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News in pictures 6 April 2011

Abacus lights up cricket’s World Cup; SGM takes on the Daleks; Stage Technologies puts Heath Ledger Theatre in control; Let’s hear it for ONELAN in Swiss clinics

The world’s eyes were on Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai last Saturday for the final of The Cricket World Cup between India and Sri Lanka. The showpiece one-day cricket event saw India win the first all-Asian final in the World Cup’s 36-year history.

4000 miles away in Nottinghamshire, Abacus Lighting was watching with pride, knowing that its floodlights have helped Wankhede Stadium win this important event. As part of the stadium’s reconstruction project in preparation for the World Cup, the ICC requested improved lighting levels required for HDTV broadcast coverage of international cricket.

Abacus secured the contract and installed Challenger 3 floodlights in partnership with Bajaj Electrical in India. The lights were fitted to headframes on four 60 metre towers as well as the stadium roof canopy.

John Anthony from Abacus said: “The lighting levels at Wankhede Stadium have significantly improved as a result of Abacus’ floodlight installation. They now meet and exceed the levels required for an international cricket event, receiving praise for their excellent uniformity and unmatched light control.”

Abacus already has an impressive track record in the provision of lighting solutions to the sport of cricket both in the UK and abroad. Previous installations include Stanford Park, Antigua; Green Park Stadium, Kanpur, the Oval, Lords and Trent Bridge in the UK.

Lighting designer Bob Bryan used almost 150 mission critical LED effects — as well as many conventional fixtures from the SGM catalogue to help animate BBC Worldwide’s new Doctor Who Experience at London’s Olympia Two.

The Doctor Who Experience offers an exhilarating immersive walk-through adventure followed by a dynamic exhibition, featuring props dating back to the successful BBC TV first series in 1963. It includes authentic Tardis (police box) sets, never-before-seen costumes and re-creations of iconic recent sets, including the Pandorica as well as monsters spanning the generations from Daleks and Cybermen to Silurians, an Ice Warrior and a Zygon.

The experience was conceived and constructed by leading international creative design and AV installation company, Sarner, and features powerful production sequences and spectacular set design brought to life by cutting-edge AV technology (including HD and 3D projection).

It was Sarner who introduced Bob Bryan to the project. As visitors are grouped together and walk through spectacular sets in the adventure, the suspense is enhanced by the vast catalogue of SGM LED and conventional moving heads, all cues triggered by two AVStumpfl DMX output units.

The exhibition will run at Olympia Two until November before moving to a permanent home in Cardiff.

New home of the Black Swan and Perth Theatre companies, and located inside the $100 million State Theatre Centre, the Heath Ledger Theatre is a 575-seat, multi-purpose venue for music, dance, and theatre.

The need for a new theatre was established around two decades ago and the Centre has been a long time coming – the result is an elegant new city landmark at the heart of the Performing Arts Precinct in the Perth Cultural Centre. And at the heart of the Centre itself is the deep-toned, gold-and-timber sanctuary of the Heath Ledger Theatre, an inspiring tribute to its namesake and a beautiful space in which to perform.

Stage Technologies was contracted by Jands to provide control for the 58-axis power flying system. The solution comprised high-power Maxis SI control cabinets, two portable Nomad desks and one Solo handheld controller all with Chameleon technology, along with a wall-mounted Preset Station. The first shows to use the new cutting-edge control system took place during the Perth International Arts Festival in February

Microelectric Hearing Aids has a group of five hearing clinics in Switzerland. It wanted to make its clinics appear more prestigious, and at the same time have a means of communicating information to patients as they waited. With waiting times of 5-10 minutes, the clinic wanted to entertain patients, and make them aware of additional and special products.

Microelectric established that digital signage was the best solution for its needs, and selected ONELAN as the most suitable system. Five ONELAN Net-Top-Box Century 510s have been installed driving 40-inch LED screens, one in the waiting room of each clinic.

The content is in both Swiss and English, and comprises still images, RSS newsfeeds, promotional videos and client appointment timetables. Promotional videos are supplied on a regular basis by manufacturers of hearing aids and accessories, and Microelectric chooses which ones to use. These are then rendered and uploaded to the media players.

All the content is updated remotely via the internet (using FTP and HTTP) by Sinform GmbH, who both supplied and now manage the digital signage for Microelectric.