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WIRELESS: The 2002 Sundance Film Festival mobile digital solution
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 08.01.02 - 14:03:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8021x
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The 2002 Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah, January 10 - 20, 2002) will screen 113 feature films at various theater venues throughout Park City, Utah and receive over 20,000 visitors, including the film industry's top executives, directors, producers, and press. Traditionally, the primary on-site event information including schedules, venue details, hospitality activities, and other data was limited to one 300+ page bound catalogue. This medium served as an integral planning tool for VIPs attending the festival to conduct film industry business.

For the first time, through an agreement with FluxNetwork, the 2002 Sundance Film Festival will use the latest wireless technology to provide attending VIPs with a convenient, rich media and mobile experience. FluxNetwork has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard and Symbol Technologies to deliver a mobile wireless solution to 500 VIP attendees. The HP Jornada 568PDA will run FluxNetwork's software and wirelessly receive festival content with the Symbol CompactFlash wireless adapter. VIP attendees will receive wireless daily updates of short films, film trailers, interviews, calendar updates, festival news and insights, with the video content utilizing Microsoft's Windows Media technology.

HP is supplying 500 HP Jornada 568 Color PDAs powered with the robust Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 Premium Edition software. The HP Jornada PDA features a built-in CompactFlash Type I extended slot for memory cards and accessories, and removable/rechargeable 14-hour battery. Applications on the Jornada PDA include, Pocket Outlook, Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, MSN Messenger, Microsoft Reader 2.0, Terminal Services Client and Media Player 8.

FluxNetwork's flagship product, the FluxShow Platform is a flexible, patent-pending client-server software solution that provides support for wireless technology and leading industry standards for the delivery of rich media content (MPEG 1 & 4 video, Flash animation, Windows Media, HTML, MP3 audio, 3D graphics and more) to a variety of handheld mobile devices. FluxNetwork empowers business enterprises, and consumer and business portal providers with the capability to seamlessly channel rich media content to their mobile workforce and/or customers. The FluxNetwork FluxMM Player is an easy to use, customizable client interface that will enable the viewing of rich media festival content with support for 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless technology. The FluxMM Player enables the high quality experience of video, audio, text, animation and graphic images in portrait or landscape mode - through the convenience of a wireless, hand-held device that fits in a pocket. FluxNetwork's solutions have been designed from a global perspective to easily accommodate different languages and localization requirements.

Symbol Technologies, Inc. is installing five wireless hot-spots with its Wi-Fi-certified Spectrum24 High Rate Access Points and providing its Wireless Networker, a CompactFlash wireless card, to HP Jornada Pocket PC users so that they can receive wireless schedule and activity updates. The Wireless Networker gives wireless Internet access to Pocket PCs. The Symbol Wi-Fi wireless network is being set-up at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival to exclusively deliver film festival-related content and updates within the wireless hot spot areas.

Cheers ~ Arne

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