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HARMAN’s Studer Appoints Mark Hosking to Position of Sales Director, Middle East and Africa

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – HARMAN’s Studer has appointed Mark Hosking to the position of Sales Director, Middle East and Africa. In his position, Hosking will be responsible for overseeing all sales activities in the Middle East and Africa regions, supporting Studer’s expansion in these markets.

Hosking brings more than 15 years of experience in the professional audio industry, having begun his career with AMS Neve in 1997. He has also worked with DSP Media (forerunner of Smart AV and manufacturer of integrated audio post-production systems), the Arbiter Group PLC (UK audio distributor), and Euphonix, where he managed sales in the film, TV post, music and broadcast markets across the UK, Ireland, Middle East, India and Africa territories, before moving up to the position of Director of Sales, EMEA.

“Studer has a reputation for excellent products and innovation and clearly understands the evolving requirements of the broadcast market,” Hosking said. “I’m really excited to be part of a company with a focused approach while continually innovating. In joining the team at Studer and the wider HARMAN group, I’m pleased to be working with some of the best and most renowned people in the pro audio business and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

“We are proud to announce the addition of Mark to the Studer team, as we anticipate his experience in the broadcast market will have an immediate, beneficial impact for our customers and on sales in the Middle East and Africa,” said Adrian Curtis, Senior Director Sales, HARMAN Mixing Group.

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Human Sounding Text to Speech Peripheral Targets Passenger Information Systems

TextSpeak ships affordable, high definition speech synthesis hardware in 20 languages to provide audio announcements for transit infrastructure, vehicles, kiosks and unattended platforms

For the first time, multi-lingual announcements in human quality voices can be generated from the digital signals feeding existing transit infrastructure. TextSpeak™ has released the TTS-EM-HD2, the smallest and most sophisticated voice synthesis paging and announcement product of its kind. The stand-alone package requires only one digital input signal and a speaker connection to produce spoken audio. The conversion of informational data to a clear, natural sounding voice is completely automatic.

Dynamic and real-time passenger information, alerts and security warnings can be spoken from message queues, streaming data or directly from typed text, locally or from distant distribution points. The TextSpeak integrated audio amplifiers deliver the synthesized sound to paging systems, radio and video channels, or directly to a single speaker.

Unattended bus stops and rail platforms that are silent can be upgraded to support arrival/departure announcements at extremely low costs. Safety is also enhanced when used to supplement existing public address systems. Mass notification and emergency messages can be sent and broadcast from information at remote command centers. In addition, passengers with disabilities, both blind or with limited sight can be accommodated with audio announcements.
Designed from the ground up to support transportation, the TTS-EM scales to meet the most demanding specifications.
• Speech can be created from existing sources, such as RS-232 feeds to scrolling LED digital signage, modem data and Ethernet broadcasts.
• Informational alerts can be pre-programmed and started with the push of a button or launched remotely by automated systems.
• Moving vehicles can offer dynamic announcement information transmitted by radio, from stored data, or updated locally from a keyboard.
• Multi-lingual announcements can be easily generated, with precise accents, to speak directly to international travelers.
• Audio messaging can be queued for sequential delivery. Real time text can be supplemented with pre-recorded messages, tones or even music.
• Deployment is suited for parking, platforms, trams, buses, gates, rail, marine and roadway systems.

“The speech quality we digitally synthesize is nearly indistinguishable from a spoken human voice,” said Nancy Wolfe, president of TextSpeak. “We have removed the requirement of a PC interface and created flexible deployment models with a suite of world languages. This will enable air, sea, rail and land transit systems a means to modernize audio delivery at a low cost that leverages their existing wiring and infrastructure.”

TextSpeak speech systems are currently deployed with ITS in large mass transportation facilities, onboard buses and at transit platforms worldwide. TTS-EM-HD2 versions are priced below $300 in moderate quantities and single unit evaluation packages are available online.

TTS-EM-HD2 World Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish, among others.

TextSpeak designs and produces human sounding embedded text to speech (TTS) voice solutions for transportation systems, banking, industrial, security and medical equipment. TextSpeak products interface with signage in transit systems increasing safety, streamlining passenger movement and providing support for people with disabilities (particularly the vision impaired). The technology is also used in security applications, providing mass notification information at schools, universities, buildings, factories, public facilities and municipal infrastructure. Automatic voice announcements in nursing call stations provide real-time notification without sacrificing eyes-on-patient activities for healthcare providers. TextSpeak also manufactures low cost Talking Keyboards that give a voice to people who have trouble speaking, either permanently or in post operation. For more information, visit www.textspeak.com

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AES Presses Play With Game Audio Track

Building An AAA Title, Web Browser Game Audio + Game EDU Programs

SAN FRANCISCO: In keeping with the skyrocketing trajectory of its namesake, the popular AES Convention Game Audio Track continues to break new ground. Committee Co-Chairs Jim McTigue and Valery Tyler report that Game Audio Track Chair, Steve Martz has developed a group of innovative presentations guaranteed to fascinate, stimulate and educate attendees. “As a Sr. Design Engineer at THX Ltd., and, an accomplished studio design consultant for over 1500 rooms including Sony Computer Entertainment, Square ENIX, Activision, Electronic Arts, THQ and Skywalker Sound, Steve Martz is eminently qualified to Chair our Game Audio Track,” Valery Tyler said. “The events and presenters he has assembled for the 133rd AES Convention are exemplary. We anticipate an extremely high turnout for each of them.

133rd AES Game Audio Track Events Include:

BUILDING AN AAA TITLE – Roles & Responsibilities: Presenters: An all-star group from Red Storm Entertainment, a leading game development company formed by best-selling author Tom Clancy. Participants include: Justin Drust, Audio Director; Chris Groegler, Audio Lead/Voice Producer; Fran Dyer, Sound & Music Designer; Matt McCallus, Audio Programmer; and Matte Wagner, Sound Designer – This panel will present a rare look at the genesis of an AAA title by a world-class creative team. Attendees will see the inner workings of the collaborative process as the group engages multiple Ubisoft studios to create the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Multiplayer development experience.

GAME AUDIO IN A WEB BROWSER: Presenters: Roger Powell, Senior Producer, Audio Technology; Electronic Arts Chief Creative Office; Owen Grace, Sr. Software Engineer, Electronic Arts; Chris Rogers, Sr. Software Engineer/Architect, Google; Guy Whitmore, Sr. Audio Director, PopCap Games – This session will focus on a research project to create a game sound engine in Javascript based on the W3C WebAudio API draft proposal. The sound engine generated 3D ‘spatialized’ rich audio content within a WebGL-based graphics game framework. The result is a networked, multi-player arena combat-style game that rivals the experience of playing on a dedicated console gaming device.

THE FUTURE IS NOW – Mind Controlled Interactive Music: Presenters:
Richard Warp, Composer/Sound Designer, Leapfrog; Kyle Machulis, Founder, Nonpolynomial Labs; Dr. Gautam Agarwal, Researcher, Redwood Center for Neuroscience; Nicolas Tomasino, Software Engineer, IGN Entertainment; Jim Hedges, Composer, Zynga; Adam Gazzaley, Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF – Consumers are seeking an ever-more immersive environment for their gaming experience. Whether the feedback comes from autonomic processes, or cognitive function there is no doubt that these ‘active input’ technologies greatly enhance the contextual responsiveness of a game. And, things are about to get more real.

NEW MODELS FOR GAME AUDIO EDUCATION IN THE 21st CENTURY: Moderated by: Steve Horowitz, The Code International Inc, MPA; Panelists: Steve Horelick (macProVideo); Scott Looney, Instructor, Academy of Art University; Greg Gordon, Founder/CEO, Pyramind; Michael Sweet, Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music; Stephan Schƒtze Composer/Sound Designer, Sound Librarian/FMOD – Panel will review the new ways in which the Internet and Social Media are changing the face of game audio education.

CAREERS PANEL – Getting A Job In The Game Industry: Moderator: Steve Horowitz, The Code International Inc, MPA; Panelists: Charles Deenen, Sr. Creative Director Audio, Electronic Arts; Richard Warp, Senior Audio Lead, Leapfrog; Adam Levenson, Agent, Levenson Artists; Jesse Harlin, Composer, Music Supervisor, LucasArts – From full-fledged degree programs, to one-year certificate programs, and single class offerings, game audio education is a hot topic. This panel will discuss the current landscape and offerings in audio for interactive media education.

ADDITIONAL GAME TRACK EVENTS INCLUDE:

DEMO DERBY – Music & Sound Design Critique: Moderator, Paul Lipson, Microsoft : Jonathan Mayer, Music Manager, Sony Computer Entertainment America; Don Veca, Audio Director, Sledgehammer Games at Activision; Paul Gorman, Audio Director, Electronic Arts; Dren McDonald, Audio Director, Loot Drop – Attendees will submit 60 seconds of their best work for detailed critiques from a team of leading pro audio director/producers. The Derby is open to game audio practitioners of all levels, including producers, composers and directors.

LOUDNESS ISSUES IN GAMES: Moderator, Steve Martz, Sr. Design Engineer, THX Ltd. Presenters: Richard Cabot, Qualis; Mark Yeend, Microsoft; Mike Babbitt, Dolby Labs – Loudness wars in games have been hotly debated, but without significant progress. Other industries have taken steps to rein in the content delivered to consumers. Are there parallels that can be applied to games?

HOW TO USE THE ‘INTERACTIVE REVERBERATOR’ – Theoretical Bases And Practical Applications: Chair, Steve Martz, Sr. Design Engineer, THX Ltd. Presenters: Masataka Nakahara (Onfuture), Toshiki Hanyu, Nihon University, Tomoya Kishi, and Takumi Higashi of CAPCOM Co. Ltd. – The ability to apply realistic computed acoustic responses interactively for video game sequences is an invaluable asset for in-game sound processing. The ‘Interactive Reverberator’ was developed to enable acoustical properties to be easily adjusted even after the calculated results are established.

A WHOLE WORLD IN YOUR HANDS – New techniques in generative audio bring entire game worlds into the realms of mobile platforms: Presenter: Stephan Schƒtze, Director, Sound Librarian – This presentation will examine new methodologies being developed for audio creation and implementation to allow large, complex audio environments to be created using minimal resources. Concepts for developing a new approach to sound design will be demonstrated.

GETTING INTO SOUND DESIGN: Presenters: Shaun Farley, Sound Engineer, Teleproductions International; Elise Baldwin, Audio Director, EA/Maxis; Nathan Moody, Design Director, Stimulant; Kyrsten Mate, Sound Designer/Sound Editor, Skywalker Sound – A cross-section of industry experts will discuss entering the effects editing and sound design field. In addition to Game Audio, the panel will discuss the broader industry (Games, Film, TV). Where the work is, and how they got started.

DOING MORE WITH LESS – How Games ‘Immersively’ Simulate Audio On A Budget: Presenter, Scott Selfon, Sr. Development Lead, Microsoft – How do games pack hundreds of hours of experience onto a disc, hard drive, or the web? Techniques used (and the tradeoffs incurred) to make seemingly infinite, unique, and dynamic sounds and music will be discussed.

AUDIO SHORTS (TOOLS): Three presenters will each serve up 20 minute-long overviews on specific sound design tools that matter most to them e.g. Sound Libraries and Favorite Plug-ins. The session will conclude with a Q&A.

TECH TOUR: San Francisco is home to Playfish and PopCap, two of Electronic Art’s newest studios. EA Redwood Shores’ Julie Wynn will conduct a tour of both of these facilities, which are located along the Embarcadero overlooking the Bay Bridge.

Photo 1 AES Game Audio Track Chair, Steve Martz

Photo 2 Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Multiplayer is featured in the AES Audio Game Track

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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HARMAN’s Studer Names Danmon Svenska AB Authorized Distributor for Sweden

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — HARMAN’s Studer today announced that it has appointed Danmon Svenska AB as its authorized distributor for Sweden.

Located in Täby outside of Stockholm, Danmon Svenska AB is one of four companies within the Scandinavian business group, Danmon Group. Danmon Svenska AB’s aim is to find cost-effective and durable solutions that suit its customers’ varying needs. Danmon Svenska AB supplies single products or complete turnkey systems and its company philosophy is to provide the best technical pre-sales advice and after sales support.

“Danmon Svenska AB is a well-known distributor with a proven track record of excellent support and technical expertise,” said Adrian Curtis, Senior Director Sales, HARMAN Mixing Group. “We are looking forward to working with Danmon Svenska AB to grow our sales in Sweden while continuing to provide top-level support to our existing customers in the region!”

“Studer is the world’s leading manufacturer of audio mixing consoles and we are excited to represent such an innovative and solutions-oriented brand,” said Lars Lundin of Danmon Svenska AB. “With our market experience and commitment to customer service, we feel there is no more qualified company to represent Studer in Sweden than Danmon Svenska AB.”

For more information on Danmon Svenska AB, please visit www.danmon.se

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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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HARMAN’s Studer Presents Call Management the Easy Way with CMS Lite

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — At IBC 2012, HARMAN’s Studer is introducing CMS Lite, the new, cost-effective telephone system solution for broadcasters. CMS Lite serves from a single studio up to multiple studio installations and integrates perfectly with Studer’s range of OnAir consoles, making call-ins easier to manage in the studio.

CMS Lite uses state-of-the-art technology and allows the installation of a flexible and scalable phone system. CMS lite profits from renowned and powerful technology, already proven in various large broadcast environments with more than 100 users.

Because CMS Lite uses off-the-shelf standard IT components, it is very cost-effective, requiring less installation labor, less cabling and providing a high return on investment. CMS Lite also helps save costs by moving away from old-fashioned, proprietary telephone hybrids.

CMS Lite retains much of the functionality of the large CMS System, including DJ Self-op, switchboard operator and producer modes, waiting rooms and database support.

For example, an external caller is first put into a waiting room. The caller’s number is automatically displayed; his name may be saved in the database, together with some additional information. If that person should call again, this information will be immediately displayed.

After a first, introductory talk the screener can drag-and-drop the caller to the studio where he immediately appears in the fader area of the console. The DJ can talk to the caller and bring him on-air at a single touch.

Outside calls can also be made by using either the on-screen keypad or the short-cut buttons for the telephone directory integrated in the database.

The CMS Lite system can start small, but may be extended later into an enterprise-wide server/client based system. If more operators are required to act in the background, more clients can be installed. If higher quality is desired, an optional codec can be added.

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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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The latest installment of WATCHOUT from BARTKRESA design

The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week celebrated its 25th anniversary with a poolside event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

WATCHOUT was used to manage video projections of the large predators as they swam across its 120 ft. wide poolside wall.

Bart Kresa, projection designer, BARTKRESA design has provided large-scale projections many times at the Beverly Hilton for HBO’s annual Golden Globes After Party. Those installations were notable for their intensity of colour and bold graphic themes,while this event required an equally complex but more naturalistic approach.

For this Discovery Channel event, Kresa employed eight WATCHOUT servers that blended multiple projectors.

The ability to manage the designs in layers enabled Kresa to present his hip, edgy graphics and animations.

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton says: “Bart Kresa never fails to impress audiences and peers alike with his creative, immersive and innovative ways of using WATCHOUT, often pushing the WATCHOUT to new heights.”

WATCHOUT is supplied to events and staging projects through WATCHOUT Premium Partner for North America, Show Sage.

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RTW ANNOUNCES SALES AWARD WINNERS AT IBC 2012

From left to right: Mahmoud Chatah - Head of Marketing and Sales, RTW and Georges Lemmens – Pro Audio Sales Manager, Amptec

Company Recognizes Amptec, Audiopole and Libor for Outstanding Sales Support

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER, 10 2012 – RTW (IBC Stand 8.E76), a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, awarded three of its distributors the company’s annual sales awards during its IBC sales meeting on Friday, 7 September. RTW recognized Amptec for “Best Performance – 1026D,” Audiopole for “Best Performance – TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9″ and Libor for “Best Performance – 31900 and 31960 Series.”

“It is our pleasure to recognize our distribution partners for all of the hard work and support they provide to RTW during the year,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “Amptec, Audiopole and Libor have been part of the RTW family for quite some time, and we have built strong relationships over the years. Each of these companies have helped shape RTW’s solid reputation in the broadcast industry. Their comprehensive knowledge of our products makes us confident that they will take good care of our customers. As always, we look forward to working with all of our distribution partners well into the future.”

Amptec, a premier pro audio equipment, contracting and systems integration company in Europe, is RTW’s longtime distributor in the Benelux region, servicing Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Audiopole is RTW’s longtime partner in France, distributing its line of products there, while Libor, based in Brazil, exclusively distributes RTW equipment in that region of Latin America.

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Clear-Com to Showcase Tempest®2400 Seamless Roaming and MasterBelt at PLASA 2012

LONDON, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is showcasing the Tempest®2400 with Seamless Roaming capability and Tempest®2400 MasterBelt digital wireless intercom for the live sound market at PLASA 2012 (Stand I-F29). In addition to the advanced features, reliability and robustness that are the hallmarks of the Tempest intercom family, the Tempest2400 Seamless Roaming and Tempest2400 MasterBelt offer even more coverage options for users. Tempest Seamless Roaming is ideal for large venues that are separated by sizeable distances, such as multi-theatre environments and/or outdoor venues. The MasterBelt is ideal for smaller, more mobile applications, including live, outdoor productions and tour-guide setups.

The Tempest2400 Seamless Roaming feature affords crew members the ability to move freely and wirelessly throughout large venues, such as multi-theater complexes, university campuses and sports arenas. This ensures that users can walk from one coverage area to another without interference or dropouts. The Seamless Roaming feature allows BeltStation users to migrate between as many as 16 different Tempest2400 BaseStations (coverage areas or zones). Both Seamless Roaming and iSelect Roaming are available to accommodate virtually every application need.

Tempest2400 BaseStations are linked together with the newest ZSync (Zero Synchronization) Technology. The ZSync Technology provides a zero-sync reference that coordinates the hopping patterns of all connected BaseStations every time the system is powered up, irrespective of random time variation in power-up sequences. This provides improved system performance and a seamless wireless experience.

“With Seamless Roaming, a Tempest2400 wireless BeltStation can cover an extensive area with multiple zones that would not be adequately supported by a single BaseStation installation,” says Craig Fredrickson, Clear-Com’s wireless product manager. “This allows audio professionals to focus on critical production cues rather than having to change the settings on their wireless BeltStations when moving within a venue.”

Ideal for mobile productions, the Tempest2400 MasterBelt offers most of the advanced features of the original Tempest2400 rack-mount BaseStation within a compact, portable package. This enables users to coordinate and communicate hands-free. One MasterBelt can be paired with any standard Tempest2400 CP-222 two-channel BeltStation to create a full-featured two-channel system operating in 80MHz of spectrum in the 2.4-GHz band. The MasterBelt itself also functions as a BeltStation, allowing communications between up to six full-duplex wireless users. As with all Tempest wireless systems, it does not interfere with traditional wireless microphone, IFB or in-ear monitor systems that operate in the UHF band.

All Tempest system are designed to be durable and can operate in harsh weather conditions. The BeltStations are protected by a durable, weather-resistant ABS co-polymer blend with a high-performance polyurethane overmold. The MasterBelt includes a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery capable of up to eight hours of operation. It can also be powered by three standard AA alkaline batteries as a backup, providing four hours of operations.

“The Tempest2400 system has proven itself as the ‘go-to’ communications solution for live productions, operating interference-free even when other wireless devices are in the same vicinity,” says Clear-Com Wireless Product Manager Craig Frederickson. “The MasterBelt is the latest development in the Tempest2400 line, giving users an even more flexible alternative for smaller mobile applications where a stationary BaseStation is not desirable, feasible or optimal, such as live outdoor theater productions, concerts or even as a tour-guide system.”

The Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology is embedded in all Tempest systems, which utilizes a narrow signal band that is continually changing frequencies to burn through RF noise and interference. As a result, the Tempest system does not compete with signals from other 2.4 GHz wireless devices, minimizing frequency coordination and enabling flawless performance. Moreover, the wireless system features state-of-the-art 2xTX Transmission Voice Data Redundancy, which sends each packet of audio data twice on different frequencies and through different antennas, ensuring uninterrupted audio communications.

As with all Tempest systems, the Tempest2400 offers three different modes of operations—normal, shared and split. All modes are supported under the Seamless Roaming function. A single Tempest2400 in normal mode can support between one and five full-duplex wireless users who always need to speak on the intercom system. However, in split or shared mode, an unlimited number of users can monitor the conversation and share talk capability. A combination of Tempest systems operating in either normal or shared mode can co-exist in the same environment for the ultimate in flexibility.

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)
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

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WATCHOUT greets visitors to Alexandria Center for Life Science, NYC

Colossal kinetic art display wows sciences and technology’s elite

Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image presentation software has been used by esteemed Niles Creative Group for a colossal 50 by 5 feet high digital video display in the foyer of The Alexandria Center for Life Science, an international hub for collaboration and innovation located the heart of New York City.

“Niles Creative Group were sought out by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc to design a colossal kinetic art display that creates a spectacular and unexpected visual experience in the guest lobby,” says David Niles. “We designed the content delivery system and its respective technology to mirror the innovation in science and talent that the center provides.”

The impressive display is made up of 34 seamless LCD panels with content managed by Dataton WATCHOUT and servers supplied by Show Sage. Show control for the system is performed by Medialon.

“Since installation, the intuitive display has worked very well. We’ve designed the system so that it can turn itself on and off and it even changes and selects its own video content. Our expert engineers sometimes log in remotely to change content and even the client is using the system with a custom designed touchscreen interface to add local or staff information on to the WATCHOUT timeline if needed.” The actual marble wall that exists in the lobby was duplicated for the screen, so that when the display is in its passive mode it naturally blends into its surrounding environment. The overall content for the screen is abstract and artistic style and thematically centers on the “life sciences. All content was designed and created by Niles Creative Group.

“To manage the content, we’re using the conditional layer feature of WATCHOUT which allows content on different layers on the timeline to be switched on and off,” adds Niles. “WATCHOUT is packed full of features for multi-image display production and Niles Creative Group really knows how to use its full potential. The Alexandria Center is no exception,” says Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton.
Jim Testa, President of Show Sage, the WATCHOUT Premium Partner in North America, adds, “Show Sage were on hand to provide Niles Creative with the expert local back up and support for this project and I’m pleased to say that the system has worked very well since installation, which is true testament to the flexibility and reliability of WATCHOUT.”

The Alexandria Center for Life Science – New York City is designed to foster unique and innovative collaborations among New York’s world-renowned academic and medical institutions, preeminent scientific talent, top-tier investment capital, and the broad and diverse commercial life science industry and to speed the translation of promising new life science discoveries “from bench to bedside.” It is New York’s first and only premier life science park in New York City and addresses New York’s need for state-of-the-art commercial laboratory space, allowing the city to capitalize on its unparalleled top-tier science, talent and capital.

Image credit: The Alexandria Center for Life Science, Niles Creative Group.


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Manage, blend, warp and interact live: Dataton brings WATCHOUT to InfoComm MEA 2012

Image caption: Multimedia specialists Iltek Communication supplies WATCHOUT to the 10th International Turkish Olympic games watched by 70,000 people at Istanbul's Türk Telekom Arena Stadium.

Image caption: Multimedia specialists Iltek Communication supplies WATCHOUT to the 10th International Turkish Olympic games watched by 70,000 people at Istanbul's Türk Telekom Arena Stadium.

See Dataton at InfoComm MEA, Stand TA-C40, 14-18 October 2012, Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, UAE

Award-winning Swedish image processing and control specialists, Dataton will bring their WATCHOUT multiple image and display software to the Middle East at InfoComm MEA 2012. The company will also participate in the hotly anticipated InfoComm University education and hospitality seminars taking place during the show.

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director, Dataton AB explains: “The Middle East has typically been a region that uses WATCHOUT in new and exciting ways and we hope to highlight just a few of the new features of WATCHOUT during InfoComm MEA 2012.”

WATCHOUT is a fully scalable system that’s software based and does not require proprietary hardware. It orchestrates still images, animations, graphics, video, sound and live feeds into a single show across multiple display areas, either soft-edge blended or scattered.

Video streaming and interactivity
WATCHOUT integrates video streaming and devices such as network cameras to allow video to be accessed over a standard network solution. It also offers the ability to interact with live components and assets of interactive media. Users can position, rotate and move all media objects in 3D and interactively. WATCHOUT integrates with various devices and external systems so users can connect sensors and control sources, such as iPads, to on-screen elements like images, video and live feeds.

Live presentation
A built-in text editor allows last minute changes, or additions, in presentation text without the need for graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop®.
The latest version also has a DMX recording function that lets you record a complete lighting show and play it back from a single cue in WATCHOUT. This new feature makes WATCHOUT even more attractive in live events and staging applications.

Stereo playback and management of multiple outputs
WATCHOUT offers 3D effects and stage preview to position and rotate all media objects, including motion paths and video fly-through. Seamless stereoscopic playback and support is offered for multi-head output cards so up to six displays can be driven off one display computer using a single cost-effective WATCHOUT license.

Dataton WATCHOUT will be found in use on several partner booths at the show.

Education is the name of the game!

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton will present two seminars on Multi-Image Projection Techniques during InfoComm MEA. One seminar will be presented as part of the Hospitality Seminar on 15 October 2012 at 2-3pm, Room 6A and the other as part of the InfoComm University™ programme on 16 October 2012 at 3-4pm, Room 6B.

Seminar participants will gain an understanding of the application of large scale projection technology exploring the tools of edge-blending, geometric correction, warping and mapping.

Interested parties are encouraged to register early at https://infocomm-mea.com/.

WATCHOUT will be at InfoComm MEA 2012, Stand TA-C40, 14-18 October 2012 at the Dubai International Convention Centre.

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