SmartSource Releases New Tech Offerings, Forms Alliance with HICKORY Global Partners

May 11, 2018

SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals, providers of computer, audio-visual (AV) and technology solutions for businesses and events, has added two new products to its event technology line-up for associations, trade shows, exhibit builders, conference planners and marketers.

Combining a full-HD image quality, LED-backlit LCD and a stylish, thin profile, the Sharp PN-LE601 Commercial Display LED Monitor has a built-in digital tuner and leading-edge picture technology that helps deliver amazing detail and consistent color (i.e., display colors of 1.07 billion). 

The 60” monitor features a 1920 x 1080 high definition LCD display, while its lightweight, slender design uses edge-lit LED backlighting, making it a great fit for trade show booths, sales and marketing meetings and any application where the highest level of impact and engagement is desired. 

The Sharp PN-LE601 offers a maximum brightness of 350 cd/m 2, pixel pitch of 0.693 x 0.693 mm and a contrast ratio of 5,000:1, and its built-in 10W per channel stereo audio system delivers outstanding sound quality.

In addition, the monitor’s unique Wallpaper Mode allows the display of virtually any image at a reduced light level that mirrors museum conditions, so the screen blends well into the installed environment at extremely low power. 

Other key product specifications for the Sharp PN-LE601 monitor include its VESA DDC2B plug-and-play design, NTSC-M/PAL-N/PAL-M color system and NTSC/ATSC tuner. 

SmartSource has also added a new product to its audio-visual product line, the VideoDevices PIX-E7 Video Recorder. 

The recorder offers the full range of Apple ProRes codecs from Proxy to 444XQ; can record 4K up to 30 fps, UHD up to 30 fps, and 1080p or 720p up to 120 fps, and is capable of recording H.264, a codec which offers a great balance between compression and quality to reach low data rates and small file sizes – perfect for web streaming, email and faster file uploads. 

H.264 may be recorded to the 1 TB SpeedDrive when selected as the primary codec, and users also have the option of enabling the monitor’s dual codec recording capability in which ProRes is recorded to the SpeedDrive and H.264 is simultaneously recorded to the included 256MB SD card. 

As an added convenience, while recording 4K in ProRes, the monitor will automatically scale the 4K to 1080p for recording H.264, which further reduces the file size. 

Other feature benefits of the PIX-E7 Video Recorder include BNC connections for SDI in and out, as well as input and output connections for HDMI. 

Mounted with the PIX-LR audio accessory, the unit features two XLR inputs and two XLR outputs, along with Sound Devices-caliber mic preamps, hyper-accurate LED metering, dedicated transport and gain controls. 

The product is transported in a custom Pelican case which contains the power adaptor, 1 TB USB 3.0 SpeedDrive and 1.256MB SD Card.

In addition, SmartSource has formed a strategic alliance with HICKORY Global Partners, a travel management services company that provides service, distribution and technologies to its network of travel agency/corporate travel department (CTD) and supplier partners. 

Through the agreement, SmartSource is now HICKORY’s preferred partner for a broad range of technology rentals and leading-edge technologies.  

“We are very excited to work together with SmartSource to provide their suite of products and services to our agency/CTD members,” said Chris Dane, president of HICKORY. “This alliance will not only generate additional revenue for our members but will also save money for them and/or their clients when planning events and meetings.” 

The alliance will give HICKORY’s agency/CTD members access to SmartSource’s extensive portfolio of computer and audio-visual product, including laptops, MacBooks, computers, iPads, tablets, projectors, screens, video displays, video walls, kiosks, touch screens, touch tables, audio-visual equipment, office equipment and a suite of event management software solutions.  

“We’re proud to have earned the confidence of HICKORY, a clear leader in the travel industry,” said Peter Handal, SmartSource president and CEO. 

He added, “We look forward to building our relationship as a trusted partner to the organization and serving as a reliable, high-quality technology resource for its member travel agencies.”

For more information about SmartSource and its event technology offerings, go HERE.

To learn more about Hickory Global Partners, go HERE.

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