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Vista Systems And HiTech Score Big As Three Spyders Crawl Into The Bay

TampaNHL Hockey greats, the Tampa Bay Lightning, were looking for a new cutting-edge video scoreboard/display at their home arena, the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. The 2005 Stanley Cup Champions selected HiTech Electronic Displays, a leading manufacturer and designer of LED displays, to supply a first-of-its-kind center-hung, circular scoreboard, along with video display boards around the perimeter and behind each goal in the arena. At the heart of this ground-breaking system is the Vista Systems‘ Spyder.

Mike Mikurak, CEO of HiTech, noted, “The proposed display was the first of its kind and different than any ever put into an arena. The centerpiece of the multi-component system was a 360-degree continuous video display board. We had to seek out a very reliable piece of hardware that could meet all the demands of this unique design. Vista Systems‘ Spyder was selected as the video processor that best fit our needs.”

“There have been displays that have included a thin 360 degree ring of video,” explained Mikurak, “but this display is 360 degrees of full-resolution video.” The unique system also features a smaller video ring in addition to a number of flat displays atop the main video display.

“We designed this,” Mikurak continues, “to be all LEDs, which provides unlimited flexibility for the venue.” The scoreboard has one of the largest LED screens anywhere in the league. It was up and ready for the season opener with the New Jersey Devils on October 4th, and was a huge hit with the fans. The main screens are an astounding 15.6 feet in height, and 22 feet in width. The center hung consists of 12 video displays in all. All of the game information is displayed on the boards, much like on a television screen. The game and replay picture quality are unmatched.

The processing system comprises three Spyders handling a total of 11 inputs and 9 outputs. Inputs are fed by an SDI router as well as a number of direct DVI sources. The main screen is configured as a 3200 x 480 pixel image. “One of the other things that Spyder allows us do is send preset message routines to all displays via the push of a button (i.e. ‘goal mode‘, ‘victory mode‘, etc.). People at the stadium are raving about what we have delivered,” concluded Mikurak.

About Vista Systems
Vista systems was recently acquired by Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, to create a comprehensive source for image processing and projection solutions. The acquisition combines the power and flexibility of Vista‘s video switchers and real-time windowing and composition products with the power, performance and reliability of award-winning Christie Projection Systems. Vista System‘s switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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