Tee It Up for the Troops Celebrates 15 Years and 500 Events

Together We are Making a Difference!

Words can’t adequately express the pride we feel here at FRG as Tee It Up for the Troops (TIUFTT) celebrates 15 years of raising funds and awareness for those injured while serving. From the very first event at Mendakota Country Club, in Mendota Heights, MN, our President, Ryan Heining, has been there as a founding sponsor, volunteer, participant and ambassador spreading the word about the good works of TIUFTT.

15 Years | 500 Events
More than $10M Donated!

This year, alone, more than 60 TIUFTT events will take place. In the 15 years since that first event, more than $10,000,000.00 have been donated by generous people across the world. A hearty THANK YOU to all of you’ve been a part of this effort. If you’re never participated, learn more HERE.

Read more about Tee It Up for the Troops celebrations marking an incredible 15 years of events.

 

FRG is a CVE-approved, veteran-owned small business. Read more about our government contracts HERE.

Do You Know Your FISASCORE? 10 Reasons Why You Should

You’ve likely checked your personal FICO® credit score recently, but has your business checked its FISASCORE? Don’t know your FISASCORE – or never heard of it? You should read on, we’ve got 10 reasons why you should.

Standards like FICO® Scores allow lenders to assess risk before issuing credit. FISASCORES are similar to credit scores but instead focus on the complex task of evaluating a company’s overall cyber security and measure its risk of an information security incident. A FISASCORE rates a company’s information security program on a scale from 300 (not secure) to 850 (excellent) and identifies your company’s level of vulnerabilities, gaps and deficiencies in your security program. Get a FISASCORE assessment now.

1) FISASCORE is easy to understand.
Information security is a complex discipline with many moving parts, but FISASCORE simplifies the communication about how your information security program is performing. You don’t need to be an information security expert with years of experience to understand what FISASCORE is telling you. One simple number represents your overall risk, and additional indicators show where your most significant risks are.

2) FISASCORE can tell you what everyone else is doing.
Hundreds of organizations have received their FISASCORE and this allows for good, fact-based comparisons. One of the common questions we receive about information security is, “What is everybody else doing?” This question comes from the responsibility for due care/due diligence, liability, and knowing that there’s “protection in the herd.”

Once your full FISASCORE onsite assessment is complete, you’ll receive a risk measurement, from 300 (not secure) to 850 (excellent).

3) With a FISASCORE, you can track progress.
FISASCORE is a point of reference that should be used to track progress and to determine whether risk is maintained within your tolerance. Your information security program and risks are always getting better or worse; they never stay the same. Questions about progress, regular reporting, and support for maintaining your information security program are all answered through the FISASCORE.

4) FISASCORE is objective.
FISASCORE is maintained by an independent organization that doesn’t do consulting work, and has no other purpose but to provide accurate measurements of information security risk. In addition to organizational objectivity, the score is also objective. FISASCORE is calculated through the measurement of thousands of objective characteristics that take much of the guesswork and opinion out of the equation.

5) FISASCORE is credible.
FISASCORE was developed over the course of more than 15 years through the work of seasoned information security practitioners and is now on its fifth major release. FISASCORE is based on generally well-accepted information security standards. The criteria for measurement are all referenceable to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), and its supporting standards: NIST SP 800-53, COBIT, ISO 27001:2013, and CIS CSC.

FRG offers the SecurityStudio Assess Your Vendors module as a solution for organizations to determine how secure their vendors and partners are.

6) FISASCORE represents risk.
Risk is the combination of vulnerabilities and applicable threats that manifest themselves into the likelihood of something bad happening and the impac ™t if it did. If there is no vulnerability (or weakness) in a control, there is no risk. If there is a vulnerability in a control without an applicable threat, there is also no risk. FISASCORE represents the analysis of hundreds of controls, thousands of vulnerabilities and thousands of threats, resulting in likelihoods and impacts of bad events.

7) FISASCORE is comprehensive.
Fundamental to FISASCORE is our definition of information security: The application of administrative, physical, and technical controls to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. There are four Phases within FISASCORE:

Phase 1 – Administrative Controls
Phase 2 – Physical Controls
Phase 3 – Internal Technical Controls
Phase 4 – External Technical Controls

All four parts of the information security program must work well together. A weakness in one control can lead to a collapse of all others. The phases are further segmented into sections, and the sections are further segmented into controls. The final FISASCORE report is presented both high level and then digs deep in the details.

8) There is fast-growing community support for FISASCORE.
The partner community behind FISASCORE is critical to its success. Partners works to generate FISASCOREs for their clients, but the partner community is also vital to future improvements and considerations. The partner community participates in further improvements of the methodology, shares critical information, and evangelizes the need for a common information security language (provided by FISASCORE). Our partners include IT service companies, CPA firms, insurance brokers and security consulting companies.

9) FISASCORE is an indicator of future losses.
As FISASCORE continues to evolve, we get closer to understanding the true losses behind information security incidents and breaches. FISASCORE provides the framework for predicting future information security losses accurately, using the best information available. Today FISASCORE is tied to research conducted by the Ponemon Institute for loss data.

10) FISASCORE is a competitive advantage.
Information security as a competitive advantage? Yes, absolutely! FISASCORE is a representation of the efforts you’ve put into information security and it’s a demonstration that you know where your most significant information security risks are. Armed with this information, you can make an objective case to your customers that you take information security seriously, backed by experienced information security experts, a community of partners, and a clean methodology. Don’t forget the fact that you can now invest your information security dollars where they will have the greatest benefit.


LEARN MORE:

FRG is a trusted partner providing information cyber security solutions to organizations large and small.

Wondering about how your partners and vendors FISASCORE might affect yours? Use Vendefense to evaluate the risks presented by the providers you rely on.

Want to get a free FISASCORE assessment? CLICK HERE.

FRG DuoGuard is a combination software and hardware cyber security solution designed specifically for AV networks. Learn more about DuoGuard AV security solutions.

 

 

Future-Ready Solutions for STEM Learning

FRG has a long history of enabling educational settings with collaboration and communication solutions. One great example is our recent involvement providing for STEM style schools built through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The USA Today highlighted these projects in a recent USACE publication. Take a look HERE (see page 58).

From classroom displays, projectors and workstation solutions, to distance learning communication systems and smartboards, FRG offers a wide variety of tech-forward solutions and top-notch installation and maintenance services that enable both school and work learning environments.

FRG is a CVE-approved, veteran-owned small business provisioned with a GSA Schedule 70 Contract that allows for streamlined ordering processes. A wide variety of our products are available and competitively priced on the GSA Advantage website. Our GSA contract is #47QTCA19D007U. Read more about our government contracts HERE.

 

Our partnerships with manufacturers of display, video conferencing, audio, digital sign and other AV solutions allow us to be a turnkey provider of collaboration and communication solutions for technology-enabled educational settings. We partner with Ergotron for a host of ancillary support products that help to ensure that FRG-powered spaces are accessible, easy to use, and ergonomically sound.

We’re proud to offer Ergotron’s wide selection of sit-stand desk solutions that empower employees and students to create healthy work and learning environments. Whether you’re an educator, a builder or administrator in educational settings, our FRG team welcomes the opportunity to work with you to help ensure the success of your students and staff.

 

FRG Secures New GSA Schedule 70 Government Contract

We are proud to announce that FRG (Fox River Graphics) has been awarded a new GSA Schedule 70 contract to provide IT Products and Services to the U.S. Government. FRG has been a government contractor for more than twenty years. Securing this new contract allows FRG to continue to provide secure AV solutions vital to government and military efforts. From video conferencing and collaboration systems, to secure network solutions and system monitoring, FRG is a trusted partner for thousands of government customers across departments and branches of the military.

Our new contract is #47QTCA19D007U.

For seamless purchasing, FRG offers products on the GSA Advantage website. Other products and reliable FRG support are available through our helpful sales and service teams.

FRG is a CVE-approved, veteran-owned small business. Read more about our government contracts HERE.

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Shure 600 MHz Wireless Rebate Ends October 31, 2018

Shure 600 MHz Wireless Rebate


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the FCC Incentive Auction, the use of wireless microphones and personal monitor systems in the 600 MHz Band eventually will be prohibited by law in the United States. The “600 MHz Band” refers to frequency ranges 616–653 MHz and 663–698 MHz.

If you use wireless systems that operate in the 600 MHz Band, then you should plan to transition to another range of spectrum.

The Shure 600 MHz Wireless Rebate for US customers allows you to trade in your eligible system for a rebate with the purchase of a new system. This rebate offer is available for purchases made from until October 31, 2018.


If you own wireless products from Shure or other manufacturers that operate in the 600 MHz Band, you may be able to purchase replacement Shure products and receive a rebate on your purchase. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

1) Determine Your Eligibility

Click HERE to determine if your existing system is eligible for trade-in and the Shure 600 MHz Wireless Rebate.

2) Purchase a Qualifying New Shure System through FRG

Contact us today via the form below or call us at 800-792-7717 and we’ll help you identify the appropriate replacement product and we can walk you through the other rebate steps.

Here’s a list of the qualifying Shure Wireless Lines and rebates available:

Anxient® Digital $500
ULX-D® Digital
 – ULXD4D + Transmitters $500
– ULXD4Q + Transmitters $500
– ULXD4 + Transmitters $250
QLX-D® Digital $250
GLX-D® Digital $75
GLX-D® Advanced $100
FP Wireless Systems $50
BLX® / BLXR / PGX-D® Digital $50
PSM®100 $500
PSM®900 $250
PMS®300 $100

NOTE: You will need the labels off the boxes from your newly purchased Shure products. Do not throw them away! Rebates are paid per channel. To qualify for the full rebate amount, the number of returned channels must match the number of purchased channels. 

3) Complete a 600 MHz Wireless Rebate Form

After purchasing your qualifying products from FRG, complete the Rebate form found HERE.

4) Ship Your Trade-In Product to Shure

Include a printout of the Rebate Form confirmation page. Use a trackable shipping method.

5) Receive a Check from Shure

Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery. For more information visit: https://wirelessrebate.shure.com/


CONTACT US TODAY TO GET YOUR SHURE REBATE STARTED:

Experiential Content with Epson LightScene Accent Lighting Laser Projectors

The Evolution of Spatial Design

Epson’s LightScene Accent Lighting Laser Projectors are shipping now in a new niche in experiential projection technology where digital signage, accent lighting and art intersect. With a small form factor, discrete design, and laser-sharp image quality, LightScene projectors can create new opportunities that captivate audiences and tell stories in ways never before possible. Barely larger than a spotlight, multiple LightScene projectors can be programmed to function in tandem and projected on nearly any surface to create immersive scenes in retail, museum, hospitality, entertainment, or corporate environments.

More details:

  • 3LCD laser technology – Epson laser technology provides up to 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation1, plus a sealed optical engine for amazing image quality and outstanding performance
  • Robust content management – Includes templates, effects, color filters, and customizable options; users can create playlists, control the projector and schedule functions remotely with Epson’s web-based application or over the network with Crestron®, Art-Net and more
  • Scalable for an array of applications – Install multiple LightScene projectors and utilize Edge Blending technology for versatile, impactful displays
  • Easily programmable – Playlist and playback functions allow for seamless content management for single or multiple LightScene projectors
  • Flexible positioning – Includes vertical and horizontal rotation with 360-degree mounting on tracks, floors, walls, or ceilings; 1.58x powered optical zoom and powered focus allows for installation in both large and small spaces
  • Expansive connectivity – HDMI®, RJ-45, wired and wireless LAN, and SD card slot2 for direct content storage when needed
  • Bright visual display system – Offers up to 2,000 lumens of color brightness and 2,000 lumens of white brightness for vibrant, rich colors3

To learn more about how Epson’s LightScene can be help you reach your audience, please contact your FRG Business Development Manager or contact us at sales@frg.solutions.

Twice as Wide – LG 88BH7D Stretch Display

32:9 Extended Wide Format Display Perfect for Digital Sign Environments

At InfoComm 2017 LG picked up a best-in-show award for their 88BH7D Stretch Display – which, in essence, is two 1080 HD displays side-by-side in one unit. The 32:9 format display can be mounted horizontally or vertically–creating unique opportunities for civic, retail, entertainment, hospitality, museum, and corporate environments. Rather than needing to mount two displays next to each other and deal with the bezel between the displays, the 88BH7D seamlessly presents its 3,840 x 1,080 resolution, making it perfect for hi-quality product and way-finding displays on columns or other narrow wall spaces–or above/next to pedestrian walkways.

Features:

  • Picture-by-Picture (PBP) feature allows the screen to be divided into as many as four parts.
  • LG’s SuperSign Media Editor allows for simple editing of existing 16:9 image or video content.
  • LAN Daisy Chain allows control and monitoring of devices, as well as distribution of content and firmware updates.
  • Scene Tiling allows up to 1×4, 4×1 or 4×4 configurations using multiple 88BH7D screens.
  • 3840 x 600 resolution is also available in the 86BH5C

To learn more about LG’s 88BH7D Stretch Display, please contact your FRG Business Development Manager or contact us at sales@frg.solutions.

Barco Announces Expansion of its ClickShare Portfolio

We love options! Barco announced an important expansion of its ClickShare wireless presentation and collaboration portfolio. The CS-100 and CSE-200 now join the ClickShare range of products, offering organizations the ability to tailor functionality according to the meeting room and user requirements. Barco’s ClickShare portfolio now serves the complete spectrum of meeting rooms − from small huddle rooms to large boardrooms.

Barco developed ClickShare to give presenters the ability to share content on their laptop or mobile device to a main display/screen during a meeting with ease. No cables, no set-up, no waiting to join in. This is accomplished via ClickShare Buttons – USB-powered devices users plug into their PC or Mac − which wirelessly transmit the content from the laptop to a display with just a simple click. And with the ClickShare App, users can also share content from their mobile phones or tablets. It’s that simple.

Highlights of the new options include:

  • The new CS-100 offers the first entry-level, standalone ClickShare unit designed for small meeting and huddle rooms, where sharing is a basic need. This model allows up to 8 users to connect, with one user sharing at a time. This is accomplished via the ClickShare Button or ClickShare app (for tablets and smartphones). The CS-100 include a base unit and one ClickShare Button.
  • The CSE-200 has been developed for organizations that require enhanced security features, a wider range of connectivity options (including Airplay support), or central management. Two users can share on-screen at the same time – via ClickShare Buttons or the ClickShare App, or a combination of the two.

To learn how ClickShare can enhance your meeting experience, please contact your FRG Business Development Manager or contact us at sales@frg.solutions.

Extron ShareLink 200 – Simplify Content Sharing During Meetings

If your organization is like many, your employees are reliant upon a cable to share presentations from their PC during a meeting. More than likely, they are faced with a mix of tangled cables in the middle of the conference room table. These cables may or may not be compatible with their new laptop, the cable may be damaged from wear and tear or maybe your employee or guest need to share a presentation from their tablet. Meeting productivity comes to a halt. Awkward!

We have a solution. The Extron ShareLink 200 Wireless Collaboration Gateway enables anyone to present content from a laptop, smartphone, or tablet on a display, transforming any meeting room into a collaboration space. ShareLink™ technology supports simultaneous display of slides, documents, graphs, and photos from up to four devices at a time without the need for a single cable. It is compatible with Windows® and OS X® computers as well as Apple® and Android® smartphones and tablets.

Other features that make this a worthy solution include:

  • ShareLink 200 is available in two models: the ShareLink 200 wireless model which includes an integrated wireless access point – WAP to create a stand-alone wireless collaboration and presentation system. The ShareLink 200 N network-version does not include a WAP and works in concert with your company’s wireless network. The professional capabilities of the ShareLink 200 wireless and network-only models provide easy integration of mobile devices into meeting and huddle rooms, interactive collaborative spaces, and larger presentation environments.
  • For large meeting rooms or when overflow rooms are required for larger meetings, this solution allows a Windows or OS X computer to send content to multiple ShareLink 200 units on the network, supporting up to four displays.
  • For users that want to share content from their tablet or smartphone, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, and OneDrive integration within the MirrorOp®for Extron ShareLink™ app provides easy access to content stored in the cloud.
  • For those users that share full motion video during meetings, ShareLink 200 supports 30fps providing outstanding resolution and smooth motion handling when sharing videos.
  • When multiple people are sharing content, Moderator mode ensure that only approved content is displayed and where it is positioned on the display or screen.
  • WebShare™ technology enables attendees to view slide images on personal devices via a Web browser, ensuring visibility regardless of sight lines

For more information, please engage us for the details at sales@frg.solution or by contacting your FRG Business Development Manager.

Introducing the Polycom RealPresence Trio 8800

With over 5 million deployed, it’s hard to find someone that is not familiar with Polycom’s “starfish” phone. It’s known for its superb audio quality, amazing room coverage and durability.

Well now there really is a reason to upgrade your conference room phone. Introducing the Polycom® RealPresence Trio™ 8800 – the first smart hub for group collaboration that transforms the iconic three-point conference phone into a voice, video and content sharing system that can fit into any team environment, large or small. With Polycom’s advanced audio technology including enhanced Polycom® HD Voice™ and the patented Polycom® NoiseBlock™, RealPresence Trio is the ideal solution for any meeting space that needs the best audio experience. Did we forget to mention it has a pick up range of up to 230 ft. and it can automatically mute someone if they’re eating potato chips??

The design of RealPresence Trio is sleek and sophisticated too. Its 5-inch color touch screen and intuitive navigation make it simpler than ever—which means minimal training required for your users. RealPresence Trio provides wired and wireless pairing with your personal devices using Bluetooth or USB as well as illuminated mute buttons on each leg. With the addition of RealPresence Trio Visual + and a USB camera, you can enjoy HD content sharing and video collaboration during your meeting too. You can even use its built in audio bridge to connect up to 4 people in an audio conference. How cool is that?

To learn more or to get a quote to upgrade your conference room phones, please contact us at sales@frg.solutions.