On Monday, June 18th, InfoComm hosted it's Big Night at the Anaheim Hilton to a multitude of expo attendees. This year's event featured several live performers and the annual presentation of awards from various trade publications.
InfoComm executive director, Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., explained the reasoning behind the event. "Attendees had been asking for a networking environment, so we decided to put that together. We think it's a great way to announce the awards from various publications, as well as have bands play and attendees network.
Also, it gives attendees the chance to see high-end equipment being used in production, which a lot of the rental and staging companies can bring clients to see. Plus, the gear will remain set up for demos as well."
The Big Night was host to a multitude of awards, including one from InfoComm itself. Awarded InfoComm's Volunteer of the Year Award was Ernie Bailey, CTS. For more than 20 years, Bailey has been a contributor to the audiovisual industry and the association. He has 26 years of industry experience, has attended InfoComm (formerly NAVA) for 23 years, and has been a member of the association for 22 years, often serving on councils and committees. He also maintains his CTS credential, has participated in each Fall Leadership Forum and was elected Chair of the Technology Managers Council in 2006.
Festivities included a Battle of the AV Industry Bands, and awards were given out by Systems Contractor News, Rental & Staging Systems, Lighting & Sound America, and ARCHI-TECH.
Rental & Staging Systems' Product Award Winners 2007
Best Loudspeaker for the Staging Market
JBL's Venue Performance (VP) Series of powered loudspeakers
Best Audio Control or Mixing Product
Interspace Industries (i2), CiO for audio technicians at live events
Best Video Projection Product/High-Lumen
Christie Roadie HD+30K
Best Video Projection Product/10K Lumen or Less
The Panasonic PT-D10000U projector
Best Plasma or LCD Display
The 60XM5 PlasmaSync Professional Plasma Display from NEC
Best LED Product
MiSTRIP from Barco
Best Lighting Product
The LDS-610 dimmer stick from Leprecon
Best Video Signal Processing or Distribution Product
The Extron ISS 506 six input seamless switcher
Best Video/Broadcast or Video/Streaming Product
Avitech: The Rainier Series of Multiviewers
Best Projection Screen
Da-Lite, Heavy Duty Fast-Fold Deluxe Portable Screen
Best General AV Product
Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. Presentation Technology Carts for streamlined mobility and display of AV equipment
Best HD Production Product
Christie Roadster HD18K projector
Best Rental Management Software
Sirius Pro, from Orion Software
Best Show Control Product
The Grass Valley Indigo AV Mixer from Thomson
Best Digital Signage Product
Peerless SmartMount Pull-Out Swivel Wall Mount
Systems Contractor News Installation Product Award Winners 2007
Most Innovative Audio Processing or Distribution Product
Biamp's Nexia VC
Most Innovative Audio/Videoconferencing Product
beyerdynamic's Revoluto Conferencing Station
Most Innovative Commercial Systems Installation Accessory
Extron's Polevault System
Most Innovative Control Product For Commercial Installation
Most Innovative Equipment Rack or Mounting Solution
Middle Atlantic's ASR Series Slide Out and Rotating Shelving System
Most Innovative Install-Grade Video Projector
NEC' NP4000 High Performance Installation Projector
Most Innovative Loudspeaker For Commercial Installation
JBL Professional's Venue Performance (VP) Series
Most Innovative Microphone
Most Innovative Power Conditioner or Surge Protecting Product
APC's AV S20 Power Conditioner with Battery Backup
Most Innovative Product For Multimedia Delivery Over an IP Network
Most Innovative Projection Screen
Da-Lite's Polacoat Wide Angle High Resolution Optical Coatings
Most Innovative Video Emissive Small, Medium, and Large Display Systems
Sanyo's 42LM4WPN Weatherproof LCD TV
Most Innovative Video Processing or Distribution Product
Crestron's MPS Series
Most Innovative Video Switching Product
AMX's Endeleo UDM-1604 Multi-Format Distribution Hub
Most Innovative Wire, Cabling, Connector Product
Analog Way's DVI Copper Cable
Lighting & Sound America's Staged Events Award Winners 2007
Best Overall Staging for a Corporate or Association Event - Technology Budget $50,000 - $199,999
Colortone Staging for its work on the Annual World Conference on Endourology.
Honorable Mention -AVW-TELAV Inc. for its work on the RE/MAX Awards.
Best Overall Staging for a Corporate or Association Event - Technology Budget over $200,000
AVW-TELAV and LMG Inc. are co-winners in the category for their work on the IBEW Convention and the Rite Aid Annual Conference, respectively.
Best Overall Staging for Corporate/Industrial Entertainment Event
Imagination Ltd. for its work on the 2006 New Model Introduction Meeting for Ford Lincoln Mercury.
Honorable Mention- Markey AV for its work on the 2006 National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.
Best Use of AV Technology for a Trade Show Booth/Client
AVW-TELAV for its work on a Hitachi booth
Most Innovative Use of Technology for an Outdoor Event,
Scharff Weisberg for its Bright Nights project, held in New York's Union Square.
Honorable Mention - On Projecoes for its work on the Red Bull End of the Year
Party, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ARCHI-TECH AV Award 2007 Winners
Grand Prize Winner Best Over $1 Million:
Hearst Tower Project
Architects: Foster + Partners/ Gensler & Associates Architects
AV Systems Integrators: Real Time Services, Audio Command Systems
Design Consultant: CMS Innovative Consultants
Best Under $1 Million Project:
William Beaumont Hospital Surgical Learning Center
Architects: Harley Ellis Devereaux
AV Systems Integrator/Design Consultant: Barton Malow Company
Infinity Teens Disco
Architects: Royal Caribbean International.
Design Consultant/ AV Systems Integrator: Michael Riotto Design LLC.
New York City Office of Emergency Management
Architects: Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
AV Systems Integrator: SPL Integrated Solutions
Design Consultant: Shen Milsom & Wilke Inc.
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Architects: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
AV Systems Integrator: Thomas Gregor Associates
Design Consultant: Artec Consultants Inc.