Adaptive Technologies Mounting Solutions Deployed At Minnesota Zoo Rare Seal Exhibit



September 24, 2015

Adaptive Technologies Mounting Solutions Deployed At Minnesota Zoo Rare Seal Exhibit

Signal Hill, California – As a part of a newly redesigned seal exhibit at Discovery Bay, in the Minnesota Zoo, a large video wall has been added, giving the public a close up view of these rare mammals. Adaptive Technologies Group of Signal Hill, California, was selected along with Tierney Brothers, a Minneapolis based professional audio video integrator, to create and build out the project.

Adaptive designed the 1600 lb. modular video wall that allows contractors like Tierney to safely install large multi LCD video displays and added motorized hoists allowing Zoo staff and technicians to raise and lower the entire video wall assembly at the touch of a button

Tom Tautges, Sales Engineer for Tierney Brothers, Inc. proposed replacing the old projection system with high definition video wall consisting of 16 NEC LCD flat panel displays providing a much brighter, clearer and more lifelike picture. “The old projection screen was suspended over a large salt water pool, so replacing it with a 1,600 pound video wall structure presented a challenge,” he said. After consulting with NEC, we confirmed that Adaptive Technologies’ Flyable Video Wall Frame was needed. The final product is a beautiful 13’5” wide by 7’6” crystal clear high definition video wall that we are proud of. The folks at Adaptive provided engineering assistance and product expertise throughout the process.”

According to Jessica Madole, Interpretive Program Developer at the Minnesota Zoo “The video wall is used during the live monk seal training demonstrations where guests can now see clearly without special cameras.” “It has definitely enhanced the Discovery exhibit,” she says.

About Adaptive Technologies: Based in Signal Hill, California USA, Adaptive Technologies Group is a full-service solution provider that designs, tests, develops and manufactures professionally installed AV mounting and rigging equipment, worldwide. They offer best-practices rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of professional audio and video applications for every size venue. Standard load-rated and off-the-shelf mounting and rigging solutions are available, as well as creating time-saving custom solutions. For more information, visit

About Tierney Brothers: Established in 1977, Tierney Brothers has grown from a Kroy labeling products dealer to a leading provider of interactive solutions that inspire collaboration and improve performance. Their customers include Fortune 500 companies, government entities, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, houses of worship, and small businesses. Contact: Derek Burns, Director of Marketing:

About Minnesota Zoo: is located on 485 acres in Apple Valley and has 1.2 million visitors per year. It is home to more than 4,700 animals in award-winning exhibits. The Minnesota Zoo opened in 1978 with a mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife. For more information contact: Jessica Madole, Interpretive Program Developer:

For More Information Contact: Carol Kahn, EMG Marketing, Newport Beach, CA 336-339-4709

Read the Industry Insider Interview in November’s Systems Contractor News with our President Paul Allen.

By Kelleigh Welch On November 09, 2015

Quick Bio
Name: Paul Allen
Title: CEO
Company: Adaptive Technologies
Overtime: As a musician, Allen saw what types of equipment he needed to perform easier, and used his engineering skills to create his own solutions.

SCN: How did your personal interests lead you to starting Adaptive Technologies? What was it about audio and digital signage that drew you to this industry?

Paul Allen: I am a musician and musicians require lots of audio gear. I needed an accessory that did not exist, so I engineered an audio product and had it built by local vendors.

Before this, I worked with many companies helping the engineering departments design mechanical systems into the product lines of IBM, Xerox, Ford, General Motors, and just about all of the aerospace firms. So when I needed a product of my own, I was ready and shortly thereafter established Allen Products Company. Just eight miles away, another musician, Andrew Martin, created ATM Fly-Ware, which also designed and manufactured audio products. His audio products and ours blended perfectly, so in 2005, we bought ATM Fly-Ware and the combined companies then became known as Adaptive Technologies Group.

Digital signage was just starting to come of age. Our experience creating audio mounting and rigging solutions couldn’t have been more timely for creating solutions for the video wall and display market. Our first digital signage project was to provide two video walls (windows) for each of hundreds of Hollister stores that display a live surfer feed from the Huntington Beach pier, with one camera facing north and one south. It was a great project for us, and it quickly propelled us into the digital signage arena.

Personally, I possess a blend of multi-disciplined engineering and technical expertise, which I apply to commercial audio and video applications. The music industry though, has always been the driving force and a passion that I share with thousands of like-minded people in our industry.

SCN: What would you say makes Adaptive Technologies stand out in the industry?

PA: We’re kind of a go-to firm. What makes us stand out is that we creatively solve for AV installations but we also solve our customer’s liability. We understand materials, load limits, long-term environmental factors, install equipment, and we perform our own in-house destructive testing. We know structural engineering very well. From the customer’s point of view, we pretty much do the soup and nuts of an entire installation, taking the burden for our customers.

SCN: How has the industry evolved since you joined the industry? How have the needs of integrators changed?

PA: When we first started, speaker manufacturers did not provide mounting or rigging points in their speaker cabinets, save for the pole cup to put on top of tripod stand. They didn’t want the liability of mounting speakers to walls, ceilings, from poles, etc. Instead, they made the contractor prepare the cabinets for these installations.

Further, speakers are getting heavier and more intelligent with built-in amplifiers and computer interfaces that allow for remote adjustments of volume and EQ. They can even send messages back to the network saying ‘hey there’s something wrong with me, come fix me.’

The video industry has also rocketed ahead—flat screen monitors used to be pretty big and bulky, but now we’ve seen them lighten up, brighten up, use less power, and last longer. The basics are still the same, but the features, benefits, bells and whistles are getting better, plus the prices are coming down.

SCN: When rigging up an AV system, what should manufacturers keep in mind? What elements/ weather/etc. do you have to factor in now?

PA: Planning, planning, planning. What long-term effects will affect the installed gear? What weather and environmental factors need to be considered, such as corrosion, vibration, earthquakes, wind loads, snow loads, ice, etc—many installations stay exposed to the elements all year round. To sum up: What can go wrong, will go wrong, so be prepared at each step on the install.

For mounting and rigging installations, select experienced installers/ riggers. Have them develop a detailed installation plan for each step of the install. Create a safety plan based on each of these steps, including the move-in and the move-out. Review the structure of the venue where the installation will take place—has it been approved to support the weight with an adequate margin of safety? Will a hardware consultant be needed to help select the best hardware for the specific installation? Identify a secure staging area where the equipment can be stored prior to installation. Carefully check all entry and passageways at the venue and availability schedules to be sure that your gear and lift equipment can get to the install site, and check exit schedules to be sure that equipment can get out before walls, floors, and doors are completed.

SCN: What are your predictions for the future of the industry?

PA: Everything in audio and video is getting connected and networked, making the future for AV very bright. So many new developments and technologies are hitting us almost weekly. If that isn’t enough for us to keep up with, the old infrastructure is also being or will soon be replaced. Adaptive is investing in the future by producing solutions for all the new technologies and with the kind of designs that are easy to install, easy to use, and will last.


Developing Your Modern Art Show

Displaying Your Art With Style

Whether you’re an aspiring artist or you’re just eager to become more acquainted with the art scene in your community, art shows can serve to benefit you in many ways. They can bolster the visibility of artists while also establishing your reputation as a curator. To make your voice known only requires a bit of preparation and creativity.

Developing Your Modern Art Show

Discovering New Horizons

Besides having beautiful art to display, one of the most important aspects of creating an art show is how and where you’ll be displaying the pieces. You must consider the type of art and how it will mesh with its surroundings. For instance, a wide open space may be necessary for large sculptures, but you may only require a few walls for small paintings.

To give an indoor art exhibit a modern edge, you can consider investing in the placement of a video floor display or other units that will emit a digitized version of an important feature of your show, such as an overview or even a special piece of media like an animated feature. You can also have video displays as wall mounts or even a ceiling mount.

Time is Precious

Your most vital resource is your time. When planning an art show, it’s imperative that you schedule an ample amount of time to process pieces for your exhibit. You never know what kind of unforeseen wrench could be thrown into your operation, so making sure you have the time to fix small problems will ensure that you don’t wind up with big ones down the road.

Renting a space ahead of time is also important because you want to make sure that your location is open and available for the duration you desire. Otherwise, you may find yourself disappointed when you can’t get your ideal venue.

Think Beyond Boxes

Ultimately, how you decide to design your art show is up to you. It’s important that you don’t let yourself be tied down to what is considered traditional. Taking a risk and committing to a layout that’s unconventional may end up being for the best.

Safety First: Rigging Flying Speakers

Safe Speaker Setups for Businesses

The best way to get great sound quality to a crowd of listeners is by using flying speakers. This will get more sound than the traditional speakers sitting on tripods on the ground, but you must ensure that you’re doing the job safely. You’ll need to learn about Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards as well as common rigging terms used for getting the job done properly.

Rigging Flying Speakers

The OSHA Effect

OSHA is a United States agency that enforces different standards of safety for every type of business. They require that each business has employees who are competent and qualified to do different jobs like speaker rigging. This person will be responsible for ensuring that jobs are done correctly, and they must be able to identify potential hazards that may cause injuries. The person in charge of upholding OSHA safety regulations must stop and point out potential hazards before the job is completed.

Learning About the Essentials

Before the job is started, your crew must be familiar with Working Load Limit (WLL), Safe Working Load (SWL) and Maximum Rated Load (MRL). These are all rigging terms that are involved with the process that will help ensure that the speakers are installed safely. The numbers associated with these terms are based on static loads, which means they won’t change, so they can be affected by factors such as wind. Any additional movement from the speakers can decrease the integrity of the installation devices.

Hire Professionals

When you need to be trained how to properly rig flying speakers, you should use a company that provides educational classes. This is the best way to ensure that you’re meeting OSHA requirements and that the equipment you’re using is correct. You or your staff can take rigging classes where you’ll find out about structural testing and application.

Creative Uses for Video at a Conference

How Video Screens Can Improve Your Next Conference

The benefits of video screens are many, from accessibility of information to appealing to the most common styles of learning. You may already know the benefits of using high-resolution video screens during business meetings and in eye-catching window displays, but you may not realize how many creative uses there are for video screens at conferences. Here are some unique ways to use screens to take your next conference from ordinary to extraordinary.

Creative Uses for Video at a Conference

High-Tech Signage

More conference centers and hotels are offering conference organizers the chance to create a customized image and message to display to guests. Finding events and looking for a schedule are some of the most cumbersome aspects of attending a conference. Make it easy for your attendees to know exactly where and when a workshop is taking place with convenient video signage on the day of the event.

Booth Video

Conferences are filled with screens, but most vendors and company booths overlook their importance when it comes to attracting visitors. The most obvious benefit of a video screen at your booth is that it allows you to play a relevant video or slideshow that answers many of the basic questions that can lead to serious traffic congestion. Save your booth workers and your guests some time by playing a video that explains your company history, an innovative new product or the basic steps to getting involved with your agenda for the conference. This way, your staff will be free to answer the more in-depth questions that come up. Be sure to bring speaker rigging hardware to ensure a full audio-video presentation. Screens can be a useful conference resource management tool as well as an effective video marketing strategy that attracts the attention of passersby and delivers a heavily branded message.

Guest Speaking

Maybe your intended speaker had a scheduling conflict or had to cancel his appearance due to illness or maybe you simply want to be able to connect with a relevant speaker who lives across the ocean. In any case, video screens can help you bring the most relevant and highly qualified speakers to any event. With a live feed, you can even facilitate question-and-answer sessions between your attendees and the guest.

Create a Visually Stunning Video Presentation for Your Audience

Three Tips for Creating Visually Appealing Presentations

Keeping your audience interested is a challenge even for the most entertaining of speakers at professional conferences. If you’ve gotten the dreaded after-lunch time slot, you may be wondering what you can do to keep your audience interested in your presentation. These three tips will help you keep the audience in tune with the entirety of your talk.

How to Create a Visually Stunning Video Presentation for Your Audience

Use Large Video Monitors

Instead of using just one screen or monitor during your presentation, a large LCD video wall allows people seated anywhere in the room to have a great view. For the audience, missing out on the visual parts of a presentation can quickly lead to boredom and frustration. Being able to see what the presenter is talking about helps bring the talk to life.

Choose Colors Strategically

While bright yellow and neon green may be able to be seen from the back of the room, these colors might also give your audience a headache. Choose colors from the visual spectrum that are not jarring but are still bright enough to be seen. Turquoise letters on a white background or red letters on a gray background allow the eyes to focus on what is important.

Use Graphics Sparingly

Animating a chart with individual lines that move through the graph as you talk helps people have a visual understanding of the words they are hearing. However, little dancing characters or spinning words do not enhance your presentation. Choose any graphics carefully, do not include them on every slide and consider whether or not they add to the information or simply create visual clutter.

Collaboration Video Walls in Conference Rooms

In business today, no one can go it alone. More than ever, works gets done in teams. That’s one reason why company executives and government leaders are having collaboration video walls installed in their conference rooms.

Interaction in real-time is possible with the latest video wall designs and installations. These large video displays – called “collaboration video walls” make it easy for employees from remote locations to all appear on the screen and to see what’s being displayed on the conference room screen. Some displays can be as large as 5 feet high and 15 feet long.

A collaboration video wall can be operated by remote control and can show all types of media – including Internet pages, reports, charts and graphs, maps, and more. It can be set up as a dynamic display so that team members can go up to the screen and move elements around with a swipe of their fingers (similar to the way someone uses their smartphone just on a much larger screen.)

Of course, video walls in conference rooms provide an excellent setting for a sales presentations when prospective customers and partners come to visit. Whether it’s for a company location or a government building, collaboration video walls can mean the difference between a successful meeting and one that doesn’t look as professional as possible. It’s an investment that keeps on giving.

Wow them next time when they see what you’ve added to the conference room!

To discuss how your company (or a government facility) can benefit from a collaboration video wall in the conference room, contact Adaptive Technologies Group at (562) 424-1100.





Retail Businesses Can Benefit From Integrated Video Systems

How Video Displays Are Used to Enhance the Retail Business

As video is one of the most efficient methods for promoting a product, many businesses are finding the use of displays within the retail environment to be greatly beneficial. From showing various images regarding a product to commercial-like content, videos can be used to inspire an individual to purchase goods. Some of these devices are also equipped with motion sensors, allowing the video to be played once a person crosses in front of the display. These units are more than merely a method in which to show a product. They are a tool in which to engage visiting consumers in a variety of ways.

Integrated Video Systems

Delivering Information

Many organizations will use video displays in order to tell consumers about products within connected isles. They can be used to deliver a large amount of information regarding anything from coupons to the local weather. Essentially, these units are running video content just like any other television or computer monitor. This means that it can be tailored to deliver any material that fits your business needs.

Engaging Consumers

Video content goes beyond what text-based ads deliver. Video material can be developed that resonates within the viewer. Many organizations will use video walls to cycle through images of products or services that are rendered. It also gives greater control to the retail store owner as he or she can change images and videos instantly in most cases. It makes the establishment seem more interactive than it would with simple written advertisements.

Enhancing Advertising

Video displays offer an enhance method of advertising for in-store purchases. Although many people spend time clipping coupons, not everyone knows of those discounts. Those who do not read the newspaper or visit your website may be unaware of specials that are running. This means you’re missing some of your target consumers. Since a large portion of shoppers will spend more money if they believe they’re getting a deal, the video advertising can capture the attention of those individuals. These displays can also be used to inform visitors of new products that are available, inspiring additional purchases.

Benefits of Ceiling Mounted Speakers in the Home

The Benefits of Having Surround Sound Speakers in the Ceiling

Surround sound systems are commonly found in most American homes. However, very few of them utilize overhead ceiling speakers. While it isn’t necessary to have these for a good audio output, it is recommended for top-of-the-line sound and audio. This really appeals to large families, movie critics and filmography studies majors. It may take a bit of time to install this professional looking set up, but it is more than worth it for long-time homeowners.

Mounted Speakers in Home

Amp Up the Surround Sound

The standard wall-mounted speakers do not fill a room as evenly as you might think. The sound from these speakers travels horizontally, with some reflection off of items and furniture within the room. However, the sound is not able to be directed up or down; it can only be slanted. For the overhead speakers, they rest on ceiling speaker mounts within the ceiling, sending audio downward. Some speakers are able to be tilted as well. Tweeters would be excellent candidates for ceiling mounting.

Eliminate Wires

By installing speakers into the ceiling and running the wires through the walls, the homeowner can completely eliminate obvious wires. Wires can run above the ceiling and down the wall to the receiving system. Speaker wires are unsightly and messy, especially when someone has a rather large, impressive surround sound system. There could be upwards of 12 wires running to different speakers within the room.

Minimize Clutter

For people who prefer minimalism or cannot stand clutter, having speakers strewn about the room can drastically increase their stress level. Instead, mounting speakers within the walls and ceiling makes them much more seamless and less invasive in the living space. Using both ceiling and wall mounts reduces clutter within the walls by spacing speakers out evenly throughout the room. For small living spaces, this can be a huge blessing.

Enhance Consumer Experience at Trade Shows

Getting Attention While at a Business Trade Show

A trade show can be very beneficial for a business in order to connect with potential customers. Large and small businesses alike will attend these expos to enhance their reputation with local consumers. However, there are ways you can enhance the experience through video presentations and good sound quality. After all, you want people to walk away from your booth with knowledge of your company and a deeper understanding of what your business entails.

Enhance Consumer Experience at Trade Shows

Video Content

Video content can be an amazing method for engaging your audience at the trade show. In fact, many successful businesses will set up LCD displays with a looping “infomercial” regarding their business in order to attract those who walk by. However, it will take more than mere video in order to engage the audience. Videos can be beneficial to bringing them in, but it’s personal interaction that may be the selling point of your business.

Perfect Sound Quality

Many trade shows are going to be loud. It may be difficult for your target audience to hear you over the hundreds of people who may be attending the facility. Using speaker wall mounts with perfect sound adjustments can ensure that those at your booth can hear you clearly. When setting up the sound, make sure that it’s not too loud to where it interferes with another booth’s presentation. Sound quality from speakers can be instrumental for helping you connect with attendees while delivering a crisp and clear message. It may make the event more memorable for those who visit your booth.

Interactive Booths

One of the most effective ways to attract and retain an audience is by having a booth that is interactive. Consider this more of a hands-on approach to what your business performs. Scientific demonstrations of your products or services, touchscreen apps, software on computer systems and more can be incorporated into your platform at the tradeshow. Handing out pamphlets can help others understand your business, but an interactive booth creates memories that cannot be thrown into the dumpster or left in the parking lot when the visitors leave.