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MoCA Takes on Broadband With MoCA Access

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The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) presents MoCA Access-- a specification aimed at multiple dwelling units (MDUs) capable of 1Gbps net throughput based on the current MoCA 2.0 standard.

Coax connectorThe recently approved MoCA 2.5 specification will also be integrated in the MoCA Access specification, serving as a technology roadmap for the planning of future deployments. MoCA 2.5 is capable of up to 2.5Gbps and is backwards-interoperable with MoCA 2.0.

“Our move into access applications is driven by operators worldwide who told us they need one Gbps. actual throughputs with a long-term migration path and want to use the existing coax infrastructure,” the alliance says. “Our performance and reliability attributes are proving to be a great solution in broadband applications as well as the home network backbone.”


Vision’s Room Calendar Display Dongle

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Vision Display Dongle

Vision have a new version of their Freespace room booking system.

In the same way you check your own calendar in Outlook, Freespace is an Android-based product that displays a meeting room’s calendar on a display outside the room.

Vision Freespace

The new version of the app has a revised interface which is more customisable, and now works with Google Apps and any other app-based calendar system. Vision say the advantage of the app-based approach is they can push out regular updates and customise quickly.

One of the two new hardware flavours is the new “Freespace Dongle” [pictured], which is designed for conference and event centres where there are already large 1080P displays installed. Integrators can retrofit the Freespace system to those flat panels to get the calendar content for each room on those screens.

In stock in June, the dongle goes for SSP GBP 588 / EUR 758 / AUD 1178

Go Vision's Freespace Room Booking System


Ihiji ServiceManager Adds Ticketing

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Ihiji adds a service ticketing feature to the ServiceManager Software as a Service (SaaS), allowing system installers and home technology providers to generate recurring monthly revenue (RMR) through managed annual service plans.

Ihiji ServiceManagerAccording to the company efficiently creating and tracking trouble tickets (aka technical support or service tickets) is a critical component of a successful services organisation. Thus, to aid the management of recurring service plans and services operation efforts, ServiceManger features customer warranty tracking, recurring service plan tracking, RMR invoicing and billing, customer contact management, technical support ticketing and tracking, and (coming soon) centralised project documentation.


ActiveConnect Cables Need No Power

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Datapath launches ActiveConnect-- a long-range fibre optic DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 cable series reaching lengths up to 100m with no need for additional power.

ActiveConnectThe cables measure just 7mm in diameter and are designed to provide direct connection from any graphics card, including the Datapath ImageDP4, to either DisplayPort or HDMI monitors. The cables also handle transmission from media players to Datapath HDMI or DisplayPort capture cards.


D-Tools System Integrator 2016 Now Available

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D-Tools announces the latest version of the System Integrator (SI) software platform-- SI 2016, adding over 50 productivity features and enhancements within the robust D-Tools Cloud infrastructure.

D-Tools System IntegratorAccording to the company the additions make it aster and easier than ever for residential and commercial AV, higher education and security installers, consultants, tech managers and systems designers to perform key functions of their business, namely estimation, system design and project management.


InfoComm to Harmonize Cable Labeling Practices

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Cable Labeling

InfoComm presents a new standard (Cable Labeling for Audiovisual Systems or CLAS) at a free plenary session during ISE 2016.

The new standard defines requirements for labeling cables used in installed AV systems and provides guidance for the easy identification of all power and signal paths in a completed system.

No one can argue with the fact proper cable labeling improves the operation, support, maintenance and troubleshooting of AV systems.


ESP/SurgeX's Envision at ISE 2016

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The ESP/SurgeX ISE 2016 stand features Envision-- a power diagnostics system allowing installers to measure and record power conditions through detailed data in live or date-stamped reports.

EnvisionDescribed as "the ultimate troubleshooting tool," Envision provides energy data one can use to accurately identify the source of common electrical issues first time around. It comes in 230V/10A (EV-23010 IC) and 230V/16A (EV-23016 IC) configurations and features real-time diagnostic software together with an integrated scope meter.

Installers can use Envision as a pre-installation "electricity health meter" to identify and fix power issues before any installation. It can also be left onsite to analyse and record power anomalies in real-time, with the ESP/SurgeX Remote Portal providing 24/7 recording of all power conditions without need for site visits.