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  • Rutledge AV and Soundcorp win Crestron 2014 Dealer of the Year Award

    Rutledge AV, in conjunction with its sister company Soundcorp, is proud to announce that they have won the Crestron 2014 Dealer of the Year Award.

    Rutledge AV, in conjunction with its sister company Soundcorp, is proud to announce that they have won the Crestron 2014 Dealer of the Year Award. Crestron is a global leading provider of control and automation systems and solutions for homes, offices, schools, hospitals, hotels and more. This award highlights the depth of Rutledge AV’s dedication to engineering excellence, and its aim in pioneering new standards for award winning systems and solutions.

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  • International keynote brings to life the future of digital signage at Integrate 2014

    To understand digital signage as a discipline, and how to use it to suit your target audience, join US expert Paul Flanigan, Executive Director of Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA) and Matt Edgcumbe, National Operations Manager at Rutledge AV, as they share global best practice and reveal the do’s and don’ts from the leaders in the industry at the Integrate Future Trend Talks.

    Effective digital signage can add value to your communication mix and increase ROI for your business. To understand digital signage as a discipline, and how to use it to suit your target audience, join US expert Paul Flanigan, Executive Director of Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA) and Matt Edgcumbe, National Operations Manager at Rutledge AV, as they share global best practice and reveal the do’s and don’ts from the leaders in the industry at the Integrate Future Trend Talks on 28 August 2014.

    So much more than a ‘television’ at a retail outlet, digital signage is fast becoming an ingrained part of venues, museums, hotels, restaurants and hospitals all over the world. In the Australian market alone, digital signage is transcending retail spaces, making its mark at interactive arts and live events such as VIVID, and in indoor and outdoor venues like airports, public transport stations and many more.

    An affordable, highly versatile and accessible way to engage and interact with an audience, deliver a message and create an amazing WOW factor, digital signage is now at the core of many Australian marketing campaigns.

    In this keynote The Complete Network, Flanigan and Edgcumbe will explain how suppliers and brands can work together to create an engaging experience that draws in consumers and delivers significant returns on investment. From understanding the strategy; the vision and ROI, through to technology and revealing the biggest ‘gotchas’, it is an event not to be missed.

    Paul Flanigan explains that clients are looking for a simple, streamlined partnership solution; one phone call, one partner, to result in a faster ROI.

    “The solution is composed of many moving parts, from hardware, software, content, customer understanding and much more. It’s critical that we lay the groundwork taking into account these components, so that we can execute projects without missing any details. Apart from discussions on trends, applications and best practice, attendees at this session will also receive a fundamental understanding of what a network is, how it works, and why they need to consider this when putting a screen in a venue.

    “The future of digital signage is here to stay, and its application in Australia is unlimited; from marketing signage, through to hybrid television programs, artistic visuals and social media dashboards, the options are endless. What’s critical to understand however, is that while technology (the physical part) is readily available, it’s what you do with it that will never stop evolving. The more we understand how people use digital technology, the better equipped we’ll be to put the right network in the right place at the right time,” said Mr Flanigan.

    Keynote Session: The Complete Network, 28 August 2014 from 10:30am until 12:00pm, Integrate 2014 – book tickets now.

    The keynote will be followed by two other sessions:

    1. The Connected Network
    by Paul Flanigan, Executive Director of Digital Screenmedia Association,  and Dr Vu Tran, Co-Founder Director of Aduro.

    What happens when the network starts to learn about the consumer, and behaves accordingly? In this session, data, trends, and how your network can understand the consumer and react in real-time will be discussed.

    2. The Future Network
    by Paul Flanigan, Executive Director of Digital Screenmedia Association, and Dominic Feik, General Manager at Sumo Vision.

    With this amazing world of technology around us, we need to talk about tomorrow. Why? Because as soon as you put in a network, you’re thinking about 2.0. In this session, we’ll bring together some insight into what the future holds, and what you can do with your network right now to prepare for the future of technology.

    Integrate is offering delegates three seminar sessions for the price of one. Tickets to attend any of the three Digital Signage Talks is $95. Tickets purchased for the keynote session also includes light lunch, a copy of the presentation slides and a complementary drink at the networking opportunity directly after the session.

    To purchase your ticket, click here: https://register.integrate-expo.com/reg/INTEGRATE14S/start.asp

    For more information, click here: http://integrate-expo.com/seminars/future-trend-talks/

    Integrate 2014 will be held on 26-28 August 2014, at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

    Join the online Integrate community, and stay up-to-date with all the latest industry news:

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  • 2014 Variety Bash takes off Thursday 14th August!

    Variety Bash Car 1010. Proudly supporting Variety - the Children’s Charity. Victorian Variety Bash will travel approx. 3000kms from Melbourne to Noosa, taking off August 14th, 2014!

    Variety Bash Car 1010
    Proudly supporting Variety - the Children’s Charity


    What:     2014 Variety Victoria Bash
    When:    August 14 – August 23 2014
    Where:   Melbourne to Noosa

    Victorian Variety Bash will travel approx. 3000kms from Melbourne to Noosa in 2014


    Michael Rutledge, Sandy Rutledge and Michael Lasa (of Rutledge AV and Soundcorp) crew of Car 1010 are participating in the 2014 Variety Bash, raising funds for Variety – the Children’s Charity which supports children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. The annual road event involving outrageously themed cars and crew is a fun and entertaining event which celebrate the year of fundraising that all entrants have achieved.

    To be eligible to participate in this event every year, each car must achieve a minimum level of fundraising. Based in the Victorian region, Car 1010 seeks donations from local businesses and individuals with proceeds going to Variety – the Children’s Charity to support children in need.

    ‘We are delighted to be participating in this year’s Variety Bash.’ said Sandy ‘Our employees are very enthusiastic about the cause and we are looking forward to having a great time while we are hard at work raising funds.’

    The crew will depart on the 2014 Variety Bash from Melbourne on Thursday 13th August along with other entrants and event officials for a 10 day fun-filled adventure heading north, darting in and out from the coast and finishing in Noosa on Saturday August 23rd. Making for quite a site to see in any town along the route, the event attracts more than 80, 30 year old cars in its entourage, with stops along the way to provide a helping hand and empower children with special needs.

    Now in its 24th year, the Variety Bash has covered over 93, 288km’s and raised more than $18 million for children in Victoria. Variety Bash is Variety’s largest fundraiser – with $1.36 million raised in 2013, with entrants vying for a larger total for 2014!

    Leaving Melbourne the 2014 Bash will follow its nose to the gateway of King Valley wine and food region of Wangaratta, then onwards into New South Wales by way of Corryong and Snowy River country.

    Every 5 years the Variety Bash has a National gathering and this round will see the Bashers gather in Sydney for mass celebrations before heading inland towards Armidale and up through Tenterfield.

    The last leg winds us through Kingaroy, the “Peanut Capital” where we then roll in to Noosa to wash the dust off in the crystal clear waters of the Sunshine coast.

    Keep up with all Variety Bash information and latest news online at variety.org.au/vic and follow daily updates via facebook.com/varietyvic

    VARIETY BASH…YA GOTTA DO IT!

    For more information download the Variety Information Brochure here.

    Thank you to all our sponsors of Car 1010! Together we have raised over $50,000!!! 

    Proud Sponsors of Car 1010

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    Supporters

    Technical Audio Group (TAG)
    Epson
    IDT (Image Design Technology)
    Studio Connections
    Sharp
    Jands
    Elgee Industries


    Media Contacts:

    Julie Baxter
    Variety – the Children’s Charity
    Bash Event Manager
    M: 0418 507 159
    juliebaxter@varietyvic.org.au
    www.variety.org.au/vic

    Michael Lasa
    Captain of Variety Bash Car 1010
    2014 Variety Bash
    P: 03 9694 2665
    E: mlasa@soundcorp.com.au

    Kamila Marcinczak
    Marketing Manager - Rutledge AV
    P: 03 9488 1500
    E: kamila.marcinczak@rutledge.com.au

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  • Rutledge AV shortlisted as finalist for 2014 AVIAs

    We are delighted to announce that we have been short-listed as finalists for this year’s AVIAs for the Sydney Opera House Stage Management System in the ‘Best application of AV in a commercial or government installation with a budget exceeding $500,000 category.’

    We are delighted to announce that we have been short-listed as finalists for this year’s AVIAs for the Sydney Opera House Stage Management System in the ‘Best application of AV in a commercial or government installation with a budget exceeding $500,000 category.’

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  • Epsis and Rutledge AV announce strategic partnership

    Epsis AS, a leader in collaboration management software announced today that they have signed a strategic partnership agreement with Rutledge AV, Australia’s largest audio visual systems integrator.

    Bergen/Perth July 1st, 2014: Epsis AS, a leader in collaboration management software announced today that they have signed a strategic partnership agreement with Rutledge AV, Australia’s largest audio visual systems integrator.

    One of the fastest growing regions within the global oil industry is around Perth in Australia. Most of the major international oil operators are represented there, as well as the significant service providers. A number of these corporations already have a relationship with Epsis in Europe, and we now see the demand for second generation collaborative work environments spreading into the Perth area.

    Epsis believes that local presence is crucial to support the customers in the region, and therefore is happy to announce that the signing of a distributor agreement with Rutledge AV. Rutledge is a proven systems integrator in Australia, is represented throughout the nation, and today employs 250 skilled professionals within the AV-industry.

    “This agreement is a milestone for Epsis in the growing Australian market”, Epsis CEO Jan-Erik Nordtvedt states. “We are proud to be represented there by such a respected systems provider in Australia, and we are confident that this relationship will benefit our customers and prospects there.”

    General Manager of Rutledge AV in Perth, Alistair Dick, agrees. “Epsis TeamBox represents a new generation of tools for collaborative work environments. Software is gradually replacing hardwired components; TeamBox is a major leap in that direction. Now we are able to provide content in the collaborative work environments we deliver to our customers, adding significant value to our solutions” said Alistair.

    To download an information sheet on TeamBox, please click here.

    About Rutledge AV

    Rutledge AV is Australia’s largest audio visual systems integrator, the leader in emerging technology for world class audio visual systems and solutions since 1979.

    Rutledge AV operates at the forefront of emerging technology, providing specialist capability through the recruitment of the best talent to achieve consistent excellence in the audio visual industry.

    They apply their knowledge and significant expertise in audio visual, IT and communication technologies and systems to achieve award winning outcomes that are of superior value and ease of use for their clients.

    For more information, please visit www.rutledge.com.au

    About Epsis

    Epsis AS is Norwegian based software company specializing in development and sales of its flagship industry proven collaboration and teamwork software Epsis TeamBox.

    Epsis’ vision is to be the preferred partner to help our customers becoming world class collaborative organizations by means of structured work processes and information sharing enabling them to make faster and better decisions, boost efficiency through better use of personnel, and enhance overall operations.

    For more information, please visit www.epsis.no

    Press Contacts

    CEO Epsis, Jan Erik Nordtvedt, +47-97176720, jen@epsis.no

    GM (Perth) Rutledge AV, Alistair Dick, +61-402 285 155, alistair.dick@rutledge.com.au

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  • Rutledge AV Achieves Cisco Express Collaboration Specialisation

    We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the Cisco® Express Collaboration Specialisation. This specialisation recognises Rutledge AV as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support integrated Cisco network solutions. The Express Collaboration Specialisation brings together key solutions for Cisco routing, switching and wireless products.

    We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the Cisco® Express Collaboration Specialisation. This specialisation recognises Rutledge AV as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support integrated Cisco network solutions. The Express Collaboration Specialisation brings together key solutions for Cisco routing, switching and wireless products.

    ‘Achieving this certification is important in recognising Rutledge AV’s capability and passion for emerging technology and being able to offer more to our customers.’ said Andrew Morrice, CEO, Rutledge AV.

    He went on to say ‘We are a company that lives and breathes the concept of Engineering Excellence. We have engineers that can design the most complex of systems or provide guidance to ensure that basic systems are fit for purpose and the right choice for our customers. Our extensive expertise means we can design and deliver comprehensive Audio Visual and Unified Communication Systems. Achieving Express Collaboration Specialisation is a key part of our solution-delivery strategy.’

    Designed to focus on a customer’s collaboration infrastructure and to support new application capabilities, the Cisco Express Collaboration Specialisation is a prerequisite for Cisco Premier Certification.

    The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides a framework for partners to build the sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills required to deliver Cisco solutions to end customers. Through the program's specialisations and certifications, Cisco recognises a partner's expertise in deploying solutions based on Cisco advanced technologies and services.

    About Rutledge AV 

    Established in 1979, Rutledge AV is Australia’s premier provider of audio visual systems and related support services. The Blue Chip business community rely on us every day to ensure that their audio visual and unified communication needs are delivering maximum value and reliability to their businesses.

    For more information please contact:

    Matthew Edgcumbe
    National Operations Manager
    Rutledge AV
    (03) 9488 1500
    matthew.edgcumbe@rutledge.com.au

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  • Rutledge AV Achieves Premier Certification from Cisco

    We are delighted to announce that we have achieved Premier Certification from Cisco®. To earn Premier Certification, we had to meet standards for networking competency, service, support and customer satisfaction set forth by Cisco.

    We are delighted to announce that we have achieved Premier Certification from Cisco®.  To earn Premier Certification, we had to meet standards for networking competency, service, support and customer satisfaction set forth by Cisco. 

    ‘Achieving this certification is important in recognising Rutledge AV’s capability and passion for emerging technology and continual innovation.’ said Andrew Morrice, CEO, Rutledge AV.

    He went on to say ‘Our staff are qualified, highly trained with specialist skill sets and we invest in their ongoing development. We apply our knowledge and significant expertise in audio visual, IT and communication technologies and systems to achieve award winning outcomes that are of superior value and ease of use for our customers. Achieving Premier Certification is key to being able to offer quality systems and services to our customers.’

    As a Cisco Premier Certified Partner we demonstrate a range of technical expertise.  To achieve Cisco Premier Certification we were required to achieve the Cisco Express Foundation Specialisation. This specialisation includes tests on technical competency in the integration of basic routing and switching, wireless LANs, and security technologies. In addition, we were required to integrate a base level of Cisco Lifecycle Services into our offerings and demonstrate measurably high levels of customer satisfaction based on independently audited customer satisfaction surveys.




     
    About Rutledge AV

    Established in 1979, Rutledge AV is Australia’s premier provider of audio visual systems and related support services. The Blue Chip business community rely on us every day to ensure that their audio visual and unified communication needs are delivering maximum value and reliability to their businesses.

    For more information please contact:

    Matthew Edgcumbe
    National Operations Manager
    Rutledge AV
    (03) 9488 1500
    matthew.edgcumbe@rutledge.com.au

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  • Rutledge invites you to Integrate 2014, Australia’s largest AV and IT showcase

    Integrate is the primary business platform for leaders and professionals in AV and systems integration. Be one of more than 5,000 visitors to meet with solution providers from more than 500 top brands. See the latest products and technologies in the market while networking with colleagues and industry leaders.

    Integrate is the primary business platform for leaders and professionals in AV and systems integration. Be one of more than 5,000 visitors to meet with solution providers from more than 500 top brands. See the latest products and technologies in the market while networking with colleagues and industry leaders.

    When + Where

    Integrate runs over three days, from the 26-28 August 2014 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

    Education

    Visitors can choose from multiple conference, seminar and training streams at Integrate. Learn about smart building and digital signage at the inaugural Integrate Conference, or gain accredited, skilled knowledge in your industry at CEDIA Training and InfoComm Education sessions.

    Top Exhibitors

    Exhibitors at Integrate 2014 include Kramer, Samsung, Hills SVL, Jands, Creston, Extron Electronics and AMX.

    How to Register

    Save $25 and register for free online using promo code RUTLEDGE.

    Click here to register now.

    Click here to visit the website. 

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  • On the couch with NT Operations Manager - Daniel Woodward

    This month we sat down with our Northern Territory Operations Manager and asked him to tell us a little more about himself and his plans for the Northern Territory.

    Each month we will feature an interview with either a staff member from Rutledge, a partner who has worked on a project with us or a feature with a client we have recently delivered a project for. This month we sat down with our Northern Territory Operations Manager and asked him to tell us a little more about himself and his plans for the Northern Territory.  

    Q: You are a project manager in the audio visual industry renowned for delivering signature projects across Australia – can you tell us a little more about yourself and the projects you have delivered?
    Engineering excellence, quality of workmanship and taking pride in the projects that I manage is part of the Rutledge AV culture. I was very lucky to work the best in the business and be mentored by industry veterans. 

    I started working with Rutledge AV in 2004  in the Melbourne head office. I later shifted north to the Gold Coast before joining the Brisbane team where I was located for a number of years before returning to Melbourne in 2011. I have now relocated to the Northern Territory (NT) and have enjoyed every minute of becoming a local. 

    In relation to projects delivered, I have been involved in  several signature projects in Brisbane, including: Rio Tinto’s Brisbane Regional Centre, BHP offices, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and multiple projects at the RAAF Base Amberley. I have also been involved in numerous Victorian projects, including: Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Deakin University and the Hawthorn Town Hall Redevelopment.

    Q: You have recently taken on the role of NT Operations Manager – tell us a little more about what this role means to you?
    I have been travelling regularly to the NT over the last 3 years to deliver a range of projects for the education and government sectors. When the opportunity was presented to relocate to NT, considering my knowledge of the industry and my relationships with current clients, it just seemed a perfect fit for both Rutledge AV and my own personal goals. I take pride in my work and I am always looking to challenge myself. I find this keeps my interest in work healthy and enjoyable. Additionally, the chance to explore Darwin and surrounding areas also really appeal to me as I love the outdoors, particularly fishing.

    Q: What are some of the key projects that you have delivered recently in the Northern Territory?
    The main project I have been involved with over the years in the NT has been at the Department of Justice (DOJ), upgrading their court rooms, correctional facilities and conference rooms. We have been installing new technology, specifically high definition video conferencing. Our focus has been on reliability and quality and to deliver systems that extend the reach and capabilities of the courtrooms, particularly focusing on remote areas by offering the means of interaction between people over long distances via video link.

    Recently we have delivered new systems and upgrades to existing systems at Charles Darwin University. Funded by a government grant, the project is designed to assist the university in encouraging indigenous adults to attend the university, and promote learning. The building is designed for lectures to be presented from the teaching spaces within the new Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Excellence (ACIKE) buildings and transmitted to remote communities and townships such as Katherine, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy. The main teaching spaces utilise interactive whiteboards, LCD’s, a hearing augmentation system, IPTV and a video conferencing system.

    Q: In your view, what is the Rutledge AV difference and what will you be focussing on in your first year as the NT Operations Manager?
    I believe that Rutledge AV brings a level of professionalism and quality workmanship that the Northern Territory has not seen to date. The wealth of knowledge and experience that the Rutledge AV team can bring to all areas of education, government and business is what I will be focusing on, and further developing relationships in these areas.

    My aim is to secure enough work to be able to support a small local team here. The interstate Rutledge AV team has been fantastic in travelling up here and providing quality installations, which is building a great platform and reputation for Rutledge AV to date.


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  • Rutledge AV Community Glow – Cerebral Palsy Support Network (CPSN)

    Rutledge AV is proud to have recently supported the Cerebral Palsy Support Network (CPSN) in Victoria as part of Rutledge's Community Glow Program. Rutledge AV supplied and installed a projector system into CPSN’s new training space.

    As part of its Community Glow Program, Rutledge AV has proudly supplied and installed a short throw projector with a non-interactive whiteboard with an input plate for VGA, audio, and HDMI connections for laptops/PCs into CPSN’s new training space.

    The installation has enabled CPSN to utilise the space more effectively, including for:

    1)      Conducting workshops, seminars and therapy sessions for members

    2)      Training

    3)      Planning and managing the CSPN workload across the organisation

    4)      Team meetings and organisation-wide reviews

    5)      As a base for Board of Management meetings including AGMs

    The CPSN offers a range of programs and services designed to empower and promote independence for individuals and families living with cerebral palsy.  

    Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a condition affecting muscle control which occurs from injury to the developing brain. Diagnosed in early childhood, CP is a physical disability that may also impact on a person’s intellect, vision and sensory wellbeing. 

    Every 15 hours in Australia, a child is born with cerebral palsy. That’s 1 in 500 babies or almost 40,000 people.

    One of CSPN’s greatest achievements was the launch of the Cerebral Palsy Innovative Choices (CPIC) program that currently services over 1000 members. The CPIC program is unique in its flexible and customised approach to providing services and support to people living with CP. This program offers individuals and families to choose their own carers, a feature that has not been available in traditional and government support arrangements. The constantly growing membership of this program is evidence of its relevance and importance within the wider community.

    Rutledge AV is proud to have been able to assist CPSN with their fantastic cause.

    More information about CPSN can be found at www.cpsn.org.au
    To find out about World Cerebral Palsy Day, click here.

    To find out how you can join thousands of other organisations leveraging the power of audio visual technology, contact Rutledge AV today at www.rutledge.com.au


    Short throw projector with non-interactive whiteboard, and input plate with VGA, Audio, & HDMI connections for laptops/PCs.


    Vicki Cavalieros (General Manager) and Mira Smoljko (Marketing and Fundraising Manager) at the CPSN office.

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  • Canberra Airport Stage 2

    Airports are one of our busiest activity centres, with the larger ones handling millions of passengers every year. Canberra Airport recently opened a new terminal that covers 55,000sqm.

    Airports are one of our busiest activity centres, with the larger ones handling millions of passengers every year. An airport is a very unique facility as the volume of passenger traffic is very high and places enormous pressure on the infrastructure to ensure arrival and departure times are met whilst maintaining public safety at all times. Canberra Airport recently opened a new terminal that covers 55,000sqm.

    We were commissioned to design, install and deliver the Western Concourse Public Address and Emergency Warning and Intercommunication System (EWIS) for stage 2 of Canberra Airport. This system also needed to integrate seamlessly into the existing airport’s systems to ensure airport wide communication from a centralised control point.

    Canberra Airport presented some complex audio visual challenges given the expansive spaces. For example, the airport’s stunning atrium is a particularly challenging space given the volume of glass used. The large glass atrium which overlooks aircraft as they dock, active runways and the region beyond is a three storey (16 metre high) structure that uses 279 glazed panels and covers an area of 1,500sqm. This area required detailed ease modelling to ensure optimal placement of speakers.

    Our commissioning team worked overnight to have the new system operational by morning. The night work was also necessary to undertake the required EVAC testing of the system and to ensure the systems were ready for business the next morning.

    Interesting Fact: Fire Rated Fibre

    Canberra Airport is one of only a small number of facilities Australia wide that has used fire rated fibre. Canberra Airport is also unique in that it has two fire rooms. The fire room in stage 1 of the airport development needed to be linked to the fire room in stage 2 and this was achieved using approximately 400 metres of fire rated fibre so that the rooms could work as one and the airport could achieve the correct certifications.


    Image courtesy of Canberra Airport.


    Image courtesy of Canberra Airport.

    The Airport has been recently honoured by a number of industry awards, including being named Australia’s Airport of the Year three times (2002, 2007 and again this year!). The terminal is also an environmentally friendly building.

    Download the Canberra Airport Stage 2 case study here.


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  • Rutledge AV wins QLD NECA Excellence Award for Brisbane City Hall Refurbishment

    On Friday 13th September, Rutledge AV's Queensland team won a NECA award for the Brisbane City Hall Refurbishment, in the category of: Commercial - Medium Project.

    On Friday 13th September, Rutledge AV's Queensland team won a NECA award for the Brisbane City Hall Refurbishment.

    Brisbane City Hall is known as 'the People's Place' and the original 1930’s building is the largest town hall in Australia. The lavish interiors have witnessed some of the city’s most important cultural, social and civic events over the past 80 years. Rutledge AV was commissioned to install new audio visual and stage lighting systems and being recognised by our peers highlights our ability to design, supply and deliver world class audio visual solutions for heritage listed facilities.

    "Brisbane City Council is one of the largest local government bodies within Australia and Rutledge AV is proud to be part of the team to deliver a facility with a strong heritage conservation focus that will house many more performances and events for years to come." said Andrew Morrice, CEO of Rutledge AV. “This iconic building pays tribute to the people of Brisbane and is an important landmark. Being the largest city hall in Australia, we have now secured the future of this building for many generations to come.”

    The NECA Excellence Awards recognise the most technologically advanced and professionally managed projects in Australia and are a testament to the industry’s continual commitment to strive for excellence.  

    Download Brisbane City Hall Case Study 

    View NECA Submission Video Here

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  • Rutledge AV wins AVIA for Perth Arena's Digital Signage Feature Piece

    We are delighted to announce that we won the Best Commercial or Government Installation $500K+ for Perth Arena's Digital Signage Feature Piece.

    At the recent Integrate Expo in Sydney, the annual AVIA award ceremony was held celebrating innovation and excellence in the Audio Visual Industry. We are delighted to announce that we won the Best Commercial or Government Installation $500K+ for Perth Arena for our work on the arena’s Digital Signage Feature Piece.

    Perth Arena is Australia’s newest multipurpose venue hosting a variety of events including sporting events such as tennis and basketball and signature entertainment events such as concerts. The main performance space hosts 15,500 people in the larger event modes. The venue has expansive public concourses, well serviced with patron amenities.

    Delivering a state of the art digital signage feature piece that is a first of its kind in Australia allows Perth Arena to set the standard for all future public multipurpose venues in the country. The success of this project and being recognised by our peers in the industry is important to us as it recognises our ability to design, supply and deliver world class audio visual solutions in an innovative manner.

    "A project of this size that operates for most of the day in a public environment meant that the Rutledge commissioning team worked tirelessly to ensure the new system was operational as soon as possible. The end result is a magnificent signage system made up of 88 screens that delivers a new level of sophistication to mass communication. ” said Andrew Morrice, CEO of Rutledge.

    Congratulations to the team assembled to work on this project, particularly those in Perth for delivering a technology first for a world class venue!

    Technologies and specialist techniques used for the digital signage feature piece
    In order to build the 88 screen pendant (44 screens per side) we assembled a technology specialist team in order to ensure the intricacies of the pendant build could be achieved. The screens are housed in a custom engineered frame that really does demonstrate the engineering excellence that has gone into successfully completing the feature piece. The screens and their placement needed to be to the exact millimetre in order to ensure that the content showing on the screens was seamless and no distortion was encountered. The pendant is a curved design therefore it increases the complexity and pushes the content management software to its limits.

    What we are most proud of
    The double sided digital signage pendant uses sophisticated NEC software that allows Perth Arena to map each screen in order for the message and images to flow seamlessly across the bezels, gaps and orientation of each of the screens. The screens themselves are HD compatible which means that any content shown is presented at its best which stops crowds in their tracks to take in the magnificence of the pendant. The software also allows Perth Arena to either show content on a selection of screens or across all the screens. The pendant itself is a piece of artwork, installed by our technical savvy team. Due to the complexities of the pendant, it sits on its own network to ensure optimal performance and operability.

    The Perth Arena is a bold architectural statement for the city and really puts Perth on the map for innovative delivery of public multipurpose venues. The digital signage feature piece ensures that the crowds are not only ‘blown away’ by the exterior of the design but also when they walk into the foyer and they are met with the grandeur of the digital signage pendant. This pendant provides the Perth Arena with a mass communication platform and one that will be seen by every patron, sporting fanatic and the corporate community.





    To download the Perth Arena case study, click here.

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    Rutledge AV wins AVIA for Perth Arena's Digital Signage Feature Piece
  • Rutledge AV 2013 NBAA Award Nominee

    Rutledge AV is delighted to be an award nominee for the 2013 Northern Business Achievements Awards (NBAA). The NBAA Awards are a partnership of industry, education, local and state government across Melbourne's north.

    Rutledge AV is delighted to be an award nominee for the 2013 Northern Business Achievements Awards (NBAA). The NBAA Awards are a partnership of industry, education, local and state government across Melbourne's north.

    Andrew Morrice (CEO) attended a recent breakfast where he sat on the Business Excellence Panel and talked about the achievements of Rutledge AV and how he was honoured for the company to be recognised by industry peers.

    "We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of the newest technologies, understanding it and being able to value proposition our clients with a technology we believe in. Our solutions are end to end, offering design, supply, installation, software, commissioning, service and support. Each project provides us with insight into how improvements can be made and what initiatives need to be implemented to better serve our clients, be it technological innovation or better ways to deliver that technology. Being an award nominee is a fantastic result for all our staff and a testament to our hard work and dedication to quality outcomes for our clients and their businesses." said Andrew Morrice.

     


    Andrew Morrice (CEO of Rutledge AV) accepting certificate from the Mayor of Darebin.
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    Rutledge AV 2013 NBAA Award Nominee
  • Introducing Rutledge Care - A new standard in service

    We have been hard at work talking to our clients to find out exactly what sort of support and maintenance services would help them achieve their performance objectives.We are delighted to launch our new industry leading service maintenance and support agreement. Rutledge Care – delivering certainty every day.

    We have been hard at work talking to our clients to find out exactly what sort of support and maintenance services will help them achieve their performance objectives. Based on these discussions we are delighted to launch our new industry leading service maintenance and support agreement Rutledge Care – delivering certainty every day. Your investment in technology is our team’s priority. Our Care Team is part of an integrated solution to provide the right level of support for your systems, delivering service excellence and ensuring your systems are performing at their optimal level.

    What makes our Care Team number one across the country?

    - Track record (established in 1979)
    - Value for money and commitment to your organisation
    - National presence and scale to deliver
    - Capability and a passion for technology
    - Engineering Excellence in everything we do

    With our four levels of Rutledge Care, it couldn’t be easier to match your needs with the right level of care for your business. Rutledge Care Teams are available on standby across Australia, contact us today for the right level of system support for your organisation.

    Is Energy management and sustainability a priority for your organisation?

    Energy management and sustainability are fast becoming operational objectives for many organisations. Our support and maintenance services lead the way in ensuring the maximum benefits of carbon neutral operability are realised and maintained where possible. We have vast experience in providing audio visual designs and installations for 6 Star Green Rated Buildings nationwide. If your organisation is ready to take the next step in energy management ask our Care Team about the options and systems available to meet your sustainability objectives.

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    Introducing Rutledge Care - A new standard in service
  • Rutledge AV Shortlisted as Finalist for Multiple 2013 NECA Excellence Awards - VIC & ACT

    We are delighted to be short-listed as finalists for a number of outstanding projects we have delivered in 2013 for the NECA Excellence Awards.

    We are delighted to be short-listed as finalists for a number of outstanding projects we have delivered in 2013 for the NECA Excellence Awards. The prestigious awards recognise the significant achievements in the electrical and communications contracting industry. Only the most technologically advanced and professionally managed projects across Australia are awarded, with each state/territory ceremony attended by industry, peers and the media. The state winners are then progressed to the National NECA Excellence Awards held in Sydney on the 28th November 2013.

    In Victoria we are a finalist for the Knox Innovation Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC). This project was focused on transforming the way education is delivered through collaboration. The $10.3m purpose built innovation and technology centre caters for both secondary and TAFE curriculums focusing on environmental sustainability and renewable energy solutions. We were engaged by a joint initiative between Swinburne University of Technology and KIOSC Schools Consortium to deliver cutting edge innovative audio visual systems to revolutionise the student experience and methods of learning.

    Photograph courtesy of KIOSC.

    The KIOSC project consists of audio visual systems within the level 2 presentation and group area and teaching spaces across two levels consisting of teaching presentation systems, interactive displays, overhead projection, interactive overhead projection and a simulation projection system. The immersive experience for students promotes learning in both a technological and sustainable manner.

    Download case study for KIOSC by clicking here.

    In the ACT we are a finalist for Stage 2 of Canberra Airport. Airports are the world's busiest activity centres with communications being fundamental to their operational success. We were able to design and deliver a system for Canberra Airport that would integrate with the existing Stage 1 system in a seamless manner.

    Photograph courtesy of Canberra Airport.

    "A project of this size that operates for most of the day in a public environment meant that the Rutledge AV commissioning team worked tirelessly overnight to have the new system operational by morning. The night work was also necessary to undertake the required EVAC testing of the system and the cutover required precise coordination with the client to ensure that all stakeholders were on line at the same time.” said Andrew Morrice, CEO of Rutledge.

    (Case study for Canberra Airport will be added soon).

    We have also submitted for the Excellence Awards in Western Australia and Queensland. Fingers crossed we can also be short-listed for these chapters!  

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    Rutledge AV Shortlisted as Finalist for Multiple 2013 NECA Excellence Awards - VIC & ACT
  • Goodbye Harry Michalopoulos

    The Rutledge AV team lost a long time employee, colleague and friend earlier this week. We are very sad to announce that Harry Michalopoulos passed away on Wednesday evening, aged 41.

    The Rutledge AV team lost a long time employee, colleague and friend earlier this week. We are very sad to announce that Harry Michalopoulos passed away on Wednesday evening, aged 41. He spent a week in intensive care following a heart attack but was unable to recover. In his final moments he was surrounded by family and loved ones. Harry was a well respected and admired Rutledge employee. He was dedicated and passionate about his work and was a mentor to his colleagues. Harry was always positive, enthusiastic and had a great sense of humour. 

    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. R.I.P Harry, you will be missed!!! 


    1971 - 2013

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    Goodbye Harry Michalopoulos
  • Queensland's Industry Links Ticks The Box

    On Thursday 30th May the who’s who of the Queensland Audio Visual (AV) Industry gathered together at Brisbane’s premier function space – Emporium to celebrate a year of accomplishments.

    On Thursday 30th May the who’s who of the Queensland Audio Visual (AV) Industry (with a few special interstate guests) gathered together at Brisbane’s premier function space – Emporium Hotel to celebrate a year’s accomplishments in the AV industry and the successful move of Rutledge into their new Albion premises.

    The inaugural ‘Industry Links’, attended by over 60 guests was a Rutledge event focused on networking and reminiscing on the year that was with a glass in one hand, a plate of food in the other and nothing but smiles and chatter throughout the venue.

    Andrew Morrice (CEO) and David Millar (QLD Regional General Manager) addressed the room, thanking everyone for attending and delivered some inspiring words for 2013, received with a loud applause and cheers.

    The evening was an overwhelming success and we look forward to making the AV Industry Links an annual tradition and rolling out a similar event in each state in the near future.

    A selection of photos from the evening are featured below.







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  • Our Brisbane Office moves into new Albion location

    As Rutledge continues to grow, taking on bigger projects and our resource requirements increase, we are delighted to announce that we have moved into a new Brisbane premises in Albion.

    As Rutledge continues to grow, taking on bigger projects and our resource requirements increase, we are delighted to announce that we have moved into a new Brisbane premises in Albion. We welcome everyone to stop by for a coffee and a chat to meet the local team and to learn more about our Queensland operations and our delivery of world class audio visual systems and solutions to the Queensland market. Our former Bowen Hills premises closed officially on Friday 29th March, 2013.

    The details of our new Brisbane office:

    Address 2/18 Bimbil Street, Albion QLD 4010
    Phone +617 3620 8000
    Fax +617 3620 8088
    Email brisbane@rutledge.com.au

    Your key QLD contacts

     

    QLD Regional General Manager: David Millar david.millar@rutledge.com.au
    QLD Sales Manager: Simon Whipps simon.whipps@rutledge.com.au
    QLD Service Manager: David Simpson david.simpson@rutledge.com.au

    For more information, click here.

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  • Rutledge AV Wins Best Project Award for Bankwest at 2013 AMX Best Project Awards

    Rutledge AV won Best Project at the 2013 AMX Best Projects Conference held recently for Bankwest's New Headquarters in Perth at Bankwest Place. Rutledge was also awarded a Sales Excellence Award on the evening.

    Rutledge AV won Best Project at the 2013 AMX Best Projects Conference held recently for Bankwest's New Headquarters in Perth at Bankwest Place. Rutledge was also awarded a Sales Excellence Award on the evening. Andrew Morrice (CEO) and Rene Tostevin (Sales Executive - Perth) attended the conference to accept the award for the Bankwest Project. 

    "Rutledge AV is delighted to receive the Best Project Award on behalf of Bankwest. We are fortunate to work on signature projects all over the country and this is a direct result of our renowned reputation in the industry for delivering work of the highest quality. The annual AMX Awards showcase a great array of projects featuring cutting edge technology. It is fantastic to be recognised by our peers as this really was a signature project for us reinforcing the fantastic relationship we have with Bankwest" said Andrew Morrice.

    Bankwest Project Details

    Perth’s newest development Bankwest Place features cutting edge technology designed and constructed by Rutledge AV that enables strong connectivity and collaboration across a total of 140 spaces over 14 floors for 2700 staff. Central to this development and ensuring a system to easily handle the demands of a modern building was AMX.

    Bankwest’s new headquarters is a commitment to the State as a major supporter of local businesses as well as a key employer for the area. Bankwest Place features a staff environment where Activity Based Working is a key design feature to ensure staff can move from static work stations depending on their needs.

    A state of the art fully integrated workspace has been created to meet operational and performance objectives for Bankwest. Access to the cutting edge technology was a key requirement for this new location.
    The diverse spaces and room types include:
    • Multipurpose video conferencing rooms
    • A fully integrated executive boardroom with video conferencing
    • Presentation rooms
    • Training rooms
    • Podium - which consists of six interlinked rooms with central control, that can either be used as one large training space or transformed into any size multipurpose room/s, with singular or multiple projection systems available within this flexible AV environment; all switching is provided through an AMX Enova 16x16 switch.

    The overall layout of this build proved to be quite challenging due to the open space work environment that Bankwest is promoting. Many of the spaces with audio visual functionality were not equipped with joinery to house the AV equipment, therefore Rutledge AV was required to design custom mounting solutions. Audio visual is art and science and Rutledge AV worked in harmony with all the environments (existing structures, infrastructure, lighting and acoustics) to ensure that the existing built environments were enhanced with world class audio visual, which was of the most part - concealed.

    Bankwest has recently moved to a modern new home in the Raine Square complex in Murray Street, known as Bankwest Place. 31,220sqm of modern and collaborative spaces across 14 floors is now the home for 2,700 staff.



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    Rutledge AV Wins Best Project Award for Bankwest at 2013 AMX Best Project Awards