Altia Systems, creator of PanaCast® 2, the world’s first 180 degree Panoramic-4K plug-and-play camera system, today announced its PanaCast Live camera system was named a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the virtual and augmented reality category. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a pre-eminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.
PanaCast Live is the first fully integrated, portable, professional video broadcasting system, delivering uncompressed 180 degree 4K 3D video at 60 frames per second via 12G SDI. The camera system is currently used by Intel Sports to augment their live stream of the world’s largest sporting events, creating an immersive virtual reality viewing experience for fans worldwide. The integrated PanaCast Vision Processor synchronizes, stitches and optimizes video from six 13 Megapixel cameras in less than eight milliseconds, making PanaCast Live unlike anything else on the market.
The product was developed for use first by Intel Sports to enable a new level of fan engagement with major sporting events through Intel® True VR. Intel True VR delivers a highly engaging and interactive experience for sports fans around the world.
“We are thrilled to have PanaCast Live named as a CES Innovation Awards Honoree,” said Altia Systems’ Director of Engineering, Yashket Gupta. “Audiences around the world love the immersive experience this camera system unlocks. In education, travel, fashion and the live broadcasting industry, a highly immersive experience can enhance the audience’s quality of engagement in a compelling way. PanaCast Live brings to life the experience of 3D objects and spaces, and enables a highly immersive experience for audiences in real time.”
“Intel Sports is committed to partnering with the sports industry to provide fans with unprecedented angles of the game that they cannot get with today’s cameras,” said Jayaram Sankar, CTO of the Intel Sports group. “We have been using PanaCast Live to accomplish this for the world’s largest sporting events, providing them with a unique experience that they can’t get anywhere else.”
The CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the owner and producer of CES 2019, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.
This announcement comes on the heels of a partnership with Uber and Zoom Video Communications, where Uber deployed 850+ Zoom Rooms with PanaCast across hundreds of offices worldwide for its 18,000 employees.
PanaCast Live, among other PanaCast products, will be displayed at CES 2019, which runs January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
VVS Laxman, Kushboo Sundar and Swara Bhaskar Speak up About Social Media at India’s Biggest Social Media Summit
Social Media Summit happened a day before the grandeur event of Social Media Awards took place. On 9th of Nov, the summit had an overall delegation of 1000+ attendees with over 250+ social media influencers, 60 C-level Executives, 500+ Special Invitees, Teams from leading corporate in India, over 50+ Startup teams, students and social media awards nominees. The event was organised by VIRBI Media on behalf of AP Tourism. Social Media Summit celebrates the vibrancy and the diversity of the high impact content creators and celebrities and brings them together to have conversations around it about making it a more vibrant ecosystem.
The dignitaries present at Inauguration: Mr. Kollu Ravindra Hon. Minister for Skill Development and Youth Sports, Mr.Himanshu Shukla IAS – CEO of AP Tourism Govt. of AP, Mr. VVS Laxman – Cricketer. The dignitaries then activated the robot – MITRA, which in turn, announced the opening of the summit.
Converastions of the summit was intensified when eminent personalitis shared their views about sports, politics, trending hashtag movements on social media like #metoo.
VVS Laxman, Cricketer, in conversation with Siddharth Marupeddi, spoke about how social media is amplifying the sports fervor. When asked, “Why do you think millennials are into more of virtual gaming these days?” He said, “Well that’s there but getting on to the roads and playing is another level of experience”. He also mentioned that Virender Sehwag is his personal favourite because of his quirky social media presence.
Swara Bhaskar, Actor spoke about usage of ‘Social Media for Social Impact Movements’. When asked, “What if #metoo becomes just another social media tag from the film industry?” Swara commented, “See, harassment at workplace happens in every field and not just the industry. So let’s educate people that this is harassment and you have to open up. Let them know that there’s a way to raise their voice. Make sure a genuine problem is getting light on it.” She also mentioned that if she has to start a hashtag today, it would be #notohate as so much hatred is spewn over the social media platforms each day.
Kushboo Sundar Actor and Politician, spoke about ‘Social Media for Politics’ and how it can influence elections. When asked about the ‘Impact of Fake News on the elections and youth’ she said, “Fake News is a serious issue and herself were a target to it once when she got carried away with an article she saw on twitter.” She also comments, “Governments and people collectively have to work towards eradicating and not spreading fake news. Asked about – any social media strategy for elections? Kushboo says “we’ll be honest, give us a chance We’ll come with helplines and solve problems around all sectors.”
Alliance for Women in Media Honors Seven Female Leaders at Inaugural Gracies Leadership Awards
The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) hosted its inaugural Gracies Leadership Awards luncheon, formerly called Women Who Lead, Tuesday, November 13 to a capacity crowd at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Keynote speaker Pam Oliver connected with the audience as she recounted her struggles and triumphs as a woman in the media industry. She spoke of winning a Gracie Award earlier this year and shared, “So many people asked me what it meant to me to receive a Gracie Award, and I always say it was really a career moment. I have received numerous awards that I am very proud of and grateful for, but the Gracie sits on my desk. It just gives me inspiration, and it says something about what women are able to accomplish.”
Seven female leaders in media were honored at the event. Highlights from their speeches include:
- The first honoree, Dara Altman, EVP and chief administrative officer, Sirius XM, said, “Women, Jews and all minorities of every kind do not have the same opportunities. Every day I try to ensure, however I can, that those unheard and under-observed people and voices are heard and that no one is told, like they told my mother, that she has no place at the table. I want to thank the Alliance for Women in Media for everything you do to make this a more inclusive industry and to shine a light on deserving women.”
- Lynn Beall, EVP and COO of media operations, TEGNA recognized the incredible work her team has done in today’s media climate. She said, “We’ve really tried, with the way the world is going today, to reinvent journalism. It has been the most challenging and messy time of my career because it’s hard. We’ve actually turned over our company to the best and brightest through innovation summits and pilots, and they have come up with content we could not have even imagined a couple of years ago.”
- Despite a big day in the news for CNN, honoree Allison Gollust, EVP and chief marketing officer, CNN, and Jeff Zucker, president, CNN were in attendance. During her acceptance, Gollust said, “There has never been a more important time in the news business to do what we do.”
- After thanking her “girl tribe” and husband, Jeanine Liburd, chief marketing & communications officer, BET Networks went on to say, “We can say everything that we want to say, but if we’re not doing the actions to make it happen then what’s the point? If you walk into a board room and everyone looks like you, you’re not being diverse and you’re not being inclusive. You’re not walking the walk.”
- In accepting the honor, Beth Neuhoff, president and CEO, Neuhoff Communications said, “We need to go out of this room and not just tell each other what we know, which is that having women in management, in the c-suite and on boards is good for cultural diversity, but you know what, it’s also great for investor returns. We need to show that and prove that, which we can…”
- Carole Robinson, chief communications officer, BuzzFeed addressed the importance of including men in the conversation about equality in the workplace. She said, “If we want to impact change we need to clarify what strong and equal representation is and how valuable it is to have everyone at the table. None of the rules have changed. The rules are the same ones we learned in fifth grade; we keep our hands to ourselves and treat others with respect.”
- Jo Ann Ross, president and chief advertising revenue officer, CBS said, “Founders of AWM were way ahead of their time understanding women have a lot to contribute and a lot to say. Many of us here have power and privilege, and what I believe is our responsibility, to help other women excel in this business.”
“Now more than ever before, we have a responsibility to create conversation and shine the spotlight on the success and progress of women in media,” said Heather Cohen, AWMF board member and EVP, The Weiss Agency. “We not only want to honor those deserving recognition but show the next generation what is possible. Our purpose at AWM is to bring intelligent, accomplished, dedicated women (and men) together to share ideas, experiences and some ‘you go, girls!'”
Sponsors of the event were:
Ford Motor Company, BET Networks, BuzzFeed, CBS Corporation, CNN, Cox Media Group, FOX Sports, Katz Media Group, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, Neuhoff Communications, SiriusXM, TEGNA, vCreative and WideOrbit.
Best-Selling 7-Eleven Juice is Organic, Cold-Pressed and now a Top Private Brand Award-Winner
The Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) has awarded 7-Eleven, Inc. a 2018 “Salute to Excellence” award for its 7-Select GO!Smart™ Clean & Green Organic Cold-Pressed Juice. The organic cold-pressed juice blend was recognized in the organic foods category. Only 53 new private brand items (38 food and 15 non-food) were chosen for PLMA’s top awards out of the more than 500 submitted to the annual competition.
7-Eleven launched the line of USDA-certified organic cold-pressed juice blends made from whole fruits and vegetables approximately a year ago to rival those prepared in high-end juice bars. Sales of the better-for-you beverages at 7-Eleven® stores have been strong, with Clean & Green taking the No. 1 spot in the entire juice category.
This award comes as 7-Eleven continues to grow its selection of better-for-you food and drink options, both in packaged private brand and fresh foods including items such as 7-Select GO!Smart® fruit and nut blends and sprouted chips, 7-Select® frozen Greek yogurt bars and string cheese, as well as fresh-cut fruit and salads.
Each bottle of 7-Select Go!Smart organic cold-pressed juice includes a fruit-to-vegetable taste meter and the amount of each ingredient in a 14-ounce bottle. One bottle of Clean & Green contains 25 kale leaves, one parsley bunch, 12 celery stalks, three cucumbers, two green apples, 13 mint leaves, 15 spinach leaves and one lime.
“It is always a tremendous honor to be recognized when going head-to-head with other top retailers and their private brands,” said Tim Cogil, 7-Eleven senior director of private brands. “Today, our goal at 7-Eleven is to create unique, high quality products at a great value that you can’t find anywhere else, and this award shows we are meeting that goal.”
This isn’t the first time 7-Eleven private brand products have been recognized. In the past four years, 7-Eleven private brand products have won more than 20 awards for product innovation, quality and package design, including nine PLMA Salute to Excellence awards. Award-winning items have ranged from sea-salt chocolate caramels and Yosemite Road Pink Moscato wine to frozen thin-crust pizza, yogurt-drizzled fruit and nut bars, and decadent dessert cookies.
Certified fair trade, the 7-Select Go!Smart organic, cold-pressed juices are not made from concentrate, and are non-GMO Project-verified, gluten-free, vegan and shelf-stable. They contain few calories, no added sugar or other additives.
In the annual PLMA competition for top private brand honors, food and beverage entries are reviewed for concept, packaging, taste and value for money. Non-food products are judged on concept, innovation, presentation and value for money.
Judges for the Food & Drink and the Home & Health Awards are selected based on past and current experience with product concepts, packaging, quality, product performance, supply chain management, and retail marketing and merchandising. Judges are divided into panels of six to eight members. Every panel also includes consumer representation.
Brand Image, 7-Eleven’s strategic packaging strategy and design partner, worked in tandem with the retailer’s internal private brands team create the award-winning package designs.
7-Select GO!Smart Clean & Green Organic Cold-Pressed Juice and other winning products will be featured on a special Salute to Excellence Awards and displayed at PLMA’s 2018 Private Label Trade Show to be held Nov. 11-13 in Chicago.
In addition to Clean & Green, other varieties of 7-Select GO!Smart organic cold-pressed juice blends are Tropical Glow®, Restoration Red® and Berry & Bright®. 7-Eleven also offers a line of 7-Select® organic juices (orange, apple, cranberry blend, lemonade and more) sold under the 7-Select brand. The organic orange juice won a PLMA Salute to Excellence award in 2017, along with three other 7-Select products.
“We want customers to love our 7-Select items so much that they come back to 7-Eleven because they can’t find anything like it anywhere else,” Cogil said. “In every category, our private brands really set us apart from the competition.”
The 7-Select private brand product lineup includes hundreds of items across all categories.
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