Smart-e 4K-5W155 'Deimos'

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4K KVM/CAT 6/Fibre Extender

More than 10 years ago Smart-e released the world’s first multipurpose transmitter/receiver Cat 5 extender pair, the SLX-111. Known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of AV products on account of its multitude of features, it became a true classic of the analogue age.

We at Smart-e have built upon this legacy, and are proud to announce the 4K-5W155 ‘Deimos’, our digital successor to the SLX-111. Designed with adaptability in mind, the Deimos is a multi-featured extender capable of transmitting 4K resolution video signals up to 60Km on fibre or 100m of Cat 6 cable together with USB 2.0, full duplex RS232 and wide-band Infrared. The Deimos is ideal for KVM extension applications but can also be used for standard HDMI transmission use. In addition multiple receivers units can be combined together to create a video wall up to 16 displays .

Supporting both CAT 6/6A and optical fibre control means that the Deimos can be used in installations that do not use copper to copper connections, such as medical installs and many command and control centres. It also means that the Deimos can support hybrid CAT 6/Optical Fibre installs and can be used to bridge the gap between separate installations if necessary.

In addition to its adaptability, the Deimos has all other features that you would expect from a KVM extender, along with upgrades of the kind only Smart-e can provide. The Deimos’s support for 4K video allows for the extension of the highest quality consumer grade resolutions, while its USB 2.0 support makes it compatible with interactive touchscreens and other touch-based technology. EDID management allows for easy control of the unit, and HDCP 1.4 compliance ensures that the Deimos will work with all current screens and accessories.

Able to work with almost any installation do to its wide range of features, the Deimos is a must own for any installer unsure about what the future may bring. With the rise in Optical Fibre based installations across the industry, hybrid CAT 6/Optical Fibre installs may well become routine in the near future, and Smart-e’s 4K-5W155 “Deimos” allows the installer to plan for that eventuality now.

Smart-e MDX-8x8+ 'Io'

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Modular Matrix w/Inbuilt Video Wall Processor

Smart-e are proud to announce the first in our new ‘Jupiter’ matrix range, the MDX-8x8+ ‘Io’. The MDX-8x8+ ‘Io’ is a marked improvement over the original MDX-8x8, boasting improved control functionality through Web Browser support, Front Panel control and the 'mix and match' of matrix and Video Wall processing. By combining Seamless video switching with modular input and output modules Smart-e sets a new benchmark for complete integrated AV solutions, all of which can be controlled either via our new Front Panel display and internal web browser, or via the traditional IP and RS232 control systems.


The MDX-8x8+ ‘Io’ chassis offers an unprecedented level of both switching and distribution functionality for high resolution HDMI, DVI, HDBaseT and 3G-SDI through our swap in/out modular blade system. Legacy products are also catered for with analogue input cards capable of accepting RGBHV, YPrPb, Y/C and PAL/NTSC all of which can be up-scaled to 1080p resolution. A Compact 2U 19” rack mounting chassis makes for ease of installation and repair, while 4-way modular input and output cards cater for a wide range of signal formats.

Being fully HDCP compliant and incorporating enhanced EDID management, the MDX-8x8+ ‘Io’ is ideal for use in multi-channel signal switching and distribution for Commercial, Educational and Residential settings. The addition of Video Wall Processing support makes the MDX-8x8+ ‘Io’ an obvious choice for command and control centres and other highly centralised solutions.

Ada Lovelace portrait

Ada Lovelace was a pioneering scientist and mathematician who has become known as the first computer programmer for her work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Machine.

Born Augusta Ada Byron on December 10th, 1815, Ada Lovelace was the son of Lord Byron, the famous poet, and his aristocratic wife Annabella Milbanke Byron. Their marriage was far from happy and the two separated only two months after Ada’s birth. Lord Byron moved abroad, first to Italy, then to Greece, before dying of infection during the Greek War of Independence against the Ottomans when Ada was only eight years old.

Annabelle Byron was a distant and highly religious mother, leaving most of Ada’s childhood in the hands of servants. One thing she did insist on was a scientific and mathematic education for her daughter, partly because it was her passion, and partly because she felt it would prevent Ada from falling into the ‘insanity’ she thought Lord Byron had succumbed to.

It was in 1833 that Ada’s life changed, as through her tutor and noted science educator Mary Somerville Ada was introduced to Charles Babbage, the man known as the inventor of the first computer. Babbage showed her and her mother a model of his Difference Engine, a steam or hand cranked device that was intended to make objective mathematical calculations by leaving human beings out of the process entirely. The idea of such a machine seems to have had a profound effect on Ada, although it would be almost ten years before she would revisit the topic.

Ada Lovelace

During the 1830’s Ada was married to Baron William King, becoming Countess of Lovelace in the process. Lovelace’s fascination with maths only grew, and in 1943 she embarked upon the writing for which she is best known. In 1940 Babbage had given a seminar at the University of Turin that discussed his Analytical Engine. A young Italian Engineer named Lugui Menabrea transcribed the seminar in French, and a friend of Babbage’s named Charles Wheatstone commissioned Lovelace to translate the paper into English.

This Lovelace did over the course of a year, adding to the translation a series of her own notes. According to some sources the resultant article was over three times as long as the original, and Lovelace’s additions formed the major part of the overall work.

Lovelace’s fame comes from the seventh note she attached to the article, note G, in which she describes an algorithm for the Analytical Engine that would allow it to compute Bernoulli numbers. This is generally considered the first ever algorithm intended for use on a computing device and is the basis for the claim that Lovelace was the ‘first computer programmer’. Her work was well received within the scientific community, earning praise from eminent scientists including Michael Faraday. Babbage himself referred to her during this period with a title that has become her moniker, that of the ‘Enchantress of Number’.

The extent to which Babbage, who helped Lovelace with her translation and notes, had influence over the writing of note G is a subject of much scholarly dispute, with some scholars arguing that Lovelace’s contribution to the development of the Analytical Machine and related ideas was in fact minimal.

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This being said, what almost all agree on is the visionary quality with which Lovelace viewed the possibilities of a machine such as the Analytical Engine. According to Computing Historian and Babbage Specialist Doron Swane:

Ada saw something that Babbage in some sense failed to see. In Babbage's world his engines were bound by number...What Lovelace saw—was that number could represent entities other than quantity. So once you had a machine for manipulating numbers, if those numbers represented other things, letters, musical notes, then the machine could manipulate symbols of which number was one instance, according to rules. It is this fundamental transition from a machine which is a number cruncher to a machine for manipulating symbols according to rules that is the fundamental transition from calculation to computation—to general-purpose computation—and looking back from the present high ground of modern computing, if we are looking and sifting history for that transition, then that transition was made explicitly by Ada in that 1843 paper.

Lovelace died tragically young from uterine cancer, aged only 36. Her short life, combined no doubt with the issues she faced as a women in the 19th century, meant that beyond her translation she has left little work for future generations to discover. Still, her impact on science has been immortalised in Ada Lovelace Day, the second Tuesday of October, where the contributions of women to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are honoured.


'Understand well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand' - Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)


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Welcome to Smart-e’s newest social media series!

Every month we will be showcasing #OnTheShouldersOfGiants, our attempt to remember those inventors, engineers and scientists who have contributed to making out work in the 21st century possible.

The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, and while many of those featured here have seemingly little in common with the modern AV industry, all have contributed to the ascent of scientific knowledge and ability that is the lifeblood of our trade.

Many of those who we now see as giants in their field have also recognised their debt to those who came before them, realising that success and invention in science does not wholly come from individual enterprise. They understood that the roots of new discoveries can often be seen far back in history, as an unbroken line of knowledge stretching from the ancient world to the present day.

So please join us next week as we unveil the first name, a man perhaps best known for his invention of the electric motor.


‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants’ – Isaac Newton (1643-1727)



Nikola Tesla has long fascinated many scientists, historians and biographers due to his many contributions to scientific knowledge, as well as his unusual and eye-catching life story.

Born an ethnic Serb in the small village of Smiljan, in the then Austrian empire (now Croatia), Tesla was captivated by science from an early age. His lifelong fascination with electricity was kindled through his physics professor at his secondary school, whose demonstrations of electricity fascinated the young Tesla.

The most famous period of his life began after he emigrated to Paris to work for the Continental Edison Company, helping to install their new indoor lighting systems. Soon after this he emigrated once again, this time to the USA, to work in the Edison Machine Works. It is here that he met Edison for the first time, although exactly how well the two men knew each other is uncertain.

This period of work for a man who would become his main rival ended in a dispute, probably over unpaid bonuses Tesla felt he had earned. He left the Edison Company altogether at the end of the year, starting work on the project that made him a household name, the development of the Alternating Current (AC) induction motor.


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After falling foul of predatory business partners when setting up his first company, Tesla Electric Light and Manufacturing, Tesla was able to develop the first AC induction motor in 1887 thanks to the funding of Western Union superintendent Alfred S. Brown and New York attorney Charles F. Peck.

Tesla’s motor was unique due to its use of a polyphase current to create a rotating magnetic field, the rotations of which then turn the motor. The rotating magnetic field removed the need for commuters to reverse the current direction within the motor, thereby preventing sparking and reducing maintenance costs when compared to other motors at the time.

This invention drew the attention of one of the major figures in the electrical business at the time, George Westinghouse of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. Westinghouse needed an AC motor to power the AC Current system his company had developed, and in May 1888 Brown and Peck brokered a deal that transferred Tesla’s polyphase induction motor and transformers designs to Westinghouse.

This deal, along with Tesla’s subsequent licencing of his AC patents, made him a wealthy man, and for a while he was able to pursue his own interests. One of these was his second most famous invention, the Tesla coil. Tesla got the idea when attempting to use an induction coil transformer as part of an arc lighting experiment he was performing, but the current required melted the iron insulation between the windings within the coil.


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Tesla fixed this problem with his own coil, which used air instead of iron to insulate the windings, allowing his coil to withstand much higher currents and temperatures than other transformer coils available at the time. In 1891 Tesla patented this design, and it went on to have a huge impact in radio technology in the early 20th century.

Tesla would go on to experiment with X-rays, wireless communication, radio remote control, wireless power systems, and more during the next few decades. His Colorado Springs experiments became famous for the iconic pictures of Tesla surrounded by arcs of electricity, while his showmanship went so far as to demonstrate a radio remote controlled boat to a crowd in Madison Square Garden.

Sadly, Tesla’s prosperity would not last forever, as he began to have mounting financial troubles in the 1900’s. These were mainly caused by the collapse of the Wardenclyffe tower project in 1906 that Tesla had hoped would provide transatlantic wireless communication. His lodgings became more modest, his patents ran out and by 1915 he was essentially bankrupt. He began living in hotels around New York, leaving a string of unpaid bills in his wake.

He was helped in 1934 by his former employers at Westinghouse, who paid his hotel rooms from then on along with a $125 ‘consulting fee’, as Tesla was known to be too proud to accept charity. He died alone in his New Yorker Hotel room on January 1943, at the age of 86.

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Tesla was relatively unknown for the first few decades after his death, since many of his innovations had by the mid 1900’s been overshadowed by later celebrity scientists such as Einstein. He received a boost in reputation at the General Conference on Weights and Measures in 1960, after the SI unit of magnetic flux density was named the tesla in his honour. In 1975 The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) created the Nikola Tesla Award for ‘outstanding contributions to the generation and utilization of electric power’, furthering his standing within the scientific community.

Today Tesla is one of the best known scientists of the early 20th century, his fame boosted significantly through the use of his name by companies such as the electric car manufacturer ‘Tesla, Inc’. His innovations in the field of electric motors were essential to the development of modern electrical power systems, and he remains one of the best known, and most important, scientists of the last century.

“Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine” – Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943)

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We are proud to announce the first profile in our #OnTheShouldersOfGiants series, in recognition of those historical inventors, scientists and engineers that make Smart-e's innovations in the AV industry possible. Our first profile is physicist, chemist and titan of the 19th century Michael Faraday (22 September 1791 – 25 August 1867).

The fourth son of a northern blacksmith, Faraday grew up in Newton, Surrey after his father moved south to find work. The family lived in poverty due to his father’s frequent illnesses which prevented him from working steady jobs. Aged 14 Faraday became apprenticed to a bookbinder, and despite having only had a rudimentary education he soon became fascinated by some of the books he was allowed to read. After reading the chapter on electricity in the 3rd edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica he was inspired, and built a primitive battery with which he conducted basic electrical experiments.


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When Faraday was offered a ticket to attend the lectures being given by Sir Humphry Davy at the Royal Institution he jumped at the chance, and afterwards bound the notes he had taken during the lecture and sent them to Davy with a letter asking for employment. Davy had no current spaces available, but after one of his assistants was dismissed for brawling he remembered Faraday’s letter and offered him the job.

Thus began the scientific career of Michael Faraday, one that led to some of the most important scientific discoveries of the Victorian Age. While Faraday is probably best known for inventing the first electric motor and the first electric dynamo, he was also the first person to produce an electric current from a magnetic field, the discoverer of the effects of magnetism on light, and the creator of the first known compounds of carbon and chlorine, among many other significant discoveries.


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Faraday was rewarded for his pioneering work with a knighthood (which he declined) and the position as the first Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution. By the time of his death in 1867 Faraday was already seen as a giant within the sciences, and his reputation only grew as the usefulness of electricity became more apparent. Before his death he had been offered a grave spot in Westminster Abbey, he refused and was buried instead in Highgate Cemetery. A memorial plaque to him exists within Westminster Abbey, not far from the tomb of Isaac Newton.

Faraday’s legacy cannot be overstated, he remains one of the most recognisable scientists of all time, and one whose discoveries and inventions are still important today. His life story as a child born into poverty who became one of the intellectual titans of his era is inspirational, and gives his legacy a poignancy that many of his contemporaries lack in comparison.

Albert Einstein famously had a picture of him on his wall alongside Isaac Newton and James Clark Maxwell, and his legacy has continued to encourage generations of budding scientists over 150 years after his death.


‘The philosopher should be a man willing to listen to every suggestion, but determined to judge for himself. He should not be a respector of persons, but of things. Truth should be his primary object.’ - Michael Faraday (1791-1867)



Smart-e SDS-2500 'Hydra'

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Smart-e is proud to present the first product in our new ‘Pluto’ Video Processing range, the SDS-2500 'Hydra'. 

Like its namesake, the Hydra is multi-faceted, able to act as a 2x2 video wall processor, a 4x4 seamless switching and scaling matrix and includes the ability to act as a quad-split PIP/POP processor with multiple user select layouts. Fully HDCP compliant, the Hydra supports four multi-format (HDMI and VGA) inputs, and four HDMI outputs, with additional support for analogue audio and composite video inputs. The unit outputs at full 1080p @60Hz 36-bit colour depth creating a vivid and immersive picture, perfect for any installation requiring High Definition video.

Despite its small size the Hydra is a very powerful tool in any installer’s arsenal of solutions, comprehensive EDID management comes as standard allowing the installer to help cope with the many difficult situations that arise, while software is available for ease of setting up the unit quickly and efficiently for the client's requirements.

The quad-split unit within the Hydra allows it to display up to four different images on a single screen, with both Picture In Picture and Picture On Picture options for display. The switching between different display types is seamless, providing a visually clean transition between sources. Additionally, the video wall unit allows for 2x2 processing, enabling four screens to be combined to show a single image.

The Hydra comprehensive control features allow for front panel buttons, infra-red handset and remote-control options of RS232 and TCP/IP.

This collection of different functions creates a very powerful and versatile product, allowing a single Hydra unit to perform the job of three different basic products. The Hydra is therefore a cost-effective solution for any project that requires more than one of its three functions, fitting in perfectly as part of a monitoring command and control centre. In addition, its compact size and wealth of functions makes it an excellent meeting/boardroom solution that covers all possible needs.

The Hydra is available direct from Smart-e and its distributor network. To assist with the installation process and technical queries, Smart-e is also providing dedicated product training sessions for installers. All Smart-e equipment comes with a 3-year warranty and a high level of unlimited technical support.

Smart-e 4K-8x8-L

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HDBaseT Matrix Switcher

With the introduction of the 4K-8x8-L, Smart-e reclaims its place as a provider of quality, all in one HDBaseT matrix solutions. The 4K-8x8-L is a multipoint to multipoint HDBaseT matrix switcher, supporting eight HDMI inputs with eight HDBaseT/HDMI mirrored outputs, in addition to eight audio inputs/outputs and ten infra-red inputs/outputs. The highly versatile nature of the matrix makes it ideal for use in residential and commercial settings, while its small size allows it to fit easily into any available space.

The 4K-8x8-L is HDCP 2.2 compatible, making it a true 4K UHD matrix and future proofing any installation. HDBaseT outputs extend the signals up to 70m of Cat 6 cable, which together with remote powering of the receiver units make any installation quick and easy. Each dual output simultaneously transmits via both HDMI and HDBaseT connections, allowing for up to sixteen displays in total from the matrix.

Complementing this, the 4K-8x8-L has the ability to embed and de-embed audio at the input and output respectively. Eight digital (S/PDIF) and analogue stereo audio connections are available for inserting or extracting audio from the HDMI signal.

The 4K-8x8-L can be controlled either through a standard ethernet connection, RS232 and front panel buttons allowing for maximum applicability to any potential control system. The addition of multiple infra-red ports provides a method of transmitting and receiving IR signals to and from the displays, allowing the 4K-8x8-L to cope with many different installation requirements.

The 4K-8x8-L is a great benefit to any home AV installation, allowing for a centralised, flexible control matrix that removes the need for untidy AV boxes scattered around the house. Rather than having individual boxes installed local to screens, all AV sources can be centralised by feeding them directly into the matrix, allowing control and video distribution to all rooms through a simple receiver unit.

In a commercial setting an additional advantage of the 4K-8x8-L is the ease of security of a centralised control matrix, since an individual matrix can be locked away from danger far easier than a collection of different control inputs.

The 4K-8x8-L is available direct from Smart-e and its distributor network. To assist with the installation process and technical queries, Smart-e is also providing dedicated product training sessions for installers. All Smart-e equipment comes with a 3-year warranty and a high level of unlimited technical support.

Smart-e 4K-9:9 'Neso'

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Modular HDMI/HDBaseT Distribution Unit

Smart-e are delighted to introduce the first in Smart-e’s new ‘Neptune’ range, the 4K 9:9 ‘Neso’. The Neso is a modular channel distribution unit, built with ease of installation and maintenance in mind. Smart-e’s many years of experience designing for and working alongside some of the best installers in the business has given us a unique perspective on the installation process, and we believe this new product is perfect for the installation and upkeep of medium to large scale AV projects. 

Extending high speed video signals is one of those unseen but essential aspects of AV installations, and while individual TX/RX pair devices with separate PSUs can do the job, a modular unit is ideal for any installer looking to create a compact, reliable and future proofed installation for the client.

To accomplish this, the Neso allows for up to nine 4Konnect modules to be housed conveniently in a 19” rack mounting unit, capable of transmitting or receiving up to 9 different 4K UHD video signals and then repeating them to over 100m of CAT 6 cable. An integrated internal PSU powers all modules and provides inline power to the external transmitter and receivers, removing the need for external power supplies.

Each bay has a universal connection system allowing either a transmit or receive module to be installed. This approach enables the installer to select which combination of input/output modules to suit their individual application. Modules can be added later providing on-site expansion capability, including:

  • 4K-MOD-IO ‘Meteor’: A HDMI input/output module designed to provide a native 4K HDMI connection
  • 4K-MOD-TXF ‘Asteroid’: An HDBT transmitter module capable of transmitting UHD resolution video over 100m of Cat6 cable
  • 4K-MOD-RXF ‘Comet’: An HDBaseT receiver module capable of receiving UHD resolution video over 100m of Cat6 cable

These 4Konnect modules can be mixed and matched to create a versatile solution to any installation requirements. The modular nature of the Neso allows for the mixing of CAT 6 TX & RX modules together with local HDMI pass through, providing the installer with a flexible and efficient method of designing a flexible, future proofed, reliable and easily to repair installation.

Each module position supports full HDMI digital video and embedded audio, with compatibility for HD 720p, 1080p, Ultra HD 2K and 4K resolutions together with pass through support for EDID, HDCP, CEC and control protocols. Each bay also allows for full duplex RS232 and reverse path IR.

The 4K-9:9 can be interconnected with any other 4Konnect modular product which allows the designer to configure the install exactly as needed. The 1RU 19-inch form factor of the 4K-9:9 enables the device to be conveniently mounted within an AV rack, cabinet or credenza, using detachable rack ears.

The Neso excels in its role as a channel distribution unit, and ca be used in a variety of installations including video walls extensions, command and control centres, repeat solutions between buildings and emergency control vehicles.


    VMX16x16Video Wall Matrixes

Smart-e’s new VMX range of products combines video wall and matrix technology into an easily workable and cost-effective package, ideal for command and control centres of all kinds; from traffic and network management to data centres and emergency services.

Smart-e’s trademark flexibility shines through these new devices, Modular I/O and seamless switching matrices combine with output video wall processing to allow for an unprecedented level of switching, distribution and processing functionality for high resolution HDMI, DVI, HDBaseT and 3G-SDI. This is enhanced by the range of products available, which accommodate video walls of 8x8 16x16 and 36x36 connected displays.

VMX products come with Seamless video switching and modular input and output blades as standard, pushing the boundaries of integrated AV solutions and allowing for centralised control via IP, RS232 and keypad. The entire range is also accommodating of analogue input cards, accepting RGBHV, YPrPb, Y/C and PAL/NTSC, and allowing up-scaling to 1080p resolution.

Jon Lane, Smart-e’s managing director, had this to say: The VMX series is the ultimate in video wall control. An accumulation of our extension knowledge of switching matrices together with video processing and software control add to provide the user with a very flexible and reliable solution. Current sizes include 8, 16 and 36 display configurations which are able to match the most demanding of applications”

All models in the VMX range come with full HDCP compliance and incorporate enhanced EDID management, allowing for multi-channel signal switching and distribution for Commercial, Educational and Residential solutions. Built with size in mind, compact 2U (8x8), 3U (16x16) and 7U (36x36) 19” rack mounting chassis make for a smartly designed and space-saving model that can be easily installed where necessary.  

The VMX series is available direct from Smart-e and its distributor network. To assist with the installation process and technical queries, Smart-e is also providing dedicated product training sessions for installers. All Smart-e equipment comes with a 3-year warranty and a high level of unlimited technical support.

SDS 1001 H2

Interactive panel extenders 

We at Smart-e are pleased to introduce the latest update to our highly successful Wall Plate Extender series, the SDS-1001-H. Based on the SDS-1001, the newest feature is the addition of an internal USB V2.0 hub in the receiver, which allows the SDS-1001-H to operate in tandem with the latest interactive touchscreens.

The SDS-1001-H is a transmitter/receiver pair designed to extend signals beyond their standard specification, creating an easy solution to the problem of increasing the range of existing systems. The SDS-1001-H allows for the extension of interactive touchscreens to 30m, as well as being able to provide the services of all previous SDS series models. These include extending 1080p HDMI, VGA and stereo audio together with USB and power through three CAT6 STP cables.

The original SDS-1001 has been an education favourite since its release five years ago, and has been installed successfully in thousands of schools, colleges and universities worldwide. The incorporation of the USB V2.0 hub further enhances the appeal of the SDS series to the modern, technologically minded school.

As Will Lane, Smart-e’s Marketing Executive states, “The SDS series has long been one of Smart-e’s most popular education solutions, and the SDS-1001-H applies Smart-e’s signature quality to the latest interactive panel technology, putting Smart-e firmly on the map in the emerging touchscreen market.”

The convenience and ease of install makes the SDS-1001-H ideal for classrooms and lecture halls, providing a reliable method of extending the necessary connectivity from the PC to the display. This ensures that the PC installation can be situated in a more protected environment, reducing the risk of damage or wear to expensive hardware.

All SDS-1001-H models are manufactured in the UK to the highest standard, and Smart-e can provide direct support to customers and installers at no extra cost. The SDS-1001-H has been extensively tested with Promethean, SMART Technology and Clevertouch interactive panels to ensure the highest level of performance across multiple interactive touch systems. The SDS-1001-H is already installed in number of sites around the UK, and it can be seen and demonstrated at Paragon Multimedia’s demonstration facility in Berkshire.

Grant Allen Managing Director of Paragon Multimedia said of Smart-e: “Working with Smart-e over the last few years has proven to be a positive experience for both parties, our co-operation in the development of integrated interactive flat panel technology has helped to create exciting new opportunities for us within the AV industry.”

The SDS-1001-H is available direct from Smart-e and its distributor network. To assist with the installation process and technical queries, Smart-e is also providing dedicated product training sessions for installers. All Smart-e equipment comes with a 3-year warranty and a high level of unlimited technical support. 

Smart-e 4K-TX940

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Smart-e is once again at the forefront of the AV industry with the introduction of the 4K-TX940, one of the first true HDCP 2.2 4K HDBaseT splitters on the market. The 4K-TX940 boasts four HDBaseT ports, allowing for high quality 4K video to be distributed to up to four displays using the 4K-RX940 HDBaseT receivers. A looping HDMI input on the rear panel allows for cascading of multiple 4K-TX940 units, increasing the number of possible displays and future proofing the installation.

The input device is connected via HDMI to the rear of the 4K-TX940, the signal is split internally and then fed to 4 separate HDBaseT outputs. These outputs can then be connected across Cat 6 cables to the receivers, or alternatively directly connected to the displays should they have an HDBaseT input. For optimal results and guaranteed remote power we recommend using Smart-e’s own 4K-RX940 receivers.

After connection to a receiver the 4K-TX940 is capable of transmitting HDMI signals over 100m in up to 4K UHD resolution. In addition, each HDBaseT connection also allows for Infrared signals to be received back from the receiver, enabling remote control of the source device.

Power is provided from the 4K-TX940 through the same Cat 6 cable removing the need for bulky PSUs at the display end, a secure lockable DC connector on the splitter provides the required, reliable power connection. Additionally, the 4K-TX940 comes complete with enhanced EDID management, allowing customers to set their preferred output resolution with minimal fuss.

Suitable for all aspects of the AV market, from education to the corporate sector, the 4K-TX940 transmits crystal clear 4K video within a compact and sleek exterior, making it the ideal product for high quality AV solutions.

Smart-e 4K-TX941

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Last year Smart-e announced the 4K-TX940, one of the very first true HDBaseT HDCP 2.2 splitters on the market. Now we’ve followed up on this achievement by releasing the 4K-TX941, an enhanced version of the 4K-TX940 that includes a powerful new addition, the ability to transmit RS232 signals through the same Cat 6 cable that distributes the 4K HDMI video signals.

In addition to all previous benefits provided by the 4K-TX940, including transmitting 4K UHD resolution HDMI signals over 100m of Cat 6 cable, four HDBaseT ports with POC and enhanced EDID management, the 4K-TX941 allows the source device to send RS232 signals to the displays providing a valuable method of remote control.

Within the AV world RS232 signals have become a requirement when it comes to controlling and monitor displays and projectors. Communicating with displays using RS232 signals allows a user to remotely perform any action that the screen itself can perform. This gives a quick and easy solution to the various problems that often build up within screen installations over time.

All displays ultimately have a finite life-span, and whether they are negatively affected by screen burn, back light failure or projector lamp failure they will all eventually stop working. Using the 4K-TX941, a user can remotely deactivate as many screens as are not currently in use, thus extending their active use whilst saving power and the reducing the cost to the environment.

Additionally, accessible public displays can be manually interfered with, so it is important to check if the input channel or other settings have been altered. Using the RS232 function of the 4K-TX941 allows the control system to monitor the status of the display and change it back to the correct settings when necessary.

In addition to these more major benefits, the 4K-TX941 can be used to control screen features, including volume control and brightness. Connecting the RS232 to the 4K-TX941 is simple, using a 3 pin screw terminal block which allows for the inevitable variation in cable pinout. 4K-RX904 receivers at the display end have the same connector providing ease of installation.

This HDCP 2.2 compliant 4K-TX941 compact unit is ideal for digital signage use in Retail, Houses of Worship, Education and Transport infrastructure.

The 4K-TX940 is available direct from Smart-e and its distributor network. To assist with the installation process and technical queries, Smart-e is also providing dedicated product training sessions for installers. All Smart-e equipment comes with a 3-year warranty and a high level of unlimited technical support. 

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Handheld HDBaseT tester 

Smart-e launch their first test products, the 4K-9000 series of HDBaseT testers. These comprehensive test tools come with a suite of measurements enabling the installer to easily identify and then rectify problems.

Based on over 5 years’ designing with HDBaseT and over 30 years’ experience in the AV and Broadcast market, Smart-e have used their extensive technical knowledge to produce a pair of testers capable of measuring: cable length, signal strength, bit error rate (BER) whilst allowing for firmware updates to the Valens chip set. Future upgrades will also provide an app for real time data gathering.

As Jon Lane, Smart-e’s Managing Director says “There is nothing more frustrating than completing an installation only to find that there is no image on the screen. In the old analogue days, it was relatively easy to find the problem but now in the world of digital the problem is where to start! This is where our testers come into play, giving the installer information about the problem, pointing to where the issue might be”

The 4K-9000 testers can also be used to ratify an installation or provide confirmation that an existing installation is HDBaseT ready, this allows an installer to provide a chargeable service to the client.

The testers come in 2 versions, a transmitter 4K-TX9000 and receiver 4K-RX9000, both units support native HDMI and DVI. Transparent DDC connectivity provides HDCP V2.2 & V1.4 compatibility whilst a 10.2 Gbps through-put enables 4K resolutions for 4:4:4 colour space @30Hz, or 4:2:0 @ 60Hz together with Deep Colour, 3D, 2K and 1080p resolutions.

The 4K-9000 testers are available direct from Smart-e and its distributor network. To assist with the installation process and technical queries, Smart-e is also providing dedicated product training sessions for installers. All Smart-e equipment comes with a 3-year warranty and a high level of unlimited technical support.

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