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Leyard to Buy Planar Systems

Leyard to Buy Planar Systems

China's Leyard Optoelectronic Co., Ltd. (provider of LED display products and ancillary systems) will buy America's Planar Systems, Inc. (display and digital signage technology). Leyard will acquire all of the common stock of Planar for a purchase price of $6.58 per share or a total value of approximately $156.8 million. While the deal may be done, the transaction is subject to specified closing conditions, including approval by the shareholders of both Planar and Leyard, and antitrust and other government clearance. The pending acquisitio... Read more

tvONE Exits Nortek in a Management Buy-Out

tvONE Exits Nortek in a Management Buy-Out

They are calling it a "friendly management buy-out." tvONE, supplier of high performance video processing equipment, secures a management buyout of the company from Nortek, Inc. The acquisition was completed July 31, 2015, with a new board of directors comprised of the tvONE management team; David Van Horn, David Reynaga and Andy Fliss, with continued active involvement of Frithjof Becker and Richard Mallett. "We are extremely excited about independently driving the future of the company," says Andy Fliss, Vice President, Sales and Marketin... Read more

Extron Acquires Entwine AG

Extron Acquires Entwine AG

Extron Electronics purchases Entwine AG of Zurich, Switzerland. A leader in software development using proven open source technologies, Entwine specializes in building end-to-end video capture and presentation capture solutions using OpenCast Matterhorn, HTML5, and WebRTC. "Entwine has proven expertise developing software for enterprise-scale presentation capture systems, including Europe’s largest lecture capture system at the University of Manchester in the UK, which involves over 300 classrooms," says Andrew Edwards, President of Extron [... Read more

rAVe USA Scoop: AMX CEO Rashid Skaf Resigns

rAVe USA Scoop: AMX CEO Rashid Skaf Resigns

by Gary Kayye This hasn’t been announced formally yet, but rAVe has learned that Rashid Skaf, the CEO and president of AMX, which was acquired by Harman a year ago, announced he will leave his role as of August 28, 2015. Rashid has been with AMX since 2001 and has led AMX as CEO and president since 2005. Harman sent us an email yesterday saying, “During his [Skaf’s] tenure, AMX introduced hundreds of innovative industry leading products, completed nine global acquisitions, significantly grew the company, and made AMX a highly respected indu... Read more

Top 5 Reasons to Use 3D Holograms at Tradeshows

Top 5 Reasons to Use 3D Holograms at Tradeshows

by Eric Doane, Marketing Manager at Zebra Imaging With the proliferation of digital signage and tablet devices over the past 5 years today’s Tradeshow and Marketing Manager face the daunting challenge of finding an integrated solution that achieves their marketing needs, while managing continual and sharp decreases in event budget allocations. At Zebra we believe we have the next big display tool – Holographic Displays. Through holographic displays, marketing managers can use this dynamic option to impact their audience, showcase technologi... Read more

Windows 10: When is “Free” Expensive?

Windows 10: When is “Free” Expensive?

How scared is Microsoft? The OS that once cost as much as $339 for a full installation is now …a FREE upgrade. Microsoft is cheering itself on, claiming a big victory with 14 million new W10 users (out of more than a billion users) in the first 24-hours. Yet “free” smacks of desperation, an attempt to stay relevant in a New World of mobile devices where the billion-dollar monopolist of PCs (91.45%) has only managed to garner a 1.87% OS market share. But “free” gets the job done…and keeps Windows relevant until Microsoft figures out its nex... Read more

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Control & Integrator Solutions

Extron: Awards from InAVation at ISE 2015

Extron: Awards from InAVation at ISE 2015

The Extron DTP CrossPoint 84 Scaling Presentation Matrix Switcher and the Extron SMP 351 Streaming Media Processor were honored with awards at ISE 2015. "We are extremely pleased that the... Read more

Displays

Leyard to Buy Planar Systems

Leyard to Buy Planar Systems

China's Leyard Optoelectronic Co., Ltd. (provider of LED display products and ancillary systems) will buy America's Planar Systems, Inc. (display and digital signage technology). Leyard will acquire all of the common... Read more

Projection and Screens

Casio’s Latest Generation XJ-V1 Projector

Casio’s Latest Generation XJ-V1 Projector

Casio’s latest generation of its XJ-V1 projector brings its premium mercury-free laser & LED hybrid light source technology to the cost-conscious education and business sectors. Thanks to the newly designed... Read more

Industry News

tvONE Exits Nortek in a Management Buy-Out

tvONE Exits Nortek in a Management Buy-Out

They are calling it a "friendly management buy-out." tvONE, supplier of high performance video processing equipment, secures a management buyout of the company from Nortek, Inc. The acquisition was completed July... Read more

Conferencing

Freespace, Affordable Room Booking System

Freespace, Affordable Room Booking System

No end user needs convincing that a room booking system would be helpful, but Vision would argue that-- until now-- they have been prohibitively expensive. Vision believes the price point... Read more

Audio

A New End-to-End Hearing Loop Measurement System

A New End-to-End Hearing Loop Measurement System

Ampetronic adds an iOS App with a highly advanced self-calibrating Loopworks Measure R1 Receiver “that together become the most accurate, dedicated end-to-end Hearing Loop measurement meter and testing tool available.” Shown... Read more

Mounts and Accessories

EDBAK: New 2015 Catalogue for AV Mounting Solutions

EDBAK: New 2015 Catalogue for AV Mounting Solutions

Edbak announces availability of its 2016 catalogue of industry mounting solutions. “Integrators love the catalogue because it shows various available products and solutions,” says Justin Peyton, European Sales Manager. “In some... Read more

Digital Signage

A Good Bet on the Horse Track & Digital Signage

A Good Bet on the Horse Track & Digital Signage

Following the largest single sponsorship deal for the benefit of UK horse racing, The Qatar Goodwood Festival witnessed a first in UK horse racing with more than 120 linear metres... Read more

Feature

Top 5 Reasons to Use 3D Holograms at Tradeshows

Top 5 Reasons to Use 3D Holograms at Tradeshows

by Eric Doane, Marketing Manager at Zebra Imaging With the proliferation of digital signage and tablet devices over the past 5 years today’s Tradeshow and Marketing Manager face the daunting challenge... Read more