North America’s oldest and largest ProAV distributor issues bullish market forecast to attendees of INFOCOMM 2013
ORLANDO, FLORIDA, June 12, 2013 — A wave of innovation and new product introductions by a host of leading manufacturers is creating unprecedented new revenue opportunities for ProAV dealers on a scale not seen since before the start of the Great Recession in 2008, according to Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly, who issued a bullish sales forecast for the ProAV industry on the opening day of INFOCOMM 2013. Stampede is exhibiting a number of innovative new products and system solutions in Booth #3559 of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
"I see more opportunity in this industry than ever before, as manufacturers are bringing out interesting products that need explanation, which in turn provides a great opportunity for integration,” Kelly stated today. “We’ve added a number of interesting new product lines to our portfolio during the first half of this year, and every one of them is providing our dealers with an opportunity to not only bring innovative products to existing clients, but to also attract new clients who are looking for cutting-edge ProAV solutions.”
According to Kelly, dealers and integrators can expect to see continued opportunities develop in the near future due to resurgence in the commercial market, as corporations, banking, financial and education institutions accelerate their investment in new technologies and products. What’s more, Kelly predicts that in 2013, as the consumer market sees stable growth, the commercial side will also see increased corporate investments and new growth and spending in the K-12 and higher education market. In particular, Kelly sees video conferencing systems of all levels becoming a huge long-term growth area as consumers grow increasingly comfortable with personal videoconferencing software, such as Skype and Apple’s FaceTime, and they will expect easy-to-use videoconferencing technologies to be present in professional work environments.
“To fully realize their future success, dealers need to make a decision about expertise and where they're going to invest within the marketplace," Kelly continued. "They need to decide what types of technologies they ultimately want to work with, and which kinds of jobs they actually want to do. We have a movement with regard to the way in which the content is being delivered, and technology such as Samsung's SMART Platform has very powerful potential, but it's going to take an educated, focused integrator to leverage that technology, and an aware end user to recognize some of the benefits or the importance of having them explained. This wave of new and exciting technology is creating endless revenue opportunities for dealers both now and in the future.”
One example of the innovative new solutions that Kelly speaks of, and that will be showcased by Stampede at INFOCOMM, is the Circle Technology portable, wireless, paperless presentation system that allows presenters to put content into everyone’s hands without the Internet, anywhere at any time.
“Products like these represent category breaking innovation that reinvigorates the entire market,” Kelly emphasized. “In and of themselves, they offer new revenue while also pulling through sales of more traditional components that complement these new products.”
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AMHERST,NEW YORK, June 3, 2013 — Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. has been
appointed to serve as a strategic distributor of DemoPad,
a revolutionary software-based control solution that offers customized control interfaces that allow installers to provide their clients with world-class control solutions regardless
of system size or budget, according to an announcement made today by Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly.
focusing on software that allows installers to create their own custom GUIs for
their company or for each client, DemoPad reduces the costs
traditionally associated with custom control systems. With simple tools
to create these GUIs for iOS and Android devices,
DemoPad installers can easily, quickly and affordably implement
impressive touch screen interfaces that offer integrated control of audiovisual equipment, lighting, HVAC, CCTV, gate automation, window blinds and access control.
“We’re very excited present the aggressively priced DemoPad solution
to installers seeking high quality, high margin control solutions in the
constantly evolving control market,” Kelly said today. “Not only does
DemoPad’s software solution offer flexible, customizable control GUI’s,
but it also allows installers to integrate
all key AV elements into the control
system, generating opportunities for additional sales of complimentary
hardware, such as matrix switchers and IR controllers sourced from other
Infocomm 2013, Stampede will host a series of informational sessions,
presenting a comprehensive DemoPad overview, and provide
dealers and installers the opportunity to enroll in future training
sessions to obtain an initial programming certification and user
license. These sessions will take place in Room W205B of the Orange
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and universities of all shapes and sizes are being challenged as never
enhance the quality of their courses, increase the number of students
enrolled in paid-for degree programs, and decrease the overall cost of
delivering these courses to an ever-diverse student body. Fortunately
for these higher education institutions, the
entire ProAV industry stands poised today to provide exactly the kind of
integrated, cost-effective systems solutions that will help them achieve all three of these objectives in
an easily managed way, according to Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. President
& COO Kevin Kelly.
simply, the future reach and affordability of higher education rests in
each institution's ability to develop and implement an effective online
learning program — but to do this institutions must start by broadening
their view of their "market" beyond the four walls of a classroom or the
walls of their traditional campuses,” Kelly asserted today.
to Kelly, the use of lecture-capture and online streaming has emerged
as an incredible way to offer in-class access to students learning from a
remote location. Similar to other popular ProAV trends utilized on
campuses, such as digital signage, the employment of remote learning
technology stands to completely revolutionize the education market. With
a simple and affordable AV solution, higher education
institutions can broadcast their lessons worldwide to reach more
learners than ever before and generate new revenue streams.
to this point,” Kelly continued, “a recent Wall Street Journal profile
of Yale University’s use of online lectures stated that the online
turned its professors into borderline celebrities and brought them into
the homes of thousands of new students all over the world. The article
also highlights several websites that host class lectures, such as EdX,
which features lectures from Harvard University
and MIT and has accrued more than 700,000 users in less than a year. The
desire for remote learning is increasing every day, and the ProAV
industry knows exactly what AV solutions will enable higher education
institutions to reach the greatest number of students
education providers need to embrace remote learning in order to stay
relevant and attract today’s increasingly diverse learner population,
responsibility to inform the market of new and affordable technological
innovations falls in the hands of ProAV integrators and solutions
providers. “With our help, higher education institutions can realize the
absolute necessity of ProAV technology, which
will help them achieve tremendous gains in education now and in the
future” Kelly concluded.
Partner Programs Guide Honors NEC Display for Third Consecutive Year
NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today that CRN Magazine has named NEC Partner Net a 5-Star Partner Program for the third consecutive year. The Partner Program recognizes a subset of elite vendors from its annual CRN Partner Programs Guide.
The guide is the definitive listing of manufacturers and software publishers that service solution providers or offer products to the information technology channel. The awards recognize those vendors who have channel programs and derive a portion of their sales through the indirect IT Channel. The 5-Star winners were acknowledged in the March 25th issue of CRN.
“NEC Display Solutions is honored to receive this award from CRN Magazine for the third year in a row,” said Ashley Flaska, Vice President of Marketing for NEC Display Solutions. “Our relationships with our channel partners are of the utmost importance, and we’re thrilled that our dedication has been recognized by CRN.”
NEC Partner Net is a one-stop vehicle designed to provide everything from product information and pricing to account status and promotions. The program was introduced in 2008 to provide easy access, unprecedented value and the experienced support to its vast reseller and systems integrator network. NEC provides several market-specific programs, including the Star Student program for the education industry, Business Advantage for small-to-medium-sized businesses, Cinema Advantage for exhibitors in the theatre industry andMedical+ for healthcare organizations. Benefits of these NEC programs include awards, incentives, rebates, market development funds, co-branding initiatives, business-building opportunities, marketing and sales tools as well as “how to” guides.
About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.
Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is a leading designer and provider of innovative desktop LCD monitors, commercial- and professional-grade large-screen LCD displays, a diverse line of multimedia and digital cinema projectors, and integrated display solutions. NEC Display Solutions develops leading-edge visual technology and customer-focused solutions for a wide variety of markets, including enterprise, healthcare, education and digital signage. For additional information about NEC Display Solutions of America products, call (866) NEC-MORE, or visit the website atwww.necdisplay.com. For digital images, please visit http://necdisplay.com/digital-media-library. Follow us on our social media channels: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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Twenty-two new Americans from 21 different nations were the stars of the show when they took the oath of allegiance and became United States citizens Tuesday morning.
But the new citizens got something more than their naturalization papers.
They also got a history lesson, with a re-enactment of Theodore Roosevelt’s 1901 inauguration on the original historic site, followed by the recitation of the 44 U.S. presidents by a Clarence fifth-grader who’s been an American citizen all 11 of his years.
Declan Hurley, dressed in patriotic colors, reeled off all 44 U.S. presidents in order, first and last names.
“He gets better at it all the time,” Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny said in introducing him. “What throws him off is when they add another president.”
It’s too bad that the 22 new citizens didn’t get to hear Declan explain later what it means to be an American.
“I love the United States,” he said. “It’s a great country to live in. First of all, we do not have any dictator who controls every aspect of your life. You are free to do whatever you want. And second, we have 50 states. They’re all different places to go, in one country.”
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Vidyo Overtakes Top Incumbent Legacy Players in Comprehensive Frost & Sullivan Comparative Market Research Analysis
ACKENSACK, NJ, February 12, 2013 –Vidyo, Inc., today announced that Frost & Sullivan has named Vidyo the winner of its 2013 Video Conferencing Technology Leadership Award after a thorough review and evaluation of the top three vendors in the global video conferencing market. To achieve this award, Vidyo’s performance against key video conferencing competitors was benchmarked using the following criteria: Development of New Technologies, Leverage of New Technologies, Brand Perception, and Customer Value. Frost & Sullivan’s “Best Practices Research Report” details the evaluation process and analysis that determined the winning recipient and states that "Vidyo’s market leading innovations continue to demonstrate its technology lead and commitment to make video conferencing a ubiquitous
“Vidyo is at the forefront of innovation, launching products that demonstrate the power of its ground breaking architecture and position the company for growth,” said Roopam Jain, Principal Analyst, Frost & Sullivan North America, Information and Communication Technologies Practice. “Vidyo’s solutions offer customers a new and more scalable approach to video conferencing, eliminating the traditional hurdles to adoption including high fixed costs for multipoint infrastructure, QoS-enhanced networks and IT personnel.”
Frost & Sullivan cites that Vidyo is ahead of the market, shipping third generation SVC-based products that incorporate field experience, customer feedback and intellectual property that creates sustainable differentiation. In addition, they believe that recent Vidyo technology and product announcements like VidyoWay and the first $750 Executive Desktop System, continue to demonstrate Vidyo’s commitment to make video conferencing a universal technology for visual communications.
According to the F & S report: The ability for customers to embed Vidyo into their own web portals and service environments via Vidyo’s APIs has enabled innovative new solutions and service offerings from a variety of OEM partners including Google+ Hangouts, Ricoh, Nintendo and Philips.
“We are honored to have received this recognition of our continued efforts to provide exceptional, affordable video conferencing that has created new markets not previously addressable by traditional technologies,” said Ashish Gupta, Vidyo’s CMO and SVP Corporate Development. “Since Vidyo launched in 2008, we have been committed to changing the face of video conferencing; raising the bar set by incumbent providers by delivering superior value, accessibility, and scalability that is only available via Vidyo’s unique software platform. We are extremely proud to have been deemed a market leader by Frost & Sullivan, especially after such a rigorous evaluation.”
The Vidyo Difference
The Vidyo communication and collaboration platform is software-based, highly flexible and can be easily customized for individual enterprise and vertical market video conferencing needs. The VidyoRouterTM is based on the company’s patented Adaptive Video Layering architecture and leverages the standard based Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technology. It eliminates the MCU and offers unprecedented error resiliency, low latency and rate matching enabling natural, affordable, high quality video to work over the Internet, LTE, 3G and 4G networks. The Vidyo platform allows users to quickly leverage the latest hardware innovations and new consumer devices, making it uniquely attractive to partners. Vidyo has been active driving H.264 SVC, HEVC and SIP videoconferencing interoperability in various standards bodies since 2005.
About Vidyo, Inc.
Vidyo, Inc. pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on tablets and smart phones, PCs and Macs, room systems, gateways that interoperate with H.323 and SIP endpoints, telepresence solutions and affordable cloud-based visual communications solutions.
Peerless-AV has acquired Ciil Technologies, LLC, a , a manufacturer of environmental/weatherproof outdoor TVs and displays marketed under the UltraView and Xtreme brand names.
The acquisition expands Peerless-AV’s portfolio of audio visual technology, mounting, accessory and digital content delivery solutions with a high-demand product category providing new commercial and residential business opportunities for AV dealers, distributors, integrators and installation professionals.
Ciil’s outdoor TVs and displays are completely sealed and utilize no external vents, exhaust fans or filters. The patented design holds the highest protection rating in the industry at IP 68 and NEMA 6, allowing the products to be submerged in water for 30 minutes without failure.
This ability to withstand outdoor settings and other harsh environments has led to installations of Ciil TVs and displays throughout the world. Applications range from professional and college stadiums, public transit, marinas, cruise ships, yachts and factory floors to residential backyards and poolside patios. Models from 26-inch to 55-inch are available.
The Ciil line joins Peerless-AV’s portfolio of outdoor solutions including outdoor mounts and enclosures, enabling the AV community to purchase multiple components for outdoor installations from a single source.
“The market for outdoor TVs is growing rapidly in commercial settings, where weatherproof displays are replacing expensive enclosures, as well as in residential environments, where the backyard has become the new living room. With this acquisition, our customers can take full advantage of this expanding market sector,” said Michael Campagna, president of the Peerless Technology Division.
“At the same time, this is a strategic acquisition that extends the investment in emerging technology that led to last month’s announcement that we have formed a separate technology division,” Campagna said. “Our goal is to build a global technology business on a par with our global AV mounting solutions business. Acquiring Ciil is a key building block in that process.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Ciil’s manufacturing and operations will be relocated to Peerless-AV’s headquarters and 320,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Aurora, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Ciil products will now be produced in a dedicated 10,000-square-foot area within the Peerless-AV plant, including a 3,000-square-foot clean room for assembly and testing.
All Ciil TVs and displays will continue to be manufactured in the USA, all Ciil personnel and management will be retained, and Ciil products will continue to be sold under the Ciil trademark and the UltraView and Xtreme brand names.
The transaction closed on February 1, 2013. Financial terms were not disclosed.
By RS Staff February 20,2013 - www.residentialsystems.com