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GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES NEW STP-8 / STP-5S LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM

*** The Grund Audio Design STP-8 loudspeaker atop the STP-5S subwoofer. ***

Council Bluffs, IA – February 2013… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to introduce the new STP-8 / STP-5S loudspeaker combination. Designed as a loudspeaker pair consisting of a pole-mounted ‘top box’ and a subwoofer, the new STP-8 / STP-5S form a compact, portable sound reinforcement solution ideally suited to DJ’s, bands, houses of worship, and a myriad of other applications where the ability to quickly and easily set up a robust sound system is essential.

Designed to be pole mounted over the STP-5S subwoofer, the Grund Audio Design STP-8 loudspeaker utilizes an 8-inch low frequency (LF) transducer that is mated with a 1-inch high frequency (HF) compression driver to form a compact, 2-way design providing exceptional speech intelligibility and music reproduction characteristics. This enclosure is rated at 300 watts (program) at 8 Ohms. The enclosure includes a pole cup for convenient mounting and incorporates a pair of handles to ensure easy transport. more

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Nexidia Announces Nexidia Dialogue Search for Faster, More Affordable Asset Discovery

ATLANTA — Feb. 28, 2013 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced Nexidia Dialogue Search, a tool that searches for any spoken word or phrase across workgroups or massive media libraries in seconds. With Dialogue Search, media organizations can make better use of their media libraries by easily, precisely, and quickly finding unique assets without being overwhelmed by irrelevant results. Dialogue Search enables content creators to be more efficient and creative, content owners to monetize their asset libraries, and content consumers to find media they want or otherwise might not find at all.

“Most digital data is unstructured and therefore can be difficult to find when you need it, and transcription, caption-based searches, and speech-to-text searches all have significant drawbacks because of cost, accuracy, and latency,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “Dialogue Search, on the other hand, provides the richest, most relevant results at a fraction of the cost and time it takes for the other methods. It’s akin to Google for audio, where users enter keywords and phrases that locate the specific media and allow them to take action.”

Using Nexidia’s patented technology, Dialogue Search dramatically reduces logging and transcription costs and uncovers valuable assets that traditional metadata could never expose.

Dialogue Search integrates directly with media asset management (MAM) systems and editing applications, and no training is required. Users simply type any combination of words or phrases into the Dialogue Search interface, and it will quickly find any media clip in the system where those words or phrases are spoken. Users can preview results in a video player without having to scroll through numerous clips to find a specific sound bite.

When implemented with an asset management or other file system, Dialogue Search automatically accesses the media files and metadata stored in those systems. It also enables the export of search results as time-coded markers to MAM systems and video-editing applications. Dialogue Search is integrated with file systems, Square Box CatDV, Apple(R) Final Cut Pro(R) 7, and Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro 5.5 and newer. Additional integrations are added each quarter and upon request.

The versatile Dialogue Search application can be applied broadly to any market that creates, owns, or distributes content, including film and entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit.

Dialogue Search is available now. More information about Dialogue Search and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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BenQ Introduces High-Brightness Projector With Native 1080p Resolution

New SH940 Brings More Brightness, Simple Operation, and Lower Total Cost of Ownership for Large Venue Applications

IRVINE, Calif. — Feb. 28, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations and global DLP(R) projector leader, today introduced the SH940, its latest high-brightness, large-venue projector. With native full HD 1080p resolution, the device offers flexible installation features, Hollywood Quality Video (HQV), and is specifically designed to bring exciting A/V experiences to large spaces at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). more

HARMAN’s Studer Selects Danmon Asia as Distributor for Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar

HANOI, Vietnam — HARMAN’s Studer has appointed Danmon Asia as its distributor for Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. The agreement includes distribution of the entire Studer product range including OnAir and Vista audio mixers, Stageboxes, RELINK interfaces, D21 MasterSync and MultiFeed distribution equipment and the CMS Call Management System.

“Studer was for many decades the world leader in audio tape recording and today enjoys equal success with its mixing consoles and audio infrastructure products,” commented Robert Rosenberg, Managing Director of Danmon Asia. “We are very confident that our customer base will appreciate both the high sound quality and the versatility offered by the OnAir and Vista mixers in particular. Our Scandinavian colleagues have promoted and sold both products very successfully in their various countries.”

“This partnership with Danmon Asia is a logical way to increase Studer’s brand visibility and product availability across Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar,” added Keith Prestidge, Asia Pacific Sales Director for Studer. “Hands-on demonstrations and listening tests are essential for major purchases such as audio mixing consoles, along with access to a fast and experienced technical support team if a system needs expansion or maintenance.”

Danmon Asia (www.danmonasia.com) is one of Vietnam’s leading suppliers of audio and video equipment for broadcast and professional applications. The company operates sales, installation and service for television stations, film and video production companies, post-production houses, educational institutions and other public and private businesses and institutions.

Danmon Asia is part of Dan Technologies A/S (www.dantechnologies.com).The Dan Technologies Group is a privately-owned group of companies and one of the world’s leading suppliers of audio, video, transmission products and digital media solutions. The Dan Technologies Group operates internationally from offices in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany, Vietnam and Dubai.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

Platinum Tools® Appoints Bob Howard Regional Sales Manager

CAMARILLO, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, announced today that Robert M. Howard, with senior level experience in sales, marketing and business management, has joined the company to further develop its growing portfolio of regional and national accounts.

Howard comes to Platinum Tools with a wealth of experience within the industry, having spent the last seven years at ICM/Belden where he was instrumental in supporting numerous large corporate accounts in A/V, broadcast, connectivity, and the security segments. By joining Platinum Tools, he will add to and continue to support its growing list of distributors.

“I am excited to start a new challenge within Platinum Tools and look forward to working with their great team to further develop their already large distribution network,” commented Howard. “I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on both top quality products and service.”

Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager, added, “Bob’s experience, integrity, and industry knowledge makes him a key addition to our sales and support team. We view his appointment an indicator of our commitment to being a leading company in the security, datacom, telecom, and electrical wiring markets. The addition of many new products and the increasing demands from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who would fit in with our mission of exceptional service. It is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Bob’s extensive experience to fill this need. I’m confident Bob will play a key role in our continued growth.”

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

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

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

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Expanded Role For WSDG’S Sergio Molho

New Offices – New Responsibilities

NEW YORK: Walters-Storyk Design Group co-principals Beth Walters and John Storyk have announced an expanded management role for Sergio Molho, a valued associate for 19 years, and long-term head of the firms’ Latin American office in Buenos Aires. “During the nearly twenty years of our working relationship, Sergio Molho has developed into a multi-faceted expert in every aspect of our architectural and acoustic design business,” Beth Walters said. “His creative design, technical and interpersonal skills have made him an indispensible member of our international team. We are delighted to name him Director of New Business Development as we continue our global expansion.”

“My new mission with WSDG is two-fold,” Molho reveals. “I will split my time on the development of new business both globally, and in the U.S., while continuing to manage the activities of our Latin American office. The synergy between our offices in the U.S., Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing and Mexico City, flourishes thanks to technological and communications advances which enable us to collaborate with an extraordinary degree of creativity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. I will now bring that message to an expanding client base.”

Molho began his association with WSDG in 1994 as a founding partner of the firm’s Latin America office. Over the next two decades, he has played an integral role in the development of WSDG projects ranging from MTV’s Latin America Broadcast Studios to Platinum artist Fito Paez’s Circo Beat, (Latin America’s only TEC Award-winning studio). He has initiated and supervised numerous global WSDG corporate, educational, House Of Worship and home theater projects, including full A/V Systems Integration for Phillipe Starck’s award-winning Faena Hotel & Universe in Buenos Aires; acoustic design and consulting for Latin America’s first IMAX 3D Cinema and, most recently facility design work for Qatar TV, a major broadcast complex in Doha on the Persian Gulf.

Molho will continue to work closely with his long-time WSDG colleagues: Dirk Noy, Partner/GM Europe, and Renato Cipriano, Partner/GM Brazil. In a related announcement, WSDG Latin America has moved their offices to a new location in Buenos Aires nearby the country’s Congress and Parliamentary buildings.

Photo: Sergio Molho named WSDG Director of New Business Development

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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Bexel Launches Technical Sales & Solutions Division

New Division Brings Audio Specialties Group and Broadcast Video Gear Under One Roof

BURBANK, CA, FEBRUARY 28, 2013—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of Technical Sales & Solutions. Known as Bexel TSS, the division merges Bexel’s pre-owned equipment offered by Broadcast Video Gear (BVG), with new equipment featured by Audio Specialties Group (ASG), including audio and intercom products and solutions, RF-over-fiber and Managed Antenna Systems. Bexel TSS will also be expanding their new video sales by sourcing products and manufacturers to optimize growth and strengthen inventory.

“With Bexel BVG and Bexel ASG, we had two different sales organizations. Since we are all operating under one roof, it made sense to streamline our resources and merge the two units together to become the Bexel TSS division,” says Joyce Bente, director of sales, Bexel TSS. “By unifying these two divisions, Bexel will be able to provide more resources to our customers, including increased customer support and the ability to leverage our rental products with our new equipment sales within the same service order.”

As part of the Bexel TSS announcement, Bexel is also proud to have entered into an agreement with DiGiCo to be one of the premier resellers of the company’s broadcast digital audio consoles. In addition, Bexel will also incorporate DiGiCo’s consoles into its rental inventory. To this end, it has already taken delivery of a SD10B and SD11B, two of DiGiCo’s broadcast digital consoles, for its rental pool.

DiGiCo brings together the design skills and digital engineering expertise that have helped create some of the world’s most popular and groundbreaking digital audio solutions. Bexel will primarily focus on selling and marketing DiGiCo’s gear specifically to mobile trucks, small television production facilities (including those involved in webcasting), tier-two and tier-three call-letter stations, smaller owned-and-operated (O&O) stations across the U.S., as well as broadcast education schools and houses of worship.

“DiGiCo has a very successful track record of selling digital audio consoles in the live reinforcement and theater markets and now, as it enters the U.S. broadcast market, Bexel TSS is leading the charge in getting its products to the end user,” says John Root, business development manager, Western Region, Bexel. “DiGiCo is one of the only major broadcast audio manufacturers delivering solutions costing less than $100,000 while meeting the broadcast industry’s audio console requirements, specifications and quality performance standards that the industry demands. We look forward to expanding our audio line with its digital audio consoles.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment™
For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Service provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Christie Projection Mapping Display Transforms Canada’s Parliament Hill Centre Block into Virtual Storybook

For the fourth consecutive summer Christie® 3-chip DLP® projectors will be lighting up Ottawa’s famed Parliament Hill with a rich and engaging display that attracts more than 250,000 visitors annually . The gripping narrative of Canadian history via the National Capital Commission’s sound and light show, “Mosaika – Canada Through the Eyes of Its People” begins July 10 and ends September 7 this year.

Accompanied by lights, a 5.1 surround system, and audio track produced by Groupe Phaneauf, the four Christie Roadster S+20K and five Christie Roadster HD18K projectors paint a video canvas onto the 472-feet long by 246-feet tall, six story high Parliament Building Centre Block including the iconic Peace Tower in the middle. One portion features a dramatic 3D segment where the entire structure appears to move in and out in 3D space.

A Journey in Three Acts
Act One explores Canadian landscapes and our founding peoples. The journey begins at Canada’s beautiful west coast, then soars eastward, over the Rocky Mountains, through the foothills and prairies, across the Great Lakes, down the St. Lawrence River, into the Atlantic Ocean, and then northeast to modern-day Newfoundland and Labrador. From here, the audience is taken north, passing ice floes and polar bears, into Canada’s Arctic region, where the aurora borealis dances in the velvety night sky. Along the way, the audience discovers the gorgeous mosaic of natural landscapes, flora and fauna that make up Canada’s diverse natural world.

Canada’s founding peoples are also introduced in Act One, and the storyline carries the audience beyond Canada’s Confederation in 1867. ‘Mosaika’ presents how multitudes of people, ideas and voices have combined in a great discussion to create this country.

Act Two presents Canadian achievements. It begins with the railroad — the great iron link that tied the country together and encouraged westward expansion and settlement. Other achievements are explored, in war and in peace, social achievements that helped to create Canada’s rights and freedoms, as well as Canadian achievements in the arts and culture. Great Canadians are encountered, including Agnes Macphail, Tommy Douglas, Terry Fox and many others.

Act Three is a discussion of Canadian values. In the third act of ‘Mosaika,’ Canadians from across the country are seen and heard, discussing what is important to them, what it means to be Canadian, and their hopes for the future. Their encouraging and inspirational words drive ‘Mosaika’ toward its emotional climax.

From History to Projection Mapping Reality with Christie Reliability
Jean-Marc Beauvalet, manager, technical services, National Capital Commission (NCC), said the NCC used two Christie projectors for the predecessor of the current show; however, ‘Mosaika’ was one of its first forays into multi-projector use and projection mapping.

“Because of our experience with them, we were fully confident using the Christie projectors for ‘Mosaika,’” said Beauvalet. “Christie has played an important role in helping us achieve our goals with this presentation – to reflect what Canada and its history are all about.”

“We had used Christie projectors before and were fully confident of their performance – and, as the projectors play such a crucial role, that made everything else easier to deal with. After Moment Factory – the show designer – did a full pixel mapping of the buildings, our biggest challenge was how to repeat the placement of these projectors to ensure a perfect performance every night. The solution they came up with for the projectors that stayed on the hill was to have the projectors on hydraulic lifts with repeatable heights; they have a sensor that stops them at 120 inches so every performance is exact.”

Not only the production itself but also the public and media reaction impresses the NCC.

“The projection mapping creates something magical that people aren’t expecting – they don’t expect to see their Parliament Building transformed into such beautiful colors and delightful imagery. People say, ‘this is incredible. I never thought I would see anything like this in my life.’ It’s an honor to see visitors and Canadians with smiling faces telling us how wonderful the show experience was,” Beauvalet concluded. “With the help of Christie, we have achieved our goal with this presentation – to instill a strong feeling of pride in our country and our capital with a one-of-a-kind free nightly show. I can say that Christie and its technology are extremely reliable. They deliver exactly what they say they will.”

“‘Mosaika’ is an extraordinary accomplishment that presents the history of Canada in a way that is entertaining, educational, and visually compelling,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “We are very proud the National Capital Commission selected Christie projectors to be part of this exceptionally innovative and memorable event.”

DSE Announces 2013 Apex & Content Award Winners

Atlanta – Digital Signage Expo® (DSE), the world’s largest and longest running International Conference and Tradeshow dedicated exclusively to digital signage, interactive technology and digital out-of-home networks (DOOH), today announced the independently judged winners of its Apex & Content Awards for 2013 at its 4th Annual Awards Dinner Sponsored this year by the Digital Signage Federation.

This year Gold, Silver and Bronze Apex Awards were presented to winners in 10 categories from a field of 90 entrants:

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
GOLD: Westfield San Francisco Centre, Nominated by Obscura Digital
SILVER: Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Nominated by Intermedia Touch Inc.
BRONZE: Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, Nominated by DRM
Productions Inc.

Business, Industry & Government
GOLD: San Francisco Public Utility Commission, Nominated by Obscura Digital
SILVER: Christie West Wing, Nominated by Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc.
BRONZE: Arsenal Media Fountain of Content, Nominated by Arsenal Media

Education & Healthcare
GOLD: University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, Nominated by Westbury
National Show Systems Ltd.
SILVER: Florida Hospital – Wesley Chapel, Nominated by Sound Stage Inc.
BRONZE:Saint Louis University, Nominated by NEC Display Solutions

Event Venues
GOLD: Antron Showroom, Nominated by Float4 Interactive
SILVER: Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Nominated by Gefen
BRONZE: University of Oregon, Nominated by Haivision

Food & Beverage
GOLD: Dee Daa Restaurants, Nominated by Arsenal Media
SILVER: Top of Waikiki Restaurant, Nominated by Pacific Digital Signs
BRONZE: Starbucks Coffee Co., Nominated by Starbucks Coffee Co.

Hospitality
GOLD: Swan & Dolphin Resort, Nominated by Xpodigital
SILVER: Tourisme Montérégie, Nominated by Arsenal Media
BRONZE: Wynn in Las Vegas, Nominated by JANUS Displays by Morrow
Technologies

Interactive Self-Service
GOLD: Pepsi, Nominated by Intel
SILVER: Telenet Mobile – SmartSpot – DOBIT, Nominated by Scala Inc.
BRONZE: Buffalo Wild Wings, Nominated by Wireless Ronin Technologies

Public Spaces
GOLD:
Westfield Shopping Center, Nominated by Scala Inc.
SILVER: Samsung Galaxy S3 Turkey Launch Projection Mapping, Nominated by Dreambox Visual Communications
BRONZE: Clear Channel Spectacolor – Times Square, Nominated by Clear Channel
Spectacolor

Retail
GOLD:
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Nominated by Build-A-Bear Workshop®
SILVER: Connections, Nominated by YCD Multimedia
BRONZE: Holt Renfrew Ltd., Nominated by Rose and Thistle Media

Transportation
GOLD:
CBS Outdoor, Nominated by MRI (Manufacturing Resources
International)
SILVER: McCarran International Airport, Nominated by Four Winds Interactive
BRONZE: IGITerminal – 3 & 1 Airport,Delhi, Nominated by Times Innovative Media Ltd. (Times OOH)

The DSE 2013 Apex Award of the Year winner is:

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Nominated by Build-A-Bear Workshop®

This year Gold, Silver and Bronze Content Awards were presented to winners in 10 different categories from a field of 70 entrants:

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
GOLD:
Second Story Interactive Studios, for content created for Vault of the
Secret Formula: Bubble-izer
SILVER: Intermedia Touch Inc., for content created for Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
BRONZE: Arsenal Media, for content created for Christie, The Discovery Wall

Business, Industry & Government
GOLD:
Arsenal Media, for content created for The Fountain of Content
SILVER: Obscura Digital, for content created for Digital Arts Wall, San Francisco
Public Utilities Commission
BRONZE: Arsenal Media, for content created for Christie, Kitchener West Wing Lobby

Education & Healthcare
GOLD:
Intermedia Touch Inc., for content created for Miami Children’s Hospital
SILVER: Arsenal Media, for content created for Wilfrid Laurier University, 100th Anniversary
BRONZE: Visix Inc., for content created for University of Iowa Interactive Wayfinding

Event Venues
GOLD:
Oklahoma City Thunder, for content created for Chesapeake Arena
SILVER: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, for content created for MLSE Live
BRONZE: Insteo, for content created for Vitec Group

Food & Beverage
GOLD:
Groupe Viva, for content created for Le 2 Pierrots
SILVER: Allure Global Solutions, for content created for Moe’s Southwest Grill – Digital Menu Boards
BRONZE: Arsenal Media & Jaime Burns, for content created for Dee Daa Restaurants

Hospitality
GOLD: Arsenal Media, for content created for The Tourisme Montérégie
Experiential Tower
SILVER: X20 Media, for content created for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
BRONZE: Swan & Dolphin Resort, for content created for “ELLA” RFID Reader Project

Multi-Platform
GOLD: Arsenal Media and Converse Marketing, for content created for
Caterpillar Global Mining,Touchpoint Digital Program
SILVER: Elevate Digital, for content created for Groupon
BRONZE: Intelligent Multimedia Ltd., for content created for IML Challenges

Public Spaces
GOLD: Pearl Media, for content created for Chevy Interactive 3D Projection
SILVER: Vanten K.K., for content created for Ganbatte 365
BRONZE: Monster Grupo Creativo S.A. de C.V., for content created for
Banamex S.A.

Retail
GOLD: Rose and Thistle Media, for content created for Holt Renfrew Ltd.
SILVER: All Things Media LLC, for content created for Mercedes-Benz USA, AMG
Digital Signage
BRONZE: AKQA, for content created for RBS Group

Transportation
GOLD: Inwindow Outdoor, for content created for Beneful Virtual Dog
Park/Columbus Circle Interactive Wall

“The DSE 2013 Content Award of the Year winner is:

Inwindow Outdoor, for content created for Beneful Virtual Dog
Park/Columbus Circle Interactive
Chris Gibbs, President of Exponation, LLC, which produces Digital Signage Expo said, “Because innovation and creativity are essential to driving growth in our industry, it is our unique pleasure and privilege to be able to provide a forum that not only nurtures and recognizes these amazing leaps forward, but also one in which all of us can come together and truly appreciate the work that is being produced in our field worldwide. That is why we are pleased to present the 2013 winners who have distinguished themselves in this way.”

Mark your calendar now: Digital Signage Expo® 2014, co-located with the Interactive Technology Expo and Digital Content Show, is scheduled for February 11-13, 2014, with access to the Exhibit Hall February 12 & 13 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. To reserve exhibit space contact Jeanne Phillips, (770) 817-5903. Or, for more information, visit www.digitalsignageexpo.net. You can follow DSE on Twitter at DSExpo, or for all DSE 2014 updates, use #dse2014. For year-round news and information on digital signage, visit DSE’s new Digital Signage Connection web portal at www.digitalsignageconnection.com.

About the Independent Panel of Apex Award Judges
DSE’s Apex Awards were individually assessed and juried on the basis of originality and innovation by an independent panel of six industry journalists, all of whom have long reported on the digital signage sector, have published on the many facets of the industry, and are recognized as versant in current industry trends. Judges included:
• Ben Skidmore, Publisher, Digital Signage Solutions
• Lionel Tepper, Managing Director, ScreenMedia Daily
• Tom Leblanc, Editor-in-Chief, Commercial Integrator
• Mike Cearley, Senior Vice President & Partner, Global Social Strategy & Consumer Engagement, Fleishman-Hillard; Author & Publisher, 11th Screen
• Jeff Wooten, Editor, Sign Builder Illustrated
• Richard Lebovitz, Editorial Director, Digital Signage Expo

About the Independent Panel of Content Award Judges
DSE’s Content Awards were individually assessed and juried on the basis of originality in content applications developed specifically for digital signage by an independent panel of six industry professionals, all of whom have long worked in the digital signage sector and have developed hands-on expertise in many facets of the industry, Judges included:
• Nancy Hoffman, Client Relationship Lead, [ADi] Animation Dynamics Inc.
• Craig Huff, Graphic Design Manager, Bell Canada at Vancouver Convention Centre
• Maria Kozlova, Art Director, mkgrafix.com
• Anne White, Principal, Hypehouse
• Daniel Wilkins, SVP/Digital Out-of-Home, Wilkins Media Company
• Florian Vollmer, SVP Design, Design Principal, InReality, an Info Retail Company.

About Digital Signage Expo
Digital Signage Expo 2014, to be held February 11-13, 2014, with access to the Exhibit Hall February 12 & 13 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas USA, is the world’s largest and longest running conference and trade show exclusively dedicated to the digital signage, interactive technology and digital-out-of-home (DOOH) industries. Launched in 2004, DSE was the first event dedicated to the digital signage market and has been a significant contributor to the growth of this fast-paced industry. Professional end user attendance represents decision-makers from key industry categories such as retail, restaurant, healthcare, education, hospitality and transportation, as well as other key stakeholders, including advertising executives, brand marketers and systems integrators.

Over 200 exhibitors feature technology and services including hardware, software, network, delivery and content from around the globe. DSE also offers the largest and most diversified digital signage and digital out-of-home educational program anywhere in the world, with more than 150 educators and the largest variety of educational opportunities, including a live installation tour and structured curriculum leading to professional re-certification in eight educational tracks. The 2014 program will be comprised of 14 pre- and post-show educational events, 32 seminars, 40 targeted Industry Vertical Discussion Groups and 42 free workshops staged in three on-floor theaters.

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For more information, contact Communications Representative
Geri D. Wolff, Market Works International, Inc. (386) 447-0018

Extron Now Shipping Three Input Compact HDCP-Compliant Scaler

Extron DSC 301 HDExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DSC 301 HD, a compact HDCP-compliant video scaler. This scaler has an HDMI input, a configurable high resolution analog input, a composite video input, and an HDMI output. Featuring an advanced scaling engine with 30-bit processing and 1080i deinterlacing, the DSC 301 HD delivers uncompromised picture quality for output resolutions up to 1920×1200, including 1080p and 2K. It includes EDID Minder®, automatic input switching, and simplifies system connections by embedding audio from one of the three stereo inputs onto the HDMI output.

“The DSC 301 HD delivers high performance and a compelling feature set,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “With its compact form factor and integrator-friendly features, this scaler lends itself to basic conference room applications as well as more complex systems where multiple scalers are deployed into a large signal distribution system.”

The DSC 301 HD offers several features that enhance and simplify AV system setup and operation. For HDMI signals with protected content, Key Minder® authenticates and maintains continuous HDCP encryption between input sources and displays to ensure quick and reliable switching. EDID Minder ensures that the display’s capabilities are communicated to connected video sources to obtain an optimal image. Front panel controls, intuitive on-screen menus, plus USB and RS-232 connections provide flexible control and monitoring capability.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

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