The Buzz: Industry News
Sep 1, 2005 12:00 PM
Marcus Brooke, MD, with his daughter Georgia
SONIFEX MD RACES FOR CHARITY
Marcus Brooke, MD, of Sonifex is participating in two races to raise money for the new children's hospital being built near the grounds of the John Radcliffe Hospital (JR) in Oxford, England—the Great North Run, a half marathon in Newcastle on Sept. 18 and the Great South Run, a 10-mile run in Portsmouth on Oct. 9. Brooke got involved because his daughter Georgia had open-heart surgery at the JR. He attributes her almost total recovery to what he says was fantastic care provided at JR. Funds can be donated at www.justgiving.com/marcusbrooke.
The new hospital will bring local pediatric care facilities together under one roof. Fifty percent of the project is being built from charitable donations. So far, £7.7 million has been raised. £15 million is needed to complete the project in January 2007.
INAUGURAL DIGITAL SIGNAGE SUMMIT TO BE HELD
The Strategy Institute has announced its inaugural business summit to help venues and industry companies cash in on the skyrocketing demand for digital signage. The event, "Building Your Successful Digital Signage Business Summit," will be held Nov. 15-16 at the Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Chicago.
The conference is designed for network operators, system integrators, display providers, and AV professionals, and it will include sessions covering the optimal digital signage profit model; creating a digital signage rate card; operating costs; the industry matrix; a five-year demand forecast; and key success stories from the retail, hospitality, and transportation service sectors.
3M ACQUIRES MERCURY ONLINE SOLUTIONS
3M has agreed to acquire Mercury Online Solutions in order to accelerate its entry into the digital signage market. Mercury Online Solutions brings a portfolio of proprietary hardware and its suite of Fred software products to the deal, terms of which were not disclosed. The company provides an array of digital signage network design and management services.
PLANTRONICS EXPANDS AUDIO OFFERINGS WITH ACQUISITION OF ALTEC LANSING
Plantronics has acquired all capital stock of Altec Lansing for a cash purchase price of approximately $166 million. The resulting wholly owned Plantronics subsidiary, Altec Lansing Technologies, will remain in Milford, Penn., and function as a division of Plantronics. Gary Savadove is president and CEO of the Plantronics Audio Entertainment Business Group, which now incorporates Altec Lansing. Bob Garthwaite, who was senior vice president of marketing and sales for Altec Lansing, serves as president and CEO of the new division.