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HARMAN_PalladinosSOUTH PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — In the revitalized neighborhood of south Philadelphia, famous chef and Philly native Luke Palladino is returning to his old stomping grounds with a new restaurant called (what else?) Palladino’s. The restaurant opened on December 17 and features gourmet Italian cuisine and world-class atmospherics courtesy of a HARMAN Professional audio system.

Ian Hoffer of Aurora Sound and Light Design, who has provided audio and lighting systems for some of the most popular clubs, bars and restaurants on the East Coast, designed the audio configuration for Palladino’s. The restaurant is separated into three separate zones and features a variety of BSS Audio signal processing, Crown amplifiers and JBL loudspeakers.

“Like many restaurant and bar projects, budget was a major factor when it came to technology, but we also did not want to compromise in quality,” Hoffer noted. “I’ve had a lot of success with HARMAN in the past and the combination of BSS, Crown and JBL allowed us to install a really nice system for the 100-person capacity restaurant.”

The audio system at Palladino’s is separated into three zones: the dining room, bar and exterior patio. A total of 21 JBL Control 226CT ceiling loudspeakers—Kevlar-reinforced woofers and compression drivers for highs—are dispersed throughout these zones, with Crown CDi4000 and CDi1000 amplifiers powering the system.

“The BSS BLU-8 was chosen as it provides for more control options than a simple volume control. The manager can select from multiple sources—TV, Mac Mini, DJ input, or an iPod,” Hoffer noted. “I installed JBL ceiling speakers at the Rumor club in Philadelphia a few years ago, so I knew they would work well at Palladino’s. That, combined with a BSS BLU-50 signal processor, gives us a lot of options and kept the technology budget in check.”

For more information on Aurora Sound and Light Design, please call 609-433-6289.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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9600-DI_Left_HIPHOENIX, AZ, December 18, 2014 — HES, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, has launched a completely redesigned version of the industry’s most popular surface mounted electric strike for use with ¾” rim exit devices, the HES 9600. HES is also offering a brand new magnetic template, the 9000-MTK, that makes installations even easier.

The updated 9600 Series is stronger, sleeker and easier to install. This Grade 1, windstorm-rated electric strike has been re-engineered for greater strength and durability, with a static strength up to 2,000 lbs. (25% increase) and dynamic strength of 120 ft-lbs. (40% increase) and an endurance of 1,000,000 cycles – independently verified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. The sleek new stainless steel cover complements any exit devices for a cohesive appearance and is available in seven finishes to match any décor. The decorative cover is conveniently separate from the base, making adjustments between fail safe mode and fail secure mode simple and easy.

“In an increasingly dynamic industry, we are working hard to continually improve even our most popular products,” said Michael Webb, Vice President of New Product Development, ASSA ABLOY EMS&OEM Group. “Our goal is also to deliver a positive experience to those out in the field installing our strikes everyday – which is why we went to the drawing board and designed the updated 9600 to not only be stronger and more attractive, but also to improve the installation process.”

The HES 9500 Series, the fire-rated surface mounted electric strike solution has also been redesigned on the same platform.

To complement the new 9600 and 9500 and the current 9400 electric strikes, HES has introduced the 9000-MTK, metal template kit. This magnetic installation template adheres to the frame to help installers quickly and accurately align the latchbolt of the rim exit device with the strike and determine where to drill the mounting holes.

ABOUT HES

HES is the leading manufacturer of electric strikes and locking devices for the access control industry, HES develops products that solve customers’ needs. First to market with cutting edge solutions like the versatile 1006 series and the completely surface-mounted 9600 electric strike, HES has built a global reputation for innovation, strength, and service. An ASSA ABLOY Group company, HES currently markets HES and Folger Adam® product lines. Follow HES on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hesinnovations or on Twitter at @HESinnovations.

ABOUT ASSA ABLOY

ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user demands for security, safety and convenience. For more information, visit http://www.assaabloy.com/en/com/.

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Martin_Trinity CentrePAYA LEBAR, Singapore — In a prominent intersection on the outskirts of Singapore City in Paya Lebar lies the Trinity Christian Centre, Trinity@Paya Lebar. Designed to imitate the vast canyons of the Israeli deserts, the building’s beige-colored facade mimics the folds of the desert landscape and now boasts HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting.

The original lighting scheme did not live up to Trinity Christian Centre’s aspirations to become a neighborhood nighttime landmark. In fact, even the next-door gas station outshone it and made more of an impact on the surroundings with lights. In consequence, ONG&ONG (Lighting Design) were commissioned to design and implement a new lighting concept for this house of worship.

ONG&ONG (Lighting Design) installed 14 Exterior 400 Image Projectors, 28 Exterior 410 fixtures, all controlled by Martin’s M-PC controller. Inspired by the original visions, ONG&ONG set out to use the light to mimic the hues of colors of the Israeli skies and to tell meaningful stories to the community.

“Our task was to enhance and improve existing architectural features in the night,” said Swee Hong Ong, Director at ONG&ONG (Lighting Design). “To ensure the success of the lighting design we had to conduct various onsite tests and consider the surroundings and conditions before we could propose our idea for the new design. This process is a lot more demanding than designing a new project from scratch.”

After a series of shootouts to test various fixtures from different manufacturers in relation to their wash quality and color rendition, Martin fixtures from the Exterior range were chosen to project the new design onto the facade of the building. The fixtures were mounted on poles, equipped with lenses and glare shields to reach all the folds in the facade and complement the geometry of the architectural surface.

“The Exterior range from Martin proved to have the rich, saturated color wash that we were looking for,” said Ong. “The fixtures are easily controllable and unlike the other fixtures we tested, the exact calibration enables all the fixtures to display the same colors.”

The new lighting design attempts to create a connection between the church and its community. Pre-programmed sequences display messages of faith and joy to spectators, and colors and projected patterns add a dimensionality to the architecture. The animation and vibrancy of the colors mirror the dynamism of the sky.

“Apart from depicting the sky, as an added benefit the color scenes we’ve worked on together with Trinity also works to relate to the events and festivities celebrated by the church,” said Ong. The animated scenes and effects would not have been possible without our great installer, Kurihara Kogyo. We can only be happy with the result we achieved together.”

Against the backdrop of the relatively quiet, semi-industrial surroundings, Trinity has now completed its transformation into a new night-time icon in the neighborhood.

Link to video: http://youtu.be/JBxnmRwHSek

Martin Equipment

1 x M-PC controller;

14 x Exterior 400 Image Projector;

28 x Exterior 410 with snoot kits.

Lighting design: ONG&ONG (Lighting Design)

Martin equipment supply and installation: Kurihara Kogyo Co., Ltd

Lighting programming: Martin Professional Pte Ltd

Photo Credit: Chee Keong Photography

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Scraft_HighlandsChurch copySCOTTSDALE, Arizona – To streamline its Sunday services, rehearsals and weekly events, Highlands Church in Scottsdale recently acquired a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 digital console as part of a long-overdue audio equipment upgrade. As the previous system was constrained by its limited capacity, the Church now enjoys a massive amount of channels with the addition of a Soundcraft 64×32 Stagebox, enabling a more refined experience in the 1,500-seat sanctuary.

In addition to the standard house of worship environment, the sanctuary also serves as a rental venue for some local nonprofit groups. To allow better access for volunteers and guest engineers from the local community, Technical Director Luke Taylor chose the Vi3000 console for not only its high channel count, but also its low total cost of ownership and ease of use.

“After the capabilities of the Vi3000 were announced, I became very interested in the console for its value and accessibility of controls,” said Taylor. “We were able to cut out a lot of analog equipment and cables from our inventory, streamlining the whole operation. I especially like hooking up via Dante for multi-tracking, so that we can stream live events on our websites.”

For Taylor, the Vi3000 console stood out from other brands thanks to its straightforward, analog-like design, allowing instant responses for operators. The Vi3000 is loaded with such features as separate output buses on every channel and Soundcraft FaderGlowTM illumination on each fader.

“Since we have a lot of volunteer operators that rotate on a schedule, I really appreciate the fact that I don’t have to tweak settings that are five layers deep anymore like with some of the other boards that I’ve worked with,” said Taylor. “Features like FaderGlow are great shortcuts for newer users and definitely help me train them to become comfortable quickly while using the board. We wanted to see as many channels at one single time in a clear layout, and the Vistonics II touchscreen also delivered.”

Besides convenient features, the Vi3000 is renowned for superior sound due to its SpiderCore DSP engine with onboard Lexicon FX processing. “It sounds great,” confirmed Taylor. “I like the preamps and the EQ’s a lot more than some of the competitors. It takes a very short period of time to get everything dialed in and sounding the way I want it during rehearsals.”

For more information on Highlands Church, please visit http://highlandschurch.org

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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sbtv-snowTHOUSAND OAKS, California, Dec 17, 2014 — Designed for permanent outdoor installation, SunBriteTV’s weatherproof televisions are at home in the backyard even in the harshest North American weather. A SunBriteTV is an ideal gift for both winter warriors who refuse to let the weather dictate their outdoor enjoyment and equally so for springtime socialites eager to host an unforgettable backyard BBQ.

“Regardless of location, the holiday season’s magic stems from spending time with loved ones,” said Jonathan Johnson, Director of Brand Marketing, SunBriteTV. “And there’s no better excuse than a SunBriteTV to get the whole family gathered under the stars for movie night.”

Since its founding in 2004, SunBriteTVs have been often selected as the outdoor TV of choice in dozens of commercial applications and sports stadiums where harsh weather is a factor. SunBriteTV’s new Signature Series line of consumer-oriented outdoor televisions live up to the organization’s high standard for quality and longevity. Even better they start at a budget-friendly price point of $1,495 for a 32” model.

When mounted outside, SunBriteTVs outlast standard indoor televisions thanks to rustproof powder-coated exteriors. Internal temperature regulation systems will keep a SunBriteTV functioning on a White Christmas morning in the Northeast while a specially engineered LED screen overcomes bright sunlight and glare in season-less Southern California.

“We’ve seen many technology products like smartphones go waterproof in 2014,” said Johnson. “While a SunBriteTV won’t quite fit in your pocket, we’ve perfected the design for a product that will continue to perform even in a downpour!”

SunBriteTV’s Signature Series TVs function in temperatures from -24° to 122° Fahrenheit and are resistant to rain, snow, insects, dust, grease and salty air. The watertight Cable Entry System keeps out foreign materials including moisture.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.SunBriteTV.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV.

About SunBriteTV

SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, colleges, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.SunBriteTV.com.

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