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  • Top of rack in the IP Showcase booth at NAB 2017!

    Spotted at the NAB 2017 Interoperability Booth: Ward-Beck's very own PreMo mic preamps, AMS2-N AES67 monitor, and 32ME-N bidirectional AES67 converter!

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  • NAB 2017 - Day 1 of the Show!

    Monday - first day of the Show! Lights, camera....action!

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  • NAB - Day 2 of Setup

    Sunday - the day two of setting up at NAB 2017 - things are starting to come together!

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  • NAB - Day 1 of Setup

    Saturday - the day one of set up at NAB 2017!

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  • Success!

    We have just returned from the pre-NAB Interoperability test in Houston with great success!

    Ward-Beck is proud to announce #AES67 and #smpte ST2110/2059 IP conection, confirmation and communication with such amazing companies as:

    - ARG
    - Arista
    - Avid
    - Calrec Audio
    - Cobalt Digital
    - Coveloz
    - Digigram
    - Evertz
    - Focusrite
    - Grass Valley Live
    - Ross Video Limited
    - Imagine Communications
    - LAWO
    - Meinberg Radio Clocks
    - Mellanox Technologies
    - Merging Technologies
    - Nevion
    - Panasonic
    - Riedel
    - Sony Corporation
    - Telos Alliance
    - Vizrt
    - Wheatstone
    - Yamaha Audio
    - Genelec
    - Cymatic Audio

    Find us at the NAB 2017 AoIP Interoperability Zone, where our products will be demonstrated in action, along with products from many of the above companies, from April 24-27, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre! Ward-Beck will also be exhibiting at Booth C1941 in Central Hall.

  • The Calm before the Storm: Setting up the pre-NAB JT-NM interop session in Houston

    Everything is ready to go in Houston, Texas, where over 70 technical experts from over 40 companies will be aiming to successfully validate cross-vendor interoperability of their networked technology products. This event is in preparation for the Interoparibility Zone at NAB 2017, where products of different vendors will be brought together in a professionally verified, cross-vendor interoperability demo.

    The overall aim of the Interoperability Event at NAB 2017 is to raise awareness of the advantages and versatility of networked technology, and showcase what a large variety of products are at a customer's fingertips, which are technically verified to work well with each other.

    Ward-Beck is proud to be one of the companies participating in the Houston test, and at the NAB 2017 Interoperability Zone, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. As well, we will be demonstrating more products from our lineup at our own booth, C1941 in Central Hall, during NAB, so come find us there, from April 24-27, 2017!

    The setup looks peaceful now, but crunch time is almost here. Who knows how this place will look once all the testing is done? Stay tuned to find out!

  • From setup to showtime. Our NAB experience so far, told in pictures!

    For those of you on the floor at NAB 2015, or following along at home, hope you are having a great time watching! Here's Ward-Beck's NAB experience so far, from setting up to show time!

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  • How we made our flashy LED sign for NAB 2015


    We are live with our flashy new LED sign at NAB 2015, that we designed and built ourselves! For those curious about how we went about making this sign, please read on.

    We used the PSOC pioneer kit to make an LED-lighted sign for our company’s booth at a trade show. Our purpose in building this sign was to A) Save on costs by re-using old materials we had lying around,as we are a small business with limited budget and B) Design a beautiful and eye-catching sign that would go well with the rest of our custom-built trade show booth.

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  • Building our NAB booth - final installation!

    The inspiration for our NAB Booth:

    How it turned out:

    How we made it happen...

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  • For those who lay the best plans: the NAB Trade Show Survival Kit

    “It went just as planned, and nothing went wrong!” said no trade show organizer ever.

    NAB is no exception. You’ve spent days designing a beautiful exhibit, hours poring over layout diagrams to ensure all your products and promotional materials works, painstakingly making dimensions to the nearest outlet.

    And then it happens. The chance tear of a poster. Or the flickering out of a single lightbulb. Or your phone dies and you vaguely remember leaving the charger by your bedside back home two nights. It’s the kind of petty mischance that can ruin a beautiful exhibit that took months to prepare. The unexpected is well, unexpected, and can ruin months’ worth of work in one fell stroke.

    That is where your Trade Show Survival Kit comes in.

    A well-stocked emergency survival kit can help you weather many of the common issues that crop up come tradeshow time, from equipment to health to spillage issues, and it can be crucial in determining the success of the show. Perhaps you can’t expect the unexpected, but you can at least expect that the unexpected will happen, and plan accordingly for it.

    Here are some must-stock items from Ward-Beck Systems’ Trade Show Survival Kit:

    Clear Tape: Trade show usually means posters. Lots and lots of posters and handouts and flyers. If an important one rips, the best thing is to have an extra lying around that you can put up instead. The next best thing is to have some clear tape to patch it up with. Tape it neatly enough, and no one would be able to spot it from a distance.

    Double-sided carpet tape and duct tape: Tape is great for sticking on any last minutes items, and for covering scratchmarks and tears on your gear from a distance. Our booth’s dominating color is black, so that’s the color of duct-tape we’ll be bringing along. Whatever colors dominates you booth, make sure to get some duct-tape in those colours…you never know when you’ll need it!

    Velcro: Remember to bring along both the hook and the loops! Velcro is handy for everything, from hanging up posters to holding equipment together.

    At Ward-Beck, an important use we have for them is for taping the large “WBS” banner to the backframe of our booth. The banner is so large that it is printed out in multiple columns, which are then Velcro-ed to the frame. The Velcro interface makes it easy to adjust the layers so they fit perfectly together, while still ensuring that the banner will firmly stay attached to the booth’s back frame.

    Velcro-ing our banner to our booth back frame.


    Office supplies: This one is pretty self-explanatory. Notebooks and pens to keep notes, take down contacts, etc. Staples, stapler clips, paper clips, a ruler…you know the deal.

    Tape measure – Since we are going to be shipping our booth dismantled to the venue, and setting it up there, a good tape measure will definitely come in handly. Even the slightest measurement off can lead to problems when you’re dealing with structures, even temporary ones.

    Tool box and sewing kit– You don’t want to be at a trade show without a basic tool box. A hammer, screwdriver, pliers and allen wrench can help deal with many emergencies that might arise in setting up the booth. A small sewing kit would come in handy too, for everything from fixing wardrobe malfunctions to stitching up unraveling cable socks.

    Extension cords: You never know when the nearest outlet will stop working and you’ll have to run a line over to the other side of the place. Not to mention the nearest outlet might not be very near at all. Extensions cords should be a must for any electronics-heavy trade shows like NAB.

    Better safe than sorry.

    Breath mints: Ready to chat up your next big client and you're ruefully remembering the garlic pasta from last night? There’s a breath mint for that!

    Zip ties: Handy for tying up cables, holding together equipment, just about everything else.

    Cameras – We all have smart phones these day, but keep a separate high-res camera for taking pictures of the exhibition and attendees. This way, you have a special set of high-res pictures that you can use in the future for promotional materials.

    Batteries and adaptors for all your various electronics: Bring along the right adapters for your computers, laptops, phones, etc. If they run on batteries, make sure you bring along the right kind of batteries for each device. For example, at our NAB Booth, we are going to be controlling the lighting effects of our sign with our phones, so it would be disastrous if they ran out of power without any way for us to recharge them. Make an inventory of all the electrical appliances you are bringing along, and list out all the chargers and adapters for them that you would need to take with you.

    Medicine kit: Band-aids and alcohol for cuts and scrapes. Some aspirin, Tylenol and ibuprofen for when you’ve been standing on the trade floor for five hours, running on minimal sleep and food.

    Snacks and refreshment: Bring snacks like granola bars and trail mix to keep your energy up, as you’re going to be on your feet for a long time on the exhibit floor. Stock up on some bottles of water too; prices for water bottles tend to shoot up directly proportional to the vendor’s proximity to a trade show venue.

    Scissors and box cutters: Tradeshows generally means boxes upon boxes of show equipment to unpack. A good box cutter will go a long way in ensuring that boxes can be cut open with maximum speed and minimum damage to vital limbs. Scissors can do the job too, but you can carry certain kind of box cutters even through U.S. customs, making them less hassle. Just do your research before hand and ask TSA!

    Tissues and wipes on hand to clean up any unsightly spills: Picture this. You’re jet lagged, you’re tired running on 2 hours of sleep from the night before, and you spill your morning coffee all over the nice table cloth. The last thing you want to be doing right then, is to be running around searching for some paper towels.

    This is by no means an exhaustive list. Everyone’s kits will vary depending on what kind of business you run, and what kind of trade show you are attending.

    One last thing, a must-have in anyone’s survival kit: Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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