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Metropolitan Opera Takes Delivery of Robert Juliat Victor Followspots

Victor

Victor

The Metropolitan Opera at New York City’s Lincoln Center has expanded its lighting inventory with the acquisition of four Robert Juliat Victor 1800W followspots as specified by Patrick Eagleton of Contemporary Lights & Staging, Stamford, Connecticut.

“The Met is all about quality and very particular about the products they buy, and the Robert Juliat name speaks for itself in that regard,” says Fred Lindauer, of Robert Juliat. “The Met already has a number of RJ 2.5W Profiles in their inventory so they were very willing to consider Robert Juliat followspots for this new application,” according to Lindauer.

They followspots had to be portable, easy to set up, and fit in the space reserved for them. In addition, they had to be very quiet since they would be located in the audience seating area. “After on-site tests the team at the Met loved the fact that the Victors operated silently and could be moved in and out of the theatre with ease,” Lindauer says. “The changeovers have been perfect. The Victors are durable fixtures so they can withstand being moved in and out on a regular basis without any problems.”

“The Robert Juliat name may have gotten us in the door at The Met, but it was the unique properties and craftsmanship of the Victors that sealed the deal,” says Lindauer.

Robert Juliat’s Victor followspot features a high-performance double condenser optical system, flicker-free electronic ballast, 100 percent closing iris in a removable cassette, 100 percent closing mechanical dimmer and ‘A’ size gobo holder. Victor boasts a six-way color changer system with removable filter frames as standard. The Met elected the optional Push Pull color changer since it is silent operating. Victor also comes standard with frost and IR filter frames.

About Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat is a three-generation, independent family-run company dedicated to the manufacturing of professional stage lighting products. Robert Juliat lights are used by customers who include Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, New York’s Lincoln Center, LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Bruce Springsteen, Disney Theme Parks, Carnegie Hall, The San Francisco Opera and Ballet, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Comedie Francaise, The Sydney Opera House, plus theatres, schools and public venues around the world.

R&D, production and the company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. For more information visit www.robertjuliatamerica.com.

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New York City’s Masterdisk Counts on Antelope Audio Trinity/10M Combination for its Image Stability and Sonic Integrity

New York, January 30, 2012 — Masterdisk, one of New York City’s foremost mastering facilities, has installed several of Antelope Audio’s Isochrone Trinity Master Clock and 10M Rubidium Atomic Clock units in its mastering suites, to maintain stereo imaging and the overall sonic integrity of projects passing through its studios. Masterdisk is installing multiple Antelope Audio Zodiac D/A converters at listening stations throughout the facility for quality control purposes.

According to owner Scott Hull, Masterdisk’s mastering suites were constructed with very high quality acoustics and solid grounding, and were already well clocked —therefore they did not appear to be candidates for improvement. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” he says. Yet, the Antelope 10M — which incorporates a reference generator that is 100,000 times more accurate than the quartz oscillators in most equipment — and the Trinity, which offers 64-bit DSP and up to 384 kHz audio streaming, have had a noticeable impact on performance clocking the digital audio converters in the rooms.

“Image stability can’t be generated, and it has to be maintained through the process,” explains Hull. “You can undo certain effects or jitter but you can’t ‘reimage’ something; you can’t get that image back once you lose it.”

As he further elaborates, any component within the signal chain has the potential to degrade the accuracy of the soundstage. “A lot of processors and many, if not all, workstations give you something back that isn’t quite as stable, as rock-solid, as what you put in,” says Hull. However, driving every component in the system from a high quality master clock can reduce the likelihood of any degradation. “Workstations simply work better by being clocked with a more stable clock. Every step along the way where you can give yourself a tenth of a percent, it adds up to something pretty noticeable at the end. And there’s a marked and audible improvement in the final product when everything is Antelope powered,” he states.

Keeping True Quality Control at the Helm
Hull believes that true quality control at the mastering stage has become increasingly overlooked as budgets have become tighter and clients’ time and involvement have decreased. “We really have to know exactly what we’re sending out the door. We have to have at least two sets of ears on every product that we send out. So we’re putting Antelope Zodiac DACs into several listening stations in our facility just to facilitate quality control passes. Suffice it to say we consider that to be one of the best and most open and accurate DACs we can get. Coupled with the headphone amp, this gives us really good functionality for hearing exactly what’s going out the door at 192 kHz or 96k or 44.1.”

As Hull recalls, one of his mastering engineers initially heard about Antelope Audio’s clocks from his clients, and had a unit brought in to evaluate. He also notes that veteran mastering engineer Vlado Meller, who joined Masterdisk when Universal Mastering Studios closed in mid-2011, was a longtime Antelope Audio user. “Once we’d worked with it and got more of the boxes in more of the rooms we came to like what it did,” Hull reports. “The integrity and sonic experience was better overall, and everyone was happy.”

What matters, he continues, is the integrity of the system from beginning to end, and utilizing a high definition master clock can make a difference to the end result. “Sometimes it’s analog, sometimes it’s digital, sometimes it’s digital and analog. But they do like to play together better when they’re locked to a common master reference. When you’re working from a 96k file or a digital device at 96k, through an analog console and back out to a CD master at 44.1, the fact that everything is resolved to a common reference seems to work.” He comments, “I’m just trying to get to an end result that makes the client nod their head.”

“Mastering Your Favorite Records Since 1973”
Established in 1973, Masterdisk has handled projects by a who’s who of the music business over the years, including – to name just a few mastered by Hull – Bob Dylan, Sting, Lou Reed, Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen, Panic at the Disco, plus many, many others. Hull recently mastered “25 Years”, a retrospective 4-disc box set from Sting, and Vlado Meller recently mastered new albums for Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction — including iTunes-optimized masters to go along with the vinyl and CD.

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CES 2012 Exhibitors, Keynotes Rely on PESA Routers

Huntsville, Alabama – The 2012 International CES, a high-profile annual event to promote the consumer electronics industry, was held earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nev., and PESA routers played a significant role behind the scenes for several exhibitors and the keynote presentations from Ericsson, Intel, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.

Staging Techniques, an event staging company with offices in California, New York, Atlanta, and Seattle, was contracted to provide to provide video support for the keynotes in cooperation with the overall event management firm, The Production Network (TPN). “The CES Keynotes are an average sized show for us, with an audience size of approximately 2,000,” explained Bryce Will, general manager of Staging Techniques. “Where it does get fairly involved is with the technical complexity. Four different clients – all high technology companies – make for a pretty demanding environment. Lots of different sources, many different signal formats, and the quick changeovers required between the rehearsals and shows keep things exciting.”

The keynotes were streamed live and archived for on-demand viewing by the Consumer Electronics Association, Staging Techniques’ primary client, as well as the individual keynote companies. Two PESA Cheetah 64NE HD-SDI routers were used to feed video switchers for live HD cameras and other sources during each of the presentations. Will said the PESA routers are permanently installed in the company’s HD flypacks.

“Company-wide, we use almost exclusively PESA signal routing systems,” Will added. “They are just that reliable. We have been a PESA customer since 1996, and the vast majority of our production systems are based around PESA technology.”

With its universal device control (UDC) software and other technology, Clarkston, Michigan-based High Resolution Systems (HRS) provided support during the keynotes for Staging Techniques. HRS also provided rental and staging services for a major CES exhibitor, and used a PESA Ocelot 16×16 HD routing switcher to manage signals for a large video wall display in its booth. “Out of all of our HD-SDI routers, the PESA router has proven to be the most reliable,” said Drew Taylor, HRS applications engineer.

NEP Broadcasting, a Pittsburgh-based company that provides teleproduction services for live sports and entertainment events, supported another major CES exhibitor with one of its 3D-dedicated mobile production units, SS31, which features a PESA Cheetah 144×256 HD video router. “SS31 produced a 3D broadcast for the 3D network,” said George Hoover, chief technology officer. “The Cheetah is at the core of the production, handling signal distribution and routing for the entire show.”

“It was an honor to be part of such an important production initiative supporting the keynote addresses at CES,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “We understand the critical level of support our customers must provide in live venue presentations, and are pleased to be recognized for our long-standing reputation of quality products, service and support.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

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561-531-3106
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VP, Product Marketing
256-726-9200
dholland@pesa.com

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Clear-Com Global Rental Group Presents Single Source Communications Solution for Demanding Productions

Industry Veteran Larry Estrin to Head the New Rental Partner Network, Maximizing Access to Intercom Systems

ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA, JANUARY 30, 2012 – Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, has launched the Clear-Com Global Rental Group (CGRG). Through a network of experienced rental partners equipped to provide Clear-Com intercom systems for productions of any size, the new service, led by industry veteran Larry Estrin, offers greater flexibility and options for addressing customers’ communications requirements.

The CGRG comprises a hand-selected team of trained and experienced rental businesses worldwide. These partners support short-term and rapid installation needs with a full range of advanced wired and wireless production intercoms and technical support. As Director of CGRG, Estrin (who has extensive experience with events such as the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Grammys and Academy Awards) provides rental partners with greater knowledge, skills and resources to supply the highest level of production communications. By connecting rental partners across the globe, the CGRG also gives customers local access to the most fitting communications equipment for their specific applications, whether for film and television, live performance, special events or theater.

Estrin also conducts interactive training for CGRG rental partners on spectrum planning and frequency coordination. Additionally, he facilitates the collaborative effort of rental partners to supply communications equipment and technical support for large-scale productions, including international sporting events and high-profile live performances. Estrin will continue to strengthen existing rental partner relationships, as well as broaden the CGRG by bringing additional rental businesses on board. This will enable the company to supply an even greater number of Clear-Com systems throughout the world.

“Clear-Com has a longstanding commitment to expanding and improving the daily interactions we have with our customers and partners, helping them develop their knowledge base, enhance their decision-making and achieve their goals,” says Estrin. “By combining the strengths of all rental partners in the Clear-Com Global Rental Group, customers can access every type of communications solution, as well as expertise for even the most complex productions.”

Although Estrin will be the primary facilitator of the partner-to-customer relationship, customers also have the option and convenience of directly reaching out to rental businesses through the CGRG directory. Moreover, CGRG provides customers with connections to experienced engineers and technical staff, which saves them both time and money as they will not have to cultivate the expertise internally. Further, since the CGRG is backed by Clear-Com’s sales, application engineering, marketing, product management and engineering teams, customers are assured that production communication will be optimized. Overall, customers can enjoy the intimacy of working with a local intercom rental provider while reaping the benefits offered by a much more powerful global conglomerate.

For more information on the CGRG, contact Larry Estrin at larry.estrin@clearcom.com.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HM Electronics, Inc. (HME)
A privately held company founded in 1971, HME has continued to be a leading provider of innovative technology focused on enhancing productivity and customer service for multiple markets including pro audio, sports, and restaurants. HME developed the first wireless intercom system for pro audio and continues to introduce exciting, cutting-edge wireless intercoms that enhance communications, increase productivity and facilitate creativity for virtually any application. For more information, please visit www.hme.com.

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WorldStage Emerges a Winner at Showtime Sports’ “Super Six World Boxing Classic” in Atlantic City

Showtime Sports

Showtime Sports

WorldStage Inc. (the new brand for Scharff Weisberg and Video Applications) scored a knock out when it supported the final championship event for Showtime Sports’ “Super Six World Boxing Classic” at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on December 17, 2011.

WorldStage provided three big LED walls of varying sizes, a large Encore system for switching and routing, Pandoras Box systems for playback, audio for ground-level fill, a comprehensive lighting package and some of the rigging for the event. The championship capped a groundbreaking, two-year tournament featuring the best super middleweight boxers battling fight-by-fight until only Andre Ward and Carl Froch remained. Ward won in a 12-round decision broadcast live on Showtime.

“The championship was an enhanced version of a normal boxing match,” says Jim Ferrara, lighting designer and production manager with Frank Gatto Lighting, which has numerous clients in Mixed Martial Arts and boxing. “Normally, there’s ring lighting and moving lights. But this was the finale and a really big deal in the boxing world. So WorldStage delivered the additional bells and whistles: a lot more lighting effects, video playback and enhanced audio.”

WorldStage’s extensive LED inventory and expertise with the technology made the company the ideal choice to supply the venue’s Entrance, Feature and Banner LED walls.

The Entrance wall was a custom-designed triumphal entryway 32 feet wide and 14 feet at its highest point with a door in the middle, for the fighters to enter through, and 11×8-foot curved return wings on either side. The Entrance wall was comprised of 150 WinVision 18 tiles.

Suspended to one side of the boxing ring was the 14.7×25.7-foot Feature wall consisting of 112 WinVision 12 tiles. A ribbon-shaped Banner wall was located above the edge of the ring; this LED wall measured 5.5×23.8 feet and was created from 32 Everbrighten 15 tiles.

Feeding the entire system were three (and one back up) Pandoras Box systems from WorldStage, which were programmed by Alex Bright. Over 9TB of content were delivered to WorldStage where they were encoded and edited in the company’s Mini MRC Rack.

Each Pandoras Box hit a 32×32 Encore DVI router that fed Encore VPs and Avitech multiviewers. Mike Alboher was WorldStage’s EIC and Encore programmer.

“Using the Encore allowed us to switch screens from Pandora [content] to feeds from the production truck sending the show out live,” explains WorldStage event manager Josh Perlman. “The Encore also color corrected all the LED walls for optimum camera viewing.”

Although there was very little time to ready this complex equipment for broadcast, “everybody at WorldStage did very well,” says Ferrara. “Fans were treated to a great spectacle and a very exciting evening.”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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MIDCAN BECOMES FIRST IN CANADA TO RENT FUJINON’S VERSATILE NEW TELEPHOTO LENS FOR STAGING AND PRODUCTION

Wayne, N.J.– If there’s one thing a broadcast-quality rental and staging firm quickly learns, it’s that the critical choice of equipment can make or break their reputation. This factor was top of mind for Winnipeg, Manitoba’s award-winning MidCanada Production Services when they purchased the first FUJINON XA50x9.5BESM HD Telephoto Lens delivered in Canada.

MidCan Director of Operations Chris McIvor explained that it’s all about finding the sweet spot of versatility and affordability, while providing the quality and durability that his rental operation demands. “We thought it was a great idea for FUJIFILM to offer a multi-purpose studio/ENG box lens with a built-in camera mount,” he said. “As a rental house, that was really important to us because we have a wide variety of cameras, more than thirty in stock. Since we don’t need separate mounts, the lens will work with any of our cameras. Mounting the lens is simpler, and the cameras are lighter and easier to use.”

McIvor noted that the other big deciding factor in MidCan’s choice was the fast lens speed: “The 1.7 aperture gives us the opportunity to shoot in very low light conditions. We don’t do stage lighting, but in rental and staging you never know for sure the lighting conditions in the particular environment you’ll be facing. It could be a concert one day, a sporting event the next.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division designed the XA50x9.5BESM with this kind of flexibility in mind for any type of large venue requiring tight shots at long distances. The lens features the Digi Power servo control system and Digital Quick Zoom to control the lens function quickly and accurately for all production environments. While McIvor is excited about the possibility of using the lens to shoot professional hockey games for Winnipeg’s new Jets franchise, he also sees many applications across Canada for live conferences and tradeshows.

“This lens is in a price range that is very affordable in the staging market for such a long telephoto lens with a great aperture,” he explained. The new lens is actually just one of a wide variety of Fujinon lenses in MidCan’s rental inventory. McIvor noted, “We get a lot of requests especially for the HA16x6.3BERD ENG/EFP lens. It’s a great mid-range choice with a combination of wide angle and high zoom range that everyone seems to enjoy. And, like all our FUJINON lenses, it’s delivered terrific quality and durability.”

McIvor added that in the demanding rental and staging business, it’s essential to work with manufacturers who support their products with great customer service. “We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with FUJIFILM. Our rep, Stosh Durbacz, is terrific. He’s one of those guys who will bend over backwards to make something happen, as he did in working with us to get the new lens here in Winnipeg and ready for the Canadian market. Thanks to his efforts, it’s boxed up and ready to be on a plane today. We couldn’t be happier.”

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

About Mid-Canada Productions

With its 16,000 square foot facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, MidCanada Production Services Inc. specializes in broadcast-quality equipment and crews for film, television and video production and post-production; audio recording; ADR recording and post production; SD/HD video camera rentals, sales and supply; and website design and development. Visit http://www.midcan.com.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/optical_devices/index.html

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Audio-Technica Kicks Off “50 Years of Passionate Listening” Anniversary Celebration with Special Gala Event at NAMM Show

STOW, OH, January 27, 2012 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology, is this year marking “50 Years of Passionate Listening” with its yearlong 50th Anniversary Celebration. The anniversary year officially kicked off in the U.S. with a special gala event during the 2012 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The party took place at Disney California Adventure Park on the evening of Thursday, January 19, 2012. A-T’s 700-plus special guests included musicians (including several Audio-Technica endorsers), recording arts professionals, dealers, distributors, customers and members of the press. Key personnel from Audio-Technica Japan (the parent company of A-T U.S. and the other A-T companies worldwide) were also in attendance, including Audio-Technica Corporation President Kazuo Matsushita.

The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour, followed by a Japanese Taiko drum performance and welcoming comments by Kazuo Matsushita. Audio-Technica U.S. President and CEO Philip Cajka then led a traditional sake barrel-breaking ceremony and toast. Sharing in the toast were onstage guests Ed Cherney (producer/engineer), Alan Parsons (artist/producer/engineer), and personnel from two of A-T’s first professional products dealers Skip Maggiora (Founder, Skip’s Music), and Jonathan and Susan Lipp (Owners, Full Compass Systems). The event then featured an all-star music revue produced by legendary GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer/producer Phil Ramone. The concert was hosted by emcee Dave Koz with the Gregg Field Big Band and featured guest performers Nikki Yanofsky, Mindi Abair, Siedah Garrett, Monica Mancini, Arturo Sandoval, Jim Brickman, BeBe Winans and Patti Austin. The night’s performances were a roaring success, with those in attendance applauding the show’s finale with a standing ovation while confetti filled the room to cap the celebration.

“This event is the kick-off of a year-long celebration of Audio-Technica’s ‘50 years of passionate listening,’ said Phil Cajka. “A-T’s ongoing commitment to the pursuit of worldwide audio excellence and innovation has changed the course of music history. We are so honored to be able to share this evening with A-T staff, artists, journalists and business associates – the extended A-T family, who has contributed so much to Audio-Technica’s success over the past 50 years.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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ASHLY AUDIO: FIRST TIME EXHIBITOR AT ISE AMSTERDAM

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – JANUARY 2012: Jointly hosted by InfoComm International and CEDIA, ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) became the A/V industry’s largest trade show last year, drawing almost 35,000 attendees. Ashly Audio, which has been represented by one of their distributors in previous years, will have its own stand (#7V214) at this year’s show (31 January to 2 February in Amsterdam). In addition to its stalwart network-enabled amplifiers and Protea(tm) processors, Ashly will demonstrate the capabilities of its new, highly-efficient KLR-Series amplifiers, all-in-one Pema(tm) multi-channel amp with on-board Protea(tm) DSP processor, intuitive FR-Series network fader remotes, and the new TM-Series mixer/amplifiers.

“Our international business has grown significantly in recent years,” said Ashly’s president, Mark Wentling, who will be joined by John Sexton, VP of sales and marketing, at the show. “We’re looking forward to meeting face-to-face with customers and industry friends from around the world. Of course, we’re also looking forward to introducing a broad audience to the unique value, functionality, and reliability of the Ashly product line.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. www.ashly.com

STOP BY AND SEE US AT ISE 2012 STAND #7V214

GRUNDORF TOUR 8 SERIES CASES DEPLOYED AT RESORTS WORLD CASINO NEW YORK CITY

*** Bar 360 at the Resorts World Casino New York City ***

Queens, NY – January 2012… Housed on the grounds of New York’s famed Aqueduct Racetrack, New York City’s first casino—the Resorts World Casino New York City—opened its doors on October 28th. Attracting tourists from the entire Northeast, the ‘racino’ (as it’s been dubbed by locals) houses some 5,000 video gambling terminals and electronic table games, including craps and a popular Asian dice game known as sic bo. Additionally, there are 18 food and beverage courts, two restaurants, four VIP lounges, and a bar. The bar—officially known as Bar 360—is the place to see and be seen and the room’s valuable electronics are protected by none other than Tour 8 Series cases from Council Bluffs, IA-based Grundorf Corporation.

Rockledge, FL-based The Integration Factory, a design / build firm that specializes in A/V, control, access control, and surveillance systems, was contracted to handle the design and deployment of the seemingly countless electronics that make Bar 360 the hotspot that it is. Carlos Gonzalez, The Integration Factory’s Senior Manager for Business Development, discussed the project and the factors that led to the deployment of a Grundorf Tour 8 Series Drawer Case and four of the company’s Shock Rack cases. more

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BRETFORD ANNOUNCES NEW BRETFORDU WEBINAR SERIES ON MOBILE LEARNING

BRETFORD ANNOUNCES NEW BRETFORDU
WEBINAR SERIES ON MOBILE LEARNING

New Series Empowers Educators to Adapt Teaching Environments to Support Mobile Learning; Based on New iPaper; Begins in February with Mini Sessions at TCEA 2012

CHICAGO — January 27, 2012 — Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., manufacturer of dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn, today announced its newest series of BRETFORDUniversity (BRETFORDU) webinars that focus specifically on mobile learning. Based on Bretford’s newest iPaper “Mobility & Learning in the Digital Age,” the six new webinars, which are free of charge, are set to begin next month. Bretford will also run mini sessions on mobile learning in its booth (#2365) during TCEA 2012, February 8-10 in Austin, Texas.

“Nearly 1,000 educators participated in our first BRETFORDU webinar series on social learning because they are dedicated to improving the space where teaching and learning occurs – they understand this responsibility,” explained Cindy Weinschreider, senior marketing manager, Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “This new series will continue to inspire educators by helping them understand the impact that mobile technology has on learning, while providing fresh ideas on how to embrace mobility by creating agile learning environments.”

In cooperation with Bretford, Tim Springer, PhD, president and founder of Human Environmental Research Organization (HERO, Inc.) developed the iPaper and will lead each of the six new webinars on mobile learning. “This series explores the impact of changing technology on the physical environment in which learning occurs,” according to Springer. “Using research evidence, case studies and examples, the webinars describe how mobile technology is changing education and define the requirements for educational spaces that support mobile learning.”

Each live webinar begins at 2:00 p.m. EST and runs approximately 30 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for questions and answers. Following the live sessions, each webinar will be available on demand in the BRETFORDU section of the Bretford website. The mobile learning webinar topics, descriptions and dates include:
• Mobility and Learning in the Digital Age (February 16). Discusses how learning is changing in response to mobility and digital media. Teaches how to recognize the contexts in which mobile learning is most effective and how to grasp the need to address mobile learning as knowledge-based and physical.

• Mobile Learners: Generation C (March 8). Addresses some of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding technology, age and mobile learning while recognizing Generation C and how this generation is changing what we think of as teaching and learning.

• New Technologies, New Learning (March 29). The integration of converging information and communication technologies into smart devices is changing how, when, where and why learning occurs. Participants will develop awareness of the new uses for technology in learning and acknowledge the characteristics of technologies that best support mobile learning.

• Contexts and Convergence of Mobility, Learning & Technology (April 19). Mobile learning requires us to rethink what constitutes learning and in what context it occurs. This session acknowledges how we can rethink learning to encompass important lifelong skills.

• The Learning Ecosystem: Integrating Teaching, Learning, Technology and Space (May 17). This webinar explores how an effective learning ecosystem integrates and leverages the key elements of learning, technology and space. It addresses a multimodal, multidimensional approach to learning and learning spaces.

• Facility Support for Mobile Learners (June 21). Effective implementation of mobile learning requires infrastructure and facility support. This session focuses on the facility requirements to support mobile learning technologies, the challenges of and opportunities for learning infrastructure, and developments that may help realize the full potential of mobile learning.

About BRETFORDU
BRETFORDU is an education vehicle for 21st century learners. Positioned to help educators stay ahead of the curve with live and online seminars and events, BRETFORDU focuses on new teaching methods and technologies in and outside of the classroom. It is designed to help those involved in education take charge of making the learning environment a better place today for the leaders of tomorrow.

To register for a live webinar, visit BRETFORDU, click “Webinars” and register for an available event. For more information about BRETFORDU, call 1-800-521-9614. Bretford can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf or Facebook at www.facebook.com/bretfordmanf.
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About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
Bretford is a manufacturer of furniture for both classroom and work environments. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of furniture solutions. With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Bretford’s superior workmanship and environmentally compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture.

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