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Technomad to Exhibit at InfoComm

Technomad will exhibit at InfoComm 2010, showing a full range of new and existing products at Booth C6612. We invite dealers, integrators, design engineers and end users to stop in and see our latest innovations.

New to the show is the Technomad Oslo, the world’s most powerful weatherproof subwoofer. The Oslo was developed for the demanding requirements of themed entertainment both indoors and outdoors, giving integrators and design engineers a compact yet powerful subwoofer with plenty of low end that can be easily framed into sets and themed backgrounds.

Also notable is the expanding PowerChiton series of power amplifier modules. Technomad will showcase its current range of compact, NEMA-rated amplifiers and announce the availability of a new high-power version (1600w) for the summer. We also invite you to see the latest enhances to our Schedulon mp3 audio player and recording system, as well our full range of advanced weatherproof loudspeakers.

Technomad Schedulon Automates Music and Announcements for Simi Valley Hospital

Technomad LLC, a leader in advanced loudspeakers and audio systems since 1995, announces that Simi Valley Hospital, one of 17 hospitals operated by Adventist Health in the western United States, is using two Technomad Schedulon automatic MP3 players for scheduled and on-demand playback of audio files in multiple locations of the hospital.

Located in Simi Valley, California, Simi Valley Hospital is a 201-bed acute care facility featuring the Nancy Reagan Breast Center, emergency services, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, pediatric rehabilitation, ICU/Telemetry, a Level II NICU and impatient and outpatient surgery among other medical services.  The Schedulon provides dual-functionality for the hospital, essentially acting as two devices in a single 1RU system:  a sophisticated, networked, scheduled-audio player that plays sounds on a user-defined schedule; and a simple, on-demand audio file player that acts as a rugged, rackmount iPod with sounds ‘hard-assigned’ to knob positions for quick-predictable access.

At Simi Valley Hospital, both units are used to deliver music and announcements to various locations at specific times, including the main entrance.  The systems provide an easy-to-manage user interface for uploading and scheduling files, eliminating the need for Simi Valley telecom and IT staff to fumble with CDs and traditional playback systems.

“The Schedulon provides a digital device that is simple to operate without mechanical parts, making it reliable and leaving little possibility for system failures,” said Greg Eslinger, Telecom Department Manager for Simi Valley Hospital and Adventist Health.  “The ease of building a schedule and playing files on-demand are standout features, and its automated features reliably play audio as scheduled.”

Eslinger uses one Schedulon to play soft music at the main entrance from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.  The Schedulon plays a seven-minute loop of instrumental music to instill a soothing effect and de-stress visitors and patients as they enter the hospital.

The second system delivers music and announcements including information on visiting hours and daily prayers from the hospital chaplain to the Main Campus, North and South Patient Care Towers, North Campus plus other buildings.  Simi Valley Hospital licenses music such as “Turn, Turn, Turn” by The Byrds which plays every two hours at normal volume from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and softly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to signal nurses and patient care staff to reposition bed-confined patients to help reduce pressure ulcers.

In addition to ripping files from CDs, Eslinger has added a professional microphone and recording system that is currently used to record the chaplain’s prayers directly into the Schedulon.  He expects to also use this in the future to record security and emergency-related announcements in addition to other messages.

“The Schedulon has a front push-and-turn knob that we currently use mostly for testing purposes but I expect will be used for on-demand playback of messages in the future,” said Eslinger.  “We have four-shifts of telecom operators, and the goal is that they could trigger specific messages based on Codes they receive.  We will also take better advantage of password protection and other user safeguards when we begin using the on-demand functions more regularly.”

Eslinger currently has the Schedulons installed in secured network areas where the IT staff can gain immediate access.  The compact size also allows for simple front desk installation, where support staff can access the Schedulon’s on-demand features in response to emergencies and special events, while the unit continues to play sounds on a schedule with no user interaction.

Eslinger adds that his overhead paging system and primary Schedulon is plugged into a 40kW UPS in the Technology Services Center which is backed up by two-1MW diesel power generators giving 100% power reliability; and the main entrance Schedulon is plugged into ePower.

Based on Technomad’s unique military technology, the Schedulon provides instant playback of up to 99 knob-assigned, user-loaded audio files from a front-panel screen, and allows automatic playback on a user-defined schedule based on an internal clock or synchronized network time server.  Scheduling can be as straightforward or complex as desired, down to the exact time of day.  Operators can interrupt automatic messages and play a knob-assigned siren or emergency announcement from an internal sound library in critical situations.

Operators can also use the Schedulon to record field audio for instant or future playback via the user-defined schedule.  All recording, uploading and scheduling tasks can be achieved without the need for a computer or web browser to minimize the risk of crashes and viruses.  The company recently announced a new internal power backup option that provides a battery for up to 20 minutes of audio depending on quality; and keeps scheduled events on target for approximately 75 minutes.

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Technomad Seeks European Dealers as Company Expands Overseas Business

Technomad Associates, LLC, a leader in weatherproof loudspeakers and Turnkey PA systems for the commercial pro audio market since 1995, is seeking to expand its network of dealers across Europe to complement international business growth across the continent and beyond.


Technomad began stocking equipment in the Netherlands one year ago to enable faster delivery times and minimize shipping costs for European customers.The company continues to manufacture its products at its U.S. factory in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, including its complete range of IP56-rated weatherproof loudspeakers; its PowerChiton range of networkable weatherproof outdoor amplifier modules; and its Schedulon mp3 player and recorder.


A Technomad Berlin loudspeaker installed on a light pole outdoors and unprotected from the elements
A Technomad Berlin loudspeaker installed on a light pole outdoors and unprotected from the elements


Technomad’s expansion into Europe has also introduced changes into the company’s manufacturing process to ensure that all products are RoHS-compliant for equipment sales into Europe, per the standards set by the European Union Restriction of Hazardous Substances.In addition to superior audio quality and a highly durable, weatherproof construction, Technomad loudspeakers feature a green design that includes the use of 100% recycled plastic in its manufacturing process.


Resellers are carefully selected based on their ability to service a local market with pre-sale technical advice for customers, as well as installation capability.  Technomad provides extensive web training and direct factory support is offered to new distributors, with continued support throughout the contract.Interested firms are invited to apply online at https://www.technomad.com/order/


International distributors and dealers are also invited to visit the Technomad website at http://www.technomad.com for more information on the company’s Online Quote and Order System, which brings the conveniences of online purchasing, parts replacement, quote generation and other benefits to the company’s network of authorized dealers and resellers.


Technomad Announces New Products and Upgrades for InfoComm 2009

New loudspeakers, upgrades to 2008 product introductions steer Technomad into new territory


Technomad LLC, a leader in weatherproof loudspeakers and audio systems since 1995, comes to InfoComm 2009 (June 18-20, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Booth #5940) with renewed momentum as the company expands into new territory based on game-changing products for the general AV, systems integration, education and commercial security markets.


New this year is the Berlin range of narrow dispersion loudspeakers, available in two configurations (90×40 and 60×40).The new models retain the outstanding durability, voice intelligibility musical audio quality and long-distance output of traditional 120×120 Berlin loudspeakers; while giving design engineers, contractors and consultants seeking a more controlled output pattern.Ideal for tightly controlled acoustic environments indoors or in outdoor installations where long distance projection is required — especially large stadiums — the Berlin narrow dispersion loudspeakers will be displayed at InfoComm 2009 for the first time.


The Technomad range of narrow dispersion loudspeakers will receive their public debut at InfoComm 2009
The Technomad range of narrow dispersion loudspeakers will receive their public debut at InfoComm 2009




At InfoComm 2008, the company introduced two products that saw the company build on its traditional product range:  The Schedulon, an automatic mp3 player and recording system; and the PowerChiton range of compact, durable and weatherproof NEMA power amplifier modules.Now shipping worldwide, Technomad announces a series of upgrades to both products that will appeal to new and traditional markets that the company has served for nearly 15 years.


The Schedulon™ is ideal for use in themed entertainment, high-quality music playback, simulated environments, sports, schools and universities, and commercial security applications.The Schedulon provides instant, manual playback of up to 99 knob-assigned, user-loaded audio files from a front-panel screen, and allows automatic playback on a user-defined schedule based on an internal clock or synchronized network time server.


For InfoComm 2009, Technomad announces a new internal power backup option that provides redundancy in the event of power loss.The new internal power backup option provides a battery for up to 20 minutes of audio.The battery also keeps any scheduled playback events on target for approximately 75 minutes.The Schedulon immediately ‘wakes up’ at the current time to resume playback of all scheduled content after battery power expires and the unit is restarted.


PowerChiton modules unite a high-performance, passively-cooled amplifier with an IP66 rated, low-profile enclosure.The powerful combination offers system designers and installers a flexible solution for the many challenges of distributed outdoor audio system design.For InfoComm 2009, Technomad has added a series of new upgrades that includes IP and RF networking options, an internal mixer and additional input options.


New networking options include:

  • Widespread wireless networking using FM audio distribution technology, suitable for facility-wide audio distribution that requires only local AC power to operate the unit.
  • Ethernet networking capabilities can be used for wide-area distribution on a campus or facility LAN with options for zone control.
  • Traditional twisted-pair networking can be implemented for very long-distance distribution over copper cabling with minimal signal loss or noise.


Technomad has also added two standard inputs to all three power levels of PowerChiton modules: a high-quality line level input for improved site-wide audio that is ideal for both voice (paging) and musical output; and a second input that can be used for local audio or as a secondary audio source.An internal mixer has also been added to balance, improve and maintain audio levels out of the amplifier modules en route to loudspeakers.


“Technomad continues to refine existing products that offer proven value to design engineers, systems integrators and end users in our traditional markets,” said Rodger von Kries, vice president of Technomad.“At the same time, the company is adding key new products and upgrades that provide a more well-rounded Technomad portfolio, and appeal to both our traditional customers and allow for growth in new markets.”