When Brian Waterfield started at Jaguar Landrover in 2000, he never thought that he would be upping his game to the level he has achieved today. From starting out as a pattern maker then moving into design and inspection, Waterfield identified an opportunity for this whole process to exist in a virtual world before reality, creating a faster and more efficient route to market. One Masters in Virtual Reality, Gaming Technology and High End Visualisation later VR manager Waterfield journeys back to share his secrets of JLRs alternative universe with AV.
More organisations are turning to digital asset management to catalogue, store, search and distribute their AV assets. Paul Bray finds out more.
Immersive sonic and visual presentations have become a reality at Hamburg Planetarium following the installation of Shure’s Atmosphea sound system. Zoe Mutter headed to Germany to experience its 3D aural simulation first hand and explore the technology at its core.
As a result of government-led initiatives aimed at rebalancing output toward technology, medical and service industries, the South East Asian region is now a regional hub for the main pro-AV equipment suppliers, says Adrian Pennington.
They may not be the most high-profile of items, but without loudspeakers the average AV system would be just plain, says Paul Bray.
When the British Museum needed to introduce a permanent AV infrastructure in the new £135 million Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery, Sysco’s expertise was imperative. Steve Montgomery reports.
AV Magazine’s audio expert Roland Hemming looks at the design of audio in transportation systems. Two Spanish projects show the flexibility of using column arrays to produce intelligible speech.
A breathtaking expanse of LED screen, more than 1,300 proud volunteer cast members and a pioneering production – the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was a joy to behold. Zoe Mutter went behind the scenes at Celtic Park to talk to the technical team responsible for the standout event.
Some exciting new initiatives are being launched at IBC this year – the most significant being IBC Content Everywhere Europe, the first in a new series of events created by IBC that will also take place in other regions. Zoe Mutter talks to ceo, Michael Crimp, to get a sneak peek at what else is in store.
Streaming video used to be all about event extension or webcasts. But now streamed, and stored, programming is becoming key to organisations’ communication strategies,
says Peter Lloyd.
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One of the most evocative and important examples of just how powerful AV can be opened to the public on 21 May. Clive Couldwell reports on how New York is remembering its darkest event of modern times.
The use of AV in aerospace is set to soar to new heights, according to the designers of the Spike S-512 supersonic jet – the first plane to feature a windowless passenger cabin. Company president and ceo, Vik Kachoria, talks Zoe Mutter through the development process and how he sees windows as a thing of the past.
Several years working as a member of the project team at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford responsible for a £61 million refurbishment of its 32 galleries, followed by a stint as exhibition coordinator at the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, has given Nick Butterley a deep understanding of the role that AV installations can play in museums and exhibitions. These roles provided invaluable background experience for his new position as senior project manager, working with SyscoAV on the inaugural exhibition in the new Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery at the British Museum, says Steve Montgomery.
Buying AMX takes pro audio manufacturer Harman into new territory. But the deal also opens up new markets for AMX at a time when the whole AV scene is changing, as AMX president, Rashid Skaf, told Peter Lloyd earlier this year.
While retail, hospitality and education are growth areas across Canada’s urban centres, the market is not simple to learn due to cultural differences in each province, says Adrian Pennington.
In June the AV industry will descend upon the Las Vegas Convention Centre for InfoComm to marvel at the latest product developments and make new industry connections. Jason McGraw, senior vice president, Expositions, at InfoComm International, fills Zoe Mutter in on the additions for 2014’s show.
AV Magazine’s contributing editor Peter Lloyd chaired the new series of Executive Roundtable discussions launched recently at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Editor Clive Couldwell was also there.
What do larks, milkmen and specifiers of building automation systems have in common? They all know the value of making an early start. Paul Bray takes some advice from key industry experts.
From room sensor to a fully automated system, the ecosystems of the automated building are beginning to rival the complexity of the natural world, as Paul Bray finds out.
Visitor attractions come in many forms, from theme parks to museums. This time Roland Hemming focuses on an existing building as he explores the work carried out at Chester Cathedral.