HARMAN Professional Solutions and SoundHound Inc. Partner to Introduce Voice-Enabled Solutions for the Hospitality Industry

June 17, 2019

SANTA CLARA, Calif. & NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, and SoundHound Inc., the leading innovator in voice-enabled AI and conversational intelligence technologies, today announced a partnership to power the voice interface for future JBL Professional-branded solutions for hospitality environments.

Powered by SoundHound Inc.’s Houndify voice AI platform and featuring legendary JBL audio performance, the solutions will provide sophisticated, voice-enabled “smart room” experiences for hotel guests. Beyond providing guests with the “at home” comfort and convenience they are accustomed to through AI-assist technologies, the JBL solution will simultaneously improve the hotel’s bottom line through increased on-property dwell time and revenues, along with reduced customer service expense.

HARMAN is currently running pilot programs of the future solution in hotel locations around the world. In the pilot, HARMAN’s Houndify-powered JBL Professional prototype speakers enable hotel guests to use their natural, conversational voices to seamlessly navigate the hotel’s many offerings and features, and control room settings. Guests can also stream music of their choice through the JBL Professional speaker via Bluetooth.

By providing guests with immediate access to hotel information and services, along with the ability to automate common requests, the JBL solution will enable hotels to reduce their customer service load and times, and improve customer satisfaction. In addition, customizable integration with HARMAN’s Hospitality Cloud AI allows the solution to be tailored to return on-property or affiliated responses to queries such as restaurant, service or entertainment recommendations thereby increasing on-property dwell times and revenue.

Beyond providing its Houndify voice AI platform, SoundHound Inc. worked together with HARMAN to fine-tune applications specific to a hotel environment. To tie everything together, HARMAN Professional enlisted the help of HARMAN Connected Services (HCS), HARMAN’s division that accelerates enterprises’ transformation to the connected world through cloud, mobility and analytics solutions. HCS developed the integration between the Houndify voice AI platform with the JBL and AMX components, and they also developed the solution’s dashboard for device commissioning and management.

“We are thrilled to partner with HARMAN on Houndify’s entrance into the hospitality space,” said Amir Arbabi, VP of Business Development, SoundHound Inc. “By using our Houndify platform to create a delightful and robust voice experience for hotel guests, HARMAN has positioned itself as a leader in voice technology solutions for hotels.”

“HARMAN partnering with SoundHound Inc. and its Houndify platform allows hospitality providers to deliver a simple and pleasurable in-room experience for the guest, whether it’s controlling the room environment or using it for concierge services,” said Brian Divine, Senior Vice President, Products & Customer Solutions, HARMAN Professional Solutions. "As voice-enablement becomes ubiquitous with consumers in their home, having a seamless experience while traveling represents a huge opportunity for the hospitality industry and we’re proud that HARMAN/JBL and SoundHound Inc. are coming together to deliver on that experience.”

SoundHound Inc.’s Houndify voice and conversational AI platform has distinctive advantages including its proprietary Speech-to-Meaning™ and Deep Meaning Understanding™ technologies, which deliver unprecedented speed, accuracy, and intelligence in voice recognition and understanding. To support natural interactions, Houndify understands complicated queries and context, such as previous queries, and compound criteria including exclusion. In addition, SoundHound Inc.’s Collective AI architecture allows partners to control the customization of their user experience and innovate rapidly, while benefiting from Houndify’s growing developer ecosystem. Partners that have registered on the Houndify platform with products integrating Houndify include Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel, Vauxhall, Nvidia, Samsung, Onkyo, Motorola and more. Developers interested in exploring the Houndify platform can visit Houndify.com to learn more and register.

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The Houndify-powered JBL hospitality solution is currently being piloted with a planned product introduction scheduled for 2020.  Register at Pro.harman.com/HotelSolutions to receive more information when available. 

About HARMAN:
HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. 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. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

About SoundHound Inc.:
SoundHound Inc. turns sound into understanding and actionable meaning. We believe in enabling humans to interact with the things around them in the same way we interact with each other: by speaking naturally to mobile phones, cars, TVs, music speakers, and every other part of the emerging ‘connected’ world. Our consumer product, Hound, leverages our Speech-to-Meaning™ and Deep Meaning Understanding™ technologies to create a groundbreaking smartphone experience, and is the first product to build on the Houndify platform. Our SoundHound product applies our technology to music, enabling people to discover, explore, and share the music around them, and even find the name of that song stuck in their heads by singing or humming. Through the Houndify platform, we aim to bring voice-enabled AI to everyone and enable others to build on top of it. We call this Collective AI. Our Mission: Houndify everything.

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HARMAN Professional Solutions Brings Five-Star Sound to Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire Hotel

June 14, 2019

YANGON, Myanmar—Ghin Gar Cherry Trading Co. recently upgraded the Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire hotel with a complete HARMAN Professional Solutions audio system.

After its debut in Asia Pacific nearly 20 years ago, Grand Mercure now operates a network of more than 50 upscale hotels and resorts globally under the international chain AccorHotels. The hotel is located in Yangon’s Dagon Industrial Zone and features a panoramic view of the city from its topmost floor. It boasts of its 175 elegantly designed guest rooms and suites with hand-painted ceilings by local artist Pyar Dade. In addition, there are 7 meeting spaces and 2 ballrooms that can host corporate and social gatherings up to 300 guests. The entire facility required a building-wide audio system with full-range sound, energy-efficient amplification and compact, streamlined mixing solutions. To meet the hotel’s requirements, audio contractor Ghin Gar Cherry Trading Co. installed an end-to-end HARMAN audio system consisting of JBL Control Series speakers, Crown DriveCore amplifiers and Soundcraft mixers.

"As a popular destination for tourists and corporate visitors, Grand Mercure requested for a world-class audio system to suit a wide range of events at their Yangon property,” said Ghin Gar, CEO of  Ghin Gar Cherry Trading Co., “We’ve had great success with HARMAN products in the past, so we knew they would be a good fit for this installation. To compliment the hotel’s refined atmosphere with the highest sound quality possible, we designed a complete HARMAN system featuring JBL, Crown and Soundcraft equipment.”

To deliver crystal-clear sound throughout the facility, Ghin Gar Cherry Trading Co. selected JBL Control 12C/T compact ceiling loudspeakers. In addition to providing full-range audio with excellent coverage, the Control 12C/T’s pre-attached blind-mount backcan simplifies the installation process and its low-profile, paintable baffle integrates seamlessly with any décor. Compact and energy-efficient Crown DCi 8|600 amplifiers power the speakers, each providing 600 Watts for ample headroom and eight channels for maximum flexibility. Soundcraft FX16ii mixers provide a powerful yet compact and streamlined solution for mixing sound during events in the ballrooms.

"To create unique and memorable guest experiences, we commissioned top-of-the-line sound system from HARMAN Professional Solutions,” said Vinoth Kumar, General Manager of Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire. “Leveraging their state-of-the-art audio technology, we have achieved high-quality sound with remarkably intuitive control. The products were easy to install and their modern, clean design compliments the sophisticated aesthetic of our facility.”

“HARMAN Professional Solutions is a proud to be associated with Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank Ghin Gar Cherry Trading Company for the successful implementation of a fully-integrated, maximum-impact audio solution and for their great customer relationship.”


HARMAN Professional Solutions Appoints SYNNEX Corporation as a New Distributor for the U.S.

June 05, 2019

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.  and GREENVILLE, SC — HARMAN Professional Solutions, the global leader in audio, video, lighting and control systems, including networked AV, today announced its new U.S. distributor agreement with SYNNEX Corporation, a leading business process services company.

The distribution agreement makes the company part of a select group of preferred HARMAN Professional Solutions distributors in the IT channel through SYNNEX VISUALSolv, which specializes in digital signage, professional AV, physical security, and collaborative communication offerings that unite the industry's top AV, IT and CE technologies.

SYNNEX customers have access to the HARMAN portfolio of brands and products that are required to help grow business in the corporate, government, and commercial contracting business sectors. The agreement significantly strengthens SYNNEX’s audio portfolio and expands Harman’s reach in the AV and IT channels.

“We are excited to partner with SYNNEX Corporation and expand our distribution channels within the U.S.,” said Michael Schoen, Vice President of Retail and Distribution North America, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “We are looking forward to our collaboration with SYNNEX and are confident their experience and in-depth knowledge of the IT and Pro AV markets will help us deliver the most relevant technology solutions to our customers.”

“By working with HARMAN Professional Solutions, we are able to deliver a range of competitive new audio offerings to our customers,” said Sandi Stambaugh, Vice President, Product Management, SYNNEX Corporation. “HARMAN also helps customers meet strategic vertical market needs with one of the industry’s most trusted brands.”

The agreement includes cutting-edge audio products from JBL, AMX, BSS and more. To learn more about HARMAN Professional Solutions through SYNNEX Corporation, email visualsolv@synnex.com.

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. 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. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

About SYNNEX

SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX) is a Fortune 200 corporation and a leading business process services company, providing a comprehensive range of distribution, logistics and integration services for the technology industry and providing outsourced services focused on customer engagement to a broad range of enterprises. SYNNEX distributes a broad range of information technology systems and products, and also provides systems design and integration solutions. Concentrix, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SYNNEX Corporation, offers a portfolio of strategic solutions and end-to-end business services focused on customer engagement, process optimization, technology innovation, front and back-office automation and business transformation to clients in ten identified industry verticals. Founded in 1980, SYNNEX Corporation operates in numerous countries throughout North and South America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.  Additional information about SYNNEX may be found online at www.synnex.com.

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IFC Seoul Creates a World-Class Meeting Space with HARMAN Professional Solutions

May 28, 2019

SEOUL, South Korea—The International Finance Center Seoul recently partnered with TechData Co., Ltd. to install a HARMAN Professional Solutions networked AV system in The Forum at IFC for meetings, conferences and more.

The International Finance Center Seoul (IFC Seoul) is a large commercial complex containing the Conrad Seoul hotel, the IFC Mall and three IFC office buildings. Located inside the complex's smallest building, The Forum at IFC is a world-class meeting space for executive seminars, board meetings and more. In order to meet the needs of various industry professionals, IFC Seoul recently decided to upgrade the existing AV system in The Forum. After consulting with industry-leading distributors TechData Co., Ltd., IFC Seoul installed a HARMAN networked AV system.

“The Forum at IFC Seoul requested a state-of-the-art AV system capable of delivering latency-free video conferencing and audio recording,” said Mark Shin, Technical Engineer, TechData Co., Ltd. “In order to create a system powerful enough to meet their needs, yet simple enough for the staff to operate without a professional engineer, we decided to create a solution using HARMAN’s class-leading products.”

To deliver immersive sound in The Forum, TechData deployed a line array of column loudspeakers, including JBL Intellivox HP-DS170, Intellivox DC115 and CBT 100LA-1 speakers. For added depth, TechData installed JBL Control 18C/T ceiling-mounted loudspeakers. JBL AC15 and EON610 loudspeakers on the walls provide balanced coverage throughout the facilities. The system is powered with Crown XTi 2002 and XTi 1002 amplifiers. A versatile Soundcraft Si Performer 1 mixing console provides advanced processing for audio and DMX signals.

TechData utilized an array of AMX products to provide complete control over the system. AMX NMX-ENC-N1122, NMX-ENC-N1115-WP, NMX-DEC-N12222 and NMX-WP-N1512 processors provide HDMI-quality video and audio over IP. The AMX NMX-ENC H.264 encoder captures live video recordings directly to a USB hard drive. To complete the setup, the AMX SC-N8001 AV control system was installed along with NX-3200, EXB-IRS4, and EXB-REL8 control interfaces. An MSD-1001 wall mount touch panel offers intuitive control over all devices in the network.

“Our goal was to create the best conference space in Korea,” said HJ Jeon, Director, IFC Seoul. “Our engineers at the Forum are very pleased with the new meeting spaces and are quite impressed by the new HARMAN system. It’s really improved the audio and video quality during lectures, seminars and small performances.”

“It is HARMAN’s privilege to equip IFC Seoul with an industry-leading AV system," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We would like to thank TechData Co., Ltd. for their continued partnership and expertise in utilizing HARMAN’s AV solutions in creating engaging meeting spaces and inspiring creative minds.”


Sunshine Coast University Hospital Transforms Healthcare and Education with HARMAN Professional Solutions

May 23, 2019

QUEENSLAND, Australia — avt in conjunction with CHW Consulting and integrator Rutledge AV outfitted the Sunshine Coast University Hospital with a complete AMX by HARMAN networked AV control solution to support dynamic technology shifts in modern hospital care.

Sunshine Coast University Hospital is a state-funded teaching hospital serving the Sunshine Coast region of Australia. In order to design and implement high-quality AV and control systems across a diverse range of spaces within the hospital, CHW Consulting was engaged by Queensland Health as the State ICT Advisor. Working closely with avt the distributors and Rutledge AV the integrators, CHW Consulting provided cutting-edge, tailored ICT and AV system design and documentation advice.

A full array of AMX by HARMAN AV control and automation solutions was installed across the hospital, including the meeting rooms, training conference centers, control rooms, simulation rooms, auditorium, general areas, hybrid MDT rooms, autopsy labs, multi-purpose teaching rooms and procedure labs.

“We aimed to provide an AV system that wouldn’t let them down during key components of surgery,” said Andrew Harper, CHW: AV Design Consultant. “The reliability of AMX solutions was the key to achieving that goal. The staff’s feedback has been very positive, with many users commenting on their ability to see the procedures they’re engaged with in perfect resolution, enabling them to perform complex tasks with excellent results.”

One of the standout features of the hospital is that it hosts the southern hemisphere’s first hybrid operating theater, consisting of ultrasound, CT and X-ray equipment in a surgical operating theater. To support procedural operations and medical requirements in the theater, a NetLinx-based AMX control and videoconferencing system was installed to act as a single point of control for designated medical equipment and AV systems within sterile and non-sterile zones.

“Our hospital’s vision is to provide excellent care,” said Peter Sanderson, SCUH Manager, PPP Contracts Operations. “To achieve this, we’ve put a significant amount of effort into designing the flow that occurs within the facility. We rely on the AMX control systems to give the staff the technology they need to create positive health outcomes.”

“We’re privileged to see AMX solutions facilitating Sunshine Coast University Hospital enhance quality of health care to their patrons,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We thank CHW Consulting, avt and Rutledge AV for trusting HARMAN’s technology solutions to support and enhance user experiences, insights and patient care.”

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. 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. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

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Director, Public Relations

HARMAN Professional Solutions

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Marketing Director - Asia Pacific Harman Professional Solutions

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© 2019 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.


Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre Brings its AV Network Into the Future With HARMAN Professional Solutions

May 22, 2019

QUEENSLAND, Australia— avt worked closely with the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC); providing support with their state-of-the-art HARMAN Professional networked audio solution upgrade.

As Australia’s largest convention and exhibition venue, MCEC features exhibition spaces, large concert halls, meeting rooms, corporate boardrooms and more over an area of more than 650,000 square feet. The expansive venue hosts more than 1,000 events each year, making its AV infrastructure a critical asset.

“MCEC approached us to support them in the development of a robust, self-sufficient solution that would upgrade its digital signal processing capabilities and minimize audio issues during events,” said Graham Barrett, Head of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation, avt. “After evaluating their requirements, we recommended HARMAN’s networked AV solutions to compose a system that would provide the necessary flexibility and allow them to easily expand the platform in the future.”

After researching several network protocol options, MCEC selected the BSS by HARMAN platform for its adaptability and capacity to incorporate multiple network streams of different types while simultaneously carrying all audio signals. BSS’s redundant BLU link protocol consists of two cables and automatically switches if one of the network legs fail, ensuring zero interruptions on the local audio network. The Dante-enabled BSS solution provides MCEC with a global network, allowing them to support their customers on a single platform and route any audio signal from any source to any destination throughout the facility.

“We’ve invested in AMX control systems since our beginning to manage the operations of all our networked devices,” said Michael Walker, Infrastructure and Equipment Manager, MCEC. “We needed to switch from our outdated copper network due to its inherent weakness, and we wanted a system with the strength of a modern network protocol. It had to be capable of supporting a live production environment without a single point of failure. We’re pleased to say that since installing the HARMAN system, we haven’t had a single incident of network failure or dropout without the redundant link automatically solving the problem, and our customers haven’t faced any audio issues in their event spaces.”

“It’s an honor to be associated with MCEC and deliver customized, multifaceted solutions through a unified platform,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We thank avt for their exceptional AV services and for collaborating with MCEC in creating an immersive space that heightens the audience experience while encouraging greater participation.”

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. 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. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

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David Glaubke

Director, Public Relations

HARMAN Professional Solutions

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+1 (818) 470-7322 M

 

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RV Ramachandran

Marketing Director - Asia Pacific Harman Professional Solutions

RV.Ramachandran@harman.com

+65-6870-5000 Office

+65-9146-2464 Mobile

 

 

© 2019 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.


Mingalar Cinemas Brings Immersive Audio to New Gold Class Theaters with JBL Professional By HARMAN

May 21, 2019

YANGON, Myanmar—Goldenduck Group recently deployed a state-of-the-art JBL by HARMAN audio system in Mingalar Cinemas’ new Gold Class theaters to deliver world-class audio.

Mingalar Cinemas is Myanmar’s largest movie theater chain with twenty-seven locations across eight cities. Mingalar also owns and operate the first high-definition Gold Class cinema in the country, which features three halls with luxurious, automatic reclining seats and cutting-edge visuals. In order to deliver premium sound in their Gold Class theaters, Mingalar entrusted Goldenduck Group, a leading supplier of professional cinema equipment, with installing a cutting-edge JBL Professional cinema audio system.

“Mingalar wanted to offer an immersive entertainment experience with excellent audio quality,” said Sittiporn Srisanguansakul, Owner, Goldenduck. “The HARMAN sound systems we installed offer the uniform coverage and expansive dynamic range required for digital sound formats in modern cinemas. By using HARMAN products, we were able to provide Mingalar with a cost-effective solution that helped them extend a realistic audio experience to their visitors.”

Goldenduck selected JBL Professional cinema loudspeaker systems for their extended frequency response, reliable operation and accessibility. JBL 4722 Two-Way ScreenArray™ Cinema Loudspeaker Systems provide a smooth and accurate reproduction of cinema soundtracks. High-quality JBL 4641 subwoofers deliver smooth, powerful low-end for scores and sound effects. Wall-mounted JBL 8320 Compact Cinema Surround Speakers offer clarity, detail, and depth in a compact enclosure. The systems are powered by Crown DSi 1000 and DSi 2000 power amplifiers.

“We have been using HARMAN’s audio fixtures for a long time, and the quality and reliability of the brand is highly appealing,” said Zayar Zaw, Executive Director of Mingalar Group. “Mingalar Cinemas Gold Class is the first Gold Class cinema and the first with all Gold Class theaters in Myanmar. We were looking to extend a uniform movie-watching experience with excellent audio quality having full 360-degree coverage and undistorted reproduction of dynamic movie soundtracks. HARMAN’s effective products met all our distinct requirements.”

“Sound improvements play a crucial part in creating spatially-dynamic entertainment experiences," said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We are pleased that HARMAN's JBL and Crown products have produced theatrical-quality sound, extending the bigger-than-life stories. We thank Goldenduck for having confidence in HARMAN Professional Solutions to create an astounding theatre space, bringing their vision to reality.”

 

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. 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. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

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David Glaubke

Director, Public Relations

HARMAN Professional Solutions

+1 (818) 895-3464 O

+1 (818) 470-7322 M

 

APAC

RV Ramachandran

Marketing Director - Asia Pacific Harman Professional Solutions

RV.Ramachandran@harman.com

+65-6870-5000 Office

+65-9146-2464 Mobile

 

© 2019 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.


NZ Sound Reinforcement Turns Up The Beats At Bay Dreams Music Festival with JBL Professional by HARMAN

May 21, 2019

NEW ZEALAND—NZ Sound Reinforcement recently deployed a JBL by HARMAN audio system at Bay Dreams music festival for performances by Cardi B, Tash Sultana, Rich the Kid and more.

Bay Dreams is an annual music festival that takes place every January 2nd at Mount Maunganui. Established in 2016, Bay Dreams has quickly become one of New Zealand’s biggest summer music festivals. In 2019, the festival expanded to Nelson City with a second day of performances taking place on January 4. In order to deliver industry-leading sound for some of the biggest artists in the world, Bay Dreams recruited the help of NZ Sound Reinforcement, a full-service production company in New Zealand. NZ Sound partnered with JPRO, one of New Zealand's premier pro audio distribution companies, to deploy a state-of-the-art JBL Professional audio system.

“The new JBL VTX A-Series systems have provided an amazing experience for all involved, from the artists to the spectators,” said Ray Ward, Owner, NZ Sound Reinforcement. “The systems have shown impressive coverage outdoors, providing a very smooth and natural top-end. We look forward to providing incredible sound for upcoming summer festivals and international artists making their way to New Zealand in the coming months. We thank organizers Pato Alvarez and Mitch Lowe for putting on another sold-out masterpiece.”

“We are blown away, Bay Dreams was pretty epic,” said Brenda Ward, Owner, NZ Sound Reinforcement. “The JBL VTX A12 and A8 systems have performed even beyond our expectations—they sound amazing. JBL certainly helped the artists to put on some of their best performances and the crowd loved it.”

NZ Sound deployed a complete JBL Professional audio system for the second stage featuring 24 VTX A12 line array loudspeakers as mains, selected for their unmatched performance and sensitivity. A total of 18 compact VTX A8 line array loudspeakers provided wide, even coverage as side-fills for the crowd. NZ Sound selected eight VTX F12 12-inch bi-amplified loudspeakers as in-fills for their unparalleled clarity. And in order to provide tight, powerful bass coverage, NZ Sound utilized 24 ground-shaking VTX G28 subwoofers.

On stage, NZ Sound deployed 16 JBL VTX M20 and four VTX M22 professional stage monitors to deliver award-winning sound for performers. Two VT4883 subwoofers provided an extended bass response as drum subs. NZ Sound deployed VTX F35 3-way enclosures and G28 subwoofers as side-fill monitors, providing even, balanced coverage onstage.

The system was powered by Crown V-Rack amplifier racks, equipped with four Crown iTech 3500 amplifiers for optimum performance and setup simplicity. JBL’s Line Array Calculator allowed NZ Sound quickly and easily configure the system, while JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager software offered simple system management and control.

“Performance Manager and Line Array Calculator helped save time and energy as we were able to pre-configure settings and system alignment before the event,” says Tim Robertson, Tour Sound Manager, JPRO, who provided technical support and system design for the event. “System predictions have been very accurate and only minor tweaks were needed once the system was loaded in and set up.”

“We are extremely pleased with our association with NZ Sound Reinforcement, which has helped A12 loudspeakers become one of the most requested systems on tour riders worldwide,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “The new JBL VTX A12 is a complete tour sound solution that offered the perfect combination of sound quality and power for Bay Dreams. Thanks to JPRO for their confidence in HARMAN solutions, and for their relationship-driven approach.” 

 

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. 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. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

GLOBAL

David Glaubke

Director, Public Relations

HARMAN Professional Solutions

+1 (818) 895-3464 O

+1 (818) 470-7322 M

 

APAC

RV Ramachandran

Marketing Director - Asia Pacific Harman Professional Solutions

RV.Ramachandran@harman.com

+65-6870-5000 Office

+65-9146-2464 Mobile

 

© 2019 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.


WJHW and Parsons Bring HARMAN Professional Solutions Lighting and Audio Systems to Milwaukee Bucks’ New Arena

May 16, 2019

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—Parsons Technologies and WJHW recently outfitted the Milwaukee Bucks’ newly-built Fiserv Forum arena with state-of-the-art HARMAN Professional Solutions audio and lighting systems to deliver a high-energy experience at basketball games, concerts and more. 

Opened in August 2018, the Fiserv Forum is a 714,000 square-foot arena built to replace the aging BMO Harris Bradley Center as the home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. The venue, a $524 million project, seats up to 18,000 fans and contains 34 suites and three clubs. In addition to NBA games, the venue also hosts concerts by renowned musical acts ranging from KISS to Mumford and Sons, as well as international touring productions like Cirque de Soleil and Monster Jam. Consulting group Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams (WJHW) worked with Parsons Technologies and Theatrical Lighting Designer Ian Hoffer to equip the Forum with state-of-the-art HARMAN AV equipment including JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS signal processors and Martin lighting fixtures.

“Parsons provided and installed the AV systems for this venue, both back-of-house and bowl, as well as the broadcast cable system,” said Erik Carlson, Construction Executive at Parsons Technologies. “HARMAN worked with us to ensure competitive pricing, on-time delivery and great operational systems for both owner satisfaction and fan experience.”

Much of the excitement at the Fiserv Forum comes from its dynamic theatrical lighting, which produces dazzling displays at halftime shows and concerts. The arena’s main fixtures are 12 Martin MAC Viper AirFX 1000W lamps, which provide a wide variety of effects with multiple gobo wheels and bright CMY color mixing. The Viper fixtures’ included frost filter also provides soft washes of color, increasing their versatility. Eight Martin MAC Axiom Hybrid fixtures supplement the Vipers, providing high-intensity beam and spot lighting with a remarkable zoom range of 2-44°. Four Atomic 3000 LED strobes mounted at the corners of the scoreboard project bright, pulsing strobe effects onto the court below. 

“I've been doing this for 25 years, so I chose fixtures that I knew would be reliable, work well and look good,” said Theatrical Lighting Designer Ian Hoffer. “Martin is known for reliable fixtures—they last. They need to operate every night, and it's not the kind of thing you can just run up to the ceiling and take down, so I wanted something that would last for a long time.”

The Fiserv Forum’s sound system is a fully integrated network of HARMAN audio solutions. The main arrays, hung above the central scoreboard, consist of over 90 JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers supplemented by ASB6128V subwoofers for powerful, arena-filling sound. A range of specialized JBL loudspeakers provide additional coverage wherever the main arrays don’t reach, including the ultra-focused AM5212, the compact AC15 and the AC28/26 with extra-wide coverage. For general audio distribution throughout the rest of the venue, Parsons installed a range of JBL Control Series in-ceiling and pendant-style loudspeakers.

Crown DCi amplifiers power the expansive audio system, sending powerful, high-fidelity signal with ample headroom to all speakers. BLU Link technology allows the amplifiers to communicate with the arena’s networked BSS signal processors, which route signal throughout the system with a flexible digital architecture and powerful DSP. Together, the JBL, Crown and BSS audio solutions form a comprehensive networked system which delivers impactful sound throughout the arena.

“It's been a pleasure to work with WJHW and Parsons on this project,” said Olivier Roure, VP of Sales for Large Venues, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “We cannot forget the consulting group who designed this. And Parsons, as one of our key partners, have done a terrific job as always. Parsons is a great partner in the sports world, and we are very proud to have done such a wonderful job with them.”

 

  

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. 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. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

GLOBAL

David Glaubke

Director, Public Relations

HARMAN Professional Solutions

+1 (818) 895-3464 O

+1 (818) 470-7322 M

 

 

© 2019 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.


Singapore’s Grand Copthorne Hotel Upgrades to Efficient Martin Professional LED Lighting Solutions

May 14, 2019

SINGAPOREConcept System Pte Ltd. recently upgraded the ballroom and function rooms at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel with Martin by HARMAN RUSH LED light fixtures.

Overlooking the picturesque Singapore River, the 30-story Grand Copthorne Waterfront provides world-class accommodations in one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations. The hotel has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Luxury Travel Guide Grand Luxury Hotel of the Year award and The International Hotel Awards’ International 5-Star Hotel award. The property contains 550 guest rooms, 24 luxury suites, 34 meeting and function rooms, and a grand ballroom with a 1,000-guest capacity. The hotel’s management recently decided to upgrade the antiquated lighting systems in the ballroom and function rooms with efficient LED solutions, and hired Concept System to outfit the property with Martin RUSH MH 1 Profile.

“Elaborate functions like weddings and banquets require stunning visual effects,” said Gerald Fong, Senior Sales Manager at Concept System. “The Grand Copthorne selected Martin fixtures because of their quality, efficiency and HARMAN’s remarkable service, and specifically asked us to use Martin’s LED fixtures in their their grand ballroom and function rooms.”

In addition to their reduced power consumption, Concept System selected Martin LED fixtures for their rich color palette, versatility and low-profile design. The RUSH MH 1 Profile serves as the facility’s main moving-head fixture, providing striking effects with dual color wheels and a rotating prism, as well as fixed and moving gobo wheels. The fixtures’ reduced weight and compact size made them ideal for highlighting the hotel’s décor, while remaining out of view.

“Martin’s lighting equipment is truly unique and perfectly complements the luxury aesthetic of The Grand Copthorne,” said Selamat Danyati, Audio Visual Manager at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront. “Since our hotel hosts a variety of spectacular events, it was important to have a reliable and flexible LED fixture that could produce beautiful colors and stunning effects. HARMAN’s incredible support and customer service was just the cherry on top.”

“It is a privilege to see Martin products add to the allure of the Grand Copthorne Waterfront and we appreciate the hotel’s continued trust in HARMAN products,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. "We are thankful to our partner Concept System for their expertise, innovation, and commitment to complete the project on schedule with unmatched quality.”

 

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. 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. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

GLOBAL

David Glaubke

Director, Public Relations

HARMAN Professional Solutions

+1 (818) 895-3464 O

+1 (818) 470-7322 M

 

APAC

RV Ramachandran

Marketing Director - Asia Pacific Harman Professional Solutions

RV.Ramachandran@harman.com

+65-6870-5000 Office

+65-9146-2464 Mobile

 

 

© 2018 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.


Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University Creates Impressive Showcase Space with HARMAN Professional Solutions

May 13, 2019

CHANTHABURI, Thailand—Mahajak Development Co. Ltd. recently outfitted Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University’s main auditorium with a state-of-the-art HARMAN networked audio and lighting system.

Established in 1972, Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University is a non-profit higher education institution located in Chanthaburi, Thailand. The university offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. In order to ensure top-tier production quality for student programs and events in the main auditorium, the university hired Mahajak Development to supply an end-to-end HARMAN networked AV system that could be easily controlled by staff and students.

“The university needed a simple but dynamic audiovisual solution to produce impactful events for students and guests,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, Project Director, Mahajak Development Co. Ltd. “Taking into account the school’s request for a user-friendly system, we selected a comprehensive HARMAN system for its superior sound quality, unrivaled flexibility and intuitive controls.”

Mahajak delivered rich and accurate sound reinforcement in the auditorium with JBL Control 2PS/230 compact loudspeakers, and provided full and balanced coverage with JBL Control 14 C/T and 16 C/T in-ceiling speakers. All speakers were powered with reliable Crown CDi 1000, XLS 2502, MA 5000i and XTi 4002 amplifiers. For control over the audio system, the Mahajak team installed a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 audio mixer. The entire system is networked via a BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 digital audio processor.

In order to ensure proper lighting for all events, Mahajak equipped the auditorium with an array of Martin Professional lighting fixtures. RUSH MH1 Profile and MH 2 Wash fixtures deliver excellent visual effects, while PAR 1 RGBW fixtures produce spectacular dimming and strobe effects. The entire lighting system is easily controlled with Martin M2PC software, one of the most powerful PC-based lighting controllers on the market.

“We wanted to install a modern AV system with enough flexibility to handle events of any size,” said a spokesperson from Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University. “We asked Mahajak to design a future-proof AV system that not only offers intuitive control features but also provides effective communication and collaboration tools. The new HARMAN system was easy for our staff and students to learn how to operate, and provides us with everything we need to produce successful events.”

“It is a privilege to support interactive learning styles and provide world-class AV solutions at Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University,” said Ramesh Jayaraman, VP & GM, HARMAN Professional Solutions, APAC. “We thank Mahajak providing dedicated customer service throughout all phases of the project, and transforming the school’s auditorium into a living canvas of student activities.”

 

ABOUT HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. 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. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

 

GLOBAL

David Glaubke

Director, Public Relations

HARMAN Professional Solutions

+1 (818) 895-3464 O

+1 (818) 470-7322 M

 

APAC

RV Ramachandran

Marketing Director - Asia Pacific Harman Professional Solutions

RV.Ramachandran@harman.com

+65-6870-5000 Office

+65-9146-2464 Mobile

 

 

© 2019 HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson are trademarks of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. AKG is a trademark of AKG Acoustics GmbH, registered in the United States and/or other countries. Features, specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.