The Buzz: Industry News
Jan 1, 2005 12:00 PM
Pictured in Hollywood are Gary Fradkin (left), Sound Services (SSI) director of engineering, and Ron Lagerlof of VisioneeringConnect. SSI has contracted VisioneeringConnect for its new 2,500-square-foot dubbing stage.
Visioneering Design Launches New Division
Visioneering Design has launched a new subsidiary, VisioneeringConnect. Visioneering has provided design and integration services for clients such as Lucasfilm, Pixar, Disney, and 20th Century Fox. The new division will offer the same level of quality and value to the rapidly growing sector of project studios, boutique post facilities, and residential screening rooms. VisioneeringConnect has been contracted by Russ Beltry of RSPE Audio Solutions for integration services for its client Oracle Post in North Hollywood.
Home Technologies Makes Fastest-Growing Companies List
Home Technologies has been named by The Puget Sound Business Journal as the 34th fastest-growing private company in the state of Washington. The annual award ranks companies by percentage of revenue growth during the past three years. Home Technologies was founded in 2001 to streamline the purchase and installation process in the residential systems market. The fastest-growing company's ranking was composed of 2001 through 2003 revenue percentages, which included Home Technologies' July acquisition of Digitech Home Systems.
Prolight and Sound Shanghai Attendance Rises
The second Prolight and Sound Shanghai was held recently at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre alongside Music China. With 130 exhibitors taking up just more than 7,000 square meters of floor space, the fair attracted 9,102 trade buyers during four days — a 6 percent increase from 2003. More than 600 of the buyers at the show were from overseas. Of the 130 exhibitors, 96 were Chinese and 34 were from Nutmeg Group
EWan 1 announced a $250,000 funding commitment from Chicago-based Nutmeg Group, LLC, enabling the company to begin manufacture of its digital media center. The Triple Play digital media center set-top device combines the functions of set-top box, personal computer, home audio, media storage, DVD player, residential gateway, personal video recorder, and telephone in a single, easy-to-use platform. The Triple Play allows for voice, video, and data use. With more than $30 million dollars under management, the Nutmeg Group is a value-added private capital investment firm and a full-service investment and financial consulting organization.
GE's Security Business Is Honored
The security business of GE Infrastructure has been recognized by the Associated Services for the Blind (ASB) by receiving the organization's Louis Braille Corporate Award. To address the needs of individuals who are blind and visually impaired, GE Security offers a Simon security system with a Braille keypad overlay and user manual, and voice confirmation responses. In addition, GE Security will donate a Simon Braille system to an ASB client who was chosen in a drawing.
ICIA/InfoComm Launches Web-Based Video Training
The International Communications Industries Association's InfoComm Academy is introducing a new way to learn: OnDemand. OnDemand is a dynamic offering of rich-media presentations focusing on AV technologies, technical procedures, and business practices such as projector basics, LCD monitor and plasma technology comparisons, and correctly configuring a mix-minus audio system. To introduce the program, the association is offering one OnDemand course at no charge. Sponsored by Sonic Foundry, InfoComm Academy OnDemand captures curriculum materials typically taught during on-site seminars, brings those presentations to the Web, and makes high-quality training available to a greater number of students.
CEDIA Donates Electronics to Motivate Our Minds Group
The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) will donate top-of-the-line training equipment to Motivate Our Minds (MOM), a nonprofit organization in Muncie, Ind. MOM is an after-school tutoring and enrichment program designed to help elementary and middle school students achieve academic and personal success. Students can build self-esteem, develop character, and learn life skills. CEDIA will be donating products from its members, including a Runco International projector, a Stewart film screen, and other electronic equipment to help MOM.
Record TFT LCD Growth Ends While PDPs Continue to Surge
DisplaySearch has released quarter three 2004 results and forward-looking projections for the large-area TFT LCD and PDP markets in its Quarterly Large-Area TFT LCD Shipment Report and Quarterly Plasma Display Panel Shipment and Forecast Report. These reports reveal that large-area TFT LCD shipments and revenues declined after an extended period of record results, and PDP units and revenues continue to set record highs. The reports also reveal potential concerns regarding supply constraints in the second half of 2005.
Multicom Provides Hurricane Relief on Grenada
The tragedies of this year's hurricane season were felt hardest on the Caribbean island of Grenada. As a member of the Caribbean Cable Television Association (CCTA), Multicom has been able to connect with many of the region's operators, including Grenada Cablevision. Although communication lines were damaged, with help from the CCTA, Multicom was able to contact Hugh Dolland, Grenada Cablevision president. Dolland explained that his company had been severely affected and many of his employees had lost everything. Multicom pledged and delivered several boxes containing basic clothing and other necessities, including toiletries, directly to Grenada Cablevision so they could be distributed to its employees.
Sennheiser Awarded Diesel Medal
The Diesel Medal awards ceremony was held in the Hall of Honor at the Deutsche Museum in Munich recently. The medal is awarded by the Diesel board of trustees to honor inventors and their enterprising work. Among this year's recipients of the award is professor Fritz Sennheiser, Ph.D., a pioneer in the field of radio frequency technology and electroacoustics and the founder of Sennheiser Electronic GmbH and Company KG. The Diesel Medal is presented to recognize the technical brilliance of the recipients and to mark their economic relevance.
Extron Is a Registered AIA Continuing Education Provider
With the debut of a new course, “An Introduction to AV Systems: Fitting Architectural Goals Into AV System Needs,” Extron Electronics is a registered provider with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Systems. AIA members who attend the one-hour presentation earn one learning unit hour toward the annual 18-hour requirement. The presentation explores connectivity issues that affect architectural designs for AV systems, including solutions for AV component placement in various environments, wired and unwired system control, and system monitoring capabilities.
Shure President/CEO Receives KPMG's High-Tech Award
Shure President and CEO Sandy LaMantia was named a winner of audit and tax firm KPMG's 21st annual Illinois High-Tech Awards program, which honors achievement in the high-tech industry. Founders, owners, or senior-level management responsible for successfully taking a high-tech product or service from concept to commercialization were eligible for nomination. LaMantia was one of 11 finalists and one of four high-tech award winners.
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