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Signage business for sale as Harris divests broadcast

Company pulls out of broadcast to concentrate on core activities

Change of strategy prompted by new CEO and US government spending cuts

Harris Corporation has announced its intention to sell off its Broadcast Communications business, which includes its digital signage division. “The decision to divest Broadcast Communications resulted from a thor- ough review of our business portfolio, which determined that the business is no longer aligned with the company’s long-term strategy,” said president and CEO William Brown. A Harris spokesman told Installation

Europe that, while digital signage is in some ways discrete from other Harris business units, it runs in a completely integrated fashion within the Broadcast

Communications business.

Following Brown’s arrival at Harris last November, the company has changed its strategy from one of diver- sity to one of concentrating on core business – primarily military and govern- ment communications networks. US government spending cuts have been a factor here, said the spokesman. Harris Morris, president of Harris Broadcast Communications, said: “The decision to divest in no way reflects the quality of the work Broadcast Communications performed in support of our customers and our company. Harris determined that Broadcast Communications could provide higher value and operate more effectively under a different ownership model. In the interim, Broadcast Communications will continue to be a part of Harris Corporation and operate business as usual.”

Harris has been in the digital signage market for several years, and its InfoCaster software package is well regarded in the industry. One of the company’s most famous projects is 7- Eleven TV, which uses InfoCaster and is run by Harris Managed Services. However, according to industry com- mentators, this may prove unattractive to potential buyers more interested in technology than managed services. Pictured is a Harris installation at Harrods department store in London.


Just Lamps warns over Hitachi fakes PROJECTOR ACCESSORIES

Projector lamp distributor Just Lamps has issued a warning to resellers after an influx of fake Hitachi projector lamps hit the European market.

The grand opening of the Katara Amphitheatre in Doha, Qatar featured a special concert by the Oscar-winning Greek composer Vangelis. A&O Technology implemented a spectacular show featuring over 350 high-powered searchlights, a variety of lighting systems, fireworks and video projection. W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden was used to control two rows of 45 A&O Falcon xenon searchlights positioned on a 90m barge and aimed towards the amphitheatre. Control of these devices was realised from a distance of 611m over three Universe systems, using a grandMA lighting console. (Picture: © A&O Technology, photo by Ralph Larmann)

Hitachi-branded models of projector lamp were initially found in the Asian markets over a year ago, but the lamps, which visually have ‘only minor flaws’ compared with genuine product, are now being offered across Europe. “The cages offer the main clues, but only if you know what to look for,” said Dave Bethell, CEO of Just Lamps. “Even the bulbs have been faked, despite having genuine-looking markings.”

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Paul Kent has rejoined Electrosonic as senior consultant to the theme parks and attractions market in the EMEA region. Kent originally joined Electrosonic in 1996 and worked with major theme park clients and designers in Europe, the US and the Middle East as a project consultant. His reappointment is part of Electrosonic’s goal to expand its involvement in theme park and attraction projects throughout Europe.

Lawo has appointed Jarle Felin to cover the positions of both business development and regional sales and marketing director for Northern countries and the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Prior to this move, Felin, born in Oslo, Norway, was most recently sales director at Soundcraft Studer.

William (Billy) Yeo has joined AC Special Projects as operations manager. In this new role he will use his experience of the EMEA technical installations market to oversee all aspects of the company’s day-to-day operations, including managing sales, purchasing, marketing and after- sales backup and support.

TV One has named Dominique Giral sales manager within France. He joins with an extensive sales background, having spent the past 20 years in the broadcast and pro- AV industry. Giral will be based in Paris and will be responsible for maintaining and developing new business within the French market.

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