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Christie Powers Visual Display Solutions For U.S. Department Of Defense Analytic Collaborative Environment

High Performance Environment Helps Top Decision-Makers Analyze Complex Data

I/ITSEC/Orlando, FL – (November 26, 2007) – Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, is providing the projection system for the latest-generation Analytic Collaborative Environment (ACE) at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Intelligence Agency.  Located at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., the ACE is powered by a 2 x 2 array of Christie Matrix HD4, 3-chip DLP® projectors.  It is a high performance environment that enables the presentation of large amounts of complex data to military analysts and top decision makers.  The ACE also features Christie’s Vista Spyder, the industry’s most powerful and most versatile video processor.
The ACE is dominated by a large 18’ x 11’ “floor screen” in the center of the room, surrounded by a raised catwalk that allows users a comprehensive view of the complete image below.  Overhead, Christie projectors produce a blended 3568 x 2000 pixel image yielding a striking 15 pixels per inch of high definition.  Three large plasma screens on the far wall display additional content.  Connecting the various visual displays is the Vista Spyder, which allows the Department of Defense to analyze, resize and manipulate imagery.  It can superimpose data, maps and graphics on-the-fly, upon any screen and from any video source, including DoD and public computer networks.

The four native HD Christie projectors were selected by California-based SPARTA, a systems engineering and advanced technology company, specializing in government technology projects that include strategic systems, tactical weapons, space systems, and information systems. 

According to Bruce Tucker, senior systems engineer for SPARTA’s Military Systems Operations, SPARTA selected the Christie Matrix HD4 projectors primarily for their ability to produce bright images with unparalleled color uniformity.  It was the first time Tucker had worked with Christie, and he is now confident of many future collaborations.

“SPARTA performed an extensive market survey, including spending several days at a major trade show shopping for the right projectors.  Of all the products we evaluated, the Christie Matrix HD4 was by far the superior solution,” Tucker recalled.  “What also really sold me was Christie’s ability to deliver a total integrated solution.  They were able to do an exceptional job of aligning and blending the images to create a single, perfectly matched, seamless image thanks to Christie’s sophisticated projection technology and solutions.”

Tucker added, “Christie’s Vista Spyder also plays a critical role in the success of the room.  Vista Spyder has no equal among high-end video processors.  It can take any sort of video content and seamlessly paint it on any kind of ‘canvas’, whether it’s projection, plasma or LCD.  It is clearly the superior product in its class.  In all, Christie’s integrated solution was the main ingredient in the success of the ACE.” 

“SPARTA needed a powerful, reliable system and Christie met those needs with ease,” remarked Larry Paul, senior director, solutions & product management, visual environments at Christie.  “Christie designers worked with SPARTA almost from the beginning of the project to help engineer the optical path and properly position the projectors.  It was a true collaboration of equals that resulted in this unique and exceptionally successful installation for the U.S. government.”


SPARTA Inc. is a provider of world-class technical products and services to the defense, intelligence, and homeland security sectors of the federal government. SPARTA is a high-end systems engineering and advanced technology company, focused on functional engineering solutions using innovative technologies that enhance mission performance. SPARTA’s Ops Center group designs, constructs, and supports operations centers, where software, interoperability, and security are important requirements. The facilities we design and support operate for "big picture" understanding and management of complex information, may have a one-of-a-kind capability or support 24/7 mission-critical operations, and often require extensive system integration and custom software development.

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Christie designs, builds and installs customized visual solutions to meet the most exacting visual requirements of organizations within energy, military training and simulation, manufacturing and design, pharmaceutical, aerospace, government agencies, and entertainment sectors. Christie sets the benchmark for high performance DLP® projection systems used in 3D, Virtual Reality, as well as any type of simulation environment. Christie’s unique DLP-based systems, innovative structures and simulation solutions are found in major corporations and commercial and defense applications worldwide.  For more information about Christie and its diverse array of visual environment solutions, visit

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