Date posted: March 2, 2015

Robust and reliable CDN architecture with transcoding, distribution and playout services support live, on-demand content in multiple formats

Hendrik Information Systems, a Houston-based multi-platform technology systems provider, is taking distance learning and concurrent video streaming of educational content to the next level for some of the country’s largest medical institutions. Hendrik is relying exclusively on StreamGuys’ infinitely scalable, cloud-based content delivery network (CDN) and on-premise servers to facilitate automated transcoding services, as well as live and on-demand broadcast capability for all of their clients’ global events. Additionally, intelligent business software provides in-depth analytics to help Hendrik better understand its audience across every streaming event.

Hendrik partners with major academic medical centers and schools throughout the U.S. to successfully implement online content strategies that maximize knowledge, awareness and brand recognition. Working with StreamGuys gives Hendrik a robust and reliable content delivery infrastructure and comprehensive streaming expertise, without the liabilities and capital investment required to support online content delivery on their own. Hendrik’s client base includes Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist.

“When we began, StreamGuys was clearly the only CDN service provider that could build their offering around our business model,” said Mark Sangster, president and CEO of Hendrik. “Other CDNs tried to have us change our model to suit their service offerings. StreamGuys’ customer service stood apart, and has since become an integral part of our technology platform and support services for our medical clients.”

For a typical event, a keynote speaker is recorded and then delivered over the Internet to viewers around the world, using a wide variety of display devices. Typical webcasts include a dual feed with two unique players—one focused on the presenter and the other streaming a slideshow of content that supports the speaker. StreamGuys’ transcoding technology processes content once for delivery to online, mobile and OTT devices, while supporting multiple streaming formats. Hendrik, which currently uses its own in-house designed players, anticipates upgrading to StreamGuys’ HTML5-based SGplayer moving forward.

The StreamGuys SGmon service, offered in weekly, monthly and yearly subscription packages, provides real-time analytics to monitor peak usage time, helping Hendrik and others like them to make informed decisions in regards to scaling streams and associated concurrent user limits. In addition, the company’s SGreports software offers a deeper dive into audience comprehension, with detailed metrics on content usage tied to hits, visitors, streaming platforms and play duration. This is useful to Hendrik’s clients to help them judge the success of an event and plan future topics of interest.

Hendrik’s healthcare clients webcast a wide range of events, from seminars to “Grand Rounds” to full conferences. Sangster said that due to the busy schedules of healthcare professionals, many viewers take advantage of the video on-demand option if unable to view the live webcast. However, the company recently produced a very successful all-day event seen by several thousand webcast viewers from 29 US States and 33 International countries.

And all of its clients are slightly different. Miami Children’s Hospital, for example, streams live content every day, occasionally broadcasting two live events. Cedars-Sinai and Houston Methodist stream several events each month, as well as two annual all-day conferences. Hendrik also streams a very large annual medical conference called “Pumps & Pipes,” which is a program developed by Houston Methodist, Exxon and NASA.

StreamGuys’ backup services for redundancy are used extensively, in tandem with a high-availability server where the on-demand content resides for later use. Reliability for each live event is assured through a dedicated backup server that protects against failure. This is critical to the major academic and medical companies Hendrik works with, and also simplifies how both Hendrik and StreamGuys work with each hospital’s IT staff.

“More than their technology is the consulting, guidance, troubleshooting and technical support that StreamGuys provides for every event,” Sangster said. “We would not have the offerings we have today without them. They have created a personalized team for us, with 24/7 availability. Having an event not happen is very costly to Hendrik’s bottom line and industry reputation, so the entire infrastructure is carefully designed to ensure the viewers wouldn’t notice any unanticipated technical issue.”

About StreamGuys, Inc.

In business since 2000, StreamGuys is a provider of audio and video streaming toolsets and services.  The company has a reputation for outstanding customer service, a robust and reliable network, and competitive rates.  More than 600 clients worldwide, across many industries, depend on their mission-critical service.  Projects include serving as the technology backbone for live streaming/podcasting for top broadcasters such as Cox Media Group (CMG), New York Public Radio, WAMU Washington D.C., KQED San Francisco and WXPN Philadelphia; live video events for major auto racing circuits and the British Royal Wedding; audio streaming for government entities such as D.C. Court of Appeals, U.S. Army, and the National Science Foundation; mobile video content for Cisco Systems; and IPTV content for international broadcaster ABS-CBN.

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New portable LCD panels deliver accurate color reproduction in direct sunlight for mobile and outdoor broadcast applications, including aerial ENG monitoring

At the 2015 NAB Show in April, Plura Broadcast, a global manufacturer of high-performance digital broadcast and video production solutions, will expand its PHB-3G Series of high-brightness portable LCD monitors with a new 7-inch model. Designed for a wide range of broadcast mobile, indoor and outdoor applications, the PHB-3G Series delivers incomparable quality for ENG monitoring in the field under extreme sunlight conditions, or in a typical high-brightness environment inside a sports stadium. Even in direct sunlight, the new monitors deliver stunning picture quality and accurate color reproduction in accordance with SMPTE, EBU, and REC 709 standards.

Rugged, versatile and portable, PHB-3G Series monitors support up to 1300 cd/m2 of brightness without a hood or sun-visor for less bulk and weight. With one touch of a button, producers can achieve the maximum brightness of 1300 cd/m2 outdoors, or down to 100 for indoor venues. Additionally, the PHB-3G’s shielding, circuitry and filtration properties eliminate all potential electromagnetic interference from radar or GPS navigation systems used in helicopter applications—an important differentiation from competitive solutions on the market.

Now featuring 7- and 9-inch models, the expanded PHB-3G Series of monitors is ideal for ultra-bright indoor and outdoor broadcast applications, including ENG newsgathering on ground or in the air

The Plura PHB-3G Series, which also includes a 9-inch model, offers the exceptional software-defined feature set built into most Plura monitors, including its unique ICAC intelligent calibration and alignment tool to automatically enable gamma correction, color temperature and white luminance level adjustments. This ensures conformance to all pertinent broadcast standards while in the midst of live production.

According to Ray Kalo, president, Plura Broadcast, the growing PHB-3G Series represents a continuation of the company’s strategy to align its portfolio with the changing requirements of broadcasters and production professionals in the digital TV age.

“Our PHB-3G Series will prove especially valuable to our customers—American news and traffic helicopters among them—who want a high-brightness monitoring tool for talent and co-pilots,” said Ray Kalo, president, Plura Broadcast. “Like our other all-in-one monitors, these units exemplify our commitment to provide the industry with integrated functionality of rich feature sets within easy-to-manage platforms—boosting operational value without raising costs.”

Other key broadcast-centric features of the PHB-3G Series include RGB 12-bit digital signal processing for accelerated response time, exceptionally smooth video, and consistent color reproduction. Both monitors also integrate waveform and vector scopes, closed caption decoding, audio metering and time code display, PIP modes, and a stereo speaker for live audio monitoring.

Plura Broadcast will display the complete PHB-3G Series at the 2015 NAB Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, taking place April 13-16. The company will exhibit at Booth N2718.

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Date posted: February 26, 2015

Latest-generation of Tightrope Carousel, BrightSign media players enable stunning videowall displays, and affordable yet dynamic large-scale networks

Tightrope Media Systems and BrightSign are evolving their partnership throughout 2015, with new innovations to more effectively power videowalls and large out-of-home networks on a tightly integrated, scalable and robust signage architecture. The two companies are leveraging each company’s next-generation platforms within an integrated digital signage solution to enable these and additional benefits for their customers.

Last year at Digital Signage Expo, Tightrope and BrightSign announced a partnership to offer a very cost-effective enterprise solution with a full suite of tools. The combination of Tightrope’s strengths in advanced content creation and management, and BrightSign’s market-leading technology and signature reliability, results in a winning solution for any business or network operator to manage an affordable and sophisticated digital signage network.

Tightrope’s accelerated content rendering, combined with BrightSign’s enhanced connectivity for media playout via PoE support, enhances the value overall integrated solution for large out-of-home network deployments.

This year at Digital Signage Expo, Tightrope and BrightSign will demonstrate seamless integration between Tightrope’s Carousel digital signage system and BrightSign’s next-generation XD2 players. The companies will exhibit two spaces apart (Tightrope at 2631; BrightSign at 2131), demonstrating how the integrated platform produces stunning videowall displays; as well as highly scalable and manageable networks for enterprise-level businesses and organizations.

New features of the integrated platform including portrait mode display and H.264 video streaming support to enhance visual capabilities for any signage network or application. Additionally, newly available media player synchronization for videowalls ensures that Carousel can drive content to multiple BrightSign players, which collectively deliver video and graphics across many panels for cohesive output and display of stunning visual content.

BrightSign XD2 networked media players, to be shown in the North America for the first time at Digital Signage Expo, all feature faster HTML5 and graphics processing; as well as Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability to simplify the powering of BrightSign players in remote locations. The complete XD2 portfolio includes:

  • BrightSign XD232, a networked interactive player capable of full HD 1080p60 video decoding and simultaneous content playback from local, networked and streaming sources
  • BrightSign XD1032, a networked multi-control interactive player that adds support for pure digital and surround sound audio
  • BrightSign XD1132, a networked multi-control interactive player that adds support for live TV playback via an HDMI input and live TV player

Users of the integrated platform will also benefit from Carousel 6.5’s faster processing power, which accelerates content rendering at the creation levels. The faster upfront rendering ensures quicker delivery to BrightSign media players across networks of any scale.

BrightSign CEO, Jeff Hastings, agrees that the partnership is beneficial for customers across all vertical markets. “Our respective companies are committed to technology innovation and continued integration work to provide our integrators, VAR’s and end-users a leading solution for sophisticated and robust digital signage roll-outs in all shapes and sizes.”

Eric Henry, signage solutions lead, Tightrope Media Systems, adds that the evolving relationship between the two companies includes cooperative research and development efforts to ensure continued innovation across the integrated Tightrope/BrightSign platform.

“We continue to bring more depth to our partnership, with dedicated project managers from both companies working together to develop new features and functionality for our combined customer base of resellers, integrators and end users,” said Henry. “Digital Signage Expo is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the most recent innovations from our combined efforts.”

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Date posted: February 23, 2015

SelfiLogin™ solution is first to run 3D facial modelling through standard smartphones, accelerating authentication processes for consumers

OneVisage®, the Swiss start-up developing disruptive digital identity solutions for financial services, e-commerce and mobile operators, is leveraging the power and penetration of the consumer smartphone to significantly reduce identify theft in the global civilian population – and regain lost revenue streams for its customers.  At the upcoming Mobile World Congress, OneVisage® will unveil its SelfiLogin™ service, the world’s first 3D facial authentication solution to operate on standard smartphones.

SelfiLogin™ shatters the complex and time-consuming two-step authentication processes that cause transaction cancellations – and lost revenue – for many businesses globally.  Using SelfiLogin’s accelerated authentication platform, financial services and e-commerce businesses now have a simpler and safer way to authenticate their customers – and significantly, a mobile platform that proves particularly attractive to younger demographics.

The use of security tokens results in transaction abandonments exceeding 30 percent – a tremendous amount of lost revenue for any business,” said Christophe Remillet, Chief Technology Officer, OneVisage. “A sizeable amount of these abandonments represent security concerns emphasized by Generation Z, spanning the ages of 16 to 24.  Studies prove that 75 percent of Generation Z is willing to use biometric security solutions like SelfiLogin instead of passwords or pins for authentication, making this a perfect technology to reserve momentum, and lost revenue streams, back toward the right direction.

According to recent reports, identity theft costs for businesses have skyrocketed past the $200 million mark worldwide. SelfiLogin™ digital authentication solution combats these challenges by significantly helping financial services, e-commerce and mobile operators reduce identity theft issues, while improving consumer confidence and preserving operational costs.

We recognize the growing concern regarding identity theft issues and consumer data privacy. Today, there isn’t a single week in the news where a company hasn’t been victim of criminals grabbing thousands or millions of user credentials. Our patent pending and breakthrough technology on consumer smartphones or tablets is disruptive and unique, providing stronger security, better usability and data privacy.” said Remillet.

In addition to the general financial, operational and security benefits of SelfiLogin™, the world’s first 3D facial authentication solution for standard smartphones opens new business opportunities and use cases never before explored. For example, digital private bank customers can now pass orders by phone and validate transactions in tens of seconds instead of tens of minutes, with a fully automatic process.

OneVisage® will exhibit SelfiLogin™ solution at Mobile World Congress 2015 – Hall 8.1 – Stand G58 (Swiss Pavilion) with the support of the Swiss Commission for Technology & Innovation and Alp-ICT. To set up an appointment, please send an email at info@onevisage.com or call us: +41 21 566 70 55

A special “FinTech – Pitch & Beer Session” will be held on Monday, March 2 @ 5:00 pm. Come and attend our pitch at the Swiss Pavilion, Hall 8.1 – stand G58.

For general information inquiries, please send an email at info@onevisage.com

 

 

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Date posted: February 18, 2015

Streaming media provider unites worship facilities, parishioners through live, on-demand content

At the NRB International Christian Convention and Exposition this month, StreamGuys will emphasize the power of uniting worship communities through streaming media. As a leading expert in multiformat, broadcast-quality streaming and podcasting, StreamGuys will accentuate how worship facilities can broaden audience reach through live and on-demand content on the web, mobile devices and a quickly-expanding universe of connected media players.

StreamGuys specializes in helping worship communities reach parishioners and the greater community in two distinct ways:

  • Streaming content heard on the local AM/FM dial, whether a 24/7 religious broadcaster or a live simulcast from a worship facility
  • Streaming live and on-demand sermons and special events direct from houses of worship

“We’ve long been dedicated to helping religious broadcasters, like Salem Communications and CRISTA Broadcasting, cost-efficiently grow their online presence, while helping houses of worship deliver sermons to parishioners unable to attend services due to illness or travel,” said Jonathan Speaker, COO, StreamGuys. “As the largest globally recognized event dedicated to faith-based communications, the NRB Convention is the ideal platform for StreamGuys to communicate the power and possibilities of streaming media for the greater worship community.”

StreamGuys’ flexible content delivery network enables religious broadcasters and worship facilities to customize the streaming toolset to ensure the most cost-efficient solution for their budgets, while ensuring premium audio quality to engage audiences. Customers are guaranteed a multiformat delivery platform suitable for many consumer devices, with options for HTML5 and Flash players, dynamic ad insertion and password-protected content. Using StreamGuys’ Reflector service, users can quickly establish a reliable, unidirectional streaming service without the costs and complexity associated with static IP addresses and IT network configuration—an ideal option for broadcasters currently relying on costly satellite links for multisite program distribution.

Furthermore, StreamGuys’ decades-plus of podcasting experience, including many years supporting the most popular podcasts on iTunes, ensures a robust platform for the ingestion and playout of on-demand content in any format—for any number of listeners.

StreamGuys’ quality-of-service (QoS) emphasis brings added value for the religious broadcaster, from remote monitoring tools for the customer to the company’s 24/7 technical service. Both lend well-rounded support to religious broadcasters that lack in-house resources for troubleshooting.

“With software-defined monitoring and alerting services, along with a cloud-based, redundant architecture to minimize buffering and eliminate downtime, customers are assured a consistent, high-quality stream that meets the same professional standard as an over-the-air broadcast,” said Speaker.

NRB attendees interested in learning more about live streaming and podcasting for religious broadcasters can visit Booth 716, where StreamGuys will exhibit as part of the Broadcast Industry Group (BIG), comprised of leading TV, radio and streaming suppliers and service providers. The NRB Convention takes place from February 23-26 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.

About StreamGuys, Inc.

In business since 2000, StreamGuys is a provider of audio and video streaming toolsets and services.  The company has a reputation for outstanding customer service, a robust and reliable network, and competitive rates.  More than 600 clients worldwide, across many industries, depend on their mission-critical service.  Projects include serving as the technology backbone for live streaming/podcasting for top broadcasters such as Cox Media Group (CMG), New York Public Radio, WAMU Washington D.C., KQED San Francisco and WXPN Philadelphia; live video events for major auto racing circuits and the British Royal Wedding; audio streaming for government entities such as D.C. Court of Appeals, U.S. Army, and the National Science Foundation; mobile video content for Cisco Systems; and IPTV content for international broadcaster ABS-CBN.

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Date posted: February 4, 2015

New pricing structure eliminates channel licensing costs, reduces price per end point

Tightrope Media Systems has refined its pricing strategy to benefit its entire Carousel customer base, reducing the cost of digital signage network deployments at any scale. The new cost structure removes the need to buy unique licenses for each channel, instead charging for server and player connections only.

Tightrope has long offered its customers the freedom to buy only what they need, instead of forcing them to purchase packaged systems or blocks of players. While the further simplification of pricing benefits all Carousel customers, it’s especially valuable for larger networks – or smaller networks with an interest in scaling to more end points. As a result, new and existing Carousel customers can customize as many channels as desired without escalating costs – and potentially experience a cost savings north of 50 percent in networks with more than 75 media players.

Tightrope’s new pricing structure focuses almost exclusively on server (pictured) and player connections, eliminating unique channel license costs and making large DOOH networks more affordable.

“Carousel has always offered a straightforward pricing structure, but we have further simplified the buying experience through unlimited, free channel licenses with the purchase of a Carousel server,” said Eric Henry, signage solutions developer, Tightrope Media Systems. “This is not only attractive for new customers, but also for existing customers that want to re-invest in their signage networks.”

Henry adds that resellers and systems integrators also benefit from a greatly reduced complexity in quoting systems or installations.

Additionally, end users can now virtualize any Carousel server, and deploy its software on any operating system. Tightrope’s Professional Services team offers remote integration assistance to any customer interested in virtualizing systems to ensure smooth and proper configuration.

“We believe there is tremendous value in a beautifully designed network with custom-branded channels, as well as having the end customer up and running quickly,” said Henry. “Ultimately, our goal is to remove constraints from the end user’s mind, lower their costs, and ensure they are leveraging their Carousel investment and all its possibilities.”

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Date posted: February 3, 2015

Multiple camera feeds, real-time social media integration and three live streams among the key production initiatives for the live music series

Mobile production specialist TNDV lent its video and audio expertise to the debut of Skyville Live, a new monthly music series streamed exclusively online to audiences worldwide from Skyville Live studios located the heart of Nashville. The series provides music lovers with an unprecedented live music series, bringing together today’s hottest stars in a unique and interactive way in front of an intimate audience—usually around 100 attendees.

TNDV provided full turnkey mobile production services, including multicam production, multitrack audio and streaming support from its Elevation truck

Beyond bringing its Elevation truck to the event, TNDV provided crewing and streaming services for the premiere event, which featured performances from Gladys Knight, Martina McBride and R&B artist Estelle. TNDV’s turnkey services incorporated a significant, interactive social media element to the program, using Renewed Vision’s Pro Presenter 5 software to generate a real-time administered Twitter feed in full-screen and lower-third formats.

“The debut of Skyville Live required a turnkey mobile production service to support several live, broadcast-quality web streams, along with a full crew to capture multiple camera angles for future use in post-production,” said Nic Dugger, owner and president, TNDV. “This shoot required a great deal of creative skill to capture the intimacy of the performances, and utilized our technology, expertise and crewing to achieve the desired production results.”

The eight-camera shoot captured the event from three perspectives for the live webcast, which was supported using TNDV’s signal encoding infrastructure on board Elevation; and multiplatform streaming delivery from Blue Scout Media, a CDN based in Texas. Viewers could switch between the live performances, captured using six Hitachi HD1000 cameras; a robotic camera following the production team working on Elevation; and a separate robotic camera to capture the performances from the backstage vantage point. All HD streams delivered a live multichannel audio mix produced on board Elevation.

TNDV additionally employed its Aja KiPro video recorders and ProTools audio recording system to capture the feeds for post-production. All multi-camera, multi-tracked content was delivered to Skyville Live producers following the event, with the goal of distributing a program to media outlets in the near future.

TNDV’s mobile production experience with programs such as Bluegrass Underground, a live performance series seen on PBS, and CMT Backstage were among the key reasons the Skyville Live team selected TNDV to deliver a full range of services beyond a standard mobile production shoot.

“We needed a full-service company like TNDV to capture the true essence of what Skyville Live is about:  bringing a mix of iconic acts, popular artists and emerging stars performing in an intimate setting to a worldwide audience using digital media platforms,” said Wally Wilson, Executive Producer, Skyville Live. “With music being at the forefront of the Skyville Live online experience, high-quality audio is one of the most important elements we looked for when considering production partners.”

 

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Date posted: January 29, 2015

Board-level module gives manufacturers, systems integrator a flexible foundation for Audio over IP product design

IP audio and control specialist Barix has long had a strong OEM business, with the company’s IPAM module series at the core of tens of thousands of devices deployed worldwide today.  At ISE 2015, Barix will exhibit its latest module, the IPAM302, for vendors and systems integrators seeking cost-efficient, openly programmable modules to build their own IP audio products—as well as for companies interested in private-label products manufactured by Barix.

The recently introduced IPAM302 is more compact and uses less expensive connectors than previous generation IPAM modules, further reducing the price of an already low-cost series. Most importantly, the IPAM302 is forward compatible for the next generation of IPAM modules, ensuring that OEMs can freely build a product today and easily replace the module in the field moving forward.

The IPAM302 allows Barix OEM partners to build Audio over IP products at a low cost today, and seamlessly upgrade to next-generation modules in the field

“Our OEM business accounts for nearly 25 percent of our business, and is among the primary reasons why Barix is considered a visionary in IP audio and control,” said Frank Frederiksen, managing director, Barix. “We remain dedicated to working with companies who need the freedom and flexibility to build their own solutions using Barix’s open programming environment, along with the reliability that our core technology delivers across security, transportation and professional AV applications.”

The IPAM302 is the board-level technology at the core of Barix’s latest-generation Instreamer IP encoders and Annuncicom two-way audio devices.  The board design includes one serial port and four I/O connections, which OEMs can map to relay closures and other devices such as an amplifier, IP speaker or door station to enable SIP intercom. Barix IPAM modules are especially popular for vendors and integrators building products for residential spaces, K-12 schools and university campuses, and fire safety and evacuation systems. Additionally, IPAM modules are at the heart of numerous OEM products for transportation, both on-board trains for paging and intercom; and inside stations for platform announcements.

Visitors to ISE 2015 can learn more about the capabilities of the IPAM302 at the Barix stand (Hall 8, 8-M245) in the RAI Conference Center, February 10-12.

Date posted: January 26, 2015

Digital signage industry veteran Thomas Pollum will lead sales and business development efforts across DACH countries

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 26, 2015 Navori announces the opening of a new office in Germany to support growing interest in its digital signage solutions across the German-speaking DACH countries of Germany (D), Austria (A) and Switzerland (CH). The company, which will soon unveil new branding, organizational strategy and products, has appointed industry Thomas Pollum to lead sales and business development from the new office, located in the City of Elmshorn.

Thomas comes to Navori with a history of success in director-level and management roles at BIS Germany (A Mood Media Company) and Samsung, among others. The Elmshorn office location will allow Thomas to drive closer customer intimacy, and develop deeper relationships with existing partners.

“The DACH region is one of the most important markets for Navori, and the establishment of a local office will increase our presence and brand awareness across German-speaking area,” said Pollum. “There is strong demand for powerful yet easy-to-use digital signage software as businesses of many sizes transition to digital media platforms, and recognize its value for everything from general communications to revenue generation. Navori offers the most reliable and user-friendly digital signage solution on the market, and our new office will enable the best possible support for our customers.”

Pollum points to increasing business with systems integrators, resellers and digital signage operators in the DACH region as a key strategy for Navori’s continued growth in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

“As a Swiss company, the DACH region is a crucial market for Navori, which is renowned for local support worldwide,” said Ronni Guggenheim, managing director, Navori. “With this strong commitment to a local presence, we will drive growth and market penetration through enhanced customer focus and support. We are happy to add Thomas, who is well known and networked in the digital signage industry, to the greater Navori team.”

The new office location in Elmshorn is near the City of Hamburg, Germany. Thomas can be reached at t.pollum@navori.com, and will be present and available for meetings at the ISE 2015 show, February 10-12 at the RAI Conference Center in Amsterdam, Stand 8-M210.

 

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Date posted: January 20, 2015

New management structure, headquarters lay foundation for company growth heading into the 2015 NAB Show

Belar Electronics has set the stage for future growth and innovation in modulation monitoring with a new management structure as the company settles into its new Philadelphia-area headquarters. With its more than 50-year reputation for quality, reliability and precision cemented, Belar’s reorganization signals a shift in strategy to meet the dynamically changing needs of the radio broadcaster heading into the 2015 NAB Show (April 13-16, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth #C2452).

Mark Grant has been named CEO of Belar Electronics

With founder and industry visionary Arno Meyer now retired, Mark Grant steps in as CEO of Belar Electronics, managing all decisions surrounding company vision and direction. Erich Meyer assumes the role of COO, responsible for day-to-day plant operations across manufacturing and supply chain. Under Erich Meyer’s direction, the company will continue to centralize all production at its new West Chester, Pennsylvania headquarters, and manufacture 100 percent of its products in the USA. Erich Barchi will continue in his role as manager of global sales and customer relations, overseeing strategy for direct and channel sales worldwide.

To support global sales and service augmentations, Belar will build on its distinguished legacy as a trusted technology innovator through new software-defined test and monitoring applications. In addition to improving operational efficiencies for the end user, these enhancements, notably IP connectivity and FM/HD Radio time-alignment, will bring renewed focus to the value of the modulation monitor for the radio broadcaster.

“The modulation monitor remains the pre-eminent tool to help broadcasters accurately monitor on-air levels, calibrate equipment and remain in FCC compliance, and there is a strong value proposition around improved market-wide performance for broadcasters that make the investment in this gear,” said Mark Grant, CEO, Belar. “While the audio processor, exciter and other air chain components ideally amplify sound quality, broadcasters cannot take full advantage of their modulation thresholds without an accurate modulation monitor. Belar’s focus on delivering top-of-the-line, precision-oriented test instruments remains our core strategy, for the purpose of helping broadcasters troubleshoot performance issues in the air chain and maximize their broadcast signals. And moving forward, Belar intends to build on these principles with exciting new innovations that elevate the role of the modulation monitor.”

Erich Meyer, son of Belar Electronics founder Arno Meyer, oversees global operations and supply chain as COO

At NAB, Belar will reiterate its leadership in traditional AM and FM modulation monitoring, while highlighting new software-defined features that enhance remote connectivity for off-site signal monitoring; and improve time-alignment between FM and HD Radio signals. While the former will focus on the convenience of remote monitoring across all signal parameters and alarm conditions via IP connectivity, the latter will highlight how the modulation monitor can noticeably improve the listener experience, including the elimination of signal echo as FM and HD Radio signals blend.

“Belar has continually worked to ensure superior performance and reliability across the product line, including the use of digital signal processing to eliminate signal drifts, offsets and other signal quality hindrances for robust, stable and repeatable signal performance that remains in calibration,” said Grant. “We’ve eliminated unnecessary adjustments, minimized conversions and consolidated previously separate monitoring applications into a single box to make modulation monitoring a more user-friendly, operationally efficient and valuable process for broadcasters.  We look forward to unveiling our next generation of enhancements at NAB.”

Belar Electronics’ new headquarters is located at 1140 McDermott Drive, Suite 105 in West Chester, PA 19380.

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