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BLACKSBURG, Va. — The world’s first full-scale (50-feet wide x 40-feet long x 32-feet high) big data exploration facility opened at Virginia Tech on January 30, 2015. Known as the Cube, this four-story, $15 million theater and high-tech laboratory uses powerful motion capture and visual environment technologies, specialized acoustics, real-time audio visual rendering and high-performing computers to create a virtual environment laboratory that allows scientists to model and explore data in sonified, virtual form.

The Cube is a highly adaptable space for research and experimentation in big data exploration, immersive environments, intimate performances, audio and visual installations, and experiential investigations of all types. Acoustics, audiovisual, and 3D audio systems in the Cube were conceived and designed by Arup. The facility is located in the Moss Arts Center and shared by the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT) and the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, and features audio technologies from HARMAN’s JBL Professional and BSS Audio. This environment can also be used by composers and other artists to explore the creative discipline of spatial sound.

According to Benjamin Knapp, Ph.D., director of ICAT, the Cube was initially conceived as a performance space and then reimagined as an incredibly immersive environment, where groups can explore virtual worlds and data of any kind. “Certainly unique to the Cube is the combination of ambisonic and wave field synthesis (WFS) and immersive visual environments, but this is one of the few environments where the virtual experience can be a shared experience,” Knapp said. “I am very excited by the array of immersive audio, immersive video projects that we have already lined up for this space.”

“Virginia Tech has a very progressive, ambitious approach to technology, research and futurism,” said Terence Caulkins, acoustic and audio visual consultant at Arup. “We were inspired to develop this project to pioneer new capabilities, such as multi-user collaborative interaction with spatial audio. This space is unique in its raw number of audio channels and also the height of the space, allowing scientists to do more cross-discipline research and experience phenomena quickly from different perspectives. Our challenge was to make the space extremely quiet and neutral, so we could put the footprint of another acoustical space on top of it and then to place a layer of 3D audio on top of that.”

The Cube features an array of technologies, including virtual and augmented reality (head-mounted display and tablet interaction interface); wave field synthesis and highly directional sound interaction; synchronized data capture, including information retrieval motion capture; audio/video, physiological and interaction signals; and real-time audio/visual rendering. The sound system comprises 124 JBL SCS 8 spatially cued surround coaxial 8-inch loudspeakers wrapped around the walls and ceiling of the Cube in various resolutions. The JBL SCS 8 is a wide coverage loudspeaker that can be positioned in any number of ways and was developed for spatial sound installations. At the backbone of the routing system are three BSS BLU 806 networked signal processors with Dante and BLU Link connectivity.

Commenting on the project, Paul Chavez, HARMAN Professional director of systems applications noted, “Spatial sound is a compelling frontier for audio innovation and is likely to positively impact how and what we listen to in the car, the home and in large venues! The Cube is among the elite facilities for exploration and learning, and we are extremely pleased to be involved.”

Arup (www.arup.com) is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across the industry. Its engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. Arup opened its first U.S. office 25 years ago and now employs 1,000 in the Americas. The firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and a collaborative approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients.

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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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Hitachi_SuperviaTrensUrbanosRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – SuperVia Trens Urbanos (SuperVia Urban Trains) is a major Brazilian railway company based in Rio de Janeiro. Founded in 1998, SuperVia’s railroad network encompasses 102 stations on eight lines in 12 cities and served more than 164 million passengers in 2014. SuperVia recently completed Phase 1 of its station renovation program in its main Central do Brazil terminal and other stations. The improvements included the installation of a HARMAN Professional IDX Information Delivery System with extensive audio, paging, video and control capabilities.

“Our main goal in installing the HARMAN IDX system was to integrate the audio and video systems of communication we already had in place into a single tool for operating and controlling them,” said Washington Luiz Ferreira, Chief Compliance Officer of SuperVia Trens Urbanos. “Another key requirement was that the solution had to provide complete real-time monitoring of all the assets in the system.”

The IDX Information Delivery System is a complete hardware and software solution that provides paging, background music, pre-recorded message and life safety capability for railways, airports, transit facilities and other commercial applications. The system employs components from various HARMAN brands, all networked to operate seamlessly together. The Centro do Brazil Terminal’s installation employs eight BSS DT715 dispatch microphone stations, four BSS BLU-800 digital signal processors, BSS server/DAC digital audio controllers, 18 Crown DCi Network 8|300N power amplifiers (some used as backup units), AKG wall-mounted security/surveillance microphones located throughout the facility and additional components.

Four BSS-DDC-4 four-output digital display controllers are used to control the main “big board” information displays at the Centro do Brazil and Deodoro Station terminals.

As part of its comprehensive public address and life-safety capabilities, the IDX system provides automated announcements for the Centro do Brazil Terminal and all 102 stations on the line, and interfaces with the existing SPRINS train schedule database and Engesis automated train tracking interface.

“We chose the HARMAN IDX system because it not only fulfilled but exceeded the requirements we had at the time we initially specified what we needed,” said Ferreira. “Once we started to really get to know IDX’s capabilities we realized it was far more capable than what we had first thought, and as a result we’ve evolved our system requirements to move to a new level of quality in our communications capabilities.” The SuperVia system enables complete, independent control of multiple zones, signal routing and switching and other information delivery functions.

“You can do everything with the IDX system,” Ferreira concluded. “Nowhere else in the market can you find a single manufacturer that provides such high-quality equipment with such a huge range of features and offers premium after-sales support – all at a price we that fit within our budget. It’s a dream come true.”

Additional upgrades to SuperVia Trens Urbanos are slated for the future. “What we have today is exceptional – but it’s only the tip of the iceberg as to where we want to go with IDX,” noted Ferreira. “Our goal is to have complete, 100 percent integration of all audio and video communications with all types of media in every single one of our stations, maintenance facilities and operational centers.”

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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BLU-DAN-FrontFRANKFURT, Germany – HARMAN’s BSS Audio today announced the introduction of its Soundweb™ London BLU-DAN Dante to BLU link Bridge, which allows one or more BLU link devices to be integrated with a Dante network.

“The BLU-DAN is a simple, yet powerful device which allows Dante functionality to be added to our Soundweb London 100 Series processors and Crown DCi Network Series amplifiers,” said Iain Gregory, Senior Market Manager, Installed Sound, HARMAN Signal Processing. “Since those devices also feature BLU link, you only need one, affordable BLU-DAN per equipment location.”

The BLU-DAN connects a Dante device to one or more BLU link devices via standard Cat 5e cabling. It is capable of simultaneously transmitting and receiving up to 64 channels of Dante audio (64 x 64). Primary and secondary ports are provided to ensure fault tolerance and control is provided through a separate Ethernet port. The BLU-DAN’s BLU link connectivity is a low-latency, fault-tolerant digital audio bus with 256 channels.

The BLU-DAN is configurable using HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ software. A wide selection of logic objects and a drag-and-drop user interface facilitate system setup. Its bi-directional locate functionality allows devices to be identified both from and within HiQnet Audio Architect.

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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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Studer_VistaX_BlackLAS VEGAS, Nevada – Offering a simple, hassle-free way to experience its range of world-class broadcast equipment, HARMAN Professional today launched its TRYder program. With the TRYder program, audio professionals and companies interested in getting real-world experience with HARMAN broadcast products are able to do so for a period before choosing to purchase the products. Equipment from AKG, BSS, Crown, dbx, JBL, Lexicon, Soundcraft and Studer is available through the HARMAN TRYder program.

 

“We want to help clients make educated purchasing decisions and allowing them to test-drive the products ahead of investing in HARMAN is the best way to do that,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes, Associate Director, Recording & Broadcast, HARMAN Professional. “With the TRYder program, we can offer personal support during their trial and answer any questions they have to ensure the product meets their needs and expectations.”

 

For more information on the TRYder program, please email tryder@harman.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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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Troy University 2TROY, Alabama – Systems integration firm Daktronics recently upgraded the audio system at Veterans Memorial Stadium, home to the Troy University Trojans football team in Troy, Alabama. Part of an $18 million renovation, the new system features HARMAN’s JBL VLA line arrays, JBL CBT column speakers, Crown I-Tech HD and DriveCore™ Install (DCi) amplifiers, BSS Audio BLU-800 signal processing and a Soundcraft Si Performer 1 mixing console.

Veterans Memorial Stadium now features a new Daktronics scoreboard in the corner of the north end zone, which is topped with three arrays of JBL VLA loudspeakers. Each array features five loudspeakers, comprised of a combination of VLA301H, VLA601H and VLA901H models. In addition, three JBL PD5200 loudspeakers are used for downfill. In under-balcony and concourse areas, 12 CBT70J column speakers provide delay fill.

According to Dan Eckert of Daktronics, while the requirements of the audio system were not unusual by stadium standards, they were still very specific. “The stadium needed high output and even coverage across all seating areas,” he said. “We also needed loudspeakers that could make the 500-600-foot throw to the far side of the stadium and the VLA loudspeakers have that ability.”

In addition, the press box in the stadium posted an acoustics challenge. “We had to contend with the press box on one side of the stadium, which created some reflections. But we were mostly able to steer the VLA loudspeakers away from those reflecting areas.” said Eckert said. “We have used VLA in past projects and are very comfortable with their performance.”

Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers power the VLA loudspeakers while Crown DCi amplifiers power the rest of the JBL loudspeakers. In addition, Veterans Memorial Stadium features a BSS Audio BLU-800 digital signal processing system. The system is being managed with HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ software.

“We have had great experiences with the I-Tech HD amplifiers and they work very well together with the BSS processing,” Eckert added.

For more information on Daktronics, please visit www.daktronics.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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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