InfoComm 2016 to Showcase the Internet of Things

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The Internet of Things will make its presence felt at InfoComm 2016, happening June 4-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Show organizers expect nearly 1,000 exhibitors to occupy more than 500,000 sq. ft. of show space. InfoComm 2016 builds on last year’s record attendance, welcoming attendees from more than 100 countries.

InfoComm 2016 will feature a pavilion on the show floor devoted to IoT technologies and solutions. There will also be a day-long Super Tuesday session dedicated to how AV professionals can understand and exploit IoT advances in their AV/IT systems and business processes.

Over 75 per cent of this year’s InfoComm University program will feature new content. Based on the success of last year’s Unmanned Systems and Drones pavilion and training program, each will be expanded for 2016.

Organizers are making it easier for attendees to sample InfoComm 2016’s education offerings by making the majority of the program available for one price. For the first time, attendees can pay one price for access to more than 90 sessions and workshops – each worth CTS renewal units – rather than register for sessions individually.

For more information, go to www.infocommshow.org.

Christie Working With DifTek Lasers & Researchers on New Large Display Technology

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Christie’s Advanced Technology Group, in association with DifTek Lasers Inc., researchers at the University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College, is investigating how to merge the high brightness of LEDs with the cost effectiveness and fill-factor of LCDs into an OLED display.

Working with Christie’s Advanced Technology Group, DifTek Lasers patented the technology and manufacturing process, and the group is working with Conestoga College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing to begin scaling up the size of the backplanes that are manufactured. Although this technology is still in the experimentation phase, the goal of this patented technology is to apply it to the manufacture of large displays.

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NATEAC Adds Two New Networking Events

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

NATEAC2012_0479The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) has added two events to its roster of networking opportunities at the conference in July.

The first is a book signing which is planned for Sunday, July 17 in the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel.  A number of presenters and sponsors have recently published books and NATEAC wants to provide them with an opportunity to offer these books to the conference attendees.  “This is a perfect extension of the NATEAC mission,” says John Huntington, the moderator of the Networks on Shows and in Venues session and author of Show Networks and Control Systems, “and I’m thrilled to be able to participate.”

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Expo-Scène 2016 Brings AV Pros To Montreal

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
Photo by: Marco Laperrière EXPO-SCÈNE 2016

Photo by: Marco Laperrière EXPO-SCÈNE 2016

Over 1,400 professionals gathered at the Palais des congrès de Montreal for Expo-Scène 2016 on May 2nd and 3rd. The show featured over 65 exhibitors from Canada and the U.S., as well as 15 different seminars and demos over the course of the two-day event.

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Mike Poirier Joins Solotech’s Broadcast Team

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Solotech's Mike Poirier

Solotech’s Mike Poirier

Solotech has announced that Mike Poirier has joined its Integration Division as Business Development Director for the broadcast market. Poirier will work within Solotech’s broadcast sales team.

Poirier joins the company with more than three decades of experience in the broadcast, AV, and post-production industries. “Mike has extensive experience in selling system solutions in both Canada and the US,” says Danny Berthelet, executive VP of Solotech’s Integration Division. “With his rich blend of technical expertise and his know-how in marketing and sales, he will be a valuable asset as Solotech steps up its efforts in the broadcast markets”.

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Robe Appoints John Bilyk as Canadian Sales Manager

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
(L-R) Josef Valchar (Robe CEO), John Bilyk (Canadian Sales Mgr.), Bob Schacherl (CEO Robe North America) & Harry von den Stemmen, (Robe Sales Dir.)

(L-R) Josef Valchar (Robe CEO), John Bilyk (Canadian Sales Mgr.), Bob Schacherl (CEO Robe North America) & Harry von den Stemmen, (Robe Sales Dir.)

Robe North America hs announced the appointment of John Bilyk as its Canadian sales manager, effective immediately.

Most recently, Bilyk spent 15 years as the Canadian sales manager for Dallas, TX-based Vari-Lite.

Robe North America CEO Bob Schacherl says, “I’ve had the pleasure of both knowing and working with John most of my professional career. He has a deep and extensive knowledge of the Canadian market and outstanding rapport with the principal lighting designers, rental companies, and system integrators. We expect John to make an instant impact on our business in Canada.”

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Barco Announces Jan De Witte as CEO-Designate

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Barco CEO-designate Jan De Witte

Barco CEO-designate Jan De Witte

Barco has announced that CEO Eric Van Zele plans to retire later this year. In anticipation of Van Zele’s retirement, the board appointed Jan De Witte, a former corporate officer of the General Electric Company, as CEO-designate. Jan De Witte will join Barco’s Core Leadership Team in June 2016 to effectively take over as CEO as of Oct. 1, 2016. Van Zele will continue to serve on the board of directors to ensure continuity of leadership and strategic focus for the company.

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2016 NAB Show Sees 103K Registered Attendees

Monday, April 25th, 2016

NAB Show 2016 opening crowds [Photo: NAB/Robb Cohen]

NAB Show 2016 opening crowds [Photo: NAB/Robb Cohen]

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced the preliminary registered attendance of 103,012 for the 2016 NAB Show. The exhibition featured 1,874 companies spanning 1,063,380-net-sq.-ft. of exhibit space

“NAB Show demonstrated again its power as the preeminent destination to make headlines, launch innovative products and connect with key influencers in media, entertainment and technology,” says NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton. “We’re thrilled with the tremendous feedback from attendees and exhibitors, and we are delighted that NAB Show continues to be a must-attend event for global content creators and distributors.”

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Solotech Opens Nashville Office

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Solotech Nashville's Paul Owen & Lee Moro

Solotech Nashville’s Paul Owen & Lee Moro

Pursuing its expansion plan in North America, Solotech announced the opening of a new office in Nashville, TN. Led by Paul Owen, the office will develop new business opportunities in international touring and special events.

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Freeman Audio Visual Canada Wins Canadian Event Perspective Award

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
(L to R) Freeman Audio Visual Canada's Dianne King, Brian Johnston & Jay Lanchbury accept the Canadian Event Perspective Award.

(L to R) Freeman Audio Visual Canada’s Dianne King, Brian Johnston & Jay Lanchbury accept the Canadian Event Perspective Award.

Freeman Audio Visual Canada has won the Canadian Event Perspective Award in the category of Best Audio Visual Design for an Event for production of the 2015 Winter Cities Shake-Up. The award was presented by the Canadian Special Events Media Group.

The inaugural Winter Cities Shake-Up, held in Edmonton in January 2015, served as a gathering of urban planners and designers, entrepreneurs and business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and people who live in winter cities and want to take advantage of all winter has to offer. The conference featured three days of presentations from internationally-renowned experts and rising stars in winter design, winter business and winter fun.

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