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Christie displays visual technology at SmartWeek


Kitchener ON-based Christie will showcase its leading-edge visual technologies at SMARTWEEK 2014 in Toronto today, serving as Innovation Lab Sponsor for the event.

The event (Oct. 24-26) aims to bring together the top IoT (Internet of Things) thought leaders from industry, startups, inventors, and academia and to experience Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications. Christie will light up their work using powerful and versatile interactive visual technologies in the Department of Computer Sciences (DCS) Innovation Lab at the University of Toronto’s Gerstein Science Information Centre.

“The vision was to create a one-day event to explore emerging smart technologies and strategies that are shaping our connected world and challenging us all to see how IoT and M2M are transforming our lives every day. This is now a three-day event, with global offshoots,” says SMARTWEEK 2014 co-founder and lecturer, Helen Kontozopoulos.

“Our lineup of speakers and sponsors for SMARTWEEK are among the most respected in the industry and we are excited to be live streaming many of the conference sessions and offering them post-event on YouTube. We are grateful for Christie’s technology support, which lets us showcase creative interactive digital content, including renderings created by Mulvey & Banani architects – to illustrate to potential funders the type of computer science department the University of Toronto envisions for its students and industry researchers. Our aim is to make the university, Toronto, and Canada a polestar for Internet of Things where great minds with big ideas make things happen.”

Christie technology in the DCS Innovation Lab includes:

* A 4 by 6 Christie MicroTiles array with Christie Jumpstart content management solution which allows the display of multiple, high-bandwidth video files, graphics.

* Christie Interactivity Kit is a distinctive solution for adding multi-touch interactivity to any digital display. It allows multiple users to interact simultaneously with content on Christie MicroTiles or any video wall using finger touch gestures.

* Two Christie FHD651-T 65 inch LCD flat panels and one Christie QUADHD 84 inch flat panel.

“We are seeing the entrepreneurial ecosystem, government, higher education and industry intersect with IoT at a level where Canada is ideally positioned as a technology hub for this exploding segment of the high tech sector. I returned to Toronto after years in the Silicon Valley to bring its culture of entrepreneurial innovation and creativity to my alma mater through lecturing, seed-funding and growing the Department of Computer Science’s innovation engine into one to be envied around the world,” says Mario Grech, SMARTWEEK co-founder, University of Toronto alumnus, lecturer and co-creator, (with Kontozopoulos), of the Department of Computer Sciences.

John Hallman, senior director of Canadian sales at Christie, added, “SMARTWEEK brings together industry leaders, startups and thought leaders from a global technology sector that is experiencing explosive growth. As a visual and audio technology solutions leader, Christie is at the forefront of innovation in IoT commercialization and pleased to showcase industry-leading ideas and the university’s vision for its computer science department lab of the future on bright, large-format visual displays.”

Follow the live streaming online at http://www.smartweek2014.com