London (September 12, 2006)–The annual PLASA Show has been running smoothly in Earl’s Court since Sunday, with literally hundreds of products being launched at this year’s event. Things got off to a strong start early in the show with the PLASA Awards for Innovation ceremony, attended by special guest Sir George Martin; eight awards were presented in recognition of the design and development work going on across the industry. The eight awards went to:
Avolites (Stand J30) – mDMX system
mDMX is the latest in the Avolites’ line of data transmission products: it sends multiple 512 channel DMX universes over mains cable at normal data transfer speed without need for a separate DMX cable. Fixtures can either have mDMX receivers built in or use an mDMX receiver to distribute DMX in the usual way.
Dolby Laboratories | Lake Technology (BB12) – Dolby Lake Processor
The Dolby Lake Processor provides advanced control and flexibility of complex speaker systems for live events, fixed installations and studio settings. Reportedly easy to integrate into any audio system, the processor’s software interface is intuitive, and due to innovative four front-panel portals and a wireless tablet, engineers can monitor a system, making adjustments in real-time.
Global Design Solutions (R53) – Blues System
The Blues System represents a different approach to performance working lights: it is intended to replace bulkheads, fluorescents and theatre profiles currently used for performance blues. Manufactured from UV-stable polycarbonate, the lights have a sleek, compact design and are sealed to IP67; installation is possible in most environments.
Vieta | KV2 Audio Europe Ltd (GG6) – So Line
So Line is a range of uniquely-styled speakers and accessories which use Garwood-specified wireless technology and state-of-the-art battery power to provide sound in situations where conventional speaker systems cannot. The range is built around the So Cube, an omnidirectional speaker design that is completely wireless.
Pharos Architectural Controls (F31) – Audio Visual Controller
With the Pharos AVC, users can control audio, lighting and video with a single system which combines the functionality of two DVD players and a vision mixer using solid-state electronics. In addition to playing back video, it also manages dissolves, wipes, video effects and accepts a live video input. All functions are programmed using timelines with Pharos Designer software.
TiMax | Outboard (DD18) – Track The Actors
The system comprises a TiMax Audio Imaging delay matrix driven by a Track The Actors (TTA) system. A Cordis Radio Eye mounted above the stage receives signals from radio tags worn by each actor, which are fed via Ethernet to the TTA software. MIDI messages are then sent to the TiMax software which sends level/delay instructions in the TiMax matrix to place the actors’ audio images in the appropriate position on stage. This all takes place automatically and in real-time.
Volex Power Products (FF14) – V-Lock
The V-Lock range of connectors is based on IEC 63320 -1 is designed to eliminate the problem of accidental power disconnection during the challenges of ‘on the road’ trucking or live performance. It has a locking feature with release button to secure the connector with its mating inlet and is available in various IEC standard configurations.
Wybron (J38) – InfoTrace system
InfoTrace is a system that uses RDM for the control and management of DMX-controlled lighting devices. Consisting of InfoGate software, the system works on a combination of the following: ‘IT’ products from Wybron or RDM compatible equipment from any manufacturer; Non-RDM compatible devices equipped with an InfoChip (manufactured by Wybron); and an InfoStore web-based information aggregator. ‘IT’ products are equipped with sensors to detect light, temperature, voltage, current, fan speed and gelstring information. An entire rig can therefore be identified, addressed and tested from a laptop or PDA.
In addition to the main award winners, commendations were also given to Adam Hall for its adjustable top-hat and Sennheiser for both its A5000 Antenna and its Tourguide 2020D. No Environmental Award was presented this year, leaving the field open for new products that fit the criteria in 2007.
The money raised from the entry fees was presented to five charities that have a direct link to the industry: Dance4Life, a worldwide project to fight back HIV and AIDS; the Elizabeth Foundation, a voluntary organization for supporting deaf children and their parents; Vocaleyes, a charity providing audio description for blind and partially sighted people to help them gain access to the arts; Light Relief, which supports lighting professionals in times of need; and the George Martin Foundation, which is currently supporting the development of a new cultural and community center in Montserrat.
Martin, a special guest at the ceremony, spoke eloquently about the Montserrat project and its role in providing a much-needed focal point to help the re-generation of the island. During the course of the ceremony, Matthew Griffiths, CEO of Plasa, also paid tribute to Tony Gottelier, one of the founders of the Light Relief Charity, whose recent death has left the industry without one of its most innovative designers.
The ceremony concluded with a presentation to Clarion Events in recognition of the 16 years that they have worked alongside Plasa on the Plasa Show. James Brooks-Ward, MD of Clarion Events, accepted the award on behalf of Clarion and the show team. Following Plasa06, Plasa is taking on the full management of the show itself and has launched an Events Division to drive its development and to advance a separate range of business and networking events.
The PLASA Show