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Christie Delivers Versatile Solutions for Government Installations at Govcomm 2013

Christie® is showcasing its visual display solutions at GOVCOMM 2013 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4-5. Renowned for exceptional products and expertise, Christie (GSA Schedule account #GS-03F-0003L) meets the premium performance requirements of today’s government agency display technology needs.

Christie Phoenix for Mission Critical Content Management
Christie Phoenix is the ideal solution for network-distributed content management, enabling secure access and control of information from one or multiple users in virtually any location. Users are able to synthesize information quickly and generate fast and accurate decisions in critical situations. It is the clear choice for fast-paced command and control centers with mobile and dispersed workforces such as public utilities, government, security and surveillance, transportation and telecommunications.

Christie Phoenix Content Management System


Displaying the capabilities of Christie Phoenix is a 2-by-2 Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel array. Christie FHD551-X flat panels can be used to create efficient high-definition, virtually seamless video walls with crisp images at a low cost of ownership. Christie FHD551-X flat panels can be installed as a single panel or a full video wall application in government breakout rooms, command and control centers, and briefing rooms.

Christie Brio for Instant Collaboration Anywhere
Introduced earlier this year, Christie Brio will be showcased in a captivating multisite meeting environment designed to highlight how efficient and effective teamwork and collaboration can be – whether across the hall or across the world. Government departments will see how easily they can securely share video and audio content from laptops or mobile devices by connecting to the meeting room’s display through a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. Without any dongles or special software to set up, Christie Brio allows any participant anywhere to see their colleagues’ presentations simultaneously.

Christie Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology by turning it into a bi-directional collaboration tool. Any participant in a Brio meeting can use touch-enabled displays to add to or edit whiteboard contents, regardless of geographic location.

Christie Projection Technology for Government Visual Display Needs
Ideal for use in government briefing rooms, classrooms and training environments, Christie offers LCD, 1-chip DLP® and 3-chip DLP® projection for every government visual display need and budget. At GOVCOMM, Christie is demonstrating the superior performance, reliability and low ownership cost of the Christie LW720 LCD, Christie DHD550-G 1-chip DLP® and Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors.

Rounding out the visual display solutions are Christie® MicroTiles®. The high resolution, high brightness solution is ideal in high ambient light environments and their small stackable footprint makes them perfect when real estate is at a premium while providing flexibility in display design. Christie MicroTiles’ combination of LED illumination and DLP® display technology provides low cost of ownership coupled with a long life span.

JVC Unveils New Simulation Projector, Alternate Light Source at I/ITSEC 2013

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., will introduce its new DLA-2400ZG projector with e-shift technology and demonstrate an alternate light source for projectors at I/ITSEC 2013 (Booth 1419), which runs Dec. 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

The DLA-VS2400ZG delivers a 5.1 megapixel equivalent image via JVC’s proprietary e-shift technology, along with 18,000:1 native contrast ratio and a minimum of 900 ANSI lumens. It offers two HDMI inputs, as well as RS-232C and LAN connectivity for remote access and control, and its unique 120 Hz input interface means reduced image generator (IG) hardware requirements.

JVC will also showcase its newly developed alternate light source technology at I/ITSEC. Ideal for the simulation market, it preserves the native contrast ratio and dynamic range of images, with no restrictions on mounting orientation. Plus, it provides years of operation with reduced maintenance requirements.

“JVC continues to explore new technologies to improve images and performance,” said John Havens, marketing manager, JVC Visual Systems Division. “Our engineers are addressing the growing demand for a different type of illumination in future projects, which provides a more efficient light source without sacrificing image quality.”

The DLA-2400ZG is available now and includes a 2x zoom lens with manual focus and lens shift. The new projector is also available without a lens (DLA-VS2400G).

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

Christie Awarded Aero Simulation Contract to Deliver High Brightness, High Resolution Christie Matrix Simulation Projection Systems to U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1W Weapons Systems Trainer

Christie® today announced that Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI) awarded Christie the contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps with projection systems consisting of 12 Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ 1-chip DLP® solid state LED projectors for AH-1W Weapons Systems Trainer (WST) Device 2F136A upgrades. Six display system projectors will be installed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and six at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), New River, N.C. in 2015.

Christie Matrix StIM WQ Projector

The U.S. Marine Corps’ project includes the modification and technical refresh of two existing AH-1W WST systems with the replacement of visual display projectors, image generators and visual databases. With the goal of upgrading the system displays and supportability, while reducing lifecycle costs, the modified trainers will help teach pilot and co-pilot cockpit familiarization, engine operation, tactical navigation, and emergency procedures. The trainer supports standalone tactical training, as well as integrated virtual training with other devices. These features let the students practice essential aircraft operations and tactics skills in an environment closely resembling real world scenarios.

The 2F136A WST device comprises several functional systems producing a simulated environment and emulating real world scenarios for AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter aircrews with each trainer consisting of two visual display domes. The training device’s computer systems control two separate training platforms, one housing a Pilot position and the other a Co-pilot/Gunner position. The system provides Pilot and Co-Pilot/Gunner transition weapon systems, integrated crew, and flight proficiency training.

Powerful Christie DLP Display Technology at I/ITSEC 2013 Features First True 120hz Projector at 4K Resolution

Christie® is bringing powerful visual display solutions to I/ITSEC 2013, December 2 – 5 and demonstrating a diverse range of solid-state and lamp-based DLP® technologies in 2D and 3D. These include the Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ – the brightest, LED-based WQXGA-resolution simulation projector a deployable immersive training simulator; the Christie Mirage WQ-L stereoscopic projector and a demonstration of Christie 4K 3-chip DLP® projection technology at true 120Hz operation.

Flying High With Matrix StIM WQ at 120Hz
Displaying simulation content at 120Hz from FlightSafety International is the Christie Matrix StIM WQ, an integrated, scalable-environment projection system outputting 800 ANSI lumens for the clearest images with no motion artifacts. The Christie Matrix StIM WQ is the brightest LED-based WQXGA simulation projection system in the industry to display separate RGB and Infrared (IR) channels using Christie InfraScene™ technology, producing independent, stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) images for a more realistic NVG training experience.

Christie will demonstrate a three-channel, front-projected display consisting of Christie Matrix StIM WQ projection systems and a VITAL X Image Generator from FlightSafety International. Using unique dual input architecture, each projector will composite two 60Hz inputs to achieve true RGB 120Hz output, dramatically improving image quality. The complete multi-channel system is automatically aligned using Christie AutoCal™.

60Hz and 120Hz – A Clear Demonstration of the 120Hz Update Rate Capability
Using a Christie Matrix StIM projector and two Christie Matrix StIM WQ projectors, Christie will demonstrate the visual impact between multiple combinations of WUXGA/WQXGA resolution and 60Hz/120Hz update rates. The Christie Matrix StIM and Christie Matrix StIM-WQ projectors will be driven by multiple channels of the Flight Safety Vital-X IG.

Deployable Immersive Training Simulator, Featuring New Christie Twist LT
Christie Twist™ LT is a purpose built, software-based solution that enables full image warping and advanced edge-blending functions to reside within a customer’s Image Generator (IG). Using the same user Interface as Christie Twist, Christie Twist LT provides fingertip control to seamlessly edge-blend multiple non-linear images. Christie Twist LT fully integrates with Christie AutoCal™ for automatic adjustment of virtually any projected display and optimal viewing configuration.

Also at I/ITSEC, Christie Twist LT will provide the low-cost, high-quality warping and blending solution to a single-operator, entry-level immersive training simulator concept, demonstrating a UAV operator training scenario. The simulator features a wide field of view, high resolution image, curved screen, tactile feedback system and binaural sound for an optimal immersive training experience. Using Christie AutoCal™ to provide fast and easy setup, the lightweight training simulator offers a compact footprint for easy shipping and deployment. It is ideal for use as a UAV operator trainer, part-task trainer, helicopter trainer, and for vehicle training.

“Christie Twist LT enables the expansion of our simulation ecosystem with an entry-level solution featuring low acquisition and sustainment costs for more cost-sensitive simulation applications,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments at Christie.

Visual Powerhouse: Christie 4K DLP at 120Hz Demonstration
At I/ITSEC, Christie will showcase the pristine dynamic image quality produced by 120Hz update rates at 4K resolution, demonstrating its value for simulation and training applications. Christie 4K 3-chip DLP technology features the Christie TruLife™ electronics platform, a quantum leap in video processing enabling 4K DLP® projection at 120Hz. Christie TruLife also alleviates blurring and motion artifacts associated with high-speed simulation content and supports video-processing pipeline of up to 1.2 Gigapixels per second. Christie is the first and only provider in the world to deliver 4K 3-chip DLP® projection solutions at 120Hz, launching its Christie Mirage 4K projector in June 2013.

Christie Mirage WQ-L projector

Christie Mirage WQ-L Makes its North American Debut as the Only True 120Hz Full WQXGA Stereoscopic Projector Display in the World
At FlightSafety Booth #1401, four Christie Mirage WQ-L projectors in portrait mode offer a wide-field of view stereo collimated display content with stunning depth and immersive experiences for flight simulation training. The Mirage series of high-performing 2D/3D projectors welcomed the WQ-L projection system with its sharp images, exceptionally accurate and lifelike colors and reliable LED light engine rated at 60,000-hours (approximately 6.5 years) life cycle. The Christie Mirage WQ-L also includes Christie ArrayLOC™ for synchronized color and brightness management, which reduces system calibration requirements.

Flat-Out Impressive: Christie QuadHD84 Flat Panel
The Christie QuadHD84 is an 84-inch LCD flat panel display offering quad high definition, 3840 by 2160 resolution, and 1.07 billion colors for rich, pristine and lifelike images, even up close. The quad interface and true 60Hz refresh rate provides flexible connectivity and smooth, real-time motion display of 2D content with 50,000 hours LED illumination life.

Christie Mirage WU7K-M – High Performance Projection at Lower Cost
The Christie M Series and Mirage M Series are lower cost projection solutions that perform well in immersive environments. With 3-chip DLP® reliability, a dual P-VIP Osram lamp design and up to 10,000:1 contrast full on/off, the series offers high efficiency and low cost of ownership with crisp, detailed images and color. The Mirage M Series includes 2D/3D flexibility and 120Hz update rate capability for fast moving images. Both series’ projectors feature embedded Christie Twist™ for image warping and edge-blending and a built-in portrait display capability, from WUXGA resolution, HD to SX+ model options. On display is the Christie Mirage WU7K-M, a 6,300 ANSI lumen, WUXGA-resolution projector.

Christie Brio – Multisite Meeting Solution

Christie Brio


Customers will also have the opportunity to see the latest in meeting collaboration solutions and one of Christie’s newest products. Christie Brio is straight forward and easy to use, no more passing cables and adapters across meeting room tables, installing additional software, rebooting laptops, and apologizing for delayed or bungled presentations during critical debriefs. Christie Brio is a new meeting presentation and collaboration tool enabling meeting participants to share up to five audio and video presentations from their own devices. Brio uses wired or wireless connections to automatically share multiple presentations simultaneously on either one or two meeting room screens. Whether participants use Macs or PCs, iPads or Android tablets, or a Smartphone, presentations can be added to a meeting as needed, with their information showing on that meeting room display in seconds. Brio nodes can be network connected to multiple worksites across the country. Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology by turning it into a bi-directional collaboration tool. Any participant in a Brio meeting can use touch-enabled displays to add to or edit whiteboard content, regardless of geographic location.

“Christie is at the forefront of innovation, extending the boundaries of technology by enabling higher update rates with true 120Hz operation at WUXGA, WQXGA and 4K,” added Veselic. “As our diverse display solutions will demonstrate at I/ITSEC, Christie is continuously incorporating new technology to provide our customers with the solutions to meet their unique and demanding simulation and training requirements.”

Around the Trade Room Floor
DiSTI, at Booth #1281, will show a 3-channel Personal Immersive Environment using portrait-mounted Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panels to demonstrate their virtual maintenance training solutions. Da-Lite Booth #520 will have two blended and warped Christie HD10K-Ms and a Christie Spyder X20. Electrosonic, at Booth #532, will feature the Christie QuadHD84 LCD flat panel and Christie Phoenix in a command and control/situational awareness display; and NDIA SIM TV displays, located in the conference lobby, will use two Christie HD14K-M 3-chip® 1080 HD digital projectors.

Christie Visual Display Technology Powers Princess Cruises’ Upgraded Emergency Response Center

Princess Cruises, one of the premiere cruise lines in the world, is now supported with Christie® visual display technologies in the company’s new cutting-edge Emergency Response Center in its Santa Clarita headquarters. The center features a huge video display wall composed of 105 Christie® MicroTiles®, measuring 7 feet high by 20 feet wide, and powered by the Christie TVC-1700 video wall processor, which can display up to 64 outputs from a variety of digital sources and devices. Installed under the guidance of AV integrator Pacific Video Products (PVP), Princess Cruises’ video wall monitors up to 10 content feeds which include charts, videos, live television broadcast, and ship models in any size, simultaneously. When activated, the center allows the emergency response team to effectively stay in audio and visual contact with any of its ships, with information that can quickly and easily be integrated, customized, recalled and shared from different locations and sources with high accuracy and reliability.

Princess Cruises is dedicated to providing a relaxing and invigorating escape, with fleets that host over a million passengers each year. Working closely with Pacific Video Products, it developed a PC-based monitoring solution using the Christie TVC-1700, a flexible, built-to-order display wall processor delivering exceptional graphical power and multiple input options with local applications, network-streamed desktops, and direct-connected DVI, RGB and video inputs for control room video walls of any size. The TVC-1700 is managed by the intuitive, multi-tiered, proprietary software Christie MASTERSuite™ which enables instant access to any source of visual information in the control room.

Compact, Reliable, High Resolution – Christie MicroTiles Have It All
Princess Cruises and Pacific Video Products chose Christie MicroTiles after comparing several other options. According to Bob Myers of PVP, there were a number of strict requirements and challenges involved in the project that made MicroTiles the perfect solution. Among them, the system needed to be simple, reliable, and able to fit into a limited space.

“The room is unique from a design stand point, requiring a system that is flexible and compact enough to maximize use of the shallow space. Thanks to the Christie MicroTiles’ compact size and custom pedestals we were also able to add two or three vertical rows of power strips against the wall and install six LCD displays, with a live television feed where the images can be pulled onto the large video wall,” recalled Bob Myers, manager, Presentation Systems, Pacific Video Products. “Since the MicroTiles extend into the room, we used black louvered side panels to provide a clean look and promote airflow to keep the system cool. We also placed openings in the ceiling above the display to provide relief for heat buildup and further promote airflow.”

Myers continued: “We spent many months researching and reviewing different options. When we met with Christie’s Ken Hartling and the company demonstrated their MicroTiles solutions, we knew we had found our solution. The images wowed the audience with how bright and sharp they were, from almost any angle. For Princess Cruises, where the safety of thousands of passengers is paramount during emergency situations no other display wall and video processor solution would do.”

Another factor was the seamless integration of images on the screen. Christie MicroTiles can be joined with only a 1 mm gap between each unit, so one sees a higher number of high resolution images simultaneously without thick borders. “In addition, harnessing the power of the Christie TVC-1700, we are able to see these images ‘anywhere’ on the wall, in any size, something that was impossible to do before with projectors,” noted Andrew Shand, fleet safety manager (Emergency Response), Princess Cruises.

An Emergency Center with Advanced Technology
“The deployment of Christie solutions at Princess Cruises provides a highly functional, highly adaptive Emergency Response Center that will meet our customer’s needs today, while also equipping them with the tools they need for solving tomorrow’s emergency situations,” said John Stark, senior director of Control Room Solutions at Christie. “By embracing forward-looking trends and using award-winning Christie MicroTiles’ high-resolution, high brightness digital display screens and the powerful Christie TVC-1700, Princess Cruises has developed a model for digital emergency response centers that is the envy of the industry.”

“The purpose of this room is to support our ships in emergency situations,” said Paul Debnam, vice president, Occupational Safety and Emergency Response, Princess Cruises. “We can stream video and electronic data from other locations and even display information from someone’s laptop onto our video wall. The MicroTiles’ narrow seams and bright, sharp images also allow us to view anything from text to detailed electronic navigation charts in the highest resolution. We have total flexibility with the information coming in and going out using the complete Christie video display wall system.”

Christie Digital Projectors Power Immersive MoMA Exhibition

Christie® projectors have been selected by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for their presentation of the exhibition Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves, a moving image installation by the renowned artist and filmmaker on view in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium from November 25, 2013 through February 17, 2014. Working with MoMA, Christie partner Michael Andrews Audio Visual Services (MAAVS) selected eight Christie WU14K-M WUXGA DLP® projectors and one Christie HD14K-M 1080 HD DLP® projector to meet the needs of the exhibition and realize the ambitious vision of the artist.

Ten Thousand Waves premiered at the 2010 Sydney Biennial, and has been exhibited internationally to wide acclaim. The original inspiration for the 50-minute presentation was the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which 23 Chinese cockle pickers drowned on a flooded sandbank off the coast of northwest England. The Christie projectors will display the installation’s beautifully crafted visuals, which incorporate images of archival footage recorded by a police helicopter the night of the tragedy, accompanied by audio recordings of distress calls from the scene. With this tragedy at the center of the work, Julien poetically interweaves images of contemporary Chinese culture with its ancient myths.

Christie Delivers for MoMA and the Artist
The technology used to present Ten Thousand Waves is essential to its exhibition at MoMA. A total of nine Christie projectors will display the work onto nine doubled-sided screens ranging in sizes from 16 feet wide up to 23 feet wide, all hung at multiple levels and locations throughout the atrium. The exhibition is intended to be viewed not only from ground level, but also from the upper floors, which themselves are at various heights and angles to the display and look down on the space. These multiple perspectives encourage audiences to move through, and interact with, the sights and sounds of the installation from their personal points of view.

Eight Christie WU14K-M projectors light up eight screens of various sizes, while one Christie HD14K-M projector lights up the ninth, and largest, screen. The intricacy of these arrangements required the use of cutting-edge audio-visual display technology to deliver powerful and bright images, as well as crisp and clear sound, to create a large-scale immersive experience. The projectors also had to be exceptionally bright to overcome the challenges of the high ambient light environment.

According to Michael Wright, President of Michael Andrews Audio Visual Services, it was paramount that the state-of-the-art display technology chosen run smoothly and bring all aspects of the installation together to achieve its full visual impact. The Marron Atrium is an expansive, high ceilinged, public space where the museum has less control of ambient light and sound, requiring a technological solution that could overcome these challenges.

“We choose Christie high performance projectors because they offer the most reliability and flexibility, and always deliver the excellence our customers demand in their visual displays,” said Wright. “The installation required full design flexibility, so that they could be arranged to fit the artist’s needs within the atrium space. Since the moving images are projected from challenging angles, the projectors also needed to match the images and colors flawlessly, making the Christie M Series a perfect fit for this project. Working on such a large scale and with so many projectors, the museum used the new Christie InControl™ App to individually control and calibrate every aspect of each projector wirelessly.”

“At Christie, we help our customers create and share the world’s best visual experiences, and we proudly support the works of innovative artists such as Isaac Julien, who are experimenting with unique ways to tell their stories to the world,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Business Products, Christie. “Ten Thousand Waves is a great example of how advanced visual display technology can help facilitate an artist’s creative vision, and we are thrilled to provide Christie projectors for this exciting project at MoMA.”

Part of the Christie M-Series 3-chip DLP® projector platform, the Christie WU14K-M and Christie HD14K-M offer high resolution (1920 x 1200 WUXGA and 1920 x 1080 HD respectively), and feature embedded warping, blending, and color matching capabilities for ultimate design flexibility. Drawing a maximum power of 1500W with two lamps instead of four, they are also highly efficient, with low operating costs.

Tates Creek Christian Church Satisfies Wide-Ranging Needs with Hitachi Projectors

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, November 25, 2013 — Pro Sound & Lights, a systems integrator based in central Kentucky, works primarily with houses of worship that often have very specific needs. When Tates Creek Christian Church’s existing projectors were beginning to lose their luster and brightness, the church turned to Pro Sound & Lights.

“I’ve been working with Tates Creek for about six or seven years now,” said Christopher Naughton of Pro Sound & Lights. “Their old projectors had lost a significant amount of brightness and after clarifying their new needs, it was clear that Hitachi projectors were the only option.”

Located in Lexington, Kentucky, Tates Creek’s list of requirements included a larger image size than the previous projectors (from the same distance), consistent brightness, aspect ratio versatility and white projector unit color. At the end of the installation, the projectors were also networked together via an infrared sensor.

“As the installation was for a house of worship, white color was a non-negotiable item,” Mr. Naughton said.

Completed in mid-September, the installation includes two Hitachi CP-WX8255 3LCD projectors, which feature a brightness of 5,500 ANSI lumens. The CP-WX8255 also supports 4:3 aspect ratio, which was another requisite of Tates Creek.

“Tates Creek is in the process of upgrading their formats, so they needed 4:3 in the meantime and the option of 16:9 later down the road,” said Mr. Naughton. “The CP-WX8255 met that criteria as well.”

Naughton’s job consists of walking the client through each step of the installation, from the initial planning phases all the way to the physical installation. Pro Sound & Lights also runs a small rental department for customers in need of extra pieces or spare equipment during repairs.

Since a single all-encompassing vantage point was unavailable, the projectors are cross-fired at two slanted walls in the main sanctuary of the church, hanging from a 15-foot drop from the ceiling. This resulted in the image size being increased by about 25 percent.

“The church staff absolutely loves the new setup. When I first turned the new projectors on, they were immediately impressed with the brightness, image size and clarity,” Mr. Naughton said.

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com/.

Christie Lights up “A New York Holiday” at Barneys New York

The “Empire State” meets state-of-the-art display technology from Christie® for a spectacular, fully immersive visitor experience this holiday season at the Barneys New York flagship store in Manhattan. Barneys and Christie have partnered again to bring back the traditional family shopping experience in a “bricks and mortar” setting, creating magical windows and an in-store gallery through the use of visual technologies. Inspired by music icon and native New Yorker Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, visual artist Joanie Lemercier and Barneys’ creative director Dennis Freedman, “A New York Holiday” is a series of unique windows facing Madison Avenue and an interactive in-store gallery brought to life by the latest generation of Christie digital display technologies. “A New York Holiday” experience is the ultimate demonstration of what happens when creative retail merchandising meets Christie displays and the company’s Managed Services’ solutions and technical ingenuity.

“A New York Holiday” will premiere November 20th, benefiting the Shawn Carter Foundation, a New York-based charity which awards post-secondary scholarships to students facing socio-economic hardships. Working with artist Joanie Lemercier and Mr. Carter, Barneys will utilize a wide range of Christie display technology, including projectors, Christie® MicroTiles® and Christie HD flat panel monitors, to create dazzling, multimedia events that completely envelop the customers in one-of-a-kind interactive experiences.

“Barneys New York had an overwhelmingly positive response from customers and designers last year to our holiday windows, which have become known for their innovative use of immersive and interactive narrative with cutting-edge technology that leads people into our store,” said Dennis Freedman, Barneys New York creative director. “Last year, Christie was instrumental in the success of our holiday display. With a musical, fashion and business innovator like Mr. Carter, we were confident that Christie’s superior technology and the expertise of its Managed Services team could help us bring his vision to light, not just to our store in Manhattan, but also to select flagship locations in other major cities.”

Tommy Dobrzynski, vice president of visuals at Barneys New York, added, “Everything that encompasses ‘A New York Holiday’ – the items chosen, the amazing designers that participated, the windows, the design of the BNY SCC Gallery, the Christie technology and their team’s unique ability to help us leverage technology to achieve our creative vision – represents a perfect example of groundbreaking collaboration that I hope will WOW customers and passersby.”

The third floor of the retailers’ Madison Avenue Flagship has been transformed into the BNY SCC Gallery, an immersive 1,200-square-foot space with a seamless 360-degree projection that utilizes projection mapping, exclusive content, lights, and movement, to transport customers into the world of New York. A 70-foot long “hall” with floor projection will guide visitors from the 3rd floor elevator to the Gallery. The BNY SCC Gallery Space will showcase limited edition products designed by Mr. Carter in collaboration with various designers which will be available for purchase.

MADISON AVENUE WINDOWS

Floating City
The retailer’s iconic Madison Avenue windows will mesmerize passersby and customers with moving content that demonstrates how light and shadow are experienced in New York City, incorporating the theme colors of black, white and gold. Among the highlights are a “floating city” projected upon a 16-foot-tall “rock” wall, which houses the viewing area for the projection mapped experience, and includes twinkling stars in a night sky and a slow-moving sunrise revealing the shimmering floating city – enhanced by a visual program that incorporates architectural language, changing geographical landscapes and climate (snow, rain) – all through dazzling 3D mapping technology.

Mirrors, Icicles and 3D lights
A large, abstract hanging resembling a rock or icicle formation will be covered in thousands of fragmented mirrors. With Christie projection mapping washing light over the formation to create a light show on the object itself, it will be reflected into the room as well as onto the window and finally the street.

Among the technologies used will be the Christie HD14K-M projector, Christie LW720, Christie LWU420, and Christie HD flat panel displays, including the new Christie WeatherAll flat panel.

A traditional favorite during the holidays will have a modern new twist, with a window housing the “BNY NYC Sleigh Ride” featuring a rotating cast of improvisational performers from Upright Citizens Brigade outfitted in modern Santa costumes who will take children on a virtual “sleigh ride” through an abstracted New York City. Through the use of experiential screens, the occupants will feel like they are up in the air and flying through New York. Christie WeatherAll flat panels on the outside of the window will show images of the children and “Santa” as they take the Sleigh Ride.

“New York is home to some of the most technologically sophisticated customers in the world, and the holidays are an especially competitive time for retailers to capture their attention and bring them into their stores,” noted Sean James, vice president of Christie’s Managed Services. “We are pleased to again be part of Barneys New York’s holiday display campaign, both in New York and other flagship locations across the country. Through visual technology and collaboration, Christie helped bring the creative vision to life.”

Christie display technologies will be featured in select Barneys regional flagship locations in Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston, where Christie HD flat panels will greet visitors and provide content to highlight the Shawn “JAY Z” Carter collection within that store.

“Barneys is demonstrating the possibility of taking a creative merchandising concept, marrying it with advanced visual technologies and deploying it on a varying scale in regional stores across the country,” added Sean James, “We were happy to work with the creative team to find solutions that would work in each of their five locations, from the larger Manhattan flagship store, to the smaller locations.”

Christie Facebook contest
To get everyone into the holiday spirit, one lucky Christie Facebook follower will have the opportunity to win a $1,000 Barneys gift card (redeemable online or in-store), courtesy of Christie and Barneys. Visit Christie’s Facebook page November 29-January 3, 2014 for details.

Photo credit: Tom Sibley

Christie’s Projection Mapping Display Comes Alive at LDI 2013

A stunning and captivating projection mapping presentation is the showpiece of the Christie® LDI trade show booth in Las Vegas Nov. 22-24. The colorful and exciting booth features two interactive projection mapping displays including a 6-foot wide by 3-feet tall interactive preview of an upcoming Christie book featuring the most innovative projection mapping projects from around the world.

Proyección de Ideas Takes Center Stage for Projection Mapping Display
Producing both engaging projection mapping exhibits is Chile-based Proyección de Ideas (P.I.). The multi-faceted audio visual company has produced over 1,400 events and is renowned for creating gorgeous projection mapping performances throughout both North and South America and, as a Christie partner, will be on hand to discuss how to turn projection mapping dreams into reality. P.I. joined Christie at both LDI 2012 and InfoComm 2013, developing content that played on P.I. servers.

The exhibit uses two Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors controlled by the P.I. Mambo Player media server system. Proyección de Ideas’ Mambo Player will also be controlling another multi-touch screen with images provided by two Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors. All content is high resolution and attendees can engage with the multi-touch interface.

A second Mambo Player will be controlling the Christie MicroTiles video walls and both the both the Christie YK50 and Christie YK100 projector yokes.

Award Winning Nitro Solutions, Christie M Series and J Series, Flat Panels, and Christie MicroTiles Complete Christie Booth
Christie’s spacious and inviting booth also features the Christie Nitro Solutions family, Christie J Series 3-chip DLP® projectors, the Christie FHD551-W and Christie FHD551-X flat panels. Two 2-units wide by 5-units tall Christie® MicroTiles® arrays frame the booth.

The Christie YK50 is a small, dual-arm projector yoke and is suitable for moving projection applications in houses of worship, museums, trade shows, nightclubs and other venues where space is limited.

A single-arm yoke, the Christie YK100 is designed for the Christie M Series with projector control managed via DMX protocol – enabling users to integrate and control lighting equipment and video projectors with the same console.

Introduced early this year, the WeatherAll™ Christie FHD551-W LED edge lit LCD 55-inch flat panel with full HD and optically bonded glass is designed to carry the message outdoors. Weatherproof and designed to withstand the elements, its high brightness LCD and durability communicates to audiences regardless of weather conditions.
The ultra-narrow bezel Christie FHD551-X flat panel offers full HD resolution, high pixel density and an LED-backlit screen. Suitable for a variety of indoor environments, the Christie FHD551-X provides sharp images from any distance.

The Christie J Series targets a variety of applications within the rental staging and fixed installation markets that require high brightness, superior performance and crisp, clear images every time – all in a compact, rugged and reliable package. The Christie J Series includes 2D and 3D-capable models, a range of brightness levels from 6200 ANSI lumens to 20,000 ANSI lumens, and SXGA+, HD and WUXGA resolutions.

Creating extraordinary visual displays, Christie MicroTiles offer substantially brighter images, a much broader color palette, and a virtually seamless canvas compared to conventional flat panel LCD and plasma displays.

A Christie Spyder X20 video processor will be in the booth and, directly across the aisle, at the coolux Media Systems booth, six Christie J Series 3-chip DLP® projectors will be displayed.

An LDI Gold Sponsor, Christie is presenting Projection Master Classes using two Christie HD20K-J and two Christie DHD775-E projectors.

IMT Names Osvaldo Alvarez Eastern Region Systems Architect

Alvarez Spearheads Growth With Integrated Media Technologies

Fast-growing consulting and systems integration firm Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. (IMT) has named Osvaldo Alvarez as Eastern Region Systems Architect to further its commitment to East Coast broadcast and media customers, especially in the NYC area.

A recognized broadcast technology expert and well-known systems engineer with more than 25 year experience in the industry, Alvarez was previously a systems engineer at NetApp servicing the broadcast, media and entertainment marketplaces. Prior to NetApp, he was a senior project engineer for CBS Broadcasting in studio and post-production, and worked at ESPN, ABC and NBC. Alvarez served as a product manager and field engineer for companies such as Grass Valley, Sony, Miranda and Philips.

“I’ve known Osvaldo for many years and have always marveled at his technical and interpersonal skills, as well as his systems knowledge,” commented IMT VP of Business Development Tom McGowan. “Osvaldo comes on board at a critical time in our company’s expansion and his leadership in the broadcast and media technology industries will accelerate our engagement with leading media and entertainment companies on the East Coast and Central Midwest. I look forward to working closely with Osvaldo.”

“This is exactly the position I’ve been looking for,” explained Alvarez. “IMT has carved out a major sector of the burgeoning IT, broadcast, and M&E market and is poised to capitalize on its very smart understanding of future needs. I want to be a part of that, and my experience in digital storage technologies, HSM and MAM will allow me to contribute for the benefit of our clients.”

IMT is a full service systems integrator, providing the latest technologies from more than 100 global vendors, coupled with a comprehensive portfolio of professional consulting and support services. The company offers scaleable solutions to manage complex technology projects from end-to-end, including research, system analysis and design, technology selection and supply, testing, installation, training and support.

IMT’s growing portfolio of clients includes numerous Fortune 500 companies serving the broadcast, media, entertainment and sports markets.

ABOUT INTEGRATED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (IMT)
Integrated Media Technologies Inc. is a leading consulting and systems integrator for digital media, and information technology. The company delivers products and services that enable clients to achieve their strategic business goals. Through an active engagement with the client, IMT collects project requirements to design the best solution to address the customer’s needs. IMT’s award-winning staff designs, procures, installs, trains, and supports a project from beginning to end. In addition, IMT offers ongoing support through its Remote Managed Services, lowering project risk, cost and assuring maximum uptime.
For more information, visit   http://www.imtglobalinc.com

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