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Platinum Tools® New Coax Clarifier™ Layout/Fault Finder Now Shipping

CAMARILLO, Calif., Aug. 1, 2012 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, is proud to announce that the new Coax Clarifier™ (p/n TCC200 / 220) layout/fault finder is now shipping.

“The Coax Clarifier system has been designed to qualify and quantify ‘Dark’ coax systems,” explained Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “The field technician often comes across ‘Dark’ unpowered coax systems that give no clue as to their design, condition, or configuration. Made in the U.S.A, the Coax Clarifier helps solve this problem.”

The Coax Clarifier determines individual run quality as well as to determine the ability of the overall system’s capability to deliver good quality video at both standard and high definition levels. With an easy-to-read large backlit LCD, the Coax Clarifier shows loss levels on each coax cable run and displays a bar graph of quality for each. Detecting and testing splitters for quality, shorts/opens, etc. is also done on each test. Finally, the Coax Clarifier uses inexpensive wiremap remotes that allow the technician to singlehandedly “map” an entire system easily and quickly. Cable length measurements, signal quality measurements, and wiremapping all in one compact, rugged tester.

In addition, separate wire mapping sets allows a technician to map out the entire coax system and measure the quality and characterization of the overall network for carrying services, such as high grade video, surveillance data, and HD programming. It also has the ability identify the testing remotes through splitters, showing the end location of multiple runs off of installed splitters.

Additional Coax Clarifier features and specifications include:
• Measures cable length up to 1,500 ft. (457 meters)
• Four unique tones to distinguish between respective outlets
• Wiremaps up to 12 coax locations
• Size: 6.8 x 3.15 x 1.3 inches
• Weight: 12 oz (with battery)
• MSRP: $329 – $449 USD (depending on kit configuration)

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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SYMETRIX SOLUS 16 REVITALIZES FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF APPLETON

appelton_fum_church.JPGAPPLETON, WISCONSIN: The roots of First United Methodist Church of Appleton, Wisconsin were planted 165 years ago when a frontier preacher named William H. Sampson gave a sermon in one of the few shanties that comprised the nascent town. Sorrows and joys enough to fill a book span the years between then and now, and presently First United is the spiritual home for over 1,300 residents and a cornerstone of community life. Long ago, the church outgrew its chapel and constructed a larger sanctuary on adjacent land. However, the chapel continues to serve the community on a nearly daily basis, hosting organizational meetings, prayer meetings, weddings and musical events – most notably involving students and staff from nearby Lawrence University. Metro Sound & Video recently modernized the chapel’s sound system with a Symetrix Solus 16 processor and Extron user control that will soon be more

Vaddio Selects Industry Leading IT Distributors to Represent IT Channels

Vaddio’s industry leading EasyUSB video and audio conferencing products will now be available to the IT industry. Because the recently launched EasyUSB tools can also be used as a computer peripheral, Vaddio has selected three IT distributors to provide distribution to the IT community: Visitec Distribution, HD Distributing and Stampede.

Since 2001, Visitec Distribution has been a certified distributor for Tandberg Videoconferencing products, now Cisco Telepresence. Visitec will continue to grow this existing IT channel by adding Vaddio’s EasyUSB solutions. “Visitec Distribution is proud to expand on our long history with Vaddio by being named as a national distributor of the Vaddio EasyUSB products for the IT partner channel,” says President of Visitec, Chris Reiss.  “The steady adoption of software-based codecs has created demand for a high quality PTZ camera and room audio solution that enables group collaboration. The Vaddio EasyUSB product addresses this emerging need with simplicity and cost effectiveness.”

HD Distributing is a national value-added distributor of videoconferencing and Unified Communication solutions. In an effort to provide partners an end-to-end solution, HD Distributing will add Vaddio EasyUSB tools to its existing product line that includes Radvision (an Avaya Company), AvTeq, Chief, LG and Global Conferencing Solutions. “We are extremely excited to add Vaddio to our product portfolio,” explains CEO of HD Consulting, Steve Garber. “As companies embrace Unified Communications and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models, the need to conference with anyone, anywhere has become a necessity. Vaddio’s EasyUSB products allow any room to become a high definition TelePresence suite, with support for virtually any desktop conferencing platform, and enables companies large or small to expand their video collaboration capabilities.”

Known for its value-added distribution, Stampede is a leading distributor of presentation equipment – specifically Sony Videoconferencing solutions. “Vaddio’s EasyUSB is a game-changing product line,” says Stampede President & COO, Kevin Kelly. “Together with our other videoconferencing solutions, specifically those from Sony and Radvision, Stampede now offers an unprecedented range of offerings for all IT applications, platforms and price points. What more, every one of our system solutions comes backed with the necessary engineering expertise and product knowledge required to make every solution we sell an easy turnkey experience for customers.”

About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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U.S. BROADCAST TEAMS RECRUIT AUTOSCRIPT TELEPROMPTERS FOR THE SUMMER’S MAJOR TELEVISED SPORTING EVENTS

Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, a world leading teleprompting company, announces that several of its prompting solutions are helping broadcasters go for the gold when delivering the latest sporting news from Europe. U.S. broadcasters recruited a series of LED19TFT, LED15TFT and LED8TFT teleprompters to cover these memorable games. more

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Crest Audio & Peavey MediaMatrix Provide Networked Power & Control for Fountains of Bellagio

When the Las Vegas Strip’s world-famous Fountains of Bellagio added new music to its repertoire for the first time in six years, Crest Audio® power amplifiers and MediaMatrix® digital networked audio processors were there to help bring the magic to the throngs who flock to this spectacular man-made oasis.

The Bellagio recently added iconic pop songs “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “Billie Jean,” and Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood”—with a multitude of Crest Audio CKi™ Series power amplifiers—to the playlist at the most celebrated, beloved free attraction on the Las Vegas Strip.

The 8½-acre body of water that welcomes visitors to the Bellagio features more than 1,200 water cannons, including 16 “extreme shooters” capable of sending water streams up to 500 feet in the air, as well as a mood-setting fog system and nearly 5,000 lights to illuminate the display seven nights a week. Each fountain is programmed and maintained by a team of 30 specialists, and in its 14 years of operation, the Fountains of Bellagio have never missed a show due to a technical issue.

A team of Crest Audio networkable power amplifiers provide rock-solid, high-quality sound reinforcement for the Fountains of Bellagio. The system includes 79 Crest Audio CKi 800V amps, 21 CKi 1600V amps, two CKi 800S amps, and one CKi 1600S amp, all of which are outfitted with Nx Ethernet cards for networking with the Peavey® MediaMatrix® NION® n6 processor, which controls the zones, volume, EQ, mapping and more for the entire audio system. more

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Continues Popular ‘Mixing with Professionals’ Seminars With Live Sound Engineer Dave Kay

NORTHRIDGE, California — Soundcraft’s ‘Mixing with Professionals’ series has become popular in the US and abroad with industry pros and newcomers alike, offering tips and tricks about using Soundcraft Vi Series consoles from some of live sound’s most experienced engineers. On August 21, Soundcraft continues the series at the HARMAN campus in Northridge, California with seminars hosted by internationally renowned front of house engineer Dave Kay.

Dave Kay is a hugely respected front of house engineer who has traveled the world mixing live sound in every imaginable variety of outdoor and indoor venue. He is a director at Liverpool, UK-based Adlib Audio and has mixed shows in the US, England, Australia, Japan and numerous locations around the globe, ranging from festivals with The Coral, Scissor Sisters, The Lightning Seeds and Scottish band Del Amitri.

Responding to feedback from attendees of the MwP USA program over the last year, this program will now be more focused on formal training, taught by a working engineer. Dave Kay will be hosting a hands-on tutorial with Vi consoles, with 2-3 guests per Vi console in a classroom atmosphere. Guests can expect to enjoy the stories and tales from Dave’s years of experience on the road, and also learn how to configure and mix a show using the Vi series of consoles. If guests bring their own USB stick, they can save their settings and take them on the road for their next gig or carry on working on their show settings using the Soundcraft Virtual Vi offline editor, available free on the Soundcraft website.

Kay knows his way around a Soundcraft Vi6 digital live sound console better than most—he road-tested prototypes of the console while it was in development.

“The Soundcraft Vi6 is user-friendly, without skimping on any essential features,” said Kay. “It has been designed with the engineer in mind to give as much visual feedback that you would take for granted on an analog console. With some digital consoles you have to scroll through layers of menus and screens. The Vi6’s interface does not slow you down, yet the snapshot feature is very comprehensive and enables you to go as deep as you want to go with it.”

The course will run from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with lunch provided. The course is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited. Attendance is open to freelance or employed professional sound engineers. Details are available at http://usa.soundcraft.com/ and participants can register by sending an e-mail to Soundcraft-usa@harman.com

The HARMAN Campus is located at 8500 Balboa Blvd., Northridge, CA 91329.

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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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Matrox Releases Mountain Lion Support for Entire Line of I/O and H.264 Encoding Products

MONTREAL — Aug. 1, 2012 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today announced the immediate availability of Mac(R) OS X(R) 10.8 (Mountain Lion) support for Apple(R) Final Cut Pro(R) X and Apple Compressor with the Matrox MXO2(TM), Matrox MXO2 MAX families of I/O devices, and the Matrox Mojito(TM) MAX card.

“The timely release of this new Matrox driver underscores our commitment to providing the support our users need to get the most from their creative tools,” said Wayne Andrews, product manager at Matrox. “Our customers can take immediate advantage of Mountain Lion’s great new features while continuing to reap all the productivity benefits of their Matrox devices with FCP X and Compressor.”

Matrox support for other applications such as Adobe(R) Creative Suite(R) 6 Production Premium, Avid(R) Media Composer(R) 6, and Avid Symphony(TM) 10 will be validated as Mountain Lion versions of those applications are released.

Availability
Matrox products are available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. The new Matrox version 3.0.1 software includes support for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), as well as Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion). The software is available now to registered users as a free download from the Matrox website.

About Matrox I/O solutions for Mac
Matrox MXO2 and Mojito MAX products are ideal for professional video capture, monitoring, and delivery with industry-leading editing and content creation applications. Matrox MXO2 devices are the only solutions that connect anywhere, to laptop and desktop systems including all of the new Mac models — 13-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch MacBook(R) Pro, Mac Mini, iMac(R), and MacBook Air(R) systems — with the same versatile unit. Connectivity is provided via Thunderbolt(TM), PCIe(R), or ExpressCard/34. Even customers who purchased MXO2 devices years ago can simply purchase a Matrox MXO2 Thunderbolt Adapter to future-proof their editing systems. Along with the new Matrox Mojito MAX card, MXO2 devices are also the only I/O solutions on the market that integrate directly with Apple Compressor to deliver H.264 files up to five times faster than software alone, without sacrificing quality.

About Matrox CompressHD for Mac
Matrox CompressHD implements Matrox MAX H.264 encoding acceleration technology in an amazingly affordable half-length PCIe x1 card for Mac Pro. The ideal companion to Apple Compressor software, it works in systems with or without a video I/O device and gives users the power to deliver H.264 content for the web, mobile devices, and Blu-ray(TM) up to five times faster than software alone, without sacrificing quality.

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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 and Matrox MXO, Matrox MAX, and Matrox Mojito are trademarks of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.

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Joe Manning and International Sales to Represent VUE Audiotechnik in Asia-Pacific

L to R: Jim Sides, EVP at VUE Audiotechnik and Joe Manning of International Sales

San Diego, CA (August 1, 2012) – With a nod toward Asia and the Pacific Rim as key strategic territories, newly formed loudspeaker manufacturer VUE Audiotechnik today announced that Joe Manning of International Sales will serve as the company’s official representative throughout the region.

Under the terms of the partnership, Manning will help expand VUE Audiotechnik’s presence throughout the Asia-Pacific region by assembling and managing a distribution network for the company’s growing family of professional loudspeakers technologies.

“Joe’s reputation for building and leading highly-effective international sales channels is simply unmatched in our industry,” stated Jim Sides, executive vice president at VUE Audiotechnik. “His expertise, and solid relationships will be absolutely invaluable as we introduce new, innovative technologies and seek to forge strong, long-term business relationships throughout the world. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Joe and his team.”

VUE Audiotechnik was launched in March by Jim Sides – former Meyer Sound Germany CEO and Apogee Sound co-founder, and Ken Berger – co-founder and former CEO of EAW.

Manning launched International Sales nearly 20 years ago to help U.S. manufacturers connect with international dealers and distributors. Since then International Sales has helped to expand worldwide market share for some of professional and consumer audio’s most noted brands including EAW, APB Dynasonics, Symetrix, and Furman Sound.

“I’ve known both Ken and Jim for many years and I respect their passion for innovation and their commitment to driving the industry forward,” Manning remarked. “Already—in just four short months—VUE has introduced some very compelling technologies. I am enthusiastic about this company and am looking forward to bringing their innovations to customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.”

VUE Audiotechnik Contact: kritland@vueaudio.com

International Sales Contact: joe@intlsales.net

 

Stay up to date on future VUE Audiotechnik developments by visiting: www.vueaudio.com

About VUE Audiotechnik

VUE Audiotechnik is a California-based designer, manufacturer and marketer for professional audio systems for a broad range of sound reinforcement applications including: touring sound, theatre, club sound, portable PA, houses of worship and commercial audio. A truly global company with a local feel, VUE Audiotechnik is committed to achieving the absolute highest level of loudspeaker performance through a “real-world” design philosophy utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques, all backed by an unwavering commitment to support, service and long-term relationships.

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Busy New Jersey Integrator Updates Restaurant From Old Control System to ELAN g! In A Single Day!

After the owners of the New Jersey-based restaurant group Delicious Heights learned how much easier it was to manage their restaurant’s audio and video with the ELAN® g! Entertainment and Control System in one restaurant, they decided to upgrade their Berkeley Heights, N.J. flagship location from their original AMX system to ELAN g! What’s more, and because everyday counts in the restaurant business, it was of the utmost importance that the g! system be online right away without disrupting a single hour of business operations.

Cue the custom installation pros at Maplewood, New Jersey-based 360 Media Innovations, who worked through the night from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. one recent Monday morning and had the new g! system up and running on the first day!

“It was nerve-wrecking, but also exciting, to see if we could get the system changed over in a single night,” said Abiose Gale, co-owner of 360 Media Innovations. “The restaurant owners needed it to be a smooth transition so the guests wouldn’t even know anything changed. It took some hard work and quick fingers, but we got the old AMX system out and the new ELAN g! system installed, programmed and running in less than 10 hours. We couldn’t have done that with any other control system.”

Owners of older control systems in both commercial and residential locations can benefit from the long list of third-party components that integrate with the g! system, which allows them to keep using much of their existing equipment and lowers the overall cost of installation. The complete installation by 360 Media Innovations, which was performed throughout construction of the renovation, included installation of new amplifiers, indoor TVs, two 55” Sunbrite outdoor LCD TVs, 27 surveillance cameras, an ELAN TS10 touch screen, and the programming for every interface device.

Alex Rubinstein, co-owner of Delicious Heights, was impressed at how much simpler it is to operate the new ELAN g! system than other control systems he’s used. “We have 18 TVs showing 7 live sources and eight audio zones that can play five sources, so there’s the potential for it to get complicated. But with ELAN g! it is always clear and easy to see what is playing on each TV and audio zone, and just as easy to change the channel or the source. When a guest asks to raise the volume or change the channel, they’re always blown away that our managers can simply pull out an iPhone and hit a couple buttons. And now we can easily log in to both locations from our iPhones to check on the restaurants when we’re home or on the road. Add that to the fact it was more affordable than almost every other control system, and ELAN g! is the clear winner.”

The switch to ELAN g! was coincident with an expansion of the restaurant that added a 24-seat private dining room with two wall-mounted 37” Panasonic LCD TVs as well as room for 3 additional tables, eight feet of bar space, one POS terminal and one new Samsung thin-bezel 37” LCD TV all in the main bar area. The private dining room even has its own iPod dock and VGA input so private parties can show videos on the TVs and listen to music from their own iPods or iPhones!

According to Carl Sciarrone, the project manager for renovations at both restaurant locations, 360 Media Innovations and ELAN g! were his only choice for the second location. “After working with 360 and seeing what they could do with the ELAN g! system, I knew we’d be working together again soon. Having the same system at both locations is ideal, because the owners can easily monitor everything from their iPhones. I can definitely see them integrating the lighting, security and HVAC in the future.”

The restaurant’s ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System includes an ELAN TS10 touch screen at the main bar, iPhone and iPad control, and one point-of-sale terminal (POS) with the g! control interface. Each interface device provides a live video preview function that lets the user see what is currently playing on each video source, in real time, before sending the signal to a TV. This makes it easy for the manager to change to the right video source the first time, every time.

The system uses the ELAN HC6 Controller, two ELAN S86P Multi-Zone Audio Controllers, an ELAN DT11 Tuner and four Crown amplifiers. The media sources include six DirecTV feeds, a Comcast Cable feed, a DVD/VCR combo, am/fm radio, SIRIUS|XM® satellite radio, and two iPort iPod docks.

Currently, the g! system manages the audio and video for Delicious Heights, and can easily be expanded in the future to integrate control of the restaurant’s security, surveillance, HVAC and lighting systems.

As for the impact the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System is having on his business, Gale couldn’t have put it simpler than this: “With ELAN g! we definitely write far more orders and far less code and that has made all the difference to the growth of our business. It’s staggering!”

About ELAN Home Systems:
Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers and distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

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Christie Partners with Crystal CG as Exclusive Corporate Partner of New Bureau Internationale Des Exposition (BIE) Center in Paris, France

Christie®, a world leader in visual technology displays, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Crystal CG, a leading digital media company, to supply innovative visual display solutions for the new Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) multimedia exhibition and information center in Paris, France. The Center, a collaboration between Crystal CG and BIE and 100 percent funded by Crystal CG, will be dedicated to the history of world expos. It will house a permanent exhibition highlighting BIE’s accomplishments, presented on the latest cutting-edge multimedia technologies from Christie. It will also feature meeting rooms to discuss Expositions, large-scale events and a comprehensive digital research library for delegates, scholars, students and future Expo organizers. The Center held its official grand opening July 27.

Crystal CG is a major Christie AV partner in China and the Official Digital Imaging Service Provider of the 2012 Olympic Games. As a corporate partner of the BIE Center, Christie will be providing a diverse array of advanced digital displays that include the award-winning Christie® MicroTiles® in the reception area, as well as projectors throughout the facility, including the exhibition area, meeting rooms and an immersive first-person experience area.

“As a result of the hugely successful collaboration between Crystal CG and Christie at the Qing Ming Festival at Shanghai Expo 2010, Christie was given the opportunity to partner with Crystal CG at the Center, and therefore work more closely with BIE,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing at Christie. “It is a great privilege for Christie to be the exclusive corporate sponsor and to play an important role in the developmental phase of many key international Expositions that will have an impact upon the world stage.”

Cress observed that Christie is well positioned to partner with Crystal CG and co-partner the Center, as Christie has been a major provider of displays and projectors for large-scale events such as Shanghai World Expo 2010 and Yeosu Expo 2012 most recently.

Pascal Deseure, Managing Director at Crystal CG’s BIE Center noted, “Both Christie and Crystal CG are visual solutions pioneers with extensive experience in the industry. As partners, we look forward to demonstrating the power of visual technology to deliver messages from event sponsors and host cities on a grand scale, and to play a key role in the continuing success of BIE, the intergovernmental organization in-charge of all Expositions in the world.”

“The BIE is very pleased with this innovative space provided by Crystal CG in the heart of Paris. This showcase is a great opportunity to present and inspire world-class ideas to candidates, organizers and participants, through Christie’s cutting edge visual solutions,” Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, Secretary General, Bureau International des Expositions.

About Crystal CG
Crystal CG was established in Beijing in 1995 and has 3,000 employees in more 15 cities in China and around the world, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Singapore and Paris. It is a leading global creative group of digital and visual services, supplying clients in a wide range of industries (real-estate, mega-events, advertisement, automotive, medical, cultural, gaming, motion pictures, etc…) with integrated solutions and services. Crystal CG is widely recognized for its expertise and technical capabilities to deliver the most comprehensive and richest visual experience on the biggest scale and limited only by the imagination. Its creative visual solutions have powered such notable events as the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade and the Yeosu Expo 2012. In March 2009, Crystal CG was recognized as the official digital imaging service supplier for the 2012 London Olympics.

About BIE
The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) (International Exhibitions Bureau) is the intergovernmental organization in charge of overseeing the calendar, the bidding, the selection, and the organization of World and International Expos. The BIE was created by an international convention signed in Paris, France in 1931, which established the rights and responsibilities of the Expo organizers and participants. The role of the BIE is to supervise and ensure the application of this Convention. As the international governing body of Expos, the BIE provides the regulatory framework for these prestigious global events, in which countries, international organizations, civil society groups, corporations, and citizens participate.

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