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ISE 2016 preview: unified communications and signal management

In the first part of our preview we looked at the audio companies exhibiting at ISE and their headline products, followed by a selection of the digital signage and smart building solutions. We wrap up our preview with the unified communications technology and the signal management devices on show.

Unified Communications/Collaboration

AVEX is aiming to provide the technology for more effective meetings with the Quarta meeting table, which will be showcased at ISE. It utilises a combination of fully integrated AV facilities, comfort and ease of use to aid meetings.

Quarta balances design and functionality, featuring screens recessed beneath toughened glass, which are said to make sharing presentations and documents easy. The tables can also be equipped with videoconferencing and be supplied in a range of finishes.

On the Nureva stand will be the Span ideation system (pictured), which uses a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) model to bring paper-based ideation into the digital age.

Teams easily create shared digital canvases to populate with ideas as they’re used to doing on a wall. Familiar, flexible ideation tools (digital stickies, images, sketches and so on) are used to make collaboration, sharing and iteration easy and intuitive.

The WM210i model creates an ideation environment well suited to smaller collaboration teams undertaking more focused ideation work. The system’s panoramic projector transforms any 3.1m wall into an expansive, interactive workspace where team members can simultaneously work on the canvas via touch or device.

Sonic Foundry will be showcasing Mediasite Join, a cloud-based videoconference capture solution, which the company says automatically transforms video calls and meetings into engaging, searchable on-demand video.

Users add Mediasite Join as a participant to their videoconferences, and the service automatically records everything said and shown. It then transcodes, indexes and publishes recorded videoconferences to Mediasite alongside all their other video assets.

Mediasite Join supports Cisco, Polycom, Tandberg and Lifesize as well as expanding the capabilities of existing videoconference systems with interactive, dual-stream content, intelligent publishing, video search and navigation.

TDMaverick is inviting visitors to its stand to experience Microsoft Surface Hub and see first-hand how the collaboration device can improve group productivity in business.

The TDMaverick stand features both the 55in and 84in variants of the Surface Hub, delivering what it describes as the power and versatility of a custom Windows 10 experience along with the simplicity and consistency of a large, digital canvas with unique pen and multi-touch capabilities.

Video/Signal Management

The VIO 4K (pictured) is a new multi-format converter from Analog Way, which enables the conversion of a multitude of signals Dual-Link DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI into an array of output signal formats up to 4K 30Hz 4:4:4. The VIO 4K also offers management of digital and analogue audio signals.

Designed and built to provide versatility, the VIO 4K includes two slots for optional cards for video processing that can handle formats up to 4K 60Hz 4:4:4, and another slot for an optional audio card with XLR plugs. With all options, the VIO 4K features nine inputs and three outputs. Any card added is independent and has its own processing.

Holographic optical projection screens (HOPS) will be on show on the Infitec stand. The transparent, interactive and 4K capable HOPS projection screens provide high-quality imagery to transform information into a sensory experience for the customer.

Infitec claims high-quality image reproduction of the HOPS is guaranteed with the holographic optical elements, which redirect the projector’s light efficiently to the viewer in such a way that even under bright daylight, images remain sharp.

All Infitec displays can be optionally combined with interactive touch systems so that users can get individual and customised information passed to the various target groups. Interactive content can be transmitted by a PC to the projector and the interactive HOPS rear-projection display.

Pakedge is debuting the WK-2 gigabit access point (AP), which the company claims offers a higher channel capacity than N-based APs and supports twice as many users.

It supports 802.11ac (5G WiFi) with a 3×3 multiple I/O array, and with channels up to 80mHz wide the WK-2 is capable of processing up to four times as many signals per channel.

The WK-2 is PoE+ powered, therefore it does not need to be plugged into a power outlet, which allows integrators more freedom in deciding where the AP is placed, and reduces the amount of wiring necessary.

All Pakedge access points are Connect+ certified and capable of leveraging information from other Pakedge devices on the network to optimise functionality.

For Tempest, ISE will mark the European launch of its new Typhoon projector enclosure range. Typhoon is suited to permanent outdoor installations and rental environments where protection from oil fog is a critical need.

Although initially designed around the new Christie Boxer projector, Tempest has now adapted its design to accommodate other projectors. Typhoon can be used around the world on any supply, 200-25VAC, 50/60Hz and is available as standard in black or silver, as well as custom colours to special order.