Vista Systems' Spyder Checks Into Chicago's Hotel Sax

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Chicago’s luxury Hotel Sax has chosen a Vista Systems Spyder to power a videowall comprised of 36 16x9 plasma screens located just outside its high-tech, fourth-floor conference center. The system grabs the attention of executives and conference-goers with images ranging from company logos and promos, to client-created content. “We use the videowall capabilities to sell corporate groups on customized arrival experiences, presentation options and mood-setting experiences,� explains Hotel Sax director of marketing Adam Kaplan. “The technology enables us to really tailor our conference center for customers.� Hotel Sax goes beyond downtown Chicago meeting rooms to offer a floor entirely devoted to meetings and events. The state-of-the-art spaces are designed to promote strategizing and brainstorming in an artistic yet calming environment. Upon exiting the fourth-floor elevators, guests are greeted by The Hub, an arrival space and meeting touch point fashioned around a semi-circular wall where the videowall is located. Guests can take in the wall from a circular banquette in front of the installation. Hotel Sax AV director, Matt Garikes, cites the Spyder’s ability to display a variety of content on the videowall. “We can go online and grab images, bookend a promo and add flying logos,� he reports. “Our sources are two PCs and four DVDs so we can feed the Spyder anything from QuickTime and Windows Media files to DVD content. And when we don’t have a conference in-house, we can use the videowall to promote the hotel and Chicago. We’ve got promo reels and clips from Chicago-themed movies like ‘The Blues Brothers’ and ‘Ferris Bueller.’� The videowall, whose 36 plasma screens have a 3200x600 pixel space, is configured as four 3x3 contiguous walls, which can operate as a single display surface or four smaller walls. The 6-input Spyder runs Vista Advanced processing which handles the content configuration and display. “I love the Spyder,� says Garikes. “Vista’s complimentary training on Spyder opened up a whole new world to me – it helped me really maximize the applications. In addition to fantastic training, Vista has also provided great service. What could be better than a terrific system with good people to back it up.� About Vista Systems Vista Systems was acquired by Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, to create a comprehensive source for imaging processing and projection solutions. The acquisition combines the power and flexibility of Vista's video switchers and real-time windowing and composition products with the power, performance and reliability of award-winning Christie projection systems. Vista Systems' switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their Web site at

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