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Duocom Supports the 20th World Diabetes Congress

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The 20th World Diabetes Congress was held in Montreal, Canada, the birthplace of insulin.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is a worldwide alliance of over 200 national diabetes associations in more than 160 countries. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. To help all diabetes stakeholders connect, exchange knowledge, and put forward recommendations to strive for fighting against diabetes, every two years the IDF organizes the World Diabetes Congress.

In 2009, the 20th World Diabetes Congress was held in Montreal, Canada, the birthplace of insulin. From October 18 to 22, over 400 speakers and 12,000 international delegates attended the event to access the latest information and opinion from the scientific community, discuss key issues in diabetes care, and exchange information on how available resources can best be used to tackle the global diabetes problem.

Yannick Provencher of Duocom explains his company’s role in the event. “We were chosen by the International Diabetes Federation to deliver the 20th World Diabetes Congress, a large-scale event. Held at the Palais des Congrès de Montreal, the space used for the Congress had a seating capacity of 4500 attendees. It was a multi-purpose room used to host the whole event: opening ceremony, plenary, breakout sessions, and symposium of different pharmaceutical companies. We had to design the AV system for the event and do the setup accordingly. Everything had to be thought long in advance to coordinate every need required.”

The primary objective of the massive AV system used on that convention was to deliver speakers’ messages properly to all attendees. To do so, Provencher’s team used three large 18- x 32-foot screens for the stage, together with four 10.5- x14-foot screens and six 9- x 12-foot screens for the rest of the room. The three main screens had to be fed in 1080p HD, so the video needed to be switched in 1080p as well. The client also requested the ability of displaying two PIPs on a live background.

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Duocom were chosen by the International Diabetes Federation to deliver the 20th World Diabetes Congress, a large-scale event. Held at the Palais des Congrès de Montreal, the space used for the Congress had a seating capacity of 4500 attendees.

With such a complex setup, Provencher notes what gear was chosen to make the show a success. “For the video projection, we used three Christie 18K HD video projectors. We also used three units of Analog Way Di-VentiX II mixer seamless switchers. Equipped with four live layers, Di-VentiX II displays up to three PIPs on a live background. We used the PIPs for IMAG, to display speakers that were shot by Sony DXF-D50 cameras, and for showing PowerPoint presentations. We also used other products from Analog Way on this show, including two units of the multi-format converter Tetra-VIO and the remote controller Axion.”

Having worked with Analog Way products before, Provencher said that he chose the gear based on his experience. “I’ve been working with Analog Way’s solutions for a long time. I like the ease of use of these products, their high quality and cost-effectiveness is a huge plus. In particular, we really appreciated the versatility of the Di-VentiX II. The machine offers great ROI that I can use as a simple seamless switcher, in matrix mode, or for soft edge-blending applications. We convinced our customer that we were able to meet all his requirements and specifications with Analog Way gear. The equipment turned out with the quality expected and without a single glitch during the whole week of the convention.”

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For the video projection, Duocom used three Christie 18K HD videoprojectors and three units of Analog Way Di-VentiX II mixer seamless switchers.

While the show went quite smoothly, Provencher explains some of the challenges his crew encountered throughout the setup. “One of the big challenges was to deliver the setup in only 12 hours. We started at midnight and needed to be ready for rehearsals at 1 PM. We had a tight schedule, so it is worth it to say that staffing this event with high-end technicians was a priority to the client. We put our best talents on the job. Regarding the equipment, we received our Di-VentiX II a week before the show. The machine offers many possibilities, and to make sure we were right on the target, Benoit Lamy, an Analog Way sales rep based in New York, offered to come up to Montreal for the set up and rehearsals, to make sure everything was running smoothly. His presence was reassuring and he helped us to push the limits of the machine.”

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