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Christie Hosts Industry Heavyweights at First-Ever High Frame Rate (HFR) Laser Projection Demo

Cinema Leaders at Christie HFR Summit and Laser Demo

Cinema industry leaders including (left to right) Matt Cowan (RealD Inc), Doug Trumbull (Trumbull Ventures LLC), Ian Bidgood (Park Road), Bert Dunk (Screen Industries Research & Training Centre), Demetri Portelli (3D Stereography) and John Helliker (Screen Industries Research & Training Centre) frame Christie’s laser projector prototype at Christie’s Kitchener manufacturing plant. Following a demonstration of high frame rate (HFR) content projected by the laser unit, the industry luminaries shared information and opinions on high frame rates, laser projection, and the future of 3D and 4K projection at Christie’s one-day HFR Summit.

Cinema Industry Leaders View Laser Projection at Christie

Industry Leaders View Christie HFR and Laser Demo

Cinema industry leaders including (left to right) Matt Cowan (RealD Inc), Doug Trumbull (Trumbull Ventures LLC), Ian Bidgood (Park Road), Bert Dunk (Screen Industries Research & Training Centre), Demetri Portelli (3D Stereography) and John Helliker (Screen Industries Research & Training Centre) frame Christie’s laser projector prototype at Christie’s Kitchener manufacturing plant. Following a demonstration of high frame rate (HFR) content projected by the laser unit, the industry luminaries shared information and opinions on high frame rates, laser projection, and the future of 3D and 4K projection at Christie’s one-day HFR Summit.

Indra Chooses Christie Matrix StIM Systems for British Ministry of Defence’s Helicopter Simulators

Christie®, a leader in simulation projection display and visualization solutions, announced that Indra, the premier IT company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe, has acquired a significant number of the award-winning Christie Matrix StIM™ simulation projection systems to develop three simulators to be used by the British Army and Royal Navy to train their pilots in the use of the new AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter. The operation was carried out through Ingevideo, a Christie partner in Spain that specializes in simulation. Indra will design and develop the simulators in conjunction with AgustaWestland Limited, one of the world’s main helicopter suppliers.

The operation is part of the contract allocated to AgustaWestland by the British Ministry of Defence to design and develop an integrated training solution which includes the construction and equipping of a new modern training center for the AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter.

Christie Matrix StIM, an advanced DLP® projection system based on LED technology, will be used in two simulators with Full Mission Simulator (FMS) movement and one fixed-based Flight Training Device (FTD) flight simulator. LED systems offer enhanced reliability, supportability and maintainability over current technology.

“Christie projectors meet the high standards of performance required by these simulators,” explains Juan Andrés García, Indra’s director of Helicopter Simulators. “After extensive prior tests, we chose these projectors because of their features associated with infrared simulation.”

The simulators enable the planning of training missions and can be configured to adapt to the specific needs of army and navy pilots. These systems have a 6-degree freedom of movement and reproduce vibrations to ensure that pilots experience the same feelings of acceleration as they would on an actual flight.. They also comply with the Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR-FSTD-H) standards, level D.

The systems developed by Indra will be installed in the new training center AgustaWestland is building at Royal Navy Airstation Yeovilton in southwest England that will be the home to the British Army and Royal Navy AW159 Lynx Wildcat squadrons. The training center’s simulators will be commissioned in 2013 for Army aircrew training and one year later for Royal Navy aircrew training.

The AW159 is the latest twin-engine multi-role, maritime and utility aircraft developed as a replacement for the extremely successful AgustaWestland Lynx family of helicopters. Designated the Lynx Wildcat by the UK MOD, the AW159 is the multi-role helicopter chosen by the UK to meet maritime attack, surveillance and land reconnaissance requirements.

This helicopter has a complete integrated flight software package which includes electro-optical imaging and electronic surveillance measures, as well as a self-defence suite, among others. All these systems are simulated and integrated in the simulators with the goal of providing the most realistic possible training.

The process that led Indra to opt for Christie simulation technology was very competitive and demanding, and lasted over one year, a period during which Ingevideo and the Christie Spanish office made various demonstrations for the client, as well as proportioning advice and consultancy services in the design phase and presale technical support.

“This is a very important project, not just in terms of the number of units sold, but also because Indra is the most technologically advanced company in Spain and one of the world’s leading IT multinationals, working to extremely high standards of performance,” says Marcos Fernández, Christie Country Manager for Spain and Portugal. “These simulators provide first class training for AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter crews, ensuring unique realism for the differing conditions pilots can expect.”

Miguel Ángel Piqueras, director of Ingevideo, declares: “We are delighted to be taking part in this project, involving such major companies and organizations as Indra, AgustaWestland Limited, Christie and UK MoD. The sheer magnitude of the operation is incredible, probably one of the most important ever undertaken in Spain in the field of infrared military simulation.”

The Christie Matrix StIM —a 1-chip WUXGA DLP® 600 lumen LED projector— is the first LED simulation projection system to provide independent control over both the visible and infrared spectrum, thanks to its night vision stimulation capabilities. “It is also the first solid state, LED based illumination system that guarantees extraordinary image quality, exceptionally long life, low power consumption and low cost of ownership,” concludes Marcos Fernández.

The Christie Matrix StIM features Christie ArrayLOC™, an innovative technology that automatically adjusts and balances the brightness, colour space and black levels of all the projectors in the display in real-time with no additional latency. The technology creates an exceptionally stable platform that provides the ultimate in scalability, with the LED light source and solid-state technology delivering more than 50,000 hours mean-time-between-failure (MTBF) for years of continuous, virtually maintenance-free operation.

James Cameron’s Titanic 3D World Premiere Projected by Christie Duo Solution at Royal Albert Hall

In co-operation with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, Inc., Christie® supplied its Christie Duo™ dual-projector solution to bring the bright, vivid scenes of Titanic in 3D to life at its world premiere last week at The Royal Albert Hall.

“I’m pleased to have Christie continuing to accompany me on my ‘journey of discovery,’ which will see studios and theater owners providing stirring 3D and, in due course, high frame rate movies, to fully immerse their audiences in experiences that best represent the creative excellence of today’s producers and directors,” said James Cameron.

“It truly is an honor for Christie to be working alongside James Cameron on such a prestigious world premiere. This is not only a great testimonial to the trust put in our digital cinema solutions, but also confirms Christie’s role as the world leader and a pioneer in this field. With more than 80 years of history in cinema, Christie continues to push the boundaries with major digital innovations, including 3D deployment and high frame rates,” said Dale Miller, vice-president, Christie EMEA.

The multi-party effort includes Fox Filmed Entertainment, Bell Theatres Services, Britannia Row Audio and a full orchestra, with Jon Landau appearing onstage with James Cameron at the premiere.

The Christie Duo solution was announced in February 2012 to enable exhibitors to deliver the brightest 2K or 4K movie experiences in 2D or 3D on the largest screens. Coupled with automated features that easily calibrate, align and optimize the images from both Christie Solaria® Series 2K or 4K digital cinema projectors, Christie Duo delivers a completely seamless, premium movie experience to moviegoers worldwide.

When combined with world-leading 3D systems, exhibitors can achieve 3D image brightness levels up to twice as high as what can be achieved using the current large-format market leader — at a significant overall cost saving.

Historic Relationship Between Lightstorm and Christie Continues
Today’s announcement represents the continuing co-operation between the two firms, epitomized by the two firms signing a milestone, five-year agreement to exchange research, testing, development and technical support on high frame rate (HFR) projection – the industry’s most exciting new technology. The cooperation between these two Hollywood digital cinema powerhouses – officially announced on September 12, 2011 – heralded a significant shift in how movies will be made and shown in theaters.

Christie was also selected by Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron to assist him in showcasing the first “mass audience” demonstration of high frame rate (HFR) cinema projection at CinemaCon 2011 in The Colosseum of Caesars Palace on April 4, 2011. Using two Christie projectors, Cameron demonstrated the higher frame-rate delivery necessary for the next generation of 3D films.

Cameron used Christie Solaria® Series DLP Cinema® projectors at the Las Vegas demonstration to project 3D content at up to 60 frames per second (FPS). The current industry standard is 24 FPS, which can result in blurred images (“judder”). The Christie CP2230 and others in its family deliver breathtaking 3D images on the largest screens, which, combined with higher frame rates, will speed the evolution of this next generation cinema experience. They can also be upgraded to HFR capabilities with Christie Previsto™ High Frame Rate (HFR) technology.

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. For more information visit http://www.higherframerates.com.

Christie MicroTiles Creating Buzz At University of Iowa Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Christie® MicroTiles® are drawing rave reviews at the recently remodeled University of Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The 15,500-seat arena is the home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the university’s wrestling (winner of 23 NCAA championships – including 11 straight starting in 1975), men’s and women’s gymnastics, and volleyball teams.

Located in the main lobby of the new entrance, the 10 wide (13 feet 4 inches) by 7 high (7 feet) Christie MicroTiles array greets Hawkeye fans with commissioned video art, slideshows and graphics of upcoming events, and videos of current players and alumni of the college powerhouse.

“We collaborated with KJWW Engineering on this project and originally there was another brand of traditional LCD-type video wall that was supposed to go in there,” said Nate Lawrence, vice president of operations, Electronic Communications Systems (ECS). “We saw the Christie MicroTiles and thought this renovation project would be a good application for them. ECS has done a lot of video walls and we were really excited to get this new technology in there.”

“KJWW Engineering provided the engineering consulting for the project, including technology engineering services, which incorporates telecommunications, AV and security,” said Jeff Carpenter, associate principal/national director of technology, KJWW Engineering Consultants.

Carpenter said the university wanted a solution with “pop” since the MicroTiles video wall is in a high profile location with both natural and artificial ambient light.

“From a brightness perspective, the university wanted something that jumped out at you when you walked in the space,” Carpenter added. “We set up a demonstration of the Christie MicroTiles for the athletic department and they realized the MicroTiles were the solution they wanted to move forward with.”

Lawrence said the virtually seamless display of a Christie MicroTiles display wall means a more cohesive set-up than other technologies.

“When you see the MicroTiles in person, it blows you away when compared with the standard LCD display walls. The ability to create different shapes and sizes with the MicroTiles is also great. The reaction has been extremely positive. When we were putting the wall up, we couldn’t work more than a couple of minutes without somebody walking by making comments and wanting to see the wall get fired up and have content running,” added Lawrence.

The staff and students at the school are also impressed.

“We’re very excited about the MicroTiles. We have the most advanced technology and our young people – who are very aware of the latest technologies – know that,” said Dr. Jane C. Meyer, senior associate director of athletics, University of Iowa. “We wanted the most vibrant, high quality pictures on multiple screens – with very small mullions – and we have accomplished that with the MicroTiles display.”

Meyer added: “The arena has this wonderful sunlit, airy entry with a video wall that hits visitors with the display; it’s a very powerful experience for people first entering the arena. The MicroTiles have the vibrancy in a bright atmosphere that LED would never have achieved.”

“The MicroTiles wall is definitely a big focal point of the entire renovation project, both from the people just walking through and from the standpoint of the university itself,” concluded Lawrence. “With the overall image quality, brightness and how well it displays full motion video, the MicroTiles have created quite a buzz – everyone’s really excited about the overall look and how well everything integrated together.”

Sierra Cinemas Makes the Move to Digital With Ease Thanks to Christie

Christie® has announced that the 4-screen Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley, California is the latest among the many regional and local exhibitors making the move into the 21st century of entertainment with the installation of the world’s most popular DLP Cinema® projectors from Christie.

“We chose Christie because we believe in the quality of their products. We appreciate the flexibility built into their projectors – the ease in using the menus, and settings that can be adjusted quickly and easily,” said Michael LaMarca, general manager of Sierra Cinemas. “As well, we opted for the Christie VPF Program because it fits our unique circumstances, allowing us to fast track our digital cinema conversions.”

The Future Looks Bright
Sierra Cinemas has been in the business of creating exceptional movie experiences for customers since Mike and Barbara Getz opened their first theater in 1989. Starting the digital conversion of equipment in 2009 with the installation of a 3D projector, Sierra Cinemas has maintained their high standard of entertainment while successfully embracing the digital revolution.

Following the phenomenal success of the blockbuster “Avatar,” Sierra Cinemas upgraded a second auditorium to digital 3D, installing a Christie CP2000-ZX® to present “Alice in Wonderland.” Working with dealer/installer American Cinema Equipment (ACE), a certified Christie partner, they then completely digitized the rest of their screens, enabling them for 3D, using Christie Solaria™ Series projectors.

Christie VPF – Virtually Irresistible
Sierra Cinemas contracted for Christie’s VPF Program because it was designed for exhibitors who want the most independence in planning a digital cinema conversion. Supported by all the major Hollywood studios, the program allows exhibitors to make the move to DCI Compliant digital cinema simply and cost-effectively.

“We are committed to providing independent theaters the same opportunity larger chains take advantage of when converting to digital cinema,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Our VPF Program aims to work with each theater individually every step of the way to ensure the ideal projectors and financing options are chosen.”

Sierra Appreciates Christie’s Managed Services
LaMarca is also impressed with Christie’s service and support. “It was absolutely a major deciding factor. Christie is serious about service, and they are responsive and professional.”

Christie Managed Services was engaged to provide Sierra Cinemas with remote monitoring and comprehensive maintenance, with round-the-clock support through Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC), along with preventative servicing and on-site emergency response.

“Christie is there when we need them. We selected Christie for three very different cinemas, because they represented our interests and were willing to work with us. Now that we have ‘the whole kit and caboodle,’ we feel pretty confident going forward,” LaMarca added.

Megaplex Theatres Launches VIP Experience with Christie Projectors

Christie, a global leader in visual display technology, is providing the 4K DLP Cinema projection solution at a new screen at the Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons, which debuts March 15 with VIP seating, table service and full reclining chairs as part of Megaplex’s transition to complete digital projection throughout its chain. Megaplex, a leading independent cinema chain in Utah, is converting all of its screens to digital projection, drawing from the Christie Solaria Series. The new projectors, including the Christie CP4230 driving the VIP experience at Megaplex Jordan Commons, are being installed by CLACO Equipment and Service.

Specific to Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons, Christie’s CP4230 was chosen to deliver massive, crisp resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels, with 34,000 lumens brightness, to make 3D movies come alive. This is in keeping with Megaplex’s emphasis on providing an industry-leading viewing experience for its guests. It is this commitment that led the chain to evaluate various suppliers for digital projection in 2011, and then chose Christie equipment and CLACO to deliver it.

“We know that moving to digital projection provides our guests with the best image quality, and helps us keep filling the seats for blockbuster titles as studios release them. After looking at the available choices and with the advice of CLACO, we decided that Christie had the best product, both technically and in terms of energy savings, service and support,” said Blake Andersen, senior vice president and general manager of Megaplex Theatres. “These new projectors let us offer more options to our advertisers and partners as well.”

Noted Eric Butterworth, sales manager at CLACO, “Christie was easily our recommended choice for Megaplex. The combination of Christie Digital Cinema projectors, Christie’s excellent customer service and 24-hour tech support, and their Christie Digital Xenolite Lamp (CDXL) technology were just some of the reasons why we went with Christie.

“CDXL lamps give us more options in terms of the brightness delivered on the screen, to achieve best image quality. This flexibility means that I could go with a lower lamp size, and still maintain the necessary brightness that the customer required, which provided greater savings,” said Butterworth. “For example, rather than be forced to run a 6,000 watt lamp in a non-Christie projector, I opted to install a Christie DCP with a 4,500 watt lamp, delivering the same or better brightness, with the attendant cost savings.”

Christie’s warranty and service plus packages provide Megaplex with peace of mind across its theatre chain. These services range from quick access to spare parts, on-site preventative maintenance/emergency service, 24/7/365 remote monitoring and technical phone support from Christie’s Network Operations Center.

Christie solutions installed or to be installed by CLACO at Megaplex Theatres include the CP2220, CP2230, Christie ACT (automation controller) and CP4230, as well as the Gefen Scaler scaling and switching unit.

“When our customers make the transition to digital projection, they’re looking for the terrific image quality and technical capabilities that digital offers,” said Craig Sholder, Christie’s vice president, Entertainment Solutions. “We work with local partners to develop a solution that meets the customer’s unique needs, and provide ongoing service and support, to make the transition smooth and rewarding.”

Megaplex Chain Stands Out Among Independent Exhibitors
The Megaplex Theatre chain (www.megaplextheatres.com) is known for innovative architecture and commitment to the community. The flagship Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons in Sandy, Utah, was built on the former site of Jordan High School and the lobby was designed to look like downtown Salt Lake City in 1870. In 2002, it was North America’s highest grossing theater for the opening weekend of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” Less than a year later, the theater sold over 120,000 tickets for “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” making this location the top-grossing movie theater in the world for this film.

With six multi-screen complexes in Utah, Megaplex Theatres was founded in 1999 by the former owner of the Utah Jazz, Larry H. Miller, and is now operated by his son Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Two of the locations share screens with nearby museums where museum content is viewed during the day and Megaplex offers first-run movies in the evenings. Many locations offer reserved seating, lots of additional food options and D-box (moveable) seating.

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Christie Partners Honored With DSE 2012 Apex and Content Awards

Christie® winds down a triumphant appearance at Digital Signage Expo® (DSE), March 6 – 9, with several of its products featured in partners’ winning entries at last night’s prestigious Annual Digital Signage Expo Awards celebration in Las Vegas. Christie and partners walked away with gold, silver and bronze awards in four categories, with the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery installation, featuring Christie® MicroTiles® and content by Zebradog, selected as DSE’s first Apex of the Year award recipient.

The Apex awards honor innovation in the development and deployment of technology in the global digital out-of-home networks (DOOH) industry, while the Content Awards honor innovative and compelling content created for digital signage in the DOOH networks.

Chosen by an independent panel of five industry journalists, many of the following award recipients had one thing in common − they featured high quality Christie products and or Christie Managed Services for their integration or deployment support. Following last night’s award presentations, Christie’s partners took home seven awards in four categories on top of the Apex of the Year award. The categories included: Business, Industry & Government, Retail, Event Venues, Hospitality and Education & Healthcare.

GOLD
Under the Education and Healthcare category Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery was honored with a Gold Apex Award, with content partner Zebradog.

Sun Life Financial won Apex Gold Award for Sun Life Financial BuzzWall™, installed at the Hollywood and Highland Centre (formerly the Kodak Theatre). The BuzzWall features Christie MicroTiles, with content created by partner Arsenal Media and installation by Christie Managed Services.

Arsenal Media also received a Gold Content Award for the Miami Dolphins BuzzWall, featuring Christie MicroTiles.

SILVER
Fresh (a Louis Vuitton Company) was recognized for the renovation of its flagship store in New York City featuring Christie MicroTiles, with expert technical installation and consultation by Christie Managed Services, integration partner Materials and Methods and architectural firm Mapos LLC.

Under the Education and Healthcare category, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics received a Silver Apex Award, with design and integration partner Westbury National Show Systems.

BRONZE
Christie and partner Arsenal Media received a Bronze Apex Award for the digital technology installation at the Christie Network Operations Center (NOC). Arsenal Media also took home a Bronze Content Award for this same installation.

Sean James, vice president, Christie Managed Services, says that each project was a significant accomplishment demonstrating continuous innovation in content creation of digital signage specialty visualization. He adds, “With the collaborative efforts of multi-disciplined teams of experts, the installations delivered incredibly engaging visual experiences. We congratulate all of our integration, installation, content and architectural design partners on these awards.”

Christie Sponsors Global Assembly of IEEE Virtual Reality/3D Experts

Christie® is proud to be the platinum sponsor for IEEE Virtual Reality (VR) 2012, the world’s premier international technical conference and exhibition on all aspects of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. The event has been held annually since 1993 and this year’s program of workshops, tutorials, conference and exhibits at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California is co-located with the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (3DUI).

As well as its platinum sponsorship, Christie will be supporting the four days of conference keynote addresses in the Westin’s Plaza Ballroom with four projectors: two Christie Mirage WU7K-M (3-chip WUXGA 3D DLP® 6,300 lumen) and two Christie DHD800 digital projector (1-chip, 1080 HD DLP 8000 lumen) units. Key displays for three Christie partners – Advanced RealTime Tracking (ART – www.ar-tracking.de), TechViz (www.techviz.net) and WorldViz (www.worldviz.com) – will also feature Christie projectors and related technologies.

“Christie, with its well-earned reputation for accelerating innovation in advanced visualization/3D and simulation, has a significant presence at this world-leading event, as we continue to partner with other VR experts to bring integrated solutions to market,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Christie’s Visual Environments. “Many Christie customers are among the 700 decision makers that have assembled for IEEE Virtual Reality 2012 and the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces, and on behalf of the company, I thank them for their loyalty and continuing use of Christie solutions.”

WorldViz (Booths #6 and #7)
Christie Personal Immersive Environment (PIE)
Comprised of Christie FHD551-X HD LCD flat panels, the Christie PIE concept features a five-panel arrangement in portrait mode for an innovative, way to create an immersive environment with a roughly 180 degree Field of View (FOV). WorldViz will provide 3D content that enables participants using a Kinect for Xbox 360 controller to virtually “fly” through a piazza for full body gaming. It uses groundbreaking technology to deliver smooth, continuous graphics that respond to an intuitive 3D hand control. WorldViz will also showcase a driving simulator with a virtual steering wheel using PIE. Additional flat panels can be added to increase the FOV to as much as 270 degrees. Easily flipped into landscape to suit the user’s needs, it is a low-cost faceted visualization display system that creates an immersive visual experience with high performance and flexibility.

Advanced RealTime Tracking (Booths #10 and #11)
ART will demonstrate a TRACKPACK4 system. Utilizing this system, this optical-tracking system pioneer will show Virtual Reality interaction (Flystick, Fingertracking) with software ported into immersive VR through TechViz middleware. Users will be immersed with ARTs tracking solution and a Sensics HMD display for visual stimulus. Visuals provided will be mirrored onto a Christie Mirage-WU L LED-based 1-chip WUXGA DLP® 600 lumen 3D projector in a 72″ rear projection enclosure for high fidelity stereoscopic display.

TechViz (Booth #3)
TechViz will be demonstrating at IEEE VR real time maintenance operations with full body tracking directly in a CAD application (CATIA Siemens-PLM Jack), using a Christie Mirage WU-L LED-based 1-chip WUXGA DLP® 600 lumen 3D projector in a 72″ rear projection enclosure for high fidelity stereoscopic display.

Christie’s Award Winning Digital Signage and Service Solutions Put Customers at Ease at DSE 2012

Christie brings three zones of innovation to Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas, March 6 – 9, that illustrate the company’s comprehensive, award-winning digital signage solutions to help engage customers, increase advertising and promotional sales, and deliver corporate brand messages. As a world-leading display technology provider with more than 80 years of experience, Christie designs, builds, deploys and provides technical support and ongoing remote management of the widest range of high-resolution, highly interactive digital signage for designers, architects, builders and brand managers.

On Display at DSE, Christie Booth #1051
The Christie booth at DSE includes Christie MicroTiles with The BuzzWall™ concept of Arsenal Media, a leading content marketing agency specializing in the digital out-of-home industry; a two-panel Quick Serve Restaurant digital menu board; and customer videos highlighting Christie’s accomplishments as the single-source provider of customers’ digital signage networks.

Zone 1 – The BuzzWall
Christie teams up with Arsenal Media to showcase The BuzzWall in action. Composed of 24 MicroTiles and three content zones, it is a version of the Apex Award and Content Award-nominated BuzzWall installed in the lobby of the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The interactive display helps Sun Life Financial, as a show sponsor, maintain brand integrity and create impact in a meaningful, cost-effective way.

“The BuzzWall allows people to ‘play’ with the interactive tiles and manipulate the content being shown. It allows display venues to easily change the branding of their content to fit with audience needs while staying within budget,” noted Sean James, vice president, Managed Services for Christie.

Zone 2 – Digital Menu Boards
Christie and partner Allure Global Solutions, an enterprise software development company, showcase an example of the latest dining experience in the digital age, a Quick Serve Restaurant menu. Two flat panel monitors demonstrate how menus can be visually engaging and easily adjusted with unlimited content – while helping proprietors stay within budget.

Zone 3 – Christie Monitoring and Managed Services for Digital Networks
Booth visitors will learn more about how Christie designs, builds, deploys and supports digital networks through managed services and a state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC), a 24/7/365 facility where experienced technicians monitor customers’ digital investments – managing more 50,000 devices in over 1800 locations across North America. As a single source solutions provider, Christie can be the cost-conscious provider of digital networks by working with customers every step of their digital signage rollout.

Multimedia presentations at the booth will demonstrate how Rave Cinemas, Fresh, and Sun Life Financial have invested in Christie’s solutions to create dynamic digital signage to promote their brands.

“Video Wall Technologies: Understanding the Choices”
For show attendees who want to learn more about video wall technologies, Christie’s U.S. Director of Sales for MicroTiles, Mitch Rosenberg, will take part in a panel discussion “Understanding the Choices,” which will provide insights into different video wall technologies and what makes them tick, on March 7 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Refer to registration details at http://www.digitalsignageexpo.net/seminars.
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Christie with Rave Cinemas
Christie will join Rave Cinemas at the last stop of the DSE Digital Signage Guided Installation Tour, Tuesday March 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Rave Cinema 18 at Town Square. Rave Cinemas is dedicated to enriching the movie-going experience for audiences across the United States.
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Christie Products Around the DSE Show Floor
Christie products can also be found at partner booths throughout DSE, including Almo Professional A/V, Booth #631, with a uniquely shaped configuration of 14 Christie MicroTiles, with content driven by Christie’s recently launched Christie JumpStart. JumpStart is a straightforward and robust content management solution that works with digital displays requiring up to four video inputs like MicroTiles, Christie FHD551-X flat panels or other large-format digital displays. Arrow Electronics, Booth #645, will showcase a 6 wide by 2 high Christie MicroTiles table array and Scala, Booth #601 will display an irregular 35-tile video wall using Christie MicroTiles.

Finalists in DSE Apex Awards on March 7
In collaboration with its partners, Christie products and installations dominate the DSE Apex Awards with nominations in four categories. The annual awards honor innovation in the development and deployment of technology in the global digital out-of-home industry, and this year these include, for Retail, Fresh® (a Louis Vuitton Company), with integration partner Materials & Methods, for Event Venues, Sun Life Financial BuzzWall at Kodak Theatre, with content partner Arsenal Media, and for Business, Industry & Government, the Christie Network Operations Center (NOC), again with Arsenal Media. Both Fresh and the Sun Life Financial interactive BuzzWall installations feature the renowned Christie MicroTiles −winner of 18 industry awards worldwide. To create captivating visual displays, two additional Apex Award finalist projects used Christie MicroTiles: Christie partner, Westbury National Show Systems, for Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and Christie partner Zebradog, for the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, both in the Education and Healthcare category.

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