At a reception at the end of the 23rd edition of CineAsia 2017 in Hong Kong, key players in the cinema industry were awarded for significant contributions over the previous year. Barco was saluted as the Technology Innovator of the Year.
Cinema exhibitors find themselves in an exciting but competitive position as audience habits continue to change. To keep up, exhibitors must constantly innovate to consolidate existing audiences and also grow new ones through exciting new experiences. This is the context in which Barco was saluted at the recent CineAsia conference with the Technology Innovator of the Year award.
Improving the experience, reducing costs
Barco has been a technology leader in laser projection for a number of years, creating innovative and patented solutions that meet three core goals:
- superior image quality from 5,000 to 35,000 lumens;
- lower total cost of ownership;
- and greatly reduced operating expenses for 10 years.
The cornerstone of the company is an absolute passion for developing the finest technology and turning it into products that significantly improve the viewing experience while lowering operating costs. To achieve this, the company calls on the customers themselves at key stages of the development to ensure that their specific needs are comprehensively addressed.
Covering every need
Barco’s projectors cover the complete spectrum of cinemas, from Smart Laser projectors for small to medium screens up to premium Flagship Laser projectors that offer outstanding 2D & 3D brightness, high contrast, uniformity, and superior color performance. These solutions have met with an enthusiastic response from the industry. In addition to equipping a vast number of cinemas worldwide with individual projectors, Barco has helped a total of 100 theater complexes to go all-laser, the most recent including MBO in Malaysia and Golden Village in Singapore.
The award was accepted at a special reception by Senior VP Entertainment Wim Buyens: “Given that this is exactly what we try to achieve, we are particularly proud to be recognized as Technology Innovator of the Year! It’s a recognition of everything we stand for. Technological innovation has been part of our DNA for over 80 years. It’s what has brought us to where we are today. We’ve been pioneering with numerous industry firsts ever since the early days of digital cinema. And our passionate people and constant drive for innovation will keep on paving the way for the future of the business.”
At CineAsia, attendees get the chance to hear about the current trends and new state-of-the-art technologies in the motion picture industry. Nowhere else in Asia can you accomplish as much to sustain, and help grow the business in the year to come. Cinema exhibition, distribution, and motion picture industry colleagues network and see product presentations and screenings of major Hollywood films soon to be released in Asia. Attendees also get the opportunity to visit the Trade Show where they find the latest equipment, products, and technologies to help make theaters a must-attend destination.
Barco designs technology to enable bright outcomes around the world. Seeing beyond the image, we develop sight, sound, and sharing solutions to help you work together, share insights, and wow audiences. Our focus is on three core markets: Enterprise (from meeting and control rooms to corporate spaces), Healthcare (from the radiology department to the operating room), and Entertainment (from movie theaters to live events and attractions). In 2016, we realized sales of 1.102 billion euro. We have a team of 3,500 employees, located in 90 countries, whose passion for technology is captured in 400 granted patents.