Barco image processing, projection and LED products contribute to prestigious industry awards

Barco_logoThree highly-regarded industry award ceremonies were held by Lighting&Sound America, ARCHI-TECH and PRO AV, last week in Orlando, FL. Among the winners in all major categories at each separate event, the distinct common thread was the role of Barco products.

Barco, a world leader in visualization technology, is proud to announce that at InfoComm 2009, held June 17 – 19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, a wide range of Barco image processing, projection and LED products played major roles in awards presented by Lighting&Sound America, ARCHI-TECH and PRO AV.

During InfoComm’s Rental & Staging Forum and Reception, Lighting&Sound America (LS&A) presented the Staged Events Awards. Freeman Audio Visual Solutions received the award for “Best Overall Staging for a Corporate or Association Event” for their staging of the Miller Brewing Annual Distributors Conference. Four Barco SLM R12+ projectors, one Barco FLM HD18 high definition projector and Barco’s Encore Presentation System contributed to the event. A theatre was erected with a semi-round that was utilized to provide a more intimate presentation space. The white pleated drape was 100′ by 30′ high with four Barco SLM R12’s projecting “Watch Out” backgrounds. These backgrounds also acted as the backdrop for the stunning custom floating screens that suspended in an arch circling the stage. The projectors used on the white pleated fabric were blended and shaped to create a solid specific background look for each presentation. Each pair of screens (one 4:3 aspect ratio and one 9:16) were projected by a single Barco HD18 high def projector using Barco Encore to mask the space between screens while creating the two distinct images.
Freeman also received two other awards in which Barco played a key role. Another “Best Overall Staging” award was given for Freeman’s production of the Microsoft Management Summit, in which three stacks of Barco SLM R12+ projectors were utilized for a 15×45′ screen. To complete Freeman’s awards, the “Best Use of AV Technology for a Trade Show Booth/Client” was awarded for their staging of the National Association of Cable TV Awards. Here, eight Barco SLM R12+ projectors were projected on to 28 x 5 foot ribbon Vision Screens hovering above along with a Barco G5 projecting onto an 8 foot fog wall central to the booth.

In the second awards ceremony, ARCHI-TECH announced the winners of the 2009 ARCHI-TECH AV Awards, which honor exceptional audiovisual architectural projects. The “Grand Prize” winner for best project was awarded to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California. Among the many remarkable AV exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences, a Barco DP-2000 Digital Cinema Projector is used for an immersive 3D presentation within the museum’s Hearst Forum.

ARCHI-TECH also gave two additional “General” awards in which Barco played key roles. First, an award was given to The Comcast Experience in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a remarkable video installation in the atrium of the Comcast headquarters. The project uses Barco’s NX-4 LED tiles, DX-700 LED digitizers and the Encore presentation system to create the world’s largest indoor 4mm LED wall.

A second award was given to the Law Offices of Nix, Patterson and Roach for the installation in their Las Colinas, Texas facility. Here, a Barco SLM-R12+ projector was utilized in a Global Imagination® Magic Planet® video globe and a Barco iCon 600 projector complemented the overall audio visual experience at the firm.

In the third ceremony, PRO AV announced the winners of their annual Spotlight Awards, which celebrate excellence in AV installations. Here again, Barco played a significant role. The “PRO AV Spotlight Judges’ Award” was given to The Comcast Experience, with NX-4, Encore, DX-700. The “Best Museum AV Project” award was lauded on the California Academy of Sciences, with Barco DP-2000 digital cinema projectors chosen for the 3D capable theater.

Dave Scott, President of Barco, North America, commented on the three InfoComm awards ceremonies and Barco’s involvement in these diverse, award-winning projects. “There’s an excellent underlying theme in play here, and one that our customers are keenly aware of,” said Scott. “The designers, integrators and staging companies have a vision to fulfill for their clients, and the selection of Barco gear is clearly a major contributor to the fulfillment and realization of that all-important goal. As we’ve seen clearly at InfoComm 2009, it’s an award-winning vision.”

About InfoComm International

InfoComm International is the international trade association of the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV market research and news. Its training and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, Asia and China. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.

About Lighting&Sound America

Published by PLASA Media, Inc. and part of the highly respected UK-based Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA), Lighting&Sound America is a monthly publication for lighting, sound, and staging professionals working in theatre, touring, clubs, themed entertainment, houses of worship, retail, and more. Lighting&Sound America is critically acclaimed for its high-quality presentation and in-depth editorial coverage, including the popular monthly Technical Focus section, New Technology, and comprehensive product reviews.

About ARCHI-TECH

ARCHI-TECH provides a targeted audience of architects and other specialty designers with cutting-edge information on the latest advances in the technology and building sectors. ARCHI-TECH focuses on integrating emerging technologies and systems into building design and architecture. Architechweb.com includes product news and reviews, valuable case studies, industry contacts and networking channels, as well as resources and tips for locating qualified installers.

About Pro AV

Pro AV is the leading resource for AV professionals. Each month more than 20,000 subscribers turn to Pro AV for news on the latest technology, industry trends and best practices. Pro AV reflects and speaks to the entire AV community by emphasizing real-world solutions and delivering readers “how-to” information, in a format that’s accessible, appealing and useful. The weekly Pro AV e-newsletter gives readers up-to-date news and information and alerts them to even more at Pro AV’s Web site.

About Barco

Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3300 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 725 million euro in 2008.
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