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					42       SYSTEMS                   B U S I N E S S
                                                                                                                                                          November 2005
                   P R E S E N T A T I O N                                  S Y S T E M S

         Open Communication In Progress
         Presenting A Presentation System Step By Step
         by Bob Bentley                                                                                                                    this is possible. The LCDs don’t have a
         A presentation facility is imperative                                                                                             VGA input, so they had to be convert-
         for a big company in order to commu-                                                                                              ed to DVI via a Gefen adapter. All the
         nicate to its own employees, to its po-                                                                                           cabling was run above the ceiling tiles,
         tential customers and for salespeople                                                                                             and are either plenum rated, or
         coming in to sell wares and services to                                                                                           plenum jacket rated. The same prob-
         the company. The system needs to in-                                                                                              lem with mounting the front screens
         terface with everyone in-house along                                                                                              was also a problem with the side
         with whatever laptop the sales repre-                                                                                             screens, but to a much less of a de-
         sentative walks in with.                    Transcoders and adapters were tried                                                   gree. These monitors weigh only
             At Open Solutions, in the banking       from a half-dozen manufacturers.                                                      about 40 pounds, and were easily
         and credit union software business in       None were able to look right on an                                                    mounted by drilling out the steel
                                                     input from any laptop. The main
         Glastonbury, CT, this system has actu-                                                                                            studs, and attaching the Sanus tilt
                                                     problem is that these adapters and
         ally had two different configurations.      transcoders were not designed to                                                      brackets with toggle bolts.
         As can happen in the corporate cul-         work on HDTV sets, which these                                                           The audio system consists of a
         ture, the initial person responsible for    particular plasmas were. The deci-                                                    Dolby Digital 7.1 system. Amplifica-
         getting the system done was replaced        sion was made to go with Pioneer           same image. They are connected to a        tion is provided by a Marantz 8500 re-
                                                     PDP-614MX displays with real VGA
         mid-project by someone with different                                                  Key Digital VGA distribution amplifier,    ceiver. The DVD player is also by
                                                     inputs, and displayed the VGA
         ideas of what the system should do.         images to perfection.                      which takes the output from a dedicat-     Marantz. The speakers (the front
         Hence, the system’s initial design was                                                 ed laptop, and shows a continuous          speakers are below the two front side
         changed in the middle of the project.       re-applied, and finally, re-wallpapered.   PowerPoint presentation. Down the          screens) are custom made by Source
             The system was to be a combina-             On each of the two side walls, there   road, this may change to allow a differ-   Technologies in South Windsor, CT. In
         tion theater and presentation system,       are two Sharp Aquos 37-inch LCD            ent image to be shown on each              addition to the fronts, there is a
         consisting of seven video screens in        screens. All four screens show the         screen. All LCDs were home run, so                          ( continued on page 44 )
         one room. The main screen is a 106-

                                                       Direct Approach
         inch diagonal screen by Screen Inno-                                                                                              post- installation. “We modified our
         vations (at 16:9), being driven by an In-                                                                                         organization to provide a stronger
         Focus 7205 HD projector. On either                                                                                                pre- and post-sales support organi-
         side of this screen are two 61-inch                                                                                               zation. With faster escalations,
                                                       Polycom Dials Up SI Consultants
         plasma screens chosen for their ability                                                                                           when an integrator runs into issues
         to display HD television, as the origi-       by Joy Zaccaria                          com started in the past year devel-        in the process of going through an
         nal specification called for this capa-       In a study this year of system inte-     oping products that are more in            installation, there is a fast path di-
         bility on any of the three main screens.      gration consultants conducted by         line with the needs of the AV inte-        rectly into our core engineering or-
         They also had to show any combina-            Polycom, it was determined that a        grator community. “The VSX 8000            ganization for problems that can’t
         tion of sources on any combination of         lot of integrators are both risk         is an example of a product that was        be solved by a first-line telephone
         the three main screens. This was              averse and loyal. “Once you’ve           specifically designed for integra-         support staff,” said LeFebvre.
         achieved by using a Key Digital 8x3           helped them overcome their fears         tors with positive lock connectors            Polycom is trying to build up rela-
         matrix switcher. There is room in the         of the risk by demonstrating a real      and connectors that were usable            tionships with not only the integra-
         Middle Atlantic equipment cabinet for         commitment to them both in the           for an integrated room where wires         tors themselves but with the AV inte-
         an HD cable box. So far, so good.             way the products are designed and        were pulled through conduits and           grator consultants by having them
             The front side video screens were         the way you support them, then           all terminated at the end points,”         back for more research on a couple
         to be hung on the wall, on either side        they will be very loyal partners,”       said LeFebvre. There is also im-           of occasions. “There has been a lot
         of the main, 106-inch screen. Unfortu-        explained Keith LeFebvre, vice           proved support for APIs so they            of success in bringing these folks in
         nately, the room was not built to han-        president of product marketing           work with Crestron and AMX con-            and sharing with them plans of our
         dle a 135-pound screen on a wall              and management, Video Communi-           trol systems.                              long range road map in order to de-
         framed with steel studs. To hang these        cations Division at Polycom.                 Not surprisingly, the study also       sign our products to be more com-
         monitors on the wall, the sheetrock              With this undercurrent to the         revealed that topping the list of pri-     patible with the needs of the integra-
         had to be removed between the studs,          company’s new philosophy, SI con-        orities for those in the AV market is      tor community.”
         blocked in with wood, the sheetrock           sultants are now the focus. Poly-        technical support both pre- and             >

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             Securing The Boardroom                                                                                                            MHz bandwidth, it is impossible for
                                                                                                                                               someone to scan all of these frequen-
                                                                                                                                               cies at once and break the codes to ac-
             In the past several years, there has     vanced technology are digital encryp-                                                    cess them.
             been an increase in both the desire      tion, transmission of digital encryp-                                                        beyerdynamic engineers addressed
             and necessity for more advanced and      tion and a pin code program to pre-                                                      eavesdropping concerns associated
             secure business conferencing sys-        vent       eavesdropping.        These                                                   with additional microphone stations
             tems. With the country on high alert,    advancements are integral to success-                                                    by incorporating a pin code program
             government agencies and private          fully transmitting messages securely.”                                                   that allows the user to program a pin
             sector companies have turned to              Digital encryption is considered the                                                 code into each station. Utilizing ac-
             technology to provide higher levels      most important factor contributing to                                                    companying software, the user can
             of security.                             highly protected systems. In order to                                                    program the exclusive pin code to ap-
                 “A decade ago, most conferenc-       secure the conferencing systems, bey-                                                    plicable stations for a specific meeting.
                                                                                                    beyerdynamic engineers created the
             ing systems featured an analog wire-     erdynamic converted audio to a digital                                                   Only the user has access to the securi-
                                                                                                    MCWD50, MCWD100 and MCWD200
             less transmitter/receiver combo, no      bit stream. Coupled with three binary         conference systems to meet the             ty code.
             different than the handheld micro-       digital bit streams, which are sent si-       growing demand for more secure             >> beyerdynamic...
             phones you see used on stage or          multaneously over frequencies at a 7.5        conference solutions.               
             the body packs that a minister
             would use in church,” stated Bob
             Lowig, beyerdynamic regional sales       P R E S E N TAT I O N                         and the remote used is the Harmony            Transcoders and adapters were
             manager. “This technology was sus-                                                     659. The remote is programmed to          tried from a half-dozen manufacturers.
             ceptible to outside infiltration. Any-   SYSTEMS                                       control all screens individually. The     Some gave OK results, some could be
             one could go to a local electronics      ( continued from page 42 )                    screens, and the projector, all have an   adjusted to look great on a specific
             store, purchase a scanner, and tune                                                    IR emitter on their remote windows.       laptop, but none were able to look
             in to listen to private meetings and     Source Technologies center channel            This way, only the screens that are       right on an input from any laptop. The
             conversations. Before 9/11, there        above the screen. Framing in the wall         being used can be turned off and on       main problem is that these adapters
             wasn’t a significant market for high-    didn’t allow the center channel speak-        individually.                             and transcoders were not designed to
             ly secure business conference sys-       er to be built in under the main                  As mentioned earlier, the change      work on HDTV sets, which these par-
             tems. Today, it’s imperative that        screen. The side speakers and the             of system designer mid-stream meant       ticular plasmas were. After trying
             these systems meet stringent secu-       rear speakers are also by Source              a change in focus. Not only was the       these devices, and not getting any-
             rity requirements.”                      Technologies. The frames were cus-            system to show HD television, but al-     where, the decision was made to re-
                 In response to these needs, beyer-   tom-painted to match the wall cover-          so it had to display VGA computer         place the units with Pioneer PDP-
             dynamic engineers created the            ing as closely as possible. The grille        images—from any laptop brought in         614MX displays. These had real VGA
             MCWD50, MCWD100 and MCWD200              cloth was carefully matched, as well.         to do a presentation. The problem is,     inputs, and displayed the VGA images
             conference systems with advanced             Finally, a theater is not a theater       the 61-inch plasma monitors selected      to perfection. Problem solved. Almost.
             digital encryption. “With the need for   without a subwoofer. This theater has         were not meant to show VGA images.            The Key Digital 8x3 matrix
             intense security features, beyerdy-      two 12-inch Source Technologies am-           They had the usual arrangement of         switcher is designed to accept in-
             namic engineers developed a propri-      plified subwoofers, one in each rear          component video, composite video          puts from component video, com-
             etary technology that has been incor-    corner.                                       and S-Video inputs, plus an HDMI in-      posite video, S-Video and RGBHV in-
             porated into our conferencing                To control all this, there is an IR re-   put. Great if you’re trying to show       puts. Breakout cables, from four
             systems,” Lowig said. “The most im-      ceiver in the wall above the equip-           DVDs and HD television. Not so great      different manufacturers, were tried
             portant attributes included in the ad-   ment cabinet. IR control is by Niles,         if VGA images are now the focal point.    to get the VGA signals to display
                                                                                                                                              properly, but part of the image was
                                                                                                                                              being cut off. A second Key Digital
                                                                                                                                              switcher yielded the same result.
                                                                                                                                              Apparently, these switchers were
                                                                                                                                              not meant to switch VGA signals.
                                                                                                                                                  The problem was resolved by using
                                                                                                                                              the Key Digital switcher for the DVD,
                                                                                                                                              HDTV and eventually, video game in-
                                                                                                                                              puts, and adding an Ocean Matrix 4x4
                                                                                                                                              VGA switcher. Finally! Success.
                                                                                                                                              > Key
                                                                                                                                              > Middle Atlantic...
                                                                                                                                              > Harmony...www.
                                                                                                                                              > Pioneer...
                                                                                                                                              > Ocean Matrix...

                                                                                                                                              Bob Bentley is the owner and sole
                                                                                                                                              employee of Bentley Electronic Sys-
                                                                                                                                              tems in South Glastonbury, CT.

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