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Christie Control Room Technology Selected By American Water for Its New Operations Security Support Center

Christie® technology is supporting an efficient digital operations security support center for American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility company in the United States. Thanks to the Christie® Phoenix™ network-distributed open content management system and a Christie LCD flat-panel video wall display solution, American Water now has the capability to simultaneously monitor its security systems across the U.S., in one centralized location.

Christie LCD Flat Panel video wall at American Water


American Water provides high-quality water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in more than 1,500 communities in the U.S and parts of Canada. Working closely with AV integrator ClassCraft Design Associates, American Water developed an IP-based solution using Christie Phoenix, allowing the security management team to efficiently watch, operate, manage, and respond to security alarms and incidents across their operations.

Christie Phoenix nodes are now collecting data from various physical and digital sources throughout American Water’s service areas, including streaming video and audio, desktop captures, online information, local cable television feeds, and facility systems. The captured information is simultaneously being presented onto a display wall. Installed under the guidance of Class Craft Audio Video, the system was designed to be energy and space efficient, have low operating costs, and promote efficient security monitoring operations. From the display wall, information can quickly and easily be integrated, customized, recalled and shared from multiple locations and multiple sources with high accuracy and reliability.

“With several hundred IP-based sources we needed the ability to create custom layouts that could be recalled on-the-fly and quickly, allowing us to respond to alarms and incidents the moment they occur,” explained Nicholas Santillo Jr., CPP, PSP, Director of Operations Security for American Water. “It was important to select the right technology that would give us the best capabilities at the lowest cost of ownership – while allowing us more efficiency, and reliability in the management of our security monitoring operations.”

Simple, Reliable, Flexible, Scalable – Christie Solutions Fit the Bill
American Water and ClassCraft chose the Christie Phoenix solution after reviewing and comparing many other options. According to Michael W. Class of ClassCraft Audio Video, there were several requirements and challenges involved in the project that made Christie Phoenix the perfect solution for the job. Among them, the system needed to be simple, reliable, and easily operated by the security staff.

“Christie control room solutions are consistently reliable and simple to deploy, compared to other products that are out on the market – it’s something a buyer can understand,” said Class. “In addition, the product was the easiest to install and configure making it more cost effective than other solutions. This was a major consideration in my decision to recommend that solution over others that I saw.”

Another factor was the Christie Phoenix’s scalability, which allows American Water the ability to scale that solution up or down, as needed, to meet operational requirements. “It’s a key feature that we wanted in the environment and that the other solution providers did not offer,” noted Santillo.

He continued: “When we compared Christie Phoenix to other products on the market, the decision was clear. Simplicity, reliability, and low total cost of ownership were paramount. Other vendors’ complex solutions with multiple servers and switchers would mean more potential points of failure throughout the system with associated higher costs. Christie Phoenix is a simple design and a single-SKU solution, enabling us aggregate information quickly to ensure our employees’ and customers’ safety, protect our facilities, and provide holistic situational awareness to our operational teams.”

A Forward Looking Control Room
With the implementation of the new Operations Security Support Center, Christie’s commitment to service and quality has left a positive impression on American Water and ClassCraft. The Christie Phoenix system is operational, and American Water’s Operations Security professionals are pleased with the performance and reliability of the solution.

“The deployment of the Christie Phoenix at American Water has thus far been successful, providing a highly functional, highly adaptive solution that will meet their needs today, while also equipping them with the tools they need for solving tomorrow’s security problems,” said John Stark, senior director of Collaborative Visual Solutions at Christie. “By embracing forward-looking trends and using Christie Phoenix’s network-distributed, IP-based solution, American Water has developed a model for digital public utility control rooms.”

Christie Phoenix is a network distributed open content management system for simultaneous encode, decode and display of audio-visual data, enabling seamless access and control of audio-visual data, regardless of the user’s location.

Christie Pushes the Envelope with Newest Tiled Display Solutions at InfoComm 2013

Christie® continues to stay ahead of the industry curve with today’s introduction of the next generation of Christie Jumpstart, the Christie FHD551-XG with Corning Gorilla Glass, and the company’s first turnkey multi-touch video wall solution. An industry first with the smallest image-to-image gap of any bonded LCD panel, the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution comprises a 4-unit wide by 1-unit high row of portrait-mounted 55-inch LCD panels with bonded Corning® Gorilla® Glass, Christie Interactivity Kit, Christie Jumpstart, and the mounting hardware for a wall-mounted or freestanding display.

Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution


Christie JumpStart: Now with Higher Resolution Capabilities and Faster Performance

Christie Jumpstart now provides additional flexibility with six outputs (compared with four previously) and a 50 percent increase in resolution capability – now 15 megapixels. The content management system allows you to display multiple, high-bandwidth video files, graphics, Microsoft® Windows applications, Blu-ray™ and DVD movies, and text effortlessly on a large-format video wall. It is compatible with any digital display, including Christie® MicroTiles® and rear-projection or flat-panel display solutions.

Christie JumpStart features a 3.6 GHz processor, 16 GB memory and 64-bit server for even faster performance and a more powerful workstation. Users can also send serial over IP commands to external devices by scheduling them at any point along the scenario timeline.

“Christie JumpStart targets architectural markets including museums, universities, stadiums, corporate offices and retail stores needing high resolution, reliable content playback across large video walls,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “Rental stagers will also benefit from the speed and ease of setup of JumpStart, and its support for unique display configurations.”

Christie FHD551-XG with Corning® Gorilla® Glass – Beautiful, Durable yet Lightweight

The first 55-inch super-narrow bezel LCD display for tiled video walls with bonded Corning Gorilla Glass, the Christie FHD551-XG is ideal for touch screens including broadcast sets and high-traffic public spaces including hotels, restaurants, museums, airports and railway stations.

“The Christie FHD551-XG with Corning Gorilla Glass is scratch- and damage-resistant offering invaluable protection for multi-touch displays or in high-traffic, public spaces,” said Heslett. “The optical clarity of Corning Gorilla Glass makes images appear brighter and crisper than standard LCD and customers will also notice how lightweight it is, making for reduced shipping costs and easy installation.”

Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution Provides One Stop Shopping

Now, Christie customers can fulfill their entire video wall requirements with one vendor thanks to the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution that brings a turnkey, interactive digital experience to multiple users. Quad Full-HD resolution, high pixel density and LED backlighting combine to provide a visually stunning display with the smallest bezels of any bonded video wall.

“This new turnkey solution provides a superior interactive experience that enables up to ten simultaneous touches and the best touch performance in high ambient light,” said Heslett. “Whether it’s museums, universities, corporate lobbies, retail environments, or broadcast sets, the Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution will capture people’s attention and fit in beautifully with the surrounding architecture. Reliable, practical and with the durability for high traffic areas, the multi-touch solution is easy to use and maintain, and provides a low total cost of ownership.”

“Christie is at the forefront of innovative digital display technology,” concluded Heslett. “It’s time consuming to search various vendors for what you need, but Christie has changed the game and is the first and only manufacturer to offer a complete, fully integrated, multi-touch video wall solution from a single source.”

Christie Jumpstart, Christie FHD551-XG with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and Christie Multi-touch Video Wall Solution begin shipping in July 2013.

SunBriteTV’s Newest Marquee Series Touchscreen Model is Unveiled at InfoComm

ORLANDO, Florida, June 12, 2013 – SunBriteTV is proud to debut its Portrait Orientation of the 32” Marquee Series Touchscreen (3204TSP) at InfoComm 2013. Previously available only in Landscape, the Portrait Orientation gives integrators more display options at an affordable price.

The Marquee Series’ Dispersive Signal (3-M) Touch Screen Technology is ideal for interactive guest experiences in businesses like restaurants, venues and parks. Additionally, the Marquee Series features Enhanced Solar Tolerance, preventing isotropic blackouts in direct sunlight.

SunBriteTV’s entire fleet of outdoor digital signage solutions will be on display at InfoComm at booth 4681.

SunBriteTV’s anti-glare screens are specially designed to produce bright, high-definition images in any climate, day or night. All Marquee Series models withstand temperatures from -40° to 122°F and completely resist rain, salt corrosion, moisture, humidity and insects.

Every SunBriteTV includes a 2-year warranty, a weatherproof remote and 20-watt built-in speakers. Any custom installation is made simple with wall-, ceiling- or pole-mounts.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com

Host the Backyard Party You’ve Always Dreamt of With a SunBriteTV

THOUSAND OAKS, California, June 7, 2013 – The Summer Solstice this year falls on a Friday, June 21, and there’s no better day to show off your backyard’s new SunBriteTV all-weather television. Enjoy more sun than any other day of the year, all the while entertaining your guests with a modern outdoor entertainment system.

“The Summer Solstice might not be your sole reason for throwing a summer party,” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “But a SunBriteTV will certainly be the reason your guests clamor to know when you’ll be hosting the next one.”

Much more than just a television, SunBriteTV’s transform outdoor areas into outdoor living rooms. Even after the big party is over, a SunBriteTV becomes the center of a moonlit family home theater in idyllic summer heat.

All SunBriteTV models withstand temperatures from -24°F to 122°F and completely resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects. Anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright high-definition images in any outdoor climate, any time of day or night.

Every SunBriteTV includes a two-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and 20 watt built-in speakers.
Optional accessories include a variety of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation solutions, dust covers and FM Radio.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Renewed Vision Unveils ProVideoServer at InfoComm 2013

Popular and reliable ProVideoSync media server rebranded and upgraded with significant improvements

ORLANDO, Florida – InfoComm 2013 booth #4211 — Renewed Vision is taking advantage of InfoComm 2013 to officially debut ProVideoServer (PVS), the company’s new four-channel HD video server with synchronization.

Eight years ago, Renewed Vision introduced ProVideoSync, a dual-channel media server currently used by many organizations around the world for the synchronized playback of two channels of broadcast-quality video with select video codecs. Since that time, codecs like H.264 that were originally suitable for web video became of a better quality, distribution of content over the web became more desirable, remote control capabilities in video switchers became more widespread, and the appetite for even more video channels has grown.

With all of that in mind, Renewed Vision’s engineering team set out to address these modern requirements, re-imagining and extending the original scope of PVS. The result is essentially a brand new product with a slightly updated name better suited for its purpose. more

No Father’s Day Celebration is Complete Without a SunBriteTV, The Outdoor Upgrade Every Dad Will Enjoy

THOUSAND OAKS, California May 29, 2013 – Summer is prime time to be outside, but there’s no reason that dads should have to forsake the big game for a little sunshine. A SunBriteTV outdoor television is the perfect gift this Father’s Day for the dad that loves his backyard just as much as he loves his indoor man cave.

“Any dad loves having a sanctuary to catch up on his favorite shows and sporting events,” says Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “Moving that sanctuary outdoors with a SunBriteTV means he can do it all: barbeque on the grill, enjoy a few cold ones with family and friends, or work on his putt, all the while keeping up with the scores.”

What’s more, a SunBriteTV comes with a father-friendly price tag. The Signature Series starts at $1,495 (32”), $2,795 (46”), $3,995 (55”), and $6,995 (65”).

All SunBriteTV models withstand temperatures from -24°F to 122°F and completely resist rain, humidity, salt corrosion, dust, and insects. Anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright high-definition images in any climate, day or night.

Every SunBriteTV includes a 2-year warranty, a weatherproof remote, and 20-watt built-in speakers. Optional accessories include a variety of wall-, ceiling- or pole-mount installation solutions, dust covers and FM radio.

“Simply put, a SunBriteTV gives dad the chance to get the most enjoyment he can out of his summer,” says Dixon.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Christie CTO Paul Salvini Keynote Speaker at New High Performance Displays Conference in Vancouver

Christie®, a world leader in visual display technology, is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Salvini, its Chief Technology Officer, will be a keynote speaker and a panelist at the High Performance Displays Conference taking place in Vancouver, B.C., on May 23.

High Performance per se is a new topic for the Society for Information Displays (SID) Market Focus Conference Series this year, as part of Display Week 2013, located at the Vancouver Convention Centre from May 19 to 24. Dr. Salvini will deliver the 10.00 a.m. keynote address for the morning session on the 23rd at the one-day High Displays Conference, where the focus will be on the “visual interface” – the performance characteristics of displays that enable differentiable improvements for the user’s visual experience.

Following his keynote address, Dr. Salvini will be one of four display sector leaders taking part in a moderated panel called ‘Great Thinkers.’ The four panelists will be challenged to identify the display performance parameters that “truly enable enhanced human interaction with display devices.”

Dr. Salvini is eminently qualified to discuss the future of high performance displays. At Christie he is CTO and leads the company’s research and innovation activities. He is passionate about the creation of compelling shared visual experiences across multiple domains including cinema, visualization and simulation. Prior to his appointment with Christie in June 2011, Dr. Salvini was CTO at Side Effects Software. He has led a 3-time academy award winning team of engineers and software developers in advancing the art and science of visual effect in feature films.

Dr. Salvini is President of the University of Waterloo Alumni Council and holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the graduate school of computer science at the University of Toronto. He serves on a number of boards relating to digital media research in the areas of graphics, information visualization and 3D film innovation.

In conjunction with Display Week 2013, the May-June issue of SID’s official publication, Information Display Magazine, will feature an exclusive article by Terry Schmidt, Christie Digital’s recently retired Chief Scientist, on how Christie projected the world’s first High Frame Rate (HFR) movie with the world premiere of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at the historic Embassy Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand.

In the bylined article, Schmidt documents how he led the Christie team that planned and installed Christie CP2230 projectors, complete with integrated media blocks, at the circa 1924 theater last November. This in-depth, four-page article summarizes the effort required to enable the first showing of a major motion picture in vibrant, bright High Frame Rate 3D, which involved Christie’s leading DLP Cinema® projection technology, advanced sound and screen equipment, and earthquake and wind projection.

Christie Inspires Creativity at Museum Expo 2013

Multi-touch Interactivity for Any Large Format Display, Indoor and Outdoor LCD Panels, and Imaginative Projection Mapping Deliver Picture-Perfect Displays

Christie® presents a diverse collection of visual display solutions at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) MuseumExpo, taking place May 20-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Christie booth is showing projection display products that can be works of art in themselves, and serve as versatile tools for museums to enhance the visitor experience – including interactive displays where patrons can curate their own tours.

Among the display solutions is 11 feet wide by 6 feet tall Christie® MicroTiles® video wall featuring Christie Interactivity Kit in an educational space that will captivate visitors.

Christie MicroTiles and Interactivity Kit in Action


Christie Interactivity Kit – A Touch of Brilliance

The Christie Interactivity Kit is a modular solution that transforms nearly any large-format display into a multi-touch surface. The field-installable kit simply attaches around the display wall perimeter and plugs into a computer USB port without the need for drivers. Windows® 7 automatically recognizes the Christie Interactivity Kit as a multi-touch device and no manual calibration of sensors or cameras is required. Using breakthrough Baanto™ ShadowSense™ technology, Christie Interactivity Kit offers excellent performance with high touch accuracy and fast response times that support up to 18 touches on a large-format display.

Configurable into 84 different sizes, the kit accommodates practically any video wall up to 21.4 feet wide and 6 feet high, or a 16-units wide by 6-units high Christie MicroTiles array. The kit is part of a special display at the celebrated Cleveland Museum of Art, which features a 40-foot wide multi-touch screen comprising two 15-units wide by 5-units tall Christie MicroTiles video walls using Christie Interactivity Kit and a smaller interactive ‘Line and Shape’ Christie MicroTiles display for children to engage with that also uses Christie Interactivity Kit.

Christie Fills Customer Needs With Both Indoor and Outdoor Flat Panels

Also on display is the Christie FHD551-X. This full HD 55-inch indoor LCD flat-panel features a super narrow bezel width of 5.5 mm, LED backlighting, high pixel density and a wide viewing angle. With the Christie FHD551-X, images on the nearly seamless tiled video wall look sharp at any distance allowing you to convey your information with controlled brightness that’s suited for a variety of indoor environments.

Christie recently introduced the Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W. The outdoor LCD flat panel is a sleek, weatherproof digital signage solution (IP56/NEMA 4 rated) featuring optically bonded glass for increased protection against harsh impacts and scratches in public display environments while enhancing viewability in outdoor venues by reducing reflection. It is designed to provide high contrast ratio, rich vibrant colors, and superior brightness to overcome high ambient light — making it perfect for outdoor use.

Christie Projection Mapping – Radiant and Vibrant Images on any Surface, any Shape

Christie is demonstrating projection mapping featuring colorful and exciting images thrown on a mini-pyramid; illustrating the wide range of complex artistic displays made possible using blending and warping technology. The mapping demonstration will utilize a Christie HD14K-M.

Projection mapping is an exciting technique using specialized software and other technologies to warp and blend projected images so they fit perfectly on irregularly-shaped buildings, interior spaces and natural landscapes. It delivers the ‘wow factor’ and is a cost-effective way to transform virtually any surface or structure into a breathtaking canvas where size, scope and content are limited only by the artist’s imagination.

Christie’s projection mapping technology helped transform Ottawa’s famed Parliament Hill with a rich and engaging display that attracts more than 250,000 visitors annually with the gripping narrative of Canadian history via the National Capital Commission’s sound and light show, “Mosaika – Canada Through the Eyes of Its People.”

New cost–effective KanexPro HDMI Matrix with up to 32×32 I/O’s

May 16, 2013. Getting ready for InfoComm? Don’t forget to check our new, best-in class HDMI™ Matrix Switcher for all your AV integration needs.

The KanexPro HDMI 32×32 (also available in 4×4, 8×8 & 16×16) matrix is an ultra-high performance, digital matrix switcher engineered to route HDMI signals from 32 inputs to 32 outputs. The unit provides full HDCP internal management for today’s integration in commercial A/V market, ensuring HDCP key authentication, and administering the handshake internally. It maintains resolutions up to 1920 x 1200, 1080p or 2K, supporting full cross point switching. The matrix supports smart EDID management for rapid integration of sources and displays.

HDMI, Matrix, EDID, HDCP


Fully controllable through RS-232 commands, IR remote and front-panel buttons, this switcher includes 10-global presets for I/O configurations which allows saving and recalling via the front-panel, IR or through serial control at any time.

Today’s Applications

The KanexPro HDMI 32×32 matrix switcher is ideal for countless commercial applications such as military, medical and government environments where swift, reliable switching and distribution of high-resolution DVI/HDMI signals is critical to meet pixel-by-pixel needs.
To get a quote or for more information please call us at 888-644-4149 or visit KanexPro.com

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively. KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

BenQ to Unveil Brilliant Display Products at InfoComm 2013

Company Expands Leadership With New Digital Signage and Interactive Touch Displays, High Brightness Projectors, Classroom IQ Solutions, and Enhancements to World-Leading SmartEco(TM) Technology

IRVINE, Calif. — May 16, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., the world’s No. 1 DLP(R) projector brand and globally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced its product lineup for InfoComm 2013. With an award-winning family of projectors, monitors, and flat-panel displays, BenQ will demonstrate the industry’s new standard for brightness, image quality, and energy savings within the business, education, and digital signage spaces. more

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