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NEWS NETHERLANDS Mitsubishi Electric grows its European HQ


MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC has continued consolidating its worldwide business activities by expanding its European headquarters in Mijdrecht, the Netherlands, to incorporate its Factory Automation division. The division forms part of Mitsubishi Electric’s Industrial Automation group, which develops industrial displays, sensors and programmable logic controllers, and was responsible for sales of £4.5 million (€5.5 million) in the first nine months of the current financial year. The European HQ, which


serves as the hub for the company’s professional display operations, will now also provide the base for Factory Automation’s Benelux operations. The move will pave the


way for a closer working relationship between the


UNITED KINGDOM Triple jump for Tripleplay


A NEW digital signage and IPTV solution from Tripleplay has been implemented at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games venue, The SSE Hydro. A total of 145 Sony TV


screens were installed around the venue – which also hosts live events – as visual focus points for visitors and guests. Tripleplay’s digital signage solution streams content to screens located on the concourse, in bars and restaurants and on totem displays installed around the outside of the stadium. The Tripleplay IPTV


solution, meanwhile, delivers content to corporate boxes, backstage and in the restaurant and bar areas. The solution also enables


the streaming of auditorium footage to screens fitted backstage so that venue management and artists can keep an eye on events. “In our debut year here at


the Hydro we have had some spectacular artists and have many more booked, ranging from Eric Clapton, Lady Gaga and Robbie Williams to Still Game and the MTV Europe Music Awards,” commented Tony Edwards, technical manager for The SSE Hydro.


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two subsidiaries, enabling Mitsubishi’s Displays division in Europe to directly benefit from the company’s expertise in major process control projects and technologies such as SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition). As a sign of how the newly


integrated business units might work together, a recent control room project in Italy employed programmable logic controllers and sensors from the Factory Automation division as well as DLP cube


display walls. “There are a lot of synergies


between the different aspects of Mitsubishi Electric’s business,” said Peter van Dijk, EMEA business manager, Mitsubishi Electric. “The establishment of a Factory Automation branch within our Displays division headquarters brings with it many exciting possibilities to further develop our command and control displays business in the industrial sector.” www.mitsubishielectric.eu


CONTROL4 HIGHLIGHTS HOME AUTOMATION TRENDS The company has conducted a study with the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.


CEDIA AND ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY BODY FACILITATE SITE ACCESS


The Joint Industry Board has approved a new Electrotechnical Certification Scheme Related Discipline card for home tech integrators.


HTSA WORKS TO GROW KNOWLEDGE IN HOME TECHNOLOGY MARKET Other developments are also in the pipeline following the organisation’s spring conference.


RESIDENTIAL SYSTEMS AND PEERLESS AV TO HOST FREE WEBINAR Installation’s sister title will discuss ‘Creating the Ultimate Outdoor AV Experience’ on 21 May.


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www.installation-international.com UNITED STATES SurgeX recombines “It’s always a proud


moment to see our solution in use in any location, but when you are chosen by such a spectacular and high- profile venue you cannot help but raise a smile,” said Tripleplay CEO Steve Rickless. www.tripleplay-services.com


NORTH CAROLINA-based energy intelligence and power protection company ESP/SurgeX has unified its worldwide operations with the acquisition of SurgeX International. The latter had been operating as a single entity since 2008 when Electronic Systems Protection bought SurgeX North America, resulting in the disbandment of the two divisions.


All of the company’s


operations will now be run from one management team based at its Knightdale, North Carolina headquarters. The company said the acquisition will allow SurgeX to better serve the needs


of an electricity-dependent world, which has led to a rise in demand for its smart energy and power management products around the world. “We have product lines,


development capabilities, and manufacturing capacity to serve the evolving needs of our growing international market. Furthermore, the move will increase sales opportunities for our US- based dealers, consultants and design integrators who handle installations all over the world,” said Stephen F Galloway, CEO and president ESP/SurgeX. www.espei.com www.surgex.com


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