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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010

With Use Soaring AMX Delivers New Enhancements to Innovative Connection System


LAS VEGAS – June 09, 2010 – AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, today announced a number of new modules for the popular HydraPort™ cable connection system. These include individual HDMI and DVI digital video pass-through modules, an RGB+A pass-through module, plus, extending its global power compatibility, a congruent module for India. AMX will be demonstrating the HydraPort and new enhancements in booth C4417 at InfoComm 2010, being held June 9 – 11 in Las Vegas.

HydraPort is a completely modular, retractable cable connection system built to accommodate the diverse connection needs of any conference or meeting room visitor. The ergonomic unit lets users connect and control laptops, projectors, document cameras, DVD players, audio equipment and other support devices. With power modules meeting regulatory standards for the U.S., U.K., E.U., Australia and now India, it can be installed nearly anywhere worldwide.

"HydraPort is as much a stand-alone connection device as it is a complement to a control system," said Jeff Burch, AMX product manager. "Whether the need is to provide a simple power source or a complex network or control connectivity hub, HydraPort delivers any combination in a cost effective, stylish solution."

The sleek HydraPort unit sports a retractable base station that smoothly rises to expose device connections, then recedes back down to conceal the collection of cables, all while keeping the connections intact. The double-sided design offers easy access, with space on each side to accommodate as many as eight AV or data modules, four power modules, two keypad modules or any combination of these.

The HydraPort Connection Preview (HCP), an easy to use drag-and-drop web application on AMX.com, guides installers through building a perfect connection port for a specified deployment. HCP is also built with the intelligence to monitor space allocation and advise the installer of potential compatibility and capacity issues. HCP prompts the installer during the design process, even offering options so as to avoid possible issues. Finally, HCP delivers the installer the ability to save and store their configuration to re-open at a later date, print an impressive visual reference of the configuration layout complete with project information or job details and produce a comprehensive parts list that details every piece necessary to submit an order.

"HydraPort Connection Preview is a time-saving problem-solver, period," commented Jeff Kindig, AMX vice president, strategic marketing. "Plus, now installers can print out a photo-realistic layout of the product to show their customer, complete with a parts list for ordering – and that only puts time and money back in their pockets."