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Christie Digital Signage Solutions Augment Retail Sales and Deliver Corporate Brand Messages

Christie®, a global visual technology company, will showcase its broad range of industry-leading digital signage solutions, which include designing, building, deploying and on-going monitoring services for the retail market, January 16 –17, at the National Retail Federation’s BIG show.

On Display at NRF, Christie Booth #667:
The Christie displays at NRF include a 2 wide by 6 tall (32 inches wide by 72 inches tall) Christie® MicroTiles® shopping station with touch interactivity, 11 additional Christie MicroTiles in a unique and engaging configuration, and two stacked 55-inch high-definition Christie FHD551-X HD LCD flat panels.

Interactive Virtual Shelf™ Displayed on Brilliant Christie MicroTiles:
Last year, NRF 2011 attendees previewed an exclusive sneak preview of the Virtual Shelf™ interactive concept display with mobile applications, designed by Arsenal Media, in collaboration with Christie. In 2012, the concept truly comes to life.

This stylish digital destination combines the award-winning Christie MicroTiles with a gesture-interactive shopping platform, mobile features, QR code promotions, lounge soundtrack, and ambient print design. Attendees will instantly see the benefits of this client-focused application that not only showcases up-sell and cross-sell opportunities based on fashion style or client persona, but gives consumers full control over their shopping experience by providing product category, model and color choices. The Virtual Shelf is unique in that its features are adaptable to each retailer’s brand, merchandising strategy and décor.

“The Virtual Shelf is a smart and stylish new breed of interactive shopping destinations. I believe it answers today’s consumer expectations regarding their in-store experiences while providing innovative merchandising opportunities for retailers. It utilizes a minimal amount of space without diminishing the impact of the sales experience and access to full inventory,” said Denys Lavigne, president of Arsenal Media.

Engage Clients from the Get-go With Corporate Lobby Digital Displays:
A Christie MicroTiles display demonstrates how Christie’s corporate lobby was renovated using this technology and booth visitors can inquire about how The Nielsen Company and others trust Christie to design, build, deploy and monitor corporate lobbies. Christie MicroTiles are modular, digital display tiles that interlock with one another like building blocks, creating a near-seamless display.

Christie as Guardian of Your Digital Networks:
Attendees learn how Christie teams with dealer networks to offer custom display solutions and support – including designing, building, deploying and monitoring displays through Christie’s state-of-the-art North American Network Operations Center where experienced technicians monitor and protect customers’ digital investments 24/7/365.

Via video clips and images displayed on two stacked 55-inch Christie FHD551-X HD LCD flat panels, attendees will also discover how Sun Life Financial (sponsor of IRIS by Cirque du Soleil® at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood), Fresh® (a Louis Vuitton subsidiary) and Rave Motion Pictures use Christie’s digital signage solutions and services.

“Christie has been in the visual technology business for more than 80 years, so we understand what retailers, architects and brand managers need to compete,” said Sean James, Christie’s vice president of managed services. “As guardian of digital signage networks, we offer specialty installations from design through deployment and into post-deployment monitoring and maintenance. We provide retailers the end-to-end solutions they need to increase their level of interactivity with customers, and to help them stand apart in a competitive world.”

Christie offers fully customizable, one-stop shopping from digital signage and services to additional products and accessories such as mounting brackets, frame and pedestal structural supports, Christie Vista Spyder and Christie Spyder X20 multi-image video processors, plus, a complete range of TVC controllers and media servers.

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Christie Provides TELUS Spark, The New Science Centre, With Complete Visual Solutions


TELUS Spark, The New Science Centre, is welcoming visitors with the help of 48 Christie MicroTiles and an assortment of Christie projectors. The center opened October 29, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta for people of all ages and abilities to explore and discover science, technology and art in new ways.

The two-story tall atrium houses an 8 unit wide by 6 unit high Christie MicroTiles array set between the Feature Gallery and the gift store.

Christie MicroTiles are modular digital display tiles that can be stacked and clustered like building blocks to create display walls of any shape or scale. They are also “self-aware” – meaning that the sensors built into the MicroTiles automatically complete time-consuming and costly color calibration needed to keep conventional video walls looking uniform.

“The Atrium is where we have a space for discovery leaders and hosts to deliver presentations and for informing people about what is happening at the center,” said Dennis Cheng, audio video manager, TELUS Spark. “There is a very large picture window on the south side of the atrium that lets in a lot of sunlight. In fact, it lights up the entire atrium. We needed a technology to overcome that issue and the Christie MicroTiles came in as the solution. The MicroTiles are LED-based and were the only product bright enough to overcome that large amount of ambient light.”

“Looking down from the second floor of the atrium, the MicroTiles display still looks great,” added Barry Crean, vice president, Operations. “People look down at the display from any angle and are quite impressed by what they see. The MicroTiles look terrific.”

A second wall, comprising 22 Christie MicroTiles, slated for installation this year, will act as a donor wall to recognize large-scale donations.

Ten Christie Projectors Complete the Solution

Cheng explained that as a new building, TELUS Spark is poised to attract a wide variety of special events and the Atrium is the perfect place to stage these opportunities.

“Again, because of the ambient light on the south end of the atrium, we needed a projector to overcome the light challenges. The Christie Roadie HD+35K was the best option,” said Cheng. “The Roadie projects 100 feet away onto a 30-foot by 16-foot screen that is suspended from a movable truss over 30 feet above the atrium floor.”

The center also has seven Christie DWU670-E 1-chip DLP® projectors with four dedicated to the Open Studio gallery. Catering to youth, the Open Studio allows participants to digitally paint with light or compose a symphony with color. The finished artwork or composition is then projected onto one of four screens.

Of the remaining three projectors, one is in the Being Human gallery and the other two are on mobile carts, used throughout the science center.

Christie DWU670-E 1-chip DLP® projectors provide exceptional brightness (6000 ANSI lumens / 6500 center lumens) and image quality with native WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution.

“We really like the look and performance of these single-chip projectors,” added Cheng. “They work exceptionally well and were the ideal wide-screen choice for our needs.”

A Christie DS+750 1-chip DLP® projector is used at the Shadow Rock exhibit in the Open Studio gallery. Offering an exceptional balance between high brightness and superior color and reliability for 24/7 applications, the Christie DS+750 digital projector delivers 7500 ANSI lumens at SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution.

“The final Christie projector we have is the Christie CP2220, located in our 164-seat Presentation Theatre,” Crean continued. “We wanted a quality space where we could do flat image 3D and the Christie CP2220 is exactly what we needed.”

Designed for ease of use and maximum reliability with the majority of screens in commercial exhibitions, the Christie CP2220 digital cinema projector is an all-in-one digital cinema projector solution and the brightest, highest performance projector with the lowest operating costs in its class.

“We had a walkthrough with some technology experts and they recognized that by choosing Christie projectors, we had chosen high quality and cutting edge technology. Once we decided on Christie, everything – including delivery of the products – happened very quickly,” Crean concluded.

“We worked closely with Geoff Chick (Central and Western Regional Sales Manager, Canada) and Dave Muscat (Senior Director of Sales, Canada) – who were very responsive throughout the process. Having great products means we have the potential to achieve great things with our exhibits.”

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HARMAN’s Studer Appoints Roger Heiniger as Product Manager

REGENSDORF, Switzerland– HARMAN’s Studer has appointed Roger Heiniger to the position of Product Manager. Heiniger’s primary responsibilities will include overseeing product development of Studer mixing systems and contributing to the company’s brand development programs. For the past six years, Heiniger has worked in Studer’s Regensdorf facility as Software Test Manager. Heiniger will report to Andrew Hills, who recently returned to Studer as Director of Product Management. more

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German Broadcasters Turn To Jünger Audio’s LEVEL MAGIC™ Algorithm For EBU R128-Compliant Loudness Processing

The recent announcement by the EBU that German public and commercial TV broadcasters are harmonizing on the R128 Loudness recommendation for their audio levels has come as no surprise to dynamics processing manufacturer Jünger Audio, which already supplies EBU R128-compliant loudness processing equipment to all of the major players in the German market. more

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