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Christie Brings Canada’s Wonderland Mountain to Life with Spectacular Projection Mapping Show

Millions of visitors flock through the gates of Canada’s Wonderland, just north of Toronto, Canada every season and since 2011 – the theme park’s 30th anniversary – Christie® technology has been mesmerizing visitors with ‘Starlight Spectacular’ – a 9 ½ minute projection mapping display that brings Wonderland Mountain to life each evening.

Four Christie Roadster S+20K 3-chip DLP® projectors equipped with Christie Twist Pro™ display fire breathing dragons, the changing seasons, ripple effects in a kaleidoscope of colors, and a mountain that appears to crumble – among other imagery.

“Wonderland Mountain is the centerpiece of the park and for our anniversary last year, we wanted to do something unique in Canada. Once we knew it was technically feasible, we hired Tantrum Design and Visual Effects to provide the content,” said Doug McBoyle, manager, technical and event services, Canada’s Wonderland. “This is the second year of the production and we are looking at some major and exciting changes for 2013.”

Projecting on a mountain, with its intricate curves and juts, presented a unique set of challenges but Christie technology proved more than capable. McBoyle said his biggest concern was making sure the content would look clean when projected onto the irregular surface.

“We looked at different options but Christie has the edge with its Christie Twist Pro package,” said McBoyle. “Christie Twist Pro was the key selling feature because there is such an uneven surface on the mountain filled with edges and obstructions.”

A single license of Christie Twist Pro™ supports an unlimited number of projectors per array and offers unlimited grid lines, advanced edge blending and blends masking. The optional software upgrades also features rotate and flip capabilities, gradient previews of edge blends, and a brightness uniformity controller.

“Without Christie Twist Pro, we wouldn’t have been able to develop or create the images we did. The Twist Pro solidified our ability to project coherent images on the mountain. The software has the convergence points we need to get a nice and even projection surface; it is amazing how clear and how aligned the projected images are.”

McBoyle said the park wanted to give people eye-candy and have them walk away saying, ‘I have never seen anything like that before … that was amazing.’

“We wanted to create the perfect kiss goodnight where the guests walk away feeling good about what they just saw. And I think we achieved that because the performance gives them 9 ½ minutes at the end of their day to regroup, see a spectacular show and then go home having had a great day.

“I can’t emphasize enough how the Christie staff of Dave Muscat (Sr. Director of Sales, Canada) Geoff Chick (Central and Western Regional Sales Manager) and Kyle Killing (Field Application Specialist) really came to the table. Without them, we wouldn’t have been so successful. Christie’s Canadian office and manufacturing facility is just two hours away and that was a huge deal for us. Not only is the Christie product great, we have manufacturers’ support so close by.”

BEXEL WRAPS UP BIGGEST SUMMER OF SPORTS TO-DATE

BURBANK, CA—This summer, Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, supported more sports broadcasts than any other summer in its history, successfully providing major broadcasters with equipment and engineering expertise during the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2012), 2012 Summer Olympics, 2012 Summer Paralympics and 2012 U.S. Open. Working together with SOS Global Express, the team (and equipment) traveled more than 12,000 miles in three months. more

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Christie Demonstrates Its Leadership at ShowEast as the Most Reliable and Trusted Partner for Exhibitors Facing a Rapidly Transforming Cinema Industry

Cost Effective and Financially Accessible Solutions and Services to Deliver Premium Movie Experiences to All Types of Exhibitors are Showcased by Christie.

Christie today unveiled its fall lineup of reliable and economical cinema solutions at the annual ShowEast conference held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Leading the way and already shipping is the Christie Solaria One, aimed at emerging markets and community theaters whose screen sizes are less than 10.6 meters (35 feet) wide. This DCI-compliant solution is the first based on Texas Instruments’ (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) recently developed S2K DLP Cinema chipset to begin shipping in quantity.

“Christie is proud to offer solutions that generate positive, long-term revenues by providing customers with superior projection technologies and the very best in customer service and after-sale support,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “From small screens to ultra-large, premium-experience screens, Christie’s presence at ShowEast is defining the industry for 2013, with solutions like Christie Solaria One and Christie Duo, as befits a thought-and technology leader in the cinema industry.”

In addition to comprehensive solutions on display in Christie booth #915, Christie is a co-sponsor of the International Day activities, including its Awards Luncheon on November 5, which Jack Kline, president and chief operating officer, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., will address.

The Seven Zones in Christie’s Booth Showcase Choices for Exhibitors
Visitors to the Christie booth will have the opportunity to experience the firm’s cornerstone digital cinema offerings, whose scope encompasses new formats and technologies, backed by turnkey service and support for all of an exhibitor’s operations. Seven zones will amply demonstrate Christie’s commitment to be a trusted, one-stop shop for all exhibitor needs.

Zone 1: Christie Solaria One:
“The announcement of the high-value Christie Solaria One projector is indicative of Christie’s continuing digital cinema technology leadership, as the company advances the ‘democratization of digital’ trend that will end in all audiences across the globe having access to the finest in digital cinema and alternative content,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing, Christie.

A complete projection solution for screens up to 35 feet, it comes with a zoom lens, custom-designed Xenon lamp, and a Christie Integrated Media Block (IMB) with its own easy-to-operate Screen Management Software (SMS). The Solaria One is brightest in its class, since it projects 8000 lumens in the DCI color space, 9000 for alternative content and in its Solaria One+ variation, projects 9000 lumens in the DCI color space and10,000 for alternative content. Shipping DCI compliant in November, this affordable solution confirms that now all cinemas can make the move to digital projection. It is 3D ready, HFR upgradeable and has washable/reusable filters. Combined with the premium audio and visual playback capabilities of Christie SKA-3D, exhibitors can release the full playback potential of their digital cinema investments.

Zone 2: Christie Duo:
Christie Duo generates twice the brightness for super large 2D or 3D screens, allowing cinema exhibitors to offer a differentiated, premium movie-going experience to their patrons. Christie Duo is a dual-projection system using patented mirror system configurations, projecting simultaneous left-eye and right-eye images, which reduces 3D switching artifacts for better and more comfortable viewing of 3D presentations. The Christie Duo integration kit can be purchased with either a 2K or 4K Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projector or as a standalone integration kit if the exhibitor already has Christie projectors. Included in the solution is Christie DuoAlign, an auto-calibrating image alignment software and camera kit that easily aligns the images from both projectors, within seconds, to deliver a completely seamless movie experience. Low upfront costs and no ongoing revenue sharing requirements deliver a high performance and financially accessible premium large screen movie experience that exhibitors can brand.

Zone 3: Christie Avias-TMS:
The Christie Avias-TMS Theater Management System (TMS) provides simple and efficient centralized management of a multiplex’s entire projection operation. An interactive TMS will be showcased at the booth.

Zone 4: Lamp Lounge:
Christie Xenon lamps deliver a superior cinema experience, achieving longer life and lower operating costs than alternatives. Their brightness provides the brightest illumination possible, creating great 3D content projection. Xenon technology also affords the best image quality, producing light that is closest to natural sunlight, which in turn delivers the most life-like and natural colors. No other illumination source can produce light like that. Reliability is a given, with its natural gas element and ease of use aiding Xenon lamps to perform dependably, for a long time.

Christie Managed Services Exhibits Complement Cinema Offerings
Christie Managed Services offer a wide range of capabilities for managing all cinema equipment including projection systems and lobby digital signage. Exhibitors partner with Christie at every stage – from the design and selection, pre-staging and testing, to deployment, maintenance support, online training, remote monitoring and reporting. Customers such as ArcLight Cinemas, Coming Attractions and Southern Theatres trust Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) to keep their equipment running, 24/7/364.

“Southern Theatres chose to partner with Christie’s Managed Services team because they offer a comprehensive solution that includes NOC monitoring, preventative maintenance, and emergency services, giving us a cost effective one-stop shop for our digital projection support,” said Jack Wagner, director of facilities, Southern Theatres, LLC.

Visit Christie Managed Services at Zones 5, 6 and 7 at the Christie booth to experience the full solution and support offerings available to exhibitors.

Zone 5: In-lobby digital signage: Design, build, deploy and support
Experience what a theater lobby could be with eye-catching digital signage such as digital box office, digital posters and digital menu boards. Displayed on Christie FHD551-X tiled LCD flat panels, view how Christie Managed Services will design, build, deploy and support a digital signage network that’s right for exhibitors. Allure Global Solutions, a valued enterprise software solutions partner, will be on hand to demonstrate how together it and Christie support every digital signage project stage, from strategy and content requirements to equipment selection and POS software integration to synchronized deployment and post deployment support strategy.

Zone 6: Network Operations Center: 24/7 remote monitoring
Christie’s state-of-the-art NOC, featuring remote monitoring and reporting, technical phone support, preventative servicing, on-site emergency response and critical spares replenishment programs, safeguards customers’ visual technology displays, keeping them running 24/7/365. Christie’s Managed Services team of customer service and technical field experts seek to understand the support customers need for their digital projectors or in-lobby displays and, regardless of system’s manufacturer, take a technology agnostic approach to finding solutions to issues. That’s what sets Christie apart.

Visitors can experience a video demonstration of Christie’s state-of-the-art Network Operations Center on display on award-winning Christie MicroTiles.

Zone 7: Online cinema training: Empowering theater operational staff
Preview Managed Services’ new online cinema training, which provides access to not only online training, but technical resources and courseware that will increase the productivity and core knowledge of a cinema’s operational staff. Christie’s up-to-date training modules help technicians stay current on system enhancements and advancements in operational and service techniques. Find out how Christie Managed Services’ online cinema training website can empower an exhibitors technical and projection personnel to fix basic system issues, saving time, effort and money. Additionally, the Managed Services team will showcase their customized boothless projection system as part of a complete customized solution. This turnkey boothless solution provides a special lift system that enables projectors to be positioned out of the way during normal operation and lowered for maintenance, freeing up space for seating that would normally have been taken up by the projection booths.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one-stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality.

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The 7th Annual Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Winners Unveiled

Post Production Gala Brings Recognition to Innovation and Artistry

(Los Angeles, CA) In a gala celebration last night, winners of the 2012 HPA(r) Awards were recognized for the outstanding contributions they have made in helping create the features, programs, spots, and entertainment seen around the world. The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) – the professional organization for the post production community – presented the 7th Annual HPA Awards to a sold out audience of industry insiders and luminaries. Industry professionals were honored in 12 creative categories as well as a number of special awards including Engineering Excellence, HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production, and the prestigious Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production, which had been announced earlier.

Ray Dolby, Founder and Director Emeritus of Dolby Laboratories, received the Charles S. Swartz Award for his profound impact on the post production industry and innumerable contributions to image and sound recording technology. Sound Designer, Editor and technology visionary, Walter Murch, A.C.E. was on hand to present to his friend and colleague.

The winners of the 2012 Hollywood Post Alliance Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories
Outstanding Color Grading using a DI process – Feature Film

“The Iron Lady”
Rob Pizzey // Company 3

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“Game of Thrones – The Prince of Winterfell”
Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial

Chrysler “Halftime in America”
Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Sponsored by Avid Technology

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“Hugo”
Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E. // Sikelia Productions

Outstanding Editing – Television

“Downton Abbey – Series 2 Episode 7″
John Wilson, A.C.E. // Carnival Film & Television

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

MasterCard “Tango”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“The Adventures of Tin Tin”
Chris Ward, Brent Burge, Michael Hedges, Christopher Boyes and Andy Nelson // Park Road Post Production

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Grimm – Pilot”
Mark Lanza, Larry Mann, Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound

Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Nissan Leaf “Gas Powered Everything”
Jimmy Hite // Margarita Mix Santa Monica

Outstanding Compositing – Feature Film

“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Nelson Sepulveda, Alan Travis, Peter Demarest and Chris Bayz // Industrial Light & Magic

Outstanding Compositing – Television

“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service – Rekindled”
Bob Minshall, Mark Intravartolo, Jeremy Jozwik and Carrie Smith // Encore

Outstanding Compositing – Commercial

Chevy “2012 Silverado”
Benjamin Walsh, Dominik Bauch and Nicholas Kim // Method Studios

A number of special awards, which had been announced earlier, were bestowed during the evening including:

Charles S. Swartz Award
for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production:

* Ray Dolby, Dolby Laboratories

Engineering Excellence Award:

* Cinnafilm – Tachyon(tm)
* Crossroads Systems – StrongBox
* Dolby Laboratories – Dolby(r) Atmos(tm)
* Sony Electronics – F65 Camera

HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production:

* Gradient Interactive – Sandbox

For further information about the Hollywood Post Alliance, contact: 213.614.0860, or visit hpaonline.com.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

The HPA Awards were presented with generous support from Premier Sponsor: NAB Show; Foundation Members: Avid Technology, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby Laboratories, EFILM, Encore and Stereo D; Bronze Sponsor: RED Digital Cinema and Supporting Sponsors: Chainsaw, Inc., Sony Electronics and The Hollywood Reporter.

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XPAND 3D Helps American Conservation Film Festival Raise Environmental Awareness Through Sponsorship for Second Consecutive Year

SHEPHERDSTOWN, West Virginia – For the second consecutive year, XPAND 3D will be sponsoring the 3D portion of the American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

The American Conservation Film Festival is an annual event held in Shepherdstown, WV, a vibrant arts community 70 miles west of Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland. ACFF features films from a diverse group of conservation filmmakers from around the world.

On Friday, November 2, the American Conservation Film Festival will host “3D Friday at the Frank Center” at Shepherd University. The event will feature two 3D films: ICE BEAR and The Predator Coast. For both screenings, XPAND is providing its Infinity active 3D system.

The XPAND Infinity 3D glasses provide up to 38% transparency and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The glasses’ lightweight ergonomic designs ensure long-wearing comfort, and their wide 3D viewing angle provides an optimal 3D image across the entire cinema. All new XPAND cinema systems and glasses fully support HFR (High Frame Rate) double and single flash at 96fps, 120fps, 144fps, 192fps, 240fps and even variable frame rate.

“As a company that is not only committed to advancing the state of the art in 3D technology but also to supporting the artists and producers who comprise the film industry, XPAND 3D is honored to once again sponsor the American Conservation Film Festival,” said Maria Costeira, CEO, XPAND 3D. “We are proud to support such a socially conscious organization and are thrilled that moviegoers will experience these 3D films in the most immersive and stunning 3D available!”

For more information on the American Conservation Film Festival, please visit www.conservationfilm.org

For more information on XPAND 3D, please visit www.xpand.me

About XPAND 3D:
XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.

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Longwood University Maximizes Theater and Presentation Experience with PixelFLEX LED Curtain

Frustrated by the limitations of the projection screen in its main auditorium, Longwood University, a liberal arts school located in Virginia, recently installed a 15-panel, 18 mm LED Curtain from PixelFLEX to visually enhance performances and presentations while maximizing viewer experience.

“We had a traditional projection screen on our stage for a long time and, while it was great if we were showing a movie where we would darken the auditorium, it was extremely limited in many other circumstances where we needed to light the stage,” said William Lynn, University multi-media supervisor. “Given that, we were looking for a solution that would provide high-quality visual images whether it was during a musical performance, a movie or a presentation.”

Featuring 3,000 pixels PSM (Per Square Meter) and 3680 brightness, PixelFLEX’s LED Curtain offers Longwood University a solution that is easy to set up and operate – videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection. For this project, PixelFLEX developed custom-size panels – tailored specifically for the University’s installation – totaling approximately 17×32 feet. The 18mm Curtain’s flexibility and light weight -was the primary differentiator for the University’s multi-media team when researching replacements for their traditional projection screen.

“One of the major benefits of the PixelFLEX video screen is that it is extremely easy to move, which means we can use video and effects in a variety of environments across the campus,” said John Hogge, University multi-media technician. “Over the summer, we took six of the 15 panels to the gym for new student orientation, whereas in the past we used an inflatable screen for orientation. The PixelFLEX screens provided much higher quality resolution and that kind of flexibility is invaluable.”

To date, Longwood University has used the Curtain to show videos, DVD clips and PowerPoint presentations. In the near future, Lynn expects the University will expand the use of the system to include performances by the school’s wind symphony and as backdrop for an upcoming play, in addition to inviting students to incorporate the technology into their projects and extra-curricular activities. To that end, the multi-media team recently tied a set of new cameras with wireless transmitters into the system so that when hosting concerts or dances, they’ll be able to throw the camera on the audience and their image will appear on screen.

Flexible in all directions and exceptionally durable, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display effect. For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

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Sacramento’s KVIE Becomes First PBS Affiliate to Adopt Digital Nirvana’s Monitor IQ™ System for Monitoring and Logging

KVIE Selects Monitor IQ Essentials with Nielsen NAVE Watermark Decoding for Multi-Channel ATSC Broadcast Monitoring and Quality Control

Newark, CA – KVIE, the PBS affiliate serving the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto market, has chosen the Digital Nirvana Monitor IQ Broadcast Monitoring System (BMS) to perform quality control monitoring of its ATSC signals.

KVIE is the first PBS affiliate to adopt Digital Nirvana’s Monitor IQ for broadcast monitoring. The station placed its order for Monitor IQ Essentials in early June 2012. The system will be used to monitor the ATSC “off-air” signals of KVIE’s three DTV channels: KVIE 6.1 HDTV, KVIE2 6.2, and KVIE 6.3 VME – a Spanish language service.

Monitor IQ is a monitoring, logging, compliance, and content republishing system for TV networks and stations. It combines the functionality of content recording (HD and SD in full resolution), content searching, retrieve and repurposing, Web publishing, signal monitoring, air-check logging, archiving, ad verification and tracking, and competitive analysis in a scalable networked appliance.

Monitor IQ is available in four packages—Starter, Essentials, Plus and Premier—making it affordable and suitable for virtually every broadcast customer. Monitor IQ Essentials, the package KVIE ordered, includes basic Starter features, such as core logging functionality, plus FCC compliance monitoring and loudness monitoring.

“Our goal is to ensure that we are broadcasting high-quality signals that comply with the intent and spirit of The CALM Act and other federal and FCC mandates,” said Greg Johnson, director of engineering for KVIE. Johnson added that the loudness mandate does not directly apply to KVIE because it’s a public television station.

“The Monitor IQ system will also help us monitor closed captioning, signal interruptions, PSIP, and the overall technical integrity of our ATSC signals,” Johnson added. “With the ability to store 90-days worth of off-air HD/SD recordings, we can go back and check the signals we aired to verify compliance or take corrective action when issues are detected.”

KVIE also ordered an optional feature for decoding and logging the Nielsen NAVE Watermark ID to verify its presence within their DTV signals. Watermark NAVE decoding is a standard feature in the Monitor IQ Plus version.

Monitor IQ Essentials includes all the functionality necessary for broadcasters to ensure regulatory compliance. Newly introduced features include support for IP as an input source, and loudness monitoring is now bundled in as a standard feature within the package. The Monitor IQ Essentials system accepts DVB-T/C/S2, ASI, ASI/IP, HD/SD-SDI, ATSC/QAM and NTSC/QAM, and NTSC/PAL formats. It records audio, video, VANC metadata and captioning in both high- and low-definition. As with the Starter package, searching is based upon keywords, titles, subtitles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption text and imported logs, with filtering by time, date and channel. Recordings can also be edited, clipped, stored and sent via email or FTP.

“We’re extremely pleased that KVIE has expressed confidence in our Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system for its off-air multi-channel ATSC signal monitoring,” said Ned Chini, vice president of sales and marketing for Digital Nirvana. “We look forward to building a strong, mutually rewarding relationship with KVIE and supporting their goals of ensuring the delivery of high-quality broadcast signals to the communities they serve.”

Based in Sacramento, KVIE reaches 1.4 million households in its 28-county coverage area via broadcast as well as cable and satellite service providers. In addition to carrying PBS network programming, KVIE also produces several of its own original series including “Viewfinder,” which focuses on issues of interest to Northern California; Studio Sacramento, a public affairs program; and “America’s Heartland, about agriculture in America.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The industry-leading MonitorIQ Broadcast Monitoring System from Digital Nirvana is a full-featured monitoring platform incorporating the most advanced capabilities available in an affordable, networked appliance. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California and has operations in multiple locations globally.

Further information is available at www.digital-nirvana.com.

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ELAN Begins Worldwide Delivery Of Its New ELAN g! 6.0 Software

Following up on its introduction at CEDIA 2012, ELAN Home Systems today announced its has commenced delivering its new ELAN g! 6.0 software featuring a host of new system-wide enhancements that include an ELAN g!Mobile app for Android® devices, up to 24 music services, full door locks integration, additional driver and a new user interface architecture that allows for the easy addition of new features, user interface enhancements and integration with future platforms.

According to ELAN Senior Vice President of Marketing Paul Starkey, the delivery of the new 6.0 software, and its four new critically important feature sets, comes at a time when the ELAN g! System is gaining major sales traction in both residential and commercial market segments.

“Sales have absolutely reached a critical mass that will only continue to gain momentum as we move forward with our long-term product enhancements. In fact, sales of g! have now surpassed 10,000 systems,” he emphasized. “More and more dealers are recognizing that ELAN g! is the best integrated entertainment and control system on the market today. It’s the easiest system to demonstrate, install, enjoy and maintain in any type of residential and commercial application.”

Starkey emphasized today that dealers who sell the ELAN g! System are enjoying the business benefits of the classic 80/20 rule. “ELAN g! dealers are generating 20% higher margins while investing 20% less labor, and see 80% less callbacks and 80% fewer competing dealers bidding on key projects. It’s the ultimate ‘win-win’ for everyone — particularly for the consumer who can invest gradually in a g! system, expanding its capabilities quickly and easily over time.”

With regard to the specific features introduced today CORE Brands Director of the Control Segment Joe Lautner stressed that, “We are taking the g! System to new heights by introducing ELAN’s Android app, which adds to our Apple iOS app to offer users full mobile control from nearly every smartphone and tablet available today! With a user interface that is second to none, hardware components that feature attractive industrial design and premium build materials, and the power and expandability of our HC Home Controllers, the g! System is the most scalable and capable control system in its class.”

Lautner noted that ELAN built its new ELAN g!Mobile Android app from the ground up because dedicated apps coded for each device are very labor and time intensive to upgrade for each device, and browser-based apps are often slow to respond and offer less graphically rich features. ELAN has created an entirely new User Interface App Architecture that makes it much easier and faster to upgrade the GUI on every device with a single update instead of writing new code for each device.

Enhancing the security/access functions of the g! System, ELAN today introduced the comprehensive door locks integration. Once a certified ELAN dealer sets up the system, end-users have the ability to easily control locks from home and while away, create convenient lock groups, and set their own user pass codes. This way g! owners can manage the door locks and security for their entire home or business without consulting a technician to make changes.

ELAN g! also provides owners with a detailed history of the door locks that includes time of entry, door location, and whose pass code was used. The easy-to-use door locks interface shows up under the security tab right alongside the standard security features, so it is simple to view and access. Owners can set unique pass codes for each user, and even set new/temporary pass codes for a maid, repairman, or visiting relative.

Finally, ELAN has added more than 30 new third-party, two way drivers, expanding the system’s support for new products in HDMI video switching, security cameras, climate systems, lighting, audio receivers and sources, security and connectivity devices. With these new drivers dealers can now integrate many of the latest products from brands such as 2 Gig, Atlona, Axis, Baldwin, Denon, Geffen, Honeywell, Panasonic, Panamax/Furman, Pioneer, KwikSet, Rako Snap AV, Trane, Vantage, Vivotek, Xantech, Yale, Yamaha and more.

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. ELAN is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

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