at the start of October.
One of the biggest is ensuring that visitors can easily locate what
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One of the ways we’ve addressed that is with the creation of professional qualifications plays an important part in establishing the
six Technology Zones – for audio and live events, digital signage expertise of the industry as a whole, as well as demonstrating the
and DooH, education, residential, smart buildings and unified competency of the individuals who work in it.
communication. The Technology Zones mean that visitors can quickly
AVIXA and CEDIA are hugely instrumental in helping deliver the
locate the part of the show where they’ll find the technology and
outstanding visitor and exhibitor experience that ISE has become,
product trends that are most relevant to their interests.
setting the tone and themes for the event and helping us continue
The ISE app has proved a big hit with visitors, and its wayfinding to develop and create ever-more engaging content for our channel
features are a key part of that. and various vertical market end-users alike. Between them, the two
associations provide a wealth of market intelligence, guidance and
How has the average ISE visitor profile changed over the years? education initiatives, as well as many entertaining and thought-
Back when we first started, our audience almost exclusively provoking opportunities for development.
comprised systems integrators and other AV channel professionals. What trends in technology should visitors to ISE 2020 look for?
Increasingly, though, the show has become a destination for end-
users; our exhibitors want to engage directly with them, as well as I think we’ll start to see AI permeate a number of AV applications. It’s
meeting their existing and prospective channel partners. Today, ISE already being used in digital signage, but many see opportunities for
has become as much of a ‘must attend’ event for end-users as it is for it in other customer-centric applications, such as hospitality. AI is also
the channel. being used to improve the quality of meetings and collaboration.

How have you made ISE more attractive to end-users? ISE 2020 will, I think, provide evidence of the rise of LED-based
screens. They have advantages over LCD – and prices are dropping
We’ve added substantially to our conference programme over the rapidly. It will also be interesting to see the progress that OLED
years, because end-users have told us they get enormous value not technology has made. Visitors should look out too for new
just from the opportunity to talk directly to manufacturers and to generations of application-specific projectors.
find out about the products and technologies that will shape their
companies’ AV strategy – but also to network and to learn from On audio: object-based sound will be heard everywhere.
industry experts and their peers.
With the move to Barcelona in 2021, ISE 2020 will be the last one at
Our Special Interest Group programme is designed to bring attendees the RAI. How do you feel about that?
from specific key vertical market sectors to ISE, helping end-user
The RAI has been a great venue for us for over a decade now, so of
technology buyers to meet technology vendors and solution partners.
course, there’s some sadness: I’ll leave with many fond memories of
They’re the result of formal agreements between ISE and a variety of
our time there. It’s served us very well, and has been part of our rapid
associations, media partners, companies and consultants, and they’re
growth to become the world’s largest professional audiovisual event.
tailored to meet the information needs of the visiting executives with
The downside is that we’ve become too big for a convention centre
planned stand visits, presentations, networking events and dinners.
even of the RAI’s size and facilities.
You mentioned sessions by AVIXA and CEDIA. What is their role with
However, I’m also excited. The Fira is a fantastic facility and a much
ISE?
larger space, located in a very attractive destination. The move isn’t
ISE is owned by AVIXA and CEDIA, two trade associations with a simply about growing the numbers: it’s about delivering a better-
focus on professional development – so education and training quality experience to our exhibitors and visitors.
have always been an important part of the show. Another priority
www.iseurope.org
for both associations is reaching out beyond the industry, to
other stakeholders within AV projects. Establishing and awarding

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Biamp Systems Opens SAARC Office in Bengaluru


Mapping Market Strategy with Aggression
Innovative, networked media systems solutions provider Biamp has become the latest member
of the global OEM league that has made Bengaluru as their regional hub for the entire SAARC
region. While Biamp is almost a household name in the industry with a strong presence for many
years now, the Beverton, Oregon-headquartered AV major’s focus on India vis-à-vis SAARC
explains its new focus.

SIA tries to map it through an interaction with the company’s Vice-President (International
Business Development) Niclas Brattberg, who is a familiar name in India. Excerpts:

SI Asia: What bring you to India this time around? understanding of Biamp’s solutions from time to time. This office is
equipped with Conference Room, Training Room, Technical Support
NICLAS: We had long been planning to open our SAARC regional office
Room, and Demo Area as well, besides normal administrative spaces.
here in India-Bengaluru. As you saw it, we have opened our office
now, in a grand fashion, with all our regional tema members joining In design and application, this office resembles that of Biamp’s office
the big cause. I’m here essentially for this reason. I am also taking this in Beverton. So, it imposes that feel of being in sync with the HQ in
opportunity to both meet and invite some of our esteemed partners application and approach.
and clients here in Bengaluru, and update them about what all Biamp
SI Asia: Now that you have a fully-defined regional establishment
brings to them from this office establishment.
here, what are your sales and marketing expectations from this set-
I’m delighted I have largely achieved my objective. up?

SI Asia: What all the functions does this India office handle? What NICLAS: India, in its own right, has always been a very positive
all it is equipped with? growth market for us. As Biamp continues to pursue its organic
growth by acquiring contributing technologies, India continues to
NICLAS: We will do sales & marketing, product demos, training and
be one of our top market geographies. So are other markets. That
technical support. That’s one type of the jobs handled here. While we
we are now better equipped in terms of infrastructure and product
already have a whole big range of Biamp’s products showcased here,
supply/solutions demo, we expect to have a better reach and better
we would soon get to demo the products from our recent acquisitions
presentation of Biamp’s competencies to Partners and Customers.
such as Crowd Mic, Community, Cambridge Sound, and Apart Audio.
Moving forward, we would have more ranges from the group. That this is all happening in the light of some impressive industry
growth for the last few years in the region, we look forward to having
Even as it does all these jobs, this establishment functions like a
an exciting market path in the times to come.
Customer Experience Centre where our Partners and Clients can
converse and get to ‘experience’ the Biamp solutions how exactly SI Asia: These are the days of OEMs creating CECs as a conduit to
those systems work in an ideally installed condition. That’s two. reach out End Users directly rather than pursuing through channel
distribution. How about Baimp?
Third- this office is Biamp’s regional hub for the entire SAARC region.
So, the Biamp team members from this office cater to the needs NICLAS: I don’t think we have the bandwidth to reach out to the End
of our Partners from across the SAARC, and help them gain deeper Users straightaway; nor we would be keen to. We believe our partners

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are competent enough to understand the market better, address the answers one part of the question. Silicon Valley of India, as this city is
clients’ requirements efficiently, and bring us business. We would known, is home for numerous Enterprise segment companies where
therefore rather like our partners to bring us business; bring their Biamp has a strong presence. That’s one. Two- over the last few years,
customers here, show them our solutions experientially, and create we have grown with Government business in areas like Transport
business cases. segment, and SmartCity projects; we are getting a larger pie of the
segment now.
More, we would not want to cause ambiguities among partners and
market by seeking any direct connect with the End User. We’re here The challenging segments, per se, would mainly constitute Education,
to strengthen our Channel Partners, to equip them with better set-up, particularly the low & mid-end. While we are present in higher and
and of course networking. professional education segment that comprise IITs and IIMs, we do
not have a product that can go to low and mid-end education.
SI Asia: Having done this, any particular plan on how to take this
forward? The other segment we find challenging is Hospitality. While we have
pretty good presence in most SAARC markets, it is certainly not so in
NICLAS: We do have our plans chalked out, and we do it two formats-
India. The reason is the market being so cost-sensitive, the standards
one here at the office set-up, and one out on the field. Historically,
of AV deployment are often not followed, which is difficult for Biamp,
Biamp accounts for a smaller part of the big value chain that the
as we always stick to standards.
industry is, as its success depends on other OEMs as well. Keeping
that in mind, we encourage our Partners to bring their End User We have been trying our best to educate the market of the
customers, as also other OEM partners here, showcase our solutions imperatives of a standard AV solution to be competent to face any
for their better comprehension and adoption. challenge. It’s a matter of time.

On the field side, we have already been doing a good amount work SIA: What’s your immediate priority now?
conducting trainings and road shows even in Tier-B and C cities,
NICLAS: After the acquisition of Bimap by Highlander Partners, there
besides the big Metropolitan cities. An important aspect here is
has been a new momentum; things have been happening at some
Bimap’s online training programme where the partners can capture
rapid pace. There have been a handful of acquisition, and there by a
the latest and finer nuances of Biamp applications. The on field
widening of the product-basket. So, the priority, as we see it now, is to
hands-on training and online programme go hand-in-hand in a well-
let the market know the products and solutions that Biamp is bringing
planned manner, and this office does play its role in that aspect.
to it- which is what this office will do, showcasing the product ranges,
demonstrating the solutions and
SIA: In what market verticals explaining to market makers the
does Biamp enjoy strong “We are now better equipped in terms of experience these things will bring
presence, and in what
infrastructure and product supply/solutions along.
verticals it feels challenging?
And why?
demo, we expect to have a better reach and www.biamp.com
better presentation of Biamp’s competencies
NICLAS: Our choosing
Bengaluru as the base of our
to Partners and Customers.”
India operations, perhaps
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Blake Augsburger: LEA Brings A


Differentiated Value Proposition
LEA Professional launched at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California in January 2019.
The company showed its product at InfoComm in June 2019. Heading the company is
a renowned figure Blake Augsburger. Blake joined Hubbell as Director of Engineering
in 1994 and in 1999 became VP and General Manager with P&L responsibility for four
business units totaling more than $70m. Later Blake went on to join Crown International
as President in 2001 and grew that business, becoming President of Harman’s Professional
Division and North America Country Manager for Harman International in 2006. Blake
left Harman ten years later. Blake has also been a board member of the NAMM (National
Association of Music Merchants) Organization in North America. SI Asia talks to Blake
about what LEA is bringing to the table.

What prompted you to start this venture (LEA)? IoT capabilities as a standard feature by providing remote control
and monitoring of installed systems without having to VPN into
I saw the evolution of amplifier technology and the revolution in
a local area network. We will leverage the AWS IoT Core as the
IoT technologies but these movements existed in isolation and no
infrastructure that will safely and securely transmit data to and from
one was looking at advancing them together. I believed the idea of
the amplifier.
coupling the very best in amplifier innovation and IoT connectivity
would yield significant improvements in system performance and When our cloud services come online shortly after we begin
system management but also how integrators designed, installed and shipping amplifiers, the Connect Series will be able to connect and
managed sound systems. communicate with the cloud via our LEA Connect Series Apps, which
will also include data analytics capabilities and push notifications.
I shared the idea with friends and partners — including integrators
and dealers in this region — and received overwhelmingly positive Our LEA Connect family of amplifiers will include two, four and eight
feedback. I built a team and now it’s much more than me and an idea. channel amps with direct HiZ (70V or 100V) or LoZ selectable by
We’ve gone from start-up to established industry player and the idea channel with the ability to connect from a built-in Wi-Fi access point,
that prompted it all is now inspiration for a can-do organizational the venue’s WiFi, or using the FAST Ethernet to connect to any local
culture of innovation and entrepreneurship! area network via Cat5 or Cat6 cable.
In such a crowded space (Professional Audio), what is LEA bringing Who are some of the key team members and what are they bringing
to the table that it is worth considering? Is it filling any particular to the table?
gap?
I have been very lucky and I am very grateful for our team. We
The space for commodity (professional audio) components is indeed founded the business in South Bend, Indiana which is famously a
crowded but I see us serving a distinctly different market with a cradle of amplifier innovation. Jeremy Bules is Vice President of
very differentiated value proposition. The amplifier market has Engineering & Operations. He spent 18 years at Harman and in doing
headroom for innovation and we have the most experienced, talented so led the development of some of the most successful and iconic
engineering team in the business. I also think that the mission to amplifiers in our industry.
bring non-proprietary connectivity and control to audio is unique and
Scott Robbins, Vice President of Sales, is also a Harman veteran. We
compelling and that it’s resonating with dealers, integrators across the
worked closely together at Crown and at the group level and he was
globe and especially here in Asia.
responsible some very smart programs and sustained growth over
Another gap that I think we are filling is that we’re a new business many years.
with a proven organization and a fresh approach to technology
Matt McLain is Vice President of Finance and Administration and
and business. Our extended team — comprising the factory team
joined us from Schafer Industries. He’s a great organizer and is
and partners like Generation AV (based in Singapore)— is deeply
helping us stay lean and agile.
committed to the professional systems integration community
meaning we understand the market dynamics and we serve the Brian Pickowitz is Vice President of Marketing. He was at Harman
professional in ways that prosumer companies cannot ever do. for more than 15 years in engineering, marketing, and business
development roles.
Please provide us with a brief on each of the models of your solutions
that is currently shipping . The team and the culture here are among the most positive aspects
of starting LEA Professional! There is deep belief in our mission and
In September we will begin shipping our Connect Series amplifiers
confidence in the products we’re offering and the platform we’re
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imagining! I think the market understands this and it explains the sense of purpose and a shared energy to realize our potential.
phenomenally positive reaction LEA Professional has garnered!
Here, again, the timing has been optimal with David starting his firm
What else can we look forward to in terms of product releases from just as we were seeking a partner in the region.
LEA in the near future?
Do give us your view about Asia’s potential for LEA as well.
We had a strong idea for the amplifier as a central building block of
I think the global market for AV has strong potential. Audio and
a connected infrastructure platform. That’s already leading to some
video technologies serve as end-points and gateways for advanced
exciting ideas and innovations that you’ll see as product introductions
networks featuring artificial intelligence
in the near-term.
and machine learning engines that provide
In addition to new products and platforms amazing experiences. Today, we’re seeing
from LEA Professional you can also expect new, those experiences in theme parks, universities
innovative programs! We want this company to and high-end retail but as technology gets
be an organization that integrators want to work less expensive and even easier to deploy
with and is easy and efficient to work with! and operate, you’ll see huge growth of AV in
hospitality, healthcare and the enterprise!
I am very bullish on the potential of the global
LEA Professional is right there at the cusp of
AV industry to provide comprehensive value
this innovation and we’re driving growth of
to the technology enterprise and I’m similarly
our business and that of our partners and
bullish on the contribution of LEA Professional to the advancement of
customers.
the global AV industry.
The Asia market has considerable potential for growth. There are
Please brief us on LEA plans for Asia including distributors who have
many greenfield developments planned; infrastructure spending
already been appointed.
is generally strong and there is a broad cultural attachment
We appointed the newly-formed Generation AV as our to entertainment and sport. We see opportunity in the built
representatives in Asia to provide sales, application engineering environment here and our partners and systems integrators share this
and technical support to all distributors and partners in the region. optimism.
Generation AV is led by David McKinney whom I have worked with
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Value-Adding the Client Service


Audio-Visually

AV Distribution in India has come of age. It’s been contributing its value-adds to make the
eco-system of OEM-to-End Users in its own right, and continues to do so even as the of
late concepts of OEMS wanting to have their own distribution network. Mumbai-based
Green Sources Private Limited is one leader in the business with many a global brand
of repute characterizing its positioning in the market, as also credentials of business
leadership.

SWADESH KHETAWAT, the company’s Managing Director shares with SIA his perspective of
the business and where the domain of AV distribution as whole is heading. Excerpts:

SIA: Ten years of AV distribution business- can be a milestone in SIA: Ten years is also a big time. How has the distribution scenario
itself! How would you describe the journey? changed or evolved over this period in the country in various aspects
of the business?
SWADESH: As they say, the older you grow, the wiser you become.
Green Sources has had a flourishing and supportive experience in SWADESH: First, in terms of demand for new technologies and
the AV and now, in IT industry. Last 10 years have been a quick and availability of such solutions- our associated brands come from
replenishing course of journey where we have kept growing as an globally specked solutions for many organizations which make them
organization and building brand associations. A great journey in deed. easily acceptable for System Integrators. Established brands need
distributors of equal reputation. Such new technologies face lesser
SIA: You first had TaxanGulf in the Middle East, then followed it up resistance when supported by value added distributors such as ours.
with Green Sources. Is there a particular thought process to have a
separate entity for India? In terms of price sensitivity amongst AV buyers- today, India has
become one the largest economies which makes us a price sensitive
SWADESH: The thought of creating two separate identities has market. However, creating a demand and meeting the supply has
helped us create a niche and an organized platform to grow in been our forte. We believe our customers keep coming back to us
their respective environments. As the companies are professionally for the value added services which we provide without a doubt. Even
managed and growing leaps and bounds, at that time it was one of though AV buyers are price sensitive, they are mature enough to
the best decisions taken. value presales and after sales services offered by us. I think most of
SIA: What particular achievements you think have defined the our customers are willing to pay a minimal premium for the comfort
Success that Green Sources is today? and security provided during the lifecycle of the product.

SWADESH: To start with, we consider ourselves proudly associated In terms of policy regimes in different States and probable impact-
with the A1 category of brands in the AV & IT sectors which give us this is simply a thing of past. We are in a new era of taxation which is
the best opportunities in the global outlook. We also believe that the moving away from regional policies. With the introduction of GST and
culture and recruitment of an organization holds equal importance abolition of local regional levies like Octroi, the impact is minuscule.
in today’s world. We strongly credit our success to all our team Yes, the customer spends are still is dependent on the policy regimes
members and brands associated with us today. in different States. However, the competitive spirit inter-state is
picking up and will only augur well for all businesses.
SIA: What kind of testing times has the company traversed? Could
you explain? In terms of tendency of OEMs wanting to have their own
distribution network- AV industry, to a good extent, is both organized,
SWADESH: We have had our fair share of challenging situations. and unorganized too. Every OEM /distributor would prefer mutual
From fluctuations in Dollar exchange rates to the transition period admiration instead of cutting throats. Some of the mid-level OEMS
from VAT to GST. This may also be a common factor for most business are at times quite short sighted and fail to acknowledge the value
enterprises in India. The VAT era was the most painful. However, the add provided by good distributors. It’s not only about the product,
subsequent One Country = One Tax regime has been nothing more but also the local comfort which plays a great role in winning a case.
than a blessing for most businesses. No better person than the familiar distributor who can support the
customer in more ways than documented on paper.

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SIA: What has been the most impacting technology OR technologies SIA: How do you divide your time between Green Sources, and
that you saw coming to Indian AV in recent times? TaxanGulf, your business concern in the Middle East?

SWADESH: Cloud along with AI (Artificial Intelligence) has been one SWADESH: It is not the most benefiting state when it comes to
of the most impactful technology in the Indian AV industry. Heavy, your social life, but since Middle East is just a 3-hour flight, it’s
power guzzling, expensive and highly unreliable hardware has been quite easy to fly in and out between these offices. Fortunately, both
reduced considerably to minuscule connectors and minimal Green Sources and Taxan Gulf are managed by some very
hardware at a very small cost. That has eased out talented and committed team members. Modern day
many challenges the industry eco-system had technology of video conferencing fills the greys
been living with for many years. The cloud Today, India has become more often than not. The only sore point is my
based solutions seem to be replacing nearly one the largest economies weekends at Green Sources are now work
every other technology today. which makes us a price sensitive days at Taxan Gulf, and this is something
market. However, creating a which will not change in the foreseeable
SIA: What role have you got to play in future.
this techno impact?
demand and meeting the supply has
been our forte. We believe our SIA: Is there a thing or two that you feel
SWADESH: We as a value add customers keep coming back very prideful about the company, and
distribution business could see this to us for the value added its contribution to Indian AV? Please
coming and took the plunge well in
services which we provide explain…
advance to train and prepare ourselves.
That was one very crucial reckoning. It
without a doubt. SWADESH: We do take it as a matter of pride
helped us introduce and support our partners in and great satisfaction of having introduced some
adapting these technologies seamlessly. We believe of the leading AV brands and technologies to the
this is just the beginning, and we plan to further invest in Indian AV markets. Our business ethics and prime focus on
training ourselves and updating our partners regularly. customer satisfaction are second to none.

SIA: Do you think the word ‘Competition’ does exist in your business SIA: Having come thus far, what’s your Next or Near Term priority?
(AV distribution)? If so, of what kind?
SWADESH: Our next or near term priority is to get the AV industry
SWADESH: To speak about it in the right spirit, there is competition a little more organized. We as a company would be investing much
in every industry. Good competition creates the strive to achieve more in training, maybe even look at creating a real AV University.
more, and customer satisfaction. I strongly believe the stronger
www.greensources.co
you grow, more you will face competition and the mindset to grow
the organization. We are happy to work with our competition and
provide more value to our customers.

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avt Charts its Course with its Eyes


on the Future
avt with its headquarters in Australia, established an office in Singapore in 2018, with the
aim of bringing cutting-edge solutions and its expertise to the Asian market. In Australia
the company represents the full range of HARMAN solutions for the Installation market
aside from other complementary offerings. SI Asia speaks to COO, Paul Fouracre, avt
about what lies ahead for the company.

avt commenced operations in 1987 founded by Kevin Chatfield as Was it like a push-pull factor regarding the other brands
AV Technology. In 1991, AV Technology became the distributor in representation in Asia?
Australia and New Zealand for AMX, having previously distributed
It was part of our overall growth strategy and thankfully our suppliers
York Controls. The company was rebranded to avt in 2016 after
were very supportive of that and we’ve certainly bought on new
having traded for the prior decade as AMX Australia and AMX New
suppliers since then and now with the mindset of not only growth in
Zealand.
Australia and New Zealand, but also the vast opportunities that exist
Today, we proudly continue distribution of the AMX range in Australia in verticals such as Hospitality, Corporate & Education in Asia is an
and New Zealand. Additionally, in Australia we represent the Harman attractive proposition for both avt and our suppliers.
Professional Audio brands of JBL, Crown, BSS, and AKG for the
Therefore, it has certainly been a multi-faceted approach around
installation market.
how the av industry is transforming from typically hardware-based
Given the inevitable rise of software platforms entering the platforms into software driven solutions. Our continued portfolio
commercial AV landscape, avt also strategically added Utelogy to our investments, attraction of key leadership, sales and technical talent
portfolio providing an enterprise software- defined management, and our value-add distribution approach will fuel our expansion plan
monitoring and control platform to our solutions suite. We also strategy into Asia.
represent Utelogy throughout Asia via our Singapore-based team and
avt is strictly a distribution company?
their expanding partner network.
That is absolutely the case. We are a value-added distributor. We
In early 2018, we capitalised on the opportunity to represent another
distribute world-class audio visual hardware and software brands
global leader in Tripleplay; a software-centric IPTV, digital signage and
across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. We are passionate about
video streaming platform. We collaborate with Tripleplay to ensure
technology and living our purpose which is to lead our industry,
effective coverage for the Asian region with the Tripleplay platform.
advance our people and partners, creating memorable experiences
avt has continued to expand our operations. Our headquarters is on every day. So, what does value-add mean? Well it’s because of
the Gold Coast in Australia. We also have offices, showrooms and services such as our technical support, pre and post-sales, our
training facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth as well as Auckland, audio EASE modelling and design-assist capability and deep product
New Zealand and we established a presence in Singapore in early understanding across all markets. We value working with our partners
2018. whether that is behind the scenes or customer-facing with the end
user.
Tell us a little bit about avt in Singapore. Why did that come about?
avt positions with our customers, that we just don’t sell, we support
As part of avt’s growth strategy, our Founder, Kevin Chatfield decided
during the sales process and continue to support them post sales
to expand our operations into Asia to leverage growth that was
which is the end-to-end distribution value add service that avt
occurring in the Asian economies. Given our broad portfolio of new
provides. We also engage with the consultant community as well
and innovative technologies, we were confident that several of the
to earn specification preference and have discussions around our
solutions we were representing were relevant to the region. We
technology platforms with the goal of optimising end-user experience
also thought it was a great opportunity for us to leverage our skills
with our technology. Similarly, we engage with end users as well to
and capabilities around value-add distribution which has made us
share how our solutions can provide positive, seamless and intuitive
successful in Australia and New Zealand markets. Whilst we don’t
experiences to their staff and customers. When a decision is made
have Harman distribution rights in Asia, we certainly have several
to integrate our solutions, our valued partners take the client lead to
key solutions relevant to the AV market that we sell into our channel
complete the sale.
partners in Asia.

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What are avt’s expectations regarding the Asia office in Singapore? an Enterprise Network behind the firewall. The Mezzocast software
ingests the people and object-count capability from the Panacast
We planned in the first two years, it would be a start-up mode. So,
camera which through an open API can be interrogated by the various
we understood that, and it remains on track in this phase. But we’ve
BI platforms to report on room usage and utilisation. It also delivers
managed to sign on a lot of partners as part of our strategy. We are
auto room booking capability to room book panels such as Mimo
engaged with several consultants and we’re generating traction in
simply by leveraging the Panacast people count detection capability.
that market for solutions such as Utelogy, Panacast, Mimo and more
recently with Tripleplay. We are certainly pleased with our progress I briefly mentioned Panacast, it is essentially a data appliance which
and penetration across key customers early in our Asian expansion just happens to deliver an amazing video user experience due to its
phase. native 4k, one hundred and eighty degree field of view. It seamlessly
stiches three, thirteen megapixels cameras together to achieve this
What about the manpower and service support for Asia?
outcome.
We continue to invest in our technical capability across the business
The value of solutions such as Mezzocast is to provide data driven
and have some great talent based in Singapore. That said, we have
solutions for actionable insights and it’s where I believe the industry
technical resources spread throughout Australia, New Zealand
is heading. CIO’s and CFO’s want more value from their investments
and Asia who have and will continue to support any avt customer
and data insights is a key element of this. As a further example if you
throughout Asia Pacific. We are receiving great accolades from our
look at our Utelogy solution and how you can monitor devices in the
Asian customer base, which is the ultimate objective.
in the room. Utelogy is software defined control, management and
Do you see avt further expanding its portfolio any time soon and in monitoring solution so you can control any device that has an open
which areas? API or you can simply monitor that device or do both. The beauty
One of the things that we are seeing is certainly the role of the major about Utelogy is you don’t need to be a programmer to set up rooms,
UC platform providers such as Teams and Zoom and how the mid-size it’s all about configuration instead of hard-core programming. That
conference room has essentially been collapsed into a very simplified said, there is a great opportunity for the programming community to
video conferencing solution. I think this industry change has impacted build drivers and enhance and tailor the solution for their clients.
the entire supply chain from manufacturer through to consultants When you have the capability to have your various conference
and integrators because that space was previously a key design and room devices monitored and with the recent launch of the Utelogy
implementation solution, but now it’s become vastly simplified. It’s a U-Manage 2.0 dashboard platform, you can leverage proactive
case of camera, speaker, microphone, a display and a OneTouch start device reporting capability from the cloud dashboard. That proactive
and there’s your room. That resonates with CFOs and CIO’s who want ability to know when you’ve got a problem with components in
low-cost simplified options that deliver a consistent user experience. the conference room and reporting on your fleet of rooms is very
avt is looking at ways on how we address that across all our markets. compelling. So it’s an evolving portfolio, arguably an eco-system in the
We also acknowledge that we need to have price-appropriate making and we’re connecting the various elements and we’ve got a
solutions for the markets we address. Watch this space for more solid strategy around this.
interesting announcements in the near future. On a final note, what’s the buzz around the avt booth at Integrate?

Well we formally announced the representation of two new products.


These are Joan, a low cost, room booking solution for easy scheduling
of office spaces and meeting rooms, built on sustainable and power
efficient e-paper technology; and Airtame, an all-in-one wireless
screen sharing solution with customizable digital signage, remotely
managed in the cloud.

The solutions have generated amazing interest. In regard to Joan, it


has a number of fantastic features but the thing I love most about
it, is that it’s like your Kindle. It’s a low-power energy efficient
solution. It is battery operated and each charge lasts for 3 months
and when the power level reaches 20% a notification is sent so you
can simply recharge the unit. We are all trying to reduce our energy
consumption, so I really like this product and how avt is helping
organisations achieve that goal.
I noticed the MezzoCast software integrated with PanaCast. The
software is an avt solution? www.avt.tech

Yes you’re right Thomas, MezzoCast is an avt solution and the


second in the Mezzo family. It can be delivered in the cloud or on

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NVincy: Customizing AV Applications, Experience


AV distribution is as exciting as it is challenging. While it gives an
opportunity to get exposed to multiple brands and their technology on
one hand it takes a particular professional expertise and value-adding
skills on the other to get them taken by the industry.

Bengaluru-based AV distribution firm NVincy Solutions promises


characterizing the both. The company Directors MOHD HAARIS and
HAARIS & SAUGATO SIDDHANTA explain how and why.

On the genesis, purpose, and journey of Nvincy Solutions through On post-AMX/Harman legacy in Nvincy solutions offerings, and
highs and lows... marring this into the distribution business…

HAARIS & SAUGATO: Well, earlier, we had been working with large HAARIS & SAUGATO: Admittedly, we have had a very long association
OEM organizations and building their businesses from scratch- with the brands- almost two decades, which is long enough by any
helping them to evolve into potentially strong brands in the country. standards. With such long prideful association in place, it is quite
While we have been in that activity for quite a long time, it slowly got but natural we will have a legacy, particularly when our experience
to our mind that if we could build and run businesses so successfully coming from such strong technology giants. At Nvincy Solutions, we
for others, why can’t we try and create our own organization, build a use that carry-forward expertise to be a seamless application in our
brand of our own, and carve out a space for ourselves in the domain new solutions for customers. We are happy that we still continue
we have been living for so many years- the AV/IT. to associate with them, and try using their latest offerings in our
solutions. We do have a team of professionals to support us and our
We tried, and hope we made it.
partners with design and programming.
On the name Nvincy, if there is any special significance/symbolism
On whether it as a strategy to carve a niche in a ‘no competition’
behind it…
domain…
HAARIS & SAUGATO: We started earlier with a proprietary company
HAARIS & SAUGATO: We look at it differently.
named ‘Invincy solutions.’ However, when we
As mentioned earlier, with our OEM and
wanted to convert the company into a Private
Systems Integration background, we had
Limited firm we did not get the required name
planned to do things differently. We did want
for registration. We didn’t want to go for quaint
to get in to distribution as it would give us the
names; we rather wanted to have name that
opportunity to introduce a multitude of global
similar to the one we had in the beginning so
brands to our customers, but we consciously
that the brand recall is almost spontaneous,
choose those brands where we could value
and also it is easy on our partners. That’s how
add with our technical knowhow so that we
the Nvincy is culled out of Invincy.
grow together, even as we contribute to the
I hope both the names sound similar, right? industry’s betterment with superior solutions.
On the thought processes behind turning from OEM team to On what competencies have been built into the company in terms of
distribution + custom applications business… team building; technology certifications; brand-worthy installs etc…
HAARIS & SAUGATO: Prior to our OEM background, we were working HAARIS & SAUGATO: We have been able to create a strong in-house
for a system integration company, where we had an opportunity team for digital signage content creation and custom application
to see and understand the gaps between OEMs and SI companies. development with our principals. One of the biggest success stories
Our strength has been always our ability to understand technology for us has been with BrightSign. That we are approved and authorized
traits and develop custom applications for clients. We wanted to content Partner for BrightSign we have been able to create many
elevate and present a new expression to that competence by our own custom content and application projects involving BrightSign products
business enterprise being a ‘value-added partner’ to the Systems for clients in North America and Europe.
Integration community, rather than being a mere box pushing
In addition, we have developed our own Room Scheduling Solution
distributor.
on BrightSign Platform that integrates directly to Office 365, MS
While our standing expertise gave us a good footing, we built a Exchange or Google G Suit. This solution was showcased at ISE 2018
strong technical team to consolidate our presence in the market, at the Brightsign Booth, and it did attract a good attention from
by continuously supporting our partners with system designs and discerning visitors.
online installation support, as well as custom application and content
creation support.
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On how they make it good with heavily-competed distribution and ease-of-use which enables the integrators focus on the delivery
business in India, and outside… of content, rather than the nightmare of tech-setup. The company’s
fixed install, single-wire cameras mean that regardless of nature of
HAARIS & SAUGATO: First and foremost, we believe India and
the function the user can record at highest quality for remote access,
SAARC region is a huge market place, with an exponentially growing
distribution to wider audiences, or simple recordkeeping and review.
potential. So, place for everyone to make it good, provided they
It’s great experiential technology take for an AV enthusiast.
have a good business model and expertise. The market does provide
enough space for all existing, and new distribution players to coexist We also bring to market the MULTIBRACKET brand of brackets
and make businesses. and AV accessories. The interesting thing this is a brand that is
comparatively cost-effective with most other European brands
Secondly, every distribution company has their own principals, and
without compromising on quality.
so do we, with our own set of unique technology partners. I say
technology partner because, like I said earlier, we do not merely push Another important solution that we bring to market is the BOOK IT
boxes; we rather custom create solution with the products which Room Scheduling Solution. This cost-effective and easy-to-deploy
we believe is a critical differentiator. That we brand ourselves with a system can schedule any room on the network from a BookIT touch
variety of value-adds based on the product and requirement of the panel located outside a meeting room, the user’s mobile device
user, that’s been creating a great variety of opportunities for us. or computer. The sleek design fits into any décor and the intuitive
interface requires little to no user training. BookIT is directly
On what thinking they do while choosing a brand/product?...
integrated with MS Exchange, Office 365 and G Suite (formerly Google
technology, price, relevance, ease of install…
Apps for Work), so no additional server is needed.
HAARIS & SAUGATO: I would say it would
On how tech-savvy the Indian AV buyers vis-a-vis
be a combination of all the points you
other markets?
mentioned. However, having journeyed
through technology traits over so many years, HAARIS & SAUGATO: Indian buyers are equally
I may look a little more inclined when I say we knowledgeable and tech savvy, if not more than
try to bring new and innovative technology any other market buyers. In this age of Internet
products and solutions to our client’s place. and explosive information, every nuance and
More, we tend to select brands where we detail is available for anyone from anywhere in the
see some opportunity to add some custom world. That makes them more informed and better
solution/application so that the combined positioned than ever.
offering is both exciting and compelling on
One observation that helps me say this is till
the client. That’s actually we want to grow,
recently most multinational enterprises building
create value to the partners through not just
AV projects here used to ask integrators replicate
the brands we bring, but also through our value-add applications.
the designs of their offices in the West here in India as a standard,
On whether they would detail a product/brand or two that brings all but slowly there is tendency in Enterprise managements reversing
the four together… it- exploring newer AV builds here in India, and taking the same to
replicate in their Western offices. That goes to demonstrate the levels
HAARIS & SAUGATO: I would want to talk about BrightSign in this
of technology takes in India today.
regard. It is one good example for filling in all the four criteria you
mentioned. Arguably among the global leaders in digital signage Last few years we have seen several large Multi-National
market, BrightSign brings a very exciting range of solutions that Organizations, who earlier used to replicate/standardize technologies
are cutting-edge in technology, innovative in applications, easy to used in their Office in US & Europe to their India Offices are now
deploy and use, and affordable in costs. More, they come with no looking for New Solutions/Technologies and implementing them
complications of subscription, licensing and renewal etc., which go in their India Projects and the same getting replicated in their US /
very well with the integration community as well as end users. Europe offices.

Then we have SIEMON’s IT infrastructure and structured cabling ON what’s Nvincy’s immediate priority?/Goal? How strongly it is
products and solutions. It may be a point of interest to you that with positioned to achieve the same
an illustrious history of over 116 years, they are one of the world’s
HAARIS & SAUGATO: We have two immediately priorities. One-
oldest, and leading manufacturers of IT infrastructure and cabling
further strengthening the brands we are carrying with us, and
products. Their leadership is reflected in as many as 400 patents
two- expanding to the regions we have not been able to concentrate
they have obtained for their structured cabling solutions. They have
earlier. We are also continuously looking for new, innovative products
a specific focus on the AV Industry and AV projects. Their solutions
and dishing out solutions that improve our value-adds to the
include cost-effective AV Racks, cables, and connectors that go into all
principals as well as the clients.
kinds and levels of AV projects.
www.nvincy.com
I would also want to talk about the Dutch AV major AVONIC’s that
blends industry-leading innovation with exceptional product quality

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Adiyogi: A New Dimension in Projection on an ‘AXIS’ of 3D


The ‘First (of His Kind) Guru’ Mapped in Technology

Every weekend, as the dusk settles thick along the high slopes of Velliangiri mountain range – some 30
km from the industrial city of Coimbatore in the Southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu – there raises a
gigantic Yogi Form, from the plains of Ishana Vihaar inside the Isha Yoga Complex steeped in the foothills
of Velliangiri. Primordial in posture, galactic in scale and ‘Guinness-esque’ in sorts, Adiyogi – as the Form is
etymologically called – is a story as massive as the bust sculpture is.
As many as 24 EPSON 3LCD High Brightness Laser Projectors are made to glow it up three-dimensionally;
powered from inside by domain leader Dataton, and pulsating 5.1 immersive audio by Pulz- together
scripting a first-of-its-kind project in Indian AV, if not beyond.
An SIA exclusive:

By Ram Bhavanashi

On 4 March this year – the big Indian festive day of Maha Shivaratri Adiyogi – Primordial Principle of The Self!
(Lord Shiva’s Incarnation) – the Isha Vihaar ground on the premises
Adiyogi– the very name spells magic, transcends common
of Isha Yoga Complex, given the same name as the festival, bore
comprehension, and connotes an esoteric wisdom. Primordial Self
an unprecedentedly super surcharged atmosphere. An indefinable
(unto Liberation), one might want to equate it with, but even that
fervour- for all the spirited reasons!
may not fully satisfy one who presumably knows Him. It can be that
President of India Ram Nath Kovind was to inaugurate the big festive cryptic.
event Adiyogi Divya Darshanam (Divine Appearance of Adiyogi)
Facing south, it is also sometimes referred
at the world’s tallest bust statue of Adiyogi there. A very
to as Yoga Dakshinamurthy the
prideful project of Isha Foundation’s Founder Sadhguru
Ultimate Teacher of Yoga- the
Jaggi Vasudev, and created with clinical attention to
omniscient and omnipotent,
every detail.
personifying the Ultimate Awareness,
More, a first-of-its-kind AV technology blitz was to understanding and knowledge. That makes
vibrate and animate on the massive 112-feet steel it still cryptic for some. That’s one.
bust of the Lord, to captivate a 350,000-strong
Two- it’s a bust of Lord Shiva in deeply
Shaivaite gathering waiting in anticipation.
meditating posture, made of steel,
It did happen, and cast a magical spell on the weighing 500 tons, and painted black,
devotees. A wonderment for those who with a mercurial finish and polish.
watched it in awe, and a greatly reassuring Topography- highly uneven, making it
fulfilment for those who created it. difficult for anything to settle on.
It took two years for the Isha Foundation Three- with 112.4 feet height,
to design the statue and eight months excluding the 147 x 25 feet
to manufacture, while it took five plinth, it’s been recognized
months to create the AV blitz by the Guinness World
around it. Records as the
tallest

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The glory of the Lord: Sea of humanity at the Adiyogi on the Maha Shivaratri day

bust in the world. It is also said that the 112 feet symbolize as many According to him, the theme was to narrate the story of Adiyogi
Chakras (nerve circles) that are in human body, and also that many who became Adiguru (the First Teacher), when He first imparted
possibilities of Liberation. the ancient science of Yoga to Sapta Rshis (Seven Sages) – His seven
disciples; to His Consort, Devi Parvati and to His constant companions,
With that subtlety of the matrix, when Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev),
the formless Ganas (Shaiva army ranks) in three different ways.
the Founder of Isha Foundation – the parent institution of Isha Yoga
Centre – ideated to weave in the timeless tale of Adiyogi with equal For the content part, Three Dee Studios took on board
subtlety by means of pervasive audio-visual technology, it presented
• Overseas Producer : Sangman Lee
both a prideful opportunity, as well as a challenge of rarest kind.
• AV System Integration, Programming & Project Management:
Team Project Adiyogi
Sirvinder Pal (Lucky) Singh, Purple Vector, from Chennai
Sadhguru – erudite as he is – chose his team with such discretion that
• Projection Mapping : Manesh (Manu) Kadam from Bengaluru
the team composition spoke for it all.
It was a task cut out for each of them. While Sangman Lee – the visual
“The brief itself was amazing,” recalls Avijit Samajdar, CEO of Kolkata-
effects expert who handles Three Dee Studio’s office in the South
based AXIS Three Dee Studios Pvt. Ltd., the Content Creator and
Korean capital of Seoul – produced all those special visual effects
Project Owner for Adiyogi projection mapping. Entrusted with the
for the project from Korean office, the AVSI and projection specialist
task of executing the prestigious project, Avijit produced and directed
worked with Three Dee Studios locally.
the project, assisted by his team, and supported by domain experts.
“We were tasked to create a A good part of the rendering
spell-binding projection mapping was also handled by Lee, and to
on the 112-feet massive statue much appreciation.
to narrate the timeless tale of
For the AVSI, it was to handle
Adiyogi,” explains Avijit, “to create
complete installation of
it in a way that would touch people
projectors and mapping of
deeply within, using state-of-the-
Adiyogi statue- right from rigging
art technology for an immersive
of projectors to configuration
amalgam of light, visuals and
of complete hardware setup,
sound.”
underground cabling, audio and
laser integration with server
Avijit Samajdar with Sadhguru: A genius connect

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systems. The programming part of projection mapping and integration


of lasers with audio was handled by specialist projectionist Manesh
(Manu) Kadam.

“It was an experience of a lifetime as this


project was one of the most complicated
projects that anyone would have ever done
in India,” says Lucky Singh. “First, the black
surface of the bust; second, the environment
that we worked under.”

Says Manu Kadam, a Dataton-certified


Adiyogi during daylight conditions
projection specialist: “It was a very
unconventional way of projection mapping; “There is an immense sanctity to Adiyogi; it was not some building
starting with a bust that is unique for both or monument where we could show sudden cracks happening, walls
structure and texture.” According to him, crumbling, and creepers climbing or striking multi-coloured geometric
the size and surface finish of the statue and forms,” reminisces Avijit. “We had to very cleverly weave these
placement limitations of projection equipment elements into the story telling, and that’s what we did. That actually
posed a distinct set of challenges. made our story telling deeply immersive.”
For the hardware part, it was decided to work with: The total surface of the statue to be shone in projection measured as
• Projection Systems: Epson Laser projectors many as 8,000 square feet of highly uneven topography explains the
magnitude of the project.
• Audio Systems: Pulz Electronics Ltd.
Mapping Adiyogi
• Projection/Media Servers: Dataton (WatchOut, WatchMax)
While Sadhguru himself took the scripting and story narrative part,
• Music: Sounds of Isha
the content design, and production had to be executed by AXIS, which
“The entire project was a complex coordinated was an arguably challenging task, given the intricacies involved.
effort spread across content development,
In order to map the massive task in tune with Sadhguru’s vision, AXIS
projection mapping and system integration,”
team recreated and remodelled an exact replica of the original statue
says Harish A K, General Manager-Visual
in their studio in Kolkata, with exact dimensions in 1:16 ratio with
Products at Epson India. “Epson had a very
seven feet height.
prideful contribution to the project, for the
very way it was fashioned.” “We did all our trials and tests on this replica,” explains Avijit. “That
helped us to do any rectifications and plug-ins.”
“The WATCHOUT system was chosen due
to its strong track-record in the industry as The Adiyogi is made of steel and the surface is painted black.
a reliable and versatile tool for cutting-edge According to Avijit, black is never a preferred projection surface for
mapping applications,” prides Ashok Sharma, a simple fact that no colour can be seen (technically, black absorbs
Regional Director-SAARC at Dataton. “As the everything; it reflects no colour for the human eye to capture).
first performance of the show was to unfold in So, they had to choose a projection system that will overcome the
front of none other than the Honorable President of India, there was
absolutely no room for anything less than perfection.”

Visualizing Adiyogi Subtlety


THE CG TECH TEAM
As the deliberations with Sadhguru went deeper, Avijit quickly
realised that the intended story telling had to transcend all known Studio Head : Ms. Mayuri Dutta
understanding of Time and Space. For, the simple fact that the very VFX, Rendering : Arijit Haldar
concept of Adiyogi itself is beyond all time and space. Yet, it had to be Supervision
created in a way that is lucid enough for everyone to understand.
Creative Design
So, the Content Producer-Director decided to work with the Five & Art Supervision : Priyam Modak
Eternal Elements of nature- Earth, Space, Water, Wind and Fire. That
they embody everything that people see around, it was pertinent IT Supervison : Gautam Mondal
these five elements formed the connecting tread to traverse through
the storyscape.

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FACTFILE
Project Name : Adiyogi Divya Darshanam
Project Location : Isha Yoga Complex, Coimbatore
Project Segment : Infotainment
Project Client : Isha Yoga Centre
Project Owner : AXIS Three Dee Studios Pvt. Ltd.
Content Creator : AXIS Three Dee Studios Pvt. Ltd.
Producer & Director : Avijit Samajdar, AXIS Three Dee
Studios Pvt. Ltd.
Oveseas Producer : Sangman Lee, Seoul, South Korea
Projection Mapping : Manesh (Manu) Kadam
AV Systems Inegrator, : Sirvinder “Lucky” Singh -
Programming & Management Purple Vector
Music : Sounds of Isha

THE LORD LOOKS DOWN ON HIS SUBJECTS: A grand view of the setting from a high point. Observe the lighting fixtures aimed at Him from the ground.

challenge and produces a reflective brilliance that can be seen and on it. Though this makes it look very beautiful during day and evening
appreciated. when sun or moon light falls on it, projecting vivid colours onto it is a
real big challenge. Most colours appear differently when they fall on
“We chose Epson’s laser projectors of 15,000 lumens, and they
that surface.
worked brilliantly,” informs Avijit. “It is anybody’s guess that people
want best technology available within the budget; we tested various “We devised a unique method of ‘real-time colour cancellation’
brands and types, including DLP and LEDs,” he explained. “But we by creating a Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colour palette used
chose Epson’s 15,000 lumens EB-L1755UNL WUXGA Laser projectors as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd layers” the Three Dee Studios chief revealed.
for their vivid images and strikingly beautiful rendition of colours. “That’s why the colours on Adiyogi stand out so vivid and vibrant,” he
Especially on a black surface, these projectors worked commendably explained. “All interfering colours of light, reflected off the surface of
well.” Adiyogi get cancelled out in real time by the different layers.”

The black surface colour posed one more challenge. It does give a The very positioning of Adiyogi on the Isha Vihaar plain actually
very deep sheen, and glow beautifully on the statue when light falls required two towers to house the projectors to be ideally positioned

Mission Project Adiyogi : The project teams working out different aspects of the project at different levels

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in front, or slightly off the centre of the statue. They required to be


permanent structures, but the project team could not do it as it would
obstruct the view of the devotees coming to see Adiyogi everyday.

The projection team, therefore, had to move the two towers far
apart from each other at an angle that would be at 45 degrees to the
surface during projection.

“The location of projector placement towers as advised by the


Ashram team gave us very little tolerances to work with,” recalls
projectionist Manu. “Two towers at 90° apart from the centre of the
bust, with the focal point being off the AXIS of audience view point
was really challenging.”

Explains the SI Lucky Singh: “we had custom designed the projector
frames in order to stack them with interlocking facility. We, however,
used industry standard equipment to integrate the audio and laser
equipment which was a further set-up with the Watchmax Server.”

The projection team therefore worked out a unique stacking layout of


projectors so that they could achieve an optimum angle of incidence Says Ashok: “the technology competence of Dataton WatchMax,
of light without casting any interfering shadows on the surface. The came up, perhaps, for one of the best showcases ever. The conditions
24 laser projectors therefore are stacked in a 4x6 configuration. couldn’t have been tougher, for the very intricacies.” According to
“That’s a total of 360,000 Lumens of light, or as many as 90,000 him, the show creators appreciated the easy-to-navigate interface in
Lumens illumination on every point on Adiyogi,” recounts Harish. WatchOut and how smoothly changes could be implemented, even
Epson projector professional tools facilitated surface mapping while on the day of the launch.
overlaying as many as six images accurately, point wise.” While a majority of the focus appeared to be on the projection side,
In essence, two sets of six projectors each are stacked vertically a matching audio couldn’t be discounted. It, therefore, had its own
mapping the upper sides of Adiyogi’s visage on both sides while challenging ‘ground’ to play and prove. As it is, people famously say
another pair of six projectors each are horizontally stacked mapping ‘half of AV experience comes from sound.’
the lower sides of Adiyogi’s bust. Chips in Ramakrishnan M K, Chairman of
“The installation dispelled the popular myth that it is near impossible Pulz Electronics Ltd, the Mumbai-based
to do mapping on black surfaces,” Harish declares. “We did that.” manufacturer of audio brand Pulz that went
into the design and install: “We had to
It was, therefore, multi-layered 4K content at 30FPS and 5.1 Surround
custom-design/develop the audio system for
Sound to be distributed across the two towers at great distances.
the Adiyogi project. The very environment of
They needed a hardware that is able to take that whole AV content
the setting made it all the more demanding.”
forward absolutely seamlessly.
According to him, the open-air nature of the
“That’s why we chose two Dataton WatchMax WX9100 servers,”
place, and the exposure of audio systems to the weather vagaries was
informs Avijit. “Plus, the WatchOut software enabled mapping and
one big challenge. It had to be portable, to be able to be moved as
smooth edge-blending on the highly contoured surface.”
per the Ashram people’s choice, and yet give adequate coverage of at
least 3,000 audiences. Besides, it had to be of compact form factor to
avoid restriction of viewing angles. The spec was to make less number
of units cover the same audience area.

So, Pulz specially designed and manufactured the audio systems


that met the requirement- audio with controlled and well defined
directivity, plus withstand day-to-day outdoor weather conditions.

“We did it with dedication,” informs MK.

The system thus comprised five main speakers IAM12X4 for a


5.1 Surround Sound setting that is augmented by a Subwoofer
channel, powered by nine units of dual 18-inch SIC 218 subwoofers,
strategically positioned in a cardiod configuration, to beam low
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The Spirit of Adiyogi: Devotees thronging the site for that grand view at the Lord

of those sound waves to undesired areas. These systems are driven the IT supervisor, ensured that the entire production pipeline, for the
by Pulz high efficiency DPT Series amplifiers and digital signal systems hardware and software functioned smoothly and seamlessly
crossovers capable of delivering 40,000 Watts for maximum impact in India and remotely in Seoul.
and dynamics.
Challenges of Adiyogi Scale
“We also worked very closely with the content producers and
With such efforts going into it, the Adiyogi project was a success in
integration team, as our audio component was integral to the whole
every sense of the effort. “We did succeed; but the purple patch has
experience,” explains Anirvan Ghosh, Managing Director of Pulz. “The
many factors, says the Purple Vector chief- Lucky Singh. “It was an
system application did demand certain nuances of calibration without
experience worth a lifetime.”
which the experience couldn’t have been immersive.”
The main challenge, according to the integrator, was during the
Observes Lucky Singh, the integrator: “it was practically a
demos, due to the non-availability of infrastructure at the site. They
monumental effort, with so many intricacies and people with never-
had just three nights to get all the projectors aligned and be ready for
before challenges, and more, for the aura surrounding the project.”
the launch. With all the other vendors working side by side, it made
The projection mapping, lasting 12 minutes every time, is a visual the job even more difficult.
depiction of transmission of Yoga by Lord Shiva to His consort,
“The demo sessions were most stressful,” chips in Manu, the 3D
Goddess Parvathi with a powerful voice over from Sadhguru Jaggi
projectionist. “After every demo, we had to uninstall the projectors
Vasudev himself. The 350,000 plus audience were spell bound to
and reinstall again; I had to move around constantly on site to get the
witness the wonderment of sound and light on the metal of rare
right point-of-view for the alignment.”
mettle.
Sums up Avjiit- the owner-producer of Adiyogi project.
Admits Avijit: “In fact, on that day, of Maha Shivratri when the
350,000-strong audience were screaming in frenzy, to show their This project is result of the coming together of some of the best
appreciation, awe and sheer wonder, it made every effort of the technologies and finest professionals in contemporary AV technology,
over 150 personnel, including our staff, partners, vendors, Indian and mapping, sound as well as visual creative. It’s a getting together
overseas professionals as well as volunteers from Isha Foundation, to create an audio visual spectacle, the likes of which was never
who worked tirelessly for over six months, seem all so worthwhile.” attempted on such a scale, and for a surface with such unique
attributes so far.”
Understandably, the production team from Three Dee Studios played
central to this monumental effort. Staying at the head of all that www.axis3dstudio.com
www.purplevector.in
was the Studio Head Mayuri Dutta, who handled various areas of
www.epson.co.in
pre- & post-production, including close liaison with the Director, www.dataton.com
the Korean and Indian teams. The VFx, compositing and rendering www.pulz.co.in
supervision was done by Arijit Haldar, while the creative design and
art supervision was rendered by Priyam Modak. Gautam Mondal as

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Absen 8K HD LEDs Depict 7200 Panoramic View at Tonghu Sci-Tech Town


Immersive Experience for a Technologically Futuristic Town

Tonghu Sci-Tech Town is in a very important geographical location Located withing the “Smart City” control centre of Tonghu Sci-Tech
of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area and in the Town of Country Garden, the LED CAVE hall features 283 sqm of
junction of Shenzhen, Guizhou and Dongguan. Developed by Country Absen’s N 2.5 product (1092 cabinets), offering over 8K resolution of
Garden the vision is to create the the Sci-Tech Town as the “Silicon
Valley in Guangdong,” to test-bed promote and integrate advanced
technologies within an ecological comfortable living space, thereby
becoming the new critical growth pole on the industrial belt in
Guangdong Gold Coast.

The vision for the town has attracted a number of large companies to
move in focusing on technologies such as the Internet of things, 5G,
unmanned vehicle, drone, face-tracking and so forth. So it’s a town
for futuristic and high-end technologies. But the town is still in the
construction phase. To show potential “tenants” how the town will
look like when the whole construction is finished, a CAVE hall was
built. Instead of using 3D models, the CAVE hall offers a naked eye 3D,
7200 immersive panoramic digital experience.

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dynamic 3D content for visitors to truly experience the futuristic town there were many corners to deal with during the installation. To deal
before it is completed. with the 90-degree corners it required high resolution LED display
products, perfectly synced to provide a seamless experience for
The LED Cave Hall
viewers.
In the seamlessly immersed LED giant screen immersive experience
The ceiling screens feature 11x22 cabinets, each weighing 9kg.
space, the audience can watch the panoramic CG (Computer
Obviously safety was a priority. Though the Absen LED module used
Graphics) video, combining scene and sound effects, so that the
magnetic, there was a high probability of the panel falling down due
visitor is completely immersed in a high-level virtual simulation
to gravity. To ensure that does not happen, Absen’s engineers used
environment surrounded by stereoscopic images.
screws to fix the ceiling screens as further precaution.
Through the LED giant screen and multi-terminal control platform,
The Absen N2.5 is a slim flat panel display which enables fast
combined with multi-dimensional huge image display space,
installation and easy maintenance with access to front and rear of
integrated with data visualization and intelligent control technology,
panels. That the entire installation, calibration and commissioning
the CAVE hall can integrate large digital film and a large number of
of the Absen LEDs took only 20 days and only four hard-working
data presentation media to create a smart city image display area.
engineers is testament to the ease of the installation process of the
Challenges Absen LEDs.

Absen’s LED displays needed to provide a Naked eye 3D, 720° The CAVE Hall has certainly achieved the objective of the developer in
panorama view, over 8K HD screen. The seamless design of the 90° creating a stimulating experience for visitors to see the future!
corner screen, the flatness of the whole screen, the ceiling screen, www.absen.com
and the screen on the floor were all challenges during the installation.

The LED screens were installed on all 5 sides of this CAVE hall(the
ceiling, the floor, the front, the left and the righ), which meant that

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Panasonic Projectors, disguise Media Servers, d&b Sound Systems, SGM and Philips
Lighting Fixtures and grandMA3 Console Help Create Experience
CT Installs ‘A Palace in Motion’ at Qasr Al Watan

Qasr Al Watan ‘Palace of the Nation’ is the UAE’s newest cultural The Palace in Motion is one of the largest projection installs in the
landmark situated in the presidential palace compound in Abu Dhabi. region. CT was responsive for the design and installation of 52 x
It was opened to the public on Monday 11th March with the aim to 31k Panasonic projectors and 6 disguise 4x4 Pro Media Servers. The
give visitors a deeper understanding of the UAE’s values and traditions
while preserving the heritage of the country. The opening of Qasr Al
Watan is aligned with the UAE’s Vision 2021 to become a knowledge-
based economy.

Palace in Motion: The palace runs a spectacular light and sound show
daily as part of its efforts to showcase the UAE’s culture and history.
The story which is projected onto the façade of the iconic building is
told in three acts about the past, present, and the future vision of the
nation.

Creative Technology (CT) was contracted to provide technical design,


installation and integration of the AVIT systems for the Palace in
Motion show.

Damian Rowe, CT’s Director of Special Projects, explains “CT was given
an original design for the Palace in Motion show which we expanded
on to produce a working solution that fit our clients brief.”
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extensive audio solution comprised of a full d&b system and the Rowe states “The equipment was specified by the consultant, during
integrated lighting system consisted of a Grand MA3 lighting control, the early design stages. It was CT’s responsibility to confirm the design
36 x SGM fixtures and 100 x Philips fixtures which added to the overall meets the technical specifications and provide changes to scope as
show experience. required to validate the system.”

The venue production communications are managed with Riedel Rowe goes on to say “We were asked to design the PA systems and
Artist 32 communications matrix, smart panels located within the two lighting systems to be fully removable, with this in mind, CT provided
primary control rooms and a distributed Bolero solution. an integrated design approach which allows full flexibility within the
design while still maintaining the system integrity.”

Andy Reardon, Managing Director of CT Middle East, “We are


incredibly proud to have been part of this project and what our
team has achieved. Damian Rowe and the Systems Integration team
have been committed to this project for 12 months and have done a
fantastic job of bringing the clients vision to life. The Palace in Motion
show looks incredible, and I would highly recommend everyone to go
see it.”

www.ctme.co

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Club Features Full Gamut of Harman Professional Solutions Audio and Lighting System
The Piano Man Jazz Club, Gurgaon

Three and a half years, thousands of whisky sours and nearly 1,300 the opening night nailed out the things completely making it
shows later, The Piano Man Jazz Club (TPMJC), a one-of-a-kind live unquestionable. Arjun wanted to take jazz out of black-tie concert-
sound bar/restaurant venue in the country that puts the ‘Music’ and hall venues, making it accessible and offering a stage that would
the ‘Artist’ before everything else is all ready for its second venue welcome all. So whether it is Indian jazz stars, international brass
at Gurgaon’s 32nd Milestone with complete new installations of band ensembles or young singer-songwriters, The Piano Man stage
HARMAN Professional Solutions audio and lighting system comprising is all about showcasing talent. It is one of the best places in Delhi for
JBL Loudspeakers, Crown Amplification, BSS Processors, AKG jazz music, fabulous music, and live music.
Microphones, Soundcraft Mixers, and Martin Lights.
Jazz clubs and the live concerts requires high quality audio and
The owner, Arjun Sagar Gupta, with a background in engineering, a lightening products with exemplary sound quality and strong technical
trained pianist, Fulbright music scholar and restaurateur, and a deep competency. The design for TPMJC created a unique set of acoustical
love for music, was looking to combine his passions to propel the challenges when it came to plotting out and installing the HARMAN
performances of the artists. So he wanted a comprehensive, well- solutions.
designed and holistic live entertainment system that would justify his
commitment to those ideals. THE PIANO MAN takes pride in capturing the artist’s feelings and
emotions during live performances. Getting a rich and warm sound
When the three-storey TPMJC opened its doors to the public can sometimes be a challenge, with a lot of artists cupping the mic
in September 2015, one could only guess how a venue that put and losing the high end, but then HARMAN came into the picture with
together a bakery, a restaurant and a jazz club would fare. However, more well put heat maps, a comprehensive, well-designed and holistic
live entertainment system that would justify his commitment to those
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ideals. They were not generic ones like he encountered with the other The application engineering teams at HARMAN helped achieve just
brands, moreover one of the company offered their products free of that by offering an elaborate and comprehensive simulation of the
cost, and still they choose HARMAN, said Arjun Sagar Gupta, Owner, solution enabling a satisfying decision process, said Ashish Mahindru,
‘THE PIANO MAN’. He added that the application team spent 2 full AM Integrated Solutions.
days tuning light and sound, working meticulously and systematically
to ensure a great output. “Harman group brings an all embracing mix of sumptuous variety
of products across the globe ensuring that our customers are spoilt
Initially, the plan for stage lighting was designed to be minimal, for superiority from splendour to vivacity by brands that are par
however, after seeing the simulation of HARMAN’s Lighting supreme.”
application team, a more elaborate plan was agreed on for its
potential to augment the sound performance of the musicians with a Impact
well-designed visual impact, said Ashish Mahindru, AV Consultant, AM
Integrated. Also The Hazer machine, another suggestion by Harman to Jazz clubs and the live concerts requires high quality audio and
make light beams visible, is used every night to add a little drama to lightening products with exemplary sound quality and strong technical
the performance, everything comes together to elevate the evening competency. The HARMAN solutions work perfectly for the venue, the
from a performance to a concert. efforts being appreciated by every artist who visited and performed
so far, said Arjun Sagar Gupta, Owner, “The Piano Man.” The speakers
Arjun Sagar Gupta, hired Vineet Wadhwani, Owner, Crescendo AV to are of the quality which makes the audience feel that the voice
design and install a complete HARMAN audio and lighting system. impended is directly from the stage making it highly incredible.
The main HARMAN audio system comprises of two JBL AM7212/00
loudspeakers as the main FOH and four ASB6115 subwoofers, as well We choose iconic brands by HARMAN Professional Solutions because
as AC16/18 loudspeakers for side fills and six EON615 self-powered we wanted the system to transform the customer experience and the
loudspeakers for stage monitors and two EON618/230 self - powered entire scenario by creating a uniquely immersive environment, said
subwoofers. Audio is mixed on a Soundcraft Si Impact 32 – channel Vinit Wadhwani, System Integrator, Crescendo AV. Harman provided
digital mixing console, AKG microphones provide exceptional clarity them with twenty-four martin lights, without being asked for and I
and perspicuity for live concerts, live music and band shows and saw the value of those lights, said, Arjun Sagar Gupta, Owner, The
Martin lights that complemented the elegant color schemes which Piano Man. We hope to expand small chains of jazz clubs all over
not only produces a spectacular lighting design, but turns the club the country to provide an extraordinary platform to the artists to
into a unique experience. showcase their talent and to the customers to listen the best jazz and
feel the most lavishing place with best of the services.
‘The Piano Man’ at 32nd Avenue Gurgaon is a wide, oval-shaped
venue – a design that was chosen specifically to achieve a close and pro.harman.com
intimate seating plan of the house with respect to the stage. This put
the position of the main FOH cluster in a “tight spot” with almost zero
margin for error.

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BT ‘Convergence’ of Intelligent AV with Aurora, Epson and Logitech Solutions


Vesta Tech Collaboration Centre Finds New Vistas of AV

Vesta Technology Solutions LLP – the Campbellsville, Kentucky-headquartered multi-faceted, ITES provider –
recently set up its India base in Hyderabad that is characterized by a Collaboration Centre with a very intelligent
integration of audio-visual learning application. Hyderabad-based BT Convergence Technologies took the honours
of the integration, in collaboration with OEM majors Aurora Multimedia, Epson and Logitech.
SIA presents an account of the unique install:
FACT FILE
Vesta Technology Solutions LLP – founded as a Joint-Venture by
Project Name : Vesta Technologies Online
Andhra NRI Palla Kiran Kumar with the Campbellsville University
Collaborative Training Centre
– in the historic city of Campbellsville in Kentucky, USA, is a multi-
faceted IT Enabled Services enterprise with a primary focus on online Project Segment : ITES Collaboration
collaborative learning system solutions. Just three years into the Project Location : Hyderabad
professional ITES domain, the company has quickly grown to be a 4+ Project Owner : Vesta Technologies, USA
million dollar company.
Project AV Design : BT Convergence Technologies
With a view to expanding its domain competence as also reaching Project AV SI : BT Convergence Technologies
out to wider audiences in India, the company has recently set-up a
Project Interiors : BT Convergence Technologies
new office establishment in Hyderabad that is characterized by an
online collaborative learning centre featuring two uniquely designed Project Highlights: Kaptivo Whiteboard Camera; 3M
Projection Wall Fills forming an experiential setting Major
e-learning training rooms. Brands Making the Project: Aurora Multimedia; Epson
Projectors; Logitech VC system; Kaptivo Whiteboard
The brief from the client appeared to be simple, recalls Yateendra,
Solution
Director at BT Convergence Technologies, the Hyderabad-based
systems integrator who was taken onboard for the task. BTCT’s track
record of handling similar jobs in challenging ambient situations

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apparently added the • UST (WXGA) projectors from Epson


credentials for winning this
• Wireless collaboration from Polycom
job. According to the BTCT
Director, the client wanted • Video conferencing system & Group expansion mics by Logitech
a facility that can facilitate
the delivery collaborative • Audio systems from Audio-Technica, beyerdynamic & ClearOne
learning system between (DANTE-enabled), AND most importantly,
remote as well as local
• Video distribution & Control System by Aurora Multimedia that
locations in real time.
plays central to the whole install.
“The client was essentially
While every single component has its own role in the install, the most
looking for a one-stop
critical aspect of the whole is accounted by Kaptivo Collaborative
solutions provider who
Whiteboards, Projection wall fills and Aurora multimedia Transceivers
could build the fully-defined AV set-up, with a proper acoustics and and Control System, details the Integrator.
interiors, and in a very cost-effective manner,” says Yateendra. “It
was more of a turnkey project than a simple AV,” he explains. “In that “We haven’t gone for any cost-intensive systems; we have rather
perspective, it was challenging- more for the ambience treatment and innovated to choose the most cost-effective and experiential AV
décor, than for the technology.” gear,” asserts the Integrator, “this is well demonstrated by Kaptivo,
Projection wall fills, and Aurora AV gear.”
Having come onboard the project for a design-build-integrate-test-
&commission task, BTCT quickly evolved a design for the two training The first important player is the Kaptivo Collaboration system. A
rooms which was to be state-of-the-art by specifications. However, transatlantic company innovation that it is, the Kaptivo is simply an
a few rounds of deliberations have resulted in a conclusion that they award-winning solution that transforms any dry-erase or glass board
wouldn’t need two equally rated set-ups; they would rather have an into a real-time collaboration tool. It’s a sleek device – comprising
advanced system set-up in place for the larger (50-seater) Training a camera module and lens, augmented by a computing engine and
Room while the smaller, 30-seater Training Room would do with basic polarizer – that sits above a standard whiteboard to seamlessly
system set-up. capture images, live stream content, and integrate with video
conferencing and productivity software platforms.
That the smaller Training Room has only 30 seating capacity, it
was also tasked to perform as a Conference Room as well, as and The beauty of the system is it allows saving and sharing content over
when needed. “We, therefore, had to evolve an interior design too- any browser or video conference.
featuring the surface furnishings as well as furniture that will suit both
“In a practical scenario, it creates sessions of the users’ class at
the conferencing and training environments,” explains Yateendra.
the other end for the trainer giving a real-time environment of
The AV set-up model evolved by the designer-integrator, therefore, classroom,” explains the integrator, “in essence, creates a web
essentially comprised: link – by virtue of internet connection – for students with user
authentication credentials. Any web browser, any smart device, from
• Collaborative whiteboards from Kaptivo anywhere in the world, can join the session. It can, therefore, convert
any plain surface into an interactive screen.”
• Projection Wall Fills from 3M
Further, instead of deploying the traditional whiteboard solution,
BTCT brought in yet another innovation- four units of 8x4 feet
transparent projection wall fills by 3M. “These low-cost transparent
fills will function as interactive whtieboards,” asserts the integrator.

The Large Training Room:

The AV set-up in the 50-seater large Training Room is essentially


characterized by three units of 3M-manufactured 8x4 feet projection
wall fills with two of them equipped with one each of EPSON 3200
Lumens EB-675W (WXGA) Ultra Short Throw projectors while
remaining one projection wall fill is accounted by the Kaptivo.

A Logitech full HD 1080p PTZ Pro2 video camera is tasked to


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(now Plantronics) wireless collaboration system is entrusted with The audio capture, on the other hand, is entrusted to one each unit
performing the collaboration processes. of Shure SVX wireless hand-held microphone and wireless lavelier
microphone.
The audio configuration here is designed with two-way
communication system featuring six units of ClearOne LS6CT ceiling The video distribution signal management here is handled by a pair
speakers that are augmented by four units of DANTE-enabled, ceiling of Aurora Multimedia VLX-TC1-CF Transceivers, augmented by one
suspended Ceiling Mic Array capsules. A pair of ClearOne Converge unit of VLX-TCW2V-C-W Wall Plate. All this is again controlled by one
Pro2 120 DSP mixers, and a 4-channel, 60-Watt Class-D ClearOne unit of Aurora RTX-10 Control System touch panel delivering similar
audio power amplifier power the audio application. functions as in the large Training Room

For handling audio presentation functions, a pair of beyerdynamic “This is again entirely built on IP network – with complete elimination
9.5-inch TG 500 UHF Diversity systems – comprising one TG-L558 of conventional/legacy systems,” asserts the BTCT Director, “it,
lavalier mic, and TG-V550 vocal set hand-held microphone – is also therefore facilitates seamless transmission across the network.”
roped in completing the audio configuration.
According to Nataraju Upputuri,
Video Distribution & Control: The All-Important Element Director at Aurora Multimedia India,
it’s very cost-effective system in that
While the Kaptivo and 3M took one aspect of the uniqueness of this one single unit controls multiple
project, it is actually completed and complemented for a seamless number of devices; it’s also high-
and experiential functionality by the Aurora Multimedia Video performance in that it streams 4K
Distribution and Control System. video content at 1Gbps capacity. For
Two pairs of Aurora VLX-TC1-CF Transceivers with 4K 1Gbps lossless small and mid-sized enterprise set-
streaming capability – augmented by one unit of VLX-TCW2V- ups, it’s the most ideal solution.
C-W Transceiver Wall Plate – handle the entire video distribution “It’s a very ambitious project for
responsibility. The entire programming and commissioning is us, giving us the scope to control
monitored by Aurora Multimedia to ensure the install process is multiple training rooms, both
precise and meticulous. large and small, using AV over IP concept,” Nataraju said. “Despite
More importantly, the video distribution mechanism through the challenges, BT Convergence made it look so easy and simple; kudos
Aurora Transceivers is controlled by one unit of 10-inch Aurora RXT-10 to them,” he said. “However, this being a complex project in terms of
in-wall IP Touchpanel. Running on Android 7.1 OS with ReAX core programming, Aurora has done the complete programming. We are
engine, features one RS-232, one RS-485, four figital I/Os and a home happy that we had such a prestigious client and really glad that we
button with room status lighting- offering a whole set of convenient lived up to the clients expectations.”
controls to monitor and automate the function of video distribution. Palla Kiran Kumar, the Director at
“Aurora Control system is at the heart of the entire signal Vesta Technologies is apparently
management of the install, with desired routing,” explains Yateendra. happy with the install quality. “When
“The system can route either or both A/V content from any source to we decided to come up with an
any display across the network over VoIP,” he elaborates. “That all the infrastructure for Vesta Corporate
AV devices are connected and controlled through the IP network, it Office with multiple training rooms
seamlessly facilitates any remote session.” facilities, we wanted it to be a
technology-enabled space with
Small Training Room: robust systems,” says Kiran Kumar.
“Aurora Multimedia India, along with
The smaller Training Room, with a seating capacity of 30, has more
their integration partner BTCT did a
or less similar set-up, but has one each of EPSON EB-675W projector,
wonderful job during the installation
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BOSCH: The Three Layers of Smart Building Solution

NIXT! is our new column in collaboration with InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd, the organisers of Beijing InfoComm China, InfoComm India and
InfoComm SEA. The acronym stands for Next Integrated Experience Technology. NIXT! took the form of a conference at the 2020 Beijing
InfoComm China. In our first edition (Aug-Sep issue) we spoke to InfoCommAsia Executive Director Richard Tan, who is the driving force
behind NIXT! to find out what is NIXT! about and why it is relevant to our industry. This second column highlights a company that has
integrated AV, AI and analytic thus offering more value to end clients.

things, it does not deter us from having a shared vision of smart


buildings.”

Using the Bosch office building in Singapore as an example of a smart


building, Jason shares the vision of what a smart building can be.

The First Layer

Jason Ong, Senior Officer, Regional Business Development, BOSCH

SI Asia visited the Bosch booth at the INNO Build Asia 2019 exhibition
that was held at Marina Bay Sands in early September. The Bosch
booth showcased a myriad of connected solutions, where we spoke
to Jason Ong, Senior Officer, Regional Business Development to
understand how Bosch is addressing the needs of the building
management sector. Seamless Access Control via Facial Recognition

Bosch looks at smart building as a three-layer cake and the first layer
Jason Ong kicked off highlighting that generally in the smart building
context it means very different things to different groups of people.cake is where a smart operational scenarios are built. One of the
example is the Facial Recognition Access Control where
The building owners concern is mainly about making using face as a credential allows access into areas
Bosch looks easily. There is no need a card nor a fingerprint.
smart decisions on what is happening in the
building. As such they like having plenty of data
at smart building as This is part of an IoT application. A camera at
to better understand the utilization rate in a three-layer cake. The the access control captures the image and
their building. first layer is where smart searches the database to recognise the level
operational scenarios are built. of accessibility. It also logs in access in and
The other group is the facility guys who out time.
The second layer is about the
just want to have an overview of all the
systems, particularly the main systems like
data collected and how it can be Jason highlights that in the Bosch building
HVAC, Surveillance and PA system. used effectively. The final layer they also use a single camera to count
is about providing value- the number of cars in the outdoor car-park
Third,is the everyday user who may just hope for added services. area. Just one single Bosch camera covers 60
the building to be more interactive. to 70 lots. The analytics collected helps Bosch to
understand when is the peak and non-peak period.
Hoping to meet the various stakeholders expectation is the
Building Technology Providers like Bosch who want to make better Another example is the use of camera and PA system at the lift
products for people. As Jason puts it, “Though it means different lobbies. As in most buildings there is a separate passenger and goods

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lifts. However often they experience users pushing their delivery


Some hotels might have also built a large gym. It is possible looking at
trolleys into the passenger lifts. When the sensors detect the use of
the historical data to see if the usage matches the investment made.
trolleys, an audio announcement informs them to not use the lift for
If not, the hotel could probably lessen the space for re-purposing.
delivery purposes.

So for the building owners, these are really great data from smart
The above examples are the first layer of smart operational scenarios.
scenarios collected through the smart systems collecting a whole
reservoir of information.
The Second Layer

The Third Layer

In a smart building, the data collected can also provide value-added


services to end users. This led to the development of Bosch Assist. It
serves the purpose of getting the building to be more interactive.

Using the data collected, Bosch Assist can offer specific services in real
time for different people within the building. For an every day user, it
offers an interactive process. And with Bosch Assist, one can directly
interact with the building.

For example, when users want to know when is a good time to go for
lunch or the gym. They are able to have access to these information
easily through texting Bosch Assist and make a decision on whether
Collected data helps make better decisions to go to the gym or canteen and even avoid it if the areas are
packed.
Having built the scenarios, there is a need to think
about the second layer. With all these smart sub
systems what comes out of it is data. Data is Bosch Assist Another example is a push notification from

the new oil. Data is where one gets relevant can offer specific the Bosch Assist. If a car has been parked too
long in an illegal spot, the camera captures
information. Bosch calls the second layer services in real
the licence plate and sends it to the system.
Connected Building Services. time for different people Bosch Assist will alert the security who can

Data is collected from the individual


within the building. then take the necessary measures.

smart systems. The data allows building For an every day user,
management to better analyse how the it offers an interactive The three different layers addresses each
stakeholder’s pain points so that everyone
place is being used. For example, with the process. can enjoy the building. The interactive part is as
cameras installed in the Bosch building at
though the building has come to life.
places like the canteen, gym and car park areas,
they are able to understand the historical usage over
The above are just examples and the tip of the iceberg. You
time. So what does this historical data mean to the building
can imagine using sensors for better lift maintenance and even energy
management?
management throughout the building. It is up to the building owners
to understand what they want to understand and achieve and then
For the car-park it allows them to adjust the car-park rates accordingly
start creating the right scenarios, data collection and the interactive
to maximise revenue and use of the lots by creating dynamic pricing.
aspect.
The rates can be lower when usage is minimal and higher during peak
periods.
Encompassing AV, IoT, Data Analytic and even AI, a building can be
managed far more effectively.
Similarly for the passenger lifts, on the back-end it allows building
management to study the data and try to understand why the
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passenger lifts are being used for delivery – could it be that it is more
convenient? It is harder to get to the delivery lift? Or maybe the
signage is not clear?

For the gym and canteen if translated to a hotel situation, it enables


management to know the busy period and plan their staffing better.

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The Changing Landscape of AV


By Brad Price, Senior Product Manager at Audinate

Dante Domain Manager management software provides a boost to the fan experience at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota with reliable, efficient and
secure AV streams

In 2019, AV is at a crossroads. While analog has been successfully any break in that chain causes total system failure. The “purpose
supplanted by digital, the devices and products handling digital signal built” nature of such devices and connections makes them easy to
flows are still expensive and largely single-purpose. They use a variety understand, but limited both in the scope of their functionality and in
of connection technologies that made sense when coming from an their ability to use alternate signal paths.
analog background - AES/EBU, MADI, SDI, HDMI, etc. - which were
still designed as point-to-point schemes, just like analog. This means On a networked AV system, all devices are connected to a common
a cable must go from one device to another, often carrying only one switch that allows any type of data to flow between them - audio,
type of signal. Any further distribution required costly “switchers” to video, control, and more. There is no “daisy chain” to disrupt, so if
split and isolate the signals going to different receivers. a device is disconnected it does not affect the connectivity of other
devices.
A primary change today is the replacement of point-to-point
connections with networks. A network intrinsically allows Legacy AV devices employ a variety of different connections, from RCA
communication between any and all connected devices over a jacks to HDMI ports, each of which is dedicated to a single type of
common fabric, allowing any device to send data or signal to any data or signal. This “purpose built” thinking again makes the devices
other with no dedicated connection required. Software dictates easy to grasp, but means systems require considerable manual labor
where the signals go. to install and repair - and comes with multitudes of cable running
through installations, each carrying its specific type of signal. It means
This change has already had a profound effect upon the professional maintaining a library of connector types at different lengths, including
audio industry, and is now poised to similarly disrupt video as well. older connectors that are no longer current.

Purpose built - and purpose limited Networked AV uses only one connector type: an Ethernet jack and
cable. Any single Ethernet cable can simultaneously carry hundreds
Dedicated devices in point-to-point systems are inherently “brittle.” of channels of audio, all control traffic, video, and even email and
That means they are very intolerant of changes, and even small web browsing, without conflict or difficulty. Cables can be up to 100
alterations can disrupt system operation. If, for example, my signals meters in length per leg, and distances can easily be extended using
must physically flow from one device to another to another, then additional switches or fiber optic cable.

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Purpose-built devices will be around for a long time yet, but as AV


moves into networks with nearly infinite connectivity, it makes less
and less sense for physical devices to each perform a single type
of task. Increasingly, it will become clear that networking opens
possibilities for far more flexible, multi-purpose devices that can
handle the jobs of dozens of legacy devices at once.

There’s probably an app for that

In addition to providing easier installation and far greater flexibility


in deploying an AV system, networked AV has another card to play:
software.
Dante AVIO adapter in use at Target Field

A networked AV system is essentially a group of interconnected


computing devices handling audio or video, and those computing the key to success is choosing one that not only offers an expansive
devices can include familiar Windows and macOS computers as well number of products across a diverse number of manufacturers,
as dedicated Linux computers. but also one that is providing a partnership in terms of support and
training.
Software products such as Audinate’s Dante Virtual Soundcard or
Merging’s AES67 for macOS interface allow AV users and designers to For end users, this can be accomplished by working directly with the
connect audio software products directly to an audio network. This developer of the enabling technology, with the manufacturer, or with
eliminates the need for dedicated hardware while delivering large an integrator. It may also involve a blend of two or three! The point
bidirectional channel counts and low latency. Tasks such as multi- is to ensure the backbone technology - i.e. the protocol on which
channel performance recording, lecture capture and media playout you choose to run a system - is interoperable, scalable, observable,
are easily done using familiar software tools. In turn, this reduces the manageable and comes with a support structure.
learning curve and allows a single endpoint - a computer - to perform
many different jobs without moving any gear or cables. For integrators, the advice is extremely similar: make sure you are
both partnering with the technology developers and with your clients
The same computers being used to record and playout content in a way that provides long term benefits. Not only should integrators
can themselves control the entire AV network, employing easy-to- be taking advantage of training on networked AV systems, but they
use software to route signals, set names of devices and channels, should also be looking to offer support to clients in a way that both
configure clocking and much more. The native connectivity of provides troubleshooting and future upgrades.
computers to AV networks brings new levels of power, flexibility and
control, all while reducing costs and complexity. With the right blend of interoperability, control and support, the
world of networked AV is demystified - and the results are impressive
Benefits of software-driven AV solutions that improve everyone’s experience in work, school,
broadcast, live entertainment and more.
More and more AV products are computer-driven, regardless of their
physical appearance. Most modern digital mixers, for example, are - at About the Author
their heart - capable computers running software that is controlled
using the familiar faders and knobs. As AV networking replaces Brad Price is the senior product
traditional point-to-point systems, AV products are increasingly likely manager at Audinate. He
to take on roles we consider to be those of computers: creating works with the development
and managing network connections, discovering other connected team to create solutions such
products, and providing the tools to connect different resources to as Dante Audio Networking,
the network. By replacing bespoke physical products with software Dante Domain Manager and
(where applicable), systems become far less costly to purchase and Dante AV. Dante has become the
deploy, and components are easily updated like standard computer most ubiquitous networked AV
applications are today. solution, with more than 2,000
available products from over 430
Where to begin manufacturers. An up-to-date
listing of products may be found
AV networking is here and is at work in thousands upon thousands of at https://www.audinate.com/
installations. There are several competing AV networking systems, but products/dante-enabled
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