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Mar 12, 2012 4:08 PM

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Altinex Showtime Presentation System

Recognizing the importance of a capable and intuitive AV presentation system, New Bedford, M.A.-based Southcoast Health System has revitalized its training capabilities with the deployment of several Altinex Showtime presentation systems. Portsmouth, R.I.-based Promptus Communications—a design/build firm with a focus on network access, AV videoconferencing solutions, and encryption for businesses—was contracted to design and deploy Southcoast Health System’s new AV equipment at several of the health provider’s properties.

“The Altinex Showtime Model 2600, with its ability to support three computers and three video sources makes an ideal package for many presentation setups and, as a result, is the most prevalent system we’ve deployed,” says Paul H. Fredette, COO and CTO of Promptus Communications. “Model selection is primarily determined by the number of computer connections required in any given room, and this is precisely what makes the Showtime packages so appealing. The system is scalable and, hence, can be readily tailored to the requirements of the space.”

When Promptus Communications upgraded Knowles Hall at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fredette integrated the Showtime 2600 system with a Polycom HDX7000 videoconference package so remote participants could observe the presentation using Polycom’s People+Content functionality.

“The display can be either a combination projector/auto screen or a flatpanel display—and this is not model-dependent, so there’s tremendous flexibility when it comes to selecting the most suitable equipment,” Fredette reports. “For sound reinforcement, the Showtime systems offer two- or four-ceiling-speaker solutions, depending upon the room size. In some of our installations, ceiling microphones have also been used.”

PRODUCT AT WORK: Altinex Showtime System

The Altinex Showtime systems include sound reinforcement with an integrated amplifier, speakers, and support for a microphone input. In addition to the electronics, the systems also include all the necessary cables. These presentation packages offer users two control methods: an automatic source detect-and-select feature and a one-touch button controller. The automatic selection feature is triggered when a new device’s video signal is detected. For example, when a guest speaker connects to the computer wall plate and powers up, the computer image is detected and the Showtime system sends that image to the projector.

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