Demonstrated at InfoComm this past June, the PLC-XL50 LCD projector from Sanyo can project an 80-inch image from a distance of about 3
inches. A new optical engine with a high-precision aspheric mirror, combined with a distortion-correction-mechanism lens, enables large magnification without distortion, even from ultra-short distances.
And a proprietary optical and cooling mechanism allows the PLC-XL50 to be positioned vertically or horizontally—for
floor, tabletop, and wall-mounted projection. Additional specs: 2000 lumens, 1024 x 768 resolution, 4:3 aspect ratio, and builtin
vibration sensor alert. The PLC-XL50 will be available in December with a target MSRP under $5,000.
Location-Based Integration Control
The new Anterus product line from AMX is a radio frequency identification (RFID) solution designed for use with integrated
control systems. The line consists of three RFID tags—an Asset Tag, ID Badge, and Key Chain (which are
attached to equipment, worn by people, or attached to key chains, to identify and track location as well as trigger
automated events)—plus an RFID Reader (pictured), which communicates between the RFID tags and the NetLinx
Controller (the nerve center of the control system). The RFID tags enable system administrators to pinpoint the
exact location of devices such as projectors, DVD players, or laptops, and allow the equipment
to be tracked as it moves in and out of areas monitored by Anterus. Users wearing
the Anterus Key Chain can automatically trigger a series of automated events (such as lights turning on and temperature
adjusting to a specified level) simply by walking into a room. Contact manufacturer for pricing.
eMail Archiving Tool
Zimbra, a provider of open source collaboration and messaging software,
has launched Zimbra Archiving and Discovery, an optional
licensed add-on to the Zimbra Collaboration Suite that provides
administrators with a robust, scalable solution to archive e-mail messages,
and an easy-to-use, Ajax-based interface to quickly search
and discover messages across any subset of mailboxes. The solution
allows organizations to leverage Zimbra’s tools and popular Ajaxbased
administrative web client to reduce the burden of implementing
retention, discovery, and regulatory compliance. Zimbra
Archiving and Discovery licenses are sold in blocks of 25 mailboxes
with prices starting at $24/mailbox/year.
Presentation Room Management
ICT/AV convergence solutions provider Arrive has introduced Arrive Campus Manager, a solution that enables institutions
to manage the scheduling (and associated AV equipment) for classrooms campuswide.
The web-based platform provides a single control point to manage room
scheduling, device automation and control, collection of attendee information, invitation
processing, remote monitoring of conference systems, and equipment resource
planning. It integrates with existing control systems and supports open architecture
control standards and hardware. Priced by size of installation.
Communicate Via Monitor
Samsung Electronics America has
announced its new SyncMaster
225UW 22-inch widescreen LCD
monitor, which takes advantage of
Microsoft unified communications solutions
to streamline communication functions
into a single platform. The 225UW comes equipped with a built-in
2.0-megapixel high-resolution webcam, dual-array microphone, and
speakers, and fully supports the wideband audio codecs, covering
the full natural voice spectrum. With Microsoft Office Communicator
2007, users can communicate via audio- or videoconference without
needing to pick up a phone, put on a headset, or lean into a microphone.