Active Audio, Biamp and CEDIA are among the star attractions in PSN-e’s second extended sortie through likely highlights of this year’s Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) exhibition, writes David Davies.
An integral part of the global AV trade show calendar, ISE takes place from 31 January to 2 February at the Amsterdam RAI.
Enjoying strong sales since it was launched last autumn, the Ray-On 100 column loudspeaker is one of the highlights of Active Audio’s (1H76) presence at ISE 2012. Designed for reinforcement of speech and music, the 1m high column column speaker can be mounted vertically and, therefore, very close to the wall. Yielding a consistent sound with strong directivity, the Ray-On 100 is suitable for applications including conference rooms, small churches, shopping malls and airport facilities.
The speaker’s design is based around the Active Audio-patented DGRC (Digital and Geometric Radiation Control) principle, which specifies a combination of electronic and geometric line arrays whereby the loudspeakers are mounted by group on a stepped structure. The wave-front is shaped and controlled by both the geometric positioning of the loudspeakers, and a specific filter for each step.
In a significant development that reflects the ongoing rise of Audio Video Bridging (AVB), Biamp (1H80) is giving international distributors and consultants their first opportunity to get an up-close look at Tesira (pictured), the company’s first DSP-based networked media system to employ AVB as the primary digital media transport.
Tesira is an enterprise-wide solution made up of intelligent network modules designed to share and boost performance. It is equipped with modular scalable inputs and outputs, DSPs and networked end-points, providing system design capabilities for unlimited scenarios, including centralised, distributed and hybrid-type applications.
Integrators have the option of customising Tesira with up to eight DSP cards (16 DSPs) in a single chassis and a maximum of 420 by 420 audio channels over a scalable digital media backbone (AVB).
Biamp will be hosting product demonstration sessions on its booth at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm on 31 January and 1 February, and 10:00am and 12:00pm on 2 February. These sessions will give show attendees an opportunity to speak directly with Biamp’s sales and technical team, and experience the full range of Tesira’s capabilities.
The first member of Amina’s new Evolution family of invisible loudspeakers, the AIW350, will be exhibited by distributor BMB Electronics (1P22, 1P35). Featuring Amina’s OptiDrive and OptiDamping technologies, the AIW350 is said to deliver significantly improved sound quality in key areas. While OptiDrive facilitates a more accurate frequency response, OptiDamping increases low frequency extension and dynamic range, resulting in improved bass definition.
The new speaker fits the existing backboxes and has the same dimensions as the AIWX Serie. The AIWX Serie will continue alongside the new Evolution family.
NuVo Technoloiges (1P122) will highlight the addition of Last.fm to its roll-call of internet-based streaming audio providers accessible through the Music Port and Music Port Elite content aggregator and streaming devices. A popular service for music fans, Last.fm assesses a listener’s musical taste through the individual’s song selections – both online and digitally stored on the user’s computer or other devices – and uses that profile to recommend new music from its extensive catalogue.
NuVo will also highlight its latest in-wall amplifier for the education market, the WA40. Designed to bring convenient amplification to the classroom, the WA40 includes touch-button controls for source selection, power and volume, as well as an upgraded 40-watt amplifier. It also offers the option of two hard-wired rear source inputs and two additional source inputs on the unit’s front for additions to the system.
Finally, for this round-up, CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, 1Q66) has announced plans for a grand total of 14 couses at this year’s ISE, doubling the number of sessions given at last year’s event. The programme features seven brand new courses, including ‘Choosing and Using Control Systems’, ‘Embracing the Cloud’, ‘The Art of Project Documentation’, ‘Practical Media Delivery over IP Technologies’, ‘Developing Profitable Business Processes’, ‘Delivering 3D’ and ‘Introduction to HVAC Systems’.
After its successful debut in 2011, CEDIA EST2 Certification in English, French and Spanish will take place again. CEDIA education offers a structured Certification programme, allowing integrators to meet examination standards at four industry recognised levels and describe themselves as a CEDIA Certified Professional. EST2 (electronic systems technician) is the baseline technical certification for the industry. Currently, CEDIA members in the UK and Ireland must employ at least one CEDIA Certified professional as a condition of membership.
“We continually strive to provide a high quality education programme with plenty of opportunities for people at all levels and disciplines within the industry,” said Matt Dodd, CEDIA’s chair of education. “Training is a vital part of CEDIA’s commitment to the industry, and it’s especially important for CI businesses to stay on top of new trends, technologies and best practice in our sector.”
Delegates wishing to book a place on the CEDIA Education programme at ISE 2012 can do so via the ISE website at www.iseurope.org. Education is offered to CEDIA members at a discounted rate.