An Interview with Chris Harriman of NetMedia
by Marvin Mallon
This month’s spotlight is on
NetMedia, Inc., a Tucson, AZ
firm that has been in business
since 1993. They employ 40 workers
in their two facilities. The larger of the
two buildings contains 18,000 square
feet. A smaller unit measures some
4,000 square feet in size. They are a
privately owned corporation engaged
in the design and manufacturing of
video distribution and camera equipment. They also make embedded
microcontrol products and embedded
Ethernet web components.
John “Jack” Schoof II founded the
company after serving as Chairman
and CEO of Artisoft, another Tucson
firm. While under his supervision, that
organization created numerous products including the highly successful
LANtastic. This peer-to-peer networking operating system debuted in the
We checked in recently with Chris
Harriman, a member of the engineering
team at NetMedia. He has been with the
company for nine years. Before joining
the company, he was a computer
instructor in Great Falls, MT. He responded to our questions when interviewed.
Marvin: Chris, what are the names of
some of your most popular products?
Chris: Our Video Products brand was
introduced in 1995. It is a line of video
distribution components. Included in
this line of equipment are the single and
TriplePlay™ modulators, CAModulators™
— the cameras with a built-in modulator,
as well as our standard flush mount and
indoor/outdoor cameras, available in
both black and white and color.
BasicX™ is NetMedia’s family of
rapid development microcontrollers. It
was first introduced in 1998 and
includes the BasicX-01 Developer
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Station and chip. The BasicX- 24
Developer Station and microcontroller
chip is programmed in NetMedia’s
version of the Basic language. The
LCD+ is a backlit 4 x 20 serial LCD
display, and our SRV8-T Serial Servo
Board controls and provides torque
feedback information for up to eight
standard hobby servos
SitePlayer™ debuted in 2000. It
is an embedded web server coprocessor designed for integration with
virtually any serial based device.
Standard HTML programming will
display the host device’s serial
information on web pages that can
be adjusted on-line from remote
locations. No TCP/IP code is needed.
M: Is there a newly developed product
ready for release?”
C: Yes, but at present it is under wraps
and there is nothing I can reveal about it.
M: Finally, can you summarize the line
of products your company manufactures, as well as the principal features
of each of them?
C: As we recently stated in a press
release, our built-in proprietary UTP
One Wire Video technology displays
bright, high contrast color video over
both short and long cable lengths. It
combines power and video onto one
cable. It eliminates the need for
dedicated power wires and nearby AC
electrical outlets. Power connects to
the UTP Video Decoder located at the
wiring closet or distribution panel. The
Decoder’s composite video output
connects to surveillance equipment
such as digital video recorders, quad
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processors, monitors, or to modulators
for whole house video distribution.
NetMedia’s unique UTP camera
housings satisfy various installation conditions and requirements. They complement both commercial and residential
environments with their sturdy, attractive
enclosures. The weather resistant UTP-CAM “bullet” and UTPLAMP “
floodlight” styled cameras mount directly to
indoor and outdoor electrical fixtures.
The inconspicuous UTPEYE “eyeball”
and UTPJBOX “j-box” styled cameras
mount in walls or ceilings as semi-recessed or recessed interior devices.
The UTP Camera line includes
Color and Day/Night Color versions.
The Day/Night Color camera features
a one-third inch Sony® Super HAD
CCD™, 470 lines of resolution, and
infrared (IR) sensitivity. All cameras
come complete with UTP video
decoder, power supply, mounting
hardware, and a one-year warranty.
We sell all of our products
through an extensive network of
national distributors. NV