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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s System Development and Integration Group (SDIG) today announced it will be offering a training session for its HiQnet System Architect™ software and AVB networking. The training will take place at Harman Signal Processing in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 17 – 18, 2011.  The course will be given by Harman Product Development Specialist Emilian Wojtowycz, an expert in the implementation of System Architect for installed sound applications.

HiQnet is a communications protocol that enables all the compatible devices in the audio signal path, from mixing consoles to loudspeakers, to seamlessly communicate with each other. System Architect is the software used to set up and configure a HARMAN HiQnet and AVB system.

Among the topics to be covered are the following:

  • Design workflow
  • Overview of Ethernet AVB technology
  • Advanced design workflow
  • AVB networking
  • Day-to-day operation

“Our latest version of System Architect, version 3, is ideally suited to handle the unique challenges of sound system design and reduce the complexities of networked audio routing,” noted Adam Holladay, Market Manager, HARMAN Professional System Development and Integration Group (SDIG). “This training course will provide attendees with invaluable, practical, time-saving knowledge to help acquaint them with the capabilities of HiQnet System Architect and AVB.”

For more details on session times and dates, please visit www.harmanpro.com. Attendees can register for the course by contacting Staci Bash at 801-568-7555 or staci.bash@harman.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011.

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VIENNA, Austria – With 12 halls ranging in total seating capacity from 130 to 586, connected with outdated analog wireless capabilities, Atea Audio Visuell Kommunikation (AVK) of Sweden installed a complete digital HARMAN AKG DMS 700 wireless system in one of Sweden’s largest education facilities, Stockholm University.  Combining a long-time relationship between supplier Septon Electronic AB and Stockholm University and RF frequency shifts in Sweden, the upgraded solution was perfectly coordinated, timed and implemented for 2011 sessions.

Exclusively distributing HARMAN professional brands in Sweden, Septon and Atea installed a future-proof digital system that was easy to handle and offered stable transmission ability. Atea installed 48 channels of DMS 700 digital wireless, all networked through HARMAN Professional’s HiQnet System Architect™.

“The Stockholm University Support and Maintenance Department laid out the challenges clearly from the beginning: a future-proof, simple-to-use and logistically sound solution was vital to the university,” stated Sales Manager Stefan Eriksson, Atea.  “With the AKG DMS 700, we were able to provide the complete solution and the encryption possibilities added even more value, securing the wireless transmission within the halls.”

For speech reinforcement throughout the lecture rooms, the self-operated DPT 700 body packs were ideal for the professors in the halls, while the DHT 700 handheld transmitters were required for the reception desks throughout the university.

“The lecturers have adapted quickly and easily to their new digital world,” continued Eriksson.  “Any inherent fears of adapting to the new technology were quickly resolved and the school year has proceeded with little to no technical issues.”

For more information Atea AVK, please visit http://www.atea.se.  For Septon, http://www.septon.se.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,800 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.5 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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ORLANDO, Florida — At InfoComm 2011, HARMAN Professional today announced the introduction of its HiQnet System Architect™ Version 3.0 system configuration software, the first version of System Architect to provide Audio Video Bridging (AVB) capabilities. Version 3.0 offers AVB networked audio routing support, along with a host of additional functionality including support for the dbx® SC 32 and SC 64 Digital Matrix Processors and the BSS® Audio/NETGEAR® GS724T 24-Port Ethernet AVB Switch, the world’s first true networkable AVB devices.

“Audio Video Bridging is clearly the future of audio/video signal distribution, and our System Architect version 3.0 provides systems integrators and installers with an important new tool for designing and configuring AVB-based networked A/V systems,” noted Adam Holladay, Senior Market Manager, HARMAN Professional System Development and Integration Group (SDIG). “With System Architect version 3.0, the complexities of networked audio routing are greatly reduced.”

HARMAN HiQnet System Architect version 3.0 enables designers to efficiently and reliably configure a HARMAN AVB-based audio/video system using a vastly simplified   graphical interface for audio routing. Signals are routed by dragging and dropping from a filterable list of all available source AVB signals onto the destination device icon in the main workspace – singly or multiple at a time. Releasing the mouse launches a pop-up routing dialog for the destination device and signals are assigned to available channel inputs. AVB enables time-synchronized, ultra-low-latency audio and video signals to be distributed over IEEE 802 Ethernet networks, offering the potential to greatly simplify A/V system wiring and installation while providing expanded signal-distribution and control capabilities.

System Architect 3.0 is compatible with all HARMAN AVB-ready products including the dbx SC 32 and SC 64 Digital Matrix Processors with the new AVB high-speed option card installed. The SC processors with the AVB high-speed option card are the world’s first truly-networkable AVB audio processors in that AVB signals may be routed over an AVB network. The System Architect 3.0 workspace also includes the BSS Audio/NETGEAR GS724T 24-Port Ethernet AVB Switch – the world’s first AVB switch for networking multichannel audio and video over standardized Ethernet. As with HiQnet devices, a representation of the switch may be loaded into the System Architect 3.0 Venue, and double-clicking will launch the NETGEAR management HTML pages in the default Windows browser so as to integrate control of the switches with the rest of the HiQnet system.

System Architect 3.0 is being demonstrated at HARMAN Professional Booth #743 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL (June 15 – 17). Underscoring its support of Audio Video Bridging technology, HARMAN Professional is also exhibiting at the AVnu Alliance pavilion at Booth 383e in the Convention Center, and BSS Audio and dbx are co-sponsoring the AVnu Alliance contractor evening at the Rosen Center, Thursday June 16 from 5:00 – 6:30pm. More information on this event, open to contractors and consultants, will be available at the AVnu Alliance pavilion.

Recent versions of HARMAN HiQnet System Architect have also offered a host of significant enhancements An improved Custom Panel Designer (introduced in version 2.3) makes it easier for integration professionals to create customized control interfaces.  Performance for metering controls has been improved, giving panel designers greater ability to monitor larger numbers of devices simultaneously.  A simplified access control configuration interface was also recently introduced. This interface makes it easier to set up multiple user rights by providing a more immediate focus on the users, rather than the devices in the system. The redesigned interface is particularly useful for when System Architect is used as the day-to-day operator’s audio system control application with the new Kiosk Mode feature.

Harman HiQnet™ is the world’s first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. Harman HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across Harman’s Professional Division and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®,, Infinity®,, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®,. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,800 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.5 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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Human-powered flight has been a dream sought after for centuries and accomplished only very recently. Red Bull® gave contestants a crack at this rarely achieved fantasy during its summer-long Flugtag competition, held nationwide. In Long Beach, California, 105,000 spectators watched teams push whimsical contraptions from a pier, and the event sounded as good as it looked, thanks to the open-sourced approach to the next generation of digital audio networking, IEEE 802.1 AVB Bridging protocol, enabled by AVB-compliant technology from Harman Professional. The signal control chain consisted of four dbx SC 32 Digital Matrix Processors and 24 AVB-capable Crown CTs 3000power amplifiers, as well a half-dozen network bridge switches from BSS Audio/NETGEAR® configured and controlled using Harman HiQnet System Architect™. On Stage Audio (OSA), led by vice president Jim Risgin, deployed the AVB system.

The crowd at the Long Beach edition of the Red Bull Flugtag was so enormous that the exit ramp off I-710 had to be closed, with all parking garages at full capacity and traffic gridlocked throughout the downtown area. The hundreds of thousands that secured a spot were rewarded with the spectacle of human flight as 34 teams launched their crafts off a 30-foot flight deck in an attempt to defy gravity (the international Flugtag flight distance record now stands at 207 feet and was set in Minneapolis/St. Paul on July 24, 2010). The sound system used for the event was less whimsical than the aircraft but surprisingly just about as simple.  Using the HiQnet System Architect’s virtual software environment, Red Bull ran audio and control data signals to three distant points, from the console to two parts of the pier 4,500 feet away. The efficiency of this transport protocol enabled them to know the precise amount of equipment needed to handle a project of any size, with far less technology than ever before.

“The systems at Long Beach would have cost 10 times as much last year, in terms of hardware rentals and purchases,” said Risgin. “AVB is the ultimate convergence of AV and IT, so we’re able to use the much-less-expensive IT types of components, like terminations and the BSS Audio/NETGEAR switches we used here, rather than the more costly equipment made specifically for pro audio applications.  We’re leveraging the economies of scale of the IT industry.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.2 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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Underscoring its unique commitment to providing the systems integration community with the most advanced, intuitive and current systems configuration and control toolsets, Harman Professional Systems Development and Integration Group (SDIG) introduces HiQnet System Architect™ Version 2.3.  In doing so, SDIG significantly improves the performance, functionality and user interface of System Architect, which, according to Adam Holladay, senior market manager, Harman Professional Systems Development and Integration Group, makes System Architect more useful, more effective and more efficient.

“SDIG is singularly committed to improving HiQnet System Architect on every criteria at every opportunity,” Holladay said today.  “We regularly examine the user experience, the performance engine and hardware integration and we religiously seek out new ways to improve each. With version 2.3, our base of 30,000 registered HiQnet users will see advances in the look and feel of the software, the speed and efficiency of the software and operational functionality.”

HiQnet System Architect version 2.3 includes an improved Custom Panel Designer and as a result, makes it easier for integration professionals to create customized control interfaces that reflect system functionality and usage requirements in system setup and operation.  Improvements to the underlying design engine mean that System Architect version 2.3 doesn’t just look better – it’s also faster.  Performance for meter controls is also improved so panel designers have greater versatility to monitor larger numbers of devices simultaneously.

Also new in version 2.3 is a simplified access control configuration interface.  This tool makes it easier to set up multiple user rights by providing a more immediate focus on the users, rather than the devices in the system.  The redesigned interface will particularly enhance the setup for when System Architect is used as the day-to-day operator’s audio system control application with the Kiosk Mode feature launched previously in September of this year.

On hardware integration, the SDIG team has been working closely with engineering teams from Crown and Lexicon to advance HiQnet System Architect’s support of their offerings. A case in point is System Architect’s support of momentary preset recall function for Crown amplifiers.  For the application of recalling amplifier presets from a contact closure, for example, the systems integration professional can now set each amplifier to return the state it was in prior to recalling the preset once the contact closure input is reset.

Lexicon’s PCM Series processors are widely deployed in live sound and studio applications and now can be easily integrated, programmed and controlled using HiQnet System Architect.

“When HiQnet was introduced it was truly revolutionary,” Holladay continued.  “But today we seek to ensure it’s evolutionary in the sense that considers and incorporates developments in the network world, the software domain, the AV hardware manufacturing sector— within Harman and increasingly with non-Harman entities — and, of course, the systems integration community.  We’re satisfied that HiQnet System Architect version 2.3 is comprehensive, cutting-edge and very useful.

Along with 2.3, HiQnet also launched a new look-and-feel website, including additional online training resources.

HiQnet System Architect version 2.3 can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.hiqnet.harmanpro.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.2 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

For additional information, contact:
Daniel O’Connell
Definition Branding & Marketing
Daniel.oconnell@definitionbam.com
(212) 660 2555-Ext. 12

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