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Mar 1, 2006 12:00 PM


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Receiving the Listen Safe check from Shure (left to right): Benj Kanters (Columbia College), Michael Santucci (Sensaphonics), Marilee Potthoff (House Ear Institute), and Kathy Peck (H.E.A.R.).

SPEAKER PRODUCER DONATES TREE STUMP SPEAKER FOR SILENT AUCTION

Speaker producer StereoStone will donate one of its new Tree Stump outdoor speaker systems to the NSCA's “Bid For Education” silent auction, to be held during the 2006 NSCA Expo, March 16-18. The StereoStone Tree Stump speaker, along with other items up for bid, will be on display for three days during the show.

BARCO PROJECTORS SELECTED FOR BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

Barco's D-Cine Premiere DP100 and D-Cine premiere DP90 projectors were used for all digital screenings at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival, held Feb. 9-19. Four of the projectors handled a full agenda of digital screenings in four theaters throughout Berlin: Berlinale Palast, International, Delphi Filmpalast, and Urania.

ALTEL OPENS SATELLITE OFFICE

AV and sound systems integrator Altel Systems, headquartered in New York, has opened a new operations office in Cortland, N.Y., to serve clients in upstate New York and northeastern Pennsylvania. Altel Systems offers services including sales engineering support for integrated systems, design and engineering services, and live sound and event management.

SHURE SUPPORTS HEARING CONSERVATION

Shure has awarded $50,000 to three organizations — Columbia College; Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.); and The House Ear Institute — through its newly re-branded hearing conservation program, Listen Safe. In addition to these donations, Shure's Listen Safe program will promote hearing conservation by providing free hearing screenings and distributing hearing protection devices at professional audio industry tradeshows and music conferences and festivals, and to Shure's own employees.

DISPLAYSEARCH REPORT EXAMINES OLED INDUSTRY

DisplaySearch's 2006 OLED Technology Report presents a comprehensive examination of the fledgling OLED industry, which reached revenues of more than $500 million in 2005, up 18 percent Y/Y. The report shows how makers of OLED displays expect to take advantage of the benefits of the existing TFT infrastructure created for LCDs as they transition to active matrix (AMOLED) technology, and the impact of this transition. It also explores the impact on the applications targeted by AMOLEDs and offers a five-year forecast for revenue, units, and prices for AMOLEDS and PMOLEDs.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS TECHNOLOGY IN ENTERTAINMENT

The 14th ETA Summit will be held at the Javits Convention Center in New York June 27-29, 2006, in conjunction with the C3Expo. The conference, presented by the Entertainment Technology Alliance in cooperation with C3Expo, will showcase the latest innovations in technology for digital asset management, mobile entertainment, IPTV, mobile technologies/gaming, interactive television, rights management systems, and digital media. For additional information, and to register, visit www.etaexpo.com.

SUMMIT OFFERS INSIGHT ON SIGNAGE

Strategy Institute will hold its second annual World Digital Signage Summit April 4-5, 2006, in New York. Speakers from Indiana University, National Cinemedia, Premier Retail Networks (PRN), Instrumental Media Group (Cgen China), and Posterscope (U.K.) will offer attendees in-depth presentations and insight on how narrowcasting networks can make their media buys more cost-effective, as well as how to maximize their brand exposure and obtain results from advertising.

SURVEY SHOWS DIFFERENCES IN AV MARKETS

The 2006 InfoComm Market Forecast Survey, prepared by AWP Research, projects significant growth for the AV industry in Europe and North America for the fourth consecutive year, due in large part to increased demand for networked AV products created by the integration of AV and information technology. The study found that revenue is expected to grow by 40 percent for surveyed North American companies in 2006, and by 10.7 percent for European AV companies.

Business/IT and education markets continue to lead in both North America and Europe, but beyond that, the countries' AV markets diverge substantially. North America's remaining major markets, in order of sales, include government and military, sports, entertainment and hospitality, healthcare, and worship. Europe's remaining major markets, in order of sales, include residential, retail and sales, sports, entertainment and hospitality, and government and military.

PANAMAX AND FURMAN PARTNER IN HOME TECHNOLOGY

Power engineering company Panamax has acquired Furman Sound in a move that will complement the offerings of both companies beyond the residential market and into the music industry and expand the growing family of companies in California-based Home Technology Group of Linear.


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