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Christie’s Integrated Video Display Solutions for Security and Surveillance on Display at ASIS 2012

Cost-Effective Video Wall Solutions to Meet Every Budget.

Christie, a global leader in visual display solutions, will showcase its integrated, high performance, high resolution mission critical video display wall solutions purpose-built for the most complex control room environments at ASIS 2012, the world’s most comprehensive educational and networking event in the security industry, September 10-13 in Philadelphia. Offering the latest generation monitoring and surveillance technologies, Christie display solutions represent the ultimate in 24/7 reliability and security for briefings, monitoring, surveillance, military and emergency operations centers.

Christie Entero 50 Inch LED-Based Wall Cubes

Christie Entero 50 Inch LED-Based Wall Cubes

At ASIS, the Christie booth will feature three different integrated options for video wall display for the security and surveillance industry, starting with a 2 by 2 array of stackable Christie Entero 50” SXGA+ DLP LED-illuminated display wall cubes, enabled by a Christie TVC-1700 video wall processor. The booth space will also showcase a 6 wide by 4 high Christie MicroTiles wall powered by a versatile Christie Vista Spyder X20 video processor, and a side-by-side display of two Christie FHD55X-1 tiled LCD flat panels. Information on Christie’s newest addition to the LED-illuminated video wall family, the 70” HD video wall cube (16:9 aspect ratio), ideally suited for video surveillance cameras/feeds, will be available at the booth.

50” SXGA+ DLP LED-illuminated display wall cubes
Built with Christie Entero LED light engines, all of Christie’s display cubes, including the 70” and the 50” (on display), offer great image stability, consistent brightness uniformity, 24/7 reliability, worry-free operation, ease of maintenance, and superior long life performance.

Christie MicroTiles
Ideal for command/control and surveillance, MicroTiles feature super fine pixel pitch of 0.567mm, a narrow 10″ (260mm) depth and continuous automatic color and brightness calibration. With its stunning image quality, 24/7 performance, minimal footprint and low cost of ownership, the MicroTiles can be stacked and configured into an endless variety of designs, and fit into nearly any environment.

Christie FHD551-X Flat Panels
The ideal solution where space and budget are limited, Christie FHD551-X LCD flat-panels are significantly thinner than conventional monitors, with LED backlighting and high pixel density offering high-definition resolution and energy efficiency.

Christie TVC-1700 Video Wall Controller
The newest display wall processor in our line-up, the Christie TVC-1700 manages and displays large amounts of information across video walls regardless of size, ensuring all the information is displayed exactly how you want to see it. This built-to-order video wall processor supports video wall configurations with up to 64 outputs and hundreds of inputs and managed by Christie MASTERSuite software, which enables instant access to any source of visual information. Christie TVC-1700 controllers ship with Windows 7 Ultimate so you can run multiple software applications on your video wall directly from the controller.

Christie Vista Spyder X20 Image Processor
The Christie Vista Spyder X20 is an award-winning, easy-to-use, versatile hardware-based video processor combined with the flexibility of a universal routing switcher. Its integrated source monitoring enables simultaneous, real-time, full frame rate monitoring of all inputs. With its 20 megapixel bandwidth, the Spyder X20 can drive multiple displays to achieve greater brightness, image quality, and resolution than has been historically possible.

“As a pioneer in the control room industry, Christie designs and builds cost-effective video wall solutions to meet customers’ needs, within their design specifications and within budget,” said John Stark, senior director, Collaborative Visual Solutions, Christie. “By approaching each project strategically and working with a team of experts, our customers benefit by getting 24/7 reliability and confidence in an exceptional video wall that seamlessly integrates into their entire infrastructure, allowing them to monitor, review, and share data in real-time. ”

Christie video wall display solutions are built with the latest display technologies, including DLP, LCD and LED that deliver superior, long-life performance at the lowest cost of operation. The displays are found worldwide and range from the Dallas Police Department’s Fusion Center to Mexico’s ultra-modern Federal Police Intelligence Center to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Christie’s visual display systems are built on proven technologies, with many products listed in General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules 58 and 70.

Christie 4K Solutions For Business on Display at IBC Europe

Christie Twist 4K is Available on the Christie D4K25 Projector

Meeting the growing demand for 4K projection outside of cinema applications, Christie® announced the official launch of Christie Twist™ 4K at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2012 today. Designed for Christie 4K, 3-chip DLP® projectors used in business applications, Christie Twist 4K enables the warping, blending and color matching of multi-projector displays in large-screen, fixed installation applications including amusement parks, automotive designs, museums and planetariums that require exceptionally large images in a multi-channel (tiled) format.

Christie Twist 4K creates uniform, tiled images with superior color consistency across the entire display when using several projectors and is on display at the Christie booth with the new Christie D4K25, 25,000 lumen projector.

“Whether it’s a flat or curved surface, with Christie Twist 4K, ProAV professionals can now blend and color match images from multiple 4K projectors – easily creating large, ultra-high resolution canvasses that will amaze audiences like never before,” said George Tsintzouras, senior director, product management for Business Products, Christie.

Christie Twist 4K is equipped with Quad DVI input, allowing for the use of standard DVI sources. “With Christie Twist 4K, Christie expands its 4K solution offering and gives end users the ability to create large, high-pixel density panoramas that show their content with the finest detail, without distortion,” Tsintzouras concluded.

Christie Twist 4K comes with a two-year parts and labor warranty backed by Christie’s renowned sales and service support. It is displayed at the Christie booth September 7-11 and ships in October.

World’s First Laser-Projected Screening of Full-Length Movie Debuts With Christie Laser Projector; 2D Light Levels Achieved for 3D at IBC 2012 “Big Screen” Event

Christie® will light up the “IBC Big Screen” theater at RAI Amsterdam on Monday, delivering unprecedented 2D light levels for 3D content and, in the process, addressing one of the cinema industry’s most pressing problems – the unsatisfactory showing of 3D content at low light levels, typically less than 3 foot lamberts (ft-L), when 14 ft-L is the standard for 2D films. The event will also be the public premiere of Christie’s first prototype laser projector.

“Christie firmly believes that the best 3D is the brightest 3D and we need to help exhibitors with solutions that can project compelling, immersive 3D experiences to their screens,” said Dr. Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Audiences deserve to see the brightest 3D with 14 ft-L on cinema screens. Our demonstration today will show just how truly spectacular a movie maker’s vision can be when shown at the highest light levels, making the shared experience more immersive, and, ultimately, driving more cinema ticket sales.”

Continuing, Dr. Shaw noted that “as well, some attendees leave 3D movies complaining of headaches, fatigue, and sore eyes. Just like reading a book in low light levels, low brightness on the movie screen is one of the reasons for these complaints. Delivering more lumens to the screen will help address these effects, as will the advent of ‘eye-easy’ high frame rate (HFR) movies.”

(Current, non-laser methods for delivering more light to screens include dual, Xenon-lamp based Christie DLP® projection systems, known as Christie Duo™, which are filling specific needs for 3D delivery in theatres across the globe, including, for example, at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood and other ArcLight Cinemas.)

A Short, Expert Tutorial…And then the Movie
Dr. Shaw will address the low brightness problem in detail in a short address, and noted stereographers Demetri Portelli (“Hugo”) and Corey Turner (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) will introduce 3 ft-L clips from their films and speak to the challenges inherent in making a 3D movie, knowing full well that it will be shown to audiences at inferior light levels.

“For me, crafting 3D images as a stereographer has been both the most challenging and the most rewarding experience of my career as a cameraman. I have suffered alongside many 3D film makers whose work has been compromised due to the inevitable low-brightness theatrical presentation,” said Demetri Portelli. “So this showing of Hugo 3D at 14 ft-L is an important milestone in 3D cinema projection, as it will deliver spectacular details and show how light conveys additional information in 3D space. I’m really excited and optimistic about Christie finding solutions and setting new standards for exceptional movie exhibition.”

As VP, Post Production for Paramount, Corey Turner oversees all stereoscopic 3D productions, and recalls that “When Paramount released Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which I also worked on as stereographer, some of the prints were special digital masters, aimed at systems that could deliver almost twice the brightness of standard 3D projection. But even that ‘limited edition’ only targeted 6 ft-L; of course that being much better than the current standard for 3D at 4.5ft-L, but a far cry from 2D light levels. I’m 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.”

Corey added that “Technologies like this will only help filmmakers fall even more in love with 3D. It will also finally give audiences a way to see all of the wonderful detail that the director and many members of their crew put into each and every shot. People will no longer cautiously question, ‘…is this really in 3D?’ because they will be able to see and detect all of the subtle depth cues intended for the presentation.”

Laser-projection Begins New Era With Full-Length Film Showing
Following the presentation by Dr. Shaw and Mr. Portelli and Mr. Turner, Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo 3D” – the first laser projection screening of a feature-length 3D movie at 2D brightness levels – will be shown, courtesy of Paramount Pictures International, Christie and XPAND 3D.

Commenting on the laser projector and that route specifically, Dr. Shaw said that “There’s half-a-dozen different ‘forks in the road’ decisions that have to be made when designing a laser-projection system and most manufacturers will take different paths.” He noted that Christie customers have come to expect the best in technology and service from the world’s largest supplier of DLP cinema projectors, operating for more than 80 years, and “…our final laser projector family, when announced, will continue this trend of innovative, high performance products that will address the specific needs of our customers in the cinema, pro AV and advanced visualization and simulation arenas.”

Christie Puts Virtual Print Fee Program “On The Fast Track” To Help Exhibitors Meet Industry-Wide Signing Deadline of September 30, 2012

Industry’s Most Flexible Turnkey Solution Makes North American Exhibitors’ Transition to Digital Cinema Easy and Affordable.

With exhibitors facing a looming industry deadline of September 30, 2012 to join a Virtual Print Fee (VPF) Program, Christie announced that it has put its VPF program for North American exhibitors “on the fast track,” to ensure exhibitors are quickly signed up and guaranteed reimbursements as they make their move to DCI Compliant digital cinema projection systems.

“Christie has initiated ‘Fast Track’ handling at all levels within the administrative process to insure that exhibitors can take advantage of the industry’s most simplified plan for making the move to DCI Compliant digital cinema,” said Craig Sholder, vice president of Christie’s Entertainment Solutions. “It’s important for exhibitors to sign up on or before September 30, 2012 but once onboard they will still have until October 31, 2013 to make the physical conversion. During that time, they’ll have complete flexibility in choosing the best financing option for their needs, thanks to Christie’s highly flexible VPF program. We offer the widest financing options available, from self-financing to working out terms with one of our financing partners.”

Sholder added: “The sooner one begins the conversion, the better, since VPF revenues will not be earned until one has converted at least 50 percent of one’s complex. Exhibitors have nothing to lose and everything to gain by signing up with the Christie VPF program.”

Christie’s VPF program has been endorsed by all major Hollywood studios, including the Walt Disney Company, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros. The program has been recognized as giving exhibitors the greatest independence in planning a digital cinema conversion. As a result, more than 110 separate theater companies representing more than 1,500 screens across North America have enrolled in Christie’s VPF Program to date.

Landmark Cinemas Typifies Satisfied Christie VPF Customer
Landmark Cinemas Inc., which operates 33 theaters in Canada, is among the many exhibitors already subscribed to the Christie VPF. It selected Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projectors for all of its 100-plus screens throughout Western Canada and the Yukon. With the digital conversion completed, Landmark now shows 2D and 3D movies, live events and other alternative content.

“Christie has always been exceptionally committed to providing exhibitors with superior products and technical expertise,” said Neil Campbell, chief operating officer, Landmark Cinemas. “We selected their VPF program because it provided us the ultimate in flexibility. Their technicians worked with our installation company, King Cinema Services, to ensure every conversion took place without any disruption in service.”

As part of the VPF arrangements, Landmark worked with Christie in support of sourcing, integrating and testing hardware, enabling Christie to remotely monitor and manage Landmark’s digital cinema projection environments.

“We are ready to roll today with signing and installations,” said Sholder. “We can handle hundreds of projector orders simultaneously – absolutely no waiting or bottleneck. When the exhibitor is ready, we’re ready.”

Christie’s VPF program is backed by more than 80 years of experience in the cinema industry. It offers expert support and flexible options for all phases of the digital conversion process. Solutions include DCI Compliant digital cinema projection systems and Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) services, currently monitoring and supporting more than 110,000 devices in over 2,500 locations globally.

Christie’s Moving-Yoke Projection Technology Adds To The Excitement At 5LINX Sales Meeting

Christie® technology was the clear choice when Atlanta-based PPi was asked to provide the projection technology for the 5LINX company sales meeting at the Las Vegas Convention Center recently. 5LINX is a direct marketing company providing electrical, power, cellular and satellite services to customers throughout America with its head office located in Rochester, New York.

PPi produces corporate events and for the 5LINX meeting, they used the best ideas from award and reality shows – especially American Idol – and combined them. The 64-feet wide by 40-feet deep multi-tiered stage was bathed in colors from numerous spotlights, a Christie YK100 moving yoke system, and several Christie projectors – creating a feast for the eyes.

Geoffrey Platt, event production designer at PPi, used one Christie YK100 yoke with a Christie WX10K-M projector and was impressed with the result.

“One of the main elements of the show was an opening segment with lighting and pyrotechnics shown behind a center screen measuring 23-feet across by 11-feet high that tracked eight feet up-and-down, from which presenters would emerge,” he said. “The Christie YK100 and projector were tracking to this center screen, which is why we used the yoke solution. The quality of the WX10K-M projector we used in the yoke was great.”

Designed for staging and event productions, the award-winning Christie YK100 supports the Christie M Series 3-chip DLP® platform as well as the Christie LX1500 LCD model, giving AV professionals a range of brightness levels from 5,700 to 15,000 ANSI lumens and a choice of resolutions to fit any event requirements. The flexible Christie YK100 moving yoke includes an interchangeable head system so technicians can swap out one Christie projector for another— on the same yoke. The Christie YK100 can be rigged or set up at floor level with both projector and yoke control from the same console using DMX512 protocol.

“There are some similar moving projection products on the market but they don’t even come close to the quality of the Christie YK100,” he said. “For what we were doing, I couldn’t conceive of a better fit. This was the first time I had used the Christie YK100 and the yoke performed beautifully.”

Christie HD10K-M and Christie HD18K Projectors Complete the Presentation

Platt said that 5LINX used Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors for both a secondary screen and the ‘halos,’ which were tension fabric cut in rings eight feet across that hung 20 feet above the stage. Projected onto the halos were graphic treatments above customized 5LINX logos.

PPi also used four Christie HD18K 3-chip DLP® projectors – one each for four separate, main screens – to display graphics, PowerPoint, video and IMAG.

Planning and executing such an elaborate show is a major undertaking but Platt knew Christie technology would perform as advertised.

“I have never had any problems with Christie projectors and they have always been rock solid,” he concluded. “We had no issues at all. I love the color, contrast and picture quality and everything worked flawlessly out of the box. Christie also has the moving yoke/projector system, which is a big plus and made the decision that much easier. Christie had everything we needed to ensure this event went smoothly.”

Christie Takes Visual Display Technology Into New Dimensions at SIGGRAPH 2012 With 3D HoloStation

Christie’s Presence Felt “Virtually Everywhere” Throughout Event With Wide Range of Display Solutions.

Christie® is “virtually everywhere” at SIGGRAPH 2012 and, as a Platinum Sponsor of the conference, is confirming its leadership in 3D projection technology with a wide range of products and visual display solutions that support dealers, content providers, and partners in visualization, post-production, exhibition, and immersive technologies throughout the show.

Christie innovations are in full-force at its booth #1123, where it is showcasing its latest solution, the Christie HoloStation, a personal visualization system that displays up to 15 Megapixels of data in a 3D stereoscopic and interactive tracked environment in a compact, 6 feet by 6 feet footprint. It is driven by an NVIDIA® Quadro® Plex scalable visualization solution, external graphics processing designed for large-scale 3D visualization. Easy to deploy, the Christie HoloStation is self-contained, affordable and easy to use. It is ideal for applications such as car and aircraft design development and architectural walk-throughs, as well as for use as a 3D virtual trainer.

The Christie HoloStation at SIGGRAPH.

“The Christie HoloStation is an exciting visual solution that provides the functionalities of a Christie CAVE, but in a scaled down, innovative personal immersive environment. It’s high-fidelity visualization where you need it,” noted Zoran Veselic, vice president, Visual Environments, Christie. “Most important of all, it is easily deployed, so that it can be set up in nearly any cubicle in any facility. It is the perfect solution for bringing visualization to collaborative office spaces, the production floor in factories and in engineering department laboratories.”

The Christie booth will also display the innovative Christie Personal Immersive Environment (PIE) concept, composed of a three-panel arrangement of Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panels in portrait mode with a roughly 90-degree Field of View (FOV). With 3D content from WorldViz, an industry leader in interactive virtual reality solutions, the Christie PIE will use an intuitive 3Dconnexion controller that offers six degrees of freedom to allow users to virtually “fly” through a piazza. Flat panels can be added to the system to increase the FOV to as much as 320 degrees, maintaining an 8 by 8 maximum footprint, taking the gaming experience to a whole new level.

Christie will also be moderating the highly anticipated Production Sessions Panel, “High Frame Rate Cinema, Impacts on Art and Technology,” on August 8. The panel, moderated by Christie’s Dr. Paul Salvini, will feature 10 Hollywood visionaries such as Jon Landau, Douglas Trumbull and Dennis Muren, addressing the challenges to the post-production and exhibition communities. The Christie CP2230 DLP Cinema® projector used for the panel will show a variety of cinema content from leading studios and post-production houses, comparing 24, 48 and 60 frames per second.

The Christie CP2230, upgradable to 4K technology, is capable of lighting up screens up to 100 feet wide. Whether it is visual effects for TV and live-action film music videos, TV and web commercials, visualization and simulation content, or 3D feature films from Hollywood, Christie digital cinema projectors deliver accurate, razor-sharp, high-resolution images.

Platinum Sponsor Christie “Virtually Everywhere” At SIGGRAPH
SIGGRAPH attendees will find Christie display solutions throughout the main conference. From Christie’s DLP Cinema® projectors taking “center stage” in the Electronics Theater, where feature films will be shown in RealD 3D technology, to Christie’s 55-inch HD LCD flat panels to help attendees find their way around the show floor, to support for the conference production sessions with models such as the award-winning Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® digital projector, with built-in warping, blending, color matching and portrait capabilities.

Among Christie partners at SIGGRAPH, the NVIDIA® booth will show content on a flexible, efficient Christie Mirage WU12K-M 3-chip DLP®, WUXGA projector with dual image processing capabilities and three modes of 3D presentation.

“Christie was the first licensee to market DLP Cinema® technology, and we have never looked back,” noted Dr. Paul Salvini, CTO, Christie. “We continue to help set the standards in 3D digital technology, in visualization and simulation, and we remain a pioneer of new technologies, such as 3D HFR, which is poised to revolutionize post-production and the exhibition industries.”

Visit Christie at Booth #1123.

Christie Partners with Crystal CG as Exclusive Corporate Partner of New Bureau Internationale Des Exposition (BIE) Center in Paris, France

Christie®, a world leader in visual technology displays, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Crystal CG, a leading digital media company, to supply innovative visual display solutions for the new Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) multimedia exhibition and information center in Paris, France. The Center, a collaboration between Crystal CG and BIE and 100 percent funded by Crystal CG, will be dedicated to the history of world expos. It will house a permanent exhibition highlighting BIE’s accomplishments, presented on the latest cutting-edge multimedia technologies from Christie. It will also feature meeting rooms to discuss Expositions, large-scale events and a comprehensive digital research library for delegates, scholars, students and future Expo organizers. The Center held its official grand opening July 27.

Crystal CG is a major Christie AV partner in China and the Official Digital Imaging Service Provider of the 2012 Olympic Games. As a corporate partner of the BIE Center, Christie will be providing a diverse array of advanced digital displays that include the award-winning Christie® MicroTiles® in the reception area, as well as projectors throughout the facility, including the exhibition area, meeting rooms and an immersive first-person experience area.

“As a result of the hugely successful collaboration between Crystal CG and Christie at the Qing Ming Festival at Shanghai Expo 2010, Christie was given the opportunity to partner with Crystal CG at the Center, and therefore work more closely with BIE,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing at Christie. “It is a great privilege for Christie to be the exclusive corporate sponsor and to play an important role in the developmental phase of many key international Expositions that will have an impact upon the world stage.”

Cress observed that Christie is well positioned to partner with Crystal CG and co-partner the Center, as Christie has been a major provider of displays and projectors for large-scale events such as Shanghai World Expo 2010 and Yeosu Expo 2012 most recently.

Pascal Deseure, Managing Director at Crystal CG’s BIE Center noted, “Both Christie and Crystal CG are visual solutions pioneers with extensive experience in the industry. As partners, we look forward to demonstrating the power of visual technology to deliver messages from event sponsors and host cities on a grand scale, and to play a key role in the continuing success of BIE, the intergovernmental organization in-charge of all Expositions in the world.”

“The BIE is very pleased with this innovative space provided by Crystal CG in the heart of Paris. This showcase is a great opportunity to present and inspire world-class ideas to candidates, organizers and participants, through Christie’s cutting edge visual solutions,” Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, Secretary General, Bureau International des Expositions.

About Crystal CG
Crystal CG was established in Beijing in 1995 and has 3,000 employees in more 15 cities in China and around the world, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Singapore and Paris. It is a leading global creative group of digital and visual services, supplying clients in a wide range of industries (real-estate, mega-events, advertisement, automotive, medical, cultural, gaming, motion pictures, etc…) with integrated solutions and services. Crystal CG is widely recognized for its expertise and technical capabilities to deliver the most comprehensive and richest visual experience on the biggest scale and limited only by the imagination. Its creative visual solutions have powered such notable events as the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade and the Yeosu Expo 2012. In March 2009, Crystal CG was recognized as the official digital imaging service supplier for the 2012 London Olympics.

About BIE
The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) (International Exhibitions Bureau) is the intergovernmental organization in charge of overseeing the calendar, the bidding, the selection, and the organization of World and International Expos. The BIE was created by an international convention signed in Paris, France in 1931, which established the rights and responsibilities of the Expo organizers and participants. The role of the BIE is to supervise and ensure the application of this Convention. As the international governing body of Expos, the BIE provides the regulatory framework for these prestigious global events, in which countries, international organizations, civil society groups, corporations, and citizens participate.

Christie’s Technology on the World Stage in London

Christie® today announced its partnership with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s (DFAIT) “Invest in Canada.” Christie has provided two striking digital displays featuring Christie® MicroTiles® and Christie Entero LED rear projection cubes at Canada Olympic House in Trafalgar Square. Operating from July 27 through August 12, in addition to being the Canadian Olympic Committee’s space for athletes, their friends and their families, Canada Olympic House hosts business leaders and government dignitaries and showcase Canada’s leading industries and businesses. Christie is among the select technology companies invited to participate.

As a world leader of visual display technologies and solutions, with manufacturing in Canada, Christie’s partnership with DFAIT at Canada Olympic House in London includes a large lobby display of up to 37 Christie MicroTiles and four 72” diagonal Entero cubes, the world’s first LED-based ultra-high resolution projection display system, for the Business Club, site of numerous networking events throughout the month. Both displays show a video and graphical montage highlighting Canada’s leading sectors and landscapes. Float4 Interactive is providing the interactivity kit to allow multiple users to interact with the displays.

Business leaders, government dignitaries, world-class athletes and executives from all over the world are expected to attend the various events to be presented at the facility. This includes a special Information Communications Technology (ICT) day on August 6, put on by Invest in Canada in association with the Financial Times, as well as a technology showcase organized by Invest Ottawa on behalf of the Consider Canada Alliance.

“From award-winning games and visual effects, to digital cinema and e-commerce, to wireless and mobile applications, Canada is an important player in the global economy,” noted Kathryn Cress, vice president of Global and Corporate Marketing at Christie. “As a major contributor to Canada’s technology revolution with manufacturing facilities in the Waterloo Region, Christie is proud to bring its expertise to Canada Olympic House to help further the country’s strategic expansion upon the world’s digital stage.”

According to the government of Canada, Canada’s digital industries are a robust and rapidly advancing sector, with 32,700 companies, more than half a million employees, annual revenues in excess of $162 billion and annual exports of $26 billion in 2010. Profiling these activities is part of the government’s economic strategy to create conditions for businesses in Canada to succeed on a global scale. At Canada Olympic House, senior policy-makers and global business leaders will inform potential investors about Canada’s ICT sector, its key areas of growth, as well as the challenges and emerging investment opportunities.

“As a leader in the ICT sector, Canada long ago recognized the importance of fostering innovation and creating the right business environment to attract world-class companies to our shores,” said International Trade Minister Ed Fast. “With our low taxes, strong and stable economy, significant research and development incentives, and highly-educated workforce, Canada continues to be a premier destination of choice for foreign investors. Christie’s revolutionary digital cinema technology and powerful visual displays highlight how Canada’s competitive strengths and economic vision benefit a global audience and drive economic growth here at home.”

Keith Klentz Named Director, Visualization and Simulation Sales, Christie

Christie, a world leader in visual technology displays, today announced that Keith Klentz has been promoted to the position of Director, Visualization and Simulation Sales, Visual Environments (VE), to drive the company’s continued growth in this area. He will report to Zoran Veselic, Vice President, Visual Environments. In his new role, Klentz will be responsible for VE sales in the U.S. and Canada, and for developing and managing the VE sales team.

Keith Klentz

Klentz has been in the visualization and simulation industry for more than 25 years in roles that included engineering, sales, project and product management. Prior to joining Christie in 2009, he worked for BARCO for more than 20 years where his responsibilities included visual systems engineering, market development and sales.

“Christie has been leading the way in innovations for some of the most complex simulation environments, including 3D and immersive applications, as well as mission-critical simulations for government and military installations,” said Klentz. “It’s an honor to take on this new role, and I look forward to continuing to work with customers to deliver the world’s best display solutions for their needs.”

Zoran Veselic noted that Keith’s experience in developing sales amongst different industry segments, including major airlines and the military, will help Christie serve customers better, while growing the firm’s market share. “I am confident that our customers will see Keith’s promotion as indicative of Christie’s long-term commitment to advancing visualization and simulation solutions.”

Klentz holds an electrical engineering degree from Wright State University in Drayton, OH. He served with the Ohio Army National Guard from 1985 to 1990. With his strong business, sales and technology background, he has already made numerous contributions to Christie’s Visual Environments unit.

Christie designs, builds and integrates customized visual solutions to meet the most exacting visual requirements of organizations within the energy, military training and simulation, manufacturing and design, pharmaceutical, aerospace, government agencies, education and entertainment sectors. Christie sets the benchmark for high performance DLP® projection systems used in advanced visualization and simulation environments. Christie solutions are found in major global corporations, universities and government and military organizations.

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Christie Selected Again for Dallas Police Department’s Fusion Center Next Generation Control Room Solutions

Christie MicroTiles Provide Brilliant Video Wall Display and Lowers Cost of Operations.

Christie, a global leader in visual display solutions, recently gave new life to the Dallas Police Department’s 24/7 Fusion Center, with a 6 units high by 12 units wide digital video wall. The 72-unit Christie MicroTiles display is part of the Center’s comprehensive technology upgrade to fight crime in the City of Dallas and to gather and share intelligence information with state-level and Federal Homeland Security.

In 2010, the Dallas Police Department, with major funding from Homeland Security, upgraded its training and special event operations room into a new state-of-the-art Fusion Center, merging information from separate 911 Center, city wide surveillance cameras, tracking systems and investigative analytical databases to improve functionality and response times within the new intelligence operations center. Equipped with new consoles, a SMART Board®, intelligent switching capability, and visualizing data from more than 25 sources, the Dallas Police Department, through AV solutions provider, Whitlock, turned to Christie for its visual technology. “We recommended Christie MicroTiles for their exceptional image quality in brightness, contrast and color reproduction,” explained Scott Creevy, senior account executive with Whitlock. “The MicroTiles also offer a low cost of operation and a long track record of reliability, which made them the perfect choice for the Fusion Center.”

Dallas Police Dept. selects Christie MicroTiles for Intelligence Ops Center

Dallas Police Dept. selects Christie MicroTiles for Intelligence Ops Center

As a result of the technology integration, up to 27 Fusion analysis detectives per day work more effectively with the added ability to monitor a comprehensive common operating picture displayed on the MicroTiles wall in real-time. “The facility operates 24/7 so we needed a video wall that was high resolution, durable and low maintenance,” said Paul Schuster, senior corporal and special projects coordinator of the Dallas Police Department.

Added Schuster: “Our detectives monitor close to 100 cameras all around the city, including officer locations, calls and national live events, so the Dallas Police Department needed a video wall that could help us maintain our 24-hour operation. Christie MicroTiles do just that, while lowering the cost of operations.”

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown credits the Fusion Center, its technology and other new initiatives for reducing crime in Dallas for the eighth consecutive year. States Chief Brown, “It’s about policing smarter, using the information and technology that is available to outsmart the criminal element.”

Creevy adds that “Christie MicroTiles self-calibrate and are designed for maximum image quality in high ambient light environments, such as the Dallas Fusion Center.”

Commented Fusion Center Commander Lt. Thomasson, “With the Fusion Center’s advanced technology, we are fighting crime more intelligently in the City of Dallas. Our detectives have quicker access to information that can be shared responsibly with one another, with other departments and with the patrol officers working the streets.”

“Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring. Integrated technology allows information to be shared anywhere; quickly, accurately, and effortlessly,” said John Stark, senior director, Collaborative Visual Solutions at Christie. “The Dallas Police Department had the foresight to see the benefit of using Christie MicroTiles as the visual element of their newly integrated environment, advancing the efficiency and accuracy of their intelligence operations.”

Christie MicroTiles have built-in sensors monitoring each LED’s performance, automatically adjusting brightness and color continuously for the life of the display. Built with reliable solid-state components, including LEDs rated at 65,000 hours to half brightness, no lamps or consumables need to be replaced for more than seven years. Using the strengths of both DLP® projection and LED technology, Christie MicroTiles offer substantially brighter images and a much wider color palette than conventional flat panel LCD and plasma displays. With no practical limit to the number of tiles in a display, Christie MicroTiles produce a virtually seamless canvas with an unlimited number of super-fine pixels.

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