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Christie Laser-Projection at IBC 2012

Vice President, Post Production for Paramount Pictures, Corey Turner, addresses attendees of the “IBC Big Screen” theater at RAI Amsterdam (Sept 10), noting that “I am extremely pleased that the technology for brighter cinema exhibition is advancing and Christie is to be applauded for their advancements and advantages in this initiative.”

Christie Laser-Projection at IBC 2012

Dr. Don Shaw, Senior Director, Product Management, Entertainment Solutions at Christie®, addresses attendees of the “IBC Big Screen” theater at RAI Amsterdam (Sept 10) at the world’s first laser-projected screening of a full-length movie – Hugo3D – and the public premiere of Christie’s first prototype laser

RTW Relocates Cologne Headquarters

Move Supports the Company’s Continued Growth and Streamlines Operations

COLOGNE, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce that it will be settled into its new office on September 25. The new company headquarters, still located in Cologne, will now occupy two floors of a building that was once home to the German staff of Sony Corporation. While the company’s phone numbers and email addresses will not change, its new mailing address will be:

RTW GmbH & CO. KG
Am Wassermann 25
50829 Köln – (Cologne)
Germany

“We are very happy to move into a new space that is more modern and will help us to better streamline our operations,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “This new building will offer us new amenities that will help us to further focus on developing and manufacturing innovative solutions for the broadcast market.”

RTW has recently experienced much success with it TouchMonitor line of audio meters. The TM3, an affordable, compact version of the original TM7 and TM9, is quickly becoming an industry standard. The recently announced TM3-3G is sure to follow in its successful footsteps. The latest addition to the TouchMonitor line seamlessly allows the TM3′s current hardware and software design to visualize, convert and replay 3G SDI signals in TV and video production and post-production applications, offering a feature set unrivalled in its class.

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Adaptive Video Walls and Displays Creates Flyable Video Wall for the Cube Lounge at the Rivers Chicago Casino

Flexible Video Walls Can Be Retracted According to Venue’s Specific Need

CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 — Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, a division of Adaptive Technologies Group and the premier provider of innovative wall-mountable, floor-standing, interlocking and flyable video wall frames for multiple LCD, LED and plasma monitors, teamed up with SVT, a company that provides design, installation, management and service of turnkey technology solutions in a variety of venues, to create three interlocking video walls for the Cube Lounge at the Rivers Chicago Casino. Cube Lounge, a multimedia sports lounge by day and state-of-the-art nightclub/live-performance space by night, can raise and lower the Adaptive video frames from the ceiling, instantly transforming the space as needed.

When the lounge is being utilized as a sports venue, a two-sided 2X1 video wall, consisting of four 55-inch NEC flat-screen LCD displays, is positioned over the bar area. In the center of the lounge is a two-sided 6X1 video wall that also has 55-inch NEC LCD displays. During live performances, the front stage area houses a complete 4×4 video wall, which consists of sixteen 46-inch NEC ultra-thin bezel LCD displays. This video wall can be configured to exhibit one large image across all the displays or up to sixteen different images. When the venue is in nightclub mode, the entire video wall can then be lifted out of sight.

Adaptive’s precision-machined connecting bars and compression locks link multiple LCD frames together, horizontally and vertically, in both landscape and portrait orientations. Precisely dimensioned mounting frames and LCD monitors are assembled in tiers, and then the completed and locked assembly is flown utilizing a load-rated rigging beam and suspension components. Rigging beams secure to the top and bottom of the video wall for tilting displays, and cam-style compression locks provide seamless alignment between LCDs. Powder-coated alloy steel-welded frames and precision-machined connecting bars provide rugged overhead lifting for nearly any application.

“We are thrilled that we were able to solve the Cube Lounge’s multi-purpose needs through the use of our flying interlocking video walls,” says Paul Allen, president, Adaptive Technologies Group. “Our video walls help to easily transform this venue from a sports bar to a night club setting, with just a click of a button.”

In addition to the frames designed for use in this project, Adaptive Video Walls and Displays provides frames for various other LCD and plasma models that are employed in many permanent and rental and staging applications around the world, including narrow bezel models produced by NEC, Sharp, Orion, Samsung and ViewSonic.

About Adaptive Technologies Group
Adaptive Technologies Group combines the talents and disciplines of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and offers state-of-the-art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications. Adaptive’s combined divisions are a major resource worldwide by way of the design, development and manufacturing of professionally installed AV mounting and rigging equipment. Each brand offers its own standard and unique time-saving solutions, plus unlimited custom products for any venue or application.

In addition to providing a wide selection of popular mounting and rigging solutions, Adaptive is a major resource for hundreds of commonly used and often hard to find rigging hardware and fastener items, including metric sizes and pre-blackened wire rope and components. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products are made in the USA.

ATM Fly-Ware is the world’s leading designer of certified, pre-engineered professional loudspeaker rigging systems for permanent installations and live performances. Allen Products is a leading designer and supplier of universal fit standard, custom and OEM loudspeaker mounts, mounting loudspeakers to walls, ceilings, under balconies, to poles and vertical columns. Adaptive Video Walls and Displays is the premier provider of innovative interlocking wall, ceiling and floor mounted video wall frames and flyable video wall assemblies for multiple narrow bezel LCD, LED and plasma monitors.

For more information, visit http://adapttechgroup.com.

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Christie Technology Assists FishNet Security With High-Level Protection

Two Christie® MicroTiles® video walls and three Christie DHD800 1-chip DLP® projectors are helping keep watch at FishNet Security in Overland Park, Kan. FishNet Security is the largest information security solutions provider in North America, with clients in energy, financial services, government, healthcare, retail and other industry sectors.

FishNet Security, which serves most Fortune 500 companies, wanted its move into its new state-of-the-art headquarters earlier this year to include the best available technology, which is why Christie® was chosen for many of the company’s visual technology needs.

“When we bring clients and guests through our facility, it’s important to show them our latest solutions,” said Max Dodge, vice president of Sales at FishNet Security. “For that reason we brought in top-quality vendors like Christie to help us achieve that goal.”

Christie MicroTiles Lobby Display Welcomes Visitors While Curved Christie MicroTiles Video Wall Monitors Global Threats On-Screen
A 10-unit wide by 6-unit high Christie MicroTiles array greets guests in the lobby of the new headquarters as they step off the elevator. Powered by Christie Jumpstart, the video wall displays dynamic, rich media content provided by FishNet Security’s in-house Multimedia Group.

“This particular Christie MicroTiles array is flush with the wall and features vibrant graphics, which means people notice the content quickly,” said Justin Copeland, director of Multimedia at FishNet Security. “Guests immediately see their own names or those of the corporations they represent on the MicroTiles.”

In the company’s Security Operations Center (SOC), a 22-unit wide by 7-unit high curved Christie MicroTiles video wall supported by a frame created by RP Visual Solutions displays threat intelligence data, various monitoring tool dashboards, open work tickets, active service calls and other Java-based applications.

“When there is a security concern or other issue, they project and share that information with their colleagues and supervisors,” Dodge added. “Everyone then analyzes it and the appropriate action is taken. There is also a constant security monitor globe displayed on the MicroTiles wall that tracks information security threats from around the world.”

Christie MicroTiles have built-in sensors that monitor each LED’s performance, automatically adjusting brightness and color continuously for the life of the display. Built with reliable solid-state components, each LED is rated at 65,000 hours to half brightness. Combining both DLP® projection and LED technology, Christie MicroTiles offer super-fine resolution, substantially brighter images and a much wider color palette than most conventional LCD and plasma flat panel technology.

Whether installed to perfectly represent the company brand or for mission-critical applications, Christie MicroTiles deliver 24/7 reliability and a low cost of ownership.

Three Christie DHD800 1-chip DLP® Projectors Display on the Largest Corporate Touch Screen in the United States
FishNet Security’s Executive Briefing Center (EBC) Viewing Gallery features a custom-built interactive touch screen display provided by Float 4 Interactive. Measuring 33-feet across by 7-feet high, the smart glass technology enables HD presentations to be directed from three Christie DHD800 projectors suspended from the ceiling to avoid interfering with sightlines. A giant “navigation wheel” on the screen enables users to launch applications and display interactive content with the touch of a finger.

“The Christie DHD800 projectors work superbly in the high ambient light, which is both natural and artificial,” Copeland said. “It’s a 5760×1080 resolution picture, and we’re creating videos at this resolution for maximum impact.”

Suitable for fixed installs and live events, the Christie DHD800 offers full HD and high-brightness in a 1-chip DLP® projector along with a user-changeable, twin-color-wheel system that provides the flexibility to tailor presentations to maximize high-brightness images and achieve superior-color reproduction. Ideal for 24/7 operation, the Christie DHD800 includes a lamp-interval feature that enables you to select the usage times between the dual-lamps for balanced lamp life.

“With their clean lines, minimal footprint and no visible hardware, the Christie MicroTiles fit the bill perfectly,” Dodge said. “Not only are the Christie MicroTiles video walls functional, they are also showpieces. No one leaves here without being in complete awe of the technology they see.”

SIM2 Honors Best in the Business

Indianapolis, IN, USA — September 2012 — SIM2 is thrilled to recognize winners of this year’s Representative Awards, presented during CEDIA Expo 2012.

“SIM2’s representatives are the best in the business, so to be recognized as outstanding within this group is quite an achievement!” said Alberto Fabiano, Executive VP of SIM2 USA. “We know that the best level of service for our dealers includes a strong network of these fine individuals throughout the country. Thank you to all our representatives for their incredible service and congratulations to this year’s winners!”

And the award goes to…
SIM2 Best Development 2011-2012: Steve Lester
SIM2 Comeback Player 2011-2012: WSR
SIM2 Money Maker of the Year: Morris Tait and Associates
SIM2 Quota of the Year: Peter Lazarus
SIM2 Super Achiever: Nick Gavalas, NYMT
SIM2 Super Achiever: Will Parkinson, New Era

About SIM2 USA Inc. and SIM2 Multimedia
Since their entrance into the US home theater market in 1999, SIM2 USA, under the guidance of its parent SIM2 Multimedia (established in 1995), has dedicated its resources to marketing and servicing products that meet the demands of the US market. SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of home theater products and leading provider of high-end performance large screen systems (for control rooms, information, communication, and simulation) and professional projection systems for E–cinema applications. Over the years, SIM2 has gained a reputation for meeting the industry’s demands for new, emerging technologies, offering high-quality and reliable products that meet the customer’s need in any application. Products are designed and manufactured in Italy. The marketing policies of the company are world-oriented, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, UK, China, Germany (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

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Sales Representative Kirk Marchwinski Joins High Resolution Systems

High Resolution Systems is pleased to announce that Kirk Marchwinski has joined the company as a sales representative. He will handle all outbound calls for High Resolution Control, which offers easy-to-use, integrated Pro AV control hardware and software systems with its revolutionary Universal Device Controller (UDC).

“We’re glad to have Kirk onboard as the newest member of the High Resolution team,” says Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Mark Dziekan. “Kirk will be focusing on raising product awareness with the broadcast, live events, worship, government/military and corporate boardroom markets; introducing UDC to smaller integration companies; and finding long-term clients and dealers.”

High Resolution Systems has been expanding its team over the past year, welcoming technical specialist/sales engineer Dylan Ankney to the staff earlier this month. Dziekan is also a newcomer; he joined the company last December.

A native Michigander, Marchwinski is a graduate of Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business and studied international business in Australia and Singapore via Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. He was most recently Associate District Manager at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) in Dearborn where he finished in the top five among 34 sales reps for highest combined sales last spring.

“Having experienced the corporate culture at ADP, which is one of four AAA-rated companies in the U.S., I decided I wanted to build my career in a different kind of company,” says Marchwinski “High Resolution Systems and its amazing UDC product has an enormous amount of potential, and I want to become part of the next big thing here!”

About High Resolution Systems
High Resolution Systems, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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Iconyx Helps St. Joseph Parish Focus the Message

Needham, MA, September 2012…  St Joseph Parish has been a part of this community for more than 100 years, beginning with a humble wooden church in 1894 and expanding its campus over the years to include a convent, elementary and middle schools, and a range of ministries. In 1966, having outgrown its existing sanctuary, the church completed construction of their current building.

The space has served them well for more than four decades, though there have always been sonic challenges. The room’s architecture provides good acoustics for the traditional choir and organ arrangements, but the sanctuary’s spoken word intelligibility left a bit to be desired.

“It’s a rectangular space with a flat ceiling and lots of right angles,” explains Zeke Zola, Install Manager at Boston Light and Sound, the company behind the design-build project. The walls are all brick and there’s minimal acoustical dampening other than carpeting in the aisles. So it’s a rather reverberant space, and they’ve always struggled with intelligibility and coverage.”

The church’s sound system had evolved in piecemeal fashion over several years, and included a distributed system along the walls that created more problems than it solved. “They had no loudspeakers at the front of the room, but three or four along the side walls, and they were not time-aligned,” says Zola. “So you were getting the sound from the front, mixed with the sounds from two or three different loudspeakers, depending on where you were sitting, and the result was just kind of unnatural and echo-y, with no real directionality.”

Boston Light & Sound’s recommendation was to replace the distributed system with two Iconyx digitally steerable column array loudspeakers from Renkus-Heinz. A single Iconyx IC16-R-II column mounted on either side of the proscenium covers the entire sanctuary. “Using the Iconyx, we can control the beam for very narrow coverage, and minimize the amount of reflected sound from the ceiling and back wall.”

The choir is picked up by wired Clock Audio mics flown overhead, while Shure wired and RF microphones cover the podium and stage. The mics feed a Symetrix 780 Automixer, connected directly to the Iconyx systems.

“The Iconyx has made all the difference in the world in this sanctuary,” Zola concludes. “Coverage is even and intelligible across the entire room, and it even cuts through their very noisy HVAC system. It’s a great solution.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

 

 

GRUND AUDIO DESIGN LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEMS DEPLOYED AT NEW FREMONT HIGH SCHOOL

**** Photo: New Fremont High School Gymnasium ****

Fremont, MI – September 2012… With the 2012-2013 academic year just kicking into gear, the Fremont Public Schools opened the doors to its brand spanking new high school: appropriately named the New Fremont High School. Built at a cost of $39.9M, the 170,000-square-foot structure incorporates two gymnasiums, cutting edge science labs, geothermal wells for heating and cooling, and much more. The main gymnasium also serves as a multipurpose room. To ensure the best possible audio quality for the myriad of events that are envisioned to take place in the new space, the Fremont Public Schools elected to install a potent sound reinforcement system drawn from the catalog of Council Bluffs, IA-based Grund Audio Design. more

Salt Lake County Mayor, Bluffdale City Mayor Proclaim October 14-20, 2012 as AV Week

Underscoring the contribution of the audio-visual industry on everyday lives, Salt Lake County Mayor, Peter Corroon and Bluffdale City Mayor, Dirk Timothy, joined with Utah-based Listen Technologies Corporation and other AV industry groups including InfoComm, to officially proclaim October 14 – 20, 2012 as AV Week.

AV Week Proclamation Signing - Cory Schaeffer, Listen Technologies Bluffdale Mayor, Dirk Timothy, City Council members, and Listen employees

Bluffdale, Utah, USA — Every year a multitude of international audio-visual companies and organizations celebrate AV Week with special events at schools, job fairs and community outreach activities. To learn more about the AV industry and AV Week, please visit www.avweek.org.

Commenting on the proclamation, Cory Schaeffer, Listen VP of Sales Worldwide, noted, “AV Week is a great way to build awareness in our community about the industry and to generate interest in careers in AV. We’re pleased to partner with the state of Utah and 37 Utah InfoComm members to showcase the value of the exciting industry and its solutions. Utah boasts a wealth of AV professionals in manufacturing, design, consulting and system integrations. We’re proud to be a Utah company and to have our solutions deployed around the world.”

Listen Technologies is organizing a series of special events to take place over the course of AV Week including a fundraising event for the Walk4Hearing, a tour of a local venue that offers audio visual in many settings and an educational presentation at a local area school. Ms. Schaeffer is hoping to collaborate with other industry colleagues to broaden the activities of AV Week in Utah. “This is an important opportunity for us to come together and promote the AV industry,” she said. “I encourage my industry associated to join me in creating events for the community.”

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