GDC Technology showcases Cinema Automation CA2.0 at CineEurope

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GDC Technology Limited is unveiling its Cinema Automation CA2.0 (CA2.0) and SR-1000 Standalone Integrated Media Block (IMB) to the cinema industry at CineEurope 2018 in Barcelona, Spain this week. GDC recently received the “Catalyst Award” for the best technology of CinemaCon 2018 for Cinema Automation CA2.0.

The CA2.0 is the first-ever centralized solution to provide comprehensive automated management of content storage and playback, show scheduling, power supply and screening quality. CA2.0 has already been deployed and proven with over 20 multiplexes with SR-1000 and SX-4000 IMB in China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S.

GDC CA2.0 incorporates the SCL-2000 Centralized Storage Playback Solution, an integrated centralized storage and playback system designed to streamline content management, and leverages machine intelligence to increase efficiency dramatically while reducing the need for human intervention. It is capable of playback of 1,000 movies to as many as 14 screens from a centralized server, greatly increasing programming flexibility and eliminating the need for local storage.

The system intelligently manages equipment power supply and assures screening quality automatically.Its fail-safe design provides backup mechanism to ensure every screening continues autonomously.

“Developing new technologies for the cinema industry is unique in that it requires constant communications with exhibitors, distributors and the creative community,” said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder, chairman and CEO of GDC Technology Limited.“From our first day, GDC has constantly worked with our industry partners to deliver new products from their input. The launch of our new Cinema Automation CA2.0 and SR-1000 IMB in Europe provides exhibitors with technology ahead of its time, designed to meet the needs or solve the issues of operating in today’s and tomorrow’s digital cinema world."

SR-1000 IMB is designed from scratch by using the latest semiconductor and power electronics used in medical and military products. It introduces a new feature known as CineCache™ (built-in cache memory) that allows content playback in the absence of a local HDD storage when integrated with GDC CA2.0.

Another important feature is Ultra-Storage, which enables the content management and playback of over a thousand movies from a central server with CA2.0 technology. The elimination of content ingestion to each and every auditorium’s media server is an important breakthrough in cinema operation; it significantly reduces downtime and saves both time and money. SR-1000, which received Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) compliance in March 2018, also passed the most stringent QA program conducted by the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

SR-1000 features a completely new user interface (UI), enabling SMS to be used remotely through a web browser. By detaching the UI from a touchscreen monitor that is closely tied to the IMB, the SMS can now run remotely on a cellphone, iPad, tablet, laptop or PC with a browser. This latest technology is designed to integrate to all the three generations of DLP Cinemaprojectors using one common media server UI. GDC will demonstrate the integration with a Series 1 projector at CineEurope. Both SR-1000 and Cinema Automation CA2.0 are available for order now.

Visit GDC June 12-14 at room M213, level M2 of CCIB during CineEurope to learn more about these products. Live demonstrations of a 14-screen megaplex will be staged in the GDC meeting room.