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BenQ America Corp. Inks Deal With ASI

Value-Added IT Distributor to Offer BenQ’s Complete Line of High-Performance Projectors and LED Backlight Monitors
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Haivision Network Video Named Akamai Digital Media NetAlliance Solution Partner

aivision and Akamai Highlight Joint Customer Solutions as Akamai’s NetAlliance Partner Program Expands to Include Digital Media Ecosystem

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — Nov. 19, 2011 — Haivision Network Video today announced that the company has been named a NetAlliance Partner in Akamai Technologies’ newly expanded NetAlliance Partner program. In this role, Haivision is a key player among companies that have been recognized for providing value to the overall partner ecosystem for Akamai’s leading cloud platform.

“There is strong synergy between Haivision and Akamai, since both companies are enabling customers to leverage the cloud to deliver more streams to more platforms. A great example is our HyperStream(TM) Live cloud-based video transcoding service, which is integrated with the Akamai HD Network to reduce the cost and complexity of over-the-top multiplatform content delivery,” said Peter Forman, vice president of the Internet Media Division, Haivision Network Video. “As Akamai’s first Digital Media NetAlliance Solution Partner, we’re looking forward to working closely with Akamai and its broad ecosystem of partners to continue bringing new solutions to market that meet the evolving media streaming and multiplatform requirements of our customers.”

The NetAlliance Partner Program brings together more than 40 hardware and software integrators, application and infrastructure service providers, and commerce and digital media platform providers committed to helping customers leverage the cloud for business success.

“As a best-of-breed technology company delivering robust and superior workflow solutions for its digital media customers, Haivision is an ideal Akamai Digital Media NetAlliance Solution Partner,” said John Sconyers, senior director of media channels at Akamai. “With solutions like HyperStream Live, Haivision addresses the ever-increasing complexity of delivering video easily to any device on any network, and understands the value of a tightly integrated ecosystem of partners for meeting customers’ complex business needs in today’s rapidly moving technology arena.”

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About Akamai Akamai(R) is the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere. At the core of the company’s solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform(TM) providing extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com and follow @Akamai on Twitter.

About Haivision Network Video Haivision delivers advanced technology for streaming, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military markets. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago, with technical excellence centers in Beaverton, Ore.; Austin, Texas; and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai’s management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt our services or network by hackers or others, unexpected termination of Akamai’s relationship with Diesel, a failure of Akamai’s network infrastructure, and other factors that are discussed in Akamai’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.

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CLEAR-COM CHOOSES AUDIOPRO FOR DISTRIBUTION IN THE NETHERLANDS

AMSTERDAM, NOVEMBER 17, 2011 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce the appointment of AudioPro as its new distributor in the Netherlands. AudioPro, the region’s leading lighting and professional audio equipment provider, will offer the full range of HME professional intercom products as well as a majority of Clear-Com’s offerings, focusing on solutions designed for the theatre, live entertainment, studio and broadcast markets. more

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DW SERVICES GROUP SELECTS AVIOM PERSONAL MIXERS FOR CHURCH INSTALLATIONS ACROSS THE U.S.

Pro16 Personal Mixing System Helps Eliminate Stage Volume in Houses of Worship

TUCKER, GA, NOVEMBER 17, 2011Aviom personal mixers have become the solution of choice for DW Services Group for helping to reduce stage volume and to ensure spoken messaging is clearly heard during church services and events across the country.

“When working with churches, our primary concern is about the message and the word,” says Fred Jacobson, co-owner/operator and VP of sales and marketing, DW Services Group. “Without that being heard or if it’s cluttered by stage volume from the band, those who have come to listen to the pastor or the minister won’t get the full message. Aviom gives us the ability to have the message come across and not be overshadowed by the band, so we like to place A-16II Personal Mixers in every venue that we can because they truly eliminate stage volume.”

A full-service audio, video, lighting and recording company, DW Services Group provides site consultations, gear rentals, equipment maintenance and repair, complete system design and installations both large and small for churches in the U.S. Having worked with such churches as Mountaintop Faith Ministries, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Light of the World and Changing a Generation in Atlanta, Jacobson understands the importance of balancing stage volume for a congregation and utilizes personal mixers from Aviom to help manage individual monitor levels for the musicians.

In a typical worship setup, signals from the instruments and mics in the pulpit are fed into the front-of-house console, such as the Yamaha M7CL digital live-sound console or PM5D digital mixing console. The Aviom AN-16/i Input Module then takes the signals from the console and outputs a digital audio stream. The digital signal is then sent via Cat-5 to an A-16D Pro A-Net® Distributor near the stage, which sends monitor stems via Cat-5 to the personal mixers, which are used with in-ear monitors or powered wedges.

“The Aviom A-16D Pro fits nicely in my equipment racks and once I set it up, it’s done,” says Jacobson. In addition to being simple for the audio mixer, Jacobson notes the system’s ease of use for the musicians. “What makes Aviom a good fit for our musicians compared to other options is the feel of the knob. So, for example, a musician may not watch the dial to see if it’s on seven or eight, so with the Aviom personal mixers, the click tells them exactly where they are. With the 16-channel mixer, they can simply click eight times, whereas other systems require a sweeping turn.”

Other features Jacobson appreciates are the option to group the mixers and the lack of learning curve that comes along with the system. “Aviom gives me a card that I laminate and put on top of the mixers. The musicians study it and it takes them five minutes and they get it. Between the recall and grouping, I can get somebody doing 50-100 songs and recall them without a problem,” he says.

“In all, Aviom is a great investment and very reliable. I haven’t had a mixer or a Cat-5 breakdown,” says Jacobson. “It’s not overpriced and it’s certainly something that every church needs.”

For more information about DW Services Group, please visit http://dwservicesgroup.com.

Aviom pioneered personal mixing with its Pro16® Monitor Mixing System and continues to break new ground with the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. With tens of thousands of products in the field today, Aviom has set the standard for high performance, scalable digital solutions. All Aviom systems harness the power of A-Net®, Aviom’s innovative digital audio technology that simplifies system design while enhancing flexibility and fidelity. All Aviom products are designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.Aviom.com.

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Kaufman Ltd Names Red TX As Its Preferred Broadcast Audio Supplier


Broadcast sound specialist Red TX has been named as the preferred audio supplier for all broadcast projects undertaken by production company, Kaufman Ltd.

Founded in 2009, Kaufman Ltd is headed by Mike Kaufman and provides executive production and supervisory services to a range of companies including Live Nation, Smooth Operations, Universal Music and O2.

Mike Kaufman says: “I have worked with Red TX on numerous high profile music festivals and events and have come to appreciate the quality of their work and their dedication to getting the best possible broadcast sound. When you are dealing with a live event, it is really important to have the support of a team you trust because it must be right first time – there are no second chances.”

In recent months Red TX has been called in to handle the broadcast audio for various projects on which Mike Kaufman has been Executive Producer. These include Hard Rock Calling and the Download festival, both of which were produced by Live Nation and broadcast on Sky Arts and Vh1 USA; Sainsbury’s Super Saturday, which was broadcast on Channel 4, and Kings of Leon – Live In Hyde Park, which was recorded for future release.

“One of the main reasons I have named Red TX as my preferred audio supplier is because they show such enormous pride in their work,” Kaufman adds. “It also helps that they have recorded so many artists and bands over the years. It is very reassuring for a band undertaking a live event to know the sound team and to trust them on the basis of past good experiences. This was certainly the case with Linkin Park and Bon Jovi, both of which had Red TX driving the audio controls.”

Red TX director Ian Dyckhoff says: “We are really pleased that Kaufman Ltd has consolidated its relationship with Red TX and we take it as a huge compliment that a producer of Mike’s experience recognises the quality of the service we offer. We look forward to working with him on many more groundbreaking music events in the future.”

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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, both of whom have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

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Wohler Announces New Software Interface for MADI-8 Audio Monitor

PC-Based Interface Enables Quick Configuration of Channel Naming and Preset Assignments

SAN FRANCISCO — Nov. 15, 2011 — Wohler Technologies today announced a new software interface for the company’s MADI-8 in-rack audio monitor that allows for control and quick reconfiguration of channel presets from any PC. With the new software, operators now have the ability to name any or all of the 64 available channels and then assign them up to eight available presets. Configurations can be saved as files on the set-up application, so operators can instantly recall channel names and presets from previous events and assign them to other MADI-8 units.

“MADI-8 was the world’s first in-rack MADI monitor to offer simultaneous monitoring of up to eight channels,” said Jeff McNall, product manager at Wohler. “Now, with this new channel-naming and preset configuration application, the unit provides even more convenience in high-volume monitoring applications.”

Giving users the option of creating presets via a PC and keyboard rather than on the MADI-8 unit itself, the firmware upgrade and software application download significantly reduces the time required to configure a MADI-8. For installations with numerous MADI-8 units, using a simple device server adaptor for each of the serial ports can enable all of the MADI-8 units to be controlled via an Ethernet network. This capability allows users to switch MADI-8 units between sport- or event-specific presets over the network, taking very little time to shift channel names and presets from one broadcast to the next.

“We designed the MADI-8 to be a flexible, powerful, and easy-to-use solution for cost-effective audio confidence monitoring, and this new software interface makes the unit an even better match for demanding broadcast and production environments,” added McNall. “Wohler is evolving to incorporate the use of Ethernet networks in configuration of our products. We’ve done it on our AMP2-16V-3G monitor, as well, and we continue to look for additional ways that our customers can take advantage of having Wohler products networked.”

The new software application and firmware upgrade are free to existing MADI-8 users. More information about the MADI-8 and access to updates is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc. Wohler offers a comprehensive and award-winning range of audio, video, data monitoring, and captioning products designed to provide the highest quality solutions for facilities of all sizes and complexity. Founded in 1987, the San Francisco Bay-area manufacturer has grown to become the dominant provider of confidence monitoring and signal management solutions for the broadcast and pro audio/video markets. Originally inventing and defining the category of in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring products, the company has expanded its offerings to include solutions for captioning and loudness. More information about Wohler and its full range of solutions is available at www.wohler.com.

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DNF Sets New Standard for Control Integration in Broadcast Operations With New Flex Control Network(R) Applications

SYLMAR, Calif. — Nov. 15, 2011 — DNF Controls today announced the release of a series of new applications for the Flex Control Network(R), DNF’s modular platform of professional IP-based machine controllers. The new applications provide control integration enabling broadcasters to solve all manner of operational control problems, setting a new standard of excellence for operational efficiency and profitability. The applications are designed for all segments of the broadcast industry, including live and live-to-tape production; master control and playout; broadcast and network (cable) operations; postproduction; live sports; live news; and machine control.

The Flex Control platform consists of device controllers with 25 (and counting) drivers and interface solutions that combine with a full range of control panels to create applications for solving even the most complex control problems while using existing I/P infrastructure as the backbone. With its tactile control surfaces, browser-based interfaces for ease of use and deployment, and simple push-button operation using “event to action” logic for sophisticated, automated control, Flex Control delivers unparalleled centralized and distributed control over machinery and workflows.

“Today’s broadcast facilities comprise more disparate technology than ever before, and all these systems need to be networked, managed, and controlled in new fundamental ways,” said Dan Fogel, CTO of DNF Controls. “The feedback we’re hearing from our customers around the world is that they have found Flex Control Network to be the simplest yet most versatile, and certainly most reliable, solution on the market to address operational control issues. The Flex Control broadcast applications integrate easily with their existing equipment, so they don’t miss a beat when changing setup. Plus the modular nature of the platform means they can scale and adapt the system as their requirements change.”

Flex Control offers infinite possibilities for controlling, monitoring, and managing networked devices over LAN, WAN, and the Internet. With Flex Control, users can add and change devices, control protocols, and control points whenever and wherever they want without disrupting their workflow. Flex Control lets users redistribute the broadcast or production workload at a moment’s notice to keep up with late-breaking news, equipment failure, and unexpected personnel changes or other events. Users can control almost anything in their facility from anywhere in the world using DNF’s Web services from a computer, tablet, smartphone, or any other Web-enabled device.

Flex Control Network is based on DNF’s more than 20 years of experience providing “must work,” mission-critical control systems for broadcast and production operations.

More information on DNF Controls solutions is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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About DNF Controls DNF Controls is a leading provider of hardware- and software-based control solutions for equipment used in the television broadcast, audio/video production, post-production, and graphics markets. By partnering with industry-leading manufacturers and customers, DNF provides innovative, reliable, precise, and easy-to-use products for point-to-point control as well as facility-wide multipoint control applications. DNF Controls’ customer list includes all major U.S. television broadcast and cable networks, domestic and international television stations and production facilities, mobile production trucks, stadiums, and arenas. DNF Controls is headquartered in Sylmar, Calif. More information is available at www.dnfcontrols.com.

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Matrox Video Products Group Appoints Japan Material as Exclusive Distributor in Japan

MONTREAL — Nov. 16, 2011 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today announced the appointment of Japan Material Co. Ltd. as the exclusive distributor of its end-user products in Japan. Japan Material will represent the full line of Matrox video products, including the popular Matrox MXO2(TM) I/O devices, the new Mojito(TM) MAX(TM) I/O card, the Convert(TM) DVI scan converter, and the MC-100 SDI-to-HDMI mini converter.

“It is important to Matrox to have a strong partner in Japan to provide sales and service assistance to our customers,” said Mingkai Yang, Matrox director of sales, Asia-Pacific. “We are very happy to welcome Japan Material as our sole distributor for channel products and have every confidence that the company’s considerable experience and expertise will enable us to grow our business together.”

“Over the past 10 years, we have had a successful partnership with Matrox Graphics Inc., providing computer graphics solutions for the Japanese market,” said Yoshi Sakaguchi, general manager of Graphics Solution division at Japan Material Co. Ltd. “We look forward to the new challenge of working with Matrox Video Products Group to strengthen the Matrox brand among Japanese broadcasters, post-production facilities, and A/V integrators.”

Matrox and Japan Material will be partnering at InterBEE 2011 to demonstrate Matrox video products on stand 5510.

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About Matrox Matrox Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, DVD/Blu-ray authoring, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate communicators and videographers worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information visit www.matrox.com/video.

Matrox is a registered trademark of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.

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Summit Integrated Systems Installs HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers at Flatirons Community Church in Colorado

Summit Integrated Systems installed a Crown-powered JBL VERTEC line array system at the new Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, Colorado.

LAFAYETTE, Colorado — A new mega-church in Lafayette, Colorado has revitalized the downtown area and the Christian community. Located in a remodeled former Walmart and large grocery store, Flatirons Community Church is a 4,100-person capacity house of worship, occupying 160,000 square feet of space. The main sanctuary has as much in common with a theater as a church, including a sound system of epic proportions featuring more than 30 HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line array and PD Series loudspeakers, powered by more than 50 Crown® Audio I-Tech Series amplifiers.

The sound system design and installation was contracted to Summit Integrated Systems of Lafayette, Colorado, a full-service audio, video and lighting company with expertise across all large project disciplines. Summit provides a variety of services locally and nationally, from turnkey installations to large specialty subcontracting.

“Our challenge was to provide clear, large-scale sound with full coverage in a room that measures 50,000 square feet, yet still maintain an intimate feel,” noted Tyson Wiens, Vice President of Operations for Summit. “The bands at some of the services absolutely rock the house, and we needed to deliver levels of 98 to 100 db at the mix position.”

Summit went with a system that includes 10 JBL VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements per side, complemented by four VERTEC VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers. Two JBL PD743 loudspeakers are used for side fills and seven PD743 speakers are employed for down fills, along with two PD764 loudspeakers used as delays.

“We knew we wanted line arrays for the new church,” stated Wiens. “In the old facility, we were blowing smaller speakers all the time. We demo’d several brands of loudspeakers and worked hand in hand with the church in the process, which was easy as they’re right down the street from us and we’ve done projects with them before. The new sanctuary is a totally renovated space, which was advantageous as we could integrate the audio/video and lighting design with the rest of the new construction.”

“We chose the VERTEC VT4889 for a number of reasons. The punch of the dual 15-inch speakers and the four 2250H 8-inch midrange drivers was unlike anything else we’d heard. The VT4889 has plenty of headroom—it’s a real rock and roll box—and can ‘breathe’ without compressing the mids and vocals. Also, they fit within our budget.”

“The room is basically a big square box with the stage located in a corner, and the seating fanning out from the base of it,” continued Wiens. “Providing adequate coverage was definitely a challenge—and we found that we needed additional speakers to augment the VERTEC arrays in order to completely fill the room. We consulted with JBL engineers and came upon the solution of using the PD743 speakers to extend the left and right coverage beyond the VERTEC arrays, and maintain the stereo image. It’s a novel application that works perfectly.”

“Another important consideration is that we chose Crown I-Tech amplifiers because they’re specifically designed to integrate with the VERTEC speakers and the BSS® Audio Soundweb™ London BLU-800 signal processor we used,” said Wiens. “Although there are other good amplifiers out there, the fact that the VERTEC speakers and Crown amps are designed to work in synergy made setting up and tuning the system a lot easier and faster.” The system employs 10 I-T12000HD, 23 I-T9000HD and 19 I-T5000HD power amps.

“The Flatirons Community Church is one of our most successful installations,” concluded Wiens. “You can’t come out of there without feeling moved and inspired.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

UK’s Royal Naval Air Station Upgrades Helicopter Trainer with Dual-Input Christie Matrix StIM Projectors

The full flight simulation system at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose in the UK, where training facilities for the RN Sea King helicopters are based, has upgraded its visual system technology with the new Christie Matrix StIM™ WUXGA DLP® LED projectors. The upgrade dramatically advances the capabilities of their training and simulation facilities, allowing them to support normal visual operation as well as stimulation of aircrew Night Vision Goggles (NVG) simultaneously. For the Commando Helicopter Force and Airborne Surveillance and Control crews, who are tasked with supporting operations in Afghanistan, it fills a critical gap in the NVG training and offers them realistic, state-of-the-art imagery from the pilot’s cockpit.
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“The Sea King simulator is a world class training facility that provides cost effective, unique and invaluable training for all Royal Navy Sea King aircrew, as well as foreign users,” noted Lieutenant Commander Steve King, who is Officer in Charge. “It offers a realistic 200 degree field of view (FOV), representative of what pilots see from the actual helicopter cockpit. The recent upgrades were designed to enhance training for front line operations and include a full Defensive Aids Suite and a new Afghanistan package with bespoked graphics and hostile environments to provide a more realistic and challenging simulator training.”
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To achieve the world’s most advanced, true-to-life NVG training environment, an array of three dual-input Christie Matrix StIM single-chip LED projectors were installed, driven by upgraded versions of the ThalesView family of powerful Image Generators (IG).
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Christie’s InfraRGB™, which combines RGB and IR LEDs illumination, and Christie InfraScene™ contribute to the projectors’ unique ability to process and display infrared content. With Christie’s IR-compatible MotoBlend™, designed to maximize life-like images of both day and night, and Christie Twist™ processing, all of the projected images blend seamlessly to provide the ultimate, life-like 200 degree FOV from the simulator cockpit.
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Thales UK, which installed the system, recommended the Christie Matrix StIM projectors because of their unique ability to support both normal visual operations and stimulation of NVG. Because they raise the low-level night flying imagery to a higher level of fidelity than was previously supported by CRT projectors, they allow trainee and front-line pilots to realistically experience these challenges from the cockpit before getting airborne.
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“With the addition of new ThalesView IGs, the results were higher brightness and improved graphics. Whether 3D seascapes where the waves rise, as well as recirculation FX – sea, snow, sand and dust simulating the down force of the blades as they come into land – images are exactly what the pilot sees,” said Thales UK’s Brian Mouser, the program manager who supervised the five-week installation phase. “It’s a new level of realism of the different terrains and conditions likely to be encountered by helicopter personnel, including ground warfare, driving, military aircraft, and a wide diversity of physical environments.”
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Mouser added: “Technology has moved on considerably since we last updated the simulator. The Christie Matrix StIM offers capabilities that simply hadn’t been seen before, such as its unique ability to run conventional night and NVG images simultaneously. It also offers a huge weight, power consumption and size advantage. The StIM improves visuals, training and reduces power usage.”
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The new simulation center has proven extremely popular at RNAS Culdrose, with pilots and instructors alike observing the brighter and sharper images. They now relish the fact that air crew can operate in both visible and NVG modes simultaneously — an invaluable training aid especially for night operations to unlit landing sites as well as ships’ flight decks.
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“The simulator prepares our aircrew for every eventuality,” said Pat Douglas, Commander, Sea King Force, “By testing our aircrews in the safety of the simulator, we can take them far beyond anything that they are likely to experience in Afghanistan. This means they will be better prepared if they are faced with difficulties in theater. Just like in a real situation, in the simulator, they must take evasive action against enemy fire; engines will be ‘failed’ at critical moments of flight and the weather will be extreme. Key to this realism is that the new graphics are able to replicate actual areas of Afghanistan.”
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“The Christie Matrix StIM is the first projector to provide independent control over both the visible and infrared spectrum, and enable real-time balancing of both color and brightness levels,” observed Zoran Veselic, vice president, Christie Visual Environment. “It is also designed with solid state illumination, making it virtually maintenance-free. “Intense, 24/7 engagements spanning daytime as well as nighttime operations are the new reality of modern theaters of conflicts, making NVG training a crucial component of today’s state-of-the-art trainers. Christie is pleased to partner with Thales UK and contribute to RNAS Culdrose’s latest upgrades to the visual systems of their renowned Sea King simulators.”

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