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Intercoms, Monty Python amplifiers (sort of), AI-powered captioning, BenQ flat panels

Today's news in brief sees RTS launch its new OMS main station for intercom systems, Outline go part 'Monty Python' with its tough amplifier, Enco bring AI-powered captioning to San Jose Civic Center TV, while BenQ flat panels are now shipping

New Main Station for intercom systems

RTS has announced the launch of its new OMS (OMNEO Main Station), which the company says is a “hybrid IP/digital/analogue main station for partyline intercom systems and the core component of a major new product family: RTS Digital Partyline”. 

OMS comes is designed to be a compact, versatile and cost-effective solution capable of interconnecting both wired/wireless and IP/digital/analogue devices, supporting full TCP/IP connectivity. The company explained that its OMNEO* IP technology, which incorporates both Dante and AES70, “allows OMS to interconnect with RTS Digital Matrix products (including ADAM, ADAM-M, ODIN, KP series keypanels and ROAMEO DECT wireless) and forthcoming new members of the RTS Digital Partyline family.” 

The new OMS acts as a bridge between legacy equipment to the latest technology, “allowing users to migrate to the flexibility of an IP infrastructure without the complexity of a matrix system – all while protecting the investment value of their existing analogue partyline hardware”. 

And now for something completely different… the world’s toughest small amplifier? 

Kudos to Italian pro audio specialist Outline for prefixing the release of its L3000 multi-purpose amplifier with the above-mentioned Monty Python reference. It certainly got our attention at Installation towers, even if the context thereafter is a little sketchy.

While that particular search continues, what we’re left to consider is the company’s new compact DSP-equipped multi-channel amplifier that the company says can be configured to most loudspeaker configurations. More importantly, the company asserts that the L3000 is arguably the world’s toughest compact amplifier, as demonstrated in the above picture of the new model in a typical real-world use case application…  (given the headline, we’d have expected a big animated foot rather than an SUV).

The company says that the mechanism is housed in a “super-tough, lightweight chassis using the same materials and roadworthy polyurea external coating as Outline’s tour-grade loudspeakers”. The compact nature of the new model means that it is a good fit for a number of audio installation projects where space is at a premium, although there is also a dedicated rackmount kit that allows one or two L3000s to be secured in a standard enclosure.

More information can be found on the company website.

AI-powered captioning brings ROI for San José Civic Center TV

Broadcast automation technology specialist Enco has made public its work with Civic Center Television in San José, as an example of broadcast grade solutions being integrated into non-broadcast (in this case, public sector) environments.

The company has been discussing how its enCaption4 AI-powered solution AI-powered solution has addressed budget challenges for the government access television broadcaster, while integration with Cablecast automation and playout system has brought operational benefits.

Civic Center Television – part of the City Manager’s Office at the City of San José, California – records and broadcasts city council, committee and select meetings to fulfill the city’s open government and transparency commitments. Due to budget shortfalls brought on by the pandemic, the department turned to Enco’s enCaption4 to continue providing hard-of-hearing viewers with high-quality captions while reducing their operational costs.

“Early on, the city committed to closed captioning all of its televised content, not just because of FCC and ADA requirements, but also because it’s the right thing to do,” said Craig Jutson, broadcast engineering and operations manager, City Manager’s Office at the City of San José. “Of course, we extended that to our web content as well once we started streaming. Even bundling a five-year support contract into the initial purchase, we calculated that the two enCaption units would pay for themselves in less than two years compared to what we were paying for human captioners… and after the two-year mark, we will be saving significant money.”

BenQ interactive flat panels now shipping 

BenQ is now shipping its new RP02 Series interactive flat panels (IFPs), which are designed for in-person and remote collaborative meetings. The 4K UHD IFP series is available in three models: the 65-inch RP6502, 75-inch RP7502, and 86-inch RP8602.

“A lot takes place in a meeting, and when people can come together – no matter where they’re located – to craft or present ideas, innovation takes shape,” said Carly Burton-Sallay, digital marketing manager at BenQ America Corp. “The RP02 was designed from the ground up to support the dynamics of modern meetings. The RP02 Series helps businesses with tools that are easy to use yet state-of-the-art, so that whatever users are working on, everything they need is right at their fingertips.”

You can find more information about the RP02 series on our AV Network.