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InfoComm show preview: networking and IP/signal management

In the first part of our InfoComm show preview we looked at the new audio products hitting the showfloor; here we feature the networking and IP/signal management solutions being showcased.

Networking and IP

Crestron is showcasing DigitalMedia 3.0 at InfoComm15, following its launch at ISE earlier this year. DM 3.0 integrates various requirements for deploying AV on IT networks: uncompressed bit-for-bit 4K/60 distribution and scaling; streaming AV to leverage the IT infrastructure and deliver content anywhere in the world; centralised enterprise-class monitoring and management; and end-to-end scalable solutions on a single, validated platform. It also provides the foundation for a Crestron Certified Design – a complete, end-to-end Crestron engineered enterprise solution that is said to provide maximum performance, reliability, and total visibility on the managed network – along with a consistent user experience, maximum uptime, and full visibility to every device in every room.

Exterity will showcase its ‘Beyond the LAN’ enterprise IP video solutions. This range facilitates the distribution of high-quality video content to a wide range of screens across multiple networks, including the corporate wired LAN, WiFi, WAN and the internet.

The ‘Beyond the LAN’ range is aimed at corporations looking to make video content consistently available across their HQ and regional offices; SMBs giving staff access to multiple news channels to inform decision making; and airports, stadiums and hotels looking to send visitors high-quality entertainment on their mobile devices.

Matrox Graphics will present a videowall demo featuring 4K over IP, as well as demonstrating C-Series multi-display graphics cards, Maevex Full HD over IP H.264 encoders/decoders, Mura MPX videowall controller boards, and zero-latency Avio fibre-optic KVM extenders. On the same stand, Matrox Video will showcase the new Monarch HDX dual-channel H.264 encoder for broadcast streaming and recording, as well as the VS4Recoder Pro multi-camera event recording app.

VITEC will launch the MGW Ace (pictured), described as the industry’s first 100% hardware-based HEVC portable device for encoding and streaming video. This features HEVC (H.265) bandwidth-efficient compression as well as legacy H.264 capabilities.

Also being shown for the first time at InfoComm is the MGW D265 Portable H.265 & H.264 IP Decoder, designed to provide decoding for any IPTV and full-motion-video application.

VITEC will also be showcasing its EZ TV IPTV system, which allows any facility to deliver live, on-demand, or recorded video over its existing IP infrastructure.

Signal management

Gefen’s InfoComm offering will be focused around key technology drivers such as wireless, AV over IP and 4K. The Gefen Mark V racecar simulator will give attendees a chance to experience 4K Ultra HD competitive gaming, with lifelike speed enhanced effects and zero latency. The Gefen TV Wireless for HDMI 60GHz will beam camera images of players.

Next-generation short- and long-range wireless solutions for HDMI will be shown, and a new scalable wireless HDMI matrix solution will also be displayed, allowing complete cross-point switching among up to eight sources and four displays.

One wall will be given over to AV over IP technology, integrating HDMI, DVI and VGA over IP distribution solutions with the new Matrix Controller, which gives users full control of a virtual matrix system of Gefen’s AV over IP products. Also on show will be three new HDBaseT 2.0 extenders; a range of 4K Ultra HD solutions, including four new matrixes; and three new 4K Ultra HD splitters.

Key Digital, which manufactures HDTV technology, will launch the new Phantom Series KD-HD2x1ProK and KD-HD4x1ProK HDMI switchers with audio de-embedder and 4K support. Designed for commercial and residential applications, these models can switch two or four HDMI inputs to one HDMI output and can support SD, HD and VESA up to Ultra HD/4K resolution, with the capability to pass 3D stereoscopic signal formats. They can both de-embed audio from the HDMI input and send it to their external digital or analogue audio outputs.