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Technology advisory, investment and delivery company PMY Group has acquired Texas-based consulting and design firm Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams (WJHW).

PMY said that after 10 years collaborating across multiple projects and clients around the world, the convergence of PMY and WJHW is the natural progression in creating a fully integrated technology company required to service the future needs of the major venue, infrastructure and event sector.

The aligned values and complementary skill set of both companies provides a ‘turnkey solution’ to suit growing client needs both in the US and around the world.

PMY’s managing director, Paul Yeomans, is excited to announce the merger, bringing a wealth of experience and technical expertise to PMY. He said:

We look forward to embracing WJHW’s market-leading expertise driving significant growth in all key markets. Both WJHW and PMY are aligned on the global opportunity for a fully integrated technology company into the future and we are thrilled to partner with the team to bring our vision to life.

The WJHW brand remains in place with continued leadership by founding partners Jack Wrightson and Chris Williams, Managing Principals René Garza and Josh Beaudoin and the wider WJHW management team.

WJHW will continue providing innovative designs and client focused consulting services across a diverse range of project types, including professional sporting arenas and stadia, education facilities, art and entertainment spaces, while being supported by PMY technology and services.

Wrightson, Williams and key members of the WJHW team join PMY as shareholders whilst leading both WJHW and group strategy throughout the US and internationally. Wrightson said:

This is a great opportunity for our clients and employees, and we are delighted to be able to share our expertise with a global client base. With PMY, we can now deliver a fully integrated solution and look forward to seeing our proven, leading edge design and consulting services expand worldwide.

Williams added:

This marks an amazing milestone in the WJHW journey, and we are confident that the additional services, expertise and strength of offering that we now have for the US market and our international family are best in class. Our combined strengths will enable us to use design and technology to continue to innovate, transform and create exciting futures for our clients.

For over 30 years, WJHW has worked with the leading architecture firms and clients in the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NCAA and K12 markets.

Recently completed projects include Sofi Stadium (CA), Allegiant Stadium (NV), Chase Centre (CA), Globe Life (TX) and University of Notre Dame (IN).

WJHW continues work with these celebrated clients, and many more, as their trusted independent design and technology services partner.

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EVS, the world leader in live video technology for broadcast and new media productions, has supplied FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, with its Xeebra video refereeing system for use at two of the three 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs), in Italy and in Serbia. The implementation of the system at the FIBA events comes as EVS is also officially approved as a technical partner of FIBA’s Equipment and Venue Centre.

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More than 40% of sports fans worldwide abandoned concession lines in the past 12 months – without making a purchase – because of excessive waiting, according to a just-released Oracle Hospitality Sports and Entertainment research report The Fan Experience: Changing the Game with Food and Beverage, published in partnership with Turnkey Intelligence, an industry-leading market research provider.

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Sports venues play a vital role within local communities by bringing people together and providing somewhere to enjoy active and healthy lifestyles. The greater number of participants enjoying grassroots sports the better, and MyLocalPitch launched to facilitate this initiative by creating a reliable and reputable search and booking portal for venues.
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EVS, a leader in live video technology for broadcast and new media productions, has announced that Rogers Centre, home to the Toronto Blue Jays professional baseball team, has added to its EVS-led live production workflow to enable a live production to archive solution.

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Celtic FC’s dominance of Scottish football is long-standing, but some of their radios were purchased when Charlie Nicholas was still banging in the goals back in 1994. The whole radio estate was a mix of different models and makes which had been purchased over the years, with no collective overview of the radio estate.

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Bristol Motor Speedway will soon be ‘home’ to the world’s largest outdoor, permanent, centre-hung digital display. Fittingly named ‘Colossus‘, the screen – comprised of 8,694sqft of state-of-the-art digiLED Toura 6mm LED panels – will give race fans an unprecedented audio-visual experience when it debuts later this month.

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Tripleplay, a world-leading IPTV, digital signage and video streaming solutions manufacturer, has been selected by Daytona International Speedway (DIS) to deliver live streaming content, communications, digital menus and interactive TV services to 1,400 screens around its new motorsports stadium. Additionally, Tripleplay becomes the latest partner to join the Daytona Technology Platform Powered by CDW. Read more

Visitors to the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) are set to experience world-class audio visual (A/V) technologies backed by unparalleled technical expertise with industry veteran, Brian Nash, now on board as Director of Audio Visual Services for Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct.

Tasked with sourcing, testing and delivering creative A/V solutions to a raft of venues within the ICC Sydney, Nash and his team will support a year-round calendar of events, exhibtions and conventions and work to futureproof the A$1.5b venue.

Image caption: Brian Nash appointed as Director of Audio Visual at ICC Sydney.

Brian Nash has been appointed as Director of Audio Visual at ICC Sydney.

Nash said his mission is to deliver seamless and flexible systems and processes that will ensure both visitors’ and business partners’ expectations are exceeded from day one.

Nash continued:

ICC Sydney will set a new benchmark for venue technology with leading technical and production facilities including high-definition screens, large-scale projection capabilities and first-rate audio technology and equipment.

Launching this December, it represents a paradigm shift in the way events will be delivered in our city. This role is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m thrilled to be part of such a landmark opening.

Chief Executive Officer of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy, said Nash has more than thirty years’ experience and will bring passion and dedication to the highly technical role. He added:

Brian is a highly experienced operator and the ideal candidate for this challenging audio visual role, which will see him working across multiple spaces within the integrated precinct. He will support our vision for delivering extraordinary sound, visuals and technology, and help create events and meetings that inspire the imagination and boost professional development.

Nash will be responsible for implementing effective and efficient A/V systems and processes, ensuring installation, testing, commissioning and operational readiness of all systems and equipment alongside a seamless transition between the testing and operating phases.

Nash brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the role having worked on numerous touring productions, festivals and venues including Sydney Opera House, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Read more about ICC Sydney’s integrated technology services here or visit the website at: www.iccsydney.com.au 

ABOUT ICC SYDNEY

Opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney is Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment destination. The showcase international venue underpins Sydney’s place as one of the world’s most desirable meeting and major events destinations. ICC Sydney is the epicentre of a 20-hectare transformation of Darling Harbour by the NSW Government to highlight Sydney as the first choice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region for the major events industry. The project is being delivered by Darling Harbour Live, comprising Lendlease, Hostplus, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless FM, in partnership with the NSW Government.

Infrastructure NSW is the NSW Government agency managing the 20-hectare transformation – Darling Harbour’s most exciting renewal in 25 years. Darling Harbour and the new convention, exhibition and entertainment venue will continue to be publicly-owned through Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, which is presenting a dynamic calendar of events during the redevelopment to keep the precinct active and vibrant.

ICC Sydney is operated by globally-acclaimed venue manager AEG Ogden.

 

Colosseo recently invited managers from various sporting venues and arenas from all across France for a technical visit of AccorsHotel Arena in Paris-Bercy, which recently underwent a huge technology update with a massive Colosseo contribution.

More than 30 high-profile industry professionals completed a tour of the whole venue, including the press rooms, food court, VIP sector and main control room.

Managers were delighted with the implemented changes and were curious about the control system that manages all the media in the Arena.

Pierre Debleme, Colosseo’s Sales Manager for the French market, introduced them to the Single Media Platform (SMP) principle and how it manages content on IPTV and multiple LED screens inside and outside the venue.

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Single Media Platform (SMP)

All of Colosseo’s components, the Director HD, the 3D Visualizer, the Game-Show Manager and Designer operate on the top of their Single Media Platform (SMP), simplifying operation, maintenance and connections. Colosseo’s SMP integrates all data in the venue and provides a base for advanced content generation. Connect various data sources (live camera feeds, statistical/data feeds, local content, web content, etc.) and unify them in one place. Tools on top of the SMP allow you to easily combine content (dynamically, pre-rendered, etc.) and create new content building an unrivalled experience in the venue with a minimum of effort. Colosseo make it as easy as possible to automatically generate reusable content that game show operators can quickly incorporate into their live game presentation.

It doesn’t matter whether only one Colosseo component is connected or ten, all seamlessly integrate with the Director HD and each component’s functionality is available through both the controlling touch screen and the full-featured button-based desk with programmable keys and T-Bar (live production switcher). So whether it’s advertising zipping around perimeter and fascia screens or instant replays being shown on the scoreboard or marketing being displayed on TVs in the VIP lounges, everything is easily and quickly controlled by a minimum of staff using Colosseo components connected together with their Single Media Platform.

The Colosseo Director HD is a full featured video control system and advanced video processor allowing video mixing, switching, instant replays and CGI generation and integration, combining up to 24 HD/SDI inputs with an option for an additional DVI input. The system is designed for operating LED screens and scoreboards at sporting events, with the focus on game presentation and marketing. It is easily operated by touch screen from the operator’s console. With triggers, automated actions, states, transitions, graphic overlays, animations with infinite layers, customised player, tournament or league slides, a wide variety of inputs (SDI, IP streams, DVI, screen capture, audio, intercom and tally-light communication) archiving and plug-and-play compatibility, Colosseo’s Replay Workstation is still easily controlled by just one operator.

Single Media Platform (SMP).

Single Media Platform (SMP).

 

For further information, please visit: http://www.colosseoeas.com

From 2016, 12 clubs will have at their disposal 3D representations of their stadiums through different ticketing platforms. In this way, Ticketing3D is contributing to the improvement of the Spanish sports industry by enhancing the online ticketing experience and boosting sales for sports events. The first club to use Ticketing3D was FC Barcelona; since then, a further 10 clubs are also benefitting from this innovative tool.

Athletic Bilbao used the same tool but for a different purpose, basically to facilitate the relocation process of season-card members from the old venue to the new tribunes using the 3D model as an interactive tool. As the project was moving forward, the San Mames stadium, managers noticed that Transfer3D was also useful to fix some design mistakes, such as seats with an obstructed view and also to select the best operational furniture.

For the last few years the clubs from LaLiga have opted in favour of high performance technology tools to improve the marketing and sales results during match days. This decision is clearly reflected in the increase of attendance in stadiums as shown by KPMG in one of their latest reports.

 

Comparison of attendance-KPMG

To follow, you will find the list of clubs in LaLiga using Ticketing3D technology:

Primary Market (official club’s websites and official primary market partners):

  • FC Barcelona
  • Sevilla
  • RCD Espanyol
  • Levante
  • Club Atlético de Madrid
  • Málaga
  • Bilbao
  • Real Sociedad

Secondary market ticketing official partners:

  • Real Madrid
  • RCD Espanyol
  • Sevilla
  • Getafe
  • Levante
  • Rayo Vallecano

In 2016, Mobile Media Content expects to have 80% of the LaLiga’s first division clubs using its technology; in order for LaLiga to become the first professional sports community in Spanish speaking countries to standardise the use of a 3D tool for venue management purposes.

Last month, the second successful Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference returned to the Singapore Sports Hub; one of the most progressive integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hubs in the region. Along with key decision makers from a number of the heavy-weight sporting and special event venues across the region, I was fortunate enough to attend and present at this year’s conference, which offered more than 20 informative sessions across three days and facilitated many a constructive discussion on the current challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

The Big Topics

The big ticket agenda items were venue design and construction, technology selection and schedule planning. The overarching theme was how to incorporate these elements to build fan engagement and future-proof both new projects and existing facilities. In-depth discussions provided insights into how project planners can design for extreme climates, create designs that encompass cultural specificities as well as strategies for perfecting the delicate balance of aerodynamics and comfort. Other central discussions included choosing and implementing technologies that provide practical functionality while delivering the wow factor (arguably the most important aspect to draw “couch fans” out of their “hives” and into the venues). And technology was where I weighed in.

Venue Technology: Selection & Integration

I was involved in a panel discussion that posed a number of key considerations when assessing technology requirements for a venue. My fellow panelists highlighted some pretty impressive advancements including high-tech building management systems and products that utilise the latest in wireless technology.

However, we were all in agreement that before a redevelopment project is undertaken, there are some preliminary issues to address. With any upgrade, it’s crucial to ensure that your fibre infrastructure is robust enough to incorporate new technologies now and into the future. In addition, we highlighted the inherent value in working in partnership with each supplier to increase the technological firepower of each venue and build out that point of differentiation.

What I also felt important to impress upon our audience, however, was the immeasurable value that can be gained from the integration of new technologies.

Why is that? Firstly, there is a real cost-benefit to integrating hardware with venue management software. If a venue can synchronise and automate technology, such as lighting and temperature control, with the software used for planning and scheduling events, this will equate to huge savings with utility providers.

The second factor to consider here is how this also positively impacts the green credentials of the venue (and with the increasing focus on sustainability, surely every venue manager wants to be exhausting every avenue in this arena).

Another valuable point that came out of the discussion was the opportunity provided by spectators’ seemingly insatiable appetite for data. Venues can tap into a wealth of information about the visitors to their venues by providing fun and functional solutions, such as apps, alongside connectivity. Note that this also provides a big tick in the fan engagement box!

The Takeaways

I’m sure that all attendees walked away with an extensive list of new ideas and plans to implement across their venues but the prerequisites are clear: plan the upgrades and implementations meticulously, ensure the infrastructure is robust enough to support the new technologies now and into the future; consider integration as the key to sustainability and savings, and finally work with your partners across the project to guarantee success!

Fred Lazzerini is Managing Director Asia Pacific at Ungerboeck Software International, which was both a show sponsor and exhibitor at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, with Fred being one of the industry experts that took part in the ‘Technology in Stadia: Key considerations when assessing requirements for your venue’ panel session.

For further information on Ungerboeck, please visit: www.ungerboeck.com

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