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Medium UK has joined Midwich and PSCo Technical Distribution as a UK distributor for Panasonic. Previously a Sanyo distributor, Medium will offer the full range of entry-level and mid-range projectors as well as displays up to 65in.

Paris-based Audiolead will now provide France with all sales and support for the TiMax2 SoundHub and TiMax Tracker products from Out Board. Audiolead director Bruno Ghidionesco said: “The TiMax SoundHub products seem very powerful and practical, with good pricing for our markets.”

The Eurocom family of installed sound products will be distributed in the UK and Ireland by Polar Audio. The Eurocom range has been developed and manufactured by Behringer, a Music Group brand.

Barco and Doremi are teaming up to launch fully integrated, ready-to- use projection and media server solutions for the digital cinema industry. The packages are the first projection and media server systems that have been installed, tested and certified in the factory, to offer true turnkey cinema solutions.

Impact has announced an exclusive UK distribution deal with loudspeaker manufacturer Ohm, in tandem with the launch of a new speaker range developed jointly by both companies –JET by Ohm.

InfoComm invites comment on energy management standard

Voluntary standard requires preparation of energy management plan

Aims to change end users’ and manufacturers’ behaviour

By Paddy Baker

InfoComm International has issued its draft standard on Audiovisual Systems Energy Management for public review and comment.

The standard addresses the manage- ment of power consumption in AV systems. While it does not contain any specific requirement for energy reduc- tion in systems, the standard requires designers to prepare an energy manage- ment plan that will help users to formulate their energy reduction goals. Joseph Bocchiaro III, vice president of standards and industry innovations at InfoComm International, told Installation Europe: “Because it’s a management stan- dard, it’s very much about evaluating a goal. It doesn’t say: ‘Ye shall reduce energy consumption by 80%.’ It says: ‘Ye shall evaluate your system, and manage when devices go on and off and into standby.’” The basic principle should be, “If you’re not using it, turn it off,” he said. However,

AV systems aren’t always simple. “For instance, when a videoconference switches to audio only, what equipment needs to be on, and what can be off?” Bocchiaro is keen to stress that it is not the intention of the standard, which will be voluntary, to be prescriptive. “We want to allow the designer to retain cre- ativity.” However, it requires system designers “to think about each device and how to control power to it,” he said. The main tool in the standard is an energy management tool – a download- able spreadsheet that “walks you through the thought process”, he explained. “First, do your design as you normally would. Then, list each device in the table and how much power they use. Next, think about the modes in which the room operates, and what needs to be on or off in each mode.” This requires the designer to “think about what needs to be plugged in where” and complete a power management drawing. One intention of the standard is to change the behaviour of end users. “One of the requirements of the standard is to have a plan to explain to the client how their system operates. For instance, it may go into standby when you leave the room because of occupancy sensors. Or it

Tsunami film gets 3D sound CINEMA AUDIO

A new film starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts is the first to use imm sound, a 3D immersive sound solution for the cinema industry. Post production of The Impossible is to be carried out using the technology. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, the film recreates the drama of the tsunami that hit the coast of Thailand in December 2004.

imm sound provides a third sound dimension thanks to the placement of extra loudspeakers, including in the cin- ema ceiling, that completely surround the audience. According to the company, “imm sound [breaks] away from the con- cept of channels and other limiting factors associated with the analogue era and [adds] the vertical layer that was pre- viously lacking in the cinema experience”. The immersive sound system is said to be compatible with all sound systems

currently in use. Marc Orts, sound engineer on The

Impossible, said the technology “allows the conception of scenes that would have been unthinkable when working within the limits of a traditional audio system”.


may be programmed to shut down at 18:00 hours. It doesn’t have to be that complicated, but users need to be edu- cated.”

A longer-term aim is to provoke a change in how equipment manufactur- ers address the issue of standby. “Some devices in standby are completely on – the light just changes colour. Others are drawing just enough power that they can turn on again at an infrared signal. As more devices become IT-enabled, there’s a desire for devices to draw a min- imal amount of power so they can come on again from a network command.” The draft is available for comment on InfoComm’s website until 4 June. Depending on the outcome of this stage, it is hoped that the finalised standard will be ready for the InfoComm show.



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