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1st Annual People’s Choice Awards

Jun 5, 2013 11:21 AM

Here are your finalists.

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On Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13, all InfoComm attendees have the chance to vote for winners of InfoComm’s 1st Annual People’s Choice Awards, produced in collaboration with NewBay Media.

From a group of submitted entries, a panel of technical managers, journalists, and educators selected three finalists in each of five categories: Corporate, Education, Healthcare, Arts & Leisure, and Government. This was not an easy choice given the breadth of quality entries. The finalists demonstrate a high level of professionalism and innovation, and represent a wide community of designers, integrators, and manufacturers across the U.S. and Canada. Congratulations and good luck to all.


Immersive AV for Verizon Innovation Center

Waltham, Massachusetts

Whitlock with Cavanaugh Tocci Associates for Verizon Wireless

The Verizon Innovation Center is a technology-rich laboratory, demonstration, and meeting center for Verizon’s broad community of technology developers, entrepreneurs, and academics. Here, they explore the frontiers of 4G LTE wireless connectivity; quickly prototype, test, and build products; and exhibit them in real-world settings. Throughout the facility, large interactive videowalls, and display, projection, audio, and videoconferencing systems are core to the creative and collaborative processes.

The center displays interactive models of applied 4G LTE technology—including residential, medical, distance learning, retail, and automotive—and offers multiple collaborative and lab environments to explore via AV. An entirely flexible and patchable facility-wide audiovisual and data network supports ever-changing demonstrations and audience configurations. The intimate 30-seat Network Theatre enables immersive, innovative demonstrations on a viewing screen comprised of 96 10”x10” Christie MicroTiles stacked six high, and curved along one wall of the oval space.

Key components are Crestron DM, Christie MicroTiles, Vista Spyder, PQ Labs IR overlays, and AMX control.

GE Customer Experience Center

Markham, Ontario, Canada

Advanced for GE Energy

Located at GE Digital Energy’s new $50 million, 200,000-square-foot headquarters, the Experience Center is an immersive, museum-like environment that educates GE’s customers and partners on digital energy products and solutions through interactive touchscreens and kiosks.

The clients go on a journey of discovery at each station until they turn the final corner and reach the 58ft., 180 degree curved Prysm LPD videowall—the largest such wall in the world. It is heat- and lamp-free, and highly energy-efficient in keeping with the project’s emphasis on green systems.

The 175-tile, interactive Prysm digital canvas is driven by the presenter’s iPad, allowing customers to ask questions in realtime. To help with content design, Advanced created a test lab, which was built more than six months before installation, allowing GE to manipulate and test their content live on a life-size Prysm videowall. Guests use their passes to access interactive touchscreens and instantly upload personal contact information, request follow-up information, and leave feedback. GE uses this realtime feedback to assess the presentations and adjust content and flow for future versions.

Key systems components include the Prysm LPD panels, Extron Quantum Elite videowall processor, Crestron/iPad control, Middle Atlantic racks, Sharp and Samsung displays, and audio products from Biamp, Crown, Tannoy, and JBL.

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