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Plenum HDMI: You Asked For it. Comprehensive Delivered.

Comprehensive recently announced the latest edition to its collection: plenum-rated HDMI cables. Plenum cables are more fire-resistant and, in the unlikely event of a fire, produce less smoke than traditional cables.


Comprehensive’s HR Pro Series Plenum HDMI cables are specifically designed for heavy duty applications and long distance installations. Unlike standard HDMI cables that can only transmit 1080p up to 15 feet, these HR Pro Plenum HDMI cables can transmit resolutions of up to 1080p 50 feet or more, and in most cases without the need for an extender or repeater.

Triple shielding provides maximum interference rejection and 24k gold connectors ensure superior connectivity. A CL2P plenum rating makes this the perfect cable for commercial and residential installations.

Comprehensive’s Lifetime Warranty guarantees worry-free HDTV performance.

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Videoconferencing Saves the Day in Wake of Iceland Volcano Eruption

As airlines deal with the largest wave of flight cancellations since September 11, businesses, government and everyday travelers are seeing firsthand the necessity of contingency planning and the flexibility of collaborative technologies such as videoconferencing.

Officials at Cisco Systems Inc. say they’ve seen “a huge spike in usage” since the Iceland volcano erupted.

The CEO of Dolly Dimples, one of Norway’s largest restaurant chains, was unable to attend a board meeting thanks to a canceled flight. Rescheduling the meeting would have taken almost a month and disrupted operations. Rather than waiting, he used videoconferencing technology to meet with board members hundreds of miles away in Oslo.

European transportation officials are also holding meetings via videoconference to discuss emergency measures and analyze the effects of the ash cloud.

Millions of travelers worldwide are stranded due to the ongoing flight delays. Some are finding creative alternatives to canceling plans.

Sean Murtagh, 24, and his wife, Natalie, 30, were en route to West London for their wedding celebration when they were grounded in Dubai. Rather than rescheduling their nuptials, the couple used videoconferencing technology to broadcast their wedding vows to guests over the internet.

To learn more about how Cisco videoconferencing technology can help your organization, visit our Cisco TelePresence™ Solutions page.

AMX’s SchoolView Provides a True Digital Convergence


If you were asked to create a wish list that would guide the future of your school district, what would it include? Would controlling costs be at the top of your list? How about improving teacher effectiveness by making classroom technology easier to use? Or, is your district faced with the need to provide a safer environment for students and staff?

The SchoolView solution is a hardware and software package that utilizes a school’s existing data network, and is scalable to allow for the integration of future technologies. It permits a district administrator to manage a school or an entire district from one location. Additionally, campus administrators and teachers in their classrooms can control programmed features of SchoolView through a small, easy to use touch-panel unit.

SchoolView provides true digital convergence for K-12 school districts, bringing together many technologies that were previously operated independently:

  • SchoolView takes advantage of existing school data networks to streamline bell schedules, to bring networked precision to clocks and deliver audio paging and streaming video.
  • Using an intercom mounted to the wall, teachers may communicate with colleagues in the principal’s office, at the front desk, or any other designated area on campus.
  • SchoolView provides the teacher direct control over audio volume, projectors, DVD players, cable boxes and media center DVRs.
  • SchoolView’s energy management application allows you to quickly and easily automate management of energy-consuming resources like computers and AV equipment.

With SchoolView, administrators and teachers will be on the cutting edge of classroom control!

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Crestron Adds the Power of Digital Connectivity to Your Classroom

Today’s instructors have the latest MacBooks, but how do you use their power to add connectivity to your classroom? Crestron has simple solutions for adding digital connectivity to existing analog rooms, whether they are basic, single-projector or MPS/QuickMedia® (QM) systems.

Single-Projector Room.

The Challenge:
You need to add a digital input at the podium and transmit HDMI more than 30 feet to the projector.

The Solution:
Install a Crestron HD-TX1-F transmitter at the podium to add the digital input for the MacBook, and an HD-RX1-F at the projector. Transmitter and receiver are connected with one pre-terminated, multimode fiber strand, such as CresFiber® CLEAR, which is transparent similar to fishing wire. The clear fiber is practically invisible laid along baseboards and moldings, so you don’t have to break walls and to provide a clean, professional installation. This is an easy, inexpensive solution that won’t disrupt classes. Extend HDMI, IR and RS-232 up to 1000 feet and add DVI and DisplayPort multimode connectivity to the room without any programming.

If you need more digital inputs – say you want to add a Blu-ray player too – use the HD-TX3-F/HD-RX3-F pair, which additionally extends analog audio and USB keyboard/mouse. Also, an Ethernet port enables network connectivity to RoomView™ asset management and help desk software.

Add Room Control

An MPC-M5 Media Presentation Controller™ is simple to install in the podium or on the wall. The MPC has an intuitive Composer wizard that sets up the room in minutes, without programming. Simple, labeled button presses on the MPC are all the instructors need to power on the projector, choose the video or computer source and adjust volume.

Optional Audio Enhancement

Instead of relying on low power, built-in projector speakers, add sound reinforcement with the optional MP-AMP30 amplifier and Crestron FS6 speaker pair. Just a couple of check boxes in the MPC Composer wizard and even students at the back of the class will be able to hear clearly.

Existing MPS/QM Room

The Challenge:
You want to add digital connectivity to an existing analog room, but you don’t want to replace currently installed equipment or tear open walls.

The Solution:
A DM-TX-200 (or DM-TX-200-2G) DigitalMedia™ (DM) transmitter paired with a DM-RMC-100 DigitalMedia™ receiver gives you a simple, seamless upgrade path for adding digital sources to your existing systems.

Instead of the analog outputs of the MPS going directly to display device, use the VGA output to transmit all those signals to the DM-TX-200. A recent upgrade to the MPS enables all analog signals to be sent over a single VGA cable. The DM-TX-200 also features HDMI and USB inputs. The USB port accommodates keyboard/mouse control and the HDMI port can also handle DisplayPort from Macs using a standard adapter. All analog and digital signals are transported long distance over a single DM cable to the receiver, which outputs HDMI to the display.

If you need more digital inputs, use a DM-MD6X1 6X1 switcher in place of the TX-200. The 6X1 accommodates (1) digital input, (1) component and (3) DM inputs.

Crestron DigitalMedia accepts and distributes all analog audio and video, high-res computer, HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, Ethernet and USB keyboard / mouse control over a single DM copper wire or fiber.