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News in pictures 8 December 2010

MicroTiles Eclipse Armani’s pavilion launch; It’s no pedestrian solution from LTP; ETC is California beaming; Advantage Cayin at Taipei Ladies Open.

Christie MicroTiles have appeared at the launch of the Armani Pavilion — an open air event facility of The Armani Hotel, located at the foot of The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building. This open-air terrace also overlooks the spectacular Dubai fountains, the world’s largest water display.

Eclipse Staging Services was commissioned by The Armani Hotel to provide audio-visual support for the Pavilion extravaganza which was attended by 650 guests. Eclipse deployed a range of new additions to their inventory — not only the MicroTiles but also All White Quest Audio speakers.

The visual elements were supervised by Eclipse’s lighting designer Frank Schotman and included a selection of intelligent spots and moving LED fixtures on truss towers, as well as video screens displaying the opening of the hotel, which was attended by Giorgio Armani himself.

But it was the MicroTiles that stole the show. In keeping with the Armani minimalist design, two of these next-generation columns were displayed in a 1 x 5 tile high configuration, to display Armani graphics. The hardware was supervised by Paul Foschi, and content provided by Ross Marshall.

Llannelli based Lighting Technology Projects (LTP) has created an elegant lighting installation for the new Alfie Morland pedestrian bridge in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, UK.

LTP was commissioned by developer Dandara, who co-ordinated the construction and delivery of the bridge, an eye-catching addition to Hemel Hempstead’s new contemporary town centre Image development. The bridge’s innovative design features a distinctive single span cable structure and traverses the Leighton Buzzard Road.

The lighting design had to achieve at least 300 lux to meet the appropriate standards for public bridges. The team used 90 UniLED handrail fixtures to light the main bridge span. Each one of these IP 67-rated exterior LED strips gives a 4 Watt output at 6000K, and is ensconced within the underside of the handrail at a 45 degree angle, virtually concealed from view.

At one end of the bridge is a lift housing with two elevated arms, to which the supporting wires are anchored. This aspect of the structure is illuminated with four exterior 150 Watt discharge floods, located on the east and south faces of the lift housing, supplied complete with internal ballasts and 400 mm fixing arms and front protection grills.

A further two 35 W discharge (NDL) floods with black bodies are located on the north face of the lift housing with four 70 W versions for the approach ramp.

ETC lighting and control products are key to illuminating the diverse exhibits, offices and architecture in the California Science Center’s new 15,300 sq m Ecosystems wing.

Nearly 10 years in the making, the new permanent exhibition in Los Angeles allows visitors to experience a blend of live animals and hands on science experiments in 11 distinct ecosystems – each illustrating an ecological principle. The wing nearly doubles the exhibition space at the California Science Center and is expected to raise visits above the average annual attendance of 1.4m that the facility had previously welcomed.

ETC’s Unison Paradigm control system, Sensor+ dimming, SmartSwitch relays and Source Four luminaires were all part of the lighting and control package for Ecosystems. The Paradigm system provides simultaneous control of all the architectural lighting in the public areas, including the central atrium and the 5,600 sq m of new administrative offices, in addition to dry and wet exhibits and special event elements such as a simulated flash flood experience in the 230 sq m desert ecosystem.

The Taipei Ladies Open, held in the Taipei Arena, is the biggest tennis event in Taiwan. The organiser adopted Cayin’s digital signage solution, incorporated with Heimavista’s sports game system as the main communication media within the arena, broadcasting the matches onto 300-inch LED screens.

Two LED screens were set up in the Arena and each was connected to one digital signage player. Staff operated these media players via a network and controlled the content playback on each LED screen as well.

All live scores and figures were collected and managed by Heimavista’s sports game system. Through Cayin’s digital signage players, live sports data from Heimavista’s system was presented on the LED screens swiftly and faithfully. LED screens changed templates and contents immediately whenever a different playlist was applied.

During this tournament, referees even updated scores via a PDA. The PDA transmitted the data immediately to the web server and, at the same time, broadcasted the updated information onto LED screens via SMP-WEB4 digital signage players.