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HARMAN Professional Solutions Delivers the Next Level Collaboration Experience with AMX Acendo Core

Complete meeting room solution enables teams to simplify scheduling, streamline document sharing and make optimal use of huddle spaces and small meeting rooms

ISE (Stand #1-F6), AMSTERDAM – February 7, 2017 – HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today introduced the AMX Acendo Core complete presentation solution for huddle spaces and small meeting environments. Acendo Core features direct integration with Microsoft® Exchange scheduling, one-touch Skype for Business integration, native document viewers, email document sharing and more to help teams improve collaboration and maximize productivity by starting meetings quickly and easily.

"In enterprise office environments, time is a valuable resource, and outdated conference room equipment can cause unnecessary delays and frustration," said Paul Krizan, Product Manager, Networked AV Solutions, HARMAN Professional Solutions. "Acendo Core offers a complete integrated solution that enables teams to get to the heart of their meeting as quickly as possible and make optimal use of huddle spaces and smaller meeting rooms. From document sharing to web conferences to web browsing, no other solution gets a meeting started faster or more efficiently."

Acendo Core provides tremendous value for huddle spaces and other small meeting rooms. Users can easily start a meeting with the click of a button or a touch on the screen. If the meeting is scheduled as a Skype for Business meeting, participants can press a single button to join without having to search for a link in a meeting invitation. Built-in document viewers and rendering allow users to present content without bringing anything to the room. Users can simply start a session, navigate to their document on a USB drive, network drive, or the Web and begin their presentation. For enterprises who store documents on network drives, Acendo Core integrates natively with Microsoft Active Directory so users can authenticate into a meeting and instantly access stored content.

Featuring direct integration with Microsoft® Exchange, Acendo Core provides a comprehensive scheduling system to ensure that meetings begin and end on time. Users can quickly view the current availability of a meeting space and reserve the room for the desired time. Near the end of the scheduled meeting, participants receive an on-screen notification that their meeting is about to end. This provides the opportunity to wrap up the meeting, book the room for additional time, or search for another available room if the current space is already reserved for an upcoming meeting.

Acendo Core is thin enough to mount behind a display, with a sleek industrial design that is also well suited for display on a wall or credenza. When combined with the new AMX Acendo Vibe, an expertly designed conferencing soundbar powered by JBL audio technology and an optional integrated camera, Acendo Core forms the most cost-effective collaboration and conferencing solution designed for the needs of today's modern office environments.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Introduces AMX Acendo Vibe Premium Conferencing Sound Bars

Featuring sound by JBL and an optional wide-angle camera, Acendo Vibe delivers high-quality audio and video conferencing for huddle spaces and small meeting rooms

ISE (Stand #1-F6), AMSTERDAM – February 7, 2017 – HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced AMX Acendo Vibe, a new line of premium conferencing sound bars designed to maximize productivity and collaboration in huddle spaces and smaller meeting environments. With a powerful feature set that includes JBL speakers, far-field microphones, a wide-angle camera and a modern office design aesthetic, Acendo Vibe harnesses HARMAN's deep history and expertise in audio technology to deliver outstanding performance that greatly exceeds traditional conferencing solutions, all in an intuitive and easy-to-install package.

"Modern enterprise organizations need to accomplish more in less space, and that includes their huddle and small meeting rooms," said Shaun Robinson, Director, Corporate Enterprise Solutions, HARMAN Professional Solutions. "Acendo Vibe conferencing sound bars are perfect for companies that want outstanding audio performance in an attractive form factor perfect for small meeting spaces. With features like legendary JBL sound, a far-field microphone array with integrated acoustic echo cancellation, a 120-degree field-of-view camera that captures the entire room, and display automation, Acendo Vibe delivers an exceptional audiovisual experience for the modern conference room."

Featuring an industrial design that aligns with the latest interior design trends of the modern office and a comprehensive feature set, Acendo Vibe is the ideal audio/video solution for small meeting spaces. Unlike other solutions that are comprised of several individual components that need to be separately installed and integrated, Acendo Vibe is an all-in-one solution that requires no programming or installation of additional equipment. Acendo Vibe comes in three colors and features softened materials and finishes to augment the interior design of the modern office environment.

Acendo Vibe 5100 and 2100 series models incorporate advanced JBL technologies, including far-field microphones and integrated AEC to ensure everyone in the room can be heard clearly. USB and Bluetooth connectivity streamlines BYOD (bring your own device) conference applications by allowing users to easily connect laptops, phones and tablets. Dedicated audio inputs and outputs allow users to integrate Acendo Vibe with other AV systems, such as assistive listening systems and more.

Acendo Vibe 5100 Series models include a 120-degree field-of-view (FoV) camera that allows everyone in the room to be seen, including individuals sitting close to the display. The 5100 Series also includes HDMI connections that enable users to route video to the display, and automatically turn the display on when a laptop is connected. In addition, when paired with the new Acendo Core meeting room system, the Vibe 5100 series can also provide visual room availability and end-of-meeting alerts to room participants to ensure effective meeting wrap up and help organizations optimize space utilization.

The Acendo huddle space solution, consisting of Acendo Core and Acendo Vibe, deliver the industry's most cost-effective and best performing collaboration and conferencing solution designed for the needs of today's modern office environment.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces AMX Acendo Book Scheduling Touch Panels

New firmware update brings AMX RoomBook touch panels into the new Acendo family, offering improved panel usability, enterprise-grade networking and simplified setup

ISE (Stand #1-F6), AMSTERDAM – February 7, 2017 – HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced new firmware for AMX RoomBook scheduling touch panels, making them part of the new Acendo product family. The new firmware features numerous usability and setup enhancements that help users ensure installation success and accomplish their scheduling goals faster, more intuitively and more efficiently.

"Since we introduced AMX RoomBook scheduling touch panels in March 2016, business worldwide have adopted them to optimize room utilization and implement facility-wide room scheduling in an intuitive and cost-effective manner," said Michael Saadeh, Product Manager for User Interfaces, HARMAN Professional Solutions. "Now, thanks to our new firmware update, the newly designated Acendo Book scheduling touch panels offer customers full scheduling integration with other Acendo products, plus enhanced usability, networking and setup. This update builds on HARMAN's commitment to providing our customers with the industry's most intuitive, responsive and worry-free scheduling solution."

Acendo Book scheduling touch panels are standalone scheduling panels that integrate directly with popular room scheduling software like Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, and Google Calendar without additional system software or hardware requirements. The user interface background color and built-in room availability bars change between red and green to show room availability, enabling users to easily locate and book an available room directly from the panel. If that room is currently booked, the "Browse Rooms" feature allows users to quickly locate the nearest available room or the next available time from either Acendo Book or Acendo Core.

Leveraging the style and cost-efficiency of HARMAN's award-winning Modero S Series Touch Panel, Acendo Book touch panels enable a simple swipe to glide through the room's calendar to check availability, a brilliant full-color high-resolution display, wide viewing angle of screen and availability bar LEDs and a low-profile design. The panels can be mounted on any flat surface, including drywall, gang-box, glass, or stone, inside or outside a conference room or huddle space.

Usability Enhancements in v1.1 Firmware

  • Acceleration of "Book Room" and "Browse Rooms" functions, so requests now take less than 1 second.
  • Enhanced Calendar View text display for ad-hoc and long meetings (4+ hours) provides more information about the status of requests.
  • Improved progress notifications when waiting on scheduling server confirmations.
  • Support for Greek and Hungarian languages (16 languages now supported in total).

Setup Enhancements in v1.1 Firmware

  • Support for proxy servers and custom security certificates enables IT departments to deploy AMX RoomBook in accordance with their corporate network and security policy mandates.
  • Easier scheduler credential setup with the ability to validate scheduler credentials in the setup wizard.
  • Detailed error logs for connection errors in setup and improved debugging tools for installers.

Availability

Acendo Book scheduling touch panels will begin shipping in March 2017.
Version 1.1 firmware will be available for existing AMX RoomBook systems in March 2017.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Introduces AMX N2400 Series Encoders and Decoders, Bringing Cinema-Quality 4K Video Distribution to Standard GbE Networks

HARMAN extends industry leadership in Networked AV by delivering the first low-latency 4K60 4:4:4 encoders and decoders that distribute video over Gigabit Ethernet networks

ISE (Stand #1-F6), AMSTERDAM – February 7, 2017 – HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced AMX N2400 Series video encoders and decoders, the first video-over-IP solutions to deliver full-quality 4K content over Gigabit Ethernet networks with near-imperceptible latency. With support for 4K video at 60Hz and 4:4:4 chroma, the N2400 Series joins a full lineup of cost-effective 4K solutions from HARMAN that enable businesses and active learning environments to bring ultra-high-definition video to viewers.

"The 4K market is accelerating rapidly, and more businesses and institutions want to deliver top-tier video content to create the best possible experience for their customers," said Andy Whitehead, General Manager Networked AV, HARMAN Professional Solutions. "The new AMX N2400 Series enables universities, houses of worship, sporting arenas and corporations to quickly deliver true cinema-quality 4K video to hundreds of displays simultaneously."

With N2400 Series encoders and decoders, users can instantly distribute 4K video without compromising quality. The new series uses JPEG 2000 encoding to deliver content at native frame rate and color space over cost-effective standard Gigabit Ethernet with just two frames of latency. With support for HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2, the N2400 Series is compatible with all the latest 4K sources and displays.

N2400 encoders and decoders are easy and cost effective to integrate with existing video-distribution infrastructures. Because the N2400 Series can be PoE+ powered, the new encoders and decoders operate by either standard 12VDC power, or by a simple Ethernet connection from the local network switch. N2400 encoders and decoders also use the same control APIs, software, and easy-to-use web interfaces as existing AMX Networked AV solutions, making integration fast and intuitive.

The new N2400 Series joins a growing family of 4K Ultra HD over IP solutions from HARMAN that provide flexible and highly scalable networked-AV distribution, including the NMX-ENC-N2412A stand-alone encoder, the NMX-ENC-N2412A-C encoder card, and the NMX-DEC-2422A stand-alone decoder. Alongside the AMX N2300 Series, which distributes 4K30 4:2:0 video over GbE, AMX N2400 encoders and decoders represent class-leading Networked AV products that enable businesses and institutions to reach customers with top-quality content, faster than ever before.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Introduces AMX N7142 Presentation Switcher with Built-In Networked AV Technology

New all-in-one HDMI and VGA presentation switcher simplifies AV video distribution and enables educators to instantly deliver 4K video using a simple network connection

ISE (Stand #1-F6), AMSTERDAM – February 7, 2017 – HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today unveiled the AMX N7142 Presentation Switcher, the first all-in-one presentation switcher to incorporate low-latency Networked AV video distribution. With the ability to distribute video in a scalable and flexible way, the N7142 Presentation Switcher enables educators to enhance lecture presentations and reach more students in overflow classroom applications.

"In today's education environment, it's important for next-generation classrooms to bring engaging content to students, even in situations where overflow space is required," said Andy Whitehead, General Manager Networked AV, HARMAN Professional Solutions. "With the new AMX N7142 Presentation Switcher, universities can deliver full-quality UHD video presentations to the latest classroom displays, and can reach students in overflow spaces across campus almost instantly with a simple network connection."

The N7142 Presentation Switcher features a comprehensive I/O designed to deliver top-quality audio and video in classroom and small conference room applications. The N7142 Presentation Switcher distributes UHD content from the latest 4K sources to most modern displays, with four 4K60 HDMI 2.0 and two VGA inputs that can be independently switched between two HDMI 2.0 outputs. Each output has a mirrored HDMI port for connecting to an additional display, encoder card, or other video distribution equipment. Two available Networked AV slots and an integrated Gigabit Ethernet switch make distributing classroom presentations to overflow seating as easy and immediate as a single LAN connection.

In addition to audio from the HDMI inputs, the all-in-one presentation switcher supports multiple high-quality audio sources with powerful built-in DSP and a 60W stereo amplifier. The N7142 Presentation Switcher includes two microphone inputs with phantom power, as well as six independent stereo inputs that can be used to incorporate different audio sources into presentations, including digital devices like smartphones or tablets. The audio amplifier can also operate in 4Ω/8Ω, 70V, or 100V modes via a user-selectable switch, making it easy to integrate the N7142 Presentation Switcher with existing AV infrastructures.

The N7142 Presentation Switcher features an intuitive web interface that makes it easy to configure, control and use. Instead of requiring an expensive auxiliary control system, educators and presenters can quickly select inputs using straightforward front-panel controls. Because the N7142 Presentation Switcher has Panel Builder on board, the video switcher can be controlled from a mobile device from anywhere in the room without loading an app.

The AMX N7142 Presentation Switcher is available in two configurations: the NMX-PRS-N7142 and the NMX-PRS-N7142-23, which adds an AMX N2312 Encoder and an AMX N2322 Decoder to the base configuration. Both solutions offer a solid, cost-effective foundation for delivering full-quality UHD content to next-generation active learning environments.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Announces Enova DGX Audio Switching Boards with Dante Networked Audio Technology

New board kits bring industry-leading direct networked audio feeds to the Enova DGX platform, bridging the gap between traditional and networked media solutions

ISE (Stand #1-F6), AMSTERDAM – February 7, 2017 – HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today introduced Enova DGX Audio Switching Boards with Dante integration that deliver Dante networked audio feeds to and from Enova DGX 100 Series Digital Media Switchers. The new Dante board kits expand Enova DGX enclosures with up to 16 channels of networked audio, enabling flexible audio switching between traditional AV solutions and the industry's standard networked audio format.

"Venues with Centralized AV increasingly rely on networked media distribution to deliver content to customers," said Paul Hand, Digital Video Product Manager, HARMAN Professional Solutions. "The new Audio Switching Boards with Dante are a perfect and cost-effective way to bring the industry standard in audio to our industry-leading Enova DGX Digital Media Switcher platform. They're easy to install, quick to configure, and dramatically simplify integration of traditional AV devices with Dante networked-audio solutions."

Audio Switching Boards with Dante bring audio insertion and breakaway switching capabilities, as well as Dante networked-audio compatibility to the Enova DGX platform. With support for up to 16 stereo decoded inputs and outputs, users can independently route audio from traditional and networked AV sources to virtually any other directly connected or networked AV device via internal switching and standard CAT5e, CAT6 or fiber optic network connection. A few simple clicks in an intuitive web interface enable users to enhance audio from a computer or live presentation with a networked DSP solution, or extract audio from an HDMI-connected set-top box and distribute that feed to a building-wide networked audio system.

In addition to bridging the gap between traditional AV distribution and the latest networked solutions, Audio Switching Boards with Dante feature powerful integrated DSP on every output. For environments where audio is switched to multiple zones, an on-board 10-band parametric EQ allows precise tuning for each acoustically different space, ensuring the same audio source will be heard perfectly in each location.

Like other audio switching boards for the Enova DGX platform, Audio Switching Boards with Dante are offered in pairs, with one board providing direct Dante networked audio connections on the input side, and a separate board for the output side of Enova DGX enclosures. The new audio switching boards are available in two models, each compatible with varying Enova DGX solutions. The DGX3200-ASB-DANTE kit brings 8 stereo decoded inputs and encoded outputs to Enova DGX 800, 1600 and 3200 enclosures, while the DGX6400-ASB-DANTE kit brings 16 stereo decoded inputs and encoded outputs to Enova DGX 6400 enclosures.

Enova DGX Audio Switching Board Kits with Dante will be available in June 2017.