TEKVOX News

TEKVOX Introduces New 3×1 HDMI/USB-C Wall Plate Switcher/HDBase-T Transmitter

November 1, 2019

TEKVOX, Inc. announced the release of its 79066-H2U HDBaseT™ Wall Plate Switcher. The 79066-H2U is capable of sending full HD or 4K video with high fidelity over a standard Cat6a cable run (40M @ 4K, 70M @ 1080P). With a maximum power consumption of only 22W, and a convenient double-gang form factor, the TPUH701T makes it simple to connect distant digital video sources to a display with no need for armored cable or intermediate equipment. It features 2 HDMI connections and 1 USB-C (Slimport) connection, and allows for manual or automatic switching among them.

“Upgrading to an all-digital system is now in reach for nearly every school,” Jim Reinhart, CEO of TEKVOX, said. “More importantly, this technology can be built upon and upgraded with confidence.”

The 79066-H2U can be used with common HDBase-T Lite receivers and can be powered remotely from all TEKVOX HDBase-T receivers. The device can alternately power a remote receiver. In addition to being used in its auto-switching mode, the 79066-H2U can be paired with TEKVOX control systems and user interface panels and will also be featured in up-coming Drop-In AV® whole-room solutions.

“With support for both HDMI and USB-C video sources, the 79066-H2U can handle both the prevailing standard for laptops and the emerging future one,” Reinhart said. “and continue to promise our customers an economical managed system with high up-time and years of operation.”

TEKVOX Drop-In A/V Solutions Enable PCS Telecom to Expand Business Without Expanding Infrastructure

September 26, 2019

PCS Telecom, a Houston-based network cable design and installation company, is successfully using TEKVOX Drop-In A/V solutions to offer AV services to a wide array of clients. A trusted technology partner for voice, data, fiber optics and other IT needs, PCS Telecom is now deploying TEKVOX solutions to meet the needs of sophisticated AV installations.

“The traditional wall between IT companies and AV companies is crumbling,” says Jim Reinhart, CEO of TEKVOX. “Thanks to our Drop-In A/V solutions savvy companies specializing in data cabling are now able to expand their business without significantly changing their resource base. By using TEKVOX-designed and programmed systems IT companies can easily install and configure AV solutions to offer more services to their existing customer base or gain a new AV market for their business.”

TEKVOX Drop-In A/V solutions are highly automated, networked managed and factory-programmed. They are configured for easy integration and installation, reliability and simple maintenance. Within the standard Drop-Ins, application-specific configuration options include combining or dividing rooms at a touch, optimizing conference table installation, adding podium/credenza inputs and control to conference rooms, and making conference rooms and board rooms ready for complex audio and VTC integration.

PCS Telecom had seen TEKVOX Drop-In solutions at work on the Texas Southern University campus. When PCS Telecom won the renovation contract for the Earl Carl Courtroom at the university’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, TEKVOX provided them with Drop-In solutions for the upgraded facility. “TEKVOX’s Drop-In A/V solutions were ideal for the new courtroom and a real discovery for us,” says Mark Lopez of PCS Telecom. “We saw that AV was no longer a barrier for IT companies. We could expand our value proposition to customers and grow our business by offering TEKVOX solutions along with our own traditional expertise.”

Following the Earl Carl Courtroom installation PCS Telecom and TEKVOX have partnered on other educational projects and are currently back at Texas Southern University with another major project. “PCS Telecom is a perfect example of how IT companies and other non-AV companies, such as commercial furniture showrooms, can expand their business by offering TEKVOX Drop-In solutions,” says Reinhart. “I’m confident that more companies will follow PCS Telecom’s lead.”

TEKVOX Debuts ShareView, an Innovative Web-Based Videoconferencing Technology

September 9, 2019

TEKVOX, Inc. debuted its innovative ShareView™ technology for streamlining and empowering PC-based web videoconferencing. ShareView allows meeting attendants who are in the same room to share sources to the web-based conference video stream, adding a capability previously reserved for proprietary and expensive professional videoconferencing systems.

Web-based videoconferencing typically allows active participants to share programs from their computer as long as each user who wants to share video is a participant in the call. For large meetings, multiple people in a single room sharing video simultaneously can lead to audio feedback, video issues, and greater bandwidth usage.

“Correcting this traditionally involves a complicated sequence of muting and un-muting multiple speakers and microphones, slowing and disrupting the meeting,” said TEKVOX founder and CTO Mike Slattery. He added, “ShareView eliminates one of the top barriers that we see to ubiquitous adoption of PC-based videoconferencing systems.”

ShareView™ is a hardware/software bundle that is easily installed by non-technical users and corrects these issues by allowing local video sources to be shared within the web-based videoconference via a USB input stream for both video and audio. A single computer joins the meeting, and any additional sources needed can be connected locally, then transferred to the computer for sharing. ShareView features a minimal user interface for selecting video and audio sources without cluttering the image being shared. It also re-sizes automatically to allow for simple and easy sizing and positioning of the window, all while maintaining the correct aspect ratio.

Available immediately via TEKVOX authorized dealers, ShareView™ offers a simple, elegant solution for turning a conference room with web-based videoconferencing into a professional videoconferencing system, ready to handle large meetings without interruption.

TEKVOX Releases New 4×4 Matrix Switcher Kit

September 4, 2019

TEKVOX, Inc. announced the release of its TEK 79055-K, a complete kit featuring the very capable 79055-H 4×4 matrix switcher supporting up to 4Kx2K UHD video resolution, four premium quality cables and four matched receivers. The switcher accepts up to four HDMI inputs, and routes them to 4 independent HDBase-T outputs with HDMI mirrors. All signals support common HD and UHD formats and the HDBaseT outputs include embedded RS232 control.

The cable set includes four 75’ plenum-rated Cat 6A shielded cables that are individually certified to exceed HDBase-T requirements and four compact receivers with a maximum range of 70 meters. This kit can be used in a stand-alone configuration with the included IR remote and is compatible with all TEKVOX control systems and user-interface products.

“The TEK 79055-K provides a radically new value point for coordinating video distribution to a group of displays scattered over a significant floor space,” Jim Reinhart, CEO of TEKVOX, said. “Matrix switchers offer great flexibility but have traditionally been too complex and expensive for broad market applications. No more.”

With an introductory MSRP of only $2325, TEKVOX’s 79055-K is the ideal cost and space-effective piece of equipment for large rooms with up to four independent displays, all with serial control and UHD video. For more details, click here.

TEKVOX Announces Support for AMX AV Control

May 15, 2019

TEKVOX has expanded its support of touchscreen user interfaces to offer educational and corporate markets more efficient and cost-effective AV tech control.

TEKVOX now supplies AMX-compatible color touchscreens in the form of its 78041A-TCX7 7-inch and 78042A-TCX9 9-inch tech controllers. Other options include larger touchscreens with our new 78043-IoT-TekController-IoT. These new compatible touchscreens can also include video input options. So if your CV10 or TPI-4 has failed and you want to have video without a lot of delay, TEKVOX has a solution.

“We’ve seen a number of customers who are unhappy having to buy expensive proprietary touchscreen hardware and software to work with popular control systems,” says TEKVOX CEO Jim Reinhart. “Although we factory-program the touchscreens for our own Drop-In solutions, other manufacturers put the responsibility for programming their costly control platforms in the hands of the customer and integrator. We recognized the need for touchscreen interfaces that were both less expensive and more flexible for the user.”

“Our breakthrough unchains customers from the tyranny of proprietary hardware,” says Reinhart. “This allows integrators to supply a range of lower-cost touchscreen devices to their customers while the full functionality of the control software remains unchanged. It also gives customers a bring-your-own-device option by enabling their preferred open hardware platform.”

TEKVOX 78041A-TCX7 and 78042A-TCX9 tech controllers are now available as is TEKVOX support of Android and Windows touchscreens.

See the original press release on LiveDesign, SVC Online, Creative Planet Network, Digital Media Net, or DMN Newswire, or contact sales@tekvox.com for availability and pricing information.

TEKVOX Launches Powerful 1:4 HDBaseT Splitter

April 12, 2019

TEKVOX, Inc. announced the release of its TEK 79045-DA 1×4 HDMI to HDBT Splitter. The 79045-DA, supporting full HD quality video, accepts an HDMI video input and mirrors one HDMI and four HDBT outputs. Included HDBaseT receivers can be mounted behind displays, providing four identical high-definition video signals up to 150 meters from the splitter.

“The TEK 79045-DA provides a radically new cost and performance point for coordinating video distribution to a group of displays scatter over a significant floor space,” Jim Reinhart, CEO of TEKVOX, said. “With the mirrored HDMI output, it is affordable and practical to expand distribution and control to virtually any number of displays within 150 meters of the unit.” With an MSRP of only $1155, TEKVOX’s LR-DA14 is the ideal cost and space-effective piece of equipment for large rooms with up to four mirrored displays, all with serial control and HD video.

LSC – University Park Conference Center Equipped with TEKVOX Drop-In A/V Solutions

March 21, 2019

Conference Center installation for Lone Star College - University Park

Houston, Texas (October 11, 2019) – Lone Star College (LSC)-University Park Conference Center has installed TEKVOX Drop-In A/V solutions throughout the venue for the purpose of outfitting multiple rooms in modular configurations to meet the current and foreseeable audio/visual technology need with ease. With more than 22,000 square feet of meeting space that can be arranged in a variety of configurations, the LSC-University Park Conference Center has also simplified A/V tech set-up for LSC staff with factory-preprogrammed touch screens—a literal push-button solution with TEKVOX Drop-In A/V systems.

As one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation, LSC looks toward innovative technology companies to meet the needs of its 99,000 students across six campus locations. TEKVOX is represented in more than 1,000 LSC classrooms, lecture halls, and conference rooms and may be the largest managed A/V system in the educational sector. “The LSC-University Park Conference Center demonstrates our forward-thinking attitude toward technology,” Butch Juelg, Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Technology Services at LSC said.

TEKVOX Drop-In A/V solutions are highly automated, network-managed and factory-programmed. They are configured for easy integration and installation, reliability and simple maintenance. Within the standard Drop-Ins, application-specific configuration options include combining or dividing rooms at a touch, optimizing conference table installation, adding podium/credenza inputs and control to conference rooms, and making conference rooms and board rooms ready for complex audio and VTC integration.

At the University Park Conference Center two TEKVOX Drop-In A/V solutions, with distributed control, serve as separate and independent head ends, one for the building’s conference center floor and one for the executive briefing center’s array of rooms. Each system features a 32-slot flexible matrix and is populated with 4K technology to meet users’ current and future needs.

Education technology solution provider Troxell Communications and A/V integrator CX2, Inc. partnered on the University Park installation, which is housed in the former Compaq/HP facility. “The conference center is heavily used by Houston-area businesses and is a significant asset for Lone Star College,” Jim Reinhart, CEO of TEKVOX said. “Drop-In A/V solutions from TEKVOX give conference managers what they need—A/V tech that works the way you need it; when you need it.”

“The size and scope of the University Park Conference Center were exceptional,” Adela Briner, Account Executive at Troxell said. “We are proud that our partnership with all the players enabled such a large-scale project to be successfully delivered on time and on budget.” TEKVOX teamed with CX2 to design the custom Drop-In and audio solutions for the conference center, tailoring the head ends for the rooms’ different configurations: number and type of displays, inputs for roll-in podiums in the executive briefing center and fixed inputs in the larger conference rooms.

“The system is operated by simple in-room touchscreens,” Reinhart explained. “No training and no special maintenance are required. Users can control anything from any touchscreen in the facility, and layout changes – when a room is partitioned, for example – are transparent to the user.

“TEKVOX Drop-In solutions offer predictability in scheduling and costs, which is important for educational institutions,” he added. “Because the systems are largely built and programmed at TEKVOX, we can accurately predict how long installation will take – a key factor when the school’s space needs to be taken offline for the install. Cost-effective Drop-In solutions enable educational institutions to generate revenue from their assets, which often may have gone unused.”

TEKVOX Introduces Versatile New HDMI to USB Capture Device

March 11, 2019

TEKVOX, Inc. announced the release of its 79060 HDMI to USB capture device. The 79060 features full 1080p@60Hz resolution on its HDMI input and output, and can both insert and extract audio from external sources. This versatility allows it to take in HD video and audio from a mixer while recording to a connected PC, displaying video on a confidence monitor, and feeding an extracted audio signal to a speaker system.

“The 79060 provides an innovative way to build an affordable recording/streaming solution,” Jim Reinhart, CEO of TEKVOX, said. “The flexibility in this compact device is unprecedented.” Retailing at $249, the 79060 is a cost-effective solution available for those who want versatile, reliable, and compact video recording via a single USB connection.

TEKVOX Extends HDBaseT Transmission with 79084S TX/RX Pair

December 19, 2018

TEKVOX, Inc. announced the release of its 79084S HDBaseT™ 2.0 transmitter-receiver pair. The 79048S is capable of sending full HD video with high fidelity a distance of up to 325 feet, or 100 meters, in a single Cat6a cable run. With a maximum power consumption of only 18W, and a compact form factor, the BT150P makes it simple to connect distant digital video sources to a display with no video distortion or need for armored cable.

“Transmission of power, HD video, and serial control can now go farther than ever,” Jim Reinhart, CEO of TEKVOX, said. “The ability to transmit a video signal and display control up to 325 feet opens the door for sophisticated, cost-effective A/V solutions in even the largest lecture hall.”

TEKVOX Unveils Drop-In A/V® Solution Enhancements

July 6, 2017

TEKVOX has announced enhancements to its 71000 Drop-In A/V® product portfolio, which ensure easy integration as comprehensive platform solutions and provide maximum value for customers.
 

The TEKVOX Drop-In line has been simplified and now centers on four primary configurations: the 71011 Managed Digital Foundation entry-level Drop-In, the mainstream 71021 Drop-In for a variety of single display applications, the powerful TekFlex multi-display solution for classrooms, lecture halls and executive conference rooms and the 4K MultiView Drop In for active learning/collaboration environments with our without video conferencing support.

TEKVOX Drop-In A/V® solutions are complete, highly automated, networked managed and factory-programmed.  They are configured for easy integration and installation, reliability and simple maintenance.  Within the standard Drop-Ins, application-specific configuration options include combining or dividing rooms at a touch, optimizing conference table installation, adding podium/credenza inputs and control to conference rooms, and making conference rooms and board rooms ready for complex audio and VTC integration.

Two optional Drop-In sub-configurations, which may be appropriate for certain users, offer -DA (Direct Attach) and -NA (No Audio) configurations.

Separate Booster Packs may be ordered to fine tune Drop-In configurations.  They further enhance Drop-Ins with touchscreen capabilities, 4K upgrades cable options and more.

TEKVOX configures, tests and kits Drop-In solutions in a single package. TEKVOX also designs and manufactures customer-specific solutions as needed.

TEK UV100T-20 Camera for Education

May 28, 2017

TEKVOX now offers an auto-tracking camera made for education. The TEK UV100T-20-ST auto-tracking camera is a state-of-the-art high definition 1080P/60 PTZ camera with 20X optical zoom lens and has two SDI outputs with IP streaming. By using a supplied configuration program, a Teacher’s tracking mask can be created and saved into the camera. The camera will only track while the teacher is in this area. If tracking is lost, a preset can be setup for the camera to go to. With auto-tracking the TEK UV100T can be used to follow a person without an operator. At any point auto-tracking can be turned off and the camera works like a standard PTZ conference camera.

The TEK UV100T supports both Sony® VISCA™ and PELCO commands with 120 presets, making this camera excellent choice for small and large videoconferencing and lecture capture rooms. The camera can be setup for multiple resolutions and be ceiling mounted.

https://www.tekvox.com/download/79068-auto-tek-uv100t-20-data-sheet/

TEKVOX ViewVault™ Offers Easy to Install and Use Solution to Texas S.B. 507 Compliance

November 16, 2016

Austin, TX (November 15, 2016) – TEKVOX is pleased to announce that its new, Texas S.B. 507-compliant ViewVault™ fills the need for secure, cost-effective A/V recording in classroom applications. The easy-to-install drop-in solution requires very little set up or maintenance and is capable of recording and storing six months (1,667 hours) of HD video and associated audio.

Texas S.B. 507 mandates video cameras in special education classrooms or other settings that provide special education services. The legislation safeguards special-needs children, allows review of procedures followed when crisis incidents occur and also offers opportunities for teacher observation and training.

“ViewVault is an ideal solution for classrooms which need to comply with Texas S.B. 507,” says TEKVOX CEO Jim Reinhart. “It has a very low start-up cost and no expensive infrastructure is required. Schools pay only for what is needed per classroom for a system that records and retains six months of audio and video based on a 12-hour day, five days per week. ViewVault is highly reliable, highly resilient, secure and economical.”

ViewVault is a self-contained, ceiling-mounted A/V recording system that operates autonomously based on scheduled, motion-triggered or hybrid recording modes. It archives the most recent six months of digitally encrypted recordings on its internal media. It can also record audio-only for attached bathrooms or other enclosed spaces of protected spaces.

In the stand-alone, ‘black-box’ mode ViewVault requires no network connection. The system is configured prior to shipment and is placed discreetly in the ceiling tile grid with included camera, additional microphones as required and mounting accessories. Only a single electrical connection is required.

ViewVault automatically goes into operation when powered; no human intervention is needed for full S.B. 507-compliance. An authorized administrator can unlock the enclosure and easily remove a small solid-state storage unit with the most recent recordings for quick examination of recent events. The entire tray-mounted electronics package can also be removed for deep forensics of the entire system: all media and system logs are available for analysis and discovery. ViewVault electronics are both physically and electronically secure: They are physically locked in a rugged metal enclosure and password-protected to prevent unauthorized tampering.

Initial installation in black-box mode can be accomplished in minutes for immediate support of classroom recording needs.

Optionally, ViewVault can be connected to the campus network via Ethernet or WiFi for remote management, real-time streaming or ad-hoc retrieval of stored content. In normal operation, ViewVault uses negligible network bandwidth or resources.

ViewVault’s powerful and flexible recording modes include individual weekly schedules, master schedules, record-on-motion, and hybrid modes that combine on-hours scheduled record with off-hours motion recording. This ‘set and forget’ system requires very little support and no drain on IT resources.

In most cases, a ViewVault system in black-box mode can be bought and installed for under $3000 total cost with negligible ongoing costs – less that a 100W light bulb.

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TEKVOX Introduces Tek Digital Express Kit for Fast Analog-to-Digital Migration

August 15, 2016

 

Austin, TX – TEKVOX has launched Tek Digital Express, a turnkey wall plate transmitter and receiver kit aimed at the educational market (K-12 and Community Colleges) and other customers who want to upgrade to a digital link from the wall plate to the projector. Tek Digital Express contains everything needed to install fully modern, end-to-end digital AV in just minutes. It can be professionally installed as well.

 

“The Tek Digital Express kit is the easiest way to ‘go digital’ today and retain support for legacy analog (VGA) technology,” says TEKVOX CEO Jim Reinhart. “Part of a comprehensive solution that can be upgraded incrementally and cost effectively, Tek Digital Express is 4K compatible. It’s a powerful starting point that will serve the customer’s needs for years to come.”

 

The kit consists of the attractive TEK TPHD2-WP1 Decora-style wall plate with HDMI and VGA auto-switched inputs and HDBaseT output, a 75-foot Cat 6 plenum-grade HDBaseT cable, a TEK TPHDH402PR HDBaseT receiver with power supply, and a 3-foot microflex HDMI cable with lifetime warranty for receiver-to-projector/display.

 

Reinhart emphasizes that “no special knowledge is needed, no programming is required” for quick installation of the wall plate kit. “It installs in minutes when replacing an analog link,” he says. “All required cables are included. HDBaseT cable can be pulled through using the VG cable as the lead.”

 

A single power supply can be connected at the wall plate or at the receiver. Tek Digital Express can easily add a TekTouchPad color touchscreen controller to provide projector and source selection control or a TEK 3 IoT AV gateway to provide intelligent room control and network monitoring and management. Direct compatibility with TEKVOX-integrated ceiling control units is also offered.

 

Tek Digital Express has an MSRP of $995. It is available directly from TEKVOX via credit card or PayPal as well as through standard sales channels.

Product Link: https://www.tekvox.com/product/71400-tek-digital-express-kit/

Media Specialties Chooses TEKVOX Multi-Display Solution to Improve the Worship Experience at St. George Church, San Antonio

January 21, 2016

Austin, Texas – When St. George Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas wanted to improve the worship experience for its parishoners, integrator Multimedia Specialties recommended an upgrade to a flexible, affordable TEKVOX Multi-Display Solution. Read More…

TEKVOX Products Innovate at Trinity University’s Center for Sciences and Innovation

November 12, 2015

Austin, Texas – TEKVOX has provided the infrastructure for the easy integration, control and security of multiple displays in the new Innovation Center at Trinity University, San Antonio. A roster of TEKVOX products play key roles in the collaborative space where they interact with third-party audio/visual systems to support a unique learning environment. Read More…

TEKVOX Expands Customer Support with 10-Year Warranty for TEK CB1-A Ceiling Box

September 17, 2015

Austin, Texas – TEKVOX has reaffirmed its commitment to high-end customer service with a 10-year warranty for its TEK CB1-A ceiling box. A cost-effective, easy-to-use solution for boardrooms, conference rooms, mediated classrooms and training rooms, the ceiling box allows customers to include non-plenum-rated products and cables in the ceiling next to the video projector or display. Now, in addition to providing infrastructure savings, simplified maintenance and a clean attractive appearance, the TEK CB1-A offers a 10-year warranty covering electrical and mechanical integrity. It is effective immediately and is retroactive for all units shipped. Read More…

TEKVOX Announces Third Generation TekMonitor AV System Controller

June 17, 2015

Features in New Generation Enable Universal Control, IoT Sensor Gateway for Low Power Beacons and Unprecedented Expansion Capability

Austin, Texas – TEKVOX introduces the TEK 3, the third generation of the TekMonitor™ networked AV and Room Controller series. This new design adds greater flexibility to the TEKVOX control products by allowing control of any AV or building automation device that offers a control protocol and an RS232, Infrared or IP interface. Read More…

TEKVOX Announces Universal Transcoder for ‘Programming-Free’ Replacement of Projectors or Displays with Legacy Control Systems

June 17, 2015

TEK-UT Command Transcoding Gives Integrators Flexibility in System Upgrades

Austin, Texas – TEKVOX, an innovative supplier of audio/visual control solutions, announced today the TEK-UT, a special edition of its popular TekMonitor™ intelligent room controller, that performs dynamic transcoding of an RS232 command/control stream from one device format to another in real-time. Read More…

TEKVOX Joins HDBaseT ™ Alliance

June 16, 2015

Announces Its Commitment to Deliver Interoperable HDBaseT Solutions

Austin, Texas — TEKVOX announced today that it has joined the HDBaseT Alliance (https://www.HDBaseT.org/) as an Adopter level member. The HDBaseT Alliance is a cross-industry alliance founded by LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens to promote and standardize HDBaseT™ technology for whole-home distribution of uncompressed Ultra-HD multimedia content. Read More…

TEKVOX Announces Installation of the World’s First Ultra High Definition Quadview Collaborative Classroom Solution

June 16, 2015

Lone Star College in Houston Texas becomes the Inaugural Customer

Austin, Texas — TEKVOX announced today that the world’s first Ultra High Definition (UltraHD) Quadview Classroom has been delivered, installed and is fully operational at Lone Star College’s Tomball Campus in Houston, Texas. Read More…

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