Saudi Arabia - The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, referred to colloquially as KAUST, is a science and technology. It takes its name from the former King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who decreed its foundation, intending it to “serve the people of the Kingdom and benefit all the peoples of the world
The Museum of Science & Technology in Islam (MOSTI) was created later, on campus. MOSTI seeks to highlight the plethora of contributions made by Muslim scholars to science and technology during the first Golden Age of Islam (650-1650) and demonstrate how these contributions shaped the world as we know it, laying the groundwork for modern civilisation. Interactive technology leads people through the exhibits, forming an immersive exploration of the various artefacts and relics.
formula D_, an experienced design company that specialises in impactful visitor experiences, secured the tenure for the technological curation of the site, and brought in Stage Audio Works (SAW), who helped specify, supply, and integrate the equipment. RenderHeads Limited created all the custom-made software used in the exhibits.
“We’re grateful that formula D_ brought us in on such a prestigious project,” explains Nathan Ihlenfeldt, SAW’s CTO. “We’ve built up a strong working relationship with them over the course of a few projects as we deliver very complementary services. For MOSTI, they took the lead with the interactive and immersive vision, and we helped to materialise it from a technical perspective.”
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Germany - As one of Europe’s leading wholesalers of visual presentation technology, Lang is renowned for its passion for innovation and willingness to invest in long-term partnerships that ensure an ample supply of state-of-the-art technology of the highest calibre. The company has invested in Brompton Technology Tessera LED video processors which complement Lang’s stock of Venus and Jupiter LED panels for high-quality and high resolution applications.
“Our goal with Venus and Jupiter has always been to set a benchmark in the LED market,” explains Manuel Müller, director rental at Lang. “With this in mind, two of the things next to resolution that were most important to us were usability and brightness, with Brompton’s leading Tessera LED processors serving a perfect match for those key requirements.”
Thanks to Brompton’s Dynamic Calibration technology, the Lang team, together with Absen, were able to increase the brightness of Venus to a level much higher than on conventional LED screens. “And we are able to further surpass the brightness for those applications that require exceptionally realistic-looking visual content and extra-wide colour gamut by utilising Brompton HDR,” adds Müller.
“For almost 45 years, Lang has been at the forefront of offering its know-how on visual presentation technology, earning a reputation of being the leading service provider for professional video applications in the European market,” says Peter Mathia, CEO at Lang. “Whether it’s for the big stage or small-scale events, we can offer the
UK - First announced in 2019 and opening its doors fully later this year, Sky Studios Elstree is a joint project between Sky and NBCUniversal. The 27.5-acre, complex located just north of London houses 13 sound stages, with media operations provider Xytech Systems offering total operational and financial control by streamlining the new film and TV studio’s internal processes across quoting, resource scheduling, cost management and reporting.
“Not long after Sky Studios Elstree was given the go-ahead in 2019, we started searching for a media operations solution that would meet the strict demands of our cutting-edge studios catering for high-end TV shows and films,” said Tom Avison, director of operations at Sky Studios Elstree. “Sky already had an excellent, long-standing relationship with Xytech Systems through its Transmission solutions installed at the Sky facilities in Italy, Germany and the UK. We also knew Xytech was already servicing other major studios across the UK, so we naturally approached them to see what they could offer us.”
Avison notes how from the early discussions and right through to the implementation and go-live phase, they found both the solution and the expertise offered by the Xytech team to be “highly flexible and responsive to the requirements of our operation and our ambition to use the system from quote to invoice and at every point in between.”
Xytech’s Media Operations Platform now manages the studio’s scheduling requirements, including studios, ancillary room and equipment bookings.
UK - Absen’s versatile Polaris series of rental LED displays supplied visual flair for the recent NWG Innovation Festival, which returned to Newcastle Racecourse (UK) after a two-year hiatus.
Organised by Northumbrian Water Group (NWG), the 2022 NWG Innovation Festival featured live music, comedy, tech demos and wellbeing events, as well as design sprints, hacks, workshops and activities aimed at solving difficult problems around topics such as climate change, cyber-security and water scarcity. The theme for this year’s festival, which took place from 12 to 15 July, was ‘Untapped Potential’ and focused on bringing together untapped talent from different sectors, backgrounds and locations.
For NWG Innovation Festival 2022, Sam Gordon, director of Big Purple Group (Big Purple Productions/Big Purple Events), specified the Polaris LED panels in two configurations: two PL4.8 displays were used on either side of the (indoor) main stage, while one PL3.9 was deployed outside and displayed rolling social-media coverage of the event.
Like the rest of the Polaris range, the PL4.8 and PL3.9, which were configured as 4 × 2m screens, offer high contrast, brightness and colour uniformity, supported by technologies such as HDR10 and UltraBlack, while the PL series’ integrated curve connection block system allows for high levels of alignment accuracy in both flat and curved (from -7.5° convex to +10° convex) configurations. With a panel weight of just 14kg – 10% lighter than conventional rental displays – and an automatic vertical locking system, Po
UAE - Creative Technology has appointed Jemma Joy as head of operations. Over 20 years, Jemma has been involved in many projects including EXPO2020 Dubai, Qasr Al Hosn, Laureus World Sports Awards, Dubai World Cup, and Volvo Ocean Race.
Jemma comments, “I have worked alongside CT on some of the region’s biggest and technically advanced shows in the past and I am delighted to now be part of the CTME team.”
The company has also appointed two new project managers, Croft Clinton and Bhans Sheomangal.
Croft has worked alongside top event and production companies in the UAE as well as having a strong passion to deliver high quality events that exceed a client’s expectation.
Bhans has over 14 years of experience throughout the Middle East and Africa. He has extensive knowledge in production and is responsible for providing AV technical management across various events.
“We are excited to be building the team with highly skilled and well-respected industry professionals who will further strengthen our core areas across the business,” says Andy Reardon, managing director ME.
UK - The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opened in late July, with 4,500 athletes and over a million spectators expected to travel from all over the world to compete in 286 sessions across 11 days of live sport.
Sports Technology (ST) the ’official large video screens & audio services provider’ to the Games, is providing a full turnkey technical solution from the design, through to delivery and operation of all LED screens, projection, audio, sport presentation, and the provision of major signal distribution infrastructure across the 15 competition venues supporting 19 sports and eight paralympic sports.
ST was established in the UK in 2010 in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics as a specialist business focused on delivering AV and associated technology services to major multi-sport events. The business is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology (CT), part of the NEP Worldwide Network.
Birmingham 2022 marks the third consecutive Commonwealth Games where ST has enjoyed official provider status, and is one of 10 major multi-sport events, including 6 Olympic and Paralympic Games since the business was established. CT’s Commonwealth history extends back to 1986 in Edinburgh, continuing with almost every Games since.
This year for the first time ever, ST’s Birmingham delivery includes the industry launch of new signal distribution platform TFC Flow which allows transmission of multiple signals for data, intercom, video, and audio (DIVA) over one IP based fibre infrastructure across all venues.
The DIVA concept w
UK - CPL co-ordinated and delivered staging, sound, video, lighting and other associated BTS (behind the scenes) infrastructure to Tropic Fest, a two-day festival style event staged in the grounds of the historic Chillington Hall in Staffordshire.
CPL was working for production company Pandora Events and their end client, Tropic Skincare with a team led by Lee Gruszeckyj. They asked Star Events onboard to supply the 15m orbit stage on which all the performance action took place.
The sound, lighting and video production design was based on the requirements of several artist riders from a lively line-up that included acts like Rob da Bank, Our Girl G, Queenz, Mr Motivator, Air Guitar Band, Magic of Marley, Twinnie, the Strictly Come Dancing Band with headliners Gok Wan, Bjorn Again and the Ministry of Sound Disco. This mixed line up meant that flexibility was essential for all technical departments.
CPL’s experience of servicing festival events like Glastonbury, Hay on Wye, Camper Calling and many others was a massive asset in staging Tropic Fest, a small festival environment for approximately 1200 of Tropic’s ‘top ambassadors’.
A 5.4m wide by 3m-deep LED screen was hung at the back of the stage which features cantilevered PA supports for a neat, streamlined finish and clear sightlines.
The LED screen and a variety of lighting was rigged on four trusses sub-hung underneath the roof. Lighting comprised 40 moving lights - Claypaky Mythos2s for specials and effects, Martin MAC Auras for washes and Ayrton Perseos for beams and additio
UK - Last week, Alexander Stadium was brought to life for the opening ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Engaged by Birmingham Ceremonies (a Joint venture between Gary Beestone Associates and Done and Dusted), Creative Technology provided LED display technology and playback services for the show, working closely with Total Fabrications for the structural elements and BAFTA award winning artist and creative director Tal Rosner for the content.
Centre stage on the stadium floor the ‘Bullring’ was made from a specialist outdoor and waterproof LED, created measuring over 260m in circumference, incorporating ramps for vehicle access in several locations and a seamless removeable section allowing larger scenic access including the massive mechanical bull.
At one end of the stadium a massive telescopic LED tower incorporating 250m2 of CT’s flagship BQ4 LED reaching 12m high when fully extended was another spectacular centrepiece of the overall production.
In addition to these custom elements built specifically for the show, CT also supplied the four main LED screens within the stadium which will remain in place throughout the Games. These were upgraded both in size and resolution following a recent test event now measuring 125m2 each and utilising the same BQ4 product as the tower screen.
Delivering content to all these displays CT deployed their custom G1 server platform running Pixera software. The G1 hardware is configurable to run multiple software options increasing flexibility, utilisation and consequently maki
Australia - Irish playwright, poet and author Oscar Wilde and his only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray tells a provocative and dreamlike story of a young man living in a Victorian-era England who relinquishes his soul for eternal youth and beauty.
Under the direction of Kip Williams, artistic director of Sydney Theatre Company (STC), actor Eryn Jean ‘EJ’ Norvill plays 26 separate roles capturing the audience’s attention throughout a two-hour performance.
To bring each role to life, TDC – Technical Direction Company worked with the team at Sydney Theatre Company to develop an on-stage technical solution for five moving LED screens and media server technology.
“The Picture of Dorian Gray uniquely uses live camera, pre-recorded and display technology as part of the stage design. The amazing stagecraft was developed by Sydney Theatre Company over a period of ten years,” said Ben Lightowlers, sound and video manager at Sydney Theatre Company.
Ranging in size from 1.5 metres square to 5 x 3m the high-resolution and bright LED screens fly in and off stage using a track system. The screens fly low to the stage, behind and in front of the performer to cleverly reveal the next character. The screens perform an aerial dance on stage, showing recorded and live footage from up to six cameras at various angles that also circle around Norvill on stage.
“Our relationship with TDC is an essential one. Three out of 12 shows we do will have some kind of video element and we rely on an essential relationship with TDC. We may
UK - London's first permanent digital immersive arts experience, Frameless, will be opening in October in the heart of London’s West End. Frameless has partnered with projection technology provider, Panasonic, who will use the venue as their global flagship showcasing their projection technologies and large format displays. Creative Technology, have also been brought on board to deliver integration services for all video systems across the attraction.
Using over 50 of Panasonic’s 3-Chip DLP laser projectors, the art projections inside the attraction will be delivered by 479m pixels and 1m lumens of brightness and colour, to give ‘a truly stunning image’ quality across all four immersive galleries as well as a fifth gallery dedicated to corporate and educational events.
A second layer of audio immersion is achieved by 360-degree surround sound played over 158 loudspeakers from EM Acoustics with over 36,000 watts of amplification. EM Acoustics R8 speakers are used in each gallery, providing audio with detail, clarity and control. Set to a score of specially composed music, each gallery has a bespoke soundtrack and soundscapes with interactive audio triggered by audience movement.
All of this is brought together by the latest Hive media servers, calibration cameras, switching, movement and depth sensors, to deliver an inspiring experience.
Using 3-Chip DLP technology, the RQ22 and RQ35 projectors used inside Frameless deliver high levels of brightness and resolution, together with long lasting stable colour uniformity in compact smaller
USA - Michigan’s much-anticipated Electric Forest Festival returned for 2022 with an expertly curated line up of EDM stars, jam bands, dubstep heroes and multiple other genres.
On the Sherwood Court stage, a massive 7056x2864 canvas of LED screens made up of 180m2 of Roe MC7 and 150m2 of YesTech MG7 featured visuals created by Observatory and powered by Hippotizer Tierra+ MK2 Media Servers.
Notable on the Sherwood Court stage were US ‘heaven trap’ DJ duo Slander, bass-heavy Mersiv, and ‘chillwave’ pioneer Toto y Moi. Observatory’s brief was to create the scenic visual content for the Sherwood Court stage’s proscenium arch LED screens, and the upstage LED screen when there wasn’t a guest VJ or content supplied with the performer. The team was commissioned by Electric Forest organisers Insomniac events and Leisure Expert Group, on the back of a successful visuals collaboration on the Beyond Wonderland festival in Southern California earlier this year.
“Creative briefs from Leisure Expert Group are second to none as their attention to detail and overarching themes are crystal clear,” says Observatory’s director of production, Simon Harris. “Their initial brief was to focus on the Sherwood Elephant stained glass styling, which was the main content used throughout the day. In the evening and into the night we introduced more diverse themes including an art nouveau greenhouse structure, lush trees, growing flowers, animated branches and vegetation, natural kaleidoscopes, growing roots, waterfalls and graphic patterns.”
USA - AV systems integrator and remote collaboration service provider Kinly has announced the reappointment of Vel Johnson as its managing director for the US.
Johnson returns as Kinly’s US MD, having originally relinquished the position in December 2021 as part of his semi-retirement plans, after three years.
Based in Kinly’s Cedar Knolls (NJ) corporate office – one of four on the east coast (Fort Lauderdale, Washington, New York) – Vel was inspired to return to Kinly following positive discussions with newly appointed CEO, Tom Martin, who revealed his growth and expansion plans for the company in the US market.
Vel, leading the US team, will now develop and execute ‘a more business and culturally aligned go-to-market strategy to mirror that deployed in Kinly’s other global markets’ including Europe.
Tom Martin, CEO at Kinly, comments: “With over 20 years of experience and supporting more than 2,500 clients, Kinly is a recognised and trusted global provider of fully tailored AV and video collaboration services and support. We have identified opportunities in the US market and under Vel’s leadership, I have no doubt those opportunities and our ambitions as a company can be fulfilled.”
UAE - Creative Technology (CT) has announce a further two additions to its live team in the Middle East.
Joshua Spencer has joined the company as a crew operations manager. Joshua is responsible for the management of the crew bookings where he utilises his extensive knowledge on management of people to ensure every event has the right calibre of people assigned.
Spencer comments, “I feel very privileged and proud to be able to call CTME my new home. It’s so evident to see that everyone here shares the same vision and dedication to maintain the highest level of service. I am excited to develop this team and be part of CT’s growing vision.”
The company also welcomes Samantha Peltret who has joined as a projects co-ordinator. She has many years of experience within the Middle East and South Africa.
Pelteret comments, “It’s so great to be a part of such a huge family here at CT. There’s a genuine spirit of cooperation, collaboration, and shared goals. I love being part of this incredible talented team, each day is so different, it’s a constant adventure and such an exciting opportunity.”
UK - Immersive experience company Pixel Artworks has designed and created the immersive mindfulness experience Room to Breathe. Located in Outernet London, a new ‘immersive culture, media and music district’ at Tottenham Court Road, the sensory experience is based on the science of ‘box-breathing’. It aims to help anxious commuters and busy Londoners unwind and catch their breath throughout the day.
This experience has been masterminded by Pixel Artworks, harnessing the healing power of digital light and pixel technology, with original music written by Matthew Wilcock and guidance from trauma and anxiety consultant Jayne Cox.
Jayne comments: “Anxiety and stress often changes the way we breathe, with our breath often becoming rapid and shallow, resulting in heightened anxiety and becoming ‘stuck’ in a state of fight or flight. Learning and regularly implementing a simple breathing technique reduces anxiety by helping us to have more control over our breath. Once learnt, these techniques become a ‘tool’ that support us anywhere, whether we are on the move or at home.”
Matthew Wilcock adds: “The Room to Breathe music was written as a response to the 4x4 breathing technique giving people a rhythm to breathe to and an emotion to help settle and meditate.”
Jackson Tayler, technical director, Pixel Artworks comments on the technology: “The entire experience was crafted using Epic’s Unreal Engine, giving us control over real-time volumetric cloud and advanced lighting tools. Our rendering pipeline used an in-engine 360 c
Europe - AV systems integrator and remote collaboration service provider Kinly has announced its entry into the DACH market, with the opening of offices in Germany and Switzerland.
The latest expansion increases Kinly’s office numbers to 20, across 12 countries, with operations being established in Zurich, Frankfurt and Berlin. Kinly works with more 2,500 customers and is backed by a team of more than 1,200 employees across EMEA, Americas and APAC.
Tom Martin, CEO at Kinly comments: “The DACH region is a thriving and growing market, and one which we have been looking to enter for some time.
“As times change, many businesses are looking to deploy or evolve the way they operate. AV/ UC, meeting and collaboration technology requires a specialist skillset. Kinly’s approach is anchored in customer success. Instead of starting with technology, we cooperate to examine your needs, wants, and spaces before we design a solution. Organisations in Germany and Switzerland are looking for the same elevated level of service we offer in our other global locations, and Kinly will be on hand to deliver.”
Jody Moffat, head of global services at Kinly, adds: “We’re delighted to extend our reach into the DACH market to further support our enterprise clients’ needs. Customers want a truly global service that is operationally and commercially consistent, and our expansion into Germany and Switzerland further enhances our offering. We remain committed to providing customers with an exceptional service and look forward to continuing building our glob
UAE - Creative Technology Middle East has appointed Huw Godfrey as head of system integration.
Huw has professional experience in AV across both systems integration and live events within roles that encompass the full project lifecycle, including engineering, project, account and operations management. He has provided leadership in the design and implementation of multiple simultaneous national and international projects to support accountability, building transparency and collaboration across the project teams.
Over the years he has led teams on numerous high-profile projects including Bloomberg Walbrook Square, Russia World Cup, to the Palm Jumeriah launch party in the UAE.
Godfrey comments, “I am delighted to be returning to CT at what is an incredibly exciting times for both the SI division and the business as a whole. There is such fantastic growth in the region, and I am look forward to working on many more exciting projects with the team over the coming months and years.”
UK - The Fish Society has been running for 25 years and is one of the UK’s leading online fishmongers. Having witnessed the online spike of a home cooking being filmed for YouTube and TikTok during the pandemic, the company decided to branch out and build a studio kitchen within their Guildford-based offices to deliver their own ‘how-to’ video content.
“The team wanted a premium system with cameras used for recording and streaming live content and after going through various options, we mapped out a solution that was right for them,” recalls Flipside AV managing director, James Cooper. “When they mentioned Master Chef as their inspiration, I had a felling there would be a technical challenge that can often happen in a separated studio kitchen, but I think we mapped it out just right with the camera and mic positioning to get some good footage – it’s a proper broadcast set up after all.”
“The main objective for me was to for the space to feel authentic at so that when viewers watched, they felt comfortable – like they could easily achieve this recipe at home,” says Amy Birse, marketing content manager at The Fish Society.
The kitchen studio has been installed with three BirdDog P200 PTZ cameras, with two placed to the left and right facing the kitchen, and one directly above the cooking station for an aerial view of chopping and prepping. Along with two sub-miniature wireless Audio-Technica 892 headset microphones to be attached to the chef on screen, two Audio-Technica shot gun mics have been placed on equal sides of t
UK - PLASA and LSi are calling for nominations for this year’s Gottelier Award. The award recognises the invaluable contributions of the people behind the products, from pioneering product developers to creative R&D teams.
Named after the late lighting designer and industry commentator Tony Gottelier, the Gottelier Award aims to recognise product developers who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of entertainment, presentation, or installation technology.
Launched in 2007, previous recipients include: Christian Heil (L-Acoustics); Alan Jacobi (Unusual Rigging); Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence); Anne Valentino (ETC); David Cunningham (Entertec); Pasquale Quadri (Claypaky); Jim Bornhorst (Vari-Lite); John Meyer (Meyer Sound); Terry Clarke (Klark Teknik, MC2 Audio); Fred Foster (ETC); Alex Cooper (Midas & Klark Teknik); John Stadius (DiGiCo / Soundtracs); Tony Andrews (Funktion-One).
If you work with a respected product developer or R&D team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 29 July with a brief summary of the product/s they have been instrumental in creating.
Voting will be open to registered PLASA Show visitors, PLASA members, and readers of LSi. The winner of the Gottelier Award will be announced during an intimate ceremony from 6pm on Monday 5 September at PLASA Show 2022, which is held at Olympia London.
Find out more about the Gottelier Award and the PLASA Awards for Innovation at: https://www.plasashow.com/aw
USA - Zenso has partnered with Audinate, developer of the professional AV-industry leading Dante AV over IP solution, to develop the first third-party software product that is designed exclusively for Dante users.
DMeter from Zenso is a flexible level metering application for Dante networks that runs on macOS and Windows computers, providing instant views of up to 32 channels from anywhere on your system. Presets allow you to see vital groups of channels with a single click, so you can ensure that every participant in your Dante network is heard the way they should be.
DMeter is built using Dante Application Library, which means that Dante connectivity is built directly into the application with no need for additional drivers or configuration. DMeter is free to use with 2 Dante channels and may be expanded to a full 32-channel complement via direct purchase from Audinate within the DMeter application, using Dante Ready technology.
Managing director of Zenso, Joseph Narai, says “We are thrilled to be working closely with Audinate on the first Dante only software product using Dante Ready. DMeter is an elegant yet powerful metering application exclusively for Dante Networks and will be the first in a suite of Dante Ready apps we are excited to be releasing this year.”
USA - For more than 40 years, Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, has delivered a comprehensive entertainment, media, arts, and emerging technologies education. The staff at Full Sail has always embraced the latest in AV technology for student learning, skills building, and supplying on-campus tools -including a campus-wide Dante audio network, which has become a regularly used platform within the university’s infrastructure.
The university was an early adopter of networked audio in its educational offerings and as part of its studio and live productions. Over the years, as Dante became prominent within the industry, the university ultimately made a substantial investment in Dante-capable Focusrite RedNet equipment, solidifying Dante as the audio networking standard for the campus.
“That was really our first big push into Dante, and from there, the platform has fanned out across our campus. There are very few places here that it doesn't touch," explained Vince Lepore, director of event technical operations at Full Sail University. "We use it for education and production at almost every level of the campus. Not a day goes by that I don't use Dante in one way or another.”
The Dante platform is a complete AV-over-IP solution that allows audio, video, and control data to be transported over standard 1GB ethernet networks.
According to Lepore, the university's Dante network is a constant work in progress. Currently, an effort is underway to outfit classrooms with Dante-enabled equipment. The standard classroom footprint includes Sh
UK - Brompton Technology has secured a growth capital investment from specialist private client alternative investments business, Connection Capital.
Richard Mead, Brompton Technology CEO, comments, “We are seeing unprecedented growth in demand for our cutting-edge, robust, tour and virtual production-ready LED video processing products from our core industry sectors, as well as a lot of exciting potential for our technology to be applied to new markets. Whilst our focus on quality and dedication to customer service will remain the same, Connection Capital’s investment gives us the ability to scale up rapidly to meet demand and address the new opportunities that are presenting themselves.”
“Brompton Technology is an excellent example of a successful business that pivoted, almost overnight, into virtual production for film and TV during the pandemic and is now emerging even stronger than before,” comments Miles Otway, partner at Connection Capital. “With its industry-leading technology, diversified revenue streams, talented management team and soaring demand for its products, Brompton Technology has a very compelling growth story that has really appealed to our private investor clients.”
Alongside Connection Capital’s investment, Neil Gaydon, a non-executive chairman, will also join Brompton’s board. Neil has a track record of delivering growth in technology companies, including as CEO of Pace plc from 2006-2011, during which time Pace became the world’s largest provider of digital TV technologies to the Pay TV industry.
UK - Following some significant changes within their project management department earlier this year, Creative Technology (CT) has announced a further two additions to the corporate team in the UK.
Georgia Williamson has joined the company as a project manager, with almost a decade of experience in this role and within the live events industry.
The company also welcomes James Shirley who has joined as a senior account manager. James was most recently head of production for a large agency and has nearly 20 years’ experience working within the live events sector.
“I am extremely pleased to bring on board two extremely talented individuals to the corporate team who bring with them invaluable insights and experience in adding to our client journey,” says Nick Askew, head of corporate events at Creative Technology UK. “Both Georgia and James join CT from different companies, areas, and roles and this is essential in making sure we as a company are as dynamic and forward-thinking as we can be when supporting our clients.”
Germany - Industry forum AVnu Alliance hosted its first European plugfest in recent years at one of its Registered Test Facilities, GRL Laboratories in Karlsruhe, Germany on 16-20 May, 2022. Twelve AVnu member companies with more than 30 participating engineers came together to further develop and test TSN products and devices, along with new devices now able to be certified under the Advanced Milan Certification Programme.
During the plugfest AVnu members continued work on the integration and validation of IEEE 802.1AS time synchronization test development, with the certification programme targeted to open for members this year. This work will lay the framework for time distribution, including media specific support for Ethernet and Wi-Fi.
Plugfest testing also included the introduction of initial Wireless TSN test development over Wi-Fi, as well as the introduction of initial 802.1Qbv/.3br wired test for bounded latency through traffic shaping and scheduling with the certification program targeted to open for members by the end of this year. Data from this plugfest event will be used to refine these test plans.
This plugfest was the first since the Milan Advanced Certification Programme opened certification testing for bridged end stations, pro audio end devices with a small bridge that meet Milan specifications. AVnu members with those devices were welcomed to participate with their devices and will be invited to future plugfests.
“Our most recent plugfest demonstrates AVnu’s continued momentum and growth in making pre-certification an
South Africa - ApexPro, distributor of professional audio-visual equipment for the sub-Saharan African region, has recently cemented a partnership with UK-based HH Electronics, manufacturer of professional audio from within the Headstock Group, UK.
“We are extremely excited about our partnership with HH Electronics,” says ApexPro director, Justin Acres. “The entertainment, tourism, and live events sectors in Southern Africa are poised for a much-needed comeback following the restrictions on business imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. As new venues open, and those that survived the lockdowns look to attract new patrons, the demand for high-quality, low-cost, expandable professional audio systems is on the rise. We can’t think of a better manufacturer to fill this gap than UK-based HH Electronics.”
Technical director at ApexPro, Mark Malherbe concurs, stating, “The iconic 1984 Concert in the Park was powered by HH Electronic power amps, a gig I remember well. HH Electronics has a much-deserved reputation, established over more than half a century, for innovation, excellence, and affordability across its product range. The systems designed and engineered by the HH Electronics team are ideal for our market, and I am confident that our clients will agree.”
HH Electronics was established in 1968, by Mike Harrison, an electronic engineer who identified a gap in the market for solid-state amplifiers for the then rapidly expanding TV broadcast network market.
HH Electronics is currently focused on two key areas, according to James Laney,