to a Higher Level
- Trouble with Wireless Microphones? Please
report any wireless microphone trouble you are having
to our TEC audiovisual engineers. See press release below.
Shure Raises Concern Over FCC
‘White Spaces’ Decision
Company Applauds Industry Support and Commits to Work
With Customers to Protect Wireless Microphone Transmissions
NILES, IL, November 4, 2008 — The Federal Communications
Commission today voted to allow technology companies like
Google, Microsoft, Dell, and Motorola to produce “white
spaces” devices that will use the same radio frequency
(RF) spectrum now being used by wireless microphone systems.
Final text of the rules is not yet available, but the
order is purported to greatly reduce the amount of clear
spectrum available for use by professional audio and communications
The Commission adopted certain important elements of Shure’s
recent wireless microphone interference protection plan.
However, Shure is concerned that, despite technical evidence
to the contrary, the Commission’s action opens the
door to a new breed of wireless gadgetry that relies on
unproven technology as a safeguard against interference
to wireless microphones. Shure is also concerned that
the Commission did not reserve an appropriate number of
channels for flawless operation of wireless microphone
equipment and did not address several important issues
necessary to ensure a robust geolocation-based database
for protection of large scale events, as the Company had
“While not unexpected, today’s FCC decision
will greatly complicate the lives of wireless microphone
users across the United States and negatively affect tens
of millions of Americans listening to live and broadcast
events,” said Mark Brunner, Shure’s Senior
Director, Global Public and Industry Relations. “In
over four years of activity, including numerous written
comments, technical submissions to and meetings with the
FCC, Shure has highlighted that wireless microphones,
monitor systems, and intercoms are essential production
tools in modern music, theater, broadcast, sports, corporate,
hotel, convention, education, and house of worship environments.
Often supported by their representatives in Congress,
these communities have voiced their concerns throughout
It is worth noting that in just the past week, over 50
members of Congress including Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
(D, NY) and voices as significant and diverse as Pastor
Rick Warren, Dolly Parton, Guns N Roses, the Grand Ole
Opry, the Shubert Theater Organization, Harrah’s
Entertainment, the American Federation of Musicians, the
Country Music Association, The Recording Academy, the
NFL, NASCAR, the NBA and other major sports leagues –
among many others -- called on the FCC to protect their
ability to communicate with their numerous and diverse
audiences through wireless microphones. Unfortunately,
even a chorus this strong could not alter the vote.”
“While we have several options regarding our next
steps, Shure’s first obligation is to its customers,”
said Sandy LaMantia, Shure President and CEO. “In
anticipation of this ruling, Shure has been working diligently
on technologies and technical support programs that will
enable wireless microphone operators to be successful
in a more complicated interference environment. Shure
has been the leader on the “white spaces”
issue and we will continue to lead in the wireless microphone
area going forward.
Although the outcome is not ideal, we are thankful for
the outpouring of support for our initiatives from thousands
of individuals in the arts and the audio production community.
Additionally, we are grateful for the backing of many
members of Congress, particularly Congressmen Bobby Rush
(D) and Mark Kirk (R) of Illinois, who have taken a strong
leadership stance on the protection of incumbent operations.
Without these voices, the importance of wireless microphones
and related audio equipment may have been completely overlooked
in this proceeding.”
- TEC President Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Members receive awards at
NSCA Membership Breakfast
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, June 18, 2008
— NSCA Executive Director
Chuck Wilson presented awards to winners of the Educator
of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and Volunteer of the
Year this morning at the Annual Meeting of the Membership
and Industry Forum.
Craig Thompson, president of Thompson
Electronics Company, received NSCA’s Per Haugen
Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of dedication,
leadership and service to NSCA, including the NSCA Past
President and Board of Directors and Education Foundation
Board of Directors.
AE Systems President Randy Vaughan
received the 2007 NSCA Educator of the Year award. He
was also lauded for his service and dedication to the
NSCA Board of Directors from 1997 – 2008. Brian
Cline, principal of Cline & Associates, Inc., was
tapped for the 2007 Volunteer of the Year award. Cline
has contributed many hours of service to the NSCA and
the NSCA Consultants’ Council, serving as the
council’s chairman from 2005-2007.“
“All three men exemplify
the vision and spirit of NSCA to a tee,” said
NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson. “Their service
and dedication to our association is outstanding and
much appreciated. These awards are a small way for us
to recognize their generosity and success.”
NSCA is the leading not-for-profit
association representing the commercial electronic systems
industry. With more than 2,500 member companies worldwide,
the National Systems Contractors Association is a powerful
advocate of all who work within the low-voltage industry,
including systems contractors/integrators, product manufacturers,
consultants, sales representatives, architects, specifying
engineers and other allied professionals. NSCA is dedicated
to serving contractor members and all channel stakeholders
through education, advocacy, outreach and member services.
NSCA University offers a variety of courses on topics
such as project management, business, sales, design
and technical knowledge. Courses are delivered through
a variety of methods including conferences, regional
trainings, online learning and webinars. NSCA works
in conjunction with a variety of industry partners to
provide relevant and meaningful education and certification
programs. It also provides leading industry research
and market intelligence, insurance solutions, the industry’s
most comprehensive manual of practice, Essentials of
Systems Integration™ and other business tools.
For more information, visit www.nsca.org.
June 2008 - HHRs added to TEC Vehicle Fleet - "Cool
”Cool” is saving
money. Saving money is very “Useful.” Instead
of passing high fuel cost on to their customers, Thompson
Electronics Company (TEC) is hoping the cost-cutting
idea to move toward smaller versions of utility service
vehicles could save customers money and keep prices
“Three years ago 75% of our fleet was large to
medium size utility vans, getting OK gas mileage. The
effectiveness in gas cost savings of the new fuel-economy
vehicles will be a huge benefit” said Todd England,
TEC operations manager. England indicated they started
scaling down vehicles in 2006 with their Fire Alarm
Inspectors vehicles when they purchased three new Scions
that touted 30 miles to the gallon. This year by adding
four new Chevrolet HHR’s TEC has almost half of
the fleet touting “Cool Can Be Useful. Useful
Can Be Cool.” (1)
(1) Chevrolet HHR slogan
- March 2008 - TEC Demonstrates Courtroom Digital Recording
Marvin Mathews, a Thompson Electronics
Company (TEC) project manager, recently met with the chief
and associate judges from Nigeria to tour the Peoria County
Courthouse and demonstrate how digital recording technology
is being used in the courtroom.
TEC, which has provided digital recording technology to
several Illinois county courts, installed the system at
the Peoria County Courthouse in 2006. The technology is
used in tandem with video arraignment and all regular
TEC audio experts are working with a worldwide solutions
consultant retained by the Nigerian courts to provide
them with digital audio recording software and systems.
Matthews said the Nigerian judges were interested in seeing
first-hand how the recording software is being used, along
with pros and cons of transition from conventional reporting
to digital. While touring the courtroom of Peoria Judge
Joe R. Vespa, the Nigerian guests asked Vespa’s
opinion of the technology and how he utilized it. They
also observed a video arraignment with Peoria Chief Judge
Stuart Borden presiding. Video arraignment allows two-way
video and audio communication from the courthouse to the
Peoria County jail.
The Nigerian judges are currently testing FTR 3.3 digital
recording software purchased from TEC. They have expressed
interest in rolling out the technology to additional courts
in their country.
- February 2008 –
TEC Partners on Mass Notification System
As part of a GE Strategic Partnership,
Thompson Electronics Company (TEC) fire team experts are
working with GE Security to develop products that will
meet future regulatory requirements for Mass Notification
Systems.TEC is currently installing an EST3 Fireworks
emergency evacuation system in three buildings at the
Bradley University campus in Peoria, IL. Additional buildings
may be added to create a comprehensive crisis notification
system for the entire campus. The project is also a beta
site for GE Security to test Voice Over Internet Protocol
(VOIP) paging over fiber optics. The system includes unified
mass notification and event management. In an emergency,
EST3 has integrated audio that can broadcast multiple
audio instructions, view live CCTV and disarm access egress
or lock down buildings for full control of crisis situations.
- November 2007 - Galesburg School District Chooses TEC
for Security UpgradesThompson
Electronics Company (TEC) recently assisted Galesburg
Community Unit School District #205 in addressing security
and surveillance concerns.
The initial phase of the project included a campus-wide
blanketing of Galesburg High School with both indoor and
outdoor camera surveillance. This digital surveillance
recording system offers administrators monitoring access
via Internet browsing tools. Lombard Middle School also
received a similar surveillance system during the initial
phase that provides both indoor and outdoor monitoring.
In phase two of the project, the district added secured
access to strategic entrances throughout the high school
campus. Both hardware- and software-driven technologies
provide increased security during and after the school’s
daily operating hours. The software used for access control
provides administrators with detailed usage for all security
cardholders and an activity log for all entrances integrated
into the system.
For additional security, the district chose TEC to design
and install a secured Visitor Entry system for the majority
of its facilities. The systems installed at the main school
entrances use a surveillance camera in conjunction with
a two-way intercom for office staff to greet and screen
visitors entering the facility.
TEC has consulted and integrated security for numerous
other Central Illinois schools and continues to work with
administrators to address security issues as their needs
- May 2007 - TEC Designs "
Outside of the Box” Solution
At Oncology Hematology
Associates of Central Illinois (OHACI) healthcare professionals
care for patients with cancer and blood diseases. For
optimal care and state-of-the-art cancer treatments, physicians
must have the proper medicine on hand. Medicine without
consistent storage temperatures can be compromised . A
major OHACI dilemma was how they could ensure temperatures
remained constant and be informed if the temperatures
Thompson Electronics Company (TEC) was contacted to devise
a custom solution for the unique storage problem. The
final design allows each refrigeration unit advanced monitoring
capabilities with features such as: built-in power failure
monitoring, configurable alarm inputs, and on-board relay
output for manual or automatic switching. Descriptive
messages can be recorded for site identification and for
each alarm input. Alarm-specific dialing and programmable
call schedules allow users to customize the dialing process.
These features give many checks and balances for maintaining
“ Thompson provided the best solution by really
understanding the needs of our physicians and staff. Since
our original monitoring project, I have contacted them
to design several other systems for our facilities.”
Ben Rogers, IT Director, OHACI.
TEC provided this “outside of the box” solution
for all OHACI locations in central and western Illinois.
- April 2007 - TEC expands Security
Company (TEC) recently expanded their security division.
An additional security sales specialist and project manager
will help TEC to better serve our customers rising demand
for security solutions via access control and video surveillance.
Our sales specialist will provide product expertise to
clients. Our project manager will coordinate security
project’s from design through installation and completion.
June 2006 -TEC Partners with Danley
In order to provide the latest,
most innovative, sound solutions to our customers... Thompson
Electronics Company is now a dealer for Danley Sound Labs.Danley
is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative
loudspeaker designers in the industry. Tom’s innovations
have been utilized in projects ranging from ground zero
bombing simulation and active noise cancellation of jet
engines to critical listening mastering studios, high
end home theatre and houses of worship around the world.
- May 2006 - TEC - Strategic
Partner with GE Security
Thompson Electronics Company
(TEC) announces the availability of the new GE Telligence™
Healthcare Communications System to Illinois hospitals.
Dukane, now part of GE Security, introduced the latest
in Nurse Call and Healthcare Communication Technology
at this year’s Healthcare Information and Management
Systems Society Annual Conference in San Diego.
The new Telligence™ system employs exclusive Voice-over-IP
(VoIP) technology that provides a level of scalability,
flexibility, and reliability that is simply out of reach
of conventional patient-staff communications systems.
Telligence works with caregivers, ensuring that they get
quality information that leads to timely response and
heightened patient satisfaction.
Telligence also delivers a wide range of options and cost-saving
features with innovative devices and a powerful network
that represents value for system installers, patients,
staff, and hospital administrators alike.
- March 2006 -Grand Bear
Grizzly Jack’s Enchanted
Forest features “The Eclipse,”a thrilling
ride, one of only 3 in the world, along with 9 other full-sized
rides. TEC provided the audio/video system in the Enchanted
Forest restaurant and bar. A complete multimedia experience
begins upon entering the bar area. A wall of video behind
the bar is made up of three side by side 50” plasma
video screens. Elevated above and beyond the back bar
is the band platform and above and beyond that is the
tree house DJ area. The tree house holds a full blown
DJ station that includes the master Crestron control panel.
With our TEC programming magic the touch screen provides
simplified control of all audio components for the DJ,
the band stand area, automation of the three 50”
plasma video screens and distributed audio throughout
various areas in the resort.
- February 2006
- Purdue University
Thompson Electronics Company(TEC)
recently completed state-of-the-art sound systems for
two Purdue University theatres - The Nancy T. Hansen Theatre,
a 300-seat proscenium theatre and the Carole and Gordon
Mallett Theatre, a flexible performance space were both
part of a muti-year project at the university. TEC was
involved in all major aspects of the audio for the new
- November 1, 2005
receives Excellence Award – News Brief
PSA Security Network presented Craig Thompson, Thompson
Electronics Company president, the PSA Excellence Award
for 2005. The award recognized Thompson for outstanding
service, support, and leadership as chairman of the PSA
Security Network Governance committee. The award was received
at the recent PSA Security Network Conference in Hawaii.
- October 2005 Newsletter
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