InfoComm International has introduced theAPEx Advocate program, recognizing AV manufacturers that are dedicated to supporting AV integrators and design consultants focused on “high standards of employee training and certification” who provide “exceptional solutions to their clients.”
Zdiwas thefirst companyto earn APEx distinction in 2014 and has since been joined by more than 50 other companies. The certification is based on the company achieving prescribed percentages of training and client satisfaction and must be renewed regularly.
The new APEx Advocate program “is designed for manufacturers to support APEx systems integrators through promotional consideration, outreach and preferential services,” according to InfoComm’s announcement. APEx Advocates “commit to promoting APEx integrators and consultants in their marketing and dealer training programs,” the press release says.
“Crestron is signing on to the be one of the first APEx Advocates because we support a more qualified integrator workforce,” said Dave Silberstein, director of inside sales at Crestron Electronics and chairman of InfoComm’s Manufacturers Council. “We encourage our integrators to earn the APEx designation because it proves that they believe in quality and it ensures that our products will be shown and configured to their true potential.”
FSR has been very supportive of the APEx Advocate Program since the InfoComm Manufacturers Council first proposed the initiative, says George Fournier, FSR senior sales engineer and a member of the InfoComm Manufacturers Council.
“As a manufacturer, FSR has been committed to our consultants and dealers over the years, and we have consistently supported them in their pursuit of the highest quality solutions they can provide their end users,” says Fournier. “InfoComm’s APEx program has been very successful in recognizing systems integrators, consultants and dealers who follow best practices and standards developed by InfoComm International.”
RGB Spectrum “is proud to be among the first manufacturers to become an InfoComm APEx Advocate,” says John Henkel, director of product marketing, noting the company offers InfoComm-certified training. “As we celebrate our 30th year, our commitment to helping system integrators and dealers gain the knowledge they need to excel remains a key tenet of our business. APEx-designated integrators help the entire industry by providing more efficient and intelligent system design and implementation.”
High standards on products and installations can help to cut down on problems for customers, which increases overall satisfaction for the industry, said InfoComm senior VP of member services Betsy Jaffe.
“Like APEx integrators and consultants, APEx Advocates are champions of industry quality, devoting time and resources to supporting companies that prioritize superior customer satisfaction, training and certification,” she said in the announcement. “We are proud of the companies that have committed to the APEx program, which ensures our industry continues to advance.”
Company’s Easy-To-Use, Affordable Control System Meets Specific Needs For House To Manage Multiple Mics During Legislature Sessions
Augusta, ME – (April 6, 2017) — The Maine House of Representatives, the lower house of the Maine Legislature, recently installed an FSRFLEX LT-150 control system to manage 158 microphones used during legislative sessions. FSR is a leading manufacturer of a wide variety of infrastructure products for the audio/video, Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), education, hospitality, government, and religious markets.
According to Tom Loveitt, Design, Sales and Support, Canfield Systems, Inc., who designed and installed the FSR system, the FLEX LT-150 is installed at the desk of the Assistant Clerk in the House of Representatives Chambers and is operated by the Journal Clerk during legislative sessions. The project involved replacing the existing, 18-year-old Danish Interpretive System (DIS) with a current model.
“The upgraded system, while largely superior to its predecessor, lacked certain features that were essential,” explains Loveitt. “The DIS system offered no serial control option and the room is well wired with Cat. 6 twisted pair. With the great assistance of FSR’s tech support, the unit was configured to mimic the functions of a proprietary control surface from the original DIS conferencing system.”
As Loveitt explains, the older, analog DIS conferencing system had an optional, external control panel with which the operators had become dependent. However, that panel did not exist in the new, digital system. While the associated GUI software is powerful, Loveitt and his team had to replicate some of the older unit’s features on the FSR Flex panel.
“We chose the LT-150 because the DIS-CCU communicates by way of TCP-IP protocol only and the FLEX line offers just that in the LT-150,” adds Loveitt. “Other third-party control systems could have been used, but at a far higher cost and the level of technical support and sincere care for customers found at FSR led to the choice of this product.”
The Flex-LT is a self-contained control system that offers users a vast number of features at an affordable price point. The Flex-LT mounts in a wall or sits on a desk and presents the user with an easy-to-use and understand 3.5-inch color LCD touch screen and an IP port. Through the touch screen the user can choose what source is being displayed and change the volume. The Flex-Able configuration utility features an easy-to-use method to get the most out of the system. The contractor is presented with an easy-to-follow drag ‘n drop programming methodology; no need to learn other programming language.
“FSR’s FLEX systems have been extremely well-received and used within a wide variety of markets, including education, corporate, government, hospitals and more,” says Jan Sandri, FSR president. “We were especially pleased that Greg Calantropio, FSR Technical Sales and Support, was on board for this important project, keeping our customer happy with great support. Greg, our FLEX tech specialist, was able to tailor the LT-150’s functionality and maximize FLEX’s many features and options to the Maine House of Representatives specific needs.”
Loveitt considers the install at the Maine House of Representatives a success, explaining, “Any institution change is difficult. However, they are quite satisfied with the outcome and pleased with the effort shown by both Canfield Systems and FSR.”
About FSRFSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the AV/IT, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), corporate, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes and wireways, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless scaling switchers and HDBaseT signal delivery solutions. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. The Company is also an HDBaseT Alliance Adopter Member.
DMN Newswire--2016-12-7--FSR, a leading manufacturer of a wide variety of infrastructure products for the audio/video, Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, is making installation and configuration of its Outdoor Wall Box (OWB) line even easier by including its award-winning LITE-IT Enclosure Box Light as standard. LITE-IT provides hands-free interior illumination anywhere a work light is needed.
FSR's line of outdoor wall boxes was expanded earlier this year with the introduction of the OWB-500P, a unit that accommodates AV and IT connections and was designed for all outdoor venues. Already one of the easiest units to install, LITE-IT will make fast work of connecting the 8" deep box in dimly lit areas. FSR's OWB-X3 is also being shipped with LITE-IT as standard.
FSR's LITE-IT, winner of rAVe [Publications] 2014 Best of InfoComm Awards for "Best New AV Accessory", securely fastens to any ferrous metal surface via a "rare earth" magnetic mounting. A timed circuit automatically turns LITE-IT off after 75 seconds, and its anti-retrigger circuit prevents it from staying on even if the switch is held continuously. Its warm 3000K LED color for eye comfort provides over 12 Lumens of light output (20% more than a standard PR-2 flashlight bulb), and its super-efficient wide angle dual LED¹s furnish a uniform lighting pattern with uniform brightness to the very end of battery life. High-quality alkaline batteries are included and pre-installed and provide 4+ years of typical usage from a single pair of batteries (Based on 2 operations per day, 5 days per week, 52 weeks per year).
"FSR is always looking for ways to enhance the functionality and operability of our various families of products by adding new models or features," says company president Jan Sandri. "In this case, we are including our award-winning LITE-IT as a standard feature with two of our Outdoor Wall Boxes. Now, users have the benefit of having light where it's needed. This is very exciting since earlier this year we expanded our line of Outdoor Wall Boxes with the introduction of the OWB-500P. Now, we are able to extend that product family once again by offering LITE-IT."
About FSR FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the AV/IT, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), corporate, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes and wireways, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless scaling switchers and HDBaseT signal delivery solutions.FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. The Company is also an HDBaseT Alliance Adopter Member. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.
The What: FSR is now shipping the OWB-500P, the newest addition to the company’s Outdoor Wall Box series.
The What Else: FSR’s new OWB-500P box features locking white doors as standard with color and decorative selections, including windows, offered upon request. Covers have “flip-up” cable entry doors so that the main cover can be locked once the cables are connected, and every OWB-500P is equipped with FSR’s enclosure box light—LITE-IT—for connecting in dimly lit areas. Custom interiors are available to meet each individual application.
“Once again, FSR is leading the charge with a line of wall boxes that is an industry first,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “Our OWB series is designed for all outdoor venues and accommodates AV and IT connections, very desirable and important features for theme parks, pool decks, entertainment and sports arenas, schools, airports, churches, and so much more. We’re delighted to expand our metal offerings with our OWB line, specifically our newest OWB-500P that solves installation issues with an elegant and practical solution.”
The box's square shape allows mounting in any orientation so the door can swing left, right, or up. It is available in flush- or surface-mount models and includes blank plates for custom mounting. The OWB-500P’s design provides secure mounting for a variety of control panels including hard switches, elastomeric pads, touchscreens, IPS plates, and infrared pickups.
The Bottom Line: The 8-inch-deep OWB-500P features internal brackets that can be arranged to provide numerous options for both high and low voltage. Standard-gang openings increase installation ease and flexibility, while removable center dividers allow cables to be quickly passed through the various compartments. The enclosures are constructed in NEMA-4 style and with the integral door, meet the NEMA-3 and 3R ratings providing protection against falling dirt, rain, sleet, and snow.
Woodland Park, NJ (October 12, 2016) — FSR, a leading manufacturer of a wide variety of infrastructure products for the audio/video, Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, proudly announces that its new FRAME (CB-SR22), has scored a Tech & Learning 2016 Awards of Excellence win in the “New Products” category of the publication’s highly popular program. The FRAME, used in conjunction with FSR’s ceiling boxes, provides a quick, easy and convenient installation solution when mounting equipment, a projector or a display in a drywall ceiling.
A panel of Tech & Learningmagazine advisors evaluated and tested hundreds of entries and honored products that broke new ground or added significant enhancements to proven education tools. The prestigious recognition program is in its 34th year.
Entries were divided into two categories: New Products and Best Upgraded Products. Winning selections include software and Web-based products, as well as hardware and AV tools. Among the high-quality candidates being honored are resources addressing management, safety, communication, differentiated learning, assessment, and other key areas in education.
Ideal for the K-12 market, FSR’s popular FRAME is used in conjunction with the FSR CB-22p Classroom Ceiling Enclosure and can be installed in the ceiling opening using threaded rod, stranded wire cable, or screws through specific holes in the sides of the unit. The ceiling box can then be hung vertically, via the included cables, while the equipment is mounted and wired allowing convenient access to the components and cables. The ceiling box can then be lifted into the frame and locked into place and its interior can be accessed in the same way for future re-cabling and service.
“FSR is honored that our popular FRAME has been recognized with an award from such a prestigious media outlet as Tech & Learning magazine,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “Our FRAME has been really well received within the industry and we are proud with the latest acknowledgement and award. The fact that the judges make their determinations by putting each and every entry through a thorough examination and testing process speaks volumes to how outstanding our products are and how they truly meet the needs of our customers.”
According to Kevin Hogan, editorial director for NewBay Media’s Tech & Learning Group, judges “once again examined hundreds of entries to select those products that were deemed worthy of our 2016 Award of Excellence. This wasn't just checking off spec sheets and surfing other people's reviews. Each product was handled and scored individually. Not an easy task. These companies can be proud that our team of judges granted them their seal of approval."
For over 30 years, Tech & Learninghas been — and continues to be — the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, Web sites and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning, published by NewBay Media LLC, delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology.
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.
The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.
FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
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MIAMI, FL. and Woodland Park, NJ, July 12, 2016 – Herman (www.HermanProAV.com), a leading provider of AV products, procurement services, and labor resources to systems integrators in the commercial AV and broadcast industries, has entered into a distribution partnership with FSR, the industry’s premier manufacturer of signal management and infrastructure solutions for over 35 years. Herman will be stocking FSR’s products in their East & West Coast facilities to better serve their mutual customers.
WOODLAND PARK, N.J. - March 10, 2016 - PRLog -- FSR, a leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, is proud to announce that along with the Women in BICSI group, it recently identified and sponsored the second-ever female candidate to compete in the history of the Cabling Skills Challenge. Iinthia Harris, lead technician of Chapel-Romanoff Technologies in Dayton, OH, participated in this year's 9th Annual Cabling Skills Challenge held in February at BICSI's 2016 Winter Conference in Orlando, FL.
DMN Newswire--2016-3-8-- Burlington, MA -- Four well known audiovisual and classroom technologies manufacturers, FSR, Inc, Biamp Systems, Utelogy Corp., and SpinetiX, have partnered to create the first Higher Education Technology Summit (HETS). Created specifically for college and university managers of educational technology, HETS is designed to combine a day of product training, networking and peer-to-peer discussions in a fast moving format. The first HETS of 2016 will take place in Burlington, MA; a location conveniently situated (located off I-95 and 93) for many schools throughout New England.