Finland - The Finnish companies Audico and Starlike are merging their operations. Measured in net sales, the merger will result in Finland's largest provider of audiovisual and event technology solutions and devices.

"Our product ranges complement one another brilliantly. Audico specializes in sound systems and turnkey AV system deliveries for companies, schools, shopping centres, cruise ships, churches and other public spaces, as well as in the manufacture and import of equipment," says Audico's managing director, Harri Leiva. "Starlike is a leading provider of sound and lighting systems for theatres, concert halls and other performing arts centres, among others. The merger will bring a great deal of expertise under one roof, and together we will be able to offer customers even more comprehensive service.

"The merger enables us to engage in even closer par

UK - Liverpool, UK-based Sound, Light & Visual production solutions provider Adlib, has just appointed Mike Docksey as general manager to oversee its fast expanding Lighting & AV divisions. In a challenging economic climate, Adlib, headed by Andy Dockerty which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, has been steadily building an infrastructure to support and evolve its growing global portfolio of clients.

Adlib's MD Andy Dockerty said: "Mike has undertaken to work alongside the directors and managers at Adlib to help strengthen the brand across all genres and disciplines. He will be overseeing the whole lighting and AV operation with a view to implementing positive and progressive steps to fulfil the aspirations of the company."

"His role will see him forging new bonds, reinforcing existing relationships and helping the sales, rental and operations teams del

Belgium - Barco has expanded its single-chip DLP projector line-up to now include F50 Panorama, WUXGA and Full HD models to meet a wide variety of demanding applications, from first-class exhibitions and high-end visitor attractions to corporate collaboration suites, 24/7 control rooms and big data analytics labs.

The new F50 range offers a combination of high resolution and active 3D stereo at higher frame rates in a small, quiet unit, ideal for professional-class venues where a powerful, yet unobtrusive visualization solution is needed.

"Barco is continually innovating its high-fidelity projector offering, and we are extremely excited about our latest additions, which represent a quantum leap in performance and image quality to expertly handle 3D and big data applications," comments Kristian Kolstad, director of product management at Barco. "The combination of

UAE - Rooftop bar White Dubai has invested in an Avolites Expert Pro and Touch Wing as part of the club's entertainment technology system. White Dubai is a large open-air venue and "caters to the Middle East's partying elite". The club, which is located above the city's Meydan Racecourse, offers guests the latest in live audio-visual technology, aiming to immerse guests in visual environments that vary from event to event.

Dubai-based professional lighting, sound, video and rigging company Procom ME worked with concept designers Addmind, the creative brains behind White Beirut, to design and supply the club's impressive video and lighting package.

"Many visit White Dubai to experience the distinctive live lighting, sound and video display," says Rami Harfouch, business development manager at Procom ME. "So synchronisation, originality and avoiding repe

UK - National conference and live events services provider Saville Audio Visual has just been appointed as AV supplier to the Jockey Club Racecourses for the Northwest region.

The appointment covers flagship racing venues at Haydock Park, Aintree and Carlisle racecourses. Saville has provided support for events in the venues many times and both parties felt the time was right to enter into a strategic partnership aimed at providing the best possible technical event support for the venues clients.

Carl Pastor, operations manager at Aintree Racecourse commented, "The established close links formed with Saville and the strengths offered by their network of distribution outlets in the North West means that together we can offer a great package to existing and new customers at our three North West venues."

Saville has over 40 years experience in delivering audio visual

USA - At InfoComm 2014, Barco introduced the MMS (Moving Mirror System): a new projector accessory that empowers show designers with total creative freedom to direct sharp, detailed HD images anywhere on stage or within an exhibit.

The MMS augments Barco's large-venue projectors with the capability to broadcast a variety of pre-programmed images. Eliminating the need for custom rigging frames and heavy yokes to position visuals where desired, the MMS system enables the projector to be rigged in its natural position, with the mirror doing all the work remotely. Then, it can be controlled either via the layout of the projector, the Barco Projector Toolset, or with an external lighting DMX desk.

"The MMS is a liberating tool that show designers will love for its unlimited creative possibilities, ease of set-up and increased flexibility," comments William Morris, vice pr

USA - At InfoComm 2014, Martin Professional introduced the latest additions to its VC-Grid and VC-Strip LED video solutions to include 15, 25, 30 and 60 mm pixel pitch for architectural installations, stage design, and television set design.

Martin's VC-Grid LED panel allows for the creative integration of LED video into interiors, set elements, stage designs, and custom-shaped LED video screens. Driven by Martin's P3 System Controller, the VC-Grid provides high-quality image processing that eliminates the need for DMX pixelmapping, loose power supplies, and cabling. The VC-Grid offers 64 individually controllable pixels in RGB and cool, medium and warm white colors. Additionally, a hybrid power/date cabling systems allows the panels to be easily daisy-chained for ultimate design freedom.

"With the latest additions to the VC-Grid & VC-Strip Family, we are now able to offe

UK - Midwich has appointed Jon Dew-Stanley as director of solution sales. Jon brings a wealth of AV management experience to Midwich, having been director of commercial audio specialists Polar Audio for the past 13 years. During that spell, he was both technical director and sales director, bringing both commercial and technical design experience to the Midwich group. He is also a past winner of the coveted AV Awards technical person of the year award.

Jon said: "I am delighted to be joining the Midwich group in this new and exciting role. I'll be assisting our client partners to successfully design and deploy innovative technical audio visual solutions using the latest technologies available from our vendors.

"Midwich are a company I know well from my time in the industry and I look forward to contributing to their business objectives with comprehensive, collaborati

The Netherlands - With the start of the new Formula One Grand Prix season Dutch satellite uplink specialists, Multi-Link Holland and BP Satellite Solutions, have again been brought in to provide broadcast facilities to their clients at all GP circuits worldwide.

Both companies have a history of collaboration on a number of projects. Multi-Link Holland, founded by Bob Snieder, and BP Satellite Solutions, under Patrick Hendriks, provide satellite uplink and downlink facilities, wireless cameras, multi-camera and edit facilities. They also provide data and DVB-T transmissions - single and multiplexed-channel - for their own respective broadcast clients.

In order to enable fibre distribution over long distances in a more efficient and economical way than previously, for this season they have adopted BroaMan's new MUX-22 video, audio and intercom module. MUX-22 is part of BroaMan's

UK - Earlier this year Green Hippo welcomed Vincent Steenhoek for a placement with its Hippotizer Product and Testing Department.

During his time at Green Hippo, Vincent attended Basic and Advanced HippoSchool training and was a great help within the department, working on testing and demo machines, and got to grips with Hippotizer in no time at all.

With his end-of-year exhibition in the pipeline, Vincent chose to use a HippoCritter media server to realize his vision and idea for the project. "And he was kind enough to give us a little profile of himself and his work after the exhibition," says the company. "In recent years this industry has seen the emergence of several amazing young talents, and Vincent will be joining the ranks of a number of very accomplished new-comers. With his portfolio growing, we are sure he will be involved with some amazing projects

USA - The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has opened in the footprints of the World Trade Centre in Lower Manhattan. Electrosonic provided the audio-visual systems for the museum, which is primarily located about 70ft below ground and offers a moving visitor experience.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is an educational and historical institution honouring victims of both the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 1993 bombing, while examining 9/11 and its continued global significance. The museum building was designed by Davis Brody Bond, LLP with exhibit designs by Thinc Design and Layman Design. It is accessed by an entry pavilion designed by Snohetta.

Bob Haroutunian of PPI Consulting was the audio-visual systems designer for the museum and education center. Arup was the designer for the Pavilion Auditorium. The majority of the content was provided by Local Proj

USA - Introducing a single component to address an array of AV switching and processing needs often encountered in boardrooms, classrooms and other presentation settings, Atlona announced at InfoComm 2014 its most advanced 4K-capable, HDBaseT switcher for systems which need to accept multiple digital and analogue inputs as selectable sources for displays located as far as 230 feet away.

The new Model AT-UHD-CLSO-612 is equipped with two HDBaseT, two HDMI, and two analogue inputs, and provides switching, up- and down-scaling, converting, audio de-embedding, and signal extension capabilities in a single rack-unit enclosure. According to the company, it is the first scaler that can take a 4K signal and display it on 1080p monitor.

"Switchers for single room systems, particularly in education settings, haven't addressed customers' needs in terms of providing inputs on lectern

UK - DisplayMapper, a division of Projection Artworks has announced its fully daylight-visible retail solution. By creating retail sector applications using daylight visible 3D video-mapped projections onto and around products, whether built within FSDUs or as permanent installations, DisplayMapper will enhance products and ignite promotional messages, says the company.

Launching in July, the new division's retail display technology system uses bespoke cloud-based software controlled from a central network, which allows clients to develop and automatically deliver their own content to hundreds of daylight visible projections all controlled centrally. In-store equipment is low cost, industry standard and easy to use and maintain.

Major developments in the small-scale projector market have resulted in devices offering exceptional brightness. The DisplayMapper team has harnessed

Germany - Collaborating closely with communication agency The Outlook Creative Group, XL Video supplied video, lighting, sound and associated rigging for a large conference and gala dinner event at the Sheraton Hotel, Frankfurt Airport for one of the world's leading medical device companies.

The event was project managed on site for XL by Bill Hughes and for Outlook by their head of events, Iain Liddiard. It was designed by Outlook and attended by around 750 of the client's top executives and sales teams within the EMEA & Canada region.

The gala dinner took place on the first night in the hotel's Congress Centre and the room then had to be transformed into the main plenary and conference session for the following day.

XL's crew also rigged sound and lighting systems for the evening after-party in the Skyloft at the hotel.

XL and Outlook have worked together for about 11 ye

USA - Green Hippo reports that its Par4keet 4K+ Player from the new AViary Video Tools range was awarded 'Best of Show' at InfoComm 2014 by NewBay Media.

The Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of industry experts from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.

Par4Keet is the first video player to combine class-leading video playback at 4K+ resolution along with true realtime media manipulation and multi-screen configurability in a robust rackmount casing.

For video professionals who need to map high-pixel count media onto multiple display devices or high resolution screens, Par4Keet provides high quality video playback at 4K resolution and beyond along with flexible output mapping for any of today's screen technologies.

Green Hippo has been

UK - The Tesco agricultural trade stand has just been awarded gold at the Royal Three Counties Show and reserve trade stand champion at the Royal Norfolk Show.

This interactive exhibit currently touring major agricultural shows across the nation, is focused on demonstrating how Tesco works with suppliers and farmers on a local and national level. The stand aims to help the public to understand more about where their food comes from and demonstrate the high quality of the products. Within the stand there is a range of food sampling areas as well as cookery demonstrations, that showcase how the products can be used simply at home.

The event technical team from Saville Audio Visual have been involved in making this tactile experience a reality and have been closely involved in the design and delivery of the event. The exhibition features a series of engaging interactive displays

UK - Panasonic is set to launch 'the world's first portable, high-brightness WUXGA LCD projector'. The PT-VZ570 series comprises six models, each offering a blend of high image quality, low total cost of ownership (TCO), flexible installation and collaborative functionality.

The projectors offer a maintenance-free operational life of 7,000 hours when set to eco mode, significantly reducing the TCO for businesses and educational institutions.

All six models allow both portable and ceiling-mounting, while Vertical Lens Shift and Screen Adjustment functionality means easy adjustment of images projected onto flat or curved surfaces, as well as angled projection.

Hartmut Kulessa, marketing manager for Panasonic, said: "Equipped with a high 5,000:1 contrast ratio and Panasonic's Daylight View Basic technology, the projectors delivers bright, richly detailed images. They are i

Germany - Lawo, German manufacturer of audio and video broadcast solutions, has appointed Ralf Schimmel as director of global sales. In his new post, he is responsible for the strategic orientation and coordination of worldwide sales activities for all products, systems and solutions from the Lawo Group of companies. His appointment coincides with the expansion of Lawo's international activities, as well as an expansion of the company's audio, video, software, and IP networking technology product portfolio.

"I am looking forward to my new role with Lawo. I am joining at an important time for an expanding company, with exciting opportunities for the future opening up," says Schimmel.

"In our new market position, it is important to co-ordinate the worldwide sales of individual Lawo companies for an effective market-driven strategy. We are delighted that Ralf Schim

Ireland - Dublin's Old Jameson Distillery offers a warm welcome to the hundreds of visitors per day who pour through the doors for its tour of the Irish whisky making process. The attraction recently upgraded its reception area using fixtures from the Chauvet Professional and Iluminarc ranges. Designed and installed by Gorilla Design, supplied by QLX Lighting, the area now presents a more unified look which for guests is the first point of contact with the brand.

The installation encompassed the main reception area, café, stairwell and underfloor of the attraction. A more welcoming feel was created using 24 of the resourceful Chauvet Professional COLORado 1 Tour fixtures, 24 Chauvet Professional COLORdash VW wash lights powered by seven cool and warm white LEDs, for purer whites and a colour temperature selection ranging from the warm and inviting to crisp, cold shades.

UK - Digital Insanity have recently taken their Hippotizers to the European movie premiere of the new Godzilla. Directed by Gareth Edwards, as his second feature film after Monsters, this version of the Japanese classic has been much anticipated by movie lovers worldwide.

The premiere took place in London's Leicester Square on 11 May 2014 and saw the red carpet rolled out in front of the Odeon Theatre, just days prior to the film's official release.

Digital Insanity mapped the eight huge LED screens, all supplied, rigged and spread across one side of Leicester Square by rental company VER. Each screen had one of the letters G.O.D.Z.I.L.L.A. masked onto the front which created an impressive light box effect and they were programmed with lighting chases and effects including footage from the movie in question.

Richard Bagshaw of Digital Insanity explains, "U

UK - XL Video supplied creative video projection and control to the Shangri La area at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, helping to give this popular immersive, interactive fictional world a real edge.

XL's Nick Diacre project managed two specialist video installations working for technical producers PF Events and their technical production manager Seain Loughlin, who received their brief from Shangri La's creative director Debs Armstrong.

The main projection feature in Shangri La was in the Heaven area, involving eight Barco R22 projectors, run as four doubled up pairs for optimised brightness and mapped to cover a 44m long wooden art-wall structure composed from a myriad of hand-cut tessellated triangles.

The work was created by Andy Cross from AN-Architecture.

This impressive sculpture represented the cloud of Heaven and was brought alive by the projections which added mov

UK - Arcstream AV, specialist provider of interactive technologies and special effects for events and permanent installations, has supplied a video and sound distribution system for the John Lewis and Sony live World Cup screenings at John Lewis' Oxford Street branch roof garden.

Five large displays - including Sony's 84" 4K Ultra HD model - have been screening all the goals. Complimentary pizza, beer and wine have also been available for this limited tickets event.

Neil Dickinson, managing director of Arcstream comments, "There are all sorts of places where people have been enjoying this World Cup, but this has to be one of the most ingenious. It was a pleasure to be involved in the process."

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UK - Four Ai Media S8 Infinity servers provided the cutting edge video mapping technology and 16 HD DVI outputs that powered the ethereal visuals behind Coldplay's much anticipated Royal Albert Hall (RAH) gig in London.

The RAH shows closed what was a short, six date, low key tour that supported their album Ghost Stories. Video director Ben Miles of Mixed Emotions, London, who has been with the band throughout, projected an evocative mix of live and pre-recorded content across the hall's 86 iconic ceiling mounted acoustic diffusion discs - known more fondly as the 'mushrooms'.

"I pushed for the Royal Albert Hall show to be particularly 'special', a stand-out performance from the rest of the tour," states Miles. "For this performance we wanted to combine the intimate setting we had created for the rest of the tour with something very visual and exciting.&q

USA - Nearly 250 consultants, integrators, sound engineers and IT managers from all over the world came together in Las Vegas on 17 June, 2014 for the AV Networking World Conference to learn about Dante, the market leading audio networking solution. This year's event was sponsored by Atlas Sound, Attero Tech, Audinate, BSS Audio by Harman, Bosch, Bose Professional Systems, Focusrite Rednet, Innovative Electronic Designs, TC Group, Lectrosonics, Peavey Commercial Audio, Powersoft, Presonus, Shure, Stewart Audio, Studio Technologies and Yamaha Commercial Audio.

"Attending AVNW from a broadcasting and live sound perspective, it was amazing to see the different ways companies and people are using Dante" remarked John Ball, systems engineer from Microsoft Product Studios. "For us at Microsoft Production Studios (MPS), the IP platform is giving us new ways to transport

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