Rental Award Winners Announced At InfoComm

  • 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.

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
Crestron's RoomView

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
Shure's KSM9

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
NetStreams' DigiLinX

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

General Award:
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.

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