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ISE 2018 preview: signal management and accessories

Previously we presented a rundown of the events and conferences on at the show, before looking at the video and audio product launches. We conclude our preview with the connectivity options and mounting solutions set to debut.

The NetSplit Dante digital-to-analogue distribution splitter is being launched by ARX Systems. It uses the Dante network protocol to extract audio from a network and convert it to studio quality transformer-isolated, low-latency analogue audio. This makes it suitable for connecting to multiple amplifiers, powered loudspeaker arrays, mixing consoles and other analogue audio devices using standard Ethernet hardware and cabling.

The company is also releasing its Network DI Dante digital-to-analogue breakout box at the show.

Adder will be unveiling its latest innovations alongside its existing solutions and a new, yet-to-be-announced product. Existing solutions on show at ISE 2018 will include the Adder CCS-PRO8 command and control switch, which allows operators to control up to eight machines across eight (or more) displays using just one mouse and keyboard. The new AdderLink XDIP will also be on display. Ideal for small to medium-sized extension and matrix installations, the solution uses existing infrastructure to provide extension and switching between different computers. There will more information on the product launch in the build-up to the event, but attendees will be the first in the world to see the product and view live demonstrations.

The NDI HX is, according to Newtek, the world’s first Network Device Interface (NDI) pan/tilt/zoom camera with video, audio, PTZ control, tally and power via one standard Ethernet cable. This 20x zoom IP video camera can transmit full 3G 1080p 60 video directly to NDI-compatible products across a standard network, including LiveStream Studio, SplitmediaLabs XSplit, Streamstar, OBS Studio, StudioCoast vMix, Telestream Wirecast and NewTek TriCaster.

Also being demoed at NewTek’s stand are Connect Spark portable NDI converters. These devices are designed to bring SDI or HDMI video signals into a computer or onto an IP network, either wired or wirelessly, and include tally and direct recording.

Receiving its introduction at ISE is an extension to WolfVision’s Cynap system portfolio, which is said to provide the core essential features and functionality for effective wireless presentation and collaboration. Cynap Core is described as a powerful, compact, flexible, and easy-to-use system, suitable for classrooms, meeting rooms, and huddle spaces everywhere. It features BYOD capability, with wireless screen sharing for all devices.

Nureva will demonstrate the next generation of its Span visual collaboration system, its HDL300 audio conferencing system and other solution enhancements.

The Span system is for creative collaboration activities that benefit from visualising and interacting with information on a large surface. The system transforms walls into large, interactive surfaces that display an expansive digital canvas.

The HDL300 audio conferencing system resolves poor audio pick-up, especially in environments where participants move around the room. When combined with the Nureva Span visual collaboration system, or other interactive displays, the HDL300 system can also be used as the primary source for audio and video playback.

On show at ISE for the first time is the universalLED mounting range. Based on B-Tech’s System X technology, it comprises freestanding, fixed, mobile and wall-mounting solutions that the company says can be easily specified online, with fast turnaround times from in-stock components. B-Tech is also demonstrating its ultra-slim BT8312 pop-out mount. Following a prototype showing at ISE 2017, the mount is designed to make videowall installations as quick and simple as possible.

Offering slimline, wall-mounted, secure storage for tablets and iPads, with built-in charging for up to 10 devices, the Tabinet 10 sync, charge and storage solution is being introduced at ISE by Loxit. The Tabinet 10 can accommodate 10 tablets complete with fully managed charging, so every product – regardless of manufacturer or model – receives the ‘perfect charging profile’. The built-in ventilation system allows air to circulate around the devices, thus ensuring there’s no heat build-up within the cabinet.

The secure solution features a 10-digit combination lock for keyless access, and offers universal USB charging, charge-only using adapters, and Sync and Charge for high speed, simultaneous data transfer and charging.