The Buzz: Industry News
Dec 1, 2003 12:00 PM
Clarity Partners with Silicon Graphics
Clarity Visual Systems and Silicon Graphics have launched the SGI mobile innovation center, a North American technology exhibit and touring demonstration. The mobile innovation center is a state-of-the-art, customized 18-wheel truck equipped with SGI's latest technology solutions for high-performance computing, storage, and advanced visualization, including Clarity's Lion high-resolution displays. This rolling corporate briefing center and demonstration facility brings the power of SGI and Clarity technology directly to customers. Business leaders can discuss display and computing issues with experts for application in the government and defense, sciences, manufacturing, energy, and media markets and observe solutions in a focused environment.
Altinex Becomes Gold CAVSP Manufacturer
Altinex is the first manufacturer to be awarded Gold CAVSP status by the International Communications Industries Association (ICIA). This means that at least 75 percent of Altinex sales, technical support, and customer service personnel are CTS certified, indicating a high degree of technical competence and a commitment to the ten Standards of Excellence promoted by ICIA's AVolution campaign.
Crestron's Tour Provides Free Training
Crestron has launched the Converging on Campus tour, a special training program that focuses on higher-education technology, the convergence of IT and A/V, and how the new MediaManager product family benefits this key market directly. Converging on Campus allows Crestron to deliver free training to the A/V and IT departments at higher-education campuses across North America. The new on-site program for school technology professionals is a two-hour session that features ICIA Educator of the Year and industry consultant Gary Kayye providing a view of the concept behind network managed systems and the tangible benefits they provide to the academic institution. In addition to Kayye's presentation, tour participants will apply those concepts by learning from one of Crestron's top training professionals about how MediaManager makes controlling, switching, and managing A/V systems a simple task and how it addresses the challenges faced by higher-education technology specialists, such as A/V services directors, IT directors, classroom technology directors, and instructional media coordinators.
Acterna Emerges from Bankruptcy Protection
Da Vinci Systems' parent company, Acterna Corp., has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, five months after its initial filing. Da Vinci recently launched several new products, including the Resolve family of software-based color enhancement systems with configurations for visual effects work and digital intermediate production, as well as its first real-time 2K processing system. Recently, da Vinci also introduced its Nucleas digital intermediate product suite, which includes ingest, server interface, conform, and format modules to facilitate an end-to-end, integrated digital intermediate workflow.
Auralex and TerraSonde Form Audio Training Organization
Auralex Acoustics and TerraSonde have formed the Institute for Audio Excellence (IAE). The IAE is a professional training organization specializing in the delivery of educational programs for the prediction, measurement, and treatment of acoustics and audio systems. The IAE meets this need for affordable entry-level education by offering structured programs focused on practical techniques and methods that have immediate application. The IAE workshops are intensive, entertaining, educational, eight-hour sessions that are tailored to meet the needs of a specific audience.
Rep Firms Announce Midwest Merger
PowerLines Marketing and Strategic Manufacturers Group intend to merge. Company presidents Carl Schwartz and Steve Ginensky have decided to join forces to establish a larger independent manufacturers organization to serve accounts in the upper Midwest region. The organization resulting from the merger will commence operations on or about January 1, 2004. The new firm intends to retain all lines currently serviced by both firms.
PSNI Selects Christie as Preferred Vendor
Christie has been selected as a preferred fixed-install projection vendor for the Professional Systems Network (PSNI), a group of 23 affiliated A/V systems integrators spanning 55 locations throughout the United States and representing more than $400 million annually in A/V sales.
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