Legrand Home Automation Featured in MainStreet America® Home Building Showcase

Showcase in Houston Targets Customers Interested in Building a New Home or Specifying Products for Home Renovations

CEDIA EXPO Positioned to Deliver New Products, Companies, and Trends

New dedicated areas, over 50 new exhibitors, and over 50 product launches will enhance the show experience for attendees

News from North American Cable Equipment, Inc.

NACE Announces LG CodePlus™ Transcoder Program and Free HDTV Equipment Program

Scala Provides Five Tips for Retailers Getting Started with Digital Signage

Digital Signage Can Transform Retail Consumer Shopping Activities and Buying Cycles

SAVANT® Launches Advanced Technology Showcase in Massachusetts Headquarters

Savant kicks off annual Dealer Conference with grand opening of Technology Showcase

It's a winning combination for Calibre UK at IBC 2012

Release of cost-effective HD motion compensated standards converter, recent award wins, new warranty programme plus a few surprises in store!

Christie Hosts HFR Expert Panel at SIGGRAPH 2012 Featuring Douglas Trumbull, Dennis Muren

Christie Brings Together 10 Industry Leaders to Demystify HFR Technology in Post-Production and Visual Effects

Scala Provides Five Tips for Retailers Getting Started with Digital Signage

Scala Inc. today offered five tips for retailers that are looking to get started with digital signage systems to educate consumers about available products and services, cross-promote products and improve the customer experience.

A recent retail sector technology adoption study from CompTIA found that one in three U.S. retailers currently uses digital signage with another 22 percent planning to implement soon. Among the top ways retailers use digital signage are for sales or promotional announcements; photo displays including images of customers using products; and custom videos such as tutorials, advice and customer testimonials.

“A growing number of retailers are adopting digital signage because they see it can help them alter the usual shopping patterns of consumers,” said Marcy Patzer, senior director of retail strategies, Scala. “By enabling this change even for a split second, retailers entice customers to stop their routines and direct their attention to something new. That split second can truly transform consumer shopping activities and buying cycles.”

Scala offers retailers the following five tips as they look to get started with digital signage:

PowerWatch and Blue Line Innovations Announce Strategic Partnership

Consumers and the Environment to Benefit

Platinum Tools® Launches VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 Length Measurement Voice/Data/Video Tester at 2012 CEDIA Expo

Now Shipping, the Updated VDV MapMaster Now Includes Cable Length Measurement, and Combines Continuity Testing, Mapping, and Tone Generator into a Single Unit

Parks Associates Announces 7th Annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES

Global market research firm seeks top-level speakers to discuss connected home markets and partnership strategies

Raspberry Pi announces Raspbian

We recently reviewed the Raspberry PI for use a Home Theater PC (HTPC) and found that performance was a little sluggish. In order to improve performance, Raspberry has now released Raspbian, which is a, hard-float optimized version of Debian. One of the main areas of improvement for general use will be web browsing.

For XBMC users, audio stream decoding is significantly improved.

The chart above shows the amount of CPU time required to decode various audio formats in real time on the Raspberry Pi. This is particularly important for XBMC users as all audio streams are decoded in software on the ARM CPU, and high-bitrate audio streams can be troublesome. This data shows a significant performance increase when decoding these formats on Raspbian. Full benchmark results can be found here.

The latest release also brings improvements to the firmware, kernel and applications, and is recommended as the distribution most appropriate for general users. An SD card image of Raspbian is now available for download from http://www.raspbian.org

iStreamPlanet and Haivision Partner to Deliver End-to-End Live Streaming of the London 2012 Olympic

Customers in Europe and the Caribbean Adopt iStreamPlanet and Haivision's Go-Live Package to Stream the London 2012 Olympic Games to Internet Viewers

Extron Fiber Optic USB Extender Now Shipping

The FOX USB Extender is an efficient solution for professional AV system designs that require KVM - Keyboard/Video/Mouse support, reducing the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, and software.

VIZIO Licenses Digital TV Patent Portfolio to Seiki Digital, Inc.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection