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GENIVI Alliance and AVnu Alliance Join Forces to Advance the Development of In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems

Beaverton, Ore. and San Ramon, Calif. – October 31, 2012AVnu Alliance and the GENIVI Alliance have announced a liaison agreement to align software requirements for automotive Ethernet IVI (In-Vehicle Infotainment) and related applications. This initiative defines areas of mutual interest in IVI specifications and furthers both organizations’ effort to support compliance and interoperability through open-source technology.

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to bringing AVnu-certified Audio Video Bridging (AVB) devices to market; and GENIVI Alliance aims to drive the development and adoption of an open IVI reference platform. For manufacturers planning to use AVnu-certified devices and the GENIVI platform in the automobile, this new joint agreement gives confidence that devices certified by the two alliances would interoperate and integrate seamlessly.

“The liaison between the GENIVI Alliance and AVnu Alliance is critically important to the ‘infotainment feature’ deployment in the future for both automakers and the Tier 1’s and all other suppliers in the global IVI market,” said Matt Jones, GENIVI vice president. “Combining the open developments of the GENIVI systems with the industry-leading, Ethernet-based audio video streaming will enable the next level of interoperability and integration between the vehicle and consumer electronics devices.”

“By joining forces, AVnu Alliance and GENIVI Alliance are sending a strong message to the automotive industry about our commitment to bringing flexibility, efficiency and reliability to vehicle infotainment systems,” said Rick Kreifeldt, AVnu Alliance president. “This relationship will simplify and improve the development of interoperable communication systems for the automobile, ultimately benefitting the manufacturers, suppliers, and the consumers.”

About GENIVI Alliance

The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association whose mission is to drive the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source development platform. GENIVI will accomplish this by aligning requirements, delivering reference implementations, offering certification programs and fostering a vibrant open source IVI community. GENIVI’s work will result in shortened development cycles, quicker time-to-market, and reduced costs for companies developing IVI equipment and software. Comprised of more than 165 member companies, GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif. Please visit www.genivi.org for more information.

About AVnu Alliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio and video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked AV devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming AV experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional AV markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance website at www.AVnu.org.

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The Dukes of September Take K1 to the Streets

Supergroup featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs tours North America with Sound Image’s L-ACOUSTICS rig

ESCONDIDO, California — The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue — perhaps better known as Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, along with a seasoned nine-member backup band — has now closed the final chapter on a very successful 43-show North American tour. The outing was a combined effort between Detroit-based Thunder Audio, which supplied the monitor package for Fagen, and Escondido’s Sound Image, which handled monitor packages for McDonald and Scaggs as well as provided FOH control and a full L-ACOUSTICS K1 system for the duration. more

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Alcorn McBride Equipment Enhances the Fright-Filled Ambience at Eli Roth’s Goretorium in Las Vegas

Halloween comes more than once a year at Eli Roth’s Goretorium in Las Vegas where guests are exposed to the most intense live terror experience in town. Alcorn McBride plays a big part in the spookfest, with three compact Digital Binloops and two ProTraXX units for audio playback. A versatile, frame-accurate V4 show controller runs the show from the central equipment room.

Open year-round on the Las Vegas Strip, the $10-million Goretorium is a 15,000 square-foot attraction featuring a to-go bar, unique horror retail shop, and ’60s inspired ‘Baby Dolls’ lounge. The multi-level space features 24 individually themed rooms set within a mythical horror hotel, where guests witness gruesome sights and sounds as they encounter live actors, animatronic frights and special effects.

“All of the sounds and music are played through Alcorn machines from the entrance in the lobby area to the last room, plus the bathrooms and the Baby Dolls lounge,” says consultant Dale Whealton CTS who specified the gear. “The triggered sounds are the most interesting. They might include a character that appears and screams at you or an animatronic animal that jumps out. The Alcorn V4 show control unit triggers the animatronics, the effects and the sounds. Manual triggers are activated by the actors.”

He notes that 96 tracks of Digital Binloops are used for audio beds and point source audio while the ProTraXX units are primarily deployed for the triggered samples.

According to project lead Gary Brown with integrator Technology West, Alcorn equipment is the industry standard for attractions like Goretorium. “I come from a themed entertainment environment, and Alcorn is the standard system show controller at the major theme parks,” he says. “There are 33 system inputs currently. An optical trigger delivers signals to the V4 to commence special effects, such as making a mechanical dog bark.” Eight audio triggers are dedicated to the bathrooms alone, delivering sounds of whispering, laughter and rats.

Whealton reports that Alcorn equipment was chosen for its robustness in a grueling environment. “A haunted house is not the most friendly environment for electronics,” he reminds us. “There’s a lot of fog, steam, blood and body parts. But the CompactFlash format of Alcorn equipment is robust, and we’ve never experienced a failure. We’ve never had to worry about it. It performs fabulously.”

Brown concurs. “The Alcorn equipment runs five nights a week for seven hours a night and performs fantastically,” he says.

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