Vectorworks, Inc. Named a Finalist in 2022 Hammers Awards

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Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. is pleased to earn five nominations in the 2022 Construction Computing Awards. This year, in addition to being named a finalist in the BIM, architectural design and company recognition categories, Vectorworks is also being recognized for its achievements in innovation and sustainability.

In its 17th year, the Construction Computing Awards, also known as “The Hammers,” historically showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. The 2022 awards emphasize the importance of maintaining the pace of technological change while reducing carbon emissions, delivering electrification of the transport system and building smarter cities.

ACT Entertainment Acquires Ultimate Support Systems

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ACT Entertainment, an industry-leading manufacturer and distributor of live performance equipment, has acquired Ultimate Support Systems, the top manufacturer of unique support solutions widely used throughout the music and live performance industries. The official announcement was made in Windsor, Colorado at the home office of Ultimate Support Systems, on September 15.

“We are very excited to add the Ultimate Support Systems product line and their team to the ACT Entertainment family,” says Ben Saltzman, CEO of ACT Entertainment. “Like ACT, Ultimate has a passion for innovation at its core. The ability to design, develop and engineer state-of-the-art products while providing value and quality is unique in the category. The more I got to know Mike and the amazing team at Ultimate, the more excited I became at the opportunity to work together.”

Samsung Certifies VuWall PAK™ Video Wall Node Compatibility With The Wall

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VuWall, a technology leader in video wall control systems and unified visualization solutions, is expanding the benefits of its PAK™ Video Wall Node Series with proven compatibility with Samsung’s The Wall MicroLED video wall technology. The certification process tests critical functions and integration, providing peace of mind when selecting certified video wall processors with The Wall. Consultants and integrators will benefit from a simple integration experience and user-friendly control over The Wall, providing their clients with ideal picture quality so operators can stay focused on their mission.

“When we introduced the certification program last year, we collaborated with VuWall, as market leaders in the control room market, and set the standard for simplifying the design and deployment of video walls,” said Simon Jackson, Vice President at Samsung Electronics Europe Display. “We’re pleased to add VuWall’s latest PAK solution to our growing roster of certified devices that work out of the box with The Wall.”

Will Livingston Joins FOR-A Americas as Sales Engineer Focused on the Southcentral U.S.

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Will Livingston has joined FOR-A as Sales Engineer, serving the Southcentral region of the United States. Livingston is responsible for sales in the Southcentral region of the U.S., focusing primarily on Arizona and Texas. He is also in charge of sales engineering work, including technology demonstrations and training. Livingston reports to Adam Daniul, VP of Sales, FOR-A Americas.

Livingston gained first-hand knowledge of FOR-A technology as Broadcast Video Director at Compass Christian Church when he oversaw an extensive upgrade of the church’s video production capabilities and selection of an HVS-490 video switcher. He will continue to support weekend services at Compass Christian Church. Prior to his work at Compass Christian, Livingston was Production Manager at the event services company Merestone, based in Scottsdale.

Blustream Adds Four PowerHouse Alliance Members to Its Growing US Footprint

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Leading AV distribution innovator Blustream and its US strategic partner RTI today announced that four distributors in the PowerHouse Alliance are now carrying the Blustream product line. PowerHouse Alliance members that are now stocked and selling Blustream’s advanced AV distribution solutions include Davis Distribution, Electronic Custom Distributors, KOA, and UI Supplies.

“Adding these four distributors is an exciting step toward increasing the Blustream presence in the US market,” said Randy Logan, US Channel Management Director for Blustream and RTI. “Davis, ECD, KOA, and UI Supplies are incredible at serving their dealers, and we look forward to working with them to introduce Blustream’s portfolio of AV distribution solutions to their customers.”

VuWall’s Market Growth Drives U.S. Expansion and Promotions

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VuWall, a technology leader in video wall control systems and unified visualization solutions, continues its growth and leadership in the industry with expansion into the United States and the appointment of key staff. As part of the company’s U.S. investment, VuWall has appointed Dan Gundry as the new vice president and managing director of VuWall USA. In addition, Maryse Montagne has been promoted from vice president of sales, North America, to executive vice president of strategic alliances.

“In the last few years, VuWall has grown significantly and gained market shares internationally and in the U.S.,” said Paul Vander Plaetse, founder and CEO at VuWall. “As American customers seek out our state-of-the-art ecosystem of video wall controllers, encoders, decoders, and software we want to ensure they have a robust regional presence that will continually serve and support them. Additionally, as more and more customers and technology partners operate globally, we strive to provide them with coordinated attention and resources. Our investment in Dan and Maryse is part of those efforts and will help accelerate the adoption of VuWall solutions.”

VuWall TRx Centralized Management Software Earns Certification for Integration With Genetec Security Center 5.10

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VuWall, a technology leader in video wall control systems and unified visualization solutions, today announced that its TRx centralized management software is certified by the Genetec™ Development Acceleration Program to run with Genetec™ Security Center 5.10. The new plug-in allows Security Center operators to control content and manage video walls directly from the familiar Security Desk interface without switching between applications, improving operational workflow and efficiencies.

With a simple drag-and-drop operation, operators can remotely display and control layouts from any source on video walls directly from Genetec’s interface — such as live video camera sequences as well as play back streams from a video server. In addition to IP content, the plug-in can manage video wall content that is not directly related to the Genetec system, such as control data; HDMI inputs; and local applications, including maps and web pages. The greatest benefit is the ability to mix all the sources together, where all content can be viewed on one large canvas or video wall.

EAW Welcomes Back Industry Veteran Steve Badham to Technical Sales, EMEA Division

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Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW®) announces that Steve Badham will be returning to the company covering Technical Sales throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Badham has a long history in the professional audio industry and in particular with EAW.

“We are excited to welcome Steve back to the EAW family,” says TJ Smith, president, Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). “Steve’s experience, product knowledge and technical savvy make him a great addition back to our team. With Steve’s contributions and hard work, we look forward to continuing to grow the EAW brand in the EMEA territories.”

Macnica Shines a Light on IPMX Set of Standards at IBC2022

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Macnica has played a leadership role in developing and aiding in the definition of emerging open standards that shape Video over IP migration for more than a decade. Macnica now opens a new chapter in that history as a leading proponent of the emerging IPMX set of standards first introduced with the professional AV market in mind.

Introduced by the AIMS Alliance in early 2020, IPMX implements a standards-based approach for AV over IP based on the SMPTE ST 2110 standard. At IBC2022 (September 9-12, RAI Amsterdam), Macnica adds a new twist to the open standards movement by demonstrating how the emerging IPMX set of standards can simplify and accelerate the IP transition in broadcast and live production. Visitors to Macnica’s booth (2.A58) will see a full range of video over IP transport solutions for networks from 1Gb to 100Gb using Macnica’s full suite of SoC, SoM and pure software solutions. The demos will highlight Macnica’s unique ability to address open standards transport across IP networks of varied bandwidth.

Maestro Original Collection Shapes Artist Sounds Around the World

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From London’s The Rolling Stones to The Black Keys in the U.S., artists from around the world have been relying on Maestro’s trailblazing sound since its inception in 1962. The same holds true today, as musicians on a global scale welcome the brand’s newest collection of pedals into their studios and live setups.

In France, musician PV Nova has been relying on his new Maestro pedals for several projects. From an influential online career popularizing music writing and editing to creating Internet Orchestra, the largest webcasting performance of 500 musicians, along with being a member of the band for the French musical “Les Franglaises,” Nova is constantly surrounded by music. When presented with the Maestro Original Collection, he loved the impact they had on his workflow. “I am so pleased with the pedals,” he explains. “Having true analog effects makes a huge difference when recording.” Most recently, Nova did a live test of all five new pedals on his Twitch show, where he explained how Maestro will now be integrated among his primary gear on tour.