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United Visual AV Insider - February 2008

Table of Contents:
1. United Visual Launches System Guard Protection Program.
2. Smart Technologies raises the teaching and learning standard.
3. Bretford progresses the use of technology in the classroom.
4. New Super Bright Full HD 1080p Install Projector from Mitsubishi.
5. Sleep better at night. Crown has you covered!
6. Chief mounts offer low profile design and fast installation.
7. Elmo P100 - bringing reality and immediacy to presentation.
8. Jelco EZ-MOBILE Floor Stands for large display monitors
9. At Draper, Green is Gold.
10. New Crestron Switchers: Flexibility, Reliability and Availability
11. TANDBERG Delivers Gateway for Up to 1,000 Concurrent Calls


1.  United Visual Launches System Guard Protection Program.

United Visual's Service Department is pleased to announce the launch of a new service offering, System Guard, a low-cost program protecting organizations from unexpected and costly labor charges not covered by standard system warranties or insurance.  The customer's AV system warranty or extended warranty covers labor charges when faulty equipment or installation errors are at the root of the system failure.  System Guard was created because we found that approximately 80% of AV system failures where the result of user or contractor related errors that are excluded by the standard system warranty or the organization's insurance policy.  An on-site service call to troubleshoot and locate the source of the system error can easily exceed $400 in labor charges.  System Guard is added protection that will cover the charge to locate the failure, potentially saving the customer hundreds of dollars in service calls. If your organization is adding a major AV system, the odds are you will fall victim to at least one issue not covered by the warranty.  If your system includes audio or video teleconferencing, you will probably have at least two failures, with one caused by your Telco Service Provider.  System Guard will more than pay for itself with just a single incident.  If you have a system under warranty or your organization is having a new system installed please contact United Visual's Service Department to learn more about System Guard and how it can give you total system protection.

Download a copy of our System Guard Brochure.


2.  Smart Technologies Notebook software 10 raises the 21st-century teaching and learning standard.

SMART Technologies announced the release of version 10 of Notebook collaborative learning software, which offers over 30 new features that make lesson creation and delivery even easier, and learning more exciting and fun.  Teachers are thrilled about the latest version of one of the most popular collaborative learning software products in the world, which now includes access to more than 100,000 new pieces of educational content and an updated teachers' resource hub.  The resource hub connects teachers to hundreds of lesson activities and offers tools that help them use Notebook software 10 more effectively.  Every school day teachers and students experience the way Notebook software integrates seamlessly with the SMART BoardTM interactive whiteboard.

The new features are built on feedback provided by teachers and students, and include the following: The Table Tool enables users to create rows and columns, even asymmetrically, and to change table properties; Shape Pen lets users draw freehand circles and other shapes that are instantly recognized and perfected; Page Recording records the teaching of a concept step by step for later replay without repeating the opening of menus or applications.  The addition of these and other features make Notebook software 10 the most powerful version yet.  United Visual account managers work closely with teachers.  As a result we have become intimately aware of the challenge teachers face to make teaching and learning effective and engaging.  Teacher feedback has been that the Notebook software 10 and its overall ease of use has been a valuable asset in meeting that challenge!


3. Bretford progresses the use of technology in the classroom with new multimedia instructional workstation.

Bretford is giving high school and college instructors a leg up on teaching with technology through the introduction of its new Multimedia Rack Mount Instructional Workstation.  Part of the popular Bretford BasicsTM Series, the UCS880 allows educators to easily set-up, house and move technology equipment within K-12 and higher education environments.  Typical educational instructor desks simply have pencil and file drawers and are not designed to support electronics equipment.  Since the use of multimedia -- like laptops, projectors and DVD players -- has become an essential part of the teaching process, instructors struggle with how to accommodate this equipment in class and where to put it afterwards.  The UCS880 provides the instructor with a workstation that houses everything in a single, secure location that is easy to access, move and store.  The UCS880 includes a universal 19-inch rack system so that any rack-mounted equipment, old or new, can be placed in the interior cabinet.  The new workstation includes four large work surface grommet holes and a large cord management bin that runs the width of the top for easy integration of all electronics.  Its rear panel ensures easy access to cables while a large cord bin keeps wires untangled and out of sight.  In addition, the UCS880 features a steel cabinet with a locking door to secure expensive audiovisual equipment and eliminate theft and tampering.  The UCS880's work surface can be adjusted at the time of assembly from 26 to 33 inches to meet all ADA requirements and fit the unique needs of an individual instructor.

The UCS880 is available in virtually thousands of laminate, paint and trim combinations to allow schools to match existing décor and create a custom appearance.


4.  New Super Bright Full HD 1080p Install Projector from Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi has officially announced the Mitsubishi FL-7000U high-end installation projector.  This full HD 1080p projector features an unprecedented combination of high definition performance, an ultra bright 5000 lumens, and value pricing.  At 5000 lumens it's a perfect fit for large auditoriums or rooms with ambient lighting.  School auditoriums, corporate boardrooms, and operations centers as well as sports bars, restaurants or hotel conference rooms will benefit from full high definition (1920 x 1080) images for HD video, presentations, or computer data display.

The FL7000U includes an RJ45 connector for connection to a local network.  The projector also includes software to provide you with a simple interface for remote projector management, monitoring, and control.  But the good news doesn't end there, as the unit affords you low cost of ownership too.  This native 1080p projector saves you from the expense of frequent lamp changes with a temperature control system that supports a lamp life up to 4000 hours in low lamp mode.  With a built-in, motion-sensitive anti-theft alarm, the FL7000U can deter projector theft from public venues such as open-access conference or classrooms.  The projector also comes with Mitsubishi's three-year limited warranty on parts and labor plus a 90-day lamp warranty.  United Visual's Mitsubishi customers have always loved their projectors.  The love affair should continue with this beautiful projector!

Visit our website for a full spec sheet.


5. Sleep better at night. Crown has you covered!

Crown's CTs Series amplifiers provide exceptional performance, flexibility and value for installed sound applications.  Easy integration with HiQnetTM and CobraNetTM allows CTs amplifiers to deliver a comprehensive lineup of monitoring and control features along with digital audio transport for an award-winning digital audio solution.  CTs Series amplifiers feature independent selection of high and low impedance operation for a specific channel, plus power levels and features that were carefully chosen to match the requirements of fixed install design.  Safety and protection are built-in to the Crown CT series amplifier too.  If an amplifier channel starts to overheat, the TLC system in the CT Series will engage the unit's input compressor.  By compressing the input, the amplifier will not generate as much heat and will have a chance to cool down.  If the channel becomes too hot for safe operation even after full TLC limiting, the channel will shut off.  We integrate Crown into our systems knowing we can rely on their products for both performance and safety.  For added flexibility, the CTs Series includes both dual-channel and multi-channel models from 150 watts to 3000 watts.


6. Chief mounts offer low profile design and fast installation.

Chief's new lines of custom and universal mounts are designed to easily integrate with 30"-50" plasma and LCD TVs.  The new line of mounts offers a variety of options, including the MSR Fixed Wall Mount, which combines a low-profile design with fast installation.  The MTR Tilt Wall Mount provides a low-profile design with friction-adjustable tilt for better viewing angles.  Both include innovative features such as Q-LatchTM integrated security, an expanded wall plate opening for cable management, and integrated lateral shift.  Weight capacity is at a hefty 125 lbs!  The mounts are great for digital displays or retail signage and allow for portrait or landscape flat panel installation.  Our clients have expressed appreciation for the easy installation and the innovative features that have increased end-user flexibility.  Trust your display investment to Chief!


7. Elmo P100, the ultimate document camera - bringing reality and immediacy to presentation.

Going beyond to give you all the ways, and power to communicate virtually anything, the Elmo P100 provides you the presenter with a variety of user-friendly features such as 30 frames per second image capture for smooth natural movement and an integrated LCD monitor that allows you to see what your audience is seeing.  It's PC friendly too.  There's a USB connection to PC, which supports instant drawing to highlight and annotate images.  Don't have a computer with you?  The built-in SD Card slot allows you to present stored image slide shows.  The Flexible camera and light arms allow you to show parts or side views of any 3D object.  Now we're cooking with gas!  United Visual clients especially appreciate the P100's ultra functional design, which allows for one action, fast and easy quick set-up allowing you to concentrate on your presentation not your presentation equipment.  Elmo is green these days too.  The P100 complies with restrictions of certain hazardous substances in electronic equipment.  This compliance helps to ensure a healthier and greener environment for all our children.  Everybody wins with the P100!

Visit our website for a full spec sheet.


8. Jelco EZ-MOBILE Floor Stands for large display monitors combines compact size and portability with fast, easy set-up.

JELCO Floor Stands handle flat screen displays from 30" - 50" in diagonal (landscape or portrait) with a maximum weight capacity of 150lbs.  Clients love the fact that one person can set-up the EZ-MOBILE in less than 2 minutes without TOOLS.  The EZ-MOBILE is beautiful, safe and functional.  The simple sliding mechanism design requires little setup.  Just attach caster assemblies and you're ready to go.  You can mount your display with almost any popular bracket, and the beautiful black epoxy powder-coat finish stands up to heavy use.  The EZ-MOBILE weighs just 35lbs.  The frame height ranges from 67" (high position) to 59" (low position), collapsed height is 46" measured from the floor.  This is also the approximate height of the top of the monitor, depending on the bracket you choose.  Options are available such as a shelf for a DVD or VCR, computer or other related equipment.  The EZ-MOBILE is designed, engineered, tested and built by Jelco and guaranteed for one year against defects in materials and workmanship.


9. At Draper, Green is Gold. Draper offers "GREENGUARD Certification" in all product lines.

This just in!  All three Draper product lines now include GREENGUARD "Children & Schools" Certified products which meet the strictest off-gassing standards.  These products have been certified by GREENGUARD Environmental Institute as not only low-emitting products but as contributors to a safer and healthier indoor environment for school aged children. Draper is the first manufacturer of projection screens and gymnasium equipment to receive GREENGUARD Certification for these products.  Draper offers GREENGUARD Certified products in window shade fabrics, projection screen surfaces and Gymnasium equipment.


10. New Crestron Switchers: Flexibility, Reliability and Now, Availability

Crestron's new line of CEN-RGBHV line of wideband matrix switchers is now shipping.  Ideal for the most demanding presentation environments, including boardrooms, training centers and live staging events, CEN-RGBHV switchers provide a powerful and reliable solution for flexible routing of high-res video and audio signals.

Our customers will appreciate the ease with which a CEN-RGBHV switcher can be installed in a Crestron control environment.  Easier installation equals added savings.  The switcher can be quickly configured.  The new CEN-RGBHV switchers deliver added functionality at a more competitive price point than any other switcher available today.  With CEN-RGBHV switchers, our technicians can quickly integrate a video network that accommodates HD content and provides highly accurate high-resolution signal routing.  We can also add control functionality to expand any project and enhance their value-add.

CEN-RGBHV switchers provide video-follow-sync switching to ensure glitch-free transition when selecting between non-synchronous sources.  For audio, CEN-RGBHV switchers include a stereo audio matrix that supports both balanced and unbalanced signals.  Programmable input level compensation helps ensure compatibility with a wide range of pro and semi-pro sources.

Available in 8x4 , 8x8 , 12x4 , 12x8 , 16x16 models, CEN-RGBHV switchers are fully operable out-of-the-box for use as standalone units.  Featuring an informative LCD display and quick-adjust knob, the front panel supports essential switcher operation without requiring a computer or control system.


11. TANDBERG Delivers Gateway for Up to 1,000 Concurrent Videoconferencing Calls

TANDBERG, a leading global provider of telepresence, high-definition videoconferencing and mobile video solutions, launched the TANDBERG Codian MSE 8321 gateway, enabling organizations to hold up to 1,000 concurrent videoconferencing calls between IP (Internet Protocol) and ISDN.  Both service providers and large enterprises will now have the flexibility to deliver a variety of services at an unprecedented level, worldwide

The TANDBERG Codian MSE 8000 Series is a single-chassis solution that provides multiple and interchangeable functions, including gateway, multipoint conferencing, recording and supervisor blades.  Today's enhancements to the MSE 8000 Series allows it to support up to 72 ISDN primary rate interfaces in a single chassis, making it the highest capacity, high-definition ISDN gateway in the market.  The TANDBERG Codian MSE 8000 Series can now support Up to 1,000 videoconferencing calls between ISDN and IP, or up to 180 videoconferencing calls in HD between ISDN and IP - a threefold increase in the number of video calls over the previous MSE 8310 gateway capabilities.



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